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 in crisis and/or challenging situations.
  • 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 convenience for the student, but do not excuse the student's absence. It is the responsibility of the student to contact each professor upon their return regarding the professor's policy for missed classes, assignments, etc.
  • Consulting with faculty, staff and students regarding distressed and disruptive students; referrals to appropriate resources.

Contact Information

Hours:  Summer Hours (May 19 - August 11, 2023) Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                                                                                   Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 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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