The CARE Team assists students who have been identified by student/staff/faculty as suffering from mental health issues. This interdepartmental team connects students with the appropriate services and monitors their progress in an effort to ensure their general well-being, academic success and progress, and in order to maintain a healthier and safer college.
The mission of the CARE Team is to: Assist in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the students and members of the college community from student behaviors which are a concern, while balancing the educational needs of the student and the academic mission of the college.
Behavioral Intervention Teams (CARE Teams) have been and are being created at colleges across the country to meet 3 basic needs that are found on each college:
Students with mental health issues need to be identified and connected to appropriate services.
In the Virginia Tech incident in 2007, which left 33 dead:
Earliest possible identification of troubled students, with appropriate services provided and follow-up monitoring involved, give us the best possible chance of preventing serious violence on our college.
Neither those with emotional issues nor those around them can focus properly on academic work:
Commitment to student success includes dealing with mental health issues of students in a manner which allows both the student and those around them to have the best possible opportunity for academic success.