As a part of the Dean of Students Office, we provide a variety of services that support the Code of Student Conduct, Policies and Procedures, and Programs and Awards.
Information & Services
The Dean of Students Office (DOS) meets with students to assess situations of possible non-academic misconduct as described in the Code of Student Conduct. DOS offers education, challenge, and support to students who may be struggling with behavioral issues in order to protect and preserve a quality educational environment in the campus community. Academic related misconduct of students is not covered by the Code of Student Conduct, but rather falls within the jurisdiction of the individual academic units of the University. The University's Code of Student Conduct is set forth in writing and electronically in order to give students general notice of non-academic prohibited conduct. The Code should be read broadly and is not designed to define non-academic misconduct in exhaustive terms.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour."
Often students are the first to become aware of a concern that might jeopardize the safety of others in our university community. All members of the university community need to take an active role in reporting threats or concerns. Students may have concerns about other students’ actions that could lead to harm, violence or other criminal activity. Students are also expected to report concerns about their fellow students’ well-being.
- The University Student Conduct Hearing Council provides an opportunity for students to serve the University community, develop life-long skills in facilitating and resolving conflicts, critical thinking, assertiveness, empathic listening, moral and ethical decision making, and promote civility and citizenship within the University of Louisville community.
- The Student Conduct Hearing Council is comprised of a pool of approximately 30 members. Cases that come before the Student Conduct Hearing Council involve students or student organizations that have been charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, requiring a formal hearing process. Council members undergo a thorough educational training program to help develop the skills necessary for the position.
- The primary purpose of the Mediation Program at the University of Louisville is to provide students a way to resolve disputes and conflicts with the assistance of a trained, neutral, third party. Mediators assist the two parties to develop a mutual agreement to resolve their differences. Differences may include relationship issues, roommate disputes, and team/group member conflicts, along with other issues where parties wish to remain amicable. Mediation is a voluntary process. Parties have the ability to request mediation at any time.
The University's policy regarding discipline of student organizations. The primary purpose is to provide a quality educational environment for students and organizations and to notify student organizations of the University's expectations regarding behavior. The Code should be read broadly and is not designed to define misconduct in exhaustive terms.
Rules to follow when living in University Housing or University of Louisville Properties.
Any students who believe they have been treated unfairly, discriminated against, or have had their rights abridged may initiate a grievance within one year from the event giving rise to the complaint.
Policies and Procedures
Students and instructors are encouraged to deal directly with one another concerning all student absences. However, in the event students find they must be away from classes due to a sudden illness, emergency, or death in the family and are unable to make contact with their instructor(s), they may request an Instructor Notification by contacting the Dean of Students Office (DOS).
The University of Louisville’s Student Handbook informs students of academic matters, opportunities for involvement, and describes programs/services to help improve the quality of each student’s educational experience. The Handbook also provides information about the policies governing students during their tenure at the University. These policies express expectations of behavior and protect the rights of the individual. Each student or student group is held responsible for the policies and procedures of the University currently in effect or put into effect by the appropriate authorities of the University of Louisville.
The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities is set forth in writing in order to give students general notice of their rights and responsibilities at the University of Louisville.
Online habits are changing rapidly from a closed, private behavior towards an open and sharing culture. While this may bring about positive results, it is important to be aware of the possible dangers. The University of Louisville community is committed to encouraging all persons, whether student, staff, or faculty, to accept responsibility for their personal behavior and future success.
Programs & Awards
The Parent of the Year Award seeks to recognize parent(s)/caregiver(s) who have made a significant impact and contribution in the life of a UofL student. All UofL Undergraduate and Graduate students are eligible to nominate their parent(s)/caregiver(s) for this award. The winning parent(s) will receive a commemorative plaque presented by Dr. Michael Mardis, Dean of Students. To see information about previous winners, click here. Photos of the 2012 Parent of the Year Reception!
The Club Programming Committee is a joint initiative coordinated by Student Government Association (SGA) and the Dean of Students Office. SGA has made a major financial contribution to support CPC. Other departments have also provided funding (Dean of Students Office, Provost, Undergraduate Affairs, and Housing.) The CPC funded 66 events totaling over $45,600 for the 2010 Fall semester.
The Harold Adams Award is a memorial tribute to Harold “Butch” Adams, a 1963 UofL graduate and former Assistant VP for Student Life. This award recognizes a faculty or staff member that has xcelled in contributing to a diverse and vibrant student experience on campus through their extraordinary involvement in the lives of students and positively impacting their attitudes and behaviors.
Each year the University of Louisville recognizes the achievements made by our students, student organizations, and advisors. Students, faculty, and staff are given the opportunity to make nominations of students and student organizations deserving of recognition for the awards.