The Office of the Dean of Students provides leadership for defining and promoting campus-wide expectations for student conduct and behavior. These are expressed in the Compact for a Civil and Caring Academic Community, a set of principles that describes how those who live, study and work together as members of our college community should treat each other: with civility and respect, with care and concern, and with a commitment to the academic purpose for which Buffalo State College exists. The Compact, found here, is meant to foster conversation, interaction, and reflection on behavior as a way to promote understanding of self and others in the context of a shared community. We encourage use of the Compact to help promote the expectations arising from its premise that Buffalo State is and should be a Civil and Caring Academic Community.
The Dean of Students works closely with students and student groups to further their intellectual, emotional, and social development. The Dean serves as an advocate for the rights of students, offers individual student support, provides programs, services and co-curricular opportunities and contributes to policy development. The Dean’s office sponsors the Violence Intervention and Victim Advocacy (VIVA) program to assist victims of sexual violence and assault and helps ensure compliance with victim rights under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. The Dean also provides parents with information about College policies and procedures, along with referrals for assistance to both on- and off-campus resources.
The Dean convenes a Students of Concern Care Team, to respond whenever a student’s behavior appears troubled or disturbed, creating cause for concern. The Care Team will investigate reports and determine appropriate action or referral. Emergency concerns must be directed to University Police at 878-6333. The Care Team works closely with faculty to provide awareness and support for dealing with students in difficulty in a compassionate and humane manner while ensuring safety for the campus community.
The Code of Student Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities is Buffalo State’s code of student conduct, located here. The Code is administered by the Office of Judicial Affairs, and provides students with a due process review of any complaints made by or against them. Hearing boards comprised of students, faculty and staff consider evidence and issue findings to respond to disciplinary violations.