Division of Student Life


Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Dental Hygiene

Conservatory of Music

Music Therpay

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Data Science

School of Health Sciences



Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Dental (DDS, IDS, Certificates, and Dental Graduate Programs)

Division of Student Life on this page are for the following graduate and undergraduate programs on the San Francisco campus.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Denistry

Dental Hygiene

Conservatory of Music

Music Therapy

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Data Science

School of Health Sciences


The vision of Student Life at Pacific is to be a leader and advocate within the University of the Pacific and our profession by inspiring and cultivating global student citizens for a lifetime of learning, growth, engagement, and service. The mission of Student Life is to provide transformative educational experiences and essential services that advance student success. Through innovative thinking and dynamic programs, each Student Life member focuses on students’ personal growth and educational experience. These values inform our individual roles and departmental functions and unify us as a Division. We realize our mission through:

  • Potential - We are committed to providing a living, learning, and working environment that encourages both our students and our staff to reach their full potential;
  • Student Development - We believe in educating the whole student by developing and supporting their emotional, environmental, financial, ethical, intellectual, physical, and social needs;
  • Meaning and Purpose - We believe in the importance of providing opportunities to those seeking meaning and purpose in ones’ life and value the various activities and practices associated with a religious or spiritual tradition including, but not limited to, meditation, reflection, or prayer;
  • Responsible Leadership - We believe that leadership manifests itself in many forms.  It can be taught, developed, and nurtured and is a tool that encourages success throughout a student’s education, lives’, and future careers;
  • Achievement – We believe that each student is unique and deserves a comprehensive system of support services that will assist in meeting their educational and personal goals;
  • Diversity and Inclusion - We are committed to social justice, diversity, and challenging forms of hate and exclusion, and;
  • Community Involvement - We believe in the value of community service, volunteerism, and it the importance of civic engagement, connection, and participation.

Student Outreach and Academic Support Services

Community Involvement Program

The Community Involvement Program (CIP), established in 1969, is a comprehensive need-based scholarship and retention program for first-generation college students from the Stockton community who have demonstrated the potential for sustainable leadership, and community involvement. The program is for students who have lived 3 years in Stockton and graduated from a local high school or are transferring to Pacific from San Joaquin Delta College.  CIP students are provided opportunities to return to the community as leaders and agents of social change, promoting education with local youth.

For more information contact the CIP Office at:
Community Involvement Program
McCaffrey Center, First Floor
Telephone: (209) 946-2436
Fax: (209) 946-2176

Email: cip@pacific.edu

The Women’s Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) aims to increase awareness and scholarship regarding women’s and gender issues, to celebrate and cultivate leadership on campus and beyond, and to empower students to be active participants in bringing about social change. Annual events hosted by the WRC include the Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon as well as programming for Women’s History Month, Sexual Assault Awareness, and Domestic Violence Awareness. In partnership with the Office of Title IX, the WRC runs the Title IX Peer Education Program to encourage students to help end gendered violence in our community. Located inside the Intercultural Student Success Center, the WRC is a welcoming space for students to study, relax, and find community.

Military and Veteran Student Center

Pacific’s Military and Veteran Student Center is dedicated to providing programs and services in support of the academic and personal success of our students who have or currently are serving in the United States Armed Services and their qualified dependents. The MVSC serves as a safe space to connect, while supporting students’ professional goals.

Intercultural Student Success

Intercultural Student Success strives to provide enriching educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. ISS is an inclusive community that advances student success by helping students navigate their identity development and build intercultural competence. The department includes the ALANA (African, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, Native American) Center, Black Student Success, El Centro (Latinx Outreach), The Pride Resource Center, and the Women’s Resource Center. Together, these areas work to help support students’ intersectional identities through building community, capacity, and advocacy. 

The Pride Resource Center provides holistic and identity conscious support services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA+) community at Pacific. Signature programs and events include: Safe Zone LGBTQ+ Awareness & Allyship Training, National Coming Out Day, Pacific Pride Week, and Lavender Graduation. The PRC strives to be a leader and advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity within the University of the Pacific and the greater Stockton community.

