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Student Conduct Procedures

Amnesty

Amnesty

Some students are hesitant to report conduct violations to University officials or seek assistance in emergency situations because they fear that they themselves or others may be accused of policy violations, such as underage drinking, at the time of an incident. A student who, in good faith, seeks assistance on behalf of himself/herself or others in an emergency situation may be granted amnesty from Code of Conduct charges, except where it has been determined that another violation of University policy may have occurred (e.g. destruction of university property, fire safety violation, physical harm to another student, etc.). The student(s) for whom help has been sought may also be eligible for amnesty.

In order for amnesty to apply, the reporting student(s) must contact appropriate assistance, such as 911, campus police, Resident Assistants, or other University faculty/staff, then remain with the intoxicated individual(s) and cooperate with staff in obtaining assistance. Both students seeking and receiving assistance must agree to a meeting with the judicial/student conduct officer at a time specified by the judicial/student conduct officer. No conduct action will be taken against student(s) who qualify for amnesty. The judicial/student conduct officer may determine that educational activities, assessments, and/or treatment are necessary to address health and safety concerns of student(s) receiving amnesty, in which case the student(s) will be required to complete such measures within the timeframe stated by the judicial/student conduct officer. Failure to comply will result in further conduct action to be decided by the judicial/student conduct officer. Student(s) previously granted amnesty and involved in subsequent substance-related incidents will have their circumstances reviewed by the judicial/student conduct officer to determine eligibility for amnesty. Additional amnesty is not guaranteed in these circumstances.

Student organizations that seek assistance on behalf of members or guests experiencing a substance-related emergency may be eligible for mitigation of charges related to organizational violations, provided that the organization completes any educational programming or additional requirements by the Office of the Dean of Students. However, the organization can and will be held accountable for any other violations of the Student Code of Conduct related to the incident (e.g. endangering the health or safety of others, covered smoke detectors, etc.) and may be subject to disciplinary action by the national organization for violation of risk management programs, substance abuse policies, and other rules imposed by the national organization.