C.A.R.E. meets on a quarterly basis or sooner, if need be, and supports individuals outside of their peer network, to identify academic, social, personal troubles and/or disruptive behavior and direct those individuals to the necessary assistance they may need to resolve their problems. Any individual member of the campus community, internal or external, may report confidentially to C.A.R.E., their concerns or observation, through a university web link to C.A.R.E. They may also contact the University Police or any member of C.A.R.E., regardless of whether or not a code of conduct violation has occurred, with the understanding that their identity will remain confidential.
TAT meets on a monthly basis or sooner, if need be, and is called when a person of concern is identified. This person could show signs of suicidal ideation, attempts, threats or gestures, behavior determined to be, or of concern, that may be potentially destructive or violent to self or others. TAT is a subgroup of C.A.R.E. and members of C.A.R.E. are also members of TAT so there is consistent communication.
CAmpus response evaluation TEAM (C.A.R.E.)
The mission of the C.A.R.E. 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.
C.A.R.E. serves as a point of referral for all individuals who are concerned about the physical, emotional, academic or financial health of another individual. C.A.R.E. can assess the situation, offer support and provide information regarding appropriate resources on and off campus. C.A.R.E. provides ongoing policy and procedure recommendations. For students, notification to a student’s parents/guardian by the University’s attending physician or administrator may occur when deemed necessary.
This multi-disciplinary approach to identifying and developing plans of remediation also include services in intervention from local psychiatric facilities to include Linden Oakes Hospital, Naperville, Illinois, which provides 24 hours/day, 7 days/week inpatient and outpatient services. C.A.R.E. may require a mandatory evaluation, with a recommendation from the facility that the individual referred no longer poses a threat to the campus community. C.A.R.E. members consist of faculty, staff and administrators from many disciplines around campus including University Police, Health Services, Student Life/Residence Life, Human Resources, and Academic Divisions.
C.A.R.E. information is posted on the University’s main Website, in the Emergency Response and Recovery Plan and reviewed during on-going violence prevention initiatives, through PowerPoint and personal awareness presentations, to include students, faculty, and staff.
All immediate life threatening situations or observations should be reported immediately to the University Police for prompt intervention.
THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM (TAT)
The University has established a Threat Assessment Team to engage in the behavior assessment and investigation of persons of concern on behalf of the University. These efforts include:
Identifying person 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;
Gathering information from multiple sources (on campus and outside the institution) regarding the person or situation of concern;
Evaluating the information gathered to determine whether the person or situation of concern poses threat of violence, self-harm, or both; and
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.
C.A.R.E. and TAT Member Responsibilities:
Respond to reports of which may range from class attendance concerns to violence;
Investigate the situation by consulting with the reporter;
Determine the action plan;
Respond quickly to behavior indicating a student, faculty, staff 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 FERPA/HIPPA guidelines, parents, guardians and/or next of kin;
Initiate action to place a student in the custody of a mental health facility capable of supporting specific behaviors;
Periodically assess outcomes of actions taken.
IF THERE IS AN IMMEMENT THREAT TO AN INDIVIDUAL OR OTHERS CALL 911. ONCE IT IS SAFE TO DO, CONTACT UNIVERSITY POLICE (630) 829-6666. STAY CALM AND TALK REASSURINGLY WITH THE INDIVIDUAL UNTIL HELP ARRIVES.
Contact C.A.R.E. for any of the following concerns:
An individual’s mental health (e.g. individual exhibits unusual behavior, changes in normal behavioral patterns or is known to have stopped taking medication)
A student’s academic success (e.g. student has stopped attending classes, changes in participation or quality of work are evident)
An individual having personal difficulties (e.g. individual is known to have lost a close relative and is not handling the loss, facing economic hardship, caring for an ill family member)
How to refer an individual to C.A.R.E.:
For a student concern, print and complete a C.A.R.E. referral form at http://www.ben.edu/emergency/care.cfm and submit it to Krasa Center, Room 175. If you prefer, you may contact Marco Masini, Dean of Students, Student Life at (630) 829-6006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a faculty, staff concern, print and complete a C.A.R.E. referral form for Faculty/Staff at http://www.ben.edu/emergency/care.cfm and submit it to Lownik Hall, Room 104. If you prefer, you may contact Bridget Cooper, HR Generalist, Human Resources at (630) 829-6492 or email@example.com.
For all other individuals, contact University Police, located on the first floor of the Parking Garage at (630) 829-6666.
NOTE: In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the structure is designed to allow referrals to be viewed only by those individuals who have a need to know. The information shared will not become a part of the student’s permanent record. In addition, state and federal privacy laws prohibit the unauthorized disclosure of personally identifiable health information.