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Rice University EMS
6100 Main St. - MS 551
Houston, TX , 77005-1892
Organization Telephone: (713) 348-6056
Fax: (713) 348-5156
Organization Website: www.rice.edu/rems
Total Enrollment : 6000
Graduate Enrollment :
Campus Type: Urban
Students Living on Campus:
Heart Safe Community: no
Athletic Conference: Conference USA (C-USA)
School Website: www.rice.edu(0 visits)
Year Founded: 1996
Volunteer Members: 53
Paid Members: 1
Paid Administrator: Full Time Dedicated Administrator
Portable AEDs: 6
Mounted AEDs: 30
Primary Coverage Area: Campus WideSurrounding Area
Population Served: 6000
Number of QRS Vehicles: 1
Number of Golf Carts: 3
Number of Utility Vehicles:
Number of Bikes:
Number of Other Vehicles:
Total Vehicles: 4
Vehicle Details: Expedition
Golf Cart Ambulance
Annual Call Volume: 750
% Of Calls On Campus: 95
% of Calls Off Campus: 5
Dispatch Method: Alphanumeric Pager
Dispatched By: University Police Dispatcher
Average Response Time (min): 2
Medical Direction Prvided By: Mark Escott, MD
Operational Jurisdiction: University Police Department
Annual Budget: 107964
Funding Sources: Student Health Service fee, University appropriations, portion of parking fines. We do not bill for services rendered.
Training Offered: EMT-B and EMT-I courses (3 credit hours of 300-level Health). ECA and CPR courses offered for no academic credit.
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|1||Honoring the Best in EMS: 2014 National EMS Awards of Excellence
Impact Volunteer Service of the Year: Rice University Emergency Medical Services, Houston, TX. Award sponsored by Impact Instrumentation, Inc.
College campuses are interesting places to practice EMS.
Much like in a small community, campus EMS providers often know their patients. But these EMS providers aren't just their neighbors—they're also their classmates, teammates and friends.
Rice University Emergency Medical Services (REMS) serves an urban campus set on 300 acres in Houston, TX, across the street from the world's largest medical center. Total undergraduate enrollment at Rice University is about 4,000, with an additional graduate student population of more than 2,500.
Since 1996, Rice EMS has operated as an advanced life support first responder organization with a staff of 53 undergraduate volunteers, 20 alumni members, six volunteer physicians and one staff person.
"For an undergraduate student, being involved in a collegiate EMS agency as a young person is a tangible way they can participate in service to the university community, while learning and applying skills of working with a team, the challenges of caring for peers and balancing volunteering with their rigorous academic loads—skills that help build them into community leaders no matter what their majors or future educational plans," says Lisa Basgall, EMS director for REMS. And, she notes, the volunteers become a tight-knit family.
"Rice EMS has a team of six physician medical directors, five of whom are graduates of Rice EMS who returned to provide medical leadership and mentoring to the undergraduates currently participating in the program," explains Basgall. "This is an invaluable resource for our service. The physicians all assist with providing online medical command, and each helps in additional ways. Two physicians are involved with supervising the students in the research course; one assists with EMT and AEMT class instruction; one regularly comes to campus to help with continuing education for the ongoing staff; one oversees quality assurance and chart review for the service. All of these amazing physicians work with students in the program when they come to the ER for clinical rotations through the EMS courses. The student leadership team all participate in ongoing clinical rotations at the ER, taking a shift at least once a month to keep clinical skills sharp."
And those skills are definitely put to the test. In the 2013–14 academic year, REMS responded to 590 campus emergencies, provided 1,968 hours of special event coverage at 170 events, offered 39 CPR classes to almost 500 people—at no charge—and offered three EMS certification courses.
"Rice EMS offers EMT and Advanced EMT certification courses annually," says Basgall. "These are offered as undergraduate science elective courses at the university. All courses are run in compliance with Texas Department of State Health Services standards, and Rice EMS is recognized by DSHS as an agency allowed to offer advanced life support certification courses. Offering the AEMT course as a hybrid course has ensured the undergraduates enrolled in the course are able to fit more than 130 hours of clinical rotations into the semester concurrent with the didactic portion of the course. The robust clinical rotations allow for increased competency in patient care upon completion of the certification, and better prepared providers for service within Rice EMS."
