Medical Amnesty Policy
As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, Fordham University considers the safety and personal well-being of the student body a priority. The University recognizes that there may be alcohol or other drug-related medical or safety emergencies in which the potential for disciplinary action could act as a deterrent to students who want to seek assistance for themselves or others. The Medical Amnesty Policy is designed to enable dangerously intoxicated or impaired students, or their guests, to receive the professional medical treatment they need.
When a student aids an intoxicated or impaired individual by contacting Security or Residential Life staff for assistance, neither the intoxicated individual nor the individual or student reporting the emergency will be subject to formal disciplinary action for the consumption or possession of alcohol or other drugs as a first offense. In rare circumstances such as cases where other violations occur, students may be adjudicated. Examples include, but are not limited to, physical abuse, conduct which threatens safety, verbal or physical harassment, disorderly conduct or property damage. The Medical Amnesty Policy does not apply for subsequent alcohol or other drug intoxications or impairments.
Intoxicated or impaired students who are medically evaluated or hospitalized for alcohol or other drug use:
1. will be required to have a follow up meeting with their Resident Director or a member of the Student Life staff. Following this meeting, the student will receive a letter that will describe the guidelines of this policy in more detail.
2. will be required to complete BASICS, a two-session brief intervention program provided by the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program.
3. will have their parents contacted by the University. In these cases, parental notification is not taken as a disciplinary action but as a precautionary measure.
4. may also be referred to Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services or an outside program for substance abuse evaluation and appropriate treatment.
The student(s) aiding an intoxicated or impaired individual by contacting Security or Residential Life staff:
1. in circumstances described above will not be subject to formal disciplinary action for the consumption or possession of alcohol or other drugs as a first offense, but may be required to have a follow up meeting with the Director of Residential Life and/or staff from the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Student Support.