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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
Phone: 334-727-8421


  • 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.




Ms. Tameka A. Harper, MPA
Office Location: 203-2 Tompkins Hall 
Office: (334) 727-8421

Mr. Michael Gaffney 
Office Location: 203-3 Tompkins Hall 
Office: (334) 727-8422

Ms. Ahlyease Roper
Major: Policital Science


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 or call (334) 727-8420 and one of our staff members will do their best to assist you.


Staff members are available as usual during normal business hours (8:00am - 4:30pm). It is advisable to contact the office in advance of your visit by phone or email.


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) 727-8420. 


The best way to contact our office is via email, either or 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


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: 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.


At the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct, our commitment lies in serving students with utmost dedication. We take pride in offering assistance and exercising professional judgment during times when students encounter unforeseen and difficult circumstances. As part of our commitment, we may provide a classes missed memo as a considerate gesture to inform instructors about a student's absence.

Our primary goal is to support students through challenging situations by maintaining open lines of communication between the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct, instructors, and students themselves. By preparing classes missed memos, we strive to ensure that instructors are aware of any absences and can work collaboratively with students to address missed coursework or assignments.

We understand that unexpected circumstances can arise, and our aim is to assist students in navigating these situations while fostering an environment of understanding and support.

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

Please note that a classes missed memo does not serve as an institutional excuse. An institutional excuse is specifically reserved for situations where a student represents the university in academic, extracurricular, or athletic events or is engaged in military service.

Regarding absences that do not fall under institutional excuses, it is at the discretion of each instructor to address them. Various factors may be taken into consideration, including the attendance policy outlined in the course syllabus, the course structure, as well as the student's prior attendance and performance. Only an instructor has the authority to "excuse" an absence. We strongly advise students to maintain open communication with their instructors and collaborate on making arrangements to compensate for any missed work.

It is important for students to recognize that the resolution of missed classwork ultimately lies in coordination with their instructors. By actively engaging with their instructors, students can effectively navigate the process of making up for any missed coursework or assignments.

  • Absences where students are away for less than three (3) consecutive instructional days, including for illness or medical appointments.
  • 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: The classes missed memo request is made more than two weeks after the last day of the absence
  • Jury duty
  • Interim Suspension/ Student Conduct Sanction
  • Legal Issues
  • Weather related absences or travel delays

To request a memo for missed classes, students are required to complete an online form (Classes Missed Notification Request). Please ensure that the form includes the following details: the reason for your absence, the specific dates of your absence, and the anticipated date of your return to class. It is important to note that students must be ready to upload appropriate documentation supporting the reason for their absence. Examples of acceptable documentation include a note from a healthcare provider (Return to School Certificate), hospital discharge paperwork, an obituary or funeral program, or any other relevant documentation that clearly indicates the nature and duration of the absence. It is crucial that all documentation is submitted before the notifications to professors are finalized and distributed.


Emails & Texts from Maxient  maxient logo

The Office of the Dean of Students and Student Conduct at Tuskegee University utilizes a third-party email software called Maxient. It is a secure, web-based application that manages communication from our office, including meeting requests and follow-ups involving conduct and non-conduct issues. 

Students receiving an email from Maxient will see a link to the correspondence sent from Tuskegee University. 

Within the email’s text, students will be given a link to a log-in screen, by which they can access the correspondence letter or notice our office has sent. 

Maxient also allows Tuskegee University to send text messages to students if their cell phone number is on file. This means that our office can send individual texts to students with a link to the communication sent via Maxient. 

If you receive an email or text from Maxient, this is a legitimate email from the university, and not part of a phishing scam.  Questions? Email


The Office of the Dean of Students serve as event planners for Parents' Weekend. The weekend typically features a number of activities ideal for both students and their visiting family members. It is an opportunity for parents and families to celebrate, fellowship, as well as the chance to interact with Tuskegee faculty and administrators.
       Past Programs:

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

  • 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.


  • Mission and Philosophy

    Food insecurity refers to the lack of access to nutritious and affordable food, and it is a significant issue affecting a substantial portion of college students. Research conducted in higher education indicates that approximately one-third of college students experience food insecurity.

    In response to these distressing findings, university officials, student organizations, alumni, community partners and more have taken action to help relieve that circumstance at Tuskegee University. With the strong vision and appeal of then Ms. Kiyana Porter, a dedicated Junior Political Science student,  the Dvision of Student Affairs spearheaded the creation of a food pantry on our campus in 2019 under the leadership and supervision of the Office of the Dean of Students. 

    To access the food pantry, students can visit once per week and are required to present their Tuskegee University student ID cards. The food provided will be conveniently prepackaged for efficient distribution.

    We are grateful for the commitment and efforts of everyone involved in bringing this valuable resource to our campus. The food pantry stands as a testament to our dedication to supporting our students in times of need.

  • 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


  • Homemade foods

Hours of Operation:

    Fall & Spring Semester Hours*

Tuesday:      4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Thursday:     4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
         *Closed Inclement Weather ** Appointment Only during Holidays and Breaks. Email 


Friends of the Pantry

How You can Assist:

  • ​Donations can be dropped off at any time between 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday to 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: or call 334-727-8076 or 334-727-8342.
  • If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Pantry, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at


  • 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.
2019 President's Essay Contest winners pose with TU president Dr. McNair
2019 President's Essay Contest winners pose with TU's 8th president Dr. McNair


  • Student Conduct Process Frequently Asked Questions for: