Responsible Action Policy (RAP)
Millersville University holds the safety, security, and well-being of its students as one of its highest priorities. The University prides itself on offering all of the benefits of a public institution while preserving a caring, individualized community. Millersville University recognizes that a student’s concern for potential disciplinary action while under the influence of alcohol and/or other substances may hinder his/her actions in response to seeking assistance in certain emergency situations and/or reporting incidents. It is imperative that medical attention be sought should concerns arise for one’s own safety or the safety of others.
This policy is intended to increase the reporting of incidents requiring emergency assistance during a life-threatening or alcohol-related illness and will, in turn, result in increased safety for students and the campus community. Policy: As such, medical amnesty is in effect to ensure those students who seek assistance for another individual who may have consumed excessive alcohol 10 will turn to the appropriate personnel to seek emergency medical assistance without fear of being cited by the police for 18 PACSA § 6308 and/or facing University charges for violation of Student Code of Conduct, V.2.A. Alcohol if:
1. The only way law enforcement officers or University officials became aware of the person’s violation of the Student Code of Conduct is because the person placed a 911 call, or a call to campus safety, police or emergency services, in good faith, based on a reasonable belief and reported that another person was in need of immediate medical attention to prevent death or serious injury.
2. The person reasonably believed he/she was the first person to make a 911 call or a call to campus safety, police or emergency services, and report that a person needed immediate medical attention to prevent death or serious injury.
3. The person provided his/her own name to the 911 operator or equivalent campus safety, police or emergency officer.
4. The person remained with the person needing medical assistance until emergency health care providers arrived and the need for his presence had ended.
University Alcohol Policy
Millersville University is a “responsible use” campus which means that alcohol is not permitted on campus or any affiliated campus property or event without the express written permission of the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Accordingly, the following activities are prohibited:
- Conduct involving the personal consumption and/or possession of alcohol in violation of the law on or off campus.
- Distribution of alcoholic beverages to minors.
- Knowingly being in the presence of unauthorized use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
- Public drunkenness.
- Violations of the University Alcoholic Beverage Administration Policy.
All violations of the Student Code of Conduct will be handled by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards.
For additional information on the University Student Code of Conduct, click here.
University Drug Policy
Acts involving the manufacture, distribution, sale, exchange, use, offer to sale, or possession of illegal drugs, narcotics, or drug paraphernalia. Illegal drugs are defined by state and federal statutes. The following activities are also prohibited:
- Knowingly being in the presence of unauthorized use, possession, or distribution of drugs.
- The use of counterfeit substances under this section is also a violation of the Code of Conduct.
University Judicial Process
The university implements a “preponderance of the evidence” standard in determining whether a violation of the student code of conduct occurred. A preponderance of the evidence standard simply means that it is “more likely than not” that a violation occurred. This is in contrast to “beyond a reasonable doubt,” standard which is the higher standard of proof required for a conviction in a criminal trial.
The University may impose any of the following sanctions:
- Interim Suspension
- Educational Suspension
- Retributive Sanctions
To read the University handbook in full click here
Millersville University’s Parental Notification policy includes notifying parents of students who are under 21 years of age who have been found responsible for involvement in an incident in which there was an alcohol violation. Millersville University’s Parental Notification policy also includes notifying parents of students who have been found responsible for being involved in an incident in which there was a drug violation.