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 compromised by the effects of alcohol or drugs may be life-saving.

The Sanctuary Policy is invoked when a student or a student’s peer 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, students may request Sanctuary for themselves or another student. Security will be asked to escort the student(s) to the Health Center. Even if an employee 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, that student may face a disciplinary response for their actions regardless of Sanctuary status.

Students who bring a fellow student to the Health Center for Sanctuary will not be liable for disciplinary action, and their identities will remain confidential.

Although no disciplinary action will result when students are granted Sanctuary, the Dean of Students will be notified. The Sanctuary event will not appear as part of the students’ school records. Students will be required to inform their parents/guardians. In addition, they will undergo an assessment by a licensed, independent drug and alcohol counselor, at the parent’s/guardian’s expense. Two follow-up meetings with a member of the counseling staff will also be required.

If follow-up drug/alcohol assessments indicate that the student has a dependence on or addiction to alcohol or drugs, the primary and sole focus of intervention will be medical support and recovery. If the Health Center cannot support the students’ medical needs and/or is significantly concerned about their health and safety within a boarding school environment, additional outside resources and/or a Medical Leave may be required.

Getting Help for Friends

At any  time, a student may identify to a dean any other students who may be struggling with drugs or alcohol—or who may otherwise be at risk. In this case, the students at risk would be admitted to the Health Center under Sanctuary, without a disciplinary response.