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Alcohol Poisoning & the Good Samaritan Provision

You should call 911 if…
  • You can’t awaken your friend
  • Your friends breathing is slow, shallow, or irregular
  • His/her skin is pale, bluish, cold or clammy
  • His/her pulse is above 100 or below 60
While you wait…
  • Don’t give food or drink
  • Don’t induce vomiting
  • Don’t leave your friend alone
  • Have your friend lie of his/her side to prevent choking
  • Call University Police (319-273-4000) if your friend becomes unmanageable

Don’t worry about getting into trouble, do the right thing! Are you aware of the UNI Good Samaritan Provision within the Student Conduct Code?

Students who seek medical assistance for themselves or another person due to intoxication of alcohol and/or drugs will not be subject to university disciplinary action, except when it has been determined that another violation of university policy has occurred (for example destruction of university property; fire safety violation; physical harm to another person, etc.).

This includes an alleged victim of sexual misconduct or another student who shares information as either a witness to or as a reporter of sexual misconduct as long as the report is made in good faith. In order for this policy to apply, the student must agree to complete any and all recommended educational programming or other treatment recommended by the Dean of Students or a Student Conduct Administrator.

Examples where this policy would apply include:
  1. A student is reluctant to call an ambulance when a friend becomes unconscious following excessive consumption of alcohol because the reporting student is under the age of 21 and was also consuming alcohol.
  2. A student is reluctant to report that he/she has been sexually assaulted because he/she had been consuming alcohol and is under the age of 21.

Any exemption from disciplinary action granted under this policy may only apply to disciplinary action and/or sanctions under the Student Conduct Code and does not apply to any criminal action taken by law enforcement, such as issuing a citation or making an arrest.

While this policy applies to individual students, if an organization has been found in violation of the Student Conduct Code, then the organization’s willingness to seek medical assistance for a guest may be viewed as a mitigating factor if or when sanctions are issued.

The complete Student Conduct Code is available at