Medical Amnesty Policy

Because the health and safety of students are of primary importance, student are encouraged to take steps to ensure their health and safety, as well as their peers.  For students who choose to consume alcohol, they are expected to use in moderation to avoid compromising personal safety.  The College acknowledges that there may be times when students may face medical emergencies involving alcohol and drug use.  Therefore, immediate action should be taken when a person’s health and safety are threatened or appear to be in jeopardy.

Alcohol poisoning can occur with the consumption of alcohol and symptoms can include:  unconsciousness or unresponsiveness, disorientation or confusion, slow breathing, vomiting, and cool or pale skin.  If the affected student is on campus, Campus Police and/or MERT must be contacted (x2304; 413-538-2304) to evaluate the student’s need for medical assistance.  If medical assistance is deemed necessary, the College expects the student to accept transportation to the hospital for medical attention.

In order to support students in this effort and decrease the risk that a student will hesitate to seek help in an alcohol or drug related emergency, the College has developed a Medical Amnesty Policy to remove concerns about disciplinary action.  Students who actively seek help or medical assistance for themselves or when concerned about someone else’s use of alcohol and other drugs will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

The College provides amnesty of the disciplinary process for students who:

  • Request medical assistance for oneself

  • Request medical assistance for another person

When responding to such alcohol and drug violations, the College will consider the student’s decision to request medical assistance, and in most cases, view the act of seeking medical assistance as good judgment.  Thus if it is determined that the medical amnesty policy applies, the students involved will not be subject to violation of the policy, nor will they receive a violation on their disciplinary record.  In follow up with the student granted medical amnesty, the student will meet with the Health Education Coordinator to have an opportunity to review the incident, ask questions and/or engage in further education to support future good judgment.

This provision does not protect repeated, flagrant, or serious violations, or violations that caused harm to another person or property. Abuse of the Amnesty Policy may result in disciplinary action by the college. This provision does not preclude or prevent action by Campus Police or other outside