Office of Student Affairs

Office of Student Affairs

201 Converse Hall, (413) 542-2337

The Office of Student Affairs is concerned with the personal, ethical and intellectual growth of students and their general welfare. Under the leadership of Chief Student Affairs Officer Suzanne Coffey and Dean of Students Alex Vasquez, the office’s responsibilities include providing academic, personal and social life advising; developing and implementing support programs; administering the college’s student residential and extracurricular resources; upholding the college’s community standards and Honor Code; participating in the faculty and administrative formulation and evaluation of policies; and assuring that students’ needs are considered in college decisions.

The Office of Student Affairs is a gateway to a variety of support services and resources designed to maximize the educational experience and access for all students. To that end, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, Health Education, Religious Life, Residential Life, Student Activities and Student Conduct are all departments within the Office of Student Affairs. In addition, programming and support services for students with disabilities, international students, transfer students, first-generation students and high financial need students can be accessed through the Office of Student Affairs, as well.

The Office of Student Affairs supports a Class Dean system whereby a single dean is dedicated to the oversight and stewardship of each class year. This system allows us to direct administrative and personal attention to each student, and to establish one-on-one relationships whenever possible. For the 2014-2015 academic year the pairings are as follows: Dean of New Students and Professor of History Rick Lopez oversees the Class of 2018 and the transfer students, Dean and Professor of Computer Science Lyle McGeoch oversees the Class of 2017, Dean and Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought Martha Umphrey oversees the Class of 2016, and Senior Associate Dean of Students Charri Boykin-East oversees the Class of 2015.

The deans and assistants in the office are valuable sources of information on a wide range of topics. The office serves as a place for students to begin seeking assistance and answers to their questions related to college life. All students would benefit from getting to know members of the Office of Student Affairs.

To arrange appointments to talk with deans or other staff members, students may call (413) 542–2337 or visit 201 Converse Hall. Those students who need to see a dean on fairly short notice and students who are unable, for one reason or another, to make appointments in advance should call or drop by the office. Students will often be able to see a dean on short notice.

An administrator is on call year round, 24 hours a day, to handle urgent matters and emergencies. The Administrator on Call can be reached through the Amherst College Police Department at (413) 542–2111.