Good Samaritan Policy FAQs
Q. What is the purpose of the Good Samaritan Policy if you are not supposed to drink under the age of 21?
At Loyola University Chicago, student safety is paramount. In incidents of crisis or medical emergency, Loyola students are expected to care for themselves and for others in the Loyola community by getting help from appropriate officials even when violations of the Community Standards have occurred. Because the University 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 Loyola students to seek help.
Q. What are my responsibilities when utilizing the GSP?
The Good Samaritan Policy is a chance for you to act as an active bystander when you have assessed a situation requires more help than you are able to provide, even when violations of the community standards have occurred. Students should take the following steps to comply with the GSP:
- Get Help: Contact Campus Safety (773-508-6039), Residence Life, or other emergency official
- Stay with the Individual(s): remain with the individual needing help and cooperate with the responding emergency personnel
- Follow up Afterward: meet with appropriate University officials and cooperate with any investigation
Q. Will I still get in trouble if I am underage and have been drinking if I call for somebody else?
No formal University disciplinary actions or sanctions will be assigned to the reporting student(s) for (1) Category A alcohol or (2) Category A or B 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. The policy does NOT preclude or prevent action by police or legal authorities.
Q. Can I call on myself?
No. The Good Samaritan Policy does NOT provide amnesty for students who report their own medical emergency except in cases where sexual misconduct has also occurred.
Q. Can the GSP be used for multiple people?
Yes. The Good Samaritan Policy can be applied to multiple people in one incident. The policy is intended to encourage students to make the right call for any and all individuals who are in need or medical attention.
Q. Can the GSP be applied to more than just alcohol?
Yes. The Good Samaritan Policy can be applied to crisis situations involving alcohol, drugs, and/or sexual misconduct or situations involving any combination of these.
Q. Is there a limit to the number of times the GSP can be utilized?
No. Students are encouraged to look after their friends and peers and are expected to take responsible actions anytime they are necessary.
However, this policy does not protect repeated, flagrant, or serious violations of the Community Standards (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.
Q. How do I aid a friend who I feel is in need of medical attention?
The best option when you feel somebody is in need of medical attention is to seek help. Remember the 3 steps to comply with the GSP: Get Help, Stay with the Individual, Follow up Afterwards.
1. Get Help: Call 911, Campus Safety, or Residence Life Staff
2. Stay with the Individual: Until emergency help arrives, do not leave the individual alone. Ask for help from others if necessary and follow pieces of advice:
- DO: turn the person on their side to prevent choking in case the person vomits.
- DO: be prepared to tell emergency personnel as much information as possible, including the amount and type of alcohol/substances consumed.
- DO NOT: leave the person alone.
- DO NOT: leave the person on their back.
- DO NOT: try to make the person vomit
- DO NOT: try to get the person to eat or drink anything, even water at this point
- DO NOT: put the person in a cold shower/bath (this could cause shock to their body)
3. Follow up Afterward: You are expected to meet with appropriate University officials after the incident and cooperate with any University investigation. If you follow these steps, no (or lessened) disciplinary actions may be taken against you. But, it may still mean that other steps may be required, such as completing educational or health interventions as described in the GSP.