El Centro (Latinx Outreach and Academic Resource Center)

El Centro’s mission is to assist in recruiting new undergraduate students, retain current students, build mutual beneficial partnerships with community organizations, connecting students to internal and external resources, advising Latinx-focused student groups, and in planning and developing rich and relevant programming around Latino/a/x themes and issues. El Centro also helps the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity, national/ international education and cross-cultural understanding. El Centro is a home away from home for all students on or off campus.

Some of our annual events include Bienvenidos Week, Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop, Raza Unida Conference, Pozole for the Academic Soul, Latinx Heritage Month, and Latinx Graduation.

We are located at Raymond Lodge (El Centro) between Casa Warner and Price House Residence Halls and across from the Vereschagin Alumni House. For more information call 209.946.7705 or check out our website for upcoming events and activities at


Black Student Success 

Black Student Success offers programs and support services to students of African descent. Throughout the school year, Black Student Success hosts receptions, academic workshops, networking events with members of the Black Alumni Club, and social events. Black Student Success also offers book scholarships of up to $250 for students in need.
A signature program of Black Student Success is Students Emerging as Pacificans (STEPS) program. STEPS is a 4-day retreat that assists incoming students of African descent with their transition to college life. Pacific faculty, staff, current students, and alumni work directly with STEPS participants, introducing them to University and community resources to enhance their academic and co-curricular success. 

Pacific Health Services

Pacific Health Services is available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday on the San Francisco campus. The on-site nurse practitioner is supported by an extended professional staff that includes a supervising physician, other nurse practitioners, and a registered dietitian. Services available to students include health education, wellness information, and direct care during illness.  Visit the health services website for more information.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is a mandatory non-academic condition for enrollment. To ensure that all students have adequate health care coverage, including ongoing primary and specialty care, and to satisfy the mandatory health insurance requirement, Pacific automatically enrolls all registered students listed below into the Anthem Blue Cross of CA PPO, Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

  • Undergraduate and Pharmacy Students enrolled in 9 or more units
  • Dental Students, International Students, and Graduate Students enrolled in 1 or more units
  • Law Students enrolled in 6 or more units
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD): all residents

This policy excludes distance learning, off-campus, and external programs, and therefore students are not eligible to enroll in SHIP. 

Each term that a qualified student is enrolled in classes at Pacific, the student account is automatically charged the fee for SHIP and you will be enrolled automatically*. The fee will appear on your e-bill statement as a separate charge. 

Qualified students who have their own comprehensive health insurance coverage and do not wish to be enrolled in Anthem Blue Cross PPO may apply to waive out of the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

Health Insurance Waiver Requirements: Your health insurance plan must include ALL of the following in order to qualify for a waiver (Domestic and International Students)

  • The plan must provide coverage for medical evacuation of $50,000 and repatriation of remains of $25,000 (International Students)
  • coverage for the entire academic year
  • must be a U.S. based insurance company
  • coverage for inpatient and outpatient hospitalizations
  • coverage to local doctors, specialists, hospitals, and other health care providers in emergency and non-emergency situations within your campus area
  • coverage for lab work, diagnostic x-rays, emergency room treatment, and prescription coverage within your campus area
  • coverage for inpatient and outpatient mental health, substance abuse and counseling services in your campus area

The following types of insurance plans are NOT acceptable and will NOT be considered:

  • Non-ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant health care plan
  • Short Term Medical Plans that are available to purchase on a weekly or monthly basis
  • Insurance Plans that are underwritten in a Country outside of the United States
  • California Medi-Cal Health Plans that do NOT have assigned benefit coverage in your UOP campus area
  • Out of State Medicaid Insurance does not cover students in California

All waivers must be submitted during the open waiver period. For the waiver period and more information please visit: https://www.pacific.edu/healthservices

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • The CAPS mission is to promote student growth and development, with regard to both personal characteristics and interpersonal competencies. We do this in the service of enabling students to benefit from and maximize their educational experience at Pacific.  We also consistently strive to integrate multiculturalism into the everyday functioning and structure of our agency.  Through the broad range of therapeutic services that we offer, persons may come to appreciate the uniqueness of their personalities and discover new ways to develop their potential. We have seen students make personal progress through the therapeutic process and tools provided by CAPS. We utilize a stepped care model to provide students with the tools they need to be academically successful.
  • We Offer:

