A complete understanding of education recognizes that learning
occurs both in and out of the classroom. Seattle Pacific University
seeks to graduate people of competence and character who can
lead the way for meaningful change in our world. Together with
students, faculty, and staff, the Office of Student Life (OSL) strives
to unite learning and living in a grace-filled community as we seek
the uncommon path to a good life as described below:
- A life that harmonizes mind with heart, reflection with
action, scholarship with celebration, and our own needs with
the welfare of others.
- A life of wisdom that transforms ourselves, our students, our
neighbors, and our world.
- A life restored to wholeness by the grace of a loving God.
The Office of Student Life (OSL) is dedicated to enhancing a vital campus
community through dynamic curricular and co-curricular opportunities.
To unite these functions, OSL oversees the co-curricular education
of students in partnership with academic life and reports
directly to the Office of Academic Affairs. To further strengthen this
relationship, the dean of student life serves as associate vice president
for academic affairs, providing a liaison between academic
work under the vice president for academic affairs and various
student life programs. In addition to managing all the units that
comprise OSL, the dean of student life acts as
ombudsperson to all students to assist in resolving problems. The
dean also works with the University’s chief judicial officer in the
matter of community standards and expectations, discipline issues,
Students may request the services of the University ombudsperson
as a neutral party who can assist in resolving problems that arise
with respect to academic and student life policies. The ombudsperson
will help students understand procedures, including both
their rights and responsibilities as students, and the rights and
responsibilities of University officials. The ombudsperson role does
not substitute for the University judicial and appeal channel, but
may assist students in understanding and navigating processes.
Students wishing the services of a University ombudsperson should
contact the associate vice president for academic affairs/dean of
student life by calling 206-281-2481.
To resolve problems related to enrollment services, such as
admissions, financial aid, student accounts, or registration and
records policies, students may contact the Office of the Vice President
for Administration and University Relations by calling 206-281-2650. To appeal a decision
to the vice president, a student must first complete the office
or area process of appeal. This process is typically a written appeal
to the department head. If the student is not satisfied that his or her
interests were properly served by the area appeal process, an
appeal may be directed to the vice president for administration and
university relations. The appeal should include all information that
was submitted through the area appeal process.
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