A note about Responsible Action Protocol

Hello Hawkeyes!

I hope you never have to figure out what to do about a fellow student who is in medical distress due to alcohol or other substance use. If you do find yourself in that position, though, you don't have to worry that doing the right thing will get you or the student in distress in trouble.

Under the University of Iowa's Responsible Action Protocol, also referred to as a "Good Samaritan Policy," the university won't penalize you for your own use of alcohol or drugs if we find out about that use because you called 911 or residence hall staff to help a fellow student -- or yourself. There are some exceptions (mainly you can't abuse the policy and you can't supply the alcohol or drugs), but the policy is set up to encourage you to seek help when it's necessary and appropriate.

I also want you to know that in those cases where a student has been a victim of sexual misconduct while under the influence of alcohol, the Office of Student Accountability will not pursue university violations against the student (or a witness) for their improper use of alcohol or drugs (e.g. underage drinking) if the student is making a good faith report of sexual misconduct.

The best thing is to be smart, stay safe, and to help your fellow students stay safe. However, if you ever do need to call for help, don't let concerns about university policies get in the way.

Hawkeyes look out for Hawkeyes.

Have a great semester!

Angie Reams, PhD
Interim Associate Vice President and Dean of Students