Invoking an Involuntary Medial/Mental Health Leave/Withdrawal

Despite training and experience, one of the most challenging decisions an educational professional must make is determining whether a student’s direct threat or safety risk is grounds for an involuntary leave or withdrawal. As this is a complex and sensitive issue, we offer this training session to help administrators navigate the difficulties associated with the decision, the process, and the basis for determination. We train you to recognize direct threats, what to consider when determining direct threats, and the legally sufficient process to initiate an involuntary leave or withdrawal.

Each institution, state, and province may have different guidelines or laws that affect this decision. Therefore, we recommend that all attendees use the information provided in this interactive session in accordance with legal advice from their institution’s legal counsel.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to define a direct threat.
  • Participants will be able to understand the factors to consider when deciding to use involuntary leave/withdrawal.
  • Participants will be able to explain the process for making a direct threat determination.
  • Participants will be able to define the rights of students involved in an involuntary withdrawal process.
  • Participants will be able to describe methods to avoid involuntary actions and the potential pitfalls involved in trying to do so.

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