Assessment and Intervention | Mercy College

Assessment and Intervention

Upon receiving a report, the Co-Chairs of the CARE Team will ensure that all members of the CARE Team receive the information.  The Team will meet to assess the incident through gathering information evaluating the risk to the community, and to identify and implement the appropriate intervention(s), and follow-up as appropriate.

The CARE Team may wish to gather information from several sources, such as:

  • Review of student’s academic and disciplinary history
  • Documented disabilities
  • Local law enforcement or legal/criminal background check
  • Previous colleges, if student has transferred
  • Interviews with all parties involved, including targets of inappropriate/concerning behaviors
  • Interview with the person alleged to have displayed inappropriate/concerning behavior
  • Assessment by counselor/mental health professional
  • Online search of the student’s name, and the name(s) of anyone the student may have threatened, harasses, pursued, or scared
  • Referral to college and/or community resources
  • Voluntary withdrawal from classes – based on discussions with a counselor or member of CARE Team, the student may choose to temporarily take time away from the College.
  • Referral to disciplinary process
  • Removal from campus housing
  • Mandatory direct threat/safety assessment – It may be recommended that the student participate in a mandatory assessment for assessment of direct threat and for assistance in gaining access to treatment, if needed.
  • Interim suspension – The CARE Team may recommend that the student is at a high risk of danger to self or others and should temporarily separate from the college.  The student would then require a mental health assessment prior to returning.
  • Involuntary withdrawal – In the event of extremely high risk situations, the CARE Team may find it necessary to recommend and involuntary withdrawal.
  • Criminal charges

Follow-up

Upon implementation of interventions, the CARE Team will determine a plan for follow-up monitoring of each student.  This may include checking with faculty and staff regarding behaviors.  Additionally, students may be required to have periodic meetings with a counselor or a member of CARE Team.