Good Samaritan Protocol

Good Samaritan Protocol

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Student health and safety are the primary concerns of the University of Arizona. Students are expected to contact the University of Arizona police or a Resident Assistant when they believe that assistance is needed for an intoxicated/impaired student. Under the protocol students and/or organizations that seek assistance will not be subject to University disciplinary action with respect to the alcohol policy. 

Examples where the Good Samaritan approach will benefit you and your friends:

  • 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.
  • A student is reluctant to report that they were sexually assaulted because they had consumed alcohol and are under the age of 21.
  • A student is reluctant to call an ambulance when another student becomes ill or unconscious following excessive consumption of alcohol at a fraternity/sorority or student organization party because the reporting student is afraid that their organization will get in trouble.
  • A residence hall student is reluctant to call the RA on duty in a situation when another resident is dangerously intoxicated because they were also violating the residence hall alcohol policy and fear they could face residence hall sanctions.

This protocol does not preclude disciplinary action regarding other violations of the Student Code of Conduct or the policies and procedures such as causing or threatening physical harm, sexual abuse, damage to property, harassment, hazing, etc. Students should also be aware that this protocol does not prevent action by local and state authorities.

In serious or life-threatening situations, particularly where alcohol poisoning is suspected or where other medical treatment is reasonably believed to be appropriate, students are asked to take the following steps:

  1. Call 911!
  2. Stay with the person needing assistance until help arrives.
  3. Be prepared to give the emergency medical personnel as much information as possible including the amount and type of alcohol or substances consumed.
  4. University officials will record names of intoxicated students to enable any follow-up that may be deemed necessary to ensure students’ well-being. Other information may also be recorded to enable any other necessary follow-up.

If a student is so intoxicated they are unable to be awakened, letting that person “sleep it off” is not a reasonable alternative to getting help!

  1. The situation is first evaluated by the Dean of Students Office to determine if the Good Samaritan Protocol applies.
  2. If the situation qualifies, students involved are required to meet with a staff member.
  3. The staff member, after evaluating the situation, may also refer the student to a substance abuse specialist for assessment, counseling, and/or possible referral for treatment.
  4. Students who are referred but fail to meet and complete the recommendations in their entirety may be subject to additional requirements after an opportunity to meet with a staff member from the Dean of Students Office.

The health and safety of students is of primary concern at the University of Arizona; therefore, in cases of intoxication and/or alcohol poisoning, the institution encourages and expects students to seek medical attention for themselves or others. Recognizing that the potential for legal and University disciplinary actions is a factor that may deter students from making responsible decisions, the University has instituted the University of Arizona Good Samaritan Program (UAGoodSam).

The University of Arizona Good Samaritan (UAGoodSam) Program applies to all students and recognized student organizations at the University of Arizona, and is applicable to:

  • An under-age student in need of medical attention and/or being cared for by another person.
  • An under-age student seeking medical help for or providing assistance for an under-age individual.

The UAGoodSam Program pertains to incidents that occur on the University of Arizona campus, on the premises of a recognized student organization, or at a function sponsored by a recognized student organization.

In circumstances involving a recognized student organization, the willingness of the members involved in seeking medical assistance for a member or guest will be viewed as a mitigating factor in the review process for any potential violations of the ABOR Student Code of Conduct or criminal action(s}. 

In an effort to ensure medical treatment or care is sought for students experiencing and/or supporting a peer in serious and immediate risk of harm due to intoxication and/or potential alcohol poisoning, the University has adopted this protocol.

The involved students may be exempt from an ABOR Student Code of Conduct disciplinary sanction and criminal action related to the alcohol offense; however, the intoxicated student (and possibly the reporting student} will be required to meet with a designee of the Dean of Students Office, who may issue an educational requirement such as an alcohol education intervention program (i.e., Campus Health Service's SHADE Program), with the student incurring the associated costs. 

  • An individual or group in situations resulting in serious physical injury or death.
  • An individual who is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and attempting to seek medical treatment or care for an individual.
  • Criminal use of illegal drugs.
  • An individual or organization that has knowingly provided or facilitated the consumption of alcohol by under-age individuals.
  • An individual who has committed other criminal offenses in association with the alcohol-related incident.

An individual who is contacted by a law enforcement agency other than UAPD, unless that agency is working for the University of Arizona.

When a UAGoodSam incident occurs, and either the University of Arizona Police Department or Department of Housing & Residential Life is notified, the names of the individuals are documented in the respective departments' reports with a short synopsis of the incident. The reports are forwarded to the Dean of Students Office for follow-up with the involved students related to an educational requirement. 

The University reserves the option to extend multiple exemptions under special circumstances. 

A student who fails to comply with the educational requirement is subject to sanctions from the Dean of Students Office, under the ABOR Student Code of Conduct. 

"University" means the University of Arizona Police Department, the Dean of Students Office, and the Department of Housing & Residential Life. 

"Under age" means an individual under 21 years of age at the time of the incident. 

"ABOR" means the Arizona Board of Regents, the governing board for the state's public universities: Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. 

"SHADE Program" means Student Health Alcohol Drug Education Program 

"Illegal Drugs" includes, but is not limited to, marijuana, opioids, stimulants, club drugs, dissociative drugs, hallucinogens, anabolic steroids, inhalants, etc. 

QDoes this apply to drugs as well? 
A: NO. This applies only to alcohol 

Q: Does this mean if an individual or group purchases or serves alcohol to underage individuals they can't get in trouble? 
A: NO, all clubs/organizations are responsible for following the laws of the State of Arizona. Illegal activity, such as knowingly providing or purchasing alcohol and serving it to minors are subject to administrative and criminal sanctions. 

Q: Is UAPD the only law enforcement agency eligible to use this protocol? 
A: YES, however, other agencies working for the UAPD on University property may use the protocol. 

Q: Can Housing & Residential Life use this protocol?

Q: What about cases where the person calling for the medical assistance provided the alcohol and the victim suffers serious physical injury or death? Is the individual exempt? 

Q: Who determines if someone is intoxicated or "impaired?"
 UAPD personnel are trained to identify impairment, as well as emergency medical personnel. 

Q: How many exemptions does an individual get from this protocol?
This is determined on a case by case basis. 

Q: Does this take away discretion from Housing & Residential Life and UAPD? 
 NO. This protocol is intended to help ensure individuals are never afraid to call for assistance for police, fire or medical assistance. Depending on the circumstances, the officer or Housing & Residential Life member has discretion.