at 247-7212 during business hours, or bring the student to the Counseling Center (260 Noble Hall) and describe the crisis.

It is a crisis if the student:

  • Expresses current suicidal thoughts and/or a plan
  • Expresses current homicidal thoughts
  • Loses emotional control for several hours
  • Shows serious impairment in thinking ability
  • Exhibits strange or unusual behavior
  • Experienced recent domestic, physical or sexual assault

CALL THE POLICE AT 911(on or off campus)

  • When there is imminent life-threatening or violent behavior to self or others
  • During after-hours emergencies

Referral of a Possible Suicidal Student to the Counseling Center

  • Depressed students who are considering suicide either mention their despair to someone they respect, write about their thoughts or begin to act differently.
  • Faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to listen carefully to upset students (whether comments are verbal or written) and note changes in behavior.
  • Talk with these students, let them know that you care, and recommend they go to the Counseling Center.
  • Some courts are assigning responsibility and liability to colleges when it can be proven that a college employee had knowledge that a student might be in a potentially dangerous situation and did not take action to get the student help.

Faculty, staff and students are asked to call the Counseling Center and consult with the "on call" counselor when they encounter a potentially suicidal student. Please let the Counseling Center's secretary know you need to consult about a potential crisis and how serious the situation may be. The "on call" counselor will evaluate with you how to best approach the case. It is hoped that the individual calling will be able to encourage the student to voluntarily come to the Counseling Center for an assessment or counseling.

If the student is not willing to voluntarily come for an assessment and the situation seems potentially dangerous, then it is possible that the "on call" counselor might decide on any of the following actions:

  • The "on call" counselor may need to consult with other individuals on campus such as the Counseling Center Director, the Director of Residence Life, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Dean of Students.
  • The student may be mandated by the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Dean of Students to come for an assessment and to follow the recommendations of the counselor.
  • A family member may be called.
  • The student may be transported to Mercy Medical Center to be evaluated by Axis Health System.

Counseling Center
Fort Lewis College
260 Noble Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301