The Colby College Protocol for Safeguarding Students at Risk for Suicide provides clear guidelines for how members of the Colby community should respond when they have reason to believe a student is suicidal.
Please see below for the general procedure for faculty, staff, and students, as well as the specific departmental procedures for Athletics, Campus Life, Campus Security, and Off-Campus Study.
You may also call Campus Security any time you are concerned for the safety and welfare of a student and are unsure how to proceed.
These steps outlined below are designed to assist members of the faculty, staff, and student body when they believe a student may be at risk for suicide.
In addition to the general procedures, the protocol also outlines specific departmental procedures for staff and students in Athletics, Campus Life, and Off-Campus Study, as well as staff procedures for members of Campus Security.
If you are a student or staff member affiliated with any of those departments or programs, please click to view your specific procedures. Your Colby username and password are required to view.
The following guidelines are designed to help Colby Athletics coaches, administrators/staff, and teammates respond when they have reason to believe a student-athlete is at risk for suicide.
The goal is to connect a student of concern to a mental health professional, but the specifics of this process will vary depending on the circumstances, including the team’s location, proximity to the student, the level of cooperation of the student, the time of day, and the severity of the situation. Below are several specific scenarios followed by the steps that address them.
Please Note: If you are a teammate of the student of concern and you are off campus traveling with your team, you are encouraged to notify your accompanying coach, athletic trainer, and/or athletic administrator of your concerns. They will be able to provide additional support for you and your teammate.
The prevention of suicide requires the participation of every member of our campus community. All students, faculty, and staff of Colby College must be familiar with the preliminary steps involved in connecting a student of concern with a trained professional.
Educating our community about the warning signs associated with suicide and equipping them to respond effectively are core to Colby’s prevention programming efforts. Everyone is an ally in preventing loss of life and in establishing a safe campus environment.