Referrals for Further Evaluation

There may be instances in which the College or the Center for Health, Wellness and Personal Counseling mental health professional feel that an evaluation by an outside professional is warranted. In such instances, the student will be informed of this additional requirement in writing and will be referred to an appropriate health care professional. One example of a situation in which this may occur is a situation in which the student has threatened to harm others in the College community.

The College or the Center for Health, Wellness and Personal Counseling mental health professional may deem it necessary to require the student to have an evaluation by a forensic psychologist or psychiatrist, of the College’s choosing, who is specially trained to conduct evaluations and make recommendations in situations of this nature. In these situations, the College will cover the cost of the evaluation. Both the student and the evaluating professional will be given a copy of this policy. The evaluating professional will also be given instructions for submitting a written report including required content areas that must be addressed. A student will not be reimbursed for the cost of an evaluation that is completed by a forensic psychologist or psychiatrist that was not chosen by the College.

The Dean of Student Support Services (or designee) will review the report submitted by the evaluating professional and may consult with that person, if needed, and then make a final written recommendation to the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Student Life & Conduct (or designee).

Please be advised that any refusal to submit to, or participate in, the above evaluation procedure will be considered by the Dean of Student Support Services in making his or her final written recommendation to the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Student Life & Conduct (or designee).

The interim suspension will continue to be in effect during the entirety of this process. Upon receipt of the final written recommendation the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Student Life & Conduct (or designee) will meet with the student to review the written recommendations available to them.