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Student Development Services (SDS)

The efforts of Associate Vice President, Bridget Blanshan, collectively with the Student Development Services staff, compliment and support the academic mission of the University and promote lifelong learning opportunities. Staff members in this area are responsible for initiating discussion and action that will strengthen the institution in its quest to create a student-centered learning environment. Student Development Services provides leadership and coordination for assessment of the below Student Affairs programs and services.

Student Development Services Include:

Dean of Students (DOS)

The Dean of Students office provides general information concerning campus policies, procedures, and regulations. Students needing assistance with any University matter are invited to initiate resolution through this office. Specific policies regarding grade appeals, student grievances, and student conduct are supported and administered by this office.

Disability Support Services (DSS)

Consistent with CSUSM’s goals, the Office of Disability Support Services has been designated to provide services and accommodations to students with disabilities to ensure that they have both equal opportunity and access in their educational pursuits. 

New Student & Family Programs

The New Student Orientation and Family Programs Team supports incoming students and their families in a successful transition to CSUSM. Through summer orientations, weeks of welcome, and innovative programming for first-year and transfer students. They aim to foster knowledge of resources and services while cultivating a sense of pride in their new community. 


Residential Education

Residence Life is committed to making life on campus safe, enjoyable, exciting, educational, and supportive for all students. They help students engage with peers from different backgrounds and life experiences to enrich their development and promote their academic success.

Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS)

The SHCS professionals who serve students are dedicated to providing services in a warm, caring, and professional environment and take a proactive approach in helping them create healthy lifestyles.

Title IX/DHR

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, CSUSM does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. CSUSM’s Title IX Office educates the campus community, investigates allegations of violations of sexual harassment and misconduct, and provides advocacy and support services.