CARE Team

CARE Team Mission Statement

The CARE Team is a multidisciplinary proactive campus threat assessment and behavioral intervention team dedicated to improving campus safety through a coordinated, objective approach to prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, and management of situations that may pose a threat to the safety and well-being of  individuals and the university community.

  •  What is the CARE Team?

    Fostering a safe and supportive campus environment is the work of all university employees. The CARE Team was created to formalize the university’s existing processes for greater communication, collaboration, and coordination of concerns regarding student, employee, or other persons’ behavior.

    The primary work of the CARE Team (Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation Team) is to collect and assess all reports of threats or other alarming behaviors by any student or employee as well as others who might impact the safety or well-being of the university community. By gathering information about individuals of concern, assessing the information in a systematic manner, determining the most effective response, implementing a plan to address the concern, and monitoring the effectiveness of the response, the team seeks to prevent disruptive or harmful incidents. Central to this process is enhancing and connecting campus communication to effectively detect patterns of behavior that in isolation my seem insignificant but when viewed in totality signal a more serious problem. By modeling effective behavioral intervention practices, this proactive approach seeks to address concerning behaviors before situations become critical.

    CARE Team Mission Statement

    The CARE Team is a multidisciplinary proactive campus threat assessment and behavioral intervention team dedicated to improving campus safety through a coordinated, objective approach to prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, and management of situations that may pose a threat to the safety and well-being of individuals and the university community.

    CARE Team Policies and Procedures
  •  Who is on the CARE Team?

    The CARE Team is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of university personnel representing a variety of campus departments. Individuals selected from these areas have experience in law enforcement, threat assessment, medical and mental health evaluation, human resources, university operations, and student affairs. The members selected have regular contact with campus community members and hold positions that have multiple daily touch points with the majority of campus departments which will aid in assessment of persons of concern, and/or provide the authority to receive a CARE Team referral and take the appropriate action.

    Core Group

    Amy Pennington, Chair
    Dean of Students

    (479) 968-0407 - office
    (479) 264-0250 - cell
    apennington@atu.edu

    Will Cooper, Vice Chair
    Assistant Dean for Student Conduct

    (479) 968-0334
    wcooper@atu.edu

    Dr. David Underwood
    Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Professor of Education

    (479) 890-5104
    dunderwood@atu.edu

    Aaron Hogan
    Associate Dean for Residence Life

    (479) 956-2063
    ahogan@atu.edu

    Kristy Davis
    Associate Dean for Student Wellness

    (479) 968-0329
    kdavis51@atu.edu

    Josh McMillian
    Chief, Director of Public Safety

    (479) 968-0222
    jmcmillian1@atu.edu

    Phillip Harp
    Academic Advisor

    (479) 964-0846
    pharp@atu.edu

    William Titsworth
    Student Conduct Advisor

    (479) 498-6083 
    wtitsworth@atu.edu 

    Additional Members

    Sam Strasner
    Director of University Relations

    (479) 498-6045
    sstrasner@atu.edu

    Carrie Phillips
    Director of New Media

    (479) 880-4041
    cphillips@atu.edu

    Tammy Marcoe
    Assistant Chief, Public Safety

    (479) 968-0622
    tmarcoe@atu.edu 

    Tommy Fields
    Assistant Dean for Residence Life

    (479) 968-0277
    tfields@atu.edu

    Christine Shuffield
    Human Resources Program Representative

    (479) 880-4207
    nshuffield@atu.edu

    Craig Witcher
    Counselor/LAC

    (479) 968-0329
    cwitcher@atu.edu

    Susie Nicholson
    Vice President for Student Services and University Relations

    (479) 968-0238
    snicholson@atu.edu

    Richard Harris
    Chief Student Life Officer/Ozark Campus

    479-508-3310
    rharris1@atu.edu

    Peter Clifton
    Maintenance Assistant/Ozark Campus

    479-667-2117
    pclifton@atu.edu

    Kristie Moore
    Librarian/Ozark Campus

    479-508-3321
    kmoore36@atu.edu

    Lynn Washington
    Workforce Education Faculty of Human Services/Ozark Campus

    479-508-3319
    lwashington@atu.edu

    David Spicer
    Public Safety Officer/Ozark Campus

    479-667-1707
    dspicer1@atu.edu

  •  When should I make a report to the CARE Team?

