Northern Michigan University practice concerning self-destructive students changed January 2016

Questions concerning the NMU communication to students with self-harm inclinations were raised in November 2015 and the communication was changed at the beginning of 2016. Last year’s campus controversy resulted in a collaborative effort and the creation of the Mental Health and Well-being Taskforce, comprised of campus mental health professionals, student life staff and students. Together they have been working to better serve our students, provide better communication and most importantly, connect students with the needed resources. In short, the August 2016 assertions of the FIRE letter are incorrect. 

Current letter sent to students with self-harm inclinations from the Dean of Students Office

Dear Student,

It has come to my attention that you may be experiencing some difficulties.  I want to take a moment to introduce myself and perhaps find a time when we can meet.  The meeting is an opportunity for me to share information with you and provide you support now and in the future.  If you are willing to meet, please contact 227-1700 to schedule an appointment with me at your earliest convenience.

Folks at NMU care about you and want to make sure you are okay.  I want to take the opportunity to remind you of resources available in the event you need them for any reason.

  1. If you are experiencing an emotional crisis during regular office hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) you can contact Counseling and Consultation Services (227-2980).  If you are having thoughts or feelings of self-harm, Counseling and Consultation Services is an appropriate resource and services are free for students.
  2. If you are experiencing an emergency, or have intentions of self-harm, please go directly to an emergency room or dial 911.
  3. If you need to talk to someone, the Marquette County Crisis line is 888-728-4929.
  4. There is an Upper Peninsula crisis hotline available at 800-562-7622 or 800-482-4357.  You can also text them at 906-356-3337 or live chat at their website (
  5. There is a national suicide prevention lifeline that you can access by calling 800-273-8255.
  6. For assistance in connecting with appropriate resources you can contact any NMU Resident Director, Resident Adviser, Community Adviser, NMU Public Safety (227-2151) or the Dean of Students Office (227-1700).

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.