Mental Health Disturbance Disposition
Lander University is very concerned with any situation wherein a student’s state of psychological imbalance or poor mental health leads to either acute risk or actual disruption of the academic process and educational mission, or creates undue and continuing stress or danger for either that student and/or members of the university community.
Examples of such situations are suicide attempts, grossly distorted behavior caused by drug ingestion, or demonstrated episodes of acute anxiety or other types of mentally aberrant behavior. Should a student’s behavior be assessed by appropriate university staff to have caused disruption of the academic process, or to pose imminent possibility of such disruption, disposition of that case will be considered on its own merits. Possible disposition may include, but is not limited to any, or combinations of, the following requirements:
- Referral for professional mental health evaluation
- Documentation from a mental health professional of a student’s ability to return to the university and to resume participation in current educational programs, activities and services
- Imposition of sanctions or limits designed to protect the individual or the university community
- Voluntary withdrawal from the university for either a specified or unspecified period of time; or
- Mandated withdrawal or suspension from the university for either a specified or unspecified period of time. In potentially serious situations, Lander University reserves the right to notify the parents or guardians of the student and appropriate university officials.
Final disposition of the matter will be determined by the vice president for Student Affairs, in consultation with the Lander University Behavioral Intervention Team and/or other appropriate professionals.