Expectations for Participation
- University of Rochester students, faculty and staff are invited to join us in celebrating Dandelion Day. River Campus undergraduates are the target audience, so some activities (including the concert) are open only to these students. This UR celebration is not open to the general public.
- University IDs will be checked at the entrance of all activities, including the concert. If you want to participate, carry your University ID with you at all times. (If you plan to consume alcohol in the Dandelion Lounge tent, bring government-issued ID.)
- For safety, Dandelion Day staff reserve the right to turn away guests exhibiting unsafe behavior, including those visibly intoxicated.
Relevant Information & Suggestions
- If you or someone you see needs help, notify MERT or Security– stop by the MERT tent, pick up a blue light phone, dial x13, or call (585) 275-3333.
- Leave beverages, coolers, backpacks, and other large bags at home. Purses and small bags are allowed but are subject to search.
- Wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and eat healthily.
- Use of grills, bonfires, and amplified sound systems are prohibited.
- Pets should be left at home.
- If you’re not familiar with the Standards of Student Conduct you should review these expectations, as they will also be in effect on Dandelion Day.
- Be responsible, stay safe, and have fun!
If you have any questions, please contact CAB Administrative Chair Julian Lunger. Additional policies and expectations will be updated later as events are unveiled, so please check back prior to Dandelion Day.
A Message from Dean Burns
Dear University of Rochester Students:
As you know, Dandelion Day will soon be here, and I hope you are as excited as I am with all of the activities and events planned for this very special day. Dozens of your fellow students have been working very hard to plan a day filled with fun and relaxation. I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy yourselves.
I write to you today to let you know about some basic expectations for Dandelion Day and for the Saturday afterwards. It is no secret that the expansion of activities last year was part of an effort to preserve a cherished tradition while creating an environment that was safer than it has been in the recent past. To that end, please keep these things in mind:
- All policies that are in effect during the normal course of the year are in effect on Dandelion Day and will be enforced accordingly. Please note that our policies prohibit open containers of alcohol.
- If at all possible, please leave drink containers and backpacks in your rooms. If you need to carry a backpack, you may be approached, and the backpack may be searched. Similarly, if you are carrying a drink container that is suspected to contain alcohol, then you will be asked to dump the contents and return the container to your room (or otherwise properly dispose of it).
- Dandelion Day is a day planned for the current University of Rochester community. Therefore, it is not a time to invite siblings or alumni. In fact, the premiere event—the evening concert—is open only to current University of Rochester undergraduates.
It was abundantly clear that the risks typically associated with Dandelion Day had become untenable, and that the vast majority of those risks had to do with the excessive, abusive use of alcohol. Your fellow students, along with dedicated staff members, have spent countless hours over the past months in the attempt to preserve the tradition again this year.
However, the real effort to save and to keep the day rests with each individual student.
Each member of each class year, each member of each group, each resident of each residence hall must make an individual choice to keep this day safe, and to take away the emphasis on alcohol abuse and the resultant misconduct associated with it. Without continuous efforts in this regard, there will be no Dandelion Day in the future.
I have long believed in the capacity and ability of our student population to respond to the needs of our community, and I do not—for one second—believe that you cannot succeed in sustaining a safe and fun tradition. I especially believe this to be true during the year in which responsibility is the Communal Principle we celebrate. Enjoy your day.
Dean of Students