Welfare of the Community

Welfare of the Community

Welfare of the Community Policy at Siena College

We are in this together. - It is safe to speak out and stand up!

Students are sometimes afraid to report incidents when drinking or drug use is a factor in the situation, for fear that they will get into trouble.  At Siena, we believe in safety first, so we have enacted a Welfare of the Community (Amnesty) Policy.

Safety Comes First: The health and safety of Siena College’s students and the Siena Community is of the highest priority. At times, students may need immediate medical or other professional assistance.

What if I violated the student conduct code? If I report an incident, could I receive disciplinary action?

The College has a Welfare of the Community (Amnesty) Policy.

The health and safety of Siena College’s students and the Siena Community is of the highest priority. At times, students may need immediate medical or other professional assistance. However, students may be reluctant to get help because of concerns that their own behavior may be a violation of the student conduct code. To minimize any hesitation students may have in obtaining help due to these concerns, the College has enacted this “Welfare of the Community (Amnesty)” policy. Although policy violations cannot be overlooked, the College will consider very favorably, the positive impact of reporting (and/or cooperating thoroughly in an investigation in) an incident when determining the appropriate response for policy violations. In such cases, the positive impact upon the welfare of the community will be given great weight in determining the appropriate response to the student conduct code violations.  Any possible negative consequences for the reporter of the problem will be evaluated against the possible negative consequences for the student who needed assistance, those who assisted in an investigation about the incident, and/or the larger community.

This policy may be applied, but not limited to: alcohol or drug related incidents, cases of sexual assault, or situations of vandalism and damage. When necessary, the vice president for student life, or designee, will render the final decision regarding whether the Welfare of the Community (Amnesty) policy applies in a particular case. The policy only applies to the College’s Student Code of Conduct and has no status in other jurisdictions such as local or state courts.