Impaired Student Recovery Area
Initiated in 1999 as a health and safety initiative, the Impaired Student Recovery Area (ISRA) provides a safe location for students found to be significantly intoxicated and would be a safety or health risk to themselves or others due to their intoxication. The ISRA is NOT a punishment or a College judicial sanction, but is a medical observation area to ensure the safety of Penn College students. Certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) provide care and oversight to students.
College Police are contacted when a College employee encounters a student who appears severely intoxicated. The officer determines if the student needs to be taken for immediate medical assistance or to the ISRA.
- Inventory is taken of personal belongings and documented on evidence tracing forms completed by both College Police and the EMT.
- Detailed health and substance abuse history is taken by the EMT.
- Basic physical exam is completed and documented by the EMT.
- A vital signs monitor is attached to student.
- Preliminary breath test readings are retaken.
- Audio and video recordings begin for protection of student and staff.
- Monitor vital signs
- Deliver basic medical care determined by the timing and amount of ingestion of alcohol beverages
- Provide oral hydration by supplying water
- Complete health history and assessment to look at the length of use, type of alchol being ingested, and the amount consumed
- Conduct breath alcohol rechecks to look at trending of the metabolism of alcohol
- Notify Emergency Medical Services and arrange transportation to emergency care (approximately six blocks away) if needed
- Personal belongings are returned to student.
- Student is escorted back to apartment by College Police.
- Student is billed a fee.
- Most students will receive one or more of the following judicial sanctions by the College:
- BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention of College Students) session
- Assessment through Counseling Services
- Judicial probation