    • A place where your voice will be heard.
    • A compassionate and confidential atmosphere to discuss personal concerns.
    • Specialized therapeutic assistance to students who are encountering adjustment problems or who are experiencing psychological and emotional distress.
    • Our services to Pacific students from all backgrounds, ages, and walks of life.
    • Our skills and expertise to the Pacific community through consultation, prevention services, and outreach.
    • Services that foster the development and behaviors necessary for success at University of the Pacific as well as in a complex global environment.
  • Services on the Sacramento campus are all currently virtual (as of November 2021). CAPS services are confidential and are funded, in part, by the Wellness Fee. We do not bill insurance. Students have access to many different therapeutic options, including individual and couples therapy, group therapy, workshops, and consultations every week day that the University is open.
    • These meetings are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 209.946.2315 x2 or accessing our Appointment Request Form here:  https://students.pulse.pacific.edu/caps/appointment.
    • Limited psychiatric consultation and medication management is available through the Stockton campus.
  • CAPS has 24/7 on-call therapeutic support that is accessed by calling 209.946.2315 x3.
  • CAPS also offers online self-guided therapy through TAO Self-Help, which can help you manage your own emotional well-being through the use of learning modules.  Access TAO Self-Help by using your Pacific email address at: https://us.taoconnect.org/login
  • For more information please see our website: https://students.pulse.pacific.edu/caps/sacramento or call 209.946.2315 x2.

Pacific PROMISE Scholars

The University of the Pacific is proud to be a private institution of higher education to provide a support program to assist its students who are former foster care students and others from similar backgrounds.  Eligible students can receive many services to assist in their successful transition to Pacific including mentoring, social events, college starter kits and finals baskets.  In addition, scholarships may be available for eligible students.

For more information, contact: Pacific PROMISE Scholars
McCaffrey Center, First Floor
Phone: (209) 946-3917
Email: abautist@pacific.edu

Religious and Spiritual Life

Our goal is to cultivate and support religious and spiritual life at Pacific in all its many forms. We serve the needs of all students, no matter what one's religious tradition, or if you don't consider yourself religious or spiritual at all. While we make no claim to have all of life's answers, we can help point you in the right direction, provide resources for you, and work with you through the questions that will inevitably arise as you grow during your time at university. We can also help you find people or groups who share your interests. Our hope is that in doing so you will find a level of fulfillment, understanding, and perhaps meet other people who you can journey with in the questions of life.

The multifaith Chaplain's Office in Religious and Spiritual Life provides spiritual care and support for all students. Visit Sears Hall (connected to Morris Chapel) to meet the Chaplains and Affiliate Campus Ministers. Pacific has many active religious, faith, and spiritually-based student organizations including (among others): Asian American Christian Fellowship, Black Campus Ministries, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Health Sciences Christian Fellowship, Hillel Jewish Student Club, Indian Student Association, Interfaith Council, Muslim Student Association, Newman Catholic Community, Nest Prayer Family, Open Door Methodist Student Ministry, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Pacific Christian Fellowship (Intervarsity), Secular Student Alliance, and Sikh Student Association. There are also over 160 different churches, synagogues, and other places of worship and religious organizations in the greater Stockton area. Go to pacific.edu/religiouslife for more information.

Academic Standards

Student Conduct and Community Standards

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards manages the student conduct process for students, including but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate students on Pacific’s three campuses. In addition to the Code of Conduct, specific schools and programs may have policies and procedures that apply to students enrolled in a particular program of study. Pacific has developed policies and procedures to clarify the expectations and standards for students. Each student is responsible for knowing and adhering to all University policies and procedures. These policies are explicitly outlined in the Tiger Lore Student Handbook and on the web site at http://go.pacific.edu/tigerlore Policies and procedures specific to a course of study are available through the respective school or program.

Honor Code

The Honor Code at the University of the Pacific calls upon each student to exhibit a high degree of maturity, responsibility, and personal integrity. Students are expected to:

1) Act honestly in all matters;

2) Actively encourage academic integrity;

3) Discourage any form of cheating or dishonesty by others;

4) Inform the instructor and appropriate university administrator if she or he has a reasonable and good faith belief and substantial evidence that a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy has occurred.

Conduct Standards

Student Code of Conduct, University Policies, and Local, State, and Federal Laws

The violation of established policies and procedures and local, state, and federal laws may constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct or other policies and procedures specific to a course of study, school, or program. Such violations may include conduct occurring off-campus when students are participating, attending, or in some manner connected to a University-related activity. Please refer to http://www.go.pacific/tigerlore for additional information and definitions.

Campus Behavior Standards

Rather than publish in this catalog a complete and detailed code of the laws, rules, and regulations that students are required to follow, the University declares its intention to uphold all applicable federal, state, and municipal laws and expects all students to abide by the Student Code of Conduct and university policies. At the time of admission, each student agrees to follow such standards. Accordingly, any conduct not consistent with responsible and lawful behavior may be considered cause for the University to take appropriate administrative, disciplinary, or legal action.

In addition, the University acknowledges and actively upholds the adult status of each student with all the rights pertaining thereto and, in accordance with that status, considers each student responsible for their actions. With regard to conduct, "student" is defined as full and part-time undergraduate, professional, and graduate students from the time of application for admission to the time of the conferral of a degree and includes periods prior to the start of classes, after classes have ended, between terms, and when a student is not officially enrolled but has an ongoing relationship with Pacific. 

University policies and regulations are published in the Student Code of Conduct and available online go.pacific.edu/tigerlore. Statements pertaining to or clarification of student rights is also published in this document. Additional policies for specific schools and programs are respectively available from each school or program.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

All students, faculty, and staff must comply with all federal, state, and local laws and University policies governing the consumption, possession, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages and drugs on University property; at any activity or event on and off the campus sponsored by Pacific; or where a campus community member is representing Pacific as part of an off‐campus program, activity, or event.

This notice is provided as a requirement of the Drug‐Free Schools and Communities Act of 1990, and the Drug‐Free Workplace Act of 1988. Universities that receive federal/state funds in any form are required to comply with the above acts. We must take affirmative steps to prohibit the unlawful possession, use, and/or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.

Description of Health Risks

The misuse of alcohol and/or prescription drugs or use of illicit drugs can result in overdose, death, violence, incarceration, loss of a driver's license, failed relationships, petty property crime, school dropout, lowered productivity and quality, increased absenteeism and tardiness, serious psychobiological and neurobiological problems, reduced concentration, impaired judgment, loss of short term and long term memory, diminished reasoning skills, strained family relationships, damaged fetuses, and other serious life-altering effects. Additional information regarding health risks is available from the Cowell Wellness Center or at DrugAbuse.gov

Criminal Penalties

Federal penalties for the trafficking of controlled substances are dependent upon several conditions including the substance, amount, and whether the matter is a first offense or repeated offense for an individual or other legal entity.

For a detailed list of penalties>>

For information on California underage drinking laws>>

Resources for Assistance

  • Alcohol Abuse 24 Hour Action Helpline 800.234.0420
  • Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center 24 Hour Helpline 800.711.6375
  • Counseling and Psychological Services 209.946.2315 ext. 2
  • Employee Assistance Program 877-595-5281
  • Pacific Health Services 209.946.2315 ext. 1

Pacific's alcohol and drug policies are available online:

Pacific Alumni Association

The Pacific Alumni Association (PAA) includes all alumni of the University of the Pacific. There is no membership fee and services are available to all members. An elected Board of Directors (30) develops programs and benefits with the Office of Alumni Relations staff. Opportunities provided to alumni through PAA include Regional Pacific Clubs, class reunions, special events, communications and a variety of benefits. The Pacific Alumni Association encourages all alumni to maintain their relationship with the University of the Pacific and with one another. For more information call (209) 946-2391.

Student Academic Support Services

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities in the Division of Student Life

The University does not discriminate against students and applicants on the basis of disability, in the administration of its educational and other programs. The University reasonably accommodates qualified students (including applicants) with disabilities as defined by applicable law, if the individual is otherwise qualified to meet the fundamental requirements and aspects of the program of the University, without undue hardship to the University. Harassment on the basis of disability issues is prohibited by the University’s policies.

