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PUBLIC SAFETY AND U – March (Faculty/Staff)

March 4, 2020


Spring is right around the corner, the luck of the Irish is in the air, and college basketball enthusiasts are ready to cheer on their favorite teams during March Madness. The Department of Public Safety urges all members of the University community to enjoy your March activities responsibly. 

Alcohol Awareness

Did you know that drinks are not only measured by the size of the container they’re served in, but also by the amount of alcohol in the beverage? A “standard drink” contains 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of pure alcohol, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). For more alcohol safety information, visit NIAAA’s “Rethinking Drinking” website.

The following tips for drinking safely and responsibly are relevant for adults of all ages:

  • Know your limit
  • Eat food before and while you drink
  • Drink a glass of water between alcoholic beverages
  • Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know
  • Watch how your drinks are prepared
  • Most drugs and alcohol do not mix well; be sure to read warning labels
  • Never drink and drive; plan ahead; designate a driver
  • Don’t let your friends and family members get into a cab or car service, such as Uber or Lyft, alone

    Drink a glass of water between alcoholic beverages.
    Drink a glass of water between alcoholic beverages.

Alcohol Emergencies and the Responsible Dragon Amnesty Program

Remind your students that if they find themselves in a situation where they need medical attention because of alcohol or drugs, Drexel has established the Responsible Dragons Amnesty Program (RDAP). It provides amnesty to students and student organizations from disciplinary action in a medical emergency. More information on RDAP can be found in the Student Code of Conduct.

If you suspect an alcohol emergency on campus, call 215.895.2222 or 911 right away. Please remember that alcohol emergencies are medical emergencies and need to be addressed immediately.

Upcoming Events

Make sure you're aware of what alcohol poisoning looks like.
Make sure you're aware of what alcohol poisoning looks like.

Presentations on Alcohol-Related Safety: Public Safety’s Community Relations Officers have met with several fraternity and sorority members already to discuss alcohol-related crisis situations. These presentations cover University policies, Responsible Dragon protocol, alcohol and sexual assaults, bystander intervention, Student Code of Conduct, alcohol-safety trivia and more. Contact Public Safety’s Community Relations Officers if you are interested in scheduling one of these information sessions: or

Drexel Police Monthly Meet & Greet: On the third Wednesday of every month, Drexel Police encourages everyone to stop by the Police Substation in Gerri C. LeBow Hall (first floor, near the A.J. Drexel statue entrance) to ask questions, voice concerns, find resources or just say hello. The next event is March 18 from 1–3 p.m.

R.A.D. Classes: The R.A.D. System provides self-defense courses on the basics of hands-on defense training taught by certified R.A.D. instructors. R.A.D. manuals are provided to course participants, outlining the entire physical defense program. Sign up for spring R.A.D. classes now on the Public Safety website.

Two-hour Self-protection Class: If you’d like to start off with a shorter, less physical self-defense class, Public Safety has created a two-hour class providing basic techniques for protecting yourself. Please contact Linda Moran at to schedule your group for this new class.

Emergency Numbers
215.895.2222 or 911
TTY: 215.571.4141

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