CARE: Crisis, Assessment, Response and Education
—Betsy Leebron Tutelman, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Students
Looking out for student well-being is an important and often difficult undertaking at a university of 37,000 students. Temple University’s Crisis Assessment, Response and Education (CARE) Team is a central group where members of the Temple community can bring their concerns about students they consider at risk of endangering themselves or others in the university community. The CARE Team was formalized following the Virginia Tech shootings to provide a central resource for those troubled by students’ problematic behaviors. Typical CARE Team referrals include matters of self injury, suicide attempts, depression, aggression, intimidation, harassment, erratic behavior, relationship or other physical violence, substance abuse, serious academic difficulty and a wide range of other issues.
The CARE Team is comprised of representatives from Campus Safety Services; the Division of Student Affairs, including University Housing and Residential Life, Disability Resources and Services and Tuttleman Counseling; the Faculty Senate; the Office of Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies; the Office of the Senior Vice Provost/Dean of Students, including the Office of Student Conduct; Student Health Services and University Counsel. The team, convened by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Stephanie Ives, Ed.D., assesses each referral and develops and implements proactive responses that include strategies for supporting the student in need as well as those in the Temple community who might be affected.
This year, the team added a faculty colleague, Lois Millner, MSW, Ph.D., from the College of Health Professions and Social Work, who brings an important perspective to the committee and serves as a liaison to faculty. The team meets weekly to consider new students who have been referred and to provide updates on those students with whom they are still in consultation.
Faculty, staff or administrators who are concerned about a student can make a referral through any member of the CARE Team. See the CARE Team website for a list of members and a review of the referral process: http://www.temple.edu/studentaffairs/CARETeam.htm.
Often referrals are made directly to the Associate VP for Student Affairs (Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-204-6556),
Campus Safety Services (email@example.com, 215-204-7900),
Dean of Students (firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-204-7188),
or the faculty representative (Lois.email@example.com, 215-204-6040).
The CARE team, which works to protect the privacy of all parties involved, is a vital support system for our campus.