Student Affairs Administration

Student Affairs Administration

Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs

Student Affairs - Leadership

Dear Emmanuel Students,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2018-2019 academic year! It promises to be a great year as we welcome the members of the class of 2022 and transfer students, open our new residence hall and prepare for the Emmanuel College Centennial.  I hope that you will approach this year with an open mind and heart and take advantage of all the Emmanuel, the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) and Boston have to offer. Get involved in campus life.  Attend a program.  Participate in a student organization.  Cheer on a varsity team.  Volunteer in the Boston community.  Join a COF intramural team.  Spend your weekends on campus.  Your engagement can make a difference in your life and in the lives of others.  Research on college students indicates that involved students are more likely to develop meaningful connections, earn better grades and are more satisfied with their college experience.

Good relationships are the source of health and well-being.  As we welcome our newest students, I invite each of you to connect with other members of the Emmanuel community. As you make new friends, I challenge you to take a risk in getting to know students with whom you seemingly have little in common. Many students who move outside their comfort zone to get to know students from different social, racial and ethnic groups enrich their perspective and enhance their intellectual and social experience. Further, students comfortable in diverse social circles are better prepared for leadership not only at Emmanuel but also in their profession after graduation. As we launch a new year, please allow the diversity of our student body to influence your life. Not only will you make new friends but you will strengthen the Emmanuel community!  Perhaps there is no more important time than now to grow in understanding and appreciation of each other.

In this year's Student Guide, formerly referred to as the Student Handbook, you will find the Statement on Community Standards and the Student Code of Conduct, as well as department policies which articulate student expectations. All students are required to read and abide by all policies, procedures and protocols. In particular, I draw your attention to the Title IX requirements related to sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence and the sexual misconduct policy which federal law requires colleges and universities to promulgate. Central to the sexual Title IX requirements and other policies contained within the Guide is the theme of respect for the individual person - the foundation upon which student life at Emmanuel is built. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the policies on our website. It is your responsibility. Should you have any questions about any of this information, please feel free to reach out to my Assistant, MaryAnne Murphy,, Dr. Joe Onofrietti, Dean of Students, at, or me at

I hope that this will be a successful year as you build upon your previous accomplishments and make progress toward achieving your professional and personal goals. Please feel free to call on any member of the Student Affairs staff for support and assistance.

With best wishes,

Patricia A. Rissmeyer, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

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