Student Emergencies

Mental Health

If a student (or other individual at UConn) is thinking of or threatening to hurt themselves or others, call Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS) and ask to speak to the “On-call Therapist” or dial 911 to call the UConn Campus Police.

Please refer to CMHS and/or the Dean of Students (formerly OSSA) for more information about responding to student emergencies.

If you encounter a student that is not currently experiencing an emergency, but you feel is “at risk,” please notify the Student Care Team.

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Sexual Harassment and Assault

The Sexual Assault Response Policy (SARP) requires all employees, except those who are empowered by law to maintain confidentiality, to report instances of sexual assault.

Reporting requirements are not limited to sexual assaults that occur on campus; it also includes assaults that occur:

  • On any University property (owned or leased – all UConn campuses)
  • During any activity affiliated with the University, including those that take place at off-campus (e.g., education abroad, internships, academic field and research trips, out-of-state conferences, etc.)

If you witness any sexual assault (regardless of the identity of the parties), or if you receive a report of a sexual assault, you must report this information as soon as possible to one of the following:

Your report should include:

  • Date, time, and location of the assault
  • Details known to you regarding the assault
  • Date the incident was reported to you
  • Identity of the victim and perpetrator (if disclosed)
  • Your identity and contact information

Should a victim disclose an instance of sexual assault to you:

  • Assess the victim’s need for immediate medical attention. Offer to accompany the victim to Student Health Services (SHS) or the UConn Police Department, either of which can arrange transport to the ER if needed.
  • If immediate medical attention is not required or desired, provide the victim with a comfortable environment in which to discuss the situation considering the victim’s needs for safety and privacy.
  • Explain as early as possible that while your conversation will be private, it will not be confidential. Explain that confidential counseling is available through SHS on campus and other off-campus resources, including the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut.
  • Mention to the victim the importance of preserving physical evidence even if s/he does not know whether s/he wants to report the assault or press charges.
  • Share the list of resources with the victim.
  • Offer to assist the victim in finding someone to accompany them to whatever resources the victim chooses to utilize.
  • Offer to assist the victim in reporting the sexual assault to the appropriate authorities and in the community. The victim may report the sexual assault to  any of the following:
  • Do not suggest that the matter could be mediated between the victim and the alleged perpetrator.

Please refer to UConn’s Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence and Stalking Awareness website for a comprehensive set of resources for victims, the accused, loved ones, and faculty/staff.

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Additional Resources

See the Undergraduate Psychological Sciences’ Campus Resources page for a list of student services on campus.

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