Greetings Shocker families,
We are off to an exciting spring semester, and Commencement will be here before we
know it. The campus is alive and active, despite the cold weather outside. As students
prepare for midterms and spring break, I want to draw your attention to the rapid
increase of fentanyl-laced drugs we are seeing in the Wichita and campus community.
Student Health Services is working closely with University Housing to educate students
on the risk of fentanyl-laced drugs, as well as how to recognize the signs of opioid
If a student suspects a friend or peer is experiencing an opioid overdose, they should
call 911 immediately. It is important that students stay with an individual experiencing
signs of an overdose until emergency responders arrive. WSU’s policy 8.05 handbook
section 7 on Amnesty Through Responsible Action ensures that neither the student experiencing
an overdose nor the friend who called on behalf of someone else receives disciplinary
actions, sanctions, or citations.
If you are concerned about a student’s drug use, Care Team can help. You can file
a concern at www.wichita.edu/care to get connected with campus and community resources.
Integrating this life saving measure into student spaces demonstrates our commitment
to creating a culture of care.
Thank you for your ongoing support and here’s to a successful spring semester!
Alicia A. Martinez Newell
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs