Coordinated Assistance & Resource Education (CARE)
CARE is short for “Coordinated Assistance and Resource Education,” and is a term that signifies one of our core missions.CARE Services can be conducted through formal and informal means. CARE can be offered to students who seek out assistance for themselves or are referred to the DOS for support through a difficult situation or period.
All CARE 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 to serve a student’s legitimate interest. However, such sharing of information will be done in consultation with the student and with extreme discretion.
If you are interested in referring a student for services or seeking services for yourself, please use the CARE referral form. If you are unsure about your referral, you can contact the Office of the Dean of Students directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-508-8840 for clarity and support. CARE referrals can be submitted by a student, parent, guardian, faculty, staff, administrator, or other concerned party looking to assist a student.
Keep in mind that CARE Referrals are not annonymous, our staff encourages you to inform your student of concern that you are referring them to CARE Services as a way to get connected to resources on campus.
Click here to submit a CARE Referral.
Once a CARE Referral is filed and reviewed, the student of concern will be contacted by a staff member within 72 hours. CARE meetings are optional and utilized as a way to recieve support.
CARE services offer students a non-intrusive and empowering option for obtaining assistance. These services include outreach on behalf of a student to faculty or other campus partners, connecting students with appropriate campus or community resources, or simply checking in with a student to offer guidance and support, among other actions.
Examples of circumstances that would be appropriate for CARE outreach may include, but are not limited to, instances where a student…
- Experiences the loss of a loved one
- Experiences Food/Housing Insecurity
- Faces unusual financial difficulties
- Appears to be struggling academically or is not attending classes regularly
- Seeks (on one’s own) mental health or other health-related support but is unsure where to go
- Feeling overwhelmed or uncomfortable transitioning to campus
- May benefit from a personal referral or other personalized outreach to connect the student with support resources available on campus
- Experiences feelings of isolation or disconnection from peers
CARE services are "opt-in," meaning that a staff member will reach out, but students retain the choice to accept or reject the outreach. When a BCT report is filed students are required to respond to outreach and comply with requests made by the Office of the Dean of Students.
For additional questions or concerns, you can contact the Office of the Dean of Students directly at email@example.com or 773-508-8840.