Division of Student Success

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students is UWRF's primary student advocate and assists the Assistant Chancellor for Student Success in the leadership of the division. The Dean serves as a resource for students, families, faculty and staff when navigating the complexities of the university experience through student support and advocacy, family engagement, and collaborations.

The Dean of Students provides leadership to various campus life departments including Residence LifeUniversity CenterTitle IX & ComplianceViolence Prevention, and Student Conduct & Community Standards. The Dean also works with other members of the Division of Student Success and the broader university community to support students in crisis, promote a culture of advocacy and restorative justice, encourage students to engage in responsible citizenship and take responsibility for their actions, and engage in community partnership to enhance resources and support for UWRF Falcons.

If you are experiencing any of the following, please request an appointment with the Dean via EAB Navigate.

  • Questions about transitioning to college life
  • Injury or Illness which is impacting classes
  • Experiencing a personal/family issue and need to leave campus
  • Experiencing barriers in campus life
  • Experiencing depression, anxiety, panic and/or other general mental health concerns
  • Experiencing a racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and/or macroaggressions
  • Financial struggles/homelessness/food insecurity
  • Personal Conflicts
  • Need to access multiple campus resources
  • Not sure where to access help


If IMMEDIATE medical, police, or other emergency services are needed, please call 911. You may also contact local police using the following phone numbers: 

  • University Police:
  • City of River Falls Police:

Report It!

Please submit a Report It! form for Bias/Hate Incidents, Student Concerns, Sexual Misconduct, and Employee Concerns by clicking the link below:


Katie Jackson, Ed.D.

Katie Jackson

Dear Falcons,

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.  I am so glad you’re here. 

I am honored to serve as your Dean of Students.  College is an exciting time of discovery, growth, and challenges. For many college students, it can feel like an exciting and wild ride.  I see myself as your partner in navigating the flows and turns of your college journey. Ultimately, my goal is to support you in maximizing your personal potential while pursuing your overarching goal of a college degree. 

Get Engaged

As with most things in life, college is an experience in which you get out of it what you put into it.  I encourage you to get involved with a student organization, get a campus job, find a way to practice leadership, and enjoy all of the events and services that are so abundant within the Falcon community.

Take Care of Yourself

Many college students experience a newfound sense of freedom in their daily lives.  For some, this can look like operating on four hours of sleep, overreliance on caffeine, no time for exercise, constant emotional stress, and exhaustedly reaching for any food that appeals to them.  These basic habits reduce a person’s ability to focus on school and enjoy interactions with friends. It’s SO important to keep healthy habits that protect your mental and physical health.  You will feel better and happier each day when you care for your health.

Be an Includer

Many new college students worry about whether they will find friends and fit in.  You can put these tensions at bay by focusing on helping other people feel important, included, and valued.  Get ready to meet new people who are different from anyone you ever encountered in your hometown – there is so much you can learn from these new relationships.  If you experience any hate or bias, stand up for what you believe in and Report It!

Pay it Forward

Every Falcon has something unique to offer our community.  Consider your strengths and talents and spend time sharing them with your fellow Falcons.  You have an opportunity to leave a legacy within the community that will benefit future Falcons!

I am committed to being your partner as you climb this mountain.  The truth is, this will be an amazing experience, but some days will be hard.  On those occasion when you encounter unexpected obstacles, know that you’re not alone.  I’m here to support and connect you with expert resources that will stabilize and propel you forward.     

Go Falcons!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Katie Jackson
Dean of Students

Contact Us

Division of Student Success
Phone: 715-425-0720
235 Rodli Hall