For purposes of reasonable accommodation, a student or applicant with a disability is a person who: (a) has a learning, physical or psychological impairment which limits one or more major life activities (such as walking, seeing, speaking, learning, or working); or (b) has a record with the University by which the University has officially recognized such impairment. To be eligible to continue at the University, the student or applicant must meet the qualifications and requirements expected generally of its students, and must also be able to perform the requirements of the individual major or program in which s/he is enrolled.

A qualified student or applicant is an individual with a disability as defined by this policy and applicable law who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission and participation in the educational program or activity. Accommodations are such modifications to the course, program or educational requirements as are necessary and effective for the individual, if reasonable to provide at the University and do not alter the fundamental nature of programs. Accommodations do not include exemption from academic evaluation standards or from the code of student conduct.

Pacific expects that, if a student has a disability, the student gives sufficient notice of the need for assistance (preferably prior to the start of the semester) although the University does fully consider the merits of each request at the time it is received. Upon receiving a request for assistance as well as appropriate documentation, the Director of the Office of Services for Disabilities considers the student’s need for assistance as it relates to the documented disability. If appropriate, the University may choose to consult with such individuals, internal or external to the University, to provide further assistance needed to evaluate the request for accommodation. The following list is an example of the types of reasonable accommodations and services that the university may provide, on a case-by-case basis, to assure equal access:

  • Academic adjustments and curricular modifications
  • Assistive technology
  • Consultation with faculty and staff
  • Registration assistance and classroom rescheduling
  • Readers, scribes, note-taking, and library assistance
  • Test proctoring services

Please note the university does not provide or subsidize personal care devices or services such as ambulatory devices or assistance with bathing, dressing, laundry, etc. Referrals to external agencies, however, are available upon request.

For additional information, please contact:

Daniel Nuss, Director
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
McCaffrey Center, Room 137
Phone: (209) 946-2879
E-mail: dnuss@pacific.edu

More detailed information as well as our Policy Manual for Students with Disabilities is available on the web at: https://www.pacific.edu/student-life/student-services/services-for-students-with-disabilities

International Programs and Services (IPS)

Located on the Stockton campus, IPS offers comprehensive services to international students and scholars coming to the United States as well as to Pacific students interested in studying, interning or volunteering abroad. IPS serves as a liaison between University schools, departments, and offices, collaborating with them to enhance international education across campuses.

International Students and Scholars Services

IPS offers a variety of services, including immigration advising, to international students and scholars at Pacific, supporting and enhancing their social and cultural integration into the Pacific community. IPS also administers Pacific's Exchange Visitor Program.  The objective of this U.S. Department of State effort is to facilitate and increase mutual understanding between Americans and citizens of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. For more information, email IPS@Pacific.edu.

Division of Student Life on this page are for the following professional programs on the San Francisco campus.


Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Dental (DDS, IDS, Certificate, and Dental Graduate Programs)

School Policies

Students and residents who enroll in programs under the authority of the dean of the School of Dentistry agree to adhere to the school's policies and procedures and to conform their conduct to the standards of the school and of the law. Students and residents who fail to do so are subject to all sanctions or other appropriate action by the school, up to and including interim or indefinite suspension, interim or indefinite involuntary leave of absence, or final dismissal.

In cases where the school determines in its judgment that a student's or resident's continued enrollment at the School of Dentistry would not be prudent, for reasons including but not limited to the student's or resident's violation of standards of conduct, inadequate academic performance, and/or a judgment that the student has failed to demonstrate attributes of character which the school believes are necessary to qualify students and residents to practice in their chosen profession, the school may terminate the student's or resident's enrollment and/or refuse to award a degree.

