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CARE

Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team

If something is happening or has happened and you are not sure

who to talk to about it or how to get help, contact the CARE Team.  


If this is an emergency call 911


To Report a Concern to the CARE Team, click here or type into your browser:  https://www.pierpont.edu/current-students/student-services/counseling-center/CARE/report 


Mission Statement:

The CARE team is committed to improving individual and community safety through a proactive, collaborative, coordinated, and objective approach to the prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, and management of situations that pose, or may reasonably pose, a threat to self and others, and this includes the safety and well-being of the entire campus community. To see what is deemed reportable behavior, go to Report a Concern (above).  

Core Members:

Scope/Objectives:

  • Gathering information about situations/persons of concern. Focus is harm to self and others, including threats with the potential to become violent (as is the case with threat assessment teams).This may also expand to include behaviors by others, besides students, on or off campus.
  • Assessing the information about each case in a systematic way to determine the most effective response for that particular person and situation.
  • Defining the plan/response to address the needs of both the individual and the safety of the community. The plan should consider specifics about who, when, where, and how the situation will be managed (referral, follow-up by CARE Team).
  • Implementing /facilitating the response in a way that de-escalates a potential crisis, reduces or removes threats, and attends to the needs of the individual who is demonstrating disturbed and/or disturbing behavior. The team itself acts in advisory (when following) and coordinating (when referring) roles.
  • Monitoring the disposition of a case, if this is determined to be needed, to gauge whether any additional follow-up is needed, whether the response was effective, and what lessons may be learned for future cases, especially in terms of implications for school policies and procedures.

 

The dual purpose of housing these functions under one team’s purview is:

  • To prevent any particular instance of disturbed or disturbing behavior from falling through the organizational cracks; and
  • To connect disparate (and therefore seemingly innocuous or less troubling) pieces of information that may indicate a more serious or acute problem, in the hope of preventing a dangerous or critical outcome or event.

 

Procedures

  1. 1. The team will be notified about the situation/person of concern by one or more of the following avenues:
    • Web form on CARE team page on the college’s website
    • Email, phone call, in person communication by a concerned member of the campus community to any of the core CARE Team members (the web form should always be completed for record-keeping purposes)
    • Residence Life/ Judicial Affairs (the web form should always be completed for record-keeping purposes)
  2. 2. Team will convene either in-person or via web conferencing on demand to answer the following questions:
    • What is the behavior?
    • Where is the behavior occurring?
    • Which (if any) policies are being broken?
    • How does the behavior affect the community?
    • Is the identified student/person in imminent danger or an imminent danger to the community?
    • Are there any past documented incidents/behaviors?
    • Were there any prior interventions? 
    • What do we know about the student’s academic (or job) performance or mental health history?
    • Is there a documented disability?
    • What are the ethical/legal issues (Confidentiality, ADA)?
    • What other information is needed?
    • What are the response options?
  3. 3. Team will determine appropriate threat status based on NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool (no threat, mild through extreme threat), and how it will be managed (referral, follow-up, referral and follow-up, neither referral nor follow-up).
  4. 4. If needed, Team will monitor the situation or the outcome of intervention/disposition after referral (e.g., reconvene within a certain time frame).
  5. 5. Team will document and keep record of procedures.

 

 

 

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