On Thursday, May 3, 2018, Canisius will host Griff Fest. Griff Fest is an alcohol-free event held on campus, with food, music, rides, games, and prizes. This celebration runs from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and attracts over 1,000 students every year.

Although the behavior of Canisius College students on this day has vastly improved over the last several years, each year students living in non-college owned houses in the Canisius neighborhood host unsanctioned and unsupervised parties. These parties put their hosts and guests at risk. If you have a child living in a house in the neighborhood, please discourage hosting a party and encourage your child to attend Griff Fest instead.

While we want our students to enjoy the day, we are very concerned about their safety. Students under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs generally do not exercise good judgment and place themselves and others at risk.

Canisius College Public Safety with the assistance of the Buffalo Police Department will be working diligently to monitor parties and behavior in the neighborhood.

To ensure the safety of our students the College will continue its very strong stand regarding inappropriate student behavior. Seniors who violate NYS laws and/or Canisius College Community Standards will not be permitted to participate in senior week or commencement activities and underclassmen may face suspension.

Please have a conversation with your child, recommending compliance with NYS state laws and community standards. Encourage your child to enjoy the day and make good decisions. Together, we can make Griff Fest an annual event that is fun and safe for the entire Canisius community.


Vice President for Student Affairs
Title IX Coordinator
Canisius College
716 888-2130