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Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct

Tuskegee University is student-centered, and therefore, students are at the heart of all operations. We are committed to making your Tuskegee University experience exciting, challenging and wholesome.

The Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct at Tuskegee University directs its efforts toward promoting student academic success, student personal and professional development, and enhancing the quality of campus life. The Division develops, implements and manages programs, services and activities that ensure the development of competencies that complement the academic mission of the University. 

Dean of Students

Tameka Harper
TAMEKA ANGOLA HARPER, MPA
tharper@tuskegee.edu
Phone: 334-727-8421

ABOUT US

  • Mission and Philosophy
    Operating within the context of the University’s mission, the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct seeks to maintain the University’s academic environment by educating and upholding community standards. The Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct supports the educational mission of the University by administering the Student Conduct Code in a manner that educates and holds Students accountable for Student Conduct Code violations and helps Students grow into more responsible and community-minded persons.
     
  • Core Values

    - Advocate for the needs of all students
    - Help community members navigate the university
    - Encourage student responsibility and leadership
    - Promote a diverse and socially responsible learning community

  • Learning Outcomes

    Students who engage in programs, activities, and services provided by Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution will [or will be able to]:

- Articulate Tuskegee University’s community expectations (Student Codes of Conduct) and practice these expectations in their day-to-day campus activities.
- Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for their actions as members of the Tuskegee University community.
- Utilize conflict resolution skills to address and manage interpersonal disputes.
- Demonstrate congruence between their actions and their personal and community values.
- Utilize self-assessment strategies and develop skills to become empowered self-advocates.

DEAN OF STUDENTS

SGA
JUDICIAL AFFAIRS ADVISOR

Ms. Tameka A. Harper, MPA
tharper@Tuskegee.edu
(334) 727-8421

Mr. Joseph Bannerman

 

2020 SPRING OPERATIONS

As the university responds to Coronavirus (COVID - 19) to promote the safety of our community, the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct will be working remotely primarily. Our commitment to serving our students and the greater university community continues. We will update this FAQ as our circumstances change. If you have additional questions after reading this page, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct at tharper@tuskegee.edu or call (334) 727-8421 and one of our staff members will do their best to assist you.

IS THE OFFICE OPEN?

Although staff may be working remotely, our work continues. Staff members are available as usual during normal business hours (8:00am - 4:30pm), but reachable only by phone or email.

I HAVE SANCTIONS DUE SOON. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

We understand that other circumstances may be affecting our students’ ability to complete their sanctions on time. Someone from the University will reach out to you to develop a plan to complete your sanctions if necessary. If you can, continue to work diligently to complete your sanctions on time.

To reiterate, all administrative hearings and deadlines for sanctions will still take place at the scheduled dates and times.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us.  Our main phone number is (334) 727-8421. 

I CALLED THE MAIN TELEPHONE NUMBER (334) 727-8421/8420/8422, BUT NO ONE ANSWERED. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

The best way to contact our office is via email, either tharper@tuskegee.edu. While we are monitoring the main phone number, staff may not be able to answer when you call. We’ve found that students are often hesitant to leave a voicemail and instead prefer to call back frequently until a staff member is able to answer the phone. A better strategy is leaving a voicemail message with the following information:

(1) Your full name; 

(2) Your student ID number;

(3) A callback number; and

(4) The reason for your call

GIVE

The Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct is committed to student learning and the development of the whole student. We facilitate transformation and enrich education through new opportunities for learning and development; fostering an environment for the success of all community members; developing a deeper understanding of ourselves and others on an inclusive campus; enabling students to practice positive physical, emotional, social, and intellectual behaviors and relationships; preparing students to succeed during and after their university experience; resolving complex issues through advocacy, services, and compliance; and providing programs and facilities for the social, psychological, and academic needs of the campus community. 

To do all this, and much more, The Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct needs your support—every gift matters.

  • President's Essay Contest and Awards

    Tuskegee University has made a substantial commitment to make the cost of attending the University more affordable through its institutional scholarship and awards programs. Awards are usually based on financial need and scholarships are generally based on merit, talent or other criteria. The President’s Essay Contest and the awarding of annual prizes has occurred since its inception in 1895 and was an essay contest that was sponsored by the Trinity Church of Boston Massachusetts. The original prize was $25.00 and an additional $15.00 was added a few years later for a second prize. These prizes were awarded to the students who wrote and delivered the best papers on the given subjects assigned for the competition. The program was very successful in the early years and was originally limited to juniors and seniors. However, it was eventually opened to all students and became known as the President’s Essay Contest after the President of the Institute took on the sponsorship. In the early years there were a few other prizes that were established by the friends and benefactors of Tuskegee Institute for students excelling in some aspect of the educational experience at our University. Today the event awards over 100 scholarships with the help of Donors like you!

    To contribute to these awards please contact the Office of Advancement & Development and download, complete and mail your tax-deductible contribution to the Tuskegee University Office of Advancement and Development.

  • Tiger's Den Food Pantry

    Food insecurity is when a person lacks access to nutritious, affordable food. As report by researchers in higher education about one-third of college students experience food insecurity.

    In response to those findings university officials, including Ms. Tameka Harper, MPA, Dean of Students, Department of Social Work and Ms. Kiyana Porter, Junior Political Science student began the establishment of the Tiger’s Den the food pantry. Ms. Porter was one of the main students advocating for the food pantry’s creation. After advocating for the pantry for more than a year and a half, Porter is now the student manager of the pantry, who is responsible for training volunteers and assisting with the daily operations. She will remain on a subcommittee, along with three university faculty members and administrators to maintain the pantry.

    Students can visit the pantry once per week by showing their Tuskegee University student ID cards. 

    Students will not be questioned about their food security when they enter the food pantry.

    The pantry will start by giving out canned and non-perishable food items like cereal, juice, pasta and canned fruits and vegetables. The pantry will also provide allergen-friendly items, like dried fruit and gluten-free pasta.

    You can help support the Tuskegee University Tiger’s Den Food Pantry by donating nonperishable food items, toiletries and feminine products directly to the Pantry! All donations will be used to stock the Food Pantry and support members of the Tuskegee University student campus community. If you would like to make a monetary donation or additional information, please contact Office of Advancement & Development via Email: contributions@tuskegee.edu or Phone: 334-727-8076 or 334-727-8342.

    Download a contribution form and mail your tax-deductible contribution to Tuskegee University Office of Advancement & Development.

CLASSES MISSED NOTIFICATIONS

The Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct prides itself on serving students. We strive to exercise our professional judgement and support to assist students when they are faced with unexpected and challenging circumstances. Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct may prepare a classes missed memo as a courtesy to instructors advising them of a student’s absence. To submit a request for a Classes Missed Notifcation click the following Link: Classes Missed Notification Request Form

WHAT IS A CLASSES MISSED MEMO?
Classes missed memos are provided to students under limited circumstances supported by appropriate documentation. These extenuating situations may include:

    Absences for illness or medical appointments- For injury or illness that  requires a student to be absent from classes for three or more university  business days (to include classes on Saturday), the student should obtain a medical confirmation note from his or her medical provider.  The Student Health Center or an off-campus medical professional can provide a medical confirmation note only if medical professionals are involved in the medical care of the student. The medical confirmation note must contain the date and time of the illness and medical professional's confirmation of needed absence.
 

    Prolonged hospitalization
 

    Serious illness, accident or injury ( inclusive of Injury or illness that is too severe or contagious for the student           to  attend class
 

    Victim of or witness to a crime
 

    Death or serious illness of a family member

WHAT IS A CLASSES MISSED MEMO NOT?
A classes missed memo is not an institutional excuse. An institutional excuse is limited and is only granted to a student to participate in academic, extracurricular, and athletic events as a representative of the university, or for military service. 

With the exception of institutional excuses, how absences are addressed is within the discretion of each instructor and may take into consideration any number of factors including the attendance policy for the course as stated in the syllabus, the structure of the course, the student’s prior attendance and performance in the course. Only an instructor may “excuse” an absence. We counsel students to work closely with their instructors to make up any missed work.

