Video: Florida Students Seek Alcohol Amnesty

Video: Florida Students Seek Alcohol Amnesty

By Will Godfrey 09/30/11

A new UCF policy may encourage students to make 911 calls if they or their friends are dangerously drunk.

Students at the University of Central Florida are voting this week on a new alcohol emergency policy. The rule change, proposed by the Student Government Association, would mean that anyone who puts in an emergency call because of their own dangerous alcohol intoxication—or someone else's—would be made exempt from any punishment, other than mandatory alcohol awareness classes. "You'll get overly intoxicated people and their friends worried about whether they should call an ambulance or 911 or not in fear of themselves and their friends getting kicked out of school," said one student. If the vote is passed, the policy will go before the school's administrators—who have yet to take a stance on the matter—for final approval. This approach is already being applied at other Florida schools like the University of Florida and Rollins. An 18-year-old UCF nursing freshman named Ann Hefferin died a month ago after drinking at a frat party.

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Will Godfrey is the former editor-in-chief of TheFix. He was also the founding editor-in-chief of Substance.com, and previously co-founded a magazine for prisoners in London. His work has appeared in Salon, Pacific Standard, AlterNet and The Nation among others. He is currently the Executive Director at FILTER. You can find Will on Linkedin and Twitter.

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