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A wide range of services and programs are offered to Southern Connecticut State University students to aid, motivate, and enrich their learning, and to contribute to their welfare and individual growth. Most of these services are coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs. By encouraging students to integrate their classroom learning with experiences outside the classroom, the division fosters a climate in which each student can be challenged to higher levels of intellectual, personal, and social growth.

Student Affairs programs which are described below seek to: (1) promote academic/educational development and success; (2) encourage community engagement and active participation in student life activities and physical activities; (3) provide focused educational and enrichment programs for special groups of students; (4) support personal growth and development; and (5) provide amenities and services for the general well-being of the University community at large. In addition, the division upholds the general regulations of the University as listed in the Student Handbook.

ACADEMIC/EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Academic and Career Advisement

Academic and Career Advisement is located in Wintergreen. Academic advising provides assistance and counsel with the selection of courses for all first-year students, and for matriculated students who have not declared a major or who have earned less than 60 academic credits. Students who have declared a major are advised by members of the faculty from their major field of study.

Career advising offers comprehensive career resources for all students and alumni. Innovative programs are offered which enable students to explore, define, and prepare for their career objectives.

Job opportunities are available to students for full-time, part-time, and internship positions during their college tenure. There are various opportunities to help direct students to finding on-campus employment and national and regional employers. Career Advising has a recruitment tool for all students with registered employers representing various fields and industries, which is called JOBSs (Job Opportunities Benefitting Southern students).  JOBSs includes a job board available to students and alumni looking for all types of employment and networking opportunities.

Cooperative Education is an educational program that integrates academic study with related professional experience. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn money and up to 12 elective academic credits while gaining valuable career-related experience.

Career development programs include career counseling, individual consultation regarding career options; resume writing; cover letters; interviewing skills; job search strategies with professional staff' workshops on all career-related topics and speakers from various businesses and organizations discussing their career field; and occupation, industry, and career opportunities. FOCUS, a Web-based assessment tool is available for students to find out more about majors and careers that suit their interests and skills.

For more information, contact Academic and Career Advisement at (203) 392-5367.

Academic Support Services

Academic Success Center

Located on the third floor of Buley Library, the Academic Success Center provides services that support students on their journeys to gain scholastic independence and achieve academic success.  The Academic Success Center's aim is to assist students to become more independent and self-motivated learners, to master course material, and to develop and apply effective study strategies.  The Academic Success Center serves the entire student body by helping students prepare, advance, and excel.  This is a free service to all students.  The academic Success Center provides support in the following areas:  peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, personalized assistance with academic success coaches, and academic workshops.  For more information, please contact the Academic Success Center via (203) 392-8967 or the department website

New Student and Sophomore Programs

The Office of New Student and Sophomore Programs, located on the third floor of Buley Library, supports the out-of-class experience and academic success of first-year students (freshmen), second-year students (freshmen), and transfer students.  The office is designed to help students connect with each other, faculty and staff, and the broader university as they transition into the university.  The staff is committed to providing a strong set of programs and initiatives beginning with orientation and continuing until students feel integrated and established as "owls."  For more information, visit Engleman Hall, A 220 or call (203) 392-5189.

Writing Support

Assistance with university writing assignments is available to undergraduate and graduate students at no cost in the Writing Center, a part of the Academic Success Center (ASC) on the third floor of Buley Library. The Writing Center offers help with any writing assigned at the university in addition to writing related to academic pursuits such as scholarship applications, application to graduate school, etc. In addition to undergraduate tutors who assist undergraduate students, graduate student tutors work with graduate and undergraduate students and specially trained ESL tutors to work with any student with ESL needs. It is recommended that students make an appointment but a limited number of drop in appointments are also available. Please visit the Academic Success Center website to make an appointment.

Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, Director of the Writing Center/WAC and Assistant Professor of English with any questions.

Access Programs

Education Opportunity Program (EOP)

EOP is designed to recruit, counsel, and advise academically promising undergraduates who have the desire, motivation, and willingness to assume responsibility for achieving their academic potential. EOP provides a friendly atmosphere where students can talk with their counselors, find useful information about University policies, deadlines, and events, and meet other students. For additional information, contact Dawn Stanton-Holmes in Engleman B 018 at (203) 392-6812 or email StantonD2@SouthernCT.edu.

Summer Educational Opportunity Program (SEOP)

This five-week program is designed to help students refine their skills before being accepted into the University. All students live on campus, attend classes, and explore campus life together. SEOP students enjoy the camaraderie of a cohesive group of students and at the same time, receive a number of academic advantages, including individualized academic counseling, small classes, and personal attention from faculty and staff. For additional information, contact Dawn Stanton-Holmes in Engleman B 018 at (203) 392-6812 or email StantonD2@SouthernCT.edu.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP)

GEAR UP, located in Engleman Hall B006, is a funded initiative to ensure that low-income students are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.  For additional information, contact (203) 392-5575.

Buley Library

The Hilton C. Buley Library, Southern Connecticut State University's center of research, plays an indispensable part in the academic experience of every student. Buley Library provides over 500,000 print and media volumes, 5,400 electronic books and access to more than 197 electronic databases to serve study, teaching, and research needs. In addition, there are over 26,200 volumes in the curricular and juvenile collections. An online catalog shared with the Eastern, Central, and Western CSU libraries and the Connecticut State Library, expands available print and media resources to more than two million volumes. Interlibrary loan services and other consortial arrangements further supplement these holdings.

A broad range of library services support and enhance the access and use of information resources in all formats. The main floor of Buley Library features a professionally staffed Reference Desk where librarians provide research assistance in utilizing the Connecticut State University Library System online catalog (CONSULS), online research databases, and the Internet. Buley Library subscribes to 1,239 current print periodical titles and houses over 62,000 bound periodical volumes and 44,000 reference volumes. Instructional services meet a range of needs—basic orientations, library tours and course-integrated instruction sessions arranged by teaching faculty. Presentations are offered on search strategies and selection of appropriate research information using both print and online resources. General orientation tours of Buley Library are offered at the beginning of each semester. Individual research appointments with a librarian can also be arranged. Individualized Instruction/Research Consultation Request Forms are available at the Reference Desk.

The Learning Center on the third floor supports viewing/ listening equipment and a Production Lab for having posters and educational materials made, and for media duplication. A valid Southern student identification card (Hoot Loot card) serves as a library card. Students who are enrolled in courses or conducting research for a thesis at the University are eligible to borrow library materials. Students are responsible for all materials checked out on their cards. All library fees for lost or overdue books must be paid as they occur or a block will be placed on registration and transcripts.

The library staff is readily available to help students use information resources. Consult the student handbook for additional information regarding library use and regulations. For information and hours, call (203) 392-5750. The library's homepage is:  http://library.SouthernCT.edu. Director of Library Services, Dr. Christina D. Baum. Telephone: (203) 392-5760.

Computer Labs and Services

Information Technology (IT) provides multiple computing facilities for students, as well as equipment and technical support for faculty and academic area staff.  Over 1,000 Windows-based and Macintosh computers are available for student use.  A valid username and password are required to log-in to the computing equipment, and students are required to use their SCSU Hoot Loot ID Card to print in these facilities.  Wireless access points supporting mobile devices are widely available across campus.  Additional computer lab rooms and computer classrooms are supported by IT but are made available to the students by academic departments.  Computer lab rooms and locations are as follows:

  • Buley Library, Main Floor (public computer lab)
  • Adanti Student Center, Room 202 (public computer lab)
  • North Campus, Room 111 (residence hall lab)
  • West Campus, Room 245 (residence hall lab)

Please visit the IT website for more information about IT services and support.  For personal service, IT's User Services operates the Help Desk where one can raise technology related questions by visiting the IT offices in Buley Library, via email to helpdesk@southernct.edu, or by phone at (203) 392-5123.

Center for Adaptive Technology

The Center for Adaptive Technology (CAT) helps students with disabilities gain access to the same technology other students use to achieve their educational goals. CAT assesses students' technology needs and trains them to use adaptive hardware and software. Students may then use this technology at the CAT or in other locations on campus. CAT also arranges for accommodations when access is needed for courses requiring the use of technology in the classroom. CAT, located in Engleman B 017, is open Monday through Friday, and students may drop in any time to make an appointment for an assessment or training. The telephone number is (203) 392-5799.

Disability Resource Center

The University is committed to the full inclusion and equal educational opportunity for all persons with disabilities. The Disability Resource Center (DRC), located in Engleman C 105, provides services and support that promote educational equity for students with disabilities. Assistance includes arranging accommodations and auxiliary aids necessary for students with disabilities to pursue their academic careers, both in and outside of the classroom.

The DRC serves all students with documented disabilities that substantially impact them in educational settings. Students with documented disabilities, visible or hidden, are welcome to apply for services. Categories of disabilities include, but are not limited to, the following: mobility/orthopedic disabilities, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, visual, deaf and hard of hearing, acquired head injuries, psychological disabilities, ASD disorders, and chronic health-related disabilities.

DRC services include: coordinating of course and testing accommodations; providing accessibility information; arranging for sign language interpreters, readers, note-takers, helping with recruitment of personal assistants, teaching the development of compensatory skills, such as time management, organization and study skills; providing access to assistive technology, alternate formats, training in self-advocacy and self determination.

Students interested in obtaining more information should contact the DRC by stopping by the office, calling (203) 392-6828, (203) 392-6131 TTY, (203) 392-6829 FAX, or visiting: SouthernCT.edu/drc.

First-Stop Student Service Center

The First-Stop Student Service Center is a one-stop shop for walk-in services and queries for students. Located in the Wintergreen Building, the First-Stop Student Service Center provides assistance and answers to questions regarding admissions, financial aid, registration, payment and advisement issues, among other service areas. The First-Stop Student Service Center has an experienced staff who is trained to assist students with a seamless transition into college, and to provide the services and information students need to successfully navigate the college environment.

Speech-Language-Hearing Services

The Center for Communication Disorders offers free evaluation and treatment of voice, language, speech, and hearing problems to any enrolled student. To make an appointment, students may write or visit the Center in person at Davis Hall 012. The Center is staffed by licensed supervisors and faculty. Treatment is provided by staff and graduate student clinicians.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

Student orientation programs are designed to provide new students with information they will need to have a successful transition into Southern.  These sessions and experiences will provide students with information critical to their academic success, allow new students to network with professional faculty and staff, socialize with their peers, and to finalize registration for their courses.  In addition, students experience the history and culture of the university and have an opportunity to learn from our Orientation Ambassadors, who are extensively trained student leaders.  New Student Orientation is designed for first-time students and students transferring to Southern with 15 credits or less.  For more information, please visit:  SouthernCT.edu/orientation.

Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation is a one-day program intended for students transferring 15 or more college credits.  Although transfer students may be familiar with the college environment, we recognize that experiences may vary from one institution to another.  Transfer Student Orientation focuses on the issues and resources that are most relevant to transfer student success.  For more information, please visit SouthernCT.edu/orientation.

For students beginning in the Fall semester:

  • First-time college students and transfer students who have earned less than 15 credits who will be attending Southern Connecticut State University in the fall semester are required to attend a two-day new student orientation session scheduled during the summer.
  • Transfer students transferring to the university with more than 15 credits are required to attend a one-day program offered in late spring and throughout the summer.

For students beginning in the Spring semester:

Transfer students who will be attending Southern Connecticut State University in the spring semester are required to attend a one-day new student orientation session in December or January. 

New Owl Week and Welcome Weekend

Each fall and spring semester, Southern Connecticut State University hosts a Week of Welcome (WOW), which is a collaborative campus program that provides opportunities for all students, with a special concentration on first-year and transfer students, to connect with people, places, services, and traditions at SCSU.  The week is filled with celebrations, programs, and activities that are designed to welcome students to campus while helping them acclimate to university life.

In the fall semester, WOW begins with New Owl Weekend (NOW) immediately preceding the start of the semester.  All first-year students (freshmen) are required to attend NOW programs which are designed to support first-year students as they begin their collegiate journey by helping them acclimate to the campus culture and transition to university life.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND STUDENT LIFE

Adanti Student Center

The Michael J. Adanti Student Center, opened in January 2006, is a 125,000 square foot, modern multi-purpose facility located on the corner of Crescent and Fitch Streets. The center provides educational, cultural, social, and recreational programs that complement education outside the classroom. The center is the home of a state-of-the-art fitness center, fireplace lounge, grand ballroom, bookstore, Dunkin' Donuts coffee house, Wepawaug Flagg Credit Union banking services, ATM machine, and four dining establishments. The center has multiple lounges, meeting rooms, a game room, a 200-seat movie theatre, university police, computer labs, as well as office space for clubs and organizations. In addition, the Adanti Center offers a resource/information center, as well as access to email terminals, wireless services, and a hydration station. For more information call (203) 392-5500.

Housing and Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life provides on-campus housing for full-time matriculated undergraduate and graduate students. Residence halls offer a safe and supportive living environment that supports student success. In addition to campus activities, students are encouraged to participate in hall programs and activities, leadership opportunities in their hall council, and the Residence Hall Association.

Apartment and residence hall staff members include a live-in professional staff member who supervise undergraduate staff; advise the hall council; provide educational and social programming, roommate, and community mediation support; and  provide referrals to campus resources. Live-in residence life student staff members assist with developing residence hall communities, providing personal and academic support for students, and reporting maintenance and custodial concerns.

Students living on campus have easy access to academic and student support services. Most residence halls are a short walk to academic buildings, dining, Buley Library, athletic fields, the Adanti Student Center, and Fitness Center. Most residence halls and apartments include lounges, study areas, service desks, vending machines, laundry facilities, recreation areas, and trash disposal. A convenience store is located at North Campus. ATMs are located at Brownell Hall, Wilkinson Hall, North Campus, West Campus, and Schwartz Hall. Computer labs are located in North Campus, West Campus, and Chase Hall.  Student rooms include beds, dressers, closets, desks and chairs. All rooms include window curtains or blinds.

Housing for graduate and upper-class students including transfers is offered in North Campus, Schwartz, and Brownell Apartments and Suites. First-year students, transfers, and upper-class students may request traditional double or triple rooms with community bathrooms or a limited number of suites with bathrooms in West Campus, Hickerson, Neff, Farnham, Wilkinson, and Chase Halls.

Housing applications will be available to students when admitted to the University with a paid Admissions Confirmation Deposit and Residence Hall Deposit. All housing applications are provided on-line.  Housing assignments are made on an academic year basis.

Intercollegiate Athletics

A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II, Southern recognizes the value of competitive individual and team sports and maintains a comprehensive program of intercollegiate athletics for men and women. Intercollegiate teams for men include football, soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, baseball, and track and field. Women's intercollegiate athletic teams include field hockey, volleyball, cross country, basketball, gymnastics, swimming, softball, track and field, soccer, and lacrosse.

An incoming first-year student with no previous college attendance must be certified as eligible to compete by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Once accepted, a student-athlete must be enrolled full-time in a minimum of 12 semester hours to be eligible to practice and compete during that semester. Each fall after the initial year of enrollment, the student must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. This includes, but is not limited to, satisfactory completion of 24 semester hours of acceptable degree credits since the previous fall or an average of 12 credits for each semester of full-time enrollment, and the maintaining of good academic standing, with a corresponding GPA.

John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

The John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts features an open-thrust stage as the focal point for its 1,568-seat theater. Semicircular in design, Lyman Center provides the setting for both University and public entertainment, as well as for meetings, conferences, and cultural activities. The Robert Kendall Drama Lab, located inside the center, houses the Theatre Department's instructional program and offers an excellent space for experimental plays and other events.

Student Conduct & Civic Responsibility

The Office of STudent Conduct & Civil Responsibility is located in Engelman Hall B222.  The office is responsible for ensuring a fair, just, and impartial conduct process for students charged with violating the Student Code of Conduct, with a goal of providing education and resources to achieve respect, civility, and integrity for all members of the University community.

The office spearheads educational programming and initiatives on active citizenship, democratic engagement, and civility.

For further information or more details, contact the Office of Student Conduct & Civic Responsibility at (203) 392-5190 or visit the office website at: SouthernCT.edu/judicialaffairs.

Student Activities and Organizations

The Student Activity Program comprises campus organizations that represent a wide range of student aptitudes and interests. These activities complement the academic program by providing opportunities for wholesome recreation, fellowship, and practical training for intelligent leadership and good citizenship.

Academic and Professional Development

  • Accounting Society
  • American Marketing Association
  • Anthropology Club
  • Biology Club
  • Bio-Technology Club
  • Bookmarks English Club
  • Botany Club
  • Chemistry Club
  • Computer Science Club
  • Earth Science Club
  • Exercise Physiology Club
  • Financial Management Association
  • Forensic Society
  • French Club
  • Geography Club
  • German Club
  • History Club
  • Management Association
  • Mathematics Club
  • Media Studies Club
  • National Student Nurses Association
  • Philosophy Club
  • Physics Club
  • Physical Education Club
  • Pre-Health Professional Society
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Psychology Club
  • Public Health Society
  • Recreation and Leisure Club
  • Social Welfare Organization
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Sociology Club
  • Southern Future Teacher's Organization
  • Spanish Club
  • Sports Medicine Club

Club Sports

  • Cheerleading
  • Color Guard
  • Dance Team
  • Ice Hockey Club
  • Karate Club
  • Men's Lacrosse Team
  • Men's Rugby Club
  • Steppin' Up Drill Team
  • Symphonic Pulse Dance Company (SPDC)
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Volleyball Club
  • Women's Rugby

Councils and Governing Organizations

  • Class Governments
  • Greek Life Council
  • Programs Council
  • Residence Hall Association
  • Student Government Association

Service Organizations

  • Best Buddies
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Service Team
  • Zeta Delta Epsilon –Honorary Service Organization

Honorary Organizations

  • Alpha Kappa Delta –National Honor Society for Sociology
  • Delta Mu Delta –National Honor Society for Business Administration majors
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon –International Honor Society for Geography majors
  • Golden Key National Honor Society –National Honor Society for juniors and seniors in the top 15% of their class
  • Iota Iota Iota –National Honor Society for Women Studies majors
  • Kappa Delta Pi –National Honor Society for Education majors
  • Lambda Pi Eta –National Honor Society for Communication majors
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon –Economics Honor Society
  • Phi Alpha Theta – National Honor Society for History majors
  • Pi Sigma Alpha –National Honor Society for Political Science majors
  • Psi Chi –National Honor Society for Psychology majors
  • Sigma Tau Delta –National Honor Society for English majors

Performing and Creative Arts

  • Crescent Players
  • Digital Film production Club
  • Fearless Lovers of Words (FLOW)
  • Fortissibros
  • SCSU Drumline
  • Southern Harmony
  • Student Arts League

Media Groups

  • Folio
  • SCSU TV
  • Southern News (SNEWS)
  • WSIN Radio

International and Multicultural Groups

  • African Students Association
  • Anime Society (SCSU)
  • Black Student Union
  • Chinese Student Association
  • Italianissini
  • West Indian Society

Political Action and Advocacy

  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • LGBTQIA Prism
  • Men About Business
  • NAACP
  • Operation Smile
  • Outreach Unlimited
  • Peer Mentors United
  • Veterans Association

Special Interest Organizations

  • Active Minds
  • Autism Awareness and Advocacy Club
  • Cultural Competence Club
  • Meditation Club
  • Sci-Fi Club

Religious Organizations

  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Hillel-Jewish Students Organization
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Muslim Students Association
  • Newman Society

Social Fraternities and Sororities

  • Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority
  • Beta Mu Sigma Fraternity
  • Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority
  • Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity
  • Omega Zeta Pi Sorority
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Sigma Iota Alpha Sorority
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS FOR SPECIAL GROUPS

Commuter Student Services

Commuter Student Services, (CSS), located in the Office of Student Life, assists commuter students in a variety of ways. It provides information on transportation, personal safety, recreational facilities, parking, as well as referral services on a variety of topics and concerns. Information may be obtained by calling (203) 392-5782, or stop by Adanti Student Center 212.

Office of International Education

The Office of International Education (OIE) is a hub for students and faculty members—domestic and international alike—who seek to integrate international study, research, or teaching into their academic program. As well, the OIE works with degree-seeking international students, exchange students, and visiting scholars on matters related to visas, employment, immigration, and more; the office works with domestic students interested in studying abroad either on an SCSU faculty-led summer program, on one of SCSU's reciprocal exchange programs (semester or full year), or through an approved study abroad organization (semester or full year); and finally, the OIE offers Fulbright Program assistance for both students and faculty. Perhaps most importantly, the OIE is a place where international students and faculty can come to discuss matters related to their studies and American academic culture, as well as everyday life, social interaction, and communication in the United States. The OIE is located in Engleman Hall B B 129 (Study Abroad, Fulbright) and EN B 116 (F-1). For more information, please call (203) 392-6756.

Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center serves as a resource for the University and the community in promoting an awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity. It offers educational programs and services to assist in the recruitment and retention of students. The center also sponsors outreach programs with area schools, conducts art exhibitions, film programs, lectures, and conferences, and houses a book and video library.  The Multicultural Center is located in Adanti Student Center 234.  For more information, please call (203) 392-5888.

Sexuality and Gender Equality Center (SAGE)

The Sexuality and Gender Equality (SAGE) Center, Southern's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and allies (LGBTIQQA) center provides positive academic and cultural support for all people of sexual diversity.The SAGE Center offers a safe communal space, personal support, resource information, relevant programming, and positive acknowledgement of the LGBTIQQA community. The SAGE Center works to create a campus atmosphere of tolerance and understanding that is open, accepting, and free from the oppressive forces of homophobia, heterosexism, and gender bias. Programming events include lectures, discussions, social events, films, and other presentations throughout the academic year. For more information, call the SAGE Center at (203) 392-8989.

Veterans and Military Services

The Office of Veterans and Military Services offers academic and personal advisement to veterans attending the University, including advisement of current benefits, information on changes in legislative regulations and procedures, and liaison referrals with other offices on campus. Personnel in the Office of Veterans and Military Services support the Student Accounts Office to provide certification of enrollment for the G.I. Bill and Veteran Tuition Waiver.

Southern Connecticut State University is a Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC). SOC is consortium of national higher education associations that functions in cooperation with the military services to help meet the higher education needs of servicemembers.

Southern is a member of the SOC Degree Network System, which includes approximately 160 colleges and universities that provide enhanced educational opportunities for servicemembers and their families. Once a service member signs an SOC contract with a university and completes that university's residency requirement, the university agrees to allow the service member to transfer back any additional credits to complete the degree.

For more information, contact the Veteran's Office, (203) 392-6822, in Engleman B 018B.

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Alcohol and Drug Services

Alcohol and Drug Services. located in Engleman Hall B219, offers confidential screenings and assessments by a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, as well as referrals to community treatment providers for students seeking assistance and support for a substance abuse problem.  Brief intervention and education programs are also provided to students which aim to assist a student in reducing harmful consumption and negative consequences associated with high risk drinking and drug use.  Presentations are available for classes, residence life staff, and athletic teams which provide information about alcohol and drug services and supports within the community.  Twelve-step support groups are offered on campus for students in recovery and for students impacted by a family member's substance use.  For more information about services, please call (203) 392-5087.

Counseling Services

University Counseling Services, located in Engleman B 219, provides  free, confidential  time-limited group and individual counseling for enrolled  undergraduate and graduate students. Its primary goal is to provide psychological and emotional  therapy and support as students pursue their academic, social, and personal goals and work to enhance the quality of their experience at SCSU. The office is staffed by a psychologist, professional counselors, a social worker, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and advanced graduate student interns.  Staff are trained to help college students address barriers to success and happiness and to build their skills in negotiating and preparing for life.

