Undergraduate Catalog

Student Services, Resources, and Programs

The primary focus of Lewis & Clark is its academic mission. To support and enhance students' academic experience, Lewis & Clark staff members provide a variety of services, resources, and programs that encourage participation in curricular, cocurricular, and extracurricular activities. These services are highlighted here. More detailed information on each is available at go.lclark.edu/college/handbook.

Alumni Association

College of Arts and Sciences students become members of the Alumni Association upon graduation and gain access to a variety of alumni services and benefits. Membership is automatic and there is no fee to join. Coordinated by the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs and governed by the national Board of Alumni, the Alumni Association has more than 23,000 members. The Alumni Association promotes on-campus and regional events across the United States and around the globe with the purpose of fostering connections among alumni, students, parents, and other members of the Lewis & Clark community. In addition, it provides opportunities for continuing education, career networking, and lifelong learning. An annual calendar of events includes worldwide Black and Orange Parties, Homecoming and Family Weekend, an Alumni Honors Banquet, Alumni and Reunion Weekend, on-campus career panels, and several additional events around the United States and overseas. The Alumni Gatehouse is the home of the Alumni Association, and includes a lounge available to small groups of students and alumni for meetings and social activities. The Gatehouse is also the home of the Student Alumni Association, a leadership group dedicated to promoting meaningful connections between students and alumni. 

Members of the Board of Alumni serve as representatives of the worldwide alumni community. Board members facilitate the relationship between Lewis & Clark and its alumni with the goal of maintaining and deepening lifelong connections between the institution and the alumni, as well as across generations, in geographic areas, and within affinity groups. Board members serve in various capacities, including event promotion, diversity and inclusion awareness, fundraising, career networking, and other special projects. Members are nominated by the Lewis & Clark community, elected by the sitting board, and may serve up to two three-year terms.

Campus Living

Lewis & Clark is committed to the residential education experience, which includes the exploration of ideas, values, beliefs, and backgrounds; the development of lifelong friendships; and the pursuit of collaboration, both formal and informal, with students, faculty, and staff. The residence hall community is dedicated to academics, campus and community involvement, and enjoyment of the college experience.

Consistent with Lewis & Clark's mission as a residential liberal arts college, students are required to live on campus for four semesters (typically their first two years) unless they are living with a parent or parents in the Portland area, are married, are 21 years of age or older when a semester begins, or are entering transfer students with 60 semester hours of transferable college credit. The Office of Campus Living collaborates with students to create a supportive, interdependent, and educationally purposeful residential community for Lewis & Clark.

Each residence hall cluster is managed by a full-time professional area director (AD) who coordinates all aspects of the community, including training and supervising undergraduate resident advisors (RAs), coordinating programming efforts, participating in the student conduct process, and providing counsel, mediation, and crisis management as necessary. The RAs assist in hall management and help students transition to group living using the extensive training they receive in peer counseling, ethical leadership, activities planning, and community building.

The Office of Campus Living administers housing and food service contracts; coordinates room assignments; manages staff selection, training, and supervision; provides leadership development opportunities; and offers curricular support programs, including New Student Orientation and Parents' Preview.

Campus Safety

The primary goal of the Office of Campus Safety is the protection of life and property on the Lewis & Clark campus. Additional goals are to maintain the peace, to provide services to the campus community, and to enforce various administrative regulations.

Campus Safety provides coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Dial extension 7777 in the event of an emergency, or for any service call. For routine business, dial extension 7855.

The Office of Campus Safety can quickly dispatch officers to any part of the Lewis & Clark campus through a two-way radio system. The staff includes nine uniformed Campus Safety officers, five dispatchers, a Campus Safety supervisor, and the director of the Office of Campus Safety.


Dean of Students

The dean of students provides leadership and administrative management for the Division of Student Life, which includes Alumni and Parent Programs, Bon Appétit Food Service, Campus Living, the Career Center, College Outdoors, Counseling Service, Health Promotion and Wellness, Housing, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, International Students and Scholars, New Student and Parent Orientation, Physical Education and Athletics, Student Activities, Student Health Service, Student Leadership and Service, Student Support Services, and Student Rights and Responsibilities. The division's purpose is to collaborate with students, parents, alumni, and others in our community in the pursuit of citizenship through intellectual and personal growth. The Office of the Dean of Students is located on the first floor of East Hall, across from Maggie's Café.

Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME)

The Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement maintains Student Life’s commitment to a diverse and equity-oriented community. It engages students, faculty, staff, and community partners to promote an inclusive campus climate; it provides academic, social, and programmatic support to students from underrepresented communities; and it deepens a vision of global citizenship through the intercultural exchange of ideas and traditions.

Health Promotion and Wellness

The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness leads efforts to develop a community that supports balanced and healthy lifestyles. The staff are committed to helping students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions regarding personal health and well-being. We encourage students to be mindful and to take responsibility for themselves in all areas of wellness. Health Promotion and Wellness works in collaboration with campus and area resources to provide support and prevention education on an array of issues that typically concern Lewis & Clark students.

