Student Support


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Letter from the Dean

Dear Colleagues,

The road traveled to the School of Dentistry is different for each of us.  Some of us hail from strong rural communities; others from major cities across the nation and world.  Some of us have parents who are dentists; others are the first in their families to attend a professional school. No matter what distance you have traveled to the School of Dentistry, we are committed to providing a welcoming, supportive environment for your education.

Surveys we conducted with you, our students, indicate you are unsure of the resources available should you ever feel as though you are not being treated with the respect each of our community members deserves.  This website was created to provide more information about how to address these situations and where to turn if you need support.  I hope you find it useful as we work together to build a respectful, inclusive community for everyone in our school.


Dean Leon A. Assael, D.M.D.

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Check out the U wide campus climate pages!

Campus Climate—A respectful, inclusive, and welcoming campus is the ground on which a truly equitable and diverse institution flourishes. In a climate of respect and inclusivity, both individuals and the institution are expected to assume responsibility: individuals are encouraged to realize their potential and succeed; diverse identities are honestly and courageously affirmed; and the institution supports all who strive for success.

The University of Minnesota supports a welcoming campus climate in which all persons are treated with civility and respect. Toward that end, the University will facilitate, sustain and advance a culture that supports equity, inclusion and community by fostering dialogue, respect and personal growth. These purposeful activities and shared responsibility provide an environment that allows everyone the opportunity to succeed.

Not sure how to handle a challenging situation?

To speak confidentially about your experience stop by and see Sara Johnson, the Director of Student Affairs, in 15-106 Moos Tower, email her or call her at 612-624-6960. You can also review these tips for handling difficult conversations and difficult behavior.

Reporting Incidents

Faculty, staff and students in the School of Dentistry should use the Professional Behavior Report Form to report behavior contrary to the School of Dentistry and University Codes of Conduct. Completed forms should be submitted to Sara Johnson, Director, Student Affairs, 15-106 Moos Tower, Please contact Sara with any questions regarding the reporting process.