Nicholls State University strongly encourages victims and individuals to report all Standards of Conduct violations, sex discrimination, and violence in general (including sexual violence) and medical emergencies. It is possible that many victims may be hesitant when it comes to reporting conduct that he/she believes violates the Standards of Conduct because of fear that they personally may be accused of violating policies or sections of the Standards in connection with the incident they are reporting.  Underage drinking is a common example of conduct that may have occurred during such an incident. Because of the importance of reporting serious incidents, and in order to encourage reporting, Nicholls will not normally sanction a victim who reports a violation of the Standards, even though the victim may have participated in a non-violent violation of the Standards (e.g., unauthorized use of alcohol). Nicholls may also elect to extend amnesty to students who report medical emergencies that may have occurred during an incident involving a potential violation. In such cases, however, Nicholls may exercise its discretion to impose educational sanctions as a required activity intended to engage the student in a positive learning experience related to the student’s inappropriate behavior.

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