Heroin and Opioid Addiction and Prevention Policy

Stevenson University has established this policy to address heroin and opioid addiction and prevention in accordance with the Annotated Code of Maryland, specifically Sections §11-1201 through §11-1204 of the Education Article.

All incoming full-time students will be required to participate in an in-person heroin and opioid addiction and prevention awareness training. These trainings will be facilitated by either on-campus personnel from Campus Security, the Wellness Center, or trained experts from the local community. If in-person training is not practical, this training will be offered online. Stevenson will also provide incoming part-time students with resources that alert and educate them regarding heroin and opioid addiction and prevention.

Stevenson University’s Campus Security and Wellness Center will obtain and store naloxone or other overdose-reversing medication to be used in an emergency. Campus Security Officers, medical professionals in the Wellness Center, and other designated personnel will receive training on how to recognize the symptoms of an opioid overdose, procedures for the administration of an overdose-reversing medication, and proper follow-up procedures in the event of an opioid overdose.

Except for any willful or grossly negligent act, campus security or other designated personnel who have been trained as directed above and who respond in good faith to the overdose emergency of a student in accordance with this section may not be held personally liable for any act or omission in the course of responding to the emergency.

On or before October 1 of each year, Stevenson University will report to the Maryland Higher Education Commission each incident that required the use of naloxone or other overdose-reversing medication.

Stevenson University’s Good Samaritan Policy
In an effort to maintain the health and safety of the campus community, the University has instituted a Good Samaritan Policy. Under this policy, students who seek medical attention for themselves or their fellow students related to consumption of alcohol or other drugs will not be charged with a violation of Stevenson University policies and/or the Guidelines for Student Housing. Should a student become intoxicated or involved in a potential overdose situation, Stevenson University implores individuals, regardless of age, to seek medical assistance for themselves or others in an attempt to keep the campus community safe.

Please refer to section 5.6 of the Stevenson University Student Policy Manual for complete details on this Good Samaritan Policy.

(Approved December 2018)