Student Activities and Support Services
Columbus State University is dedicated to developing the full potential of its students. A variety of opportunities are provided for students to explore personal, professional, and social interests; to develop leadership capabilities; and to broaden intellectual and cultural dimensions through student activities programs and services consistent with the goals and purposes of the university.
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is responsible for student activities and university recognized student organizations. The student activities fee helps to defray the operational expenses of a number of programs and services which are intended for the benefit of all students. A student-faculty committee advises the university administration in the allocation of these fees and policy issues.
At Columbus State University, providing academic support services is a campus-wide effort. The resources available afford all students the opportunity to succeed throughout their academic careers. Students have access to dedicated faculty and staff, academic advising services, teaching libraries and computer labs, tutorial services, specialized courses, computer assistance and instruction, academic organizations and clubs, intellectually stimulating and engaging programs, and challenging and enriching opportunities for growth. These services assist students as they pursue the accomplishment of their educational goals and support the university’s mission “To achieve academic excellence...” and “To achieve excellence in the student experience.”
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) provides students with a central resource for information about the academic programs, student support services, and other opportunities available at CSU. The Center assists students in exploring various majors and refers them, when appropriate, to related campus resources such as the Career Center and the Counseling Center. Advisors in the Academic Center for Excellence work closely with advisors in the academic departments to provide specialized advising to transfer students, first-year students who have not selected their majors, and returning students who are considering changes in their majors. The faculty and staff of the Academic Center for Excellence are supportive of students and encourage them to make responsible and informed decisions about their programs of study.
The university is a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The director of athletics administers intercollegiate athletics in accordance with the regulations of the NCAA and the policies of a faculty-student committee. Women compete in intercollegiate basketball, softball, tennis, cross country, soccer, golf and track & field; while men compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis and track & field. The department also competes in Rifle, the only NCAA sponsored sport that is coed. Any student interested in competing on any sports team should contact the athletic director. The athletic department also supports a nationally-ranked coed cheerleading squad, as well as a competitive dance team.
Campus Recreation offers a wide range of team and individual intramural programs for students, faculty, and staff. Current programs include flag football, volleyball, softball, tennis, basketball, golf, eight ball, and individual challenges. Outdoor adventure trips include whitewater rafting, canoeing, backpacking, and snow skiing. In addition to scheduled activities, the tennis courts, gymnasium, fitness center, handball courts, and an intramural field are available for free play. Hours of operation are posted each semester in appropriate locations. For information, contact the Campus Recreation Office in the Woodruff Gym, (706) 568-2273.
Formerly referred to as the Career Center, the Center for Career Development will begin 2010 with a new location as well as a new name. The Center for Career Development will relocate from the Davidson Student Center to the first floor of the newly constructed Schuster Student Success Center. The Center for Career Development provides students and alumni with career information, current employment and experiential education opportunities, and assists in the development of effective job search skills. The Center for Career Development allows students to search for opportunities 24/7 through Cougarlink which can be found on the website at http://career.colstate.edu. Students and grads will find a variety of opportunities offered by local, state, national and international employers seeking qualified candidates. Cougarlink is a one-stop shop for students to engage in internship, cooperative education, volunteer, full-time, part-time, and seasonal employment, as well as Professional Networking. The Center for Career Development is also the source of information for on-campus employment including student assistant and federal work-study positions. Students can view the event calendar to see corporations, large and small, that visit campus to interview students.
The Center for Career Development offers a variety of career-related programs throughout the year. Employers provide information tables at various locations on the campus during the semester. Job search seminars and interviewing skills seminars are presented several times throughout each semester, as well as specialized programming on such topics as how to prepare for a career fair and obtaining employment with the state. Check the website frequently for the schedule of employers and seminars.
The Center for Career Development supports the students’ need to have a professional portfolio, which includes a resume, cover letter and in some situations, a writing sample. Cougarlink keeps these documents for students and alumni members allowing convenient access from anywhere at anytime. The Center has experienced professionals who offer career advice and career planning, resume advise, resume critiquing and mock interviewing. For more information on our services, visit our website at http://career.colstate.edu.
