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8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Office of Student Development, Robert V. LaPenta Student Union - 2nd Floor
Letter to Incoming Students
Dear Incoming Students,
We would like to welcome you to the Iona community. We look forward to meeting you, and we hope that you are excited to come to Iona and are ready to get involved on campus. Iona offers many programs and activities for students to participate in as a good alternative to destructive decisions. As students we understand the pressures of college, in and out of the classroom. We want to extend our welcome and provide support for you on campus.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is a nationally based organization that raises awareness on campus about making safe decisions, provides peer-support and works to involve students in campus events. As incoming freshman we hope you will learn to make good decisions for yourself and encourage those around you to do the same. We would also like to see each of you get involved on campus, whether it be going to events or joining a club. The Office of Student Life (OSD) hosts many events during the "Week of Welcome" when you first arrive at Iona. We encourage you to get involved, meet new people, make good decisions and of course, have fun!
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about college and decisions you will be making in these coming years.
Alcohol and Other Drug Peer Education Team
Are you interested in being a student leader? In educating your peers about the dangers of high risk substance use? In training opportunities regarding alcohol and other drug education (AODE)? In preventing AOD-related emergencies? If so, contact the Office of AODE Services at (914) 633-2026, or Jacqueline Ripepi to inquire about getting involved in the AOD Peer Education Team!
Benefits to being an AOD Peer Education Team member include:
Harm Reduction Strategies
Guidelines for Responsible Drinking
Drinking is illegal for people under 21 years of age. Iona College takes this very seriously. For those students over 21 years of age, we encourage them to make healthy, responsible decisions about their alcohol consumption. It is a violation of the Code of Conduct for students over 21 to be intoxicated. Below are a few guidelines for responsible Gaels who choose to consume:
Before Consuming Alcohol
While Consuming Alcohol
After Consuming Alcohol
You should call 9-1-1 if you see someone exhibiting behavior that might indicate alcohol poisoning such as any of the following symptoms:
After you call 9-1-1, place the person on his/her side with knees bent to prevent choking from vomiting. Do not leave that person alone!
REMEMBER: THE ONLY THING THAT CAN SOBER A DRUNK PERSON IS TIME!!!!
***If you have concerns and questions about your own drinking habits, a friend or family members' situation, please seek help by contacting Iona's Counseling Center.
Above adapted from UCDavis and from Engs, R.C. Alcohol and Other Drugs: Self Responsibility. Tichenor Publishing Company, Bloomington, IN, 1987.
Hints for Hosting a Safer Social Gathering
Drinking is illegal for people under 21 years of age. Iona College takes this very seriously. For those students over 21 years of age, we encourage them to make healthy, responsible decisions about their alcohol consumption. It is a violation of the Code of Conduct for students over 21 to be intoxicated. It is illegal to serve alcohol to people under 21. The following tips for being a responsible host will help keep you and your friends safer:
Ways to Attract Police Attention:
Drinking and Driving
Drunk Driving Statistics for the United States
When is a driver considered to be legally drunk in New York?
Penalties for Drunk Driving in New York
Don't drink and drive and don't ride with anyone who has too much to drink. Remember, it is usually themselves and their passengers who are harmed by drunk drivers. What you can do to help stay safe:
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles - A summary for Drivers- You and the Drinking Laws
Local Cab Company Information
American Taxi (914) 576-8400
Blue Bird Taxi (914) 632-0909
Union Taxi (914) 576-1600
V&O City Taxi (914) 633-4500
Everyone at Iona College wants our students to have the most positive and successful experience possible, both academically and socially. Our hope is that over your four years you will thrive on campus and that all of the wonderful expectations you have for yourself about your time at Iona will be realized.
One of the ways we try to ensure that you will have a positive experience is to educate you about an important issues specifically relevant for college students: sexual assault and its link to alcohol and other drugs. We hope that the materials presented here will prevent you from being involved in a sexual assault, either as a victim or as an accused assailant.
Why is Sexual Assault relevant to a college student population?
What is the link between sexual assault and alcohol and other drugs?
Defining Consent: What you Need to Know
Getting consent is necessary to make sure that any physical contact is wanted and not against the person's will. There are a number of ways a person gives consent, and a number of ways a person makes it clear they do not consent. Everyone, regardless of gender, is responsible for obtaining consent for sexual activity.
It is important to note that consent must be given freely without fear of consequences. Furthermore, the person must be physically capable of giving consent. You should also know that consent is a LEGAL concept. Without consent, you can be accused of sexual assault and you can be held legally liable.
