Razorback Medical Attention and Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy
Razorback Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy
The University of Arkansas is committed to the safety and welfare of its students. It is critical that students immediately call UAPD when a dangerously intoxicated student needs medical attention. Disciplinary action should not be of concern when a student is confronted with a serious case of alcohol intoxication. This Policy is a mechanism for appropriate University officials to grant an alternative resolution for disciplinary action for violations of the University of Arkansas Code of Student Life pending successful completion of educational requirements; it does not rule out the imposition of disciplinary action. The University has no implications for criminal, civil, or other legal consequences for violations of Federal, State, or Local law.
Application of Policy
- The Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy applies both to the student requiring or seeking medical attention (Medical Attention) and to the student reporting his or her concern (Medical Reporting).
Petition for Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy
- Students who seek bona fide medical attention for themselves or for another student due to intoxication of alcohol will be eligible for an alternative resolution for the University of Arkansas discipline process, provided that the student submits a request to the Office of Student Standards and Conduct (OSSC) within five (5) business days of the incident and that no other violation of university policy has occurred.
- This policy applies only to individual students and not to organizations; however, in circumstances where an organization is found to be hosting/housing an event where medical attention is sought for an intoxicated guest, the organization’s willingness to seek medical attention for a member or guest may be considered as a mitigating factor by the hearing officer when determining sanction(s), if any, for any Code of Student Life violation(s) related to alcohol.
Limitations to Alternative Resolution
- This policy applies only to those students who seek or receive emergency attention through contacting emergency personnel or UAPD in connection with an alcohol-related medical emergency.
- This policy does not prevent the University of Arkansas Police Department (UAPD) or any other law enforcement agency from detaining, arresting, or issuing a citation to a student, as they deem necessary.
- This policy does not apply to individuals experiencing an alcohol-related medical emergency who are identified by University employees (i.e. UAPD, faculty, administrative staff, residence hall staff, etc.).
- The University of Arkansas Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy is not intended to protect students that repeatedly violate the Code of Student Life. In cases where repeated violations of the Code of Student Life occur, the University reserves the right to take disciplinary action regardless of the manner in which the incident was reported.
The University reserves the right to deny alternative resolution requests for the student in need of medical attention and the student reporting the concern based on the facts and circumstances (e.g., based on egregious misconduct).
Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy Eligibility Process
- For this policy to apply, a student must submit a written application to the OSSC within five (5) business days of the incident, or as soon as possible thereafter. In the event the student seeking alternative resolution is unable to submit the application during the allotted time period the student must provide sufficient documentation regarding the delay in application (i.e., due to hospitalization).
- Students applying for eligibility under the Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy must be actively completing or have completed AlcoholEdu for freshmen prior to any incident. [NOTE: All students enrolled as of the date of adoption of this policy are eligible for grandfathered status and do not have to meet the requirement of completion of AlcoholEdu for freshmen.
- Students who need, and receive, medical attention will be eligible for alternative resolution to Code of Student Life charges one time (1) during his/her tenure as a student.
- Students who call on behalf of others and apply for alternative resolution for Code of Student Life charges may receive one or more alternative resolutions; however, if in the sole discretion of the Dean of Students or his or her designee, it appears that a student is abusing the policy or using the policy to avoid responsibility for alcohol-related Code violations, the student will be notified that his or her alternative resolution is denied and may face additional charges based on the Code of Student Life.
- Students who apply for alternative resolution under the Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy will be granted a meeting with a university hearing officer who will objectively review all relevant information along with the stipulations of the Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy to determine the student’s eligibility
- Eligible Students: The OSSC hearing officer will hold all charges of the Code of Student Life in abeyance pending successful completion of educational components as deemed necessary. Eligible students must complete the required educational components by the assigned deadline, and failure to comply with the educational components as described in writing by the hearing officer will result in the matter being processed as otherwise provided for under the Code of Student Life. If the educational components are satisfied and the policy applies, then the alternative resolution will be approved. Students who receive an alternative resolution under the policy will be informed that a record of the incident will be maintained in the student’s confidential education record during his or her tenure at the University of Arkansas for purposes of consideration if the student seeks to invoke the Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy in the future.
- Non-eligible Students: If the student does not meet the prescribed requirements for application of the Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy (i.e., there are associated charges in addition to alcohol or the matter was extremely egregious), or if based on the assessment of a University of Arkansas Hearing officer the Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy does not apply, or an incident is determined not to meet the requirements of the Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy, then the student will be directed to schedule a pre-hearing meeting with an alternate university hearing officer to resolve violations of the Code of Student Life.
In cases where the student is not 21 years of age, parental notification will be made, regardless of eligibility for the Medical Attention & Reporting Alternative Resolution Policy, if the situation warrants parental notification. Notification will be made consistent with FERPA guidelines.