Activities related to the students’ classroom experience are offered through the Center for Career Development and include the Cooperative Education program and internship opportunities. Students are also encouraged to become involved with Cougar P.A.W.S., the campus volunteer connection, as another avenue to gain career-related experience while attending school.
Cooperative Education. The purpose of the cooperative education program is to provide Columbus State University students with a well-balanced combination of academic study and alternating periods of professional work experience related to the student's major and/or career goals. Cooperative education is a way for a student to earn college expense money while gaining practical, on-the-job experience.
Internship. The purpose of an internship is to provide meaningful work related to the students’ course of study for course credit. An internship is an academic activity, offered and defined by many of the CSU majors within the individual schools. The School determines the eligibility for participation, the requirement for course credit, and supervises the students’ activity.
Both programs allow the integration of classroom theory with professional work experience, and the opportunity to develop professional work habits. Participating in experiential programs allows the student to:
More information on experiential education, including volunteering, may be obtained by contacting your Center for Career Development.
The Center for International Education increases an understanding of the world among CSU students, faculty and staff. It cultivates all aspects of an international education by promoting an awareness and appreciation of world cultures and events by offering a variety of programs off-campus and on-campus. CIE provides study abroad and exchange programs for students and faculty. These include summer and exchange programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. CIE also brings scholars and speakers to CSU, and it coordinates the international learning community, Latin American Studies Minor, Latin American Studies Certificate, European Union Certificate, African Studies Certificate and Asian Studies Minor. CIE also provides services for international students, including cultural and personal counseling, general academic counseling and advising on immigration matters.
Students are encouraged to participate in the programs and services of student organizations that can enhance personal and professional development. The university has recognized the following clubs and organizations. For further information regarding clubs and organizations, contact the Office of Student Life, 271 Davidson Student Center, (706) 568-2273.
Academic and Professional Clubs
D. Abbott Turner College of Business and Computer Science
College of Education and Health Professions
Department of Military Science
College of the Arts
College of Education and Health Professions
College of Letters and Sciences
Student Affairs Sponsored
The Counseling Center, located on the third floor of the Schuster Student Success Center, offers a variety of services to all students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The counseling staff consists of mental health professionals who are trained and experienced in facilitating personal development. A confidential atmosphere is provided where personal, social, and academic concerns may be discussed. These concerns include, but are not limited to, the following: anxiety management, depression, career decisions, loneliness, interpersonal relationships (peers, boy/girl friend, family), and academic difficulties.
If the counseling staff are unable to provide the necessary service for a client, appropriate recommendations are discussed and referrals are made. The orientation and philosophy of the Center give equal consideration to the emotional, personal, academic, and vocational aspects of each student's development.
Each semester, the counseling staff present outreach programs on topics such as test anxiety reduction, stress management, assertiveness training, study skills improvement, body image, healthy relationship skills, and other life skills. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these free workshops.
A fee-for-service, psycho educational assessment is available for students who want to determine whether they have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, a specific learning disability, and/or test anxiety. If testing results indicate that one of these diagnoses is preventing the student from being successful in college, results of the assessment can be used to petition for special academic accommodations. In addition, personality and career testing are available. The primary purpose of the testing service is to assist students in self-awareness and to integrate this awareness into decision-making skills and rewarding behavior.
The Office of Disability Services coordinates the compliance of Columbus State University with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, in order to foster academic potential through individualized plans tailored to the particular needs of students with disabilities. Students with documented physical, psychological or cognitive disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible so that proper accommodations may be made in a timely manner.
The Office of Diversity Programs and Services, located in the Davidson Student Center, room 271, provides assistance and advocacy to minority and multicultural students. Sensitivity to minority, multicultural and cross cultural students is an important aspect of the office. The office consults with student groups regarding programming for this aspect of Student Life.
New students face many challenges when making the transition to university life. CSU’s First Year Experience® Program is designed to help smooth this transition. The components listed below are intended to assist new students in building a foundation for academic success while promoting social, cultural and personal development. Among the programs and events CSU offers to first year students are the following:
The CSU Honors Program is designed to attract exceptional students who want to take this educational experience beyond the ordinary. The program offers opportunities for students to enrich their educational experiences, with special academic courses, cultural activities, and social interactions. Honors Scholarships are available each year for entering freshmen. Admission into the program is highly selective, requiring a high school or college GPA of 3.5 or higher and a total SAT score of 1200 or higher, among another criteria. The CSU Honors Program features small classes (15 students maximum), special luncheons with guest speakers, academic travel, and study abroad opportunities.
The Math and Science Learning Center is a community resource dedicated to enhancing the learning of math and science through curriculum development and best-practices training for college faculty as well as in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers. The Center also provides student tutoring and tutor training.
The Learning Center is a unique destination in our region for those interested in the teaching and learning of science and math. The Center seeks to support learning at all age levels, understanding that one of the largest sectors of job growth in the U.S. is projected to be in scientific, mathematical and technical fields.
The Math & Science Learning Center (MSLC) offers many services to the CSU community, area schools, and the region. The MSLC:
Staff at the MSLC are involved in many projects. They assist with the coordination of events for regional schools, including the Columbus Regional Science & Engineering Fair and the Science Olympiad Regional Tournament at CSU.
A collection of faculty development books is available for loan. Topics include:
The MSLC has smart classroom facilities for workshops and presentations, chemical lab benches and other lab equipment for K-12 teacher training events. Molecular models, rock collections, and math equipment can also be borrowed to enhance classes.
The Minority Advising Program promotes the academic welfare of African American and other minority students at CSU. Through programs, activities, and services, the Minority Advising Program enhances the personal development, retention, and academic success of the students it serves. MAP programs, activities, and services are open to all CSU students. Contact the Division of Student Affairs for more information.
Beginning Fall 2009, all entering freshmen must reside in on-campus housing operated by the university for two semesters (summer term does not apply). Freshmen are exempt from this policy if they:
You will be automatically exempt (no further action necessary) if you:
All other exemptions will require a student to fill out an exemption form which will be processed through the Residence Life Office. The exemption form is available on the Residence Life webpage.
All freshmen who are not automatically exempted will be billed for housing. Housing charges will be removed if a student successfully completes the exemption process.
Students who provide false information or fail to cooperate with institution officials regarding mandatory freshmen housing requirements will be considered in violation of Student Conduct Standards of the Columbus State University Handbook and subject to sanctions accordingly.
Please contact the Residence Life Office for more information (706) 568-2026.
CSU Main Campus Housing
CSU Courtyard I is a 430-bed student residence complex that houses all freshmen residents. Special programming and activities are planned for the freshmen at Courtyard I. The Wall Street Program for Business majors is also located in Courtyard I. It is located, just a short walk from the center of campus, on College Drive. A clubhouse, swimming pool, laundry facilities, outdoor recreation area, basketball courts, gameroom, and cable and internet connections are included amenities.
CSU Courtyard II, a 349-bed complex is arranged in one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments. Courtyard II houses all upperclassmen and is located on Gentian Boulevard, which is within walking distance of the center of campus. Courtyard II also houses the Global Village Program for international residents. It has a clubhouse, laundry facility, cable and internet connections, balconies, and outdoor storage.
CSU RiverPark student housing, a 360 bed student housing facility made up of three buildings in uptown Columbus, is open to all CSU students. The three buildings (Rankin, Columbus Hall, and Broadway Crossing) are conveniently located to serve students in the nearby art, music, and theatre classes. RiverPark student housing is apartment style living with a community atmosphere. Resident Advisors live in each building and contribute to the campus experience with special programming and activities. Amenities include: basic furnishings, laundry facilities, Card Access control, unlimited high speed internet, cable, recreation and fitness facilities. The RiverPark campus has a dedicated shuttle to and from CSU’s main campus .
Each apartment complex has a full-time live-in Residence Life Coordinator and a staff of Resident Assistants to help make living on campus a great experience. The Residence Life Office is located on University Avenue (behind Courtyard I) and the office number is (706) 568-2026.
