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Community Response Team

Cornell is committed to maintaining the safety of its campus. In doing so, Cornell aims to provide staffing to serve a broad range of individuals in crisis situations and collaborate within the campus’ larger system of care to address the needs of community members.

Role of the Community Response Team 

Our team of Community Responders will respond to the needs of students, approach the work with cultural humility, understanding of gender identities, understanding of trauma and mental health issues, and empathy for each individual involved in order to: 

  • De-escalate conflict or a distressing moment 

  • Co-create a coping plan for immediate future 

  • In most cases, respond without law enforcement accompaniment  

  • Collaborate and coordinate with law enforcement, emergency medical services, and other first responders when situations warrant further escalation 

  • Connect individuals to higher levels of care as needed through warm hand-offs and coordinating transportation if situations warrant transition to off-campus facilities 

  • Provide partnership to CUPD when welfare check is requested 

  • Serve as a Campus Confidential Resource for Policy 6.4 related incidents

Specifically, the Community Response Team will:  

  • Meet individuals in an environment where they are comfortable 

  • Help de-escalate individuals in crisis  
  • Provide navigational support to appropriate Cornell and community resources 
  • Avoid unnecessary law enforcement involvement, ED use, and hospitalization