A-Z of Student Services
White Hall 005
Elisabeth Werling Morel, Director
(203) 837-8225, TTY (203) 837-8284
The Office of AccessAbility Services (AAS) provides accommodations and services to students with documented disabilities. Students must self-identify as a student with a disability to AccessAbility Services to request accommodations. Categories of disability may include: learning, mobility, manual dexterity, visual, hearing, speech, psychological/emotional, chronic health and/or traumatic brain injury. Examples of accommodations may include extended time on exams, reduced distraction testing location, scribes, audio books, book scanning, interpreters, assistive technology, housing accommodations and accessible furniture. Services may include advocacy training, academic coaching, writing assistance and assistive technology training. For more information, visit the web address listed above. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
Old Main 203
Luis Santiago, Director
The Admissions Office works with prospective students interested in admission into and enrolling here at WCSU. We provide information pertaining to the application process and admission requirements, plus general information on what WCSU offers academically, athletically, and socially. Prospective students are able to meet with members of the Admissions office during regular on campus visit opportunities, Open House events, and recruiting events at high schools and community colleges. This is also the first office to apply for readmission or the Fresh Start program.
Old Main 202
The Advisement Center works with full-time and part-time students in the Exploratory Studies/Undecided and Liberal Arts majors. Students within these majors are assigned to professional advisors who are committed to providing them with the many resources WCSU has to offer that will support their success. The professional advisors in the Advisement Center also work with students who need support based on their academic standing and degree progress. We also offer support to our faculty advisors by helping students with building their schedules after getting advisement from faculty within their major’s department. Our office delivers assessments to all students to help them learn about their personality type, with the MBTI or find their true strengths through the Strong Interest Inventory. We would love to meet you during our Major Expo program in the Fall and our Gear Up for Registration program, offered to students each semester to help everyone prepare for advisement and registration for next semester. For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions About Academics.
Office of Alumni Relations
Old Main 302
Thomas W. Crucitti, Director
The Office of Alumni Relations and the WCSU Alumni Association keep their alumni connected to the university by providing opportunities for graduates to come back to campus. They are invited to attend alumni and university events, volunteer for events on and off campus and participate in campus life. Alumni receive routine emails listing events/activities, and invitations to special alumni receptions and events. They have access to special alumni career services and programs. Additionally, all WCSU graduates will be now be ‘Life Members’ of the Alumni Association.
Westside Classroom Bldg. Suite 433, in the Robert S. Young Library
Check our schedule to make an appointment. https://www.wcsu.edu/ancell-commons/
Contact Coordinator: Elise Budnick, email@example.com
Use these FREE resources from the Ancell Commons community:
- Tutoring in business, justice and law, economics 211 and 213, and Microsoft Office
- Peer-led study groups
- Study tools and resources
- Presentation coaching
- Study space, meeting rooms and technology
- TransferMation online resources for transfer students
- Ancell Pride student newsletter blog
Applied Learning and Internship Program
Westside Campus Center Suite 300, Career Success Center
Debra Manente, Associate Director of the Career Success Center
(203) 837-8264 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WCSU complements classroom study with professional experiences via applied learning, experiential education, professional development, academic achievement, and personal growth. The WCSU Internship Program (course CED 297) is available to students of all majors to encourage development of career-related skills while gaining academic credit and a competitive hourly salary. Participating employers use this program for project assistance, talent development and acquisition screening. Students can earn as many as 18 credits during their academic career at WCSU, typically applied as general electives, through the WCSU Internship Program. Internships can be live and remote/virtual and are available dependent upon employer needs and student match. Experience is also available through micro-internships, “gig” employment, credentialing, skill development and other options.
O’Neill Center 205
Lori Mazza, Director
The men’s and women’s teams belong to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The football program is a member of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The 17 other intercollegiate athletic programs are members of the Little East Conference.
|Fall — soccer, football, golf, cross country
||Fall — volleyball, tennis, soccer, field hockey, cross country
|Winter — basketball, swimming & diving
||Winter — basketball, swimming & diving
|Spring — tennis, baseball, lacrosse
||Spring — softball, lacrosse
ATMs on Campus
There are no ATMs located on campus but can be found within walking distance from each campus.
Student Center, main level
Our bookstore has everything from required textbooks and ebooks to rent or purchase (don’t forget to bring your schedule), to snacks, sweatshirts, school supplies and souvenirs. The price match program allows you to purchase your required textbooks at the lowest price, matching other online retailers (some restrictions apply). For more information go to bkstr.com/wcsustore/home.
Cable Channel WCSU-TV
Fr. Augustine Nguyen, Chaplain
Henry Aquino, Campus Minister/Newman Club Advisor
Newman Center (Eighth Avenue, across from Newbury Hall)
Join us each week as we explore, discover and strengthen our journey of faith.
Student Center 207
Career Success Center
Westside Campus Center 300
Kathleen Lindenmayer, Director
The Career Success Center offers essential guidance and tools for all students to:
- Discover personal interests and find a major
- Get experience through applied learning, including internships
- Create personal marketing materials, including resumes, LinkedIn, portfolios
- Activate life opportunities through intentional design and careful job selection
The wide variety of career and employment-related services and strategies offered by the CSC includes expert career coaching; credit-bearing career education classes; mentoring through student career peer leaders; state-of-the-art software and guidance available via a robust web portal; credit-bearing internships/microinternships, co-ops and other experiential learning opportunities; targeted part-time and full-time employment search systems; on-campus recruiting; career information systems; live and virtual career fairs and employer connections; essential career-support events throughout the year; personalized assistance with resume writing and interviewing; and special career networking programs. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
Old Main 108
Ronald Rosario, Interim Bursar
The Cashier’s Office is responsible for the billing and collection of all monies due to the university, operating under the guidelines and policies set forth by the CSU Board of Trustees. For additional information regarding billing, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics or go to https://www.wcsu.edu/cashiers/faq/.
