UW-L to implement Responsible Action Policy

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An underage college student has too much to drink, and needs medical help, but doesn’t call 911, because they're worried about getting in trouble

That’s the type of situation UW-La Crosse is hoping to prevent with its Responsible Action Policy, which about 96% of students voted in favor of.

“Last year alone, I had numerous students come to me and said that they called 911, because one of their friends was having an issue or was turning blue or something like that so they called 911, but when the police arrived the student was given a ticket who called,” said UW-L wellness coordinator Jason Bertrand.

Students who call campus police if they or a friend have had too much to drink and need medical help, won’t get a ticket from police or be disciplined by UW-L.

But, students could get in trouble if they don’t cooperate.

“Obviously we’re not trying to promote underage drinking here, but if there were the case that there were underage drinking it’s definitely a good idea,” said sophomore Nathan McCourt.

“I think people are worried about getting in trouble when they should be more worried about helping their friend,” said freshman Mikael Ezzell.

“I think it could help save some lives, yes,” said freshman Harley Bartura.

Chancellor Joe Gow said a student could be required to go through an alcohol education program through UW-L.

“I think there’s the potential to help save lives, and there have been some tragedies over the years in La Crosse that students have drank too much,” said Gow.

The policy won’t apply to supplying alcohol, and it might not apply to students with repeated violations of UW-L’s alcohol policies.

The plan is for the policy to go into effect in the fall of 2014.

UW-L said it hopes the City of La crosse and La Crosse County will adopt similar policies.


The comment sections of our web set are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from the viewers but we are not obligated to post comments we feel inappropriate or violate our guidelines. Here are some of the criteria you should follow when posting comments:

Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. Children and families visit this site. We will delete comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.

We will delete all comments using hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our web site.

Comments should not attack other readers personally.

We will delete comments we deem offensive, in bad taste, or out of bounds. We are not obligated to post comments that are rude or insensitive.

We do not edit user-submitted comments.

As a host WEAU 13 News welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However, we have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason WEAU 13 News reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
WEAU 13 NEWS 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54701 By Phone: Main Number (715) 835-1313 and (715) 832-3474. Tip Line (715) 839-WEAU - (715) 839-9328 Sports Line (715) 852-1537
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 255822001 - weau.com/a?a=255822001
Gray Television, Inc.