Responsible Action Protocol

A student who seeks emergency assistance for himself/herself or on behalf of a student experiencing a drug or alcohol emergency will not, in most cases, be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct, Guide to Residence Living, or Social Guidelines. However, the acting authority may require completion of alcohol and/or other drug education/counseling or other educational referral. Parental notification may also occur when the student is under 21 years of age (at the time of the misconduct) and he/she has committed a violation of law or University policy pertaining to drugs or alcohol.

Purpose of Protocol

Students are encouraged to act responsibly in potentially life-threatening situations that result from alcohol and/or other drug abuse and seek emergency attention for someone who is in danger because of intoxication. Students are expected to notify University Police when they or other students are in danger.

Scope of Protocol
  • In situations where students seek help for endangered students, the University will consider the positive impact of the assisting student’s actions when determining any corresponding student conduct actions.
  • An “emergency” notification is a timely contact to University Police. This protocol does not apply to individuals who contact friends or other students for assistance.
  • In most cases, neither the student requiring assistance nor an individual or group who assists will be subject to punitive disciplinary action
    • This protocol does not excuse or protect those who blatantly or repeatedly violate the Student Code of Conduct, Guide to Residence Living, or Social Event Guidelines in regards to alcohol and/or illegal drug use.
  • In some cases, this protocol may not apply to the caller if they provided, purchased, or otherwise made available the alcohol and/or drugs that contributed to the emergency situation.
    • These incidents will be examined on a case-by-case basis and will consider the specific details of the situation.
  • If a representative of an organization hosting an event calls for assistance in an emergency situation, this act of responsibility may mitigate potential judicial consequences that could arise against the organization.
  • This protocol applies only to the Student Code of Conduct, Guide to Residence Living, and Social Guidelines. Law enforcement agencies enforcing local, state, and federal laws within their jurisdictions, including University Police, are not bound by this protocol.
Requirements of Protocol

Students considered for the Responsible Action Protocol are required to meet with a member of the Student Affairs team who, after evaluating the circumstances of the event, may also refer the student(s) for alcohol and/or other drug assessment, counseling, or referral to other treatment. Students who are referred to the aforementioned resource, but fail to comply may be subject to further action.