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DPE at North Hall Oct. 19, 2017.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students’ office is committed to helping students connect to the resources needed to be successful at Mizzou. Our office plays a central role in overseeing programs and services that promote student thriving and engagement outside the classroom. We encourage growth and exploration, provide care and promote accountability through the following offices and programs:

What We Do

We promote engagement and belonging

Dean of Students staff work collaboratively with student government, student organizations and campus partners to create to involvement, leadership and personal development opportunities.

  • Student Engagement and Activities
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • The Dean of Students Office also serves as a liaison to the Association of Campus Religious Advisors (ACRA). ACRA members advise Mizzou’s 40 plus spiritual and religious student organizations. This role supports the MU Strategic Plan “Build and continually strengthen, in all university programs, a diverse, safe and inclusive culture than encourages and rewards interaction across demographic, social and interpersonal differences.”
We provide care and concern

In working to support students, faculty, staff and families, Dean of Students staff work collaboratively with various campus offices to ensure students are connected to the necessary resources.

When appropriate, we help others establish relationships with staff to utilize these services within the university community or the Columbia area.

  • Care Team
    • Connects students to a broad network of resources, support services and programs that address the academic, personal and social needs.
    • Provides education about resources, referrals and support to faculty, staff, families and external community partners.
  • Student Crisis
    • The Dean of Students office works with campus units and families in the event of a student crisis or student death. The dean of students serves as the primary point of contact to reduce confusion and burden on the family during a difficult time.
  • The dean of students chairs the at-risk committee, a group of experienced campus professional from student and behavioral health, counseling, wellness, law enforcement and student accountability.
  • Student Emergency Fund
    The dean of students has a small emergency fund available for enrolled undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The maximum amount of money that can be requested from the student emergency fund is $250 per student, except in exceptional circumstances approved by the dean of students or the vice chancellor for student affairs. Funds can be accessed for, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Replacement of personal belongs due to an emergency situation
    • Emergency/temporary housing assistance
    • Medications or costs related to emergency medical care
    • Assistance with food, rent or essential utilities (gas, electric, water) due to an emergency
    • Emergency transportation costs related to a family death or illness
    • Safety related needs (e.g., changing a lock)
    • Other emergency situations that will affect a student’s ability to be successful at MU
    • Generally not allowed: Tuition/fee payments, monthly cell phone bills, fines/tickets, non-essential utilities

Email deanofstudents@missouri.edu to apply

We create a culture of mutual accountability

The dean of students creates a culture of mutual accountability by promoting individual student growth and development:

  • Office of Student Accountability & Support: We realize that some students may encounter a few bumps on the path to maturity and responsibility. At the University of Missouri, we want all of our students to be successful and we are ready to help by providing the appropriate resources.
  • The Dean of Students also serves as the chancellor-delegated equity resolution appellate officer for the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX student appeals.
We provide resources to support students and families
  • Mizzou Families offers resources and programming to partner with family members of our students to assist them in supporting their student at the University of Missouri.
  • Off-Campus Student Services provides resources and educational opportunities for students that who are considering or are currently living off-campus.

For most areas of concern, the Dean of Students’ office will work directly with the student. Please let us know if you have issues with the following.

Violation of Student Conduct

Have you witnessed a student or student organization violating the university’s Standard of Conduct, including alcohol and drug violations, disruptive conduct, vandalism, and/or hazing? Please report violations to the Office of Student Accountability and Support through the link below.

Report an Incident
Non-Emergency Student Concerns

Do you know a student who needs additional support in overcoming life challenges? Family emergencies, financial hardship, returning to campus after hospitalization, housing or food insecurities — these are just a few difficulties with which the Care Team can assist by connecting students with resources and helping them navigate university systems and policies.

Refer Student to Care Team
Non-Emergency Student Safety Concerns and Threatening Behavior

If you see or know of an MU student whose behavior is distressing, disruptive or potentially harmful, please report your concern through the link below to MU’s Student At Risk Committee, which will assess and respond to the concern.

File Student At-Risk Report
COVID-19 Safety Measures Compliance Concerns

The University of Missouri has implemented policies to help protect the Mizzou community from COVID-19. The form below is intended to report incidents within the campus community in which students are not adhering to these policies.

COVID Safety Measures Reporting Form
Other Concerns

If you have concerns not addressed above, please visit this page for more options.

For general concerns about student safety or behavior, please contact the Dean of Students directly.

Contact

deanofstudents@missouri.edu

Office of the Dean of Students
University of Missouri
2202 MU Student Center
911 East Rollins
Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: 573-882-5397
Twitter: @DrZ_Mizzou

About Dean of Students Jeffrey Zeilenga

Jeffrey Zeilenga (“Dr. Z”) is a nationally-recognized leader in student affairs and auxiliary enterprises. He was named dean of students in July 2017. Dr. Z has served the University of Missouri since 1994, and was previously the assistant vice chancellor for student affairs overseeing Student & Auxiliary Services, Campus Dining Services, Residential Life and Recreational Services.

Dr. Z is a member of the Mortar Board Society and the Rollins Society and has advised Graduate Professional Council (GPC) and numerous MU student organizations over the years. Among his favorite activities, he teaches a graduate course on higher education finance for the MU College of Education.

In 2008, Dr. Z received the University of Missouri Barbara S. Uehling Award for Administrative Excellence. In 2011, he received the Communication Services Award from the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) for his article “Exploring Shared Services,” which described the financial success from a collaborative four-campus University of Missouri model of auxiliary operations and management.

Hailing from south-side Chicago, Dr. Z is an alumnus of the University of Arizona, where he earned both his master’s and doctorate. He’s a three-time proud Mizzou parent and an avid hockey fan.