Student Interventions Emergency Situation - Imminent Threat of Harm

The RA, staff member, or SMU PD officer has knowledge of or observes very unusual behavior, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Talks about harming him/herself or others
  • Engages in any type of self-destructive behavior
  • Overdose, tissue damage, vomiting, and/or fluctuating levels of consciousness due to severe intoxication

The RA, staff member, or SMU PD officer:

  • Calls 911 and asks for paramedics to come and determine disposition
  • Stays with the student until they are evaluated by paramedics or a mental health professional
  • Notifies staff on call at:
    • Dean of Student Life 214-768-4564
    • Daytime - Counseling and Psychiatric Services 214-768-2277
    • Evenings & Weekends 214-768-2277
    • Residence Life & Student Housing Staff Member on call
    • Others as necessary.

When medically stable, Counseling and Testing/Mental Health staff meets with student, requests student to sign a release of information, and arranges transport to hospital or determines a plan of treatment.

Prior to returning to the Residence Hall, the student must meet with a staff member from Mental Health to determine his/her suitability to return to the residence hall.

The Dean of Student Life in consultation with the Counseling and Testing/Mental Health staff makes other notifications as appropriate.

Counseling and Testing/Mental Health staff will conduct a follow-up with the person(s) who reported the student.


The Office of the Dean of Student Life is a department in the Division of Student Affairs.