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The Student CARE Team

CARE Team is a network of Wittenberg faculty and staff who meet regularly to identify, monitor, and, if necessary provide integrated and intentional support for students. The purpose of CARE Team is to support student persistence and increase linkages to support resources. CARE Team also serves as a resource for the campus community who may want to consult regarding a student situation.

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Concerns addressed:

  • Campus referrals
  • Anything impacting class attendance
  • Social connection
  • Worrisome or unusual behavior
  • Being more withdrawn or animated that usual
  • Serious injury or illness
  • Issues at home impacting success
  • Disruption in the classroom
  • Eating disorder
  • Suicide ideation
  • Mental health challenges
  • Death of a student
  • Extreme disorganization or erratic performance in class or in the community
  • Angry or hostile outbursts
  • Deterioration in physical appearance or personal hygiene
  • Essays or papers that focus on suicide, death, or violence
  • Disorganized speech, rapid or slurred speech, confusion
  • Increased isolation
  • Deterioration in academic performance or social interaction

Members:

  • Chair: Jon Duraj, Sr. Associate Dean of Students
  • Amy Barnhart, Director, Financial Aid
  • Ellen Crosbie, Athletic Training
  • Debra Loveless, Registrar
  • Lee McCartney, Lieutenant, Police Department
  • Joshua Moore, Assistant Dean, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Jabal Moss, Associate Director, Student Success
  • Gwen Owen, Director, Student Conduct, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
  • Jay Owen, Athletics
  • Sherri Sadowski, Associate Dean, Residence Life
  • Brooke Schmidt, Staff Counselor, Counseling Center
  • Grace Sever, Director of Academic Services
  • Anders Tune, University Pastor

Ad-hoc Members

  • Sarah Culp, Area Coordinator, Tower Hall
  • Jamie Laughner, Area Coordinator, Woodlawn, Ferncliff, and Student Neighborhood
  • Chandler Mueller, Area Coordinator, New, Firestine Halls
  • Amanda Jones, Director, Student counseling
  • Casey Gill, Vice President for Student Development, Dean of Students
  • Depending on the nature of the situation, other offices may be consulted.

BIT Team

BIT Team is a network of Wittenberg staff who evaluate student behavior, crisis, threats to the community, and incidents and coordinate appropriate follow-up, intervention, or further evaluation.  BIT seeks to evaluate and understand early indicators of the potential for disruptive and dangerous behavior.  BIT reviews concerns from the broader campus community and determines the best mechanisms for support, intervention, warning/notification, and response.

Concerns Addressed:

  • Threats, stalking, intimidation
  • Threats to the campus community
  • Suicide attempts
  • Sexual assault
  • Immediate danger/harm
  • Missing student
  • Death of a Student
  • Cutting behavior
  • Eating disorder
  • Conduct issues
  • Crisis response
  • Assessment of concerning health and safety behaviors

Members:

  • Chair: Casey Gill, Vice President for Student Development, Dean of Students
  • Gwen Owen, Director, Student Conduct
  • Jim Hutchins, Chief of Police
  • Lee McCartney, Lieutenant, Police Department
  • Amanda Jones, Director of Student Counseling
  • Jon Duraj, Sr. Associate Dean of Students
  • Depending on the nature of the situation, other offices may be consulted.

Resources for faculty and staff

You often get the first glimpse of students in trouble, and you may be the first person a student turns to for help. Responding can be confusing and overwhelming. The Faculty/Staff Student Care Guide was prepared to help you.

Information You Should Know

It’s difficult to be mindful of all the things going on around you. But there are often many outward signs that a student is in distress. Knowing what to notice, what to do and what to avoid could be the lifeline your student needs to get help. Additionally, reporting ‘odd’ behavior that causes you concern may just be one more piece of a larger puzzle that the Student Care Team needs to provide that student with assistance.

Be mindful of a/an:

  • Anxious student
  • Demanding student
  • Depressed student
  • Suicidal student
  • Severely disoriented or psychotic student
  • Aggressive or potentially violent student

What to do:

  • Remain calm and in control.
  • Respond to disruptive behavior quickly and with firm limits.
  • Move students to a quiet and secure place.
  • Listen attentively and respond in a considerate and straight forward manner.
  • Make arrangements for appropriate University intervention.
  • Be knowledgeable in advance about referral systems.

What to avoid:

  • Overwhelming or arguing with a student.
  • Ignoring behavior that is having an impact on other students.

Report A Concern About A Student

  • Have you observed something in someone that has you worried?
  • Have you seen a classmate or hall mate begin to act differently? Strangely?
  • You don’t know who to ask about it or you just want someone to know.

There are a number of ways to report it, below are few ways:

  1. File a student conduct report
  2. File a concerning behavior report
  3. File a Report Form for Incidents of Sex Discrimination, Misconduct, Relationship Violence and/or Stalking
  4. Call the counseling center at 937-327-7811
  5. Consult with the Dean of Students or the Student Development staff member on-call

*Please note, these are NOT emergency reporting mechanisms. This information may not be accessed for up to 48 hours.

If you have an immediate campus safety issue, please call Wittenberg Police at 937-327-6363.

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