Student at Risk Response

Responding to Students at Risk

​The University of Guelph has a Protocol for Responding to Students at Risk.  This protocol is a coordinated University response in situations that have serious implications and consequences for an individual student or any part of the university community.  Such situations may include:

  • Behaviour that is threatening to self or others including suicidal ideation and attempts
  • Disruption in class or living environment
  • Personal presentation exhibiting a noteable change in behaviour, i.e., distraught, confused or disoriented behaviour
  • Alcohol or Drug abuse
  • Threats
  • Severe impact of academic performance
  • Unusual behaviour or exhibiting a notable change in behavior

Student at Risk Team (SART)

SART consists of professional staff from several departments at the university. The team consists of:

  • Student Conduct and Support Manager (Chair)
  • Director, Student Wellness Services
  • Director, Student Housing Services
  • Director, Campus Community Police

The chair can be contacted at ext. 53478. 

Depending on the severity, nature and impact of the crisis, a meeting will be convened of all the appropriate services to address and resolve the crisis. The Chair of Students at Risk Team will coordinate and convene the team. When appropriate, the Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) will be informed and consulted.

Accessing the SART

Members of the university community may contact any of the members of SART.  However,  first contact for any member of the university community should be made by following the Student in Distress protocol.

Functions of the Crisis Management Team

  • To provide a sensitive and coordinated response to people personally impacted by the event and to devise a course of action to respond to the crisis. This plan will include the identification of appropriate services and a response that is immediate and comprehensive.

  • To ensure that there is an accurate and efficient flow of information to all individuals involved including all (faculty staff, students and family) who are impacted by the crisis.

  • To provide ongoing education and awareness about crisis intervention to the university community

Visit the Resources page for places to contact during after-hours (evenings, weekends, and holidays).