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We are here to help! The Dean of Students works to address student needs and to guide with university policies and procedures.

Who Can Assist Me?

The Office of the Dean of Students is here to assist you with a multitude of issues. In our office, we have a Student Assistance team that consists of all of the staff but mainly three professional staff members that will work with your to understand your concern.  Depending on your concern, please use this tool to determine who you may need to schedule a meeting with.

Please contact

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 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 provide 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.

  1. Access myPurdue
  2. Select the ‘Academics’ tab on the left side,  navigate to the ‘Personal Information’ box and click ‘Name Change Info’
  3. 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

Campus and Community Resources

Campus Resources

Health-Care Facilities
Hammond Campus: Regional Health Clinic, 2250 173rd Street
Westville Campus: Dworkin Student Services and Activities Center

Counseling Center
Hammond Campus: Riley Center, 2250 173rd Street
Westville Campus: Technology Building 101
Contact: 219-989-2366

Office of Dean of Students
Student Union & Library, Room 313, Hammond Campus and LSF, Room 103, Westville Campus
Contact: 219-989-4141 / 219-785-5230

Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Lawshe 231, Hammond Campus and Schwarz Hall, 25 C, Westville Campus
Contact: 219-989-2337 / 219-785-5545

PNW Police
G095 & G097, Schneider Building, Hammond Campus
Room 101, Campus Police Building, Westville Campus
Contact: 219-989-2220 / 219-785-5220 or Emergency: 911

Community Resources

The Caring Place
Valparaiso, IN
24-Hour Hotline: 219-464-2128

The Crisis Center, Inc.
Gary, IN
24-Hour Hotline: 800-519-0469

Haven House Family Advocacy Center
Hammond, IN
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

Student Advocate Walk in Hours

A Dean of Students staff member will be available during the office hours listed below. Please come in to see us

Office Hours

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Student Union Library Building (SULB) 313
(219) 989-4141

Office Hours

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Library-Student-Faculty Building (LSF) 103
(219) 785-5230