Division of Student Life & Success

The Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office serves the needs and interests of students and has broad responsibility for the services and activities that enhance the quality of student life outside the classroom.

Community Service

The Department of Community Service is dedicated to providing relevant volunteer experiences to students and the Greater Brandeis community that mirror the needs of the local community and align with skills and interests of the Brandeis volunteers. The department strives to establish sustainable and reciprocal partnerships with community governmental, educational, cultural and social-service agencies. They advise and support Community Service initiatives all of which are steered by students and in partnerships with local constituents. The department partners with centers, offices, and departments on campus to ensure that student's volunteer opportunities align with major selection, professional career paths, and personal passions. Our endeavors include fostering a community member who is civically engaged as an advocate, volunteer and educated citizen. We strive to embody the pillars of the university and core values of Student life and Success through experiential service opportunities, collaboration with the academy, assessment, training and leadership development as well as intentional reflection.

Student Activities

The Department of Student Activities is a major part of students' lives outside the classroom. The department's primary objectives are to provide social and educational events on and off campus; provide developmental opportunities for students to learn real-life skills through participation in planning committees or leadership programs; and work hand-in-hand with Brandeis' 260-plus student clubs and organizations.

The Shapiro Campus Center and Usdan Student Center are the focal points of social life on campus. Administratively driven and student-managed, the Shapiro Center houses more than 20 student organizations and five professional departments; Einstein Bros. Bagels; a 24-hour computer lab; and a state-of-the-art theater. Student Activities also supervises the game room and the student service bureau in the Usdan Student Center, and the student-run coffeehouse, Cholmondeley's, in Usen Castle.

Student Rights and Community Standards

Student Rights and Community Standards works with students to provide educational opportunities for personal growth and values clarification. The department performs educational outreach around the university's core values; deals with inappropriate student behavior in a fair and responsive manner; oversees alcohol and other drug education; and provides interpersonal communication, and leadership development. Academic Integrity is another key component of the department.  The office works with students and faculty to address and clarify academic integrity expectations in and out of the classroom. The department performs educational outreach to faculty, staff, and students, adjudicates inappropriate student behavior, creates and edits policies and procedures related to academic integrity policy, and offers training opportunities to student groups including the student conduct board.