Classes missed memos will not be issued in the following circumstances:

    An absence longer than two weeks without extraordinary circumstances;   

    Personal travel such as holiday travel, weddings, family reunions or job interviews;

    Religious Holidays (see Academic Calendar);

    A late request: Request is made more than two weeks after the last day of the absence;

    Jury duty;

    Interim Suspension;

    Legal Issues; and

    Weather related absences or travel delays

Students may request a classes missed memo by completing this form and then contact the Office of the Dean of Students and Judicial Affairs (334) 727-8421, via e-mail THarper@Tuskegee.edu or by coming in to the office located in suite 203 Tompkins Hall. Students should provide the reason for their absence, the dates of absence, and the date they expect to return to class. Students should be prepared to present documentation of their reason for absence before the notification is distributed to all professors. Appropriate documentation may include a note from a health care provider, hospital discharge paperwork, an obituary or funeral program, or other documentation that indicates the nature and dates of the absence.

* Documentation must be submitted before the notifications to professors are completed. 

CONDUCT PROCESS

PARENT/GUARDIAN INVOLVEMENT  

Tuskegee University Parents Association and Advisory Council

Mission and Philosophy
Adopted August 2019

The Tuskegee University Parent Association aspires to include undergraduate students’ parents in the life of the university. Recognizing the important role parents play in the success of their children's college experience, an engaged parent makes for an engaged student.

The Parent Association is part of the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct in the division of Student Affairs. The mission of the Office of the Dean of Students and Judicial Affairs aims to provide resources, services, and programs for parents and family members of undergraduate students that promote student success.

The Association is an organizational umbrella under which parents collaborate and share their time and talents to enhance the University School experience for students, parents, and staff.

  • Getting Involved
  • Parent's Advisory Council

Membership Levels

All parents and family members of current TU students shall be considered General Members within the Tuskegee University Parents Association. To receive full benefits, General Members must activate their memberships by providing the Association with their contact information. Benefits of General Membership include:

  • Access to the Parent and Family Programs website and social media sites,
  • Hard copy of Parent Guide mailed to student’s permanent address and
  • Invitation to attend Parent and Family Programs events and activities including Parent and Family Weekend.

Families looking to further support the Tuskegee University Parents Association may join at the Bronze Membership level.

Bronze Membership shall be $100 per family mailing address—even if the family has more than one student enrolled at TU—for the first year, renewable each year the family’s student is enrolled at TU for an additional $50(Parent Pride Pack not included in Bronze Membership after the first year).

Benefits of Bronze Membership include:

  • All benefits of General Membership,
  • One Parent Pride Pack, and
  • Eligibility to serve on the Parents Advisory Council.

Silver Membership shall be $300 per family mailing address—even if the family has more than one student enrolled at TU—which covers the family’s Bronze Membership for its student’s tenure at TU (includes one Parent Pride Pack). Families who do not choose to join at the Silver Membership level the first year, may choose to join at the Silver Membership level the second year.

Benefits of Silver Membership include: 
•    All benefits of General Membership, 
•    One Parent Pride Pack,
•    Membership fees are covered for the student’s fill tenure at the University, and 
•    Eligibility to serve on the Parents Advisory Council. 

Gold Membership allows families to maintain long-term connections to the Parents Association and TU. This membership shall be $500 and includes a family’s Silver Membership and a charitable gift to the Parents Fund to cover the family’s lifetime membership dues.

Benefits of Gold Membership include: 
•    All benefits of General Membership, 
•    Annual Parent Pride Pack, 
•    Charitable Gift to the Parents Fund covering family’s lifetime membership fees.
•    Eligibility to serve on the Parents Advisory Council. 

Membership Fees support current and future initiatives to ensure that all students have the resources needed to thrive at Tuskegee University.

Tiger’s Den Food Pantry

The Pantry includes weekly donation of food and toiletries for the on campus food pantry managed by the office of the Dean of Students and the Department of Social Work.

  • Application

The application to become a member of the Tuskegee University Parents' Association can be accessed clicking this link:
 https://forms.gle/AtpTTu1Hekdi1u5C9

  • Parents Weekend

    The weekend features an opportunity for parents and families to celebrate, fellowship, as well as the chance to interact with Tuskegee faculty and administrators.

    Office of the Dean of Students and Judicial Affairs serve as event planners for Parents' Family Weekend. The weekend typically features a number of activities ideal for both students and their visiting family members. 

For more information about Parents' Weekend please visit the event's page 

https://www.tuskegee.edu/student-life/student-affairs/dean-of-students/parents-weekend-2019

  • Parent(s) of the Year 

The ceremony for Parent(s) of the Year will be held in the Spring semester during the Scholarship Convocation. Nominations will be opened before that time.

