Amnesty & Responsible Action

Amnesty Protocol

Safety is first and foremost. As a Hopkins community member, we expect students to demonstrate the utmost care and concern for others in matters of medical emergency and/or crisis. To encourage students to immediately seek necessary medical attention for themselves or others, the University will not impose disciplinary action of record for a violation of student alcohol or drug possession or consumption against individual students or Recognized Student Groups/Organizations when they report to or seek assistance from on-duty medical staff or law enforcement for a medical emergency or condition. The University will not impose disciplinary action of record for a violation of alcohol or drug consumption/use against the student who is subject of such medical emergency or condition.

To initiate the Amnesty and Responsible Action Protocol, you must:

  1. Call for help: In the moment of witnessing a medical emergency or personal crisis, you must take immediate action to call Campus Safety and Security (410-516-7777), 9-1-1, or if you’re on-campus, contact an RA-on-duty. You may also use any Blue Light on-campus.
  2. Stay: Remain with the individual(s) needing help until the on-duty emergency medical staff or law enforcement arrive.
  3. Cooperate: Provide information and assistance as needed from the emergency responders and University officials reporting to the needs of the individuals. Meet with the appropriate University staff following the incident and agree to the timely completion of any recommended educational alcohol or other drug corrective measure as assigned by a Conduct Administrator or Hearing Board.

In order for amnesty to apply, a student or Recognized/Student Group/Organization must follow the above-mentioned steps.

However, Amnesty may not apply to repeated incidents or egregious medical emergencies. This amnesty does not preclude disciplinary action for other violations of applicable policies, including but not limited, to the University Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures, and other serious violations of the Student Conduct Code (e.g. physical/emotional abuse, distribution of alcohol or drugs, hazing, theft, weapons, etc.).

A failure to seek assistance for a member of our community in medical need may have serious and lasting consequences for that individual. In such circumstances, a student or Recognized Student Group/Organization’s failure to seek appropriate assistance or efforts to disrupt attempts to seek appropriate medical assistance for someone reasonably known to be in need of medical assistance may constitute a violation of the Student Conduct Code.

As a student or student organization with additional responsibilities to external entities or various University departments (e.g. national organizations, JHU Athletics, JHU Fraternity and Sorority Life, Residential Life, etc.), this Amnesty does not preclude further action in response to misconduct.

The Amnesty provision described in the above section applies beyond the confines of the off-campus party registration policy.

Sanctions & Corrective Actions

Individual-level Actions

Progressive Sanctioning

The University has adopted a progressive sanctioning process for student conduct code violations. The outcomes below apply to violations of all applicable policies. However, outcomes are always assigned on a case-by-case basis and may vary from the guidance in this chart when reasonable. Conduct administrators and hearing boards will always use their discretion in assigning the most appropriate outcomes for the circumstances and frequently assign outcomes other than those listed.

Alcohol or Other Drug Violation1st violation2nd violation3rd violation4th violation
Formal Warning, Educational Intervention, Reflection Paper, and other Corrective MeasuresUniversity Probation, Educational Intervention, Reflection Paper and Corrective MeasuresDeferred Housing Removal/Deferred Suspension, Substance Use Assessment, Student-Centered Developmental Project, Parental/Family NotificationHousing Removal, University Suspension, (Suspension), Reenrollment Clearance (Suspension)
Drug sale/transport/distribution
University Probation, Educational Intervention, Reflection, Follow-up Meeting, and other Corrective MeasuresDeferred Suspension, Substance Use Assessment, Student- Centered Developmental Project, Parental/Family NotificationUniversity Suspension or Expulsion, Expectations upon leave (Suspension), Reenrollment Clearance (Suspension)

Formal Warning

Student is officially notified in writing that his or her actions constitute a violation of University policies.


Student is notified that his or her status with the University for a specified period of time is such that further violations of any applicable University policies will result in his or her being considered for a “higher level” sanction including suspension or expulsion from the University. If at the end of the specified time period no further violations have occurred, the student is removed from active probationary status.

Deferred Suspension

In some cases, a sanction of suspension may be deferred for a specified period. This means that, if the student is found responsible for any violation during that period, he or she will be subject to suspension in addition to the disciplinary action appropriate to the new violation.


Student is notified that he or she is separated from the University for a specified period of time. Students who are suspended must leave campus within the time prescribed by the University and will be administratively withdrawn from registered courses accordingly to divisional policies. Permission must be granted by the University before a student will be permitted to re-enroll. If the decision to suspend a student is made, imposition of the suspension may be delayed until the following semester at the discretion of the University, if the decision occurs very late in the semester.


Expulsion means the permanent removal of the student from the University. Expulsion includes a forfeiture of all rights and degrees not actually conferred at the time of the expulsion, notification of the expulsion to the student’s division, permanent notation of the expulsion on the student’s University records and academic transcript, withdrawal from all courses according to divisional policies, and the forfeiture of tuition and fees. Any student expelled from the University is prohibited from University property and events and future reapplication to the University.

Organization-Specific Sanctions

Denial of Privileges

Student group/organization is notified that, for a specified period of time, certain privileges or associations within or related to the University are withdrawn. This sanction may include without limitation the withdrawal of the use of services or privileges as a student group/organization or the loss of the privilege to participate in a University activity or event.

Social Probation

Social probation includes, but is not limited to, prohibiting any social events on- or off-campus, alumni events, as well as prohibiting participation in social components of University events. Violations of the Social Probation will result in further disciplinary charges through the Office of the Dean of Student Life for Failure to Comply.


The termination of a student group/organization’s recognition by the University and separation of the group/organization from the University permanently. This generally includes without limitation a restriction on the group/organization conducting any activity or event on or at University property or events, including without limitation in any way that promotes the goals, purposes, identity, programs, membership, or activities of the group/organization.

Parent or Family Notification

Consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents or legal guardians may be notified that their student was found responsible for disciplinary violation(s) of applicable law or policies governing the use or possession of alcohol or controlled substance(s) with respect to any such use or possession if the student is under the age of 21 at the time of disclosure to the parents, and/or whenever the university, in its discretion, determines such notification is necessary for the purpose of the health or safety interests, and/or as otherwise permitted by applicable law. It is strongly recommended that students inform their parents or guardians of all incidents of conduct violations.