Reporting Concerns About a Student

Reporting Concerns About a Student

Ohio University seeks to provide a safe and secure environment in which students can pursue their academic and personal goals. The purpose of the CARE Team is to ensure a timely and coordinated university response to students whose behavior is disruptive to others or reflects a credible potential for harm to self or others.

The CARE Team is overseen by The Dean of Students. The makeup of the Committee includes University professionals specializing in mental health, law enforcement, community standards, residence life, and academic affairs. This team supplements, but does not replace, these existing University processes:

  • Allegations of criminal activity are forwarded to the Ohio University Police Department or other law enforcement agency (in cases of behavior alleged to have occurred off campus).
  • Allegations of harassment are addressed in the manner described in Ohio University Policy and Procedure 03.004 and complaints are forwarded to the Office of Institutional Equity. 
  • Grievances and appeals are handled according to the policies described in the Faculty Handbook, the Undergraduate Catalog and/or the Graduate Catalog. (Select “Graduate Catalog” from the dropdown menu.) 
  • Students, faculty or staff with interpersonal conflicts or other disputes can seek assistance, guidance and support through the Office of the Ombuds

Are You Concerned About a Student?

Ohio University’s CARE Team can help support students in crisis who may be at elevated risk of harming themselves or others.

Express a Concern - Complete the Form

Once submitted, the completed form will be sent electronically to the Office of the Dean of Students, 345 Baker University Center, 740.593.1800.

You should express a concern when a student is:

  • Struggling with feelings of helplessness
  • Expressing challenges with depression and/or anxiety that impacts their daily living
  • Student who is not attending class 
  • Student who are struggling with basic hygiene
  • Making threats of harm to self or others

Our Guiding Principles

The CARE Team operates with these regulations and principles in mind: 

  • Students’ privacy rights are protected by law and University policy, and will be maintained throughout in accordance with FERPA and HIPAA. Every effort will be made to protect the identity of the reporter, if that is the reporter’s wish.
  • Students with mental health issues or illnesses can succeed at Ohio University and every attempt will be made to support this outcome. However, in some cases students may be unable to pursue studies because of their condition.
  • Recognizing that the behavior of individuals can have a profound impact on the community, a balance must be maintained between a desire to support individual students and the safety and well-being of the community.

Review Process

  • Anyone may submit an expression of concern regarding individual students to the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS).
  • Forms submitted, along with any information related to an expression of concern, are considered educational records of the individual students, are maintained at DOS, and will not be disclosed outside the requirements of federal privacy law (FERPA).  
  • The Dean of Students or his/her designee meets with students who are referred through an expression of concern to learn of the student's perspective, gather facts and information, and be prepared to share information about the student's circumstances with the CARE Team. 
  • Cases arising from expressions of concern are reviewed by the CARE Team (at least two University professionals specializing in mental health, law enforcement, community standards, residence life, and academic affairs. This team is It is chaired by the Dean of Students or his/her designee, and appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs) 
  •  in a routine meeting or at a special meeting called by the Dean of Students. 
  • The CARE Team may call upon others as needed to inform its deliberations. These might include faculty, staff, outside experts, family, friends, and/or fellow students. 
  • Upon completion of the review, the CARE Team recommends to the Dean of Students a course of action that, upon approval, is acted on by the Dean of Students. 
  • At his/her discretion, the Director of Community Standards and Student Responsibility (CSSR) may divert cases (or simultaneously review cases) of alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct to the CARE Team for its counsel and recommendation. In such cases, the CARE Team will report its recommendations to DOS which will report to CSSR. Information provided to the Dean of Students Office that alleges a violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be referred to the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility.