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Student Affairs and Academic Support

Student Care and Outreach Team (Care Team)

We value all members of our Carolina Community, if you see a student in distress, take action and refer them to the Student Care and Outreach Team. 

Submit a Student Care and Outreach Team (Care Team) Referral

If you are ever concerned about someone's health, well-being, or safety, submit a referral. In the event of an emergency, contact USCPD at 803-777-4215 or call 911.

 

Who is the Care Team?

The Care Team is a group of caring professionals dedicated to student success and well-being by identifying concerns, addressing those concerns with the student, and referring them to campus and community resources. The Care Team’s primary goal is to ensure that the student involved gains the necessary resources to remain successful academically and personally at UofSC. 

  • Alisa Liggett - Chair, Student Care and Outreach Team
  • Austin LaForest - Assistant Director, Student Care and Outreach Team
  • Julia Rogers - Case Manager, Student Care and Outreach Team

Feel free to reach us at careteam@mailbox.sc.edu 

In addition to the Care Team staff listed above, the Care Team's membership includes leadership from the following departments:

  • Counseling and Psychiatry
  • USCPD and the Threat Management Team
  • Residence Life
  • Student Health Services
  • Student Conduct and Academic Integrity 

When to Make a Care Team Referral

If You Have Witnessed

  • Suicide attempt or talking about suicide
  • Illegal drug use
  • Disordered eating
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Emotional distress
  • Substance use
  • Unusual behavior
  • Victimization
  • Grieving student
  • Emotional distress

Signs to Look For

  • Significant changes in energy
  • Frequent state of intoxication
  • Significant weight loss
  • Worrisome changes in hygiene
  • Noticeable cuts, bruises and burns
  • Sleeping in class or at other inappropriate times
  • Inappropriate emotional outbursts
  • Direct statements indicating distress
  • Expressions of hopelessness or suicide
  • Peer concerns for another student
  • Exaggerated personality traits (more withdrawn or animated than usual)
  • Deterioration in academic work
  • Disorganized or concerning performance
  • Repeated absences and missed assignments
  • Ranting or threatening emails
  • Continual seeking of special provisions

For general academic concerns, refer to the Student Success Center


Who can make a Care Team referral?

Anyone who feels a student is a risk to themselves or the community can make a Care Team referral; including students, parents, faculty and staff, and other community members.

 

Resources for students who have been referred:

There are a number of responses the Care Team may take when we receive a referral. After a review of concerns in the Care Team referral, we may give you a phone call to check-in and/or send you’re the information for a resource we believe may be helpful to you.

Other times, we may invite you to a meeting to speak one on one about the concern for you. The purpose of the meeting is to determine an action plan moving forward that will promote your well-being and success at UofSC. In some instances, the Care Team may ask you to participate in an assessment by Counseling and Psychiatry of Student Health Services.

If you feel more comfortable having an advisor with you during the meeting, please invite them and we will make accommodations. This person can be a family member, parent, attorney, student, faculty or staff member. Please note that because the meeting is confidential, students must sign a release form [pdf] to permit the advisor to have access the case.  

The assessment process generally consists of 1-2 hour-long sessions.  Counseling and Psychiatry will provide you and the Care Team with a treatment recommendation after your assessment. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 13% of students referred to our office were also asked to complete an assessment.

After meeting receiving a recommendation from Counseling and Psychiatry the Care Team may then schedule a Case Management Meeting to discuss the treatment recommendation, assist you in setting up appointments with your treatment provider, and answer any questions you may have.

If you are referred to an off-campus treatment facility, we will connect you with a Case Manager who will support you in finding a provider and ensure the proper documentation is provided to the Care Team.  For your first appointment at an off-campus treatment facility, take your insurance information and expect to complete initial paperwork and an assessment.

If you are providing proof of treatment after participating in the Care Team Process, or, if you are providing verification of treatment in order to bypass a Care Team assessment, please fill out the form linked below.

Treatment Proof Form

 

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Care Team cases are not punitive and will not appear on your academic record or transcript. Case records are kept confidential and will not be shared without written permission, unless there is an immediate health or safety risk.


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