It is imperative that someone call for medical assistance when an individual experiences severe intoxication or a serious injury after using alcohol or illegal substances. Individuals may be reluctant to seek help in such alcohol or drug related emergencies because of potential disciplinary consequences for themselves, the person in need of assistance, or the organization hosting the event where the situation occurs. Since these emergencies are potentially life threatening, Keystone College seeks to reduce barriers to seeking assistance. To this end, Medical Amnesty has been developed as part of Keystone College’s comprehensive approach to reducing the harmful consequences caused by the use of alcohol or illegal substances.
Medical Amnesty represents the College's commitment to increasing the likelihood that community members will call for medical assistance when faced with an alcohol or drug related emergency. Medical Amnesty also promotes education for individuals who receive emergency medical attention related to their own use of alcohol or illegal substances in order to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences.
Person in need of medical attention
A student needing medical assistance during an alcohol or drug related emergency will not face formal disciplinary action for the mere possession or use of alcohol or drugs. The recipient of medical attention will avoid formal disciplinary action if he/she meets with the Coordinator of Student Conduct within five (5) business days of the incident and completes all mandated programming. The student receiving amnesty shall not be required to attend a Student Conduct Board hearing, but will receive a written warning. If the student does not meet these conditions, he/she does not qualify for medical amnesty and shall be subject to the student conduct process as provided by the Student Code of Conduct. It is the expectation of the College 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, beyond the first incident, the availability of medical amnesty is at the discretion of the Coordinator of Student Conduct.
Any student or student organization that seeks medical assistance for another person during an alcohol or other drug-related emergency will not face formal disciplinary action for the mere possession or use of alcohol or drugs. In order to acquire medical amnesty, this individual or a representative of the organization must meet with the Coordinator of Student Conduct within five (5) business days of the incident and must comply with any requirements mandated during that meeting. The student or organization receiving medical amnesty shall not be required to attend a Student Conduct Board hearing, but will receive a written warning.
If the student or organization does not meet these conditions, he/she/it does not qualify for medical amnesty and shall be subject to the student conduct process as provided by the Student 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.
Conduct Eligible for Amnesty
Medical amnesty applies only to alcohol and other drug-related medical emergencies but does not apply to other prohibited conduct such as assault, property damage, or distribution of illegal substances.