Western Connecticut State University, founded in 1903, is located in Danbury, a major city in Fairfield County in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, 65 miles north of Manhattan and 50 miles west of Hartford. Western’s rural 364-acre Westside campus complements its 34-acre, 16-building Midtown campus in the heart of downtown Danbury. Constant planning, evaluation, and improvement of programs and curricula sharpen Western’s “edge of excellence” and keep it responsive to the progressive community it serves. The university works with and is supported by a forward-looking, innovative nonprofit, cultural, service, and business community and collaborates with several local, state, and regional community agencies and educational institutions.
Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals, and leaders in a global society. To achieve this, we
1. Offer undergraduate and graduate programs that weave together liberal arts and professional education and instill a desire for life-long learning.
2. Sustain a vibrant, inclusive campus that connects individuals through co-curricular programs, cultural events, and service to the community.
3. Attract student-centered faculty who are passionate teachers and accomplished scholars.
4. Establish partnerships that create opportunities for internships, research, and experiential learning.
Excellence. We value outstanding achievement realized through persistence, effort, honest feedback, and self-reflection.
Curiosity. We value the questions that drive learning, innovation, and creativity, which serve as the beginning and the desired outcome of education.
Dialogue. We value the conversations that explore diverse perspectives and encourage shared understanding.
Engagement. We value the interactions with ideas, peers, and community that are essential to a vibrant university environment.
Opportunity. We value the possibilities created by affordable, accessible educational environments in which students can grow into independent thinkers and confident leaders.
Respect. We value the right of all people to be treated with dignity and fairness and expect this in our policies, classroom, and community.
This Mission was approved by the University Senate (March 11, 2015) and the University President (March 24, 2015).
The University Values were approved by the University Senate (May 6, 2015) and the University President (May 7, 2015).
Mission, Role, and Scope of Graduate Programs
The graduate programs at Western offer advanced study under the direction of dedicated educators. Students in the graduate programs benefit from a faculty whose commitment to teaching, to research, and to other professional activities has resulted in national recognition in widely varying fields. Guidance from this faculty helps to strengthen the academic and professional ability of students by increasing their knowledge of a subject, improving their capacity for independent study, familiarizing them with research in their fields, and training them to conduct meaningful research of their own.
The mission of the graduate programs is not confined within the perimeters of the university. The programs also make a significant contribution to the community at large. As a result of their intense, concentrated study at Western, students are well prepared to enter society, not only as trained professionals and specialists, but also, in a wider context, as thoughtful, sensitive human beings with personal integrity and an appreciation of intellectual and political freedom.
Much of this understanding is developed in professional in-service and preservice programs through cooperative efforts with regional businesses, industry, government, social service, and educational agencies. Western’s faculty and programs are dedicated to forging and maintaining such ties through the ongoing assessment of regional needs and continual interaction with community, business, professional, and academic organizations-an interaction that also helps to refine the graduate curriculum.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
The university administrator for Graduate Studies at WCSU is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs who is advised by the Graduate Council, a faculty body with representation from each discipline, and the four school deans.
The Graduate Council is responsible for recommending overall graduate policy, approving programs, and maintaining high standards. Program proposals developed by academic departments, working with their school deans, must be approved by the Graduate Council before implementation. Its membership includes the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, school deans, the associate director of the Office of Graduate Admissions, all graduate program coordinators, and two graduate student representatives.
Graduate Program Coordinators
Each graduate program has a qualified faculty member who serves as graduate coordinator.
The coordinators are members of the Graduate Council and leaders in program development. A strength of graduate study at Western is that students enrolled in graduate programs are advised directly by the appropriate program coordinator as they plan their progress toward their degree.
All faculty members who participate in graduate programs must have earned terminal degrees appropriate to their disciplines and to the graduate courses they teach or have significant and highly recognized accomplishments in the field relevant to the graduate courses they teach. Faculty members who participate in graduate programs at WCSU are active scholars who present and publish regularly in their relevant field of study, some having received national and international distinction.
The Alumni Association of Western Connecticut State University, founded in 1919, promotes the general welfare of the university. The board of directors is composed of 16 directors and five officers who meet regularly to discuss and plan programs, events, and volunteer opportunities for alumni.
Contributing members receive an alumni membership card, borrowing privileges at both the Ruth A. Haas and Robert Young libraries, use of computers in the Haas Library, and special membership benefits through the WCSU Save Program, which provides alumni with discounts at many businesses, both local and nationwide. All alumni receive the Cupola magazine, alumni e-newsletter, insurance and special affinity program discount offers, special access to career services, and invitations to special alumni programs and events.
Scholarships are awarded each year by the Alumni Association to deserving Western students who meet academic requirements and show evidence of extracurricular involvement at the university and in the community.
The Alumni Association keeps alumni connected to their alma mater through social networking activities, hosted on- and off-campus. Whether a graduate of Danbury Normal School, Danbury State Teacher’s College, Danbury State College, Western Connecticut State College, or Western Connecticut State University, alumni are part of campus history and the future of the university.
Statements, Policies, and Reports
Rights Reserved Statement
Students attending Western Connecticut State University are required to familiarize themselves with the catalog. Primary responsibility for knowing and fulfilling all requirements rests on the individual student. The catalog in effect at the time of admission or readmission to a degree program governs degree requirements. Western Connecticut State University administration reserves the right, whenever advisable, to change or modify its schedule of tuition and fees and to withdraw, cancel, reschedule, or modify any course, program of study, or degree, or any requirement in connection with any of the foregoing.
This graduate catalog is provided to students and applicants for their general information and guidance only. It does not constitute a contract, either express or implied, and is subject to revision at the university’s discretion.
Educational Records, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Western Connecticut State University accords all the rights under the law to students. No one outside the university shall have access to, nor will the university disclose any information from, a student’s educational records without his/her written consent except to personnel within the university, to officials of other institutions in which the student seeks to enroll, to persons or organizations providing students financial aid, to accreditation groups, to persons in compliance with a judicial order, to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons, or to parents of a student who is officially documented as their dependent for income tax purposes. All these exceptions are permitted under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The university will maintain a record of all requests for and/or disclosure of information from a student’s educational records. The record will indicate the name of the party making the request, any additional party to whom it may be redisclosed, and the legitimate interest the party had in requesting or obtaining the information. The record may be reviewed by the eligible student.
Within the Western Connecticut State University community, only those university officials acting in the student’s educational interest are allowed access to education records. A university official is any person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support-staff position; any person appointed to the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education; or any person employed by or under contract to the university or the State of Connecticut to perform a special task, such as an attorney or auditor. A university official has a legitimate educational interest if the official is performing a task that is specified in his/her position description or by contract agreement; performing a task related to a student’s education; performing a task relating to the discipline of a student; or providing a service or benefit relating to the student or student’s family, such as health care, counseling, job placement, or financial aid.
