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C.A.R.E. Team

The Office of Student Wellbeing is committed to the health and safety of each of our students. We prioritize this commitment through the Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation Team (C.A.R.E. Team)

The C.A.R.E. Team exists to serve and support the well-being and safety of each member of our community.  In order to support our community it is important to have a space to address all students of concern. A student of concern is any student who may benefit from any additional support or connection to resources. This may include but is not limited to, any student who has experienced the loss of a loved one, is in need of additional academic or financial support, is dealing with any physical or mental health challenges, or has expressed harm to self or harm to others. Our desire is to partner with students as they navigate these challenges and connect them to the best available resources.  

When a student is brought to the attention of the C.A.R.E. Team, the team will assess the level of concern and address the concern accordingly. Our team understands the sensitivity of this information and therefore prioritizes keeping this information confidential in accordance with FERPA guidelines.

Please utilize the C.A.R.E. Team referral form below if you are concerned for a student. This is an important step to better support all students and cultivate a healthier campus community.

C.A.R.E. Team Referral

Who we are: 

The C.A.R.E. Team is made up of individuals in offices across the campus who have expertise in student development, behavioral assessments and intervention, and resource connection. Below is a list of the Office titles that make up the C.A.R.E. Team. 

  • C.A.R.E. Team Chair- Dean of Student Wellbeing
  • Dean of Housing and Residence Life
  • Vice Academic Provost, Student Support Services
  • Chief of Security
  • Director of University Counseling Center
  • Director of Community Standards
  • Student Care Coordinator
  • Director of Health Center
  • AVP for Risk Management, Title IX
  • Director of Accessibility
  • Pharmacy Professor
  • Director of Community Life
  • Director of Veteran Affairs
  • Legal Counsel

Student situations that might be assessed by the C.A.R.E. TEAM include, but are not limited to, the following:

Academic signs 

  • Deterioration in quality or quantity of work
  • Repeated absences or lateness from class or commitments
  • Disorganized or erratic performance
  • Falling asleep in class

Physical Signs

  • Change in energy level - either an increase or decrease 
  • Change in personal hygiene or appearance
  • Frequent state of intoxication
  • Changes in diet or weight-either weight gain or loss

Emotional Signs

  • Emotional outbursts including anger, irritation, sadness, or extreme happiness
  • Withdrawing from friends or previously enjoyed activities
  • Expressions of hopelessness and fear
  • General low mood

Suicidal Warning signs 

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling trapped or wanting to “escape”
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Writing about death, dying, or suicide
  • Giving away favorite possessions
  • A sudden and dramatic increase in mood can also indicate that an individual is considering suicide levels

Additional questions?

Please contact Dannie Woods, Dean of Student Wellbeing and C.A.R.E. Team chair.
Office Number: 615-966-6283
Her office is located on the first floor of the Bennett Campus Center.

The C.A.R.E. Team is not an emergency response team. Call 911 in the case of an emergency and/or campus Security & Safety at 615-966-7600