Responsible Dragon Amnesty Policy (RDAP)
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.
Because 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. In compliance with the Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law, C.S. § 2810, et seq. (Safe Harbor), RDAP provides amnesty from disciplinary action under the alcohol and drug policies for Students or Student Organizations who seek medical assistance during an alcohol- or drug-related emergency.
The requirements for the Responsible Dragon Amnesty Policy (RDAP) to apply to Students or Student Organizations are as follows:
- An individual Student who experiences a medical emergency due to consumption of alcohol or drugs and personally seeks medical assistance will not be considered responsible for violating the Alcohol or Drug Policies.
- Individual Students who seek immediate medical assistance for another Student who could be in violation of the Alcohol or Drug Policies will not be found responsible. Students who call for assistance must remain with the Student experiencing the medical emergency until assistance arrives, barring immediate threats to personal safety.
- Individual Students who share information to assist with contract tracing efforts or other COVID-related information will not be considered responsible for violating the Alcohol or Drug Policies.
- Individual Students who report allegations of hazing activity related to alcohol or drugs will not be considered responsible for violating the Alcohol or Drug Policies.
- Student Organizations and hosts of social events must seek immediate medical assistance for a Student who is experiencing an alcohol- or drug-related emergency. The responding Student Organization or Social Host will not be considered in violation of the Alcohol or Drug Policies. Representatives of the Student Organization or the Social Host must remain with the Student experiencing the medical emergency until assistance arrives, barring immediate threats to personal safety.
- For RDAP to apply, the Student(s), Student Organization, or Social Host will need to attend a Pre-Hearing Conference with a Conduct Administrator and complete any educational- and/or wellness-related sanctions. Failure to attend the Pre-Hearing Conference or complete sanctions may result in official allegations of misconduct being brought forward by Student Conduct.
Conditions or examples in which the Responsible Dragon Amnesty Policy will not be applied to Students or Student Organizations include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Students should be aware that RDAP does not provide amnesty for criminal, civil, or other legal consequences for violations of Federal, State, or Local laws.
- RDAP only applies to the Alcohol and Drug Policies within the Student Code of Conduct and will not be applicable to other alleged violations of the Code. The use/abuse of alcohol or drugs does not excuse other examples of misconduct.
- RDAP does not apply to Students or Student Organizations when a Student experiencing a medical emergency is found by a University employee (i.e., DUPD, Public Safety, faculty/staff, Student Conduct staff, including Resident Assistants).
- RDAP is not intended to shield or protect Students or Student Organizations that repeatedly violate the Student Code of Conduct. RDAP cases will be maintained by Student Conduct but will not be a part of the Student's official conduct record.
- Student Conduct reserves the right to revisit the applicability of RDAP on a case-by-case basis.
- Student Conduct reserves the right to contact any Student to discuss an incident or related matter regardless of whether RDAP could be applied.