At its discretion, the university may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of the act to include student name, address, telephone number, photo ID, date of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams. Students may withhold directory information by notifying the Office of the Dean of Students in writing. Such a request will be honored until such time students request in writing that their directory information again be made public.
The law provides students the right to inspect and review information contained in their education records, to challenge the contents of their education records, and to have a hearing on the matter. The Vice President of Academic Affairs or his or her designee at Western Connecticut State University has been designated to coordinate the inspection and review procedures for student educational records, which include admissions, personal, academic, financial, disciplinary, cooperative education, and placement records. Students wishing to review their educational records must make requests to the registrar, listing the item of interest. Only records covered by the act will be made available within 45 days of the request. Students may have copies made of their records with certain exceptions (e.g., a copy of their academic record for which a financial “hold” exists or a transcript of an original or source document that exists elsewhere). To obtain a copy of your transcript, contact the Registrar’s Office at (203) 837-9200. Educational records do not include records of instructional, administrative, and educational personnel, which are the sole possession of the maker and are not accessible or revealed to any individual except a temporary substitute, records of a law enforcement unit, student health records, employment records, or alumni records. Health records, however, may be reviewed by the physician of the student’s choosing.
Students may not inspect and/or review the following as outlined by the act: financial information submitted by their parents’ confidential letters and recommendations associated with admissions, employment or job placement, honors to which they have waived their rights of inspection and review, or education records containing information about more than one student. In this last case, the university will permit access only to that part of the record that pertains to the inquiring student. The university is not required to permit students to inspect and/or review confidential letters and recommendations placed in their files prior to January 1, 1975, provided these letters were collected under established policies of confidentiality and were used only for the purpose for which they were collected.
Students who believe that their educational records contain information that is inaccurate or misleading or is otherwise in violation of their privacy or other rights may discuss their problems informally with the Office of Student Affairs.
In the event a student’s request, either to have access to a record or to amend information in a file, has been denied, the student may ask for a formal hearing. The student must submit a written request for the hearing to the vice president for academic affairs. The hearing panel will consist of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the academic dean of his/her school. Decisions of the hearing panel are final. Any alteration to the student’s record will be in accordance with the decision of the hearing panel and will become a permanent part of that record. The student has a right to add a statement to a challenged record if the panel’s decision is not to amend the record in accordance with the student’s request.
Students who believe that the adjudications of their challenges were unfair or not in keeping with the provisions of the act may request, in writing, assistance from the vice president for student affairs of the university to aid them in filing complaints with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202.
Non-Discrimination, Affirmative Action and Multiculturalism Policy
Western Connecticut State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer, fully committed to the goal of providing equal opportunity and full participation in its educational programs, activities, and employment without discrimination because of race, color, religious beliefs or association, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, physical disability, including but not limited to blindness, learning disability, or mental retardation, past or present history of mental disorder, or prior conviction of a crime, in accordance with state and federal laws. To that end, this statement of policy has been put forth to ensure that no qualified person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the university. To file a discrimination complaint, or for inquiries concerning Western Connecticut State University’s Nondiscrimination Policy, Title IX and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact Daryle Dennis, Interim Executive Assistant to the President/Chief Diversity Officer, in University Hall, Room 217, at (203) 837-8277, or voice, (203) 837-8284 TTY.
Protection from Adverse Action
All individuals shall be free from all restraint, interference, coercion, or reprisal on the part of their associates, supervisors, and all others in making any complaint or appeal, in serving as a representative for a complaint, in appearing as a witness, or in seeking information. The above principles apply with equal force after a complaint has been resolved. Should these principles be violated, the facts shall be brought to the attention of the Chief Diversity Officer by the aggrieved party, his/her representative, or any person affected. The Chief Diversity Officer shall bring all such situations to the attention of the President for confidential discussion, review, the potential for early proactive intervention and appropriate action.
Individuals are advised of their legal options to file complaints with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division and any other agencies, state, federal or local that enforce laws concerning discrimination.
Sexual Harassment Policy
It is the policy of Western Connecticut State University, in keeping with efforts to establish an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the institutional community are respected, that sexual harassment of students and employees at Western Connecticut State University is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment may involve the behavior of a person of either sex against a person of the opposite or same sex when that behavior falls within the definition outlined.
Sexual harassment of employees and students at Western Connecticut State University is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term of condition of an individual’s employment;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the employee or student; or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an employee’s or student’s work performance or educational experience, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment. In an academic setting sexual harassment would also include any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual might affect academic or personal decisions that are subject to the influence of the person making the proposal.
Sexual harassment is discrimination on the basis of sex and a violation of the Connecticut General Statutes, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Additionally, unwanted physical contact with another person is a violation of the Connecticut General Statutes and may result in criminal prosecution.
Report Sexual Harassment
Daryle Dennis, Interim Executive Assistant to the President/Chief Diversity Officer, is responsible for overseeing sexual harassment matters and investigating complaints. To request a copy of the sexual harassment policy, complaint procedure and form, to discuss a sexual harassment concern, or to file a sexual harassment complaint, contact Mr. Dennis in University Hall 217 or by telephone at (203) 837-8277.
Protection from Adverse Actions
All individuals shall be free from restraint, interference, coercion, or reprisal on the part of their associates, supervisors, and all others in making any complaint or appeal, in serving as a representative for a complaint, or in appearing as a witness or in seeking information. The above principles apply with equal force after a complaint has been resolved. Should these principles be violated, the facts shall be brought to the attention of the Chief Diversity Officer by the aggrieved party, his/her representative, or any person affected. The Chief Diversity Officer shall bring all such situations to the attention of the President for confidential discussion, review, the potential for early proactive intervention and appropriate action.
Individuals are advised of their legal options to file complaints with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division and any other agencies, state, federal or local that enforce laws concerning discrimination.
Sexual Misconduct Reporting, Support Services and Processes Policy
Statement of Policy
The Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) in conjunction with the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) is committed to insuring that each member of every BOR governed college and university community has the opportunity to participate fully in the process of education and development. The BOR and CSCU strive to maintain a safe and welcoming environment free from acts of sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence. It is the intent of the BOR and each of its colleges or universities to provide safety, privacy and support to victims of sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence.
The BOR strongly encourages victims to report any instance of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking and intimate partner violence, as an effective means of taking action by reporting such acts to the appropriate officials and pursuing criminal or disciplinary remedies, or both. The only way that action can be taken against anyone who violates another in such a manner is through reporting. Each and every BOR governed college and university shall provide those who report sexual misconduct with many supportive options, including referral to agencies that provide medical attention, counseling, legal services, advocacy, referrals and general information regarding sexual misconduct. Each and every BOR governed college and university will preserve the confidentiality of those who report sexual misconduct to the fullest extent possible and allowed by law. All BOR and CSCU employees, victim support persons and community victim advocates being consulted will make any limits of confidentiality clear before any disclosure of facts takes place. Other than confidential resources as defined above, in addition to employees who qualify as Campus Security Authorities under the Jeanne Clery Act, all BOR and CSCU employees are required to immediately communicate to the institution’s designated recipient any disclosure or report of sexual misconduct regardless of the age of the reported victim.
