The CARE Team is not a crisis or emergency response team, but provides a system for proactive intervention to student behaviors of concern in order to reduce disruption and facilitate a safe, respectful and productive learning and working environment.


The mission of the UMA Campus Assessment Response Evaluation Team (CARE) is to coordinate and implement policy development, education, and timely intervention in regard to students exhibiting signs of serious distress, or engaging in harmful or disruptive behavior.

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Revised: 4/12/2023

Behaviors of Concern

In everyone’s life there may be times when he or she feels depressed or upset. The following list identifies symptoms that, if consistent or severe, may suggest that he or she could benefit from assistance. Any of these symptoms may be expressed in the student’s behavior, speaking, and/or writing, including in the online environment.

  • Concerning Academic Performance or Behavior, especially if there is marked change from characteristic patterns
  • Poor performance and preparation
  • Excessive absences or tardiness
  • Repeated requests for special consideration
  • Unusual or changed pattern of interaction
  • Avoidance of class participation
  • Domination of class discussions
  • Excessive anxiety when called upon
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Exaggerated emotional response that is obviously inappropriate to the situation
  • Unusual Behavior or Appearance
  • Depressed or lethargic mood
  • Hyperactive or rapid speech
  • Swollen or red eyes
  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Change in personal hygiene or dress
  • Dramatic weight loss or gain
  • Strange or bizarre behavior indicating loss of contact with reality
  • Inappropriate social behavior
  • Signs of domestic violence
  • References to Suicide, Homicide, or Death
  • Expressions of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Severe psychological pain
  • Overt references to suicide
  • Isolation from friends or family
  • Homicidal threats

Frequently Asked Questions

Go to and complete the CARE Referral Form. You will be asked for basic information about the student, a brief description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral, and contact information for you (in case the Team has follow-up questions).

You do not have to make this determination; the CARE Team will do it for you. The most critical step is that you report your concern. 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 for the CARE Team, while students who experience problems coping with life challenges or have mental health issues are appropriate referrals to campus Counseling Staff.

Anyone who feels that a student is in significant distress or might be a threat to themselves and/or the community can make a Care Team referral. This includes students, faculty, staff, and other community members.

You are not required to tell the student, although that may be helpful. If you do tell him or her, don’t promise confidentiality, although the information will be handled with discretion. The CARE Team process involves gathering information from all relevant sources on a need-to-know basis. The primary goal is to act in the best interest of the student and the University community.

When your referral is received by members of the CARE Team they will use the information to determine the nature of the concern, and the most appropriate referral or intervention.

The type of intervention depends upon the student’s behavior. Options are wide ranging. Some examples include: arranging a conversation with the student, having a counselor contact him/her, referral to the student conduct process, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

Your essential role is to share your concern, either directly with the student or with the CARE via the referral form.
If you are familiar to the student and are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if he/she is OK. In many cases students will indicate that they could use some help and you can refer them directly:

  • For life coping and mental health concerns: Counseling Staff
  • For academic support: Learning Support Services

CARE Team Objectives:

  1. To promote a safe, respectful working and learning environment by fostering a university wide culture of communication, collaboration and proactive intervention.
  2. To support student academic progress and personal well-being via primarily educational, rather than punitive means, consistent with established protocol and transparent procedures.
  3. To provide education and professional development opportunities for the University Community in identifying and managing disruptive or harmful student behavior.
  4. To assess, evaluate and evolve team function and protocols over time as best practices are identified and refined.

CARE Team Activities:

  1. Identify resources and develop specific strategies to respond to potentially harmful or disruptive student behavior.
  2. Receive referrals and gather information about student behaviors of concern as a basis to plan and facilitate proactive intervention.
  3. Make recommendations to college officials regarding issues and policies in need of attention.
  4. Develop and disseminate informational materials focused on identification, management and prevention of harmful or disruptive behavior.

Meet the CARE Team

Sara Flowers

Sara M. Flowers

Director of ATLaS Scholars & Part-time Lecturer III of Education

Dr. Flowers is an educational leader with 20 years of experience in teaching, school administration, and educational program management. Her career in education has been dedicated to vulnerable populations, alternative pathways, and experiential learning opportunities. Dr. Flowers served as a secondary ELA teacher for two years, an ELA teacher-leader for two years, and a public-school … Read More
Laurel York

Laurel L. York

College Success Counselor

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