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Medical Amnesty

Medical Amnesty Protocol

In incidents where an individual experiences severe intoxication or serious injury related to the consumption of alcohol or other drugs, Emory’s primary concern is for the health and safety of the individual. Emory University seeks to support students and student organizations who call for help for themselves or others in such medical emergencies, and to remove barriers to acquiring help. To this end, the Medical Amnesty protocol:

  • Eliminates disciplinary consequences through the Office of Student Conduct for possession or use of alcohol or other drugs for undergraduate students and student organizations:
    • Who needed medical assistance during an alcohol or other drug-related emergency
    • Who sought medical assistance for another person experiencing an alcohol or other-drug related emergency
  • Does not preclude disciplinary action for other violations of the Undergraduate Code of Conduct concurrent with alcohol and other drug use, including but not limited to:
    • Sexual misconduct
    • Physical assault
    • Property damage
    • Unlawful provision or distribution of alcohol or other drugs

For individual students

In order for Campus Life to apply this Medical Amnesty protocol to individual students, the assisted student must complete in a timely manner assigned alcohol and/or drug education, assessment and/or treatment (as assigned by the Office of Health Promotion). In such cases in which the student completes assigned alcohol and/or drug education, the incident will not be documented as disciplinary/institutional action on the student’s academic record. If the student fails to complete recommended follow-up, Campus Life likely will cease to use the Medical Amnesty protocol and instead follow the conduct process as provided by the Undergraduate Code of Conduct.

In cases where Campus Life requires additional information to promote the health and safety of the community, the individual student may meet with a representative from the Office of Student Conduct. This meeting does not mean the student will have a conduct case. As long as the student completes the alcohol and/or drug education, assessment and/or treatment as assigned by the Office of Health Promotion, the incident will not be documented as a disciplinary/institutional action on the student’s academic record.

Repeat incidents may prompt Campus Life to have a higher degree of concern for the individual’s health. A student may be eligible for Medical Amnesty on more than one occasion depending on the specific circumstances of the incidents and at the discretion of the Division of Campus Life.

For student organizations

In order for Campus Life to apply this Medical Amnesty protocol to student organizations, student organizations must call for medical help for a student who is experiencing severe intoxication or serious injury related to the consumption of alcohol or other drugs.

Closing

The university encourages community members to help each other in all medical emergencies related to the use of alcohol and other drugs, and the Medical Amnesty protocol represents the university’s commitment to protecting the health and safety of students.  


For more information on the university’s policies related to alcohol and other drugs, see Emory’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy 8.8.

Questions? Contact the Office of Health Promotion. You can talk to Willie Bannister, LPC, Substance Abuse Counselor in OHP (wbannis@emory.edu or 404-727-0395) or Raphael Coleman (raphael.coleman@emory.edu or 404-727-7930.