The Campus

Midtown

The Midtown Campus, WestConn's original campus, is located in downtown Danbury. Over 42 million dollars in renovations, additions and new buildings have transformed the Midtown Campus into a modern college setting while retaining WestConn's traditional character.

Major buildings are:

  • ALUMNI HALL - A 6,000 sq. ft. building that houses a meeting and exhibition room, administrative offices, and the WestConn Child Care Center.
  • BERKSHIRE HALL, HIGGINS HALL and WHITE HALL - These classroom buildings house many specialized education facilities, such as the University Art Gallery, Ives Concert Hall, Berkshire Theatre, the Bill Williams Gymnasium, the Language Lab, The Learning Centers (math, writing, student resources), the Biochemistry Laboratory, and the Weather Center.
  • FAIRFIELD, LITCHFIELD and NEWBURY HALLS - These residence halls provide accessible accommodations for 600 students.
  • MIDTOWN CAMPUS PARKING STRUCTURE - This is a three-level, 900-car, accessible parking garage with a covered skywalk crossing White Street. A new 700-car parking garage is currently planned to open on the Midtown campus in 2005.
  • OLD MAIN - The original building of the Danbury State Normal School dating back to 1904, Old Main is currently being renovated and will house student-oriented administrative services and University Computing.
  • RUTH A. HAAS LIBRARY - The Haas Library contains over 200,000 volumes and over 400,000 bound periodicals, microforms, government documents, music scores, electronic resources and audio-visual items.
  • SCIENCE BUILDING - A new 122,000 sq. ft. science building, scheduled to be completed in 2005, will house faculty offices and the university's biology, chemistry, and physics, astronomy and meteorology departments, as well as science laboratories, including the Boehringer Ingleheim Biochemistry Lab.
  • STUDENT CENTER - The student center houses all campus dining facilities, the University bookstore, post office, student government offices, campus ministries, meeting rooms, Echo Office (student newspaper), WXCI (the student FM radio station), Student Technology Training Center, Career Development Center, Office of Student Life, and other student activity offices.
  • UNIVERSITY HALL - A four-level office building houses administrative offices.
  • WARNER HALL - This 32,000 sq. ft. building houses the Division of Graduate Studies, classrooms, meeting rooms and faculty offices. The first floor is scheduled for renovation; when completed, the space will include lounges and exhibit space.

Westside

The 364-acre Westside campus features:

  • ATHLETIC STADIUM - Facilities include new synthetic field surface, locker rooms, coaches' offices, press box and concessions area.
  • CLASSROOM BUILDING - The Westside Classroom Building features the Robert S. Young Library, many micro computer labs, classrooms and faculty offices.
  • ELLA GRASSO HALL - An apartment-style residence hall designed to house 269 students.
  • IVES CONCERT PARK - A 40-acre outdoor amphitheater, the center is used for outdoor performances.
  • PINNEY HALL - A 425 bed, apartment-style residence hall.
  • RESIDENCE HALL & PARKING STRUCTURE - This 350-bed dormitory-style residence hall with parking garage will complement the existing apartment-style residence halls at Westside. This new hall will allow us to house more than one thousand students on the Westside campus. It is scheduled to open in fall 2004.
  • WESTSIDE NATURE PRESERVE (WNP) - A 33-acre nature preserve, the WNP is an outdoor laboratory with maintained trails.
  • WESTSIDE OBSERVATORY - A newly expanded building, the observatory is outfitted with a 20" Ritchey Chretien Telescope, the largest of its kind in Connecticut.
  • WESTSIDE STUDENT CENTER - (Future project)
  • A 49,000 square-foot student center is planned for the Westside campus and is scheduled to open in January 2006. Designed to include food service facilities, meeting rooms and lounges, student offices, and a pub/game room.
  • WILLIAM A. O'NEILL ATHLETIC AND CONVOCATION CENTER - The center contains a 4,000 seat arena, indoor tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, weight training facility, a swimming pool, and the Athletic Department Offices. The Westside campus also has fully lighted rugby, intramural, baseball and softball fields.

WestConn at Waterbury

WestConn offers upper-level management and nursing courses and selected general education courses on the campus of Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury. For more information on these programs, contact the Dean of Graduate Studies and External Programs, Founder's Hall 129, 203-596-8777.

Parking & Transportation

WestConn has designated parking areas for students and faculty/staff on both the midtown and Westside campuses.

Parking is also available on the Midtown campus in a three-level, 900-car garage with a covered skyway crossing White Street. Detailed parking information and maps of surface lots for both campuses are available from the Health and Public Safety Department, WESTCONNECT Card Office. If all WCSU lots are full, students may park at the downtown Danbury Patriot Garage, 7:30 to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. WCSU students must display a valid WCSU parking permit to have their parking ticket validated and fee waived. The garage will not waive any fees after 3:30 pm.

Temporary Parking Restrictions 2004-2005

A 600-car parking garage will be built on student parking lot #1 (currently 241 spaces) during the 2004-2005 academic year. When construction on this lot begins, all residential first-year students on Midtown and Westside will be required to park their vehicles on the Westside campus (or at the Patriot Garage, see below) from Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. New ground lot(s) on the Westside will be prepared during the summer of 2004 to accommodate parking for first-year students. These students will not be permitted to park on Midtown during the stated times. Additional shuttle services will be provided between Midtown and Westside during peak hours. Please note that the Patriot Garage on Delay Street is also available for student, staff and faculty parking from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Every student, faculty and staff member must display a valid parking permit when parking on university property or, at the Patriot Garage. Parking permits are available from the Health and Public Safety Department, WESTCONNECT Card Office, (203) 837-9311. Your permit is free; however, there is a $10 charge for lost or stolen replacement permits.

Vehicles that are improperly parked are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner's expense. All parking areas are clearly identified by signs posted at the entrance to the lot. To avoid having your car towed from an unauthorized area, please read and obey the signs. All persons parking on state property are obligated to know and obey the University parking regulations which are available at the Health and Public Safety Department, WESTCONNECT Card Office, the University Police Department, or on-line at the Health and Public Safety Department's homepage. University parking regulations and Connecticut motor vehicle laws are subject to enforcement by the University Police and violations may result in a state court summons being issued, or an arrest.

WestConn is a very active community for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Please use caution when traveling on campus. Pedestrians are asked to use the crosswalk or covered skyway when crossing White Street. Accidents should be reported to the University Police at (203) 837-9300; emergencies can be reported by dialing 911 from any on campus phone. Calls for assistance with vehicle problems may also be made to the University Police.

Campus Transportation

When classes are in session, the university offers a free shuttle bus service between the Westside and Midtown Campuses. This service links the two campuses for curricular as well as co-curricular activities.

Two day shuttle buses run during the fall and spring semesters, Monday-Friday. One shuttle bus runs evenings, weekends, intersessions, and summer sessions. An additional shuttle bus runs during peak hours between 8:15-10:15 a.m. and 1:15-4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each shuttle from the Westside campus will also stop at the Patriot Garage on its way to Midtown, however, students must ask the shuttle bus operator to stop at the garage. Arrival and departure times are listed in the colonial shuttle schedule which is available from the Health and Public Safety Department, WESTCONNECT Card Office, and the University Police Department. The schedule is also printed in the course registration booklets and is available on-line at the Health and Public Safety Department's homepage (www.wcsu.edu/publicsafety). For more information please call 203-837-9319.

Student ID Cards

Every student must obtain an identification card (ID Card) to use university facilities and to attend university events. In addition to serving as an identification card, the ID Card allows you to gain access to the 24-hour computer labs, check books out of the library, use the Colonial Shuttle bus services and more. Information regarding these features is available from the Division of Public Safety located in the lower level of Old Main.

To obtain an ID Card, bring both a valid driver's license or other form of photo identification and your course schedule that verifies registration for the current semester to the Division of Public Safety, ID and Parking Permit Office, basement of Old Main. Normal business hours are 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday through Friday; the office offers extended hours from 8:00 am-8:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, for the first two weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Your ID Card should be retained as long as you are enrolled as a student. The card will require a new validation sticker for each semester in which you have registered for classes. Validation stickers are available from the ID Office during normal business hours. There is no charge for the original card, however, there is a $15 charge for replacement cards (lost or stolen). Should a card break it will be replaced at no charge, however the damaged card/card pieces must be brought into the office. For more information please call (203) 837-9311.


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