Good Samaritan Policy

Effective Date

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Office of Primary Responsibility

Office of Judicial Affairs

Summary of Policy

Student health and safety are the primary concerns of the Dartmouth community. Students are expected to contact Safety and Security when they believe that assistance for an injured, ill, intoxicated/impaired student is needed.

Affected Parties

All Undergraduates

Policy Statement

I. Student health and safety are the primary concerns of the Dartmouth community. Students are expected to contact Safety and Security when they believe that assistance for an injured, ill, intoxicated/impaired student is needed. The Department of Safety and Security (DOSS) will assist intoxicated/impaired individuals by providing or facilitating transport to medical facilities or by taking other protective measures. In case of medical emergency, students should call DOSS and/or 911 for assistance by DOSS, local police, fire safety or medical professionals.  Failure on the part of an individual or organization to seek assistance may result in disciplinary action.

II. Students and/or organizations that seek assistance from DOSS and/or emergency services and the individual(s) assisted will not be subject to College disciplinary action with respect to violation of the Alcohol Policy and/or the use of other drugs. This policy does not preclude disciplinary action regarding other violations of College standards, such as causing or threatening physical harm, sexual abuse, damage to property, harassment, hazing, and other violations of the Drug Policy, etc.

III. In order for this policy to apply, the intoxicated/impaired student(s) must agree to timely completion of medical recommendations, assessment, and/or treatment made by the Student Wellness Center and/or Health Services. Serious or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of medical concern. Failure to complete recommended follow-up will normally result in disciplinary action. Likewise, organizations involved in an incident must agree to take recommended steps to address concerns.

Students should also be aware that this College policy does not prevent action by local and state authorities. In addition, Dartmouth College Departments and/or Offices may request and receive information regarding a student’s history under the Good Samaritan Policy for purposes of determining eligibility, membership, certification, employment, internship and/or associations with Dartmouth College.