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Student Affairs

Message from the Dean of Students

John McElveen
Dear Columbus State University Students:

We are all part of an amazing university family at Columbus State. Assistant Dean of Students Dana Larkin and I have the privilege to work in tandem with a team of professionals dedicated to supporting you. As part of the Columbus State University Division of Student Affairs led by Vice President Dr. Gina Sheeks, our teams in the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Residence Life, and the Center for Accommodation and Access strive each day to assist you during your journey to obtaining a valuable and respected degree.

Student engagement and involvement in our rich and varied student life and activity offerings can make your experience here more rewarding and substantial. I would encourage you to cultivate new friends, attend each other's plays, concerts, ball games and presentations throughout the year, while learning to appreciate the value of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints of your fellow students. Columbus State values and supports our students' rights to freedom of expression and the tenets of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. We encourage you to express yourself, and engage in healthy debates concerning your own ideas and those of others in our university community.

A primary goal of the Office of the Dean of Students is to support and facilitate a safe campus environment and higher education experience for our students, faculty, and staff. We encourage you to cultivate and maintain high standards of civility and conduct that are consistent with academic, social, and professional success. We also encourage you to be an active participant in ensuring campus safety. You may have heard the saying, "If you see something, say something!" We encourage you to support campus safety by "Stepping Up", and being a part of our bystander intervention training promoting support of potential victims of sexual violence and helping to prevent other forms of unsafe, prohibited activities. You can help make a difference in the lives of your fellow students and CSU community members.

As always, if you are aware of any emergency or immediate threats to individual or campus safety, call 911 or our CSU Police Department right away at 706-507-8911. If you have concerns about an individual's behavior or condition, you may also submit a BART report by clicking the link in the link in the list of services below. Please explore our services, and please do not hesitate to ask for our assistance.

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John P.  McElveen
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

706.507.8730
mcelveen_john@columbusstate.edu