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CU Anschutz CARE Team

The Campus Assessment, Response & Evaluation (CARE) Team

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The Campus Assessment, Response & Evaluation (CARE) Team was created to address the health and safety needs of students as well as the campus community. Its purpose is to assess whether individuals pose a risk to themselves or others and to intervene when necessary; and, more generally, to identify and provide assistance to those in need. The team takes a preventative approach to risk assessment by offering resources, referrals, and support to both the concerning individual and those impacted by their behavior.
The Campus Assessment, Response & Evaluation (CARE) Team is committed to improving campus safety and student success at CU Anschutz by proactively and collaboratively managing situations and individuals that pose, or may reasonably pose, a threat to the safety and well-being of the campus community. The team coordinates with students, faculty, and staff as well as concerned others, using objective and thoughtful approaches to identifying, assessing, and intervening with individuals of concern.

The CARE Team strives to: 

  • Provide early assistance to individuals in distress or at risk of harming themselves or others​
  • Help prevent situations of concern from escalating
  • Ensure the wellbeing and safety of students, staff and the university community
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, administration, and concerned others
  • Educate the campus community about identifying concerning behaviors
  • Create a campus culture that fosters sharing concerns
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Standing Members CU Anschutz Campus:
Chair: Case Manager, Student Affairs Representative (Member)
Co-Chair: Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
University of Colorado Denver Police Department, Law Enforcement Representative
Associate Dean Representative  minimum 2 year term (Member)
Student Mental Health Services, Mental Health Expert (Consultant)
Office of Equity (Member)
University Counsel, legal advisor (Consultant)
Ad hoc members and advisors may include but are not limited to:
Student Affairs Associate Deans for schools and colleges or other designee
Veteran Student Services 
Disability Resources and Services
International Student & Scholar Services​ ​

If this is an emergency or imminent concern, please call 911 (campus phone) or University Police at 303-724-4444 (cellphone), and then submit a Case Management Referral form.​

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What to Refer

Worried about a student? Noticing changes in their behavior? Do you want to reach out and talk with them about what's going on, but you're not sure how to approach them? Are you worried that a student will "get into trouble" if you share your concerns? 
When you become worried about a student, deciding when to intervene and when to refer can be confusing. Additionally, the number of resources available to assist students can be overwhelming. The CARE Team is here to help. If you are worried about a student here are some guidelines to help you decide when to refer concerning behavior to the CARE Team. 

It is always better to err on the side of caution and report behaviors you think may be of concern. If there is an imminent danger to the safety of the student or others call 9-1-1 from any campus phone and contact the police immediately.

CU Police Department (Anschutz): (303) 724-4444

Examples of behaviors to refer may include, but are not limited to:

  • Clear signs of distress
  • Erratic behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Threatening words or actions
  • Violent or aggressive behavior
  • Classroom disruptions
  • Excessive absenteeism
  • Lack of responsiveness
  • Lack of emotional expression
  • Relationship violence
  • Alienation / isolation from others
  • Writings that convey clear intentions to harm oneself or others
  • Suicidality, including threats, gestures, ideations, and attempts
  • Observed self-injurious behavior (such as cutting or burning)
  • Extreme rudeness or insubordination toward university officials, staff, faculty, or administrators
  • Postings on social media outlets that are threatening
  • Overreaction to changes in policies / procedures
  • Extreme or sudden changes in behavior
When in doubt, submit a report​ (preferred) or call (303) 724-8488 for consultation.​