Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management/Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students/Student Services, serves as a central support resource for all students. We help students and their families manage crises, life traumas, and other barriers that impede success. The staff works to address the needs of students who struggle in such areas as psychological health, physical health, victimization, relationship issues, social adjustment, and academics through a variety of interventions, referrals, and follow up services. We strive for a culture of caring on campus.
Behavior Intervention Team – CARE Team
Texas Southern University’s CARE Team is a multi-disciplinary body of stakeholders from across the University which receives referrals pertaining to students of concern, and then identifies and enacts appropriate strategies for addressing the situation.
What We Do?
CARE Team will first collect available information pertaining to the student and the situation from multiple sources in order to determine the most appropriate course of action. The CARE Team’s role is to determine effective strategies for addressing the concern and identifying the responsible parties for enacting those strategies.
What Can be Reported to the CARE Team?
The CARE Team collects information on observable behavior such as:
- Unusual or erratic behavior in class, in the residence halls, during advising sessions, etc.
- Extended absence from class or activities by a typically engaged student
- Written work or creative expression with troubling themes or references
- Verbal or written threats made by a student toward another student, faculty, or staff
- Written or verbal expressions of suicidal ideation or intent
- Other actions which cause an alarm or call into question the safety of the student or their peers.
- Basic needs insecurity (food & housing).
Making a Referral
If you have a referral, please contact the CARE Team:
Requesting an Emergency Notification
Contact the Dean of Students Office at (713) 313-1038. Be prepared to provide a detailed description of the emergency circumstances, as well as a reasonable explanation as to why the student is unable to contact their instructors directly. If possible, please include the length of time the student is expected to be absent from class.
When the Student Returns to the University
- The staff will contact the student to offer support and assistance as the student resumes their academic responsibilities. Knowing each student's situation helps us provide help and to be better prepared when the student is able to return to class.
- Instructors may also contact the student directly to discuss the student's responsibility for completing missed course work, as well as any documentation required when the student returns.
What is an Emergency Notification?
An email notification from Student Assistance to a student's instructor(s). A copy of this message is also sent to the student. An announcement that an emergency prevents a student from contacting their instructor directly and may also prevent the student from fulfilling academic responsibilities. A source of information so faculty can anticipate a student's absence and (sometimes) know when to expect the student to return to class. Do you need an emergency notification to be sent to your professor/member of the TSU community? Please fill out our Online Notification Form.
An Emergency Notification is NOT?
Appropriate for non-emergency situations such as car problems, minor illnesses, or a past absence. A request or mandate to excuse an absence; this decision belongs to the instructor. A requirement for students. If a student contacts instructors about an emergency directly, it is not necessary to involve the Dean of Students Office. Instructors are always welcome to share any concern about a student with the Dean of Students staff.
Concerned about a Student?
Please notify the Dean of Students Office if you know of a student having difficulties who may benefit from assistance by calling (713) 313-1038 to speak with our staff about your concerns. Please provide as much information as possible. We will consider all information provided and contact the student directly.
If the student is disruptive and uncooperative, appears volatile or dangerous, or is demonstrating immediate harm to self or others call TSUPD at 911 for immediate assistance or (713) 313-7001.
Please recognize that due to our responsibility for student privacy obligations under FERPA, we will use discretion to appropriately address your concerns; we may not always be able to provide you with follow-up information.
The Dean of Students Office is responsible for closing the records of deceased students. A member of the Dean of Students Office staff acts as a liaison between the student's next of kin and the University, and with University departments to ensure proper closure of records and disposition of property. Disclosure of information to the general public is subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974; release of information by law enforcement officials; or other emergency personnel working with the Dean of Students Office.
Occasionally a parent, friend, colleague or instructor who is concerned about a student's well-being asks the Dean of Students Office to look into the welfare of a TSU student.
If you have reason to be concerned about an emergency health or safety concern related to a student, please call the appropriate police department:
TSU Police Department (on-campus students):
Non-emergency: (713) 313-7001
Houston Police Department:
Non-emergency: (713) 8843131
Student Assistance can attempt to contact the student via their University email address, and/or contact the student by phone if the student has a number on file with the University. The Dean of Students Office will use its discretion to determine appropriate outreach to the student. Please recognize our responsibility for student privacy and understand we will use our discretion to appropriately contact the student. If you have questions please contact us and we will determine the best course of action given the circumstance
Students may experience a variety of challenges during their college career. The Office of the Dean of Students is a central location that coordinates efforts with campus partners to assist students who encounter challenges or concerns in achieving success at TSU.
How Our Office Can Help
Please reach out if you or someone you know has been impacted any of the following:
- Medical emergencies or long-term illness
- Mental health concerns
- Chronic conditions
- Death of an immediate family member
- Food insecurity
- Housing insecurity
- Natural disasters
- Academic distress
- Unexpected events or challenges
We also have limited emergency funding or resource referrals available that may be able to assist students experiencing the aforementioned challenges.
Staff Development Committee
The Texas Southern University Staff Development Committee was developed for the Division of Student Services in the Fall of 2019 and provides professional and personal development opportunities for staff members within the Division so we may better cultivate the success of our students. We accomplish this aim through education, communication, collaboration and staff recognition in order to foster community within the division.
- Organizational Chart
- Commonly Used Acronyms at TSU
- Student Employee Handbook
- Social and Professional Development
- Division Lecture Series
- Non-Discrimination Statement
|Jessica Allen||Sharron Benavides|
|Birtenna Bennett||Ernest Brown|
|Ronica Carmouche||Feloniece Davis-Marsaw|
|Joseph Greenwich||Melissa Knight|
|Justin Lee||Tanee Newby|
|Candace Richard||Eryka Robinson|
|Chio Sheppard||Iisha Voltz|