    All members of the university community play an important role in helping others get the assistance they need. There may be signs or indications that a person is experiencing problems and needs assistance.

    Examples of the types of observed behaviors sometimes exhibited by distressed persons that should be referred to the CARE Team include:

    • Extreme anxiety
    • Prolonged and significant difficulty with the demands of college
    • Tearfulness, frequent crying
    • Loss of temper or outbursts of anger
    • Destructive behavior, including self-destruction such as cutting
    • Displays of physical and/or domestic violence
    • Expressions of self-blame, guilt, or shame
    • Extreme sadness or depression
    • Deteriorating classroom performance
    • Disruptiveness, overly confrontational, aggressive with disregard for others
    • Impulsiveness without giving thoughts to consequences of actions
    • Withdrawing from or avoiding others, isolating
    • Expressionless face
    • References to suicide along with statements of hopelessness and helplessness
    • Speaking or writing that is violent in nature, seems bizarre, or is out of touch with reality
    • Violent fantasy content, expression of dark or jarring themes or images
    • Fascination with weapons
    • Homicidal ideation
    • Stalking
    • Non-compliance or disciplinary matters
    • Interest in previous shooting situations
    • Victim/martyr self-concept, allusions of grandeur   
    • Paranoia
    • Violence or cruelty
    • Recent police contact
    • Unusual interest in police, military, terrorist activities and materials
    • Excessive use of drugs and/or alcohol
    • Recent and dramatic life changes, including changes in personality, eating habits, hygiene/appearance, sleep patterns
    • Publishing a video or communicating a plan of harm to self or others

     

    Presentation of these types of behaviors in isolation may or may not indicate a more serious problem. However, persons of concern may be exhibiting the same or similar behaviors in other areas of campus. Reporting information to the CARE Team may assist in the observation of a larger pattern of behaviors that may need intervention when the totality of the cirucmstances is taken into consideration. When in doubt, please submit a report and allow the CARE Team to review.

    The behavior of distressed individuals may come to your attention in a variety of ways, including:

    • Direct observation of the behavior in the classroom, including in written form through assignments
       
    • Direct observation of the behavior outside of the classroom, including such places as the residence halls, library, cafeteria, or at student activities and events
       
    • Reports regarding online or social media platforms, via posts, blog entries, Tweets, etc.
       
    • Reports from other students, roommates, faculty, staff, or other members of the university community including family members
       
    • Direct communication with the individual, via in-person conversations, email, or phone calls/messages

     

    Anyone can report concerning, disruptive, alarming, or threatening behaviors to the CARE Team.

    NOTE: Even with the existence of a CARE Team, the actions and responsibilities of this team do not replace those of emergency responders or the police. Some behaviors require immediate emergency assistance. If an incident is currently an immediate threat to self or others, please report directly to the Department of Public Safety by dialing 911.

    NOTE: The list of behaviors provided is not exhaustive or inclusive of all behaviors that should be reported but is intended to be a useful educational resource or guide.

  •  How do I make a report to the CARE Team?

    Anyone can report concerning, disruptive, alarming, or threatening behaviors to the CARE Team by:

    • Speaking directly to a team member, or;
       
    • Submitting an online referral.

     

    To submit an online referral, please visit this link:

    http://j.mp/1hD95f5

    If you have any problems or concerns with the online reporting form or you wish to make a report in person, please contact Amy Pennington, Dean of Students and CARE Team chair, by phone at (479) 968-0407 or via email at apennington@atu.edu.

 

CARE Team Reporting Form

If an incident is currently an immediate threat to self or others, please report directly to the Department of Public Safety by dialing 911.