CARES: Community Accountability, Response, and Emergency Services

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The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and guests are of the utmost importance to Barnard. CARES represents a conceptual and organizational evolution at Barnard in order to promote community safety and well-being.

The new structure includes Community Safety, focused on campus security concerns while incorporating new approaches to practice, breaks out a first response team, sensitive to the individual challenges and crises faced on a college campus, and enfolds the Nondiscrimination and Title IX office, ensuring equity and collaborating across these areas of expertise.

About the New CARES Structure


Barnard is allocating safety resources toward a new approach to community safety that, as its acronym indicates, centers on care. The hope is that this reimagining and reallocation contributes to Barnard taking proactive steps to end structural racism, while fostering a safe and welcoming environment. Barnard is committed to the idea that we should all be more than bystanders, and start behaving as 'upstanders' – individuals who, when confronted with something wrong, take action to change the world for the better.

Committing Resources

As part of a comprehensive approach to community safety, the College will in fact increase spending on services that support a range of health and safety needs. This includes the recently announced investment in the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being, investment in technology to improve security and streamline access considerations, and the development of the CARES response unit

Fostering Expertise

Barnard believes that this new structure will enhance safety because it refocuses Community Safety Officers on campus security and emergency services; compliance efforts will prioritize preparedness, prevention and risk mitigation; and with the addition of the CARES Response Team, increases our ability to respond with expertise on the range of safety issues that arise on a college campus.


Changes will be implemented over the course of 2021 beginning with the introduction of a single call center. Centralized intake for all calls will help assessment for intake and referral for an in-person response. Any incident that is serious, unexpected, and possibly dangerous or a situation that poses an immediate threat to health, life, property, or immediate environment with high probability of escalating quickly/dangerously without quick intervention will be addressed in collaboration with the emergency line.

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  • Effective date of reorganization

    Dr. Amy Zavadil assumes role of AVP CARES

  • Dr. Elizabeth Scott-Francis, Nondiscrimination & Title IX Director, joins CARES

    Community Safety unit name implemented, personnel assume new roles and responsibilities

  • Activate CARES Line call center (newly staffed weekdays 830am-630p, supported by Community Safety 24 hours a day)

    CARES Response staffing & training and CARES program development

    Expand web-based CARES information and resources

    Launch CARES outreach and education plan, including listening sessions and preparedness workshops

  • CARES team leadership and campus partners develop foundation of practices for collaboration

    Establish Nondiscrimination and Clery compliance consultation groups

    Open search for CARES Director

  • Assess feedback and lessons learned and apply to department development

    CARES Department staff training, professional development, and certifications

  • Prepare for implementation of CARES response student team, developed in collaboration with the Community Safety Group, for Academic Year 2021-22