Situations of Ambiguous Danger
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please dial 911.
Urgent Need on Campus
At times students may have urgent needs or be in an emergency situation. Students may come directly to Counseling Services and/or call 206-546-4594 in order to be seen by a professional counselor as soon as possible. A student may appreciate a faculty or staff member walking with them to Counseling Services.
Please indicate to the receptionist that you believe it is an urgent situation and briefly describe what you are experiencing in order to receive the fastest attention possible.
If there is an immediate health-related emergency outside of Counseling Services regular business hours please call 911 (9-911 from campus phone) immediately AND Campus Security at 206-235-5860, if on campus.
You may receive 24/7 crisis support at:
King County Crisis Line
Snohomish County Crisis Line
Responding to Individuals Expressing Clear or Imminent Danger
These behaviors usually show that the student is in crisis and needs emergency care:
- Highly disruptive behavior (hostility, aggression, etc.)
- Inability to communicate clearly (garbled, slurred speech, disjointed thoughts)
- Loss of connection with reality (seeing/hearing things that are not there, beliefs or actions at odds with reality)
- Overt suicidal thoughts and gestures (suicide is a current option)
- Homicidal threats
Responses to Imminently Dangerous Behavior:
- Call 911 (9-911 from campus phone) AND Campus Security 206-235-5860 (x4499 on campus), if on campus
- Inform your director/dean
- If indicated by STAT Referral Guide, consult with the SCC Counseling Center at 206-546-4594 (x4594 on campus) during business hours or the Crisis Line 866-427-4747 after hours
Responding to Individuals Expressing Ambigous Danger
Although not disruptive in a classroom setting, these behaviors may indicate something is wrong and that help may be needed:
- Serious grade problems
- Unaccountable change from good to poor performance
- Change from frequent attendance to excessive absences
- Change in pattern of interaction
- Marked change in mood, motor activity, or speech
- Marked change in physical appearance
- Repeated request for special consideration
- New or regularly occurring behavior which pushes the limits and may interfere with class management
- Unusual or exaggerated emotional response
Responses to Ambiguous Dangerous Behavior:
- Talk to the student in private when you both have time
- Express your concerns in non-judgmental terms – state what you have noticed and your concern for the student
- Listen to the student and repeat the main point of what the student is saying
- Make appropriate referrals to the Shoreline Threat Assesment Team (STAT). See the STAT Referral Guide to inform your response
- Make sure the student understands what action is necessary, and inform your dean/director as necessary
- Consult with a counselor at the SCC Counseling Center 206-546-4594 (x4594 on campus) and refer as needed
Consultation is Available for Faculty and Staff
If you have concerns about a student, contact SCC’s Counseling Center at 206-546-4594 (x4594 on campus). If the Counseling Center is closed and you need immediate consultation, please call the King County 24/7 Crisis Line at 866-427-4747.
Some of the ways the SCC Counseling Center may help faculty and staff assist students:
- Assessing the seriousness of the situation
- Suggesting potential resources
- Finding the best way to make a referral
- Scheduling an appointment for the student to meet with a counselor (if the situation constitutes a crisis, the student may be seen immediately)
- Reaching out to a student of concern
Any time you perceive imminent physical danger to yourself or any other individual; you should call 911 (9-911 on campus) immediately AND Campus Security at 206-235-5860 (x4499 on campus), if on campus.
(Adapted from UC Davis CAPS)