Who We Are

The Dean of Students Office assists students with a variety of concerns by working directly with them and connecting them to appropriate resources on campus. We also consult with and serve as a resource for faculty and staff, parents, families, and friends, working together to serve students.

Mission & Vision

We want to support student success by creating a culture of caring on campus, so when students need help, they know The Dean Of Students Office is the place to go.

What we do


We provide accurate & timely information on University policies and procedures.

We identify the campus and community resources necessary to achieve positive outcome to student concerns.

Guide you to the right place

We provide referrals so concerns are brought to the attention of the appropriate University official.

We help facilitate contact with the proper office or service.


We provide advice about how to deal with any situation which may be causing difficulty.

We offer guidance and coaching to enhance student’s capacity to succeed.

Provide assistance regarding Sexual Misconduct

We work with the Sexual Misconduct Resource and Response Program to provide assistance to students who are victims of incidents involving sexual harassment or violence, assist with interim measures and accommodations for both the victim/complainant and respondent.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students oversees the Dean of Students Office, is an integral part of Student Affairs, and collaborates broadly across campus units and programs that serve students, such as the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement and University Housing, to enhance UW–Madison as a welcoming and inclusive community for all students.

Christina Olstad

Credentials: EdD (she/her)

Position title: Dean of Students

Email: doso@studentaffairs.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5700

Dean of Students Office
70 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706


The staff of the Dean of Students Office are typically the ones you will engage when you need the resources the office provides. To connect with the Dean of Students Office, contact us at 608-263-5700 or doso@studentaffairs.wisc.edu

Hope Dymond

Credentials: Student Assistance Specialist

Position title: she/her/hers

Email: hope.dymond@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5700

Elaine Goetz

Credentials: Graduate and Professional Student Assistance Specialist

Position title: she/her/hers

Email: egoetz2@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5700

Jennifer Horace

Credentials: Assistant Director - Bias Response

Position title: she/her/hers

Email: jennifer.horace@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5700

Kathy Kruse

Credentials: Associate Dean of Students and Director of Dean of Students Office

Position title: she/her/hers

Email: kathy.kruse@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5700

Angela Ramos

Credentials: Care Coordinator

Position title: she/her/hers

Email: angela.ramos@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5700

Tynille Rufenacht

Credentials: Care Coordinator

Position title: she/her/hers

Email: tynille.rufenacht@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5700

Jeff Turner

Credentials: Student Assistance Specialist

Position title: he/him/his

Email: jeff.turner@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5700

Rachael Willits

Credentials: Associate Director

Position title: she/her/hers

Email: rachael.willits@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5700

Jessica Gile

Credentials: Social Work Intern

Phone: 608-263-5700

Madeline Soiney

Credentials: Graduate Assistant

Phone: 608-263-5700

The Behavior Intervention Team

Chaired by the Director of the Dean of Students Office, the team includes membership from campus units that support students’ success, health, and well-being. The team addresses student behavior which demonstrates a risk of harm to self or the campus community, recommending and facilitating appropriate interventions, including, but not limited to, referrals to campus and community resources.

Behavior Intervention Team

We're here for you

Drop-In Appointments

Anytime you'd like to chat, we'd be glad to talk about any concern you have, without judgement. Schedule a same-day Drop-In appointment in person or via phone or video conference.

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Dean of Students Office Contacts

How can we help?

Call us at:

Email us at:

Submit Assistance Request (Students Only):
Assistance Request Form

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Dean of Students Office
70 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380

Monday-Friday: 8:30am -4pm
during Fall and Spring semester

After Hours Contacts

Crisis response:
Call Mental Health Services
608-265-5600 (option 9)
Dial 911 for immediate help from the
UW Police Department
UWPD Non-emergency line: 608-264-2677