The School of Law and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have formed a partnership to offer student counseling services to School of Law students. This service is confidential and available to all students enrolled in both the full-time and part-time programs at the School of Law.
MUSC’s services to students include but are not limited to the following: assessment services, therapy, mental health evaluations, and referrals to all School of Law Students. Services also include consultations, promotional materials and assessment services, up to five (5) therapy sessions following a student assessment, and appropriate referrals for treatment or follow-up.
All appointments are held at MUSC with trained professionals. If counseling services are needed, please contact the Acting Associate Dean of Students at 843.377.2149 or MUSC directly at 843.792.2848.
Students of concern for at risk behavior may be mandated by the School of Law to be assessed by a mental health counselor. A student who evidences emotional distress or a health concern should be reported to the Associate Dean of Students.
In cases in which the Associate Dean of Students determines that the student is at risk, the Associate Dean of Students and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may mandate that the student meet with the School of Law counselor for a professional assessment of at risk behavior. The student must comply with the counselor’s treatment recommendation. The student will be asked to complete a release of information to disclose to the Associate Dean of Students the student’s attendance at each session.
Referrals for mandatory assessment shall NOT constitute disciplinary action. However, failure of the student to comply with this policy may result in sanctions, including mandatory medical withdrawal. Additionally, if the student withdraws from school or otherwise fails to complete the mandated sessions prior to the end of the semester, the student may be required to complete an assessment prior to enrolling in subsequent semesters.
Remedial Action Plan
Upon mandatory assessment, the Associate Dean of Students shall make a determination of an appropriate remedial plan of action for the student. When appropriate, the Associate Dean of Students may consult with the Student Support Team. Members of the Student Support Team consist of administrators and/or professors selected by, and serving at the discretion of the Dean of the School of Law. Team members will review the matter and reports and determine an appropriate course of action for the student which will best benefit the student and the School of Law community by ensuring the student’s ability to meet academic standards and compliance with applicable conduct codes. In cases which disability is a concern, the team shall make recommendations as to reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals.