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Apr 18 2014

Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee Honored for Professional and Public Service

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Apr 16 2014

NYIT Celebrates M.B.A. Graduation at JUFE

Apr 10 2014

NYIT Anatomy Professors Awarded NSF Grant for Evolutionary Studies

Apr 04 2014

NYIT Expert to Lecture on Nation’s Physician Shortage and Poverty

Apr 21 2014

“Year of Turkey 2014” Webinar: Video-Conferencing Using Zoom

Apr 21 2014

Internship Certificate Program - Orientation II

Apr 22 2014

Citation Workshop

Apr 22 2014

Citation Workshop

Apr 22 2014

C.H.I. Garden Party

Psychological Emergencies

A psychological emergency is any situation in which someone is experiencing extreme distress, is unable to cope with everyday life, or is in danger of hurting himself or others.  The following behavior may be present:

  • Paranoia
  • Hysteria
  • Confusion
  • Stalking
  • Agitation
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Uncontrolled anger

Primary Response Team

  • Office of Counseling and Wellness Services staff
  • Office of Housing and Residential Life staff
  • Office of the Dean of Campus Life staff
  • NYIT campuses: Office of Campus Security; Old Westbury residences: University police; Manhattan residences: 911

Secondary Response Team

  • Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Office of Human Resources
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Objectives
New York Institute of Technology is committed to the health, safety, and emotional well-being of all members of the NYIT community. The intent of this policy is to protect and assist community members experiencing emotional distress and to create a safe and healthy living and learning environment on campus.

Notification
If you suspect imminent danger due to emotional distress, call 911. For all other situation where emotional distress is suspected, call the Office of Counseling and Wellness Services when a student is involved and the Office of Human Resources if the concern involves a staff or faculty member.  

Procedures

For students engaged in emotional distress:

  • Seek help from a professional counselor through the Counseling and Wellness Center on their campus. (All contact made with the Counseling and Wellness Center will remain confidential, unless there is an immediate threat of harm to you or to others.)

For faculty or staff engaged in emotional distress:

  • Seek help from a professional counselor with help from the Office of Human Resources. (All contact made with the Office of Human Resources will remain confidential, unless there is an immediate threat of harm to you or to others.)

For witnesses (or those who suspect others of being in emotional distress):

  • Contact the Counseling and Wellness Center if a student is involved; or the Office of Human Resources if a staff or faculty member is involved.
  • If concern arises outside of normal business hours and contact the Office of Campus Security or the director of housing and residential life, if applicable.  

For Counseling and Wellness Center staff:

  • Reach out to the student in question.
  • Evaluate the situation.
  • Take an appropriate course of action.
  • If deemed necessary, arrange for the student to be transported via ambulance to the appropriate hospital for psychiatric evaluation.  (The student may be admitted to the hospital through either a voluntary or involuntary commitment process.)
  • If the student is hospitalized, contact the dean of campus life.  

For Office of Campus Security:

  • Reach out to the student/employee in question.
  • Evaluate the situation.
  • Contact the dean of campus life.  

For Dean of Campus Life (if hospitalization necessary):

  • Consult with the attending mental health professionals, and determine appropriate steps for parental/guardian notification about the hospitalization (and the events leading up to it), with or without the student’s permission based on the circumstances. (All costs associated with emergency transportation and hospitalization will be the sole responsibility of the student.)
  • Continue to monitor situation.
  • After receiving a copy of the hospital’s discharge plan (to be provided by the student) and discussing the student’s written psychiatric evaluation with the Office of Counseling and Wellness Center staff and the director of housing and residential life, if applicable, determine the appropriateness of the student being allowed to return to classes and to the residential halls.
    • If the student is not granted permission to return to the residence halls, contact the student’s parents or guardians (or emergency contact) so that they can assume responsibility for care.
    • If the student is cleared to return to the residence halls and/or classes, obtain the student’s agreement to adhere to all recommendations for aftercare/follow-up treatment as a condition of his return.
    • Alert the student that the college reserves the right to require him to undergo a re-evaluation at a later date.
    • Alert the student that the college reserves the right to alter the residence hall assignment of any student experiencing emotional distress to protect the student or the safety and well-being of any other member(s) of the community.

For Office of Human Resources:

  • Reach out to the employee in question.
  • Evaluate the situation.
  • Take an appropriate course of action.
  • If deemed necessary, arrange for the employee to be transported via ambulance to the appropriate hospital for psychiatric evaluation. (The  employee may be admitted to the hospital through either a voluntary or involuntary commitment process.)


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