Mandated Safety Assessment Protocol (MSA)
This protocol is a formal, standardized response to Keene State College students who indicate by actions or statements that they are seriously considering, or have attempted, suicide. Based on the success of a similar protocol at the College of Illinois, the Student Counseling Center staff adapted the program for use on our campus. MSA was implemented here at KSC in August, 2006.
At its heart, the MSA protocol is a public statement that we are concerned for every student on the KSC campus and for the KSC Community. Because suicide impacts all members of the community, we are committed to acting aggressively to intervene when there seems to be a possibility that a member of our community is considering suicide.
When members of the Residential Life staff (including Resident Directors and RA's) learn that a student has made suicide threats or has attempted suicide, they are required to complete a Suicide Incident Report (SIR). Any member of the campus community who is concerned about the potential suicidality of a KSC student is also encouraged to complete this form.
The data from completed SIRS are evaluated by the Suicide Prevention Team (SPT), a committee composed of three staff members (Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Assistant Director of the Counseling Center, and Director of the Center for Health and Wellness). If this committee determines that there is sound basis for concern about a student's suicidal behaviors, the committee may require the student to participate in three sessions of a safety assessment with a member of the Student Counseling Center staff or with a provider off-campus. (The choice of an off-campus provider and the payment to that provider is the responsibility of the student.) When the student has completed the mandated assessment sessions, the SPT is notified only that the requirement has been met. What is discussed in the sessions is not disclosed.
For more details about the specifics of the sessions and about information that will be released to the SPT, read through the MSA Disclosure Statement. Other specifics about the MSA protocol can be found in the MSA Frequently Asked Questions file.