Amnesty Policy

 Amnesty Policy

  • Philosophy
    1. The health and safety of members of the Plymouth State University community is a primary concern.
    2. Students need to seek immediate medical attention for themselves or others when someone’s health and/or safety are at risk.
    3. Students may be reluctant to seek assistance for themselves or someone else for fear of facing action from the Office of the Dean of Students.
    4. Plymouth State University seeks to remove barriers that prevent students from seeking the medical attention they need.
    5. Our mission seeks to build a community where students are active and engaged participants sharing in the responsibility of caring for others.  This policy is geared towards building structures and policies to support a caring and nurturing environment.
  •  POLICY

Note: This policy only provides amnesty from violations of the PSU Code of Conduct. It does not grant amnesty for criminal, civil, or legal consequences for violations of federal, state, or local law.

  1. Students who seek emergency medical attention for themselves related to consumption alcohol or other drugs, will not be charged with violations of the university policy related to that consumption, provided that the student subsequently completes an alcohol education program and/or counseling, within a reasonable time frame to be determined by the Office of the Dean of Students. Failure to complete this evaluation/treatment may result in charges being filed with the Office of the Dean of Students.
  2. Students who seek emergency medical attention for someone else will not be charged with violations of the PSU university policy related to consumption of alcohol or other drugs. Where appropriate, an alcohol education program and/or counseling may be recommended.
  3. This policy applies only to those students who seek emergency medical assistance in connection with an alcohol or other drug related medical emergency and does not apply to individuals experiencing an alcohol or drug-related medical emergency who are discovered  by university employees. (i.e. university police, residential life staff, other PSU faculty or staff).
  4. The PSU university medical amnesty policy is not intended to shield or protect those students who repeatedly violate alcohol and other drug policies. In cases where repeated violations of the PSU university policies occur, the university reserves the right to take conduct action on a case by case basis regardless of the manner in which the incident was reported. This policy does not preclude disciplinary action regarding other violations of university standards, such as causing or threatening physical harm, sexual abuse, damage to property, harassment, hazing, etc.
  5. The hearing officer reserves the right to contact any student to discuss an incident whether or not the PSU university medical amnesty policy is in effect.