The UAB Care Team (Communicate, Assess, Refer, Educate) helps find solutions for students experiencing academic, social and crisis situations including mental health concerns. Members of the University community can report a concern for a student who might benefit from services. We review these reports to understand each student issue and the on- and off-campus resources that may guide them to success.

The CARE team steps in to connect students with relevant campus resources and outside agencies. Most times, we may need to communicate with the reporting party to help accurately assess the needs of the student. The CARE Team will also outreach to the student to understand his/her situation and develop a plan of action leading towards his/her success.

Dealing with Distressed and Disruptive Students

The Office of Student Outreach and Counseling and Wellness Center offer a presentation to faculty and staff to help identify characteristics of a distressed and/or disruptive student, offering strategies to intervene and introducing campus resources for students who need additional support or assistance. Please contact Emily Feinstein, Director of Student Conduct and Student Outreach at or 205-975-9509 to schedule a presentation.

  • Distressed students are those experiencing emotional and/or psychological problems which are interfering with their ability to learn/cope with life issues and challenges.
  • Disruptive student behavior interferes with the educational process of other students or prevents faculty or staff from performing their professional responsibilities.
  • Disruptive students may also be distressed.
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