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.
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.