Managing Psychotic, Manic & Delusional Students: How To Reduce Legal Risk & Increase Student Safety

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A professor reports a student is argumentative in class and seems to respond with odd and strange associations when confronted. Is this the next Jared Loughner?

A student handles stress poorly, isolates himself, and gives other students the creeps. Students demand that staff do something before the student flips out.

A student in the residence halls frequently talks to a poster on his wall, draws strange symbols on his arms, and talks rapidly to other students about the end of the world.

Much has been discussed lately regarding the legal and policy issues related to managing suicidal students on campus following the federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR) policy update. However, there is another important component to consider what to do about those students who present a risk to others based on their paranoid, delusional, or psychotic symptoms. This webinar will discuss the issues and review how these students should be treated under the recent federal OCR policy changes.

Jason Ebbeling, J. D., will discuss issues related to legal risk when managing these students through the conduct, application, and re-entry process at both community and four-year residential colleges. Dr. Brian Van Brunt will review the common treatment and management struggles encountered when addressing students exhibiting psychotic, delusional, and paranoid thoughts and behaviors.

Case examples and a lively, interactive discussion will provide audience members with some insight into how these cases should be handled on campus, how students can be successfully referred to treatment, and some of the limits related to conduct and medical leave sanctions under the new OCR policy.

  • Develop an understanding of how these students become involved in the conduct process at a college or university
  • Discuss common legal and policy pitfalls schools encounter when attempting to manage their behavior
  • Learn how to identify the common symptoms of bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and schizophrenia
  • Understand the components of the four-part direct threat test related to a forced medical leave separation from the college or university when a threat to others scenario develops
  • Learn how to minimize the legal risk when working with these students
  • Review the best ways to involve social supports, case management, and parents in the review of students exhibiting these behaviors
  • 2 & 4-year institutions
  • Vice President Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Dean of Instruction
  • Dean of Student Services/Affairs
  • Advising
  • Counseling
  • Health Center Staff
  • Risk Management Team
  • Campus Safety
  • Faculty (full-time and part-time)
  • Human Resources
  • Disabilities Services
  • Retention Specialist
  • Student Life

Dr. Brian Van Brunt,past president of the American College Counseling Association, is Senior Vice President for Professional Development Programs at the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NHCERM, www.ncherm.org). He is the president of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA, www.nabita.org) and the managing editor for Student Affairs eNews (SAeN, www.studentaffairsenews.com). Over the past fifteen years Brian has taught counseling theory, ethics, program evaluation, statistics and sociology topics at both public and private schools for both graduate and undergraduate students at five different colleges and universities. Brian has served as the director of counseling at New England College and Western Kentucky University. He is the author of several books including: Harm to Others: The Assessment and Treatment of Dangerousness, Ending Campus Violence: New Approaches in Prevention and A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom. Brian is an expert on mental health and campus violence and has been interviewed by the New York Times, National Public Radio, LA Times, USA Today and has appeared on Headline News and Anderson Cooper 360.


Jason Ebbeling, J.D., is Vice President of Student Affairs at Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut. He previously served as Director of Residential Education and Services at Southern Oregon University, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Menlo College in Atherton, CA, Director of Campus Life at New England College, Residence Community Coordinator at California State University, Chico, and as Director of Residence Life at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He completed doctoral coursework in Educational Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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