Responsible Dragon Amnesty Policy (RDAP)

RDAP is a policy through Drexel University and the Office of Student Conduct & Care that provides amnesty from disciplinary action for Students or Student Organizations who seek medical assistance during an alcohol or drug related emergency.

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Drexel University's primary concern is the health and safety of its students. The University is aware that Students are sometimes reluctant to seek medical attention in alcohol and drug-related emergencies out of fear that they may face sanctions related to possessing or consuming alcohol or other drugs. Given that these emergencies are potentially life-threatening, Drexel University seeks to create a culture of trust and care paired with safety and responsibility while reducing any barriers that would prevent students from seeking assistance. This policy is in compliance with The Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law, C.S. § 2810, et seq. (Safe Harbor).

The following are examples of when RDAP may be applied (please see the full Code of Conduct [PDF] for more examples):

  • Personally seeking out medical assistance for when you are experiencing a medical emergency due to consumption of alcohol or drugs.
  • Seeking medical assistance for another Student who is experiencing a medical emergency due to consumption of alcohol or drugs, as long as you remain with the Student until assistance arrives, barring immediate threats to personal safety.
  • Social Hosts/Student Organizations who seek medical assistance for another Student who is experiencing a medical emergency due to consumption of alcohol or drugs, as long as representatives of the Organization/Social Host remain with the Student until assistance arrives, barring immediate threats to personal safety.
  • Reporting allegations of hazing activity related to alcohol or drugs.

Student(s), Student Organization(s), or Social Host(s) will attend a RDAP Educational Meeting to discuss the situation and understand any educational sanctions that may be applied. Failure to attend this meeting may result in RDAP not being applied.

Please be aware of the following conditions of RDAP that may result in RDAP not being applied (please see the full Code of Conduct [PDF] for more examples):

  • RDAP does not provide amnesty for criminal, civil, or other legal consequences for violations of Federal, State, or Local laws.
  • RDAP does not apply to violations of the Code of Conduct other than violations of the Alcohol and Drug policies.
  • RDAP does not apply when a Student experiencing a medical emergency is found by a University employee or Law Enforcement.
  • Student Conduct & Care reserves the right to revisit the applicability of RDAP on a case-by-case basis, such as in repeat incidents.
  • Student Conduct & Care reserves the right to contact any Student or Student Organization to discuss an incident or related matter regardless if RDAP could be applied.

We encourage you to review the RDAP section of the Code of Conduct [PDF] for more detailed information. Please contact our office with any questions.

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