Contact Us

healthed@svsu.edu
(989) 964-2292

Director of Student Wellness Programs

Sara Martinez

Office

D 105

Hours

Summer office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 10am to 4:30pm.
We are available on the days were are closed but you will need to schedule an appointment.
If our office is closed but you need any of our resources, please contact Sara Martinez at 989-964-2292 to schedule an appointment or feel free to contact her at sjmarti2@svsu.edu.

Medical Amnesty Law

In 2012, the State of Michigan passed a medical amnesty law which exempts prosecution towards minors who are at medical risk as a result of alcohol intoxication to ensure that they will receive prompt and appropriate medical attention.  SVSU adheres to this law in order to remove perceived barriers to calling for or seeking help.

The law helps in the following situations:

• A minor (under the age of 21) who, after consuming alcohol, voluntarily presents himself or herself to a health facility or agency for treatment or observation, including medical examination and treatment for any condition as a result of sexual assault (as defined in Michigan law).

 

• Any minor (under the age of 21) who accompanied a minor (under the age of 21) who, after consuming alcohol, voluntarily presented himself or herself to a health facility or agency for treatment or observation, including medical examination and treatment for any condition as a result of sexual assault (as defined in Michigan law).

 

• Any minor (under the age of 21) who initiated contact with law enforcement or emergency medical services personnel for the purpose of obtaining medical assistance in connection with a legitimate health care concern.

 

It is important to note that Michigan law continues to prohibit a minor from purchasing, consuming, or possessing, or attempting to purchase, consume, or possess, alcoholic liquor and from having any bodily alcohol content.

 

Directly from SVSU's Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy:

"Alcohol & Drug Related Incidents Requiring Medical Attention

In the case of alcohol intoxication, alcohol poisoning, drug overdose or other alcohol or drug-related medical emergency, the primary concern is the health and safety of the individual(s) involved. Students are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical assistance for themselves or their peers in the case of an alcohol or other drug-related medical emergency. Student to whom medical assistance is sought, or those who seek medical assistance for themselves or for others, for alcohol or other drug-related medical emergencies will not be subject to university discipline for the sole violation of using or possessing alcohol or drugs. Such students may, however, be referred to university education and support programs or community referrals, and may be subject to disciplinary action when other university rules or policies have been violated. Further, students remain subject to local, state, and/or federal laws concerning the use of alcohol and/or other drugs, and may be subject to penalties as prescribed by law.

An individual, for whom emergency medical assistance is sought due to an alcohol or drug-related condition, is financially responsible for all costs of his or her medical care, including ambulance and/or hospitalization."

For more information regarding SVSU's Alcohol and Other Drug policy, please see the link to Student Conduct Programs.

 

 

Remember if you do find someone who you believe may have alcohol poisoning, or too much to drink, stay with that person and always call 911.

 

Saginaw Valley State University maintains the discretion to refer the individual for appropriate educational intervention(s).