Statement of Mission and Function
The charge of the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students is to support the educational mission of the institution. The staff works to provide undergraduates with opportunities for personal, cultural and social development that complement the richly complex and challenging academic life of the University. The Office is committed to helping students develop as adult, independent learners who can make the best use of the University's resources to achieve their educational goals and contribute to the University community. We attempt to cultivate in undergraduates the capacity for leadership in preparation for being responsible citizens in a global society.
To that end, the Office seeks to uphold the highest standards of good citizenship and personal behavior among Princeton students, encouraging integrity, respect and concern for others. Moreover, the Office seeks to promote in students an understanding of different backgrounds and experiences and an appreciation for the richness and complexity of a university community. Staff members are responsible for developing an extracurricular program consonant with the academic enterprise. They offer counsel and guidance to students, promote student well-being and encourage personal initiative. The Office interprets and upholds institutional policies; it also assesses and adapts policies to reflect changes in campus life and our broader society and maintains a campus climate that fosters respect among all members of the University community.
While staff members are primarily engaged in issues having direct bearing on Princeton undergraduates, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students serves other constituencies as well, including graduate students, faculty, alumni, parents and members of the administration.