Student Assistance

The Dean of Students Office strives to provide assistance for students in need.

Advocacy Meetings

If you are encountering a problem and you are not sure where to turn, contact the to the Dean of Students Office.  Whether it is an issue in a class or a problem with your landlord, we can help with support and advocacy.

Bias Incident Report

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where every member of our community is respected and valued. Whenever an instance of bias occurs we encourage the filing of this report so that the situation can be addressed.  If you choose to share your name, a UW Oshkosh staff member will follow up with you as soon as possible.

Medical or Late Withdrawal/Late Drop from Coursework

  • If a severe circumstance impedes a student’s ability to be academically successful, the Dean of Students Office processes Late Withdrawal/Late Drop coursework requests based on the following reasons:
  • Medical emergency
  • Family emergency
  • Mental health emergency or problem
  • A severe personal problem or situation that has resulted in counseling or other professional services received prior to submission of appeal
  • Link to UW System Administrative Policy 807 for Medical Withdrawal Policy
  • The directions to complete the process along with the form can be found here.
  • Medical withdrawal refund schedule can be found here.
  • If you do not specifically need Medical or Late Withdrawal, visit the Withdrawal and Cancellation page.

Out of Class Letters

  • Per the attendance policy, absences that are three or less class days students are to work directly with their instructors. When a student misses classes due to a personal or medical circumstance, the Dean of Students Office sends faculty an email notifying them of the absence.  The student must then follow up with each faculty member to complete any academic work that was missed.
  • Absences can only be excused if sufficient documentation is provided (i.e. doctor note, obituary).
  • To request an Out of Class Letter, please fill out the form
UW Oshkosh Attendance Policy

While attendance and punctuality are under the control of each instructor, students are expected to be present for each regularly scheduled class session. Students are directly responsible to each of their instructors for attendance.

Instructors may initiate their own policy regarding attendance and are expected to announce their policy to each class, but it is the responsibility of the student to know the policies of the instructor.

There are certain activities beyond the classroom, that may, with University approval, be considered as field trips which are all-university in nature, e.g. athletics, debate trips, and certain music trips. Students are excused from class for all-university type events and circumstances beyond the student‘s control such as extended illness, medical emergency, and family emergency. Students may not be penalized for these excused absences as long as appropriate documentation is provided to the instructor in a timely manner.

In all cases of absence, excused or otherwise, the student is responsible for completing missed work. The instructor is not required to do extra teaching unless so assigned.

If a student will be absent from class for emergencies, medical reasons or exceptional personal reasons, the student is responsible, if capable of doing so, for contacting instructors individually or through their departments. If the student, family member, or friend is not able to contact instructors or the student will be absent more than three (3) class days, the Dean of Students office may be asked to send notification of the absence as reported to staff.

For more information regarding attendance, refer to GEN 4.B.5, GEN 4.B.9, and GEN 4.B.10 in the Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook, which is available in the Office of the Provost, D335.


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Support | Food and Supplies

Food Pantry:  Food insecure (low in funds and in need of food)

Supplies Closet Students with low funds or in need of everyday necessities, i.e. shampoo, deodorant, razors, toothbrush, etc.)

Student Care Team

  • The Student Care Team (SCT) is a network focused on prevention and early intervention for students who are experiencing distress.  SCT meets on a weekly basis to coordinated care for students and provide the assistance necessary to ensure that they are both personally and academically successful.
  • The SCT is chaired by John Palmer, Senior Associate Dean of Students.

Dean of Students Office

Visit us at the Oshkosh campus
Dempsey Hall 125, Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
(920) 424-3100