University Community Response Team

The University Community Response Team (UCRT) is an interdisciplinary group of Twin Cities Campus professionals who provide supportive services to groups of students affected by trauma. Examples of groups served include residence halls, classes, academic departments, student organizations, and athletic teams. Team members are drawn from mental health professionals, clergy, police, and student affairs professionals.

When a student needs immediate assistance for trauma?

Please refer to Crisis/Urgent Consultation for campus and community resources.

What types of trauma does the UCRT respond to?

The UCRT responds to deaths, missing persons, major accidents, mass acts of violence/destruction, and natural disasters.

What services does the UCRT provide?

The UCRT provides:

  • Consultation to assess situations and determine relevant assistance for student groups affected by trauma.
  • Brief interventions for student groups coping with a significant loss
  • Follow-up assessment and referral for continuing resolution of trauma effects

How does the UCRT work?

Trauma often stuns people precipitating a wide range of reactions. Promptly organized, sensitive professional intervention helps individual members and the group as a whole stabilize and return to normal functioning as quickly as possible. The UCRT philosophy is to offer services, never impose itself on a University student group.

Upon notification of a traumatic event, UCRT organizers will confer with the leaders of the affected University student group to evaluate the impact of the situation and consider what services may be useful. If intervention is desirable, a plan is implemented on a timely basis with a team comprised of UCRT partners. Interventions typically occur where the student group naturally gathers and at times convenient to the group. There are no fees to University student groups for these services.

Notifying campus officials of a student’s death

If you learn about the death of a University student, please gather as many details as respectfully as possible and forward that information to the Office for Student Affairs, osaum@umn.edu. They will notify appropriate University offices and send condolences to the student’s family. If you have contact with family or close friends of the deceased, appreciate they may not know or feel comfortable disclosing extensive details, but please clarify, minimally, the student's name and University ID number (some students have very similar names).

UCRT Partners