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Good Samaritan-Judicial Amnesty Policy

The purpose of this policy is to increase the likelihood that medical attention is provided to students who need it due to alcohol intoxication or use of drugs by removing impediments to seeking such assistance. This policy is intended for use in isolated situations; therefore, it does not excuse or protect those who flagrantly or repeatedly violate College policy.

Good Samaritan Policy:

The spirit of the Good Samaritan is that we all have an ethical responsibility to help people in need. SUNY New Paltz expects that students will take an active role in protecting the safety and well-being of their peers and the College community. In order to promote this, when a student assists an individual who is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs in procuring medical assistance, that student may be granted amnesty from formal disciplinary action by the College for violating the alcohol or drug policies. The caller may be required to meet with the Dean of Students to discuss the incident.

Medical Amnesty Policy:

When a student is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and seeks medical assistance, s/he may be granted amnesty from formal disciplinary action by the College for violating the alcohol or drug policies. Upon receiving a report that a student needs medical assistance, College staff will respond through University Police to obtain EMS services, and responding officials will use standard procedures for documenting information and collecting identification of all persons involved. Judicial charges will be deferred, and will be dismissed upon successful completion of any recommended alcohol and or drug intervention.  Failure to successfully complete the recommended alcohol and/or drug program may result in judicial action.

Amnesty will not extend to other conduct violations associated with the incident, including but not limited to distribution of drugs, hazing, vandalism, or sexual assault. Amnesty can only extend to College judicial processes and does not protect students from criminal or civil penalties.
Upon receipt of an incident report/police report, in regards to an alcohol or drug transport, the following will occur:


  1. The student may be required to obtain an alcohol or drug assessment from the Counseling Center or the Health Center. If assessment is required, a copy of the assessment report will be sent to the Dean of Students and the Director of Residence Life.

  2.  Parental Notification Policy: If the student is under the age of 21, the College notifies the parents/guardians of students whose consumption of alcohol or drugs results in the student being transported. The student will meet with the Dean of Students to discuss the Parental Notification Letter before notification is sent.

  3. A second transport may not invoke the above Good Samaritan Policy or Medical Amnesty Policy.


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