STUDENT CARE TEAM
If you feel threatened or know of someone who is in extreme distress, call 911.
The Student Care Team does not respond directly to emergencies.
Report a Concern
Make an online referral using our form:
To speak with a member of the Student Care Team
What is the Student Care Team?
The Student Care Team is a multidisciplinary team that meets regularly to evaluate behaviors by University students that are perceived to be threatening, harming or disruptive to the student, to others or to both and coordinate an appropriate response. The Student Care Team does NOT respond directly to emergencies. Call 911 if you need emergency services.
Who Serves on the Student Care Team?
- Dr. Claudia Arias-Cirinna, Chair - Director of Student Care and Concern
- Tracy Gruber - Mental Health Services
- Marci Schneider - Program Assistant, Office of Student Care and Concern
- Ann Tucker Velazco - Student Care Team Case Manager
- Kym Hendricks - Student Care Team Case Manager
- Detective Peter Pavasaris - UConn Police Department
- Sheila Morgansmith - Residential Life
Who Should Be Referred?
Faculty, staff, friends, and family are frequently in a position to observe student behaviors that indicate distress or potentially compromised personal well-being. If you have a concern about a student who you perceive to be threatening, harming or disruptive, please let the Student Care Team know. This includes a student whose behavior or well-being are negatively impacting those around the student.
When is it appropriate to make a referral to the Student Care Team?
Some behaviors that might warrant a referral to the Student Care Team include, but are not limited to, the following:
Potential Threat of Harm to Self or Others
- History of on-going discipline problems
- Social withdrawal or severe discomfort in social settings
- Expressed paranoia/mistrust
- Impulse control problems
- Expression of violence in writings and drawings
- Significant substance abuse
- Fascination or preoccupation with violence or weapons
- Sees violence as a desirable or acceptable way of solving problems
- Obsessive stalking or monitoring of others (please note that the Office of Institutional Equity should also be notified)
- Unusual changes in personality, eating, and sleeping patterns
- Increased isolation and social withdrawal
- Unkempt, irritable, or disconnected
- Behavior reflects increased hopelessness or helplessness
- Inability to focus and concentrate
- Difficulties with memory and decision-making
When would a referral to the Student Care Team not be an appropriate first response?
Emergency or Imminent Threat of Harm to Self or Others
- Making direct threats to harm themselves and/or others
- Developing the capacity or means to carry out a plan to harm themselves and/or others
- Giving away possessions and saying goodbye (in person or via social media) to family and friends
What Can You Do?
- Immediately call the UConn Police Department by dialing 911. The Student Care Team does not respond to emergencies.
- Be prepared to provide clear details such as who, what, where, and when
- Follow instructions provided by the UConn Police Department
What if the student I am concerned about attends one of UConn’s regional campuses?
Each regional campus has a designated Student Care Team representative who can field and address concerns that you may have. Your online referral will be routed to their attention and you can also contact them directly:
Katherine Ryan Martin
Greater Hartford Campus
Avery Point Campus
Jennifer Cerny, Esq.
What happens after I submit a referral to the Student Care Team?
Referrals to the Student Care Team are received and reviewed within one business day of submission. You may or may not be contacted to provide any additional information. Please know that any delay in contacting the source of the referral does not indicate a delay in the referral being acted upon.
Request a Presentation
To learn more about us, please complete our online form to schedule a Student Care Team presentation