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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.

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 (Please use this link to report alleged Code violations: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UMassDartmouth&layout_id=0)
  • Career or graduation concerns
  • Death or grief
  • Financial concerns
  • Personal health or wellness
  • Relationship and/or student engagement. 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 which will also be publicly accessible on our website. A referral will result in follow-up within one business day 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.

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 newly formed collaborative, campus-wide, multidisciplinary Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), chaired by Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cynthia Cummings. The BIT coordinates a systematic response to the behavior of students who may be in crisis or whose physical, mental, or psychological health condition may directly threaten their safety or the safety of the learning environment. Through the efforts of this team, the University will implement a caring program of identification, intervention, and response to provide students with the greatest chance for success while prioritizing safety.

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