CoC Process


The Community of Concern is not intended for emergency situations. The Community of Concern manages the University’s coordinated response once emergencies (suicide attempts, students who are at imminent risk for suicide attempt, or students who are a threat to others) are contained.

In cases of emergency, alert submitters and/or concerned persons should contact the University of Kentucky Police Department directly at 859-257-8573 or call 911.


Alert Submission Process (Non-Emergencies)

The Community of Concern cannot effectively support distressed students without referrals from the campus community. For non-emergency situations, the team has established the following channels and process for submitting an alert. To submit an alert, please do the following:

Visit and select the “Report a Concern” box. Provide the requested information. Alerts are received through the Advocate web based database system. A CoC staff member will respond to the alert via email within 48-72 business hours to confirm receipt of the alert. If the team member has additional questions, the team member will call the alert submitter via the number provided at the time the alert was submitted.

The Advocate database is monitored only during business hours and not on holidays (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm)

For emergencies please call the University of Kentucky Police Department at 859-257-8573 or 911.

If you would like to discuss your concern, please call the main Dean of Students Office at 859-257-3755.

Upon initial review, all alerts are assigned a concern level that dictates severity of case and initial response

The concern level may be raised or lowered upon receiving new information


Community of Concern Action Steps for the Majority of Student Referrals

  1. Consult with reporting party

  2. Make contact with individual of concern (Meeting, Phone Conversation, Notification of Available Support) to discuss concerning behavior and an action plan going forward

  3. Refer to Outreach/Support Resources

  4. Ongoing follow-up meetings as appropriate