Role and Scope
The role of the Dean-on-Call is both supportive and administrative. The Dean-on-Call tries to inform, comfort, and assist a student.
The Dean-on-Call will answer a student’s questions and can assist with:
- Finding emotional support;
- Connecting with Student Wellness;
- Reporting a crime to the police;
- Confidentially reporting concerns about a roommate, friend, or fellow student;
- Identifying community resources for legal assistance;
- Identifying possible resources to assist in adjusting living arrangements;
- Helping to connect with academic resources to manage academic obligations;
- Emphasizing an environment of civility during protests and demonstration involving students;
- Monitoring and responding to protests, demonstrations, and disruptions, in accordance with the University’s commitment to free expression.
At times, the Dean-on-Call may counsel a student on the potential emotional reactions a student may experience in the coming days and weeks, and recommend seeking professional help and academic support through a student’s Dean of Students Office.
At other times, the Dean-on-Call explains and answers questions about procedures at UChicago Student Wellness, the hospital’s Emergency Department, or UCPD.
The scope of the Dean-on-Call role does not include:
- Giving legal advice;
- Giving medical advice;
- Interfering with law enforcement;
- Mediating landlord-tenant disputes or any other contractual disputes;
- Using personal resources to provide students with a place to stay, car rides, or financial assistance.