Iowa State is primarily concerned for the health and safety of its students. Iowa State is aware that students may sometimes be reluctant to seek medical attention in alcohol-and drug-related emergencies, out of fear that they may face university sanctions related to possessing or consuming alcohol and drugs. Because these emergencies are potentially life-threatening, Iowa State hopes to reduce barriers that prevent students from seeking assistance.


Accordingly, students who voluntarily seek emergency medical attention for themselves or someone else related to the consumption of alcohol or drugs may be referred for substance abuse evaluation and/or treatment, and/or the educational Diversion Program, instead of facing university charges and sanctions for alcohol-or drug-related policy violations. Students may additionally be referred to Student Assistance for appropriate follow-up, including ensuring students are aware of the support and resources available.


Medical Amnesty only applies when a student initiates the call for emergency medical attention and only when the emergency medical attention is needed to address alcohol or drug emergencies. It does not apply when the individual suffering from the alcohol or drug emergency is discovered by a University official (e.g., security, CA, etc.).


If a representative of an organization hosting a registered event calls for medical assistance, this act of responsibility may mitigate potential disciplinary consequences that could arise against the organization (i.e., the fact that an organization representative sought help may be considered in potential sanctioning of the organization for policy violations).


Medical Amnesty does not apply to violations of the Student Code of Student Conduct that are egregious and fall outside alcohol or drug related policy violations, including, but not limited to, cases involving sexual assault, weapons possession, possession of drugs that induce incapacitation (e.g. Rohypnol or other "date rape drugs"), and drug offenses extending beyond mere possession.  Iowa State strongly encourages victims who have been sexually assaulted after consuming alcohol or drugs and witnesses of such assaults to come forward without fear of disciplinary action by the University. Iowa State strongly encourages students to seek emergency treatment when alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose is suspected.

Whether hosting or attending a gathering on or off campus, or tailgating, we want you to take steps that reduce your risk and keep individuals safe and healthy. The following guides provide a nubmer of strategies and tips.