Students sit in a circle of terrace chairs talking at SOAR.

Supporting students, faculty, and staff

The Dean of Students Office is a primary resource for connecting students who are navigating personal, academic, or health issues, to supportive campus and community resources. The Dean of Students Office also serves as a central location for reporting issues of hate and bias, sexual assault, and hazing.

All reports made to our office will be taken seriously and information will be provided to the proper office for review and follow-up. As members of the campus community, it is your choice whether to report an issue/incident. The Dean of Students Office will support you during this process, by providing information, support, and advocacy.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4pm

Staff are available for support and consultation via phone, email, and same day appointments during the above hours. Connect with us.

As always, we’re here for you.


Report an incident

Student of concern

Any student displaying behaviors that may interfere with their ability to be successful or disrupts the learning of others.

Report a concern

Bias or hate incident

Including slurs, degrading language, epithets, graffiti, symbols, assault, microagressions, and harassment.

Report bias or hate

Other Incidents

This could include sexual violence, hazing, stalking, a missing student, or another concern that needs attention.

Report other incidents

Drop-In Appointments

Anytime you'd like to chat, we'd be glad to talk about any concern you have, without judgment.

Drop-In available Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm

Bucky Badger holding up the Wisconsin "W" hand symbol

We're here for you!

The Dean of Students Office is a primary resource that connects students who are navigating personal, academic, or health issues, to supportive campus and community resources. The office also consults faculty and staff, parents, families, and friends, working together to serve students.

Our main focus areas are to inform, consult, and refer you to the right place.

8 staff members from the Dean of Students Office standing facing forward in front of black and white artwork

Meet your Dean of Students

Dean of Students Christina Olstad

Dean of Students Christina Olstad oversees departments in the areas of Student Advocacy within Student Affairs.

Our friends at Healthy Minds Innovations are offering the Healthy Minds Program App for free to individuals. Visit Healthy Minds to check out well-being resources.

Apply to work directly with Christina Olstad by sitting on the Dean of Students Advisory Board here!

Follow Christina on X/Twitter and Instagram to connect and learn more about ways to engage with Student Affairs.

Guidance for students, faculty and staff

Student assistance

Guidance and support for all students dealing with personal problems, including helping someone you know, reporting an incident, addressing a problem, and who to contact.

UW Students display the "W" handsign

Faculty and staff resources

Guides and resources for faculty and staff to help support students experiencing issues including academic and non-academic misconduct, how to talk to students you are concerned about, addressing disruptive behavior, and verbal de-escalation.

A professor at the lecturn, leading a class