Our Mission

The University of Florida Dean of Students Office creates a culture of care for students, their families, faculty and staff by providing exemplary programs and services designed to enhance students' academic and personal success.

What's Happening

UF’s Associate Vice President and Dean of Students is recognized by NASPA for campus safety

Dr. Jen Day Shaw, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, was recently announced as the Dr. Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Memorial Campus Safety Excellence Award recipient for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Knowledge Community!

Two Dean of Students Office staff receive Division of Student Affairs Superior Accomplishment Awards

Congratulation to Kris Klann, Associate Director for New Student and Family Programs, and Jennifer Haddock, Program Assistant for the Disability Resource Center for becoming 2015 - 2016 Division of Students Affairs Superior Accomplishment Award recipients!

A Resolution Urging Instructors at the University of Florida to Include U Matter, We Care

On October 28, 2015, Student Senate Resolution 2015-138 was passed urging instructors at the University of Florida to include U Matter, We Care information in all course syllabi.

Dine with the Dean

Not much in life is free, but here is a deal you can't beat. The Dean of Students, Dr. Jen Day Shaw, would like to treat YOU to lunch. Register here!

Testimonials

As always, the University of Florida has been great to deal with. As a returning, non-traditional student I felt I was in a unique situation and the Dean of Students staff handled my needs better than I had ever imagined. Thank You!

I felt welcome as soon as I walked on campus. The people were great and I felt they cared about me personally. I know I picked the right college just from the staff's attitudes. I am happy to be a Gator!

The Dean of Students is very helpful! They let me know they were here to help me and not to make the situation worse. They truly do help and better the situation, while letting you know what will happen without scaring you.

The Dean of Student office did an excellent job addressing our particular issue. Thank the DOS office and UF for all the help we received during the Spring semester. – Student

The Dean of Students is very helpful! They let me know they were here to help me and not to make the situation worse. They truly do help and better the situation, while letting you know what will happen without scaring you. – Student

grin Thank you so much for your constant encouragement and support!!!! – Student

They were extremely welcoming and helpful and I really appreciated the advice they gave me. – Student

Very helpful during a very difficult time for me. I couldn't have asked for better help and assistance! Thank you. – Student

The department was very understanding and courteous. – Student

The student staff are extremely welcoming and friendly. Tanja is very helpful and she doesn't just listen to what's wrong; she helps me figure out ways to work with the situation in a productive way. I would refer any of my friends if they were in a crisis to go to the Dean of Students Office or the various other supports on campus. As a future teaching assistant, I plan to use the knowledge and experience I have gained from being a student and using the Dean of Students Office to help other students who need help find resources. – Student

The Dean of Students office does a great and wonderful job with handling my problems. – Student

The Dean of Students staff members were able to help me with my issue and more. Thank you! I appreciate their efforts! – Student

I really appreciate all the kindness and help from the dean of students. – Student

It is a difficult time for me but the staff helped ease some of my worrying and allows me to focus and finish up with school as strong as I can. I am very appreciative even though I do not know how the situation will resolve itself yet. – Student

Had a great experience with the staff. Helped me out in every way possible. Treated me more than fairly and in an exceptional timely fashion. – Student

They were extremely helpful. Über accommodating and reassuring during a very difficult moment in my academic process. – Student

They helped me a lot and am very thankful for their assistance. They were courteous and very professional, they handled the situation in a quick and confidential manner. Thank you – Student

The people at the Dean of Students office gave me the information I needed quickly making it easier to carry out the medical withdrawal process.

The Dean of Students staff members are extremely helpful with assisting with questions and concerns incoming students may have.

Thank you for all the support and encouragement this office gives!

I had an excellent experience with the UF DSO. Everyone I spoke with was helpful, professional, and welcoming. I would highly recommend this office!

I love coming to the DSO because I always leave feeling more prepared about life!

I really appreciate all the kindness and help from the Dean of Students office!

Thank you for doing a superb job!

I took advantage of many of the resources extended to me by the Dean of Students Office as well as the Disability Resource Center. They allowed for particular accommodations in classes, as well as monthly meetings with counselors and staff. They consistently had an open door policy that was very comfortable for me. All of these resources were an important part of my readjustment to university life.

