The Dean of Students

The dean of students has the responsibility for coordinating several aspects of the non-academic lives of Vassar students. Specifically, the dean of students oversees the following student service areas: the Counseling Service, the Health Service, Health Education, Residential Life, and Safety and Security. The dean regularly meets with the directors of the student services that report to him; together they establish the goals and priorities of each office. The dean oversees the student conduct system and, along with the dean of freshmen, co-chairs the New Student Orientation Committee. The dean also serves as an advocate for students and their needs.

In addition, the dean convenes weekly meetings of the Student Support Network (SSN) to coordinate helping resources for students whose behavior indicates they may be in serious trouble. The core SSN consists of the dean of students, the dean of studies, the director of residential life, and the director of counseling; other administrators are invited as appropriate.

SSN members may share information about students who appear to be in trouble (e.g., who appear to be at risk to themselves or others, whose academic situation is dire, who are experiencing significant personal problems, or whose behavior is alarming other members of the college community). The group then determines if action by individual members of the group is warranted and might be helpful. Please note that confidential information is not shared by the Counseling Service, Health Service, Director of Health Education, or the AEO office.

D.B. Brown is the dean of students. Please visit his office at Main C-121 or telephone 845-437-5315 with concerns you might have throughout the year.

For more information, visit http://deanofstudents.vassar.edu.