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Medical Assistance Policy

Medical Assistance

The health, safety, and welfare of Auburn University students are of the utmost importance. As such, all students are expected to alert appropriate emergency officials in potentially serious or life threatening situations. The Medical Assistance Policy empowers students and student organizations to seek medical assistance for individuals who may be experiencing health-related complications from alcohol, drugs, or other substances. The policy aims to reduce barriers to seeking help and to encourage students and student organizations to make responsible decisions in potentially serious or
life-threatening situations.

For individual students eligible for exemption under the Medical Assistance Policy, the incident will not appear on a student’s disciplinary record. A student organization’s compliance with this policy may be considered a mitigating factor for sanctioning by the appropriate judicial body.

Medical Assistance Protocol (MAP)

In potentially serious or life-threatening situations, students and student organizations are expected to follow all steps noted below:

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

2. remain with the individual(s) needing medical assistance, so long as it is safe to do so,

3. cooperate with emergency officials,

4. meet with appropriate university officials after the incident and,

5. cooperate with any university and/or law enforcement investigation(s).

Who is covered by Medical Assistance?

The Medical Assistance Policy applies to: students seeking medical assistance on their own behalf or who obtain medical assistance under this policy, students seeking and obtaining medical assistance on behalf of another individual, and student organizations seeking and obtaining medical assistance on behalf of a member or guest.

A student or student organization will not be considered eligible for exemption under this policy if the incident is first discovered by a University employee or public safety official (i.e., APD, faculty, administrative staff, residence hall staff, etc.) acting within the scope of their responsibilities.

What policy violations are covered by Medical Assistance?

The policy does not protect flagrant or serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct or other university policies including but not limited to the following: physical abuse or violence, sexual misconduct, hazing, harassment, theft, or vandalism. In addition, this policy does not preclude or prevent action by police or other legal authorities.

Additional and/or elevated disciplinary outcomes may be applied for students and student organizations that fail to follow the Medical Assistance Protocol in potentially serious or life threatening situations.

Last modified: October 27, 2020