James Madison University is committed to preparing students to be enlightened citizens. Among the characteristics of an enlightened citizen are the ability to make responsible decisions about one’s personal welfare and the ability to make ethical decisions in regard to the welfare of others. The Enlightened Citizen Amnesty Process (ECAP) is created to encourage students to make responsible and ethical decisions for themselves and others.

The ECAP shall grant amnesty from strikes for those affected by medical emergencies as a result of alcohol or other drugs, on or off-campus, that are voluntarily reported by the Affected Party or by a bystander. Bystanders who voluntarily seek out medical attention for another person, that look after or care for the affected party until appropriate medical personnel arrive, and/or those who cooperate with the responding authorities may be granted amnesty from a strike for minor alcohol or drug violations in circumstances where they would also be subject to receiving a strike for violating alcohol or drug policy. ECAP does not mean that the student will be found not responsible; it only means that the student will not receive a strike if they are found responsible for violating alcohol or drug policy.

Amnesty may be granted regardless of whether or not the responding medical personnel deem it necessary to transport the affected party to the hospital. However, amnesty will not be granted to the Affected Party in circumstances where responding medical personnel deem transportation to the hospital is necessary and transport is refused by the Affected Party.

Individuals who believe that the Enlightened Citizen Amnesty Process affects their case must submit a written request for amnesty to the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices at their Administrative Case Review; Forms are available online or from their Case Administrator. Individuals pursuing amnesty will have their requests reviewed on an individual basis during their meeting with a Case Administrator. If amnesty is granted, educational sanctions may still be assigned and/or required. If amnesty is granted, the strike will not be assigned to students that qualify for the Enlightened Citizen Amnesty Process. All requests for amnesty that follow a previously approved request will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Further, if a student is granted amnesty and is found responsible for additional alcohol or drug violations at a later point in their career at JMU, the strike from their initially granted amnesty may be re-assigned.

ECAP does not apply in circumstances where medical attention is requested by JMU staff members, police, or emergency personnel while performing their job duties.  ECAP does not provide protection against legal or civil suits resulting from the incident. All requests for amnesty subsequent to an initial qualifying request will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

ECAP Request Form
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