Indiana Lifeline Law

If students are not on College property, they are still urged to seek help for themselves or others. Within the State of Indiana, “the Lifeline Law provides immunity for the crimes of public intoxication, minor in possession, minor in consumption, and similar laws, to persons who identify themselves to law enforcement while seeking medical assistance for a person suffering from an alcohol-related health emergency.

In order to receive immunity, the reporting individual must demonstrate that they are acting in good faith by fulfilling the following expectations:

  • Providing their full name and any other relevant information at the request of law enforcement officers.
  • Remaining on the scene until law enforcement and emergency medical assistance until dismissed by the officers.
  • Cooperating with all authorities on the scene.

The Indiana Lifeline law will not interfere with law enforcement procedures or limit the ability to prosecute for other criminal offenses such as providing alcohol to minors, operating vehicles while intoxicated, or the possession of a controlled substance. Earlham College acknowledges this source from the State of Indiana.

For information related to Indiana state laws and campus crime reporting, please visit “Working Together for Safety” at the Earlham Office of Public Safety website.

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