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Medical Amnesty

Student health and safety are priorities at BGSU.  Therefore, student who, in good faith, seeks or obtains medical assistance (e.g., by calling 9-1-1) for another person shall not be found responsible for a minor violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

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

Medical Amnesty FAQ

Medical amnesty is a policy at BGSU that allows you to not 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 medical 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: 08/18/2021 11:58AM