Sexual intimacy is permissible only if it is agreed to by all participants and all activity is affirmatively consensual at all times. Sexual misconduct, as defined herein, is a violation of BOR policies and, in addition, may subject an accused student or employee to criminal penalties. The BOR and each of its governed colleges and universities are committed to providing an environment free of personal offenses. Sexual relationships of any kind between staff, faculty and students are discouraged pursuant to BOR policy.
Options for Reporting an Incident
Western’s Campus Resource Team (CaRT), is available to assist and support any student who has experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and intimate partner violence on or off campus. Students’ confidentiality will be strictly protected in accordance with the law.
1. Formal Reporting: Contacting University Police
Reporting any of the above incidents to police does not commit you to further legal action. However, the earlier you report any such incident, the easier it will be for police to investigate the crime and to prosecute the case successfully if that is your choice.
Protective and/or Restraining Orders
● A protective and/or restraining order may be requested by the courts related to any of the above incidents.
● A court issued protective and/or restraining order prohibits someone from communicating with an alleged victim, from entering the victim’s residence, workplace, school, or property and any place the victim may frequent.
● When informed that a protective and/or restraining order has been issued, Western will take immediate steps to enforce the order as it relates to activities on the campus. It is important that students alert Western Police that such an order has been issued (providing the Police with a copy of the order is strongly encouraged). For more information about protective and/or restraining orders students may contact the University Police at (203)837-9300.
Students may make criminal complaints with Western’s University Police Department. The Police will inform the students of their rights and options.
University Police will conduct a confidential investigation and will keep the student apprised about any decision to prosecute. The police will review all cases with the State’s Attorney’s Office. The State’s Attorney will make the final decision to prosecute under state law.
If you wish, the police will contact the Women’s Center and an advocate will meet you at the police station.
2. University Disciplinary Action:
Students may wish to contact the University Office of Judicial Affairs after a sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and intimate partner violence to pursue university disciplinary action. A complete and detailed description of the judicial process may be found in the Student Code of Conduct, http://www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/PDFDOCS/Student_Code_of_Conduct.pdf.
● External: If you wish to have the assailant prosecuted, the police and district attorney’s office will handle the legal proceedings without expense to you. You do not need to hire an attorney.
● Internal: If the perpetrator is a member of the Western community, you also have the option to file a complaint through the university’s disciplinary system (see Student Handbook). In either instance, a university representative will be available to assist you through the process.
Students also have the additional option of filing, simultaneously, a criminal complaint by reporting an assault to the University Police.
3. Anonymous Reporting
Any individual has the right to complete an Anonymous Interpersonal Violence Form which can be found on http://www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/CaRT.asp.
This form does not include any personal identifying information (e.g., name, age, address). The purpose of this form is for statistical data collection, as well as to determine possible patterns that may exist. Even with anonymous reporting, the university may investigate an incident to determine if the community is in potential danger.
* Note: University employees are required to complete an Anonymous Interpersonal Report Form when made aware of an incident related to sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and intimate partner violence.
Assistance in Changing Living Arrangements, Class Schedules, or On-campus Work Schedules
The university recognizes that students may want to change their on-campus living arrangements, class schedules, and on-campus work arrangements. Students requesting these changes should contact the Director of Housing (203-837-8736) and/or the Dean of Students (203 837-9700).
Students should not hesitate to make these requests, which will be addressed in a timely manner.
Western Connecticut State University is a public university authorized under State of Connecticut statutes. In accordance with current statutes applicable to buildings owned and/or operated by the State of Connecticut and residence halls in public institutions of higher education, smoking* is prohibited inside all buildings. In addition, the university has established the policy that smoking is prohibited within a fifteen (15) foot distance of all building entrances, exits and open windows in order to reduce the infiltration of second-hand smoke into occupied spaces.
*For the purpose of this policy, smoking shall include the recreational use of all tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, snus, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes and the use of e-cigarettes.
[Note: the definition of “smoking” has been clarified.]
Approved on September 19, 2007 by the WCSU University Senate – Resolution R-07-09-04
Approved on October 26, 2007 by Dr. James Schmotter, WCSU University President
Revised Senate Resolutions – Approved on January 15, 2015 by the WCSU University Senate – Resolution R-15-01-01
Approved on February 17, 2015 by Dr. James Schmotter, WCSU, University President
Annual Security Report
Western Connecticut State University is committed to assisting all members of the WCSU community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security compliance document, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, 2015, is available on the University Police Department’s website at wcsu.edu/police/pdf/Annual-Campus-Security-Report-2015.pdf.
If you would like a copy of this report, you can stop by the University Police Department on Roberts Avenue, Midtown campus, Danbury, CT, at any time, day or night, or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (203) 837-9304. Both the website and annual report provide information about campus security and topics such as crime prevention, university police law enforcement authority, and crime-reporting procedures. You will also find information about crime statistics for the previous three calendar years of reported crimes that occurred in both on-and off-campus facilities. This information is required by law and is provided by the university’s police department.
The Annual Fire Safety Report, also required by law, is available at wcsu.edu/efs/firereport.
The Midtown campus, Western’s original campus, is located in downtown Danbury. The many recent renovations, additions, and new buildings have transformed the Midtown campus into a modern college setting while retaining Western’s traditional character. The Midtown campus features:
- ALUMNI HALL (AH) – An 8,434-square foot building that houses a lecture hall, administrative offices, and the WCSU Child Care Center.
- BERKSHIRE HALL (BR), HIGGINS HALL (HI), and WHITE HALL (WH) – These classroom buildings house many specialized education facilities, such as the Academic Advisement Center, an art gallery, Ives Concert Hall, Berkshire Theatre, Bill Williams Gymnasium, Math Emporium, and The Learning Centers (math, writing, study skills).
- FAIRFIELD, LITCHFIELD, and NEWBURY HALLS – These residence halls provide accessible accommodations for 632 students.
- FIFTH AVENUE GARAGE – This new 800-car student parking garage is located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Osborne Street.
- OLD MAIN (OM) – The original building of the Danbury State Normal School dating back to 1904, Old Main houses the Admissions Office for undergraduate students, the Office of Graduate Admissions for graduate students, and one-stop student services that include the Financial Aid Office, Registrar’s Office, Cashier’s Office, and WestConnect Card Office.
- RUTH A. HAAS LIBRARY – The Haas Library has over 200,000 volumes and over 400,000 bound periodicals, microforms, government documents, music scores, electronic resources, and audiovisual items.
