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Office of Student Conduct and care

The CAre team

Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation

The CARE Team is a campus resource for students, faculty and, staff who have concerns regarding alarming, problematic, and/or disruptive student behavior. The team responds to nonemergency concerns and uses a proactive approach to discuss potential problems, intervene early, and develop appropriate courses of action for referred students. The goal is to support students who may be in distress and/or whose behavior is of concern to others before they rise to crisis levels.

If you observe and/or are made aware of student behavior that leaves you feeling concerned, worried, and/or alarmed, trust your instincts and say something. The CARE Team can assist with the student of concern and, in some cases, provide you with suggestions as to how you can assist the student directly.


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Common behaviors.

In the past, the CARE Team has received reports with the following common student behaviors:

  • Appears to be struggling academically and/or is not attending classes regularly
  • Reports feeling overwhelmed and/or uncomfortable transitioning to campus
  • Experiences feelings of isolation, loneliness, or disconnection from peers
  • Writes about threats to harm self or others
  • Appears to be going through family problems, relationship problems, and/or a breakup
  • Experiences the loss of a loved one
  • Constantly asks for help with personal problems that are beyond the scope of your role and/or expertise level
  • Is consistently anxious, stressed, and/or depressed
  • May benefit from a personalized outreach regarding resources available on campus

Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list, and the CARE Team is always readily available to discuss scenarios concerning health, well-being, and safety.

About the CARE Team 

Our members.

  • Bowen Center Representative
  • Disability Access Center
  • Indiana University Fort Wayne
  • The Multicultural Center
  • Office of Financial Aid
  • Office of Student Conduct and Care
  • Purdue University Legal Counsel
  • Student Advising and Advocacy Center
  • Student Housing
  • University Police

Consulting areas include the Office of Institutional Equity, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Office of International Education, the Office of Military Student Services, and others as needed. 

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Mastodon Student Relief Fund

The Mastodon Student Relief Fund provides financial support to currently enrolled degree-seeking PFW students who experience an accident, illness, financial hardship, or other situation that may jeopardize their ability to succeed academically. Before completing the application below, it’s important for the Mastodon Student Relief Fund committee to understand what resources you have been made aware of. Have you heard about the Zielinski Angel Fund Emergency Aid? If not, please inquire here (The Zielinski Angel Fund Emergency Aid) if you are eligible. Have you heard about the Brown Ink Society Emergency Assistance for PFW Students? If not, please inquire here (Brown Ink Society Emergency Assistance). Please note that applications must be a nomination for a student from a staff or faculty member. If you have not checked into both emergency funds prior to the start of this application, please do so first. Failure to do so may result in not receiving the requested funds.


Mastodon Student Relief Fund Request Form