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. If a faculty member intervenes at any point after the initial phone call, Sanctuary will remain intact and no disciplinary response will ensue, although the faculty member would be obligated to notify the Dean of Students.

If, during a Sanctuary admission, a student becomes unmanageable, disruptive, or threatening, then Sanctuary will be revoked. In this instance, Health Center staff will report the specific facts to the deans, who will implement the appropriate disciplinary response.

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.

A student who is granted Sanctuary must inform his/her parents. In addition, school policy requires the student to have an assessment by a professional drug and alcohol counselor. Two follow-up meetings with a member of the counseling staff are also required. Failure to keep these appointments will result in the notification of a Dean and the possibility of disciplinary action.

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.