GENESEO – In light of further questions and frustrations about the recently passed ‘Social Host Law,’ the Student Association (SA) at SUNY Geneseo will publish the minutes from their Feb. 2 question and answer panel on ‘Social Host.’
After the Student Organization (SA) assembled a panel of College and Village leaders to answer previously submitted questions about the law, available here, which enables police to ticket the owner of a property where underage alcohol consumption occurs, students are still speaking out in opposition to the law.
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“I just don’t think it really does anything,” said Alejandro Guidos, a junior at SUNY Geneseo. “The only good thing people in power have is the ability to educate. ‘Social Host’ is like saying abstinence is the only way, but with drinking.”
In response to continued frustration, SA will make the minutes recorded at the panel available online at sa.geneseo.edu on Thursday, Feb. 11, and forward more than 200 questions that were received before and during the panel to Village Mayor Richard Hatheway and Chief of Police Eric Osganian, both of whom served as panelists.
“This will allow the Village to see the exact concerns students have regarding the law,” said SA in an email to students and faculty. “The Student Association encourages [contact] that could potentially help in this fight for transparency.”
Some students are concerned that the law will discourage students from calling 911 in the case of an emergency.
“There’s confusion between ‘Social Host’ and the ‘Good Samaritan’ laws now,” said Laurel Linde, a junior and active member of Gamma Chi Epsilon. They’re scaring kids away from calling when someone gets into trouble at a party.”
At the panel on Feb. 2, Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian said that no one should ever hesitate to call 911 in a possible emergency.