The Catholic University of America

Mission of the Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) provides programs and services designed to encourage the holistic growth and development of each student throughout his or her CUA career. The office supports students in the transition to and from college life; empowers students to become active participants and leaders in campus life, both inside and outside of the classroom; engages students in learning opportunities that will allow them to become responsible and contributing members of the campus community; fosters an environment that understands, appreciates and respects cultural and human differences on both the individual and global level; and increases understanding and appreciation of student rights and responsibilities. The office strives to help all students build connections to the campus community that will assist them in navigating life at CUA and better prepare them for their role in society.

Specific areas of focus within the Dean of Students scope of responsibilities include: alcohol and other drug education, off-campus student education and community relations, orientation programs, sexual assault education and awareness, student conduct and ethical development and student persistence and retention, including Campus Activities, Residence Life, Student Conduct and Ethical Development are departments within the Dean of Students area that provide specialized services to students.

Vision of the Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students seeks to actively enhance the overall undergraduate experience by coordinating genuinely supportive, developmentally sound, mission driven and value-added programs and services that encourage and support the holistic growth and development of each student, throughout his or her CUA career.