Dean of Students

Advocacy & Inclusivity


As a Unit within the Division of Student Affairs, the Dean of Students is committed to integrating the academic mission of the University with the Student Affairs mission.

The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to support academic success, student retention, and graduation, by fostering an inclusive and equitable campus community, which promotes educational programs, social activities, services, resources, and advocacy. 

The Office of the Dean of Students focuses on the development of community, identity and character. Values of openness, advocacy, inclusiveness, social responsibility and mutual respect guide the Dean of Students team as they strive to help students achieve their goals and aspirations. Through the application of sound management and leadership principles, the Dean of Students team devotes themselves to providing effective and efficient program and service delivery to ISU students. 

As the interim Dean of Students, Amanda Hobson, coordinates the administration of the Office of the Dean of Students, serves as an advocate for students, and shares information with students, colleagues, and other interested parties that promote student success, retention, and graduation.  Hobson directly supervises and has oversight on the following areas:

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Strategies and interventions are designed to:

  • Facilitate student Academic, Personal, Civic and Professional Growth and Development
  • Prepare students for Leadership in a Global, Diverse and Changing Society
  • Cultivate a Campus Community characterized by meaningful challenges and support

Associate Dean of Students

Assists the Dean of students in coordinating the administration of the Dean of Students Office, serves as an advocate for students, and shares information with students, colleagues, and other interested parties that promote student success, retention, and graduation. Specifically the Associate Dean coordinates the Dean on Call procedure, Student Affairs Employee of the month program, plans the social staff development events for the division and takes on tasks as assigned by the Dean of Students.

The Associate of Students also serves as the ISU Ombudsperson.  If you have student concerns, we are here to help.  Contact the Ombudsperson or complete this form.

Victim Advocate

The Victom Advocate is charged with identifying and addressing student needs by providing services to promote academic achievement, personal and professional development and persistence to graduation within the Dean of Students Office and the Division of Student Affairs. These services include but are not limited to: providing direction and intervention for students in emergency and non-emergency situations, coordinating victim services, working with University staff and faculty to resolve student problems; mediating and resolving conflicts; student referrals; and serving as the lead victim advocate for the university.



Indiana State University Victim Advocate If you are the victim of a sexual assault, other sex offense, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking (even if you are not certain), please review the Victim Packet for assistance. You may call the Indiana State Victim Advocate at 812-243-7272 at any time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

ISU Victim Advocates

  • Are confidential resources
  • Help victims and survivors of
    • Sexual Violence
    • Relationship Violence
    • Stalking
  • Offer support
  • Help victims understand their options
  • Are available to all ISU students, regardless of one's sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race ethnicity, religious identity, veteran status, age, national origin, and/or disability.
  • Can be present with victims at the hospital, during police and campus investigations, aid a victim with the criminal process, and more.
  • Are trained faculty and staff volunteers, who are supervised by Assistant Dean of Students and Lead Victim Advocate Amanda Hobson

Initial Steps to Consider

If you or someone you know has experience sexual violence, here are some basic steps you can take:

  • Go to a safe place.
  • Consider speaking with a confidential resource, which means that with few exceptions they are not mandatory reporters of sexual violence. (The exception is if the victim of sexual violence is a child, elder, and/or vulnerable adult.)
  • Consider your reporting options. Your options include reporting the offense to:
  • You may seek medical attention.
  • Consider steps to preserve and record evidence, which could include going to a hospital emergency room and request a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) or a SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examine).
  • You may seek assistance in changing university academic, living, working, and transportation situations, regardless of whether you choose to report the crime to University Police or local law enforcement.
  • You may seek an order of protection, a court-ordered no contact order, a restraining order or similar lawful orders from a court of competent jurisdiction.

You may seek additional help, counseling advocacy, legal assistance and other assistance.

Comprehensive Advocacy Program

Our comprehensive advocacy program is designed to support victims holistically. The program allows the victim to take charge of their healing by following a three tiered prevention model:

  • Primary Prevention: Educating the campus and community on sexual violence and domestic violence by utilizing various mediums to reach specific and targeted audiences.
  • Secondary Prevention: Offering victim advocates, who serve as the institution’s immediate response in assisting our students that are victims and survivors of sexual violence, gender-based violence and harassment, and domestic and dating violence.
  • Tertiary Prevention: Incorporates both the primary and secondary prevention models in creating a long term response to not only our victims but our education on the topic of sexual violence.

Enveloped within the comprehensive advocacy program are the following components: the Victim Advocacy Training Program; Victim Advocates; programming on issues of gender, sexuality, sexual and interpersonal violence as well as other types of outreach and collaboration.



Hulman Memorial Student Union
Room 808
Indiana State University
Phone: 812-237-3829

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM