On rare occasions, you may find yourself interacting with a student who is experiencing distress so extreme they may pose a possible danger to themselves or others. Such cases are psychological/behavioral emergencies that require immediate intervention.
Observable indications of potential immediate risk due to a psychological emergency may include:
- Threatening to harm self or others verbally or in writing
- Talking about not being around or giving possessions away
- Expressing self-destructive or homicidal ideation
- Actions that are violent and/or intimidating
- Loss of rationality
- Venting, screaming, swearing, etc.
- Experiencing hallucinations (hearing, seeing, feeling things that no one else hears, sees, or feels). For example, hearing voices, seeing objects, or living things not heard or seen by others.
If you believe that a student is experiencing a psychological / behavioral emergency and is at immediate risk of harming themselves or the college community call 911, then notify Campus Safety and Security at 312-369-1111. To submit a Student Success Alert, log into MyColumbia and you will see a “Student Success” tab at the top of the page (this was formerly the EASE tab). If you intend to submit an Alert, you will be prompted to use your Single-Sign-On (SSO) credentials to access the platform. A complete guide to submitting alerts can be found here.