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Amnesty for Students

Responsible Department
Student Affairs
Effective Date
11/14/2017
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    Purpose

    This policy provides amnesty for potential violations of the Student Code of Conduct for Students under certain circumstances at the University of North Georgia (the “University”).

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    Definitions

    1. Student includes all persons taking academic courses at the University of North Georgia. This includes, but is not limited to: part-time, full-time, undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies, distance education and dual-enrolled students.

    2. Report means a report of an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
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    Statement

    1. 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.

    2. A Student may request amnesty from disciplinary action under the University Student Code of Conduct related to alcohol or drug use in the following circumstances:

      1. If a Student seeks medical attention for himself/herself, or for a friend in a possible case of alcohol poisoning or drug overdose., by calling 911 or University Police (706-864-1500); or

      2. If a Student wants to report an incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct to University officials and the incident occurred while the Student was using alcohol or drugs.

      3. When a Student voluntarily provides information, not otherwise identified in the investigation, concerning their use of drugs or alcohol during a Student Code of Conduct investigation in good faith, that information will not be used against that Student in a disciplinary proceeding and will not be voluntarily reported to law enforcement.

    3. Limits on Amnesty:

      1. 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.

      2. 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.

      3. 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.

      4. A Student may only be granted amnesty one time as the recipient of medical attention due to consumption of alcohol or drugs.

      5. A Student may seek medical assistance for others as often as is necessary and be eligible to receive amnesty each time.

      6. This policy applies only to sanctions under the University of North Georgia Student Code of Conduct, and does not seek to limit referrals to substance abuse education or other counseling.
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    Support Info

    1. The University of North Georgia Student Code of Conduct prohibits underage consumption, possession, and transportation of alcohol by underage Students. Additionally, possession and consumption are prohibited at all university events or on university premises, except where authorized at social functions in designated areas. Furnishing alcohol to underage Students is also prohibited, in addition to disorderly, obscene, or indecent conduct which results from intoxication. Finally, possession and being under the influence of any controlled substance, except by prescription, is prohibited, as is possession of drug paraphernalia.

    2. These are all charges that carry significant sanctions if Students are found to be responsible for them. Fear of these sanctions may cause Students to attempt to care for intoxicated peers by themselves, or to avoid reporting serious medical situations to authorities. Additionally, Students who believe they have been sexually assaulted while under the influence may be reluctant to seek help for fear that they will be subject to conduct sanctions for their alcohol or drug consumption, which damages the reporting environment of the University.

    3. The University encourages an educational environment that promotes the health and safety of all community members. Consumption of alcohol and other drugs can hinder this environment and mean that Students cannot participate actively in the educational mission of the institution.

    4. This policy also considers state legislation offering similar amnesty from prosecution in cases where medical attention has been sought.
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    Procedures

    1. To request amnesty, a Student must:

      1. Schedule an appointment with his/her campus’s Dean of Students or the Commandant of Cadets within 5 days of the incident.

      2. Attend the 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 the Student conduct record with the University.

      3. Follow all instructions about educational opportunities and/or counseling. Failure to do so will cause revocation of the amnesty, and may result in charges being brought against the Student under the Student Code of Conduct.

    2. Any related operating procedures must comply with and should reference this policy.

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