Who can make a CARE Team referral?
Anyone who feels a student’s behavior is concerning can make a CARE Team referral, including students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members.
What do I do if I know a student who may need to be referred to
the CARE Team?
If you feel there is an immediate threat, call the Office of Public Safety
To make a non-emergency referral, use the CARE Team Reporting Form. You may also contact the Dean of Students Office at 812/464-1862. You will be asked for basic information about the student, how to contact you (in case the CARE Team has follow-up questions), and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.
Can I make an anonymous referral?
- An anonymous referral can be made by submitting an online CARE Team Reporting Form.
- A Silent Witness Report form can also be submitted. This is done through the Office of Public Safety webpage at http://www.usi.edu/security/silent-witness-report-form
IMPORTANT NOTE: Submission of either form will not result in an immediate emergency response from the Office of Public Safety. If you require immediate assistance, call the Office of Public Safety at x7777 or 812/464-1845 from any off-campus phone or cell phone. Call 911 for all off-campus emergencies. Please inform the Office of Public Safety or the Dean of Students Office so that they can reach out to the student(s) as appropriate.
What happens after I make the referral?
The CARE Team evaluates the information and makes a decision about whether the student should be assessed and/or interviewed. Reporting, however, is the most critical step.
What happens to the student in the CARE Team process?
The CARE Team provides students with confidential, respectful, proactive support, while offering resources and balancing the educational needs of students with the overall mission of the University of Southern Indiana.
How do I know if a concerning behavior is a CARE Team issue, or is more appropriately handled by other campus resources?
You do not have to make this determination. The most critical step is that you report the concerning behavior to the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Public Safety or file a CARE Team Reporting Form online. If another campus resource is more appropriate, the CARE Team will refer the student and handle the transfer of information.
NOTE: Never promise confidentiality to student(s) if they share information with you that may require you to file a CARE Team Reporting Form with the CARE Team.
The above policies and procedures were adapted from guidelines developed at the University of California San Diego, Mills College, and Webster University.