a student is concerned about another student
Students are often the first to know
when one of their friends, roommates, or peers is significantly
struggling. For this reason, students
are likely to be the most helpful in getting another student connected to appropriate
campus resources through the CARE network.
Often, students see and hear what the student is really experiencing and are able to provide insight into how this
student is doing in multiple areas of his or her life.
Students are encouraged to submit a CARE
Report when there is significant reason to be concerned about another
student. Whether this student is your
best friend, classmate, roommate or hall mate, significant other, teammate, or
fellow club member, the CARE system can be of assistance. While student situations will vary, the
following list provides some areas to consider when identifying a student of
- Disengaging or isolating – Is the student disengaging from activities of which
he or she was previously interested? Are
they staying in their room all day, missing meals, seeming uninterested in
previously enjoyed activities?
- Missing multiple classes and assignments – Is the student choosing not to go to class even
though there is a penalty for missing?
Are they falling behind in multiple classes or in multiple
assignments? Are they missing class because
of other, less important, activities (i.e. sleeping, playing video games, watching
change in the student’s behavior or appearance – Do you have concerns about a student’s
behavior? Is the student having trouble
connecting with peers? Have you noticed
a significant change in the student’s appearance or mood?
behaviors – Are you concerned about
the amount of alcohol the student is consuming?
Are they participating in behaviors that are unhealthy and have you
worried? Are they seemingly reckless
with their choices and actions?
- Receipt of
concerning information – Has the
student told you information that has you concerned for his or her
wellbeing? Do you feel that the student
could benefit from the support of a caring CMU staff member? Do you feel “in over your head”?
just doesn’t feel right – Are you
concerned about a fellow student, but aren’t sure why? There are times when your gut instinct tells
you that there is reason for concern, but you can only identify certain
behaviors or oddities that lead you to believe the student may need
assistance. Please submit a CARE Report
and let us know your thoughts.
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
If you have concerns about a student,
are unsure how to engage with a student of concern, or would like to talk
through a challenging situation, one-on-one consultations are available with
the CARE Team Coordinator. The meeting
can be held over the phone, in the Office of Student Affairs – wherever you
prefer. Appointments can be scheduled by
or organization presentations:
A member of the CARE Team is available
to provide presentations to your club or organization based on the club or
organization’s needs and desire for more information. If you or your club or organization would
like more information about working with students in distress, how/when to
submit a CARE Report, establishing healthy boundaries, or recognizing signs of
concerning behavior, please contact the CARE Team Coordinator to schedule an
For additional information see:
Questions to Consider Before Submitting a CARE Report
Information on Helping Others
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 www.counsel.cmich.edu for additional information on the center, community
referrals, self-help resources, and other related counseling information.
See also the following: Information on Helping Others