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Amnesty Protocol

The health and safety of Boise State University students is our top priority. University officials understand students may be hesitant to seek assistance during times of need due to fear of getting in trouble. Students that seek assistance for themselves and/or others should be able to do so without having to worry about repercussions of seeking help.

The Amnesty Protocol is in place to address situations that may involve illegal activities, such as underage drinking and/or drug use, BUT also involve help seeking behavior(s) for those in need of medical assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does it apply?

Amnesty may apply to the following situations regarding possession, consumption, and/or use of alcohol and/or drugs:

  • students who seek assistance from emergency personnel or University officials on their own behalf;
  • students who seek assistance from emergency personnel or University officials on behalf of another person(s). The student(s) seeking assistance for another person(s) must remain present until the contacted support party arrives;
  • students who receive assistance from emergency personnel in the case of a medical transport.

When does it NOT apply?

Amnesty does not apply to the following situations:

  • students confronted by emergency personnel or University officials in response to a situation not reported by students seeking assistance;
  • students who are engaging in behaviors other than possession, consumption, or use of alcohol and/or drugs (including, but not limited to, driving under the influence, manufacturing/distribution/delivery of drugs, possessing with intent to manufacture/distribute/deliver drugs, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, or stalking).
  • students granted amnesty in response to a prior incident.

Who initiates it?

The University Official/Conduct Hearing Officer will determine whether or not the situation will be addressed via Amnesty Protocol. Decisions to address situations via Amnesty Protocol will be made on a case by case basis.

If the University Official/Conduct Hearing Officer determines the situation will be addressed via Amnesty Protocol, the student(s) involved will be required to meet with the Official/Hearing Officer to discuss the incident along with resources available on campus and in the community. The student(s) must agree to complete the outcomes set forth by the Official/Hearing Officer as the standard appeal process does not apply to Amnesty Protocol. If the student(s) fails to meet with the Official/Hearing Officer and/or fails to complete the outcomes determined by the Official/Hearing Officer, the situation will be referred to the Student Conduct Process.