Bucknell University Medical Amnesty Policy
July 16, 2013
Through its Medical Amnesty Policy, Bucknell University encourages its students to seek and/or call for assistance for themselves or others when someone is overly intoxicated and is in need of medical assistance. Amnesty is available to the student calling as well as the student needing assistance. A call for assistance should be made promptly, because the health, safety and well-being of the student that is potentially in danger is paramount. A call for assistance may be directed to Bucknell Public Safety (BUPS), a local police officer or agency (such as Buffalo Valley Police Department or by calling 911), the Dean-on-Call, or, in the residence halls, the RA. Bucknell's goal through this amnesty policy is to reduce barriers and alleviate potential consequences to insure that our students seek the appropriate and necessary assistance.
A student for whom a call for assistance is made will not be assessed alcohol points or a fine under the Student Conduct process, nor will the individual who made the call. Likewise, when leadership of a recognized student organization makes a call for assistance for a student attending the organization's function, the organization will not be subject to a university fine or further punitive consequences, nor will the student who made the call.
Results arising from a call for assistance will be determined by the student conduct administrator. The consequences, which are not meant to be punitive, may include, but are not limited to:
This policy is also available as a pdf (Bucknell University Medical Amnesty Policy, July 16, 2013).
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