Appendix B: College Alcohol and Drug Policies

Good Samaritan Policy

In order to ensure that students receive prompt and appropriate attention for alcohol intoxication or drug impairment and to minimize barriers to seeking such assistance, the College has a Good Samaritan policy.

In those instances in which a student calls the Office of Campus Safety or another College office for assistance with an intoxicated or impaired student, neither the individual calling nor the student in need of assistance will be charged with violations of the College’s code of conduct policies on alcohol and other illegal drugs. The Good Samaritan Policy does not preclude disciplinary action regarding other student code of conduct violations, such as failure to comply, causing or threatening physical harm, damage to property, harassment, or hazing, nor can the College ensure that local law enforcement will not issue citations if summoned to campus by emergency medical personnel.

Due to concerns about the health and safety of students who utilize the Good Samaritan Policy, students who were significantly intoxicated or impaired will be required to meet with a licensed substance abuse counselor to discuss their actions, reflect on the ways that their actions impacted the Kenyon Community, and develop strategies to avoid similar incidents in the future.

This policy is designed to save lives. The spirit of the Good Samaritan is that we all have an ethical responsibility to help people in need. There is an expectation that students will take active steps to protect the safety and well-being of our community.


Kenyon College’s alcohol policy reflects its intention to adhere to state and local laws governing the use, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Kenyon is subject to these laws and administers all policies in accordance with their current interpretation. Thus, Kenyon’s specific alcoholic beverage regulations are designed to encourage responsible drinking and behavior by clearly stating what is expected of those who choose to consume or serve alcohol. 

If alcohol is found in a shared living space where all residents are under the legal drinking age of twenty-one (21), all residents may be held accountable for this policy violation. 

Violations of these regulations will result in disciplinary action.


When illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia are found, Campus Safety will be notified and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office may be contacted.

If drugs or drug paraphernalia are found in a shared living space, or if drugs are being distributed from said living space, all residents may be held accountable.

Students found responsible for manufacture and/or distribution of drugs may be dismissed and/or referred to appropriate legal authorities.