Party smart is not a contradiction. You can have fun, entertain your friends, kick back and relax, and–yes, even drink alcoholic beverages–without violating the law, annoying your neighbors, destroying property, endangering yourself or others, or getting the police involved. So if you are going to party, be smart about it. There are simple choices you can make ahead of time to make sure you are making the right choices later.
Party Smart is all about how to do that. Party Smart tells you in plain language what the laws are; gives you tips on how to be a responsible host or guest; and gives you an opportunity to speak with an Elon Campus and Elon Town Police Officer and Student Life Staff from the University. Here are just a few tips to help you party smart.
Party Smart tips for students, from students
- Decide how you will get home before you go out.
- Alternate alcohol with water to stay hydrated.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Watch your drink.
- Offer to be the designated driver.
- Eat before drinking.
- Never walk home alone.
- Stay hydrated by keeping a bottle of water with you at all times.
- Stick to one kind of alcohol, don’t mix.
Be a Good Neighbor
Whether you live on or off campus, maintaining positive relationships with your neighbors is an essential component of a great college experience. Start with introducing yourself and build this relationship throughout the year. Try following these eight simple steps as guide:
- INTRODUCE YOURSELF
A simple “hello” goes a long way
- EXCHANGE CONTACT INFORMATION
Stay in touch and communicate concerns early
- BE CONSIDERATE
Try to observe quiet hours between 11pm-7am
- MAINTAIN POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
Keep your neighbors informed of your plans
- PARTY SMART
Plan ahead and notify neighbors in advance
- CLEAN UP
Maintain appearances inside/outside of residence
- SAFETY MATTERS
Be extra cautious & practice rideshare safety
- KNOW THE LAW
Including university policies and town ordinances
If you plan on hosting a party or social event, notify your neighbors in advance as a courtesy. Keep in mind there are some risks involved with hosting – especially when it comes to serving alcohol. Remember that you are assuming liability and risk as a party host, so Party Smart! Hosting a safe and responsible party is all about planning ahead. Here are some suggestions to help keep you and your guests safe: