This year, Student Government has been actively involved in the creation and implementation of the University’s Medical Amnesty Program, which launched at the beginning of the FALL 2014 semester. This program is designed to provide an educational, non-disciplinary intervention when students experience their first alcohol related medical emergency during their time at Mason. The amnesty aspect of the program is intended to encourage students to seek help when needed and to provide a support system for students after the incident. The program is the result of many University offices working together – including Student Government, the Division of University Life, the Dean of Students Office, Student Conduct, Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services (WAVES), Housing and Residence Life, and the Mason Police Department. The Medical Amnesty Program has three goals for students: Take Action, Provide Assistance, and Practice Accountability.
In late October all on-campus Housing residents saw the below door hanger placed in their rooms as a reminder and introduction to the program. The door hangers were purchased by Student Government, Student Conduct, and Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services (WAVES):
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In addition to the door hangers, Student Government has been working closely with staff from University Life to present on the program to various student groups such as Housing & Residence Life Resident Advisors, Fraternity & Sorority Life Chapter Presidents, Student-Athletes, and more. If your department or organization is interested in having a presentation, please email SG@gmu.edu.
For more information on the program, please visit: http://studentconduct.gmu.edu.