Elon encourages students to assist each other in times of need; the Good Samaritan Policy can be enacted when one student seeks needed medical care for another. If a student is with another student they perceive to be in danger and calls for medical aid, they will not be held accountable for violating the university alcohol policy. The university's main concern is getting the proper care for the student in need. Students should call for help and NOT drive anyone in need of medical attention. Most students are not trained to care for another student should they become ill or disruptive which could impact one's ability to drive safely. Students with or observing a student "in danger” are expected to seek medical attention. If a student is with another student who has had too much to drink and does not call for assistance they will be held accountable with strict sanctions for “Behavior that Endangers the Health or Safety of Self and/or Others.”
Example: Josh and Matt, both 18 year old first year students, are drinking alcohol together. Matt becomes sick and is not responsive when Josh checks on him. Josh knows that Matt needs medical attention but is concerned that they may face sanctions because they both violated the university alcohol policy by consuming alcohol underage. If Josh calls 911 to get medical help for Matt, Josh is protected by the Good Samaritan Policy.
When an individual receives emergency medical attention related to his or her consumption of alcohol, he/she will be required to immediately complete a substance abuse assessment within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the Office of Student Conduct (typically 24-72 hours) and participate in any recommended treatment.
As a part of the conduct process, and provided that the student did not commit any other egregious honor code violations, the student will not be subject to disciplinary suspension as a result of the alcohol violation but will receive other consequences. These consequences typically include being assigned preliminary suspension, our highest level of probation which carries with it the loss of study abroad and leadership privileges for one year from the date of the incident.
Failure to complete the elements of the Medical Safety Policy will limit the student’s continued eligibility. If there is a subsequent hospitalization, the University will review the incident on a case-by-case basis and reserves the right to handle each situation as deemed necessary.
Example: Josh and Matt, both 18 year old first year students, are drinking alcohol together. Matt becomes sick and is not responsive when Josh checks on him. Josh knows that Matt needs medical attention but is concerned that they may face sanctions because they both violated the university alcohol policy by consuming alcohol underage. If Josh calls 911 to get medical help for Matt, Matt is protected from suspension by the Medical Safety policy. However, Matt will most likely receive educational sanctions and/or be required to complete a substance abuse assessment.
Definition - any behavior which creates a risk of danger to self, others or the university community. Behaviors include but are not limited to propping doors to residence halls; not calling for medical assistance when a fellow student is at risk due to alcohol or drugs; throwing objects from windows or balconies; water balloon fights; disclosure and/or use of residence hall/Greek house combinations or door access cards by an individual other than a resident of the community; failure to evacuate a building during a fire alarm; and being on the roof of any buildings.
First Offense - normally, not less than disciplinary probation with possible disciplinary suspension for one year; $150 to $300 fine, 15 campus restitution hours and restitution and educational program or project.
Second Offense - normally, not less than disciplinary suspension with possible permanent separation; $200 to $400 fine, 25 campus restitution hours and restitution and educational program or project.
Third Offense - normally, not less than permanent separation.