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Amnesty Through Responsible Action

Northwestern encourages students and students groups to ensure the well-being of others by taking responsible steps to seek assistance for individuals who are intoxicated/impaired (including themselves).

The Amnesty through Responsible Action protocol offers Amnesty (defined as withholding disciplinary sanctions for alcohol-related policy violation(s) to students who call (or for whom another student called) for medical assistance due to alcohol consumption or other drug use.

How Does it Work?


CALL FOR HELP

In medical emergencies, immediate action should be taken by calling 9-1-1 from either on or off-campus. You may also activate a University Blue Light emergency phone anywhere on campus. In non-emergency situations, help can also be sought by contacting NUPD (847-491-3456), or for residential students, your Resident-Assistant on-duty or Community Service Officer (CSO) in your building.

STAY

Stay with the person until responding staff or emergency personnel arrives and you have been told your assistance is no longer needed.

COOPERATE

Cooperate with responding staff or emergency personnel, including all requests for information and assistance.

Northwestern Students Taking Responsible Action

The following chart indicates the number of individual students and student organizations/groups who were given amnesty.

Students and Groups given Amnesty
Academic Year Individual Students Given Amnesty Student Organizations/Groups Given Amnesty
2017-2018 63 3
2018-2019 62 6
2019-2020 47 1
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