Student C.A.R.E. (Campus Awareness & Risk Evaluation) Committee

The Student C.A.R.E. Committee receives and responds to reports of concerning student behavior and works to ensure a proper response to students whose behavior may be disruptive or harmful to themselves or others. In cases deemed appropriate for C.A.R.E. involvement, the committee will assign members to meet with the student, determine a course of action, and provide a report to the Dean of Student Affairs.

When concerns arise, C.A.R.E. will gather information and address the situation in a manner that takes into consideration the student's actions, the student's needs, and the potential impact on the campus community.

C.A.R.E. is comprised of faculty from each of the colleges and a representative from Student Affairs. The committee chairperson is appointed by the Dean of Student Affairs. Representatives from Student Counseling and University Police serve as consultants to the committee.

C.A.R.E. case involvement:

  1. Appropriate: Concerning behaviors (as listed below) are the primary focus of the committee.
  2. Inappropriate: Dangerous behaviors that violate the Student Code of Conduct or are of imminent threat to the student or the campus community are beyond the scope of the committee. Disciplinary matters must be addressed through proper administrative channels.

Definitions:

  1. Concerning behavior (including but not limited to):
    • Bizarre thoughts or behavior
    • Withdrawal or isolation from others
    • Deteriorating personal hygiene
    • Frequent displays of anger
    • Behavior that can be reasonably interpreted as threatening
    • Harassment or intimidation
    • Erratic behavior that disrupts the normal proceedings of students, staff or faculty
    • Excessive use of substances
    • Verbal or written expression of suicidal thoughts
    • Behavior that results in concerns about personal safety
    • Posting of disturbing material on social media
    • Unacceptable use of profanity or pejorative language
    • Disordered eating
    • Failure to respect the rights of others
    • Behavior that has resulted in involuntary medical care for mental health or substance abuse issues
  2. Dangerous Behaviors (beyond the scope of C.A.R.E.)
    • Physical violence
    • Explicit threat of violence toward any person or part of the Upstate campus community
    • Highly disruptive behavior including hostile, aggressive, bullying, intimidating and/or violent behaviors
    • Suicidal actions or self-injury
    • Threat to self or self-harm
    • Stalking
    • Destruction of property
    • Possession of weapons
    • Sexual assault

Matters not appropriate for C.A.R.E. intervention:

  1. High Risk Behavior - all circumstances of clear and imminent danger that may result in physical harm (to self or others) or damage of property. University Police (464-4000) should be notified immediately and Dean of Student Affairs (464-4816) informed without delay.
  2. Suicide Risk
    1. Referral to Student Counseling is indicated for concerns about student self-harm. (464-3120, Ext. 8)
    2. University Police should be contacted immediately for threatened suicide or suicide in progress (464-4000) and the Dean of Student Affairs informed without delay.
  3. Disruptive Behavior
    1. Faculty or staff who observe or learn about highly disruptive behavior in class or elsewhere should contact the Dean of Student Affairs without delay.
    2. University Police (464-4000) should be called in a situation of escalating concern.

Procedure:

  1. C.A.R.E. meets at least quarterly, but shall meet as frequently as necessary to address active cases or referrals.
  2. Reports of concerning student behavior may be submitted by any member of the Upstate campus community to the C.A.R.E. chair, Dean of Student Affairs, or any member of the committee via an email or in person.
  3. The report is reviewed by the committee chair and two committee members are assigned to meet with the student, preferably within 48 hours from the day the report is received.
  4. Assigned committee members meet with the student to discuss the concerning behavior, contributing factors and to assess the student’s perspective on how and why the situation has developed and how it might be resolved. Some cases may require additional investigational steps including further observation of the student, interviews with individuals who have a personal connection to the student, consultation with Student Counseling, and/or guidance from University Counsel. The Dean of Student Affairs will be informed at each stage of the process.
  5. The full committee may be convened to consider the most appropriate course of action. A written report including their collective opinion concerning the behavior of the student and recommendations for resolution/disposition of the case will be presented to the Dean at the conclusion of the investigation. Matters of greater urgency shall require an expedited report to the Dean of Student Affairs for action.
  6. A record of each case will be maintained by the committee chair and the Dean of Student Affairs.

C.A.R.E. Committee Membership:

  1. Joan O'Brien (Chair), College of Health Professions
  2. Sharon Huard, Student Affairs
  3. Patricia Powers, College of Nursing
  4. David Mitchell, College of Graduate Studies
  5. Tom Poole/John Folk, College of Medicine
  6. Jarrod Bagatell, Employee/Student Health