Sample Scenarios

Sample Scenario A

Discovery

A resident at the Village tells a staff member that her roommate has been speaking and writing about suicide for the past two days. The roommate seems increasingly depressed.

Notification

The Village staff member can call CAPS, the University Police Department or Judicial Affairs directly to initiate a team response, or enlist help from their Students at Risk Network Rep.

Consultation

Whichever of the above is notified will in turn notify the others, and confer with Village staff and anyone else that could have useful information on this student and her situation.

Actions

An attempt would be made to encourage the student to meet with a CAPS professional. If she declines, University Police would make a determination as to the degree of danger she poses to herself or others. If a danger exists they could commit her for mental health evaluation. If a continuing danger to others exists, Judicial Affairs may arrange for stay-away orders or other measures. All concerned team members would share information regularly until the situation is stabilized.

Outcome

Depending on the student's mental condition, she could resume her studies, voluntarily withdraw or take a leave of absence until the situation is resolved.

Sample Scenario B

Discovery

A professor finds that a student is constantly drawing depictions of guns and seemingly violent acts while in class.

Notification

The professor could contact CAPS, the University Police Department or Judicial Affairs directly to initiate a team response, or they could enlist their Students at Risk Network Rep. the AVP for UGS, or seek help from their Dept. Chair or Dean.

Consultation

Whichever of the above is notified, team members will in turn notify the others, and confer with the professor or anyone else that could have useful information on this student and his situation.

Actions

Judicial Affairs or the University Police Department would interview the student and attempt to make a determination as to the degree of danger the student poses to himself or others.

Outcome

In this case there appears to be no specific danger posed, so the team decides to monitor the situation. This case is discussed at subsequent team meetings until the situation is resolved.

Sample Scenario C

Discovery

A clerical support staff member at one of the colleges is confronted by an angry co-worker. While there is no physical violence, the staff member fears that violence may occur in the near future.

Notification

The threatened employee contacts his supervisor, who notifies Employee Relations in Human Resources.

Consultation

As an Employees at Risk Network Member, Employee Relations initiates a team response by contacting the AVPHRS, as well as CAPS or the University Police Department or any other relevant team members.

Actions

Team members confer to discuss the situation, arrange for interviews of witnesses, co-workers of each employee, and the employees' supervisors.

Outcome

 

 

If the degree of danger is minimal, the case could be monitored for a period of time by team members. If a crime was committed, the University Police may initiate a criminal complaint. HR could initiate a parallel adverse action investigation. The Police Department's Stop Violence Office could assist the victim in seeking a Temporary Restraining Order if warranted.