Related Information: Students at Risk

Moravian College, Moravian Theological Seminary, and the Comenius Center are concerned about and have a responsibility with regard to students who present a danger to themselves or to others by reason of suicide threats or plans; threats, plans, or attempts to harm others; or other dangerous behaviors.

The institution's process requires it to secure evidence that any student who exhibits these behaviors is no longer a danger to him- or herself or to others prior to allowing him or her to return to residence and/or to class. In such instances, the appropriate division administrator (College: vice president for student affairs/dean of students; Seminary: Office of the Seminary Dean; Comenius Center: dean of the Comenius Center) or designee may impose an interim suspension from residence (when applicable) or from the institution, depending on the nature and location of the behavior, while such a determination is made.

The evidence required to lift an interim suspension may be produced through documentation or through a campus hearing.

If the student chooses to produce documentation, he or she will be permitted to return to residence and/or to class only after an evaluation is conducted by a licensed off-campus mental-health professional (preferably a psychologist or psychiatrist) and a judgment is presented in writing to the institution, stating that the student is no longer a danger to him- or herself or to others. In addition to the external evaluation, the institution reserves the right, at the discretion of the presiding administrator (see above), to have an internal evaluation performed by the Moravian College Counseling Center prior to a student's return to campus in order to review outside documentation, assess the student, and report these findings to that administrator. Both the external and internal assessments are subject to review by the presiding administrator or his or her designee, in consultation with other offices, if appropriate. A return to residence and/or to class may be subject to specified conditions.

If the student chooses to request a hearing, one will be convened by the presiding administrator or his or her designee. More information related to the hearing process may be found in the appropriate section of this handbook.