A person in extreme distress may be unable to manage themselves or respond appropriately to you, although you have a prior relationship. Get help immediately.

Quick Response: Call University Police at (914) 251-6911. If violence is directed toward yourself, students, or others, evacuate everyone from the area immediately.

A mental health crisis may include:

  • Suicidal behavior, threats, gestures in progress
  • An individual threatening harm to others
  • A person destroying property
  • A person who is not verbally responsive
  • A psychotic break (out of touch with reality, bizarre
  • behaviors and/or speech, thoughts)
  • An unusual or prolonged reaction to a traumatic event(s)

Eliminate opportunities for violence:

  • Involve a second person to help
  • Know your escape routes
  • Do not touch or approach a violent person
  • Place a barrier between yourself and the aggressor
  • Use effective people/communication skills
  • Use nonthreatening eye contacts
  • If possible, maintain a calm and respectful conversation until help arrives
  • Avoid the potential for violence: inform your supervisor or University Police if individuals appear threatening or dangerous.
  • Always remove yourself and all others from the presence of a weapon.

Sexual Assault Emergency Response

For confidential help with safety, medical, psychological, advocacy or other personal services, contact:

Other Resources

  • The Counseling Center provides counseling services to students, and consultation, debriefing, and referral to the campus community.
    (914) 251-6390
  • The Employee Assistance Program provides services to faculty and staff: consultation, assessment and referrals for counseling, arrangements for crisis intervention and debriefing services.
    (914) 251-6098