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Assisting Emotionally Distressed Students

 

The University has established the below procedures to assist any student who may be emotionally distressed and pose a threat to him/herself or others.

  1. A member of the University community should report a student of concern by contacting the NSU Counseling Center (757-823-8173) or NSU Police Department (757-823-9000). NSU Police should be notified if a student of concern is disruptive, has placed other members of the University community in immediate danger, and/or threatens to harm him/herself or others.
  2. NSU Police will assess the situation, take appropriate action to ensure the safety of the student and others, and immediately refer the student to the Counseling Center. If misconduct is reported resulting in a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, NSU Police will also refer the student to the Dean of Students Office.
  3. The student of concern will be assessed by the NSU Counseling Center to determine if he/she is a threat of harm to him/herself or others. If further evaluation is recommended by the Counseling Center, the student will be referred to Sentara Norfolk General and transported by NSU Police. If the student lives on or off campus the NSU Police will notify the Dean of Students. If the student lives on campus NSU Police will notify the Director of Residence Life and Housing. If applicable the Counseling Center will be responsible for contacting the parents of the student as outlined in Administrative Policy #24-001 Parental Notification of Tax-Dependent Students in Instances of Psychological Emergency.
  4. If the student refuses further evaluation or lacks capacity (is not capable) of making an informed decision, The NSU Police will implement an Emergency Custody Order (ECO) and transport the student to be further evaluated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital or at a Crisis Intervention Team Site(CIT) by the Norfolk Community Services Board (NCSB).
  5. If the NCSB determines the student is not a threat of harm to him/herself, he/she will be provided with follow-up treatment recommendations. (Follow instructions in #7a: During Regular Business Hours or #7b: After Business Hours, whichever procedure is applicable.
  6. If the NCSB determines a student should be hospitalized, he/she may be voluntarily admitted (if he/she is capable of making such decision). If the student refuses to be admitted or lacks capacity (is not capable) of making an informed decision to be admitted, a Temporary Detention Order (TDO) will be pursued by the NCSB.
  7. During regular business hours:
    (a) A student returning from hospitalization or after receiving evaluation by the medical doctor, psychiatrist, certified pre-screener, or licensed/qualified mental health professional must report to the NSU Police Department. The student must provide their discharge summary recommendations from the medical doctor, psychiatrist, certified pre-screener, or licensed/qualified mental health professional. The NSU Police will notify the Counseling Center and the Dean of Students office that the student has returned to campus with the required documentation. NSU police will inform the student that he/she must meet with the Dean of Students to coordinate notification of missed classes to the student’s instructors. The Dean of Students will notify Housing & Residence Life of his/her return to the residence hall.

    After Business hours:
    (b) A student returning from hospitalization or after receiving evaluation by the NCSB must report to the NSU Police Department. The student must provide their discharge summary recommendations from a licensed/qualified mental health professional or psychiatrist to the NSU Police. The NSU Police will notify the front desk of residence hall, where the student resides, that the student is authorized to return to campus and the residence hall. The NSU Police will notify NSU Counseling Center and the Dean of Students office the next business day that the student has returned to campus with the required documentation. NSU police will inform the student they must bring their discharge summary/ treatment recommendations to the Dean of Students the next day for a follow-up meeting and to coordinate notification of missed classes to the student’s instructors.
  8. If Applicable, the Dean of Students will coordinate a meeting to enforce all recommendations both treatment and or behavior. A hold will be placed on a student’s record until this meeting has occurred. If a student fails to adhere to the recommendations, he/she will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.