Kent State Students
Welcome to Kent !!
Kent has some great neighborhoods and we hope you find one to call your new home. Keep in mind that your neighborhood will also home to young families with kids and life-long Kent residents too, so please be sensitive to the diverse lifestyles and help keep your neighborhood a place everyone is proud to call home.
The City of Kent, Kent State University and community neighborhood groups are working hard to promote positive relationships between students and non-students living in City neighborhoods.
Please do your part, take time to get to know your neighbors, respect neighborhood standards and understand the local laws.
Have a great semester and enjoy Kent!
Stay Safe, Party Smart
Responsible partying is actually not a contradiction in terms. Whether celebrating the end of finals, a Golden Flash victory, or just enjoying time with friends, fond memories and great stories often include having some drinks.
However, everyone knows someone who has overdone it and gotten themselves or somebody else hurt or even arrested because of too much alcohol.
This website gives you some ideas on how to have fun without endangering yourself or anybody else. (Click Here for important phone numbers.)
Here are some ways to reduce the chances you’ll be hurt, arrested, or wildly embarrassed.
Protect your health and safety:
- Obey laws.
- If you’re over 21 and choose to drink alcoholic beverages, keep your consumption moderate. (0 drinks if you’re driving, 1 per hour sets the pace, no more than 3 per day.) For more details than you’d probably want to know, check out the Blood Alchohol Calculator page.
- If you’re drinking, eat some food.
- Avoid any party that you haven’t specifically been invited to. Even with the best of intentions by hosts and guests alike, an “open house” kegger is a high risk situation.
- Attend with a friend and look out for each other.
- Leave your valuables at home. Carry only the ID and money you’ll need that night.
- Keep track of bottle caps: ever lose track of how many drinks you’ve consumed? Each time you have a beer, stick the bottle cap or can tab in your pocket. That way you’ll always know exactly how many drinks you’ve had.
- Stay off all roofs and any balcony that’s crowded.
- Don’t play with fire.
- Don’t argue with cops.
- Remember drugs and alcohol don’t mix – even over-the-counter and prescription drugs can be very dangerous when combined with alcohol.
Protect your reputation and be invited back.
- Avoid behavior that might get your hosts in big trouble – such as sneaking an underage drink, carrying alcoholic drinks onto public property, throwing bottles, etc.
- Treat your hosts, their home, and their other guests with respect.
- Clean up after yourself.
- Obey requests from hosts to quiet down, leave, or stop drinking.
- Bring a snack to share. Everyone appreciates an extra bag of chips.
- Mingle, talk to new people – especially that shy one in the corner.
University Resources For You
Some thoughts from President Lefton on Student Parties
Busting The Myths…. click here
“I’m more fun when I drink….”
Uh huh, how about when you’re puking all over the rug?
Most Common Party Problems
Quick Party Facts
1) Under Ohio law, you must be 21 years of age to purchase, consume or possess alcoholic beverages. No exceptions!
2) Providing minors (under the age of 21) with alcohol is a criminal offense that can land you in jail and even get you kicked out of school. Don’t put your future in jeopardy — card everyone.
3) The party host is legally liable for everything that happens at his or her party. That means a party gone wild goes on the host’s permanent record.
4) It’s all fun and games until too much alcohol is involved. 90% of sexual assaults and arrests happen after excessive drinking. Friends tell friends when enough is enough.
5) The larger the party, the more likely the party will become uncontrollable. Don’t let party crashers crash your future — if you didn’t invite them, ask them to leave. If they won’t leave, call the Police; they’ll escort them off your property for you.
6) Keep your neighbors in mind and make sure what happens at your party stays at your party. From beer cups and bottles to noise, live by the rule of leave no trace and do no damage; and remember your mama doesn’t live here to clean up after you — that’s your job.
Tips for Party Hosts
Have stuff around that is not alcoholic. Pick up some water, Powerade, Coke, and juice.
Pretzels & Chips
Everybody likes pretzels and chips when they drink – and they’re super cheap. Grab a couple bags. Not to mention, a full stomach slows the pace at which alcohol is absorbed.
Ask most party-goers – the host never has enough toilet paper. Always keep a ton of toilet paper around.
No one wants to stick to their own floor when they are walking around the day after a party. Pick up some Fantastick for stains, and some general cleaning supplies like a broom, a bucket, a mop, extra trash bags, and air fresheners.
Know the People at your Party
The more people you don’t know at your party, the greater potential for bad things to happen. Fights, theft, and people getting hurt or in trouble happen more often when you don’t know who’s at your party. Keeping the size of your party small and putting up fences cuts down on the number of randoms who will come into your party and steal your DVD’s and remote control.
Know the Law
Familiarize yourself with the Ohio Alcohol Laws to keep you and your partygoers safe.
Respect your Neighbors and your Landlord, and Know your Lease Regulations.
There are at least two reasons why you do not want to be the inconsiderate neighbor. First, people like to get that guy in trouble. Second, if you’re not home and your neighbor sees someone hit your car or walk out of your house with your TV, they are more likely to help you if they know you and like you.
Clean up what you mess up, and keep the noise level resonable.
Have at least One Person Not Drinking
If you and your friends are set on having a crazy night, it only makes sense to have someone there with their wits about them. Let this person be the one who drives you to Taco Bell at 2:00 a.m., or calls the police if something happens, and makes sure that no one is getting dangerously drunk.
Drink water along with and in between alcoholic drinks, and down a couple more glasses of water before you go to bed. It re-hydrates your body and cuts back on the risk of a hangover so you’re not miserable during the game, or class, or work, etc.
Limit alcohol, and serve non-alcoholic beverages in addition to any alcohol. Additionally, provide food, and use cans or plastic bottles, but not glass bottles.
Special Note to Women
The reality is that women end up with higher levels of alcohol in their blood causing higher rates of impairment than guys after drinking the same amount of alcohol. The more a woman drinks, the higher her risk of sexual assault. Have a plan to keep yourself sober and safe.
Why We Care
alcohol can kill
City Code Enforcement Officer, Troy Loomis, 330-678-8107
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