Grand Valley State University CARE Team

Aerial campus view of the GVSU Allendale Campus with the clocktower

While attending GVSU, students may experience a variety of concerns, including but not limited to: academic, financial, basic needs, physical and mental health, campus climate concerns, off campus housing, concerns for well-being, and disruptive/disturbing behavior. 

The CARE Team (Coordination, Assistance, Response, and Education) is a team of staff who support all students through challenges they may experience during their time at GVSU. Please complete a CARE Referral if you are a student in need of support, know a student who needs support, or are generally concerned about a student.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Emily First, Student Support Manager, at (616) 331-3585 or firste@gvsu.edu.

IF YOUR CONCERN INVOLVES AN IMMEDIATE SAFETY RISK TO SELF OR OTHERS, PLEASE STOP AND CALL 911. 

When Should I Make A Care Referral?

Student Well-being

CARE referrals can be submitted for health and safety, family issues, or life situations.

This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Death of Family Member/Close Friend
  • Extreme Changes in Behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Distressed Behavior
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Mood swings or changes in mood
  • Out-of-the-ordinary e-mails sent from the student
  • Change in diet or eating habits
  • Change in appearance or hygiene
  • Social/Adjustment Concerns

 

Resource Concerns

CARE referrals can be submitted for student concerns that are related to resource needs.

This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Food Insecurity
  • Finacial Hardship
  • Housing Concerns 
    • Living out of car
    • Couch surfing 
    • About to be evicted
    • Unstable houisng
    • Homeless
  • Lack of academic resources or supplies
  • In need of technology support (can't afford laptop repair, or in need of temporary laptop replacement)
  • In need of menstral health products
  • In need of health insurance 

Academic Concerns Can Be Placed In NAVIGATE

All Academic referrals should be placed in the Navigate Advising System and not through the CARE referral form.

Academic Referrals include: 

Non-Attendance

 Student not responding to Faculty outreach. 

 Poor academic performance 

 Missing crucial academic milestones (for example: not performing well on first exam or midterm exam). 

Poor time management/organizational skills

Academic Procrastination and Motivation

 Student would benefit from Success Coaching