The Dean of Student office is your go-to resource for addressing student needs and offering guidance on PNW policies. See common issues as well as who to contact for assistance.
Who Can Assist Me?
The Dean of Students office can assist PNW students with a range of issues. We have a Student Assistance team that will work with your to understand your concern. Explore common concerns below to find the best person to schedule a meeting with.
We will help you present your case, offering confidential guidance.
Student Support and Advocacy
Advocates are located on each campus in the Office of the Dean of Students and are available to help with a wide variety of issues that students are faced with. Students are connected with the appropriate university and community resources to support their academic success and progress. When experiencing unforeseen circumstances, students are provided assistance within university policies and procedures.
Advocates assist students with many personal and life situations. Specialized support and advocacy is available to students who have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking, or family circumstance impacting their academic pursuits, like pregnancy or parenting.
Staff are committed to providing services that are non-judgmental, survivor-focused and empowering. Recognizing that each person’s experience is unique, staff are available to help each survivor assess their reporting options and access resources that meet their personal needs.
To change your preferred name in the myPurdue portal and in Brightspace, follow the steps below.
- Access myPurdue
- Select the ‘Academics’ tab on the left side, navigate to the ‘Personal Information’ box and click ‘Name Change Info’
- You will then be able to update your preferred first name, and click Submit when you are finished entering your preferred first name.
This change can take up to 24 hours to appear.
To change your preferred name in other PNW systems, please contact the Dean of Students Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus and Community Resources
Hammond Campus: Regional Health Clinic, 2250 173rd Street
Westville Campus: Dworkin Student Services and Activities Center
Hammond Campus: Riley Center, 2250 173rd Street
Westville Campus: Technology Building 101
Contact: (219) 989-2366
Office of Dean of Students
Hammond Campus: Student Union and Library Building, Room 313
Westville Campus: LSF, Room 103
Contact: (219) 989-4141 / (219) 785-5230
Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Hammond Campus: Lawshe 231
Westville Campus: Schwarz Hall, 25 C
Contact: (219) 989-2337 / (219) 785-5545
Hammond Campus: Schneider G095 and G097
Westville Campus: Campus Police Building, Room 101
Contact: (219) 989-2220 / (219) 785-5220 or Emergency: 911
PNW Food Pantry
Hammond Campus: Schneider Avenue Building 52-54
Westville Campus: Located in the former Dark Room in the Library Student Faculty (LSF) building.
Disability Access Center
Hammond Campus: Student Union and Library Building (SULB), Room 341
Westville Campus: Technology Building (TECH), Room 101
Contact: (219) 989-2455
The Caring Place
24-Hour Hotline: (219) 464-2128
The Crisis Center, Inc.
24-Hour Hotline: (800) 519-0469
Haven House Family Advocacy Center
24-Hour Hotline: (219) 931-2090
St. Jude’s House Family Shelter
Crown Point, IN
24-Hour Hotline: (800) 254-1286
Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Inc.
Michigan City, IN
24-Hour Hotline: (866) 879-4615
Foodbank of Northwest Indiana
Merrillville, IN (Various locations for food pantries & soup kitchens)
Phone: (219) 525-4043
Food Assistance Availability Map
Locations throughout Indiana
Contact: dial 2-1-1 or (866) 211-9966