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 students affected by medical emergencies as a result of alcohol or other drugs, on or off campus, when help is voluntarily sought by the Affected Party or a bystander. 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.  Additionally, 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.

The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices generally will not pursue alleged alcohol or drug policy violations for bystanders who voluntarily seek out medical attention for another person, look after or care for the affected party until appropriate medical personnel arrive, and cooperate with the responding authorities. The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices may choose to pursue other alleged policy violations for bystanders.

If amnesty is provided to students that qualify for the Enlightened Citizen Amnesty Process, the strike will not be assigned but educational sanctions may still be assigned and/or required. All cases will be examined for amnesty eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Further, if a student receives 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.

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