Medical Amnesty

Philosophy

  • The health and safety of Arcadia University community members is of the highest significance.
  • You must seek immediate medical attention for yourself or others when your health and/or safety are at risk.
  • You may be reluctant to seek assistance for yourself or someone else for fear of disciplinary action.
  • Arcadia University seeks to remove barriers that prevent you from seeking the medical attention you may need.

Policy

Note: This policy only provides amnesty from violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct for students who seek immediate medical attention for themselves or individuals in a life threatening drug/alcohol related condition. The student reporting the incident must state his/her name and remain with the individual in need of medical assistance until help arrives. The policy does not grant amnesty from criminal, civil, or legal consequences for violations of Federal, State, or Local law.

  1. You seek emergency medical attention for yourself due to consumption or use of drugs or alcohol will not be charged with applicable violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct provided that you complete an assessment at Arcadia University Counseling Services and complete any recommended treatment plan within a reasonable time frame to be determined by Student Affairs.
  2. You seek emergency medical attention for someone else due to consumption or use of drugs or alcohol who are likewise engaged in violations of University policy will not be charged with violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct provided that you complete an assessment at Arcadia University Counseling Services and complete any recommended treatment plan within a reasonable time frame to be determined by Student Affairs. 
  3. You seek emergency medical attention for someone else due to consumption or use of drugs or alcohol who are engaged in violations of University policy will be required to meet with a member of the Student Affairs staff to discuss the incident. 
  4. This policy applies only to those who seek emergency medical assistance for an alcohol or drug-related medical emergency. This policy does not apply to individuals who are found to be under the influence by University employees (i.e. Public Safety, Faculty, Administrative Staff, Residence and Commuter Life Staff including Commuter or Resident Assistants).
  5. The Arcadia University Medical Amnesty Policy is not intended to shield or protect you if repeatedly violate the Code of Conduct. In egregious cases, or where repeated violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct occur, the University reserves the right to take disciplinary action on a case by case basis regardless of the manner in which the incident was reported.