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Campus Assessment Response and Education Team (CARE)

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The Campus Assessment Response and Education Team (CARE) was established* with the mandate to identify, assess, and monitor OCU students displaying moderate to extreme levels of concerning behavior, including distress, disruption, and/or behavioral dysregulation such as homicidal, suicidal, assaultive or self-injurious threats, and to implement timely interventions that protect the welfare of the student and the safety of the University Community.

Our goal is to intervene before a crisis arises, this is why the CARE process provides the opportunity to help someone in need by referring concerning, alarming or distressing behaviors. This does not replace faculty classroom management, disciplinary processes, and/or public safety or law enforcement responses to incidents.* Originally established as the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) and renamed "CARE" in 2022.

In the event of an immediate threat, call OCUPD at 405-208-5911

  • Direct statements indicating distress, family problems, or loss
  • Expressions of hopelessness or worthlessness, crying or tearfulness
  • Lack of response to outreach from staff or course instructors
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Frequent or chronic illness
  • Coming to class or work bleary-eyed or smelling of alcohol
  • Angry or hostile outbursts, yelling or aggressive comments
  • Expressions of severe anxiety or irritability
  • Shakiness, tremors, fidgeting or pacing
  • Visible changes in weight, statements about change in appetite or sleep
  • Disorganized speech
  • Concern about a student by his/her peers
  • More withdrawn or animated than usual
  • Excessively demanding or dependent behavior
  • Deterioration in physical appearance or personal hygiene
  • Noticeable bruises, cuts or burns
  • Unusual inability to make eye contact
  • A hunch or gut-level reaction that something is wrong

  • Increase identification of OCU Students whose behaviors are distressed, disruptive, and/or dysregulated.
  • Discuss situations brought to its attention by any member of the campus community seeking guidance on concerning, disruptive and/or problematic behaviors that might lead to aggression, self-harm or direct threat.
  • Centralize the process of collecting and assessing “red flags” raised by student behavior and documented by different sources within the University before there is a crisis.
  • Develop a coordinated plan to help students in crisis, mitigate risk, facilitate early intervention and protect and maintain campus safety.
  • Coordinate follow-up with the student of concern to ensure that recommended services, support and resources are deployed effectively.
  • Recommend mandated psychological assessment and/or medical leave/withdrawal, when necessary.
  • Balance FERPA, HIPAA and counselor privilege with University need-to-know and emergency communication needs.
  • Seek to participate in the protection of the campus community in cases of imminent threats to others or self.

CARE Team Partners in Academic and Cocurricular Units

The CARE Team Partners are key staff members on campus that act as bridges between the CARE team and a student's academic or cocurricular needs.

Denise BinkleyDirector of Student Success and RetentionAll Majors in School
Gayle RobertsonStudent Services CoordinatorBFA and Acting Majors
Brandon BurtonStudent Services CoordinatorDesign and Production Majors
Kelsey Shanks
Student Services/Student Success CoordinatorFreshmen and Sophomores
Thalia Hernandez
Student Services CoordinatorUpperclassmen/Transfer vocalists
Joshua Heaney
Student Services/Recruitment CoordinatorUpperclassmen/Transfer instrumentalists
Lynette MartinDir. Student SuccessAll undergraduates in School
Cindy TreadwayAssist. Dir. MBA Program, Graduate AdvisorAll graduates in School
Susan Cosby
Assoc. Exec. Director and Student Success CoordinatorAll Majors in School
Brandi StanleyClinical Instr. of NursingAll Majors in School
Rev. Aly ShahanDir. of Religious LifePastoral Care
Allie LongoriaDir. Student EngagementStudent Clubs and Organizations
Ashley PalmerAssoc. Dir. Student EngagementStudent Clubs and Organizations
Kara MorrowDir. Disability and Access ServicesDisability and Access Services

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