The Frost House is home to a variety of services that support students. These include the C.A.R.E. program, student rights and responsibilities related to student conduct, information for parents and families, and references/verifications.
The Dean of Students responds to the informational and personal concerns of students and oversees the protection of student rights. The office plays a major role in promoting and upholding the shared values and ideals of the Plymouth State University community.
To learn more about student rights and the student code of conduct, click here.
The Academic Student Advocate (ASA) is a part of an inter-divisional team for academic affairs and student affairs located in Frost House. The ASA provides advice, guidance, and support for students in matters that may affect their academic standing or progress toward a degree. The academic student advocate works collaboratively with other campus offices to resolve both simple and complex issues in a timely and efficient manner, and may be consulted for issues including but not limited to:
- Taking a leave of absence from PSU
- Withdrawing from PSU
- Late adds, late drops, and late withdrawals from classes
- Grade disputes
- Allegations of violating the Academic Integrity Policy
- Student absences from classes
- General classroom concerns
Policies related to these issues and requests can be found in the Academic Catalog corresponding to the year a student started at Plymouth State.
The academic student advocate also provides assistance and guidance to faculty in policy matters. The advocate is a consulting member of the Academic Affairs Committee, which is a principal policy making committee in faculty governance.
The academic student advocate position is currently held by Dr. David Zehr. Dr. Zehr is a tenured member of the Psychology faculty and spent ten years as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to assuming the role.
Prior to leaving, students must inform the Academic Student Advocate of their intention to take a Leave of Absence from the University by submitting a PSU Leave of Absence online form and booking an appointment.
Prior to leaving, students must inform the Academic Student Advocate of their intention to withdraw from the University by submitting a PSU Survey/Withdrawal form and booking an appointment.
Withdrawing from the University prior to the beginning of the final examination period, when all University obligations have been met, means that students’ academic records are not adversely affected by the semester in which they withdraw. A notation of W will be recorded on students’ transcripts. If students withdraw after the beginning of the final examination period, without taking final examinations, failing grades will be recorded on students’ transcripts for the semester in which they withdrew.
The full Academic Integrity Policy can be found in this PDF.
For faculty and staff to report, Academic Integrity Policy Violations.
Plymouth State University is committed to providing all students, staff, and faculty with an academic environment that is free of discrimination and/or harassment. The University expects all faculty, staff and students to engage in behavior and conduct that is appropriate, respectful, and responsible for a collegial, discrimination and harassment-free environment built upon trust, integrity, and fairness. PSU, in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, will not tolerate discrimination and/or harassment against any person based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, by faculty, staff or students because such behavior is unlawful, disrespectful, and undermines the spirit of PSU’s mission.
The Plymouth State University C.A.R.E. program provides holistic intervention and resource referral to connect students to appropriate campus and local resources supporting their success at PSU.
Through the use of a reporting tool, the C.A.R.E. form, faculty, staff, students, and family members are able to alert the Dean of Students office when a student may be in need or when they may have experienced an emergency or significant incident impacting their ability to succeed- temporarily or long term- in the campus environment.
Frost House staff work collaboratively with the following offices.