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of being a good Samaritan. Some
institutions call them responsible
action protocols, some call them
medical amnesty programs, some
call them Good Samaritan programs.
Whatever they are called, they share a
common goal: to encourage students
to immediately call for help in drugand alcohol-related emergencies, even
if they themselves are violating the
student code of conduct at the time.
At Northwestern University in
Evanston, Illinois, their Responsible
Action Protocol (RAP) makes it clear
what the right course of action is.
Students are expected to follow the
protocol known as Call, Stay, Cooperate:
to immediately contact the appropriate
emergency officials, remain at the
scene (assuming it is safe to do so)
both to help the affected individual
and to cooperate with emergency
officials, and then to participate in the
follow-up, meeting with university
officials or cooperating with any kind
of investigation. In most cases, if a
student follows the RAP guidelines, no
disciplinary action will be taken.
As part of their comprehensive
educational and outreach services,
the university spreads the word about
the RAP protocol in a variety of ways:
a Twitter page (@smartdillo) which
informs students about the protocol
and an educational video that replaces
students with partying armadillos who
are surrounded with the ubiquitous
red plastic cups. During the festivities,
one of the armadillos keels over, and
another immediately follows the
protocol: Call, Stay, Cooperate. This
is the right course of action, and the
consequences for not following the
protocol can be worse than the risks.
Though calling for help can have a
mitigating effect on violations, failure to
act will have the opposite effect; in fact,
it can get students into more trouble

than the violation would have merited
in a non-emergency.
Lake Forest College in Illinois
has a similar program, called a Good
Samaritan or medical amnesty policy.
As at Northwestern, the policy is
not intended to reward students for
underage or binge drinking but to
make it easier for them to make a
responsible decision that could save
someone’s life. Stacy Oliver-Sikorski,
the associate director for student
success, explains that their program
gives students limited immunity if they
call for help for a friend in an alcoholor drug-related emergency. “Students
who call for help (and the students
for whom help is called) meet with
a conduct hearing officer and have a
conversation about the incident, just
as they would for a hearing. They may
be asked to complete an educational
activity based on the incident. The
immunity they receive is that there
is no conduct record created as long
as they successfully complete the
activity. If they fail to do it, a record is
established of the incident and they
may face further disciplinary action for
failing to comply.”
At Florida State University in
Tallahassee, the medical amnesty
program, like those at Northwest
and Lake Forest, focuses on enabling
students to more easily make the right
choice without having to lose precious
time feeling ambivalent. According to
FSU’s “Medical Amnesty Proposed
Policy Statement and Purpose,” medical
amnesty is designed to “diminish
fear of disciplinary and conduct
sanctions” so that both individuals
and organizations will be encouraged
“to seek needed medical attention for
students in distress from alcohol and
drug use.” Students are also reminded
not to take matters into their own
hands: “If a student is incapacitated,

letting that person ‘sleep it off’ or
having a friend ‘look after’ that person
are not reasonable alternatives to
getting him/her the necessary medical
help.”
FSU also tries to inform students
about the program in as many ways
as possible, including training for
the residence hall staff. As Chandra
Myrick, the associate director of
student life, explains, “All live-in staff
are trained on the medical amnesty
policy. This includes full-time residence
coordinators, graduate assistant
coordinators and hall directors, and
resident assistants.”
Making it safe for students to
take action by sheltering them from
negative consequences does not
involve blanket immunity. As the RAP
website emphasizes, “The protocol
does not protect repeated, flagrant,
or serious violations of the Student
Code of Conduct (including physical
or sexual assault, violence, hazing,
harassment, theft, or vandalism or
instances where multiple individuals
need medical attention), nor does it
preclude or prevent action by police or
other legal authorities.” In some cases,
the amnesty is limited or conditional.
Northwestern requires educational
or health interventions and may also
decide to contact parents. Similarly,
Lake Forest’s program does not offer a
free pass for students involved in the
incident, though it allows them to avoid
most of the brunt of punishment. FSU
also makes it clear that immunity can
be limited in some cases. According
to their website, “This policy does
not grant ‘full immunity’ to a student
who acts under this policy . . . if a
determination is made, independent
of any information gained as a result
of the call for medical attention, that
Student Conduct Code charges are
appropriate.”
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Talking Stick - September/October 2013
Contents
New Member Highlight
Vision
Just In
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Business Operations
Facilities
Calendar
Becoming an Assessment Storyteller
The Quintessential Professional
Conversations
First Takes
Reporting Out
New Members
Snapshot
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Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - 1
Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - 2
Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - Contents
Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - New Member Highlight
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Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - Vision
Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - 7
Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - Just In
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Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - 10
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Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - Your ACUHO-I
Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - Transitions
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Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - September/October 2013 - Business Operations
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