Amnesty for Alcohol and Drug Emergencies

Alcohol poisoning and drug overdose are serious and life-threatening medical emergencies. Students may encounter this type of emergency during their time at NMJC. Sometimes students are afraid to seek emergency medical care when alcohol poisoning or drug overdose is suspected because they do not want to get themselves or others in trouble. In order to encourage students to seek emergency medical care, NMJC has instituted the Student Amnesty for Alcohol and Drug Emergencies.

Amnesty means current NMJC students can avoid formal college disciplinary action and the creation of a formal disciplinary record when they call for help for an alcohol or drug-related medical emergency.

Student Amnesty for Alcohol and Drug Emergencies applies in the case of the following:

  1. Possession of alcohol or drugs by a minor (minor in possession).
  2. Unauthorized possession or use of alcohol or drugs on campus.
  3. Consumption of alcohol by a minor (minor in consumption).
  4. Use of drugs.
  5. Intoxication as the result of using alcohol (including public intoxication).

The Dean of Students deems students appropriate for amnesty when they are referred for alcohol and drug related incidents. There are limitations to this program and inclusion is not automatic.


  1. Call 911 when alcohol poisoning or drug overdose is present or suspected.
  2. Stay with the person under the influence.
  3. Cooperate with all emergency personnel.

After the Incident

  1. Student(s) will be referred to the Dean of Students office and will be evaluated for amnesty.
  2. Student(s) eligible for amnesty will still be required to participate in an educational component and may be referred for an individual consultation, however they will not face formal disciplinary action.
  3. Student(s) who decline or fail to attend the educational component or fail to comply will become subject to formal disciplinary action.