In addition to prioritizing students’ wellbeing, Student Affairs supports and fosters student success inside and outside of the classroom. This information is intended to help provide clarity in those situations where a student may need to be hospitalized because of a mental health issue.
The Dean of Students office may be notified of a student in distress through any number of channels, including our 24/7 on-call system, concerned faculty, concerned friends, a parent, or the Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS). If you or someone you know is or may be experiencing a mental health crisis, please seek professional assistance. A Scripps Dean on Call may be accessed at any time by contacting Campus Safety (909-607-2000).
The Dean of Students Office does not have the authority to recommend any student be admitted into a medical facility for a mental health crisis. Our role during any mental health crisis is to ensure the student’s safety and connect them to licensed professionals. Our protocol requires that we connect any student experiencing significant mental distress to Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services.
How does MCAPS make decisions about hospitalizations? www.cuc.claremont.edu/mcaps/faqs
In the case of voluntary hospitalization, the decision about whether a student should go to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation is made collaboratively between the student and their treating MCAPS therapist. Involuntary hospitalization (in which the student is required to be evaluated at a psychiatric hospital, regardless of their own wishes) is rarely initiated and only in cases where the student presents a danger to self or to others, or is gravely disabled, defined in this context as being, as a result of mental disorder, unable to provide for one’s own basic personal needs for food, clothing, or shelter. An example would be someone experiencing severe psychosis.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of these issues, please contact Dr. Gary DeGroot, director of MCAPS, or Dr. Fiona Vajk, assistant director of MCAPS, at (909) 621-8202. They are happy to help students clarify these important issues, as well as hear concerns and comments from all members of the 7C community.
Scripps Protocol for Students Experiencing Mental Health Crises
If you are transported to a mental health facility, please note the following:
If you are Hospitalized
After Discharge from Hospital
Note: You may return to campus if both you and MCAPS feel you are ready to do so. If you do not feel prepared or able to complete the semester after a hospitalization, you may take a medical leave of absence at any point during the semester. The medical leave policy can be found here.
If not Hospitalized: