Alcohol and/or Drug Use Amnesty Policy
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Alcohol and/or Drug Use Amnesty Policy


Policy Summary

The health and safety of every student at Jefferson Community College is of utmost importance. Jefferson Community College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) may be hesitant to report violence (including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault), excessive intoxication, or substance abuse incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct.

Jefferson Community College strongly encourages students to contact campus officials or local law enforcement when they believe a person may be in need of assistance for intoxication, substance abuse or violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault. A bystander reporting in good faith or a victim/survivor reporting to Jefferson Community College officials or law enforcement will not be subject to campus conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the incident. This policy applies to emergencies both on and off campus.

Provisions for Alcohol and Drug Incidents Only

A student who receives medical assistance for alcohol or drug use under this policy (not domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault) will be referred by the Dean of Students (or their representative) to a mandatory intervention and prevention program. Additionally, a student who calls for medical assistance for another student may be referred to this program at the discretion of the Dean of Students. This is not a Code of Conduct sanction or violation; however, failure to complete the intervention program may result in a violation of the Code of Conduct.

Repeated use of the amnesty provided by the policy is cause for a higher level of concern for the well-being of the student and amnesty in these cases will be individually reviewed in cases of alcohol and substance abuse, not sexual violence.

Revised September 2015, Res. 170-15