Equal Educational Opportunity

The school is an equal opportunity institution of higher learning and is firmly committed to nondiscrimination in its delivery of educational services and employment practices. In compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, such decisions will be made irrespective of the individual's race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except for minors), sex, marital status, citizenship status, military service status, sexual orientation, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic condition), disability and/or any other status protected by law. When necessary, the School will reasonably accommodate an individual (including students) with disabilities if the educational program of the school is not compromised and the individual can safely perform all essential functions without undue hardship to the school and without altering fundamental aspects of its educational program.   See also:  https://webshare.pacific.edu/sites/policies/Pages/Non-Discrimination%20and%20Non-Retaliation%20Policy.aspx)

Other school policies

Please click on the link below for select additional policies: 


All claims against the school or university for loss or damage arising from acts, omissions, or contingencies beyond the control of the university and its employees are hereby expressly waived. The waiver includes loss by fire, theft, or natural catastrophe of any materials belonging to a member of the student body, whether such loss occurs on or off the school premises. Students agree to these conditions when they register.

Policy on Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The school grants otherwise qualified students, residents, and applicants all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school and does not discriminate on the grounds listed in the Policy Prohibiting Unlawful Discrimination in the administration of its educational programs, admissions, scholarships and loans, or other school activities.

The school will reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities when the individual so presents a request in accordance with this policy and the individual is qualified to safely and effectively perform all essential functions of the position unless there is undue hardship in doing so. Reasonable accommodations do not include a modification of the fundamental requirements and elements of the program (e.g. behavior and conduct standards, attendance and grading policies, academic and patient-care standards, etc.)

If the individual student, resident, or applicant is otherwise qualified, in response to a request for accommodation the school will offer to make an accommodation if the accommodation is reasonable, effective, does not alter a fundamental aspect of the program, will not otherwise impose an undue hardship on the school, and/or there are no equivalent alternatives. If appropriate, the school may choose to consult with such individuals, internal or external to the school, to provide further assistance needed to evaluate the request for accommodation.

For purposes of reasonable accommodation, a student, resident, or applicant with a disability is a person who: (a) has a physical or mental impairment which limits one or more major life activities (such as walking, seeing, speaking, learning, or working); or (b) has a record with the school by which the school has officially recognized such impairment. To be eligible to continue at the school, the student, resident, or applicant must meet the qualifications and requirements expected generally of its students, and must also be able to perform the requirements of the individual major or program in which s/he is enrolled, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Note: In the event that a request for reasonable accommodation is denied, the school may occasionally choose to afford the student some temporary measure or flexibility, which is not based on the asserted disability issue, but which otherwise is considered appropriate, if it does not alter a fundamental element of the program and is not viewed by the School as inequitable toward other students. In such few cases, such temporary measure or flexibility will not be a precedent, nor will be a reasonable accommodation, and the student thereby will not be regarded as an individual with a disability.

Procedure for Seeking Accommodations

A student, resident, or applicant who requires an accommodation aid or assistance ("accommodations"), whether for academic or other uses, and who believes s/he is qualified under the school's policy, should contact the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, who serves as coordinator of disability accommodations and services. Individuals who may apply for admission are also encouraged to contact this office to request general information.

Faculty and staff members who receive student-initiated inquiries or requests regarding accommodations should promptly refer those students to the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. Accommodation determinations should not be made without consultation and written determination of the assistant dean.

Students and residents who seek academic accommodations are expected to contact the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs well in advance of the commencement of the activity course(s), and to provide all requested supporting information at least three weeks in advance of the requested implementation date.  

Determination of Accommodation Requests and Right to Obtain Further Review:

Provided that the assistant dean determines that the documentation provided by the student, resident, or applicant is sufficient, the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs will respond in writing to the request for accommodation and will do so in a manner consistent with the policy. If the student, resident, or applicant agrees with the response, faculty and staff members who will be involved in providing or facilitating the accommodation will be informed of the accommodation, but the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs will not provide medical or health-related information, unless such information is appropriate in order to allow them to assist in implementing the accommodation.

Responsibility of Student, Resident, or Applicant

Each student, resident, or applicant requesting accommodation bears the responsibility for initiating, documenting and communicating promptly with the school regarding a disability-related request for accommodation. Timely communication between the student and the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and/or individual faculty members is critical. Requests for information and details on accommodations will generally be communicated via confidential email, and student, resident, or applicant replies to such communications, be they from the assistant dean or a faculty member, should be in writing within 72 hours. Students must contact course directors at least one week in advance of an assessment for which accommodation is requested. Once an accommodation has been agreed upon by the student or resident and a faculty member, the student or resident must adhere to the accommodation, barring a significant and unforeseen event (e.g., sudden serious illness). Last-minute requests for or cancellations of previously agreed upon accommodations are prohibited by this policy. Furthermore, a student or resident who appears late for an assessment for which accommodations have been arranged forfeits the time lost due to tardiness.

