Students of Concern

USF cares about our students both inside and outside of the classroom. The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to the wellness and development of all USF students. We take a holistic approach, working with students to address all areas of their lives.

The Red Folder: Reporting Concerning Student Behavior

The Red Folder details when and how to contact the appropriate departments to file a report about concerning student behavior. To learn more about the Red Folder or to make a report, please visit:

The Crisis Management and Behavioral Intervention Team

The Office of the Dean of Students is responsible for managing all crisis situations that involve USF students, including those reported through USF's Red Folder. The primary group charged with responding to such events is the Crisis Management and Behavioral Intervention Team (CMBIT). CMBIT is composed of professional staff from the Office of the Dean of Students, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Disability Services, Student Housing and Residential Education, the Office of Student Conduct, the Department of Public Safety, International Student and Scholars Services, and the Center for Academic and Student Achievement.

The purpose of CMBIT is to proactively identify, assess and offer an coordinated institutional response to community members (and non-members) who pose a risk to themselves, others and/or the campus community. The CMBIT contributes to USF's goal of keeping students on-track to graduate, as well as helping to promote a healthier and safer campus community. To learn more about the CMBIT, its members, and crisis response at USF, please visit:

Case Management

We understand that every crisis deserves an appropriate follow up from the university and we strive to provide that support through the means of case management. Emily Schermerhorn, Associate Director of Case Management, is not only responsible for responding to crisis situations, but also for building relationships with students who need ongoing support to succeed at USF.

Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and she uses her knowledge of mental health to guide her relationships with students so she can provide the best care possible. Every student’s needs are unique, so Emily works with each individual student to identify her/his personal goals and guide them through the process of connecting with outside clinician(s) that can provide a specialized level of care that is not currently available on-campus. Emily also works with students who simply need some assistance getting set-up with support resources that take their insurance plan, whether they have the student health insurance or not.