High Point University embraces students helping one another and being good by-standers. High Point University recognizes that the potential for disciplinary repercussions may present a barrier for reaching out for medical assistance of another student in alcohol or other drug-related emergencies. The institution recognizes the harmful and often dangerous health and safety concerns that can occur in regards to alcohol and controlled substances and does not condone under-age drinking or illegal use of controlled substances but recognizes it is occurring. Medical amnesty has been put into place for the well-being and safety of all of our students. Students with or observing a student requiring medical attention are expected to seek out that assistance.

Some signs of alcohol poisoning include confusion, vomiting, seizures, slow breathing (less than 8 breaths per minute), irregular breathing (no breath for more than 10 seconds), blue-tinged or pale skin, low body temperature (hypothermia, or passing out (unconsciousness) and can’t be awakened. If a person is passed out and cannot be woken up, they are at risk of death. If you have any concern that someone is experiencing alcohol poisoning, even if you have not observed the previously mentioned signs or symptoms, please seek medical help immediately. It is better to err on the side of caution if you are unsure of any student’s safety. For assistance in these matters please contact security at 336-841-9112.

To qualify for medical amnesty—
Three categories qualify for medical amnesty at High Point University:

1. Person in need of assistance—Students who receive medical attention related to use of alcohol or other drug-related emergencies are eligible to receive medical amnesty. All students will be referred to the Office of Student Life and may be referred to resources on campus such as completion of a substance education group. If the conditions laid out are not met the student waives their right for medical amnesty and is subject to violations of the Code of Conduct. Sanctions for failing to comply with the conditions laid out will range from disciplinary probation to suspension. Students receiving more than one medical amnesty in a calendar year may be referred to the Office of Student Life for further review, including completion of an updated substance abuse assessment and 2-part Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) interview process with a licensed clinician through Counseling Services.

2. Individuals present/called for assistance—Students or individuals that call for assistance on behalf of the individual in need also qualify for medical amnesty and may not receive sanctions. However, depending on the severity of the situation, counseling services or substance education may be recommended.

3. Club or organization requesting assistance—Clubs and organizations hosting an event are required to seek assistance for individuals(s) experiencing an alcohol or drug-related emergency. Medical amnesty for a club or organization is granted for that club or organization not for the individuals. For individuals, they must meet the standards stated above. Organizations may be required to participate in educational programming as a result of medical amnesty.

Students should note that the Medical Amnesty policy only provides amnesty from violations of the High Point University Code of Conduct. High Point University medical amnesty policy does not apply to any criminal, civil, or legal consequences regarding local, state or federal law violations. Students who fail to comply with expectations under the medical amnesty policy may be subject to disciplinary probation or suspension from the University at the discretion of the Office of Student Life.