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To hold harmless those students seeking immediate medical assistance on behalf of persons experiencing drug- or alcohol-related emergencies.

Applies to: 

Students on the Lawrence campus.

Policy Statement: 

University of Kansas students seeking immediate medical assistance on behalf of persons experiencing drug- or alcohol-related emergencies will not be sanctioned for violations of University and/or Department of Student Housing drug- or alcohol-related policies.  Additionally, the student(s) receiving medical assistance will not be sanctioned for violations of these policies following their first incident requiring medical attention. Repeat incidents of a student requiring medical assistance under this amnesty policy may be subject to disciplinary action under University and/or Student Housing policies.

To that extent, the University of Kansas is committed in its efforts to remove barriers to the reporting process. The University recognizes that a complainant may be hesitant to report or witnesses may be hesitant to participate in the investigation process for fear of being held responsible for violations of the University’s Alcohol and Drug Policy. As such, parties making a report or participating in an investigation under the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy shall not be subjected to discipline under the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities for personal consumption of alcohol and/or drugs.

The Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards may at their discretion assign educational interventions when there is concern regarding the safety of a student in connection to the student’s alcohol or drug use.


Vice Provost for Student Affairs
133 Strong Hall
(785) 864-4060

Approved by: 
Approved on: 
Monday, May 4, 2009
Effective on: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Amnesty, Alcohol Violation, Drug Violation
Change History: 

09/01/2016: Updated Policy Statement. 

08/31/2016: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g. bolding, spacing). Updated Contact section.

08/12/2016: Revised to include amnesty for drug overdose, students reporting complaints of sexual harassment or discrimination to the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, and amnesty for student who receive medical attention for overdose.

05/04/2009: Policy created. Policy approved by the Chancellor.

Student Life Categories: 
Health & Wellness

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