Frequently Asked Questions
Taking the step to submit a concern about someone can evoke mixed feelings. Below are a few common questions people have about this process.
If you need immediate assistance after normal business hours, please contact Wichita State University Police Department at 316-978-3450.
You can submit a concern through the Care Team reporting page (click here). You can call the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Assessment and Retention, Alicia Newell, at 316-978-6105 during regular business hours and ask to schedule an appointment. You can also email the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Alicia Newell, at email@example.com or stop by room 231 in the Rhatigan Student Center.
If you included contact information, when you submit a concern you'll receive an email confirming receipt. Someone from Care Team may or may not reach out to you to discuss your submission, depending on the case, our ability to reach the student and whether or not we need any additional information.
The Care Team will address every report that is brought to the committee. However, you may not be privy to the outcome of an investigation based on the factors involved. We appreciate members of our campus taking the time to submit concerns they may have; however, we hope submitters understand that once a case is submitted, that information becomes confidential and we are not at liberty to disclose information about the case without a signed Release of Information from the student.
Although action will depend upon the situation, the Care Team will intervene in support of the person of concern, as well as campus safety.
You are registering a concern based on an observed behavior (e.g., verbal exchange,
action, etc.), not making a determination. By alerting the appropriate campus representatives,
a safety determination can be made.
As a caring individual, you may desire to reason with or explore the source of the actions of the person in question. However, based on the threat level, this mentoring approach may not be the best course of action. Always assess the risk. Should you have any concern about your safety or the safety of others, your best course of action for the safety of all involved is to access intervention from people who are trained in these areas.
Sometimes we don't have all the information. Let the Care Team weigh the information and see if gathering more facts is warranted as a response plan is evaluated. Bring what you have because others may have evidence too.
If you feel there is an immediate threat, call 911.
To make a referral, use the incident reporting form (click here). You will be asked for basic information about the student, how to contact you (in the event the Care Team has follow-up questions) and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.
You are the Care Team's best resource because you are familiar with the student. If you are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if they are okay. In many cases students will indicate that they could use some help and you can refer them to Counseling & Prevention Services at www.wichita.edu/caps.
Do you have questions that weren't answered here? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.