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.
The Vice President for Student Affairs oversees this policy, the Office of the Dean of Students, and Counseling and Psychological Services, is responsible for compliance and proper procedures.
Longwood University aims to maintain the safety of individual students, as well as the community, in the event of a psychological emergency.
If a student is deemed to be a threat to self or others, they may not attend classes, university activities, or return to university housing until they have been given clearance to return by the Dean of Students or a designee. Clearance will require:
Consistent with the Disruptive Behavior Policy, a student’s parent/guarding will be contacted in the event of a psychological emergency. Students are responsible for costs associated with the psychiatric evaluation and any subsequent care that falls outside the scope of University services. This policy is 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.
Faculty, staff, and student are expected to follow established procedures when there is a psychological emergency. Training resources are available for faculty, staff, and students. Counseling and Psychological Services shall maintain procedures for the provision of postvention services including psychological support, crisis intervention, and other forms of assistance to the campus community. Such procedures shall be designed to facilitate the grieving or adjustment process, stabilize the environment, reduce the risk of negative behaviors, and prevent suicide contagion.
Revised and approved by the Board of Visitors on September 13, 2019.