Fri 7 Apr 2017
Shortly before spring break I received several reports of Williams students interfering with the medical evaluation of other students suffering from overconsumption of alcohol. In each case, individuals argued with Campus Safety staff and emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and/or tried to stop them from assessing someone’s medical condition or transporting them for emergency care.
This is unacceptable. Disruptions make it difficult for the professionals to attend to someone who may urgently need their help. Few if any students have the experience needed to offer an alternative diagnosis, and certainly not when they’re impaired.
If you see a fellow student in distress, get help right away. The college has a medical amnesty policy because our greatest concern is for your safety and health. Of course, the most effective bystander intervention comes earlier in the evening, before someone becomes intoxicated.
Anyone who interferes with first responders will face consequences from the college. You may also face legal repercussions if someone suffers harm as a result of your interference.
I hope it never comes to that. Let’s work together to care for each other, and show Campus Safety and our local EMTs the respect they deserve for their hard work to keep us safe.
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