Community of C.A.R.E.
…is a phrase that is central to Butler University’s BU Be Well student experience. We use it to describe our encouraging and supportive atmosphere where everyone 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 connected community.
This concept has evolved into an empowered bystander model taking on the acronym C.A.R.E. It 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 they are 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 utilize our knowledge of safe and positive options for intervening. Effective reactions, depending on the situation, could be direct (personally stepping in or speaking up) or indirect (enlisting the help of a peer or a professional, such as friends, a resident assistant, University Police and/or a counselor.
To share a student concern that needs a higher level of care than you can provide, one option is to complete the General Concern form in the right hand column of this site.
If you want to learn more about bystander intervention, or to request a C.A.R.E. training, contact Steve Hines, Psy.D. HSPP, Staff Psychologist/ Outreach Coordinator.