The mission of the CARE Team is to support a safe and productive learning environment by addressing student behavioral concerns before becoming a crisis. The team provides consultations and interventions in matters of student concerns and conduct. When necessary, the team refers students to community and campus resources. For Code of Conduct violations, the team follows the student Code of Conduct due process and issues sanctions.
While interacting with students across the college, faculty and staff may be confronted with situations in which a student is displaying concerning behavior. The CARE Team model is designed to assist them.
Behaviors of concern might be observed in a number of settings: in the classroom, in college offices, public areas on campus, or during an extracurricular activity. By reporting behaviors that are concerning, the Behavioral Intervention Team will be able to reach out to students to intervene, provide support, and connect them with resources that can assist them.
The CARE Team is a team that meets regularly to serve five major functions for the campus
- Act in a proactive manner to assist students
- Maintain confidentiality and handle all matters discreetly
- Provide consultation and support to faculty and staff
- Connect students with needed resources
- Recommend interventions or sanctions
The CARE Team process does not replace faculty classroom management, disciplinary processes, and/or campus security responses to incidents.
The CARE Team model works within all current college policies and serves as a model to formalize current informal processes at the College.
The CARE Team is a cross-functional team of members from various areas of the campus community.
Maria Mitchell, Dean of Student Affairs
Kym Kleinsmith, Director of Disability Services and CARE Team
Kay Litman, Vice President of Enrollment Management
Kevin Coots, Dean of Instruction
Dr. Maria Perez, Director of Literacy Programs
Regina Oparanozie, Health Care Coordinator
Juan Ayala, Security Supervisor
Lizette Flowers, Title IX Coordinator
Ken Dearstyne, Senior Vice-President for Finance and Administrative Services/College Treasurer