Student Handbook

Greetings Hornet Nation,

Welcome to a University community that values Excellence, Respect, Responsibility and Service. My name is Cass Coughlin, Dean of Students, and I am excited you have made the decision to take full advantage of the excellent educational opportunities available at Emporia State University found in the formal classroom and by participating in out-of-classroom organizations, programs, and leadership opportunities!  

First-Year Students – during the next few months you will be transitioning into this new journey in your lives: socially, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically. We are here to support and encourage you as a new student.  

Upper Class Students – as you return to campus and continue your path toward graduation be proud of your accomplishments thus far! Also, keep in mind that you are leading the way as mentors, friends, assistants, coworkers, and fellow learners to your peers.

As students at Emporia State University you have rights and responsibilities.  One of the main resources available to help you become familiar with those right and responsibilities is this Handbook. At any point when you need further information, support, or advice, the Dean of Student’s Office is here for you. You may contact me at any time by email at, by phone, 620-341-6268, or by stopping by the office, room 260 on the second floor of the Memorial Union.

Our campus enjoys tremendous community support, so venture out, make connections, and truly become part of the Emporia State University and Emporia, Kansas community. Together we can create purposeful meaning in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Stingers up! 

Cass Coughlin

Dean of Students & Executive Director for Auxiliaries and Engagement

Welcome, Hornets!

My name is Sophia Dawson, and I serve as your Associated Student Government (ASG) President at Emporia State University. Vice President Camila Viorel and I are both honored to serve in this capacity and to represent the student body.

Adjusting to college is often coupled with questions, new experiences, and hard work. It is vital that students are aware of their rights and responsibilities inside and outside of the classroom. The Student Handbook is a superb resource guide for you to use and reflect upon! It provides you with your privileges, but also the multitude of resources our campus has to offer.

If you have any questions or thoughts about the Student Handbook, your rights and privileges as a student, or any concerns, please feel free to contact me by email at, stop by my office at MU 155B in the Center for Student Involvement or contact me by phone at (620) 641-5494.

We wish you a successful year full of new opportunities, discoveries, and memories. Now is the time to meet new people, get involved, and create a university experience that will last beyond your time in Emporia. Stingers up!

With Hornet Pride,

Sophia Dawson  


Associated Student Government

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