Student Life: Dean of Students

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Dean of Students

The dean of students' office is ultimately responsible for working closely with a variety of agents, offices and departments, to create a vibrant community that enhances the quality of student life on campus.

Spelman has established expectations, policies, and procedures designed to build a strong transparent, collaborative, ethical and just community of learners.   All students assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the educational mission of Spelman College.  We understand that learning and living in a community is not without difficult dialogues, personal challenges, and the need for support, reflection and guidance. The Office of Student Affairs, its staff, and particularly the dean of students is charged with helping student learners to be successful in the Spelman academic community. 

The Student Handbook:  A Guide for Student Success

Every Spelman student is expected to read, understand and abide by all campus policies, procedures and College expectations outlined in the Student Handbook/Planner

The document contains student organization policies, campus resources, residence life and housing policies and procedures, Standards of Excellence Honor Code, academic integrity policies and the student code of conduct to support your educational journey.   

Student Advocacy and Assistance

We provide guidance and support to students as they seek to resolve educational and personal challenges that may affect their academic progress. If you need assistance in situations such as a death in the family, medical or other illness, accident, or if you just don't know where to go, we encourage you to call or stop by our office in the Manley College Center, Room 210.  We will provide one-on-one consultations with students seeking guidance in resolving educational and personal challenges; providing assistance and resource referrals that are focused on encouraging and empowering students to make informed choices and decisions. 

Know the Community Standards & Code of Conduct

Student conduct is viewed as part of the educational learning process. The Community Standards and Code of Conduct  protects the freedoms and liberties inherent in an academic community for individuals and groups of students. At Spelman College, all students are expected to know the code, and be responsible members of the learning community.

Although ultimate authority for addressing student conduct rests with the board of trustees of Spelman College, it delegates disciplinary authority to the senior student life officers to appoint conduct officers and determine the appropriate conduct officer or body to hear cases of student misconduct. The Dean of Students is primarily responsible for developing student conduct processes that assist students with the examination of behavior or conduct which interferes with or is perceived to be detrimental to the educational process. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct will be addressed by one a conduct officer, the Community Standards Review Board or the Dean’s Hearing Board.  

Mediation

Students are always encouraged to settle disagreements through civil discourse and honest disclosure. If all students agree to resolve a conflict through mediation we will provide services and training in alternative dispute resolution and conflict management.

Restorative Justice

The Restorative Justice program involves the voluntary participation of students engaged in violations of the Standards of Excellence Honor Code and the Community Standards and Code of Conduct.   The process actively engages students in addressing the harm that has occurred and restoring the harmony of the community. 

Student & Parent Resources

Student Handbook
Standards of Excellence Honor Code
Community Standards and Code of Conduct
Levels of Violations
Frequently Asked Questions for Attorneys
Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

Contact Us

Kimberly M. Ferguson, Dean of Students    
404-270-5133 or e-mail:  kfergu15@spelman.edu

Debra Salter, Senior Administrative Assistant
404-270-5133 or e-mail:  asmit104@spelman.edu

The statements in the Student Handbook are for informational purposes only and do not create a contract between Spelman College and any student. Spelman College reserves the right to change, add to, or discontinue any provision in this handbook at any time without prior notice to students.

Spelman College admits female students without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Spelman does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other prohibited factor in any of its educational or employment policies, programs, or practices. Further information about Spelman's academic programs and the cost of tuition, room, board and other fees can be found in the SPELMAN COLLEGE BULLETIN.