Medical Amnesty Policy and PA Law
At Shippensburg University, students’ safety is paramount. If a student has been drinking but suspects that a friend is in danger or suffering from alcohol poisoning, a student can call for help without fear of legal consequences (immunity from prosecution) due to our Medical Amnesty policy and the PA Medical Amnesty Law.
SU Medical Amnesty
In order for a student to receive medical amnesty, the student seeking assistance for the sick must:
- Place a 911 call, or a call to campus safety, police or emergency services, in good faith, based on a reasonable belief and reported that another person was in need of immediate medical attention to prevent death or serious injury.
- Reasonably believe he or she was the first person to make a 911 call or a call to campus safety, police or emergency services, and report that a person needed immediate medical attention to prevent death or serious injury.
- Provide his or her own name to the 911 operator or equivalent campus safety, police or emergency officer.
- Remain with the person needing medical assistance until emergency health care providers arrived and the need for his presence had ended.
PA Medical Amnesty Law
The bill amends 18 Pa. C.S. (Crimes and Offenses) to add a subsection to Section 6308 creating immunity from prosecution for a person under the age of 21 for the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages if law enforcement, including campus safety police, became aware of the possession or consumption solely because the individual was seeking medical assistance for someone else.
The person seeking the assistance must reasonably believe he or she is the first to call for assistance, must use his own name with authorities, and must stay with the individual needing medical assistance until help arrives.