Alcohol Emergencies

At Saint Mary's College, the health, safety, and welfare of our students and community are paramount concerns. 
As such, all Saint Mary's College students are expected to proactively alert appropriate officials in the event of any health or safety emergency—specifically including those involving the abuse of alcohol or drugs—even if violations of the Student Code of Conduct may have occurred in connection with such an emergency.
 
Because the College understands that fear of possible disciplinary actions may unnecessarily deter certain requests for emergency assistance, the College has adopted the following Good Samaritan Policy to alleviate such concerns and promote responsible action on the part of students.
 

Good Samaritan Policy

In incidents of crisis or medical emergency, Saint Mary’s students are expected to care for themselves and for others throughout the community by getting help from appropriate College officials even when violations of the Student Code of Conduct may have occurred. Because the College understands that fear of disciplinary actions may deter requests for emergency assistance, the Good Samaritan Policy was created to alleviate such concerns and reduce hesitation by Saint Mary’s students to seek help. Saint Mary’s College pursues a policy of limited immunity for students who seek help to others in need. While policy violations cannot be overlooked, Saint Mary’s will provide educational options, rather than disciplinary processes, to those who offer their assistance to others in need. In crisis situations involving alcohol, drugs, and/or sexual misconduct (see below), the College strongly considers the positive impact of taking responsible action when determining the appropriate response for alleged policy violations relating to the incident. This means that no formal College disciplinary actions or sanctions will be assigned to the reporting student(s) for Category I, Alcohol offenses and/or Category I, Illegal Drug violations relating to the incident. The incident will still be documented and educational and/or health interventions may be required as a condition of deferring disciplinary sanctions.
 
This policy does not protect repeated, flagrant, or serious violations of the Community and Student Life Policies (e.g. abusive conduct, sexual misconduct, distribution of alcohol or drugs, hazing, theft, Good Neighbor Policy violations, property damage, etc.) or violations that caused harm to another person requiring emergency response, nor does the policy preclude or prevent action by police or legal authorities. Failure of students to take responsible action under this policy where action is clearly warranted and results in harm may, in egregious circumstances, constitute “abusive conduct” under the College and Student Life Policies and will void all protections under this provision.
 

1. Alcohol/Drugs

In a situation involving imminent danger to the health and safety of any individual(s), students are expected (1) to contact Public Safety at 925-631-4282 or other emergency officials to report the incident; (2) to remain with the individual(s) needing emergency treatment and cooperate with emergency personnel as long as it is safe to do so; and (3) to meet with appropriate College officials after the incident and cooperate with any College investigation. This policy does not provide amnesty for students who report their own medical emergency.
 

2. Sexual Assault & Sexual Misconduct

In a situation where a sexual assault and/or misconduct has been alleged to have been committed against any individual(s), students are encouraged (1) to contact Public Safety at 925-631-4282 or other emergency officials to report the incident; (2) to remain with the individual(s) needing support and cooperate with emergency personnel as long as it is safe to do so; and (3) to meet with appropriate College officials after the incident and cooperate with any College investigation.
 
To learn more about the Good Samaritan Policy and Alcohol Policy, please view the Student Handbook
 

 

How to help a friend who drank too much

Alcohol overdose can be fatal. If someone has had too much to drink or hurt themselves while drinking, call for help immediately and stay with the person until help arrives. 
In cases of a potential head injury, even if the person regains consciousness, he or she must be evaluated immediately. 

If A, B, C, or D apply, call for help:
  • A (Alert): inability to rouse a person with loud shouting or vigorous shaking; inability of a person who was passed out to stay awake for more than 2-3 minutes; vomiting while passed out; not waking up after vomiting; incoherent while vomiting
  • B (Breathing): slow or irregular breathing; lapses in breathing; weak pulse; very rapid or slow pulse
  • C (Color): skin is pale or bluish; clammy or cold
  • D (Doubt): unsure what's happening; possible head injury; may have consumed other drugs
 

How to call for help:

  1. dial 911 emergency
  2. dial (925) 631-4282 For Public Safety
  3. Stay with the person until help arrives.
  4. Turn the person on their side to prevent choking if the person vomits.
  5. Be prepared to give the emergency medical personnel as much information as possible, including any drugs or medications taken or how much alcohol has been ingested. 
 

What NOT to do 

  • Do not hesitate to call 911 or Public Safety. The person's life is in danger. Better to be safe than sorry.
  • Do not leave the person alone. The person may seem to be okay, but the alcohol ingested may take some time to be absorbed before peak levels are reached in the brain.
  • Do not leave the person lying on their back.
  • Do not try to give the person anything to eat or drink.
  • Do not put the person in a cold shower. The person could fall or the shock could make him/her pass out.