Student behavior that violates University policy is ordinarily resolved through the University’s grievance procedure. However, when a student’s behavior is perceived by the University to be an immediate risk or substantial threat to the student or to others, the Vice President for Student Life may implement the University emergency procedures for behavioral incidents and waive a student’s right to a judicial hearing. The emergency procedures for behavioral incidents may be implemented if:
- A student is a danger to himself, herself, or others or engages in any behavior that threatens or could cause bodily harm to himself, herself, or another
- A student poses an imminent threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operation of the University.
After consulting with the Director of the Counseling Center, the Vice President for Student Life will determine if one or more of the above conditions exist. If it is determined that one of these conditions does exist, the Vice President for Student Life will contact the parents or legal guardian (if necessary) of a dependent student, as well as any on-campus authorities deemed necessary.
The student will be required to absent himself or herself from all classes and all University activities.
During this time the student will be required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and/or physical examination by a licensed, competent professional of his or her own choice, or the student may consult the Director of the Counseling Center to obtain a referral.
After receiving a letter from the psychiatrist or examining physician stating that the student is no longer a threat to himself or herself or to the normal operations of the University, the Vice President for Student Life will recommend the student’s eligibility to return to University classes and participate in activities. A copy of the letter will be placed in the student’s confidential record.
The student’s eligibility for continuation on campus will be dependent upon his or her subsequent behavior and the absence of any renewed threat of harm or disruption on campus.