CARE Team

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Seattle University CARE Team


What is the CARE Team?

The Coordinated Assistance & Resource Education Team (CARE Team) receives and responds to referrals from the campus community about students of concern.  The CARE Team connects students with on- and off-campus resources, consults with faculty and staff about how to respond to various concerns, and facilitates formal and informal outreach and check ins.  Services and resources are available for students who refer themselves or those who are referred to the Office of the Dean of Students by others.  

Who is a Student of Concern?

CARE Team referrals encompass a broad range of concerns, many of which are often independent of any behavioral concern about a student and/or indicate a lower-level concern that does not typically warrant an urgent intervention. Examples of non-behavioral referrals include the loss of a loved one, unusual financial difficulties, food or housing insecurity, feeling overwhelmed with the transition to college life, relationship and family concerns, short- or long-term illness or injury, and challenges getting involved and connected.

Other CARE Team referrals involve specific behavioral concerns, such as thoughts of suicide, severe emotional distress, disruptive behavior, drastic changes in mood, appearance, or behavior, or threats to the safety of the student or the campus community.  If you have information that indicates an immediate safety risk, please call the Department of Public Safety at 206-296-5911. 

How Do I Make a Referral?

To refer a student for CARE Team outreach, please use the Office of the Dean of Students online referral form. CARE Team referrals can be submitted by a student, parent/guardian, faculty, staff, administrator, or anyone looking to assist a student or request extra support?

Will My Referral be Confidential?

All CARE Team outreach will be conducted with privacy and sensitivity.  At times, information may need to be shared with campus partners outside the Office of the Dean of Students; however, such information sharing will be done with extreme discretion.

What Support is Available? 

We are here to help students overcome barriers to their success and to promote a healthy and safe campus community.  Upon receipt of your referral, the Office of the Dean of Students may coordinate outreach to the student to offer support and determine appropriate resources.  This support may come in the form of a wellness check, non-academic advising and coaching, referrals to on- and/or off-campus resources, assistance with access to services, or consultation with the reporting party to help you support the student. 

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How to Refer a Student to the CARE Team

Emergency or Threat

Call Public Safety at 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. 

Submit a Non-Urgent Referral

Submit an online referral for non-urgent concerns by filling out our online referral form. We will assess your referral and determine how to best support the student of concern. Receipt of your referral will be acknowledged, but only limited follow up information will be available to the reporting party in order to protect student privacy.  

Ask a Question

If you have questions about whether to make a referral, what assistance may be available, or how to use the online reporting form, email the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@seattleu.edu or call us at 206-296-6060. We aim to respond to emailed questions within 48 hours.