Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan Policy

The University recognizes that in an alcohol or other drug-related emergency, the potential for disciplinary action by the University may act as a barrier to students seeking medical assistance for themselves or others. To reduce the harmful, potentially deadly, consequences of alcohol and drug overdose, the University has a Medical Amnesty/Good Samartan policy that seeks to ensure that students concerned about those around them will call for medical assistance when faced with an alcohol or drug related emergency.

Medical Amnesty exempts students from formal University discipline (alcohol violations, fines, etc.) for those receiving emergency medical attention as well as for the individual(s) who contact TCU staff for assistance (Good Samaritan).  To obtain Medical Amnesty, the altered student must have received emergency medical attention and followed the advice of the emergency responder. In addition, both the altered student and Good Samaritan student may be required to participate in follow-up meetings with the Alcohol & Drug Education Center and/or the Counseling Center and the Dean’s Office, and comply with recommendations that these offices might prescribe. The Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan policy applies only to cases of alcohol or other drug-related emergencies. The Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan policy does not excuse co-occurring Code of Student Conduct infractions.

If an individual receives emergency medical assistance on more than one occasion due to excessive use of alcohol or other drugs, the situation will be evaluated by the Dean of Campus Life (or designee) who may recommend additional resources or sanctions.