Amnesty/Good Samaritan Policy

The health and safety of every student at Cazenovia College is of utmost importance.  Cazenovia College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct.  Cazenovia College strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to College officials. A bystander acting in good faith or a reporting individual acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault to College officials or law enforcement will not be subject to Cazenovia College’s code of conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault.


Process for enacting Good Samaritan/Amnesty Policy

This process is designed to provide education rather than discipline when a student voluntarily contacts College personnel (e.g., Campus Safety or Residence Life) and/or outside emergency services for medical assistance and to ensure individual safety as indicated in our Student Code of Conduct and policy addressing Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct. Individuals included in this policy and protocol are the individual(s) calling, the person(s) in need of assistance, the host student organization (where applicable), and any witnesses named during the reporting process.

The Assistant Dean for Residence Life and Conduct will determine the application of this protocol for each reported incident.

When an incident is reported, a member of the Residence Life and Student Conduct staff will contact the student(s) or the student organization involved in the incident to arrange for a meeting. There will be no official charges or conduct status issued. The person who made the call to college personnel may be invited to the meeting. At the meeting, the incident will be reviewed with the individuals to determine an appropriate educational response, which could include participation in an educational group or class, program presentations, counseling intake session, or substance abuse education and/or evaluation. A response is likely to also include parental/guardian notification of the incident.

If individuals fail to attend the initial meeting with the staff member or fail to complete the educational responses following the meeting, the incident will be referred to the Student Conduct Process.