Welcome

The Office of the Dean of Students supports our campus community and promotes individual student success and retention. Please submit an SOU Cares Report for all concerns so we can assist individuals and communities in need of support or intervention. You may contact us through email, scheduling links, phone, or fax lines listed below. Use 911 for immediate response to emergencies. Please see below for information and links for COVID, SOU Cares reporting, contacting the staff, scheduling information for case managers, scheduling for legal services, and information on connection and support groups.

 

COVID-19: Link to updates and notifications

Emergencies, Alerts, and Notifications:

  • Use 911 for emergencies - The regional 911 dispatch center dispatches all emergency response personnel, including Campus Public Safety, Ashland Police, and Ashland Fire and Rescue. 
  • You may also sign up for SOU Alerts and Notifications on the SOU Campus Notifications website

SOU Reporting: We encourage and support a culture of reporting at SOU: Link to the SOU Cares Report.

Contact the Office of the Dean of Students:

Legal Services: Schedule with the Attorney for SOU Students: 

ASSOU contracts with an attorney who provides legal assistance for students. Legal consults may include questions about legal matters that are unrelated to SOU. Students may request a free half-hour consultation and may be referred to other professionals through this resource. For an appointment with the attorney, send a legal consult request to dos@sou.edu. Please include your name and phone number.

Connection and Support Groups: 

Below is information about support groups available for our students. Register to attend by clicking the link below. If you have questions, reach out to the facilitator directly. Groups will be held via Zoom meeting to maintain physical distancing requirements.

  • Anxiety Relief GroupMondays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm through Zoom. Facilitated by Joan Anderson, Office of the Dean of Students. 
Learn and Practice skills in a small group setting to identify and change thought patterns to reduce anxiety. Drop-ins are welcome. No regular attendance required. To access this group, contact Joan at andersj13@sou.edu.
  • Support Group for BIPOC StudentsFridays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm through Zoom. Facilitated by Valli Anandavalli, Student Health and Wellness Center. 
This group provides support for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) students impacted by racial tensions, pandemic related isolation, and academic and general stress. To access this group, contact Valli at anandavas@sou.edu.
  • Community Recovery in Education (CORE)Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30pm through Zoom. Facilitated by Student Health and Wellness Center Staff. 
Supports and promotes the academic success, recovery, and well-being of SOU students recovering from addiction by providing an authentic student-centered community and robust recovery support services and programming. To access this program, contact Anna D’Amato damatoa@sou.edu.
  • LGBTQIA+ Sexual Assault Survivors Healing (SASH)Tuesdays from 3:00pm to 4:00 pm through Zoom. Facilitated by Alex Sylvester, Social Justice and Equity Center.
A support group for LGBTQIA+ SOU students and community members to heal from recent and past sexual violence. To access this group, please contact Alex at sylvestea@sou.edu.
  • Women’s Sexual Assault Survivors Healing (SASH): Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm through Zoom. Facilitated by Lezley Sanders, Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team.

A support group for SOU Women and Femme students and community members to heal from recent and past sexual violence. To access this group, please contact Lezley Sanders by email at lezleysanders@gmail.com or call/text at 541.840.6672. 

  • Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness Support Group: Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm through Zoom. Facilitated by Emily Holgen, Office of the Dean of Students.

This peer led group supports students who experience chronic pain, chronic illness, and/or frequent illness. Drop-ins are welcome. No regular attendance required. To access this group, contact Emily at holgene@sou.edu.

  • Sober Hour: Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm through Zoom. Peer group led by an SOU student as part of the CORE program (Community of Recovery in Education). Email maxwells@sou.edu for the link to join. 
  • Body Acceptance Group Support (BAGS)Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm through Zoom. Facilitated by Autumn Doshier, Student Health and Wellness Center Volunteer. 

A support group for SOU students who are looking for a safe space to explore their relationship to their body and food. This group promotes Health At Every Size (HAES) and an opportunity to restore and compassionately make peace with the body. All genders are welcome. To access this group, contact Autumn at doshiera@sou.edu