CARE & Students of Concern

About Us

The CARE Team serves as a central network focused on assisting students displaying behaviors that may impede their ability to be successful in the University community. Our focus is to offer supportive intervention and guidance to any students who appear to be struggling and help restore their lives academically and personally.

CARE exists to ensure continuity of services and connecting students with the support they may need. 

CARE does not preempt any other University department in performing its duties in enforcing the law or managing student situations.

To Confidentially Refer a Student

Please complete a Student of Concern Report.

The confidentiality of both the student and submitter is protected to the fullest extent of the law and within University policy parameters.


Playing Your Part

If a student appears to be in imminent danger of harming self or others please call University Police at 707-664-4444 or call 911 from a campus phone line to connect to the University Police emergency line.

**If you are concerned about a student but not sure what to do, please contact us at 707-664-2838, Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. We will gladly help work through the situation with you.

Faculty, staff, fellow students, and families play an integral role in assisting students who may be experiencing a personal concern or exhibiting outward signs of academic or personal distress. Please refer to the CSU Red Folder for recommendations and resources.

Resources such as "Helping Students in Distress" can be found on the Counseling and Psychological Services website.

If you are uncomfortable speaking directly with the student you can refer the student to us by submitting the student of concern report. We will assess the need for support services including both the safety of the student and the overall community.

The following behaviors may warrant a referral to the CARE team:

Academic Indicators

  • Persistent unexplained absences
  • Deterioration in quality/quantity of work
  • Extreme disorganization or erratic performance
  • Written or artistic expressions of unusual violence, morbidity, social isolation, despair, or confusion
  • Verbal or written aggressive/violent statements beyond the scope of classroom discussions or assignments
  • Persistent pursuit of special accommodations (deadline extensions, delayed exams)
  • Disproportionate response to grades or other evaluations
  • Drastic drop in academic status
  • Refusal to comply with classroom rules
  • Poor concentration and struggling with workload

Emotional Indicators

  • Direct statements indicating distress
  • Significant change in mood
  • Angry or hostile outbursts; yelling or aggressive comments
  • More withdrawn or animated than usual
  • Excessively demanding or dependent behavior
  • Failure to respond to outreach
  • Disorientation and/or bizarre cognitive/interpersonal behavior
  • Expression of emotions that are inappropriate to the context of the conversation
  • Poor impulse control
  • Intense emotion

Physical Indicators

  • Deterioration in physical appearance or personal hygiene
  • Dramatic weight fluctuation
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Erratic or disjointed thinking (skips around a lot; unable to stay focused on one topic; topics don't align)
  • Noticeable cuts, burns, or bruises; signs of self-destructive behavior
  • Frequent or chronic illness
  • Disorganized, rapid, or slurred speech; confusion
  • Often appearing under the influence