Good Samaritan Policy
Student health and safety are primary concerns of Duquesne University. A student and/or organizations may be reluctant to seek medical help because of potential disciplinary consequences for themselves or the person in need of assistance. Since these emergencies are potentially life threatening, the Good Samaritan Policy ensures the health and safety of all community members.
Students are expected to contact the Office of Public Safety 412-396-COPS (2677) when they believe that medical assistance is needed for an individual. The Department of Public Safety will assist the individuals by directing fire and ambulance emergency crews to the scene or by taking other protective measures. When off-campus, call 9-1-1.
Students and/or organizations that seek assistance from these sources, the individual assisted, and others involved will not be subject to University disciplinary action with respect to the alcohol or drug policy. This policy does not preclude disciplinary action regarding other violations of University standards, such as causing or threatening physical harm, sexual violence, damage to property, harassment, hazing, etc. Students should also be aware that this University protocol does not prevent action by local and state authorities. In order for this policy to apply, the intoxicated student(s) must agree to timely completion of recommended alcohol/drug education activities, assessment, and/or treatment depending on the level of concern for student health and safety. Serious or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of medical concern. Failure to complete recommended follow-up will normally result in disciplinary action. Likewise, organizations involved in an incident must agree to take recommended steps to address concerns.