According to Basgall, this year REMS also offered an undergraduate EMS research course, partnering students with physician faculty from Baylor College of Medicine to participate in prehospital and emergency medicine research. The projects the students were involved with helped increase the students' insight into the process of evidence-based medicine and protocol development, and allowed for greater collaboration between the EMS service and the faculty physicians at the EMS agencies where they serve, as well as in hospital.
"The research course was a big step for EMS to take," Basgall says. "Many people enter college hoping to attend medical school in the future, but participating in prehospital and/or emergency medicine research as an undergraduate is an opportunity we hope will help our service—and others—in the understanding and development of evidence-based protocols for the future."
Because of frequent turnover in the student population, REMS has had to get creative in order to stay consistent in its level of service. "The need for consistency in training, efficiently welcoming and orienting new members, and thorough record keeping, is essential for any collegiate EMS agency where the most experienced and proficient staff graduate and leave annually," Basgall explains. "Rice EMS has worked to meet these challenges through working with the university's Information Technology Department, developing shared storage options that allow student administrators to collect and store job descriptions, training manuals, resources, and other key information to pass on to the next student who takes on leadership positions in the same functional area in the future. Implementing electronic medical records has increased exponentially the access the medical director team has to patient care records, and allows them to give prompt feedback to the EMS providers. While these steps may seem elementary, they have made a large impact in our organization in reducing the need to design a training program, or make public education materials, for instance, allowing more time for the personal connections involved in the ongoing recruitment and training of new members essential for collegiate EMS agencies to flourish."
And the campus setting is beneficial in a number of other ways. Basgall says REMS works in collaboration with personnel from the university's Environmental Health & Safety Department when responding to all calls involving lab accidents. And its unique access to other departments makes for some excellent partnerships. The Rice Counseling Center provides a program on QPR—Question, Persuade and Refer—a suicide-prevention program for all EMT students. Leaders from the counseling and well-being offices are also willing and able to provide drop-in times for EMS staff who have been on a high-stress call.
"Amazingly, this service is run by young adults—college students who join together to maintain the proud history of the service, and help it grow for the future," Basgall says. "Collegiate EMS is a unique niche in the EMS community, but provides unparalleled opportunities for new EMS volunteers to attain proficiency as care providers and learn what it means to be a community volunteer and leader."
Note: This is an excerpt from a larger article featured on EMS World.
|2||2014 National EMS Award Recipients Announced
2014 National EMS Award Recipients Announced
Clinton, Miss. — The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and EMS World announced the recipients of the 2014 National EMS Awards of Excellence. We congratulate the following recipients and recognize their outstanding achievements and contributions in EMS:
Susan Bailey, NREMT-P, Denham Springs, Louisiana
Brandon Pruitt, EMT, Searcy, Arkansas
Melissa Doak, NREMT-P, Williamsburg, Virginia
Rice University Emergency Medical Services, Houston, Texas
Christian Hospital Emergency Medical Services (CHEMS), St. Louis, Missouri
Susan Bailey began her career as an EMT in rural Louisiana, also volunteering as a CPR and First Responder instructor until receiving her Paramedic certification and later, Bachelor’s degree (Magna Cum Laude). She worked as a National Registry examiner and was elected to the Louisiana Association of Nationally Registered EMT (LANREMT) Board of Directors. Bailey held positions at East Baton Rouge Parish EMS, earning recognition for educating instructors; bringing pediatric and geriatric education to the state; and hosting at least 20 visiting field interns in her home. Chair of LANREMT’s Educational Conference, Bailey also serves as the LANREMT representative on the NAEMT Affiliate Advisory Council and as the NAEMT State Advocacy Coordinator for Louisiana. "Susan works tirelessly to promote the EMS profession," said LANREMT President Evon Smith, NRP. "She does not ask for money when students stay at her house for weeks at a time, is not compensated for work as the conference chair or legislative liaison. She does all of these things because she loves being a Paramedic and loves the EMS Profession."
Brandon Pruitt has been an EMT with NorthStar EMS in Searcy, Ark., since 2007. He oversees the agency’s Field Training Officer program, supports hazmat efforts, and attends local emergency planning committee meetings. In addition to teaching CPR and First Responder classes, Pruitt is an honor guard and has worked as a hospital Emergency Department technician. Jeffery Steele, M.D. worked with Pruitt at White County Medical Center and commented, "I have never had cause to question Mr. Pruitt's clinical knowledge, judgment or skills… I have worked with him extensively, and I have been impressed with him professionally. Perhaps more importantly, however, is this: Brandon is a good person. He treats his job as a calling." Pruitt is also involved in several community projects that raise awareness and support for charities. He was nominated "without hesitation," said Tonia Hale, NorthStar director of operations. "I believe there is more to being a good EMT than just skills; you also have to give back to communities that you serve."
