In instances where a student whose mental or emotional condition poses a threat to themselves or others, or causes significant disruption to the University community or its activities, the BIT may require a psychological assessment in order to make an informed decision about the student’s fitness for academic and campus life.
Mandated psychological assessments will be done by ODU Counseling Services staff, unless the student (or campus official) opts to use an off-campus provider. If the University contracts with a psychologist or psychiatrist in the future, mandated assessments may be deferred to these individuals. If an external provider is used, the student will be required to sign a release giving permission to the director of counseling services to speak with the evaluating health care provider and to allow for the release of medical records as part of the evaluation process. Results of the assessment will be reported directly to the ODU Counseling Services Office and any information that can be released will be provided to the BIT by the counselor. Results must be communicated in a timely manner. If a student fails to complete the assessment according to the required timeline, further sanctions may be applied or the student will be asked to take a stop out or medical withdrawal.
If a student chooses not to submit to an evaluation or allow for a release of information following an evaluation, this may warrant a leave of absence or interim suspension, and possibly an immediate removal from the residence halls. If, after the evaluation, a leave is deemed unnecessary, the BIT or Dean of Student Life may impose other conditions and/or requirements necessary for continued enrollment at the University.
If a student returns from the emergency room or community mental health center following a potentially suicidal situation, the student must meet with the Dean of Student Life before they are allowed to return to classes, athletic teams or the residence halls. The student also must submit discharge papers or have a doctor’s recommendation that they are ready to return. The Dean will make sure that the student is linked to one of the University counselors for the duration of the semester.