Members of the dean's staff focus energy and attention on community-building initiatives and helping individual students succeed academically and grow personally.
The mission of our office is to guide, support, and challenge students in order that they may attain their full academic and personal potential at Bowdoin and beyond.
Members of our staff are knowledgeable about issues and problems that arise for students and are a good source of information about College resources and policies. We offer general advising as well as referrals to other campus offices. We help students and parents manage academic and nonacademic situations as they arise, consulting extensively with faculty and staff across the College. Stop by the office or contact your dean to make an appointment!
Personal Leave of Absence
Any student wishing to pursue a personal leave of absence (PLOA) must first speak with a dean. The deadline for these conversations is Friday, July 10 at 5:00 pm EDT. Students then have until Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT to submit an Intent to Withdraw form in order to finalize a PLOA.
Students who are considering taking a PLOA are encouraged not to wait to schedule an appointment to speak with a dean. Although appointments are still available, they are becoming limited. Members of the class of 2023 should contact Kathleen King. Members of the class of 2022 or 2021 should contact Lynne Yanders.
Please review the Personal Leave of Absence FAQs for additional information.
Emergency Funding Requests
Generous annual gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the College enable the Office of the Dean of Students to offer specific financial support to students for emergencies and unanticipated events throughout the year. Additionally, this spring, the Bowdoin Student Government and the Student Activities Fund Committee made significant contributions to emergency fund efforts on behalf of students. The College makes this money available through the Emergency Fund to offer financial support to students with the greatest need who have incurred financial or other hardship as a direct result of COVID-19. Allowable expenses may include, but are not limited to housing, food, transportation, course materials, technology or other expenses necessary to participate in remote learning, or medical bills not covered by insurance.
In order to provide funding for any aided student experiencing financial or other hardship as a direct result of COVID-19, Bowdoin must cap all relief grants at this time to a total maximum allotment of $350 per student. Please note: the College will be unable to provide further financial assistance for COVID-19 relief beyond this amount. Any request for COVID-19-related assistance must be received by July 31, 2020 (please keep in mind that the funds may run out before that date). At the time a request is made, an individual must be matriculated and currently enrolled at Bowdoin and have completed the spring 2020 semester.
Students may request Emergency Funds electronically HERE. By completing this form, students certify that they have incurred allowable expenses as defined above. These funds do not have to be repaid, but the College hopes that one day when a beneficiary of this support is in a position to pay this forward, they will.
The Emergency Funding Committee meets once a week on Friday mornings to review requests. Requests that are not received by Thursday at 5:00 pm may not be considered by the Committee until the following week. In most cases, committee members will contact students directly via email to notify the student of the outcome and/or request additional information. Approved reimbursements will be made by direct deposit to a student’s bank account. Approved requests for payments will be made directly to the payee as provided for by the student. To the extent these payments represent reimbursement for, or payment of, reasonable and necessary expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19, the payments do not represent taxable income to students and the College is not required to report them to the IRS.
Bowdoin has applied for the CARES Act money and we are currently exploring all of the details of this legislation to ensure our understanding of the implications to our community. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available to us.
Non-COVID-19 related requests should be made here.