The Undergraduate Code of Conduct lays out the expectations the university community has for undergraduate students. It also explains the process for resolving alleged violations of those expectations.

Students are expected to know and follow policies which may apply to them. For instance, students living in the residence halls are expected to follow the policies established by the Office of Residence Life and Housing. Other examples include University policies on Anti-Hazing, use of computer and network resources or parking and traffic.

Students are also invited to visit Emory University's policies web site and click on the link at the bottom right of that page titled "General Policies" for a listing of policies relevant to students.

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 Student Conduct and comply with any recommendations prescribed by the Office of Health Promotion. 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 Health Promotion 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 Health Promotion 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 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 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 at 404-727-1000 or via email at


Medical amnesty is the result of concern for the health and well-being of students. In the past, the possibility of judicial action may have acted as a deterrent to students seeking much-needed medical attention; this policy helps to remove that barrier, making it easier for students to care for themselves and their friends.
No. It means that while it is preferable for students to make responsible choices in the beginning by avoiding alcohol and drugs altogether, they must also be encouraged and empowered to make the responsible choice to get help if and when things go wrong.
While there is no formula for conditions, common conditions may include a session with an on-campus substance abuse counselor and/or an alcohol education session. Recommendations are not punitive, but are intended to educate the student and aid in enabling him or her to make choices in the future that are not detrimental to his or her health and well-being.
They may appear similar, but the conditions are not part of a regular conduct case, whereas sanctions are. Failure to complete sanctions can result in holds on registration and other consequences. Failure to meet the conditions set for medical amnesty simply means that you will not qualify for medical amnesty and the alcohol-related incident will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct as a disciplinary case.
No. The medical amnesty policy is a Campus Life Policy and only applies to actions taken by the Division of Campus Life. While Emory Police may or may not cite students for alcohol-related incidents, especially in emergency situations; as sworn officers, they always have the ability to issue citations at their discretion and are not bound by the medical amnesty policy.
No. The conduct process at Emory is designed, like the medical amnesty policy, to educate students, prepare them for responsible and ethical decision-making, and preserve the safety of both individual students and the Emory community at large.