- SCIENCE BUILDING (SB) – Opened in fall 2005, this award-winning building houses the university’s biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and meteorology programs and science laboratories.
- STUDENT CENTER (SC) – The student center houses campus dining facilities, the university bookstore, mail offices, student government offices, campus ministries, meeting rooms, Echo Office (student newspaper), WXCI (student FM radio station), Student Technology Training Center, Career Development Center, Student Life/Student Activities, Student Center Operations Office, and Counseling Center.
- UNIVERSITY HALL (UH) – A four-level office building, University Hall houses administrative offices.
- WARNER HALL (WA) – This 34,078-square foot building houses classrooms, meeting rooms, gallery/lounge, and administrative and faculty offices.
- WHITE STREET PARKING GARAGE – This is a three-level, 900-car, accessible parking garage with a covered skywalk crossing White Street.
The Westside Campus
The 364-acre Westside campus features:
- ATHLETIC STADIUM – Facilities include a synthetic field surface, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, press box, and concessions area. The Westside campus also has fully lighted intramural, baseball, and softball fields.
- CENTENNIAL HALL AND PARKING STRUCTURE – This 417-bed dormitory-style residence hall with parking garage complements the apartment-style residence halls at Westside.
- CLASSROOM BUILDING (WS) – The Westside Classroom Building houses undergraduate and graduate programs in business and many graduate programs in education. It features the Robert S. Young Library, the Learning Commons, many microcomputer labs, classrooms, and faculty offices.
- ELLA GRASSO HALL – An apartment-style residence hall, this building was designed to house 261 students.
- PINNEY HALL – Pinney Hall is a 426-bed apartment-style residence hall.
- THE CHARLES IVES CENTER FOR THE ARTS – A 40-acre outdoor amphitheater, the center is used for outdoor performances.
- VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – This 134,000 square foot state-of-the art building opened in Spring 2014. It is dedicated to instruction in music, music education, theatre, visual arts, and musical theatre. The building houses a concert hall, a proscenium arch theatre, a black box theatre, an art gallery, art studios, practice rooms, classrooms, and faculty and administrative offices.
- WESTSIDE CAMPUS CENTER (CC) – This 49,000-square foot student center provides a full-service dining facility, game/club room, cardio-fitness center, ballroom, meeting and conference rooms, student activity space, lounge areas, and the Daily Grind coffee bar.
- WESTSIDE NATURE PRESERVE (WNP) – A 33-acre nature preserve, the WNP is an outdoor laboratory with maintained trails.
- WESTSIDE OBSERVATORY – Newly expanded and renovated, the observatory is outfitted with a 20-inch Ritchey Chretien Telescope, the largest of its kind in Connecticut.
- WILLIAM A. O’NEILL ATHLETIC AND CONVOCATION CENTER (ON) – The center contains a 4,000-seat arena, indoor tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a weight- training facility, a swimming pool, and the Athletic Department offices.
Western at Waterbury
Western Connecticut State University at Waterbury is located on the Naugatuck Valley Community College campus, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury. In addition to offering bachelor degree-completion programs in nursing and management, Western at Waterbury offers selected general education classes. For more information on these programs, contact Western at Waterbury, Ekstrom Hall, Room 627, (203) 596-8777.
WCSU has designated parking areas for students, faculty, and staff. Commuter student parking is available in a garage on Fifth Avenue and Osborne Street on the Midtown campus. All other surface lots are restricted for faculty and staff parking on the Midtown campus. The White Street garage is designated for Midtown residents, staff, and faculty parking. Detailed parking information and maps of surface lots for both campuses are available on the website at wcsu.edu/parking.
Every student, faculty, and staff member must display a valid parking permit when parking on university property. Parking permits are available from the University Police Department. Parking Office on the Westside campus, Westside Classroom Building, Room 247D. Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (203) 837-3289. In order to obtain a parking permit, a student must present a valid vehicle registration document from the state in which the vehicle is registered. Each student will be issued only one active parking permit at a time and may register only one primary vehicle at a time. For more information, visit the website at wcsu.edu/parking. Your first permit is free; however, there is a $10 charge for replacement permits.
Visitors to either campus should park in designated visitor lots. If you park in the Old Main lot and know that you will be there for more than one hour, you must obtain a visitor permit from the University Police Department on Roberts Avenue. For more information, please visit the website at wcsu.edu/parking.
Vehicles that are improperly parked are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner’s expense. All parking areas are clearly identified by signs posted at the entrance to each lot. To avoid having your car towed from an unauthorized area, please read and obey the signs. All persons parking on state property are obligated to know and obey the university parking regulations, which are available at the University Police Department Parking Office on the Westside campus, the University Police Department on Roberts Avenue, or on-line at the police department’s homepage, wcsu.edu/police. University parking regulations and Connecticut motor vehicle laws are subject to enforcement by the university police department and violation may result in the issuance of a state court summons or an arrest.
WCSU is a very active community for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Please use caution when traveling on campus. Pedestrians are asked to use the crosswalk or the covered skyway when crossing White Street. Accidents should be reported to the university police at (203) 837-9300; emergencies can be reported by dialing 9-1-1 from any on-campus phone. Calls for assistance with vehicle problems may also be made to the university police.
For more information, please contact the University Police Department at (203) 837-9300, the University Police Department Parking Office at (203)-837-3289, or the community services unit at (203) 837-9319.
When classes are in session, the university offers a free shuttle bus service between the Westside and Midtown campuses. This service links the two campuses for curricular as well as co-curricular activities.
The schedule is available online at www.wcsu.edu/shuttle.
Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs cultivates personal development through positive guidance and interaction with students so that they may make informed choices throughout their lives. The Division consists of Accessibility Services; Alumni Relations; Athletics; Bookstore; Box Office; Campus & Student Centers; Campus Ministries; Career Services; Center for Student Involvement; Civic Engagement; Club Sports; Commuters; Counseling Center; Food Services; Greek Life; Health Services; Housing & Residence Life; Intramurals; Judicial Affairs; Misc. Auxiliaries; Multicultural Programs; Parent Services; Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs; Recreation; Research & Assessment; SGA/Student Organizations; Shuttle Services; Student Success (Orientation/SCT); Substance Abuse and Prevention Programs (CHOICES); Testing Services; University Police Department; and Veterans Affairs Programming.
The Counseling Center provides a wide range of services including individual and group counseling, psycho-educational workshops, training and consultation to students, administration, faculty, staff, and parents, in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.
