Students of Concern - CARE Form

During the course of their time at GVSU students may experience a variety of pressure and stress from academic work, relationships, and other parts of life.  In some cases, students might be confronting certain issues for the first time, while for others these issues may be ongoing.  If you find yourself worried about the well-being of a Grand Valley student (a student in your class, someone you live with/near, someone in your student organization, etc.), we encourage you to share your concerns through the form below.  Your report may be the activating event that helps that student get connected to appropriate campus resources, or you may be providing supplemental information that assists in our ability to more appropriately reach out to support that student.  

Below are several examples of when it would be important to complete the CARE Form (please note that you are encouraged to complete the CARE Form whenever you have a non-emergency concern about a student.  Reasons for concern are not limited to those listed here):

  • Change in student's demeanor from happy to sullen, outgoing to withdrawn, engaged to detached
  • Disruptions in the classroom or at campus events/programs
  • Change in student's attendance pattern, or failure to attend class, work or practices
  • Instances of self-harm or thoughts/discussion related to suicide
  • Questionable email messages or social media posts

You can also contact Aaron Haight, Associate Dean of Students, at 616-331-3585 or with any questions.

When should you use the CARE form?

This form is intended to encourage faculty, staff, and students to voluntarily refer a student who may be struggling with academic, personal, or emotional difficulties or who may exhibit concerning behavior.  Please provide detailed information regarding the concern you are reporting.  

When will your concern be reviewed?

Concerns are reviewed during normal business hours, when GVSU is open.  If your concern involves an immediate safety risk to self or others, please stop and call 911 immediately.

Who reviews it?

Your concern is submitted to the Dean of Students Office, who works in conjunction with other offices, such as University Counseling, Housing & Residence Life, and the Student Academic Success Center.  This group responds to non-emergency concerns and takes a proactive approach to discuss potential problems, intervene early, and develop appropriate courses of action for referred students.  The goal is to support students who may be in distress or whose behavior is of concern to others, and do so before things rise to crisis levels.

What will happen after you submit your concern?

Depending on the circumstances, the Dean of Students Office may reach out to the student being referred.  Staff will assist in connecting students with relevant resources across campus and provide outreach and follow-up as needed and appropriate to promote student success.  There may be circumstances where no outreach is done, but appropriate staff are made aware of the concerns.   Please note that someone may or may not follow up with you as the reporter.