The Office of the Dean of Students supports undergraduate students who may find themselves in difficult situations including emotional and psychological distress. After a student is released, they are required to meet with our staff prior to returning to classes, and in some cases, their residence hall. We feel it is important for students to meet with us to learn about resources and discuss options to be successful at UD. Our goal is to have you resume your academic life as soon as possible. This meeting is designed for you to:
- Learn about support resources such as Disability Support Services, our Center of Counseling and Student Development, Student Wellness and Health Promotion, Student Health Services, and the Office of the Dean of Students.
- Connect with your college for excused absence notification.
- Discuss realistic expectations for college life.
- Discuss options for academic adjustments such as reducing your course load or taking a leave of absence.
- Look at other opportunities to connect at UD that will promote your well-being and success.
Our staff strives to make this meeting open and friendly. We know that this may be a trying experience and we are here to support you and your goals at UD.
If you are a current UD student experiencing an unforeseen crisis and are in need of financial support, you may be eligible for the Student Crisis Fund. The goal of the Fund is to provide assistance so that those students in crisis may remain on their path to academic success.
The student crisis fund is primarily supported by donations from members of the Blue Hen community. If you are interested in giving to the Student Crisis Fund, please visit this link.
GENERAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
• Applicant must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking student at the University of Delaware.
• Applicant must be able to show temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency situation.
• Applicant must have considered other possible sources of funding.
• Applicant must understand that the Office of the Dean of Students reserves the right to check level of financial need with the Office of Student Financial Services.
• Applicant may not receive more than one grant per year.
• Applicant must be able to provide documentation of the situation.
• Travel costs related to a sudden death or illness in the immediate family.
• Out-of-pocket costs related to medical care.
• Replacement of personal belongings due to fire, natural disaster, or theft.
• Food or home insecurity.
EXAMPLES OF EXPENSES NOT COVERED:
• Funds needed as a result of poor financial management or funds needed for a situation that does not constitute an emergency.
• Tuition, study abroad costs, application/test fees, dues for campus organizations.
• Non-essential utilities, (e.g., cable), general household costs, lab fees, health insurance.
• Complete the application. Please be sure to fill out all information and attach any relevant documentation if available.
• A staff member from the Office of the Dean of Students will connect with you about your application and discuss next steps.
• If approved, you will work with that same staff member on next steps and connection to other resources at UD.
• If not approved, that staff member will connect with you about the reason and share other resources at UD and in the area.
• After the process has completed, a staff member will reach out. You may be asked to write a brief reflection paragraph on how this grant has assisted you and can be kept anonymous if you choose. Your reflection may be shared with donors to the Student Crisis Fund.
• If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com or call 302-831-8939.
The Office of Equity and Inclusion is responsible for UD’s Sexual Misconduct and Non-Discrimination Policies. You can connect with them via their website or by calling 302-831-8063. Their office is located in Hullihen Hall 305. If there is emergent need for support or services related to sexual misconduct or harassment, please call UDPD at 302-831-2222 or dial 911.
The Office of the Dean of Students does have reporting obligations in terms of incidents of sexual misconduct. This means we must share information with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. The purpose of this is to ensure students gain access to more information about resources, support, and accountability options. We understand that sometimes students want to discuss incidents of sexual misconduct and not have it reported to the university. Two resources that allow greater confidentiality are our Center for Counseling and Student Development and Sexual Offense Support Advocates. Both are confidential support services for students at UD. Both can be reached after hours through our 24-hour, 365-day UD Helpline at 302-831-1001.
It is our hope that you will connect to university resources if you are a victim of sexual misconduct or other forms of discrimination. You will find a variety of affirming, caring, and committed staff ready to assist you. Finally, please support your fellow Blue Hens if they come to you about an incident discrimination or sexual misconduct. Encourage them to seek support. Offer to walk with them to the Counseling Center or other office. If you are not sure what to do, you can always refer them to our office as a place to start.