Students may access services by presenting at "walk-in" hours from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every weekday.  Additional appointments may be scheduled by contacting the center.  Students in crises should present directly at Counseling Services during the day, and contact University Police after hours.  The office also offers referrals to counselors and mental health services off-campus, mental health screenings, skill-building workshops, and educational programming on wellness, stress-management, and mindfulness.  For more information, please contact Counseling Services at (203) 392-5475 or visit the Counseling Services website.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is located in Granoff Hall on Wintergreen Avenue.  A physician, nurse practitioners, registered nurse, and support personnel are available Monday through Friday according to schedules available on the Student Health Services website.  Student Health Services provide clinical health care to students by appointment, which can be scheduled online from the website or by phone.  Urgent care is available on a walk-in basis.  Referrals in emergency situations can be done expeditiously to hospitals or specialists in the area.  The Health Services’ telephone number is (203) 392-6300, and the fax number is (203) 392-6301.  If anyone requiring medical assistance is unable to reach a staff member at this number, they should call University Police at (203) 392-5375, or 911 in an emergency. For more information, please visit the Student Health Services website.  Director: Diane Morgenthaler, M.D.

All full-time and part-time undergraduate students are required to have properly completed health forms on file at Student Health Services prior to registration. Students can enter their immunization information on the Connecticut State University Student Health Services Form available on the Student Health Services website and then submit the paper copy of the form for verification by the Student Health Services staff. Please note that students will not be considered fully compliant with the requirements until the information is verified. 

All full-time and part-time undergraduate students must show proof of adequate immunization* against Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, German Measles (Rubella), and Chicken Pox (Varicella). The only exceptions are the following:

  • Those born prior to January 1, 1957 for MMR, prior to January 1, 1980 for Varicella;
  • Those with a valid medical exemption signed by their healthcare provider;
  • Those who provide documented laboratory proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella;
  • Those who provide a statement that immunization is contrary to their religious beliefs;
  • Documentation from  a physician or director of health that the student has had a confirmed case of such disease;
  • Those who are enrolled exclusively I a program for which students do not congregate on campus for classes or participate in institutional-sponsored events, such as students enrolled in distance learning programs conducted entirely through electronic media in a setting without other students present.

*Adequate immunization:

MMR – Two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine separated by at least 28 days with dose number one given on or after the first birthday.

Varicella – Two doses of Varicella vaccine at least 28 days apart.

Student Accident Insurance

All full-time SCSU students are covered by the University Accident Insurance through Aetna Student Health. To file a claim for an accident, obtain an estimation of benefits (EOB) from your primary insurance and submit the documentation with an accident claim form and send to: 

Aetna Student Health
PO Box 981106
El Paso, TX 79998-1106

If you have any questions regarding accident insurance claims or if you are a part-time student who would like to purchase the Accident Insurance for a campus activity, please contact Aetna Student Health toll-free at 877-375-4244 or visit the Aetna Student Health Website.  

Additional Requirement for On-Campus Resident Students

Connecticut State Statutes also require that all students living in campus housing are required to be vaccinated against Meningitis within the past five years prior to enrollment with the following exemptions:

  • Those with a valid medical exemption signed by their healthcare provider;
  • Those who provide a statement that immunization is contrary to their religious beliefs.

The University reserves the right to deny registration and campus housing to any student not in compliance.

Student Health Insurance Waiver

Each year while attending the University a health insurance plan is required.  All full-time students will automatically be billed for the student health insurance plan unless they file an electronic waiver indicating equivalent coverage by the announced deadline.

Additional information regarding the waiver process can be found at:  SouthernCT.edu/studentaccounts.

Violence Prevention, Victim Advocacy and Support Center

The Violence Prevention, Victim Advocacy and Support Center (VPAS) is committed to helping to create a campus community of respect and safety by providing violence prevention education, victim/survivor advocacy, and support services.  Prevention education topics include sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual exploitation), affirmative consent, risk reduction, bystander intervention, hazing, bullying, and safety.  Advocacy services are available to support students who have experienced sexual misconduct, hazing, bullying, or any other crime.  VPAS is also responsible for the coordination of the University Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART).  VPAS is located in Schwartz Hall.  Additional information is available by calling the center at (203) 392-6946 or via the website:  www.SouthernCT.edu/vpas/.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is located in Schwartz Hall, Room 100, on Fitch Street.  The staff of the Wellness Center strive to provide a warm and welcoming environment that values a healthy and connected community.  Through education, outreach, and campus collaborations, the Wellness Center makes every effort to provide students with the tools necessary to increase their knowledge and awareness of positive health behaviors.

The Wellness Center at Southern is reponsible for broad student health outreach on topics including, but not limited to:  sexual health, tobacco use, nutrition, drugs and alcohol, sleep, and stress.  The Wellness Center facilitates health promotion activities for the campus community, including educational sessions, special events, and other activities.

