Welfare of the Community Policy

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 and if I report sexual violence could I receive disciplinary action?  
  • The College has a Welfare of the Community (Amnesty) Policy.

The health and safety of every student at Siena College is of utmost importance. Siena College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. Siena College strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to College officials. A bystander acting in good faith or a reporting individual acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault to college officials or law enforcement will not be subject to Siena’s code of conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

This policy may also be applied, but not limited to: alcohol or drug related incidents, cases of sexual misconduct or situations of vandalism and damage. 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.