T-Ducks in a Row # 119 – Richland College Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team

WHAT? A Richland College Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team has been established to extend and promote the Richland College culture of caring for students, faculty, and staff and to help nurture and sustain an environment of civility, respect, and safety in our classrooms and throughout campus.

WHO? Lakeside Resource Center licensed professional counselors, in collaboration with the Student Development Division, School of Learning Enrichment and Academic Development, Human Resources, and College Police initiated this CARE Team program.

HOW? The mission of the Richland College CARE Team is to:
• connect students with appropriate campus support services;
• provide referrals to community resources and agencies as needed;
• monitor the progress of referred students, faculty, or staff;
• report concerns through an online website: http://www.richlandcollege.edu/cares/referral.php and
• refer students or college employees in personal emergency situations to the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) chaired by the Vice President of Student Development.

WHO SHOULD BE REFERRED?
If certain unusual behavior causes you to become concerned about the personal safety of a student, faculty member, or staff member to themselves or others or the safety of the college campus, please make a referral to the CARE Team online at http://www.richlandcollege.edu/cares/referral.php

WHEN? The CARE Team’s motto is “If you see something, say something.” This initiative encourages Richlanders to report concerns about students and staff members potentially in personal crisis so that intervention assistance can be provided. Instances to be observed and reported are:
• alarming references to the use of guns, ammunition, or bombs on campus or in the community
• outbursts of anger
• self-injury (cutting, binging, purging)
• signs of alcohol/drug abuse
• suicidal remarks or attempts
• threats made to other students, staff members, or members of the community
• unusual or exaggerated emotional responses
• verbal or physical threats

WHAT ELSE? CARE Team Co-chairs Ellicia Money, licensed professional counselor, in E084K at 214-890-3861 or LaShawn Grant, college director of human resources, in H102A at 972-238-6241 can be contacted for additional information.