What is Medical Amnesty?
In cases of extreme intoxication or incapacitation due to alcohol and/or other drugs, it is imperative that someone calls for emergency assistance. As we prioritize student safety, the Medical Amnesty Program (MAP) removes or reduces consequences students may face in violation of UVM's Code of Student Conduct.
Amnesty is granted to students requesting support, the person in need of assistance, and/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
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 the Howard Center's ACT 1 program 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 UVM Medical Center if immediate medical attention is needed
Note: If emergency services are called and a student is not transported to one or more of the above locations, amnest may still apply.
After the Incident
The individual who receives emergency medical attention will not receive sanctions through the University's student conduct process provided they complete the following:
- Complete a "Balancing Alcohol and Substances to Improve College Success" (BASICS) questionnaire and consultation by the stated deadline*, and;
- 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 urgent and severe—students are encouraged to contact their parents/guardians directly to let them know they are safe. Students should alert their parents/guardians that the Dean of Students office may contact them in the coming days to ensure that their 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 any follow up regarding a student's 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 incident will be handled 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 penalty 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" by Student Conduct if any violation(s) of the Code occurred during the incident.
Organization: A representative of an organization hosting an event is expected to promptly call for emergency assistance in an alcohol and/or other drug related emergency. This act of responsibility will mitigate any sanctions against the organization resulting from Code of Student Conduct violations that may have occurred at the time of the incident. Failure to call for emergency assistance in an alcohol and/or other drug related emergency is a very serious matter and will be considered an "aggravating circumstance" by Student Conduct if any violation(s) of the Code occurred during 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 individuals who flagrantly or repeatedly violate the University Code of Student Conduct.
Steps for Medical Amnesty Program
1. If you are concerned that your friend or peer is in danger;
- Call 911
- Your RA, the RA on duty, or;
- UVM's Campus Police Services at 802-656-3473
2. Stay with the person until police and/or medical assistance arrives
3. Cooperate with medical/police authorities
4. Be sure police services knows you called for medical amnesty
5. Police and/or emergency personnel may take the person of concern to one or more of the following locations:
- UVM Medical Center (for assessment of serious health risks), and/or;
- ACT 1 program at the Howard Center (to be medically assessed and monitored for safety), or;
- The Chittenden County Correctional Facility (if ACT 1 is full or the person is not cooperative, they will be held in custody but not charged with any crime).
Note: Amnesty still applies if emergency services are called and the student is not transported to one or more of the locations noted above.
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 incident being addressed as a student conduct matter.