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The University of Michigan is committed to transforming our students’ education by extending academic excellence from the classroom into real-world experiences that develop a global purview and a creative, entrepreneurial mindset.

The Dean of Students Office promotes student development and enhances the Michigan experience of undergraduate and graduate students through programs, services, partnerships/connections, and policy development that promotes an inclusive campus climate and facilitates the successful navigation of campus life.

Utilizing an educational, social justice orientation, the Dean of Students Office contributes to students’ individual development, promotes self-authorship, and facilitates a safe, vibrant, inclusive, healthy and resilient University of Michigan community through the following four core areas of work.

Core Values
Promotes a Safe, Respectful, Healthy and Inclusive Campus Community: The Dean of Students Office works to establish community standards and norms for a safe, respectful, healthy, inclusive, inter-culturally dynamic campus community through various programs, services, response systems and normative campaigns. The office seeks to be: proactive regarding issues of campus climate and student health and safety; an advocate for policies and services that provide students with the security, safety and inclusiveness needed to be academically successful; and reactive and responsive when campus norms are violated. The office informs the campus community about issues affecting the learning environment for students and seeks ways to foster inclusivity, civility, respect, and the development of resilient communities that foster health, well-being and safety.

Enhances Students’ Michigan Experience: The Dean of Students Office is a central place for students, parents, faculty and staff to seek assistance in navigating the complex issues of campus life. The office provides support to students and tailored referrals designed to assist students as they integrate the rich array of resources available on campus to help problem solve concerns and enrich the student experience. The office facilitates student engagement, leadership and the reflective integration of formal and informal learning experiences in the preparation of globally-minded, environmentally conscious, civically-engaged and socially responsible citizens.

Provides Support Services to Students and Manages Critical Incidents Impacting Students and the Campus Community: The Dean of Students Office provides developmentally appropriate support for individual students and communities who are experiencing life situations that pose a barrier to taking full advantage of their Michigan experience. The staff assists individuals or groups experiencing personal needs, campus-wide incidents, and national or international events. The office also coordinates the campus-wide consultation, behavioral intervention and health advisory teams.

Responds to Emerging Needs within the Student Population: The Dean of Students Office monitors, assesses, investigates and responds to new and evolving needs of individual students or student groups. In partnership with others in the Division of Student Affairs and with the community at large, the office facilitates coordinated responses to immediate situations and develops proactive initiatives to prepare for future needs of the diverse student population.

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Student Life is committed to student learning and the development of the whole student. We facilitate transformation and enrich education through new opportunities for learning and development; fostering an environment for the success of all community members; developing a deeper understanding of ourselves and others on an inclusive campus; enabling students to practice positive physical, emotional, social, intellectual, mental, and spiritual health; preparing students to succeed during and after their university experience; resolving complex issues through advocacy, services, and compliance; and providing programs and facilities for the physical, social, psychological, academic, and recreational needs of the campus community. 

To do all this, and much more, Student Life needs your support—every gift matters.

Your Contribution

Your gifts of cash, pledges, or appreciated securities will enhance the experience of all University of Michigan students. Wills, estate, and planned gifts allow you to create a lasting legacy that will allow our students to grow and thrive for generations to come. Thank you for giving to the University of Michigan.

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Planned Gifts

Legacy gifts from generous alumni and friends provide the future support needed to achieve the University’s long-term commitment to excellence. A bequest is the easiest and most tangible way to accomplish this. If you have already included Student Life in your estate plans, but have not previously notified us, please let us know. We would like to properly thank you for your support, ensure your wishes are met, and plan with you for the future.

To learn more about these opportunities to support Student Life, please contact Student Life Development at 734-647-7309 or email