Resources for Students
The Dean of Students Office is here to help support you with any personal circumstances that may upset your experience at MSUM. Contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation about your success and what we can do to help you achieve your personal or educational goals. We manage student leaves and absences.
Navigating Student Absences & Leaves
Sometimes life happens and a student needs to be away from school, either a short period of time or an extended time. MSUM and the Dean of Students Office seek to support students during those times.
- Student Bereavement Leave Policy
Students who have lost a close family member can request up to 5 days of excused absence from school to be with family.
- Student Absence Policy
Students may request excused absences through the Dean of Students Office for the following reasons:
- Participation in recognized student organization activity;
- Short-term military requirements;
- Long-term illnesses or family or personal emergencies; or
- Jury Duty.
- Request for Student Leave
Mental Health Emergencies
- Counseling Services
- Crisis Hotlines & Emergency Resources
We are all challenged on a daily basis to stay focused and be hopeful. We can meet these demanding aspects of life by taking steps to create positive mental health. Togetherall is a free resource you can use to support your mental health.
- Returning to campus from a mental health emergency
Conflict Coachingis a one‐on‐one consultation process designed to assess and develop a student’s communication skills and conflict management strategies.
In Conflict Coaching, students can:
- Get confidential assistance
- Learn more about their communication and conflict management styles.
- Develop new options and a strategy for managing their existing conflict.
- Gain confidence in their own abilities to manage and resolve the conflict knowing that they have someone to support them through the experience.
Who is involved?
- Student – the individual seeking conflict coaching.
- Director –Student Conduct and Resolution, within the Dean of Students Office.
How does it work?
In a typical Conflict Coaching session:
- Prior to meeting, the student completes a Conflict Style Self‐Assessment. The student brings this Self‐Assessment with them to the meeting.
- The Director provides a brief introduction to the process. Student and Director establish any necessary ground rules and behavioral guidelines, then confirm agreement on the timeframe for the session.
- The Student describes the conflict as they understand it, with appropriate time and space needed to “tell their story well”.
- The Director reviews results of the Self‐Assessment with the student and invites reflection on what it was like take the survey, as well as personal reactions to the survey.
- The conversation then shifts to an exploration of the conflict, informed by the Self‐Assessment, with the objective of identifying optimal next steps to take toward resolving the conflict.
- The Student (with the Director’s support and coaching) then develops a realistic, achievable plan for how best to proceed.
- The Director closes the meeting with final questions and reflections from the Student, summarizing the key take‐away points from the meeting. The Student is invited to schedule a follow‐up appointment if they choose.
We are all challenged on a daily basis to stay focused and be hopeful. We can meet these demanding aspects of life by taking steps to create positive mental health. Togetherall is a resource you can use to support your mental health.