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Student Care & Advocacy

Do you know a student in distress?

  • Have you observed something in someone that has you worried?
  • Have you seen a classmate acting out of character?  Strangely?
  • You don’t know who to ask about it or you just want someone to know? 

Please submit concern about a student or incident on campus using the CARE Referral submission form.

*Please note this is NOT an emergency reporting system. CARE Referrals are only monitored during normal business hours, 8:30am to 4;30pm.  If you have an immediate campus safety issue, please call Public Safety at 937-229-2121.

Who is Student Care & Advocacy?

Case Management, offered by the Student Care & Advocacy Team addresses student challenges, life stressors, or barriers that impact student success and wellbeing. Student Care & Advocacy is an interdisciplinary support team which recognizesthat student concerns are often multi-faceted and extremely challenging. Therefore, SCA Case Managers work through direct 1:1 engagement with students, as well as in consultation and coordination with campus and community partners. SCA Case Managers focus on assisting students in exploring options for resolving concerns, determining action plans for achieving positive outcomes, and building skills that empower students to advocate for themselves and successfully navigate future barriers/problems.

Students are encouraged to work in partnership with Student Care & Advocacy if they are experiencing or are in need of the following:

  • Food/housing/basic needs insecurity 
  • Financial challenges 
  • Family challenges 
  • Loss of family or friend
  • Substance abuse/misuse
  • Social/transition concerns
  • Academic concerns
  • Social welfare 
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Suicide ideation/self injurious behavior 
  • Trauma support 
  • Response to crisis situation(s)
  • University process and procedural support

Ask for help. Not because you are weak. But because you want to remain strong.

Les Brown

The University of Dayton aims to create a community that cares for one another.  The overall campus experience can often be challenging, and asking for help can be difficult for some students. To seek out help from others is a great strength. It shows that you value yourself and your community by prioritizing what you need in order to be happy and well.  Students are invited to request assistance from Student Care and Advocacy through a Self-Referral or by calling the Dean of Students Office.

If you are in crisis and need immediate help:

  • Call Public Safety: 937-229-2121
  • Call 911 (UD campus phones)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • Call 988 (Suicide and Crisis Lifeline)
  • YWCA Local Crisis Line: 937-222-SAFE
  • Seek care at the hospital

I'm worried about my student.

The University of Dayton offers a wide variety of support and resources to build resiliency within students from a holistic lens. Wellness is on a continuum from practicing self-care to talking with others about concerns to seeking immediate help. Building strong resilience skills within your student helps to promote a proactive approach to worrisome behavior.

Discussing resources available with your student such as their RA/Fellow, Student Care & Advocacy and other campus resources can help to build skills empowering your student to reach out when in need. It is also important to recognize when a student is in need of immediate emergency services. If you are unsure of what you can do, please submit a CARE Referral or you can call the Dean of Students Office for a consultation. 

If you believe your student is in crisis and is in need of emergency services, please contact Public Safety at 937-229-2121.

Safety & Security

The Department of Public Safety joins our campus community in prioritizing health, safety and security.  Call Public Safety at 937-229-2121, if you have an emergency or need immediate help in addressing an emerging situation. A crisis exists whenever a person’s behavior poses imminent danger of:

  • Causing harm to self or others
  • Impeding lawful activities of other members of the campus community
  • Causing property damage
  • Interfering with the health, safety, or well-being of other members of our community
  • Experiencing a health emergency

Campus Awareness Response and Evaluation Team (C.A.R.E.)

Student Care & Advocacy works in partnership with, and under the guidance of, the Campus Awareness Response and Evaluation Team (C.A.R.E.). The C.A.R.E. Team is an interdisciplinary behavioral intervention and threat assessment team concerned with the  health, safety, and wellbeing of the entire campus community, and is committed to creating a campus environment that is safe for learning, living, and working. 

The C.A.R.E. Team's mission is to assess the potential threat students may pose to themselves or to others and to provide early intervention, support, and behavioral response to students who display varying levels of disruptive or concerning behavior. The team convenes regularly to identify, assess and respond to concerns and/or potential threats to the campus community. 


Dean of Students Office

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0965