At Tulane University, the health, safety, and welfare of our students and community are paramount concerns. As such, all Tulane students are expected to proactively alert appropriate officials in the event of any health or safety emergency—specifically including those involving the abuse of alcohol or drugs—even if violations of the Student Code of Conduct may have occurred in connection with such an emergency.
Because the University understands that fear of possible disciplinary actions may unnecessarily deter certain requests for emergency assistance, the University has adopted the following Responsible Action Protocol (RAP) to alleviate such concerns and promote responsible action on the part of students.
In a situation involving an imminent threat or danger to the health or safety of any individual(s), students are generally expected to:
- to contact emergency officials by calling TUPD at 504-865-5911 to report the incident
- to remain with the individual(s) needing emergency treatment and cooperate with emergency officials, so long as it is safe to do so
- to meet with appropriate University officials after the incident and cooperate with any University investigation.
The University will consider the positive impact of taking responsible action in an emergency situation when determining the appropriate response to alleged policy violations by the reporting student or the student experiencing an emergency. This means that through the University conduct system, students will not be charged with violation of Tulane's Alcohol Policy (III.D.7) or use of drugs (III.D.4), and sanctions will not be issued. However, the incident will be documented, and educational, community, and health interventions—as well as contact with a student's emergency contact—may be required. The protocol does not protect repeated, flagrant, or serious violations of the Student Code of Conduct (including physical or sexual assault, violence, hazing, harassment, theft, or vandalism or instances where multiple individuals need medical attention), nor does it preclude or prevent action by police (including officers from the Tulane Police Department or New Orleans Police Department) or other legal authorities.
Student organizations and groups, through their officers and members, are also expected to take responsible action in emergency situations, to incorporate these protocols into their training and risk management plans, and to always comply with them. A group's compliance with these protocols will be considered a mitigating factor when determining the outcome or sanction of an incident that otherwise merits organizational disciplinary action. Additionally, the University will deem the failure of a student group to comply with these protocols to be an especially egregious factor when determining disciplinary actions.
Failure of students or student organizations to take proactive responsible action in an emergency situation where action is clearly warranted, however, will void all protections under this provision, may constitute an aggravating factor for purposes of sanctioning, and may lead to further disciplinary actions.