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.
Dear Winston-Salem State University Students:
I am very pleased to welcome you to the 2023-2024 academic year at Winston-Salem State University; new students are starting their first semester while returning students are back to campus for another exciting spring semester! The Office of the Dean of Students includes many functional areas that collectively aim to support students as they grow and develop during their time at WSSU. Please reach out and take full advantage of all the support, resources, and enrichment offered by our offices, to include the following: University Recreation, Student Health Services, Counseling Services, Pharmacy, Housing & Residence Life, Community Standards & Civility, Interpersonal Violence Prevention. We are all part of an amazing university family at WSSU!
A primary goal of the Office of the Dean of Students is to support and facilitate a safe campus environment and higher education experience for our students, faculty, and staff. We encourage you to cultivate and maintain high standards of civility and conduct that are consistent with academic, social, and professional success. I urge everyone on campus to stay aware of any unusual circumstances and to immediately notify campus police and public safety about any security concerns. Don’t forget Rave Guardian, the official safety app used by WSSU. Rave Guardian puts safety directly into the hands of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. You can download the Rave Guardian app for free from your Apple or Android device. You can connect directly with campus police with the touch of a button. It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our campus safe, if you see something, say something. As a student, you are responsible for your interactions with WSSU, and the Student Handbook serves as a guide to these interactions. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the information contained within this Handbook. Please contact us with questions, concerns, or just to chat. You may contact me at any time by email at email@example.com or by stopping by my office at 303 C. F. Thompson Center.
We look forward to working with you during your WSSU journey!
LaMonica Sloan Wilhelmi, Ph.D.
Associate Vice-Chancellor & Dean of Students
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
- Student conduct and civility through the Students' Code of Conduct
- Policies and procedures
- Personal medical emergencies
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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.