Merits of Being a Good Samaritan

A school considers a policy that exonerates students who call 911 for an alcohol-poisoned friend.

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The University of Maryland is considering a Good Samaritan policy that would exonerate students from alcohol-related infractions after calling 911 for a sick friend, the Diamondback reports. On the one hand, the school would prefer that students remain unafraid to call emergency services in the case of alcohol poisoning, but it also doesn't want to implement a policy that condones heavy drinking. Ever since Cornell University implemented a generous Samaritan policy, the number of emergency calls has more than doubled. Assuming the number of alcoholic Cornell students hasn't grown twofold, school officials are calling the program a "success."