RAP, or Responsible Action Protocol, is a pending change in Loyola’s community standards that would eliminate the possibility of sanctions if an individual seeks help for another students who is dangerously intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. An individual gives up his or her right to amnesty, however, if it is clear he or she develops a harmful behavior pattern. The SGA and other campus offices, including Student Life and Public Safety, have been working together since 2011 to bring these meaningful and pressing changes to our community standards.
Currently, as of May 2014, the proposal was re-submitted to the Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students, Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D., for administrative review. At the directive of Dr. Horton, Jesse Headman, incoming Director of Judicial Affairs, will be working with Mr. Robert Bacon, Associate Director of Student Conduct in the Office of Student Life, to figure out how these changes might best be reflected in the community standards.
The SGA has partnered with other campus groups to run forums and begin discussions about the alcohol on campus broadly. 500 magnets with the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning will be distributed to first-years upon moving into Loyola in the fall. E-mail Jesse Headman if you’d like to learn more and get involved. Stay tuned for updates.
In February 2014, the Loyola SGA Senate submitted a revised Responsible Action Protocol. Check it out below.
OFFICE OF POLICY AND ADVOCACY
SUBJECT: New RAP Proposal
DATE: FEBRUARY 22, 2014
Responsible Action Protocol
Student Government Association
SEEKING ASSISTANCE FOR ALCOHOL/DRUG RELATED MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
Below is the Responsible Action Protocol that is to be implemented at Loyola University Maryland. The student body’s health and safety are at the forefront of this protocol. The protocol serves to promote the atmosphere of community and education at Loyola University Maryland. The protocol upholds the ideals and policies of the university.
In the event of an alcohol and/or drug related emergency, the University will support students who seek medical assistance by handling the situation as a health and safety concern. This practice will also be extended to the student for whom medical assistance has been summoned. Students that call for assistance, either for themselves or for others, will be required to complete certain educational and/or counseling components which are meant to provide a source for prevention. Students who have displayed multiple demonstrations of such behavior will be required by the University to seek further medical evaluation and/or treatment. Failure to adhere to these referrals will be treated as a disciplinary matter in accordance with University policies.
Students will be held accountable for any incidental behavior resulting from the abuse and/or use of alcohol or other substances. Examples of such behaviors may include, but are not limited to, violence, property damage, disorderly behavior/conduct, etc., and will be treated as a disciplinary violation.
For medical assistance, please contact Student Health and Education Services at (410)617- 5055; for immediate help contact the Loyola Campus Police Emergency Line at(410) 617- 5911 and for emergencies, call 911.