Psychological Emergency 3305

Longwood University aims to maintain the safety of individual students, as well as the community.  Psychological emergencies include, but are not limited to, situations where a student attempts suicide, makes a threat or gesture of suicide, harms or attempts to harm themselves, or undergoes severe psychological distress.  Faculty, staff, and students are expected to follow these procedures when there is a psychological emergency.

  1. When there is a situation involving an immediate threat to self or others, the Longwood Police Dispatcher should be contacted immediately at 911 or 434.395.2091.  The police will involve the appropriate on-call administrator(s) who will involve the on-call Counselor/Psychologist.
  2. When there is general concern for a student, the Office of the Dean of Students should be contacted at 434.395.2485, Monday through Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM. A designated staff member will involve other administrators and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Center as appropriate. If the concern arises after business hours, the Longwood Police Dispatch should be contacted for consultation. 
  3. Counselors/Psychologists, Longwood Police, Dean of Students, and Residential and Commuter Life staff shall follow their department’s established procedures, as trained.
  4. Training resources are available for faculty, staff, and students.

The student of concern will also be discussed during the weekly Care Team meeting, and that team will follow-up as appropriate. 

Consistent with the Disruptive Behavior Policy, a student’s parent/guardian will be contacted if she or he is deemed to be a threat to self or others, and he or she may not attend classes or university activities or return to university housing until she or he is given clearance to return by the Dean of Students or a designee. Clearance will require (a) the completion of the designated Psychiatric Evaluation Form with signed authorization from a psychiatrist; (b) the doctor’s agreement that returning to school is in the student’s best interest; (c) demonstration from the student that he or she is no longer in crisis, has taken sufficient steps to address the underlying psychological concern(s) which triggered the crisis, and has a plan to maintain health; and (d) a meeting with the Dean of Students or her/his designee to complete behavioral contract, which will outline how the student can effectively function in the learning environment. Students are responsible for costs associated with the evaluation and any subsequent care that falls outside the scope of University services.

The psychological emergency procedures are implemented with sensitivity to students' privacy and academic success.   The Office of the Dean of Students will work with the student and the appropriate Academic Dean’s office to take measures necessary to allow students to return to school.