At John Carroll University, the safety and welfare of each member of our community is critical. At times, community members on and off campus may need assistance. John Carroll expects all students to take responsible action when others have a medical emergency or are in crisis by contacting appropriate officials even when violations of the Student Code may have occurred. At the time of the incident, students may be reluctant to help for concern that they may face disciplinary action for a policy violation. The University strongly considers the positive impact of taking responsible action when determining the appropriate response for alleged policy violations relating to the incident. Therefore, the Good Samaritan Policy is in place to alleviate such concerns and reduce hesitation by John Carroll students to seek assistance.

The Good Samaritan Policy allows for the elimination of disciplinary consequences, as articulated in the Student Conduct System, for a student(s) who may be under the influence of alcohol or other substances, who make(s) a good-faith call for medical or emergency help on behalf of another student or guest. This statement applies to situations that occur on and off campus and requires documentation by John Carroll Police Department, other law enforcement and/or other emergency personnel. The Good Samaritan Policy applies in situations involving alcohol, other drugs, interpersonal violence, and other situations considered dangerous by a reasonable person. This means that no formal University disciplinary actions or sanctions will be assigned to the reporting student(s) for minor violations relating to the incident. The incident will still be documented and educational and/or health conversations/interventions may be required as an alternative to disciplinary sanctions.

This policy does not protect repeated, flagrant, or serious violations of the Student Code (e.g. abusive conduct, interpersonal violence, distribution of alcohol and/or other drugs, hazing, theft, property damage, etc.) or violations that harm another person requiring emergency response, nor does the policy preclude or prevent action by police or legal authorities.

In a situation involving imminent danger to the health and/or safety of any individual(s), students are expected to:

  1. Contact JCUPD (216-397-1234), Residence Life, or other emergency officials to report the incident;
  1. Remain with the individual(s) needing emergency treatment and cooperate with emergency personnel as long as it is safe to do so;
  2. Meet with appropriate University officials after the incident and cooperate with any University investigation.

Failure of students to take responsible action under this policy where action is clearly warranted and harm results may, in egregious circumstances, constitute “endangering any person either intentionally or recklessly” under the Student Code and could result in disciplinary action through the Student Conduct System. This policy does not provide amnesty for students who report their own medical emergency.


Effective August 12, 2015