We are pleased to announce our Medical Amnesty Policy for Manchester University students effective immediately. Medical Amnesty may be requested by students who seek medical assistance for someone for whom there is concern due to excessive alcohol or substance consumption. Medical Amnesty may also be requested by the person who has consumed excessive alcohol and/or substance. The request is reviewed by a committee to determine if amnesty will be granted. The policy does not preclude our office from requiring educational programs or substance abuse assessments as we deem necessary.
Our prominent concern is the health and safety of our students and thus we want to encourage every student to call for help for themselves or for another individual during alcohol, drug, or other health emergencies. If medical assistance is needed, do not hesitate to call 911 immediately.
Thank you for being a student with ability and conviction who looks out for your peers. When in doubt, please call for help.
The complete Medical Amnesty Policy is posted within this website to be viewed within its entirety.
Vice President for Student Development
Student health and safety are of primary concern at Manchester University. As such, in cases of intoxication and/or alcohol poisoning, the university encourages individuals to seek medical assistance for themselves or others. If an individual seeks medical attention due to his/her own level of intoxication which reasonably appears to create serious and immediate risk to the individual, the Manchester University conduct system may not pursue disciplinary sanctions against the student for violations of the Alcohol Policy of the Code of Conduct. Additionally, those students who assist in obtaining medical attention for individuals who are intoxicated may also not receive disciplinary sanctions for violations of the Alcohol Policy of the Code of Conduct.
To request Medical Amnesty consideration, an application MUST be completed and submitted, IN PERSON, to the Office for Student Development (located on the 2nd floor of Calvin Ulrey, room 222) within 3 working days of the offense. Click here for the application.
When Medical Amnesty is applied, the intoxicated student (and possibly the referring student) will be required to meet with the VP for Student Development or her designee, who may issue educational requirements which may include, but are not limited to, alcohol and/or drug education, counseling, and/or a substance abuse assessment. Serious or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of concern and response. Failure to complete educational assignments or treatment recommendations issued under this policy normally will result in disciplinary action. The student will be responsible for any costs associated with alcohol education interventions. In most cases, a letter will be sent home to the student’s parents or legal guardian.
Medical Amnesty does not preclude disciplinary sanctions due to any other violations of the Code of Conduct (not related to the Alcohol Policy). Likewise, Medical Amnesty does not prevent action by North Manchester police or other law enforcement personnel.
If the student is involved in any subsequent (i.e. repeat) alcohol and/or drug abuse incidents and applies for Medical Amnesty, the situation will be evaluated to the office of Student Development. The availability of Medical Amnesty for student with repetitive violations will be determined on a case by case basis. Typically, situations will be handled through the regular conduct process and will be considered for sanctioning purposes if a student does not demonstrate a commitment to the steps recommended by the staff and/or health care professional(s) and is involved in repetitive alcohol and/or drug abuse incidents.
1) John and Sarah are at a party when Sarah begins to show signs of intoxication (slurred speech, unsteady on her feet). John decides to walk Sarah home. While walking, a NMPD officer sees Sarah walking unsteadily and stops her. The NMPD officer cites Sarah for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and public intoxication. John also is cited for underage possession/consumption.
The Amnesty policy does not apply because John was not actively seeking medical attention for Sarah, and he did not seek out a qualified individual (such as an RA) to assess Sarah’s condition.
2) Ramon comes home to find his roommate, Zach, passed out on his bed. Ramon finds the RA who determines that Zach needs medical attention. The RA calls NMPD who sends EMS, and EMS transports Zach to the hospital. The RA documents the incident and notes that Ramon also appeared to be intoxicated.
The Amnesty policy does apply to both Ramon and Zach because Ramon sought assistance from an RA for Zach. Both students will receive amnesty and will not receive disciplinary charges as a result of this incident. Both will receive some form of alcohol education as a result of this incident.
3) A North Manchester Police officer observes a large group of people exiting the McDonalds late one night. The officer observes Jean being held up by two of her friends who are also under age and had been drinking; Jean is unable to speak coherently and is passing in and out of consciousness. The North Manchester Police officer arrests Jean and her two friends and transports her to jail.
Jean will not receive amnesty because her friends were not seeking medical attention for her. Had the friends affirmatively called 911, Jean could apply for amnesty and likely would have been transported to the hospital in lieu of being arrested (although our policy does not apply to the North Manchester Police). The friends, had they been seeking medical assistance for her, may have been protected from arrest/legal consequences through the Indiana Lifeline Law.
As a university we recognize that many students may make the choice to use alcohol to cope with adjustment to college life, to “fit in” or just to have fun. Alcohol is not an effective coping mechanism nor one that this campus endorses. At Manchester University our PRIMARY concern is for your safety. Please take note of the following information about the Indiana Lifeline Law.
Manchester University is committed to the health and safety of every individual and
we encourage you to make the call if you or someone you know is in danger.