Services are free and available to all matriculated undergraduate and graduate students at Western Connecticut State University. Students can contact the Counseling Center at (203) 837-8690 to make an appointment. The Counseling Center is located in the Midtown Student Center, Room 222. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Office of Career Services provides a wide range of services to graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni. Students may seek assistance with job searches and utilize the online system to post resumes and/or review job opportunities. They may also participate in the annual Career Fair held in the spring. Graduate students can attend regularly scheduled workshops on resumé writing, interviewing, and job search strategies. They can utilize career information resources through the career library which offers a wide range of literature on career fields, job search, company profiles, and graduate and professional school information. Career Services also has online career information accessible through the website: wcsu.edu/careerservices. For more information on career-related services, contact the office, located in the Student Center, Room 207, or call (203) 837-8263.
International Student Services
International applications are accepted from students who wish to pursue full-time graduate study at WCSU. Unfortunately, the university is prohibited by law from considering non-immigrant students who wish to study part-time.
Students applying for graduate admission are required to indicate their ability to finance their education. WCSU is unable to offer financial assistance to any student who does not hold United States citizenship. Applicants must demonstrate language ability and economic support in order to be considered for application. If a request for application is approved, appropriate academic transcripts must be sent to the university as soon as possible. In addition, the applicant is required to provide an official evaluation of his/her high school diploma and/or college- level courses that has been conducted by an international educational service that is approved by WCSU. A high school diploma or its equivalent may be a document-to-document evaluation. College and university courses must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
The university accepts a score of 77 or higher on the Melab and 6 or higher on the IELTS (Band). Applicants must earn a 79 (internet-based exam), 213 (computer-based exam), 550 (paper-based exam) score or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International students residing outside the U.S. should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (203) 837-8243 for graduate admission information.
All new students planning to enter the university in the fall semester must submit all application materials before March 1. Students desiring to enroll in the spring semester must submit all completed materials before October 1. Students already studying in the United States should submit admission materials as outlined in the admissions procedure.
For more information about post-admissions international student advisement, call the University Assistant for International Services, Donna Warner, at (203) 837-3270. You may also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Campus and Student Centers’ Testing Center administers the College Level Examination (CLEP) for students wishing to earn undergraduate credit by examination and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), an entrance exam for many graduate programs. Distance learning examinations are also proctored by the office. Visit wcsu.edu/testing, or call (203) 837-8877 for more information.
The mission of the Office of AccessAbility Services is to ensure educational equity for students with documented disabilities by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations and services. The primary goal of AccessAbility Services is to ensure equal access to programs and activities at Western Connecticut State University. AccessAbility Services calls upon the entire community to facilitate and advocate for the best university environment possible for individuals with disabilities. The AccessAbility Services staff work collaboratively with the university community to accomplish this mission.
Qualified students with documented disabilities who are in need of disability services or reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact AccessAbility Services immediately. The university respects a student’s right to disclose or not to disclose a disability; however, the university is not responsible for providing services or accommodations for students who do not disclose a disability to AccessAbility Services. Students must complete an Accommodation Intake Form and provide appropriate documentation in order to receive services. Communication of a disability to other sources does not serve as a substitute for official notification to AccessAbility Services.
For additional information, contact Elisabeth W. Morel, Director of AccessAbility Services. AccessAbility Services is located in Higgins Annex, Room 017, and can be reached at (203) 837-8225 (voice), (203) 837-3235 (TTY), or by email at email@example.com. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of AccessAbility Services with questions or concerns. Additional information on AccessAbility Services is available at www.wcsu.edu/accessability.
Discrimination in programs and services due to a disability is prohibited at Western Connecticut State University and is a violation of state and federal law. To file a complaint of discrimination because of a disability, contact Daryle Dennis, Interim Executive Assistant to the President / Chief Diversity Officer, University Hall, Room 214, at (203) 837-8277 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the discrimination complaint procedure does not replace and is not a substitute for other established university procedures such as judicial, grade appeal, housing, and public safety. Students with disabilities are held to the same standards and must follow established policies and procedures as other students at Western Connecticut State University.
WESTCONNect Cards (Student IDs)
Every student must obtain a WESTCONNect card (Student ID) to use university facilities and attend university events. The WESTCONNect card allows a student to gain access to the 24-hour computer labs, check books out of the library, work out at the campus fitness facilities, and use the Colonial Shuttle bus service. Resident students use the card for residence hall access and meal plan use. Commuter students use their cards to obtain entry to the commuter parking garage. Students may deposit money (CONNect Cash) into a debit account on the ID card for use at a variety of locations including; campus food service locations, the campus bookstores, vending machines, information desks, box office purchases, residence hall laundry rooms and off-campus purchases at selected locations. To learn more about the WESTCONNect ID card visit the department website (www.wcsu.edu\westconnect) or call (203) 837-9311. Need to check your balances? Want to make a deposit? To see your CONNectCash, meal plan or print credit balances, log on to www.wcsu.edu/westconnect/card_account_manager.asp.
To obtain a WESTCONNect card the student should bring to the WESTCONNect card Office both a valid driver’s license or other form of photo identification and a course schedule that verifies registration for the current semester. The WESTCONNect Card Office is located on the lower level of the Old Main Building. Business hours are 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office offers extended hours for the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Please check the Web site (wcsu.edu\westconnect) for detailed information on extended hours before the start of the semester.
Accident Insurance: As part of the student fee, all full-time students are covered under an accident insurance plan, 24-hours a day, on and off campus, from August 1 to July 31 or until full-time enrollment is terminated. Benefits under the accident plan are paid on an excess basis. This means no expense is covered if it would be covered by another health care plan in the absence of this insurance. This insurance supplements, but does not replace, other health care coverage.
Sickness Insurance: Connecticut State University requires that all full-time students carry sickness insurance to cover medical care not provided by the University Health Service. The university is able to offer its students comprehensive health care coverage at a very affordable cost. Coverage under this plan includes both inpatient and outpatient services for medical, surgical, and mental health needs.
All full-time students will be billed for this sickness insurance plan and enrolled if they do not submit a waiver indicating alternative coverage. In reviewing present insurance coverage and deciding whether or not to carry this student insurance, please remember that many sickness insurance plans (e.g., local HMOs or PPOs) provide appropriate or effective coverage that may, however, be based at considerable distances from the campus. This factor has, in the past, caused problems in providing medical services for students at the university. In addition, many insurance plans may have age limits for dependents. Students with known health problems are advised to consider enrolling in this insurance in addition to their family coverage, especially if the latter does not cover 100% of medical expenses. All parents must inform students which outpatient laboratory, X-ray, emergency room, or hospital they must use, if necessary, in order to have costs paid by their HMO or PPO plan. Students are required to notify Health Service of their insurance coverage and whether or not the plan includes prescription coverage.
Actively registered and matriculating part-time students are eligible to enroll in the WCSU Accident and Sickness Policy during open enrollment periods. Coverage is identical to that for full-time students. Part-time students should direct inquiries about this coverage to Aetna Student Health at www.aetnastudenthealth.com/wcsu. The WCSU Accident and Sickness policy provides excellent benefits for many medical, surgical, or mental health problems.