Melissa Doak is a dedicated EMS instructor, mentor and avid researcher. Her 30-year career began as an EMT, then a Paramedic. Known for her innovation, Doak is an educator at York County Department of Fire and Life Safety, in Yorktown, Va. She teaches NAEMT’s EMS Safety course and promotes EMS practitioner safety. She has presented training at EMS conferences around the
Nominees for the Paramedic and EMT of the Year Awards are scored on how the nominee: provides superior patient care; is an effective advocate for patients and their families; works with peers to foster a positive work environment; demonstrates professionalism in interacting with patients, their families and other medical professionals; and demonstrates a commitment to continuing professional education.
Nominations for the Educator of the Year Award are scored on how the nominee: consistently demonstrates commitment to providing high quality, professional education for EMS practitioners; serves as an outstanding role model for EMS practitioners in the classroom and in the community; effectively mentors EMS students at all stages of their professional development; introduces and incorporates innovative approaches and tools in the classroom, which enhance students' learning experiences; and contributes and participates in the development of education content that expands the body of quality EMS curriculum.
Rice University Emergency Medical Services is an advanced life support first responder organization, serving Rice University since 1996. Staff includes 53 undergraduate volunteers, 20 alumni, 6 volunteer physicians, and 1 staff. In the 2013–14 academic year, Rice EMS responded to 590 campus emergencies; provided 1,968 hours of special event coverage; and offered 39 CPR classes to nearly 500 people, and held 3 EMS certification courses. Their EMS research course awarded more than 1,200 continuing education hours. Rice EMS helps raise awareness of local health resources, and provides information on medical conditions and emergency services. Rice EMS provides all CPR and First Aid classes on campus, and maintains a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program, run by students who want to maintain the history of the service and help it grow.
Christian Hospital Emergency Medical Services (CHEMS) provides 911 and inter-facility patient transport to the St. Louis area, serving more than 250,000 people and responding to approximately 25,000 calls annually. Its fleet consists of 16 ambulances and two command/triage vehicles staffed by 60 full-time first responders and 40 on-call responders, and seven full-time dispatchers. CHEMS takes a proactive approach to continuing education, offering an array of opportunities for providers to further their education and enhance experience. CHEMS has advanced hospital-based mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) in the community, decreasing emergency department admission of non-emergent patients by 11 percent, and assisting patients to find primary care physicians. In addition, CHEMS focuses public education efforts on teaching children about 911 and emergency situations through its "No Panic Please!" program.
Nominees for the Service of the Year Awards are scored on the following: advances in EMS education and training in the agency; innovations in prehospital care and protocol development implemented by the agency; medical community involvement with the agency; EMS system/program upgrades implemented by the agency; worker safety and well-being programs implemented by the agency; injury- and illness-prevention projects implemented by the agency; and public-education project sponsorships the agency is involved in.
|3||EMS edits guaranteed housing proposal for In-Charges
Jeremy Huang / The Rice Thresher
After reviewing details over the summer, the Rice University Emergency Medical Services presented a revised version of legislation guaranteeing on-campus housing for In-Charges/In-Charge Trainees at the Student Association meeting on Sept. 3.
According to Baker College Senator Nitin Agrawal, he and former EMS Captain Patrick McCarthy initially proposed the legislation in April, but the SA rejected it due to concerns that EMS IC/ICTs might not be able to get housing in their own residential colleges.
"The main difference [between the new plan and the original] is the removal of the rotation system in which two IC/ICTs stay at their original college, and the other IC/ICTs from that college are assigned to the next available college," Agrawal said. "The problem was that college student bodies didn't want their residents to have to live at another college."
Since the SA tabled the original proposal last semester, two IC/ICTs are currently living off campus.
EMS captain Mollie Ahn reiterated the need for IC/ICTs to be constantly available on campus in order to maximize EMS's capacity to respond in an emergency.
