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Frequently Asked Questions
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    What does the Dean of Students do?

    The Dean of Students plans, directs, and oversees out-of-classroom experiences and services provided through the Campus Life Division . These services provide BYU students with a well-rounded education that supports the Mission and Aims of a BYU Education. These departments engage students in experiential learning, support the university’s values, and strive to ensure students have every opportunity to succeed while at BYU. The Dean of Students is the contact person and advocate for students at Brigham Young University for accidents, emergencies, questions, and concerns. If you need assistance, please email sarah_westerberg@byu.edu or call at (801) 422 – 4771, we will refer you to a Deans Office employee who can assist you.

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    What is the difference between Academic Deans and the Dean of Students?

    Academic Deans primary role is to oversee the academic departments that offer majors, minors, and classes for students. The Dean of Students role is focused on students’ out-of-classroom experiences and holistic wellness while they are enrolled at BYU. The Dean of Students acts as a support and resource for students in crisis and supports students through departmental programming and developmental experiences. The Dean of Students collaborates with the Academic Deans and Colleges to improve services and identify current and future needs on campus.

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    What is the difference between the Dean of Students and the Dean of Students Office?

    The Dean of Students, Sarah Westerberg, leads the Dean of Students Office. Dean Westerberg has two Associate Deans, Casey Peterson and Nathan Ward, who assist her in supporting students and leading the departments in the Campus Life Division . The Dean of Students Office supports the Dean and her Associate Deans in carrying out their work of assisting the departments in the Campus Life Division to meet student needs. The Dean of Students Office works together closely to ensure student services are provided sufficiently, appropriately, and effectively. The Dean of Students Office works directly with many other university departments and divisions including Enrollment Services, Title IX, Student Development Services, University Police, Student Health Center, and Student Success and Inclusion.

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    Is having a "Dean of Students" common on college campuses?

    Yes. Nearly all universities in the United States have a Dean of Students. Many Dean’s responsibilities are similar across all universities; however, each campus will put slight variations on the role to best meet the needs of their students.

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    What do I do if I am concerned for a student's well-being?

    If you are worried about the well-being of a BYU student, you may contact the Deans Office. Dean’s Office staff will try to contact the student by phone or email. If staff cannot get in contact with the student, they will call University Police if the student lives on campus (or Provo Police if the student lives off campus) to request a welfare check. Information about the students well-being will be confidential. Students with mental health and/or emotional concerns can contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 1500 WSC or (801) 422–3035.

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    Can I ask the Dean of Students any questions I have about BYU?

    The Dean and Associate Deans of Students are happy to meet with students regarding questions or inquiries about BYU. Generally, the Deans’ busy schedules do not allow them to take walk-in appointments; however, you can call or stop by the office to set up an appointment to meet with them. Depending on the question or issue you would like to address, the Dean’s staff may refer you to an office that will have more specific information or services (801-422-2731 or 3500 WSC or deanofstudents@byu.edu ).

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    What is the relationship between the Honor Code Office and the Dean of Students Office?

    The Dean and Associate Deans of Students are happy to meet with students regarding questions or inquiries about BYU. Generally, the Deans’ busy schedules do not allow them to take walk-in appointments; however, you can call or stop by the office to set up an appointment to meet with them. Depending on the question or issue you would like to address, the Dean’s staff may refer you to an office that will have more specific information or services (801-422-2731 or 3500 WSC or deanofstudents@byu.edu ).

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    Does BYU have resources for LGBTQ+ students?

    The Dean of Students Office does not have specific LGBTQ+ services, but they work closely with The Office of Student Success and Inclusion (ASB C-374), who support students with different sexual and gender identities. For more information please reach out to Marissa Gilson (801-422-0556 or marissa_gilson@byu.edu )

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    Does the Dean of Students Office have resources for non-LDS students?

    The University Chaplain, Jim Slaughter, advises students who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He can complete ecclesiastical endorsements for students who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and help provide or connect students to university resources. To set up an appointment with the Chaplain call 801-422-9120 or email at james_slaughter@byu.edu .

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    What role does the Deans Office play in returning international student deposits to students?

    Normally, you can have your international student deposit refunded to you during your last semester at BYU, after you have applied for graduation. You may also use your deposit to pay for the last semester’s tuition. You may request to use the interest from the international student deposit at any time without any restrictions. If you need to use your deposit and it is not your last semester at BYU, you must meet with one of the Associate Deans of Students for approval. The university does not hold your deposit after your graduation or if you unenroll from BYU. If you need to access your international student deposit and/or interest, please contact the Dean of Students Office.

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    How can the Dean help me if I am involved in an accident or have an emergency situation arise?

    If you or a BYU student you know has been involved in an accident or had a serious emergency situation arise, the Dean of Students Office can contact professors to notify them about the accident. If you (or the student) decides to discontinue from classes due to any resultant issues, the Deans Office can help initiate the discontinuation process for you and contact appropriate offices to process any refunds for services that may be needed (i.e. housing, meal plan, etc.). Additionally, the Dean’s Office can help connect you with other university resources that can help address other issues that may arise as a result of the accident or emergency. Contact (801-) 422-2731 or deanofstudents@byu.edu for additional assistance. Click here for more information.

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    I need someone to verify my academic and/or disciplinary records. Is the Dean of Students Office the right place?

    The Dean of Students office completes reference forms including graduate school dean certifications, educational certifications for state bars, and military reference questionnaires. We request that you fill out a waiver form and bring it along with the form that needs to be completed by our office to 3500 WSC or email them to us at deanofstudents@byu.edu . Additional information is available here .

    If students or alumni need to obtain proof of degrees, proof of enrollment, or their official transcript, they can contact the Registrars Office through their website .

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    Is the Dean of Students in charge of the Wilkinson Student Center?

    Yes, the Dean of Students is officially in charge of the Wilkinson Student Center . The Wilkinson Student Center is operated by Wilkinson Student Center Services, a department within the Campus Life Division. The Dean commissions an annual survey to identify opportunities to improve the building according to student needs and desires, however, you can contact the Wilkinson Student Center Services if you have immediate concerns or needs.

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    I heard the Dean of Students Office has a notary. I need a document notarized? What do I need to do to access this service?

    The Dean of Students has two employees who are notaries public . If you require their service, it is best to make an appointment or call to make sure a notary is available prior to coming to the office. To obtain this service, please bring your driver’s license and/or passport (each individual who needs a document notarized needs this) and the document(s) that need to be notarized. Do not sign the document before meeting with the notary. The person signing the document must be present and have their driver's license or passport with them.

    If you need a copy of a document notarized, please bring the original document with the copy. You can set up an appointment by calling (801) 422–2731 or emailing deanofstudents@byu.edu .

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    What is BYU doing about COVID 19?

    To find out information about what BYU is doing in regards to COVID 19, visit byu.edu/coronavirus/