Good Samaritan Policy and Alcohol and/or Drug Amnesty in Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Cases Policy

Good Samaritan Policy: Abuse of alcohol and other drugs can create life-threatening situations that require an immediate response from emergency services personnel. In all instances, SUNY Poly is concerned that those in need receive prompt medical attention. SUNY Poly cannot guarantee absolute immunity from sanctions associated with violations of the Student Code of Personal Conduct or state and federal law. However, efforts will be made to mitigate sanctions associated with alcohol and other drug offenses for “Good Samaritans.” These considerations apply only to the individual(s) who may have contributed/participated in the use and abuse of alcohol or other drugs, but who summon aid.

Policy for Alcohol and/or Drug Use Amnesty in Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Cases: The health and safety of every student at the State University of New York and its State-operated and community colleges is of utmost importance. SUNY Poly 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, sexual harassment or sexual violence occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. SUNY Poly strongly encourages students to report incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment or sexual violence to institution officials. A bystander or a reporting individual acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment or sexual violence to SUNY Poly officials or law enforcement will not be subject to SUNY Poly’s Student Code of Personal Conduct 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, sexual harassment or sexual violence. 

Drug and Alcohol Policy (pdf)

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