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Your institution has several options when considering how to respond to a mentally distressed student. This UE analysis explains those options and related legal considerations. In addition, this report provides advice to ensure that whichever step you choose, the process is as easy as possible.

Practical advice for responding to a distressed student includes:

  • Develop policies and forms for administrative leave and other actions to ensure that administrative actions are taken in accordance with legal criteria.
  • Establish policies that govern confidential student treatment information and in what circumstances that information can be shared.
  • Collaborate with student health and counseling staff any time a decision involving a student with a mental condition is made.
  • Consider less severe steps first and take the student’s individual needs and capabilities into account in deciding which steps are appropriate.
  • Remember that a medical or psychological assessment is needed before your institution can make a decision on the withdrawal of a student.

Read the report to learn more about responding to distressed students.

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