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Medical Amnesty Policy

Because health and safety of students are of primary importance, students are encouraged not only to look out for their own health and safety but also for that of their peers. When a person's health and safety are threatened or appear to be in jeopardy, immediate action should be taken. The college has developed this Medical Amnesty Policy to remove concerns about conduct board action from the decision to seek medical assistance for yourself or others.

Do not hesitate to call Smith College Campus Police (x800 for emergency or x2490; 413-585-2490 from non-campus phones) or a residence life staff member for assistance and guidance. Whatever the particular need/problem, it is important to respond to a health or safety concern in a responsible and timely manner.


An individual who receives emergency medical attention related to their consumption of alcohol will not be subject to conduct board action for use, possession and distribution of alcoholic beverages, or for public intoxication.

This amnesty is granted to the individual when they meet with:

the dean of students or their designee
the associate director of Pelham Medical Services or their designee

It is the responsibility of the student to set the meeting with the appropriate offices within two weeks of incident. It is the responsibility of the student to disclose to the dean of students when the meetings are complete.


INDIVIDUAL - An individual who calls for emergency assistance on behalf of a person experiencing an alcohol-related emergency will not be subject to conduct action by Smith College for the following Code violations in relation to the incident: use, possession and distribution of alcoholic beverages, and public intoxication.

ORGANIZATION - A representative of an organization hosting an event is expected to promptly call for medical assistance in an alcohol-related emergency. This act of responsibility will mitigate the conduct consequences against the organization resulting from Code violations that may have occurred at the time of the incident. Likewise, failure to call for medical assistance in an alcohol-related emergency will be considered an "aggravating circumstance" if conduct board action is taken in response to other Conduct Code violations.


Consistent with putting the student's health first, the College will approach repeated incidents as a serious health risk. While amnesty from the conduct process may be applied, a meeting with the dean of students and possible notification of parents or guardians may also result. Repeated failure to seek assistance by an organization will result in conduct board action, and possibly organization probation or suspension.


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