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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.

Sharron Evans, JD, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Auditorium Room 680
312-341-2024 - voice
312-341-3764 - fax

DOS Services

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.

Behavioral Assessment Team

The DOS chairs the Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT). BAT was created to enhance campus safety by providing a centralized threat assessment function regarding behavior that could threaten the safety of the University community. BAT is a campus wide team that assesses disruptive or concerning behavior by students, faculty, staff or guests; provides consultation; makes recommendations to the authoritative entity that, in turn, takes action; and brings in appropriate services and departments to resolve situations before they become emergencies. For more information on the types of situations addressed by BAT, visit the Behavioral Assessment Team website.

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.