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Division of Student Affairs

Dean's Welcome

"Student Affairs Cares"

I am delighted you selected Jackson State University, home of the tigers! College is a major transition in your life. This transition is full of excitement, challenges, and choices. You have made an excellent choice to attend Jackson State. You are on your way to a great collegiate experience full of educational opportunity and personal growth.

The Dean of Students Office strives to make connections between our students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences. The goals that have been identified by the Dean of Students Office are designed to ensure that our priorities and focus are on the resources, programs, structure, and services that will best allow us to serve our students and meet our divisional and institutional learning outcomes, mission, and vision. We believe the quality of campus life is crucial to the success of our students. As mentors and advisors, our staff seeks to serve as your campus advocate and to provide assistance with managing a crisis, understanding campus policies and procedures, and assisting you in locating the appropriate university resource.

All in all, students’ well-being is our highest priority and it is our desire to assist in helping you realize your goals and aspirations because students are at the heart of what we do. In closing, I want your time here to be as successful and positive as possible. I also care about your experience at JSU and am committed to helping you succeed throughout your matriculation. The professional staff within the Dean of Students Office continuously supports the University’s motto, “Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.” With this in mind, you are encouraged to maximize all the amazing opportunities that await you at JSU. Time will fly by quickly, so make the most of every day throughout your collegiate experience. I look forward to seeing you on campus. Best wishes to you in your collegiate endeavors here at Jackson State University!

With Tiger Pride,
Dr. Laquala C. Dixon
Dean of Students


The Dean of Students Office creates opportunities and provides services to enhance student success in both academic and non-academic areas. The Dean of Students  Office advises individual students and student groups; provides co-curricular educational opportunities for students; formulates and implements campus policies related to student rights, responsibilities, and behavior; receives all referrals regarding alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct, and facilitates programs for the promotion of health and safety. The office also serves as a liaison between students, faculty and staff, parents, and members of the general public.


Because we are committed to your success, you will find that there are countless numbers of opportunities for you to engage in campus life at Jackson State University.  You can be certain that each and every campus activity is aimed at providing you with yet another occasion for self-discovery, personal growth, and holistic development.  The Student Affairs staff will do its best to make Jackson State a place where creative and intellectual experiences, of lasting importance, continue to be the norm for every student, but we will count on you to help us reach that goal.  There are countless ways to make good use of your time at Jackson State, but they all begin with curiosity, a willingness to meet new people and try new things, and a desire to make your mark.  Let us help you do that.

We look forward to getting to know you as the years unfold.

Our Vision

Student Affairs works to engage, retain and educate a diverse student population for success at Jackson State University and globally.  We enhance learning by fostering critical thinking, ethical responsibility, leadership, civic engagement and the cultivation of healthy lifestyles to create a transformative university experience.

Division of Student Affairs


1400 John R. Lynch Street
Student Center
Jackson, MS 39217-0280

Phone: 601.979.2241