Campus Resources to Support Students

Iowa State University has a comprehensive network of resources designed to support students throughout their undergraduate experience. Some of these resources are also in place to support instructors who are negotiating challenging student-teacher interactions. Many of these key resources are offered through our Dean of Students Office (DSO), learn more from the DSO website and for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty/staff the DSO Resources webpage.

To help promote many of these resources directly to your students consider linking your Canvas course to the Online Learner Support webpage.

Promote these resources to your students

To help promote many of these resources directly to your students consider linking your Canvas course to the Online Learner Support webpage.

Online Learner Support webpage

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Student Assistance Faculty and Staff Guide

The Dean of Students Office has created a detailed guide on what to do, and where to find assistance in addressing a variety of situations than may arise with students. This is a good place to start to help you determine next steps.

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Promoting Student Academic Success

Academic Success Center (Dean of Students Office)

The Center provides a collection of services and programs designed to help students reach their academic goals. The staff offer individualized and group experiences through course-specific and general academic assistance as well as credit and non-credit programs. The Center facilitates PSYCH 131, a 1-credit academic learning skills seminar for undergraduate students. The Center also provides a number of online resources on targeted topics such as study skills, time management, goal setting and test anxiety. View the Supporting and Promoting Self-Directed Learners video


Writing and Media Center (Dean of Students Office)

The Writing and Media Center helps students become stronger, more confident writers and communicators. The WMC offers tailored, one-on-one conferences for students from all disciplines who are working on any form of written, oral, visual, or electronic communication.


Student Accessibility Services (Dean of Students Office)

This office works collaboratively with ISU teaching professionals to promote opportunities of educational success of each student with a disability. View the Your Role in the Life of a Student with a Disability video


Class Attendance Policy is outlined in the ISU Course Catalog and reads in part:

“Students are expected to attend class meetings as scheduled. Each instructor sets his or her policy with respect to class attendance, and excuses for absence from class are handled between the student and instructor. The instructor is expected to announce his or her policy at the beginning of the course.”

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Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

A number of offices on campus support creating a diverse and inclusive campus environment, and can help faculty foster this type of learning environment in their classroom. Visit CELT’s Creating an Inclusive Classroom website for resources to promote inclusive learning environments where the social identities and diverse backgrounds of all students may thrive.

Below you will find links to campus partners websites, programs and additional resources (alphabetical order):

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Promoting Academic Integrity

The Office of Student Conduct (Dean of Students Office) provides support for faculty, staff, and students when dealing with a range of student conduct issues including academic integrity.

View the Know the Code: Academic Misconduct for Faculty YouTube video

View the Academic Integrity: The Faculty Role video

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To understand plagiarism, the consequences of plagiarism, and best practices for avoiding plagiarism is available through the Library’s Understanding Plagiarism: Information Literacy Guide website.

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Ensuring Classroom Safety

Watch the Emergency Response Guide video. This 8-minute video, produced by environmental health and safety and public safety, provides useful tips for responding to campus emergencies, including violent incidents. It’s a good conversation starter for a staff discussion on workplace safety.

The ISU Environmental Health and Safety and ISU Police provide resources to help faculty in case of emergencies related to student behaviors either in or out of a classroom.

The ISU Course Catalog also includes information specific to addressing disruptive classroom behavior.

Visit the Stay Safe at Iowa State website.

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