The Emergency Deans are the College’s designated professional staff responsible for providing referrals, information, and support to students and consulting with faculty in severe weather event, local emergency, or community health crises . They are empowered to intervene with campus and community partners to coordinate the College’s response to students who are experiencing distress as a result of these types of crises. They work to ensure that adequate support and resources are available to students as long as there is a need. The Emergency Deans do not replace our college offices and departments. Rather, they serve as a connector of sorts and dive into complex situations that may require student advocacy across multiple offices and departments or with external entities.
The scope of the Emergency Deans’ role includes:
- Answering student’s academic and administrative questions during emergency periods
- Providing counseling referrals to the Student Assistance Program (SAP)
- Providing referrals to college support resources (Learning Center, tutoring, Libraries, SAS, etc.)
- Providing referrals to community resources (financial, housing, food, family wellbeing, etc.)
- Serving as a liaison between faculty and students for complex situations
The scope of the Emergency Deans role does not include:
- Giving legal advice
- Giving medical advice
- Interfering with law enforcement
- Excusing academic absences
- Interfering with academic policy or procedure
LSSC Foundation Student Emergency Grant Program
LSSC’s Emergency Assistance grant program provides small emergency assistance grants to currently enrolled students.
These grants are designed to assist with a one-time, unexpected event that causes an acute financial emergency and meets the following criteria:
- A situation that is unlikely to re-occur;
- When no other financial resources are available;
- The need can be documented
Examples of such emergencies may include but are not limited to: a loss due to fire or weather event, theft or accident, unexpected medical/dental expense, personal automobile expense, or a sudden, unavoidable interruption of income. Emergency grants cannot be used for tuition & fees, legal fees, tobacco/alcohol, entertainment expenses, credit card debt, or debt owed to the College.
Emergency Assistance is available to students who experience an acute and unexpected short-term hardship. Award decisions will be made based on the applicant’s individual situation and one-time grant awards are subject to limitations (maximum $600). Funding for this assistance comes from the LSSC Foundation. The student is not responsible for any type of repayment for the money awarded.