Office of the Dean of Students

Vandenberg Hall, Room 120
502 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-3352

Medical Amnesty Provision

In 2012, the State of Michigan adopted a medical amnesty law to remove perceived barriers to minors who may be at medical risk as a result of alcohol intoxication calling for or seeking help

The 2012 law creates an exemption from prosecution for the following:

  • A minor (under the age of 21) who, after consuming alcohol, voluntarily presents himself or herself to a health facility or agency for treatment or observation including, but not limited to medical examination and treatment for any condition as a result of sexual assault (as defined in Michigan law) committed against a minor.
  • Any minor (under the age of 21) who accompanied a minor (under the age of 21) who, after consuming alcohol, voluntarily presented himself or herself to a health facility or agency for treatment or observation including, but not limited to, medical examination and treatment for any condition as a result of sexual assault (as defined in Michigan law) committed against a minor.
  • Any minor (under the age of 21) who initiated contact with law enforcement or emergency medical services personnel for the purpose of obtaining medical assistance for a legitimate health care concern.
  • Oakland University maintains the discretion to refer the individual for appropriate conduct and educational intervention(s).

Michigan law continues to prohibit a minor from purchasing, consuming, or possessing, or attempting to purchase, consume, or possess, alcoholic liquor and from having any bodily alcohol content.