Center for Student Involvement
Midtown Student Center 227
Dennis Leszko, Director
The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is the main point of contact for student leaders wanting to get involved, plan events, form new student organizations and assist those currently involved with one.
The CSI staff advises in the operation of more than 80 student organizations including the Student Government Association, the Program Activities Council, and Greek Council, and provides assistance with leadership development, university policies, and event planning. The Leadership, Compassion and Creativity Certificate Program (LCCC) is also run through the CSI Office. The CSI staff coordinates programs, events, and activities on campus organized by and for students through the Student Activities Master Calendar.
Campus Center 320
Mark Gegeny, Associate Director
Both facilities are your “home away from home.” You will find dining locations, lounges, a theater, conference and meeting rooms, and our new secure charging stations for cell phones, tablets or laptops.
Additionally, the Midtown Student Center (SC) houses the bookstore, Center for Student Involvement (CSI), Counseling Services, Game Room, Judicial Affairs, Mail Services, InterCultural Affairs, and the Substance Abuse Prevention office. The Student Government Association, student newspaper, radio station, Program Activities Council, Greek Council, and Student Veterans Organization are also located in this building.
The Westside Campus Center (CC) houses the Career Success Center, a computer center, and a beautiful lounge overlooking the forests of Connecticut on the third floor. The second floor leads to the patio area and features the information desk/box office and the Ballroom. The Westside Marketplace is located on the ground floor, as is The Daily Grind, our late-night dining and entertainment venue, featuring Starbucks coffee, Tazo teas, Island Oasis, Pepsi products, pastries and snacks.
Both the Campus Center and the Student Center have free and secure charging stations for laptops, tablets, or cell phones. Eight devices can be charged at the same time at each location. So if you need a secure location to charge your phone, head over to the information desk.
Clubs and Organizations
For more information, click here.
For a complete listing, click here.
see Midtown Coffeehouse.
Events and Conference Management
O’Neill Center 211
John Murphy, Director
WCSU hosts one commencement ceremony each year for the graduate (Masters and Ed.D.) candidates and undergraduate (Bachelors) candidates. The ceremony is held at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. The date for the ceremony is listed in the academic calendar and managed by the Events & Conference Management Office. Undergraduate students need to apply for graduation at https://www.wcsu.edu/registrar/forms/application-for-degree/. Graduate students need to apply for graduation at https://www.wcsu.edu/graduate/forms/application-for-degree/
Deadlines to apply for Bachelor Candidate graduation:
December graduation (apply by April 1); January (Intersession) graduation (apply by April 1); May graduation (apply by November 1); August graduation (apply by February 1)
Deadlines to apply for Graduate (Masters and Ed.D.) graduation: January graduation (apply by October 1); May graduation (apply by December 1); August graduation (apply by February 1).
Old Main 306
Dr. Walter Cramer, Dean of Students
Community Service is very important to WCSU and its students. Every year in September WCSU holds its annual Day of Service when students, faculty, staff, and alumni go out into the community to volunteer their time and labor to help local not-for-profit organizations and clean up the town. However, WCSU staff and students also volunteer year round. Our community service webpage helps to match volunteers with opportunities and allows everyone to log their hours served.
It is necessary for students to have a WCSU user account and a WCSU email account to access the University’s wired and wireless networks, email, Blackboard Learn, and Banner. Be sure to check the email address you provided to the Office of Admissions for instructions on setting up your WCSU user account.
Computer Centers (Staffed)
|Midtown Computer Center (MTCC)
||Haas Library, Lower Level
|Student Technology Training Center (STTC)
||Student Center 225
|Westside Computer Center (WSCC)
||Westside Classroom Building 117
|Campus Center 125
||Campus Center 125
All students must have a WCSU USER Account to use the computer facilities at WCSU. These facilities are staffed with student computer center assistants during operational hours.
Computer Labs (24 Hours)
Midtown Computer Center (MTCC), Haas Library, Lower Level
Westside Campus, Westside Classroom Building 247c
These labs are open 24/7. To gain access into these labs, students must swipe their WestConnect card through the facility’s card reader and enter their four-digit security PIN. Students may obtain their ID at the WestConnect ID Office (Old Main). The 24-hour labs are not staffed with personnel but are monitored and maintained regularly.
Conflict Resolution Project
Warner Hall 212
Jessica Schofield, Director
The Conflict Resolution Project provides confidential, fast and free services to WCSU students, including information, training and mediation/facilitation services to help resolve problems, conflicts, fights and disputes creatively and effectively.
Student Center 222
Dr. Rée LeBlanc Gunter, Director
The Counseling Services provides support to students and collaborates with the university to promote wellness. Matriculated students are eligible for free confidential individual and group counseling. Individual counseling is short-term and in-person and virtual counseling sessions are available. The Counseling Services also participates in outreach activities for the campus community. In addition, students and faculty can request guidance from the Counseling Services if they have concerns about a student. Additional information about WCSU Counseling Services can be found at https://www.wcsu.edu/counseling and on Instagram: @wcsu_counselingservices.
The Daily Grind
The Daily Grind inside the Westside Campus Center is a fully loaded coffeehouse featuring Starbucks Coffee™, Island Oasis frosted drinks, sandwiches, salads, snacks, large screen TV, karaoke, and live entertainment. Hot food is available after 8 p.m.
Office of Diversity & Equity
University Hall, Room 214
Jesenia Minier-Delgado, Chief Diversity Officer
The Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE) offers a multitude of programs, trainings and services geared around access, diversity and equity to meet the needs of a broad range of students, faculty and staff, supporting an atmosphere of inter-campus learning, the exploration of technological and global influences, as well as the application of knowledge to promote economic growth and social justice as part of the ODE’s mission. The ODE operates from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are highly encouraged, and if needed, after hours appointments can be arranged. For additional information, please visit our webpage at wcsu.edu/diversity/
WCSU Early Learning Center
After 20 years on campus, the Learning Center closed at the end of the summer of 2019. A lot of students, faculty, staff and their children had many happy memories at the center.
