Student senators get up to speed on UF’s medical amnesty policy

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:54 p.m.

The University of Florida Student Senate met Tuesday night in a shorter-than-usual meeting to unanimously pass three bills and listen to a guest speaker from GatorWell health services.

Maureen Miller, alcohol and other drug prevention specialist at GatorWell, took a few minutes during the meeting to discuss UF’s medical amnesty policy.

The policy encourages students to seek medical attention in life-threatening situations that involve drugs and alcohol without fear of being in violation of the UF Student Code of Conduct.

“If someone calls for either themselves or their friend in an emergency situation that would get him in trouble, they would not get into trouble,” Miller explained to senators. “Err on the side of caution and get them the help they need.”

Miller praised the Senate during her speech for unanimously passing a resolution early in the meeting that supports the amnesty policy for encouraging students to make responsible decisions in seeking medical attention.

Miller had condoms and informational material about the amnesty policy on hand for senators and other students present. The material stipulates that while incidents will not be entered on the student’s official academic record, UPD and other law enforcement agencies still have the right to enforce the law.

The medical amnesty policy resolution passed first reading along with a resolution supporting the 34th Annual Black History Month at UF, which begins Wednesday. An amendment to the student body statutes concerning Senate absences passed second reading with unanimous support.

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