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Student health and safety as well as removing barriers that might prevent the reporting of conduct that endangers people or property are substantial University interests. Amnesty may be extended on a case-by-case basis for minor violations of the Code of Student Conduct (e.g., possession or use of alcohol or drugs) when seeking or obtaining medical assistance for self or others, as well as when reporting alleged incidents that endanger persons or property. 

Know the symptoms of alcohol poisoning.
Call 911 if a person:

  • Cannot be awakened
  • Cannot stand/walk/sit-up on their own
  • Has cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
  • Has slow, shallow or irregular breathing
  • Is vomiting

Amnesty FAQ

Amnesty is a policy at BGSU that allows you not to be charged with a violation of the Code of Student Conduct if you obtain medical assistance for yourself or someone else who has over-consumed alcohol or is experiencing a drug overdose.

Yes, if someone called for help on their behalf, or they called for help on their own, they can utilize the amnesty policy.

The Office of the Dean of Students will make this determination based upon the specific circumstances of the incident. 

Unfortunately, the medical amnesty policy only applies to violations of the Code of Student Conduct. The policy does not limit the actions of any law enforcement agency. Student Legal Services is a resource that can assist with navigating any criminal charges.

Yes, you may need to complete one or more educational assignments as required the Office of the Dean of Students.

The policy applies to minor violations of the Code, including the possession or consumption of alcohol or drugs, unless the student caller knowingly and/or recklessly endangered the health or safety of another person.

Other major violations such as endangering, threatening, or attempting to cause physical harm to another individual, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, damage to property, theft, etc., will not be overlooked.

Yes, if a representative of a recognized student organization seeks medical assistance, that will be considered as a mitigating factor when determining a sanction, if the organization is found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

Use of this policy is at the sole discretion of the Office of the Dean of Students.  

A student who fails to successfully satisfy all the conditions of this policy, including any required educational interventions, will be referred for adjudication through the Code of Student Conduct for the original incident.  

Yes, a student who has been denied the defense afforded by this policy may appeal that decision to the Dean of Students within five business days of the decision.  

Updated: 03/07/2023 04:51PM