The University of Minnesota-Duluth is planning a new policy to encourage students to report drinking-related medical emergencies by protecting them from legal ramifications.

Since this school year began, nine students and four visitors at the school have been drunk enough to require emergency hospital visits. All but one were younger than 21.

School officials believe many more such cases go unreported and untreated.

School officials want to encourage students to seek help in such situations. Under the amnesty plan, which is to take effect next fall, students who call on an authority figure if friends exhibit signs of alcohol poisoning would not face...

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