Good Samaritan Policy

At the University of Missouri, the health, safety, and welfare of our students and community are paramount concerns. As such, all MU students are expected to alert appropriate officials in the event of any health or safety emergency—specifically including those involving the abuse of alcohol—even if violations of the Student Code of Conduct may have occurred in connection with such an emergency.

Because the University understands that fear of possible disciplinary actions may deter students from seeking certain requests for emergency assistance, the University has adopted the following Good Samaritan Policy to alleviate such concerns and promote responsible action on the part of students.

In a situation involving imminent threat or danger to the health or safety of any individual(s), students are generally expected

(1) to contact emergency officials by calling 911 to report the incident

(2) to remain with the individual(s) needing emergency treatment and cooperate with emergency officials, so long as it is safe to do so

(3) to meet with appropriate University officials after the incident and to cooperate with any University investigation

The University will consider the positive impact of taking responsible action in an emergency situation when determining the appropriate response to alleged policy violations by the reporting student that may have occurred prior to or in conjunction with the emergency situation. In some such situations, this may mean that no University sanctions are imposed but the incident will be documented, and educational, community and health initiatives will be required. The protocol does not preclude or prevent action by police or other legal authorities.

Failure of students to take responsible actions in an emergency situation, however, may void all protections under this provision, may constitute an aggravating factor for purposes of sanctioning and may lead to further disciplinary actions when such failure to act otherwise constitutes a violation of University rules, regulations, or policies.