Medical/Sexual Assault Amnesty Protocol
Medical Amnesty Policy
It is imperative that someone calls for medical assistance when an individual experiences severe intoxication or a serious injury after consuming alcohol or other substances. People may be reluctant to seek help in such alcohol or other substance related emergencies because of potential conduct consequences for themselves or the person in need of assistance. Since these emergencies are potentially life threatening, the Medical Amnesty Policy reduces or eliminates disciplinary consequences for students who call for medical attention for an intoxicated student or guest, or even for himself or herself. Medical attention is defined by Washington College as being an assessment and/or treatment by a first responder, such as a Public Safety Officer, Paramedic, or Treating Health Care Provider at the hospital.
This policy is part of Washington College’s comprehensive approach to reducing harmful consequences caused by the consumption of alcohol or other drugs. The Medical Amnesty Policy represents the College’s commitment to increasing the likelihood that community members will call for medical assistance when faced with an alcohol or substance-related emergency. The Medical Amnesty Policy also provides education for individuals who receive emergency medical attention to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences.
How does the Medical Amnesty Policy work?
The Medical Amnesty Policy reduces or eliminates disciplinary consequences when a student actively calls for help as follows:
Person in need of medical attention
If an individual who actively calls for medical attention related to his or her consumption of alcohol or other substances completes a required educational follow-up at Health Services and/or with the Director of Wellness and Prevention Education, he or she will not be subject to judicial action for the following policy violations should they occur at the time of the emergency:
- underage consumption and/or possession of alcohol and illegal drugs
A person in need of medical attention is eligible for medical amnesty on more than one occasion. The college reserves the right to use its best judgment in repeated cases of medical amnesty and may pursue conduct action in addition to educational and health and safety follow up appointments.
Calling on behalf of someone else
An individual who actively calls for emergency assistance on behalf of a person experiencing an alcohol-or other substance related emergency would not be subject to conduct action for the following policy violations should they occur at the time of the emergency:
- underage consumption and/or possession of alcohol
- provision of alcohol to an underage person
An active call requires an individual to call 9-1-1 or a College Official, such as a Public Safety Officer or a Resident Assistant. Medical Amnesty will not be granted where there was no active call for medical assistance. Failure to complete the above requirements of meeting with designated educational follow up officials may result in the case being referred to the student conduct process.
For more information about the Medical Amnesty Policy, contact the Director of Wellness and Prevention at x7727
Washington College encourages the reporting of sexual misconduct by survivors. The College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct.
A victim/survivor reporting sexual violence to College officials or a bystander reporting such violations, provided that their behavior did not place the health and safety of any person at risk, will not be subject to disciplinary action for violations of alcohol and other drug policies occurring at the time of the sexual misconduct.