National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call (800) 273-8255
(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Visit the website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
As a member of the Benedictine community, you may sometimes be concerned about the well-being or safety of a student, faculty or staff member, or guest on campus. The Campus Response Evaluation (CARE) Team encourages you to share your concerns with the team.
Please report a concern if the person is:
This list is meant to be a guideline and is not inclusive. If there is an imminent threat to self or others, call Benedictine University Police at (630) 829-6666 and/or 9-1-1.
C.A.R.E. meets on a quarterly basis or sooner, if need be, and supports individuals outside of their peer network, to identify academic, social, personal troubles and/or disruptive behavior and direct those individuals to the necessary assistance they may need to resolve their problems. Any individual member of the campus community, internal or external, may report confidentially to C.A.R.E., their concerns or observation, through a university web link to C.A.R.E. They may also contact the University Police or any member of C.A.R.E., regardless of whether or not a code of conduct violation has occurred, with the understanding that their identity will remain confidential.
TAT meets on a monthly basis or sooner, if need be, and is called when a person of concern is identified. This person could show signs of suicidal ideation, attempts, threats or gestures, behavior determined to be, or of concern, that may be potentially destructive or violent to self or others. TAT is a subgroup of C.A.R.E. and members of C.A.R.E. are also members of TAT so there is consistent communication.
C.A.R.E. and TAT Member Responsibilities:
The mission of the C.A.R.E. Team is to serve the University community by:
C.A.R.E. serves as a point of referral for all individuals who are concerned about the physical, emotional, academic or financial health of another individual. C.A.R.E. can assess the situation, offer support and provide information regarding appropriate resources on and off campus. C.A.R.E. provides ongoing policy and procedure recommendations. For students, notification to a student’s parents/guardian by the University’s attending physician or administrator may occur when deemed necessary.
This multi-disciplinary approach to identifying and developing plans of remediation also include services in intervention from local psychiatric facilities to include Linden Oakes Hospital, Naperville, Illinois, which provides 24 hours/day, 7 days/week inpatient and outpatient services. C.A.R.E. may require a mandatory evaluation, with a recommendation from the facility that the individual referred no longer poses a threat to the campus community. C.A.R.E. members consist of faculty, staff and administrators from many disciplines around campus including University Police, Health Services, Student Affairs/Residence Life, Human Resources, and Academic Divisions.
C.A.R.E. information is posted on the University’s main Website, in the Emergency Response and Recovery Plan and reviewed during on-going violence prevention initiatives, through PowerPoint and personal awareness presentations, to include students, faculty, and staff.
All immediate life threatening situations or observations should be reported immediately to the University Police for prompt intervention.
The University has established a Threat Assessment Team to engage in the behavior assessment and investigation of persons of concern on behalf of the University. These efforts include:
Dean of Students
Director of Advising
Emergency Preparedness Manager & Safety Specialist
Interim Director, Academic Success Center
Disability Services Learning Specialist
Program Director, Clinical Psychology
Interim Chief of University Police
Director of University Housing & Residence Life