A proactive approach to helping students in distress in non-emergency situations.
What We Do
The Care and Prevention Team is a campus resource for faculty and staff to refer students experiencing distress, and/or displaying alarming, problematic, disruptive student behavior. The team responds to non-emergency concerns and uses a proactive approach to discuss potential problems, intervene early, and develop appropriate courses of action for referred students. The goal is to support students who may be in distress and/or whose behavior is of concern to others before they rise to crisis levels.
The Care and Prevention Team advances the college’s mission of providing a safe and inclusive learning environment that supports students in achieving their individual and diverse educational goals. The team works collaboratively with other members of the college community and proactively identifies, assesses, and mitigates worrisome student behaviors or signs of student distress to enhance health, safety and wellbeing on campus.
The Care and Prevention Team will help enhance the college’s commitment to support and care for students in non-emergency situations. The team will enhance college community members’ knowledge about when and where to refer students for additional support, and it will serve as a contact point and support service for college community members who have concerns about a student. The team will broaden the sense of responsibility among college community members for the wellbeing of students and the safety of the college.
The team has evolved over time and now consists of members across the college who represent management, faculty and staff. Team members are chosen by virtue of the roles they play at the college and include representatives from the following departments:
- Campus Police: x4300
- Student Judicial Affairs: x4220
- Center for Wellness and Wellbeing: x4503
- Health Services Center: x4262
- Ombuds Office: x3986
- Counseling: x4210
- Center for Students with Disabilities: x4265
- International Education Center: x4217
- Academic Affairs: x4405
- Human Resources and Title IX: x4415
- Case Management: x4192
- Legal Counsel
We rely on YOU, our campus community partners, to refer student who may be experiencing distress or exhibiting worrisome behaviors. Once a referral is received, the team uses tools provided by the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association to
Gather and analyze information
Engage the student and assess needs of those impacted
Determine and implement plans for students of concern
Provide and make referrals for advice, support, and assistance
The full team meets for 2 – 3 hours twice a month, and a “core team” meets weekly. Emergency meetings are called when necessary. The team’s work is guided by four principles:
- ensure campus safety
- maintain an effective learning environment
- ensure the welfare of the student
- respect the student’s legal rights
To learn more about the team and our work, please see the links provided below.