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Year 11 and Year 12 dance

The annual Stewards’ Dance is on Friday, Oct. 19. Here are a few key points about the dance:

  1. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. All attendees (boarding and day students, and guests) must only use the west parking lot entrance of the school at the Hewitt Athletic Centre.
  2. Police will be checking every student and inspecting every bag before allowing anyone into the dance. Any student in possession of or under the influence of alcohol or drugs will have to be picked up immediately by his parent or guardian from the dance.
  3. Doors close at 9:30 p.m., with no in/out privileges.
  4. The dance ends at 11 p.m.
  5. All tickets must be purchased by Thursday, Oct. 18. No tickets will be sold at the door.
  6. Any UCC student who’s bringing a guest to the dance must provide us with an emergency contact phone number of the parent or guardian of his guest and the name of her/his school.
  7. Access is restricted to the west lot entrance area and the David Chu Theatre only, where the dance itself is taking place. All other areas of the school, including all day house locker rooms and lockers, are strictly off limits.

As referenced above, the College’s drug and alcohol policy will be in full effect for the dance, as it is for any other school function. The students are frequently reminded of this (by email, for example, and in assembly), and you should also warn your sons of this fact. Aside from being placed on conduct status, for example, a boy under the influence will not only be sent home from this dance but will be denied admittance to a future school event, dance or other UCC social function, such as Winterfest and/or the Battalion Ball. Please refer to the Upper School Family Handbook for further details of the policy and possible disciplinary ramifications. The 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 is 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 cannot 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 the CAMH website to understand your legal responsibilities and liabilities when underage people (including any UCC student) 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.

Fiona Marshall
Assistant Head, Student Affairs
Upper School