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Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Project (MAGS)

The Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Project has been established to encourage students to help others without fear of judicial consequences for students who have an alcohol overdose or those who help them.


Because the health and safety of students are of primary concern, the University of Maine has developed a pilot program to address alcohol-related medical emergencies on campus. Fear of getting themselves or another person in trouble may inhibit students from seeking assistance for someone who has had too much to drink.

Alcohol overdose, commonly called alcohol poisoning, is a medical emergency and must be treated as such; therefore, at the University of Maine, we want to encourage bystander responsibility and minimize any barriers which might prevent a student from calling for assistance for someone who has had too much to drink.

Students who receive emergency medical assistance for an alcohol-related incident or report an alcohol related-incident may be eligible for the Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Program (MAGS) in lieu of formal university disciplinary action.

Program Goals:

Program Eligibility:

The Director of Community Standards, Rights, and Responsibilities and the Director of Alcohol and Drug Education Programs will determine acceptance for the MAGS on a case-by-case basis at the weekly Case Management meetings.

Acceptance to the MAGS does not preclude a summons or citation from law enforcement, nor are students exempt from other Conduct Code disciplinary action or decisions by the University of Maine Police, Department of Residence Life or other initiating departments.

Program Requirements:


In circumstances in which an organization is found to be hosting an event where medical assistance is sought for an intoxicated guest, the organization may be held responsible for violations of the UMaine’s Alcohol Policy or state and local laws; however, the organization’s willingness to seek medical assistance for a member or guest will be viewed as a mitigating factor in determining a sanction for any violations. Individuals within the organization may eligible for MAGS.

Program Assessment:

The MAGS program will be assessed annually through data comparison, participant surveys, focus groups, and staff interviews to continuously review and evaluate effectiveness.

For Questions or concerns, please contact Lauri Sidelko 207-581-1423 or on First Class.

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Student Wellness Resource Center
235 Memorial Union
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1423 | Fax: (207) 581-3488E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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