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Dean of Students

As Dean of Students at Philadelphia University, I have the privilege of working with dozens of colleagues devoted to supporting, guiding, and engaging over 3000 students. Our first goal is to assist in any way possible in your journey toward degree completion. Our second goal is to help make that journey a great learning experience for each student. So no matter where each student is on life’s continuum, we are dedicated to meeting you at that point and helping you grow and develop into a more informed, better citizen — where ever you go in the next step on your journey.

My specific role is to be first and foremost an advocate for students. This task can be daunting and complex, since meeting the needs and wants of 3000 people at any given time can be a challenge. I start with listening, then move to clarifying your goals, then work with you to develop strategies to help you achieve your goal. Part of that process is to help you reckon with nature of the dream, goal, or problem, and to speculate a bit about how to approach the embedded issues. Therein lays education.

I am the chief grievance officer for students, so students who feel their rights have been violated or the University has not met its obligations, meet with me to define the problem and, if necessary, create a process to resolve the issue. Especially if the problem invokes a possible violation of the University's non-discrimination policy, www.philau.edu/studenthandbook/2014-2015/nondiscrimination.html  students should contact me as soon as possible.

In addition to the above roles, I am also the Title IX Coordinator for the University. This means that any and all complaints of sex discrimination, particularly matters related to sexual misconduct, must be reported to my attention. For a complete examination of this role and the process that pertains to sexual misconduct against or by Philadelphia University students, please go to http://philau.edu:81/titleix/

I am proud to say that this is my 35th year working in Student Life, a vast and wonderful world inclusive of orientation, health and wellness services, athletics and recreation, residential life, co-curricular programs, career development, and student engagement. A great place to spend a life dedicated to the welfare of college students—my favorite people.


Mark Govoni
Dean of Students

If you have questions or comments, please contact the office of Student Life at StudentLife@PhilaU.edu.