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Author: James Steinbauer

A first-hand experience with the Good Samaritan Policy

SPECIFICS OF UNIVERSITY PROTOCOL OUTLINED BY OESCR Josh was found passed out on Cook Field in mid-January earlier this semester. His roommate had tracked Josh’s location, which was shared via his phone, and took him home to Dorsey Hall. When Josh came back to his dorm, he was visibly intoxicated and throwing up in the bathroom. He appeared incoherent and unresponsive. Josh’s roommate poured water all over him to no effect and right away made the decision to call 911 for help.  Josh was able to receive medical attention and utilize the Good Samaritan policy through Miami University. “I am personally thankful for the Good Samaritan policy,” said Josh, a Miami University first-year who agreed to talk with The Miami Student on the condition of anonymity. “I’d rather have to go the hospital and the counseling and the classes that come with the policy than experience the consequences that come with that risk…which we have already seen this semester. I think our issue is that no one knows about the policy at Miami.” The controversy regarding the Good Samaritan policy is that many students on campus are unaware of the specifics: in which situations does a student qualify for Good Samaritan, what are the costs associated with it — both financial and punitive — and does it apply both Uptown and on campus? The Good Samaritan policy ensures that students...

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