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IB1 and IB2 dance on Oct. 25

Saturday, Oct. 25 is the annual Stewards Dance. Here are a few key points about it:

  • Doors open at 8:30 p.m. All attendees must use the west parking lot entrance by the Hewitt Athletic Centre only.
  • Doors close at 9:30 p.m., with no in/out privileges.
  • The dance ends at 11 p.m.
  • All tickets must be purchased by Friday, Oct. 24. No tickets will be sold at the door.
  • Any UCC student who is bringing a guest or date to the dance must provide us with an emergency contact phone number of the parent or guardian of his guest.
  • Access is restricted to the west lot entrance area and the David Chu Theatre only. All other areas of the school, including lockers and locker rooms, are strictly off limits.

As with every school function, the drug and alcohol policy will be in full effect. Students will be reminded of this by email and in assembly, and you may also want to warn your sons of this fact. (Please refer to the Family Handbook for further details of the policy and possible disciplinary ramifications.) Boys should also be aware that our sister schools have the same expectations in place, so these prohibitions are reciprocal:

“To be completely clear about it, this means that if you are going to the Stewards Dance, neither you nor your date may have, use, share or be under the influence of any alcohol or illegal drugs, including marijuana.

“If there’s a reasonable suspicion that you or your date have broken any of these rules, your parents will be contacted to take you home from the dance immediately. If your parents can’t be reached, then Toronto Police Services may be contacted to take you home. Depending on the outcome of the subsequent investigation by the school, further consequences at school could include suspension, conduct probation, expulsion and/or police involvement.”

We remind the boys of this every year because we don’t want to have to go down this road. We want our students to make smart decisions to avoid putting themselves or their dates in harm’s way. Every year, however, there are always a few boys and girls who get caught in violation of the drug and alcohol policy. Sadly, some of these cases result from parents hosting pre-dance dinners at which alcohol is served — not only to their own children but to other people’s children. We strongly recommend that parents consult this link to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health website to understand your legal responsibilities and liabilities when underage people (all UCC students) consume alcohol on your property.

Thank you in advance for your support of our efforts to try to make the Stewards Dance fun, safe and sober for everyone.

Evan Williams
Dean of Students