CARE at Mines: Crisis Assessment, Response and Education

At Colorado School of Mines, we are dedicated to the well-being of our students and have developed a community in which we care about one another.  The members of our community are our most important resource and we are committed to creating positive experiences for everyone.  We have a significant amount of resources available to help students to be successful and we encourage you to utilize all of these to help you reach your full potential.

We recognize that you may unexpectedly face some challenging times at Mines, including personal and academic difficulties, which could impact your success.  Whatever the challenge, from not knowing the location of a faculty member’s office to the loss of a loved one, know that the staff and faculty at Mines are here to help.  We are ready to listen to and understand your concerns, help you create actions plans for success, and connect you with resources that can assist.  Caring is our passion and we are dedicated to your success.

You can help us in these efforts by keeping a watchful eye out for things happening in our campus community. The resources linked to this website will provide you with information on tools and techniques for helping, identifying concerning behaviors, and ways to report incidents.  Each member of the Mines community is encouraged to review the resources and make the choice to provide assistance to those in need or contact those at Mines who are trained to help whenever a situation arises.

If this is an emergency and/or there is a potential threat to you or someone else

Living, learning, and working at Colorado School of Mines can cause stress and may be the reason that someone is displaying distressed or disruptive behavior. The CARE Team at Mines provides assistance to the campus community to help access and find solutions for managing these difficult situations.

Colorado School of Mines is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for the members of the campus community. If you find yourself in a state of distress, we encourage you to seek out relevant services for assistance. The CARE at Mines website provides information on campus and community resources that are available.

Distressed and disruptive behavior usually includes a change in a person’s performance, appearance, or emotional state and may be symptomatic of a person’s inability to manage personal or emotional difficulties. Behaviors may include:

  • Sleep disturbances (too much or too little)
  • Class attendance or participation issues
  • Change in personal hygiene
  • Altered performance in academic/organization pursuits
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Heightened emotional response
  • Over dependence on others
  • Self-harm behaviors (cutting, burning)
  • Expressed suicidal thoughts
  • Engaging in risky behaviors that are out of character/context
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse

If you have noticed any of these behaviors in yourself or others, or other behaviors for which you are concerned, please click on the “Report” link above to start the support process and seek assistance.

If there is a potential for danger to self or others, Public Safety or Golden Police should be called immediately (9-1-1 or 303-273-3333).


Thanks to Blaire Eckles and Boise State University for assistance in creating this website.

Mines’ faculty, staff, and students will often be the first to encounter a person who is in distress. Your assistance in helping individuals in these types of situations is greatly appreciated and extremely important. This website provides useful information regarding recognizing and responding to situations that can cause distress in individuals. Additionally, the site contains information about ways you can make appropriate referrals to campus resources.

While this page is monitored frequently, no immediate response or action will be made by the CARE team. Again, please call 9-1-1 if this is an emergency.

Report Form Tips

We understand that asking for help can be difficult – especially when providing personal information pertaining to someone you care about. However, please realize that some situations require this information in order for an issue to be resolved. All CARE Reports are treated with the highest possible level of professionalism, confidentiality and discretion. It is important that you provide as much information as possible.

What should I expect when I submit a CARE report?
Upon receipt of a CARE report, the CARE Team will review the information provided and then strategize the best way to follow-up. A CARE Team member may contact an individual who submitted a report to obtain additional information or clarification. Depending on the nature of the situation, that individual may not receive specific information regarding how the CARE Team plans to respond.
Is the name of the individual submitting a CARE report kept confidential?
The CARE Team will take reasonable steps to maintain privacy of those who submit a report if requested. Please understand that some circumstances do not allow privacy to be maintained and on occasion, the nature and context of the report may make it easy for the individual to speculate the reporting source.
What if I am unsure whether or not to submit a CARE report?
It is always best to err on the side of submitting a report. However, if you are unsure of whether your situation arises to the level of submitting a CARE report, please feel free to contact any of the CARE Team members to discuss the situation.
What are some examples of the actions that the CARE Team may take in response to a CARE report?

After reviewing a CARE report and discussing the matter, the CARE Team may:

  • Determine that there is no need for further action but will continue to monitor the situation.
  • Contact the individual that submitted the report and provide suggestions and ways to appropriately respond to the concerning behavior.
  • Contact the individual of concern directly to provide support.
  • In situations that require immediate action, such as situations where an individual is in immediate threat of harming self or others, the CARE Team may coordinate with CSM Public Safety or local law enforcement to assist in the response.
What is CARE at Mines?

