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of the Dean of Students provides services and programs
that enable and encourage students
to achieve success in their intellectual and personal development
at Purdue and elsewhere. The office
is organized into four distinct areas: Administration, Counseling
Services, Special Programs, and Student Activities and Organizations.
The area of administration in the Office of the Dean of Students
focuses on a variety of generalist and administrative functions
including, but not limited to: emergency loans, readmission procedures,
school withdrawals, student rights and responsibilities, off-campus
housing listings, notary public services, ombudsman functions,
and office personnel matters.
THE OFFICE OF STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (OSRR)
exists to promote responsibility and encourage
honesty, integrity, and respect among Purdue students through
education, compliance with behavioral standards, and support
of individual rights. Operating on the basic premise that a
civil environment is the best learning environment, the concepts
promulgated by this office are meant to serve students while
at Purdue and throughout their lives.
HORIZONS Student Support Services is a federally funded
TRIO Program authorized by the Higher Education
Amendments of 1968, with a focus on first-generation and
income-eligible students. The mission of the program is to
retain and graduate its participants at the highest possible
rate with the highest possible grade point average.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
The area of Student Activities and Organizations (SAO) is responsible
for the recognition and administration of over 747 student organizations,
including program advisement and calendaring of their activities.
Fraternity, sorority, and cooperative housing organizations are
supervised and advised by staff from this office. The SAO staff
also advises Purdue Student Government. Various leadership classes
and programs enhance students' leadership, communication,
and financial management skills; encourage teamwork, diversity,
and ethics; and give the student opportunities for personal growth.
The Leadership Resource Center is also located in the SAO area,
which contains books, videos, and teambuilding activities.
BOILER VOLUNTEER NETWORK
The mission of the Boiler Volunteer Network, also known as
the Office of Community Service and Learning, is to foster and
strengthen relationships between Purdue University faculty, staff,
and students and the Lafayette-West Lafayette community by facilitating
intentional and meaningful community service and learning opportunities
that meet societal needs.
The COUNSELING area provides confidential assistance for students
who need help in understanding themselves, in making adjustments
and decisions based on insight gained in a counseling relationship,
in accepting responsibility for their choices, and in following
a course of action to resolve the smallest or largest of problems.
Homesickness, grief and loss issues, academic problems, self-esteem
issues, cultural issues, relationship concerns, sexuality and/or
sexual orientation issues, harassment, rape, and career concerns
are but a few of the topics addressed in individual or group
counseling sessions. Attention also is given to helping students
and others understand and appreciate cultural, ethnic, regional
group, and individual differences.
The TESTING CENTER supports career exploration,
readmission, advanced credit, and graduate school admission activities.
SPAN PLAN area helps students 24 years
of age or older adjust to returning to a university environment.
Services include an orientation
program for adult students, evening programs,
a newsletter, handbook, and a modest grant
ADAPTIVE PROGRAMS provides academic adjustments
and services for students with disabilities that have been
properly documented. Specific services are based on the student's
individual needs but could include access to services,
facilities, class information, written material, alternative
testing conditions, and/or testing methods. Academic services
and resources are also available.
TAEVIS (Tactile Access to Education for Visually Impaired
Students) provides access to course materials for Purdue
students who are Braille readers, investigates and develops new
products and systems to streamline and economize the process
of Braille Transcription, and makes
innovations and materials available to other schools, allowing
greater access to education for Braille readers.
of the Dean of Students