The early onset of summer may have students feeling carefree, but Cornell Police and Ithaca Police are aware of the uptick in partying said to be attributed to the warm weather. In response, they have upped their nighttime presence on and off campus to combat risky behavior.
There was an increase in patrols on campus this week, with officers working extra shifts — especially after 11 p.m., when most partying takes place, according to CUPD Chief Kathy Zoner.
This past weekend, Cornell Police saw six alcohol-related cases and two instances of unlawful possession of marijuana, all of which occurred after 11 p.m.
According to Zoner, criminal activity, damaged property, public urination, alcohol consumption and fights are more frequent during warmer weather. CUPD patrols are therefore generally increased at the beginning and end of the academic year, coinciding with the nicer weather, she said.
“There tend to be more parties — and larger parties — when the weather is warm,” Zoner said. “During Senior Week, we will increase our presence.”
More police will help ensure the safety of students who remain on-campus during Senior Week, according to Matt Koren ’12, Senior Week chair.
Last year, there was a significant increase in emergency calls made to Cornell University Emergency Medical Service in the warm months of April and September, according to Rebecca Goldstein ’13, director of CUEMS.
According to IPD Deputy Chief John Barber, Ithaca Police is also adding officers to weekend patrols in light of the recent warm weather. Between four and eight extra officers will work Friday and Saturday night shifts in Collegetown, East Hill and the Commons, he said.
“We have noticed an increase in partying,” Barber said.
IPD takes a zero tolerance approach to enforcing local ordinances, according to Barber.
“We want a safe environment for everyone,” said Barber. “We will continue to maintain the positive quality of life in these neighborhoods.”
In a press release Tuesday, CUPD and student leaders reminded students to be considerate of their neighbors and aware of campus and city rules when hosting parties on- and off-campus.
“Our number one priority is student safety,” Goldstein said. “Calling 911 for help when necessary is crucial.”
In the press release, Chris Sanders ’13, president of the Interfraternity Council, encouraged students to take advantage of the New York State Good Samaritan Law as well as both the campus and Greek Life medical amnesty policies when faced with an emergency situation.
“If a brother, sister or friend is incoherent or passed out and can’t be roused, don’t just let them sleep it off. Alcohol poisoning and drug overdose can be fatal,” he said. “It is always best to call for help — even if you are not sure if it is necessary.”