Immaculata University is concerned about the health and safety of its students. The University expects and encourages students to make responsible decisions regarding their own health and safety and it also expects that students are concerned for the health and safety of other students.
The University acknowledges that there may be times when students are in a health or safety emergency involving alcohol or other drugs. Individuals are strongly encouraged to call for medical assistance (Campus Safety and Protection at 610-647-4400, extension 5555 for on campus calls, 911 for off campus calls) for themselves or for a friend/acquaintance in such situations.
The University recognizes that students who are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs or are concerned about another student under the influence of alcohol or other drugs may be reluctant to voluntarily seek help in such emergencies due to concerns about being subject to disciplinary action.
The University has developed this Amnesty policy to address concerns regarding potential disciplinary action under the University’s Alcohol and Other Drugs policy when students are making a decision to voluntarily seek medical assistance for themselves or another student. Amnesty will be granted to students for alcohol or other drug policy violations when students voluntarily seek medical attention or other assistance for themselves or another student in the following situations:
- Due to impairment or intoxication from the use of alcohol or other drugs (including alcohol poisoning)
- At the time or following an incident of potential sex-based harassment or sexual assault/violence
- At the time or following an incident of violence or other crime
To report a health or safety emergency, please contact Campus Safety and Protection at 610-647-4400, extension 5555 or call 911. Students reporting an incident should state their name and if not in risk of personal harm should remain with the individual in need of medical assistance until help arrives.
Students granted amnesty under this policy may be required to complete an educational program regarding alcohol or other drugs, counseling or complete a substance abuse assessment as determined by the Office of the Dean of Students. Failure to complete the educational or other requirements may be subject to disciplinary action.
This Amnesty policy does not apply in the following situations:
- In the event of repeated violations of the Alcohol and Other Drugs policy
- Egregious cases, such as possession with intent to distribute
- With respect to civil claims or criminal charges for violations of local, state and/or federal law
- Actions by police or other law enforcement personnel
- Violations of the University’s Student Code of Conduct other than violations of the Alcohol and Other Drugs policy
- Student waiting until after police or other authority’s to arrive before seeking assistance
Immaculata University’s Alcohol and Other Drugs policy can be found in Volume IV of the University Policy Manual. See the University’s Title IX Policy: Complaint Procedures and the Sexual Assault/Violence Policy for additional information and resources in Volume II of the University Policy Manual.