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."