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Department Spotlight: Dean of Students

The Dean of Students (DOS) office serves as a beginning point of contact for students, parents, university staff and faculty to assist students and help them reach their full potential. Through a variety of services and programs, the office serves as a resource to the Carolina community focused on empowering students to succeed in navigating the university environment.

The office is the primary contact for individuals who need assistance identifying the appropriate resources available to them. Some of the programs and services they offer include:

  • Critical Incident Response for Students: To address critical incidents, Student Affairs and the DOS office coordinates the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). This team is made up of experienced professional staff members and can be reached 24 hours a day, year-round (including University holidays and closures). 
  • Basic Needs Fund: The DOS office administers this fund to provide financial support to students when they encounter unexpected emergency expenses (accidents, illnesses, death of a family member, need of temporary housing, or natural disasters and pandemics) so there is no interruption in their enrollment. This funding is not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid, but to serve as a debt diversion program, or to replace or supplement existing financial aid. If funds are granted, they do not have to be repaid.
  • Care Team: The Care Team provides coordinated assistance and support to students exhibiting concerning behaviors through a centralized structure and method for outreach, referrals, and case management. The Care Team uses discretion in communicating and collaborating with other University offices and/or community resources to collect available and pertinent information to assist in the identification of appropriate interventions and/or strategies, also known as care action plans, to address the concern(s) and ultimately support student academic and personal success and wellness. One or more individuals or departments represented on the Care Team may implement these action plans.
  • Financial Literacy Education: The DOS office sponsors and coordinates the UNC Financial Literacy Consortium. This partnership between the UNC Financial Literacy Initiative, Coastal Federal Credit Union, and Franklin Street Partners aims to help students develop knowledge and practices for a financially successful future. Workshops on a variety of financial wellness topics will be available throughout the semester for students to learn more
  • Veteran and Military-Affiliated Programming:  The Carolina Veterans Resource Center (CVRC) provides a welcoming environment to study, hang out and meet other military-connected students. Not only do we welcome veterans, but dependents, spouses, and ROTC students as well.The center provides a multitude of resources and amenities, which include a spacious lounge area, kitchen, and study rooms. We also offer academic and career workshops, front desk peer advising, and many social and wellness events.

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