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Division of Student Affairs
Valaida S. Walker, Vice President for Student Affairs
4th floor Conwell Hall
(215) 204-6556

The Division of Student Affairs at Temple University serves a diverse population in an urban community. The staff is committed to providing an educationally supportive and challenging environment in which students of all ages and backgrounds can grow both academically and personally.

The Division offers a variety of programs that seek to increase student academic success, provide opportunities to develop leadership skills, promote wellness, provide safe and secure housing, and serve the special needs of international students, new students, and persons with disabilities.

As part of its mission, the Division is committed to the professional development of Graduate Assistants, Paraprofessionals, and student staff interested in student personnel work. Student Affairs offers opportunities for students to develop their professional skills while obtaining an education.


The office of the Student Affairs Ombudsperson is located in the Student Assistance Center.

The Student Affairs Ombudsperson is responsible for communicating to the University information regarding fair practice concerns for handling non-academic grievances.

Career Development Services

2nd Floor Mitten Hall

(215) 204-7981

The Office of Career Development Services offers students a coordinated program for career planning, exploration, and potential job opportunities. The office consists of: Career Services, Cooperative Education, Student Employment, and a comprehensive Career Resource Library. The offices are located both on Main Campus on the second floor of Mitten Hall and in West Hall on Ambler Campus.

Career Services

Career Services assists graduate students with career planning and job listings. Career counseling is offered in all areas of employment: business, education, non-profit and social service, and government. Career Services provides a resumé referral service and job listing for both new and experienced professionals. A bi-weekly job vacancy bulletin is published in addition to the job listing binders located in the Career Resource Library. The library houses a comprehensive collection of career resource information from major corporate literature to basic career information. One major resource is the On-Campus Recruitment Program with several hundred employers who come to campus to interview graduating students for job opportunities. This program runs from September through May.

Student Employment

Each year thousands of companies list part-time job opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the University. Jobs are posted on a daily basis in the lobby area of Career Development Services. These jobs provide students with additional monies to help finance their educational and living expenses.

If a graduate student is interested in obtaining career assistance through Career Development Services, please call 215-204-7981. The office is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Special appointments can be made for career counseling at the Tyler and TUCC campuses by calling the main number. Graduate students are encouraged to utilize the services early in their career at Temple University.

Office of Affirmative Action
Sandra A. Foehl, Director
109 University Services Building
(215) 204-7303

A student or employee who thinks he or she is being discriminated against because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status should contact this office. It is this office’s responsibility to help the student or employee file a complaint through the appropriate grievance procedures and attempt to remedy any affirmative action problem it discovers in the course of an investigation. Complaints of sexual harassment also may be reported here.

Grievance Procedures

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 requires that each college or university establish due process for the resolutions of academic grievances. This act also requires procedures for grievances brought by students concerning non-academic matters that are not covered by the academic grievances procedures. Graduate students enrolled at Temple University have the right to appeal any academic matter in which they feel that they have been treated unfairly. The commencement of a formal grievance is most serious in nature and should take place only after all informal methods of adjudication have taken place. For further information on academic grievance procedures, students should contact the Office of the Dean of the college in which they are enrolled or contact the Graduate School Office. Further information on non-academic grievances is available from the Office of Student Affairs Ombudsperson.

Sexual Harassment

Temple University is committed to providing a learning, working, and teaching environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community, free from discriminatory conduct. Sexual harassment in any form or context is inimical to this and will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment subverts the mission and work of the University and can threaten the career, educational experience, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff.

The University recognizes that sexual harassment may occur regardless of the formal position or status of each person involved. Sexual harassment is especially offensive, however, when it occurs in relationships between teacher and student or between supervisor and subordinate. In those situations, sexual harassment exploits unfairly the power inherent in the position of the faculty member or supervisor.

Sexual harassment also constitutes a form of sex discrimination which is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Elementary/Secondary Education Act of 1972, and state law. In addition to any sanctions that may be imposed by the University for violation of this policy, a person who sexually harasses another person may be held personally liable to the victim and be subject to sanctions independent of those imposed by the University.

Persons who feel that they have been the victim of sexual harassment may make an informal complaint to any Sexual Harassment Ombudsperson listed:

Health Sciences Center
Sarah Banks


Center City Campus
Denise Berardi


Ambler Campus
Wanda Lewis-Campbell


Tyler School of Art
Deborah Martin


Main Campus
Malcolm Bonner
Juanita Lavalais
Kathleen Richards



Students, faculty, and staff may bring a formal administrative complaint of sexual harassment by filing a written complaint directly with the University’s Office of Affirmative Action. Those bringing a formal complaint are not required to utilize informal resolution procedures before filing.