Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs


The Dean of Students

The Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs Office, which houses the Counseling Center, is responsible for personal and academic counseling and advisement to all Southwestern students. The office provides academic advisement on a variety of matters, as well as special advisement and support to students experiencing academic challenges (see list below). In addition, requests related to academic and administrative matters are handled by the office, as well as special programs for transfer and visiting students. Students may also be referred to HelpNet (Southwestern's off-campus counseling resource) or Southwestern's on-campus Academic Success Program after meeting with the office staff.

Contact the Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs Office if you need:

Academic Counseling regarding:

  • Scheduling
  • Course Registration
  • Progress to Graduation
  • Status Changes
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Probation and Disqualification
  • Personal Concerns
  • Attendance Issues

Assistance with:

  • Letters of Standing
  • Late Add/Drop Courses
  • Special Registration Requests
  • Program Status Changes
  • Incompletes
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Withdrawal
  • Exam Date and Time Changes
  • Exam Accommodations and Emergencies
  • Study Abroad Programs
  • Transfer and Visiting Out Requests
  • Evaluation of Transfer Credit
  • Dean's Certification for Students to Appear in Court
  • Independent Studies

The Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs Office also works collaboratively with faculty, Academic Success and various other departments to address student needs, and coordinates the faculty advisor program and the Defenses in the Law, Practical Lawyering Skills and Selected Topics in American Law courses. Additionally, the office sponsors academic advising programs such as Table Days and other events to promote student well-being, and is actively involved in developing other programs and activities to enhance student life on campus.

Counseling Center

From academic planning to individualized counseling, the staff of the Counseling Center are here to assist with problems in order to help students have a successful academic career. We highly encourage you to visit the Counseling Center and take advantage of this valuable resource.

Accessibility Accommodations

The office is also responsible for accessibility accommodations for students with disabilities. Students must contact the Dean of Students and Diversity Affairs Office as early as possible to discuss requests for special accommodations. The office also makes recommendations for awards and scholarships.

Promoting Diversity

In addition, the office develops initiatives to promote a campus environment that recognizes, celebrates and values diversity and coordinates programs and outreach efforts to support the recruitment, retention, personal development and successful academic matriculation of students from varied racial, ethnic, cultural and/or other diverse backgrounds.

Hours of Operation:
     Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday  9 am - 6 pm
     Wednesday 9 am - 8 pm
     Other times by  appointment

Current Students may find detailed information and forms on the MySWLAW Portal (log-in required).