Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Indiana senator Jim Merritt will visit the University of Southern Indiana to discuss the Lifeline Law as part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Their presentation will take place at 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 23 in the atrium of the Business and Engineering Center.
The Lifelife Law, which grants immunity to underage drinkers in violation of certain alcohol-related regulations in special circumstances, was enacted in 2012 at the urging of USI’s Student Government Association in collaboration with students from Purdue University and Indiana University.
Specifically, the Lifeline Law provides amnesty for the crimes of public intoxication, minor possession, minor consumption, and minor transport to persons who reveal themselves to law enforcement while seeking medical assistance for a person suffering from an alcohol-related health emergency.
Alcohol Awareness Week Activities
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week is observed on college campuses nationwide to educate students about the consequences of alcohol misuse and abuse and to address common misconceptions about the prevalence of drinking among their classmates.
The following activities are scheduled to take place as part of the effort:
- Monday, October 21 – Student Government Association cookout; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Quad
- Tuesday, October 22 – Dr. Lori Hart presentation of “A Few Too Many...Our Campus Culture Of Alcohol” sponsored by USI’s Activities Programming Board; 7 p.m. in Carter Hall in the University Center
- Wednesday, October 23 – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Indiana senator Jim Merritt presentation on the Lifeline Law; 4 p.m. in the Rosemary and D. Patrick O’Daniel Atrium of the Business and Engineering Center
- Thursday, October 24 – Alcohol health screenings by the Counseling Center and alcohol simulation activities including beer goggle test and pour test by the Student Government Association; 4 p.m. in the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center
For more information, contact Zack Mathis, president of USI’s Student Government Association, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 812/217-6097.