X-MAP: Xavier's Medical Assistance Program
Xavier University considers the health and safety of our students a top priority. Xavier’s Medical Assistance Program (X-MAP) is designed to encourage a student’s decision to seek emergency assistance for themselves or a fellow student during an alcohol or other drug (AOD) related medical emergency. X- MAP will support a bystander or an impaired student by encouraging them to call for immediate medical assistance while reducing sanctions typically applied under the Universities Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
A medical emergency would be considered severe intoxication (i.e., unconscious, difficult to arouse, excessive vomiting, difficulty breathing) or a serious physical injury after consuming alcohol or drugs. However, when concerned about yourself or a friend’s safety, always call for help even if you are not sure if the situation is a medical emergency. During AOD related medical emergencies, students may be reluctant to seek help because of potential student conduct consequences for themselves or the person in need of assistance. Since these emergencies are potentially life threatening, Xavier seeks to reduce barriers to seeking medical assistance.
X-MAP was developed and initiated as part of Xavier’s comprehensive AOD Prevention Campaign. The AOD Prevention Campaign is a campus-wide initiative designed to reduce the harmful consequences caused by the consumption of alcohol and other drugs through prevention, education and treatment efforts. X-MAP promotes education for individuals who receive emergency medical attention related to their own use of alcohol in order to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences. X-MAP represents the University's commitment to increasing the likelihood that community members will call for medical assistance when faced with an AOD related medical emergency. However, to protect against possible abuse or misuse of the X-MAP program, (i.e., severe cases or excessive use of the policy) the Dean of Students reserves the right to deny such requests.
Note: X-MAP applies only to alcohol or other drug-related medical emergencies and does not apply to other university conduct violations such as assault, property damage, or distribution of illicit substances. If other conduct violations occur, then a student will be cited for those violations. X-MAP does not protect students from criminal, civil, or legal consequences for violations of Federal, State, or Local law.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does the X-MAP Program Encourage Students to Drink? No! Xavier University prefers that all students make healthy choices by drinking legally and responsibly (or avoiding alcohol and drug use altogether). However, X-MAP is designed to encourage and empower students to seek help when they or a fellow student needs medical attention after consuming excessive amounts of alcohol or drugs.
Why Should I Request Assistance Through X-MAP?
You should request assistance through X-MAP if you or another student needs medical attention due to excessive alcohol or drug use. X-MAP only applies to alcohol or drug related medical emergencies (see www.xavier.edu/prevention-wellness for more information about medical emergencies). Xavier Police and/or medical personnel must be notified and respond in order to qualify for X-MAP. However, if medical personnel decide that transport to the hospital is unwarranted, you are still eligible for X-MAP.
Who Can Request X-Map?
A Xavier bystander who witnesses a fellow student in need of medical attention due to excessive alcohol or other drug (AOD) use or the impaired student can request assistance through X-MAP. X-MAP does not apply if university officials (i.e., Resident Assistants, Hall Directors, Xavier Police) come upon the emergency and call to request medical assistance.
How Do I Request Assistance Through X-MAP?
If Xavier Police responds to your request for medical assistance, they will follow their normal procedures and issue citations for any violations of the University’s Code of Conduct. If you are cited for an AOD policy violation, you may contact your Hall Director and explain you would like to receive assistance through the X-MAP Program. You may also make your request known when the Student Conduct Hearing Officer assigned to your case contacts you for your hearing.
What Should I Do After I Call for Help?
The Xavier bystander/caller must stay with the impaired student until
medical help arrives or X-MAP will not apply. As a Xavier bystander, your presence is vital to the safety and wellbeing of the impaired student. As the bystander, you can provide life saving information to medical personnel.
What Happens After I Request Assistance Through X-MAP?
If a Xavier Bystander requests assistance for a fellow student in need, you will be contacted by a Student Conduct Hearing Officer and thanked for your willingness to seek medical assistance for a fellow student. You will also be given important educational resources about alcohol and drug misuse that can help you to avoid future similar situations. You will not be required to pay judicial fines and the AOD violation(s) will not be placed in your student record.
If an impaired student in need of medical help requests assistance, you will be contacted by a Student Conduct Hearing Officer and given contact information to participate in an AOD educational program that will assist you with making healthier choices in the future. You will not be required to pay judicial fines and the AOD violation(s) will not be placed in your student record.
Can I Use X-MAP If I have been using alcohol or drugs but want to call for help for someone else?
Yes! In this scenario, many students may be reluctant to call for help for fear that they will get into trouble. X-MAP was designed to remove the threat of “internal” or University conduct sanctions increasing the likelihood that you will seek medical assistance for a fellow student in need.
What Would Disqualify Me For X-MAP?
X-MAP is forfeited if the requester fails to complete the expected educational or meeting requirements. The AOD citations and fines that were waived for the current incident will be reinstated. X-MAP does not apply to any previous or future AOD violations and sanctions. Only the AOD violations and sanctions associated with the current call for assistance will be reduced.
What Are the Benefits of Using X-MAP?
X-Map can save someone’s life by getting them the medical attention they need.
Will X-MAP Remove Other Conduct or Criminal Violations?
No! X-MAP only applies to AOD policy violations at Xavier University. It does not apply to other University code of student conduct violations or state laws. X-MAP only applies to violations and fines that are associated with the current call for assistance and will not be applied to previous or future AOD policy violations.
Does X-MAP Only Apply To Alcohol Related Medical Emergencies?
X-MAP applies to medical emergencies for alcohol and other drugs only.
How Many Times Can I Use X-MAP If I Am A Bystander?
There are no limits to the amount of times a bystander/caller can
request medical assistance for a fellow student in need. Xavier encourages its students to be caring citizens for one another. The bystander will be contacted by a Student Conduct Hearing Officer to discuss the incident every time X-MAP is requested. The Bystander will also always be given supportive AOD educational resources. However, the Dean of Students has the right to deny assistance through X-MAP in severe cases or instances of excessive use of the policy.
How Many Times Can I Use X-MAP If I Am The Student In Need?
The student in need of medical attention due to alcohol or drug misuse can only be granted assistance through X-MAP once in their college career. The Student in need will be required to complete an AOD educational program that will help him or her to make better choices in the future. The goal of educational sanctions it to prevent future AOD abuse /misuse and the related medical consequences.
Do I need to Use X-MAP if I have not been drinking or using drugs but want to seek help for a fellow student in need?
No! We always want students in need of medical care to get help. If you have not been drinking or using drugs but witness a fellow student in need of medical attention due to alcohol or drug misuse, please call for help. However, you will not need to request assistance through X-MAP if you have not violated the University’s Alcohol and Other Drug policy. Bystanders should only request assistance through X-MAP when they will likely be cited for a violation of Xavier’s Alcohol and Other Drug policy.