Dear Students,

We hope you had a great first week of classes! The Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs has put together some information and resources that we hope will be helpful as you navigate the next few weeks.

  • Class Dean support – The class deans are your partners in success! You are always welcome to schedule a meeting with your class dean to introduce yourself, discuss your plans for the semester, and/or explore opportunities that will enhance your educational experience.

Let us know if you are having challenges at any point in the semester (e.g. absences, missing assignments, or stress). Meetings with us early on in the semester allows us to connect you with appropriate resources such as counseling, accessibility services, and workshops on time management and study skills.

  • Dean’s excuses – You are expected to meet the attendance and participation requirements for each class. We provide excused absences (dean’s excuses) for extenuating circumstances such as bereavement, family emergencies, or religious observances.

Please contact Bailey’s Health Center if you are requesting a dean’s excuse for health-related reasons. You will not receive a dean’s excuse for COVID-related reasons. Instead, we will notify professors when you are not cleared and cleared to attend classes.

In any other situations where you are not provided a dean’s excuse, or they do not fall within the designated categories, we encourage you to communicate directly with your professor.

  • Accessibility Services – Students are reminded to request their Letter of Accommodation and follow up directly with each faculty member regarding the accommodations and how the accommodations apply to the course. Please contact with any questions.
  • Academic Resource Hub – The Hub is partnering with 50+ peer educators to provide academic support programming through Supplemental Instruction, Mentored Study Groups and Individual Peer Tutoring. The SI Leaders, MSG Leaders and Individual Peer Tutors will receive orientation training and be establishing their session schedules over the course of the first 2 weeks of classes. Hub support sessions will begin Sunday, January 30th and end on May 6th. Schedules are posted on the Hub’s website and in TutorTrac for students to access and book appointments. Questions can be emailed to or stop by Scott Hall 3rd floor for assistance.
  • Student Academic Resources – CITLS, in partnership with several offices, has created a one-stop-spot for academic resources. You can find information regarding accessibility services, tutoring, advising/registration, healthy living, and more! Please bookmark this site, and share this information with your fellow classmates!
  • College Transition Workshops – Abby Close, our junior class dean and college transition specialist will host Individual and Small Group Time Management Workshops. You will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to map out your daily, weekly, and semester schedules.

Register here:

Meanwhile, we are looking for Conversation PARDners for the current year. If you are a native English speaker and interested in helping the incoming international students, please read this Call for Application message for details. If you are planning to apply for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship as a senior or down the road, serving as a Conversation PARDner is great experience and will even open your eyes to different cultures without having to leave the US.

  • Scholarships & Fellowships Office – Make an appointment to meet with Dean Goldberg to learn about different scholarship and fellowship opportunities regardless of your class year. Additionally, we encourage you to check out our Office website and explore the myriad opportunities available.


We will send additional communications around the midterm and final examination periods. Until then, please let us know whether you have questions!


Here’s to a great spring semester,

Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs