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K-State Polytechnic Office of Student Life
Center for Academic Excellence and Engagement
Technology Center
2310 Centennial Road
Salina, KS 67401

Kyle Chamberlin
Director of Student Life

Crisis Assistance

The Director of Student Life coordinates resources and mobilizes services to respond to the needs of students in crisis. Assistance is given to students to help accurately assess their situation, provide information and teach the skills students need to navigate crises. Additionally, a number of services are provided to students to assist with medical and personal emergencies and in the event of hospitalization.

To access these services, students or their families should consult the Director of Student Life, located in the Center for Academic Excellence and Engagement, Technology Center 113A, at 785-826-2984, or sarahdwerner@k-state.edu.

In case of emergency, please call 911 and/or contact Campus Security at 785-826-2909.

For additional resources, please visit our Here to Help site.

Concerned about a student?

Are you concerned about the health, behavior or welfare of a K-State student? The Academic and Student Services Office can reach out to help students get the assistance they need. Call the Academic and Student Services Manager at 785-826-2974 or use the Student of Concern (SOC) reporting form.

Rape and sexual assault

Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE): 785-532-6444

Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas (DVACK): 800-874-1499 (24-hour hotline)

Staff members work with students and with offices and agencies on- and off-campus that can help students with law enforcement, legal, medical and academic concerns.

Harassment or discrimination

Students who believe they have been treated unfairly due to sex, race, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or religion are encouraged to seek recourse and assistance available through the Office of Institutional Equity, 785-532-6220. OIE facilitates equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in employment and educational activities by:

  • Providing prompt and equitable resolution of complaints;
  • Administering an affirmative action program that complies with federal requirements;
  • Developing and delivering affirmative action/equal employment opportunity (AA/EEO) educational programs;
  • Monitoring the recruitment and selection process;
  • Recommending and implementing AA/EEO policies and procedures;
  • Advising employees, staff and administration in AA/EEO issues; and
  • Coordinating requests for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

International Student and Scholar Services, 785-532-6448, can also provide support and advice to students involved in harassment or discrimination situations.

CIRT: Critical Incident Response Team

The Kansas State Polytechnic Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) assesses and coordinates the response to significant campus situations and events on the Polytechnic Campus. The CIRT assists the community and its members to return to a more normal state of functioning after a critical incident and suggests future preventative measures.

Critical events may include:

  • Student death or significant trauma
  • Serious student situations involving medical or psychological concerns
  • Campus threats or emergencies that directly affect the well-being of students and the campus community

Issues of inappropriate student conduct are referred to the Office of Academic and Student Services and the Student Judicial Program.

CIRT reports to the Dean of Students at Kansas State University.

Method of Operation - Crisis or Threat

An immediate crisis or threat should be reported as soon as possible to law enforcement by calling 911, including the Kansas State Polytechnic Security at 785-826-2952.  Following notification of law enforcement, a crisis or threat involving a Kansas State Polytechnic student should be reported to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, 785-826-2616, or the Academic and Student Services Manager, 785-826-2984, who will then immediately notify the other individual. 

Throughout this process, the Academic and Student Services Manager will be in contact with the Assistant Vice President of Student Life, as well as the Dean of Students, on the Manhattan campus. Should the situation warrant, these individuals may participate during any stage of the process outlined below.

For non-emergency situations, faculty, staff, and other individuals may use the Student of Concern reporting system regarding concerns about a student. Make a Student of Concern (SOC) report using the SOC Reporting Form.

STEP 1:  The Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies or the Academic and Student Services Manager is notified of a crisis or threat involving a Kansas State Polytechnic student. They will immediately notify the other.  

STEP 2:  The CIRT Chair (Academic and Student Services Manager) initiates the CIRT process.

  • The CIRT Chair gathers necessary information about the incident, and then contacts the CIRT, which may include Situation-Specific Response Personnel (SSRP). The Assistant Vice President of Student Life is also notified. If the situation warrants, a CIRT member proceeds immediately to the site of the incident or to the hospital.  
  • If warranted, the CIRT Chair may call an emergency meeting of the CIRT. The decision to have an emergency meeting is determined by the Chair.
  • The Student Access Advisor will be contacted to determine if the student is registered. If registered, the advisor will attend the emergency meeting.
  • SSRP may be requested depending on the crisis response needs. 
  • The CIRT works with Enrollment Management and Marketing Services and the Dean's Office to coordinate any press releases or contact with the media regarding a crisis. 

STEP 3:  The CIRT meets:

  • Assesses the reported incident(s)
  • Shares and gathers additional information
  • Plans a response
  • CIRT members coordinate various services and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies maintains documentation of actions taken.

In the event that the CIRT believes that it may be necessary to expel a student pursuant to the Threat Management Policy (PPM 3015), the following procedures will be taken:

  1. The CIRT Chair and at least one other administrator will use reasonable efforts to communicate with the student as soon as practicable, giving the student an opportunity to respond regarding the alleged conduct.
  2. The CIRT Chair will document the student's response regarding the alleged conduct. If the student does not respond, the CIRT Chair will document the efforts made to obtain the student's response.
  3. If the CIRT Chair determines that expulsion is warranted, the student will be notified in writing as soon as possible and a copy of this procedure will be provided to the student at the same time.

A student wishing to appeal the CIRT chair’s determination must do so by notifying the Dean of Students in writing within three (3) calendar days of receiving the determination. During the pendency of the appeal, the student and the University must follow the CIRT chair’s determination, including any restrictions on the student’s being on campus.

The Dean of Students will schedule a meeting to discuss the appeal as soon as practicable. At the meeting, the student may present the written and/or oral basis for the student’s appeal. Persons present at the meeting are limited to the student, one non-attorney representative for the student, one attorney representative for the student, the CIRT chair, the Dean of Students, and a University police or security officer. If the student brings an attorney representative, a member of the Office of General Counsel should be present. Representatives and attorneys, including the Office of General Counsel, are not permitted to participate in the meeting, other than to consult with the person they are accompanying.

The Dean of Students will determine any other procedures, as circumstances may require.

Within seven (7) calendar days after the meeting, the Dean of Students will issue a written decision affirming, overturning or modifying the CIRT chair’s decision. The Dean of Students’ decision is the final decision of the University.

Nothing in the procedure shall prohibit the University from taking action to alleviate a perceived immediate threat.

STEP 4:  Family and Kansas State Polytechnic community support:

  • The Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies or the Academic and Student Services Manager will contact family or alleged victims, if warranted.
  • If the situation warrants, support for the family may be provided and a university liaison designated.
  • CIRT members may contact roommates, significant other or siblings, if they attend K-State, and others as determined by the CIRT Chair.

STEP 5:  Post-event procedures:

  • The CIRT Chair will provide a summary to members, including the SSRP, to debrief and plan any appropriate follow-up programs or activities necessary.
  • The CIRT members, including SSRP, evaluate the procedures followed and make suggestions for revisions to the procedures.

CIRT Members

CIRT is chaired by the Academic and Student Services Manager. Other core CIRT members include the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, a representative from Academic and Student Services, campus security and the University Attorney. A larger group of response personnel from departments and units across campus (Situation-Specific Response Personnel) collaborate with CIRT, as requested.


CIRT members, as administrative agents in an educational institution, adhere to the laws and standards governing the disclosure of information to third parties both within and external to the University. Such information is disclosed only on an administrative need-to-know basis and only according to the relevant statutes that govern such disclosure.