"EMS can't reach a medical emergency from outside of Rice," Ahn, a Brown College senior, said. "EMS response time is usually around three to five minutes, while [the Houston Fire Department] response time is around 15 minutes."
Ahn said, since the nature of IC/ICT involves a large time commitment, having fellow IC/ICTs present on campus is necessary for the delegation of duties.
"For six to seven times a month, IC/ICTs have to be available 24 hours, from noon to noon," Ahn said. "[But they also have a] functionary role; IC/ICTs usually spend around 25 to 27 hours a week maintaining equipment and EMS education classes. If we get a call, all of the available IC/ICTs may already be [involved with] another medical emergency, so we need IC/ICTs to be able to pass the job to each other."
According to Agrawal, the legislation would also serve to provide a more unified housing system for IC/ICTs, as not all of the residential colleges have had a history of housing IC/ICTs.
"In the past, each residential college had their own system in dealing with IC/ICT housing," Agrawal said. "Some colleges did not have a policy, while the policies of those that did were varied. This legislation creates a unified policy that allows everyone to be on the same page."
Agrawal said the legislation would not impact or take away others' ability to obtain on-campus housing.
"The guaranteed housing works in the same manner by which members of the college cabinet receive guaranteed housing," Agrawal said. "Rice EMS will notify each respective college early enough so that proper accommodations can be made."
Agrawal said the SA will make its decision on implementing the legislation on Sept. 17 and that the proposal in its current form will likely receive agreement this time.
"There hasn't really been any pushback," Agrawal said. "We will likely have the on-campus housing next school year."
|4||EMS Week Goes to College (Rice)
A weeklong recognition of campus-based EMS
Adapted from ACEP's EMS Week 2014 Planning Guide (http://www.acep.org/emsweek/)
LAUREN CHAVIS, AN EMT and senior at Johns Hopkins University, volunteers 24 hours a week as EMS operations director for her campus EMS service, Hopkins Emergency Response Organization. Although she's thinking of going to law school, Chavis says working in EMS has given her experience in leadership and handling difficult situations she couldn't find anywhere else.
"In EMS, you can do good while at college, not in an abstract way, but in a very real way, where you're helping real people in real time," Chavis says.
She is one of hundreds of U.S. and Canadian college students who participated in 2013's Collegiate EMS Week, which is modeled after the national version of EMS Week, but is held during the second week of November to accommodate college schedules. (In May, many students are either taking final exams or on summer break.)
Sponsored by the National Collegiate EMS Foundation and the American College of Emergency Physicians, Collegiate EMS Week is endorsed by Congress. It is a week-long recognition of campus-based EMS — a time for those organizations to publicize their services and educate their communities. The week kicks off with National Collegiate CPR Day, which focuses on training fellow students and faculty in CPR. Other activities can include open houses, blood drives coordinated with local Red Cross chapters, local or campus media ride-alongs, joint training with other local EMS or fire agencies, and dorm safety events.
At Johns Hopkins, volunteers for the BLS ambulance service taught hands-only CPR to more than 50 people in the quad and created a hands-only CPR video that was shown on monitors in university buildings. Set to heart-thumping music and depicting the sudden collapse of a young male student, the video has received more than 700 views on YouTube.
In Houston volunteers for Rice University EMS offered free blood pressure checks, taught hands-only CPR in the quad and held a special AED and CPR training session for the employees in a campus building where a woman had recently died from sudden cardiac arrest.
"Celebrating Collegiate EMS Week lets the members in the organization know how much they do and how appreciated they are," says Patrick McCarthy, an EMT majoring in biochemistry and cell biology and captain of a team of 70 campus EMTs who answered about 750 calls for service last year. "It also raises general awareness among the student body, the faculty and the community about our capabilities, how much time we put in and how dedicated the personnel in the organization are."
The National Collegiate EMS Foundation was founded at Georgetown University in 1993, when the Internet made it easier for campus rescue squads from around the country to connect with one another about ideas and challenges. Since then, the organization has grown to include nearly 250 campus EMS groups in 41 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces, collectively handling more than 90,000 responses annually. Their annual conference draws nearly 1,000 students, for lectures, skills labs and roundtable discussions.
"When the foundation started in 1993, the EMS community in general did not look favorably on campus EMS. The initial impression was, 'What are these kids doing playing around?'" says Joshua Marks, M.D., a member of the National Collegiate EMS Foundation's board of directors and a trauma and surgical care fellow at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. "That has changed completely. Today, everyone in EMS recognizes that these college kids are energized, interested in learning and in that group are the future leaders of EMS."
