The Division of Student Affairs is committed to supporting and serving all Elms students. Our work focueses on the student experience and intentionally developing students to be engaged learners, leaders and contributing members of the Elms community. We partner with academic affairs and other campus colleagues to promote student success.   Members of the division of student affairs serve as a resource for parents and family members.

The Dean of Students Office has a commitment to fostering an open, inclusive environment in support of student development and student success.  The Dean of Students Office is the place to go  if youv lose your ID, don’t know wheere to go, have a problem that no one seems to be able to help you solve, or you want to find ways to get involved on campus.

Elms Mercantile and Career Closet

Elms Mercantile

The Mercantile is a place where students can obtain some of the everyday supplies needed to be a student from paper, pens, post it notes, to household items such as toothpaste, laundry detergent and soap. All Elms students can access the mercantile.. We ask that students take what they need so that others can also get what they need. The Mercantile is located in the Dooley Center across from the Dean of Students Office. If the door is closed  just ask the dean’s office to open the door. 

The Career Closet is located in the lower level of Dooley and provides interview clothing free of charge  for juniors and seniors seeking jobs and internships. Donations are accepted year round for both the mercantile and the career closet. All items should be dropped off at  the dean of students office.

Bias Incident Reports

The Elms College Bias Response and Education Team (BRET) is a working group made up of faculty, staff and administrators under the umbrella of the Institutional Diversity Committee.  The team regularly monitors and reports bias incidents impacting campus climate, and helps to coordinate a response to these incidents through support systems and educational strategies.


The Student Affairs office leads the CARE team.  The CARE team is comprised of staff from the center of student success and student affairs to provide coordinated support for students who may be in distress or facing challenging issues and responds to concerns about student behavior, academic progress, and personal issues. 

Food Committee

The Dean of Students office convenes the Food Committee comprised of commuter and resident students who work with our provider to continuously improve service, which dining services supports programs for commuter students.

ID Cards and Replacement ID Cards 

The Dean of Students office provides  ID cards for students and employees. . 

When receiving an ID, you will also receive a color coded lanyard  to wear and 

  • Blue Lanyard – Commuters 
  • Green Lanyard – Residents 
  • Black Lanyard – Faculty and Staff 

If you have lost or misplaced  your ID, the Dean of Students can give you a replacement.  A fee of $20 may be charged to your student account.   

New Student Orientation 

Student Affairs  works in conjunction with multiple offices across campus to plan New Student Orientation in the summer, fall and January.  This event allows new incoming and transfer students to meet with other new students, learn about the college and acclimate to  the culture. 


The Dean of Students and the Vice President of Academic Affairs co-chair the commencement committee which plans the annual May commencement for all graduating students.   The commencement website is updated regularly to provide the most comprehensive and updated information for students.  

Review Glossary for First Generation Students here.