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The Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) is the student advocate center for both campuses. Students needing assistance in resolving student problems and reviewing university policies and decisions should contact the Dean of Students. The DOS is also the starting place to address crisis situations such as financial matters, medical needs, domestic and housing issues, and other personal circumstances that may impact your ability to be successful as a student at Roosevelt University.

The DOS ensures a timely and appropriate response in the face of various forms of crisis, trauma, or conflict experienced by students. The primary services offered through the DOS are listed below. Feel free to contact the office with any questions or concerns.

Ombudsperson for Students

The Staff in the Office of the Dean of Students and Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities serve as the student ombudspersons. An ombudsperson is someone who investigates situations and assists in the resolution of grievances brought by a student against people at all levels within the university. The ombudsperson works to protect the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved. Students should contact a university ombudsperson if they have a problem and don’t know how to proceed, feel they're "getting the run around," need information about university policies and procedures, or believe that they have been treated unfairly. To submit a grievance, complete the Student Grievance Form.

Student Advocacy

DOS exists to help guide you through personal challenges you may encounter during your time at Roosevelt that may conflict with your ability to be a successful student. Whether you are dealing with issues of crime victimization, safety and security, health emergencies, family issues, or interpersonal concerns, we are here to advocate for your needs. DOS works with many campus partners in helping our students face challenging personal times. We hope that if you cannot find the help, support, and resources you are seeking in our DOS site that the links provided below will help.

Good Samaritan Protocols

Good Samaritan Protocols

Roosevelt University has adopted a Good Samaritan Protocol to promote responsible behavior and encourage students to hold each other accountable for the safety and wellness of their community. The development of this Protocol was initiated by Roosevelt University students out of concern for their peers and community, and it is about taking preemptive action.

Good Samaritan Protocols promote life-saving actions that enable people to make responsible decisions and remove barriers to seeking medical assistance by providing that a person will not be disciplined for requesting medical attention for themselves or for another person. Roosevelt University students have the obligation and the responsibility to seek medical assistance for anyone thought to be experiencing a medical emergency, including as a result of the person’s involvement in a case of sexual misconduct, or the person’s overconsumption of alcohol and/or other controlled substances. This Protocol enables and empowers students to make a decision to call for help and intervene in a situation of alcohol and/or drug overdose and/or misuse or cases of sexual assault when they would otherwise hesitate. Please know that requiring the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program is not considered to be discipline.

The Good Samaritan Protocol is as follows:

Students either receiving medical assistance in an alcohol or other controlled substance medical-related emergency, reporting a sexual assault, or students calling for help on behalf of another student will not be subject to formal discipline through the conduct process if the student takes all of the following actions and these criteria all apply:

i)    Call – Call 911 or Campus Security (x2020).

ii)   Stay – Stay with individual needing assistance.

iii) Cooperate – Cooperate fully with first responders, Residence Life staff, and University Officials both at the scene and in any follow-up procedures.

iv)  AND, no other major Code of Student Conduct violations (including but not limited to: obstruction or disruption to the community, distribution of controlled substances, hazing, sexual assault or violence of any kind) were committed by the student during the time of incident; (see E. for further information)

v)   The student has not received protection under this Protocol more than twice in one academic year. (This does not apply to students who are reporting acts of sexual assault or other violations of Title IX).

  1. The Protocol does not preclude or prevent action by police or other legal authorities.
  2. Students who receive protection under this Protocol must meet with a staff member in the Dean of Students office upon their return from medical transport.
  3. Any student involved in the incident may be referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities to discuss their participation in an appropriate educational program such as counseling or rehabilitation programs. Participation in such a program will not be noted in a student’s conduct file; however, instances where the Protocol is applied will be documented. When a student is involved in more than two alcohol/and or controlled substance medical-related emergency within an academic year, the instance will be considered as a second offense and the student will not be eligible for protection. (This does not apply to students who are reporting acts of sexual assault or other violations of Title IX.).
  4. Failure to comply with these non-punitive sanctions can result in the implementation of punitive sanctions as outlined in the Roosevelt University Code of Student Conduct.
  5. Immunity from punitive sanctions does not apply to any other offenses or violations. Following the Protocol will always be viewed favorably in any follow-up to an incident. Students will not be punitively sanctioned for violating the Code of Student Conduct if their offenses are possession of alcohol, other drugs, paraphernalia, or being under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs.
Misconduct and Concerning Behavior - Avenues for Reporting


