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Medical Amnesty Alcohol Policy


Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan Protocol

Student health and safety are of primary concern at the University of Delaware. As such, in cases of intoxication and/or alcohol poisoning, the University encourages individuals to seek medical assistance for themselves or others.  If an individual seeks medical attention due to his/her level of intoxication which reasonably appears to create serious and immediate risk to the individual, the Office of Student Conduct may not pursue disciplinary sanctions against the student for violations of the Alcohol Policy of the Code of Conduct. Additionally, those students who assist in obtaining medical attention for individuals who are intoxicated will not receive disciplinary sanctions for violations of the Alcohol Policy of the Code of Conduct.

In lieu of disciplinary sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct, the intoxicated student (and possibly the referring student) will be required to meet with the Director of the Office of Student Conduct or her designee, who may issue educational requirements such as alcohol education and/or an alcohol and substance abuse assessment.  Serious or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of concern and response.  Failure to complete educational assignments or treatment recommendations issued under this policy normally will result in disciplinary action.  The student will be responsible for any costs associated with alcohol education interventions.  In most cases, a letter will be sent home to the student’s parents or legal guardian.

Medical Amnesty does not preclude disciplinary sanctions due to any other violations of the Code of Conduct (not related to the Alcohol Policy).  Likewise, Medical Amnesty does not prevent action by Newark police or other law enforcement personnel.


How to Apply for Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan

Students who believe that the Medical Amnesty (the student for whom help was requested) or the Good Samaritan protocol (the student who called for help) applies to them must complete and submit a written request.  Request forms are available in the Office of Student Conduct, 218 Hullihen Hall, and must be submitted within five working days of the incident.  (For example, if a call for medical assistance is made during the weekend, the written request must be submitted by the Friday following the incident.) The Director of the Office of Student Conduct or her designee will meet with the student to discuss the student’s request for a disciplinary exemption. 

Please note: Medical Amnesty will not be granted to students who do not seek medical assistance.  Students who are confronted by university staff (RA, UDPD, as an example) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action.


Application to Student Organizations

In circumstances where an organization is found to be hosting an event where medical assistance is sought for an intoxicated guest, the organization will be eligible to apply for Amnesty.  If Amnesty is granted, no student conduct record of an alcohol violation will be created but educational interventions will be expected.  Fees will also be waived.

If the group is held responsible for alcohol violations, the organization's willingness to seek medical assistance for a member or guest will be viewed as a mitigating factor in determining a sanction for any violations of the Alcohol Policy.  No fees will be applied and educational outcomes will take priority over disciplinary sanctions.

For further information, please contact the Office of Student Conduct (mail to: student-conduct@udel.edu)at 302-831-2117.