Student Health Insurance

Lewis & Clark requires all degree-seeking and visiting undergraduate students to have medical coverage comparable to that offered through the school's comprehensive Student Health Insurance Plan. Students are automatically enrolled in the school's Student Health Insurance Plan each year, unless they submit a waiver attesting to the fact that they have comparable coverage. Students are given one opportunity each academic year to waive the school's coverage. For further information, please refer to the Costs section of this catalog.

Student Health Service

The Student Health Service provides medical services to all students attending the undergraduate, graduate, or law schools. Services include diagnosis and treatment for medical conditions, routine physicals, women's health care, dietitian services, prescriptions, laboratory services, immunizations (including travel immunizations), travel prescriptions, allergy injections, and referrals to medical specialists in the Portland area. Medical consultations and examinations are free. Charges apply for immunizations, medications, laboratory tests, medical procedures, and missed appointments. Medical records are strictly confidential and are not released without the student's written consent.


Counseling Service staff offer professional help for students experiencing personal and academic concerns. Counseling is available to all undergraduate, graduate, and law students. Appointments with the counseling staff are free of charge. Staff include licensed mental health professionals and psychological trainees. A limited number of psychiatry appointments are available each week. These appointments are generally reserved for students who are being seen by counseling staff. Charges apply for psychiatry appointments.   

The primary purpose of the Counseling Service is to provide problem-resolution services and short-term focused therapy. Crisis counseling is also available. Students who need long-term counseling or psychiatry treatment, and/or specialty treatment, such as for an eating disorder, should make arrangements to see a mental health professional in the local area. Counseling staff can help students with the referral process. A referral list is available at the Counseling Service office. Information shared at the Counseling Service is held in strict confidence.

International Students and Scholars

The Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) provides academic and personal advice, assistance with housing and on-campus employment, processing of immigration and financial aid documents, and opportunities for community involvement to international students, visiting international scholars, and American Third Culture Kids. The office coordinates the admission of international students and provides initial and continuing orientation and advocacy for these students. Professional staff members also serve as advisors to the International Students at Lewis & Clark (ISLC) and the Third Culture Kids (TCK) Club.

Religious and Spiritual Life

The dean of religious and spiritual life directs and supports programs for students and the campus community that focus on spirituality, spiritual and religious life, and interfaith understanding. Students help plan and lead many of these activities, including worship services, special forums and lectures, small-group studies, meditation, regular visits to various faith communities in Portland, spiritual renewal retreats, social justice engagement and reflection, and volunteer community service projects. The dean of religious and spiritual life coordinates the Spiritual Initiatives Project and oversees a staff of spiritual life professionals who serve the campus. The dean also is available for religious, crisis, and grief support and counseling.

Programs offered through the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life recognize the religious diversity of the Lewis & Clark community and seek to promote moral and spiritual dialogue and growth in a context of mutual support. While the chaplaincy has its historical roots in the Presbyterian heritage of the college, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life upholds and affirms the spiritual diversity of our students by assisting and supporting all of the spiritual life groups and programs that take place on campus. An Interfaith Council encourages dialogue and cooperation among organized faith groups, and the Religious and Spiritual Life Advisory Council provides religious and spiritual life programming and policy recommendations.

Student Activities

Academics and involvement go hand in hand at Lewis & Clark as part of a balanced, engaging, and rewarding college experience. Through its programs and support of student organizations, the Office of Student Activities hosts a variety of programs that contribute to our educational mission.

The Office of Student Activities works with more than 100 student organizations, including the Campus Activities Board, club sports, and student media. Lewis & Clark's student organizations support the common interests and activities of their members and offer symposia, seminars, speakers, leadership training, competition opportunities, and programs for the campus community. As initiators, officers, chairs, and committee members, students develop and exercise interpersonal and organizational skills while creating their own opportunities for recreation and entertainment. The Office of Student Activities provides staff and resources to support student involvement and help students connect their curricular experience to extracurricular and cocurricular activities. Student Activities also coordinates major campus-wide events like Welcome Week, Pio Fair, Homecoming Week, Fall Ball, Spring Carnival, and other special events for the Lewis & Clark community.

Student Leadership and Service

Student Leadership and Service (SLS) engages students, community partners, and others in meaningful service-learning and leadership-education experiences. SLS coordinates alternative break trips such as the annual (Im)Migration spring break trip to Tucson, and plans large-scale service days with multiple volunteer projects during New Student Orientation and Martin Luther King Jr. Week. Throughout the school year, SLS student staff members plan weekly and monthly service-learning projects with nonprofit partners, deliver timely leadership-education workshops, and organize donation drives. Students may engage in SLS programs as participants, trip leaders, planning-committee members, or paid staff.