The Amnesty Protocol ensures that a student’s safety and health comes first in cases of underage possession and/or consumption of alcohol. The Offices of Student Rights and Responsibilities and Housing and Residence Life will not pursue conduct action if: (1) the intoxicated or other student(s) involved reports the incident, (2) the intoxicated or other student(s) involved is actively seeking medical and/or health assistance from a university official or medical provider, or (3) the intoxicated student is the victim of a sexual assault or other violent crime after consuming alcohol.
Medical amnesty represents a policy choice to withhold disciplinary action for students when they seek emergency medical treatment due to the consumption of alcohol or in situations where the student may have experienced some form of sexual or interpersonal violence, or otherwise have been the victim of a crime.
The purpose of affording amnesty is to remove barriers to seeking needed treatment or making a report to law enforcement or University officials for fear of being subject to disciplinary action for an alcohol violation.
This Protocol does not exempt students from being charged criminally by any law enforcement agency.
If you seek help on behalf of a drug overdose victim, you and the victim will be exempt from certain drug charges. Charges include 1. Misdemeanor drug possession (e.g., marijuana); 2. Felony possession of less than one gram of heroin or one gram of cocaine; 3. Possession of drug paraphernalia.
In other words, you can call 911 or the UNCG Police emergency #336-334-4444 or seek medical attention if you think a friend has overdosed, and the police cannot arrest you or the victim for any of the above, even if the drugs are in plain sight.
If larger quantities of drugs are present or evidence of drug manufacturing, distribution, and/or selling, the law does not offer protection against those charges.
NOTE: immunity from underage alcohol possession and drug possession charges does not apply if request for assistance was made during the “execution of an arrest warrant, search warrant, or other lawful search.”
Here are some clarifying statements included in the amnesty law:
• Do not prevent officers from seizing any contraband or other evidence.
• Do not prevent officers from initiating detentions, arrests, and charges for other offenses.
• Officers acting in good faith are extended immunity from civil liability.
UNCG students may not be covered under the Protocol if one of the following conditions is met:
• An intoxicated student and/or other students involved allegedly committed any other violation(s) of the student code of conduct (i.e., sexual assault, vandalism, etc.) during the incident in which they are seeking amnesty.
• An intoxicated student and/or other students involved have been previously found responsible for possession of alcohol and/or drugs.
• An intoxicated student and/or other students involved have already been covered by the Amnesty Protocol for a previous underage possession and/or consumption of alcohol charge while a student at UNCG.