The CARE Team takes a proactive and coordinated approach to promote the safety and well-being of Bellevue College students, faculty and staff, and visitors. The CARE Team strives to provide support to those who may be struggling academically and/or with personal concerns. These issues can range from a concerning conversation to self-harm and everything in-between. The CARE Team wants all members of the BC community to be successful and reach their full potential.
How do I submit a concern?
Anyone can submit a concern using the online form: bellevuecollege.edu/reportconcerns
What if I need to speak to someone right now?
If this is an emergency, please call 911.
For an immediate response to other situations, call Public Safety (425-466-9365).
If you need more immediate consultation, please contact a member of the CARE Team. We will ask you to put in a written report afterwards, but we welcome phone and in person consultation. The current CARE Team includes:
- Steven Martel, Counseling, Co-Chair
- Megan Kaptik, Student Conduct, Co-Chair
- Chad Pettay, Housing
- Brad Huggins, International Education
- Sara Gardner, Neurodiversity Navigators
- Judith Hernandez Chapar, Student Affairs Dean
- Marisa Hackett, Disability Resource Center
- Ross Villegas, Public Safety
- Suzanne Moreau, Human Resources
- Rachel Wellman, Title IX
What happens after I submit a referral to the CARE Team?
- CARE referrals are received via the online case management system (Maxient).
- The concern is assigned to a member of the CARE Team depending upon the information you share.
- A CARE Team member will contact the you to confirm we recieved the CARE referral.
- We will also check-in with you to provide support, ask any clarifying questions about the incident, and determine what resources you may need from the CARE Team.
- Depending on the case, we may also provide coaching to support you working with the student.
- We encourage you to use your connection with the student to provide them with support before the CARE Team intervenes. Oftentimes, having a compassionate conversation with a student about a concern can go a long way in resolving the issue.
- Review the Responding to Student Mental Health handout by the BC Counseling Center.
- If you have already attempted to work with the student and that has not worked, a CARE Team member will then intervene with the student to provide support.
The CARE Team meets weekly to review cases. The time it takes to address a case varies because each case is unique. Some cases are informational (FYI) and do not require action beyond a consult with the referrer. Other cases can take a few weeks or longer to resolve. The CARE Team appreciates your patience and encourages you to stay in contact with the CARE Team member you are working with.
Due to FERPA and other privacy guidelines, the CARE Team may not be able to provide detailed follow-up regarding a case.
It is also important to note, just because a behavior is annoying, rude, etc. it does not always mean that the Student Conduct Code (WAC 132H-126) has been violated. The CARE Team strives to uphold the rights, dignity, and due process of all members of the BC community.