The student, resident, or applicant will provide to the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs the documentation to support the request. Documentation from the appropriate health professional(s) should reflect the nature of and present level of disability, how the disability affects the student's, resident's or applicant's needs in a collegiate setting, and how the requested accommodation will resolve the needs. Because the provision of all reasonable accommodations and services is based upon assessment of the current impact of the disability on current academic performance, it is in an individual's best interest to provide recent and appropriate documentation, generally no more than three years old. Earlier documentation regarding learning disabilities will be reviewed, if it is supplemented by more recent materials.

The Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs has discretion to determine what type of professional documentation is necessary, and this may vary depending on the nature of the disability and/or accommodation. The assistant dean has discretion to seek independent medical assessment if in his/her judgment it is appropriate in some circumstances.

Code of Ethics and Adjudication of Ethics Violations

All allegations of unethical student behavior are investigated by a senior faculty member appointed by the Dean to serve as an Initial Reviewer. If there is sufficient evidence to support the allegations and the student agrees to the proposed sanction, the Initial Reviewer recommends the appropriate disciplinary action to the Dean. If the student disagrees with the findings of the Initial Reviewer or the proposed sanction, the allegation will then be forwarded to the full Ethics Committee.

The Ethics Committee conducts hearings on matters related to student behavior and violations of the Code of Ethics. The committee is a joint faculty-administrative committee comprised of a chair selected by the Dental Faculty Council, three elected faculty members, and five elected students, one from each DDS and IDS class. In addition, four elected faculty members and three elected students, one from each class, act as alternates, and may be called to serve during committee review of a complaint that may involve an elected member or when an elected member is unable to be present. Recommendations of the Ethics Committee are submitted to the Dean for action. The decision of the Dean can only be appealed through University channels (Office of the Provost). Privileged information related to petitions, petitioners, and all deliberations and recommendations of the committee are treated as confidential and will remain "in committee" except as reported through appropriate channels.

Please click here to see the Code of Ethics.

Policy Statement on Alcohol Consumption and Drug Use


Security and Anti-Violence Policy


Prohibited Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment Policy


Student Services 

Under the direction of the assistant dean of Admissions, Student Affairs, and Diversity, this office is responsible for recruiting and advising potential students, coordinating admissions and pre-dental programs, managing admissions committee activities, and directives, and managing non-academic student programming and activities including retreats, government, clubs and organizations, financial aid, health, insurance, and housing.

The school maintains a listing of off-campus, privately-owned apartments for interested students. The school does not endorse, investigate, or guarantee the tenability of listings or suitability of those responding to any off-campus listing.

First-Year Retreat and Counseling

During matriculation week, all first-year students attend a one-day retreat in San Francisco. During the retreat, students meet with student leaders from the second-year and third-year classes to discuss student experiences and leadership opportunities. Several activities are planned to encourage interaction between students and faculty, such as team building activities and a social mixer. 

Many faculty members who teach first-year courses serve as advisors to new students to provide friendly ears and sounding boards for their concerns and to assist them in the transition from undergraduate to professional education. Students are assigned an advisor at the beginning of their first year. Second- and third-year students have access to their assigned group practice leader as well as course directors and other faculty members.

Academic counseling is provided by advisors as well as course directors, faculty members, the associate dean of oral health education, and the assistant dean for academic affairs. Referral to professional health care counseling is available; however, the school cannot warrant the services of external health care providers. (Students should become familiar with the procedures of such counselors before engaging the services.) The university's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offer on-campus services to students by appointment and on an on-call, emergency, and drop-in basis.

