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Sexual Assault and Medical Amnesty

It is imperative that someone calls for medical assistance when needed without the worry that they may be in trouble.

Sexual Assault Amnesty Protocol

Washington College encourages the reporting of sexual misconduct.  The College recognizes that individuals 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, sexual misconduct or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct.  An individual 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.

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 judicial 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 obtain medical help for an intoxicated student or guest or even for themselves.

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 medical help is obtained for an intoxicated student as follows:

Person in need of medical attention

If an individual who receives emergency 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 Student Development 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
  • disorderly conduct

A person in need of medical attention is eligible for medical amnesty on more than one occasion.

Calling on behalf of someone else

An individual who calls for emergency assistance on behalf of a person experiencing an alcohol-or other substance related emergency would 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
  • provision of alcohol to an underage person

For more information, contact Candace Wannamaker at 410-778-7752 or cwannamaker2@washcoll.edu.