The Catholic University of America

 What if it’s an emergency?

Dealing with Students in Distress


FERPA has exceptions for health and safety emergencies. If you encounter a student in physical or mental distress, immediately connect that student with the appropriate University resources, and follow up with those resources. It is not a violation of FERPA to report health and safety emergencies! If you are in doubt, report the situation!


Dean of Students tel. (202) 319-5619

Title IX Coordinator tel. (202) 319-4177

University Counseling Center tel. (202) 319-5765

Campus Ministry tel. (202) 319-5575

Disability Support Services tel. (202) 319-5211

Center for Academic Success tel. tel. (202) 319-5655


Please note, you can always call the Catholic University Department of Public Safety, at 202-319-5111. This is the only phone number that is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. DPS has emergency contact information for all key staff. 




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