The Good Samaritan Policy:
It is the intent of the College to encourage a witness or victim of an alcohol or other drug related overdose
to seek emergency assistance. The College aims to prevent future alcohol and drug related emergencies by
providing education to victims of such emergencies and referring those victims to appropriate services. To
that end and in keeping with recent addition to New York State Penal Law 220.78 Witness or Victim of Drug or
Alcohol Overdose, the College expects members of the College community – students, faculty and staff – and
visitors and guests to report emergency needs for medical attention when they observe them. This policy also
promotes education for individuals who receive emergency medical attention related to their use of alcohol or
other drugs in order to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences.
Whenever an individual (witness or victim) assists an intoxicated person in procuring the assistance of
University Police, local or state police, residential life staff, or other medical professional, neither the witness
nor the victim will be subject to formal university disciplinary actions for:
1. Being intoxicated
2. Having provided alcohol to the intoxicated individual
3. Possession or drugs
4. Possession of drug paraphernalia.
This policy does not preclude disciplinary action regarding other violations of the Code of Conduct such
as causing or threatening physical harm, sexual assault, damage to property, harassment, hazing, etc.
Any possession of drugs that meets state criteria for intent to sell shall not be covered and an individual
may be charged for distribution of drugs in these specific cases.
University Police and/or Residence Life staff will record names of intoxicated student present to enable
follow-up that may be deemed necessary to ensure students well-being.
Individuals should seek immediate help if any of the symptoms listed below are present as they indicate a
potentially life-threatening emergency.
1. Seriously disoriented or semi-conscious; person goes in/out of consciousness;
2. Passed out;
3. Inability to rouse the person with loud shouting or vigorous shaking;
4. Slow or irregular breathing or lapses in breathing;
5. Weak pulse; very rapid pulse; or very slow pulse;
6. Cold, clammy or bluish skin;
7. Vomiting while passed out or semi-conscious and disoriented; not waking up after vomiting,
incoherent while vomiting, or vomiting without seeking a receptacle such as toilet or trash
One should never leave a severely intoxicated/impaired individual alone. Therefore, at least one person should stay with the intoxicated/impaired individual at all times.
Individuals are expected to contact University Police (315-312-5555) (or dial 911 for off campus incidents)
when they believe that assistance for an intoxicated/impaired person is needed. University Police will assist
intoxicated/impaired individuals by facilitating transport to medical facilities or by taking other protective
Education is deemed necessary by the College as part of its responsibility to advance student learning
and reduce repeat incidents. Educational activities will consist of:
1. Recommended alcohol or other drug assessment and/or programs;
2. Treatment depending on the level of staff concern for mental/physical health and safety.
The intoxicated student(s) must agree to timely completion of recommended alcohol education activities,
assessment, and/or treatment depending on the level of concern for student health and safety. If the student
does not follow these stipulations, she or he has violated the Good Samaritan Policy and is subject to the
complete range of sanctions as outlined in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct.
The Good Samaritan Policy may be used more than once. However, serious or repeated incidents will
prompt a higher degree of medical concern. Students and organizations that help others seek medical assistance are not limited to one use of the Good Samaritan Policy as they should always feel empowered to help those in need.
For the complete student code of conduct. Visit the SUNY Oswego Website.
Questions can be directed to:
Trisha DeWolf, Alcohol & Other Drug Program Coordinator
Jungle Jam for Good Sam Campaign from Spring 2015: