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
- Center for Student Conflict Management
- Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
- Burgett Intercultural Center
- MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
- Parent and Family Relations
- Rochester Center for Community Leadership
- Wilson Commons Student Activities
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 can borrow up to $150, and graduate students can borrow up to $300.
For more information visit the Dean of Students website.
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 (pdf).
Students who may have acted in a manner that is inconsistent with the Standards of Student Conduct of the University of Rochester, can 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.
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.
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.
Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (FSA)
The University of Rochester understands the role fraternities and sororities play in campus life with approximately 21 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.
Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center
The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center (BIC) is a joint venture of the Office of the Dean of Students and the David T. Kearns Center. It exists to promote cultural awareness and engagement, educate on issues of identity, culture, and diversity, and provide avenues for intersection and opportunities for collaboration.
We work closely with students, staff, faculty, and offices across campus to foster a collaborative environment throughout the year. Our staff develop resources that complement and supplement curricular offerings, explore the intersections of identity, build intercultural competence, and promote and encourage cultural understanding and appreciation among the campus community. In addition, we provide opportunities for education and dialogue on topics such as race, religion, LGBTQ issues, privilege, intercultural communication, and bias-related incidents.
Students can use the intercultural lounge and LGBTQ resource area, which is an ideal location for studying, checking out books and videos, engaging in discussions, and gathering as a community.
Signature offerings include:
- One Community program, dialogues, and grant opportunities
- LGBTQ resources
- Workshops and trainings
- Intersectional discussion groups
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is a 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:
- Support and participation for the restorative justice initiative at the University of Rochester
- Trainings on campus and at the Gandhi House on conflict resolution, nonviolent communication, and social justice leadership skills
- Offering volunteer opportunity for individual students and groups, including support for an urban agriculture project sharing free organic vegetables and fruit with nearby neighbors and families at School 19
- Participating in ongoing diversity equity and inclusion efforts on campus, including conversations on race, implicit bias and culture humility workshops, membership in the Diversity and Inclusion working group, and more
- 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
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.
Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL)
The Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL) fosters collaborative leadership among students, faculty, staff, and community partners to discover transformative solutions and create equitable social change in the Rochester community and beyond. We believe communities are strongest when their members are active and engaged in community service, civic leadership, and democratic processes. The University’s Meliora values are prevalent in all that we do.
RCCL coordinates the following programs and initiatives in the areas of community-engaged learning, civic engagement, and leadership:
- Citation in Community-Engaged Scholarship
- Rochester Urban Fellowship
- Rochester Youth Year Fellowship
- Wilson Day
- Transition Opportunities at UR (TOUR)
- Learning and Exploring at Play (LEAP)
- Advisement of student organizations focused on political engagement and community service
- Voter registration and mobilization
- Alternative Spring Break
- Leadership development: Rising Leader Class, Medallion Program, Slingshot to Success
Wilson Commons Student Activities
Wilson Commons Student Activities, located in the heart of the Campus Center, strives to enhance the college experience by supporting over 280 student organizations, and creating a diverse campus community through campus wide programming.
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 staff in Wilson Commons Student Activities provide resources to student organizations and the University of Rochester community related to the operation, formation and leadership development opportunities for student organizations and student leaders.
The office is integral in the coordination of popular traditional events, 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, Genesee Hall, and O’Brien Hall.
The Students’ Association Government, exists as a governing body designed to represent undergraduate students, to voice their concerns, and to make decisions that directly impact campus life on River Campus. The SA Government is governed by a student-elected senate, president, and vice president.
Clubs and Organizations
Undergraduate students are encouraged to explore any and all of the diverse student organizations on campus. At the beginning of each semester, students are invited to attend an Activities Fair that showcases recognized organizations. Students can become involved in a number of ways, including:
- Joining an organization to help coordinate campus wide events
- Running for leadership positions to shape the future of an organization
- Attending events sponsored by student organizations
Student organizations on campus fall into 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 recognized student organizations, their officers, and their activities can be found on the Campus Community Connection website.