There are times when students experience psychological emergencies. Examples of psychological emergencies are:
- suicidal thoughts, feelings or behaviors
- threats and/or dangerous behaviors toward self or others
- sexual assault
- out of control behavior (possibly due to intoxication)
- extremely odd or bizarre behavior
What To Do If You Or Someone You Know Is In Crisis
IN ALL CASES, call Safety & Security at 4911 or 4064
There is a security officer on duty at all hours, who will initiate the College emergency procedures.
If You Are Not Sure
If you are not sure about a situation regarding yourself or someone else and there is no immediate danger, request a consultation with Counseling Services.
Counseling Services is available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Call or email:
Townsend Velkoff – 321-4258 — firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Fortin – 321-4332 — email@example.com
If you are not sure about a situation regarding yourself or someone else and it is after normal office hours, you can:
- Talk with your RA
- Talk to your Student Life Coordinator
- Call Campus Security
Should You Report A Situation
You may worry that if you report the alarming behavior of another student, you may get them in trouble. In fact, you may be saving their life. It is far better to be safe rather than sorry. By reporting a situation, you create the opportunity for trained professionals to assess the situation and then make recommendations that are based on concern for the student's well-being and their success at Lycoming College. You should not attempt to handle a crisis situation on your own.
During a crisis situation, the normal rules of confidentiality do not apply so that appropriate actions and communications can quickly occur to protect the well-being of the distressed student. At the same time, the student's right to privacy is respected and any disclosures about their situation is limited to those on campus who need to know. This usually includes:
- Dean of Student Affairs
- Campus Security
- Residential Life Personnel