The Dean of Student staff recognizes the nation’s social injustices, racial tension, and systemic issues of oppression – particularly during the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand as advocates for our marginalized populations and are committed to fostering an environment of inclusion, openness, and respect for all identities. We will share a responsibility for creating a space that is seen as equitable, inclusive, and accepting for all of our students and community members.

Dean of Students supports student learning and interpersonal growth that creates engaged and enlightened citizens and provides support, guidance and advocacy.

The office responds to the informational and personal concerns of students, parents, faculty and staff. Staff in the Dean of Students are committed to helping students and others in the areas of:

  • Supporting and advising students and families during challenging situations through the university care program, Madison Cares.
  • Normalizing setback and obstacles by sharing the stories of our community and getting students connected to a mentor-based Rebound program to create plans for success and to meet wellness goals.  
  • Notifying faculty of extended absences from class when a student is unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances and will be out more than two days.
    • Such notifications are sent as a means to officially notify a student's professors of their situation. It is the responsibility of the student to contact each professor upon their return regarding the professor's policy for missed classes, assignments, etc.
  • Referring students to resources to increase the likelihood of their success.
  • Provide individualized student-centered life skills and learning strategies coaching through the Learning Success Strategies program.
  • Consulting with faculty, staff and students regarding distressed and disruptive students; referrals to appropriate resources.

Contact Information

Hours:  Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Address: Dean of Students
Student Success Center, Suite 3010
MSC 3534
738 S. Mason St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Phone: 540-568-6468

Fax: 540-568-6538

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