Responsible Action Protocol

Rollins College recognizes that fear of judicial action may prevent students from seeking medical attention for an alcohol or drug related medical emergency.  The health and well being of our students is our primary concern; therefore, we have developed a responsible action protocol. 


The responsible action protocol is a joint effort among the following offices: Dean of Student Affairs, Community Standards and Responsibility, Campus Safety, Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Residential Life and Student Involvement and Leadership. 

 

Students who seek assistance for an alcohol or drug related medical emergency will not be charged with an alcohol or drug violation of The Code of Community Standards.  In order to use the responsible action protocol a student must seek medical assistance, participate in a meeting with a representative from the Division of Student Affairs, and agree to comply with the conditions set by the representative. If these conditions are met, there will be no conduct case and the incident will not become part of the student’s conduct record. If these conditions are not met, the student will be referred to the Office of Community Standards and Responsibility. 

 

Every student, as a part of the Rollins community, has a responsibility to care for each other; therefore, this protocol also applies to individual students who seek help for another student in need.  This will allow students who may also be under the influence to care for their friends without worry of being charged with a violation of The Code of Community Standards themselves.  Students who seek help for friends may also have to meet certain conditions.

 

Student organizations that are hosting a social event are expected to call for medical assistance if an alcohol or drug related medical emergency occurs during the social event.  This act of responsibility will be considered a mitigating factor when potential judicial consequences are being considered. Student organizations do not automatically qualify for use of the responsible action protocol. 

 

The responsible action protocol is designed to provide students with amnesty from the hearing process for alcohol or drug related emergencies in which they seek medical attention.  It does not apply to any other policy violations (i.e. providing alcohol to minors, property damage, sexual misconduct), nor does it protect students from arrest or legal action by any law enforcement agency.  

 

It is the expectation of Rollins College that the responsible action protocol will only be used once during a student’s tenure at Rollins.  Any subsequent requests for use of the responsible action protocol will be at the discretion of the Dean of Student Affairs. 


Frequently Asked Questions


Will my parents be notified?

The College typically notifies parents when their student is transported to the hospital for an alcohol or drug related medical emergency.  Parental notification is not designed to be punitive; rather, to enable parents to assist their child.

 

I got help for an alcohol or drug related medical emergency.  What happens next?

You will be contacted by a member of the Division of Student Affairs with information about the protocol and how to schedule a meeting with them.  It is your responsibility to schedule and attend this meeting.  After your meeting, you will be given conditions that you must meet.  If you choose to not attend the meeting or complete the conditions, you will be referred to the Office of Community Standards and Responsibility.

 

What are typical conditions that students must meet?

While each case is different, common conditions may include BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students) or an off campus substance abuse evaluation.

 

What is the difference between conditions and sanctions?

Sanctions are issued when a student has been found responsible for a violation of The Code of Community Standards through the hearing process.  Sanctions are a part of a student’s conduct record and if not completed may result in a hold being placed on a student’s account.  This is not the case with conditions. Conditions are activities that a student chooses to complete in order to use the responsible action protocol. If the conditions are not met, the student will be referred to the Office of Community Standards and Responsibility.

 

Why are there conditions that students must meet to use the responsible action protocol?

Rollins is concerned for the safety and well being of all students.  The responsible action protocol was designed so students are not afraid to get the medical attention that they need.  Because of our concern for our students’ health and well being and our desire to help students learn from their mistakes, we require students to meet certain conditions in order to use the protocol. 

 

Why are incidents involving organizations handled differently than individual students?

Student organizations are held to higher standards because of the guidelines associated with their registration as an organization.  Most organizations also have organizational expectations for behavior (for example, national or local governing boards).  There may also be other factors associated with the social event that need to be considered (such as providing alcohol to underage students and adherence to the Social Event Guidelines), which is why student organizations do not automatically qualify for use of the responsible action protocol.

 

Does having a responsible action protocol mean that Rollins encourages students to drink?

No.  We recognize that sometimes students make unhealthy choices when it comes to alcohol and other drugs.  Students are expected to seek medical assistance for themselves or their peers when it is needed. 

 

References:

Emory University Medical Amnesty Protocol and Tulane University Medical Amnesty Program

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