Under the University’s Student Code of Conduct, and the laws of West Virginia, bystanders and those affected by drug or alcohol overdose may be safe from prosecution and may not face charges under the campus student Code of Conduct if they seek medical assistance in an emergency.
That means even if you or the person overdosing have committed a drug or alcohol violation, you may not be prosecuted for that violation if you report it during a medical emergency.
If you or someone you know is experiencing an overdose:
- Call 911 immediately to report what’s happening.
- Identify yourself if requested by any medical personnel, University officials or law-enforcement officers.
- Remain where you are (with the individual) if it is safe.
- Cooperate with medical personnel, University officials or law-enforcement officers — and provide any information they request in order to help the person in distress.
- Complete any additional steps or conditions required by the Campus Student Code Administrator.
- Review Section 16 of the Student Conduct Code (PDF) for detailed information about drug or alcohol amnesty as it applies to violations of the WVU Student Conduct Code.
- See the West Virginia Alcohol and Drug Overdose Prevention and Clemency Act, W. Va. Code §§ 16-47-1 to -6 to learn how medical amnesty relates to any criminal prosecution.
- WellWVU Alcohol and Drug Education