While some of the students involved in campus EMS go on to careers in EMS or other health fields, many don't, he says. But they retain a lifelong appreciation for what EMS is and what it has to offer. "Collegiate EMS is a unique opportunity for college kids," he says. "It's students helping students, acquiring life skills of leadership, decision-making, problem-solving and teamwork."
Check out the Hopkins Emergency Response Organization video at facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201843550724216
|5||EMS proposes guaranteed housing for in-charges
By Anita Alem
The Rice University Emergency Medical Services presented a proposal to the Student Association that would guarantee on-campus housing for two In-Charges/In-Charge Trainees per college.
EMS member Nitin Agrawal and Patrick McCarthy, REMS captain and Baker senior, presented the proposal at the SA meeting on April 9. EMS proposes that "the two individuals with the longest time of service within Rice EMS will be guaranteed housing at their current residential college; the colleges that do not have two IC/ICTs are required to offer housing to one individual from another residential college determined [by] a rotating schedule based on founding order."
"For example, if Hanszen [College] had three IC/ICTs, two of them would be guaranteed [housing] at Hanszen, and then the third one would be required to be offered housing by Baker," Agrawal, a Senator and sophomore at Baker College, said. "After Baker offers housing, regardless of the outcome, Baker goes to the bottom of the list and then [the] next IC/ICT who needs housing at a different college would be offered it by Will Rice [College] and so on."
SA President Ravi Sheth said constructive debate and discussion is necessary before proposals are passed, and he stressed the importance of taking this legislation back to the colleges for in-depth discussion.
"Sometimes you need concrete proposals on the table to consider alternatives that could be beneficial, for example, the alternative proposal of guaranteeing all (and not just two) ICs," Sheth, a Martel College junior, said. "At the meeting next week, Senate will be able to vote to pass this resolution, reject this resolution or table [this] resolution to allow for a new proposal to be introduced at the beginning of the year. This is a decision that is up to the Senate, and ultimately, the will of each of the colleges."
According to Agrawal, EMS is concerned that the current situation in which ICs are not guaranteed on-campus housing may impact the response time. Next year, two ICs will be living off campus.
"Rice EMS is able to respond to calls within five minutes while [the Houston Fire Department] has a response rate close to 12-15 minutes," Agrawal said. "The only reason why Rice EMS is able to have such short response rate is because the In-Charges, one of which is required to be at every call, lives on campus and is able to quickly go to any place on campus where the call occurs."
Sheth said the impact this proposal could have on the housing selection will be different for each college, given the diversity of housing-jack guidelines.
"However, I think it is important to recognize how small of a change this will actually be — there are usually only [six to eight] ICs on campus each year, and many of these students already have guaranteed housing," Sheth said. "Ultimately, only a handful of students will truly be affected by any guaranteed housing proposal, and this number is incredibly small in comparison to the total number of on-campus students."
Agrawal said EMS would like for these changes to be implemented in fall 2014 if the proposal is voted on this year. However, Agarwal said REMS is also considering following the Student Association's recommendation to expand the legislation next year to guarantee all ICs on-campus housing instead of two, if the proposal is not passed this year.
"If it does pass, I think it will allow Rice EMS to continue to grow," Agrawal said. "Having the Rice EMS leadership team be on campus will allow them to focus on not only improving patient-care service, but also improve the organization as a whole."
|6||REMS celebrates Collegiate EMS Week
By: Rice News Staff
Rice Emergency Medical Services (REMS) celebrated Collegiate EMS Week last week by offering blood pressure checks, giving first-aid tips and teaching CPR. More than 60 faculty, staff and students dropped by to learn life-saving skills at the Jones Graduate School of Business, where REMS offered a “hands-free” CPR course. REMS first-responders taught what to do in case of an emergency, and participants got a chance to practice chest compressions and to use an automated external defibrillator on dummies.
|7||REMS celebrates Collegiate EMS Week
By: Rice News Staff
Baker College senior Alison Hightman (right) got a lesson in CPR this week when Rice Emergency Medical Service (REMS) members Nicholas Anhold, a Baker College sophomore, and Eva Ng, a Lovett College senior, demonstrated CPR and other life-saving interventions in the Central Quad. The demo was part of REMS’ celebration of Collegiate EMS Week Nov. 10-18. REMS, which has served the campus community for more than 16 years, also hosted a first-aid class, performed blood pressure checks at the Gibbs Recreation Center and held an open house at its quarters in Duncan College.
|8||Former student comes full circle to serve as medical director at San Jacinto
Dr. Mark Escott attended San Jacinto College in 1993, and now serves as medical director of the North Campus’ Emergency Medical Technology program.