The Health Service office, located in front of Litchfield Hall, provides full-time students with primary care and health education on a year-round basis. It is staffed by a doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, and secretary. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended for non-emergencies. Changes in hours are reported to the Office of the Dean of Students, University Police, and the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
All full-time students are eligible for care at Health Service. There is no charge to be seen in Health Service. The costs for radiology, laboratory, diagnostic tests, and/or prescription medicine dispensed at the office are the student’s responsibility. If a written prescription is dispensed, students may use an in-network pharmacy to fill the order. If our medical staff refers a student to a specialist or the local emergency department at Danbury Hospital, the student’s health insurance plan would apply, including all applicable co-pays and co-insurances. WCSU Health Service cannot guarantee benefits and eligibility at the time services are rendered.
All students must complete the Connecticut State University Student Health Service Form found online at www.wcsu.edu/healthservices/forms/health-form.pdf. This form includes proof of two measles, two mumps, two rubella, and two varicella (exempt from varicella/chicken pox if born in the U.S. before 1/1/1980 and exempt from all proof of immunization if born prior to 12/31/1956). The actual lab results of positive titers (blood test) may be submitted in lieu of the immunization. All residents living in on-campus housing are required to show proof of having received a dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine within the past five years or submit a medical or religious exemption against such vaccinations before a room is assigned.
Though not required, the hepatitis B vaccine is strongly recommended for students. Hepatitis B is a serious viral infection that can be prevented through the vaccine. The preventative vaccine is recommended by a number of health associations, including the Center for Disease Control, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the American College Health Association. For vaccine availability, please contact your health care provider or local health department.
Some academic programs may require additional immunizations or examinations prior to the student’s participation in an internship or other assignment.
In the event a student is treated in Health Service and becomes incapacitated by illness or injury and needs to be transported via 9-1-1 (or needs someone to assist following discharge), the medical staff will offer to contact an individual for the student.
Insurance enrollment and waivers are administered through the Cashier’s Office in Old Main, Room 106. Call (203) 837-8381.
Substance Abuse Prevention Program (CHOICES)
The Substance Abuse Prevention Program at WCSU is called CHOICES (Cultivating Healthy Opportunities in College Environments). We believe that all students want to succeed both academically and personally and fulfill their potential during their college years. When substance abuse gets in the way, it can seriously derail those dreams. The goal of the office is to provide confidential counseling for substance abuse, resources, information, and services that help students make informed and responsible decisions about the use of alcohol and/or drugs; to collaborate with student organizations, faculty, and staff in planning exciting alternative activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices; and to work with students in creating positive changes on campus and to reduce underage and binge drinking.
The CHOICES Office provides accurate, current information on alcohol and other drugs; conducts individual screenings and assessments for students on a voluntary or referral basis; refers students to counseling and support services on and off campus; provides support for any student concerned about someone else’s use/abuse by advising ways the student can make a difference; plans educational workshops and presentations for residence halls, clubs, Greek Life, and athletic teams; and runs support groups for students who are trying to make positive changes in their lives.
All services are confidential. We encourage all students to participate in our programs, activities, the Alcohol Task Force, and Choices Peer Educators Program. For more information, please call (203) 837-8899 or stop by the Midtown Student Center, Room 211, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. The website is www.wcsu.edu/CHOICES.
Western’s campus ministries offer students a variety of activities and programs.
The Catholic Campus Ministry invites students, faculty and staff alike to consider its Newman Center, located across the street from Newbury Hall on the Midtown campus, a home away from home. Their hours are: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday. This hospitable Center is the heart of the Catholic Campus Ministry, which brings a range of worship, fellowship, outreach and educational opportunities to University life. Come in for information, inspiration – or just for coffee and talk. The welcome mat is out for all!
The Western Christian Ministry, located in the Student Center at Midtown, is a community where students find opportunities to ask questions, to grow, to serve and to belong. Congeniality and a sprit of focused involvement are key here. Members come together to catch up on what’s happening on campus and in life during activities such as lunch bunch. Wednesday night fellowship invites spiritual sharing and celebration. Praxis (which offers learning through service in the community) and Alternative Spring Break (when students travel to Mexico to work with Habitat for Humanity) are programs specifically geared to empower the spark of volunteerism in students. Reel Faith, as the name implies, meets for movie reviews and lively discussions on the impact of film on our lives.
Students of other faiths can also find other spiritual counselors, activities and programs on campus.
Western is Wireless
Western is 100% wireless, including residence halls and wireless printing. To use the wireless network, your laptop or other mobile device must be equipped with a wireless network adapter. Western’s Wireless Network uses an SSID of “WestConn” for easy connection. You will be prompted to log in (required) using your Windows account credentials. To use the Western wireless network and wireless printing you must have a Western Windows account. To learn more about the wireless network and wireless printing, please visit wcsu.edu/technology and click on “Wireless” under WestConn IT Essentials.
Information Technology and Innovation (IT&I) supports a diverse computing environment consisting of Windows servers, Windows desktops and laptops, PCs, and compatibles, Unix operating systems, and Apple computers. Various computer facilities and technology classrooms exist on each of Western’s campuses.
The computer centers, located in Room 117 of the Westside Classroom Building, on the third floor of the Westside Campus Center and on the first floor of the Haas Library on the Midtown Campus, offer 28 to 66 desktop computers in each facility. Each facility also has at least one Apple Macintosh computer. These facilities support a variety of software packages for student convenience including:Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, Firefox and Internet Explorer, Visio and SharePoint Designer. These facilities also support specialized software on various machines per academic requirements and are equipped with both black and white and color laser printers in each facility. Each computer center is equipped with one or more group workstations and a graphic station that offers Adobe Creative Suite. A color scanner is connected to the graphics workstations.
The machines in the computer centers are connected to the university’s network, which allows data and applications to be shared and provides access to the various file servers and UNIX systems throughout the campus. Full-time, part-time, and graduate students with a valid WestConnect Card may use the computer facilities at Western. These facilities are staffed with student computer center assistants during operational hours, which are posted each semester, intersession, and break. The computer center assistants’ main responsibility is to monitor the facilities; however, they provide help whenever possible. Students who need extensive help should visit the Student Technology Training Center.
To learn more, visit wcsu.edu/technology and select “Computer Centers” under WestConn IT Essentials.
Student Technology Training Center
The Student Technology Training Center (STTC) is located on the Midtown campus in the Student Center, Room 225. This facility provides students with a comfortable environment in which to learn technology. The primary goal of the STTC is to improve student life outside the classroom by creating and maintaining an environment in which all students can empower themselves with a practical understanding of current technology. This facility provides tutorials, hardware and software, workshops, and individualized attention. The STTC, funded by the student technology fee, is not designed to be a classroom or lab.
