How to prevent weekends of integration (WEI) and other student nights from ending up in drama?


                Young people at a party. – Pixabay
            In 2017, David Marret died at the age of 20 during the integration weekend of his university in Brittany. He had slept little and had drunk too much alcohol …
Frédérique Vidal gathered Wednesday universities, colleges and student associations to sign a charter on the organization of festive events.
Through this text, the organizers of festive student events, will inform their program, their budget, the "accidental risks related to the place" and the amount of alcohol expected.

It must have been a memorable evening to celebrate the beginning of his student life, but it was the last of his life. "On September 28, 2017, my cousin David Marret passed away at the age of 20 during a weekend of integration of the faculty of dentistry in Rennes," says Morgane Montévil.

"During the first evening, he drank a lot and slept little. The next day, new party with a lot of alcohol. It was there that he did not feel very well and was supported by some students who put him in a tent of rest. And it was only in the early morning that he was found dead, "adds the victim's brother, Sebastien Marret, in a video shot for the Ministry of Higher Education. "The tragedy I experienced, I do not wish anyone (…) David could have been the brother of anyone," he continues.

The fight of a family

To transform their sentence into a useful message, David Marret's family members decided to publicize this tragedy in order to alert the educational community of the potential danger that students would run during university evenings. Sébastien Marret's video is part of an awareness campaign "top Danger in the evenings d'inté! Launched on Wednesday by the Ministry of Higher Education. And Morgane Montévil was present on Wednesday at the ministry to support the signing of a charter on the organization of festive events launched by representatives of universities, colleges and student associations. "We got involved so that this kind of drama does not happen anymore. A weekend of integration is when students return home safely, "said the young woman.

"We sent a lot of letters. And for once, we had a lot of answers. The Ministry of Higher Education developed in October 2017, shortly after the death of my brother, an accompanying guide. Everyone must have the information that this guide exists (…), "says Sébastien Marret. This guide has already been distributed at the start of the year to students in charge of integration weekends, with practical advice. It also recalls that the bringing of others, against their will or not, to consume alcohol excessively in meetings related to school and socio-educational environments is punishable by six months of imprisonment and 7,500 euros d 'fine.

"It's not about preventing the organization of student nights"

The charter that was signed this Wednesday is another tool in this fight against the excesses of student parties. It will have to be filled by the organizers of student festive events. It will include information about their program, their budget, the "accidental risks related to the place" and the amount of alcohol expected. It also encourages associative managers to take courses in "risk reduction and first aid" or to call in professional rescue workers. "This is not to prevent the organization of student parties, but to be sure that there is a minimum training of students who organize them. Whenever they want support, the prevention and health services of the rectorates must be present and schools will also help them, "said the Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal. An initiative welcomed by Morgane Montévil: "We expect a lot from this charter. We also hope that there will be active medical assistance during these evenings, "she says.

In the field, some universities and grandes écoles have also set up their own processes to better supervise the evenings. As at Ensam. "It must be said that in October 2017, one of our student nights went bad. It had been badly prepared and we did not know how to stop things in time, "admits Laurent Champaney, General Manager of Ensam.

Sixteen students from Ensam d'Angers had been burned and tattooed on their arms during an evening of integration. An electroshock for the management team who set up procedures with students: "We now prepare our evenings two months in advance. We always do a risk analysis (specific dangers during this evening, number of participants …) in order to put in place an effective prevention ", explains Jean-François Jung president of the union of the students of arts and trades. "And for each evening, students are appointed to ensure the safety of their classmates. On site, they identify risky situations, intervene when necessary and call for help when needed, "says Thomas Douche, vice president of student life. A system that works well: "Prevention by peers is always better experienced by students, because it is not paternalistic," said Lila Le Bas, president of Unef. A model to duplicate therefore.







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