September 24, 2021

Report of the Mental Health Crisis Response Working Group

Dear UMW Community Members:

This message is to inform you that the Mental Health Crisis Response Working Group has completed its charge (see email below for context and background) and has published the report on the UMW Police Community Advisory Panel (CAP) page under “Final Report to the President.”

President Troy Paino and I are grateful for the working group members’ time and commitment to this important task. If you have any questions about the report, please let me know.

Juliette Landphair, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
University of Mary Washington
540-654-1062
jlandpha@umw.edu
Pronouns: She/her/hers

 

From June 25, 2021:

Dear UMW Community,

On May 13, 2021, President Paino released his response to the report and recommendations of the UMW Police Advisory Committee, which met throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

Dr. Paino’s recommendations included an evaluation of the University’s mental health crisis response. Here is the specific recommendation:

Restructure mental health crisis response. Dr. Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Dr. Tev Zukor, Director of the Talley Counseling Center, will form a working group that includes University Police, those on staff responsible for mental health crisis response, and interested students, to develop a timeline and plan for reform that might include: 

  • 24/7 availability of clinical professionals for student support
  • Changes in UMW Police protocols during a mental health crisis
  • More Residence Life staff training and communication responsibilities to proactively inform students about student support options

The working group has been established and includes the members below. In addition to gathering feedback from the community, we will be reviewing relevant data, including Campus Police Surveys, and University policies and protocols around crisis response.

We look forward to reporting out the results of our work in the fall. In the meantime, do not hesitate to email me or Dr. Zukor with any questions or insights.

 

Sincerely,

Juliette Landphair, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

 

Mental Health Crisis Response Working Group 

Co-Chairs

  • Dr. Juliette Landphair, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Dr. Tev Zukor, Director of Talley Center

Members

  • Megan Brown, Area Coordinator for Residence Life and Housing
  • Alexandra Diviney, Class of 2022
  • Lt. Bill Gill, UMW Police
  • Vivian Hyatt, Class of 2022
  • Sgt. Tegan Lewis, UMW Police
  • Marissa Miller, Director of the Center for Prevention and Education
  • Lueden Sheikhnureldin, Class of 2022

UMW Earns 2020 Driver Safety Award

The University of Mary Washington was the recipient of the FY 2020 Driver Safety Award, given by the Virginia Department of General Services. UMW had the lowest crash rate per 100,000 miles for organizations traveling less than 100,000 miles a year. Chief Michael Hall received the letter and certificate on behalf of the University.

Hall Named Police Chief

The Student Affairs Division is pleased to announce the selection of Lt. Mike Hall as Chief of Police. Mike has been acting chief since the departure of former chief Eddie Perry earlier this year.

Mike has been in law enforcement for over 30 years and has served in multiple capacities with various municipalities. He has been at UMW for almost five years and rose through the ranks from officer to sergeant to lieutenant. During this time he has served as a strong, consistent leader in the Police Department and across campus.

Mike is looking forward to the opportunity to have a positive impact on the University as Chief of Police.  I am sure you will join Student Affairs in offering him our congratulations and best wishes in his new position.