Medical Amnesty

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Medical Amnesty

When a student acts on behalf of another student and calls for help to emergency personnel or a UNH staff member for a condition stemming from the use of alcohol, both the student(s) offering assistance and the student in need of medical attention have the option of filing for medical amnesty.

  • If medical amnesty is determined to be applicable, the student involved would have to attend an alcohol awareness course provided by the Office of Health Education and Promotion at Health Services.
  • Pending completion of the alcohol awareness course, the student will be found not responsible for violation of the Code of Conduct.
  • Medical amnesty may be granted for the student needing medical attention ONCE per student as long as the student is enrolled at UNH. A student acting on behalf of another student needing medical attention can apply for medical amnesty without limitation.
  • Students who wish to apply for medical amnesty will have to do so within TWO business days after meeting with the complainant. The student must have proof that professional help was requested.
  • Prior alcohol violations could reduce a student's likelihood of being granted medical amnesty.
  • Parents or legal guardians of the student applying for medical amnesty will be notified of the student’s arrest by the police as per normal process. Parents or legal guardians will be notified of the student’s conduct violation(s) through the Office of Community Standards as per normal process allowed under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).
  • The student applying for medical amnesty will assume the costs associated with the alcohol awareness course.
  • Recognized UNH Student Organizations are not eligible to apply for medical amnesty.
  • If arrested, students may want to seek legal advice before applying for medical amnesty. Application can be made at the arresting police department.

Medical Amnesty Program - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the medical amnesty program?

Medical amnesty is a program whereby if a student demonstrates signs of significant physical distress due to alcohol consumption, s/he may receive amnesty if s/he calls for medical assistance, or the student who calls for help on his/her behalf.

What does medical amnesty mean? 

The student who seeks help will not face sanctions in the UNH Conduct System that are typical for alcohol consumption, use or possession (which could include eviction from campus housing, probation, and/or fine). The student will be mandated to go to an alcohol education course offered by Health Services.

How does a student apply for amnesty?

Fill out a brief description of the incident and request amnesty. Documentation from a professional attendant stating that medical attention was needed and sought must also accompany the form. The forms are located at the Office of Community Standards in 5 Hitchcock Hall.

What is the deadline for applying for amnesty? 

Students have up to two (2) business days after meeting with the complainant to turn in the request.

How will the decision be made and when is it released? 

The decision on whether or not to grant amnesty will be made by a trained Hearing Officer in the Office of Community Standards and students will be notified within 48 hours after the decision.

Who is eligible for amnesty? 

Only those students who do not have a previous conduct or local arrest record are eligible to apply.

How many times can a student apply? 

If a student who was the one in trouble calls, s/he may only apply once. For a student who was not in trouble but called on someone’s behalf, there is no limit.

What if there were other violations within the incident? 

Does amnesty apply to them too? Amnesty from additional charges is very highly unlikely. Each case is considered on its own merits.

What about the Durham or UNH police? 

Students may apply for amnesty by contacting the specific department prosecution division. Do not contact the arresting or attending officer. If the behavior was limited to only excessive consumption, police may consider reducing or dropping the charge.

Currently, students who are on probation or were arrested within a year are not eligible to study away for the length of probation or a similar time if they were arrested. Will getting amnesty shorten this ineligibility time? 

No. Consult the UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities for study away eligibility requirements, as those will not change.

Currently, certain University scholarships are reduced or taken away after a student is found responsible for conduct charges or found guilty (or pleads no contest) after an arrest. If that same student is on a Presidential, Deans or Directors Scholarship and receives amnesty, will it affect the scholarship? 

No, amnesty does not cover scholarship reduction or rescission.

 

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