The Associate Vice President/Dean of Student Life (ODS) creates opportunities and provides services to enhance student success in both academic and non-academic areas. The AVP/Dean advises students; provides co-curricular educational opportunities; formulates and implements campus policies related to student rights, responsibilities, and behavior; and facilitates programs for the promotion of health and safety. The AVP/Dean supports the University’s educational mission and goals by promoting a just, safe, orderly, and positive University climate through behavioral standards, disciplinary processes, training, informational programming and intervention efforts. Through outreach and education to the University community, the AVP/Dean of Student Life strives to make Jackson State University an environment that promotes academic excellence.
A. The Associate Vice President/Dean of Student Life
The AVP/Dean of Students’ primary goal is to support the enhancement of the general welfare of all students through its leadership and supervisory role with Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning, Judicial Services, Student Life Operations, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center, Veterans Services Center, Student Health Center and Housing/Residential Life.
Objective 1: Assist in the provision of activities, programs, facilities and services offered by those units reporting to the AVP/Dean.
Objective 2: Formulate, communicate, interpret and enforce established rules of social conduct and the application, when necessary, of approved judicial sanctions for all students matriculating at the University.
Objective 3: Provide guidance, direction, information and services to students both scheduled and unscheduled, individually or collectively as needed or requested.
B. Judicial Services
Judicial Services is dedicated to the holistic development of students through promoting the individual’s ethical and moral development and mature decision-making abilities in conjunction with other departments at Jackson State University. Judicial Services works to support the creation of a safe and accepting university community through its educational and developmental interactions with students and the advancement of policies and procedures. The priority of Judicial Services is to provide a quality learning community through investigation and adjudication and assuring appropriate behavior of students through the enforcement of Student Code of Conduct and related official polices.
Operational Goal 1:
To educate and communicate to all students the importance of adherence to the Jackson State University Student Code of Conduct, rules, regulations and laws throughout their matriculation at the University.
Objective 1.1: To coordinate presentations that educate students about the Student Code of Conduct.
Objective 1.2: To develop, implement and encourage educational programs and activities that serve to prevent violations through active learning.
Objective 1.3: To increase attendance of students, staff and faculty at all Judicial programs throughout the academic year.
Operational Goal 2:
To hold students accountable for unacceptable behavior and modify those behaviors deemed unacceptable by the university.
Objective 2.1: To reduce the student offender/violator recidivism.
Objective 2.2: To reduce the amount of violence/assaults throughout the University.
Objective 2.3: To reduce the amount of student violators associated with illegal drugs and/or alcohol on the premises of the University.
Operational Goal 3:
To identify methods for improving the effectiveness of Judicial Services.
Objective 3.1: To increase faculty/staff participation on the Student Life Judicial Committee.
Objective 3.2: To provide training to the Student Judiciary Board.
Objective 3.3: To utilize the results of program evaluations and questionnaires in an effort to assist more effectively, the needs of all affiliates.
Objective 3.4: To keep abreast of the latest legal rulings and regulations relating to student judicial matters.