Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office (DSO), comprised of 13 different units in seven different campus locations, provides a wide array of services and programs outside of the classroom that enhance each student's education at Iowa State. Its goal is to support the University's commitment to academic success and the holistic development of each individual student by challenging students intellectually, physically and socially.
The DSO coordinates a variety of services that are each distinct and different, but nonetheless similar in their orientation toward maximizing students' educational opportunities.
Staff members in the various units of the DSO provide assistance for students with their personal adjustment to college, with academic problems, or with interpretation of university or legal policies and procedures. Assistance services are also provided for students in particular populations, such as: those with disabilities; adult and off-campus students; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; first-generation college students; and women students. Educational programs and workshops in the areas of leadership, time management, and interpersonal skills are presented on an on-going basis and when requested by campus groups. Recreation Services provides a wide variety of intramural and recreational activities for all skill levels. Activities and programs for and about women are facilitated by the Women's Center. The Student Activities Center (SAC) registers and provides services and programs for student organizations and Greek Affairs coordinates fraternity and sorority chapters.
Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center encompasses several academic assistance programs. The services available at the ASC include the following: resources for students with disabilities; course-specific Tutoring Services and Supplemental Instruction; general walk-in assistance through the Academic Learning Lab, providing individual consultations for those with acute needs and a study skills/time management presentations; and a one-credit study skills class (Psychology 131). All programs are focused on helping students learn how to learn and achieve their academic goals. For more information visit the web site at www.dso.iastate.edu/dept/asc/.
Disability Resources (DR) coordinates those support services that students may need in order to reach their fullest academic potential. The DR staff members provide accommodations and serve as a resource within the university community concerning students who have physical or learning disabilities. DR provides assistance, information, support, counseling, education, referral, and awareness to students, faculty, staff, the Ames community, and the state of Iowa. Call 515-294-6624, VTDD 515-294-1021, for further information.
The mission of Tutoring Services is to enhance academic growth, to remove barriers to learning, and to promote human worth and dignity in ways that are enabling, professional, and service-oriented. Tutoring is the process by which students can get more individualized instruction for undergraduate courses offered at ISU. Tutoring recruits and screens tutors, works out convenient times to meet, collects fees, and pays tutors. For information call 515-294-6624.
The Academic Learning Lab (ALL) is a "learning how to learn" center. A walk-in service to students, ALL helps them with tips on how to succeed in the classroom. ALL is staffed with psychology graduate assistants who work with students to pinpoint areas in their study strategies that might need improvement.
A one-credit study skills course, Psychology 131, that addresses learning issues as well as a variety of reading and study strategies and tactics from time management to test taking is offered each semester. Class size is limited to 20 students to allow for group interaction as well as individual attention.
The 53 fraternities and sororities at Iowa State University have approximately 3,000 student members (1,800 men and 1,200 women), or about 14 percent of the undergraduate student population. The Greek Affairs staff and local alumni work with each fraternity and sorority to ensure that the chapter is meeting the educational objectives of the university, their national affiliates and the developmental needs of the student. Fraternities and sororities have been active with Iowa State University since 1875. Since that time, many of Iowa State's total alumni have graduated with fraternity or sorority affiliation. For more information visit B6 Memorial Union, call 515-294-1023, or view from the web, www.public.iastate.edu/~deanstdt_info/greek/ga_home.htm.
The Office of Judicial Affairs is responsible for the university's Centralized Judicial System. Representatives from the Office of Judicial Affairs interpret university policies and conduct student disciplinary hearings for academic and non-academic violations of the ISU Student Disciplinary Regulations. As members of the Iowa State University community, all students have certain rights and responsibilities. When an alleged violation of the Student Disciplinary Regulations occurs, a hearing officer from Judicial Affairs investigates the complaint, interprets general university regulations and guidelines, conducts student discipline hearings which ensure the standards of due process, and consults with faculty, staff, and students regarding student conduct issues.
