The Office of the Dean of Students provides programs and services that augment and contribute to student learning and community development. Units under the Office of the Dean of Students include the Center for Student Conflict Management, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, Parent and Family Relations, the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, and Wilson Commons Student Activities. Each of these units helps to address issues, plan programs, and make referrals with and for our students with a special emphasis on promoting understanding among diverse students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Center for Student Conflict Management
The Center for Student Conflict Management helps students become positive community members during their college experience through three potential avenues: The Care Network, the Student Conduct System, Alcohol and Other Drug Education, and Conflict Resolution. We encourage incoming students and parents to review the Standards of Student Conduct.
MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
The MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence equips people to use nonviolence to create a sustainable and just world for all. It collaborates with students, university staff, community organizations, and committed peacemakers in the following areas: nonviolence education, sustainability and environmental conservation, and the promotion of racial justice. We prioritize programming for people between the ages of 12 and 24 as well as those who serve those age groups.
Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center
The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center (BIC) is a joint venture of the Office of the Dean of Students and the David T. Kearns Center at the University of Rochester. BIC promotes cultural awareness and engagement; educates on issues of identity, culture, and diversity; and provides venues for intersections and opportunities for collaboration among students, staff, and faculty. The Communal Principles of fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, respect, and responsibility are prevalent in all that BIC does.
Rochester Center for Community Leadership
The Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL) educates students to become engaged citizens and leaders capable of creating positive social change in their communities. We envision a world in which all people collaborate to transform their communities. Toward this end, RCCL coordinates initiatives in the areas of leadership, community engagement and service, and connecting students with communities on campus, throughout Rochester, across the country, and around the world. These initiatives include:
- Wilson Day
- Rising Leaders Class
- Community-Engaged Learning
- Rochester Urban Fellows
- Rochester Youth Year
- Washington Semester
- LEAP (Learning and Exploring at Play)
- TOUR (Transition Opportunities at UR)
- Committee for Political Engagement
- Advising student organizations
- Rochester Every Day (RED) student discount program
Wilson Common Student Activities
Wilson Commons Student Activities fosters a vibrant, inclusive campus community, where ideas and activities develop and thrive. We accomplish our mission by engaging students in creative programming and traditions, meaningful employment, experiential learning opportunities, and innovative services and facilities. Through our partnerships and advocacy, we affirm students’ educations goals and passions, the College’s Communal Principles, and the University mission. Did you know that 90% of undergraduate students are involved in a student organization?
The Campus Center
Frederick Douglass Commons in conjunction with Wilson Commons creates The Campus Center for undergraduate student life.
Wilson Commons, opened in 1976, was designed by the architectural firm of I.M. Pei to have three of its walls and its ceiling made of 18,000 square feet of glass. Throughout its five levels, Wilson Commons provides space for meetings, special events, relaxation, recreation, and programs organized by student organizations, Wilson Commons Student Activities and University departments. It serves as the home for several student organizations by providing office, work, and storage space.
- Common Connection
- The Common Market
- The Pit
- Rocky’s Sub Shop & Lounge
- Hartnett Gallery
The Frederick Douglass Commons was originally built in the 1950s and named for Rochester’s national leader of the abolitionist movement. After an extensive renovation it re-opened in the fall of 2016. The first floor features a micro-restaurant style dining facility and late night dining options in The Genesee Room. The second floor features a flexible, multipurpose event space and connects to Wilson Commons via a tunnel. The third and fourth floors provide spaces for gatherings, meetings, and classes in addition to providing office space for two departments (Burgett Intercultural Center and Language Center). The third floor connects via bridge to Rush Rhees Library provides space designated for certain activities.
- Ablution Stations
- Lactation Room
- Community Kitchen
- Language Center
- Burgett Intercultural Center
Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
The mission of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs is to advise, advocate for, and promote the learning and development of fraternity and sorority members through collaborative partnerships, which support the University’s Mission and the Communal Principles of the College. Approximately 25% of University of Rochester undergraduates join a fraternity or sorority. These organizations provide significant opportunities for intellectual, cultural, and interpersonal growth of our students, opportunities that make fraternity and sorority life an integral part of the Rochester undergraduate experience.
Parent and Family Relations
Rochester Parents Association
The Rochester Parents Association connects all families of current undergraduates to the life of the College. We hope that you will take advantage of all that the Parents Association has to offer and help to continue the tradition of parental involvement at the University of Rochester. Throughout your student’s time at Rochester, you will receive invitations to a wide range of events and activities, including:
- Meliora Weekend (This weekend is designed for University of Rochester alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends, encompassing reunions, family weekend, a showcase of Rochester student and faculty/staff talent, and homecoming activities.)
- College updates for parents
- Regional programs
There are many ways that you can stay in touch with the College and keep up to date on the latest information:
UR Involved Alumni & Parent Volunteer Program
UR Involved alumni and parent volunteers serve as an extension of the Office of Admissions. They staff college fairs, refer and recruit local high school students, and speak with prospective students and their families about the opportunities and experiences available at the University of Rochester.
Parent and Family Relations
Parent and Family Relations, a unit in the Office of the Dean of Students, helps parents/families understand and support the student experience, learning and growth. This office provides support and assists in orienting parents/families of students within The College. We serve as a resource for parents/families throughout their student’s undergraduate career. It is our goal that, as a member of the University of Rochester parent/family community, you feel informed, valued and respected. Please allow this office to be a resource to you during this exciting time of transition and change.
The Parents Program Office provides additional support for all University of Rochester parents. We coordinate communications and events linking parents with the University and we also manage parent fundraising. Parents of University of Rochester students, past and present, realize the exceptional education that Rochester provides their children and show their appreciation by supporting the Parents Fund and many other designations that might be of interest to students.
The Parents Program Office coordinates both the general parent giving to the Fund as well as the leadership parent giving through the Parents Executive Committee and Parents Council of the College. The Parents Council is a group of involved leadership donor families who volunteer in many ways ranging from interview session greeters to hosts for events to peer-to-peer fundraising.
The Parents Fund is an unrestricted fund used by the Dean of the College to support vital College needs and benefit our students. These include funding special student initiatives, recruitment and retaining of faculty, technology updates, and maintenance of our campus facilities. The Parents Fund provides parents of current students an opportunity to contribute to their children’s daily lives on campus. When you give a gift to the Parents Fund, you invest in the College’s vision of higher education and ensure that today’s students receive the finest opportunities.
Almost 2,000 Rochester parents contributed to the Parents Fund last year, securing over $765,917 to enhance their students’ college experience. Please join these parents in supporting the Parents Fund this year. When your child calls home to tell you about a recent concert, a new campus club, or a professor whose course opens students’ eyes to a new field of study, you will know that you helped to make that possible.