When parents are concerned about their son or daughter
Parents offer a unique and valuable perspective to the CARE network, often providing historical information about their son or daughter that helps the CARE Team better conceptualize the student’s behaviors, struggles, and how to successfully approach him or her with reasonable options.
Parents are encouraged to submit a CARE Report when there is a significant reason to be concerned about a student. Whether this student is your son or daughter, a roommate, or family friend, the CARE system can be of assistance. While parent’s perspectives will vary, the following list provides some suggested contributions that families can offer:
- Is the student missing multiple classes?
- Is there something going on in your family (i.e. death, divorce, other significant event) that may negatively affect the student’s performance?
- Have you noticed a significant change in the student’s behavior?
- Has the student been ill for a long period of time?
- Is the student presenting in distress (i.e. feeling incredibly overwhelmed, talking about “wanting to give up,” presenting other signs of significant stress)
- Is the student isolating him or herself?
Please consider filing a CARE Report if you have concerns that may require additional support from multiple offices on campus. While one of the concerns listed above, alone, may not trigger a CARE Report, a combination of these concerns may be cause for concern. Any information you submit may initiate the process of identifying a student in distress, or may add to information we already have about a student of concern.
Submit a CARE Report
CARE related resources available to parents:
If you would like to discuss your concern or share information about the student prior to submitting a CARE Report, the CARE Team Coordinator, Deanna Johnson, can be of assistance. In some cases, Deanna can suggest offices on campus that can appropriately support the student of concern prior to enacting the CARE network. Other times, Deanna may suggest that you submit a CARE Report so the team can assist in reaching out to the student through multiple university offices. Deanna can be contacted by leaving a message on the CARE Line at 989-774-2273.
For additional information see:
Additional CARE-related information
If you would like additional information about the CARE Report system and how the CARE Team identifies, supports and assists students in or heading toward distress, please contact Deanna Johnson, the CARE Team Coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs. Deanna can be reached by leaving a message on the CARE Line at 989-774-2273.
If you believe a friend would benefit from using the services provided by CMU’s Counseling Center, or have questions about the resources it offers, please contact the Counseling Center. Counselors are available to discuss your concerns and offer suggestions based upon the confidential counseling and counseling-related resources that are available at the Counseling Center. The center can be contacted at 989-774-3381. See the Counseling Center’s website for additional information on the center, community referrals, self-help resources, and other related counseling information.
See also the following: Information on Helping Others