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Office of Student Affairs

The professionals in the Office of Student Affairs, as a component of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, work together to create and implement a vibrant co- and extra-curricular life on the campus. The Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs is responsible for providing leadership and for administering a comprehensive student development program at the University. The various Student Affairs functions that report to the Assistant Vice President include: The Conduct System, Disability Services, The Counseling Center, Health Services, Orientation, Residential Life, and Student Activities; additionally, Student Affairs oversees the production of the student handbook, and works closely with the parents of our students.

The Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs is available to meet with students on a variety of issues. Students may make appointments to meet regarding questions or concerns related to any aspect of their Lasell experience. Additionally, the Assistant Vice President and Dean works with student leaders in helping to respond to feedback and ideas brought forward by members of the student body.

At times of emergencies and or personal crises, students often seek out the support and assistance of the Assistant Vice President and Dean who is able to assist students in navigating those times when they find themselves in particularly challenging or difficult situations (including family crises), and need someone to help them to pull together a plan of action and assist with the implementation of that plan.      

The Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs is responsible for overseeing the University's conduct system, and works with members of the University community in responding to alleged violations of University policy and/or local, state, or federal laws. Students who believe that they have been aggrieved against by a member of the University community may meet with the Dean to discuss their concerns and get information about the channels available to them to address those concerns.

The Office of Student Affairs is located on the top level of the Edwards Student Center; it is also where the Offices of Career Development, Residential Life, Student Conduct and Disability Services are located.


David J. Hennessey, B.A., Ed.M.
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs
Edwards Student Center

Joan McGrath, B.A., M.A.
Administrative Assistant to the Office of Student Affairs