GVSU administration has been notified of a sharp increase in students being contacted by individuals posing as fellow students, campus faculty or staff, or representatives from Handshake, offering fraudulent "employment opportunities". Please use extreme caution when responding to direct offers of employment and/or when applying for jobs.

Dean of Students Office staff names and emails (@gvsu.edu and @gmail.com) have been used in these scams.  The Dean of Students Office staff will NEVER ask you to send money or bank account information!   The university has approved means for posting jobs which go through a vetting process.

Please forward suspicious emails to the IT Service Desk ([email protected]).

For more information, please visit the Career Center's How to Recognize and Avoid Job Scams webpage.

Welcome to the Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office provides advocacy and support for students and families/supporters. The main office is located in the Lubbers Student Services Center on the Allendale Campus.  Faculty, staff, parents, supporters, and community members may use the CARE referral process for students of concern. 

Our Mission

The Dean of Students Office empowers learners to be intentional and engaged citizens by providing a culture of equity, self advocacy, and care through programs, resources, and support.

Louis the Laker with students
Make a Difference Day students

Our Vision

Every learner will develop meaningful connections and resiliency, be respectful in their interactions, and advocate for themselves and others.

The Dean of Students Office Values

  • Community and Connections
  • Self-Advocacy and Self-Care 
  • Equity and Inclusion                
  • Diversity of Thought and Expression
  • Respect for Self and Respect for Others
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GVSU Cares.

Student Resources

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fountain and students walking
Campus Life Night student dancers
Laker Meal Share meals provided
student CARE referrals
emergency funds awarded
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Meet Dean of Students Office staff and have your photo taken to celebrate the first day of classes!

Monday, August 26, 2024

10:00 am to 2:00 pm




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10:00 am - 11:00 am

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



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The Dean of Students Emergency Fund helps students facing small one-time financial hardships.

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The Dean of Students Office is a department of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.

Page last modified June 10, 2024