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This Friday’s Battalion Ball and drug and alcohol policy

The annual Battalion Ball, for those Year 11 and 12 students who wish to attend, will be held at the Palais Royale Ballroom on Lake Shore Boulevard this Friday, April 13.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind:

  1. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
  2. Doors close at 9:30 p.m., with no in/out privileges.
  3. The dance ends at 11:30 p.m.
  4. There are no ticket sales at the door.
  5. Tickets are $50 per person and $100 per couple.
  6. Any UCC student bringing a date must provide his date’s name, her/his school’s name, and an emergency cell phone number for her/his parent or guardian.
  7. The preferred dress code is black tie optional’ (i.e. suit and tie or tuxedo for boys, long gowns or evening separates for girls).

Students should be well aware that the drug and alcohol policy will be in effect at the ball, and are also reminded that UCC sister schools have the same expectations for their students who attend the dance.

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

If there’s a reasonable suspicion that you or your date has 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 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 dinner parties at which alcohol is consumed, not only by their own children but also by other people’s children. For parents who insist on hosting an event, we strongly recommend that the guest list remain small and manageable, and that the parents actively supervise to prevent students from sneaking alcohol into the party.

The law is clear: “If you allow an underage BYOB event to be held on your property, you may be held liable for injuries suffered or caused by a guest who is intoxicated. This is true whether the injuries occurred at the event or after the guest leaves. The courts are likely to be even more critical of your actions if you bought or provided the alcohol for the underage event.” (This was excerpted from a page on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health website.)

Thank you, in advance, for your support of our efforts to try to make this year’s ball fun, safe and sober for everyone.