Medical, Psychiatric and Eating Disorders Policy
Wheaton College requires students with severe health problems to seek help.
A student may be required to seek professional help if physical or psychological health problems place that student's life in potential danger; impair her/his ability to maintain a demanding program of academic study; or cause behavior that is a serious disruption to others. Examples of such health problems include, but are not limited to, symptoms of serious depression, alcoholism, serious medical condition or serious eating disorder.
A student may be mandated by the Dean or Associate Dean of Students to seek assessment(s) by appropriate medical and/or psychological professionals. When an evaluation of this sort is necessary, the student's parents will be notified and asked to participate in the decisions about treatment and continued enrollment at Wheaton. The Director of the Counseling Center or the Director of Student Health Services will coordinate any necessary referrals. The student will be required to sign appropriate releases to permit communication among professional referrals, and the Wheaton College Counseling and Health Services. The Directors of Counseling and/or Student Health Services will then consult with the Dean of Students regarding the student's ability to safely continue in a full-time program of academic study, residential life, or such programs as athletics, international study or other off-campus experiences.
If a student does not agree to the mandatory assessments or fails to comply with a contract for ongoing treatment, his/her ability to continue at Wheaton will be jeopardized.