Alcohol and Drug Policies

Alcohol and Drug Policies

Franklin & Marshall College is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment that promotes respect for oneself and others, zero tolerance for disruptive behavior resulting from alcohol and other drug abuse, and compliance with the law. The policy is meant to encourage responsibility of individuals to themselves and each other, to establish procedures and guidelines consistent with local, state, and federal law, and to hold individuals and groups accountable for actions that are in violation of the policy. 


College Amnesty Protocol

Student health and safety is a primary concern for the College community. Sometimes, students are hesitant to seek medical assistance for fear that they may get themselves or others in trouble (for example, a student who has been drinking underage might hesitate to seek help for another student who is incapacitated due to alcohol or drug use, or who has been the victim of sexual misconduct). F&M students are expected to contact Public Safety and stay with the individual of concern when it is believed they need attention due to the use of alcohol or other drugs including prescription, over the counter, or other. The Amnesty Protocol is designed to provide education rather than discipline when a student voluntarily contacts university personnel (e.g., Public Safety, House Advisor/Community Advisor) or outside emergency services for assistance related to alcohol or other drugs. 

Individuals covered by the Amnesty Protocol are 

  • the caller, 

  • the person in need of assistance

  • the host student organization

  • witnesses named in the incident report

The college cannot grant amnesty or immunity from citation or arrest by legal authorities i.e. Lancaster or Manheim Township Police officers.

The hearing officer determines whether or not the Amnesty Protocol is applicable for each incident. Incidents involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking shall be covered by the Amnesty Protocol for those students reporting or intervening to prevent harm to a particular student. Incidents involving other violence or serious code violations, such as hazing, will not apply. A conduct officer will contact the student or the student organization involved in the incident to arrange for a meeting. There will be no official charges or conduct status from the College through the Amnesty Protocol. The person who made the call to university personnel may be invited to the meeting. At the meeting, the incident will be reviewed with the Student or Student organization to determine an appropriate educational response, which could include participation in an educational group or class, program presentations, counseling intake session, or substance abuse education and/or evaluation. A response may also include parental/ guardian notification of the incident.

If a student or student organization fails to attend the initial meeting with the conduct officer or complete the educational responses following the meeting, the incident will be resolved through the student conduct process.

Department of Public Safety (DPS) Contact Information:

Phone - 717-358-3939
Emergency – 911
Email -

EMTs are dispatched through the Department of Public Safety.  If an EMT is contacted directly by a student, the EMT will instruct the student to call DPS to dispatch the EMT.