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The WSSU Office of the Dean of Students staff is here for you. We work as a liaison between students, parents and families, faculty, university staff and administrators. We are here to help all students have a safe, healthy, and successful experience at WSSU.

We can connect you with resources to help you

  • Achieve your goals
  • Stay in school
  • Maintain and improve your health
  • Create and nurture strong friendships
  • Engage in positive relationships
  • Make ethical decisions
  • Prepare  for your future

The Dean of Students staff can also help you with issues related to

  • Social and emotional concerns
  • Adjusting to life on campus
  • Case management service

We work in partnership with areas across the university to respond to issues that can affect students’ physical and emotional health, access to resources, relationship issues, and more.

Please reach out to us by calling 336-750-3356 or stopping by the Thompson Center.

Emergency Dean on Call

The Emergency Dean-on-Call supports students who are experiencing HEALTH OR SAFETY-RELATED EMERGENCIES in which an immediate university response is needed and cannot wait until the next business day. 

Emergencies are life-threatening in nature, pertain to suicide ideation of yourself or for your friends, hospitalizations, physical injuries, etc.

Non-Emergencies pertain to academic issues, roommate conflicts, or other issues that are not health or safety-related which pose an immediate risk of harm to self or others.  In these situations, please email us at and we will contact you as soon as possible.

The Emergency Dean-on-Call is not a substitute for trained emergency personnel such as 911, police, or fire professionals.  The Emergency Dean-on-Call is not to be used for non-health and safety emergencies.

The Emergency Dean-on-Call is available from Monday through Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-8:30 a.m.,
Friday at 5:00 p.m. through Monday at 8:30 a.m. and All University Holidays.

The Emergency Dean-on-Call can be reached by calling and/or texting

Class Attendance and Absences Policy: 
Excused Absences

Please note that in accordance with the Class Attendance and Absences Policy, the Office of the Dean of Students does not grant excused absences on behalf of students. The Office of the Dean of Students may provide documentation on behalf of students solely for official university-related matters. Examples of such instances include Study Away programs, Athletic Events, University Sponsored Trips, and similar university-sanctioned activities.

If a student is unable to attend classes due to any reason, it is the responsibility of the student to directly communicate with their respective faculty members. This communication should include details and/or documentation about the absence and a plan for making up any missed classwork.  It's important to understand that faculty members hold the ultimate authority in determining whether a student's absence is excused or not, as per the policy guidelines. We respect the faculty's autonomy in managing their classrooms and instructional methods, and our goal is to support both students and faculty in this regard.

We encourage students to maintain open and respectful communication with their faculty members regarding attendance, absences, and academic responsibilities. Effective communication ensures that both students' educational needs and faculty's instructional goals are met seamlessly.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions or require further clarification, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office.

Emergency Grants and Loans

WSSU provides limited emergency loans to help students through unexpected financial crises, such as illness, family job loss, and delays in funding such as financial aid, paycheck or military benefits.

Find Grants and Loans Information

Emergency Grants and Loans

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Student Resource Center

Winston-Salem State University Student Resource Center (SRC) strives to provide holistic support to help students meet their current and long-term needs and goals.

Lend A Hand, Need A Hand

Student Resource Center


Report A Concerning Behavior

RamCARES can connect students who are struggling emotionally or exhibiting behaviors that seem troubling, disruptive, or threatening. Please reach out to us via RamCARES so we can connect students with appropriate resources.

Report A Concerning Behavior

Report A Concerning Behavior

Community Standards and Civility

Our office promotes responsibility, civility, integrity, and community. Find out more about WSSU policies, personal accountability, and your rights as a student.

Learn about Your Rights and Responsibilities

Community Standards and Civility