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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 mental and physical health
  • Create and nurture strong friendships and relationships
  • Make ethical decisions and understand how to resolve conflict
  • Prepare  for your future

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

  • Student conduct and civility through the Students' Code of Conduct
  • University policies and procedures
  • Personal medical emergencies and crises
  • Social, emotional, and mental health concerns
  • Adjusting to life on campus
  • Case management services and mentoring

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 visit us in 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 non-safety related 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 336-750-3390.

Class Attendance and Absences Policy

Students should contact their instructors first whenever they will experience an absence from class. Notification of a class absence does not excuse students from classes and/or course requirements. It is a means through which information can be shared regarding emergent and extenuating circumstances.  The Office of the Dean of Students does not grant excused absences on behalf of students.

It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructors and determine a mutually agreed upon arrangement for missed work. This communication should include details and/or documentation about the absence and a plan for making up any missed classwork.  We highly encourage students to reach out to faculty within a timely manner before and/or after the absence. The ultimate decision regarding absences and the resulting influence those absences have on grades or course progression, is at the discretion of the instructor in consideration of policies outlined via course syllabi and the Class Attendance and Absences Policy

Faculty, we encourage you to provide students with direct answers whether you will permit them to make up missed work or exams.  Our goal is to support both students and faculty throughout this process.

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.

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