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Substance Abuse Services

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?

To minimize any hesitation students or student organizations may have in obtaining immediate medical or other professional help for students in need:

  • Amnesty is available to individuals who seek or accept medical or other professional assistance without fear they may be accused of minor policy violations, such as underage drinking at the time of the incident. Educational sanctions may be required, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.

  • To encourage students to seek medical or other professional assistance for others, amnesty is available for minor violations when students offer this help to others in need. Educational sanctions may be required, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result. 

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 conduct action granted under this policy may only apply to conduct 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 provision 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 http://www.uni.edu/policies/302