The mission of the CARE Team is to serve the University community by effectively responding to referrals of students, faculty and staff who are experiencing distress, engaging in harmful or disruptive behavior, or who are at risk of jeopardizing their academic success or employment security; providing policy recommendations that further prevention, intervention and response efforts for the community and its members; and fulfilling the University’s obligation to operate a behavior assessment and management process consistent with best practices for higher education.
It is recommended that all higher education institutions develop and operate a behavior assessment and management process. Benedictine University has established the CARE Team to adhere to the component of the national standard.
Benedictine University has established the CARE Team to engage in the behavioral assessment and management on behalf of the University. CARE functions as the oversight team and includes representatives from the following:
(In addition, CARE may involve representative(s) from specific areas or offices both for information gathering and for case management.)
Benedictine University has established the Faculty, Staff and Visitor(s) Team (FSV) to coordinate support services and is an administrative response to crises involving Benedictine University faculty, staff and visitor(s). This team reports referrals to the director of Human Resources. Note: referrals for visitors are reported to the Police Department. The membership of FSV includes representatives from the following:
Benedictine University has established the CARE Team to engage in the behavior assessment and management on behalf of the University. These efforts include:
The CARE Team has developed a set of standard operating procedures to be used in each case it handles, to ensure due process as well as consistent use of the process. These operational procedures are consistent with the “Best Practices” in the Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act. CARE will address and delineate its work from that of the FSV. CARE will also engage in an annual review of situations addressed to ensure consistency with its mission statement as well as engage in strategic planning for the coming year.
The following are highlights of the CARE Team’s responsibilities/plans of remediation: