Amnesty in cases of alleged sexual violence
The College’s highest priority is the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of individual Students and the campus community. An element of promoting safety is providing clear, responsible methods of reporting and addressing incidents of sexual violence/misconduct.
Therefore, in order to remove potential barriers to reporting sexual violence/misconduct, the College may not charge a student with violating any Prohibited Conduct or Violation of Expectations for Student Conduct (Student Conduct Code) regarding alcohol and/or other Drugs if that Student reports such conduct within a complaint of possible sexual violence/misconduct.
Recognized Student Organizations may also qualify for amnesty if a member(s) of that organization reports Prohibited Conduct to the Office of Title IX & Sexual Misconduct in good faith.
For more information regarding the College’s overall Amnesty Policy outside of the Title IX/sexual misconduct capacity, please see below.
Be a friend. Make a call. Save a life!
If a student(s) or Recognized Student Organization is concerned for the safety and well-being of a student who has consumed alcohol or drugs and call to get that student help the College will not charge with a violation under the Student Conduct Code or Recognized Student Organization Rights and Responsibilities Policy if the following occur:
- The student(s)/Organization call for help to 911, Campus Police, staff member from Residential Education or Campus Town.
- The students/Organization remain on scene with the student getting help
- The students/organization are helpful to responders including providing any information they may have regarding the student’s consumption of alcohol/drugs or other relevant information.
- Amnesty applies to both the student who received help as well as the caller(s). Students/Organizations that qualify for Amnesty will be required to complete an education program assigned by the College but will not face conduct charges.
- Typically students who are transported will have a “return to campus” meeting scheduled for the first business day following the incident. During that meeting, the Director of Student Conduct, Director of Residential Education, or other administrator will determine if the student qualifies for amnesty on campus.
- If the student has been issued a citation/summons from police, it will be determined in court if the incident qualifies under the NJ 911 Lifeline Legislation (P.L. 2009, c.133). This process is separate from the College’s Amnesty process.
Additional information about Amnesty can be found on the Office of Student Conduct & Off-Campus Services’ website and within the Student Conduct Code.