Office of the Dean of Students

Welcome students, family members, and faculty to the Office of the Dean of Students. We provide students with the support, resources, and referrals that they may need in order to succeed at UD. Our staff stands ready to assist all students having difficulties due to reasons beyond their control including medical, emotional, psychological, familial, and financial challenges. We also offer 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 all students, and point students and their families in the right direction to get the information that they need. Regardless of the question, our office will be able to either assist you directly or connect you to those who can.


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 p.m., 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.


The Office of the Dean of Students is dedicated to empowering student veterans to succeed at UD personally and academically. We know how challenging the transition from military service to a college campus can be, and our staff stands ready to help you navigate and succeed within UD. Please feel free to reach out if we can be of service to you.

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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