We recognize that there are times when trying to figure out the various academic processes in the ISU Catalogue can be confusing. The Academic Issues and Concerns pages on the Student Assistance website summarize the most common issues, such as filing an academic grievance, dropping or withdrawing a class due to extenuating circumstances. The Student Assistance staff would also be happy to sit down with you to help you navigate any of these or other academic processes you may not understand completely.
James Dorsett is Iowa State's Interim Dean of Students. He is not, however, the Dean of a specific academic college. Typically, when students are referred to "the Dean" by a faculty member or academic process, this typically is the Dean responsible for administrative leadership within each of the University's eight academic colleges . A complete roster of the academic leadership for all ISU Colleges is provided by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
If you feel you've been treated unfairly or have other academic concerns, The University provides an academic grievance process to resolve your concerns. Student Assistance staff can meet with you to explain how these work and assist if you choose one of these options. While the Student Assistance staff is happy to help you navigate these processes, the final authority for resolving academic concerns remains with the faculty. Therefore, students will be referred back to their instructors or the appropriate department chair or academic dean to identify a resolution.
It is a student's responsibility to notify their instructors if they unable to attend class. Individual faculty typically have their contact preferences listed in the course syllabus for students to utilize when they are unable to attend class If students are unable to initiate this contact due to a crisis or more severe illness, the Dean of Students Office can facilitate an Emergency Notification.
In the event of inclement weather, information about class cancellation will be communicated on the Iowa State University Homepage. For additional information, consult the Winter Weather Frequently Asked Questions.
Your first step should be having a conversation with your roommate about expectations of the living arrangement.