Santa Clara University

Wellness Center

Frequently Asked Questions

  • iconWhat is Medical Amnesty?

    Medical Amnesty is the reduction of judicial consequences for students who receive medical attention due to alcohol intoxication and/or alcohol poisoning. This statement applies to violations that occur on and off campus, and will require documentation by Campus Safety, EMS, law enforcement, and/or emergency personnel.

  • iconWhat sanctions will I avoid if I am granted Medical Amnesty?

    • No $50 fine.
    • No contributed service.
    • You will not meet with the Office of Student Life staff for a judicial sanction.

    However, criminal investigations and other police action may still occur at the discretion of the responding law enforcement agency. In some cases Campus Safety may be bound to report certain possible criminal details to the local police agency.

  • iconWhat sanctions will I receive if I am granted Medical Amnesty?

    • Reduced educational sanctions, which could include a one-on-one alcohol education program (BASICS).
    • Parental notification, if applicable (see Student Handbook).
  • iconI have prior alcohol violations, but have never received medical

    attention for alcohol reasons. If I require medical attention now that Medical Amnesty is in place, will I receive amnesty?

    Yes. You will receive amnesty, which means that you will not face the minimum standard of disciplinary action but will be given educational sanctions.

  • iconI already have a medical transport incident from last year. If I get another one

    now that Medical Amnesty has been established, will it apply to me?

    No. Medical Amnesty is not intended to provide students with a "clean slate" from prior alcohol violations, but rather to provide reduced consequences for a student's first alcohol violation requiring medical attention after Medical Amnesty is instated in Fall 2010.

  • iconWill I still receive amnesty if I am evaluated by emergency personnel but not transported to the hospital?

    Yes. If you receive medical attention from emergency personnel for alcohol intoxication, but do not need to be transported to a hospital, Medical Amnesty will be granted. Please note that Medical Amnesty only applies to a student's first incident of alcohol intoxication or poisoning that requires medical attention. Subsequent incidents that require medical attention will be addressed by the Office of Student Life for disciplinary action.

  • iconWhat is Good Samaritan?

    Good Samaritan is the elimination of judicial consequences for a student/students who may be under the influence of alcohol who make(s) a good-faith call for medical help on the behalf of a fellow student. This statement applies to violations that occur on and off campus and will require documentation by Campus Safety, and/or EMS, law enforcement, and/or emergency personnel. Good Samaritan is not limited to alcohol-related incidents and also encourages witnesses of assault, vandalism, and other violations of the Student Conduct Code to report such events.

  • iconI'm worried about my friend who has passed out after having had

    too much to drink, and I want to call for medical attention. However, I've been drinking, am under 21, and already have been cited for alcohol policy violations. Will I get in trouble if I call for help for my friend?

    You will not receive disciplinary consequences from the university, unless there are any non-alcohol-related policy violations. Good Samaritan was designed to encourage students to call for medical help for their peers without fear of being punished themselves. The safety and wellbeing of students is of the utmost concern, and we do not want a student's concern about punishment to prevent one from taking action to save a life.

  • iconIs there a limit to how many times Good Samaritan can apply to me?

    Not at this time. Our goal is to encourage students to not hesitate in seeking appropriate medical evaluation and treatment if a peer has been drinking in excess.

  • iconIf a group of us call for medical attention for a student, will Good Samaritan apply to all of us?

    Good Samaritan may only apply to up to two people who are directly calling for medical assistance and/or providing support or assistance for the person requiring medical attention. The Good Samaritan(s) must stay with the individual requiring medical attention.

  • iconWill Good Samaritan apply to me if I'm under 21, have been

    drinking, but want to report a violation of the Student Conduct Code, such as witnessing an assault, vandalism, etc.?

    Yes. Good Samaritan is intended to encourage students to attend to and call for help on behalf of the safety and wellbeing of the community. As long as the caller (i.e Good Samaritan), makes a good-faith call and is not in violation of other aspects of the Student Conduct Code, Good Samaritan will apply to that student. This can apply to up to two people who are directly calling for medical assistance and/or providing support or assistance for the person requiring medical attention.

 
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