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The dean of students is directly concerned with several aspects of the non-academic lives of students at Vassar. The dean is responsible for the offices of Counseling, Health Service, Health Education and Residential Life. The dean also oversees the student conduct process and co-chairs the New Student Orientation committee.

The dean of students, in the course of work with students, helps with personal problems and emergency situations that may arise. A substantial portion of the dean’s time is spent dealing with a wide variety of problems, concerns and emergencies brought to attention by students, their families, faculty, and other administrators.