The Assessment and Care Team (ACT) is an interdepartmental team that meets weekly to review, assess and respond to student cases regarding behavior that is concerning, disruptive or dangerous to themselves, members of the University community, or the community.  The ACT strives for early identification with a focus that is preventative and educational in nature.  The goal of the team is to consider the best interest of the student and the campus community.

The ACT will:

Educate and empower the campus community to recognize and report concerning behaviors;

Gather information to assess situations involving students who display concerning or disruptive behaviors;

Determine appropriate intervention and support strategies;

Refer students to appropriate campus or community resources; and

Monitor ongoing behavior of students that have displayed disruptive or dangerous behavior.

To report a behavioral concern, please use the ACT  reporting form . If you have any questions for the ACT, please call 708-524-6822. 
The Assessment and Care Team core membership is made up of representatives from the Dean of Students Office, Wellness Center, Student Life, University Ministry, Campus Safety, Risk Management, and Student Success and Engagement. 
Norah Collins Pienta
Dean of Students
Crown 100
(708) 524-6822
John DeCostanza
Director of University Ministry
Trudi Goggin
Student Intervention Specialist 
Meagan Mitchell
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Life
Michael Purcell
Assistant Clinical Director of Counseling Services
Wellness Center
Sasha Santiago
Senior Supervisor and Operations Officer
Campus Safety
Carol Seley
Director of Risk Management, Interim Director of Public Safety
Business Office
**The ACT reserves the right to invite additional individuals to join a behavioral assessment at any time.  


The Assessment and Care Team is a collaborative committee of DU professionals who meets regularly to discuss the behavior of individuals about whom reports are received. After receiving reports, the ACT determines if any intervention is needed and monitors the intervention.

Why a ACT?


If   you witness any concerning behaviors (i.e. pattern of erratic or distributive behavior, drug and/or alcohol abuse, threat to personal safety, disturbing writings, etc.), this should prompt you to make a report.  In your report, please be as specific as possible when describing concerning behaviors. At any time, feel free to contact a member of t he ACT to discuss the best course of action if you are not sure what to do or if a report to the ACT is warranted  at (708) 524-6822 or via email at .
How do I report?
The form will prompt you to provide a narrative of the concerning behavior(s) you have witnessed.  The ACT members can be contacted personally if you wish to discuss your concern prior to submitting a report to the team.
If you are reporting an emergency, please notify Campus Safety or dial 911 IMMEDIATELY . 


Will I be contacted if I submit a concern?


Once the ACT receives a report, the team members will discuss the reported concern.  The ACT then creates a plan to monitor and/or intervene with the person of concern, and designates a contact person to implement the plan. At each ACT meeting, updates are shared with the team members about each case.