For more information or to request a presentation for a class or a group, please contact the Wellness Center at (203) 392-6526, via email, or the Wellness Center website.  Director: Diane Morgenthaler, M.D.

STUDENT SERVICES/TRANSPORTATION/AMENITIES

Campus Safety

The University Police Department, open 24 hours a day, is located in Granoff Hall. Police officers are responsible for the safety and protection of the campus and its personnel as well as for enforcing parking regulations and conducting investigations.

To reach the University Police Department telephone:

--Emergency, on Campus dial 911.
--Routine, on Campus: dial 25375.
--Routine, off Campus: dial (203) 392-5375.

Students should promptly report thefts or other incidents on campus directly to the University Police Department.

The University Police Department has both male and female officers assigned to the patrol units. All SCSU Police are sworn certified police officers and have the same authority as members of a municipal police department. The department also has male and female officers trained to handle cases of sexual assault.

Blue emergency lights are strategically located throughout the campus parking lots and mounted on buildings. By pressing the button, it will automatically dial University Police. Silver wall-mounted telephones are strategically located inside buildings. By picking up the receiver the caller is automatically connected to University Police.

The University Police Department offers many programs on crime prevention and personal safety courses throughout the year. The department also provides lost and found services for the entire campus.

Child Care Partial Reimbursement Program

The SCSU Division of Student Affairs recognizes the unique difficulties for many students who are also parents with young children.  To help students who are struggling financially during the semester due to child care/babysitting expenses for their child(ren) under 12 years old while they are taking classes, the SCSU Office of Student Affairs sponsors a Child Care Partial Reimbursement Program that offers a limited number of partial reimbursements to students who meet all of the eligibility requirements.  Priority is based on financial need.  For more information, please contact the website of the Division of Student Affairs

Dining Services

The University offers a wide variety of meal plans to fit different schedules and lifestyles for both commuter and residential students.  All residential students are required to have a meal plan. The various meal plans include 8, 15, or 19 meals per week. With these plans, students have ample choice and opportunity to dine at as many as six separate locations on campus. The SCSU Hoot Loot Card is required to access these student meal plans.  SCSU dining services are provided in Connecticut Hall, Michael J. Adanti Student Center, Davis Hall, Engleman Hall, North Campus, and Buley Library. 

Connecticut Hall is an all-you-care-to-eat facility, open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 pm on Friday, and 10:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The food choice includes breakfast throughout the day; a hot entree changed daily, pizza, grilled food, salad, deserts, and drinks.

The Michael J. Adanti Student Center offers a food court type environment open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This features Dunkin' Donuts coffee shop, a light fare and salads as well as sandwiches, grilled burgers, chicken, fries, as well as pizza, and Sono Mexican theme.  On Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., enjoy a full Dunkin' Donuts venue.

The new Café at Buley Library will feature a 24-hour kiosk with a 12-hour coffee/bagel establishment yet to be determined. In addition, the Bagel Wagon in Engleman Hall, Davis Market, and the C-Store at North Campus are open. These venues feature grab and go sandwiches in addition to snacks and drink and sundries.

Commuter Block Meal Plans are also offered, as well as the option to purchase food using the Food Loot portion of the Hoot Loot card. Meal plans can be used in any of the food service venues on campus. All University dining services accept cash, Hoot Loot, Food Loot, credit, and debit cards.

Emergency Medical Assistance

Emergency medical assistance is initiated with a call to University Police at (203) 392-5375 or 911. A police dispatcher will obtain a brief description of the emergency and send an officer to the scene. In case of a life-threatening situation (e.g., apparent heart attack, breathing difficulty, state of unconsciousness) the dispatcher will call simultaneously for an ambulance and arrange for an escort for the ambulance to the exact campus location. In all cases, Health Services will be notified of the action taken.

Walking Escort Service

The University Police Department provides a 24-hour walking escort service to accompany students, faculty, and staff to parking lots, residence halls, and other on-campus locations. For this service call (203) 392-5375 from any telephone or extension 2-5375 from telephones on campus.  The Office of Residence Life offers the Late Night Owl Watch program to provide a walking safety escort that provides prompt, courteous walking escorts for SCSU residential students and staff.  For this service, call Hickerson Hall at (203) 392-6367.

Lactation Room

To help students balance the demands between their studies and parenthood, the University has two lactation rooms.  One lactation room is located in the Women's Lounge in Connecticut Hall on the first floor, and the second lactation room is located on the first floor of the Hilton C. Buley Library, Room 117.  Students who need a quiet, welcoming space in which to pump breast milk may use either lactation room with advance notice.  For more information or to reserve a lactation room, please visit the Lactation Room website.

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

Southern Connecticut State University's Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is designed to provide a collaborative victim-centered team response to sexual violence. The mission of SART is to provide services that ensure a transition from victim to survivor for every individual whose life is impacted by sexual violence. The SART members can provide a survivor with many supportive options including counseling, medical attention, judicial services, advocacy, referrals, and general information regarding sexual violence. Should a survivor choose to file a police report, the University Police and Violence Prevention, Victim Advocacy and Support Center (VPAS) staff will assist the individual with the reporting process. We will strive to empower the survivor to make their own decisions by providing on- and off-campus resources, offer support as needed, and hold perpetrators accountable. The SART members will keep confidentiality to the best of their ability.

The SART has been designated by the Division of Student Affairs to handle sexual assault cases. The team includes a coordinator and designated individuals from throughout the University. The Sexual Assault Response Team is available to help anyone who reports a violation of the sexual misconduct policy. In cases of immediate danger or an emergency, call the University Police at 911.

For information or to report sexual violence, students may contact any member of the team. Please visit the Violence Prevention, Victim Advocacy and Support Center website at www.SouthernCT.edu/sart/ for team members' contact information and details of services.

Transportation

Shuttle Bus Service

The Southern Connecticut Shuttle Service is a cooperative safety-oriented transportation service, offered to the SCSU community through the University Police Department.  The SCSU Shuttle system operates on a fixed route schedule, providing safe, convenient, and reliable transportation throughout the campus and surrounding community.  Currently, there are five shuttle routes that service the ten enclosed bus stops located throughout the campus.  All SCSU shuttle drivers are professionally licensed employees of First Transit and have passed extensive background checks along with additional driver training.  For questions or concerns about the shuttle service, please contact First Transit at (203) 281-5470.

All SCSU Shuttle drivers are professionally licensed drivers, employed by First Transit and have passed extensive background checks along with additional driver training.

On-campus shuttle service is available Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  After 11:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, a student may utilize the Late Night Owl Service, which provides walking escorts for students and staff.  The phone number for the Late Night Owl Service is (203) 392-6367.

For a complete detailed schedule of all shuttle services and stops, please go to: SouthernCT.edu/shuttles

Area Public Transportation

Bus service to New Haven and the vicinity is provided by Connecticut Transit, which makes regularly scheduled stops on Wintergreen Avenue in front of Granoff Hall and on Fitch Street near the Alumni Bridge. For a complete bus schedule, please visit the Connecticut Transit website at www.cttransit.com.

University Bookstore

The University Bookstore, located in the Adanti Student Center, carries a full line of books, academic supplies including art supplies, and clothing. Here students may purchase required texts, teaching and study aids, and paperbacks for leisure reading, as well as magazines, toiletries, and greeting cards.

Vending Services

Cold beverage and snack food vending machines are located throughout the University community in virtually every academic building and in residence halls. All vending machines accept cash or Hoot Loot dollars.

Campus Parking and Traffic Regulations

All students who desire to park on campus must properly display a campus parking decal on their vehicle. Limited campus parking facilities require strict compliance with assigned areas. Vehicles parked in violation of the Traffic and Parking Regulations are subject to a fine and/or a State motor vehicle infraction and towing at the owner's expense. In order to facilitate better use of existing parking areas and to enhance personal safety, the University offers a shuttle service during day and evening hours.

Copies of the University's Parking and Traffic Regulations can be found in the Student Handbook and can also be accessed on the University Police website at SouthernCT.edu/universitypolice.

GENERAL REGULATIONS

Southern Connecticut State University maintains an educational environment which provides an equal opportunity for all qualified students. The University affirms the basic right of all members of the University community to free inquiry, responsible discussion, and the uninterrupted pursuit of all activities normally associated with the operation of Southern Connecticut State University.

Detailed University regulations are available in a number of University publications that supplement this catalog, e.g., Student Handbook.

In addition, there are times when new regulations or amendments to existing University regulations are placed as public notices in the student newspaper — the Southern News or sent to students via campus email. Students are obligated to comply with all University regulations otherwise they will be subjected to appropriate penalties up to and including expulsion from the University.

The Student Bill of Rights, available in the Student Handbook, and the BOR/CSCU Student Code of Conduct help students understand their rights and responsibilities as members of the University community. The BOR/CSCU Student Code of Conduct does not replace or relieve the requirements of civil or criminal laws.

All students are expected to maintain acceptable standards of conduct while on the University campus, on property controlled by the University or University affiliates, and in connection with off-campus university activities.

All members of the University community must carry on their person an official University identification card, and must present it on request by a university official or University Police.Those who cannot produce a University identification card on request may be asked to substantiate their reason for being on campus. Any person not a member of the University student body, faculty, or staff who participates in behavior contributing to the disruption or obstruction of the activities and operation of the University may be subject to exclusion from the campus and/or to civil arrest.

All University regulations apply to part-time as well as full-time students, faculty, and staff.  All others also are expected to abide by all University regulations.