Alcohol Medical Amnesty Program

The health and safety of students at the George Washington University are of great importance to the entire GW community.  It is understood that the potential for non-academic student conduct action may deter students from seeking needed medical assistance, either for themselves or others, as the result of harmful use of alcohol and other drugs.  The university has adopted a limited "amnesty" program in an effort to address this concern in the first instance where a student receives medical attention for the harmful use of alcohol and/or other drugs and otherwise violates no additional university policies.

Through the university’s Alcohol & Other Drug Medical Amnesty program, a student needing to be transported to medical professionals for the first time as the result of alcohol intoxication and/or other drug use will not face formal non-academic student conduct action by the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, provided that the student has not committed any other violations of the Code of Student Conduct that warrant formal non-academic disciplinary action.  A “Good Samaritan” who makes a call to obtain medical assistance for a student following harmful use of alcohol and other drugs also will not face formal non-academic student conduct action, provided that they have committed no violation of the Code of Student Conduct other than the possession or use of alcohol by persons under 21 or intoxication on or off university premises or possession or use of other drugs.

A student who participates in the university’s Alcohol & Other Drug Medical Amnesty program will be required to meet with professional staff members at the university for an educational conversation, assessment, and potential referral for additional services.  Also, parents/guardians of students who are under 21 years of age may be notified.  In the event that a student fails to meet with the professional staff member as required or chooses not to participate in the required follow-up, the student will be subject to formal non-academic student conduct action. 

Previous administrative or student conduct history or lack of cooperation with University or responding officials, amongst other factors, may limit eligibility for this program. 

For more information about the George Washington University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Medical Amnesty program, please contact the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities at [email protected] or call us at (202) 994-6757.

Good Samaritan Statement

The health and safety of each and every member of the GW community is of paramount importance. The Division for Student Affairs including the Office Student Rights & Responsibilities, understands that the potential for non-academic student conduct action may deter students from seeking needed medical assistance, either for themselves or others, as the result of the harmful use of alcohol and/or other drugs.

The university has instituted a “Good Samaritan” policy in an effort to encourage students to obtain help when needed. We urge members of GW’s community to contact the Emergency Medical Response Group (EMeRG) through the GW Police Department (GWPD) when they believe a person may be in need of assistance. To reach medical help if on campus, contact GWPD at 202-994-6111 and contact 911 if off campus. We encourage all students who reach out for assistance to identify yourselves so that the university can acknowledge your role as a Good Samaritan.

GW is thankful to the students who take an active role in caring for fellow students by acting in responsible and timely ways during a serious situation such as alcohol or other drugs overdose. Seeking help that is critically needed for a fellow student shows courage and leadership. Therefore, a Good Samaritan who makes a call to obtain medical assistance for another student due to harmful use of alcohol or other drugs also will not face formal nonacademic student conduct action, provided that they have committed no violation of the Code of Student Conduct other than the possession or use of alcohol by persons under 21, intoxication on or off University premises, or possession or use of other drugs.

Additionally, GW recognizes that situations may arise during a university-sponsored activity at which alcoholic-beverages are served where an individual may need medical assistance as a result of the over-consumption of alcohol. Therefore, the university has implemented policies to protect the health and safety of students and their guests during a sponsored activity. However, should a situation arise, the university will consider the actions taken by students into consideration when addressing any policy violation(s) which may have occurred.

For more information about the George Washington University’s Good Samaritan policy, please contact the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities at [email protected] or at (202) 994-6757.