I have learned a tremendous amount by meeting with the staff of the Dean of Students Office, who I would like to add are always smiling and cheerful.

The process did its due diligence in collecting all information necessary for a medial withdrawal. Yet the process also put an emphasis on what was necessary for a return to the university. The multitude of resources at the disposal of the Dean of Students Office including the Disability Resource Center were in full display once the process began. It was comforting to know that once I returned I would have accommodations, counseling, and even lessons on how to navigate my life once I began as a student again.

I really can't thank the DSO enough. It was a very difficult time in my life, and it was tough for me to go into the office, but they were so welcoming and confidential. It made a huge difference and was such a relief.

I am so thankful for the Dean of Students staff. They were very sweet to me and made me feel like they really cared about what was going on in my life! That is very rare to find, and I feel like they made a very frustrating situation into something positive. Thank you all so much for all of the things you do for us students! smile

I really really appreciated the commitment I was given and level of interest they had in my personal affairs that were affecting my school. They really do care about every single gator in the Gator Nation and want us to all succeed

“The U Matter, We Care was the best thing about Preview. I have an older son who struggled terribly with depression and anxiety after starting at UF and was eventually dismissed. U Matter, We Care gives me hope that our second son will be alright.” ~ UF Alum & Family Member

“The U matter, We Care was the best thing about Preview. I have an older son who struggled terribly with depression and anxiety after starting at UF and was eventually dismissed. U Matter, We Care gives me hope that our second son will be Alright.”

“The DSO family truly fosters an environment of care.”

I had to contact the Dean of Student's office due to my son being sick for the Summer B session and they were most gracious to me with all of my questions. ~ UF Parent

The staff was very understanding and their kindness made the process easier. ~ UF Student

The experience was very enjoyable, as it gave me a behind the scenes tour of how great the University of Florida really is. The staffers and advisors were very enthusiastic and lively, and also very helpful with any questions I had for them. The college sessions I participated in were very helpful in deciding which majors I may be interested in. Overall, the experience was great because it may be the turning point in the decision between UF and FSU! ~ UF Student

Thank you! Thank you so much for everything you have done for me. You have really made a difference in my life. I'm so grateful that you reached out and helped me when you did! Things have made a complete 180 and part of that is because of you. ~ UF Student

Kudos

Congrats to Anthony DeSantis, Associate Dean of Students, on his award for 2015 Outstanding Research or Assessment Project from UF’s Division of Student Affairs!

Congratulations to Jill Faul, Graduate Assistant for New Student and Family Programs, for receiving the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Assistant award from UF’s Division of Student Affairs!

Congratulations to Arie Gee, Assistant Director for New Student and Family Programs, for receiving the 2015 Outstanding New Professional award from UF’s Division of Student Affairs!

Congratulations to the Dean of Students Office for receiving Division of Student Affairs “2015 Collaboration Award” for the Field and Fork Food Pantry!

Kudos to Chris Loschiavo, Associate Dean and Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, for being the lead instructor at a Title IX Institute in Maryland!

A special thanks goes out to Associate Dean and Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, Chris Loschiavo, for serving as the UF spokesperson for the Association of American Universities sexual assault climate survey!

Congratulations to Jasmin Tahirovic, student employee in Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, for accepting a job offer with Deutsche Bank!

Congratulations to Christina Walker, student employee in the Dean of Students Office, for accepting an internship with the Washington Redskins!

Kudos to Mike Pearce, Test and Note-Services Coordinator for the Disability Resource Center, for his diligence and follow-through while implementing a new testing system.

Congratulations to Rachel Clark, Graduate Assistant for the Dean of Students Office, for being selected as the University of Florida’s 2015-2016 NASPA Graduate Associate!

Congratulations to Zeel Patel, student employee in the Disability Resource Center, as she competed in the Miss India Florida Pageant. Zee was crowned Miss Congeniality, received 2nd Runner Up, and placed in the Top 20 of the Miss India USA Pageant!

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