Pacific Health Services

Pacific Health Services (PHS), part of the university's Division of Student Life, maintains a clinic at the School of Dentistry.  Dental and dental hygiene students who are enrolled full-time and have submitted the required health history form and immunization records are eligible for care at any PHS clinic.  The on-site nurse practitioner is supported by an extended professional staff that includes a supervising physician, other nurse practitioners, and a registered dietitian. A full-time staff psychologist is also available for individual appointments or ongoing therapeutic intervention. Services available to students include health education, wellness information, and direct care during illness.   

All dental students are charged a health service fee of $124.00 each quarter.  The fee covers nurse practitioner services, nutritionist services (mostly by phone),  and health and wellness management.  The health services fee does not cover student health insurance, the cost of some procedures, the cost of medications, or costs incurred as a result of outside referrals.

Student Store

The student store stocks equipment, books, and supplies for the educational program. It is available for students, faculty, and staff.

Professional and Fraternal Organizations

Social, fraternal, and professional organization memberships are open to all predoctoral students and select opportunities are available for undergraduate students in the DH program.  Opportunities to establish associations that will endure throughout graduates' lifetimes are described in the groups.

Associated Student Body

The Associated Student Body of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is composed of all students enrolled in the doctoral program. Business affairs of the organization are conducted by the Student Executive Council which consists of the elected student body officers, the president and vice president of each class, and elected representatives to selected agencies of organized dentistry. Any student may meet with the Student Executive Council, but only duly elected officers may vote on issues under consideration. Students are represented on the following school committees: Curriculum; Faculty Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure; Diversity and Inclusion; Student Appeals; Ethics; Global Initiative; Museum; Postgraduate Studies; Library; Extramural and Interprofessional Education Programs; Safety; Store; Student Clinic Advisory; Strategic Planning Oversight; and Academic Advisory.

Organized Dentistry - University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School Chapters

  • Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
  • American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)
  • American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
  • American Student Dental Association (ASDA) 
  • California Dental Association (CDA)
  • California Dental Hygiene Association (CDHA)

Dental Professional Clubs

  • Dugoni School Business Club
  • Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA)

National Dental Fraternities

  • Alpha Omega
  • Delta Sigma Delta

Study Clubs

  • AEGD/GPR Study Club
  • Aesthetics Study Club
  • Emerging Dental Technology Study Club
  • Endodontics Study Club
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Study Club
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Study Club
  • Orthodontics Study Club
  • Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea Study Club 
  • Pediatric Study Club
  • Periodontics Study Club
  • Student Association for Sustainability and Green Dentistry (SASG)
  • Student Research Group (SRG)

Community Service Organizations/Dental Mission Trips

  • Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE)
  • Guatemala Dental Mission
  • Jamaica Dental Mission
  • Mexico Dental Mission
  • Philippines Dental Outreach

Cultural and Diversity

  • American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD)
  • Chinese American Student Dental Association (CASDA)
  • Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA)
  • Iranian-American Student Dental Association (IASDA)
  • Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)
  • Student National Dental Association (SNDA)

Health and Wellness

  • Medicine in Motion
  • Peer Support Program (PSP)

Public Service & Pre-Dental Outreach

  • Military Dental Club
  • Pre-Dental Boot Camp (PDB)

Religious & Spiritual Organizations

  • Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

Organized Dentistry

American Student Dental Association (ASDA)

All University of the Pacific dental students are members of ASDA and, concurrently, student members of the American Dental Association with all the rights and privileges of such membership. Benefits are detailed in publications distributed by these organizations.

California Dental Association (CDA)

University of the Pacific dental students were the first in California to avail themselves of the student membership category offered by the California Dental Association. Modest annual dues provide each student member with CDA publications, access to CDA meetings without charge, and other benefits.

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

All enrolled predoctoral students are members of ADEA. 

The Council of Students is one of several councils of ADEA. The school's elected representatives to the council participate in the ADEA annual session and regional meetings. The Council of Students has an administrative board consisting of a vice president who serves on the ADEA executive committee, and a chair, vice chair, secretary, and member-at-large. The council elects several student delegates who have full voting privileges in the ADEA House of Delegates.

California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA)

The CDHA represents the student voice in the dental hygiene profession. Annual dues provide each dental hygiene student scholarship and networking opportunities. They can participate in conferences and activities throughout the state which includes the annual regional conference, Student House of Representatives and the CDHA Table Clinic Competition.