The mission of the University of the Rockies CARE (Communication, Assessment, Response and Evaluation) Team is awareness and proactive intervention of issues relating to the safety, physical and mental health, and well-being of its online and Denver Instructional Site communities.
The CARE Team has adopted a caring and confidential program of identification, intervention, and response in order to provide students and staff with the greatest opportunity for success and the University community with the greatest level of protection.
The purposes of the CARE Team are:
- To receive and gather information regarding potentially harmful or disruptive behavior with regard to safety and rights of others and to minimize the disruption to the University community.
- To collaboratively recommend preventative and purposeful individualized interventions to ensure a safe environment where learning, personal growth, and professional development can occur.
- To follow up to determine if further intervention is needed, evaluate effectiveness of intervention strategies, and make further recommendations as warranted.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of behavior should be referred to the CARE Team?
Please refer only serious concerns regarding online or Denver Instructional Site student behavior that indicate the student may harm him/herself or others in the community but not immediate emergencies or life-threatening situations.
Note: For all immediate emergencies, including the following, PLEASE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY:
- A current danger to life or property
- A serious medical emergency (chest pains, seizures, bleeding, etc.)
- Fire (building, vehicle, brush, etc.)
- Crime in-progress (robbery, bullying, fights, etc.)
- Any other life threatening situations (traffic accident with injuries, active suicidal speech, etc.)
What is the difference between the CARE Team and Critical Support Team?
The CARE Team and Critical Support Team will work collaboratively to manage behavioral referrals for online or Denver Instructional Site students from students, faculty, and staff.
Critical Support will address urgent and immediate behavioral and threat concerns. Situations that typically warrant Critical Support response include:
- Suicidal/homicidal thoughts and/or threats
- Severe depression
- Trauma: Domestic violence/rape/loss of loved one
- Child abuse or endangerment
- Bizarre behavior or comments
- Hysterical phone/online communication
- Homelessness or extreme financial hardship
- Natural disaster where the student is in need of additional resources and support
- Any situation which evokes a sense of concern for the immediate safety of the student
In instances of urgent behavioral referrals, action taken by the Critical Support Team will be reviewed at the CARE Team meeting (following the referral).
Referrals to the CARE Team not meeting the definition of critical support will be addressed by the CARE Team at their next meeting (following the referral).
To contact Critical Support: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 866.621.0124.
Can I refer misconduct and academic integrity violations to the CARE Team?
Yes, you may refer these student issues to the CARE Team if the issue also includes a lower-level behavioral concern. The concern will then be evaluated and documented by the CARE team and communicated to the appropriate stakeholders.
How do I make a referral to the CARE Team?
Referrals may be made through the University’s website using the Student of Concern Referral Form, by phone (866.621.0124), email (CareTeam@Rockies.edu), or in person by contacting the Office of Student Affairs.
Will the person be informed of who made the referral?
The intention of the CARE Team is to maintain the highest possible level of confidentiality.
Is my referral confidential?
Yes. Any information that you submit will be handled confidentially with the purpose of assisting the student you have referred.
Who can make a CARE Team referral?
Anyone can make a CARE Team referral. Please refer only serious concerns regarding online or Denver Instructional Site student behavior that indicate the student may harm him/herself or others in the community but not immediate emergencies or life-threatening situations.
What happens to the person who is being referred?
If the CARE Team determines that the student’s behavior merits intervention, the CARE Team will contact the person to discuss his/her behavior and the team's recommended intervention.
How will I know the situation has been addressed?
The CARE Team will address every report brought to the committee. However, you may not be privy to the outcome of an investigation based on factors involved and student's privacy.
Please complete the online Student of Concern Referral Form to refer a student to the CARE Team.