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Dean of Students

The Dean of Students staff coordinates a wide array of services, programs, and activities designed to support the academic success and personal development of WPI students. We recognize that the college years will be a time for tremendous personal growth, clarification of values, and self-exploration. We believe in the development of the whole student, and we provide learning opportunities designed to challenge students to become well-rounded individuals. As partners in this process, we are here to provide guidance and assistance to students by helping them to problem solve or by referring them to the appropriate resources.

While we are all working remotely, the Dean of Students staff is available to help you by email, phone, or through online Zoom video conference.

How to Contact Us:

  • Email: dean-of-students@wpi.edu   
  • Phone: 508-831-5201
    When calling, please leave a message and include your name and phone number and a staff member will call you back.

Dean of Students Virtual Office Meetings

Staff are available to meet with you virtually (via Zoom) or over the phone.

To meet with a Dean of Students Office staff member, please send us an e-mail with a basic premise of your question, and we’ll respond as soon as possible. Please share with us the times you are available if you would like to arrange a Zoom conference. We are here to help you during this time.

Our staff also places a strong emphasis on creating a community at WPI in which every student is respected for their individuality and unique contributions. We encourage students to pursue their personal interests while at the university—the most satisfied and successful WPI students are those who take advantage of the wide variety of out-of-class activities and opportunities offered on campus. Students are encouraged to connect with other students, faculty, and staff by becoming active members of our vibrant community.

Mission Statement

In accordance with the WPI Plan, the focus at WPI is on student-centered learning and educational activities that prepare students for leadership as well as for life-long learning. The Dean of Students Office provides services in a professional and caring manner, designed to influence attitudes, change behaviors, develop skills, and expand students' knowledge in the areas of citizenship and leadership. In partnership with students, parents, faculty, and staff, we shape and enrich a learning community that fosters self esteem and personal development, and prepares students to work, live, and lead in a pluralistic society.

Core Values

We subscribe to a set of core values that provides the underlying structure for our work:

  • Advocacy: Advancing the agenda of students to the university community.
  • Citizenship: Promoting integrity, leadership, personal responsibility, and global perspective.
  • Empowerment: Fostering and encouraging the growth and self-esteem of others.
  • Inclusion: Providing a voice for multiple viewpoints and promoting a culture of civility. 
  • Respect: Modeling care and consideration of all members of our community and their contributions.
  • Support: Demonstrating genuine concern for the health, balance, and well being of others.

WPI Care Team

The Dean of Students Office coordinates a group of professional staff members—known as the WPI Care Team—that meets weekly during the academic year to address the safety, welfare, and academic success of students. If a faculty or staff member, student, or parent notices that a student’s behavior is distressed, disruptive, or dangerous, they’re encouraged to fill out the student concern form.

Make a Difference, Have an Impact—Connect with a Trustee Mentor

The Trustee Mentor Program is a unique mentorship program offered to selected experienced student leaders.  With the support of WPI's Board of Trustees, the President's Office and the Division of Student Affairs sponsors the program to rising junior and senior student leaders and pairs them with a member of the Board of Trustees for a minimum of one year.  

Student Conduct

Community Expectations

WPI prides itself on being a caring community that respects the contributions of individuals, appreciates the diversity of the student body, and emphasizes the importance of cooperation and teamwork. WPI as a community has a shared value system that is articulated through a variety of media. The WPI Student Code of Conduct articulates the expectations and responsibilities that members of the WPI community are expected to observe. Students are expected to become familiar with all campus policies and procedures.  


Guest Speaker Colby King talks with faculty and staff about supporting first-generation working class students. alt
Guest Speaker Colby King talks with faculty and staff about supporting first-generation working class students.
December 11, 2019