What We Do

The CARE Team follows a four-point system for evaluating student issues and concerns:

  • Gather – Gather and analyze information
  • Assess – Assess needs of those impacted
  • Plan – Determine and implement plans for individuals of concern, including both immediate and ongoing strategies
  • Refer – Provide and make referrals for advice, support, and assistance

The CARE Team was created to deal with problematic student behavior falling into the following categories: Distressing, Disturbing, Disruptive, and Dangerous.

Distressing Behavior

Distressing Behavior usually includes a significant change in a person’s appearance, performance or emotional state and may be symptomatic of a person’s inability to manage personal or emotional difficulties.

  • Sleep disturbances (too much or too little)
  • Dramatic weight fluctuations/changes in eating patterns
  • Change in personal hygiene
  • Difficulties making decisions
  • Heightened emotional response (irritability, tearfulness)
  • Overdependence on others
Disturbing Behavior

Disturbing Behavior is most easily identified as “strange” or “odd” behavior that may cause alarm, fear, or frustration.

  • Jokes about killing self
  • Self-mutilating behavior (cutting, burning, etc.)
  • Expressed suicidal thoughts
  • Impaired speech or disjointed thoughts
  • Emotional responses may be incongruent and/or inappropriate
  • Disconnect with reality (talking to imaginary people)
  • Paranoid thoughts
  • Risk-taking behavior
  • Bizarre behavior out of context for the situation
Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive Behavior is conduct that distracts others in a manner that unreasonably interferes with typical operations of the University.

  • Refusing to leave
  • Throwing objects
  • Verbally abuses or intimidates others
  • Overly demanding of others' time and attention
  • Interrupts the educational process
  • Heightened anger or aggression
Dangerous Behavior

Dangerous Behavior may be a red flag of a potential threat to the safety of others.

  • Dehumanization or objectification of others
  • Lack of empathy
  • Sense of entitlement
  • Attitude of superiority
  • Anger management problems
  • Entertains themes of violence in all areas of life
  • Broad-based feelings of persecution by others
  • Blames others for problems in life
  • Conspiracy and revenge themes
  • Generalized arrogance

How Can I Report a Concern?

You can refer a student to the CARE Team by submitting a report through our secure online form.

If this is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.