For some students, hearing “Dean of Students Office” may elicit memories of the high school principal’s office. Yes, the Dean of Students is a high ranking administrator on campus. At Purdue University Calumet, the Office of the Dean of Students serves not only as the administrative center for student conduct but also the student ombudsman office. The Office of the Dean of Students promotes responsibility, accepting consequences of behavior and encourages honesty, integrity, and respect among Purdue University students through education, compliance with behavioral standards, and support of individual rights. We are committed to working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an ethical and safe environment in which scholarship may flourish.
The Office of the Dean of Students serves as the epicenter for student complaints, questions, issues, and disseminates and interprets University regulations and standards to students, faculty, staff, and the general community. There are several documents with which students should become familiar as they begin their journey in higher education. The Student Bill of Rights; the Regulations Governing Student Conduct, Disciplinary Proceedings and Appeals; the Grade Appeals Process and the Student Handbook provide students with essential information regarding University processes. Additionally, the staff in the Office of the Dean of Students works collaboratively with students and other University resources to resolve students’ concern.
In addition to being the center for student issues and the home for University documents as they relate to students, the Office of the Dean of Students also assists students in other ways. For example, sometimes students become ill and are unable to finish their courses. In this example, the student should contact the Office of the Dean of Students and provide the staff with permission and documentation so the staff may work with the student and faculty to obtain ‘Incomplete’ grades for the semester. Besides this example, the Office of the Dean of Students also conducts Readmissions for students who have been academically dropped from the University.
All in all, the Office of the Dean of Students serves as an advocate for students. Should your student find him or herself searching for direction in an attempt to address an issue, refer him or her to the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office is located in Lawshe Hall room 105. For additional information you and your student may refer to the website at http://webs.purduecal.edu/deanofstudents/.