CARE Team

Simpson University takes seriously its responsibility as a Christ-centered community to care for its students. Our hope for students is that they will be healthy in mind, body and spirit. One way we can contribute to student success and retention is to provide assistance to the student about whom there is a concern.

The CARE Team (formerly Student Behavioral Assessment Team) is a partnership between Academics, Enrollment Management, and Student Development. The purpose of the Care Team is care for, intervene and follow up on student concerns: academic concerns, spiritual concerns, social concerns, physical/emotional concerns, financial concerns, health issues, etc. Examples of concerning issues could include signs of depression or anxiety, not eating or socializing in a way the student once did, withdrawal or excessive amounts of time away from others, panic attack(s), or doing poorly in his/her studies.

At any time, anyone in the Simpson community that has a concern about a student can fill out a simple CARE Report at simpsonu.edu/care. The CARE Team will look into the matter and take the appropriate action. All reports will be kept as confidential as possible. The CARE Team can also be reached via email at careteam@simpsonu.edu.

What not to report

The CARE Team is not for reporting suspected behavioral violations of the Traditional Undergraduate Handbook. In these instances, use the Matthew 18:15 process as a guiding principle as found in the Traditional Undergraduate Handbook. The CARE Team is primarily for reporting matters where there is concern that the physical or mental well-being of students may be in question and professional help may be needed or a concern regarding the retention of a student who may be facing financial challenges, academic concerns or struggling to fit in. If you wish to report suspected behavioral misconduct, or for more information on Simpson's disciplinary process, please email Jessica Christian at jchristian@simpsonu.edu. If your concern is regarding sexual misconduct or gender discrimination then please contact Kori Oechsli, Title IX Coordinator, at hr@simpsonu.edu. You can also file a report at simpsonu.edu/incident.

If an immediate threat is at hand (bomb threat, shooter on campus, etc.), please contact Campus Safety or call 911 immediately. Suspicious persons on campus or other campus safety concerns should also be reported immediately to Campus Safety. You may file a suspicious person or activity report by contacting Campus Safety at (530) 941-7592 (x2911 from a campus phone).

What if I am wrong about the person?

You are reporting a concern and making a referral based on a behavior you have observed (e.g., verbal exchange, action), not making a determination. By reporting and making a referral to the appropriate campus representatives, a determination can be made and potential problems, concerns or tragedies may be averted. If you are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if he/she is okay. In many cases students will indicate that they could use some help and you will be able to refer them to the Counseling Center.

CARE Team Members

Dennis Smith
Louis Burkwhat
Jessica Christian
Mike Loomis
AVP for Student Development
Dennis Smith
Campus Safety Operations Coordinator
Louis Burkwhat
Director of Academic Success Center
Jessica Christian
Coordinator of Student Accountability

Mark Endraske
Bev Klaiber
Kevin Bennie
Jessica Christian
Mark Endraske
Director of Residence Life
Bev Klaiber
Director of the Wellness Center
Kevin Bennie
Campus Pastor
Dannielle Stahly
Coordinator for Student Missions

Tom Galbraith
Isis Martin
Lindsay Szymanski
Kari Meyers


Tom Galbraith
Athletic Director
Isis Martin
Director of Student Engagement
Lindsay Szymanski
Assistant Director of Student Engagement
Kari Meyers
Awarding Specialist
Kevin Bennie
Mike Loomis
AVP for Student Development
Kevin Bennie
Campus Pastor

Louis Burkwhat
Jessica Christian
Louis Burkwhat
Director of Academic Success Center

Jessica Christian
Coordinator of Student Accountability

Mark Endraske
Bev Klaiber
Mark Endraske
Director of Residence Life
Bev Klaiber
Director of the Wellness Center

Dennis Smith
Jessica Christian
Dennis Smith
Campus Safety Operations Coordinator

Dannielle Stahly
Coordinator for Student Missions

Tom Galbraith
Isis Martin
Tom Galbraith
Athletic Director
Isis Martin
Director of Student Engagement

Lindsay Szymanski
Kari Meyers

Lindsay Szymanski
Assistant Director of Student Engagement

Kari Meyers
Awarding Specialist