Mandated Safety Assessment Policy
A Mandatory Safety Assessment Policy
The primary purpose of this policy is out of concern for the health and safety of our students and thus to respond to serious psychological episodes or health-related behaviors that put students or others at risk including (but not limited to) potentially lethal suicide attempts, significant acts or threats of violence to others, chronic eating disorders, dramatic and/or expansive displays of self-mutilation, behaviors that are significantly disruptive to the KSC community and/or diminish the ability of a student to care for him/herself. All students identified as threatening self-harm or having attempted suicide must complete a mental health assessment at the Counseling Center and a physical assessment with a nurse practitioner at the Center for Health and Wellness. These assessment sessions may determine the level of self-harm, assist students in developing a safety plan, and provide students with resources. All students who have reached a defined threshold must comply with the mandated safety assessment or face serious sanctions, including but not limited to parental notification, loss of housing, blocked registration or deregistration, or a medical or administrative leave of absence.
Identifying Students at Risk for Self-Harm
College faculty and staff, including but are not limited to Resident Advisers, Resident Directors, Orientation Staffers, Faculty, Student Affairs Administrators, Coaches and others, will be trained to recognize the behaviors associated with self-harm and, in particular, the signs of suicide.
Individuals concerned about a student should complete the Safety Assessment Referral Form (SARF) and forward it to the Dean of Students or her/his designee. The SARF can be found on the KSC website or obtained through the offices of the Dean of Students, the Counseling Center, or the Center for Health and Wellness.
Determining When To Refer
All students who have made public statements and/or taken action to hurt oneself or who have made a suicide attempt should be referred. If there is any doubt about whether the student has met the requirements for referral or not, the concerned person should fill out a SARF and forward it on to the Dean of Students or her/his designee. The referral will be reviewed by the Dean, the Director of Health and Wellness, and the Director of the Counseling Center, to determine whether it reaches the threshold for a mandated safety assessment. Concerned individuals are also encouraged to consult with the Dean and and/or staff of the Counseling Center and Center for Health and Wellness to determine whether to complete a SARF.