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4.01.001.001 Threat to Self - Student Assessment and Referral

Category: STUDENT SERVICES
Section: STUDENT CONDUCT
Policy: Student Code of Conduct
Approved: 3/22/2012
Approved By: President's Staff

The Community College of Beaver County is committed to providing the best possible education for all its students and a good working environment for all its employees. In striving to achieve this goal, it is important to ensure the physical and emotional safety for all students, faculty and staff.  The primary goal of the following process at CCBC is to provide early assistance to students in distress in order to ensure well-being and safety and help prevent situations of concern from becoming more serious.

A mental health crisis is defined as a situation where there is evidence that a student poses imminent danger of harm to self.  In immediate and serious threatening situations, the Provost and/or Chief Security Officer reserve the right to waive the steps outlined in this document and act in the best interest of campus safety. It is the sincere hope that through this process, resources and assistance can be provided to the student in such a way that the student can continue to receive a quality education and CCBC can continue to be a safe environment for students, faculty and staff.

The following is a set of steps to be taken in the event of a mental health crisis involving a student on the CCBC campus who is a threat to self.  If a student poses an imminent danger of harm to others, the Institutional Procedure for Threat-to-Others Assessment shall be followed.

Steps of procedure

If the concerned staff, Faculty, or administrator, observes that the student is in possession of a weapon and intends to, or is in the process of, physically harming him/herself, dial 9-1-1 to seek assistance from local police and authorities.

If the concerned staff, Faculty or administrator does not visibly observe a weapon, but believes that a student poses a serious threat to him/herself, the Counseling office is to be notified immediately by dialing ext. 3421. The individual reporting the threat shall complete a Threat Assessment Referral Form (Appendix I) and submit to the Counselor. If possible, the staff, Faculty or administrator will escort the student to the Counseling Office.  Otherwise, the Counselor shall put Security on alert, meet the student in the identified location, and escort him/her to the Counseling Office.  Next, the Counselor will assess the situation, using the Mental Health Crisis Assessment Checklist (Appendix II) to determine if the individual is in crisis due to mental or emotional instability and (1) requires immediate removal from the campus and transport to the hospital or (2) assistance by the counselor for referral to an off-campus mental health assessment facility or (3) requires a waiver of mental health referral assistance for signature.

In the case of immediate removal from campus and transport to the hospital, the following steps should be taken by the Counselor:

Heritage Valley Health System

Staunton Clinic – Rochester

Crisis Intervention Services

724-775-5208

 or

Heritage Valley Beaver

Emergency Department

1000 Dutch Ridge Road

724-728-7110

If the Counselor determines that the student does not pose an immediate danger to him/herself, but is still in need of mental health assessment, the following  steps should be taken by the Counselor for referral to off-campus mental health assessment and treatment:

If the student vehemently denies that he/she is a threat to self and refuses to seek mental health assistance, the Counselor shall: