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The University of Washington Tacoma is committed to the success of all our students. While UW Tacoma does its best to give individual time and attention to every student, there are some behaviors that may go unnoticed until a caring person tells us about them.

The Consultation Assessment Response Education (CARE) team is an interdisciplinary group of professionals at the University of Washington Tacoma that meets on a regular basis to discuss, assess, and when necessary intervene in situations involving students of concern. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs broadly charges CARE team with this and other related responsibilities.


Any person who has concern for the well-being or safety of a student or the community, or who has reason to believe that a student may pose a direct threat to themselves or others, is strongly encouraged to refer the matter to the CARE Team. An academic or nonacademic conduct report may be referred to the CARE Team for consideration.

In cases deemed emergency situations, University community members are encouraged to activate the emergency response system by calling Campus Safety and Security at 253-692-4416. In case of a medical emergency, dial 911.

Referrals may be made by one of the following methods:

  • Send an email to
  • Call the Office of Student Life at 253-692-4901 or in person at MAT 103
  • Refer directly to Student Counseling & Psychological Services either by phone at 253-692-4522 or in person at MAT 354
  • Call Campus Safety and Security at 253-692-4416
  • By contacting any member of the CARE team

What happens after a referral has been made?

All UW student support services value student privacy and, in most circumstances, will not share additional details about a student’s personal situation. They can share university actions and may consult with the individual making a referral about actions they can take. Campus Safety and Security will always communicate with affected individuals and/or the campus community if there is a risk of harm or violence.

Questions regarding the CARE Team or referral process?

Please contact Student Life at or 253-692-4901