Choosing to Report

Good Samaritan/Amnesty Policy

At Rivier University, the health, safety, and well-being of each person in our community is at the forefront of our daily work; and requires the investment of faculty, staff, students and campus visitors.  In crisis-situations, the University recognizes there may be reluctance to seek help or report incidents due to fear of consequences.  Since these situations may be life threatening, Rivier asks that all members of our community and guests care for themselves and others by requesting assistance from campus officials, even in cases that violate the University conduct code.  As such, the University honors a Good Samaritan Policy:

A bystander or reporting individual acting in good faith, who discloses any incident relating to alcohol and/or other drug use that results in the need for medical attention, will not be subject to the code of conduct for violations of alcohol and/or drug use, or visitation policies occurring at or near the time of the reported incident.

Similarly, a bystander or reporting individual acting in good faith, who discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to University officials or law enforcement will not be subject to the code of conduct for violations of alcohol and/or drug use, or visitation policies occurring at or near the time of the reported incident.

Students, whose pattern of behavior suggests the ongoing use of alcohol and/or drugs will jeopardize their immunity in Good Samaritan cases.

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