A Message from the VP for Student Affairs

About Lou Stark
Vice President for CWRU Student Affairs, Lou Stark

Welcome to Fall Semester! Whether you’re on campus or learning remotely, we’re happy you’re part of our community and looking forward to a successful semester. 

That being said, I recognize this semester brings some unique challenges to our entire student community. Those of you who are unable to return to campus will be navigating another semester of remote learning, and are likely missing your classmates and CWRU community. I understand your frustration, and I’m looking forward to when we can safely welcome you back to campus.

Those of you who have returned to campus may appreciate the familiar learning environment, but now face the challenges of adjusting to new campus norms of masks, social distancing and many other health protocols. I recognize these things are neither easy nor convenient, but I appreciate all that you are doing for yourself, and the Case Western Reserve community.

Whether you’re physically on campus or not, I want to remind you about some important resources that are available to our students:

University Counseling Resources
If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, you can still contact University Counseling Services at 216.368.5872 to speak to a counselor.

The Dean of Students Office
If you or another student is in need of additional support to successfully navigate this academic year—for any reason—file a CARE Report or contact the Dean of Students office.

As always, your navigators are here to help with anything you need—please reach out to them with questions or concerns as we work through this unconventional semester.

Student Activities and Leadership, the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning and the Office of Multicultural Affairs are great resources to stay engaged with the CWRU and Cleveland community, even if you’re not here or practicing social distancing. Don’t hesitate to reach out to find out how you can get involved, wherever you are!

Though we’re not able to welcome back our entire campus, we’re still planning for lots of connection and community. I want you to know that everyone in the university community is thinking of you, and is here to help you in any way we can.

If there is anything we can do to help you succeed through the rest of this semester, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Louis W. Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs