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Alcohol Medical Amnesty Program

Alcohol Medical Amnesty Program

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

Through the university’s Alcohol Medical Amnesty program, a student needing to be transported to the hospital for the first time as the result of alcohol intoxication and/or alcohol overdose will not face formal non-academic disciplinary 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 an intoxicated student also will not face formal non-academic disciplinary action, provided that he or she has 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.

A student who participates in the university’s Alcohol 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, as well as pay a monetary Amnesty fee.  In addition, parents of students who are under the legal drinking 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 required follow-up or pay the monetary fee, the student will be subject to formal non-academic disciplinary action. 

Previous administrative or disciplinary 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 Medical Amnesty program, please contact the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities at rights@gwu.edu or call us at (202) 994-6757.