The Division of Student Affairs supports the educational mission of the University and enables student success through services and programs that promote learning inside and outside the classroom, support health and wellness, and enhance students’ personal development. The Division fosters an inclusive community, student engagement, and active and responsible citizenship.
Student Affairs consists of 16 departments, most listed below, all dedicated to creating an extraordinary experience for every UConn student. The Division is guided by the values of excellence, ethical action, inclusiveness, initiative and innovation, and student centeredness.
Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development
The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development offers quality support services and educational experiences that advance the holistic development of students as global citizens. They set an expectation of excellence that challenges our diverse fraternity and sorority community to exemplify the highest scholastic, social, and ethical standards. CFSD can answer questions and provide resources to support faculty and staff who may be working with fraternities and sororities at UConn.
Center for Students with Disabilities
The Center for Students with Disabilities collaborates with students, faculty, family members, and the greater UConn community to ensure a comprehensively accessible environment. The Center is also committed to promoting access and awareness as a resource to all members of the community. While complying with the letter of the law, the CSD also embraces its spirit by providing services to all students with permanent or temporary injuries and conditions to ensure that all University programs and activities are accessible.
Community Standards seeks to balance the needs and the rights of the individual student with the welfare of the community as a whole. Students and student organizations are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the values embraced by the University community and reflected in the Student Code.
The Office of Community Standards supports the rights of both students and other members of the University of Connecticut community by supporting the University mission. Their goal is to help students succeed at the University of Connecticut and beyond through educational outreach, resolution of student conduct cases, and connecting students to the community through creative sanctioning.
A clear and consistent message is delivered to incoming students through the first year orientation process that certain behaviors can place their relationship with the University in jeopardy. These include serious alcohol violations; distribution of drugs; serious or multiple cases of academic misconduct; theft; providing alcohol for others; violence towards others, and providing false information to University officials. Acts of violence should be reported to the Police Department in the Division of Public and Health Safety. Concerned community members may also submit online referrals to Community Standards.
The behavior of a student regarding an alleged act of violence will be addressed by the Division of Student Affairs through Community Standards.
Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office is available to help faculty and staff guide students in making timely, informed decisions by accessing campus resources in order to best advocate for themselves. Their mission is to provide a place where students come to work with staff to identify possible solutions to challenges they face as they navigate campus life. The Office provides support without judgment and recognizes that every student's experience is unique.
The Dean of Students Office website houses a variety of resources that faculty and staff can share with students in need of assistance and explains policies and procedures that often affect faculty.
Dining Services provides meals for both students, faculty, staff, and administration in dining facilities on the Storrs campus as well as at UConn Avery Point, UConn Law, and UConn Waterbury. Dining Services operates a number of retail operations throughout the main campus in Storrs, from fast casual dining to grab-and-go cafés for light meals, snacks, and beverages. Dining Services also offers bakery and catering services.
Students at the main campus in Storrs are required to be available for their exam during the times stated in the Registrar’s Office posted final exam schedule. If students have a conflict with this time, the student must visit the Dean of Students to discuss the possibility of rescheduling this exam. Students who are too ill during final exams to be present for an exam should go to Student Health and Wellness to receive care and request permission to reschedule their final exam.
Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services
Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services offers resources and advocacy for UConn students’ off-campus living and/or commuting experience. Furthermore, OCCSS strives to intentionally design opportunities to improve the quality of community life, foster maturation of independent life skills, promote development of responsible community members, and cultivate involvement in the surrounding communities.
The Husky One Card is the official identification card used at the University of Connecticut campuses by students, faculty, and staff. The card provides access to residence halls, the Recreational Facility, the Student Health Services facility, and dining halls; serves as the University Library card; is linked to the optional Husky Bucks debit account; and provides access to athletics events, copying and printing services, and discounts.
