We CARE about the success and well-being of our Vandal Family. The mission of the CARE team is to provide care and concern for students, faculty and staff who may be in distress.
The CARE team provides proactive assistance to distressed individuals by monitoring behavior, developing appropriate intervention plans and coordinating care and follow-up.
Behavior may be ...
Disruptive behavior may interfere with learning activities and other functions of the university and might impact the participation of others. It may include:
- Verbally abusive or intimidating to others
- Damaging to learning opportunities
- Monopolizes class activity
- Adds distractions during class time
Distressed behavior is an outward display of a person's inability to manage emotional difficulties including a change in appearance, performance or emotional state. Changes can include:
- Sleep disturbances (too much or too little)
- Dramatic weight fluctuations/changes in eating patterns
- Change in personal hygiene
- Difficulty making decisions
- Heightened emotional response (irritability, tearfulness)
- Over-dependence on others
Disturbed behavior may be described as strange or odd behavior that causes alarm, fear or frustration. You may notice:
- Jokes about killing self
- Self-mutilation (cutting, burning)
- Expressed suicidal thoughts
- Impaired speech or disjointed thoughts
- Emotional response may be incongruent and/or inappropriate
- Disconnect with reality (talking to someone imaginary)
- Paranoid thoughts
- Risk-taking behavior
- Bizarre behavior out of context for the situation
Dangerous behavior may be a potential threat to the safety of others.
- Dehumanization or objectification of others
- Lack of empathy
- A sense of entitlement
- An attitude of superiority
- Anger management problems
- Themes of violence in all areas of life
- Broad-based feelings of persecution by others
- Blaming others for problems in life
- Conspiracy and revenge themes
- Generalized arrogance
Recognize this behavior?
If you or someone you know is in distress, please notify the VandalCARE Team.
If you are unsure of whether your situation arises to the level of filing a CARE report, please feel free to contact the Office of the Dean of Students and ask to speak with a member of the CARE Team. You can call (208) 885-6757 for this consultation.
If this is an emergency and/or an imminent threat to you or someone else, call 911.