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Office of the Dean of Student Affairs Records

 Collection
Call Number: UA038

Scope and Contents

This collection contains annual reports generated by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, submitted to the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, subject files generated by the Dean of Students between 1967 and 1999, and campus announcements sent out via email. Offices that submitted reports include: The Asian American Center; the Hispanic American Center; The Department of Housing and Campus Life; The African American Center; the Counseling Center; the Health Service; the Office of Student Activities; the Department of Arts, Sciences, and Technology; the Associate Dean of Students; and the Office of Women's Programs. Subject files include information on Academic awards, the African American Center, various commencement ceremonies (1976-1994), the Committee on Academic Standing, the Counseling Center, fraternities, the Faculty and Staff Financial Aid Committee (1981-1982), housing, the International Center, parent weekends, and student activities.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1972 -- 1989
  • 1966 -- 2021

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

The Office of the Dean of Students is responsible for overseeing all non-academic student activities on Tufts campus. Historically, this has included overseeing financial aid funds, interactions between different student groups on campus, disciplinary committees, counseling services, minority enrollment, and other subjects. It is made up of the Dean of Student Affairs, and several associate deans and specialists.

The position was established in 1969, and headed by Alvin R. Schmidt until he ceded the position in 1974. It combined the two previous roles of Dean of Men and the recently created Dean of Women. The latter had been established in 1967, taking on some of the responsibilities which the Dean of Jackson College previously held. Before 1967, Dean of Men and Student Personnel was the only position which dealt directly with student involvement.

By 2007, the name “Office of the Dean of Students” was changed to “Office of the Dean of Student Affairs,” with the position “Dean of Students” receiving the same name change to reflect the changing responsibilities of the role. When the position had been established, the responsibilities of the role had required more direct oversight of student activities, as the team was much smaller. Though this still remained a part of the job and a fundamental part of the office, as the team expanded, the position started to require more supervisory capabilities and less interaction directly with students.

By 2021, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs had been reorganized into the Division of Student Affairs, led by the Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer. The Division includes the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Office of Residential Life and Learning, Health and Wellness, SMFA Student Affairs, Student Affairs Communications, Career Services, and Office of Campus Life.

Extent

6.75 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

825 Megabytes

1,398 Digital Object(s)

Overview

This collection contains annual reports generated by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, submitted to the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, subject files generated by the Dean of Students between 1967 and 1999, and campus announcements sent out via email.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in four series: Annual reports; Subject files; Unprocessed accessions; and Campus announcements.

General

Known as the Office of the Dean of Students prior to 2007.

Processing status

This collection is partially processed.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University Repository

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