Dear Marietta College Students:

I am writing as many of you prepare to leave later this week for Spring Break. I hope you enjoy this much-deserved break, and you return on March 19th
excited to put the finishing touches on an amazing semester. You’re about to go into an iconic week in the lives of every college student — and after a tough round of midterms, you certainly deserve this upcoming spring break.

While some of you will stick around because of sporting commitments, your international status, or because the wonderful Mid-Ohio Valley is your family’s home, many of you will journey elsewhere to visit
family, attend conferences or sporting events, or enjoy some time at the beach. Wherever you go, please make every effort to be safe. Accidental deaths and injuries due to excessive alcohol use are very real dangers, particularly among college-age students
— be careful!

My intention with this note is not to shadow your upcoming plans with a lecture on personal responsibility. It’s simply a reminder that Judy and I — and the entire Marietta College community — care about
your safety, and want to see your smiling face — refreshed and recharged — back on campus in about a week.

Safety Reminders
  • Lock all doors and windows during
  • break, and take all valuables with you.
  • Report any suspicious activity to 9-1-1.
  • Understand the health and legal risks of using illicit drugs.
  • Look out for each other.
Play Smart
  • Don’t drink and drive or drive with someone who has been drinking.
  • Know the alcohol laws at your destination. If you are traveling outside of the U.S., the age restrictions could be different.
  • Don't assume that someone you have just met will look out for your best interests. Keep in mind that more people are assaulted by acquaintances than by strangers.
  • If a friend feels sick, don’t leave them alone. If you feel sick, ask someone to look out for you.
  • If a member of your group falls ill, or sick, call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Don’t horseplay or climb on balconies. Never sit on railings and always keep both feet on the floor at all times. Falls from balconies, even those on lower floors, can be fatal.
  • Don’t carry all of your credit or bank cards in your wallet or purse. Carry the minimum amount of cash that you will need, including a little backup. Traveler’s checks are your best bet when on vacation. If you have extra cash, put it in the hotel safe.
  • Make sure your friends and relatives know where you will be vacationing, when you will depart, and when you expect to return. Call and text friends or family members to let them know that you have arrived and returned safely.
  • If you are robbed, don’t resist — give up any money, jewelry, or other valuables. You can always replace material things. Call 9-1-1 as soon as you can (or the appropriate emergency number if outside of the U.S.).
International Travel

All travelers must show proof of identity and citizenship when entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and other countries of the Caribbean by land or sea. You also need a passport to travel outside the U.S.  The U.S. Department of State’s Web site ( is an excellent source of information for those traveling abroad.

Road Trip Advice

Students who are traveling by car are reminded that driving while tired is very dangerous. Activity breaks can help the driver stay alert. It is helpful to take turns at the wheel to prevent fatigue. If possible, stay on well-traveled roads where it is easier to get assistance when needed.

Whether traveling within the states or abroad, students are urged to notify someone at home of their travel plans, and to check in daily to confirm that your trip is progressing smoothly.

I offer you my best wishes for a safe, fun and restful Spring Break.


Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management