As spring quarter is underway and you are busy with classes, programs, and activities, I am writing to advise you about a non-University sanctioned event, "4-20." As you are probably aware, 4-20 activities create a variety of challenges for everyone in the campus community. Your safety is paramount as is the need to continue University business for students, faculty, and staff that supports our academic mission. This unwelcome and illegal activity diminishes UCSC's reputation and draws negative attention to our campus. To help minimize the impact of 4-20, the following measures will be in place:
April 19 through April 21
. Per the housing contract, no overnight guests will be allowed to stay in residence from Monday, April 19 through Wednesday, April 21, 2010.
. Beginning at 3:00 p.m., all inbound traffic through the campus west gate will be diverted. Metro buses will enter campus through the main entrance only, travel up Coolidge Drive, and loop back to the main entrance via Hagar Drive. During this period of time, Metro buses will only make one stop in the campus core on Hagar Drive, between Quarry Plaza and OPERS.
. A reduced number of campus shuttles will continue to connect the east and west sides of campus, following the normal "core" route west before turning uphill on Heller Drive and returning along McLaughlin Drive to the east side of campus. Disability van service-with the possible exception of delays caused by traffic congestion-should be unaffected by these changes.
. Campus parking regulations will be strictly enforced.
. Sections of Empire Grade (uphill from the Arboretum) will be designated as a tow-away zone. Extra patrols will be on duty to enforce this restriction, and vehicles will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.
This notification is being provided to help you plan for April 20 and make positive choices about your time. Student Affairs staff will be offering regular programming and we are partnering with the Library again this year to offer an alternative activity, a special study-in with light snacks from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at both libraries.
UCSC continues to educate students about the risks of alcohol and drug use, provide alternative activities, and enforce University policies. Ultimately, events like 4-20 are shaped by the individual choices and behaviors of community members. I encourage you to engage with your peers, other campus community members, and Student Affairs staff about these issues. We can support you in planning and participating in alternative activities that highlight your accomplishments as scholars and engaged world citizens.