The health and safety of every Lehigh community member is our primary
To this end, the Medical Amnesty Policy has been developed as part of
Lehigh's comprehensive approach to reducing the harmful secondhand
effects caused by alcohol abuse.
The purpose of the Medical Amnesty Policy is to increase the
likelihood that community members will call for medical assistance
when faced with an alcohol-related emergency. The Medical Amnesty
Policy provides special exceptions to the university’s code of conduct
process. However, the Medical Amnesty Policy does not provide
protection from legal consequences of underage or excessive drinking.
When students decide to drink, we expect them to do so in a
responsible and legal manner. We recognize that there may be times
when students may experience severe intoxication or a serious injury
resulting from alcohol.
Should an alcohol-related emergency arise, we expect students to call
for medical assistance. Recognizing that students may be reluctant to
seek help in such alcohol-related emergencies because of potential
university judicial consequences for themselves, the person in need of
assistance, or the organization hosting the event where the situation
occurs Lehigh sought a way to reduce barriers to seeking assistance,
which resulted in the creation of the Medical Amnesty Policy.
The policy and this Web site also promote education for individuals
who receive emergency medical attention related to their own use of
alcohol in order to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences.
To view the Medical Amnesty Policy, click
Unsure what to do in an alcohol or drug emergency? Click
here to learn more about what to do to make sure you understand
what else to do in an alcohol or other drug emergency. But when in
doubt, call Lehigh police at 8.4200 (610.758.4200 from off-campus or a
Questions? Contact the Office of Student Conduct at 610.758.4632 or
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.