Academic Early Alerts and Welfare Concerns/CARE Reports

Academic Early Alerts


Lander’s Academic Early Alert protocol is intended to serve as a timely intervention for students observed to be experiencing academic difficulty. Faculty referrals are important for early identification of students at academic risk.  Early identification of academically at risk students provides the best opportunity for successful intervention and affords students with the most options.

Faculty should outreach to students following the first class absence, this outreach should include:

  • Confirmation that student is okay, offer campus support resources:
  • Wellness Center – Health Services, Counseling Services, Disability Services *Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Genesis Hall, 864-388-8885
  • Acknowledge the date class was missed;
  • A reminder of the course attendance policy (if applicable) and the importance of attending class (especially if there are unique aspects to your course that require attendance); and
  • Expectations for making up missed in-class assignments (if applicable)

The Academic Early Alert Form is specific to the following types of concerns:

  • Lack of In-Class Participation;
  • Failure to Submit Assignments;
  • Poor Test Scores;
  • Poor Homework/Quiz Scores;
  • Lacking Academic Background Needed for Course; and/or
  • Multiple Class Absences (more than one absence)
  • Recommendation for the Student to Withdraw from the Course - if student is unable to earn a passing grade and it is before the deadline for Individual Course Withdraw (Reference Individual Course Withdrawal Deadline).

Absenteeism may be indicative of other presenting concerns; therefore, faculty are encouraged to document any such observations. When other personal wellness issues are apparent, a Welfare Concern/CARE Report is to be completed.  Information included in Academic Early Alerts, as well as follow up are shared with Lander’s CARE Team to help ensure student needs are addressed from a holistic perspective. 


Welfare Concerns/CARE Reports


The mission of Lander’s CARE Team is to promote a safe, caring and productive environment for all members of the university community. This is accomplished by addressing the needs of the community through collaboration, assessment, and when warranted, the implementation of individualized support plans. The CARE Team addresses critical psychological, emotional, physical, behavioral or other well-being concerns through review of situations/incidents, information gathering/sharing, and providing recommendations to ensure the safety and educational success of the individual. The CARE Team does not replace other classroom management or disciplinary processes but does work in conjunction with the appropriate stakeholders. A Welfare Concern/CARE Report is not suitable for situations that require immediate police or medical attention.

It is the responsibility of all members of the Lander University community to report self-injurious, intimidating, threatening, and abnormal behavior. In conjunction with the administration, the CARE Team encourages awareness and a culture of reporting to ensure appropriate support is provide in a timely manner. No person who, in good faith, reports threatening or other concerning behaviors in accordance with this procedure will be subject to retaliation.

Reports may be submitted online via the Electronic Welfare Concerns/CARE Report . While online reports are monitored daily, these may not be accessed in real time. Acts or immediate threats of violence must be reported immediately by calling the Lander University Police Department at 864-388-8222 or 911. Reporting of immediate danger applies to all staff, faculty and students. Examples of imminent threats or danger include:

  • Brandishing guns, firearms or other weapons
  • Suicide threats or recent attempts at suicide
  • Physical threats or aggression toward another person
  • Severe rage and verbal threats to kill or harm someone
  • Possession of drugs or alcohol or under the influence of drugs and alcohol

Threat or concerns that are troubling but do not require an immediate response should be reported to the CARE Team. Examples of threatening behavior or incidents that should be referred to the CARE Team include:

  • Evidence of suicidal thoughts expressed through writings, papers or conversation
  • A dramatic change in behavior
  • Angry outbursts or intense and abnormal reactions to events
  • Preoccupation with violent themes, death or destruction
  • Stalking behaviors
  • Evidence of hopelessness or despair
  • Threats or inappropriate emails
  • References to harming others or planning a violent event

General welfare concerns should also be reported. While the circumstances may not warrant a CARE Team response, tracking and ensuring the individual is connected with the appropriate resources is imperative.


Other Reporting Tools

Depending upon the unique situation, there may be another reporting option that better suits the circumstances of the report. Alternative reporting tools are referenced below.


Title IX Complaints


"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 Implementing Regulations (20 U.S.C. § 1681 & 34 CFR 106)

Be advised that sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of discrimination and is illegal. Lander’s Sex/Gender-Based Misconduct Policy is reflective of such standards and is intended to provide avenues of recourse for those impacted, as well as ensure a fair and unbiased process for all involved parties.


Student Code of Conduct


For relevant policies and procedures, please refer to the Code of Conduct section in the Lander University Student Handbook.


Hazing Complaint Form


Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on-campus, off-campus, via electronic communication or social media venues, which produces mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Such activities and situations may include, but are not limited to, paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, quest, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on in or outside the confines of the campus or an off-campus location. Hazing activities can involve Lander University students, student groups, athletic teams, and student organizations.