Section 300: Committees

Effective: October 2017
Review Date: October 2019
Responsible Party:

  1. Reporting Concerns
    1. If there is perceived imminent danger, immediately call 9-1-1.
    2. If you are concerned about a student and the situation does not present imminent danger:
      1. Submit a CARE Referral online through the web form -
      2. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students (Steve Wise), (406)265-4113
        1. The referral will be reviewed by the CARE Lead Team Member.
        2. The case will be assigned accordingly:
          1. CARE Team
          2. Title IX Coordinator, Suzanne Hunger
          3. Academic Chairs: Steven Don (College of Technical Science) or Norton Pease (College of Education, Arts & Sciences, and Nursing)
  2. The reporting party will receive acknowledgement from the CARE Lead Team Member confirming the referral has been received. The reporting party should not expect to receive detailed information about the disposition of their submission because the issue may involve due process or confidentiality rights of the student. The CARE Team Leader (or other CARE Team Member) may, however, contact the reporting party if additional information concerning the report is needed.
  3. Before submitting the CARE referral, faculty and staff may consult with other offices (e.g. counseling services, Dean, Department Chair, etc.). However, submitting a referral is still advised, following the consultation.
  4. Once a CARE referral is submitted, reviewed and assigned, and appropriate information has been gathered, the CARE Team will determine what next steps need to take place. Next steps may include, but are not limited to: speaking with the student; gathering additional evidence or information by interviewing members of the campus community; referral to the appropriate support or conduct office; referral for a formal counseling session; or other steps deemed necessary.
  5. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit additional referrals as new concerns arise or when behavior is repeated, even if they have done so before. A single incident may be insufficient to take action, but a pattern of incidents may require an institutional response. Sharing observed and concerning behavior does not violate FERPA or student privacy.