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UWyo Cares

Make a UWyo Cares Referral


What happens when I refer a concern?

Once a referral is made via the online form, it is routed to the UWYO Cares Team Core.  The UWYO Cares Team conducts an initial threat assessment using the NaBITA Risk Rubric on every referral to determine any initial action that might be warranted.  A more in-depth assessment, investigation, and plan development occurs during the weekly UWYO Cares Team meetings.  The UWYO Cares Team will assess database information to determine patterns of behavior and utilized tools including the NaBITA Risk Rubric to determine risk to the student, the University, and community. As much as is allowed by FERPA, the person making the referral will be kept apprised of the UWYO Cares Team action to ensure campus safety and student success.

Flowchart for the UWyo Cares Assessment process


UWYO Cares Team

The UWYO Cares Team is designed to enable the University of Wyoming to be compliant with The Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 (Public Act 095-0881, §110 ILCS 12 - 20) and the implementing regulations (29 Ill. Adm. Code § 305).

UWYO Cares Core Team Membership                                 

  • Dean of Students
  • Associate Dean of Students (Welfare & Sexual Misconduct)
  • Assistant Dean of Students (Conduct)
  • Sexual Misconduct Investigator (Dean of Students Office)
  • Executive Director of Residential Life, Dining Services, & Wyoming Union
  • Associate Director of Residential Life
  • Chief of Police
  • Detective for Police
  • Director of Counseling Center
  • Director of Student Health
  • Coordinator of Student Welfare
  • Director of DSS
  • ACES Representative
  • Title XI Coordinator
  • The Office of the Registrar Represenative

UWYO Cares External Consultative Team                                                   

  • Stop Violence
  • Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Athletics
  • EORR
  • Laramie Police Department Representative
  • Albany County Sheriff
  • UW ROTC
  • Albany County Safe Project
  • Faculty and Administration at UW
  • UW Financial Aid and Foundation
  • Veterans Services
  • International Students and Scholars
  • Community Resources –including but not limited to: Peak Wellness Center, Laramie Police Department, Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Albany County School Districts, Department of Family Services, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, LCCC-ACC etc.
  • FE Warren Air Force Base designee

Assessing Risk

While there is no single set of warning signs that will predict behavior or campus violence, the assessment process looks for behavioral evidence that someone is planning or preparing to act out inappropriately or carry out some type of threat. The assessment will attempt to distinguish between threatening and non‐threatening cases in order to ensure the safety of the distressed person and others potentially involved as well as to resolve concerns that initiated the inappropriate behavior.

The assessment process assists in early identification of situations that may pose a threat to others; creates a baseline of information against which to assess future behavior; and provides a means for implementing interventions to increase the likelihood of a positive and safe resolution.

Once an student referral has been received by the UWYO Cares Team, the team implements the assessment process.

In general, the UWYO Cares Team will gather preliminary information regarding the concern and then a team member may interview the referred person as part of the initial assessment process. The interview will provide the opportunity for the individual to share his/her concerns about the situation and ask for needed assistance in solving it. Information gathered in this initial interview will be helpful in determining appropriate intervention strategies.

That process may include any of the following data gathering processes:

  • Interviews with all available parties with information about the situation
  • Interviews with the person alleged to have displayed inappropriate/concerning behavior
  • Assessment by counselor/mental health professional
  • Interview with any identified potential targets of inappropriate/concerning behavior
  • Contacting a student’s parents or family members
  • Review of a student’s academic and disciplinary history
  • Legal/criminal background check

Based on all data gathered, the UWYO Cares Team will utilize the following resources to assess risk:


Recordkeeping

The UWYO Cares Team will maintain confidential records for all referrals and all follow-up notifications that are developed as a result of UWYO Cares Team proceedings. These records will be entered in a secure, protected and searchable database that will have the capacity to monitor ongoing situations and provide longitudinal follow-up and assessment.  In every meeting, we use the FERPA standard that all parties have a need to know.

 

Make a UWyo Cares Referral

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