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Welcome from Dean Eldredge

Welcome to Fordham University.

Keith Eldredge

I extend a warm welcome to all the new students at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and their families. All of us in the Student Life area are excited for you to join us at the Summer Orientation Programs on Monday, July 8 or Monday, July 15, as well as for the three-day Orientation in the fall that begins on Sunday, August 25, 2019 and in all of the events and activities we have planned for the upcoming year.

As the dean of students at a Jesuit university, part of my role is to build upon the efforts of our faculty to extend your education beyond the classroom. Student Affairs is responsible for many of the activities that are not directly related to your academic courses. The various programs, policies and processes for which we are responsible are designed to be infused with educational value and to strengthen an intellectual community that balances rights with responsibilities. In establishing high standards through these policies and procedures, we hope to effectively train men and women for and with others. In turn, these responsible citizens may assure the same qualities in future generations.

As dean of students, I directly oversee the area of Student Affairs referred to as Student Life: the Office for Student Involvement, New Student Orientation, Commuter Student Services, the Office of Residential Life, Student Conduct, Sexual Misconduct and Alcohol and Other Drug Education. Through these offices and others, we will work with you to create a rich and varied culture of participation both on and off campus. For this experiential learning to occur, you must choose to participate. Through your involvement, you can not only fully realize your educational potential, but also assist in the operation and decision-making of our University. It is our expectation that you will fully embrace this choice and take advantage of all of the opportunities to grow and develop intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Care for our students is of the utmost importance, especially in light of the high prevalence of mental health concerns among college-age students. We understand that family members may have concerns about your student or have a question about their experience here. Please contact us, as we are happy to work with you. While it is the responsibility of all of our students to take the lead role in addressing conflicts and working on problems they may experience, we hope our partnership with families will provide the appropriate combination of challenge and support to achieve this goal. If your student has a history of emotional struggles, please inform me, the senior director of residential life and/or a psychologist in Counseling and Psychological Services. We can discuss ways to assist with a smoother transition and/or be better able to respond should struggles arise.

In addition, I invite you to call or email me if you would like further information or want to discuss a specific problem or concern.

Welcome to Fordham! We hope you quickly embrace the community you have joined as your own and begin to make your mark as we learn and grow together

Keith Eldredge
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students