Dear K-State Students,
As many of you prepare to celebrate Fake Patty’s Day this Saturday, please know that your safety is most important. K-State, along with our partners — the city of Manhattan, the Riley County Police Department and local business owners — want you to take care of yourselves and others.
Please also remember that you have a choice to participate in the day’s activities and have a great time without drinking. Whatever your choice, I encourage you to make good decisions and keep the following in mind:
· Drink water and eat regularly.
· Be aware of safety in numbers and use the buddy system.
· Know that parking will be limited.
· Call SafeRide at 785-537-6345 between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. It’s a good idea to save this number to your contacts before going out.
· Know that all laws will be enforced. Reports to police during Fake Patty’s Day often involve noise, drinking and parking. Drinking is not allowed in the streets and tickets will be issued. Be mindful that violations also can mean a significant hit to your finances with a minor in possession fine of $750.
I also want to remind you that although Manhattan is a college town, it is still a community we share. We should all be proud of K-State’s No. 5 national ranking for great campus and community relations. Help your university maintain this outstanding reputation by showing respect to one another and your community. Please make your K-State family proud!
Thank you and be careful ‘Cats,
Editor’s Note: Any convicted minor in possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is punishable by a fine between $200 and $500, up to one month in jail, $146 in court costs and a driver’s license suspension. If a request for a diversion is made and a diversion is granted, $750 is due at the time of signing the diversion – if granted by the city prosecutor.