Student Affairs / Student Life
We understand that the switch to online classes may present new or unique challenges related to a disability. Students should contact AccessAbility Services by emailing email@example.com to request accommodations. AccessAbility Services engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Additional information can be found at the AccessAbility Services website.
Students should check the Athletics webpage for any COVID-related information regarding their team sports. For any additional questions, students are asked to reach out to their head coach before contacting the Athletics office.
All required textbooks and supplies are available through our campus bookstore. Orders should be placed in advance on the bookstore website, https://thewcsubookstore.com. It is easy, convenient and your order will be shipped directly to your home or will be available at the store for pickup. Students are encouraged to check often if your books are not listed, since faculty continue to update their textbook information.
Career Success Center
The Career Success Center is fully operational virtually including:
- Virtual “how to” on the web and in-person: use the web for essential information, and “Walk-in” virtually to meet Career Peer Leaders. We are available every day during the Spring Semester, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (and by appointment during Winter Break). Enter: www.wcsu.edu/careersuccess, tab for more information and enter our virtual room. If you cannot find your “key” (sent to you via email), call 203-837-8263.
- Virtual Coaching with a Career Expert: your Handshake account has awesome resources; for coaching, select a time convenient to you via the software. For help, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Virtual Job Boards: log in to Handshake (and other listed job boards) to check out new jobs posted daily (in person and virtual). See also https://www.wcsu.edu/careersuccess/e-tools/
- Virtual Workshops : see our website and Handshake for a listing of upcoming virtual events; contact email@example.com for a personalized workshop for any student group.
- Virtual Career Fair: WCSU will be producing and partnering to provide several Virtual Career Fairs in Spring 2020. Hundreds of employers want to meet you -prepare today.
- Internship Support: Plan an internship for the next semester, live and/or virtual. Point of contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Student Involvement
CSI is currently operating virtually and is continuously meeting with the Student Government Association, the Program Activities Council as well as the organizations in Fraternity and Sorority Life. If clubs have any questions regarding their finances, future or past events, club officer elections, training or anything regarding clubs/organizations, please email email@example.com or click on the link to schedule a meeting with a staff member: Book a Meeting with a CSI Staff Member.
For the spring, we hope to have some programs and meetings in person as well as virtual programs. Continue to check CSI’s social media and the website at www.wcsu.edu/csi as well as the WOW! for more information. Spring Clubs Carnival is planning to happen, however, the format is still being determined (in person or virtual) as well as the date. Club officers should check in with their WCSU email for updates. To see an up-to-date listing of our clubs and organizations, please go to https://wcsu.presence.io/
Spring semester office hours for CSI will be Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm.
WCSU Counseling Services continues to provide support to students and collaborate with the university to promote wellness. Services include free confidential tele-counseling sessions for matriculated students as well as virtual outreach activities for the campus community. Students, faculty, and staff can also request guidance from Counseling Services if they have concerns about a student or a specific situation. However, if you feel that a student is in imminent danger of harming themselves or someone else, please call 911 for immediate help.
For more information about counseling, consultation, or educational programming, please call the Counseling Services’ main number at 203-837-8690 during business hours, M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed noon – 1 p.m.).
Additional information about WCSU Counseling Services can be found at https://www.wcsu.edu/counseling and on Instagram: @wcsu_counselingservices.
Event & Conference Management/Campus and Student Centers
The department continues to monitor and follow the guidance established by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent and our local and campus health officials to help us all protect each other. Campus & Student Center hours may be adjusted to reflect time for proper cleaning of all common areas, visit the web page for updated times here. As guidelines and restrictions are modified for in person events and gatherings, please understand some request for events may be declined or take longer than usual to assess and approve. We encourage the use of virtual meetings when possible. Student Clubs and Organizations should now begin to think about events and meetings for the Spring semester; please begin to make requests via the Web App (EMS Reservations).
Dining Services will be open on both campuses providing a variety of options. Students will be able to use the reduced capacity seating area to eat or wrap to go. We are working to provide an app for placing orders, as information becomes available we will notify all students prior to returning to campus. Social distancing will be practiced following floor markers. Should any residential student have to quarantine or isolate in their room(s), preordered meals will be delivered to their residence hall. Please visit WCSU Dining Services for more information.
Health Services remains committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle for our students as we safely return to campus. We all share the responsibility of keeping the community safe by wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing, frequently washing hands, and practicing proper cough etiquette. We will be offering both telehealth and office visits for the spring semester. Call 203-837-8594 if you would like to schedule an appointment. Please go to wcsu.edu/healthservices for further information about the office and our services. More information regarding Health & Safety Guidelines can be found here.
Housing & Residence Life
Many of our rooms, suites, and apartments will be fully or close to fully occupied, and this means some new policies and procedures while we are still in the throes of Covid-19. Here are some things you can expect will be different:
- Masks must be worn in all public areas, including common bathrooms, hallways, and lounges.
- Inside rooms and apartments, students are still responsible for cleaning their own facilities (door knobs and surfaces, kitchens, bathrooms, etc.)
- When possible, students should attempt to socially distance (one person at a time in a kitchen, follow designated occupancy levels in common bathrooms, follow directional signs in hallways and stairwells.) We need to look out for each other!
- Visitation from guests who live outside your residence hall is prohibited. This includes family and friends. Of course, this also means overnight guests are not permitted.
- Students must provide evidence of having had a Covid-19 test within 14 days of returning to campus. Once on campus, weekly random sample testing will be done, with which those selected must comply.
- If students show symptoms and/or test positive, they will be asked to return home or to quarantine on campus in Fairfield Hall, which has been set aside for those purposes this year.
In the meantime, we will still be providing you with connections through your RAs and ARMs, as well as other hall staff. Programs may look a little different – held online or in capacity-capped and socially distanced venues. Floor meetings will most likely be online as well. Dining may be a little different, too – meals may be by appointment or occupancy may be capped and you may need to plan for more time. For more information, click here.
Things will be different, but we are hard at work to make certain it’s a good and safe experience for all.
The Office of InterCultural Affairs will continue to support students and our member clubs, encouraging them to take advantage of any virtual campus or outside programs that may be offered to them.
The Office of Judicial Affairs will be open remotely beginning after Thanksgiving. If you would like to set-up an online appointment please call (203) 837-8770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you in a timely way.
Laundry Services in the Residence Halls
All residence halls have washers and dryers available for resident use. Payment is through a laundry app, cash is not accepted. Signs are posted in each laundry room explaining how to download the app and put money on your account. Additionally your Resident Director and RA will be able to assist you. For more information, check the auxiliary services website at https://www.wcsu.edu/auxiliary-services/. Check the site often since information is subject to change.
Life’s about balance. The Recreation Department here at WestConn is dedicated to providing the campus community with a multitude of various recreational activities to encourage physical fitness, promote a positive well-being, and to have some fun! Get Out and Get Active! We hope to offer some on the ground recreation activities in a safe and socially distant manner and will continue to post on westconnrec Instagram, Facebook and the WOW with day-to-day workouts. We will give tips on how to be creative and have an effective workout from home. We will also be offering some online group fitness classes as well! We are in this together! Stay Strong! Stay Healthy! Check Instagram, FB, and the WOW for our daily updates!
The WCSU shuttle operates seven days a week during the semester. For Spring 2021, regular service begins January 26, 2021. The shuttle will be limited to 20 passengers to ensure social distancing; please plan accordingly. All passengers will be required to wear their masks while on the shuttle. For updated schedule information, check the auxiliary services website at https://www.wcsu.edu/auxiliary-services/. Check the site often since information is subject to change.
Substance Abuse & Prevention Office
The C.H.O.I.C.E.S. office provides free and confidential services to students who have questions or are experiencing issues due to substance misuse, abuse and addiction. Whether you’re concerned about yourself, a family member or friend, our staff is only a phone call away to provide help and support to you. Services include assessments, short term counseling and support through 12 step recovery meetings, and referrals to community providers. While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased isolation and substance use, our students do not have to struggle with this alone. Please visit our website (wcsu.edu/choices) for more details on services, events, programs and opportunities to get involved in wellness prevention on campus.
Our office will be virtual throughout the winter intersession, but we will schedule in-person meetings for anyone who wishes. We ask that students call the office at (203) 837-8899 or email the Coordinator Sharon Lawler for information or to schedule a meeting at email@example.com. You can also email Michelle Luukko for a counseling appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many people think that if they are not sick, then they are well. However, the definition of wellness is optimal health and vitality, encompassing physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal, social and environmental well-being. We encourage you to look into and take advantage of the many services recommended on our Wellness webpage.
Women’s Center on Campus
The Women’s Center provides services to individuals on campus who have experienced or are experiencing sexual violence, dating/domestic abuse, or want to talk about healthy/unhealthy relationships. We offer free and confidential individual and group counseling, advocacy services, and provide support with reporting interpersonal violence both on and off campus. We also facilitate educational programs for classrooms, student clubs/orgs, athletic teams, etc. on topics related to interpersonal violence, consent, and bystander intervention. All of these services can be provided remotely.
To connect with an advocate or to schedule an appointment, please email Cara Mackler at email@example.com. You can also call the office located in White Hall 003A at (203) 837-3939. 24-hour confidential hotlines are also available at 203-731-5204 and 203-731-5206. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @wcogd_oncampus and on Facebook at The Women’s Center on Campus.