CARE Faculty/Staff Process
- Report CARE: Behavioral Intervention, Well-Being or Academic Retention Concerns
- Student Support: http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/index.php
- Student Counseling: http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/counseling/index.php
- Faculty/Staff Support, EAP http://www.clark.edu/about/jobs-and-employment/benefits/employee-assistance-program.php
Conversation and email starters
We encourage you to address your concerns with the student in question prior to submitting a CARE report. We are, however, aware this is not always possible or your preference. By speaking directly with the student about your concerns it lets the student know that you care about the student’s success and resources are available. Talking with the student about submitting a CARE report also:
- Engages the student in their own process. Student is more likely to engage with an outreach (if appropriate).
- Connects the student with college professionals who can help provide options and/or resources moving forward.
The following text may assist you in this effort.
You are welcome to use this wording when responding to a student and edit it in a way that sounds authentic to you as an individual.
Thank you for sharing this sensitive information with me. It sounds like you are going
through a difficult experience. I want to do what I can to make sure Clark supports
you so I have asked someone in the Dean of Student Development office to reach out
to you. You can expect someone to contact you soon. Please let me know if you have
any questions or concerns.
Note: If using the above language, please remember to submit a report if you have not done so yet.
Questions to consider before submitting a CARE Report
These questions are meant to serve as guidelines for referring a student to CARE.
Please note that CARE operates during normal business hours, and does not provide immediate crisis response. If you have a concern about a student that you believe requires immediate attention, please contact Safety & Security at 360-992-2133 or in an emergency, please contact 911.
Listed below are some of the possible signs of distress that would warrant a CARE Report
- Change in behavior and/or appearance: Have you noticed a change in the student’s behavior? (e.g. the student was attending class regularly and has stopped showing up, the student is looking more and more disheveled and “out of it”, the student’s academic performance is declining).
- Well-being concern: Is the student presenting to you in a way that has you concerned for their well-being? (e.g. the student is making poor choices, you have received a concerning email from the student, the student doesn’t seem to have many social connections, the student presents as angry or confrontational). Is the student experiencing multiple levels of distress? (e.g. poor academic performance and looking disheveled, student stops attending class and responding to your attempts to reach out, you have reason to believe the student may be experiencing hardships outside of what you are physically seeing or hearing).
- Resource connection: Does the student need support from multiple campus resources? Determine whether your office is able to handle this student’s concern or if the concern should be addressed by connecting the student with more than one other office on campus.
- Missing multiple classes and assignments: Is the student choosing not to go to class even though there is a penalty for missing? Are they falling behind in multiple classes or in multiple assignments? Are they missing class because of other, less important, activities (e.g., sleeping, playing video games, watching TV, etc.)?
- If you are still uncertain about whether to submit a CARE report, you may contact a Associate Director of Care & Community Standards. You are encouraged to submit a CARE report if you are uncertain about whether or not it is appropriate to do so, as your information can provide the “missing piece” to ensuring that a student is connected to support.
The life of a CARE report
INCLUDE PRINTABLE/downloadable CARE process sheet
- Information received by CARE Team
- Upon submission, the report is in action
- CARE Team assignment
- The following happen in a loop:
- CARE Team outreach to student
- Resources Provided
- CARE team consultation
- Follow-up with reporter (only as needed)
At Clark College, we have a team of professionals who are dedicated to your overall well-being and your academic success. As your faculty, I may submit a CARE report to make sure that you have wrap around support to be successful here at Clark College. You are also welcome to submit a CARE report for yourself or others.
Syllabus Mandatory reporting requirement
As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment, thus I also have a mandatory reporting responsibility. It is my goal that you feel able to share information related to your life experiences in classroom discussions, in your assignments, and in any individual meetings with me. It is always my goal to keep information you share private, but in cases of certain disclosures I am required by law to share that information with the appropriate reporting entities. I must report all allegations of dating violence or domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, abuse of vulnerable populations, and/or credible threats of harm to yourself or others. Based on your disclosure to me, I may need to report this information to our Title IX Coordinator. Someone will contact you to offer support and connection to resources on and off-campus. If you wish to make a disclosure that could remain confidential, there are staff at Clark College who are deemed confidential, they are counselors found in Counseling and Health Center.
Request a training
Submit a request to ClarkCARES@clark.edu to request CARE training for yourself or your classroom.