The Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation Team, also known as CARE, at Dalton State College engages in proactive and collaborative approaches to identify, assess, and mitigate potential risks associated with members of the campus who exhibit concerning behaviors.
About the CARE Team:
The CARE Team was established to assist in addressing situations where students, faculty, staff, or others are displaying dangerous, disruptive, threatening, or concerning behaviors that potentially impede their own or others’ ability to function successfully or safely within the college environment. The CARE Team acts as an assessment team whose duty is to review reports and incidents involving the campus community. This committee will investigate referrals, link at-risk individuals with campus and community resources for support, develop protocols for the protection and safety of the campus community, and educate the campus community on topics relevant to responding to incidents of a critical nature.
Faculty, staff, and students have the responsibility to report immediately any situation, incident, or occurrence that involves a member(s) of the campus community who is exhibiting specific behaviors that result in another member of the campus community being alarmed, distressed and/or disturbed, or has the potential to produce significant anxiety, fear, shock, or grief to other individuals.
Reporting incidents or behavior to the CARE Team should not be confused with crisis management. A crisis may be defined as any situation where a person poses an immediate risk of harm or violence to self or others. Public Safety (706-272-4461) should always be called in crisis situations.
Goals of the CARE Team:
1. To establish and oversee protocols and procedures necessary for responding to campus, local, and national events.
2. To act as an assessment team whose duty is to review referrals and incidents involving students, faculty, and staff. In addition, the team will respond by engaging campus resources and protocols for the protection and safety of the campus and local community. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Talking to the individual being referred, the individuals making the referral(s), and any other identified witness(es);
- Developing an action plan with suggestions, guidelines, and/or conditions for remaining as a contributing member of the campus community;
- Notifying parents or other guardians according to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act guidelines and provisions;
- Requesting permission to receive medical and educational records;
- Checking with law enforcement personnel and agencies to ascertain whether there have been previous interactions with the legal system;
- Talking with roommates, faculty, and/or staff;
- Making referrals to Student Conduct or Counseling;
- Making referrals to law enforcement and/or community resources;
- Withdrawing a student, either voluntarily or involuntarily, until such a time that the student demonstrates he or she is no longer a risk to self or others according to campus regulations and the Student Code of Conduct.
3. To educate the campus community on issues relevant to recognizing and responding to critical incidents that can occur on the campus or impact the campus community
4. To use critical incidents, when appropriate, as meaningful contexts to raise awareness, facilitate campus communication, and effectively respond to the emotional needs of those adversely impacted by a traumatic event.