After-hours Psychological Emergencies

After-hours Psychological Emergencies

The following are guidelines for dealing with psychological emergencies that occur between 4:30pm and 8:30am and on weekends.Emergencies that occur during normal office hours will be handled by the Office of Public Safety if medical needs exist, the Counseling Office, and the Office of Residence Life (if the student resides on campus).

Suicide Attempts

The Office of Public Safety and the Resident Director (RD) on duty should be contacted.  The Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) will respond to the medical needs of the individual.  If the student is not transported to a hospital, the Resident Director will meet with the student to assess the situation.  For consultation or assistance in dealing with the psychological aspects of the situation, the Resident Director should contact Counseling staff. For consultation or assistance in dealing with the administrative aspects of the situation, the Resident Director should contact the Director of Residence Life and Dean of Student Life.

Other Psychological Emergencies

The RD on duty should be contacted. This individual will meet with the student and assess the situation.  For consultation or assistance in dealing with the psychological aspects of the situation, the RD should contact Counseling staff. For consultation or assistance in dealing with the administrative aspects of the situation, the RD should contact the Director of Residence Life and the Dean of Student Life.

Reassessment of Student Status

After any psychological emergency, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Dean of Student Life will reassess an individual’s status as a student and/or campus resident in order to determine whether or not it is appropriate for the student to continue to reside on campus and/or to continue student status.

If a student is required to leave campus for psychological reasons, the following conditions must be met before the individual resumes student and/or resident status:

  1. The student will be required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
  2. The psychological evaluation is to be performed by a licensed psychiatrist.
  3. The psychiatrist performing the evaluation will be independent of the University but will be required to consult with University staff to understand the nature of the behavior that is of concern to the University.
  4. This psychiatrist will summarize the results of the evaluation in written form on the “Psychiatrist’s Reenrollment Questionnaire” supplied by the University.  This completed form must be received by the Vice President for Student Affairs and/or Dean of Student Life before any decision is made concerning the resumption of student and/or resident status.
  5. The evaluation will be reviewed by a member of the Counseling Center staff, who may communicate directly with the evaluator to clarify the written summary and/or gain further information.  A subsequent recommendation will be made by this staff member to the Vice President for Student Affairs.