TIGER'S DEN FOOD PANTRY

  • Tiger's Den Hours of OperationMission and Philosophy
    Food insecurity is when a person lacks access to nutritious, affordable food. As report by researchers in higher education about one-third of college students experience food insecurity.

    In response to those findings university officials, including Dean Harper, Department of Social Work and Ms. Kiyana Porter, Junior Political Science student created the food pantry. Ms. Porter was one of the main students advocating for the food pantry’s creation. After advocating for the pantry for more than a year and a half, Porter is now the student manager of the pantry, who is responsible for training volunteers. She will remain on a subcommittee, along with three university faculty members and administrators to maintain the pantry.

    Students can visit the pantry once per week by showing their Tuskegee University student ID cards. The food will be prepackaged for distribution.

  • How to Support

You can help support the Tuskegee University Tiger’s Den Food Pantry by donating nonperishable food items, toiletries and feminine products! All donations will be used to stock the Food Pantry and support members of the Tuskegee University student campus community.

Wish List

Essential College Residence Hall Food:  

  • Boxed meals, such as mac and cheese and Hamburger Helper
  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Pop Tarts
  • RamenNoodles
  • Beef jerky
  • Crackers
  • Cheese sticks
  • Peanut butter, jelly, honey
  • Apple sauce pouches, fruit cups
  • Protein bars, granola bars, fruit bars
  • Dried fruit (cherries, figs, blueberries)
  • Coffee beans
  • Hot sauces
  • Banquet Meals
  • Instant Mac & Cheese
  • Oatmeal
  • Instant Grits
  • Granola Bars
  • Water

Essentials for Residence Hall Room Cooking and Baking

  • Canned veggies (green beans, corn, etc.)
  • Canned fruits (peach, pineapple, etc.)
  • Canned beans (garbanzos, etc.)
  • Marinara sauce, alfredo sauce
  • Canned tuna and canned salmon
  • Chicken broth, vegetable stock
  • Spices: salt, pepper, cinnamon, sprinkles
  • Olive oil, vegetable oil

Essential Toiletries

  • Soap (Dove & Dial)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine Products
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Cleaning Products

WE DO NOT ACCEPT:

  • Perishable items (i.e. fresh produce, meats, bakery and dairy items)
  • Homemade foods

Hours of Operation:

    Fall & Spring Semester Hours*

Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. to 6: 00 p.m.

Wednesday: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Thursday: 2:00 p.m. to 6: 00 p.m.
         *Closed Holidays & Breaks

Friends of the Pantry

How You can Assist:

  • ​Donations can be dropped off at any time between 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. room 3-1 located in Tompkins Hall on the Ballroom Level. 
  • ​​If you would like to make a monetary donation, please contact  Office of Advancement and Development via E-mail: contributions@tuskegee.edu or call 334-727-8076 or 334-727-8342.
  • If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Pantry, please contact Dean Harper, Dean of Students at tharper@Tuskegee.edu.

PRESIDENT'S ESSAY CONTEST AND AWARDS

  • Mission and Philosophy
    Tuskegee University has made a substantial commitment to make the cost of attending the University more affordable through its institutional scholarship and awards programs. Awards are usually based on financial need and scholarships are generally based on merit, talent or other criteria.
  • History
    The President’s Essay Contest and the awarding of annual prizes has occurred since its inception in 1895 and was an essay contest that was sponsored by the Trinity Church of Boston Massachusetts. The original prize was $25.00 and an additional $15.00 was added a few years later for a second prize. These prizes were awarded to the students who wrote and delivered the best papers on the given subjects assigned for the competition. The program was very successful in the early years and was originally limited to juniors and seniors. However, it was eventually opened to all students and became known as the President’s Essay Contest after the President of the Institute took on the sponsorship. In the early years there were a few other prizes that were established by the friends and benefactors of Tuskegee Institute for students excelling in some aspect of the educational experience at our University. Today the event awards over 100 scholarships with the help of Donors like you!
     
  • How to Support
    To contribute to these awards please contact the Office of Advancement & Development and download, complete and mail your tax-deductible contribution to the Tuskegee University Office of Advancement and Development.
     
  • Past Programs
2019 President's Essay Contest winners pose with TU president Dr. McNair
2019 President's Essay Contest winners pose with TU president Dr. McNair

 POLICIES AND RESOURCES