  • Academic Dishonesty
  • Non-Academic Misconduct
  • Concerning Behavior
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Student Grievance Process

The sections below under will address the ways in which various types of conduct can be reported. If you have any doubt about where to report any safety risk, misconduct, or concerning behavior, please report them immediately to the Behavioral Assessment Team via the online Person of Concern report form or to

As a general matter, “misconduct” means any behavior that violates the Student Code of Conduct or any of the other policies at the University. The sections below will describe various forms of misconduct and the way in which allegations of misconduct are reported, investigated, and resolved.

A.    Statement of Shared Responsibility

Each member of our community – including each student – is responsible for advancing the University’s commitment to a caring and socially-just atmosphere in which each person respects their neighbor’s human dignity and individual differences. The result of this shared responsibility is a safe and respectful learning environment. The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct is for the University to communicate its expectations of each student, to describe the potential sanctions for any deviation from those expectations, and to establish due process rights for investigations, the imposition of discipline, and any appeals.

B.     Authority and Scope

The Student Code of Conduct is the University’s primary – but not exclusive – process for handling incidents of student misconduct. All students who are registered at Roosevelt University at all campus locations, including online, are subject to the Code of Conduct with respect to both their on-campus and off-campus conduct. This is particularly true where a student engages in off campus behaviors that may impact the University or educational environment. A student’s withdrawal from the University does not preclude the completion of the misconduct process and resulting disciplinary action.

C.     Student Code of Conduct and Federal, State, and Local Law

Students continue to be subject to federal, state, and local laws while at the University and violations of those laws may also constitute violations of this Policy. In such instances, the University may proceed with disciplinary action under this policy whether or not civil or criminal proceedings have been instituted against the student and may impose sanctions for violations of the policy independent of any criminal or civil penalties that may be ordered. Any proceedings initiated through the University’s Student Code of Conduct will not be abandoned or withdrawn solely on the grounds that the criminal or civil charges have been dismissed or reduced, nor will the disciplinary proceedings be delayed pending the outcome of the criminal/civil charges. The Student Code of Conduct is subject to changes and updates.

Academic Dishonesty

(Student Code of Conduct Violation)

Examples of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating
  • Using unauthorized material on examinations
  • Submitting the same paper for different classes without acknowledgement
  • Fabrication of information or making up sources
  • Improper collaboration
  • Plagiarism

The Student Code of Conduct governs instances of academic dishonesty.

Reporting: Potential instances of academic dishonesty should be reported to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities via the Student Misconduct Report Form.

Non-Academic Misconduct

(Student Code of Conduct Violation)

Examples of student non-academic misconduct include but are not limited to:

  • Adverse behavior that indicates a student lacks suitability to continue in the University community • Biased behavior
  • Computer & network usage policy violations
  • Disruption to the learning environment
  • Drug and alcohol paraphernalia, manufacturing, possession, use, distribution
  • Failure to comply with directions from a University official
  • Forgery
  • Guest violations
  • Harassment
  • Hazing and/or reckless endangerment
  • Obstruction of misconduct process
  • Physical altercations
  • Residence Life Community Standards (see section III of the Student Code of Conduct)
  • Sexual misconduct (see Sexual Misconduct Policy)
  • Smoking
  • Theft
  • Unauthorized entry
  • Violations of university policies
  • Weapons, explosives

The Student Code of Conduct governs instances of student nonacademic misconduct.

