Grand Valley State University CARE

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CARE TEAM

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

Referrals can be submitted for health and safety, family issues, or life situations that rise to a level of concern.

This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Mental health concerns
  • Suicide ideation
  • Family or close friend deaths
  • Extreme changes in behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Threatening behavior
  • Disruptive behavior outside of the classroom
  • Mood swings or changes in mood
  • Out-of-the-ordinary emails sent from the student
  • Change in diet or eating habits
  • Change in appearance or hygiene

Resource Concerns

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

This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Lack of housing
  • Lack of food, water, etc. (sustenance needs)
  • Lack of financial support
  • Lack of academic resources or supplies (can not afford books, pens, paper, pencils, binders, etc.

 

Academic Concerns

Referrals can be submitted for undergraduate student concerns related to academic progress through the EAB Navigate Advising System by clicking here: gvsu.edu/navigate.

This can include, but is not limited to

  • 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
  • Missing class (after the faculty member has reached out several times and has been unable to connect with the student)