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Thursday, September 28, 2023

A recently released autopsy report has confirmed that Molly Ammon, a 19-year-old UF student, died over Spring Break due to alcohol poisoning.

Ammon was a freshman accounting student from Tampa and a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.

She was found unconscious the morning after a party at a friend's condominium at Madeira Beach, which is near St. Petersburg.

According to the Medical Examiner's report, Ammon had a blood alcohol level of more than 0.4, confirming the cause of death as acute ethanol toxicity.

Cecilia Barreda, public information officer for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, said officers were dispatched immediately when Ammon's friends called on the morning of March 13.

UF officials are working to encourage students who find themselves in danger to trust authorities to help them in alcohol-related situations, said Maureen Miller, alcohol and other drug prevention specialist at GatorWell Health Promotion Services.

One such measure is UF's new medical amnesty policy.

The idea is hardly new, Miller said. She wants students to understand that saving students is more important than disciplining them.

UF's medical amnesty policy states that an "individual in distress will not be subject to disciplinary action nor mandatory alcohol and other drug sanctions under the UF Student Code of Conduct."

"We are encouraging students to make that decision to call 911," Miller said. "That being said, it is not an automatic pass."

In some circumstances, third parties would be subject to police investigation, but Miller said the priority is getting medical attention to the victim.

The medical amnesty policy applies to situations on and off-campus.

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