Reporting: Potential instances of student non-academic misconduct should be reported to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities via the Student Misconduct Report Form.

Concerning Behavior

Examples of concerning behavior include but are not limited to:

  • Extreme emotional distress
  • Extreme classroom disruption
  • Suicidal or homicidal ideas and thoughts • Severe anxiety or depression
  • Significant inability to manage self or needs
  • Threats of harm

Roosevelt University’s Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT) is responsible for reviewing information submitted for safety risks; may consult with others as appropriate to gather more information;  may recommend appropriate interventions depending on the circumstances; makes recommendations to appropriate authoritative entity regarding action to be taken with person of concern. More information about BAT can be found on the website.

Reporting: Potential instances of concerning behavior should be reported to the Behavioral Assessment Team via the online Person of Concern report form.


As a general matter, discrimination occurs when a person is treated differently because of a protected social identity (e.g., age, ancestry, citizenship, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, source of income, unfavorable discharge from military service, veteran status, as a result of being the victim of domestic or sexual violence or other classes protected by law). The University strictly prohibits discrimination.

Policies governing this type of misconduct are the University Anti-Discrimination Policy, Equal Opportunity Policy, and Student Code of Conduct.

Reporting: Potential instances of discrimination should be reported to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities or Human Resources:


Harassment becomes a University violation where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment or enrollment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create an environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive. Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, acts of communication causing emotional distress, insults or putdowns, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance.

It is against Roosevelt University’s policy for any student or employee to harass another student or employee based upon such person’s age, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, race, disability, gender/ gender identity, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, or as a result of being a victim of domestic violence or other protected characteristic(s).

Policies governing this type of misconduct are the University Anti-Harassment Policy and the Student Code of Conduct.

Reporting: Potential instances of harassment should be reported to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities or Human Resources:

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited, to sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual orientation-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, stalking, and dating and relationship violence, absence of affirmative consent, retaliation in response to a sexual misconduct case.

The policy governing this type of misconduct is the University Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Reporting: Potential instances of sexual misconduct should be reported to the Office of Title IX Compliance via the online Title IX Complaint form. Roosevelt University’s Office of Title IX Compliance is responsible for receiving, reviewing, investigating, and responding to reports of potential sexual misconduct. Additional information and resources for involved parties and reporters can be found on the office website.

Student Grievance Process

The student grievance process exists to protect students from unfair acts being committed against them by University faculty, staff, or other student(s). A student may file a grievance if they believe their rights as a student have not been fully recognized and/or respected. Examples of grievances include challenges with receiving service from a university department or university employee or a conflict with another student. The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities staff will provide a combination of coaching, assistance, mediation, and advocacy in helping the student address their concerns.

NOTE: The office does not address grade appeals or grievances with a faculty member. All grade appeals and faculty issues should be submitted through the academic college according to that college’s policy/procedure.

The complete student grievance process can be found on the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities website.

Reporting: Potential grievances should be reported to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities via the online report form.

Student's right-to-know: Annual Notification of Students' Rights & Responsibilities

Annually, the University is obligated to highlight particular policies, procedures, and information that play an important role in student success. This communication services as the University’s official notification to the student body of this important information. In addition to the plethora of information provided in the Student Handbook, the website highlights resources, student responsibilities and rights, and University policies, including the Campus Security Act, Title IX, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Drug and Alcohol Free Campus Notification Act, the Student Code of Conduct, academic policies, and more:

  • Student Handbook
  • Understanding Levels of Academic Status
  • Annual Security & Fire Safety Report
  • Mental Health Emergency Contact Enrollment Option
  • RU Student Graduation Rates
  • Student Privacy Rights
  • Reporting Incidents of Sexual Misconduct & Victim Resources
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • University Drug & Alcohol Policy

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook is a resource to help acquaint you with University life and will provide information about our community, offices and services that are here to assist you. Further, the handbook describes the expectations for behavior and conduct in the Roosevelt community and outlines the procedures to be followed when these expectations are not met.

