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Good Samaritan Protocol

Student health and safety is a primary concern for the university community. Students are expected to contact Public Safety when it is believed an individual needs medical attention due to the abuse of alcohol or other drugs including prescription, over the counter, or other. The Good Samaritan Protocol is designed to provide education rather than discipline when a student voluntarily contacts university personnel (e.g., Public Safety, Resident Advisor/Community Advocate) or outside emergency services for medical assistance related to alcohol or other drugs. Individuals covered by the Good Samaritan Protocol are the caller, the person in need of assistance, the host Student organization, and any witnesses named in the incident report.

Center for Student Conduct staff determine whether or not the Good Samaritan Protocol is applicable for each incident. Incidents involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking shall be covered by the Good Samaritan Protocol for those students reporting or intervening to prevent harm to a particular student. Incidents involving other violence or serious code violations, such as hazing, will not apply. A conduct officer will contact the Student or the Student organization involved in the incident to arrange for a meeting. There will be no official charges or conduct status from the university through the Good Samaritan Protocol. The person who made the call to university personnel may be invited to the meeting. At the meeting, the incident will be reviewed with the Student or Student organization to determine an appropriate educational response, which could include participation in an educational group or class, program presentations, counseling intake session, or substance abuse education and/or evaluation. A response may also include parental/ guardian notification of the incident.

If a Student or Student organization fails to attend the initial meeting with the conduct officer or complete the educational responses following the meeting, the incident will be referred to the Student Conduct Process.

The official policy can be found at https://www.rit.edu/policiesmanual/d181