The roles and goals of the facility are
- to be a valuable technological resource to all students, regardless of their level of knowledge of computers and technology;
- to provide an environment in which students feel comfortable exploring and learning a variety of new technologies;
- to provide the necessary technological and intellectual tools;
- to empower students with a better understanding of today’s technology;
- to integrate student life with technology in an effort to better prepare students for today’s and tomorrow’s classroom environments; and
- to improve student morale outside the classroom, in an effort to increase retention at the university.
The staff of the STTC are dedicated to facilitating the technological empowerment of the university’s student body. Students who visit the STTC can learn about Microsoft Office products, graphic design software packages, computer equipment and peripherals, the Internet, and webpage design. The facility provides HP desktop computers with CD- and DVD-burning capabilities. Apple computers are equipped with scanners. All computers have the ability to print to both black-and-white and color laser printers. This facility also supports a variety of software packages for student convenience, including Microsoft Office; Visual Studio; Firefox and Internet Explorer; Visio; SharePoint Designer; specialized software on various machines per academic requirements; and graphic design software including Adobe Creative Suite.
To learn more, visit wcsu.edu/sttc. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with a staff member, call (203) 837-8715.
There are three 24-hour labs, open seven days a week throughout the year. One lab is located in the Westside Classroom Building, Room 247c. The other labs are located on the Midtown campus in the Student Center, Room 214, and in the Science Building, Room 127. These facilities support both Windows and Macintosh desktops and are equipped with at least one black-and-white laser printer in each facility. To gain access to these labs, students must swipe their WestConnect Card through the facility’s card reader. The 24-hour labs are not staffed but are monitored and maintained regularly. It is the responsibility of each student to use these facilities in accordance with CSU and Western’s computer policies. These facilities house the same software as the staffed computer centers.
To learn more, visit wcsu.edu/technology and select “Computer Center” under WestConn IT Essentials.
To report any problems, or if you have any questions, please call the Information Technology and Innovation Help Desk at (203) 837-8467.
Student Accounts and Resources
All Western students are eligible for the following accounts:
Western Windows Account – Students who wish to use any of the computer facilities at Western (computer centers, technology classrooms, 24-hour labs, etc.) or access the wireless network must obtain a Western Windows account. Registered students can receive a Windows account at any staffed computer center. Your WestConnect Card is required. To learn more about Windows accounts, visit wcsu.edu/technology and select “Western Windows Account” under WestConn IT Essentials.
File Share – Information Technology and Innovation provides students with network file storage where they may save their academic-related documents and data. Students automatically receive a file share when their Windows account is created or password is reset. When a file share is generated, faculty and other students do not have the ability to read, change, or delete files in another person’s file share. To learn more about file shares, visit wcsu.edu/technology and select “Fileshares” under WestConn IT Essentials.
WestConnduit – WestConnduit is Western’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, and financial aid information; register for classes; and make payments).
To get to WestConnduit, visit conduit.wcsu.edu.
E-Learning at Western – Blackboard is a course-management system that enables efficient delivery of online education. Many faculty members use Blackboard to enhance their courses. Students may access their Blackboard courses through WestConnduit (conduit.wcsu.edu) by clicking on the “Student Tools” tab and then “Log in to Blackboard” in the “My Courses” widget.
Connect365 Account – The Connecticut State University System (Western, Eastern, Southern, and Central) email policy states that university email will be considered an official means for communication. All students will be issued a university email for university business through Microsoft’s Office 365 Suite of online services. In addition to email, Connect365 gives you access to online document storage, collaboration tools, and Office Web Apps.
To access your Connect365 account for the first time, visit connect.wcsu.edu. Your username will be “your Western email@example.com.” Your temporary password will be the word Connect followed by your own student ID number (e.g., Connect501XXXXX).
To learn more about Connect365, visit wcsu.edu/technology and select “Connect Suite” under WestConn IT Essentials.
ConnectPrint – All the staffed and 24-hour computer centers at Western use the new ConnectPrint system, which makes printing easier and reduces printer waste and supplies. All students will use their WestConnect ID card to release print jobs in the computer centers.
For more information, please visit wcsu.edu/technology and select “ConnectPrint” under WestConn IT Essentials.
WestConn Mobile – Western has a mobile website for quick on-the-go access to important information and services, including news, announcements, email, weather, phone numbers and much more. Point your mobile device to m.wcsu.edu. Western Mobile is accessible anytime, anywhere!
Help – If you need help using any of these resources, please visit a staffed computer center for help or visit the Student Technology Training Center for more individualized assistance.
Computers in the Residence Halls (ResNet)
Any student who owns a computer with Built-in Ethernet or wireless capability can connect to ResNet, our residence hall network. Once connected, students will be required to log in using their Windows account credentials, install Cisco Clean Access, install a supported antivirus program, and install Windows critical updates. Splitters and cables can be obtained at any of our staffed computer centers. For more information, please visit wcsu.edu/resnet.
We are proud to say that all Western classrooms are equipped with technology, offering an ideal hands-on learning environment for both students and instructors. All classrooms feature basic standardized technology, including a projector, instructor workstation, VCR/DVD, and laptop connection. Some also are multistation classrooms offering student workstations and a printer.
For more information on Western’s technology classrooms, visit wcsu.edu/technology and select “Computer Centers” under WestConn IT Essentials.
Your Technology Fee at Work
Students can get free copies of the latest Microsoft Office suite and Windows operating system from our staffed computer centers. For more information, visit wcsu.edu/technology and go to “Current Students.”
Information Technology Policies
Learn about Western’s information technology policies at wcsu.edu/technology/students:
* Policies and Guidelines for Computer Use
* CSU Network Policy
* Electronic Monitoring Notice
* Computer Center Usage Rules and Policies
* CSUS Email Policy
* Wireless Policy
* Information Security Policy
As new policies become effective, they will be listed on this website.
Department of Housing and Residence Life
The Department of Housing and Residence Life offers apartment-style accommodations to graduate students matriculated into one of our many graduate programs. Generally, housing is offered to any full-time matriculated students who pay their yearly housing deposit by May 1, provide proof of having a meningitis vaccine, and complete a housing application.
Housing is offered on a limited basis to married couples. Married couples must both be full-time students in order to live on campus.
Couples agree to notify the Housing Office of any change in their status within 30 days of change or in advance if the couple decides to pursue separate living arrangements. Falsification of any information regarding eligibility will result in termination of housing.
To assist graduate students who require off-campus accommodations, the Housing Office provides a listing service of off-campus facilities via its website (www.wcsu.edu/housing). The information contained on this website is designed to assist you in finding suitable off-campus housing. In addition, we recommend using a local newspaper or performing a web search to obtain off-campus housing.
