Brock offers a full range of activities to encourage responsible gatherings this Halloween – The Brock News

Students at Brock University will have plenty of options when looking for something safe to do this Halloween weekend.

As it continues to work with Niagara’s communities and encourage its students to be good neighbors, the University has expanded its offerings on campus throughout this week and weekend, while stepping up off-campus patrols.

Brock continues to work with local municipalities, the Niagara Regional Police Department and Niagara Region Public Health to educate his students on smart decision making, especially as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.

“We have seen a lot of problems arise in the province so far this fall, with students making bad decisions that hurt their local communities,” said Interim Brock University President Lynn Wells. “As a member of this Niagara community, it is important for us to educate our students and make them aware of alternatives to participating in illegal and dangerous gatherings. “

With public health measures still in place, large student gatherings on or off campus are not allowed. Local law enforcement and by-law enforcement officials take a zero-tolerance approach, with significant fines being imposed where necessary.

As he did throughout the start of the fall semester, Brock pays additional Niagara Regional Police officers to patrol known student areas off campus. Brock Campus Security will also have its full complement of staff working throughout the weekend.

“We really want to encourage our students to explore the wide variety of engaging Brock sanctioned events and activities that are offered both in person and online,” said Brad Clarke, Director, Student Life and Achievement. “We understand that Halloween is a time when students want to come together and have fun, but we ask that this be done in a safe and responsible manner.”

Visit ExperienceBU for the full range of Halloween events and for more details, including registration information.

Here are some highlights of current initiatives:

  • The Don’t Put the Bad in Badger campaign returns with Brock’s Office of Neighborhood Relations and Off-Campus Life delivering messages to students on campus and in areas with the highest student density off-campus throughout of the week.
  • The Brock University Student Union (BUSU) is using its outdoor patio to set up Halloween-themed decorations and will provide passive activities and gifts for students.
  • The Residence Department has offered consent and healthy relationships programs throughout October and will be offering alternative Halloween programs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Brock Student Wellness and Accessibility Center (SWAC) has launched campus-wide educational campaigns on drug addiction, consent, safety during Halloween and COVID-19, as well as parties and safe alcohol consumption. SWAC is also working with various campus partners to host Treat or Treat events on Wednesday and Thursday that encourage students to visit various locations on campus to learn tips on how to safely celebrate Halloween in return for a gift.
  • Brock Human Rights and Equity (HRE) is focusing on several social media campaigns that will educate students on proper Halloween costumes, consent, partying, and healthy relationships. In partnership with SWAC, HRE is organizing a virtual Spooky Tie Dye event on Tuesday, October 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In partnership with the Student Justice Center (SJC) and Student Life and Success (SLS), HRE is also organizing the event Be Spooky not Racist Thursday October 28 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • SJC is working on a large-scale campaign related to appropriate Halloween costumes and hosted a 2SLGBTQ + virtual adult welcome group on Monday night.
  • The SLS department offers students a series of alternative Halloween programs, both on and off campus, including trips to the Crux Escape room in St. Catharines on Wednesday and Thursday; a Halloween-themed painting event on campus Thursday; a Tricks or Treats event at the Student Success Center on Friday; a Movie Fright event at Landmark Cinemas on Saturday night; Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun – Music Trivia Sunday Night; and the annual Trick or Eat Sunday event, where students go door-to-door to collect food donations for Community Care of St. Catharines.
  • Brock International is hosting a trip to Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm on Wednesday as well as a Halloween social and costume contest on Friday.
  • Brock Recreation welcomes Pumpkins in the pool on Friday, where students can swim alongside pumpkins and bring one home. The Walker Sports Complex will have extended hours until 8 p.m. Saturday and will allow students to register for two-hour time slots at the Zone Fitness Center. There will also be Fright Night at the Alumni Field, where Brock’s turf field will be open for soccer, flag football, spikeball and more under the lights. In addition, Brock Sports presents a series of university games between Thursday and Sunday with Halloween themes.

Sara H. Byrd

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