Statement on Medical Amnesty for Alcohol or Drug Emergencies
Eastern Kentucky University’s core values are intellectual vitality, a sense of community, cultural competency, and stewardship of place, accountability and excellence. To promote these values, the university community must be one in which students feel safe and secure, are supported by the community and are challenged to learn from their mistakes so they are better prepared in the future. To those ends, the following statement addresses some of the direst situations students may face which require university support rather than punitive action. When a student finds themselves or another student’s safety at risk due to the use of alcohol or other drugs, they should contact the EKUPD immediately for medical assistance. Formal disciplinary action for violations of paragraphs 33, 34, and 35 of the General Regulations Concerning Student Behavior of the Student Handbook will not be enforced provided the involved students meet the criteria for amnesty listed below. Violation of other regulations such as vandalism, disrupting the peace, or sexual misconduct may still apply.
To receive amnesty, the student or student group must:
● Request emergency medical attention for themselves or for someone else who reasonably appears to be in need of medical assistance due to alcohol or other drug consumption.
● Provide their own full name to responding EKU employees and emergency responders;
● Provide any other relevant information requested by the responding EKU employees that is known to such person;
● Remain with, or is, the individual who reasonably appears to be in need of medical assistance due to alcohol or drug consumption until professional emergency medical assistance is provided; and
● Cooperate with emergency medical assistance personnel and law enforcement officers.
Students granted amnesty will be required to participate in an educational follow up process with university officials or meet other conditions in order to avoid creation of a student conduct record. Parents may be notified of the incident. Repeated incidents by an individual may result in an elevated response from the University. Certain other university policies may extend amnesty in additional circumstances not described in this statement in instances of potential harm to others.