Amnesty Policy for Good Samaritans & Self-Reporting

At John Carroll University, the safety and welfare of each member of our community is critical. The University encourages students to report medical emergencies and crises when they arise. The University recognizes that a student may be hesitant to report medical emergencies and other crises if the student is engaged in behavior that violates policy during the medical emergency or crisis. This policy seeks to provide students with amnesty from related issues in the student conduct process in appropriate situations. This policy cannot provide any additional protection from legal action outside the University.

Amnesty Policy

The University will typically provide a one-time amnesty to individuals who ask for assistance when experiencing a medical emergency or crisis, are assisted by others who seek help for them in a medical emergency or crisis, help others get help in a crisis, or proactively reach out to university personnel/resources for help due to behavior that violates University policy and harms only themselves. Depending on the situation, educational interventions in lieu of the conduct process may be explored, but typically no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result unless the student fails to comply with the education interventions. Information related to an incident where amnesty is granted may be used in subsequent disciplinary processes to establish the seriousness of repeated behavior or support a conduct violation for failing to comply with educational interventions.  In all cases, amnesty may be denied to individuals who engage in behavior that harms others, contributed to the underlying issue by providing drugs or alcohol to others in violation of University policy, have repeated qualifying incidents, or who are otherwise deemed inappropriate for amnesty under this policy.


In order to qualify for amnesty for self-reporting, the individual or someone acting on their behalf must proactively reach out to an RA or JCUPD (216) 397-1234 for on campus emergencies or 911 for off-campus emergencies and they must cooperate fully with emergency and University personnel involved in the situation.

Example 1: An underage student has consumed several alcoholic drinks in a short time period and contacts an RA or JCUPD to receive medical attention after beginning to slur speech and lose the ability to walk normally.

Example 2: An underage student has been drinking and was sexually assaulted and contacts an RA or JCUPD.

Example 3: A student smokes marijuana and experiences harmful side effects because the student recently started a new prescription.

Good Samaritan (Reporting for Others)

In order to qualify for amnesty as a good Samaritan when offering help and assistance to others in crisis, the student rendering aid must do all of the following:

    • Make a good-faith call for medical or emergency help on behalf of another student, John Carroll community member, or guest, whether on-campus or off-campus. A good faith call involves calling an RA or JCUPD (216) 397-1234 for on-campus emergencies or 911 for off-campus emergencies.
    • Remain with the individual needing medical treatment and cooperate with emergency personnel.
    • Meet with University officials after the incident and cooperate with any investigation of the incident.

Example 1: A student arrives back on campus after drinking at a house party and notices another student lying unconscious on a bench just off the quad. The student calls JCUPD to seek help for the unconscious student and waits for JCUPD to arrive and provide further instruction.

Example 2: A student walks out of a residence hall and starts to smoke marijuana on the quad. A fight breaks out on the quad between two students. The student calls JCUPD to intervene and waits for JCUPD to arrive and provide further instruction. Please note: this policy would not apply if the student who started the fight called to report the fight.

Safe Harbor Amnesty 

The University encourages students who are struggling with substance abuse or a mental health crisis to receive help. If any student freely brings their own substance use, addiction, dependency, or mental health issue to the attention of University officials, they will typically be entitled to amnesty protections under this policy.

A written plan may be used to track cooperation with the Safe Harbor amnesty. In addition to the normal conditions applicable to amnesty, a failure to follow the action plan may result in the removal of amnesty protections or other interventions to protect the student and/or others.