Dean of Students


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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


The Office of the Dean of Students assist students with a wide range of situations, issues, or concerns that may have potential to adversely affect their academic success or holistic growth as a student at CU.

This may include prolonged absence, impacts of medical or personal emergencies, resource insecurities, mental health or behavioral concerns, help connecting to resources both on campus or locally, or referrals from the campus community for students of concern. Whether you need assistance, are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, or have general questions, the Office of the Dean of Students is one of the many campus resources available to assist you.

If you or a student is experiencing difficulties and would like assistance, please complete the form below or call the Office of the Dean of Students at 570-389-4734.

Report a Student of Concern Student Handbook Student Complaints and Concerns

Additional Information

The Dean of Students Office can assist students with the following resources.

The CARE Team, chaired by the Office of the Dean of Students, exists to provide a coordinated response to students in crises. The team focuses on matters impacting individual students including but not limited to: disturbing behavior, medical and mental health concerns, resource insecurities, emergency situations, distress as a result of a personal crisis, or other issues of trauma or personal challenge. 

The CARE Team reviews all available information regarding the student of concern in a proactive manner to ensure the response provided is coordinated, safety-minded, and student-centered. Steps taken will include thoughtful use of resources, advocacy, and engagement with assistance from multiple departments to provide students with appropriate intervention and assistance. In partnership with the campus community, the team strives to promote wholistic wellness and student success while prioritizing safety of each individual and the community as a whole.

Our CARE Team is comprised of various individuals from the University working collaboratively to provide students with assistance and support services. The team consists of:

  • Dean of Students, Co-Chair
  • Senior Associate Dean of Students for Students Support, Leadership, and Retention Initiatives, Co-Chair
  • Associate Dean of Students - Mansfield
  • Associate Dean of Students - Lock Haven
  • Director of Residence Life - Bloomsburg
  • Director of Residence Life - Lock Haven & Mansfield
  • Executive Director of Counseling Services
  • Executive Director of University Disability Services
  • Executive Director of Residence Life
  • Executive Director of Student Conduct
  • Director of Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania Police
  • Student Success Specialist Representatives
  • BU Health Center Director & CUP Campus Health Liaison
  • Executive Director of Act 101
  • Director of Financial Aid
  • Director of TRIO Student Support Services
  • Director of Athletics

Referrals to the CARE Team can be made using the Student of Concern Report Form or by calling the Office of the Dean of Students at 570-389-4734.

For concerns that you feel are urgent and need immediate attention, contact the University Police at 570-389-2211 or call 911.

For campus counseling service, please contact our Counseling Center at 570-389-4255.

Commonwealth University's Counseling Centers help students develop human relations skills and personal growth. Typical reasons for seeking counseling include: anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, adjustment difficulties, family issues, substance use concerns, eating concerns, and responses to traumatic events. 

Counseling Center services are based on a short-term model of treatment, in which sessions are provided on a bi-weekly basis. If you are seeking a longer-term treatment approach or weekly session, the Student Counseling Center can assist in finding appropriate resources.

The Campus Cupboards across Commonwealth University provide support for students facing food insecurity or financial strain. Stocked with essential items ranging from non-perishable foods to personal hygiene products, it stands as a testament to our community's commitment to inclusivity and support.

Campus Cupboard

Commonwealth University's Health and Wellness initiative provides programs, services, and events that educate and motivate students to adopt healthy behaviors. The initiative supports the well-rounded health of CU students via the collaboration of services provided by Commonwealth University’s Student Health Centers, Counseling Centers, the Health and Wellness Education, and AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Intervention Services). For more information, visit the Health and Wellness Promotion website.

The Dean of Students Office can assist with connecting students to campus legal resources.

At the Bloomsburg Campus, a lawyer is on campus each semester for two-hour sessions to discuss student legal concerns. Contact the Community Activities Office at 570-389-4462 for more information about specific dates, times and location. This service is provided by the Community Government Association.

PA COMPASS helps Pennsylvanians apply for many health and human service programs including health care coverage, food assistance, cash assistance, and help paying for child care.  This includes benefits like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  For more information or to apply for services, visit the PA Compass website for additional information.

The number for the helpline for assistance is 1-800-692-7462 available between 8:30am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. If you would like to speak to a case worker in person or have your questions answered over the phone, the contact information for your county assistance office can be found at the PA County Assistance Offices website.

If you would like help navigating the PA Compass process, Dean of Students staff may be able to assist. 

In accordance with Commonwealth University's mission of being an inclusive comprehensive public university that prepares students for personal and professional success in an increasingly complex global environment, the university is issuing a preferred name policy.

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Jennifer Turnbough

Jen Turnbough

  • Senior Associate Dean of Students for Student Support, Leadership, and Retention Initiatives
  • Bloomsburg
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Rebecca Baker

  • Associate Dean of Students, Student Life, Leadership
  • Lock Haven
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Amanda Sanko

  • Associate Dean of Students, Student Life, and Leadership
  • Mansfield