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Trujillo Addresses UA at Meeting

Councilors Question Proposal on Confidential Medical Transportation

By Kathy Lin

At its first meeting of the fall term, the Undergraduate Association Council sharply questioned Associate Dean Daniel Trujillo on MIT’s developing policy on the confidentiality of student-run medical transportation on campus.

Trujillo, the associate dean for alcohol education and community development, was the guest speaker at the meeting, addressing the council on the proposed policy that a student’s first use of medical transportation be kept confidential. On a second use, however, “the appropriate dean and a peer judicial board would be informed of the offense,” he said.

Records would be kept by MIT Medical to aid in treatment, and to enable the medical department to inform campus authorities of a second use of medical transportation. The students who run the medical transportation service would not be responsible for reporting students’ second use.

Student volunteers are currently taking over the role of emergency medical transportation from the MIT Police.

UA Councilors criticize proposal

Councilors expressed disapproval of the proposed second-use disclosure policy, saying they were concerned that the lack of confidentiality on the second use would discourage students from using the service, putting student lives at risk.

In response, Trujillo said that the policy “is still a work in progress” and that the administration is “working to find a balance between confidentiality and safety.”

Trujillo said he believed that the confidentiality issues will be resolved. “In my vision for the future, everyone knows what to expect and these issues aren’t a concern,” he said.

Josiah D. Seale ’03, the Undergraduate Association president, asked Trujillo “who in MIT Medical signed off” on the decision to release records of medical transportation use to the administration. Trujillo responded that he did not know.

The 63 newly-trained student emergency medical technicians are currently in their final stages of training, and will soon replace campus police officers in transporting students for emergency medical purposes. The system is an improvement over relying on the MIT Police, Trujillo said, because it allows the police to focus on maintaining safe environments without also needing to provide medical attention.

Hayden privacy addressed

Steven Gass, the associate director for public services, also addressed the council on the Hayden Library’s new 24-hour study room, which is scheduled to open later this semester.

Gass discussed the privacy implications of planned security measures, including a plan to control access to the room with the MIT Card. There will also be a security camera monitoring the door to the study room to provide a record of who those entering and leaving the room, he said.

Gass said that the MIT librarians “don’t want people to be monitored as they study,” and that privacy is a high priority; the cameras are “recording, not monitoring.”

Hayden had been open 24 hours daily until 1995, when budget cuts led to the current operating hours of 8 a.m. to midnight.

Seale delivers State of UA

In his State of the UA Address, Seale welcomed all elected members of the UA and emphasized their responsibilities as “a crucial link between the students and the administration.” This year, he said, the UA Council will focus on evaluating changes with alcohol policy, rush, banking, and Orientation.