College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
 
  
CSI Campus
Campus Assessment Referral and Evaluation System (CARES Team)
 Faculty and Staff Guidelines for
 Recognizing and Helping Students at Risk

Faculty and staff are frequently the first able to identify a student in distress. Faculty and staff are often perceived by students as the people to go to for advice and support. Your interest and concern may be critical in helping a student regain the emotional health necessary for academic success. In addition, faculty and staff are often the first to notice a student whose behavior may create a disruption to others or pose a threat to campus safety. Your response is essential for the welfare of the campus environment.

The following is a general guideline for the various offices that handle student concerns:

When Should You Make a Report to the Campus Assessment, Referral, and Evaluation System (CARES Team)?

All student concerns.  For example, extended absences by a typically engaged student, unusual behavior, or verbal or written threats.

When Should You Make a Report to The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs? (1A-301, X2335)

If a student’s behavior regularly disrupts the educational, the extra-curricular or co-curricular process.

** Some situations are more urgent and require immediate attention. Below are guidelines such circumstances.

When Should You Contact Public Safety? (X2111)

  • If a student is posing a real or perceived threat of physical violence to himself or others.
  • If a student is disoriented, acting strangely, or disrupting the environment.
  • If the student is under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
  • If a student reports a sexual assault.
  • If a student is involved in any other criminal behavior that may pose a threat to the campus community.

When Should You Make an Immediate Referral to the Counseling Center? (1A-109, X2391)