Sanctuary Policy

Understanding the reluctance to ask for help when disciplinary measures could ensue, the Sanctuary Policy allows students to do so without invoking a disciplinary response. Helping a fellow student who has been comprised by the effects of excessive alcohol or drugs may be life saving.

The Sanctuary Policy is invoked when a student or a student’s friend makes the request, either in person or with a telephone call to the Health Center. At any time, but especially after curfew, when dormitories are locked and alarmed, a student may request Sanctuary for himself/herself or another student. Security will be asked to escort the student to the Health Center. Even if a faculty member intervenes at some point after the initial phone call, Sanctuary will remain intact and no disciplinary response will ensue

If, during a Sanctuary admission, a student becomes unmanageable, disruptive, or threatening, Sanctuary will be revoked.

Any student who brings a fellow student to the Health Center for Sanctuary will not be liable for disciplinary action, and his/her identity will remain confidential.

Although no disciplinary action will result when a student is granted Sanctuary, the Dean of Students will be notified. The Sanctuary event will not appear as part of the student’s school record. The student must inform his/her parents. In addition the student will undergo an assessment by a professional drug and alcohol counselor. Two follow-up meetings with a member of the counseling staff are also required.



Getting Help for Friends

Out of concern for the immediate welfare of others, a student may identify to the Dean of Students other students who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In this case, the named students would be admitted to the Health Center under Sanctuary, without a disciplinary response.