Faculty Handbook

Division of Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs
The Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for the entire area encompassing Student Affairs.  Student Affairs is responsible for the fiscal and budgetary processes in this Division, as well as the recruitment, selection, and evaluation of support staff for the following student services areas: AccessAbility Services, Intercollegiate Athletics, Campus Ministry, Campus Police, Career Development Center, Counseling Center, Health Service, Housing and Residence Life, Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs, Recreation, Intramurals & Club Sports, Student Life/Student Activities Office, Midtown Student Center, Westside Campus Center, Substance Abuse Prevention Program and University Judicial Affairs.

Campus & Student Centers
This office administers the programs and facilities of the Westside Campus Center and the Midtown Student Center.  Both facilities include dining areas, conference rooms, lounges, computer facilities and recreational facilities.  The Campus Center features a cardio fitness center, a staffed computer lab and The Daily Grind, a late-night dining and entertainment venue featuring Starbucks coffee, Tazo tea and snacks.  It is a great place to bring your evening class for informal discussion.  The Student Center houses some student organizations, the Bookstore, the Student Technology Training Center and a game room.  Both facilities offer wireless connections. 

The department also oversees the operation of university auxiliary services including food service, bookstore, vending and shuttle services.  Additionally, the department is responsible for the University Testing Program, including administering the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Miller analogies Test (MAT) and distance learning.  Additionally, this office manages the university-wide box office system providing ticketing needs for all university events.

To schedule an event in either facility, please email the details to campuscenter@wcsu.edu.

Dean of Student Affairs
The Dean of Student Affairs reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and is responsible for developing, supervising, evaluating and coordinating the following activities:  AccessAbility Services, Campus Ministry, Career Development, Counseling, Assistant Dean of Students, Health Service, Housing and Residence Life, Judicial Affairs, Student Life/Student Activities, and Student Orientation.

AccessAbility Services
The Office of AccessAbility Services (AAS) directs and coordinates all necessary services for students with disabilities that impact on their educational experience.  The office determines reasonable accommodations and provides exam proctoring, assistive technology, readers, scribes, note-takers, advocacy, academic coaching, self-advocacy and skills building, mediation, auxiliary services, early registration, texts in alternate format, accessible furniture, referrals to other university and community services, and other services that are of value and consequence to students with disabilities.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs reports to the Dean of Student Affairs and is responsible for working with all Greek Letter organizations, commuter students, commuter students e-newsletter and the Commuter Student Organization (CSO), multicultural student programming, serves as the appeals officer for judicial affairs, co-chairs the Parent Program, is one of three appointed Veteran Services Liaisons and is involved in New Student Orientation.

Campus Ministries
Three religious denominations have ministries at WestConn (Catholic, Protestant and Jewish), and each welcomes students to come in and chat or join in services and outreach programs to the community.

Career Development Center
The Career Development Center (CDC) assists students with their career planning and job searches by providing a wide range of career related services including:

  1. Career counseling on an appointment basis.  "Drop-in" hours are also held for quick questions around career or job search issues.  An-online career assessment tool (SIGI3) is also available for students to explore career interests and provides career information.
  2. Cooperative Education Internship Program for undergraduate juniors, seniors, and upper-level sophomores seeking practical work experience related to their career interest or major. Co-op positions are developed in area businesses, corporations, government and nonprofit agencies. Co-ops carry elective credit, and in many cases also provide a salary.
  3. An on-line job referral system that includes both full and part-time employment opportunities for students and alumni. An On-Campus Recruiting Program is also available to seniors who are seeking full-time employment upon graduation. An Annual Career Fair is held each spring for full-time professional positions as well as part-time, summer and co-op internship opportunities.
  4. A career library is available to students, staff, and alumni containing materials on career opportunities, graduate school and company information.  The CDC also has on-line career library resources accessible through WestConnduit, under Student Tools, and under the Career Development Center section.  "Career Insider" has a wealth of career, industry and job search information, as well as the ability to download books on career fields.  "Going Global" provides career and employment information on international careers as well as employment and company information on organizations in US major cities.
  5. Career development workshops and seminars are offered on a regular basis to inform students of the career opportunities available and techniques to conduct a successful job search. Special career programs on networking, professional etiquette, career speakers and other events are conducted throughout the year.  CDC staff members frequently visit classes on request to present information or workshops on the above topics.  Contact:  203-837-8263 or www.wcsu.edu/CDC for additional information.

Counseling Center
The Counseling Center provides a safe, confidential and supportive environment to discuss life concerns, challenges and opportunities at no charge to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a matriculated program at WestConn.  Services are limited in the summer.  The Counseling Center is also a proud member of SARP (Sexual Assault Response Team) and is trained as first responders to incidents of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and dating/domestic violence.  The Counseling Center provides presentations, workshops and consultations to administration, faculty, staff and parents.

