C.A.R.E. Program

What is C.A.R.E.?


CARE is a program developed to care for intoxicated students who are in danger of hurting themselves or others.

CARE provides students with proper medical attention and a safe environment in which to recover.


CARE is implemented by Creighton staff. 


Residence Life Staff, Student Health Aides and Public Safety work together to identify intoxicated students and administer Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) tests as needed. 


If students register at or above the state legal alcohol limit of 0.08, they are immediately transported to the CARE facility at Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) for medical attention and recovery.

How Does C.A.R.E. Work?

1. Student shows observable signs of intoxication:

  • Decrease in coordination
  • Stumbling/staggering
  • Swaying or falling down
  • Drowsy
  • Slurring of speech
  • Nausea or vomiting

2. Parents Notified

  • In order to make them aware of the situation and receive any pertinent medical information about their son or daughter.
  • In order to gain legal permission for student to receive medical attention, if it is needed.
  • Of what will happen next in the CARE process and the consequences for their son or daughter. 


3. Student Transported to Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) C.A.R.E. Unit


Students are evaluated by a physician in the Emergency Room.

  • If in need of immediate medical attention, student admitted to hospital.
  • If not in need immediate medical attention, student admitted to CARE where he/she is given a bed and fluids and monitored by a nurse.
  • If physician determines medical attention or CARE unnecessary, student is escorted by Public Safety back to campus.

4.  Education/Critical Thinking

C.A.R.E. also gives students the opportunity to take a look at the ?bigger picture? of their life.  Where are they, what has brought them here and where are they headed?  These are all questions that are critical to consider at this junction.  C.A.R.E. is not the result of you being unlucky or ?getting caught.?  It signifies that there is something going on with the student? some behavior or attitude that has lead them to C.A.R.E. and to this moment.  Students should be reflective?they have their life and their future to consider.  What does this experience say about you or your life?  What will make the difference for you and what will it take to help move forward from this experience?