Medical Amnesty Proposal
Medical Amnesty Program: FAQs
does the Medical Amnesty Program work?
serious or life-threatening situations, particularly where alcohol poisoning or
drug overdose is suspected or where other medical treatment is reasonably
believed to be appropriate, students are asked to take the following steps:
-Call 911. -Stay with the person needing assistance until help arrives. -Be
prepared to give the emergency medical personnel as much information as
possible including the amount and type of alcohol or substances consumed. If a
student is so intoxicated s/he is unable to be awakened, letting that person
“sleep it off” is not a reasonable alternative to getting him/her the necessary
happens after medical help is provided?
following next steps outline the process after medical help is provided to
students in need of medical attention as a result of alcohol and/or drug use:
my parents find out?
but not necessarily. If a registered student is transported to an emergency
medical treatment center for alcohol or drug use, the student’s parents or
guardians may be notified by the Office of the Vice President or Student and
International Affairs or by the University Police Department if deemed
necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.
Does the Medical Amnesty Program protect students from police
or legal actions?
No. The Medical Amnesty Program only applies to the UNF
Student Conduct Code and Housing and Residence Life Community Standards. It
does not prevent or preclude police or other legal actions.
incidents involving the Medical Amnesty Program be on my academic record?
Medical Amnesty Program incidents will not be entered on the student’s official
the Medical Amnesty Program cover student groups and organizations?
representative of a UNF student organization hosting an event calls for medical
assistance, this act of responsibility might mitigate potential Student Conduct
Code consequences, i.e., the fact that an organization sought help will be
favorably considered in potential sanctioning for university policy violations
and/or FIPG Risk Management Policy violations. UNF student organizations
involved in an incident must agree to take recommended steps to address
concerns. In appropriate situations as determined in the conduct process,
mitigation could result in the requirement of participation in an educational
program or educational activities rather than other disciplinary consequences.
does the Medical Amnesty Program apply to?
Medical Amnesty Program applies to the following situations:
does the Medical Amnesty Program NOT apply to?
prohibited behavior as outlined in the UNF Student Conduct Code.
there a limit to the number of times the Medical Amnesty Program can be used?
Students are always encouraged to look after their friends and peers, and are
encouraged to take responsible actions anytime they are necessary. However, if
a student is involv
ed in repeat alcohol and/or drug abuse incidents, the
following will occur:
other institutions have implemented a similar Program?
universities have created and implemented either a Medical Amnesty Policy or a
Good Samaritan Policy. These institutions include but are not limited to:
University of Florida, Ohio University, Cornell University, University of
Toledo, University of Pennsylvania, Emory University, Tulane University,
Clemson University, Rollins College, North Western University, University of
Georgia, University of Kansas, Ohio State University, University of Texas at
Austin, and University of Virginia.
is alcohol poisoning?
poisoning is another term for an alcohol overdose, which may occur when
individuals consume so much alcohol that their bodies can no longer process it
fast enough. Alcohol poisoning and overdoses are potentially lethal; the human
body simply cannot tolerate or process excessive amounts of alcohol. Too many
college students have died as a result of alcohol poisoning.
are the signs or symptoms of alcohol poisoning or overdose?
signs or symptoms of alcohol poisoning include (not all of these needs to be
person who has lost consciousness and cannot be awakened is in danger of dying.
Help is needed immediately.
do I help a friend who might be experiencing alcohol poisoning or overdose?
should I NOT do when helping someone experiencing alcohol poisoning or
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