A Message from the VP for Student Affairs

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

Welcome to fall semester! I’m thrilled to be able to welcome our students back to in-person living and learning. It’s uplifting to once again see our campus buzzing with activity and excitement for the start of a new academic year.

To our first-year students: I want to welcome each of you to Case Western Reserve University! You are about to begin one of the most exciting times in your life, and everyone in the Division of Student Affairs is here to help you make your CWRU experience meaningful.

For many of our second-year students, this will be your first time living on campus. And for some of our upperclass students, you’re finally returning after over a year away. We understand that an extended time away from campus—coupled with last year's non-traditional academic year and the continued presence of COVID-19—may make the return to CWRU feel overwhelming.

As we all begin to settle back into campus life, 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.

Navigators
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.

Get Involved
Don’t forget to keep an eye on CampusGroups for all the opportunities to get involved, connect with campus and have some fun this semester!

Although we’re excited to have our students, faculty and staff back on campus, this semester will still present unique challenges as we navigate the complexities of COVID-19 variants, transmission rates and quickly-evolving health recommendations. Please remember that you can visit our COVID-19 webpage for the most recent information, guidelines and frequently asked questions regarding our current protocols.

As always, we’re planning for lots of safe connection and community this semester, and I want you to know that everyone in student affairs is here to help you in any way we can.

We’re so excited to have you here and to help you have a successful semester!


Sincerely yours,

Louis W. Stark 
Vice President for Student Affairs