The questions below are meant to help
in making a decision about whether or not a CARE Report is submitted. They are
intended to help reporters determine whether their concern about a student
is best addressed through the CARE system or if another approach
using other campus resources would be of greater benefit to the student.
You are welcome to contact the CARE
Team Coordinator, Tom Idema, to discuss your concern prior to making a
CARE report. Tom's contact information is:
of Student Affairs
Individuals are encouraged to consider
the following questions; and to submit a CARE Report via the link below for those situations that
CARE Team action may be of assistance to the student.
Questions to consider before submitting
a CARE Report
- Have you
noticed a change in the student’s behavior? For example, the student was
attending class regularly and has stopped showing up, the student is
looking more and more disheveled and “out of it”, the student’s academic
performance is declining, the student’s behavior is erratic, or the student states he or she is considering self-harm or suicide.
- Is the
student presenting to you in a
way that has you concerned for his/her wellbeing?
For example, the student is making poor choices, you
have received a concerning email from the student,
the student doesn’t seem to have many
social connections, the student presents as angry or confrontational.
- Does the student need support from multiple campus resources? Determine whether the concern should be addressed by connecting the student with more then one other office on campus.
- Is the
student experiencing multiple levels of distress? For example, poor
academic performance and looking disheveled, student stops
attending class and responding to your attempts to reach out, you
have reason to believe the student may be experiencing hardships in living
outside of what you are able to actually see or hear.
- Do you have concerns that this student may harm him/herself
or others? If yes, please review Students Health, Safety and Behavior Procedures to Follow
- Is your concern great enough to enlist multiple campus resources? The CARE system is designed to determine if a student is experiencing a level of distress that necessitates checking in with campus resources (e.g., Residence Life, Academic Advising, Student Disability Services, CMU Police, Office of Student Affairs, etc.) before contacting the student directly. The purpose of reaching out to these offices is to determine if the student has presented concerns to other university departments and to determine: 1) Who is the best person to reach out to the student; and 2) With all the information available, what is the best course of action to intervene with the student to provide support and assistance.
If you answered “yes” to one or more of
these questions, please submit a CARE Report.
If you are uncertain about whether or
not it is appropriate to submit a CARE Report, please consider doing so. In the spirit of erring on the side of
caution, we always welcome more information rather than less information.
If you remain uncertain about whether
to submit a CARE Report, Care Team Coordinator Tom Idema is available for consultation.
You can reach Tom at:
of Student Affairs