The Campus

Midtown Campus

The Midtown campus, WestConn’s original campus, is located in downtown Danbury. Over forty-two million dollars in renovations, additions and new buildings have transformed the Midtown campus into a modern college setting while retaining WestConn’s traditional character. The Midtown campus features:

 

  • ALUMNI HALL - A 6,000-sq. ft. building that houses a meeting and exhibition room, administrative offices and the WCSU Child Care Center.
  • BERKSHIRE HALL, HIGGINS HALL and WHITE HALL - These classroom buildings house many specialized education facilities, such as the Ives Concert Hall, Berkshire Theatre, the Bill Williams Gymnasium, the Language Lab, The Learning Centers (math, writing, study skills).
  • 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 800-car parking garage is currently planned to open on the midtown campus in 2006.
  • 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.  The Division of Graduate Studies is located on the second floor of this building in room 206.
  • THE RUTH A. HAAS LIBRARY - The Haas Library has over 200,000 volumes and over 400,000 bound periodicals, microforms, government documents, music scores, electronic resources and audio-visual items.
  • SCIENCE BUILDING - This new 122,000 sq. ft. science building that houses faculty offices and the university’s biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy and meteorology departments as well as science laboratories, including the Boehringer Ingleheim Biochemistry Lab and Weather Center.
  • THE 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 that houses administrative offices.
  • WARNER HALL - This 32,000 sq. ft. building houses the School of Arts and Sciences dean's offices, Grants' Office, classrooms, meeting rooms and faculty offices for History, Social Sciences and Psychology.  The first floor includes lounges and exhibit space.

Westside Campus

The 364-acre Westside campus features:

  • ATHLETIC STADIUM - Facilities include new synthetic field surface, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, press box and concessions area.
  • CENTENNIAL HALL & PARKING STRUCTURE - This 350-bed dormitory-style residence hall with parking garage complements the existing apartment-style residence halls at Westside. This new hall allows us to house more than 1,000 students on the Westside campus.
  • CLASSROOM BUILDING - The Westside Classroom Building features the Robert S. Young Library, many microcomputer labs, classrooms and faculty offices.
  • ELLA GRASSO HALL - An apartment-style residence hall designed to house 269 students.
  • THE CHARLES IVES CENTER FOR THE ARTS - A 40-acre outdoor amphitheater, the center is used for outdoor performances.
  • PINNEY HALL - A 425 bed, apartment-style residence hall.
  • WESTSIDE CAMPUS CENTER - A 49,000 square foot student center is scheduled to open in Spring 2007.  Designed to include food service facilities, meeting rooms and lounges, student offices, and a pub/game room.
  • THE WESTSIDE NATURE PRESERVE (WNP)- A 33-acre nature preserve, the WNP is an outdoor laboratory with maintained trails.
  • THE WESTSIDE OBSERVATORY - Newly expanded and renovated, the observatory is outfitted with a 20” Ritchey Chretien Telescope, the largest of its kind in Connecticut.
  • 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

Western Connecticut State University at Waterbury is located in Founders Hall on the Naugatuck Valley Community College campus, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury. In addition to offering bachelor degree-completion programs in nursing and management, WestConn at Waterbury offers selected general education and graduate classes. For more information on these programs, contact WestConn at the Waterbury Dean's office, Founder's Hall 129, 203-596-8777.

Parking AND TRANSPORTATION

WestConn has designated parking areas for students and faculty/staff. Commuter student parking is available in a three-level garage with a covered skyway crossing White Street on the midtown campus.  All other surface lots are restricted for faculty/staff parking on the midtown campus with the exception of the temporary lot at  Litchfield Hall which is designated for junior and senior resident students.  Resident freshman and sophomore students are not allowed to park on the midtown campus from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursdays, and temporary lots have been created for them on the westside campus.  Detailed parking information and maps of surface lots for both campuses are available. 

Every student, faculty and staff member must display a valid parking permit when parking on university property.  Parking permits are available from the WestConnect card office at Old Main, 203-837-9311.  In order to obtain a parking permit, a student must present a valid vehicle registration document from the state in which the vehicle is registered.  Each student will be issued only one active parking permit at a time, and may register only one primary vehicle at a time.  For more information, please visit the website at www.wcsu.edu/parking.  Your first permit is free; however, there is a $10 charge for replacement permits.

Visitors to either campus should park in designated visitor lots and obtain a visitor permit from the WESTCONNECT card office during normal business hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.  For more information, please visit the website at www.wcsu.edu/parking.

Students, faculty and staff may also park at the downtown Danbury Patriot garage on Delay Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Persons using the Patriot garage must display a valid WCSU parking permit to have their parking ticket validated and fee waived.  The garage will not waive any fees after 6 p.m.

The listed parking restrictions are in effect pending the opening of a new midtown student parking garage on Fifth and Osborne Streets during the summer of 2006.  At that time, the parking plan will be modified to maximize the use of the new 600-car facility.

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 each lot.  To avoid having your car towed from an authorized 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 WestConnect card office, the university police department or on-line at the police department's homepage.  University parking regulations and Connecticut motor vehicle laws are subject to enforcement by the university police department and violation 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 the 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.

Three day shuttle buses (coaches) run during the fall and spring semesters, Monday through Friday.  An additional shuttle bus (mini-bus) runs during peak hours from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and from 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Two shuttle buses run evenings and one shuttle bus runs weekends, intersession and summer sessions.  Each shuttle from the midtown and westside campus stops at the Patriot garage in downtown Danbury.

Arrival and departure times are listed in the Colonial Shuttle Schedule and Policy brochure which is available from the WestConnect Card Office, the Student Center, the Community Service Unit office in the weside classroom bulding and the unvieristy police dpeartment.  The schedule is also printed in the course registration booklets and is available on-line at the University Police Department's homepage at www.wcsu.edu/police.

For more information please contact the university police department at (203) 837-9300 or the community services unit at (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 WESTCONNECT card office located in the lower level of the Old Main administrative building.

In order to obtain an identification card, you will need to bring a valid driver's license or other form of photo identification and your course schedule verifying registration for the current semester to the WESTCONNECT card office.  Normal business hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; however, the office offers extended hours from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for the first week, and 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, for the second week, of the fall and spring semesters.

Your ID card should be retained as long as you are enrolled as a student at WCSU.  Replacement cards (lost or stolen) will be replaced for a fee of $15 payable at the Cashier's Office.  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 informaiton, please call (203) 837-9311.


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