FEATURE STORY: C.A.R.E. Team responds to campus safety needs
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As a result of recent school tragedies, reducing risk and increasing campus safety has become a priority. Everyone wants Fresno State to be a safe, comfortable learning and teaching environment. The C.A.R.E. Team — a team of campus behavior management professionals — is on the job. C.A.R.E. stands for Campus Assessment, Response, and Education.
"We’re here to help you with situations of belligerence, harassment, stalking, or even just somebody that you’re having a hard time dealing with, either in your office, in your classroom, or on campus in general," says Erin Boele, director of Housing and C.A.R.E. Team member.
The C.A.R.E. Team will talk faculty, staff, and students through situations and help them reach an outcome that’s beneficial both to the campus and the individual.
Some of the examples in which an individual might contact the C.A.R.E. Team is if someone on campus — student, faculty, staff, or visitor — is aggressive either verbally or physically, or if an individual feels threatened in his or her work environment. That can be the classroom, the office, or even the main areas of campus.
"If for any of those reasons you feel something in your gut just isn’t right, please contact the C.A.R.E. Team says Boele. "One of us will respond to you. And if it’s an emergency right then and there, call 911 or 8-8400 and somebody will respond to you."
The C.A.R.E. Team can be reached at its website: www.csufresno.edu/police/care/.
Below is a list of current C.A.R.E. Team members and their phone numbers: Erin Boele (278-2677), Dr. Carolyn Coon (278-2541), Dr. Gena Gechter (278-6738), Dave Huerta (278-2243), Jan Parten (278-2364), Dr. Nancy Petenbrink (278-4357), and Ted Wendt (278-3027).
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