In cases of a drug or alcohol emergency, the primary concern is the health and safety of the individual(s) involved. Students/organizations are strongly encouraged to call for medical assistance (617.373.3333) for themselves or for another student who they observe to be or feel is dangerously intoxicated/under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If a student/organization calls on behalf of another student, that student/organization is required to remain with the student experiencing the emergency until medical assistance arrives.
Neither the caller nor student requiring medical assistance for an alcohol or other drug- related emergency will be subject to University disciplinary action for the violation of possession or consumption of alcohol or drugs . This policy shall extend to the parties actively involved in proactively calling for medical assistance and is determined at the discretion of the Director of OSCCR .
The student requiring medical assistance (and possibly the referring student(s)/ organization) will receive Medical Amnesty and will have a confidential “check-in” meeting with a staff member from the Office of Prevention and Education at Northeastern (OPEN), and may also be contacted by various campus departments (e.g., WeCare and NUPD) for an optional follow-up conversation regarding the incident . As long as the student(s)/ organization complies with all directives, there will be no disciplinary action taken related to the violation of possession or consumption of alcohol or drugs and no disciplinary record of the incident kept in the OSCCR .
This policy applies only to those students or organizations who seek emergency medical assistance in connection with an alcohol or drug-related medical emergency and does not apply to individuals experiencing an alcohol or drug-related medical emergency who are found by University employees (e . g ., Northeastern University Police, faculty, administrative staff, or residence hall staff), or where the reporting student(s)/organization did not stay with them .
The Medical Amnesty Policy is not intended to shield or protect those students or organizations that repeatedly violate the Code . When repeated instances of drug or alcohol emergencies occur, the University reserves the right to take disciplinary action on a case- by-case basis regardless of the manner in which the incident was reported.
Medical Amnesty applies only to alcohol or other drug-related emergencies but does not apply to other conduct violations such as but not limited to assault, property damage, or distribution of illicit substances . If other violations occur, then a student may face disciplinary charges for those violations . The use or abuse of alcohol or drugs is not considered a mitigating circumstance for any other violations of the Code . Medical Amnesty applies only to the University response to a medical emergency . The Medical Amnesty Policy applies only to OSCCR proceedings and does not affect any separate law enforcement actions or criminal proceedings