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Crisis Assessment & Risk Evaluation (CARE) Team

The purpose of the CARE Team is to track behavioral issues of students that have been identified as at risk, offer professional development for faculty and staff on when and how to report aberrant student behavior, and recommend policies and procedures that encourage intervention and assist to maintain a safe learning environment.

How can I identify a distressed student?

  • Has the student's personality changed?
  • Has the student's behavior changed?
  • Are the student's basic needs not being met (food, shelter)?
  • What kind of support does he/she have?

When do I report a student concern?

Depending on your role, you could be the first one to identify that a student is in need of help to provide them with resources that will benefit them during a challenging time. Many students are identified through journal entries, papers, or a shift in baseline behavior.

If a concern arises, we recommend you contact the student and speak privately and in person, if possible. If needed, refer them to an appropriate resource, such as:

Please know the CARE Team is here to help! If you feel a student's needs are beyond what you feel prepared to assist with, submit a Behavioral Referral Form. If you have any question on whether a situation or student should be reported you can contact the Dean of Students or Public Safety. If there is an immediate emergency, call 911.

For information on classroom behavior that may constitute reporting, read Examples of Disruptive vs. Dangerous Behaviors

Where do I report?

The Behavioral Referral Form is located in MyMotlow under the Employee Tab or Faculty Tab, and can be utilized by any Motlow employee.

Students spend most of their time in class; therefore, the CARE Team has put together a Classroom Response Flowchart to address various student concerns that arise in the classroom. This is meant to be a helpful document to determine where to report specific circumstances.

Classroom Response Flowchart related to Student Concerns/Crises

How can I find out the status of my student?

You will receive a response to indicate your report was received and is being reviewed. The student will be given the support and assistance they need by the College and community resources. Please note that often time's information can only be given out in general terms for confidentiality reasons and therefore employees often do not hear the outcome of each case. However, since the majority of reports are from faculty with students in the classroom, it is always appropriate to contact the Dean of Students if the case is impacting the course or grades. Often times, there is a need for faculty to provide information to the CARE Team for the wellbeing of the student.

How does the process for case determination work?

The CARE Team acts as the campus threat assessment team and Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). The NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool is used to determine if there is a threat to self or others. Most cases do not pose a threat and require behavioral intervention by a member of the team. If the Student Code of Conduct has been violated, the case is handled by the Dean of Students.

Policy 6:10:00:34: Crisis Assessment & Risk Evaluation (CARE) Team

Together, we all work to create a healthy and safe environment for our students and campus community … Because Motlow Cares.