Student discipline hearings are conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations as set forth in university policies and procedures. Disciplinary hearings are administered by a member of the Judicial Affairs staff or by members of the All-University Judiciary (AUJ) committee. The Office of Judicial Affairs serves as a resource for anyone with questions regarding a student conduct issue and is located in the Dean of Students Office, 2222 Student Services Building, (515) 294-1021, www.public.iastate.edu/~deanstdt_info/ja.
LGBTSS is a safe space for all members of the ISU community to explore aspects of sexual orientation and gender issues in an open non-judgmental atmosphere. LGBTSS is committed to providing information and education that enhances the educational experience and overall quality of student life on campus.
LGBTSS, its staff, and advisory board work to promote assistance, support, visibility, and diversity through programming, a variety of services, and referral. In achieving its mission, LGBTSS strives to promote full inclusion of LGBT persons and their allies at ISU and to eliminate homophobia, heterosexism, and sexism on campus.
Programs and services of LGBTSS include the speakers bureau, Lavender Graduation, National Coming Out Days events, supporting campus LGBT organizations, the Safe Zone sticker project, the lending library, and brochures and workshops on various LGBT issues. For more information: 2222 Student Services Building, (515) 294-5433, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.public.iastate.edu/~lgbtss.
The Margaret Sloss Women's Center promotes the educational, personal and career development of all women in the ISU/Ames community. Along with other departments, the Women's Center shares the university's responsibility of creating a safe and supportive environment for all individuals. The purpose of the Women's Center is to promote and sustain women through assistance, programs and information and referral services. The Women's center provides:
· A program center that focuses on helping students, staff and faculty thrive in an academic environment by motivating them toward a greater understanding of, and involvement with, women's issues. Educational programs presented in residence halls, departments and organizations include workshops on a variety of topics (e.g., self-esteem, images of women in the media, sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, relationships between women and men, homophobia/heterosexism, sex roles and stereotypes, etc.).
· Coordination and co-sponsorship of special events including Women's Week, National Coming Out Day, Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Rosa Parks Day Celebration, and Women's History Month. Throughout the year, the Women's Center also sponsors a number of speakers on current issues, hosts conferences, and coordinates support and discussion groups.
· Assistance and support for women who work toward changing situations which adversely affect them, both individually and institutionally.
The Women's Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and is housed in the Sloss House, located between Curtiss Hall and the Memorial Union. Call 515-294-4154 or view www.iastate.edu/~mswc.
Through various programs and services, the Off Campus and Adult Student Services seeks to meet the unique needs of current and prospective adult, commuter, and off-campus students. This is accomplished through the following:
· Providing information and consultation about tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities
All parents of ISU undergraduate students are automatically considered to be members of the ISU Parents Association. The ISUPA serves as a link between the University and parents and families. Its mission is to serve and inform parents and to enhance the quality of student life at Iowa State.
There are no membership fees in the ISUPA; it is funded exclusively by contributions and fundraisers, like the annual tuition raffle. The ISUPA Board of Directors, comprised of 36 parents, along with members of the Dean of Students Office staff, administer the programs of the ISUPA, that include:
· Family Handbook, distributed to all new ISU parents at June orientation
For more information on the ISUPA, call the Dean of Students Office, 294-6054 or view www.dso.iastate.edu, then Web site Index, Parents Association.
Recreation Services is dedicated to the provision of quality recreational opportunities for the campus community. Programs include intramural sports, sport clubs, informal recreation, outdoor recreation, special events, fitness programs, and recreation facility scheduling. Assistance for other recreational services is provided.
The informal recreation program includes the opportunity for recreational sports activity in Beyer Hall, State Gymnasium, Forker Building (east campus), Lied Recreation/Athletic Center, outdoor tennis courts near the Forker Building, intramural fields east of the Towers and Maple-Willow-Larch Residence Halls, Clyde Williams Field and the southeast field complex east of the football stadium.
