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Although universities work to provide the best environment for student health and safety, ultimately it falls on the student to be responsible for alcohol consumption. Some universities have included an amnesty policy in an effort to prioritize the health of the students over the consequences of drinking. An amnesty policy typically states that students who seek medical assistance for themselves or for others will not be subjected to University disciplinary action for violation of alcohol policies. By removing the fear of punishment, students will be more likely to report alcohol-related incidents for themselves or other students. The University of Dayton (UD) has recently changed their amnesty policy to foster a more open dialogue between students and administration regarding alcohol. However, many UD students are unaware of these changes. After interviewing several UD students, it has been established that students knowledge of UD’s policies and practices surrounding alcohol and substance abuse are relatively unknown. UD’s website, resources, and transparency were compared with other universities, and we cross-compared this with rates of alcohol writes ups at the different universities. This project hopes to establish a better protocol to make students aware of the resources UD has available, as well as the main mechanism of action surrounding alcohol write-ups. In an effort to educate the campus further, we have created a document highlighting and simplifying the University's amnesty policy and the associated disciplinary and educational process for alcohol-related infractions.

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Ann E Biswas

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Presenters: Samantha Marie Achauer, Samantha Kaye Isidro, Maddie Ann Sauer

The University of Dayton’s Current Amnesty Policy and its Ramifications for Students