It is your road map to success, containing academic resources, campus navigation information, and policies and procedures that will guide you as a student while you live and grow in this community of scholars at Roosevelt University.

For inquiries about the RU Student Handbook, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students via email at or call (312) 341-2024.

Academic Standing

Undergraduate Students: Each Roosevelt University undergraduate student has an academic standing determined by his or her Roosevelt cumulative grade point average. Transfer course work is not included in the Roosevelt GPA. To remain in good standing undergraduates must maintain a cumulative Roosevelt GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Graduate students: To remain in good academic standing, master's degree students must maintain a 3.0 Roosevelt grade point average and can earn no more than two grades below B- in the current degree program.

Please view the Academic Standing Policy for more detail on the different levels of academic status.

Annual Security & Fire Safety Report

Roosevelt University publishes a security report annually to inform its community of security policy and procedures and crime statistics, in compliance with the "Student-Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990". The report includes the following information and is accessible at the RU Campus Safety website:

  • Law Enforcement Authority
  • Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs
  • Crime Statistics

Mental Health Emergency Contact Enrollment Option

Roosevelt University’s Student Mental Health Disclosure policy provides you with the option to designate a person to whom the university may disclose certain private mental health information. The university will contact this person if the Roosevelt University Counseling Center determines that you pose a clear danger to yourself or to others, or to protect you or another person against a clear, imminent risk of serious mental or physical injury, disease or death. You are not required to designate a contact. Should you choose to designate a contact person, it can be anyone over the age of 18 (e.g., parent, sibling, friend, etc.). You may modify your designation at any time. To designate an individual or decline to do so, follow the steps outlined in the policy.

Persistence Rates

The University’s first-year retention and graduation rates are made public for full-time freshmen, transfers, master’s and doctoral students. The University also provides data showing the distribution of degrees awarded by ethnicity for these various populations in addition to the ethnicity of all enrolled students. Detailed statistics on student persistence rates can be found on the enrollment and graduation statistics page.

Privacy Rights of Students

FERPA Policy: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was executed in 1974 “to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal methods.” Students will be notified annually of the FERPA rights annually in the Student Handbook and on the Roosevelt University website policy page.

HIPAA Policy: This policy describes how student medical information may be used and disclosed and students can get access to this information. Unless otherwise required by law, a student’s health record is the physical property of the health plan that compiled it. However, students have certain rights with respect to the information. Review the entire HIPAA Policy for additional detail.

Reporting Incidents of Sexual Misconduct & Resources for Victims

Title IX is a federal law expressed via Roosevelt University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and was created to protect the entire university community from any discrimination based on gender or sex. The laws and university policy also applies to other third parties within the University’s control, including visitors who are present on campus. Sexual misconduct includes:

  • sexual harassment
  • gender-based harassment
  • sexual orientation-based harassment
  • sexual assault
  • sexual exploitation
  • domestic violence
  • stalking (includes cyber-stalking)
  • dating and relationship violence
  • absence of affirmative consent
  • retaliation in response to a sexual misconduct case

To report an incident involving sexual misconduct, any member of the Roosevelt community may contact the University Title IX Coordinator via an online form, phone, or email provided on the Sexual Respect and Title IX website. RU offers reporters (regardless of being a bystander, third party, or direct party to the issue) opportunity to report electronically, anonymously, and privately. People working in these offices will assist any reporter with notifying local police if they so desire.

Visit the Sexual Respect & Title IX website for the full Sexual Misconduct Policy and further information on reporting and victim resources.

Student Code of Conduct

As members of the Roosevelt University community, students assume obligations of academic performance and conduct reasonably imposed by the institution relevant to its objectives and mission. The purpose of the student misconduct process is to assist each student in the development of a responsible lifestyle which is rewarding to the individual student, respectful of the rights of others, and compatible with the legal norms of society.

