Good Samaritan Policy

Ursinus encourages students to seek medical assistance for those in need, including oneself. Sometimes, students are hesitant to seek medical assistance for fear that they may get themselves or others in trouble. The College has a policy of not pursuing disciplinary action against students in situations involving underage consumption of alcohol or drug use at the time of help seeking for students who actively seek medical help for themselves or others, or for students who provide help seeking assistance.

Situations in which a student is not the person seeking medical assistance for themselves or others, or not provide help seeking assistance, could include but are not limited to the following:

  • When students wait for Campus Safety or other authority to arrive before seeking assistance
  • When an Ursinus faculty, staff, or student bystander initiate help seeking

In situations where alleged violations of the Code of Conduct other than underage consumption of alcohol or drug use may have occurred, or in situations where a student has repeated incidents of underage consumption of alcohol or drug use, the College may pursue disciplinary action against the student(s) involved. 

Requirements of students under this policy:

  • Involved students will be required to meet with a Student Affairs staff member who may issue educational requirements that may include, but are not limited to, alcohol and/or drug education, counseling, and/or a substance abuse assessment. Serious or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of concern/response.
  • Failure to complete the educational assignments or treatment recommendations will result in disciplinary action.
  • The student will be responsible for any costs associated with drug or alcohol education interventions.

Application for Registered Events

In circumstances where a student or organization is found to be hosting a registered event where medical assistance is sought for an intoxicated guest, the host(s) may be held responsible for violations of the Code of Conduct.