Danger to Self or Others Procedure
Mississippi College is committed to promoting a safe learning environment for all students in order for them to achieve their educational, social and spiritual development. The following policy seeks to insure the mental, emotional, and physical stability of all students.
Danger to Self
Mississippi College defines danger to self as a student who:
- States an intent or desire to harm him/herself
- Attempts to harm him/herself
- Harms him/herself
- Behaves in a manner that indicates the student could be a danger or risk to him/herself
Examples of these behaviors include, but are not limited to: actual and/or planned acts of suicide, self-injurious behavior, self-mutilation, substance overdoses, etc.
Danger to Others
Mississippi College defines danger to others as a student who:
- States an intent or desire to harm another
- Attempts to harm another
- Harms another
- Exhibits behavior that indicates the student could be a danger or risk to another
- Substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others
If a student is in need of immediate medical treatment, the Mississippi College Office of Public Safety (campus phone extension 3204 or 601-925-3204) or 911 should be notified immediately. If a student or a faculty or staff member observes a student who is potentially a danger to him/herself or others, the person observing such behavior should report what was observed to the Mississippi College Office of Public Safety (campus phone extension 3204 or 601-925-3204).
Instances of students who are potentially a threat to themselves or others will be evaluated by various administrative offices. The offices will collaborate to determine the most appropriate course of action. Any action taken would not be disciplinary in nature, but intended to insure the safety of the students at Mississippi College and other members of the community.
- A. Initial Evaluation
Students who have been identified as being a potential threat to themselves or others will be referred to Student Counseling Services or the Office of Public Safety immediately. Student Counseling Services and/or the Office of Public Safety will determine whether the student is indeed a threat to themselves or others and may require that the student leave the campus and receive a psychological evaluation.
Parental Notification – EMERGENCY EXCEPTION TO CONFIDENTIALITY: danger to self or other situations are highly individual. The primary goal of this policy is to insure student’s safety. To achieve this, appropriate family members will be contacted as necessary, under the direction of the Director of Student Counseling Services, to promote safety of the student and others whose health, life, or safety may be endangered. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 34 CFR 99.36) provides for the release of normally protected student data when it is believed that the student represents a health or safety risk to self or others.
- B. Returning to Campus
Once a student has been cleared by an outside mental health professional, the Director of Student Counseling Services will make a recommendation to the Associate Dean of Students as to whether the student is capable of returning to housing and/or the University. The Director of Student Counseling Services and the Associate Dean of Students may require a student, who is returning to housing and/or the University, to agree to a particular course of action based on the recommendation of the outside mental health professional.