Newly Named CARES Team to Help Students in Crisis

February 3, 2021 | News, UToday
By Staff



A new Campus Advocacy, Response, Evaluation and Service (CARES) Team has been created to assist students who may be experiencing a crisis or other situation that could disrupt their access to and success in the educational experience.

As part of the continued effort by the Division of Student Affairs to provide a holistic support response to UToledo students, the University Behavioral Intervention Team (UBIT) was reimagined as this new CARES Team.

The CARES Team is chaired by Dr. Sammy Spann, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and is comprised of UToledo representatives from a multitude of campus areas including Residence Life, UToledo Police, the Provost’s Office, Center for Success Coaching, University Counseling Center, Student Disability Services, International Studies and Programs, Title IX, Student Conduct, Student Advocacy and more.

Alex Lewin, director of student conduct and community standards, and Ben Weiner, interim associate director for student involvement and leadership, lead the meetings, which occur every other week, to bring together campus leaders to better coordinate resources. Using a five-touchpoint model, the CARES Team will engage in a collaborative approach to connect students with the appropriate resources in order to resolve behavioral, emotional, health, conduct and other concerns.

Students are referred to the CARES Team through a variety of sources but most often via the UToledo report a concern form. The Rocket Care Report can be submitted by students, faculty, staff and other community members with concern for a student’s wellbeing. These reports are received and reviewed by the Office of Student Advocacy and Support team, which includes a licensed mental health professional, and routed for further follow up when necessary.