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Student Affairs Office 401-232-6046

The CARE (Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation) Team is a team of appointed professionals responsible for identifying, assessing, and responding to concerns and/or disruptive behaviors by students who may threaten the health or safety of themselves or the campus community.


John Denio

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (Chair)

Colleen Balk

Budget Analyst for Student Success

Stephen Bannon

Executive Director of Public Safety

Kelly Boutin

Director of Women’s/Pride Centers

Cassie Gaffney

Clinical Nurse Practitioner and Co-Director of Health Services

Dr. Noelle Harris

Assistant Dean/Director of Counseling Services and Religious and Spiritual Life

Doug Hillis

Senior Academic Advisor

Britt King

Assistant Athletic Director for Inclusive Excellence

Phil Robakiewicz

Vice Provost for Student Success

Horton Sears

Associate Director of Community Standards – Residential Life

Dr. Jana Valentine

Assistant Vice President of Student Life

Rabbi Steven Jablow

Director of Campus Ministry and Jewish Chaplain

Chris Morse, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Communication

If this is an emergency, please call x6911 on-campus or 911 off-campus. To report a behavior of concern, use the CARE Referral Form. When the form is submitted, it is received by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs only. Questions can be directed to John Denio at jdenio@bryant.edu or 401-232-6046.

The CARE (Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation) Team is a team of appointed professionals responsible for identifying, assessing, and responding to concerns and/or disruptive behaviors by students who may threaten the health or safety of themselves or the campus community.

The CARE Team collaboratively and purposefully intervenes to provide support resources to students who are experiencing difficulties. The CARE process also provides members of the campus community who have concerns regarding students’ behavior, with an avenue to report these concerns. Once the CARE referral form is received, the CARE Team will identify assistance and/or referral recommendation options to the student. The CARE team will consult with administrators, faculty, staff and other students affected by the behaviors of the student. The CARE team will also make recommendations to University officials regarding appropriate action consistent with University policy and local, state and federal law.

The goals of the CARE Team are:

  1. Prevent crises through the provision of outreach and educational programming, consultation, appropriate assessments and referrals.
  2. Ensure that students whose behavior is of concern are contacted through a follow-up process and have access to the appropriate services to improve both academically and personally.
  3. Use a reporting and tracking system that allows members of the CARE Team to observe patterns of behavior that may elicit assessment and to provide a documented response to student needs.

The members of the CARE Team meet weekly to discuss non-emergency situations, routine incidents and referrals to the team.  Weekly meetings take place on Mondays.  When a report is deemed urgent, the team or a subset of the team, will meet to identify an immediate response.

  • When a report comes in:
    • The report is read by the chair of the CARE Team.
    • The report is discussed by the CARE team either immediately (in the case of urgent situations) or at the next weekly meeting of the CARE Team.
    • The level of risk and the most appropriate action(s) to take are discussed by the CARE Team.
  • The actions of the CARE Team may include, but are not limited to:
    • Reviewing the report and establishing baseline behavior.
    • Reaching out to the student of concern via phone or email to extend concern and informally inquire as to their well-being.
    • Meeting with the student involved to discuss:
      • Student needs
      • Campus services
      • University expectations
    • Referring the student to various programs or services on campus (Counseling Services, Health Services, Academic Advising, Financial Aid, etc.)
    • Referring the student to appropriate community resources.
    • Notifying outside parties (i.e. parent or guardian) in high priority cases, when the student is considered an imminent threat to self or others.
    • Referring the student to the Associate Director of Community Standards/Residential Life for possible disciplinary action.
  • The CARE Team will monitor periods where a previously identified student of concern is dormant and will determine whether quietude raises or decreases monitoring needs.
  • Even after a student’s case has been closed, CARE records will remain on file indefinitely.

Members of the team may provide each other or faculty/staff/students involved in a particular report, or outside parties in connection with the situation, with information as is necessary to protect the health, safety and privacy of the student or other persons and to generate a recommended course of action in accordance with applicable legal and professional standards of confidentiality, including the release of information pursuant to the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act of 1974.

If the student is involved in harmful, threatening or disruptive activities and is a client of the Counseling or Health Services Offices, information about that student’s contacts may not be obtained by the team from those offices without written authorization of the student in question, in accordance with federal and state laws that govern the privacy and confidentiality of students’ health and mental health information and records.