Dean of Students

Cougs Helping Cougs.

Dear members of the WSU community,

Since the beginning of the semester, we’ve been affected by the death and serious injury of students. As those of us touched by these events grieve and cope together, we ask for support from the Cougar community. Cougs take care of Cougs, and a word of encouragement may mean more than you know.  As a community, let’s take time to check in with our friends and fellow Cougs, ask if we’re okay, and support each other in accessing help if needed.

It is important to know that we have resources to help any WSU student in distress. If you or someone you know is feeling alone or troubled for any reason, please reach out to someone at the resources below. We are here to help.

  • Health and Wellness Services, 335-3575, Washington Building
  • Counseling and Psychological Services, 335-4511, Washington Building
  • After-hours Crisis Line, 335-2159 (evening and weekends)
  • Dean of Students, 335-5757, 134 French Administration Building
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
  • WSU Aware Network,


Melynda Huskey
Interim Vice President and Dean of Students

What Does the Dean of Students Do?

We're here to help students flourish at Washington State University.

When your life as a Coug gets complicated, we can work with you to figure it out.

Maybe it’s a bureaucratic tangle? A financial catastrophe? A sudden illness or family situation? Maybe you’re just in a complicated mess and you’re not sure where to start to get back on track?

That’s us!

We’re also here to help faculty help students.

If one of your students is in distress, or is causing distress to others, we may be able to help.

Our Vision:

The WSU Office of the Dean of Students promotes students' self-determination: their ability to make meaningful, satisfying, and authentic choices for their own success by helping them create a transformative experience and achieve their goals.

Our Mission:

The WSU Office of the Dean of Students connects students with the services, opportunities, and resources to foster their success at WSU and after graduation. By working with university and community partners, we advise students about services, resources, and options that support their success and provide guidance and assistance during times of challenge, crisis, complexity or emergency.

Come by and see us!