The student misconduct process plays a supportive role in the development of responsible student behavior and responsible decision-making. If the behavior of a student conflicts with established University standards, the student misconduct process seeks to educate the student about the personal and social consequences of his or her behavior. The actions imposed in the student misconduct process may include educational and disciplinary measures which are designed to contribute to the growth of the student and the welfare of the community. Because the primary goal of the student conduct process is educative, the process is not to be considered analogous to court proceedings. View the Student Code of Conduct.

University Drug and Alcohol Policy

In compliance with federal, state and local law, University policy prohibits the unlawful manufacture, dispensation, distribution, sale, possession or use of a controlled substance or alcohol by students, faculty and staff on campus, in the workplace or while conducting college business or activities. In carrying out this commitment, Roosevelt University will fully comply with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986 as amended by Public Law 101-226 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690, Title V, Subtitle D, Section 5160).

Disciplinary Sanctions Consistent with federal, state and local law, the University will impose disciplinary sanctions upon students and employees who violate this policy. Violations of the federal, state and local laws and ordinances governing drug and alcohol abuse by employees or students may result in referral for criminal prosecution. Legal sanctions, including fines and/or imprisonment, may be imposed by the courts. Students in violation of the policy may be required by the University to receive treatment, change housing assignments or to be suspended or expelled. Faculty and staff in violation of this policy may be required to receive treatment. The University may exercise disciplinary actions against faculty and staff in violation of the policy, up to and including termination. See the University policy website to view the entire Drug & Alcohol Policy and Student Code of Conduct.

Homeless and Food Insecurity Task Force

Who Are We

The Homeless and Food Insecurity Task Force (HFI) will be providing services related to food insecurity and housing concerns related to the Roosevelt University student body. Our goal is to provide resources on where to obtain temporary housing in emergencies, and to offer a year round food pantry available to students. The pantry is for students who do not have the money to buy their own food, and either do not have access to a meal plan, or have run out of money related to their meal plan with no other way of feeding themselves.

Students facing issues of hunger and homeless are at a greater risk for early dropout, poor academic performance, mental health concerns, and physical issues. Our programming and initiatives will assist us in our mission to serve as advocates and allies in the fight against hunger and lack of secure housing.

Where’s the housing resource list and the pantry location?

  • The housing resources list can be obtained by emailing the HFI Task Force.
  • The on-campus food pantry is located in WB318
  • Email the HFI with your availability so that we can connect you with someone to assist in accessing the pantry.

How can I help?

We’re always looking for donations. Donations can be dropped off at the Counseling Center (AUD470), Center for Student Involvement (WB323), Residence Life (WB 1411) and Multicultural Student Support Services (AUD 104). You can also donate the remaining funds on your meal plan at the end of the year.

Here are some of the items we collect throughout the year:

  • Cereal
  • Powdered Milk
  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Granola and energy bars
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Crackers
  • Dried Fruit
  • Canned Tuna|Salmon|Chicken|Turkey
  • Canned Soups and Chili
  • Bottled Water
  • Sports Drinks
  • Sugar|Salt|Pepper|Etc.
  • Multvitamins
  • Towels|Napkins|Toilet Paper|Tissue
  • Laundry Detergent|Bleach
  • Dish Detergent
  • Diapers (All Sizes)
  • Shampoo|Conditioner (All Hair Types)
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes|Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Bar Soap|Liquid Soap
  • Alcohol|Peroxide
  • First Aid Supplies
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Hypo-Allergenic Body Lotion
  • Pads|Tampons|Condoms (Male|Female)

How can I contact the HFI?


Voter Registration Information

For students who wish to change their voter registration to Illinois, or who have never registered to vote and reside in Illinois, please visit the Illinois State Board of Elections webpage for further details on how to register.

Contact Info

Dean of Students
AUD 204

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