Office of the Dean of Students
Student Services and Policies
The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to assisting and advocating for the needs of our students. Some of our most requested information and services are listed below, including:
- Emergency Loan Program
- Hospitalization / Family Emergency Notification
- Dean's Certifications for Graduate School and Transfer Applications
- Event Registration
- Social Networking Sites
- University Intercessors
- Various other University and College policies
We encourage you to contact our office if you have any questions about student life or services, and if needed we can refer you to the appropriate offices for the requested service.
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. The loan is immediately placed on the student's term bill. Unless under certain circumstances, the loan cannot be used to pay off other University debts.
To receive a loan, come to the Office of the Dean of Students in 510 Wilson Commons between 10am and 2pm. You will be asked to complete a very brief loan application. You must have your student ID with you, and you must be enrolled for the current semester. Other restrictions and Bursar's regulations may apply.
The Office of the Dean of Students, along with the Center for Advising Services, will assist with notification to professors of student hospitalization or family emergencies that require a long absence from academic work. Should the situation arise, students or parents/guardians may contact our office at 275-4085. We also encourage students to, if possible, contact their faculty members and advisors as well.
When transferring to another school, or continuing onto graduate studies, many program applications have a section that requests a Dean's Certification and/or a Disciplinary Clearance. In coordination with the Center for Advising Services, our office will complete and mail out the form for you. You may drop off the form, along with an addressed and stamped envelope for each school, to:
Office of the Dean of Students
University of Rochester
510 Wilson Commons
Rochester, NY, 14627-0443
Please allow 5-7 days for processing, and make sure the sections you are to fill out are complete on the application form.
The Standing Committee on Alcohol Policy and Education was created in the Spring 2009 semester to help ensure that U of R polices and educational programs related to alcohol are appropriate and effective in reducing the harms associated with alcohol use on our campus. The SCAPE is charged with the following:
- Reviewing the U of R's alcohol policies.
- Evaluating whether our enforcement of those policies is effective in reducing the harms associated with alcohol use.
- Assessing our current alcohol education programs and determining whether additional alcohol education strategies should be implemented.
The committee is comprised of students, faculty and staff and meets regularly throughout the academic year.
SCAPE meeting minutes:
- September 14, 2012
- May 4, 2012
- April 13, 2012
- April 6, 2012
- March 30, 2012
- March 2, 2012
- February 3, 2012
- January 20, 2012
- December 16, 2011
- December 2, 2011
- November 18, 2011
- October 14, 2011
- April 28, 2010
- March 31, 2010
- March 17, 2010
- March 3, 2010
- February 17, 2010
- December 3, 2009
- November 12, 2009
- November 5, 2009
- October 29, 2009
- October 15, 2009
- October 8, 2009
- October 1, 2009
- September 10, 2009
Please refer to the Event Registration page.
The University does not monitor the Internet for content. When we have knowledge of an allegation that the law or a University policy may be violated, we will investigate such allegations. Students may be held accountable for violations of law or University policies that are revealed during such an investigation.
Social networking sites present unique circumstances for their users, but do not necessitate a deviation from the policies and practices that guide the University community's use of the Internet. Students are advised to be aware that the information they post on these sites may be seen by their relatives, their faculty, their future employers, etc. Just as the University does not monitor students' postings for content, it makes no effort and, in fact, can make no effort to control access to any student's information or postings on social networking sites.
The Provost appoints members of the faculty and staff to serve as University Intercessors. The role of the Intercessors is to investigate and respond to questions and concerns about issues of harassment and discrimination expressed by any member of the University community. Intercessors work with faculty, staff, and students and their school or department to suggest outcomes and resolutions that adhere to established University policies and procedures, as well as state and federal law. Intercessors serve as a resource to the University to provide guidance and education on University policy related to harassment and discrimination.
The Registrar's Office maintains a list of other University and College policies, such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, information for students with disabilities, the policy on classroom assignment for disabled students, the policy on observance of religious holidays, immunization requirements, and email policy. Please view their website for the policy information, or contact(585) 275-8131.