Campus Assessment, Response, Evaluation (CARE) Team

Policy Name:  Campus Assessment, Response, Evaluation (CARE) Team

Policy Number: STU-7005

Effective:  Legacy

Revised: Not applicable

Policy Statement

Campus Assessment, Response, Evaluation (CARE) Team

The health, well-being, and safety of our University community is our greatest concern.

Students are encouraged to access campus support services such as the Counseling Center, Health Services, the Office of Disability Services, Campus Ministry, Academic Advising, and the Center for Academic Enhancement, as needed.

Student behavior that violates University policy typically is resolved through the University’s grievance procedure. However, when a student’s behavior is determined by the University to present an immediate risk or substantial threat to cause bodily harm to themselves or to others, the Dean of Students may refer to the University’s Campus Assessment, Response, Evaluation (CARE) Team to address appropriate next steps in assuring the safety and security of the student and campus community.

To assure the safety and security of all students and the entire campus community, the CARE Team engages three primary functions. The CARE Team gathers information, analyzes this information through an objective set of standards or rubric, and then develops and engages in an intervention and assessment plan for any students of concern. In the event that a student has exhibited behaviors that are of concern to University administrators and/or community members, the CARE Team will assist the Dean of Students in assessing the care of any student of concern.

The key functions of the CARE Team include:

  • Educate the campus community about behaviors of concern.
  • Create a reporting and referral procedure for students of concern.
  • Provide support to faculty, staff, administration, and students in assisting individuals who display concerning or disruptive behaviors.
  • Serve as the central point of contact for individuals reporting concerning student behavior.
  • Accurately assess the risk posed by a report or series of reports.
  • Investigate, as necessary, a report to bring all available information to the Team for consideration.
  • Create and follow over-arching principles and guidelines in the form of operational protocol to assure that each case is managed with consistency and effectiveness.
  • Coordinate follow-up and intervention.

The CARE Team has direct authority to take action and coordinate intervention, without

University delay. Direct authority by the CARE Team may include recommendations for interim suspension actions, to enact recommendation for timely warnings, to enact recommendation for emergency notification, to enact recommendation for mandatory psychological assessment, and to recommend initiation of involuntary leave. As safety permits, a student will be required to meet with the Dean of Students and/or a designated member of the CARE Team to identify options to mitigate behavior that may threaten the safety of the student, others, and/or University community. During this meeting, the student will have the opportunity to discuss the concerning behavior(s), any recommended intervention plan, and CARE Team procedures.

CARE Team procedures, recommendations, and/or intervention plan will be implemented if it is determined that a student poses an immediate risk of danger or substantial threat to themselves, or to others, and/or the behavior causes an imminent threat of disruption of, or interference with the normal operation of the University.

As safety permits, after consulting with the University CARE Team, the Dean of Students, or their designee, determines if the recommendations are sufficient and will move forward with implementation. The Dean of Students will take all reasonable steps to contact the parents or legal guardian (if necessary) of a dependent student, and/or any University authorities deemed necessary. The University may direct the student to remove themselves from campus (i.e., all classes, residence halls/buildings, and all University activities) until the University is satisfied the student no longer presents an imminent or substantial threat to themselves, or to others.

During the period the student is off campus, the student may be required to meet with a

licensed mental health professional for a full evaluation. The evaluation must be based on the behavior, actions, and statements related to the imminent risk, as well as current medical knowledge to determine the nature, duration, and severity of risk. The findings of the full evaluation must be submitted to the Dean of Students or the Director of Counseling Services, who may also serve as a liaison to the provider conducting the evaluation.

After determining that the student is no longer an imminent threat to themselves, others, or to the University community and the normal operations of the University, the Dean of Students will authorize the student to return to the campus and participate in activities. The student’s eligibility for continuation on campus will be dependent upon their subsequent behavior and the absence of any renewed threat of harm or disruption on campus.

In some cases, interim leave or permanent withdrawal of the student from the university may be recommended and/or required. In no case will a student’s mental or physical condition itself be the basis for withdrawal by the University.

The CARE Team procedures do not take the place of the University grievance processes. Should the behavior violate the University Code of Conduct or University policies or regulations, the student may be subject to a necessary adjudication process, as deemed appropriate.