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Office for Student Conflict Resolution

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Statement on Medical Amnesty* and Good Samaritan Procedures


The Senate Committee on Student Discipline and the Office for Student Conflict Resolution encourage all members of our community to act in a safe, low-risk, responsible manner at all times. When someone is in danger, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign students are expected to take immediate action to provide or secure assistance, such as calling 9-1-1. Student disciplinary bodies and law enforcement agencies will respond to violations of the Student Code and law (respectively) to hold students accountable and to promote a safe and just community.  In general, it is also the intention of the university and surrounding community public safety officials to support students who are taking steps to ensure others’ safety, by reducing students’ fear of legal or disciplinary consequences to the victim or themselves. The following guidelines are intended to help students take appropriate action in high-risk situations, and include information related to the person in need and also to related to the caller.

Scope of Guidelines:

  1. Sexual Misconduct Complainants - Any student who reports, in good faith, an alleged violation of the university's Sexual Misconduct Policy will not be subject to disciplinary action for a student conduct violation, such as illegal substance possession or use, that is revealed in the course such a report, unless the Office for Student Conflict Resolution determines that the violation was egregious, including without limitation an action that places the health or safety of any other person at risk.
  2. Victims of Crime - In those cases where a student has been a victim of a violent crime while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, the University will not pursue disciplinary action against the student victim for his or her improper use of such substances. In addition, law enforcement agencies in Champaign County have a long established practice of not pursuing criminal charges regarding the improper use of substances against a victim who is reporting an assault. A student victim who is under the influence at the time of an assault is entitled to university and community assistance and encouraged to seek help.
  3. Person in Need of Medical Attention - When a student requires emergency evaluation and/or treatment at a medical facility, that student may still be required to complete an alcohol assessment and/or education program at a later time. This is not considered a disciplinary response. There may be financial charges for both the immediate medical response and subsequent treatment or counseling.
  4. Caller - When a student calls on behalf of an impaired individual, remains with that individual until assistance arrives, and fully cooperates with emergency responders, the caller will not be subject to disciplinary action for his or her personal substance use for the present incident. Note: a caller's cooperation may be a mitigating factor in sanctioning the caller's other potential violations of the Student Code in the present incident.
  5. Organization - A representative of an organization hosting an event is expected to promptly call for assistance if they become aware of an emergency. Failure to call will be considered an "aggravating circumstance" and will be factored into further disciplinary action.

The guidelines apply specifically to disciplinary action that might be taken by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Conduct System.  However, absent exceptional circumstances, students who call for assistance for themselves or for others who are experiencing a medical emergency should find that local law enforcement agencies will be focused on providing aid and assistance rather than taking enforcement action.

* The University reserves the right to review each incident on a case by case basis.  Other infractions of University policy (i.e. destruction of property, physical violence, non-compliance with emergency personnel) may still be adjudicated.  Also, while formal disciplinary action may not be taken, students may still be referred to mandatory substance abuse assessment or educational classes.  Finally, these guidelines will not protect those who repeatedly or flagrantly violate the Student Code, nor will this provide blanket immunity for all possible violations of the Student Code, present and future.