HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth College has changed its “Good Samaritan” policy to encourage students to seek help when they or their peers have used illegal drugs.

The previous policy limited liability for students who call for emergency services due to intoxication. The new version specifies that students and organizations that seek help in regard to drugs also will not face college disciplinary action. The policy also states that students may be subject to discipline for not seeking assistance when needed.

College spokeswoman Diana Lawrence told the Valley News (http://bit.ly/2yfeN02) that administrators heard from students that they weren’t seeking help because they did not want to get their peers in trouble. She says other schools already have changed their policies to cover both alcohol and drug impairment.

The policy does not shield students from police intervention.

Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

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