Dean of Students Office

Dean of Students Tomas Aguirre meets with students in One World Cafe.

The Dean of Students Office provides assistance and support to students in navigating a complex university life so that UB students can flourish during their time here.

Dean of Students Team

A team of seasoned student affairs and higher education professionals provide direct support to students and advise faculty, staff, parents, and partners in student success.

Dean of Students

  • Tomás A. Aguirre, EdD, Dean of Students

Professional Staff

  • Colleen M. Connolly, Director for Student Support and Resources
  • Benjamin L. Fabian, Associate Director for Student Support and Resources
  • Katie R. DeStefano, Student Support Coordinator
  • Brianna N. Bengert, Blue Table Coordinator
  • Carmella Marinaccio, Administrative Assistant

Graduate Assistants

  • Ciara Harrington, Student Support Coordinator


University at Buffalo
315 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2982; Fax: (716) 645-2260


Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Featured Support Services

  • Bias-Related Concerns
    If you have been the victim of a bias-related incident — or you know of an incident that has occurred — we encourage you to take the appropriate steps. 
  • Emergency Funds
    Unanticipated circumstances can prevent students from continuing their education and achieving academic success. UB has unique resources to connect students to emergency funding. 
  • Food Support
    Consistent access to food is a necessary part of being a successful, healthy student. Should you experience an unanticipated hardship or emergency, we can help connect you to groceries.
  • Good Samaritan Policy
    The Good Samaritan Policy eliminates disciplinary consequences for you and the people you are with if you call for help when drinking or using drugs. 
  • Students in Distress
    Make sure you know how to recognize a student who may be distressed, or whose behavior is concerning to you because it is disruptive or disturbing. With your help, any student can get the professional care they deserve — and UB can be a safer place for all of us.
  • Victim Assistance
    If you’ve been affected by a crime, we’re here to help you make a report and connect to supportive resources.

Dean of Students Units

The Dean of Students provides leadership to four Student Life units that each offer distinctive help and care to UB students.

  • Accessibility Resources
    Accessibility Resources coordinates reasonable accommodations for equitable access to UB for students with disabilities.
  • Intercultural and Diversity Center
    The IDC is committed to supporting all students at UB by creating a  sense of belonging and celebrating our differences just as we celebrate our commonalities.
  • Student Conduct
    Student Conduct helps maintain a safe campus by enforcing rules and regulations, managing conduct, and assisting students with navigating questions or concerns.
  • Veteran Services
    Veteran Services helps student veterans transition into civilian life, as they learn more about balancing college with other life obligations.

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