The fitness program provides several opportunities for staying fit. The types of aerobics classes available include: high/low impact, step, toning and water. The semester is divided into two sessions, each offering 35 classes. The Rec Milers Program is designed to help students stay interested and involved in a regular exercise program. Participants have the flexibility to choose their own activities and can exercise at their own pace and convenience. Participants keep track of their recreational mileage for each month. To get mileage credit, progress slips must be deposited in the Rec Miler's boxes at the Recreation Services Office, 2220 State Gym, or at the Lied Recreation/Athletic Facility. Monthly totals for each participant are posted at State Gym.
Participants may earn awards for specific milestones. Aerobic activities for Rec Miler credit include: bike, walk, basketball, handball, cross country skiing, stationary bike, fitness class, jump rope, soccer, jog/run, swim, racquetball and tennis.
The outdoor recreation program is composed of four basic elements: the camping-outdoor equipment checkout program; the organized trip program; basic instruction activity workshops; the Outdoor Equipment and Resource Center. All of these programs and activities are designed to provide opportunities for natural environment experiences. Two regulation golf holes north of the Armory are open for ISU recreation golf use at no charge.
These clubs offer instruction and competition at the local and intercollegiate levels. The club members set dues, and most clubs receive financial subsidy from the Government of the Student Body to enable students to participate regardless of their financial situation.
Numerous special events add spice to the recreation program. These activities are of an endless variety and usually take place in a short time span. In general, they encompass demonstrations, performances, special
Other physical, cultural, and social recreation programs are sponsored in coordination with various departments, organizations, and groups on and off campus. For further information concerning campus recreation activity, contact the Recreation Services Office, 2220 State Gym, or call (515) 294-4980, or
The Student Activities Center is committed to student involvement and retention. Its programs and services, including leadership development and organization participation, strive to ensure student success. These practical experiences work toward enhancing the quality of student life. With over 500 organizations from which to choose, students learn about themselves and appreciate the diversity in others. The staff of the SAC is dedicated to utilizing their knowledge and experience to provide unique living and learning opportunities for all Iowa State students.
The SAC is responsible for registering the 500+ student, campus, and community organizations. The staff provides consultative services to student leaders, members, and advisers of organizations on an individual and group basis. They also provide training workshops and facilitate retreats for student groups. This office produces Newsline, a newsletter distributed twice each semester to presidents and advisers of registered student organizations. The SAC also annually publishes the Student Organizations Resource Manual, which informs the campus community about university policies and procedures that affect student organizations. Information about substance abuse prevention and peer education training is a priority at Iowa State University and is provided through the SAC. The staff of the SAC also advises students involved in the Government of the Student Body (GSB) and VEISHEA.
Student Answer Center
Student Assistance Services
Student Legal Services is a cost-free legal aid office available to any student currently enrolled at Iowa State and registered student groups. SLS is staffed by full-time, practicing attorneys who are available to consult with students and offer advice with respect to most legal problems. While SLS is a part of the Dean of Students Office, its financial support comes from the Government of the Student Body (GSB). The types of cases most often handled by the staff of the SLS include:
Student Support Services (SSSP)
SSSP, a federally funded program, provides academic support to eligible students and is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of low-income individuals who are first generation college or individuals with disabilities. The needs of the students who are accepted into SSSP are thoroughly assessed through testing and counseling. SSSP participants receive personal and career counseling, along with academic advice, tutoring, and assistance in receiving financial aid.
Participants in SSSP are encouraged to work with an SSSP student mentor to become acclimated to the ISU environment. These relationships also encourage participants to fully access ISU resources.
Study skills improvement sessions and basic skills instruction are provided in the areas of math and writing. In addition, cultural enrichment (i.e. theatre, dance, and musical events) and educational (leadership conferences, graduate/professional, etc.) activities are planned. These services are provided free of charge to eligible students after they are accepted into the program. SSSP is located in the Student Services Building; call (515) 294-0210 or view Web site Index at www.dso.iastate.edu.