What is the CARE Team?
The CARE (Coordination, Assessment, Response, and Education) Team exists to address potentially unsafe situations or behaviors that disrupt a student's academic or social wellbeing within the Dickinson community. We hope to intervene early to help students showing signs of distress or engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors. The team reviews individual cases and coordinates an appropriate action plan for response.
The team is comprised of administrators and seeks to review information from various areas across campus to provide a whole view of the situation. It includes the Associate Dean of Students (team chair), Executive Director of the Wellness Center, Executive Director of the Center for Advising, Internships, and Lifelong Career Development, Chief of Public Safety, and the Vice President & Dean of Student Life. As needed, the team will include other administrators who may provide assistance given their relationship with the student. The team meets weekly to review cases and incorporate any additional concerns.
The mission of the CARE Team is to:
- Coordinate a structured method for addressing student behaviors that cause distress in the Dickinson community, including mental health and/or safety issues
- Assess the whole situation, combining information from various areas across campus
- Respond balancing the individual needs of the student and those of the greater campus community
- Educate the Dickinson community by creating awareness and providing access to resources for student support
Examples of situations requiring intervention: self-harm behavior, suicidal ideation or attempt (behaviors include talk of suicide or suicidal action); erratic behavior that disrupts the mission and/or normal proceedings of college students, faculty, staff, or community; health risks that need continual monitoring.
Community members are encouraged if they SEE SOMETHING, TO SAY SOMETHING by alerting the CARE team of any potentially unhealthy situation.