Procedure

When do you Report?

A Suicidal Behavior Report Form should be completed if during the past three months a student has engaged in any of the following suicidal behaviors:

  • Suicidal ideation: having thoughts of suicide or of taking actions to end one’s own life. Suicidal ideation can be vague or specific and infrequent or persistent.
  • Expression of suicidal intent: public announcement of intent to die.
  • Suicidal threat: verbalizing ideation, intent and means to follow through on a suicide attempt. This includes preparation of means (purchasing a gun, stock piling pills, etc.) or practicing how one would carry out their intent (putting bullets in the gun; holding a knife over one’s wrist, etc.)
  • Suicidal Attempt: the act or gesture in which a person engages in life threatening behavior(s) with the intent of jeopardizing or ending his/her own life.

The completed report form is submitted to the SBAT for the purpose of determining if the suicidal behavior warrants further assessment and what action should be taken. The report form is sent to the Office of the Dean of Students for review by the SBAT. A member of the SBAT may contact the person making the report to collect further information. If the student is indicating imminent suicidal risk, immediate actions should be taken such as calling 911, the police or emergency room.

After a form is received, the SBAT will review the form to determine if the behavior passes a threshold that warrants mandatory assessment (see SBAT Guidelines below). The determination of the SBAT will be communicated to the Office of the Dean of Students. If the student’s behavior does not meet the threshold of suicidal behavior, a letter will be sent to the student clarifying the standard of self-care policy and providing information about campus resources. The student may also be referred to the Counseling & Testing Center or other appropriate resources. If, upon review of the form, it is determined that the student’s behavior did cross the threshold of suicidal behavior, the student will be contacted, informed of the standard of self-care policy, and mandated to three sessions of professional assessment of suicidal behavior. A follow-up letter will be sent. Each suicidal behavior report form filled out (regarding subsequent incidents) on behalf of a student will result in a requirement for additional mandated three sessions of professional assessment. More than three forms submitted for one student during an academic year will result in further review by the team and possible additional actions.

The student is responsible for scheduling an appointment with a mental health professional for the assessment within one week of receiving notification of violation of the policy and the requirement to complete a professional assessment. The student will be asked to complete a release of information to allow the counselor to disclose to the SBAT the student’s attendance at each session. It is expected that the remaining three sessions will occur approximately weekly following the initial session.

Should the student fail to comply or be unable to maintain the expected standard of self-care, the Office of the Dean of Students will follow up with the student. If not resolved, the student will then be referred to the Dean of Students for possible sanctions for not complying with the requirements of the policy. One such sanction may include referral for an evaluation for mandatory medical withdrawal.

If the student withdraws from school or completes the semester prior to completing the mandated sessions, the student may be required to complete an assessment prior to enrolling in subsequent semesters.

The mandatory assessment sessions generally involve an assessment of the student’s current suicidal ideation, intent, plan, and access to means, a reconstruction of the circumstances, thoughts, and feelings that surrounded and precipitated the incident, a history of the student’s previous suicidal behavior, thoughts, and feelings, and a discussion of the university’s standard of self-care policy and the consequences for failing to adhere to this standard. In addition, the student will be expected to complete standard psychological assessment measures.