What is the CARE Team?

Mission of the Team

The CARE (Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation) Team will assess and coordinate responses to significant campus situations and events involving University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) students, which require intervention in order to assist the community and its members to return to a more homeostatic state of functioning. These events may include: death or significant trauma, problematic student situations involving medical or psychological concerns, and campus emergency situations that directly affect the well-being of students. The CARE Team has the authority to respond and coordinate intervention to all student crisis incidents with the concurrence of the Chancellor. Issues of inappropriate student conduct are referred to the Office of the Dean of Students. Allegations of criminal wrong doing will be referred to Public Safety. Allegations of sexual harassment and/or discrimination shall be referred to the Office of Institutional Equity in accordance with university policy.


UCCS has a number of response mechanisms in place to respond to student crisis situations, or to incidents or behaviors involving students that threaten the quality of campus life. Crisis situations may be accidental, occur without warning, or be intentional and meant to cause harm to students or the campus community. The Team works to ensure communication between administration, colleges, departments, and affected parties when crisis situations occur.


The Team will confer and/or convene to respond to patterns or instances of dysfunctional behavior, and questions, concerns, and inquires concerning student behavior. We will facilitate a coordinated campus response to crisis incidents, threats or potential threats that may affect the well-being of students, campus, or broader community. Coordinated responses may include, but are not limited to, identification of and referral to appropriate support services and resources on- or off-campus; informal resolution measures such as mediation; facilitated dialogue between parties involved; discussions in residence halls or at other campus locations, campus notices and fact sharing; and promotion of wider educational awareness, prevention, and outreach.

The Core of the CARE Team is Comprised of:

UCCS Police Department
Marc Pino - Chief of Police
Mental Health Services
Benek Altayli - Director of Mental Health
Dean of Students Office
Alex Baker - Case Manager


Depending on the circumstances, the CARE Team may bring together additional resources (faculty, housing, student-employment, health center, etc) to fully address the issue. To ensure the quickest response, contact Public Safety Dispatch at 715-255-3111 to inform the CARE Team of a situation. They will then contact a member of the team. However, you may contact any member of the team.