Office of Student Conduct to host Awareness Matters Walk

Transportation services will set up tables to hand out information about 348-Ride and the Crimson Ride as safe alternatives to walking or driving after drinking. CW File

Camille Studebaker

In recognition of this week’s Alcohol Awareness Week, the Office of Student Conduct is hosting an Awareness Matters Walk for students to come together in the fight against alcohol and substance abuse.

Who: The walk is open to everyone

What: Awareness Matters Walk to fight against alcohol abuse. There will be many campus organization and department tables located along the walk offering their time and information about alcohol and substance abuse education and prevention for those participating in the walk. The University’s transportation systems will have tables set up letting students know the Crimson Ride’s operating hours and other transportation options to avoid drinking and driving or walking home alone at night when intoxicated.

The event will also include education in the University’s Medical Amnesty Policy. In addition to the walk, there will be a Red Flags of Awareness display up this week until Thursday representing the national deaths of college students related with alcohol abuse (1,825 flags).

When: Wednesday, Oct. 19 6-8 p.m.

Where: The foot of Gorgas Library

“I think this is super important because I think our students need to know about the resources we have available on campus for students,” said Paula Perry, associate director of Student Conduct. “Students may have a roommate, a buddy or a friend that may need some assistance or just some education on how to make good choices when they decide to indulge in drinking.”

The University has resources for students in recovery, students trying to maintain sobriety and various programs for students who may be showing signs of alcohol abuse. The Awareness Matters Walk is intended for students to be educated in these resources and utilize them.

“It is better to have a mad friend than a dead friend,” she said. “Call someone if your roommate or friend needs medical assistance, even if you have been drinking yourself.”