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Dean of Students AVP

Welcome from
Student Affairs

Dr. Janna Bredeson
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

As the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students, it is my pleasure to assist you in your academic, personal, and professional development. The AVP/Dean of Students under Student Affairs is staffed with experienced and talented individuals who are ready to support you. We are committed to a vision of diversity and inclusion that fosters the academic and personal growth of all students. We are here to help you create a vibrant community that enhances the quality of your student experience.

These efforts include helping students make sensible and informed decisions about academic and personal matters, negotiating the opportunities and challenges that are an important part of a highly demanding academic environment, and finding appropriate resources within and beyond the Division of Student Affairs. We also work with a range of collaborative partners, including academic departments and programs, to create opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to integrate the learning that takes place inside and outside of the classroom.

Our office is focused on the education our students receive outside the classroom. Though we are mindful that the intellectual life will be the core of the enterprise at LIFE, we are dedicated to the idea that learning continues, is enhanced, and is made meaningful beyond the threshold of the conventional classroom. The AVP/Dean of Students can help you work through many questions and concerns even if you are not clear about where to turn for help.

Please feel free to contact us at if we can be of service. Our number one priority is to make the student experience at LIFE University a powerful and enriching one.

Dr. Janna Bredeson
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Life U CAREs
Connect, Advocate, Resources, Empower, Support

Dr. Lisa Rubin
CARE Case Manager


At Life University we are a supportive small community that wants to make sure our students have the resources they need to help them through their academic and extracurricular journey at Life.

Reach out so we can help. CARE is a user-friendly resource that you can email ( ) and make a request or share a concern that goes to our Dean of Students, Dr Janna Bredeson. We will connect you to a CARE member that will typically make contact by email so you can meet and help learn about the many resources and support services on and off campus.

If you are or know of a student of concern that needs help or support, click here and fill out the form so a member of the Life U community can reach out.

Take advantage of Life U CARES and be part of caring for yourself and your fellow classmates.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Submit CARE Form

Student Behavioral Assessment Team

The purpose of the Student Behavioral Assessment Team (SBAT) is to proactively identify student behaviors of concern in order to provide a coordinated and planned approach to preventing, assessing, managing and resolving interpersonal and behavioral concerns and threats to the Life University community.

SBAT makes recommendations for treatment, disciplinary action and/or other responses to the Vice President of Student Affairs and other campus officials as appropriate, with the ultimate goal of promoting student health, safety and success within a thriving educational environment.


  • Provide a safe, physical environment for members of the LIFE community.
  • Provide a safe, emotional environment for members of the LIFE community.
  • Promote peace of mind for friends and family of the LIFE community.
  • Balance the individual needs of the student and those of the greater LIFE community.
  • Provide a structured, positive method of addressing student behaviors of concern which impact the LIFE community, including mental health and/or issues of physical and emotional safety.
  • Manage each case individually, discreetly and effectively.
  • Initiate appropriate intervention in an effort to overt the need for punitive measures.
  • Facilitate a coordinated response for students within and across relevant departments, as appropriate.
  • Balance the educational, physical and emotional needs of the student and the academic and philosophic missions of Life University.
  • Serve as a resource for students, faculty and staff regarding issues and needs pertaining to student behavior.

The SBAT Committee includes membership from across several campus constituent groups and is overseen by the AVP/Dean of Students.

Members include:
AVP/Dean of Students
CARE Case Manager
Director of Conflict Resolution and Accountability
Director of Counseling Services and Student Belonging
Campus Safety/Police
Academic Dean Representatives or designee

Submit SBAT Form