The Office of Student Affairs, headed by the Dean of Student Affairs, is responsible for the leadership, management, and planning of all Student Affairs Units, including the Student Health Center, Counseling Center, Disability Services, Student Development, Diversity Initiatives, Student Conduct, Student Activities and Greek Affairs.
The University is committed to ensuring an atmosphere of understanding and awareness of special needs, rights and interests of students with disabilities. Under University policy, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state laws, students with qualified disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Student Affairs’ Disability Services to request assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) prior to enrollment or the beginning of each new semester.
The Dean of Student Affairs serves as the Chief Judicial Officer and enforces the disciplinary concerns of the university. The Dean sets the standards for appropriate behavior by way of educational rather than punitive disciplinary actions; and enforces the Student Disciplinary Regulations as set forth by the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges.
Additionally, Student Affairs houses Student Organizations and Activities. There are over 80 registered student organizations on the campus of Northeastern State University. The University supports and encourages students to participate in campus organizations to enhance their leadership and social development skills.
There are a plethora of organizations for students to become involved in from religious or interest clubs, ethnic and cultural groups, honor societies and pre-professional organizations.
The planning and implementation of University-sponsored events that are overseen by the Office of Student Affairs include Fall Feast, Homecoming, Diversity Week, Sorority and Fraternity Recruitment, selection of Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges, selection of inductees into the NSU Hall of Fame, and the Mr. NSU Scholarship Pageant.
The primary mission of Student Development is to assist students with the resolution of personal and academic concerns which may impede the learning process through programs and assistance that seek to develop the whole student; intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Through programs, guest speakers, and special annual events, students can participate in the planning process that exposes them to diverse beliefs and cultures, while learning about the unique values of individuals of other cultures, ethnicities and more.
In addition, students are provided free, confidential, short-term personal counseling through Licensed Professional Counseling from our Counseling Center. The Counseling staff is available to address counseling-related personal issues that confront students and sponsored alcohol and drug awareness programs which are designed to increase the university community’s awareness of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse problems.