Message from the Dean

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Welcome back from winter break! The start of the spring 2020 semester gives us an opportunity to reflect on the fall and assess where we have been and where we are headed. What good habits from this past semester do you want to continue for the spring? What do you wish to do differently? As you set goals for the semester, I want to remind you of resources available through the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) to support you.

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 Assistant 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 (, 217-333-0050) and we will help identify resources for you.

Best wishes for the spring semester!

Stephen Bryan

Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Student Support and Advocacy (AVC/DSSA)