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The Office of the Dean of Students is a unit that represents many different functional areas across campus, each with a unique identity. Learn a little bit more about each area here, or proceed onto their respective pages. 

Center for Learning Support Services


Steven Taylor, Director


The Center for Learning Support Services assists students of all cultures, abilities, backgrounds and identities with becoming self-regulated learners who continually work to improve their academic performance through tutoring, academic coaching, and test preparation workshops.

Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism


Sarah Marbes, Coordinator


The Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism seeks to support and foster the university mission of service by preparing students to be engaged, aware and responsible citizens. Co-curricular and course-based opportunities for service and reflection allow students to be active learners, connect to peers, faculty, and the community and thus contribute to the service mission of the university. Students learn in a holistic environment that prepares them for leadership in a diverse society.

Confidential Advisor for Respondents


John Massie, Student Services Building, Room 491


The Confidential Advisor can assist with understanding University processes and procedures including investigative and disciplinary hearings. The Confidential Advisor can also assist with interim measures including accessing counseling, modifications of work or class schedules, extensions of time or other course-related adjustments.

First Scholars Program


Cristina Castillo, Coordinator


The First Scholars ®  program is open to first-time freshmen who are first-generation college students  (neither parent has more than two years of education beyond high school and has not earned a post-secondary degree) who enroll full-time at SIU.

Twenty students were selected to participate in a comprehensive support program including academic, social, personal development and financial awards of $5,000 each academic year, half disbursed in the fall semester and half disbursed in the spring semester. Students can receive the award for a total of 4 years if program requirements continue to be met.

This scholarship requires that the recipients live on campus within the First Scholars Living Learning Community for their first academic year and outside of the family home the following three academic years in order to renew the scholarship.

Non-Traditional Student Services


Kathy Shaffer, Assistant Dean of Students


Non-Traditional Student Services (NTSS), a unit of the Dean of Students, serves SIU Carbondale’s adult student population through guidance, support, and resource referral to enhance educational experiences from the point of entry to degree completion. NTSS also seeks to foster a sense of belonging among adult students by building community through scholarship, service, and support.

At Non-Traditional Student Services, OUR GOAL IS ENSURING YOU REACH YOURS!

Project Upward Bound


Antyne Lester, Director

Markida Roper, Project Coordinator


Welcome to the Project Upward Bound (PUB) Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. PUB is an educational assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to assist qualifying high school students in developing the skills and motivation necessary for successful completion of post-secondary education or training. Services are provided to participants during the regular school year (Academic Year Program) and during six weeks in the summer (Summer Program).

A special college preparatory program (The Summer Bridge Program) is also offered for Upward Bound seniors who have graduated and plan to attend SIU.

Saluki Cares


Jennifer Jones-Hall, Dean of Students


Saluki Cares facilitates and coordinates a University-wide program of care and support for students in distress. By working closely with faculty, staff, students and their families, SIU Carbondale displays a culture of caring by demonstrating to our students and families that they are an important part of the community.

Saluki Cares is an early alert initiative composed of professionals from different areas of campus life who work with students on a regular basis: Academic units, Dean of Students, New Student Programs, Center for International Education, University Housing, University College, Wellness Center, and others. Referrals are made from faculty, staff, family members, peers, or by the student him/herself.

Students' Legal Assistance


Lori Crenshaw Bryant, Attorney, Director

Charles Munson, Staff Attorney


Students' Legal Assistance ("SLA") seeks to enhance the students' experience at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale by advising students of their specific legal issues, which would enable them to overcome legal obstacles which might otherwise impede their educational progress. We, also, strive to enrich the Saluki experience by educating the students of their legal rights, legal responsibilities and collateral consequences through preventive legal education activities. Further, SLA provides an environment for law clerks ("lawyers in training") and paralegal interns (paraprofessionals) to acquire valuable and/or mandatory legal skills and professional experience.

Student Multicultural Resource Centers


Todd Bryson, Director

Dr. Lanel Love, Black Resource Center

Cristina Castillo, Hispanic/Latino Resource Center

Vern Cooper, LGBTQ Resource Center

Maame Esi Coleman, Women's Resource Center GA


The Student Multicultural Resource Centers will facilitate the process of developing a culture in which diversity is seen as integral to achieving excellence at SIU Carbondale through research, teaching, and learning, campus outreach, student support services, and community relationships.

Student Ombudsman


The primary goal of the Student Ombudsman is to provide students confidential consultation in assisting with the possible resolution of University related concerns, grievances and appeals. The Student Ombudsman is a resource for students in navigating the University while seeking resolution to individual student concerns. The Student Ombudsman is an impartial employee who is trained and skilled in interpersonal communication, problem solving, conflict management and dispute resolution.

Student Rights and Responsibilities


Brian Beccue, Assistant Dean of Students

Amanda Heslinga, Hearing Officer


The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) addresses allegations of student misconduct in a developmental and educational manner with the primary focus of providing students with the tools necessary to remain productive members of the University community.  SRR assists in the administration of the Student Conduct Code, provides interventions in response to allegations of misconduct, and educates students regarding their rights and responsibilities as members of the University community.

Student Support Services


Renada Greer, Director

Stacye Saunders, Academic Support Specialist

Victoria Taylor, Coordinator


TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) at SIU assists a select group of students in adjusting to college life and successfully pursuing an undergraduate degree. SSS utilizes a holistic approach in providing support services for students by focusing on academic, social, and cultural aspects of the college experience.

Through academic counseling, advice with course selection, individualized tutoring, workshops, career exploration, and social and cultural activities, SSS helps students build a solid foundation for success. SSS also connects students to other university programs and support services that expose students to educational opportunities, as well as cultural involvement, to promote a well-rounded college experience.

Veterans Services


Paul Copeland, Coordinator

Brenda Carter, Veterans Administration VITAL Representative


The Veterans Center is committed to making the transition of Veterans' from the military to SIU Carbondale a seamless process. If you are a Veteran who is interested in attending SIU-Carbondale or have already been accepted your first step should be to contact the Veterans Center. If any questions arise please do not hesitate to contact or stop by the Veterans Center.

Report Hazing

A hazing incident may be reported ANONYMOUSLY to the Dean of Students office by anyone. If you have witnessed or have knowledge of a possible hazing incident, report the incident immediately to Dean of Students and/or the police. Hazing is illegal in IL, violates SIU Code of Conduct & violates all student organization's policies! 

If you are not sure if it is hazing, then it probably is! 

Report hazing by clicking here

Report Sexual Assault