I’ve written to the campus community several times in recent years regarding my concern about the “Tour de Franzia,” a student-initiated event that has sometimes occurred toward the end of the spring term.
For those unfamiliar with the event, the Tour has entailed small teams of students consuming a box of Franzia wine while visiting various campus locations designated by the organizers of the event. Given that a standard box of Franzia contains the equivalent of 42 drinks, many who have participated have been dangerously drunk as they were running around campus and crossing busy streets. A dramatic number of students required hospitalization for acute intoxication or injuries as a result of past Tours, and some of these students had potentially lethal blood alcohol levels. Although our principal concern has been the safety and well-being of students, we have also experienced significant damage and vandalism, numerous complaints from neighbors living adjacent to campus, and abusive treatment of the Public Safety officers and Student Affairs staff who respond to concerns that arose during the event.
We want to make clear that students who choose to participate in any way (taking part in the scavenger hunt, wearing masks and/or costumes, as well as possessing and/or consuming alcohol in violation of University policy) will face judicial charges. In the past, the SJB has determined that typical participants in the Tour might accumulate a minimum of 6 judicial points. Students should be warned that those who have already accrued points, as well as those who engage in egregious behavior, may face immediate suspension. Seniors who participate in the Tour will be prohibited from participating in Commencement.
Given the health risks and potential judicial consequences, it is my hope that you will continue to find ways to celebrate the end of the semester safely and responsibly. Your good judgment will help us avoid a tragedy that we fear is likely if the Tour continues.
Dean Mike Whaley
Michael J. Whaley
Vice President for Student Affairs
Middletown, CT 06459