It is the goal of the CARE Team to ensure, to the extent possible, that Northwestern Community College is a safe and secure place in which to teach and learn.

The CARE Team is a group of faculty, staff, and managers who meet biweekly to manage and reduce threats to safety—whether from students or employees—before they cause harm. Once identified, the CARE Team takes a planned approach to assessing the threat and taking appropriate action.

How We Work

Matters of concern can be brought to the CARE Team in four ways:

  1. Contact Ruth Gonzalez (860-738-6344), Director of Student Development and team chair, to discuss the issue of concern;
  2. Contact any CARE Team member;
  3. Submit the online form (TBA).

In presenting your concern, please be sure to include, at a minimum, the name of the student or employee you are concerned about, that person’s ID number if available, and a complete description of the incident that caused your concern. It would be helpful to provide your name and contact information as well.


Guidelines for Identifying Someone of Concern

In order to make the process of identifying concerning behavior as clear and easy as possible, the CARE Team has divided student and employee behavior into two categories:

  1. Behavior that is an immediate threat: This includes behavior where the individual involved poses a threat to him/herself or others or is in need of immediate medical attention. Some examples include:
    • A person who has access to weapons and is threatening to use them
    • A person who is attempting suicide
    • A person who threatens suicide
    • A person who threatens to harm someone else
  1. Behavior that is of concern:
    • Changes in a student’s or employee’s behavior that is unusual or abrupt
    • Work or student performance that declines abruptly or is unusually poor
    • Frequent discussion or preoccupation with violent events or with weapons
    • Intolerance and bigotry
    • Intimidating and/or bullying others
    • References to planning a violent event or to harming others
    • Responses to circumstances or conversation that is uncharacteristically intense in emotion

Principles of Threat Assessment

The concept of threat assessment rests on several principles:

  1. Information is usually fragmented but prevention is possible
  2. That violent acts tend to follow a logical and predictable progression of behavior:
  3. That people in and of themselves are not violent; there are characteristics and conditions that promote violence
  4. Input from multiple sources is critical