The University of Utah is a large place with many sub-communities throughout our campus. The Office of the Dean of Students supports students through developing self-determination, or their ability to take ownership of their education and make meaningful decisions regarding their own success. Our office seeks to support that process by helping students navigate the university environment and connecting them with appropriate resources to shape their college experience and achieve their goals.
Within the Office of the Dean of Students, the Student Support team focuses on the goal of keeping the University of Utah community safe and free from violent behaviors while also providing outreach to the campus community. While management of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a large undertaking of this area, Student Support also takes on the imperative task of educating the community on identifying and reporting concerning behaviors as well as how our office responds once information is received.
Student Support proactively engages students, faculty, and staff in skill building and interventions such as connecting distressed students to available campus and community support services and providing space for intentional conversations surrounding the impact of behavior. This reinforces our goal of early identification and intervention in an effort to prevent escalation or patterns of behavior that may lead to conduct issues.