Amnesty means that current students can avoid informal and formal University disciplinary action and the creation of a formal disciplinary record under the circumstances described below.
- For Victims: The University provides amnesty to victims who may be hesitant to report to University officials because they fear that they themselves may be accused of minor policy violations, such as underage drinking, at the time of the incident. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.
- For Those Who Offer Assistance: To encourage students to offer help and assistance to others, the University pursues a policy of amnesty for minor violations when students offer help to others in need. At the discretion of the Director of Conduct Accountability, amnesty may also be extended on a case-by-case basis to the person receiving assistance. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.
- For Those Who Report Serious Violations: Students who are engaged in minor violations but who choose to bring related serious violations by others to the attention of the University are offered amnesty for their minor violations. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.
Abuse of amnesty requests can result in a decision by the Director of Conduct Accountability not to extend amnesty to the same person repeatedly.
- Safe Harbor: The University has a Safe Harbor rule for students. The University believes that students who have a drug and/or addiction problem deserve help. If any University student brings their own use, addiction, or dependency to the attention of University officials outside the threat of drug tests or conduct sanctions and seeks assistance, a conduct complaint will not be pursued. A written action plan may be used to track cooperation with the Student Life Office by the student. Failure to follow the action plan will nullify the protection and campus conduct processes will be initiated.