University to parents: “Have an intentional conversation” about St. Paddy’s Day

Saint Patrick's Day
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“Even students who are not prone to high-risk behaviors can get swept up in poor decision-making,” according to an email sent out by university administration.

BY
MANAGING NEWS EDITOR

In an email sent to parents of students on Monday afternoon, Vice President of Student Life Dawn Thompson and Dean of Students José-Luis Riera encouraged parents to “have an intentional conversation” about student’s decision-making on the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

In the email, with a subject reading “Support your student this St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” parents were advised that “Even students who are not prone to high-risk behaviors can get swept up in poor decision-making” during St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Parents were encouraged to consider four talking points when having this conversation, the email reading:

“1. Let them know they matter and that you love them;
2. Encourage them to watch out for their peers and always prioritize safety;
3. Discourage them from inviting friends from home to campus this weekend; and,
4. Remind them that decisions they make this weekend can have long-term consequences.”

Also highlighted in the email was the university’s school-sponsored programming taking place on campus this week, including the “Shamrockfest” celebration on March 18.

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