Amnesty (Good Samaritan) Policy for Student Drug/Alcohol Violations

Department responsible: Office of Safety & Security Services
Owner: Office of Safety & Security Services
Pertains to: All students
Description: When assisting an intoxicated individual by alerting University staff (e.g. RA, residence professional staff member, Office of Safety & Security), neither the intoxicated individual nor those who seek help will be subject to formal disciplinary action.

Those calling for help must remain with the impaired student until University staff arrives. In order for this policy to apply, intoxicated students must follow the medical, health, and safety recommendations of the assisting staff. While no official disciplinary report will be filed in a student's record, intoxicated individuals may need to follow-up by completing alcohol/drug education programs, chemical use assessment and/or treatment depending on the level of concern for their health and safety.

Hamline University is committed to the health, well-being, and safety of its students. The Amnesty (Good Samaritan) Policy for Student Drug/Alcohol Violations is designed to be used when, in the judgment of others, a student needs medical assistance because of drug or alcohol use. It is intended to encourage students to come forward without fear of disciplinary action being taken against the intoxicated student or those who seek to help them. This policy is based upon the premise that failure to call for medical assistance in an alcohol or drug related emergency is a violation of our community standards.

Policy Interpretation:

The Amnesty (Good Samaritan) Policy for Student Drug/Alcohol Violations applies to alcohol/drug infractions only. It does not apply to individuals involved in infractions such as property damage, hazing, harassment, and physical or sexual assault. When necessary, the Dean of Students will render the final decision regarding whether the Amnesty (Good Samaritan) Policy for Student Drug/Alcohol Violations can be applied in a particular situation. The University cannot guarantee that criminal charges will not be brought against the student if local law enforcement officials are required for assistance during the incident. In cases in which a student is transported to the hospital or a detoxification center for a medical emergency and is unconscious or otherwise in serious physical jeopardy, parental notification by University officials may occur; not for the purpose of disciplinary action, but as a health and safety measure. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I call for help and don't remain with the individual?
There's no reason not to stay with someone. Part of being an adult is taking responsibility for your actions, good or bad. In spite of being in a difficult situation, you can make a difference by making the right decision when medical assistance is needed for another student. Leaving your friend will mean that this policy does not apply to you.

What kind of action can be taken in response to a Good Samaritan Policy situation?
Although you may not be subject to formal disciplinary action, the student(s) involved will need to meet with the Dean of Students or his/her designee and there may be non-disciplinary action taken. Non-disciplinary actions may include things such as substance abuse screening, e-Chug, the Alcohol Education Workshop, or a counseling referral.

What does flagrantly or repeatedly mean?
This is at the discretion of the Dean of Students. In each situation, the overall behavior and specific circumstances will be addressed.

When can the university call my parents?
FERPA allows administrators to call parents for alcohol and drug violations. It also allows administrators to call if there is a health or wellness concern. If a student is taken to the hospital, and cannot call his/her parents, it is Hamline’s common practice to call parents on the student’s behalf.

Where does this policy apply and to whom?
This policy applies to Hamline students and only applies to incidents occurring on university-owned property.

What happens if I make a call about a friend while we're off university property?
This policy does not apply to situations off campus. The local police and emergency response personnel will respond to a situation based on their training and protocols. The specific circumstances of a situation will be considered during the student conduct process.

How will actions related to the Good Samaritan policy be disclosed to study abroad or future background checks?
Incidents in which the Good Samaritan policy is applied will be shared with the Office for International and Off-Campus Programs as a non-disciplinary alcohol incident.

If a staff member (e.g. RA, residence professional staff member, Office of Safety & Security) comes upon a situation before I call, can I claim Good Samaritan?

What if a student does not want to comply with the recommendations of the Dean?
If a student does not comply with the recommendations of the Dean, he or she will be subject to additional sanctions through a formal disciplinary process. The additional sanctions may include disciplinary probation up to and including suspension.