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Good Samaritan Policy

Because Pepperdine places a high priority on student health and safety, the Good Samaritan policy was created to encourage students to take immediate action in any crisis or medical emergency. Pepperdine students are expected to care for others by getting help from appropriate officials even when violations of the Code of Conduct have occurred. In crisis situations involving alcohol, drugs, physical violence, and/or sexual misconduct (e.g., sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking), the University strongly considers the positive impact of taking responsible action when determining the appropriate response for alleged policy violations related to the incident. This means that no University disciplinary sanctions will be issued to either the reporting student(s) or to the student(s) in need of assistance related to the violations that occurred at or near the time of the incident.

This policy applies to students who report sexual misconduct or participate as key witnesses in sexual misconduct investigations, or who seek medical assistance for themselves or another by contacting an appropriate official (e.g., resident advisor, Public Safety officer, or calling 911). The incident will still be documented, and educational and/or health interventions may be required as a condition of replacing disciplinary sanctions. This policy does not apply if a University or law enforcement official confronts the student first. This policy may not apply to the hosts of a party if they do not seek immediate medical assistance for the student in need.
In any situation involving imminent danger to the health and safety of any individual(s), or where sexual misconduct has been alleged to have occurred, students are expected to: 1) immediately contact Public Safety or other emergency officials to report the incident; 2) remain with the individual(s) needing support and cooperate with emergency personnel as long as it is safe to do so; and 3) meet with appropriate University officials after the incident and cooperate with any University investigation.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Good Samaritan Policy

Will I get in trouble if I am underage and have been drinking if I call for somebody else?
No University disciplinary sanctions will be assigned to the reporting student(s) for alcohol or drug violations related to the incident even if the student is under 21. The incident will still be documented, and educational programs may be required in place of disciplinary sanctions.

Can the policy be used for multiple people?
Yes. The policy can be applied to multiple people in one incident. The policy is intended to encourage students to make the right call for any and all individuals who are in need of assistance.

Can the policy be applied to more than just alcohol?
Yes. The policy can be applied to crisis situations involving drugs, physical violence, and/or sexual misconduct or situations involving any combination of these.

Does the policy apply both on and off campus?
Yes. On campus, students should contact Public Safety or another University official (e.g., resident director or resident advisor). Off campus, students should notify an appropriate official (e.g., call 911 or, if at an event, contact a professional event staff member).

Will parents be notified?
Notification will not be made by Pepperdine officials to the parents of the Good Samaritan or the parents of the student needing assistance unless the condition is life threatening.