Message from the Dean
The Office of the Dean of Students stands with the Black community and joins other allies in peacefully yet vocally and visibly demanding justice for those who abuse positions of authority, especially those who are entrusted to protect the safety of us all. Systemic racism remains entrenched in our society, resulting in the senseless deaths of many Black people, including what we saw with our own eyes with George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. Each unit within the Office of the Dean of Students—the Student Assistance Center; Student Legal Services; the Office for Student Conflict Resolution; Off-Campus Community Living; and, Budget, Finance, HR, and Communications—strives to help students maximize their agency in both the short- and long-term to lead the next generation in dismantling and eradicating the systems that continue to discriminate against marginalized communities, and for the Black community, especially, that lead to death at the literal hands of an oppressor. Regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ability, equality for every Black individual must by affirmed and realized.
We are constantly monitoring developments surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and encourage you to keep yourself informed as new information emerges. Please visit covid19.illinois.edu for current updates regarding the University of Illinois' response. Staff in the Student Assistance Center is also available to answer your questions and provide resources.
The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) strives to help students in their journey to reaching their full potential inside and outside the classroom. We support students through advocacy in the Student Assistance Center (SAC), promotion of accountability and responsibility in the Office for Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR), legal assistance in Student Legal Services, and enhancement of landlord-tenant relationships and success with Off-Campus Community Living (OCCL). We provide resources to students who experience acts of bias through the Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART) and facilitate the Behavioral Intervention Team, which receives reports of concerning or threatening student behavior that have the potential to lead to targeted violence. An emergency dean is available outside of normal business hours to respond to student crises or pressing student concerns that cannot wait until the next business day. We also support faculty and staff within each college as they work with their students on college-specific issues.
I hope you will consider us your place to turn when you need any of our services identified above. Even if you are unsure of where to go for assistance, please reach out to us (email@example.com, 217-333-0050) and we will help identify resources for you.
Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Student Support and Advocacy (AVC/DSSA)