The Center For Student Involvement
|Dennis Leszko, Director of the Center for Student Involvement (CSI)||Phone: (203) 837-8214|
|Amy Shanks, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Involvement (CSI)||Phone: (203) 837-8609|
The Center for Student Involvement (CSI), located in the Midtown Student Center, Room 227, is the main point of contact for students wanting to form a new club or organization and those currently involved with one. CSI is where student organizations register and receive information and support. The CSI staff advises in the operation of more than 80 student organizations, including the Student Government Association, the Program Activities Council, and the Recreation Council, and provides assistance with leadership development, university policies, and event planning. The CSI staff also operates the recreation, intramurals, and club sports program as well as coordinates programs, events, and activities on campus organized by and for students through the Student Activities Master Calendar.
|Recreation, Intramurals, and Club Sports|
|Amy Shanks, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Involvement (CSI)||Phone: (203) 837-8609|
|Berkshire Hall, Room 136|
The recreation department at Western is dedicated to providing the campus community with a multitude of recreational activities to encourage physical fitness and promote a positive well-being. All students are invited to engage in one of the many recreation, intramural and club sports activities taking place on campus. The WesternREC offices and information desk are located in Berkshire Hall next to the Colonial Fitness Zone. For up-to-date information, please visit our website, wcsu.edu/recreation.
Team and individual events are offered for women, men and coed divisions, and the programs are open to all current Western students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
For a current listing of intramural leagues and seasons, please visit wcsu.edu/recreation.
The club sports program provides opportunity for individuals who share a common interest in a recreational sport to improve their skill level and overall knowledge of the sport or activity. Club sports can be organized on either a recreational or a competitive level. Instructional activities range from informal play to regular practices in preparation for intercollegiate and tournament competition. Many clubs compete with other schools and are a part of a collegiate league of play. Examples of current active club sports include dance team, cheerleading and men’s and women’s rugby.
Clubs and Organizations
|Student Government Association (SGA)||Phone: (203) 837-8711|
|Student Center, Room 215|
The SGA is the official voice of the student body. It appoints student representatives to university committees, allocates the student activities fee to student organizations, and protects student rights. If you are interested in serving your fellow students, stop by the office.
|The Echo||Phone: (203) 837-8707 / (203) 837-8708|
|Student Center, Room 212|
|Greek Council||Phone: (203) 837-8217|
|Student Center, Room 217|
This is the governing body for all social Greek letter organizations. For information concerning any Greek organization, just call or stop by.
|Inter-Residence Hall Association (IRHA)||Phone: (203) 837-8720|
The IRHA is the governing body for each of the Residence Hall Councils. Representatives are elected from each residence hall.
|Program Activities Council (PAC)||Phone: (203) 837-8421|
|Student Center, Room 219|
PAC is the main programming board for student activities. Throughout the semester, PAC organizes various trips, game shows, comedians, movies, and more for your entertainment pleasure. If you have an interest in advertising or planning campus events, concerts, and shows, then stop by the office to join or attend a meeting – every Monday at 4 p.m. in the Student Center.
|Campus and Student Centers Board
||Phone: (203) 837-8504|
Great resources like our Midtown Student Center and Westside Campus Center need a collective student voice to keep them serving student needs and enriching university life.
|Student Veterans Organization (SVO)||Student Center, Room 208|
The SVO is a club established in 2009 to acknowledge the needs of Western veterans who wish to better integrate into the university community. Officially recognized and endorsed by the Student Government Association, the SVO is comprised of student veterans who wish to support and serve other veterans – at WCSU and abroad – in a number of ways.
|WXCI Campus Radio||Phone: (203) 837-8387|
|Student Center, Room 213|
91.7 WXCI is a student-run college radio station located on the Midtown campus. Since its inception in 1973, WXCI has remained the second largest college station in Connecticut, pumping 3,000 watts of power through its transmitter.
Other Student Organizations
For a complete list of student organizations, visit wcsu.edu/studentlife.
Other Student Organizations
Any group of students who have a common bond of interest is encouraged to form a student organization. As officially recognized student organizations, each group has an obligation to the educational advancement of its members as well as Western Connecticut State University. Applications to become a recognized student organization are available from the SGA office and the Center for Student Involvement. Check out the listings at the web address listed above.
Each year the graduate program coordinators are asked to nominate two graduate students to the Graduate Council, a standing committee of the University Senate, advisory to the faculty and administration. Interested students should contact their coordinator or call the Division of Graduate Studies at (203) 837-8243.
All full-time students of the university are members of the Student Government Association. The Association’s governing body is the student senate, with members chosen by university-wide election. The student senate prepares a budget to allocate student activity funds to campus organizations. The Program Activities Council and the Campus and Student Centers Board are responsible for sponsoring student activities throughout the year and for recommending improvements in the campus or student center buildings. These organizations give students the opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills.
The Office of Judicial Affairs administers the student discipline process and serves as a liaison to all university departments regarding matters pertaining to student conduct. All Western students are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Statement of Judicial Procedures. Formal complaints, as well as inquiries concerning the student discipline system and student discipline records, should be directed to the Director of Judicial Affairs at (203) 837-8770.
Student Code of Conduct
The Student Code of Conduct is intended to present a clear statement of student rights and responsibilities established by the Board of Regents for Higher Education. The BOR has charged the President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education with developing procedures to protect those rights and to address the abdication of responsibilities in collaboration with the four State Universities, the twelve Community Colleges and Charter Oak Sate College. the Student Code describes the type of acts not acceptable in an academic community.
Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students and the general well-being of society. In line with this purpose, the Board of regents for Higher Education (“BOR”) in conjunction with the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (“CSCU”) has the duty to protect the freedoms of inquiry and expression, and furthermore, has the responsibility to encourage all of its members to develop the capacity for critical judgment in their sustained and independent search for truth.
CSCU has certain self-defined institutional values. Principal among these values is respect for the safety, dignity, rights, and individuality of each member of the CSCU community. The opportunity to live, study, and work in an institution which values diverse intellectual and cultural perspectives and encourages discussion and debate about competing ideas in an atmosphere of civility is a basic component of quality higher education.
All members of CSCU must at all times govern their social and academic interactions with tolerance and mutual respect so that the students who pass through a CSCU door are enriched by these experiences and are prepared for full and enlightened participation in a multi-cultural society. Because of the BOR’s and CSCU’s commitment to principles of pluralism, mutual respect, and civility, certain activities are not acceptable on CSCU campuses. Acts of intolerance, of hatred or violence based on race, religion, sexual orientation or expression, disability, gender, age, or ethnic background are antithetical to the BOR’s and CSCU’s fundamental principles and values. It is the BOR’s and CSCU’s responsibility to secure the students’ right to learn by establishing an environment of civility.
The disciplinary process is intended to be part of the educational mission of CSCU. Student disciplinary proceedings are not criminal proceedings and are not subject to court rules of procedure and evidence.
The complete “Student Code of Conduct” can be found in the Student Handbook, which is available on the WCSU website.