What is Medical Amnesty?
In cases of extreme intoxication/incapacitation due to alcohol and/or other drugs, it is imperative that someone calls for medical assistance. In order to achieve the goal of student safety, this program serves to remove or reduce consequences faced by students in violation of UVM's Code of Student Conduct.
Amnesty is granted from potential student conduct sanctions for themselves, the person in need of assistance, or the organization hosting the event where the incident occurs.
Students who are varsity athletes or who are members of Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations should be aware that they may still be subject to sanctions through the Athletic Code of Conduct or the Fraternity & Sorority Life Standards Process.
How does MAP work?
Person in need of assistance ("detox")
Individual: If a person is in need of medical attention, (i.e. detox and/or drug related overdose), Medical Amnesty may apply after the student receives emergency medical assistance that is (a) related to the consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs, and (b) that assistance is sought by a person not serving in an official University capacity.
At the time of the incident:
The person of concern will be...
- Transported to ACT 1 for medical assessment and monitoring; and/or
- Transported to Chittenden County Correctional Facility for medical assessment and monitoring (only if ACT 1 is full or student is non-compliant); and/or
- Transported to the hospital if immediate medical attention is needed
After the Incident:
The individual who receives emergency medical attention related to the consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs will not receive sanctions through the University's student conduct process provided they complete the following:
- Complete the Behavior Around Substance Use in College (BASICS) Program and/or Consultation with Counseling and Psychiatry Services by the stated deadline.*
- Comply with recommendations set forth by Counseling and Psychiatry Services*
- Meet with a Dean of Students staff member, depending upon the nature of the incident
- As with any alcohol and/or other drug incident, (especially those that are of an urgent nature), students are encouraged to contact their parents/guardians directly to let them know they are safe and to assure them that the Dean of Students office may also be following up with them at a later date to insure that the student has the appropriate resources available to them.
Participation in any follow up meetings required as a result of MAP will not be noted on the student's conduct record.
Medical Amnesty is available to all students throughout their tenure at the university. However, each amnesty incident will be reviewed by the Center for Student Conduct and appropriate follow up regarding students' safety will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Medical Amnesty will not excuse or protect those individuals who flagrantly or repeatedly violate the Code of Student Conduct.
*Please note: students who do not complete the requirements as outlined above will be referred to the student conduct process and the case will be adjudicated through the procedures as outlined in UVM’s Code of Student Conduct.
Calling on behalf of someone else
Individual: An individual who seeks emergency assistance on behalf of others who are experiencing an alcohol and/or other drug related emergency will not be subject to University conduct action or sanction if they have violated UVM’s Code of Student Conduct during the incident. However, failure to call for medical assistance in an alcohol and/or drug related emergency is a very serious matter and will be considered an "aggravating circumstance" in the student conduct case against the individual should violation(s) of the University Code of Student Conduct have occurred in relation to the incident.
Organization: A representative of an organization hosting an event is expected to promptly call for medical assistance in an alcohol and/or other drug related emergency. This act of responsibility will mitigate any sanctions against the organization resulting from the Code of Student Conduct violations that may have occurred at the time of the incident. Failure to call for medical assistance in an alcohol and/or other drug related emergency is a very serious matter and will be considered an "aggravating circumstance" in the case against the organization should violation(s) of UVM’s Code of Student Conduct have occurred in relation to the incident.
Medical Amnesty is available to all students throughout their tenure at the university. However, each amnesty incident will be reviewed by the Center for Student Conduct and appropriate follow up regarding students' safety will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Medical Amnesty will not excuse or protect those individuals who flagrantly or repeatedly violate the University Code of Student Conduct.
Steps for Medical Amnesty Program
- If you are concerned that your friend or peer is in danger, call 911, your RA, the RA on duty, or 802-656-3473 (on campus police)
- Stay with the person until police and/or medical assistance arrives
- Cooperate with medical/police authorities
- Be sure police services knows you called for medical amnesty
- Police and/or medical personnel will take the person of concern to one of three locations:
- the hospital (for assessment of serious health risks), and/or
- Act 1 (to be medically assessed and monitored for safety) and/or
- the Chittenden County Correctional Facility (if Act 1 is full or the person is not cooperative he/she will be held in custody, but not charged with any crime).
- Expect a follow up email from a staff member in the Center for Student Conduct, who will review the situation and determine appropriate next steps. Failure to comply will revoke the amnesty and will result in the case being adjudicated as a student conduct matter.
Please Note: The individual in need of assistance can go to one or more of the aforementioned places.
What is the Medical Amnesty Program (MAP)?
Medical Amnesty is a program that allows students to call for help when a peer/friend needs medical attention as a result of consuming alcohol or other drugs. This program is intended to help ensure that these students receive the care they need immediately by removing concerns about receiving student conduct sanctions through UVM’s Code of Student Conduct for the involved student and for students who assist in their care.
Note: Students who are varsity athletes or Fraternity or Sorority members are subject to separate sanctions through the Athletic Code of Conduct or Fraternity and Sorority Life Standards process. Amnesty provided through MAP does not apply to these separate sanctions.
Will I ever run out of amnesty?
Every situation will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Students involved in repeated incidents may be referred for a student conduct case or may be asked to address underlying issues involving alcohol or other drug use on a more intensive level.
What will happen if I do not complete BASICS or the Counseling and Psychiatry referral?
If you do not complete the BASICS or the Counseling and Psychiatry referral by the stated deadline, the case will be referred through the student conduct process.
I received a notice of charge letter but I called for medical assistance. What should I do?
Contact the Center for Student Conduct via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A staff member will respond and may want to meet with you to discuss your situation further.
Will using MAP affect my academic standing?
No. If you are involved in repeated incidents, however, you may be referred for student conduct action or asked to address underlying issues involving alcohol or other drug use on a more intensive level.
Will I be responsible for any fees associated with ACT 1 or UVM Medical Center?
Yes. Although you may be granted medical amnesty and cleared of any conduct charges from Center for Student Conduct, you will still be responsible for any service fees charged to your student account if you were taken to ACT 1 or Fletcher Allen Health Care.
If I'm the caller, what can I expect next?
- If you were not violating any campus policy, we thank you.
- If you were violating campus policy, full amnesty will be granted and no follow up will occur.
If my friend called medical assistance for me, what should I expect next?
- You will be immediately taken by Police Services or UVM Rescue to either the hospital, Act 1, or the Chittenden County Correctional Facility. Note, that you may go to one or more of these places for detox.
- A day or so later, you will be contacted by either the Center for Student Conduct (CSC) and/or the Vice Provost and Dean of Students Office.
- An initial notification from CSC will refer you to BASICS or counseling services
- When MAP isn't clearly noted, you may receive a notice of charge; refer to question 4.
Who can I talk to for further information and/or support?
- You can contact the Center for Student Conduct
- The Vice Provost and Dean of Students Office
- Your RA or another Residential Life staff member
Will my parents find out?
- We encourage you to tell them what happened.
- And yes, as with any alcohol or other drug related incident (especially emergency situations), your parent/guardian may be notified after the incident and once a staff member has discussed the incident with you.