Distressed Student Protocol

Truckee Meadows Community College is dedicated to ensuring that staff, faculty and students work and learn in an environment that is safe, respectful, and responsive to those in distress. This protocol document provides guidance to staff, faculty and students to identify and assist students in distress.

TMCC Students

TMCC is committed to providing resources to ensure that a student in crisis is responded to quickly, responsibly and in an empathetic manner. A distressed student may also display disruptive behaviors, which are covered by TMCC’s Student Conduct Policy, and will not be addressed directly by this protocol. This protocol is designed to provide guidance to the campus community. It defines how to:

  • Recognize the signs that a student may be in distress;
  • Establish a consistent framework for responding to the student in distress;
  • Facilitate access to after-care and reintegration to the campus community for the student after the immediate crisis is addressed;
  • Ensure a coordinated crisis response and review process.

The TMCC Counseling Center is also your first point of contact in many of these situations.