Student Handbook

AOD Medical Amnesty Policy

Skidmore College is concerned about the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs in our community. Alcohol abuse and illegal drug use affect the entire College community. While the College expects students to abide by New York State Law and College policies, our primary concern with AOD use is the safety and well-being of our students.

Skidmore acknowledges there may be times when students may face medical emergencies involving AOD use. In these situations, the college requires students to request emergency medical assistance for oneself or someone who may be suffering from a serious medical condition, including alcohol poisoning. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning can include unconsciousness or unresponsiveness, slow breathing, vomiting, and cold or pale skin. Campus Safety must be contacted and Skidmore College Emergency Medical Services and/or local emergency medical response with respond and evaluate the student. If medical assistance is deemed necessary, the College requires for the student to be transported to the hospital for medical attention. If the student does not cooperate with the College's request to receive medical attention, parental notification will occur at the time of the student's evaluation.

Because the safety and welfare of students is the College's priority, the College has instituted a Medical Amnesty Policy. This policy is applicable under the following circumstances and to the following parties:

  1. A student requests medical assistance for oneself. Amnesty is provided to the student requesting assistance.
  2. A student requests medical assistance for another person. Amnesty is provided to the student(s) requesting the assistance and the student for whom medical assistance was provided.

Amnesty will not be provided in cases were student does not cooperate with College officials or the Emergency responders.

When responding to such AOD violations, the College will consider the student's decision to request medical assistance, and, in most cases, view the act of seeking medical assistance as good judgment, therefore not deserving of the typical range of AOD sanctions.  Thus, if it is determined that the Medical Amnesty Policy applies to a situation, the students involved will not be subject to a monetary fine or points as cited on the AOD Policy.  Parental notification and referral for AOD education and/or evaluation still applies.

This policy does not protect students who repeatedly violate College policies. Once a student receives medical amnesty, future amnesty is at the discretion of the Dean of Student Affairs or his/her designee. The Dean also has discretion to determine this policy does not apply in more serious situations, including criminal possession of drugs, property damage, etc.