INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana's Lifeline Law has been top of mind on campuses across the state this week after 19-year-old Rachael Fiege of Zionsville died over the weekend at a house party near the IU campus.
It's unclear if alcohol was involved in her case, but Butler University is making sure its students know what to do.
Upperclassmen are helping the underclassman on campus. It centers around a red cup. Some Butler students are using the cup to show the incoming freshmen class how to make good decisions when it comes to alcohol.
"They are teaching me to just be safe, to always be responsible," said sophomore Josie Wallfred.
On their first day of school, some of Butler's freshmen class got an orientation on campus life. About 100 students packed the Reilly Room at Atherton Union to take part in Red Cup Culture.
"It's an opportunity for them to learn a little bit about some expectations from our campus as it relates to safe and responsible choices around substances, primarily around alcohol," said Sarah Diaz, Butler Program Coordinator.
Sarah Diaz is the Red Cup Culture coordinator. She said the program isn't new, but this year's message is a little different.
"Anything that we can do to remove a barrier from students doing the right thing and helping out a friend is very important and the Lifeline Law is an excellent resource students have," Diaz said.
Indiana's Lifeline Law gives immunity to underage drinkers who report someone in medical distress because of drinking too much.
"It's important for kids to know that if they are going to partake in that behavior, they are going to have an advocate there for them," said junior Kelsey Futter.
Terry Brennan is a senior. He said the law didn't exist when he was a freshman.
"It's nice to use those first hand experiences to kind of teach these kids the importance of responsibility and self-control in college," Brennan said.
If students find themselves in a situation, Butler wants them to know there's someone to help.
"There's always help at Butler. Every single place that you call, there's always help," Wallfred said.
There are roughly 1,025 students in Butler's incoming freshmen class, the university's third largest. Each one of those freshmen students will go through the Red Cup Culture program.
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