Appendix F: Medical Amnesty Policy


It is critical that students, faculty, staff, and visitors of Hampden-Sydney College report all known or suspected medical emergencies immediately.  The purpose of establishing a Medical Amnesty Policy (MAP) at Hampden-Sydney College is to safeguard the health and well-being of students by encouraging such reports. It is anticipated that the MAP will encourage students to make better and timelier decisions and to feel empowered to report incidents involving substance abuse on campus. MAP will allow students to report substance abuse-related incidents without the fear of Student Court judiciary or monetary punishment from Hampden-Sydney College. This policy will encourage students to take responsibility for themselves and those around them, increasing the likelihood of students calling emergency medical services and other supportive responders when needed, and to participate in substance abuse counseling.

Hampden Sydney College does not condone substance abuse or illicit alcohol use. The MAP does not otherwise alter the College's policies with respect to drugs and alcohol. However the MAP is intended to encourage reporting of medical emergencies that tragically often accompany drug and alcohol use among students.

Hampden-Sydney College maintains a commitment to the health of its students by using the best resources, the student body, and the administration in order to ensure that substance-related emergencies are handled responsibly on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College. Hampden-Sydney College otherwise continues to adhere to the drug and alcohol policies stated in the Student Handbook and elsewhere.

Terms: The "caller" refers to the person responsible for contacting emergency medical services or other first responders and is not the person in need of immediate medical attention. The "victim" refers to the person who is in need of immediate medical attention. In the case that the caller is also the victim, the rules regarding the victim take precedence.


Medical Emergency:

The Medical Amnesty Policy aims to prevent substance-related tragedies from occurring on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College. The caller and victim requesting emergency medical services or similar assistance, in the event of a substance-related emergency, will be exempt from sanctions that may be imposed by the Student Court judiciary or any monetary penalties from Hampden-Sydney College, provided that they otherwise comply with the terms of this policy. Neither the caller nor the victim will be prosecuted through the College's Student Court if he or she has consumed substances illicitly but has acted in an otherwise responsible manner and in accordance with this policy and all other policies in Hampden-Sydney College's Code of Conduct.

Under this Policy, the caller and victim will be exempt from student judicial court sanctions or monetary penalties from the College related to the Code of Conduct, for the following acts:

  1. Underage consumption of alcohol
  2. Public drunkenness
  3. Possession of open containers of alcohol

The caller and/or victim may lose his or her entitlement to amnesty and face consequences if

  1. He or she refuses to cooperate or acts in a manner that disrupts EMS procedures.
  2. The caller fails to remain with the victim until emergency services personnel arrive.
  3. He or she violates the Honor Code.
  4. The Student Court Chairman determines that the report is an abuse of this policy.


Corrective Measures for Substance Abuse Victims:

The victim of the substance-related emergency is required to meet with the Assistant Dean for Substance Education to establish an action plan, including but not limited to the following:

  • Wellness Exercise
  • Health Education
  • Substance Education

Failure to comply with this requirement in a timely manner releases the student from the protection of the Medical Amnesty Policy and opens the student to possible sanctions by the Student Justice System under the Student Code of Conduct.

Approved by the Faculty in February 2014 and by the Trustees in May 2014.