Campus Response Evaluation Team
Campus Response Evaluation Team

As a member of the Benedictine community, you may sometimes be concerned about the well-being or safety of a student, faculty or staff member, or guest on campus. The Campus Response Evaluation (CARE) Team encourages you to share your concerns with the team.

When to Refer a Person to the CARE Team

Please report a concern if the person is: 

  • Exhibiting unusual behavior.
  • Showing changes in normal behavior patterns.
  • Disruptive to the learning or living community.
  • Showing a decline in their quality of work.

This list is meant to be a guideline and is not inclusive. If there is an imminent threat to self or others, call Benedictine University Police at (630) 829-6666 and/or 9-1-1.

CARE Team Referral Form

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

Call (800) 273-8255
(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Visit the website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Crisis Intervention Unit - DuPage County Health Department 

Call (630) 627-1700
(24 hours a day, 7 days a week) 

Visit the website at dupagehealth.org/access-and-crisis-center.

 
 
 

CARE Team Referral Form

 
 

Mission, Policy and Procedure 

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.

Policy

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.

CARE Team

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:

  • Student Life
  • Human Resources
  • Advising Center
  • University Police
  • Academic Affairs

(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:

  • Human Resources
  • University Police
  • Academic Affairs
Procedure
Team Operations

Benedictine University has established the CARE Team to engage in the behavior assessment and management on behalf of the University. These efforts include:

  1. Identifying people and situations of concern, to include developing and implementing strategies and materials to help encourage the University community to report threats and other troubling or disturbing behavior exhibited by current or former students, current or former employees and or guest/visitors;
  2. Gathering information from multiple sources (on campus and outside the institution) regarding the person or situation of concern;
  3. Evaluating the information gathered to determine whether the person or situation of concern poses a threat of violence, self-harm or both;
  4. Developing, implementing and monitoring case management plans to reduce any threat posed, using available resources and requesting the University’s assistance to secure resources where needed.

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:

  • Respond to CARE reports which may range from class attendance concerns to violence. 
  • Investigate the situation by consulting with the reporter. 
  • Determine the action plan – which CARE members should participate and recommend appropriate actions? 
  • Respond quickly to behavior indicating a student, faculty or staff member or visitor who poses a risk to self or others. 
  • Identify resources for troubled students and personnel and make referrals to appropriate campus and off-campus resources. 
  • Help secure therapeutic actions that are appropriate, such as treatment or counseling. 
  • Notify, within Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)/Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines, parents, guardians and/or next of kin. 
  • Initiate action to place a student/employee in the custody of a mental health facility capable of supporting specific behaviors. 
  • Periodically assess outcomes of actions taken.
 

Team Members

Marco Masini
Vice President for Student Life
(630) 829-6006
mmasini@ben.edu

Derek Ferguson
Chief of University Police
(630) 829-1101
dferguson@ben.edu

Betsy Rhinesmith
Associate Director, Human Resources
(630) 829-6412
brhinesmith@ben.edu

Jon Miller
Associate Dean for Student Life
(630) 829-6515
jmiller@ben.edu

Alice Sima
Director, Pre-Professional Health Programs
(630) 829-6585
asima@ben.edu

Anne Baysinger
Associate Director, Advising Center
(630) 829-1123
abaysinger@ben.edu

Paul Nelson
Assistant Director, Athletics
(630) 829-6144
pnelson@ben.edu

Erica Conrad
Attorney, Compliance/Contracts
(630) 829-6430
econrad@ben.edu

Student Life

Marco Masini
Vice President for Student Life
(630) 829-6124
mmasini@ben.edu

Luba Baranivsky
Assistant to the VP
lbaranivsky@ben.edu

Krasa Student Center, Room 175
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.