San Jacinto College alumni Dr. Mark Escott says he is "coming full circle" as he returns to his alma mater to serve as the medical director of the North Campus’ Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program.
Escott attended San Jacinto College in 1993 as an EMT student, and went on to attend Rice University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies. He holds a master’s in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and a MD from Flinders University. He served his Emergency Medicine Residency at Penn State University, where he served as assistant professor of emergency medicine.
Escott is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine’s Houston campus. He also serves as the medical director for Rice University EMS, the Montgomery County Hospital District, and as the associate medical director for Cypress Creek EMS. He serves on the board of directors of the EMS section of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
In his new role as the medical director at San Jacinto College North, Escott will provide valuable consulting, teaching, and evaluating services. His duties in the part-time contract position will include curriculum evaluation, quality improvement, classroom instruction, and clinical evaluation of students.
When he attended San Jacinto College in 1993, he never imagined he would some day return to serve as medical director at the College. "I knew that I would be an emergency medicine physician, but had no idea that I would come full circle," he commented. "But such has been the case in other areas of my career. I started as an EMT volunteer at Cypress Creek EMS, and now I am one of the medical directors. I founded the EMS service at Rice, and now I am the medical director there as well. I found all of these programs to be high quality, and I think that is what motivated me to be a part of them again."
Serving in so many capacities means Escott is a very busy man. Yet, he was willing to take on even more duties as medical director at San Jacinto College.
"I think that it’s important to recognize your roots and where you come from," he remarked. "I also think it’s also important to give back to institutions that have given me something so important. I learned some valuable lessons as an EMT student at San Jac, some that I will never forget. Now that I believe I have something to give back, it is with great pleasure that I do so."
Training and guidance he received at San Jacinto College helped Escott to solidify his career choice. "The College played an important part in my chosen career path," he noted. "Early in my career, I learned excellent clinical skills in evaluation and management of acutely ill patients. It was an important stage in my medical as well as EMS education."
The field of emergency medicine can be challenging, demanding, and stressful, yet Escott finds rewards that money cannot buy.
"I chose this field because I like to take care of patients who are acutely ill, who need rapid medical evaluation," he said. "It involves quick decision-making with little (and at times) no medical information provided by the patient. I find it rewarding because you can make a positive difference in someone’s life on a daily basis, sometimes actually saving lives. You never get tired of that. I love what I do."
Escott offers some practical advice for students about characteristics and qualities it takes to succeed in the field of emergency medicine. "Always smile and have a great attitude," he remarked. "That always goes a long way. Recognize that you are an important part of a team, and that leadership skills play an important role in emergency medicine. Keep your head down, nose in the books, study, study, study. I promise it will all pay off in the end."
San Jacinto College offers a wide range of EMT courses and degree plans at the North and Central campuses.
|9||EMS amnesty policy clarified
By Andrew Ta
Rice's Alcohol Policy was amended over the summer to clarify the meaning and restrictions of amnesty in the event that Rice Emergency Medical Services is called, according to REMS Director Lisa Basgall.
The updated policy details restrictions that were previously unmentioned.
Prior to the changes, the Alcohol Policy only stated, "If a student on campus becomes endangered by the use of alcohol, students should not hesitate to contact Rice EMS, the duty of which is to provide medical assistance, not to report violations of policy," according to University Court Chair Lauren Theis.
The updated policy states that those receiving amnesty must attend a follow-up meeting with their college master, the Dean of Undergraduates, the Counseling Center or the Wellness Center. To be eligible for amnesty, a student must have initiated the request for assistance, and once EMS arrives, those desiring amnesty must not be aggressive or belligerent toward emergency assistance providers, according to the revised Alcohol Policy.
Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson led the directive to clarify the policy after the Student Association and college presidents brought up the issue last spring, according to Basgall, speaking on behalf of Hutchinson and Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety Johnny Whitehead.
