Alcohol and Medical Emergencies

Amnesty and University Response to Incidents Requiring Medical Assistance

In 2012, a bill was passed to amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code Act 58 of 1998, 436.1703 to help reduce the fear of legal consequences of receiving a minor in possession ticket when one seeks help for themselves or others due to alcohol-related medical emergencies.  In 2017, a similar bill became effective to amend the Michigan Compiled Law, 333.7404, to remove legal consequences of arrest for a drug charge for those who seek help for themselves or others due to drug overdose medical emergencies. 

·     In cases of intoxication for alcohol or drug poisoning, the primary concern is the health and safety of the individual(s) involved.

·     Individuals are strongly encouraged to call for medical assistance for themselves or for a friend/acquaintance who is dangerously intoxicated.

·     Unless there are extenuating circumstances, no student seeking medical treatment for an alcohol or drug overdose on campus will be subject to legal issues by the GVSU Police Department or the Ottawa County Sherriff’s Office for the sole violation of using or possessing personal amounts of alcohol or drugs. 

·     This policy extends to another student seeking help for the intoxicated student unless there are extenuating circumstances.

·     Students may still be required to attend alcohol or drug education services as a result of an incident.

·     Students or other individuals who become incapacitated as a result of drinking, drug usage, or a medical condition that requires emergency medical care will be financially responsible for the costs of the medical care including ambulance and/or hospitalization costs, and associated costs for returning to campus if applicable.


The purpose of Amnesty is to encourage you to seek appropriate help in emergency situations, particularly those involving alcohol or other drugs. Deciding whether to call 911 is not always easy. Even if you're not sure, we urge you to err on the side of caution and make the call.

Page last modified March 5, 2018