Georgetown College is committed to the intellectual, spiritual, and social development of all its students. Therefore, the college seeks to preserve a safe and secure living and learning environment for students, faculty, staff, and other campus members at all times. The following procedures have been developed to protect the rights of all members of the campus community, especially the individual involved in the event of a mental health crisis.
A student may be considered a threat to him/herself in the event that passive or active verbal statements made by the student or the student’s behavior are indicative of self-harm. A student may be considered a threat/concern to others in the event that his/her behavior is disruptive and not conducive to a residential setting. Behavior that is indicative of self harm and/or is determined to be disruptive may result in a student being considered a concern or a threat. This is due to the fact that the college residential setting may not be the most conducive environment for treatment of the student in need as well as the behavior’s impact on the rest of the residential community. In the event that a student presents as a concern or threat to his/herself or others in the community the student will be assessed by a mental health staff member of the campus community. The mental health staff member may consult with the Dean of Students or other members of the Student Crisis Team on campus. The student may be asked to participate in counseling on campus or seek assistance from a mental health professional off campus. Given the severity of the threat the student may be asked to leave campus for a temporary period of time for treatment. The student and members of the Student Crisis Team, including the Dean of Students, will work with students on the terms of leave and re-admittance.
Any student that is removed from campus as a result of a direct threat of self-harm or threat of harm to others must provide evidence of a psychological evaluation completed by a licensed mental health professional before the student will be allowed to return to campus. The evaluation must address any on-going treatment recommendations and the student will be expected to comply with any recommendations offered. The evaluation must also specifically include a statement as to whether or not it is appropriate for the student to return to a residential setting. The student may be evaluated by a licensed mental health professional employed by the college or the student may see one of his/her choosing. The student will be responsible for any financial obligations if he/she chooses to see a professional outside of the college community.