Student Interventions Emergency Situation - No Imminent Threat of Harm

If an RA/staff member or SMU PD officer has knowledge of or observes the following by a student:

  • Bizarre behavior;
  • Sleeping in excess;
  • Shows evidence of an eating disorder or depression;
  • Drug use, including serious alcohol use;

This behavior should be reported to the Dean of Student Life Office. (A SMU PD officer will file an Incident Report, which will be received by the Dean of Student Life Office.) The Dean of Student Life will then meet with the student and if the student is exhibiting the first two types of behavior, the student may be required to meet with the Counseling and Testing/Mental Health staff by a specific date and time. If the student is using drugs/alcohol, the student may be required to meet with staff from the Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention by a specific date and time. The Dean of Student Life will notify the department director of the referral by phone and in writing.

If the student voluntarily meets with the department to which he/she was referred, the staff will have him/her sign a release of information and follow-up with the referring individual or Dean.

If the student does not meet with the department to which he/she was referred, the Dean of Student Life will be notified, at which time she may issue a mandatory referral requiring a deadline and release of information. After the mandatory referral time period, if the student fails to meet with the appropriate staff, he/she may be removed from school through the disciplinary process.

 

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