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“Amnesty Policy”

 

Commonly referred to as the “amnesty policy” – the Student Conduct Code contains the following two provisions regarding how conduct involving intoxication from alcohol or other drugs is handled when law enforcement or other College official is contacted for medical assistance.

 

Alcohol:

“The College’s highest priority is the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of individual students and the campus community. Therefore, no student seeking medical attention by contacting either College or local authorities for intoxication (nor a student who seeks medical attention on behalf of the affected student) will be formally charged for the unlawful use or possession of alcohol. Although this does not relieve any student or organization from responsibility for other policy violations that may have occurred prior to seeking medical attention,  the effort to seek help for the affected student may be a mitigating factor in sanctioning. Affected students may be required to complete an evaluation or other education programs, but will not face disciplinary charges or sanctions as prescribed through the student conduct process.

 

Drugs, Narcotics, Controlled Substances, and/or Paraphernalia:

“The College’s highest priority is the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of individual students and the campus community. Therefore, no student seeking medical attention by contacting either College or local authorities for a drug overdose (nor a student who seeks medical attention on behalf of the affected student) will be formally charged under the Student Conduct Code for the unlawful use or possession of a drug. Although this does not relieve any student or organization from responsibility for other policy violations that may have occurred prior to seeking medical attention, the effort to seek help for the affected student may be a mitigating factor in sanctioning. Affected students may be required to complete an evaluation or other education programs, but will not face disciplinary charges or sanctions as prescribed through the student conduct process.”

 

These policies do not change the Residential Education and Housing Procedures for Returning to Campus after a Serious Incident. All students that are transported due to alcohol, drugs, narcotics, and other controlled substances will meet with the Director of Residential Education or designee prior to returning to campus.

 

Discretion is used for each situation, as there is no exact prescribed outcome to each alcohol and drug incident that falls under the amnesty policy.  The spirit of the policy is for students to look out for the mental health, safety, and well-being of other students.  Below are outlines to help guide each interaction with students, but professional staff can use their discretion for each situation in order to make the best educational impact. Students qualifying under the amnesty policy may be referred to the Alcohol and other Drug Education Program (ADEP) for an evaluation and/or additional education.  Such referrals or assignments will be kept on file, and failure to successfully complete such may result in disciplinary action through the formal student conduct process.

 

 

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