The CARE Team evaluates and addresses student behavior that may be cause for concern and coordinates resources on campus to intervene and provide support to students. The team includes a multidisciplinary group of administrators who meet regularly to identify patterns and trends in individual or group behavior and address incidents that may impact a student’s well-being. Assistance is provided to students experiencing stressful or difficult situations while also taking the needs of the greater campus community into consideration. Each case is managed individually, with resources coordinated to ensure comprehensive response, care and follow up.
Common Signs of Distress
- Missing class, falling asleep in class or missed exams
- Dramatic change in energy level, personality, mood or behavior
- Significant changes in weight or hygiene
- Noticeable physical signs such as cuts, bruises, burns
- Expressions of hopelessness, fear or worthlessness (in assignments or papers)
It is not uncommon for a student to have an “off day,” and a student may display one of these signs in isolation. However, if a student is continually displaying the signs above, or similar signs, it is best to take caution and discuss your concerns. A simple check-in can be made with the student to better understand a situation, or concerns can be discussed with a CARE Team administrator/member.
CARE Team Procedures
- Meet monthly to review possible concerns.
- Assess concern, explore outcomes and create action steps.
- Detailed records regarding concern, action step and outcome are held in a secure system.
- All members use discretion, and information discussed at the meetings remains within the team unless necessary to notify or consult with others. The safety of the individual and community has priority over privacy.
Faculty and staff are responsible for reporting behavior that is concerning. Any information that a faculty or staff member receives through email, electronic class postings, listervs, blogs, assignments, social media or in person should be reported.
The team does not oversee student conduct, policies or procedures as defined in the Student Handbook. Student conduct policy concerns should be directed to the associate dean of students. In addition, the team does not manage immediate/emergency threats to an individual or group. In the case of an emergency, call the Office of Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325 or 911.
Behavioral Intervention Team
The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) promotes campus safety by evaluating and addressing concerns about violence, and potential violence. Identify threats of harm (and potential threats) by discussing and evaluating information given to the team. This may include early warning signs that are discussed in a CARE Team meeting. Students may be referred to the BIT if there is a concern that they may be at risk of harming themselves, others or are at risk of causing a significant disturbance on campus. The behavior does not need to be illegal.
- Erratic behavior (including online behavior) that disrupts the normal proceedings of students, faculty or staff
- Implication of harm to themselves or others
- Direct threat of harm to themselves or others
- Display of a weapon
- Delusional thinking, hallucinations
- Threatening or aggressive correspondence (letters, emails, texts)
- Clearly noticeable changes in behavior that could cause concern
- Meet on an as-needed basis when a concerning behavior is reported. This may be through a security report, CARE Team report, RA report, police report or faculty/staff/student report.
- Assess the threat.
- Determine appropriate intervention or action to be taken.