Student Handbook - Good Samaritan Policy


The College holds a fundamental commitment to the safety of its community. It is vital for students to call Campus Safety when an intoxicated student needs medical help. The “Good Samaritan Policy” offers a clear message to students that they should report any potentially dangerous cases of alcohol or drug intoxication; they should not be concerned about disciplinary consequences at such a time.

The Good Samaritan Policy is as follows:  Students or Organizations that seek emergency attention for dangerously intoxicated individuals may not be subject to formal disciplinary action, at the discretion of the Dean, based on the safety issues involved.

The policy applies both to the person requiring help and the person or organization reporting their concern. When students encounter another who may be dangerously intoxicated, they should call Campus Safety immediately at (518)-388-6911. The policy reflects the College’s priority on safety and does not rule out an educational response to the incident. The student’s permanent educational record will reflect no formal disciplinary action, but the College may contact the student’s parents as a health precaution and may require a professional alcohol/drug evaluation and referral to the Counseling Center. The policy refers to isolated incidents only and does not protect those who flagrantly and repeatedly violate the College’s alcohol policy