Good Griffin Illustrative Examples

Illustrative Examples

The following examples are provided as illustrations. These examples do not constitute an exhaustive list.

1) John and Sarah are at a party when Sarah begins to show signs of intoxication (slurred speech, unsteady on her feet). John decides to walk Sarah home. While walking, a WMPD officer sees Sarah walking unsteadily and stops her. The WMPD officer cites Sarah for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and public intoxication. John also is cited for underage possession/consumption.

The Good Griffin policy does not apply because John was not actively seeking medical attention for Sarah, and he did not seek out a qualified individual (such as an RA) to assess Sarah’s condition.

2) Ramon comes home to find his roommate, Zach, passed out on his bed. Ramon finds the RA who determines that Zach needs medical attention. The RA calls WMPD who sends EMS, and EMS transports Zach to the hospital. The RA documents the incident and notes that Ramon also appeared to be intoxicated.

The policy does apply to both Ramon and Zach because Ramon sought assistance from an RA for Zach. Both students will be exempted from disciplinary charges as a result of this incident. Both will receive some form of alcohol education as a result of this incident.

3) A Williamsburg Police officer observes a large group of people exiting the delis late one night. The officer observes Jean being held up by two of her friends; Jean is unable to speak coherently and is passing in and out of consciousness. The Williamsburg Police officer arrests Jean and transports her to jail.

Jean will not be exempt because her friends were not seeking medical attention for her. Had the friends affirmatively called 911, Jean would be exempt and likely would have been transported to the hospital in lieu of being arrested (although our policy does not apply to the Williamsburg Police).

4) Alex is at a party of the Pi Gamma Gamma fraternity. Sometime during the party, Alex passes out. A member of the fraternity calls for medical assistance, and Alex is taken to the hospital. Alex’s friends later confirm that he had been consuming liquor at the party, and Alex is 19 years old.

Alex will be exempt from conduct charges. Pi Gamma Gamma will not be exempt because the policy does not apply to organizations. However, the organization will receive a lesser sanction because its members called for assistance; conversely, had the organization not called for assistance, it would receive a harsher than normal sanction.