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SCC CAREs FAQs

  • FAQs for Referrers

  • If you feel there is an immediate threat, call your local police department, or call 911 and tell dispatch if and where you are on campus.

    To make a referral, go to the TIPS Report page. You will be asked for basic information about the student, how to contact you (in case the CARE Team has follow-up questions) and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.

    You are the CARE Team’s best resource because you are familiar to the student. If you are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if the student is OK. In many cases, the student will indicate that they could use some help, and you can refer them to the Counseling Assistance Program for Students (CAPS) 402-437-2678. Referring students to CAPS and the CARE Team covers all bases.
    Anyone who feels a student is a threat to themselves and/or the community can make a CARE Team referral, including students, parents, faculty and staff, and other community members.
    The Assistant Campus Director/Dean of Students and Safety & Security Staff assess each referral as it’s received and determine what, if any, immediate response is necessary, or additional information necessary for the CARE Team discussion. Reporting is the most critical step. Create a TIPS Report/CARE Team referral. Refer to the Additional Resources page for contact information and explanations on how these departments can assist you.
    If the team determines the student is appropriate for the CARE review process, he/she will be assigned a case manager to follow up with the student. The type of response is dependent on the behavior and situation.
    You do not have to make this determination. The CARE team, or campus management and security will do it for you. The most critical step is that you report it. If another campus resource is more appropriate, the CARE Team will refer the student and handle the transfer of information. Typically, behaviors that pose a threat to safety or that cause a significant community disruption qualify as CARE, while students who experience other mental health issues are appropriate referrals to the Counseling Assistance Program for Students or externally.
  • FAQs for Students

  • College can be a stressful time, especially for students balancing life, work, family, and other obligations. In addition to life’s stresses, we have also witnessed growing national trends on college campuses of mental health issues and the increase in hospitalizations and deaths due to alcohol and other drug consumption. In order to provide the best resources and assistance possible for our campus communities, Southeast Community College created the Campus Assessment Response & Evaluation (CARE) Team. In order to promote the safety and health of its students, the CARE Team addresses student situations to best direct them to the necessary resources, keep them and our communities safe, and to assist in reaching their full potential and goals.

    The CARE Team is a cross-functional assessment group of professionals across all SCC campus locations that responds to students in need or in apparent/potential distress. The CARE Team will provide a means to report and/or to identify and monitor student wellness concerns or behaviors that may be troubling and to engage students sooner, rather than later. Early engagement assures these students can receive needed referrals or other appropriate assistance and treatment. The CARE Team functions to:

    • Collect information from students, faculty, staff, and the College community about students who demonstrate a potential need through current or past behavior, conduct or expression.
    • Evaluate collected information against a standard of care response and rubric.
    • Prevent possible harm by providing support and initiating appropriate intervention/referral based on evaluation.

    How will the CARE referral process help me? Because of a CARE Team referral, a student will:

    1. Be able to articulate campus resources, supports and services that are applicable to their needs.
    2. Have an understanding of their concerning behaviors and how those behaviors affect themselves and our community.
    3. Be able to identify positive/healthy changes in their behavior.
    The CARE Team may be reached by contacting the Assistant Campus Director/Dean of Students for your campus or the Campus Safety & Security Specialist.
    Someone in our community was concerned about you and a behavior they observed. SCC is committed to student health, safety and academic success and to that end, we want to help you and provide you with resources and directions to help you reach your personal and academic goals. You received an email inviting you to a meeting to be able to hear the concern and share your story with a member of the CARE Team who can help connect you to the appropriate resources.
    No. CARE Team cases are not punitive and not on your academic record, and there is no notation on your transcript. The records of cases are kept confidential and will only be shared with your written permission or if there is an immediate health and safety risk. If there has been a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, it is a separate process. (See Student Code of Conduct Web page)
    No. Unless a student’s individual scholarship provider requires a conduct clearance, information regarding your CARE case will not be shared.