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Good Griffin Policy

Student health and safety are of primary concern at the university. As such, in cases of significant intoxication as a result of alcohol or other substances, the university encourages individuals to seek medical assistance for themselves or others.

If medical assistance is sought for consumption of alcohol or other substances, Community Values & Restorative Practices will not pursue conduct charges under the Student Code of Conduct; however, Student Affairs staff will meet with the student and apply educational measures. Exemption from student conduct charges will be provided to the student for whom medical attention was sought and any witnesses who were present.

Assisting requires that an individual:
  • Call William & Mary Police (221-4596 or 911) or seek a Resident Advisor (RA) or other Residence Life professional,
  • Monitor the intoxicated student’s condition.
The following are not covered by the Good Griffin Policy:
  • Students waiting until the police or other authority arrive before seeking assistance, as this is not affirmatively seeking assistance
  • Action by police or other law enforcement personnel
  • Violations of the Code of Conduct other than the alcohol/drugs policy
  • Possession with the intent to distribute drugs.
Actions by Community Values & Restorative Practices:
  • The intoxicated student (and possibly those who were attending to/assisting the student)will be required to meet with a member of Student Affairs staff who may issue educational requirements that may include, but are not limited to, alcohol and/or drug education, counseling, and/or a substance abuse assessment.
  • Serious or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of concern/response.
  • Failure to complete the educational assignments or treatment recommendations normally will result in disciplinary action.
  • The student will be responsible for any costs associated with drug or alcohol education interventions.
Application to Student Organizations:

In circumstances where an organization is found to be hosting an event where medical assistance is sought for an intoxicated guest, the organization (depending upon the circumstances) may be held responsible for violations of the Alcohol Policy or Drug Policy. However, the organization’s willingness to seek medical assistance for a member or guest will be considered as a mitigating factor in determining a sanction for any violations of the Alcohol Policy or Drug Policy.

Disclosure of Good Griffin Incidents:

The university may disclose Good Griffin incidents with the student’s consent. The university also may disclose an incident if a student is applying for a position within Residence Life, the Conduct system, Orientation, study abroad if an incident occurred within one year of application, or if the university has received subsequent alcohol or drug related incidents involving the student.

Illustrative Examples of the Good Griffin Policy