Dean of Students

The Good Samaritan Provision

     

 

The University recognizes that a student may be hesitant to report medical emergencies and other crises if the student is engaged in behavior that violates policy during the medical emergency or crisis. This policy seeks to provide students with amnesty from the student conduct process in such situations. This policy does not provide any additional protection from legal action outside the University.

To minimize any hesitation students or student organizations may have in obtaining immediate medical or other professional help for students in need:

For those in need of assistance: Amnesty (Self-Reporting) is available to individuals who seek or accept medical or other professional assistance without fear they may be accused of minor policy violations, such as underage drinking at the time of the incident. Educational sanctions (including, but not limited to, restitution, work service, loss of privileges, educational requirements such as programs and/or presentations) may be required, but will not otherwise result in a violation of the Student Conduct Code as long as the educational sanctions are completed.

For those who offer assistance: To encourage students to seek medical or other professional assistance for others, amnesty is available for minor violations when students offer this help to others in need. Educational sanctions may be required, but will not otherwise result in a violation of the Student Conduct Code as long as the educational sanctions are completed.

Any exemption from conduct action granted under this policy may only apply to conduct action and/or sanctions under the Student Conduct Code and does not apply to any criminal action taken by law enforcement, such as issuing a citation or making an arrest.

While this provision applies to individual students, if an organization has been found in violation of the Student Conduct Code, then the organization’s willingness to seek medical assistance for a guest may be viewed as a mitigating factor if or when sanctions are issued.