A brief word about confidentiality:  All therapists at the Counseling Center are legally and ethically bound to maintain confidentiality except in those instances of imminent risk to self or others or knowledge of ongoing abuse or neglect of children, elderly or disabled adults.

Health Service
The University Health Service Office provides quality health care services, including primary and preventive care, and promotes health awareness for WestConn’s students and academic community through educational programs and counseling.

Housing and Residence Life
The department of Housing and Residence Life believes that our residence halls are crossroads where we promote academic excellence, build communities, and support student development.  Students are encouraged to actively participate in creating vibrant communities through programming and personal involvement.  The CULTURETM program (Creating Undergraduate Learning Through Unique Residential Experiences) is the structure we use to accomplish this.  Included in CULTURETM are a variety of services and programs designed to assist students in achieving their own academic goals.  Each building has one or more Academic Resource Mentors (ARMs) who act as resources to campus and community services which can assist residents.  PASS tutors (Peer Academic Support Services) are volunteers who offer assistance to fellow residents in areas where they personally excel.

The six residence halls provide a variety of living options, as well as enable students to gain valuable leadership and work experience as hall council members, information desk workers, administrative assistants, resident assistants (RAs), and academic resource mentors.  The Midtown campus has three buildings (Fairfield, Litchfield and Newbury Halls) which house first year students in traditional-style halls.  On Westside, freshmen and other upper class students may choose to live in Centennial Hall, a suite style building.  Upper class students may opt for residency in one of the two apartment style halls, Grasso Hall or Pinney Hall.

Office of Judicial Affairs
This office administers the university’s student discipline process, serving as liaison to all university departments regarding matters pertaining to student conduct.  All WestConn students are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Statement of Judicial Procedures.  Formal complaints, as well as any inquires concerning the student discipline system and student discipline records, should be directed to this office.

Student Life/Student Activities Office
The Student Life/Student Activities Office is the main point of contact for students wanting to form a new club or organization and those currently involved with one.  This is where clubs register and receive information and support.  The office also provides assistance with leadership development, university policies and event planning.  The Student Life/Student Activities Office also coordinates programs, events and activities on campus organized by and for students. 

Recreation, Intramurals, and Club Sports
Life’s about balance-get out and get active!  The Recreation Department here at WestConn is located in the Center for Student Involvement and is dedicated to providing the campus community with a multitude of various recreational activities to encourage physical fitness and promote a positive well-being.  The Intramural and Club Sports programs provide opportunities for individuals who share a common interest in a recreational sport, to improve their skill level and overall knowledge of the sport or activity.  Our university is unique in that the WestConn community can utilize athletic facilities on two different campuses. 

Intercollegiate Athletics
WestConn offers a variety of opportunities for the student athlete to excel at the regional and national levels of competition.  Different sporting events are scheduled throughout the academic calendar year to provide participation by interested parties.  Opportunities are provided for male and female teams. The men and women both belong to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III.  The football program is a member of the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference.  The 13 other intercollegiate athletic programs are members of the Little East Conference.  In addition, the men and women’s programs hold membership in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).  The University belongs to conferences and associations appropriate to the specific athletic activity.

Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs
To enhance and ensure that our pre-college students have the opportunity to develop their academic skills required for college admissions.  WestConn has established the ConnCap(State)/Upward Bound Program (Federal) for high school students and the Excel Program (State/Local) for middle-school students.  These pre-college programs have assigned advisers/staff dedicated to assisting and closely monitoring the middle/high school students' academic progress; throughout their public school experience.  The pre-college programs provide and promote academic achievement, cultural enrichment, the use of technology and provide instructional classes: from pre-algebra to parental workshops.  Included in the Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs is the EAP (Educational Achievement & Access Program) that offers academically underprepared students an intense, "five-week" summer residential program in order for select EAP students to fulfill admission requirements and entrance into WestConn.  This five-week EAP program provides "30 to 35" students, the opportunity to experience college life, while living on campus and taking two academically challenging college classes.


Substance Abuse Prevention Program (CHOICES)
The (CHOICES) program provides free and confidential services to students including:  1) screening and assessments of substance use, abuse and possible addiction/dependence on alcohol or other drugs; 2) Education and counseling regarding substance use and abuse; 3) Information, treatment resources and referrals for treatment off campus in the community; 4) Peer support groups, campus and community 12 step meetings, educational programs to positively influence attitudes and behaviors regarding alcohol and other drug use on-campus and throughout life.  The office also houses a lending library of literature and other educational media for staff and students.


University Police

The Director of University Police reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and is responsible for directing a campus wide program of police protection to provide for the safety and quality of campus life for students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University.


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