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Medical Amnesty Policy

Medical Amnesty

At Auburn University, the health, safety, and welfare of students are of the utmost importance. As such, all students are expected to alert appropriate officials in the event of any health or safety emergency, specifically those involving another student’s abuse of alcohol or drugs.

Because the university understands that fear of possible disciplinary action may unnecessarily deter certain requests for emergency assistance, students who report such emergencies will not be found responsible for alcohol or drug-related policy violations provided the steps below are followed.

3 Steps to Medical Amnesty

In a situation involving imminent threat or danger to the health or safety of any individual(s), students are expected to:

1. Contact emergency officials by calling 911 to report the incident,

2. Remain with the individual(s) needing emergency treatment and cooperate with emergency officials, so long as it is safe to do so

3. Meet with appropriate university officials after the incident and cooperate with any university investigation.

The incident will be documented and the student who contacted emergency officials  may be required to participate in educational, community, and/or health interventions. A student’s parents or guardians may also be contacted.

Who is covered by Medical Amnesty?

The individual student (including an individual member of a student organization) who contacts emergency officials  may receive amnesty under this policy. The Medical Amnesty Policy does not provide amnesty for student organizations.

What policy violations are covered by Medical Amnesty?

The protocol does not protect repeated, flagrant, or serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct or other university policies (including physical or sexual assault, violence, hazing, harassment, theft, or vandalism or instances where multiple individuals need medical attention), nor does it preclude or prevent action by police or other legal authorities.

Last modified: May 29, 2019