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Student Response Team

UC Merced students posing for photo


The Student Response Team (SRT) is a cross-functional team that assesses, refers, and/or responds to students’ concerns to help them succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.

The Student Response Team is focused on providing a quality of care in order to:

  • Increase knowledge of campus and community resources
  • Enrich each student’s campus experience
  • Improve performance in the classroom
  • Create a supportive environment to address ongoing issues/concerns
  • Refer students to the appropriate resources
  • Ensure that each student’s needs are addressed in a timely fashion
  • Empower students to be self-advocates
  • Increase retention and graduation rates
  • Support faculty and staff in addressing challenges in an out of the classroom
  • Gather information to assess situations involving students who display at-risk or disruptive behavior
  • Recommend appropriate intervention strategies or student conduct actions
  • Evaluate ongoing behaviors of students who have displayed disruptive or concerning behaviors
  • Respond to a crisis situation or emergency in which there is an immediate threat of danger

If a concern arises, students, staff, and faculty are able to contact a member of the SRT or submit a concern through the Students of Concern Form which is available online through the Dean of Student’s webpage. Once a concern is reported, individualized intervention strategies are developed and employed by the SRT to ensure the student is successful. Ideally, referrers will receive acknowledgement of the referral and progress/updates when appropriate. Additionally, members from the SRT will run ongoing awareness and training workshops to ensure potential referrers, including all faculty, students, and staff, know what to look for and how to respond appropriately. We recognize that students often exhibit academic, physical, safety risk, and psychological indicators that may impact their persistence and overall wellbeing. Thus, the SRT ensures that students receive a well-defined integrated intervention plan with a clear path to success. Each plan of action will include specific, manageable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive goals/tasks with deadlines. Consistent communication with relevant stakeholders (academic advisor, C.A.R.E. team member, faculty member, etc.) will provide a clear path toward goal/task completion and allow for progress to be tracked longitudinally.


Dr. Jonathan Grady

Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students


Armando Contreras, M.A.Ed.

Case Manager, Office of Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students


Dr. Myrla Seibold

Associate Director, Counseling and Psychological Services


Dr. Brandon Boggs

Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Health and Wellness


Drew Shelborne

Coordinator, Student Accessibility Services


Le’Trice Curl

Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life / Director of Student Life and Conduct


Vanessa Hauser

Associate Director for Student Conduct, Compliance and Outreach 


Hui-Ling Chan

Director, Housing and Residence Life


Leilani Kupo

Respondent Services – Associate Dean of Students for Educational Equity and Access, Learning Support, and Transition Programs / Director, Calvin E. Bright Success Center


Sergeant George Gongora

Campus Police


Sergeant Kari Gomes

Campus Police



Ex-Officio Members:

Dr. Charles Nies

Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs


Faculty Senate Representative


Alejandro Delgadillo

Undocumented Student Support


Yesenia Curiel