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The Office of the Dean of Students on the Tampa campus provides leadership for the following offices that comprise the Community Development and Student Engagement cluster:

The Center for Student Involvement empowers students to create co-curricular experiences that provide meaningful ways for all students to be involved and engaged in campus life, interact with others, and strengthen Bull Pride through campus-wide traditions. Our staff strives to teach students the importance and benefits of campus involvement, provides information on how to seek out personally relevant opportunities, and facilitates student involvement.

Fraternity and Sorority Life facilitates connections between the greater university community and USF's fraternities and sororities. Through advising, education, and outreach in partnership with twenty-six fraternities and twenty-three sororities, the office creates opportunities for a diverse group of students to develop leadership skills, grow personally, and become part of a tight-knit community that is well connected to the campus, and exemplifies brotherhood and sisterhood.

Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement (CLCE) develops students into leaders that will make a positive difference in the world. Their programs help each student discover their passion and talents, while developing their skills and understanding of leadership and active citizenship.

New Student Connections helps new Bulls cultivate community, foster a sense of belonging, and receive individualized support during their transition to USF. We have an empowered, well-trained caring staff and student leaders who invest their time and energy to support USF students. We are available whether you are taking classes online or in person!

The Office of Parent & Family Engagement provides families on the Tampa campus support throughout your student’s time at USF. We are here to assist, guide, and walk alongside you during your journey as a USF family member. We provide families opportunities to stay informed, engage through family-specific experiences, and receive individualized support when you and your student need it. Our team looks forward to the moments we will share throughout your student’s time at USF.

Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) coordinates educational, cultural and social programs designed to educate and inspire students at USF to cultivate meaningful, diverse interpersonal relationships. While promoting intercultural dialog, awareness, advocacy and respect for diversity, OMA helps students understand and appreciate a multitude of identities and creates an inclusive environment enabling students to become conscientious global citizens.

The Office of Orientation seeks to provide a seamless transition for all incoming first year, transfer and international students, as well as their families, to the University of South Florida community. The department is committed to delivering excellent customer service, university knowledge and resources; facilitating intentional and specific programming; and establishing peer to peer connections and support by way of seasoned student leaders (Orientation Leaders). The Office of Orientation provides assistance with navigating academic onboarding for all new undergraduate students by building connections with the student’s academic program and college.

The Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center (MSC) serves as the university's "living room". Services offered include a federal credit union, pharmacy, copy center, computer lab, computer store and numerous dining options. Students will find that the MSC provides many lounge spaces and opportunities to study and hang out with friends. You can also engage in personal leadership development, volunteerism, Greek life, social and educational programming, diversity development and serve in student government. The MSC also offers over 50,000 square feet of event and conference space serving student organizations, departments and off-campus guests. The event office can assist you in planning a simple meeting through a large-scale conference. We encourage you to explore the MSC and make it your own experience!

Residential Education creates a safe, caring, and inclusive residential learning community, which promotes student success. Our team of Residential Educators are trained professionals guided by the philosophy that each residential student can succeed if given the opportunity. We are determined to make our residential community the best version of a distinct opportunity for success. At the conclusion of the residential experience, students will be global citizens who are academically engaged, interpersonally competent, and holistically well.

Student Accessibiity Services (SAS) works to encourage accessibility, equity, self-advocacy and disability awareness at USF.  SDS assists with academic accommodations, accommodated testing, and "Access-i-Bull" awareness programming. SDS services are available to all members of the USF community - from instructors wishing to explore accessible teaching tools to students with temporary injuries, permanent disabilities or newly acquired diagnoses. Accessibility is an essential foundation of student success.

Student Conduct & Ethical Development (SCED) utilizes fundamental fairness and strives to inspire trust and confidence in the university's Conduct System. We strongly encourage individual responsibility and promote the incorporation of community standards for acceptable behavior via the Student Code of Conduct.

Student Government Advising, Training, & Operations (SGATO) facilitates the inner workings of USF's Student Government by providing guidance, training and operational support to the current student administration. SGATO staff strive to connect the students and university administration by practicing a holistic, learning partnership and developmental philosophy that is founded upon the four pillars of integrity, advocacy, inclusivity, and civility. Student Government represents the student body by working to address student concerns, and providing programs and opportunities to help engage students.

Student Publications advises the students responsible for The Oracle, USF's editorially independent student newspaper. The newspaper provides students an opportunity to maximize their potential for communication and critical thinking through print and digital media, and serves the university community as a source of campus information.  Oracle student staff members work as reporters, editors, photographers, digital producers, graphic artists and advertising sales representatives in producing two print editions and a week during the fall and spring semesters and providing digital content daily for the paper's website and mobile app.