Students, faculty, and staff can obtain a new or replacement One Card at the One Card office in the Wilbur Cross Building on the Storrs campus. There also are designated locations for obtaining new or replacement cards at UConn’s regional campuses and UConn School of Law.
The Undergraduate Orientation program gives incoming students an insider’s look at the University. Orientation staff answer questions about what the UConn experience is like, assist as new students register for classes, and help students prepare for the start of classes in the fall and spring semesters. Students learn about campus life and activities, meet with faculty advisors, register for classes, receive and register their NetIDs, take a technology tutorial, and participate in campus tours.
UConn Recreation provides safe and quality programs, facilities, and services to the University community to promote healthy lifestyle choices. They offer recreational activities and co-curricular opportunities including club and intramural sports, UConn Outdoors offerings, group fitness classes, and fitness and wellness facilities.
Residential Life enhances students' personal, interpersonal, and intellectual growth by creating safe and inclusive environments, innovative programs, and fostering meaningful relationships.
Student Activities enriches the intellectual, ethical, and social development of our students by engaging them in community involvement and leadership opportunities. Student Activities oversees the University’s more than 700 student clubs and organizations, a wide variety of community service and outreach activities, leadership and organizational development programs, and long-standing traditions like Spring Weekend and Homecoming.
Student Affairs Information Technology
Student Affairs Information Technology (SAIT) provides primary IT support for all staff and departments within the Division of Student Affairs. While supporting the thoughtful use of information technology, these efforts focus on assessing technology needs, identifying appropriate technologies, and ensuring the successful use of technology. SAIT strives to create technology solutions that are timely, easy to use, and relevant. Providing consistent, high quality, and respectful customer service is of paramount importance.
Students use the Student Administration System to register for classes, take action on financial aid awards, check their grades, and update personal information. The University maintains guides for faculty and staff on the IT Knowledge Base website.
The Office of Student Care and Concern
The Office of Student Care and Concern supports students who may be in distress and/or a threat to themselves or others. This office operates off referrals made by campus partners, faculty, staff, and others.
The University outlines the responsibilities of participating in community life at UConn in the Student Code. All students are expected to understand and uphold the standards and guidelines exhibited.
The Student Union is the center of activity for students, faculty, and staff and is designed to enhance the quality of student life, support co-curricular activities, and contribute to the University’s educational mission. The Student Union provides program support, services, facilities and amenities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests by creating a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment for the campus community and promotes student engagement, leadership, and learning outside of the classroom. It offers amenities that enhance campus life, including dining options, and works to foster interaction among University constituency groups and guests.
Student Health and Wellness
A wide range of services are offered to students through Student Health and Wellness, including medical care, mental health services, pharmacy services, and health promotion programs and resources. Specialized services and programs include primary care, gynecology clinic, allergy clinic, sports medicine, nutritional counseling, HIV and STD testing, and travel medicine. Mental Health services include: crisis services, brief individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatric services, single sessions, drop-in consultation, eating disorder services, and alcohol and other drug services. Health promotion programs include: alcohol and other drug education, UConn Recovery Community, meditation and stress management, pet therapy, and sex education.
Student Financial Aid
The Office of Student Financial Aid Services oversees the programs available to help students finance their UConn education. Financial assistance for students is provided through scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment.
Student Consumer Information
The Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) requires colleges and Universities that participate in federal student financial aid programs to disclose certain information to current and prospective students, and University employees. Student Consumer Information is disclosed to students at the University of Connecticut in compliance with this federal law and is housed under the Office of Student Financial Aid Services.
The Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs offers services to make the transition to active duty as easy as possible, and proceed in a way that is most beneficial to students. Because every student’s situation is unique based on course load, financial aid status, and date called to activity duty, each student will be handled on a case by case basis.
Students who are notified that they are to be activated/deployed should contact the Dean of Students, who will help in completing the proper paperwork to either withdraw from a current semester and/or cancel registration. Students will be readmitted to the University after their service is completed upon receipt of their readmission application.