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At Risk Student Policy

An “at risk student” may be defined as a student who is a direct threat to themselves or to others. Examples include, but are not limited to students with homicidal or suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

The New England Conservatory Health and Counseling Service follows federal and state guidelines to maintain the confidentiality of medical information. Under some circumstances it may become necessary for the NEC Administration and the Health and Counseling Service professional staff to share certain information on a “need to know basis only” when a student is found to be “at risk.”

Procedure:

  1. If a student is found to be “at risk” by a member of the NEC Health and Counseling Service professional staff, the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students or the Assistant Dean of Campus Life, the student will be informed regarding the concerns around their safety.
  2. These concerns will be communicated to the appropriate members of the administrative team (NEC Health and Counseling Service professional staff, the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students or the Assistant Dean of Campus Life) so that an appropriate course of action can be determined. When determining the plan of action, the team will take into account the circumstances and needs of the student and the severity of the problem.
  3. A meeting will be scheduled between the student and the Dean or Assistant Dean of Students to review the proposed course of action and to provide an opportunity to discuss concerns. If immediate action is required, such as hospitalization, the meeting between the student and the Dean or Assistant Dean of Students may be postponed until the situation is stabilized.
  4. In the event that a medical leave of absence is necessary, the student will follow the guidelines listed in the NEC Leave of Absence Policy.
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