The Office of Student Affairs
The Student Affairs staff works with students in a holistic manner, providing guidance and support in students’ pursuit of their educational goals and in their development as persons preparing to assume the responsibilities of maturely educated persons. The Office of Student Affairs works actively to coordinate the various aspects of student life and development at Wilkes. The Offices of Residence Life, Career Services, Student Development, Health and Wellness Services, Campus Counseling, the Center for Global Education and Diversity, Cooperative Education, University College, Upward Bound, Act 101, Civic Engagement, Athletics, and Campus Interfaith report to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Wilkes takes seriously its commitment and responsibility to encourage students to discover their own abilities and potential and to assist them in making sound and independent decisions. Students are expected to consult regularly with academic instructors, faculty advisors, the Student Affairs Deans, department chairpersons, or academic deans regarding academic matters. Recognizing, however, that students sometimes need additional guidance in resolving personal, social, or academic problems, the University has institutionalized within the Office of Student Affairs a variety of programs to assist and support students, individually and in groups. Staff members are specially trained and available to help students resolve problems, coordinate emergency situations, and handle referrals from members of the University community. The Vice President and Deans of Student Affairs, having familiarity with University resources, serve as ombudsmen, as well as “sounding boards,” for student concerns.
Wilkes takes equally seriously its role in the development of the whole person and provides a wealth of programs for the social, cultural, and civic engagement of its students. Many of the programs offered or advised by units within the Office of Student Affairs contribute to the holistic nature of a Wilkes education. The campus resources, services, and activities described in brief in this bulletin are discussed more extensively in the online Wilkes University Student Handbook, which explains the University student governance system, outlines University regulations, and provides a directory of student activities.