In 2009, the term Community of Care was developed to
describe Butler University's encouraging and supportive atmosphere
where every person is empowered to engage in healthy behaviors, to
support others in doing the same and to look out for one another.
Our collective responsibility fosters a strong, healthy and
The Community of Care concept has evolved into an
empowered bystander model, taking on the acronym C.A.R.E. This
acronym stands for:
C - Concern
A - Assume responsibility
R - React
E - Evaluate and follow-up
Research shows that
a person is less likely to intervene in an emergency situation when
others are present than when he or she is alone. It is our
natural inclination to assume that someone else will address the
problem. Our commitment to C.A.R.E. encourages us to acknowledge
concerning situations, assume personal responsibility, and have
knowledge of safe and positive options for intervening.
Effective reactions, depending on the nature of the
situation, could be direct (personally stepping in or speaking up)
or indirect (enlisting the help of a peer or professional, such as
friends, a resident assistant, University Police, or Counseling
& Consultation Services counselor).
Visit the links to the left of this page to learn more about the
many ways that Butler University is fostering the Community of
C.A.R.E. by encouraging healthy behaviors, enhancing safety,
addressing concerns, and assisting students.
The Community of C.A.R.E. is just an idea. The daily
actions of our students, faculty, and staff make it
For more information or to request a C.A.R.E. training, please
contact Sarah Diaz
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