All emergencies (medical, psychological, police) should be directed to 9-1-1 FIRST. Once emergency assistance has been dispatched, Campus Safety Dispatchers will then notify the Student Life Emergency On-Call Response System for follow-up.
During Normal Hours of Operation (8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday), non-life threatening situations that may be deemed a crisis should be referred to the respective office:
- General Concerns, Health Related Absences, Family Emergencies: Office of the Dean of Students 336-278-7200
- Housing/Residential: Residence Life 336-278-7300
- Medical/Physical Health: Student Health Services 336-278-7230
- Mental Health: Counseling Services 336-278-7280
Students or parents/family members who have a personal crisis situation that requires a more immediate administrative response or support should access the Student Life Emergency Response System by calling Campus Safety and Police at 336-278-5555. The Student Life Emergency Response System provides administrative response to students and families in crisis situations after hours and on weekends. Campus Safety and Police will dispatch the appropriate staff member based on the nature of the situation and someone will contact the caller within 30 minutes of the initial call to Campus Safety. The Student Life Emergency Response System includes the Administrator on Call, The Counselor on Call, Violence and Bias Response (SAFELine), and a Senior Student Life Administrator. Once the immediate situation has been initially addressed by the emergency response staff member on call, the situation may be referred to the appropriate administrative office the next business day. Situations that may be referred to the Student Life Emergency Response System include:
- Medical and psychological emergency follow-up including dispatching administrative support at the hospital for more serious illnesses and injuries
- Notification of emergency contacts/parents in the event of a serious medical or psychological situation
- Death in the family or close personal relationship where the student may need support or assistance
- Missing students
- Physical plant situations which pose a security threat or major disruption to campus
- Initial administrative response to bias or gender based violence issues, including sexual violence (The Administrator On Call and the Senior Administrator on Call are not confidential reporting sources; students seeking confidential reporting should contact SAFEline)
- Response to security concerns
- Notification of emergency contacts/parents in the event of a student arrest and bail or return to campus conditions
For crises, medical and psychological emergencies, and student wellness checks (except those dispatched to SAFEline), a member of the Campus Safety and Police staff will be dispatched first to assess and stabilize the situation. Parents or other emergency contacts may be notified in the event of an emergency or crisis situation.
Students who are seeking confidential support for acts of bias and violence (including sexual violence) may call SAFEline (336-278-3333). SAFEline is Elon’s confidential support hotline for members of the Elon community who may be experiencing or who have experienced identity-based bias, discrimination or harassment, sexual violence, domestic/relationship violence or stalking.
Contacting SAFEline will not access emergency responders nor mental health crisis response; anyone needing emergency police or medical attention should call 9-1-1. Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis should contact the Counselor on Call by calling (336) 278-5555.
After Hours Mental Health/Psychological Crises and Emergencies
As with medical emergencies, if a student is experiencing a mental health/psychological emergency call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance (e.g., suicidal behaviors or threats, violence or threats of violence toward others, self-injury needing immediate medical attention, mental confusion or disorientation, out of control behavior, significant impairment by drugs or alcohol, possession of any weapon). In these situations, a member of the Campus Safety and Police staff or medical response staff will be dispatched first to assess and stabilize the situation. The matter will then be referred to the Student Life Emergency Response staff for follow-up. Parents or other emergency contacts may be notified in the event of an emergency or crisis situation.
Students experiencing a mental health/psychological crisis should contact Campus Safety and Police at 336-278-5555 and ask to speak to the counselor on call. Campus Safety and Police will patch you through to the Counselor On Call; someone will respond within a few minutes. The counselor on call will talk with the student, complete a brief risk assessment of the situation, and recommend steps for additional support or follow-up for safety. This may include a request for a wellness check by Campus Safety and Police, referral to the hospital for an in-person assessment, and may include the notification and involvement of University administrative staff. If the situation is not deemed an emergency but needs follow-up, the student will be directed to contact Counseling Services the next business day. Parents or other emergency contacts may be notified in the event of an emergency or crisis situation.