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Student Services

Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students provides programs and services that enhance student learning, promote community development, and support the educational goals of the undergraduate and graduate populations in the College. Through collaborative initiatives, the Office of the Dean of Students is dedicated to promoting a strong quality of life for students in both the academic and nonacademic realms. Areas of responsibility are described below.

Emergency Loan Program

The Office of the Dean of Students administers an Emergency Loan Program, which provides assistance to students for unexpected expenses. Undergraduate students may borrow up to $150, and graduate students may borrow up to $300.

For more information visit the Dean of Students site.

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Center for Student Conflict Management

The Center for Student Conflict Management (CSCM) helps students become positive community members during their college careers and beyond through four potential avenues: The CARE Network, the Conduct System, Alcohol and Other Drugs Education, and Conflict Resolution.

We encourage students to review the Standards of Student Conduct.

Student Conduct—Students who may have acted in a manner that is inconsistent with the Standards of Student Conduct of the University of Rochester, may meet with a staff member from the CSCM to discuss the incident and develop a plan for how to move forward. Depending upon the circumstances of the incident, the issue may be resolved in an initial meeting, a hearing, or participation in an alternative dispute resolution process.

CARE Network—The CARE Network enables members of the University community to express their concerns about a person, incident, or issue by submitting an Individual CARE referral, Bias-Related or a Community-Related Concern. To learn more about the CARE Network or to submit a concern, please visit the CARE Network website.

Conflict Resolution—CSCM offers trainings and programs designed to increase students’ ability to effectively work through conflicts before they arise. Programs for individuals encourage students to reflect upon their conflict resolution style and consider the benefits of other approaches. CSCM also supports students whom are actively involved in a conflict. Students seeking assistance with a conflict can contact the office and meet with a staff member who can help determine the best path for addressing their problem. If appropriate, students may be connected with staff members trained in mediation, restorative circles, and conflict coaching.

Alcohol and Other Drug Education—The Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program is a multidimensional resource for students who have questions about reducing negative consequences associated with heavy, episodic drinking and other substance abuse. The program offers support, education, and services to students at Rochester. In addition, the program plans, implements, and evaluates prevention programming on campus that aims to decrease the negative impact that alcohol/other drug use can have on the University community. To learn more about the program, visit our Alcohol and Other Drug Education site.

For more information visit the Center for Student Conflict Management website, call (585) 275-4085, or email us at conflict.management@rochester.edu.

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Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (FSA)

The University of Rochester understands the role fraternities and sororities play in campus life with approximately 25 percent of the student body being members of the fraternity and sorority community. Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (FSA) promotes excellence on campus and in the Greater Rochester area through support, advocacy, and advisement of fraternity and sorority members. The fraternities and sororities empower community by creating collaborative networks that are aligned with the mission and values of the College and the Office of the Dean of Students. As educators, FSA strengthens the relationship between the College and its recognized fraternities and sororities via a success-driven system rooted in the College. This strong program represents efforts to create a framework that encourages the cultural values, expectations, and practices of fraternities and sororities consistent with the values and academic mission of the College.

For more information about Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and its award-winning community, visit our website.

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Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center (BIC) operates jointly within the Office of the Dean of Students and the David T. Kearns Center. The vision of the BIC is to work with students, staff, and faculty to foster a collaborative environment that celebrates the various cultures and identities represented on campus while providing opportunities for education and dialog on different topics. The BIC works closely with offices across campus to develop resources that complement and supplement curricular offerings, build intercultural competency, and promote and encourage cultural understanding and appreciation among the campus constituents.

Signature programs include:

  • One Community Program, Dialogues, and Grant Opportunities
  • Safe Zone Trainings
  • Intercultural Awareness and Competency Workshops
  • Implicit Bias and Privilege Workshops
  • Intersectional Discussion Groups

For more information about how to get involved with the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, please email bic@rochester.edu, call (585) 275-5678, or visit us online.

