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Consult with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Dean of Students Office, or Housing and Residence Life or complete a CARE team referral if you notice any of the following:

  • A problem situation that is potentially dangerous.
  • Repeated, tearful phone calls home.
  • Feelings of homesickness that last for weeks, without apparent adjustment.
  • Evidence of isolation.
  • Significant weight loss.
  • Frequent illness or fatigue.
  • Significant changes in behavior or mood.
  • Signs of depression.

In addition to consulting with any of the above University offices, encourage your student to set-up an appointment with a counselor in CAPS before problems become serious. Our counselors are available to help determine options for dealing with stressors, both common and extraordinaire, that may interfere with normal activities and contribute to health problems if left unattended. If the situation is one in which we are unable to assist your student, we will help locate the appropriate assistance either in another office on campus or through other community agencies and resources.

If at any time you need individual one-on-one assistance to discuss a situation involving your student, do not hesitate to call us and speak with one of our professionally trained counselors. We can be reached Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (812-464-1867). 


Assistance is also available through the USI CARE Team, which is a cross-functional assessment group, chaired by the Dean of Students. This team, of which CAPS is a part, works collaboratively to provide confidential, respectful, and proactive support and resources. The CARE Team centralizes the reporting of information, publicizes current policy, and encourages early intervention.

Anyone (students, parents, faculty/staff, community members) can make a CARE Team referral when they know of a student in need or when they are concerned about a student's behavior. Please go to the CARE Team website to learn more about the CARE Team and how to make a referral. Although not encouraged, referrals may be made anonymously.