Alcohol may be a common feature at formal and informal functions of your student organization such as happy hours after a weekly meeting, parties after an all-day service project, or cocktail parties with alumni donors or prospective members. A study conducted at UT in 2004 by the Harvard School of Public Health found seven negative consequences associated with alcohol including hangover, regretting behavior, missing class, blacking out (or memory loss), arguing with friends, getting behind in school work, and having unplanned sex. In addition, students and student organizations increasingly have to deal with possible criminal charges, civil liability and university discipline associated with alcohol. It is important to be realistic about alcohol and its role on your organization, our campus and community.
Below are educational resources that officers (authorized representatives) of registered student organizations can use to enhance internal discussions and risk management efforts and help ensure the safety of the entire membership.
Under the Student Amnesty for Alcohol Emergencies program students who seek emergency medical assistance for themselves or others will not face formal disciplinary action. Here's how it works:
NOTE: There are some limitations to this program and inclusion in the program is not automatic. For more information, contact Student Judicial Services at 512-471-2841 or visit the program website at http://www.healthyhorns.utexas.edu/amnesty.html
In addition to the above resources, please feel free to contact Student Activities at SafetyEducation@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-3065 if you need assistance or if you have additional questions.
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