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UMassD Care Network

The Care Network, an initiative within the Division of Student Affairs, coordinates efforts with campus partners to assist students who encounter challenges in achieving success. The purpose of the Care Network is to identify students who may benefit from assistance and guidance as they manage the presenting issue(s) that are affecting their well-being, adjustment, and overall success at the University and to help them build capacity for managing issues during and beyond their time at UMass Dartmouth.

Student Affairs staff in Care & Advocacy are available to provide consultation, answer questions, respond to concerns, or direct individuals to the most appropriate resources.

To make a referral to the Care Network please visit the Care Network referral form

Care Network referrals are appropriate for issues and concerns including but not limited to:

  • Academic concerns
  • Adjustment issues
  • Behavioral concerns that are not alleged Conduct Code violations can be reported using the Incident Reporting Form
  • Career or graduation concerns
  • Death or grief
  • Financial concerns
  • Personal health or wellness
  • Relationship and/or student engagement.

When to file a referral?

Filing a Care Network referral is not appropriate if the student or situation requires immediate attention, including making a threat of harm to self or others, or there is an emergency of any kind. Instead, please contact the UMass Dartmouth Police Department at 508.999.9191.

Faculty, staff, students and external parties (families, employers, etc.) may now refer a student to the Care Network via the link below. A referral will result in follow-up with the identified student by a member of our Care and Advocacy team to connect and understand issues and concerns and provide informed support and assistance.

Care & Advocacy will take reasonable steps to maintain the privacy of those who make a referral to the Care Network, if requested, but confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Due to the nature of the reported concern, the reporter may be evident to the student of concern, or may need to be revealed to the student of concern to facilitate a response.

Care & Advocacy is bound by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and, with the exception of a crisis situation, shares information about student concerns only on a need-to-know basis to the extent permitted by FERPA.

To make a referral to the Care Network please visit: Care Network referral form

When appropriate, referrals to the Care Network will be discussed by the Threat Assessment Team (TAT), chaired by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or a designee. The TAT identifies, evaluates, and addresses threats or potential threats to the campus community.

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