Office of Student Affairs
Student Affairs supports Longwood's mission to prepare citizen leaders by providing educational and co-curricular opportunities designed to challenge and support students as they learn and develop. Through intentional collaboration with academic and campus partners, we create an engaging, diverse and inclusive community that positively influences student learning, development, and success.
Student Affairs functions in partnership with Academic Affairs to integrate knowledge gained in both curricular and co-curricular settings to teach students competencies, skills and values needed to serve and lead lives of purpose and meaning.
Our Student Affairs Teams
Through a model that fosters collaboration within our area and across the campus, all student affairs professionals serve on one or more of our seven teams and/or one task force:
- Academic & Student Affairs Collaboration
- Community Standards & Expectations
- Student Engagement Team
- Professional Development
- Men's Involvement Task Force
Commitment to Student Success
Collectively, 53 qualified staff comprise the 14 departments within Student Affairs each of whom is committed to providing exceptional service and quality learning experiences to positively impact student success. Individually, they represent scholars, teachers, counselors, advisers, mentors, programmers, and practitioners who challenge and support each student to discover the power within by:
- Modeling good decision making that is inclusive and open;
- Empowering students to explore important matters of interest;
- Sharing the responsibility for the campus with students;
- Involving students in the process of leadership;
- Listening to students’ concerns, ideas, and suggestions;
- Informing students about programs, activities, and opportunities;
- Supporting students while they discover themselves and try new things;
- Challenging students to see an alternative view, concept, or perspective;
- Creating a tone or climate of civility, inclusivity, and mutual respect;
- Facilitating programs, workshops, and events where ideas from diverse perspectives can be shared and discussed;
- Mediating conflicts and resolving problems;
- Counseling students to promote self-awareness and healthy choices; and
- Reflecting with students about their experiences.
Letter from the Vice President
Welcome to Longwood Student Affairs where developing citizen leaders in a meaningful learning environment is our mission and passion.
Organizationally fifteen offices comprise the division of student affairs; however, student lives and learning are not segmented into divisions, departments, classrooms, or even into research activities.
We collaborate with faculty and staff throughout the campus to enrich and integrate learning experiences and opportunities into all facets of university life. Research confirms that a student's involvement and engagement in his or her learning produces the greatest gains and that one's peers have the most influence. Student leadership is a central component of our campus culture and intricately woven into the very fabric of Longwood's meaningful learning environment. Over 150 student organizations offer fertile ground for students to explore their interests, test their skills, become involved in the community, or simply try something new.
At the beginning of each academic year the Student Honor Board along with faculty, robed in full academic regalia, assemble for the Honor Ceremony where all freshmen sign their pledge to uphold the Honor Code. In 2010, Longwood celebrated 100 years of this rich and cherished tradition that exemplifies the essence of our core values. Each student is treated with dignity and respect, and we expect students to own responsibility for their education, decisions, and behavior.
It is truly a distinct privilege to be a part of this challenging endeavor where the success of every student matters and that our partnership in this journey leads students to discover the power within!
Please feel free to contact me or any one of our staff, if we can be of any assistance to you.
Tim J. Pierson, Ph.D
Vice President for Student Affairs
The Student Handbook contains information for students about available services, administrative policies and procedures, academic regulations, conduct standards and regulations, and governance structure.
The goal in producing the Handbook is to help students take advantage of opportunities at Longwood University.