For emergencies, call 911.
For non-urgent calls, contact the WCSU Police at (203) 837-9300 or (203) 837-9303.
Emergency Notification System
Western Connecticut State University has deployed an emergency notification system that allows the university to quickly alert all students. Students will receive an email to their WCSU account inviting them to sign up and can provide us with the contact information of their choice. Notification is provided via telephone call, SMS message, email or fax in case of emergency situations as well as for weather alerts, campus closings, etc. Please be aware that you, and those persons you additionally list, may incur charges for receiving cellphone and text messages sent via the WCSU Emergency Notification System. For further information and disclaimers, please visit the webpage listed above.
The university has an emergency telephone system that places the caller in direct contact with a University Police dispatcher. These phones are highly visible either in a bright yellow phone box or surround type stainless steel phone with blue strobe light and are located at various places around campus (inside and outside of buildings). The phones have a single button operation which, when pushed, will immediately notify the dispatcher of the caller’s location. The caller can speak directly into the phone box for hands-free communication. Please familiarize yourself with the location of emergency phones on campus.
Old Main 206
Jay Murray, Associate Vice President
The office of Enrollment Services provides students with information regarding SAP Appeals, In-state Residency, Scholarship Appeals, and Care4Kids enrollment verification. In addition, the office oversees related departments such as Advisement, Admissions, Financial Aid, Graduate Admissions, Publications & Design, Registrar, and Veterans Affairs.
Financial Aid & Student Employment
Old Main 105
Melissa M. Stephens, Director
The Office of Financial Aid & Student Employment is responsible for the administration of federal grants; loans; federal, state, and institutional grants; state scholarships; and coordinates the on-campus student employment program. Email email@example.com with questions.
Fitness and Fun
Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate in a variety of group exercise classes and fun recreational activities throughout the year. Our Group Fitness classes and WestConn Rec activities will be taking place both indoors and outdoors during the fall semester. Please check our Instagram and website for the most current offerings and schedules.
Fitness Zone & Westside Fitness Zone
Midtown Student Center & Pinney Hall
Our intent for the 2021-22 academic year is to be fully operational while taking the necessary precautions to keep our university community safe. Our fitness facilities will operate at normal capacity and we will continue to follow university guidelines. Masks will be required to enter and to move about the facility. We ask that everyone be kind and patient as we all navigate through this new normal.
The midtown fitness area located in the Midtown Student Center contains a modern fitness room with treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines. There is also a fitness studio available for individual training. The new Westside Fitness Zone in Pinney Hall, with similar equipment and its own fitness studio, opened in fall 2017. All recreation facilities are open to current students, faculty, and staff. Hours are posted on the web at wcsu.edu/recreation.
Food & Dining
Campus Dining Services provide a wide variety of services to all students, faculty, and staff including meal plans for residents, commuters, and faculty and staff, catering and on-campus dining. Please call for all of your on-campus or off-campus foodservice needs or check out the website at wcsu.sodexomyway.com. For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
Food Pantry at the Newman Center
Are you a WCSU student and sometimes find yourself hungry and in need? During the fall and spring semesters, the Newman Center Food Pantry is open to give out food to hungry students nearly every Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. Just bring your WCSU student ID and head over to the Newman Center on 8th Avenue (across from Newbury Hall) to pick up a bag of food to get you through the weekend.
Student Center 210
Stop by the game room for a game of billiards, darts, ping pong or a board game. There is plenty of lounge space as well to just hang out and relax with friends.
Old Main 101 A
Dr. Christopher Shankle, Director
WCSU has long been a regional leader in providing graduate education in business, arts and sciences, and professional studies. The Graduate Admissions Office offers an outstanding faculty, curricula and programs of high quality, state-of-the-art technology, convenient and flexible course scheduling, and a comfortable learning environment.
Hancock Student Leadership Program (HSLP)
Dr. D.L. Stephenson, Professor, Philosophy & Humanistic Studies & HSLP Coordinator and Chair
Warner Hall 021-D
The Hancock Student Leadership Program promotes, fosters, and identifies student leaders and develops their ability to inspire, motivate, and influence others after graduation. The program promotes students’ development of a body of practical ethics, good communication skills, compassion and empathy, team and community building, creative problem-solving, goal setting, conflict resolution, independent thinking, and the financial awareness required for sound financial stewardship for the management of budgets. For more information about the program or to apply, please visit the website: https://www.wcsu.edu/hslp, or contact the HSLP Program Director and Coordinator, Dr. D.L. Stephenson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 203.837.8871.
TBD, Director, APRN
FAX: (203) 837-8583
Health Services provides comprehensive and compassionate healthcare for a culturally diverse student population in a safe, nurturing environment. We empower students to take charge of their own health and wellbeing and to become responsible healthcare consumers through our care and educational programming. We encourage and teach healthy behaviors to better facilitate the academic success of WCSU students. For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
see Kathwari Honors Program
Housing & Residence Life
Ron Mason, Director
Enhance your college experience by living on campus! Providing residence halls that are attractive, safe and focused on our students’ academic success, we also offer leadership development opportunities for our students within their communities. Our CULTURE™ model (Creating Undergraduate Learning Through Unique Residential Experiences), as implemented by our professional staff, resident assistants (RA) and academic resource mentors (ARM), creates a positive living/learning environment for students who choose the residence life experience. For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
Due to the ongoing issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic, some policies and procedures (like wearing masks or social distancing guidelines) will continue in the residence halls until the danger passes. Please refer to the university’s Covid-19 information pages, along with information in the Announcements and/or Policies/HRL Guide pages of the Housing website for the most current information.
see WestConnect Office
Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) Center for Wellbeing
White Hall 114 – open by appointment
Christel Autuori, Director
We welcome you to the IHHS Center for Wellbeing for relaxation, stress relief, or to simply stop and catch your breath. We offer simple meditation, guided imagery, “yoga off the mat,” and mindfulness meditations (coloring and chocolate). The gathering space is cozy yet large enough for small group workshops or activities. We offer herbal tea, a lending library, and gentle introduction and guidance in deep breathing and other stress-relieving activities. Private reiki sessions can be scheduled by appointment. This is an excellent resource for students who desire to find a quiet, relaxing spot on campus or need some time to escape the academic and social stressors present on a college campus.
