In crisis or emergency, please call 911 or Office of Campus Safety and Security at (570)-208-5900.  The CARE Team does not handle crisis or emergency situations, discipline, or routine classroom behavior management.

The King’s College campus community supports students in the development of their potential, by providing students with a broad-based liberal arts education which offers the intellectual, moral, and spiritual preparation that enables them to lead meaningful and satisfying lives. The college is committed to the safety and health of all its’ members. The goal of this team is to identify a student in need of support to assist a student in effective use of resources in non-emergency situations. The team gathers and assesses information about a student, then if necessary, works with the student to define and coordinate a plan or response, and finally monitors the case for an appropriate period of time. 

CARE focuses on minimizing the impact of an incident or a student’s behaviors on him/herself and his/her academic career, as well as, faculty, staff, and other students. Assessing and providing support near the beginning of a difficult time using a proactive approach may prevent an emergency or crisis later.

We support and empower our students to take action and advocate on their own behalf.

Upon request, the CARE Team will preserve the anonymity of a reporter. With regard to the student of concern, the team will abide by the disclosure restrictions outlined in HIPAA and FERPA and the ethical codes of the disciplines represented on the CARE Team. FERPA does not prohibit reporting behavior you have observed or conversations you have had in a non-counseling situation with a student regarding danger to self or others.

Behaviors of Concern

Below is a list of behaviors, events or observations that could be indicators of larger issues impacting a student. This is not an exhaustive list, but provides a frame of reference for faculty, staff and students. A referral can be submitted to the CARE team for a mental health, academic, or judicial reason. If the CARE team decides it is a matter best handled by another person/group, it will pass the referral to that person/group. Referring a student to the CARE team is not a violation of FERPA, as you are reporting observable behaviors and information.  However, due to FERPA, we may be unable to provide you with information as to the resolution of any referral you submit.

Academic Concerns

  • Increase of in-class misconduct and disruptions
  • Coursework that details thoughts of harm towards self or others

Personal/Emotional Concerns

  • Revelations of bullying, verbal/physical/sexual* assault
  • Loss of a family member or friend, with resulting difficulty coping with the loss
  • Relationship and family issues, or major life changes (i.e. parental divorce)
  • Difficulty adjusting to college, or to advanced level classes

Psychological/Behavioral Concerns

  • Depression and/or anxiety, which are untreated
  • Threats or evidence of self-harm: cutting, graphic writings etc.
  • Increased or dangerous use of alcohol, drugs; abuse of prescription or OTC medication
  • Disturbing conduct, frequent outbursts, threats of violence or harm against others
  • Changes to physical appearance, personal hygiene
  • Sudden shifts in mood or demeanor

Responses to Behaviors of Concern

If you notice any of the above-listed behaviors, events or observations in a student, please submit a report to the College’s CARE Team using the procedures detailed on this page. You may also outreach to the Counseling Center, the Office of Campus Safety and Security or 911 in cases of emergency.

If you have a concern about a non-student member of the King’s College community, please contact Human Resources at 570-208-5925. In an emergency, please call 911 and the Office of Safety and Security at 570-208-5900.

* Per federal regulations, all instances of sexual misconduct including sexual assault, rape or harassment, must be reported to Campus Safety and Security or through the Title IX Coordinator or Assistant Title IX Coordinator once they are disclosed to a college employee except for licensed professionals in the Counseling Center and professionals in Campus Ministry. All known felonies must be reported to the police either directly or indirectly through Campus Safety and Security.  Should a victim of sexual violence not want their identity disclosed, a John/Jane Doe report may be filed, keeping their identity anonymous. For students who are victims of sexual assault, support services are available on campus and off campus. The Victim’s Resource Center is a local advocate and resource for receiving aid.  A list of resources available to victims, as well as the full policy, can be found in the Student Handbook on line.

How To Report A Concern To The Care Team

Voicemail Report: 570-208-5900 ext. 4444
Contact directly a member of the Care Team listed below

When reporting the following information is needed:

  • Name of the student of concern
  • The student’s specific behavior(s) including date, time and location
  • Your name and contact information

Core Team Membership

Robert McGonigle, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Phone: 570-208-5875

Fr. Thomas Looney, C.S.C., Associate Vice President for Academic Success

           Phone: 570-208-5895

Megan Casey, Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life

Phone: 570-208-5856

Sheri Yech, Director of Academic Skills Center, Disabilities Services Coordinator

Phone: 570-208-5841

Brian Cook, Director of the Counseling Center

Phone: 570-208-5873


With Gratitude, Adapted from: University of North Texas, Tulane University, and UC Santa Cruz