CARE stands for Crisis Assessment, Response, and Education. The CARE Team is responsible for the following:

  • Helping to create a campus culture that supports and cares and looks out for one another
  • Assisting the campus community by developing and implementing education and outreach related to bystander intervention, crisis management, and campus resource promotion
  • Monitoring and assessing activity in the campus community to identify signs or potential threat as early as possible
  • Developing appropriate response plans to situations of distress within the campus community
  • Reviewing reports of concern about members of the Mines community
  • Serving as consultants for to members of the Mines community to support them in assessing concerning behavior and building actions plans to help others
  • Assisting with the development of policies and procedures for the institution related to concerning behavior that is taking place within the members of the campus community.

Campus

Career Center – http://careers.mines.edu/
Center for Academic Services and Advising – http://casa.mines.edu/
Code of Conduct Information – http://inside.mines.edu/POGO-Student
Counseling Center – http://counseling.mines.edu/
Disability Support Services – http://disabilities.mines.edu/
Financial Aid – http://inside.mines.edu/Financial_Aid
Food Services – https://minesdining.sodexomyway.com/?
Health Center – http://healthcenter.mines.edu/
Human Resources Office – http://inside.mines.edu/Office_of_Human_Resources
International Student Services – http://inside.mines.edu/Office_of_Human_Resources
Multicultural Engineering Program – http://mep.mines.edu/
Public Safety – http://publicsafety.mines.edu/
Registrar’s Office – http://inside.mines.edu/Registrars_Office
Residence Life and Housing – http://residencelife.mines.edu/”
Student Life Office – http://studentlife.mines.edu/
Title IX Coordinator (Sexual Assault Reporting) – Karin Ranta-Curran, (303) 384-2558
Veteran’s Affairs – http://inside.mines.edu/Veterans-Services
Writing Center – http://inside.mines.edu/LAIS-Writing-Center-

Local Community

Jefferson Center for Mental Health
http://www.jeffersonmentalhealth.org/contact.cfm

The Jefferson Center for Mental Health is the not-for- profit community mental health center serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties since 1958. Our mission is to promote mental health and provide quality mental health services for persons with emotional problems and/or serious mental illness. We are partners with our community, working together to create a place that fosters mental health and supports those with mental health challenges.

The Blue Bench
http://thebluebench.org/

The Blue Bench (formerly RAAP) is metropolitan Denver’s only comprehensive sexual assault prevention and support center. Since its founding in 1983, they’ve worked tirelessly to eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones and the community.

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
http://www.ccasa.org/

The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) is a membership organization promoting safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence.

Victim Outreach Incorporated
http://www.victimoutreach.org/

The mission of Victim Outreach Incorporated is to promote the healing of people impacted by crime and trauma. Our hope is that people impacted by crime and trauma lead healthy, productive and inspired lives.

The CARE Team is a broad-based committee that includes representation from across the campus community. If you are unsure of whether your situation arises to the level of submitting a CARE report, please feel free to contact any of the CARE Team members listed below.

Amy Baccei, Associate Director of Residence Life 
303-273-3982
abaccei@mines.edu

Greg Bohlen, Director of Public Safety 
303-273-3059
gbohlen@mines.edu

Tom Boyd, Associate Provost
303-273-3020
tboyd@mines.edu

Mary Elliott, Director of Residence LIfe and Housing 
303-869-5522
mfelliot@mines.edu

Rebecca Flintoft, Associate Vice President of Student Life 
303-273-3050
rflintof@mines.edu

Dan Fox, Vice President of Student Life
303-273-3231
dfox@mines.edu

Michelle Merz Hutchinson, Associate Counsel 
303-273-3423
mmerzhutchinson@mines.edu

Derek Morgan, Dean of Students
303-273-3288
dmorgan@mines.edu

Karin Ranta Curran, Executive Director, Institutional Compliance and Equity 
303-384-2558
krcurran@mines.edu

Sandra Sims, Director of Counseling Center
303-384-2008
ssims@mines.edu

Colin Terry, Associate Dean of Students
303-273-3081
cterry@mines.edu