At this time, the IHHS Center for Wellbeing is open Mon, Wed, Fri 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tue & Thu 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as by appointment. For information about the IHHS, stress management, meditation, and other practices please contact Christel Autuori at email@example.com.
Student Center 207
Daryle J. Dennis, Assistant Dean of Students
The Office of InterCultural Affairs provides learning opportunities that cultivate an INCLUSIVE educational environment where all students are successful and prepared for lifelong engagement in a global and multicultural society.
International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
InterCultural Affairs, Student Center 207
Donna Warner, International Services Coordinator
The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) provides students with the opportunity to study in another country for one or two semesters, as well as during summers. Students pay tuition, room and board at WCSU and in exchange study at one of more than 300 universities around the world while an international student takes their place at WCSU. Students make their own travel arrangements, which includes applying for visas (if necessary) and covering ISEP health insurance along with personal expenses.
In terms of courses, students have several choices:
- Meet with department chair to seek approval of major courses.
- Meet with department chair in appropriate discipline to seek approval for general education courses.
- Select free electives if your program allows for that flexibility. All that’s required is an email to the registrar’s office.
In order to be eligible to study abroad, students need to have been matriculated at WCSU for two semesters and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. When you have completed your entire ISEP application, you will need to schedule a half-hour interview with the ISEP Coordinator. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
International Services Office
InterCultural Affairs, Student Center 207
Donna Warner, International Services Coordinator
The International Services Office advises international students on immigration regulations and cultural/academic adjustment in the US: applying to the university, obtaining an F-1 student visa and Form I-20, maintaining F-1 status and work authorization. The office also promotes internationalization across campus and helps coordinate the ISEP study abroad program.
Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Education
Dr. Mitch Wagener, Professor of Biology
The Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Education is a unique partnership between Western Connecticut State University and The Jane Goodall Institute, a private non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife research, education and conservation. By design, the Center has linked the extraordinary resources of The Jane Goodall Institute with Western Connecticut State University and its long-standing commitment to the environment and community outreach. The Center offers interdisciplinary events, programs, classes and workshops that are aligned with The Jane Goodall Institute’s core values.
In 2005, WCSU was established as The National Center for University Roots & Shoots by the Jane Goodall Institute and was the first of its kind in the U.S. The international headquarters for Roots & Shoots is now located at the Jane Goodall Institute headquarters in Washington, D.C. WCSU maintains a very active group that works closely with other clubs throughout the Northeast. Animal Week, International Peace Day, and Earth Day activities are yearly events and our R & S students attend leadership and educational conferences annually.
Current projects of the Jane Goodall Center include the Permaculture Garden (see below) and Climate Change Education.
Office of Judicial Affairs
Midtown Student Center, Suite 220
Charles Alexander, Director
The director of judicial affairs administers the university’s student discipline system and acts as the designee of the vice president for student affairs in the administration of all aspects of the university’s student discipline process. The director of judicial affairs serves as liaison to all university departments regarding all matters pertaining to student conduct and also serves as chairperson for the Student Care Team (SCT). For more information on the hearing process, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
Kathwari Honors Program
Kathwari Honors House
Sabrina Marques, Director
Jessica Lin, Assistant Director
The program is designed to expose students to fundamental modes of inquiry found in various academic fields and to illustrate the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to exploring a topic or issue. The program consists of highly interactive and interdisciplinary classes and is built on the fundamental assumption that knowledge is an open set of questions and ideas to be explored, rather than a closed set of facts to be memorized. Students are exposed to the fundamental inquiries in the fields of math, science, history, literature, art, and social science. Honors students have opportunities for individualized honors research and teaching assistantships, as well as 24/7 access to the Honors house and its amenities. The Honors Program strives to promote a positive, healthy, and compassionate community of highly achieving scholars.
Leadership, Compassion, and Creativity Certificate (LCCC)
CSI, Midtown Student Center 227
The Leadership, Compassion and Creativity Certificate Program (LCCC) is an opportunity for students to earn a certificate in leadership, creativity and compassion by exploring these values across all Student Affairs disciplines and with people of all communities. By participating in the LCCC, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs of their choice in order to meet the requirements within each discipline. Once they complete the program, students will be able to explain how they have become more compassionate and creative leaders, and how participation in the LCCC has shaped their current understanding of leadership. The program is self-paced and therefore is flexible in the amount of time required. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veronica Kenausis, Associate Dean of Library Services & Academic Success Programs
Ruth A. Haas Library (Midtown)
Semester hours: M-Th, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 2 – 10 p.m.
Robert S. Young Library (Westside)
Westside Classroom Building 433
Semester hours: M-Th, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
SMS: (203) 340-0616
The Ruth A. Haas Library on the Midtown campus and the Robert S. Young Library on the Westside campus offer services, facilities, and resources to support the university’s instructional programs and research needs. Library faculty members are available to assist students with finding resources for research projects and papers, including books, ebooks, journal articles, statistics, etc. The Haas Library also houses the Writing Center and the Tutoring Resource Center; the Young Library is co-located with the Ancell Commons. Questions? Send email to email@example.com. For additional information, see Asked & Answered on the library website or Frequently Asked Questions About Academics.
WCSU offers a mobile safety app–LiveSafe–that enables you to report tips to WCSU Police, use friends as “virtual escorts” in real time, place emergency calls, and access safety features. You can easily download and install the WCSU LiveSafe app by clicking here or using the iTunes App Store or Google Play (select “Western Connecticut State University”). Be sure to fill in your user profile during the process. WCSU’s LiveSafe app provides students, faculty and staff with a direct connection to WCSU Police so that everyone can easily communicate their safety needs. Its easy-to-use features help you stay safe and enable us to better protect you. Some of the features on the WCSU LiveSafe app:
Report Tips – Share information, tips and safety concerns with WCSU Police via picture, video or audio messaging
Travel Safe – Use SafeWalk, a GPS-tagged monitoring feature, to let your friends and family keep you virtually covered until you arrive safely at your destination
Emergency Options – Call 911, Call Campus Police, or Message Campus Police
Safety Map – View the locations for all Blue Emergency Phones and location of campus buildings
Resources – Easy-to-find information and location of safety resources on and off campus
For questions or concerns, please contact: Chief Roger Connor, (203) 837-9301 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lost & Found
24 hours a day, seven days a week
Student Center, Ground Level, SC003
Frank Lazetera, Supervisor
This office serves the postal needs of all faculty, staff and students. Commuter students may obtain a campus mailbox. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but students have access to their mailboxes 24 hours a day. Mail is delivered Monday through Friday only. Students living on campus have their mail delivered directly to their residence hall mailboxes. Anyone who receives a package in the mail will receive an email at their WCSUconnect.mail account. Proof of this email and a photo ID should be brought to mail services to receive the package. Students who want someone else to pick up their package need to contact Mail Services first. Any unclaimed packages will be returned after 30 days.
Higgins Hall 108
Dr. Stavros Christofi, Math Department Chair & Math Clinic Director
The Math Clinic is a traditional math tutoring center, where students who have done well in undergraduate level math courses in the past serve as tutors to assist their fellow students with homework problems, projects, and preparing for quizzes or exams. The tutors are knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. They will on occasion attempt to help students with general math questions in non-mathematics classes, but this is not their primary purpose or expertise. Tutors will not help with take-home exams and other forms of assessments that must be completed by the individual student.
The Math Emporium
Higgins Hall 122/123
Tom Grant, Coordinator
The Math Emporium is an interactive computer-equipped tutorial learning center that enables a new way of teaching/learning the remedial math courses MAT 098, 100 and 100P. It combines software-based learning, some traditional lecture instruction, and one-to-one tutoring, with faculty and teaching assistants available to assist students.
Midtown Media Center, White Hall 012
Media Services offers a variety of audio and video equipment for student use.. The department also manages the satellite TV system, the digital signage system, and video production. For equipment requests, please email email@example.com. For more information about our services, please visit our webpage at wcsu.edu/media.
Midtown Student Center, lower level
Thursdays, 8 p.m.
The Midtown Coffeehouse is a regular feature on Thursday nights at WCSU during the fall and spring semesters. Located in the lower level of the Midtown Student Center, the Coffeehouse usually starts with an hour of open mic at 8 p.m., followed by a featured, outstanding local or regional performer. The Coffeehouse is open to the public and usually free (donations are accepted), and sandwiches, soda and, of course, coffee are on the house. Follow the WCSU Midtown Coffeehouse Facebook page to get regular updates.
Available at the Apple App store or Google Play
WCSU’s myWCSU mobile app is available for download at the Apple App store for iPhone IOS devices and Google Play for Android devices. Some of the highlights and features include:
- Access to your university email, Blackboard and BannerWeb Self Service accounts
- Connects you to important resources such as the Career Success Center, Library Services and Alumni
- Stay in touch with WCSU on social media – Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Google+(@Westconn)
- Find out about campus news and events, athletics, and much more
7 Eighth Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810
The Newman Center is run by the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, but students of any faith are invited to join them and make the center their home away from home. Located on Eighth Avenue, right across from Newbury Hall, it is easy to get to. There is a place to sit and relax in between classes; the Newman Club offers opportunities to get involved on campus; and Newman dinners and other activities provide homemade food and fun activities. Check out their website to find out more about the services being offered and how they may have been affected by the pandemic and required social distancing measures.
Notarization on Campus
Notary Publics on campus are willing to notarize documents (free of charge) for faculty, students, and staff. Anyone needing a document notarized should make an appointment in advance. Please note that individuals should bring a photo ID with them and that the document should NOT be signed in advance. For a listing of notaries on campus including their location, office hours, and contact information, use this link.
Do you live in the residence halls? If you do, did you know that PASS tutors are students with at least a 3.0 GPA who volunteer to tutor students in the halls in subjects they are familiar/comfortable with? They contact the ARMs to volunteer, and as students identify who need help with a particular subject, the ARM can send them to that volunteer for help. They also have special door decs that list their subjects, so students can identify them on their own to seek help if needed. So if you like to volunteer, contact your ARM, and if you need help in a particular subject, contact your ARM as well.
Dr. Robert Whittemore, Professor of Anthropology
The Jane Goodall Permaculture Garden was conceived and cultivated for the first time in 2014-15. It was planted in a space designated near the Science Building, and many members of Roots & Shoots helped with the planting. The garden lays the groundwork for engaging many more students, faculty and the wider community. In addition to using the garden for course curriculum across many disciplines, stewards of the garden aim to provide healthy food for WCSU students and local food pantries and provide an opportunity for everyone to reconnect with the earth and each other. Anyone interested in helping out in the Permaculture Garden should contact Dr. Rob Whittemore at firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Manoj Misra at email@example.com, or Dr. Laurie Weinstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Roberts Avenue
Roger B. Connor, Chief of Police
The WCSU Police Department is a 24-hour police department. The WCSU police officers can be found around campus either in cars, on foot or on bicycles, and their vehicles and uniforms are highly visible and easily recognizable. They enforce campus rules and regulations, and the laws of the State of Connecticut.
Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs: Excel / Danbury Public Schools Collaborative /Upwards Bound / EA2P Bridge, and PASS
Warner Hall, Room 103D
Robert Pote, Director
The Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs provide under-represented and low-income students with the opportunity and support they need to successfully transition to college, and to continue completion of an undergraduate degree. These programs help students overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. The Educational Achievement and Access Bridge program (EA2P) is an intensive fifteen-week program for incoming freshmen. Excel / Upward Bound / Danbury Collaborative programs assist middle and high school students.The students’ progress is monitored, and tutoring and/or advisement sessions are continued throughout the academic year. The WCSU PASS (Promoting Academically Successful Students) Program, sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, is designed to enable minorities, and students in under-served populations, to make progress towards their academic goals and get back into good academic standing. Using the peer support model and caseload approach, the PASS program provides diverse services to assist the academic and social development of its participants.
The Excel, Danbury Public Schools Collaborative and Upward Bound programs provide motivation and academic skill development for low-income, minority, and first-generation middle and high school students to prepare them for future educational endeavors. An academically intensive six-week summer program serves to advance the students’ academic skills, while promoting their personal growth through extracurricular experiences. The ultimate goal of the programs is to help students achieve their academic goals of admission and completion of a post-secondary education. These programs are year-round serving approximately 110 Danbury Public School students in grades 7 to 12.
Racial Justice Coalition
Carina Bandhauer, Co-Chair
Ree Gunter, Co-Chair
The Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) is a diverse independent coalition of administrative and teaching faculty, staff, students, and others at WCSU actively committed to ensuring racial justice and inclusiveness at WCSU. RJC’s goal is for our campus community to be a safe and welcoming space where no form of racism is acceptable or tolerated. Follow the RJC on Instagram @wcsu_racialjusticecoalition.
Recreation, Intramurals and Club Sports
Amy Shanks, Associate Director
The Recreation Department at WCSU is dedicated to providing the campus community with a multitude of recreational activities to encourage physical fitness and promote a positive well-being. For up-to-date information, please visit our website, wcsu.edu/recreation.
The active Club Sports teams for the 2021-22 school year are Cheerleading, Dance Team and Ice Hockey. Please reach out to Megan Loughran at email@example.com with questions.
Old Main 102
The Registrar’s Office is responsible for maintaining each student’s academic record such as information related to enrollment, course registration, grading and degree-completion. The office provides students with academic transcripts, enrollment verifications and letters of degree completion. Students should visit the office if they wish to change their home address, phone number or have any questions regarding FERPA (Family Rights and Privacy Act).
Although the Registrar’s Office is open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, students should take advantage of the online forms at wcsu.edu/registrar/forms.
For more information as well as forms, please visit www.wcsu.edu/registrar.
Information Technology & Innovation
The Information Technology & Innovation Service Desk is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for any technology-related assistance. After hours assistance is provided 24/7 by calling the Help Desk number. Visit support.wcsu.edu to access our knowledge database where you can find answers to common questions and issues.
The shuttle operates seven days a week during the fall and spring semesters. For the most current shuttle schedule and holiday schedule, visit the website indicated above. When classes are cancelled for an entire day due to inclement weather, the shuttle does not operate. If classes are delayed, the shuttle will begin one hour before classes begin. If classes are cancelled, the shuttle will operate for one hour after classes are cancelled.
Office of the Vice President
Old Main 308
Dr. Keith Betts
Dean of Students Office
Old Main 306
Dr. Walter Cramer
Assistant Dean of Students
The Division of Student Affairs offers a variety of programs and services to meet student needs including AccessAbility Services; Athletics; Bookstore; Box Office; Campus & Student Centers; Campus Ministries; Career Success Center; Center for Student Involvement; Civic Engagement; Club Sports; Commuters; Community Service; Counseling Services; Dining Services; Event & Conference Management; Greek Life; Health Services; Housing & Residence Life; InterCultural Affairs; Intramurals; Judicial Affairs; Orientation; Parent Services; Recreation; Research & Assessment; SGA/Student Organizations; Shuttle Services; Student Concern Team (SCT); Substance Abuse Prevention Programs (CHOICES); Testing Services; University Police; Veterans Affairs Programming; Wellness; and the Women’s Center.
Student Clubs and Organizations
see Clubs and Organizations
Student Escort Service
Whether you are a student, faculty, staff or visitor at WCSU, there may be times that you find yourself on campus late at night or in the early hours of the morning. If walking to your car or residence hall room leaves you feeling a little uneasy and apprehensive, call the WCSU Police Department and utilize the Safety Escort Service.
To obtain the safety service, simply call University Police at (203) 837-9300 or activate any emergency or courtesy phone on campus. When the dispatcher answers, let them know that you wish to obtain the service. The dispatcher will request your name, present location, and the location to which you wish to be escorted. The dispatcher will then send an officer to meet you.
Student Life/Student Activities Office
Student Center 227
Dennis Leszko, Director
see Center for Student Involvement (CSI).
Student Technology Training Center (STTC)
Student Center 225
The STTC offers workshops and tutorials on Microsoft Office products, various graphic design software packages including Adobe, computer equipment and peripherals, and other technology-based skills. Technology workshops and one-on-one tutorials conducted by students help ensure your success at WCSU.
Substance Abuse Prevention Program (CHOICES)
Student Center 211
Sharon Lawler, Coordinator
The Substance Abuse Prevention Office (CHOICES) provides information and help for students experiencing problems related to alcohol or other substance use and abuse. We can also help if you are concerned about a friend or a family member. All services are strictly confidential. Our services include: information about the symptoms and early warning signs of abuse and dependence, resources and treatment available on campus or within the community, screening and assessment, peer support groups, and counseling. Our Peer Educators provide many fun and healthy programs that positively affect attitudes and behaviors regarding alcohol and other drug use on campus and throughout life. CHOICES also provides WCSU students online self-assessment tools called E-CHUG and E-TOKE. We also have a resource library filled with current literature and brochures on many health related topics. Students can browse or borrow any of our materials which are excellent resources for personal or academic use.
All of WCSU’s classrooms are equipped with instructional technology, offering the ideal hands-on learning environment for both students and instructors. To learn more, visit https://support.wcsu.edu/?ht_kb=faculty-how-do-i-reserve-technology-classrooms.
Midtown Student Center 227
Oni Figueroa, Testing Coordinator
Did you know you can earn college credits by taking College Level Exam Program (CLEP) exams? To learn how, visit www.wcsu.edu/testing/clep.htm.
WCSU Testing Center provides proctoring services for College Level Exam Program (CLEP) exams and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The CLEP exams provide an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in specific subject areas and bypass undergraduate coursework. Many graduate programs, including Western Connecticut State University’s division of Graduate Studies, use the MAT as a way to determine eligibility for entrance into graduate programs. Visit our page to learn about our services and future testing dates.
Transportation – Campus Shuttle
see Shuttle Service
Transportation – Public
Housatonic Area Regional Transit (HART)
This public bus service provides reasonably priced transportation (free with U-Pass) within Danbury and the surrounding towns, like Bethel, Brewster, Brookfield, New Milford, and even Norwalk. Check out the website above for more information. Remember, all undergraduate students are paying for the U-Pass as part of their fees so make sure to pick up yours at one of the information desks every semester. Just bring the pass and your student ID and you can ride the HART buses at no additional cost. For additional information regarding transportation, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
Tutoring Resource Center
2nd Floor of the Haas Library
Lauren Arvisais, Coordinator
The Tutoring Resource Center (TRC) provides free 1-1 peer tutoring in select courses in the Arts & Sciences, Visual & Performing Arts, and Professional Studies. Tutoring is available by appointment in over 15 courses including:
Anatomy & Physiology — Biology — Chemistry — Music — Pre-Nursing/Nursing — Psychology — Spanish — And more!
Need help with study skills, time-management, or staying on top of your classes? The TRC also offers Peer Academic Coaching appointments. Work 1-1 with a trained peer academic coach to develop the strategies and habits you need to be a successful student.
Passes are available and students can pick up their U-Pass at one of The Centers’ Information Desks once they show their valid student I.D. The U-Pass CT is valid for unlimited rides on local & express buses in Connecticut, CTfastrak, Shore Line East, Hartford Line, in-state New Haven Line services, and Amtrak trains operating between New Haven / Springfield (except Vermonter Trains 54, 55, 56 & 57). Not valid on private inter-city bus carriers or on other Amtrak routes. Also not valid on Metro North in New York. For a more specific list of participating transit systems go to https://www.ctrides.com/u-pass. Please read the list of Frequently Asked Questions for more information on how to use the U-Pass.
Undocumented Student Support Services
Dr. Carina Bandhauer, Professor of Sociology
Warner Hall 207
Western Connecticut State University is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, including undocumented students. In these uncertain times, undocumented students, who often face barriers and challenges as they navigate campus policies, require support services that address their unique needs. As such, the university’s Office of Diversity and Equity as well as the Office of InterCultural Affairs have partnered with other WCSU departments and allies, including the student organization Western Beyond Borders, to increase institutional support for undocumented students. Ultimately, WCSU strives to provide resources and guidance to support the advancement of undocumented students during their academic time at WCSU. Students looking for support should not be afraid to reach out to members of the UndocuAlly Taskforce and new members are always welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Vending Machine Locations
- Berkshire Hall – Student Lounge, First Floor
- Haas Library
- Higgins Hall – Student Lounge, First Floor
- O’Neill Center
- Residence Halls
- Science Building – Atrium
- Warner Hall – Ground Level
- Westside Classroom Building – Lower Level
- White Hall, Student Lounge – Basement
Office of Veterans Affairs
Old Main 101
Kelly Visokay, Coordinator
The Office of Veterans Affairs oversees all services for student veterans at WCSU and serves as a single point-of-contact to guide veterans through the higher education process. The Office of Veterans Affairs implements programs that aid in the reintegration of student-veterans into civilian and campus life, provides guidance, determines eligibility for state veterans educational benefits and certification of Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits, as well as other topics. If you are a current or former service member, please visit the Office of Veterans Affairs or email email@example.com.
Visual and Performing Arts at WCSU
Students in all majors are encouraged to take courses in art, music or theatre, or experience a concert, show, or exhibition in the amazing new Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Department of Music
WCSU’s numerous musical ensembles are open to all students and include symphonic band, jazz ensembles, jazz combos, opera ensemble and symphony orchestra. WCSU’s 120-voice Concert Choir features students from nearly every major, and performs an eclectic blend of traditional choral literature and music from around the world.
Department of Theatre Arts
Each semester, the department presents a comedy, drama or musical in the stunning new Main Stage Theatre in the Visual and Performing Arts Center as well as smaller productions in the new Studio Theatre and an annual production in New York City. Auditions are open to all students and posted on the bulletin board near the Department of Theatre Arts offices (VPAC 239). Theatre Arts shows are produced by our award-winning faculty and staff, many of whom come to WCSU directly from Broadway.
Department of Art
The Department of Art offers a number of courses that are open to all WCSU students. These courses can be used to fulfill Humanities Electives. The Department of Art also offers both a Minor in Art and Minor in Photography. The Art Gallery in the Visual and Performing Arts Center features four to six exhibitions each year including both the MFA Thesis Exhibition and Senior Thesis Exhibition with accompanying free lectures and workshops. The MFA Visiting Artist Lecture Series draws some of the best regional and national artists. This lecture series is free and open to
Volleyball Sand Court
Midtown Recreation Field (near Kathwari Honors House)
Do you like to play volleyball? Come play outdoors on the sand court on the Midtown Recreation Field. Check with the Recreation Department on how to reserve the court.
Wall of Leadership
Every year for over 34 years, WCSU has honored its student leaders at the annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet. Student organization/hall council presidents and vice presidents as well as advisors are invited to the banquet at no cost to themselves, and organizations and individual members have the option to pay for additional tickets. Attendance at the event has been consistently over 400 guests and has been getting closer to 500 the past few years. At the banquet, awards are given out to organizations, individual members, as well as some faculty and staff, and the winners of these awards are permanently remembered on the Wall of Leadership – both the physical wall on the second floor of the Midtown Student Center as well as on the virtual Wall of Leadership on the WCSU website.
WCSU-TV (Channel 2)
email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Channel 2 is WCSU’s Campus Informational Channel. To post communications on WCSU’s digital signage system, please email your request to email@example.com. Please email our Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org with any cable television-related issues.
Weather Alert Notifications
Weather Alert Notifications are posted at wcsu.edu/alert and at CTweather.com. You can also receive weather closings and delays through the campus Emergency Notification System (see information above).
Department of Physics, Astronomy and Meteorology
Science Building 264
Gary Lessor, Assistant to the Director
Love to talk about the weather? If you are an amateur (or not so amateur) meteorologist, find out how we do it at WCSU — which has one of the best weather centers in the country. Head over to meet the staff and get acquainted with our much-used, exceptional facilities or perhaps speak with Gary Lessor about participating in a student internship.
WCSU at Waterbury
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Founders Hall, Room 129
Located on the campus of Naugatuck Valley Community College, WCSU at Waterbury offers a convenient location for students in the Waterbury area to take completion courses for a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Management, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.), and a number of general education courses.
For detailed access to almost every facet of university life at WCSU can be found in wcsu.edu. We urge you to turn to the website for virtually any question you may have regarding resources and facilities on campus that are not detailed in this handbook, the University’s catalog, or in any of the many brochures and publications you may have received from us.
WCSU Day of Service
The annual WCSU Day of Service brings together students, faculty, staff, and alumni to work in teams at local not-for-profit organizations, doing anything from weeding, clearing trails, reading to students, washing fire-trucks, painting, cleaning out attics, planting, collecting garbage, and whatever else may be needed. The day begins with check-in, a breakfast, a welcome, and group photo, and after three hours of community work, everyone gathers back on campus for a PAC-sponsored barbeque. For the first time classes will be canceled between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the 6th Annual WCSU Day of Service so everyone will be able to sign up and participate.
Want to know what is happening at WCSU, now and in the past? What is life like? What do student organizations do? What are some of the majors like? What plays, concerts, and art shows have been produced? Award ceremonies, graduations, athletics? There is something for everyone at WCSU. Are you a student here? Look for your photo or on-screen appearance and share it with your family and friends. Check out our videos on YouTube and albums on Flickr.
WestConnduit is WCSU’s campus portal. It brings together campus announcements, upcoming events, social media and access to essential resources like Blackboard Learn (course management system) and Banner Web (see your grades, course schedules, financial aid information, register for classes and make payments).
Old Main 013
Deanna Schaab, Director
The WESTCONNect Office issues identification cards and security access codes and keys. In order to obtain your WESTCONNect Card, please visit our new student website at https://www.wcsu.edu/westconnect/new-student/ You may submit your photo online.
Your card will be used for security access and may also be used as a debit card for purchases on and off campus. The card will be programmed with an allotment of printing credits for use in on-campus computer labs and will allow use of the fitness facilities. If purchased, the card will also be programmed with a meal plan. Additionally, you may use the card account for GrubHub locally and nationally, and you may order food online from the on-campus food service locations.
There is a $15 charge for replacement cards: damaged, lost, or stolen. Please check the website for all card use terms and conditions and information on extended office hours offered at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
You can manage your card account online as well. Need to freeze your accounts? Need to check your balances? Want to make a deposit? To see your CONNectCash, meal plan, or print credit balances, log on to https://csgold.wcsu.edu/login/ldap.php
Westside Nature Preserve
Dr. Edwin Wong, Associate Professor of Biological & Environmental Sciences, Director
The Westside Nature Preserve (WNP) is a 33-acre parcel of Eastern deciduous woodland/wetland found on the Westside campus. It is used as a living laboratory for undergraduate and graduate research conducted by the WCSU Biology Department, and also serves the community as a natural resource for learning and recreation. The entrance to the WNP can be found by walking to the right of the guardrail on the right side of University Boulevard, as you walk North, by following the white signs. Students are welcome to explore the beautiful trails in the WNP. Tours of the Westside Nature Preserve are available by request (email@example.com).
What’s On at WCSU?
What’s On at WCSU (or the WOW! as it is affectionately called), is WCSU’s events calendar for students, faculty and staff. A weekly reminder email is sent every Thursday to remind you to check for what’s on. Events may be in person or virtual and we encourage everyone to see What’s On and get engaged as much as possible.
WCSU is completely wireless, including in our residence halls, so you can connect and print from anywhere on campus. To access the wireless network your laptop or mobile device must be equipped with a wireless network adapter.
Women’s Center of Greater Danbury at WCSU
White Hall 003A
Cara Mackler, Director of Campus Services
Rachel Krehel, Campus Counselor/Advocate
24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: (203) 731-5204
24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (203) 731-5206
The Women’s Center provides free and confidential crisis intervention, counseling, and advocacy services for victims of sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, etc. Services are available to anyone of any gender identity. The Women’s Center also offers educational programs and training on a variety of topics from sexual harassment to bystander intervention and more for individual classes, teams, clubs/organizations, residence halls, professional groups, athletic teams, and more.
Counseling, advocacy, and educational services are available remotely via phone, WebEx, or other virtual platforms. To schedule an education program or to meet with a counselor/advocate please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone or email. To access in-person services we ask that all students, faculty, and staff call the office ahead of time or upon arrival. Please wear a mask when entering the Women’s Center.
The Writing Center @ Haas Library
Haas 302 – virtual for Fall 2020
Dr. Kelli Custer, Coordinator
(203) 837 8728
The Writing Center provides free consultations to current WCSU students on any writing project. These interactive discussions are designed to help writers make informed decisions about their writing. Although we focus on one project (or portion of a project) in each session, our overall goal is for writers to develop confidence and learn strategies that can transfer to all of their work. During the Fall 2020 semester, all writing center services will be offered virtually: Live video/audio appointments (synchronous); written feedback to submitted papers (asynchronous); virtual front desk.