What Is a Dean of Students in College?

What Is a Dean of Students in College?

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To speak loosely, the dean of students is in charge of student life.

The dean of students is an excellent ally for college students with financial or psychological problems! In addition, he can help you with administrative issues such as the admission process, housing, health services, and institution policies.

This article will cover when it is appropriate to call his office and how he can help you.

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How Can the Dean of Students Help Me?

The dean of students is an integral part of the university community and can happily provide student assistance if you need:

  • To speak to someone about your issues (death of a loved one, health issues, etc.).
  • To get help with your financial situation (the dean of students can give you access to emergency funding).
  • To connect with someone on campus (a professor, an administrator) who might be able to address your problem.
  • To have your complaints addressed.
  • To report a student you are concerned about.

The dean of students has a finger in every pie on campus. He oversees all activities outside the classroom and ensures that students have a network of support.

The dean of students can address your problem by:

  • Settling conflicts between students.
  • Providing information with regards to the admission process.
  • Adapting the campus to students with disabilities: autism, physical impairment, hearing disability, etc.
  • Talking with student organizations.
  • Providing housing for students.
  • Providing social programs and support for students.
  • Financial concerns.

When Is It Appropriate to Call the Dean of Students’ Office

The dean of students can assist you with matters beyond academics: administrative, personal, and financial issues.

For example, don’t hesitate to contact the dean of students:

  • If you need to complain about discrimination, harassment, or bullying by staff or students.
  • If you need to get prepared for a university hearing.
  • If you feel depressed.
  • If you feel overwhelmed.
  • If you need assistance with housing or health care.
  • If you don’t understand the policies of your university.
  • If you are a victim of sexual misconduct.

You can find the appropriate university links to contact staff members on the university website. Please, note that the dean of students does not address academic issues. Do not contact the dean of students to:

  • Complain about a professor (contact the administrator of your department).
  • Ask for your grades (contact your professor).
  • Ask questions about homework (contact the teaching assistant).

If you are not sure who you should contact to resolve your issue, get in touch with students staff. They will connect you with the appropriate staff member.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can I contact the dean of students? Students staff, the dean of students, and other community services are usually available during business hours.
  • What is the dean’s list? The Dean’s List is an academic award given to students who can achieve and maintain a GPA of 3.7 and above. For more information, read our article about Who Gets on The Dean’s List?
  • How do I formally address a dean? To start a letter, you can write “Dear Dean [last name]” and then begin the first paragraph of your message.
  • There is no dean of students in my school: what should I do? All schools have an administrative official who takes on the dean of students’ duties (sometimes known as the director of student affairs, dean of student affairs, or student dean).