Institutions have a duty to take varying levels of “reasonable action” to protect students from inflicting foreseeable self-harm, as well as from causing foreseeable violence to others. With suicide, homicide and injury being among the top three leading causes of death to 15-34 year-olds, this is a worry area that keeps administrators up at night. Failure to create clear policies and procedures that follow legal and ethical guidelines, adequately address privacy concerns and support student safety, could lead to costly litigation, a public relations nightmare or worse: a student injury or death.
In just 90 minutes our expert presenters, Dr. Brian Mistler — Executive Director of Student Health & Wellness at Humboldt State University — and Mark St. Louis — Associate General Counsel at St. Petersburg College – will review recent court rulings, core risk management principles and best practices for managing risk of harm to self and others.
Be able to better distinguish those who have suicidal thoughts from those who will make a suicide attempt; differentiate Title II and ADA implications and available actions for students at risk of suicide versus hurting others; navigate conditions for leave and return; and connect these models to create a campus-wide approach to improving the safety and learning experience for all students. Safeguard your campus community and uphold the mission of your institution, as failing to understand the most current rulings could have massive implications.
Brian J. Mistler is currently serving as the Executive Director of Student Health and Wellbeing Services at Humboldt State University in northern California.
Mark St. Louis is currently serving as Associate General Counsel at St. Petersburg College in Tampa Bay.
As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:
- Utilize a safety/risk decision-making matrix to formalize information sharing, including notification of parents and guardians in an academic, dean of students and confidential health/counseling setting to protect students — create clear policies and procedures that address privacy concerns, protect the health and safety of students and minimizes institutional liability.
- Clarify how the Department of Justice’s definition of direct threat under Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act applies differently to the risk of harm to self versus harm to others — develop clear and compliant policies to address students leave and return from leave processes.
- Provide faculty, staff and students with systematic “gatekeeper” training using available tools on recognizing and responding to students in need of mental health or basic needs resources — improve campus safety through campus-wide education and prevention programs that support, engage and help to retain at risk students WITHOUT placing even greater demand on your counseling services.
- Initiate a campus-wide dialogue with faculty, staff, administration and students on the current mental health crisis and campus policies that address “students of concern” —appropriately identify and mitigate reasonably foreseeable risks of self-harm or violence to others in compliance with the ethical and legal standards.
- Understand institutional negligence and liability to protect your students and institution from reasonably foreseeable risks of self-harm or violence to others — ensure your case management system for students in distress complies with key legal and state supreme court rulings from across the country and encourages appropriate communication between academic affairs, student affairs and campus support services
Men of Color & Their Unique Needs: Strategies for Support, Engagement & Completion
Ensure that your institution provides strategies and programs that make men of color feel valued, safe, a sense of belonging and supported throughout their educational experience.
J. Malcolm Smith currently serves as Associate Vice President, Dean of Student & Title IX Coordinator for Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
Dr. Ryan C. Holmes is currently the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Miami in Florida.
As a result of attending this webinar you will be able to:
- Build campus structures and systems that provide support for male students of color – use more than just professionals of color on campus to advocate and support student satisfaction, engagement, and persistence.
- Create a culturally competent and responsive campus community for all your students of color – incorporate the appropriate structure necessary to ensure they feel valued, safe, a sense of belonging and supported.
- Develop a framework and schema to proactively address racial theory in America and the local, state, national and global incidents that have impact on your campus – move past these stigmas so you can provide access to needed care and support in a way that resonates with this unique population.
- Understand the effects of racial profiling – real or perceived – to be inclusive and decrease marginalization of these students. Foster partnerships for additional assistance in educating and changing student/faculty/staff behavior.
- Facilitate critical conversations with key stakeholders on your campus to make resources available to assist men of color. Ensure your institution is truly responsive to the needs of your students – take intentional action to address and positively impact their experience on your campus so that they succeed and graduate.