Students are encouraged to make responsible decisions and to seek medical attention in serious or life-threatening situations that result from the consumption of alcohol or other drugs. Students are also encouraged to seek medical attention if they have any reason to believe that medical intervention may be necessary. The Amnesty Policy applies to a student who seeks medical attention for him/herself or a friend in a possible case of alcohol poisoning or drug overdose.
The Amnesty Policy also applies to a student who believes that he or she may have been sexually assaulted while using alcohol or drugs. Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation are strongly encouraged to report such incidents to university officials. Victims may review a comprehensive list of confidential and mandatory reporters at http://ung.edu/human-resources/title-ix-coordinator.php.
A student may request amnesty from disciplinary action under the UNG Student Code of Conduct related to alcohol or drug use in two circumstances:
- If you seek medical attention for yourself or a friend by calling 911 or University Police (706-864-1500), in a possible case of alcohol poisoning or drug overdose; or
- If you want to report an incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct to university officials and the incident occurred while you were using alcohol or drugs.
Amnesty is not available for other behavior covered by the Student Code of Conduct including, but not limited to, assault, theft, driving while impaired, or property damage that may occur as a result of alcohol or drug consumption. A student may only be granted amnesty one time while a UNG student for the consumption of alcohol or drugs. You may seek medical attention for others as often as is necessary and still be eligible to receive amnesty.
Procedure for Obtaining Amnesty
Amnesty may only be granted if you adhere to the following procedure:
- Schedule an appointment with your campus’s Dean of Students or the Commandant of Cadets within five (5) days of the incident.
- Attend your appointment with the Dean/Commandant. At this appointment, the Dean of Students or Commandant will determine the appropriateness of the amnesty request and decide if further education or counseling is warranted. If amnesty is approved, the incident will not go on your student conduct record with the university.
- Follow all instructions about educational opportunities and/or counseling. If you fail to do so, your amnesty will be revoked and charges under the Student Code of Conduct for the incident may be initiated against you.
If a student is transported to an emergency medical treatment center for intoxication, the student’s parent or guardian may be notified via telephone by the Dean of Students or Commandant of Cadets, if necessary, to protect the health and safety of the student or other individuals.
When a person seeks federal security clearance, the Dean of Students or Commandant of Cadets would have to reveal knowledge of drug or alcohol issues when mandated by a federal background check. Additionally, there may be consequences for a student’s military career, both while in college as a cadet and as a member of any branch or service of the U.S. Armed Forces.