Campus Assessment Response Evaluation (CARE): Early Intervention and Support for Students of Concern
The CARE Team is an interdepartmental intervention & support team for students with concerning behavior. The team is led by the Dean of Students Office, and is comprised of staff from Residence Life, Academic Affairs, Personal Counseling, Student Health Services, Campus Ministry, Public Safety and General Counsel.
Friends, faculty, and staff frequently observe signs of students/friends/roommates/teammates in distress. You can play an important role by identifying students in distress and helping them to receive the assistance they need. While it's not always easy, each one of us, as a member of the Friar Family, has a responsibility to care for and speak up for each other in times of need.
Students of concern are students with social, emotional, behavioral or medical difficulties, or life stressors that are affecting their ability to fully participate in the academic community. In many cases of student distress, faculty and staff can provide adequate help through empathic listening, facilitating open discussion of problems, instilling hope, conveying acceptance, giving reassurance, and offering basic, as opposed to expert, advice. See here for advice about responding to students of concern.
In some cases, students need professional help to overcome problems and to resume effective functioning. The following signs indicate that a student may need counseling and/or other interventions:
The student remains distressed, or gets worse, following attempts by you/others to be helpful.
The student becomes increasingly isolated, unkempt, irritable, or disconnected.
The student's academic or social performance deteriorates.
The student's behavior reflects increased hopelessness or helplessness.
The student repeatedly seeks you out to discuss personal problems.
The student shows significant and marked changes in behavior and mood.
The student’s behavior places somebody else at risk.
Any faculty member, staff member, or student can share concerns about a student with the CARE Team. To learn more, visit the "Submitting a Report" page.
In instances of extreme student distress, where the student poses a potential health or safety emergency, simply offering a referral is not sufficient. In these instances, it is imperative to ensure that a connection with an appropriate resource (public safety, personal counseling center, dean's office, etc.) is accomplished. If the distressed student is unwilling to permit this, faculty and staff should immediately contact a College official (public safety, dean) for assistance.
See Also: Student Privacy: FERPA
For situations requiring an immediate response or involving a student in extreme distress, please contact Public Safety, or 911.
Emergency: 911 (9-911 from campus phone)
Hall Director on Call: 401.639.9110
To access confidential resources from the Personal
Counseling Center and Campus Ministry.Available 24/7: 401.865.1333
The Office of the Dean of StudentsSlavin Center 104Phone: 401.865.1782Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
The Personal Counseling CenterLower Bedford HallPhone: 401.865.2343Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm; Tuesday evenings by appointment only
The Office of the ChaplainSt. Dominic ChapelPhone: 401.865.2216Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
The Student Health CenterLower Bedford HallPhone: 401.865.2422Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm