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Saluki Cares


Your overall well-being, experience, and success as a student here at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is important to us, and we want to help you get the care, referrals, and answers you seek.


Saluki Cares facilitates and coordinates a University-wide program of care and support for students in distress. By working closely with faculty, staff, students and their families, SIU Carbondale displays a culture of caring by demonstrating to our students and families that they are an important part of the community.

Saluki Cares is an early alert initiative composed of professionals from different areas of campus life who work with students on a regular basis: Academic units, Dean of Students, New Student Programs, Center for International Education, University Housing, University College, Wellness Center, and others. Referrals are made from faculty, staff, family members, peers, or by the student him/herself.



Saluki Cares has a limited number of tuition assistance awards available to assist Southern Illinois University Carbondale students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree and have demonstrated a significant need. Funds are limited and will be disseminated upon a first-come-first-served basis for those who qualify. Those who have previously received the award are exempt from consideration. This application is only for the current semester and not previous semesters! Students will be notified by email when their application has been received and when a decision has been made. Please complete the online form and submit.


The Saluki Cares Emergency Fund was created, in conjunction with the SIU Alumni Association and SIU Foundation, to assist Southern Illinois University Carbondale students with an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event which prevent them from continuing their education at SIU.

These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a consistent supplement to a student’s education funding sources. Requests must be urgent in nature. These funds are not meant for financial need, an event or unforeseeable circumstance must be the cause of the loss of funds in order to be eligible for student emergency funds.

Our goal is to help students during a time of need stay in school and make progress towards a degree. Priority will be given to students whose tenure at SIU may be at risk because of unexpected expenses.

For more information, click here.

A message to SIU students:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the three individuals who lost their lives and the countless others who were injured this past weekend in association with protests at the University of Virginia and its surrounding community.

When incidents occur on other campuses and in other communities, we should reflect on our own values as members of the Saluki family. We are part of a community that embraces differences in cultures and perspectives. We value civil discourse and dialogue based on reason and logic rather than threats and violence.

Because we have a shared responsibility to ensure that everyone on our campus can live and learn in a safe and welcoming environment, I ask you to abide by the Saluki creed:

“As a Saluki, I pledge to forward ideas and ideals. I will discourage bigotry and celebrate diversity by striving to learn from differences in people’s ideas and opinions.  I will embrace the ideals of freedom of civilized expression, intellectual inquiry and respect for others.”

To understand more about your responsibilities as a student of SIU, please review the Student Conduct Code.

Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students if you need assistance or have concerns. We are here for all students and is ready and willing to listen and assist in any way possible.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 618-453-1385 or via email at

Best wishes for the fall semester.

Jennifer Jones-Hall

Dean of Students