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The Office of Student Life works proactively to help our students shape their co-curricular experiences while navigating their academic responsibilities.  Student Life advises student clubs, special interest groups, and our three student government associations with faculty and staff involvement to ensure all students are getting the most from their experiences here in Des Moines, out on rotations, or attending classes through our online programs.  Whether it is overseeing new student orientations, DMU’s spring  Commencement ceremony, providing leadership development through the Innovative Leadership Series, coordinating student health insurance, promoting and enforcing the Professional Integrity Code, overseeing campus-wide programming and community outreach through service, or providing support and guidance to the Student Life Council, we are here to serve all DMU students.

Never hesitate to visit our Office located on the 5th floor in the Academic Center if you have any questions or would like to chat over a cup of coffee.

Upcoming events

New student orientation

Information regarding the 2015 PA Orientation and mandatory sessions will be posted on the new student Pulse page beginning April 1, 2015.

The D.O., D.P.M., D.P.T., M.S.B.S., and M.S.A. orientation will occur August 5-7, 2014.  Please note that academic classes will begin on Friday, August 8, 2014.  Information regarding orientation and mandatory sessions will be posted on the new student Pulse page beginning June 1.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Parker at 515-271-1684 or via email at jerry.parker@dmu.edu.

A Safe Zone

Safe Zone

Des Moines University is committed to providing an inclusive environment in which every student and employee is able to thrive on an academic, professional and personal level.  It is our goal through the Safe Zone program to foster a community that is based on respect and dignity by acknowledging that all sexual orientations and gender presentations are a valued part of our culture.  The Safe Zone program provides a visible network of support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and other individuals seeking information and assistance regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, harassment, and/or discrimination concerns.

For more information, contact Dr. Rich Salas, Director of Multicultural Affairs at 515-271-1709 or via email at rich.salas@dmu.edu.