Medical Amnesty

Emory Campus Life recognizes that the potential for disciplinary action by the Office of Student Conduct may act as a barrier to students seeking medical assistance for themselves or other students in alcohol or other drug-related emergencies; therefore, the Division of Campus Life maintains a medical amnesty protocol. In these incidents, the primary concern is the well-being, health, and safety of students.
Undergraduate students needing medical assistance during an alcohol or other drug-related emergency will not face formal conduct action by the Office of Student Conduct for the mere possession or use of alcohol or drugs. The recipients of medical attention will avoid formal conduct action through the undergraduate nonacademic conduct process if they participate in a referral with the Office of the Senior Vice President and Dean for Campus Life and Dean of Student within 5 days of the incident and comply with any recommendations prescribed by that office. Additionally, undergraduate student(s) or a student organization seeking medical assistance for another person during an alcohol or other drug-related emergency will not face formal conduct action by the Office of Student Conduct for the mere possession or use of alcohol or drugs. In order to acquire medical amnesty, these individuals or representatives from organizations may need to meet with a representative from the Office of the Senior Vice President and Dean for Campus Life within 5 days of the incident and comply with any recommendations prescribed by that office.
Medical amnesty applies only to alcohol or other drug-related medical emergencies but does not apply to other prohibited conduct such as assault, property damage or distribution of illicit substances. In cases where an individual or organization fails to seek emergency medical assistance when it is clearly indicated, formal disciplinary action will be taken against the individual(s) or organization.
What does medical amnesty mean for me? Medical amnesty is meant to ensure and protect the health and well-being of undergraduate students at Emory by allowing them to receive necessary medical attention in an alcohol- or drug-related emergency without having a conduct case.
In order to qualify for medical amnesty, the student must obtain medical attention at the time of the incident and must meet with a representative from the Office of the Senior Vice President and Dean for Campus Life within 5 days of the incident and agree to comply with the conditions set forth by the representative. If these conditions are met, there will be no conduct case and the incident will not become part of the student's record.
If the student does not follow these stipulations, she or he does not qualify for medical amnesty and is subject to the conduct process as provided by the Undergraduate Code of Conduct.
It is the expectation of the Division of Campus Life that a student use the medical amnesty policy once; it is an opportunity for a student to learn from a mistake and avoid such mistakes in the future. Therefore, after the first incident, the availability of medical amnesty to the student is at the discretion of the Division of Campus Life.
Medical amnesty may also apply to any student(s) or student organization(s) who help the student in need to receive medical attention. This will allow students who may also have been drinking to care for their friends without worry of facing a potential conduct process for themselves. Students and organizations that assist those in need may also have to meet certain conditions for medical amnesty, but they will not be charged under the Undergraduate Code of Conduct.
Students and organizations that help others seek medical assistance are not limited to one use of the medical amnesty policy, as they should always feel empowered to help those in need.

Questions? Contact the Office of Health Promotion. You can talk to Willie Bannister, LPC, Substance Abuse Counselor in OHP (wbannis@emory.edu or 404-727-9159), or Raphael Coleman, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Prevention Strategist (raphael.coleman@emory.edu or 404-727-7930).