Good Samaritan & Amnesty Policy
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 the student conduct process in such situations. This policy cannot provide any additional protection from legal action outside the University.
The University provides amnesty to individuals who are experiencing or have experienced a medical emergency or crisis while engaged in behavior that violates University policy. Depending on the situation, educational options may be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result. In order to qualify for amnesty, the individual must proactively reach out to an RA or JCUPD (216) 397-1234 for on campus emergencies or 911 for off-campus emergencies and 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.
Repetitious use of amnesty requests can result in a decision by the Dean of Students Office to refuse to extend amnesty to the same person.
Good Samaritan (Reporting for Others)
The University provides amnesty to students who offer help and assistance to others in crisis even if the student rendering aid was involved in behavior violating University policy when assisting the individual in need. Depending on the situation, educational options may be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result. In order to qualify, 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.
This policy does not apply in circumstances in which the reporting student has contributed to or participated in flagrant or serious violations of the Student Code.
Safe Harbor Provision
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, educational options will be explored but will not result in a conduct proceeding or record. This policy does not apply in circumstances in which the reporting student has contributed to or participated in flagrant or serious violations of the Student Code.
A written plan may be used to track cooperation with the Safe Harbor program. Failure to follow the action plan may remove the Safe Harbor protection.