Dean of Students

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students, in the Division of Student Affairs, creates a culture of care for students, their families, faculty and staff by providing proactive education consultation, resources, and response to distressed students or students in crisis.


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Support for Students

Some students will face obstacles along the path toward their academic goals, such as personal distress, anxiety, depression, family emergencies, health issues and more. There are excellent support services on campus to assist students, with the purpose of getting them back on track toward their goals. The Dean of Students can assist students one-on-one by identifying the appropriate campus resources to best help them.

It is also not uncommon for peers to be the first person to recognize when a student is in distress. If you see dramatic changes in a friend’s behavior, if you’re concerned about a fellow student, take it seriously and share your concern with someone who can intervene and assist. The Dean of Students can assist in this situation. Students can report their concerns via the online reporting form at:

 If you are concerned about a friend, a fellow student, let us know so we can help.

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Support for Faculty and Staff

Faculty or staff who wish to consult about a particular student issue, or wish to schedule a presentation for their department on responding to students of concern should contact Dr. Cathy Akens at 7-2797 or at

Faculty or staff can share information about a student of concern via the online reporting form at: , or by contacting the Dean of Students directly.