U-W-La Crosse is making a change to its policy for
drinking on campus.
a responsible action policy.
It will change the punishment for a student who calls
if someone's had too much to drink.
News Eight's Kyle Dimke has more on this story.
Mike and Lisa...U-W-L says they had one of the biggest
voter turn outs for this referendum...
and 96 percent voted in favor of apporving the responsible
The plan will allow students who have been drinking
underage to call police in an emergency situation
without being ticketed.
Students and staff at U-W-L feel this new policy could
save someone's life .
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Chancellor Joe Gow says students have died at UW-La
Crosse from alcohol abuse....
but hopes this new policy wil help to prevent that.
JG: 3- People said lets make sure that there's just
no doubt that if somebody's in trouble physically
we're going to get them the help they need and not
have to worry about are we going to get in trouble
DR: 1- we want to encourage students to call and seek
emergency medical assistance and to remove one of
the barriers of that, the fear of receiving a citation,
we created the responsible action policy to encourage
them to make that call for what is hopefully life
Devin Remiker is the director of local affairs for
the UW-L Student Association....
and he says saving your friends life shouldn't be
DR: 5- Saving a life will replace any sort of citation
or ticket, it's just so much more important than that.
The Director of UW-L police services says this policy
is nothing new for his staff .
they already use their discretion in these types of
SR: 7- I don't anticipate this is going to be a big
change, but even if it's just those one or two that
might be thinking that they won't call for help because
they don't want to risk that interaction with police,
if we can prevent that then it's successful
The policy will be implemented this fall....
and the student association would like to eventually
move this plan on to city and county policy as well.