Signs of Consent:
It is important to get a very clear message that consent has been given for any physical contact. Some examples would be verbal statements which indicate that the person is interested in being intimate with you, or non-verbal consent, such as reciprocating the physical or intimate activity that you have initiated. If there is any doubt about whether your partner is freely consenting to physical contact, stop and clarify the wishes and intentions of your partner.
Remember, however, that there are often several stages of sexual activity. Therefore, consent to one kind of physical contact does not mean that your partner is consenting to ALL intimate activity. You should also know that someone consenting to be alone with you, for example in your residence hall room, does not necessarily mean that they are consenting to any intimate contact.
When Consent is Not Valid:
Consent is not valid if one of two things happen. The first is that consent occurs as a result of fear or threats. If the perpetrator has a weapon or threatens the victim with harm, then there is no consent. Also, if emotional coercion, intimidation or pressure is used, there is no consent.
The second type of consent that is not valid is one that happens all too often on college campuses. That is when a person is not able to legally give consent because she or he is too drunk or high. The fact that a person is intoxicated makes them incapable of giving consent to sexual activity. In that case, the victim doesn't need to stop the perpetrator. If a person has sex with someone who is passed out, or someone who is too drunk to know what is going on, they could be accused of having sex against the victim's will; they can be accused of rape. You should know that if a person is accused of sexual assault, their being intoxicated or high at the time of the alleged incident does NOT absolve them of legal culpability.
Signs of Lack of Consent:
A lack of consent is indicated verbally when a person says "No" or "Don't do that" or "Please stop" or "I don't want to do this." These are fairly clear. However, a person could indicate a lack of consent by implied verbal refusals such as "I'm not sure I want to do this," or "Wait a minute."
Any type of physical resistance, such as trying to get away, trying to leave, rolling over, pushing a person off, moving a person's hands, or trying to put one's clothes back on are signs of NOT giving consent.
Submission is Not Consent:
In a sexual situation, many individuals (especially women), report becoming so frightened that they "froze" or "shut down" and became completely passive. The incredible stress and trauma, the feeling of disbelief that this could happen has the effect of paralyzing the victim, with the assaulter controlling the victim's fear. Just because a person does not "fight back" does not mean he/she is willing or is consenting to sex.
Stop, Ask, Clarify:
In most cases, if you are sober, you have a pretty good sense of whether or not the person you are being sexually active with wants to be there or not. If you are listening, you can tell whether or not you have consent for sex. If, for any reason, you aren't sure whether or not you are engaging in consensual sex, you should stop, clarify the situation, ask and be sure. That way you can be certain that you are not engaging in sexual assault or rape.
Consequences of Lack of Consent:
If you engage in sexual activity without consent, you can be accused of sexual assault, you can be prosecuted, and you can be convicted. Do you really want to risk throwing your life away over a sexual experience with a partner who doesn't freely choose to be with you?
If you engage in sexual activity when you are incapable of giving consent, you can become the victim of sexual assault which, unfortunately, can create physical and emotional consequences that you will have to deal with for a long time. Wouldn't you rather be safe than sorry?
Sexual Assault: Why Report It?
To report a sexual assault, you can:
Important Contact Information:
Office of Residential Life (914) 633-2336
Iona College Counseling Center (914) 633-2038
Iona College Wellness Center (914) 633-2548
Campus Safety and Security (914) 633-2560
Office of Student Development (914) 633-2360
Health Services (914) 633-2548
Office of Off-Campus Housing (914) 633-2243
Victims Assistance Services (914) 345-3113
24-hour Rape Crisis Helpline (914) 345-9111
New Rochelle Police Department (914) 654-2300
Sound Shore Medical Center (914) 632-5000
*Information Prepared by the Iona College Counseling Center
A free website that provides anonymous self screening:
Where do I go if I think I have a problem with alcohol or other drugs?
In an emergency situation, call 911 and get medical help from a trained professional.
2nd Floor of Spellman Hall
760 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY
2nd Floor of LaPenta Student Union
Or speak with your Resident Assistant or Residence Hall Director
2nd Floor of LaPenta Student Union
92 Yonkers Avenue
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
3 Cottage Place
New Rochelle, NY 10801
St. Vincent's Hospital
275 North Street
Harrison, NY 10528
The Center for Motivation and Change, PLLC
276 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1101/1105
New York, NY 10001
235 Main Street, Suite 540
White Plains, NY 10601
212.683.3339, ext 21
Renaissance Project, Inc.
350 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Where to go to get involved with programming initiatives?
Contact the Counseling Center at (914) 633-2038
Vice Provost for Student Life