Responding to Off-Campus Students in Crisis

Topics: Mental Health and Counseling, Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How are other institutions notified of crises involving students residing off-campus?
  • What is the protocol at other institutions for responding to off-campus students in crisis, and how do other institutions provide continued support to off-campus students who experience a crisis?


In contrast with their on-campus colleagues,  off-campus students do not always have access to efficient systems of notification concerning crisis situations. Institutions are increasingly establishing notification protocols for crises that occur across the student body regardless of residence. This brief outlines various protocols for crisis notification, including response procedures in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, and continued assistance provided to off-campus students.


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