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Everyone experiences difficulties throughout their college experience, but speaking up and asking for support can enable you or a fellow peer to build resilience and thrive. CARE is here for all students at the UR. Whether you are seeking support for a friend, or yourself, we encourage you to submit a CARE Referral to connect with appropriate forms of support and resources to maintain wellness and achieve goals.

CARE can be of assistance by supplying students with options for support while also aiding individuals who support the student in need.

While student perspectives will vary, the following list provides some areas to consider when identifying a student of concern:

  • Disengaging or isolating—Is the student disengaging from activities of which he or she was previously interested? Are they staying in their room all day, missing meals, seeming uninterested in previously enjoyed activities?
  • Missing multiple classes and assignments—Is the student choosing not to go to class even though there is a penalty for missing? Are they falling behind in multiple classes or in multiple assignments? Are they missing class because of other, less important, activities (e.g., sleeping, playing video games, watching TV, etc.)?
  • Noticeable change in the student’s behavior or appearance—Do you have concerns about a student's behavior? Is the student having trouble connecting with peers? Have you noticed a significant change the in the student's appearance or mood?
  • Problematic behaviors—Are you concerned about the amount of alcohol the student is consuming? Are they participating in behaviors that are unhealthy and have you worried? Are they seemingly reckless with their choices and actions?
  • Receipt of concerning information—Has the student told you information that has you concerned for his or her well being? Do you feel that the student could benefit from the support of a caring UR staff member? Do you feel “in over your head” supporting a friend or peer?
  • Something just doesn't feel right—Are you concerned about a fellow student, but aren't sure why? There are times when your gut instinct tells you that there is reason for concern, but you aren't sure why. This information is still helpful in ensuring a student is Okay and is connected with support.

If you are still uncertain about whether you should submit a CARE Referral, please review this document or contact the CARE Network staff. You may also or instead choose to submit a Bias-Related Incident Report or Community Concern Report.

Submit a concern

CARE-related Resources

One-on-one consultations

If you have concerns about a student, are unsure how to engage with a student of concern, or would like to talk through a challenging situation, one-on-one consultations are available with a CARE staff member. Please contact a CARE staff member directly to set-up a consultation.

Club or organization presentations

A CARE staff member is available to provide presentations to your club or organization based on identified needs and desire for more information. Contact a CARE staff member if you or your club or organization would like more information about:

  • Working with students in distress
  • How/when to submit a CARE Referral
  • Establishing healthy boundaries
  • Recognizing signs of concerning behavior
  • Self-care
  • Maintaining Motivation and Time-Management
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • First-year PhD experience
  • Mindfulness and Meditation


Conversation starters

Are you concerned about a friend? Not sure how to initiate the conversation with them? Below are a few suggestions that may help you encourage them to seek support.

Students Lying on Grass

  • “I can’t help but notice that you [list behaviors or concerns]. Have you talked with anyone about this?”
  • “Do you have anyone on campus that you think could be really helpful to you right now?”
  • “Let’s submit a CARE Referral so a CARE staff member can let us know how to work through these challenges.”
  • “Who else on campus knows what you’ve been going through?”
  • “Let’s go talk to a CARE staff member together so we can get you connected to a few resources.”