The Consultation, Assistance, Referral, and Education Team (CARE Team) assesses referrals from the campus community, facilitates communication, and initiates appropriate responses to specific behavioral concerns or short-term circumstances that may involve threats to the safety and security of the University community.

Note: This committee was formerly referred to as the "Students of Concern Committee", or "SOCC". 

Anyone can refer a student to the CARE Team, including faculty, staff, students, parents/families, and others who observe concerns or think that a student might benefit from additional resources and support.  Information submitted to the CARE Team will be treated confidentially. 

Some Concerns Commonly Referred to the CARE Team Include:

  • Short- and long-term illnesses that might disrupt attendance or academic performance;
  • Disruptive behavior on- or off-campus;
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempt; 
  • Emotional distress or ongoing mental health concerns; 
  • Short- or long-term injuries or head injuries; 
  • Loss of a loved one; 
  • Food or housing insecurity; 
  • Relationship and roommate concerns;  
  • Changes in mood, appearance, or behavior;
  • Feeling isolated, lack of connectedness, or thoughts of leaving school. 

These examples are not all inclusive.  There is no such thing as over-referring, so please feel free to submit a referral if you are unsure about whether the issue should be sent to the CARE Team.  We are here to help. 

How to Refer a Student to the CARE Team

Urgent or Emergency Concerns

Call Public Safety at 206-296-5911. Public Safety will coordinate the initial response, file a report, and notify the Office of the Dean of Students. 

Refer by Email

Submit an online referral for non-urgent concerns by sending an email to Include the student's name and as much information as possible to your referral email. 

Email the Dean of Students Directly

Send a non-urgent referral via email to the Dean of Students. Your referral will be shared with the CARE Team as necessary. 

The overall goal of the CARE Team is to provide support and resources for students so that they can ultimately be successful at the University and to cultivate a safe campus environment. 

Important Notes:

  • Please call Public Safety (206-296-5911) right away for any of the following matters: thoughts of self-harm or suicide, suicide attempt, major disruption, missing student, criminal activity, severe injury or head injury, severe emotional distress, dangerous behaviors, and/or threats to others. If you are unsure or in doubt, please call right away! 
  • Receipt of your referral will be acknowledged, but please keep in mind that only limited follow up information will be available to the reporting party in order to protect student privacy. Your referral will be assessed within 48 business hours.  

Thank you for your commitment to caring for Seattle University students. 

We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, and spread love.

Pope Francis