The Office of Advocacy and Support

What is Student Advocacy and Support?

Staff within the Office of Advocacy and Support are committed to helping you navigate Marshall University. A trustworthy place and staff, we care, we advocate, and we can refer you to campus and community partners. We want to help you succeed in class and life. We encourage you to maximize your educational experience, and we prepare you for involvement in the larger community and life beyond college. Additionally, we aim to empower you to overcome obstacles and to assist in resolving issues.

How can Student Advocacy and Support help me?

Simply, we want you to feel encouraged to self-advocate, to aim for success, and to follow through with your pursuit of your degree. We’ll work with you and your family, as well as campus and community partners, faculty, and staff to assist you in meeting and achieving personal, academic, and professional goals by:

  • Providing support and guidance for academic and personal success
  • Helping with steps for academic appeals
  • Assisting with process of appealing Student Conduct decisions
  • Providing accountability plans to ensure academic success
  • Serving as the contact for University Excused Absences

How do I contact Student Advocacy?

Located in room 2W31 of the Memorial Student Center, the Office of Advocacy and Support is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-in visits are welcome.

Kat Smith, Director of Student Advocacy and Success
Memorial Student Center, 2W32