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University Police Chief provides game day safety tips and reminders

To our University community:

The Backyard Brawl is upon us as we host Pitt on Saturday (Sept. 16), and the University Police Department is looking forward to cheering on the Mountaineers with you.

As you participate in game day and any festivities that may follow, please remember to celebrate responsibly:

  • If you are drinking alcohol, monitor your intake levels and never let your drink out of your sight. Stick with a group, and don’t leave a friend behind.
  • If you see something, say something. Download the LiveSafe app to have direct, two-way communication with University Police right at your fingertips. Using the app, you can send text, photo, video and audio messages to dispatchers if you have a tip or see something wrong. Should you get separated from your group or need to travel separately, LiveSafe’s SafeWalk feature allows you to virtually walk home with family and friends by sharing your location with them.
  • If you see someone who may be in danger of a drug or alcohol overdose, please dial 911 to call for help. Under the University’s medical amnesty policy through the Campus Student Code and the laws of West Virginia, bystanders and those affected by drug or alcohol overdose may be safe from prosecution and may not face charges under the Campus Student Code if they seek medical assistance in an emergency. Bottom line – always seek help when someone’s well-being may be at risk.
  • Lastly, let’s remember to be respectful towards fellow fans and campus property. At the end of the day, we all want to have a game day experience that is fun and safe.

If you need help at any time, please dial 911, contact UPD at 304-293-3136 or talk to an officer working the event. We are here for you.

The University Police team appreciates your cooperation while we work together to maintain a safe environment for all students, employees, fans and visitors.

Let’s go Mountaineers!

– Chief Sherry St. Clair, West Virginia University Police Department