UNF updates regulations, Florida medical amnesty law

Emily Echevarria, Student Government reporter

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When FSU fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey, was suffering from alcohol poisoning at a party in 2017, it took his fellow party-goers 11 minutes to call for help. They feared they would get in trouble, too. When emergency services arrived, Andrew was declared dead, and FSU indefinitely suspended all Greek life. 

In response, the state of Florida passed “Andrew’s Law” this June to give amnesty to anyone who calls for help in an emergency situation. It also makes hazing that results in serious injury or death a third degree felony, rather than a misdemeanor. 

Dean of Students Andrea Adams-Manning released a statement in an email recently announcing that UNF has updated its Prohibition Against Hazing Regulations to incorporate Andrew’s Law and to promote, “proactive bystander behaviors.” A person who is the first to call emergency services, remains on scene, and cooperated with responders will not be prosecuted or charged as violating UNF’s hazing policy.

“Help us cultivate a culture of care for one another to ensure student success and well-being, by being informed and conscientious Ospreys,” she said. Adams-Manning also encourages students to take an online module called Hazing Prevention 101, which can be accessed through MyWings.

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