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The Office 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.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
The area of Student Activities and Organizations (SAO) is responsible
for the recognition and administration of over 660 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
- The TESTING CENTER supports career exploration, readmission,
advanced credit, and graduate school admission activities.
- The 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 program.
- ADAPTIVE PROGRAMS provides a variety of support 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.
- HORIZONS Student Support Services are available for students
from income-eligible families, first-generation college students,
or students with disabilities.
- 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,
thus allowing greater access to
education for all Braille readers.
of the Dean of Students