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Every Student Matters. You have set a goal to pursue a college education and the degree that comes with it. Along the way most students will face their own unique set of challenges. Don’t let these challenges stand in the way of completing your degree. The links on the left side of this page can direct you to a wide array of campus services.
All students are welcome to contact the Dean of Students Office at any time. We will direct you to the individual on campus who can best help you resolve your concerns.
Matters involving classroom expectations, interactions with a member of the faculty, and concerns related to assignment, test and course grades are resolved within Academic Affairs. You are encouraged to resolve immediate grading questions when they occur. The Faculty Handbook contains specific procedures for Grade Appeals.
Begin by talking one-on-one with the instructor of the course. Request to make an appointment to speak to the faculty member, either by phone or in-person. Full-time faculty maintain regular office hours each week. Office hours are often listed in the course syllabus. In many cases, an individual conversation with a faculty member is all that is necessary to resolve the issue.
If you are unable to resolve the conflict with the instructor, contact the department chairperson. The faculty are supervised by chairpersons. Chairpersons are supervised by Deans. Every Academic College has a Dean. If you are unsure who to speak with, contact us and we will direct you appropriately. Here is a list of academic departments.
At times, the challenge of paying for college can feel overwhelming. When you are concerned about paying your bill, always begin by speaking with the staff in Student Financial Services. Call (573)651-2253, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the office on the lower level of Academic Hall.
If your account is past due, a hold may be placed on your record to prevent future registration and your current enrollment may be cancelled. You can prevent this from happening by talking with a Student Service Specialist before the payment due date and using a payment plan.
Whether you are using financial aid or paying for college out-of-pocket, paying for college does take management on your part.
Temporarily Out of Class Notices or "Temp Outs" are available if you have a substantial personal emergency resulting in absence from class. Faculty members are notified by the Dean of Students via email of a student's absence from class. This service is provided to help students quickly and efficiently communicate an upcoming extended period of absence.
This does not serve as an excused absence from class nor does it excuse the student from the course requirements. You are responsible for following up with your instructors to make arrangements for making up missed coursework. It is up to each individual faculty member to determine if missed work will be allowed to be “made up”.
A Temp Out will not be granted during finals week. If you are unable to attend a scheduled final, you must make arrangements individually with the instructor in advance.
If you wish to have faculty notified through a “Temp Out” contact us at (573) 986-6191. A family member or relative may call on your behalf, should you be unable to call.
The Dean of Students reserves the right to deny a request for a Temp Out in cases where a student cannot substantiate the need.