Resolution 06-27: BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY

Number 06-27
Description medical amnesty policy in place in regards to alcohol consumption
Authored by Ryan Hoopes
Sponsored by Kelly Earnest
Date Submitted Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Date Considered Tuesday, March 27, 2007
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Academic Affairs
Result n/a
Remarks FAILED. The committee believed that this resolution was not needed at UTA. This conclusion was supported by research.
Whereas 599,000 students, between the ages of 18 and 24, are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol every year in the United States; and
Whereas One in five college students are regular binge drinkers and studies show that binge drinking rates continue to rise in the United States; and
Whereas People may be reluctant to seek help in such alcohol or other drug induced medical emergencies because of potential judicial consequences for themselves, the person in need of assistance, of the organization hosting the event where the incident occurs; and
Whereas Rice University, Cornell University, Dartmuth University, the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Lafayette College all implement medical amnesty policies at their respective institutions.
Be It Further Resolved That A medical amnesty policy be put in place in order to reduce barriers in seeking assistance by not subjecting students involved to judicial or municipal action and increasing the likelihood that community members will call for assistance.