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A Letter from the Dean of Students

RUOK-logoDear Upstate Students,

RU OK? Many of you may wonder what this new icon is all about and how it affects you. Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in the number of students who have been in crisis along with the normal stress of their academic programs. This campaign is a way we hope to assist students who are in need.

The Division of Student Affairs, in collaboration with Academic Affairs, has introduced a new initiative called “Spartans Care”. The purpose of the initiative is to instill the value of a caring community and allow students to assist other students who may be in crisis. We hope to promote that students can effectively help their peers identify resources and offices that can assist them. By eliminating bystander behavior and engaging with others, everyone has the opportunity to support success in our community. 


If you know a fellow student who is having a hard time or could pose a danger to him/herself or others please contact us, submit the online report or refer them to one of our many campus resources. Spartans do care about each other, so let’s start this new academic year by showing our personal support and encouragement.

In Spartan Care,

Laura Puckett-Boler
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

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Laura Puckett-Boler
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
& Dean of Students
Campus Life Center, Rm. 302

University of South Carolina Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303