Faculty Handbook

Division of Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs

The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) is a member of the President’s executive team and actively participates in major decisions impacting the operation of the university and its 6,000 plus students. The VPSA oversees all aspects of campus/student life for the university’s resident, commuter, non-traditional, military, international, and graduate students. Divisional responsibilities include management oversight and innovative leadership for the following offices and campus life activities: AccessAbility Services; Athletics; Campus Ministries; Campus & Student Centers Operations; Career Development Center; Center for Student Involvement - including Student Government, Program Board, and 80+ student organizations; Civic Engagement; Commuter Student Services; Counseling Services; Dean of Students Office; Food Services & Conferencing; Greek Life; Health Service; Housing & Residence Life; Judicial Affairs; Multicultural Affairs Programming; Parent Services; Orientation & Welcome Week; Pre-Collegiate & Educational Achievement and Access (summer bridge) Programs; Recreation, Intramurals and Club Sports; Student Affairs Research & Assessment; Testing Services; University Bookstore; University Police Department; University Shuttle Service; Veterans Affairs Programming; and Wellness.

Assistant Dean of Students
The Assistant Dean of Students reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and is responsible for overseeing all Greek Letter organizations, commuter students (e-newsletter and the Commuter Student Organization), multicultural student programming, the Office of Parent Services and e-newsletter, co-chairs the Student Veteran's Advisory Committee, serves as the appeals officer for judicial affairs, is involved in New Student Orientation, and directs Campus Ministries, which includes three religious denominations that have ministries at Western (Catholic, Protestant and Jewish), and each welcomes students to come in and chat or join in services and outreach programs to the community.

Western 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.

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.  Also, 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.

The Center for Student Involvement
The Center for Student Involvement 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 Center for Student Involvement also coordinates programs, events and activities on campus organized by and for students.

Dean of Students
The Dean of Student Affairs reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and is responsible for developing, supervising, evaluating and coordinating the following services:  AccessAbility Services, Career Development, Counseling, Health Service, Judicial Affairs, Research and Assessment, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Student Orientation.

AccessAbility Services
The Office of AccessAbility Services (AAS) directs and coordinates all necessary services for students with disabilities that impact 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.

Campus Ministries
Three religious denominations have ministries at Western (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 online 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 online 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 wide range of services including individual and group counseling, psycho-educational workshops, training and consultation to students, administration, faculty, staff and parents, in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.

Services are free and available to all undergraduate and graduate students who are matriculated at Western Connecticut State University.  Students can call the Counseling Center at (203) 837-8690 or stop by the Midtown Student Center, Room 222, to make an appointment. 

Appointments are available Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  In case of an emergency outside of regular business hours, students should dial 911 or call the 24 hour mental health emergency hotline at:  (888) 447-3339.

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

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 Western students are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Formal complaints, as well as any inquiries concerning the student discipline system and student discipline records, should be directed to this office.

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.

Recreation, Intramurals, and Club Sports
Life’s about balance - get out and get active!  The Recreation Department here at Western 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 Western community can utilize athletic facilities on two different campuses. 

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.

Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs
To enhance and ensure that pre-college students have the opportunity to develop their academic skills required for college admissions, Western has established the ConnCap (state)/Upward Bound (federal) Programs for high school students and the Excel Program (state/local) for middle-school students. These pre-college programs have assigned advisers and staff dedicated to assisting and closely monitoring the middle/high school students’ academic progress, throughout their public school experience. These pre-college programs also provide and promote academic achievement, cultural enrichment, the use of technology and instructional classes; from pre-algebra to parental workshops. All middle and high school students are provided a five-week to six-week academic summer enrichment programs that includes selective field trips.


Included in the Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs is the EAP (Educational Achievement & Access Program) that offers academically under-prepared students, an intense “five-week” summer residential program, in order for selected EAP students to fulfill admission requirements. The five-week EAP program provides 30 to 40 students the opportunity to experience college life, while residing on campus and taking two academically challenging college classes. All EAP students must successfully pass with a minimum of “C” or higher in their Math and English classes, to be officially admitted into Western as a full-time student in the fall-semester.

WCSU Police Department

The Director of the WCSU Police Department 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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