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Division of Student Development & Engagement

The Division of Student Development and Engagement includes Student Affairs; Dean of Students; Campus Life; Student Transitions; Career Services; University Recreation; Student Health Services and Counseling Centers; and Housing and Residence Life and Community Standards. This division provides a caring environment for students and contributes to their success and their development as global citizens and future leaders. Our goals for students are to:

  • Serve as their advocate
  • Provide programs and services to help them understand their new responsibilities as a university student
  • Empower them with principles that foster personal responsibility and educate them on the ethical decision-making process and healthy behaviors
  • Support in addressing student concerns and/or complains with navigating the university environment

Administrative Structure

  • Associate Provost/Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Engagement

The chief student affairs officer providing oversight for all functions and operations for the division.

  • Dean of Students

Provides oversight regarding campus health, welfare, and safety and Housing and Residence Life. Students with overall health concerns will engage with this office and its corresponding resources.

  • Director of Housing and Residence Life

Oversees all issues related to student residence, facilities, and operations.

  • Director of Interpersonal Violence

Educates students on healthy relationships.

  • Director of University Recreation

Provides oversight, planning and strategic leadership for the University Recreation facility, assesses and adapts programs and facility operations to effectively serve the campus community, collaborates with academic departments.

  • Director, Office of Community Standards & Civility

Serves as the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, creates and implements training exercises for new and continuing members of the Winston-Salem State University Student Conduct Council.

Student Organizations and Co-Curricular Engagement

  • Dean of Experiential Education

Oversees Campus Life, New Student Orientation and Transition programs, and Career Development Services. The goal of this office is to create opportunities to engage classroom education in broader university and community settings. This can include internships and other applied learning experiences.

  • Director of Career Services

Oversees the development of focus and content, implementation, and evaluation of programs delivered by career development services including career exploration and development, job search skills, negotiation and transition to the workplace, alumni support and assistance with graduate and professional school planning.

  • Assistant Dean of Campus Life

Enhances the academic experience and student retention through events and activities that promote student engagement, cultural appreciation, equity, civility, expression, citizenship, creativity and leadership.

  • Director of New Student Transitions

Oversees all programming for new and transfer undergraduate student orientation working collaboratively with academic affairs, student affairs and emphasizes academic success, student development and engagement.

Important Policies

  • RamCARES/Behavioral Referral Form

If you see a student exhibiting a behavior that is of concern and you are not sure what to do, please call the Office of the Dean of Students at 336-750-3356, the University Counseling Center at 336-750-3270 where a member of the RamCARES team can provide assistance. Information will be treated confidentially. You can also use the online behavior referral form.

The completion of a Behavior Referral Form allows the Assistant Director of Counseling, Director of Counseling, the Dean of Students, or other appropriate staff member to follow up with the faculty, staff, or student as well as determine whether others in the community have made similar reports/observations.

  • Incident Referral Form

An Incident Report is similar to the Behavioral Referral Form but it is sent to the Office of Community Standards and Civility.

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., 35 CFR Part 106.) is a federal law that protects individuals at institutions that receive federal funds, from discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender. Sexual harassment is considered a form of sex discrimination under Title IX. This law also promotes gender equity in all aspects of educational programs and activities.

Important Links

The Wellness Center provides a “Don’t Cancel Class” service to faculty who have a personal/professional conflict with a scheduled course meeting time. A representative will meet the class and discuss a selected topic related to physical or emotional health and wellness.

This web-based document provides access to information about services and resources for student as well as policies and procedures.

WSSU Rams Helping Hands Food Pantry desires to do its part in assuring that no students in the WSSU campus community goes hungry and that every student has access to nutritious food. In addition, the Rams Helping Hands Food Pantry will promote community engagement and education about food insecurity, community health and foster university-community partnership.

WSSU provides limited emergency loans to help students through unexpected financial crises, such as illness, family job loss, and delays in other types of funding, such as financial aid, paycheck or military benefits. Such an unforeseen expense that, if not resolved quickly, could lead to the student’s departure from the institution and/or loss of momentum toward completion. ;Once approved, emergency funds will be disbursed 2-3 business days.

The Office of Community Standards & Civility seeks and strives to promote ethical conduct through personal responsibility, encouraging civility and integrity, and a sense of community amongst WSSU students. The Office of Community Standards & Civility promotes campus safety and harmony by maintaining an environment consistent with WSSU educational purposes and operations.

Our mission is to educate students on the policies of the University pertaining to conduct and their student rights. By educating students on the integrity and ethical standards of their community, it creates an environment for students to consider, in advance, the consequences of behavioral infractions, to accept responsibility for one's own actions in and out of the university, create social justice advocates, and creates an environment for students to understand that they are more than just a student at WSSU, but a representation our community.