Dean Of Students

The Division of Student Affairs fosters a supportive, integrative and transformative community that is designed to promote student success.

Student learning that promotes personal development for our students is our primary focus.

Student Affairs fosters an environment for student learning and personal development through cocurricular experiences that embrace a holistic approach to life-long learning.

Each learning and developmental experiences will reflect the values and diversity of Dominican University.

The Office of the Dean of Students provides leadership and supervision for the student affairs division of Dominican University. As a member of the president’s cabinet, the Dean of Students serves as a liaison between the administration and students on all matters concerning student life. In cooperation with other members of the university community, the dean develops university policy with regard to student life.

Behavioral Concerns Team (BCT)

The Behavioral Concerns Team (BCT) is an interdepartmental student behavioral response team for community intervention, mediation and risk management. The goal of the team is to consider the best interest for the student and the campus community. The BCT convenes regularly to review university policy and procedures, consider reported or observed student behaviors, assess threat, and develop interventions to help connect students with the necessary resources and support. If a student is behaving in a way that is threatening to the student or others, or that significantly interferes with the student’s education or the rights of others, the Dean of Students may intervene and initiate a voluntary/involuntary leave. Students taking a medical leave or referred for another level of care beyond the Wellness Center must meet with the Dean of Students and provide professional documentation to determine readiness to return to campus for classes and to occupy university housing.

Disability Support Services (DSS)

Judy Paulus, Disability Support Services Coordinator (see Dean of Students)
Mari Callahan-Ross, MEd., LD Specialist
Alison Healy, LD Specialist

Parmer 010A
Phone: (708) 488-5177
Disability Support Services (DSS) offers instructional support to improve the retention, academic progress and success for students with disabilities. In addition to the available learning resources, LD tutoring and assistive technology training is available by appointment.

Assistive Technologies available in the Academic Enrichment Center include: Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil Reading Software, Draftbuilder and Inspiration.

At Dominican University, no qualified individual with a disability will be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs or activities of the university. The Office of the Dean of Students is a university resource promoting barrier-free environments (physical, program, information, attitude) and assisting the university in meeting its obligation under federal statutes and school tradition in regard to the rights of students with disabilities.

The Office of the Dean of Students coordinates the provision of services necessary and appropriate for students with special needs. Upon receipt of appropriate documentation of disability, this office assists by providing or arranging appropriate auxiliary aids and services, reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments and consultation. In some instances, the Office of the Dean of Students acts as a liaison with other appropriate state and federal agencies. Students are expected to meet individually with the Dean of Students to determine what specific services and reasonable accommodations are needed. It is the responsibility of the student to make requests for auxiliary aids or special services at least three weeks prior to the start of a program or class. Disability Support Services provides legally mandated access and accommodations to any student that registers with the Office of the Dean of Students and provides appropriate documentation regarding the functional impact of their disability. This office ensures compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information, please visit our website at: Disability Support Services