Dean of Students
The Dean of Students Office supervises the areas of Inclusion and Equity, Residence Life, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Student Leadership and Engagement, Sexual Violence and Prevention Education, and student needs such as the Emergency Grant and Milligan’s Food Pantry. The Dean of Students Office provides leadership for defining and promoting campuswide expectations that are expressed through the Buffalo State Compact for a Civil and Caring Academic Community. The compact is a set of principles that describes how those who live, study, and work together as members of the college community should treat each other—with civility and respect, with care and concern, and with a commitment to the academic purpose for which Buffalo State exists. The compact is meant to foster conversation, interaction, and reflection on behavior as a way to promote understanding of self and others in the context of a shared community. Use of the compact is encouraged to help promote the expectations arising from its premise that Buffalo State is and should be a community grounded on the principles of civility and care.
The dean of students works closely with students and student groups to further their intellectual, emotional, and social development. The dean serves as an advocate for the rights of students; offers individual student support; provides programs, services, and co-curricular opportunities; contributes to policy development; and serves as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator assisting to ensure compliance with student rights under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. The dean of students convenes a Students of Concern Care Team to respond when a student's behavior appears troubled or disturbed and is creating cause for concern. The Students of Concern Care Team is comprised of a selection of administrators and staff across campus, investigates reports, and determines appropriate action or referral to best assist our students.