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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.



Brenda Ortiz

Assistant Dean for Student Advocacy and Retention


Dr. Tania Gonzalez

Interim Associate Director, Counseling and Psychological Services



Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Health and Wellness


Drew Shelburne

Coordinator, Student Accessibility Services


Le’Trice Curl

Associate Dean of Students, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities


Doug Zuidema

Assistant Director, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities


Vanessa Hauser

Associate Director, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities


Scott Leppla

Associate Director, Student Development Programs


Maria Rosales

Associate Director, Residence Education


Martin Reed

Respondent Services – Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Residence Education


Sergeant George Gongora

Campus Police


Sergeant Kari Gomes

Campus Police


Officer Rafael Chavez

Campus Police

Ex-Officio Members:

Dr. Charles Nies

Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs


Faculty Senate Representative


Alejandro Delgadillo

Undocumented Student Support


Yesenia Curiel



Bavneet Kaur

Basic Needs Office