The 1951 Statutes of the Board of Trustees provided for an Office of Student Affairs, an independent unit which was composed of the Student Activities Office, Student Special Services Office and the Counseling and Testing Service. Student Affairs was administered by a Director and included the Dean of Men and the Dean of Women as staff members. In 1952 the Student Employment Supervisor was also responsible to the Director of Student Affairs.
By 1956, the office of Student Affairs consisted of four divisions: the Student Housing Center, the Student Financial Assistance Center, the Student Counseling and Testing Center and the Student Activities Development Center. In July 1954 the Student Employment Office was detached from the Office of Student Affairs and made a part of the Placement Service.
The Bylaws and Statutes of the Board of Trustees approved July 1, 1964 provided for a division of Student Services, which included as subordinate units the Office of Student Affairs, the Health Service Division and the Student Work Office. In 1965 financial Assistance was separated from the Office of Student Affairs and combined with the Work Office.
Over the years the units composing the Student Affairs Office varied, until 1972 when Student Affairs became the general organization to deal with matters pertaining to students. The Student Center, Health Service, Student Life, Student Services, Student Work and Financial Assistance, and University Housing are all units headed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. The responsibilities of the Student Affairs Office have now been taken over by the Student Life Office, one component of the Student Affairs division. A Dean heads the Student Life office. The first appointed Dean was Emil Spees, effective September 1, 1972. The Dean of Student Life coordinates and gives administrative direction to the units of: Student Activities, Student Life and Campus Recreation and Intramurals.
*Note* Student Organizations are not a part of the institution, but may be approved by the Student Development Office and the Student Senate to receive funds from the Student Activity Fee. Housing Organizations are funded through Housing and Sports Clubs through Intramural/ Recreation. See Housing and Intramural/ Recreation for these organizations.