How to Identify and Refer a Distressed Student Ed Derr LPC, NCC Director of Counseling, Testing, Disability Services Quotes “Murderers are not monsters, they’re men. And that’s the most frightening thing about them.” -Alice Sebold
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Ed Derr LPC, NCC
Director of Counseling, Testing, Disability Services
“Murderers are not monsters, they’re men. And that’s the most frightening thing about them.” -Alice Sebold
“If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill came always together, who would escape hanging?” -Mark Twain
There are student services that exist to support you.
It is useful to distinguish between student behavior that is disturbing rather than disruptive.
Faculty and Staff have options for responding:
Things that make Drury special can help to deter violence:
Federal privacy and antidiscrimination laws restrict how universities can deal with students who have mental health problems. (FERPA)
you can only bring students to hospitals if there is imminent risk to themselves or someone else.
In 2000, MIT was found liable for a student that committed suicide. Mass. Superior Court ruled that the college should have informed parents of the student’s deteriorating mental health. Parents sued for $27.7 million – settled for an undisclosed amount.
On the other hand, last August, the City University of NY agreed to pay $65,000 to a student who sued after being barred from her dorm room because she was hospitalized after a suicide attempt.
George Washington University student admitted himself into GWU hospital due to suicide risk. GWU would not allow him back into school following his hospital stay; transferred schools and sued GWU.
Many students come to college with a prescription for some condition: depression, anxiety, birth control, ADHD or for some chronic mental illness like bipolar. Do they take their medicines correctly? Consistently? We may not know…
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