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M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

This nonprofit organization works to realize the vision of the historic peacemaker by helping individuals and communities develop the inner resources and practical skills needed to achieve a nonviolent, sustainable, and just world. Located at the University of Rochester since 2007, the organization works in the areas of nonviolence education and with hands-on community projects focused on restorative justice, racial equity, and sustainable living.

Initiatives of the Gandhi Institute include:

  • Hosting the Gandhi Service Fellows, an academic year-long program for undergraduates interested in nonviolence and service
  • Hosting Conversations on Race each semester, as part of a community series of conversations based at local libraries
  • Trainings on campus and at the Gandhi House on conflict resolution, nonviolent communication, and social justice leadership skills
  • Housing an urban agriculture project including a hoop house built by University of Rochester students that supports a youth employment project
  • Offering the Gandhi House as a beautiful, near-campus, free meeting place for campus and community groups
  • Organizing events with nationally known speakers related to matters of social and racial justice, nonviolence, and environmental sustainability

For more information visit our website.

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Parent and Family Relations

Parent and Family Relations, a unit in the Office of the Dean of Students, helps parents/families understand and support the student experience, learning, and growth. This office provides support and assists in orienting parents/families of students within the College. In addition, we serve as a resource for parents/families throughout their student’s undergraduate career. The goal is to ensure that members of the University of Rochester parent/family community feel informed, valued, and respected.

Parent and Family Relations works collaboratively with University Communications and the Parents Program to produce Parents Buzz, an e-newsletter for parents. For more information about Parent and Family Relations, please visit our website at or call (585) 275-5415.

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Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL)

The Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL) educates students to become engaged citizens and leaders capable of effecting positive social change in their communities. Through diverse and sustainable partnerships around the University and the greater Rochester metropolitan area, RCCL cultivates the skills, experiences and resources necessary to achieve innovative solutions to complex community issues. By engaging students, faculty, staff, and community members, RCCL envisions a world in which people of diverse backgrounds collaborate to transform their communities.

RCCL coordinates the following programs and initiatives in the areas of leadership, public service, and community-engaged learning:

  • Citation in Community-Engaged Scholarship
  • Rochester Urban Fellows program
  • Rochester Youth Year Fellowship program
  • Wilson Day
  • Transition Opportunities at UR (TOUR)
  • Learning and Exploring at Play (LEAP)
  • Advisement of student organizations focused on politics and community service
  • Voter registration and mobilization
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Rising Leader Program
  • Slingshot to Success
  • Rochester Every Day student discount program

Complete information about all of the center’s programs can be found online at our website. Contact RCCL at community.leadership@rochester.edu or at (585) 276-6860.

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Wilson Commons Student Activities

Wilson Commons Student Activities enhances the college experience and creates a diverse campus community by supporting over 250 student organizations. The office focuses on helping student leaders achieve their goals by encouraging them to explore and develop their interests and passions through experiential learning outside the classroom. The office provides information about all student organizations, provides resources to student organizations and the University of Rochester community, and assists students in forming new organizations. In addition to coordinating major traditional events of the College such as Yellowjacket Weekend, Boar’s Head Dinner, Winterfest, Springfest, and Senior Week, the office manages several student life spaces on campus including The Campus Center (Wilson Commons and Frederick Douglass Commons), Spurrier Hall, and O’Brien Hall. For more information visit, our website.

Student Government—The Students’ Association or SA, includes all undergraduates and is governed by a student-elected senate, president, and vice president. The SA exists as a governing body designed to represent the students, to voice their concerns, and to make decisions that directly impact campus life. For more information, visit the student government site.

Clubs and Organizations—Students can be involved in and attend events sponsored by a wide range of student organizations under the following categories: academic honor societies, academic undergraduate councils, awareness, class councils, clubs, club sports, community service, cultural, entertainment programming, fraternity/sorority, hall councils, intercollegiate competition, performing and fine arts, political, pre-professional, publications /media, religious, and special interest housing. Information regarding all student organizations, their officers, and their activities is found on the Campus Community Connection website. At the beginning of each semester, students can attend an Activities Fair that showcases the wide variety of student organizations on campus.

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