Office of the Dean of Students

Welcome students, family members, and faculty to the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of Students provides students with the support, resources, and referrals they need to succeed at the university. The office assists students having difficulties due to reasons beyond their control whether they are medical, emotional, psychological, familial, or financial in nature and offers counseling and referral for students contemplating withdrawal from or re-enrollment to the university. It is often said that if you have a question, a concern, or a problem to solve, and you are not sure where to begin, the Office of the Dean of Students is a great place to start. Our staff is available to answer questions, advocate on behalf of students, or point students and their families in the right direction to get the information they need. Whatever you need, our office will be able to address it directly or connect you to others that will.


The Office of the Dean of Students empowers students to be successful both personally and academically. We do this by promoting student wellness, cultivating student engagement, and advocating for students' success.


The Office of the Dean of Students advocates for students on a community and individual level, inspiring them to reach their fullest academic and personal potential.


Jose-Luis Riera, Ph,D. Adam Cantley Associate Dean of Students Donna West
Katie Rizzo Rebekah Balmer

Contact Information

University of Delaware
101 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00 PM: Monday – Friday (Other hours by appointment)
Phone: 302.831.8939
Fax: 302.831.4471


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How to apply

Please complete the personal information section on the certification form and enclose it in a stamped, addressed envelope so that we can mail the completed form back to you or to the institution requesting your information. Certifications should be sent to:


Office of the Dean of Students
University of Delaware
101 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE 19716

The turnaround time for Dean's Certifications is approximately 2 to 5 working days.

Are you concerned about a student’s physical or mental health? Has a student disrupted your class or caused you to worry about future actions?

To help you identify signs of distress and make appropriate referrals, the University's Student Behavior Consultation Team (SBCT) has created a guide for faculty and staff.



The Student Behavior Consultation Team by calling the Office of the Dean of Students at (302) 831-8939 or send an e-mail to the SBCT. * Please include as much information as possible. The who, what, when, where, and how is always helpful but not required.


In an emergency, please call Public Safety, (302) 831-2222 or 911.


Anonymous reporting will not be accepted. However, every effort will be made to protect the confidentiality of persons reporting information. For additional questions, contact the Office of the Dean of Students.


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