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 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, 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, Sanctuary will be revoked.

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 must inform their parents/guardians. In addition, they will undergo an assessment by a professional drug and alcohol counselor, at their expense. Two follow-up meetings with a member of the counseling staff are also required.

On occasion, follow-up drug/alcohol assessments may indicate that the school cannot support students’ needs and ensure their safety. In such circumstances, additional outside resources 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.