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.
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.
Another great resource is the ISU’s Office of Student Conduct’s Resource Guide (PDF).
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.
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
Promoting Academic Integrity
Academic integrity and responsible behavior are a part of the learning and teaching conversations, no matter the course modality (online, hybrid, or face-to-face setting). A productive way of thinking about academic integrity is through the “focus on prevention and education over-policing and punishment” (Sopcak, 2020).
Explore the following approaches and methods which emphasize prevention and education on the Achieving Academic Integrity page.
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.
Review the resources and guidance on the Managing Disruptive Conduct in Learning Spaces page.
Visit the Stay Safe at Iowa State website.