Syracuse University

About the Division of Student Affairs

A welcome from Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, interim senior vice president and dean


Rebecca Reed KantrowitzWelcome to the Division of Student Affairs. The Syracuse University Division of Student Affairs works with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to deliver programs and services to enhance the student experience at SU. It supports student leadership and works to create opportunities for them to engage meaningfully with the University and the world.

To access all that we have to offer, please visit our website LivingSU.syr.edu: where campus life and students connect.

We in the Division of Student Affairs foster students' intellectual, personal and professional growth, and prepare them for success on campus and beyond graduation. Most importantly, we strive to create safe, diverse, and stimulating environments responsive to student needs. We encourage students and parents to take advantage of the variety of programs and services we offer, and invite your questions and value your feedback.

The Division of Student Affairs has 23 principal units, organized in four service-specific portfolio areas. Also, to learn more about our division, view our 2012-2013 Annual Report. Also, here is a list of unit outcomes for 2012-2013.

Health and Wellness
This portfolio promotes the physical, emotional and relational well-being of our students. It removes barriers to learning and intervenes on behalf of students whose wellness is in crisis.

The Counseling Center offers confidential crisis counseling, referrals, and ongoing assistance for students who need to talk through any problem or obstacle. It has experienced, licensed mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, and a consulting psychiatrist on staff. Help is available 24 hours a day.

Health Services specializes in college health and serves the needs of SU and SUNY ESF students. Its variety of services include: office visits, ambulatory care, laboratory services, allergy treatment, nutrition counseling and more.

The Options Program is a free and confidential alcohol and drug referral and assessment program. It helps students affected by alcohol and other drugs and promotes education on healthy choices regarding them.

The Advocacy Center, Sexual and Relationship Violence Services, Prevention and Education provides a caring space for Syracuse University and SUNY ESF students who have been impacted by sexual, relationship and other forms of interpersonal violence. The center provides information, personalized support and assistance, and ongoing advocacy for students. Advocates are available 24 hours a day to meet with students, present options and support the decisions of each individual student. The Advocacy Center also coordinates comprehensive sexual and relationship violence prevention programs for the campus community.

Department of Recreation Services helps students achieve and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle through a variety of programs, classes and special events designed to fit any interest or skill level.

Office of Student Assistance serves as a central helping resource for all students. The office assists students and their families to manage crises, life traumas and other barriers that impede success. The staff works to address the needs of students who struggle in such areas as psychological health, physical health, victimization, relationship issues, and social adjustment through a variety of interventions, referrals, and follow up services.

Health and Wellness Promotions supports and educates students about healthy behaviors and lifestyles, so they may make well-informed choices and learn ways to cope with the stressors of college life.

Inclusion, Community and Citizenship
This portfolio enables a culture of inclusion and engaged citizenship. It builds community participation and global understanding, and helps students build a sense of personal responsibility.

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities supports the University Conduct System, which is committed to providing a fair and educational process that fosters the highest levels of behavior while promoting a safe environment that respects the rights of all students.

The Office of Learning Communities offers a unique blend of in and out-of-the-classroom experiences that bring together students who share a particular lifestyle, interest, or goal.

The LGBT Resource Center provides education, advocacy, support, and safe space for lesbian, gay, transgender, questioning and straight-allied members of the Syracuse University community.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs supports and promotes the academic achievement, multicultural competence, social development, civic engagement, and retention of students of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups at SU.

The Disability Cultural Center provides students, faculty, staff, and community members with social, cultural, and educational programming, advocacy, and support related to disabilities and disability cultures. The DCC is distinct from the Office of Disability Services, which provides accommodations and an array of other services.

The Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs orients students to Syracuse University and the broader community, prepares them for successful transitions, and facilitates continued student success through graduation.

The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services provides problem-solving, education, and support for students who commute from home or live in off-campus housing.

The Office of Residence Life provides an educationally stimulating living environment where students explore their own development and positively contribute to the world around them.

The Lillian and Emanuel Slutzker Center for International Services supports international students as they adjust to campus and community. The center handles issues such as immigration regulation, passports and visas, insurance, employment, and travel.

Discovery and Engagement
This portfolio affirms positive learning outcomes via an array of experiential opportunities designed to build leadership, self-awareness and engagement with the community.

Career Services helps students and alumni with career development and planning. It also provides educational programs on professional development, skills, and networking.

Student Centers and Programming Services manages the Schine and Goldstein Student Centers and schedules non-academic programs on campus. It provides support services for technical needs, room scheduling and safety for programs in the facilities.

The Office of Student Activities oversees student organizations and SU Traditions events, such as Homecoming, Senior Celebration and the Pulse performing arts program.

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs works with the University's more than 50 fraternities and sororities and their five governing councils.

Central Services
This administrative portfolio supports the staff and programs of the Division of Student Affairs.

Budget and Operations provides oversight and guidance in financial, human resource, and facility planning for the Division.

Communications and Marketing handles news, publications, promotion and other messaging needs for the Division.

Technical Services provides technology support and assistance to staff and recognized student organizations.

Hendricks Chapel provides spiritual programs, counseling and activities, and hosts events for members of the University community.

The Office of the Senior Vice President provides infrastructure, leadership, and support for the Division.

The Parents Office promotes awareness and involvement for SU families, and provides support for them when they need it.

Department of Public Safety is dedicated to promoting and preserving the safety and security of the University community.

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