Pub crawls banned at UNB Fredericton campus
University of New Brunswick no longer wants any connection to campus drinking tours
There will be no more pub crawls or tours allowed by student organizations according to an email sent by the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus administration on Thursday.
Pub crawls on the UNB campus generally consisted of groups of people going to different bars and clubs on a timeline, starting at one bar and then leaving as a group to go to another.
The email was written by Shirley Cleave, the associate VP Academic, and states the reasons behind the banning of pub crawls has to do with lack of insurance coverage, the risk involved, and the liability of other universities not permitting pub crawls either.
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Cleave was part of a group asked by president Eddy Campbell to take a close look at alcohol on campus after what she said were "a number of institutions that had significant tragedies related to alcohol consumption."
Any pub crawls in the past have not been officially recognized or sanctioned according to Cleave, and the announcement of the ban makes it clear to student-led groups.
"I don't think we have pub crawls or pub tours on campus … If students move from one campus location to the other, they can do that...what students do individually is their responsibility," said Cleave.
STU to look at ban
Jeffrey Carleton, the communications director for St. Thomas University, said he was aware of the process the UNB campus was taking to ban the campus crawls.
"We encourage students to look out for each other when they're out socializing and that becomes harder to when there's a larger group of students," said Carleton.
Over the next two weeks Carleton said STU will be considering putting a ban into effect on pub crawls for their students as well.
"Now it's the time for St. Thomas to sit down and take a look at this."
"I think it makes perfect sense. Why would UNB have any affiliation with an event where university students go out and get drunk?" said Hurst.
Grayson Beairsto is the vice president of finance and operations for the student union, working with the clubs and societies on campus.
Beairsto said he's heard from students upset with the ban and understands why, but the student union has never been able to support pub crawls due to insurance coverage.
UNB will be offering a training program to students planning and organizing events as well as introducing a new approval process for all events proposed by student organizations.