"When students were unsure of how [the policy] related to the often thrown-around phrase 'EMS amnesty,' they would hesitate when calling EMS because they feared getting in trouble," Theis, a Weiss College senior, said. "The policy rewording arose because students asked for clarification, and the administration directly responded to us."
Hutchinson, Associate Dean of Undergraduates Donald Ostdiek and the college presidents coordinated to revise the policy, taking into account the expectations of the Rice community, Texas and federal law, and other universities' policies, according to Theis.
"RUPD and REMS will continue to respond exactly as they have in the past," Basgall said. "There's nothing different about the medical amnesty policy. It's just a written version of what has been our practice. The goal was to be more successful in conveying to students the importance of calling REMS when they or a friend is in need."
The updated policy clearly defines what is covered under amnesty, how to receive amnesty, and how the right to amnesty can be lost, Theis said.
According to Basgall, students should pay attention to how the policy requires cooperation with REMS and the RUPD.
"Failure to cooperate, including such behaviors as violence and vandalism, does not fall under the amnesty provision," Basgall said.
Martel College sophomore Alyce Chu said she would be wary of calling EMS now specifically because of the wording of the new policy.
"I wouldn't want my friend to suddenly get angry while drunk and not get amnesty," Chu said.
The new policy could force a lose-lose situation for students, Chu said.
"According to the Alcohol Policy, students who don't call for help 'may be sanctioned up to and including rustication, suspension, or expulsion.' But what if you know your friend gets angry while drunk, but needs help?" Chu said. "Would you call knowing he wouldn't get amnesty, or not call and potentially get yourself sanctioned? Having to make that choice is pretty messed up."
The University Court, which rules on alcohol-related cases according to its website, is unaffected by the policy changes, Theis said.
"Last year, we were faced with a University Court case that required us to define our own understanding of and requirements for EMS amnesty," Theis said. "The decided University Court policy matches the new policy exactly, which really speaks to the reasonable community expectations that are shared by all students. The published clarification will help ensure that students, University Court and the administration are on the same page and prevent future miscommunication from arising."
Jones College sophomore Patrick Shipsey said that despite already being aware of the extensiveness of the amnesty policy, he still appreciated the changes.
"Having it set down publicly in writing gives me greater confidence in RUPD and EMS," Shipsey said. "I was a little surprised to see that amnesty extended as far as provision of any intoxicating substances, but I think that illustrates that the safety of students really is their number one priority."
For the full policy, go to students.rice. edu/students/Alcohol_Policy.asp
|10||Sid Rich’s ’80s party is a success with no transports or fire alarms
The Rice Thresher
Bright colors and spandex abounded on campus last Saturday when around 2,000 students attended Sid Richardson College's annual '80s party. Typically one of the year's most popular public parties, Sid '80s again featured the live '80s cover band Molly & the Ringwalds, who played in the college's commons for the duration of the event.
|11||ALFA money spending determined
The Rice Thresher
After a summer of deliberation, grant and endowment proposals totaling nearly $3 million from the KTRU radio tower sale have been approved by the Asset Liquidation Funds Appropriation Committee and President David Leebron. The grants that were supported will go into effect this year while the endowments await approval by the Board of Trustees at their upcoming September meeting.
The majority of the KTRU sale funds were to be used for endowments, while a smaller portion was designated for short-term purposes, SA President Georgia Lagoudas said. The ALFA Committee was charged with gathering both undergraduate and graduate student input, and after receiving the proposals, it chose 16 of them and met monthly over the summer with administrators to estimate cost and feasibility, ALFA Committee member Lagoudas said.
In the end, the committee decided to set aside $25,000 for the Welcome Back Concert and passed four one-time grants and four endowment proposals, which were also approved by President Leebron, Lagoudas said.
|13||Autry gets automated defibrillator
|14||Those with medical conditions can feel assured with new database
|15||University to help fund EMS basic class
|16||Rice EMS to instate medical alert system
|17||REMS resolution proposed
|18||Rice to host Houston's 18th annual CPR mass training Sept.
|19||Head of REMS resigns
|20||Rice EMS Wins National Awards
|21||REMS Awarded as Outstanding Agency
|22||Rice EMS Treats 1000th Patient
|23||Rice EMS Save
|24||REMS to the Rescue
|25||REMS Wins 2 Awards at Conference
|26||REMS Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
|27||Rice's New EMS Helps Save a Life