Marquette University Student Government is proud to announce that the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Student Development have approved and implemented the Good Samaritan Policy based off a recommendation passed by MUSG Senate on May 2, 2013. The Good Samaritan Policy encourages students to care for others and take action by seeking the help of university officials in the case of medical emergencies or crises. Students who do so will not be found responsible for violations of the student standards of conduct involving alcohol or drug use, regardless of what occurred immediately prior to the incident. The full policy can be found online at marquette.edu/osd/policies/good-samaritan-policy.shtml.
“I think it means that students can be confident when in emergency situations that they can call for help and not face any unreasonable consequences. This permanently affirms the University’s claim to value safety over [giving] fines or handing out repercussions,” said MUSG President Sam Schultz.
Marquette joins Loyola University Chicago, the University of Santa Clara, Gonzaga University and several other Jesuit universities in offering a formal Good Samaritan policy for students.
The legislation’s co-author, Schroeder Senator Thomas Schick, was impressed with how swift University officials acted over the summer. “I think the quick turnaround is a testament to good communication with Erin Lazzar [Assistant Dean of Students] and Sara Johnson [Coordinator for Alcohol Programs] this summer by MUSG E-Board members and legislation authors, including myself.”
MUSG originally proposed Good Samaritan legislation in April 2011 before being vetoed by former MUSG President Meghan Ladwig to allow for additional research.