I originally posted this last year, but it is worth repeating.
Dear Schreyer Scholars,
You are all of course well aware that this Saturday has been declared “State Patty’s Day” and that debate continues within our community about its propriety. Reasonable concerns have been raised on a number of issues from students’ safety to the importance of simply being a good neighbor. I do not want to be infantilizing by stating the obvious: you are all adults (even if many of you are not yet of the legal drinking age) and you are free to make your own decisions regarding how you spend your weekends. It is certainly my hope that whatever your activities you remain safe and would bring no disrepute to yourself or to our institution.
That being said, I wanted to remind you that as Schreyer Scholars you are held to a particularly high standard in terms of both your academic and personal conduct. This means that inappropriate actions may have far more severe consequences for yourself than they would have for other Penn State students. These guidelines are found on page 6 of the student handbook (https://www.shc.psu.edu/students/handbook.pdf) and the relevant passage is below.
So whatever you are doing this weekend, stay safe and have a good time.
Social and Personal ResponsibilityAs described in the Penn State Principles (http://www.psu.edu/ur/principles.html):The University is a community that promotes learning; any behaviors that are inconsistent with that goal are unacceptable. Irresponsible behaviors,Â including alcohol or drug abuse and the use of violence against people or property, undermine the educational climate by threatening the physicalÂ and mental health of members of the community.
A Scholar is expected to maintain a high standard of behavior by adhering to the Code of Conduct (http://www.sa.psu.edu/ja/conduct.shtml) andÂ respecting the rights of others.Any member of the Schreyer Honors College who is found to have committed an act ofÂ behavioral misconduct that results in a transcript notationÂ may be subject to immediate dismissal from the Schreyer Honors College.