RiverPark Student Housing
RiverPark student housing, a 360 bed student housing facility made up of three buildings in uptown Columbus, is open to all CSU students. The three buildings (Rankin, Columbus Hall, and Broadway Crossing) are conveniently located to serve students in the nearby art, music, and theatre classes. RiverPark student housing is apartment style living with a community atmosphere. Resident Advisors live in each building and contribute to the campus experience with special programming and activities. Amenities include: basic furnishings, laundry facilities, Card Access control, unlimited high speed internet, cable, recreation and fitness facilities. The RiverPark campus has a dedicated shuttle to and from CSU’s main campus.
Servant Leadership at CSU is a comprehensive program committed to developing future leaders who practice the servant leadership philosophy. The Program is a collaborative partnership between CSU, the Pastoral Institute and the Columbus community. Participants are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through exciting and innovative leadership classes, hands-on modeling of leadership practices, participation in community service projects, and much more. Scholarship members of the program are competitively selected and awarded a $1,250 stipend each semester for successful completion of the program requirements.
In addition to the traditional stipend program, the Servant Leadership Program at CSU includes the Associate Program. The Associate Program enables any student who is interested in leadership development to take the leadership seminars, participate in community service, and enjoy many of the same benefits as the scholarship students. As stipends become available associate students are eligible to apply for those openings in the program.
Student Art Gallery
The student exhibition spaces located on The RiverPark campus in the Corn Center for the Arts will have a number of art exhibitions on display throughout the year. These displays feature contemporary works by student artists. Annually, during the spring, the Student Art Exhibition is the high point of art students’ academic activities during the year.
The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery
The exhibition space located on The RiverPark campus in The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery features exhibits by international, national, regional and local artists. This 3000 square foot gallery exposes students to the finest available traditional and contemporary visual artwork. The highlight for many of the exhibits is the reception for the visiting artist attended by faculty, students and community members. Workshops by these artists are offered and may be attended by University students.
The Student Government Association represents the interest and welfare of students through its elected officials and representatives. Student government has as its purposes the encouragement of student participation in university affairs and the promotion of understanding among students, faculty, and administration. The student forum advises the university administration on student issues, recommends students to serve on university student-faculty committees and administers programs and services consistent with the privileges granted in its constitution.
A student handbook is available to all CSU students, faculty, and staff. The handbook contains general information on student life, student services, campus organizations, and fraternities and sororities. University policies and student rights and responsibilities are also included in this publication.
Handbooks are distributed during new student orientation and are also available in the Student Life Office, Davidson 271, in most academic department offices, and on the CSU Website.
The Student Health Center is located in the Tucker Hall. The SHC is open Monday through Friday, and the hours of operation are posted each semester. After hours, students may receive assistance from the University Police Department in the Health and Safety Center. A family practice physician is available to see students by appointment during scheduled clinic hours at no cost to the student.
The new RiverPark Campus Student Health Center is located in Building 6, behind University Police. The RiverPark Clinic is open part-time, and the hours are posted each semester.
The university is not responsible for medical bills or for illnesses/injuries incurred in free play, physical education classes, university-sponsored intramural sports, including club sports, or other regularly scheduled classes or activities.
All students are urged to have health insurance coverage of some type. Student Health Services offers a voluntary accident and illness policy to help cover these unexpected and potentially expensive costs. Pearce & Pearce Inc. is the administrator and underwriter for the Student Health Accident and Insurance Plan. For more information and online enrollment, visit http://www.studentinsurance.com.
The Student Health Services budget is derived from student health fees. Fees cover professional services, selected over-the-counter medications, first aid supplies, educational materials, and select discounted prescription medications. Community referrals and health counseling are available through the health center. All medical care and counseling are confidential. For further information, contact Student Health Services (706) 568-2039.
Student Medical Withdrawals. A student may be administratively withdrawn from the university when, in the judgment of the office of the Dean of Students, and after consultation with appropriate university officials, such as the Director of Student Health Services and/or the Director of the Counseling Center, it is determined that the student suffers from a physical, mental, emotional, or psychological health condition which poses a significant danger or threat to themselves, others or the University. Also, a student may request a medical withdrawal through the office of the Dean of Students. Appeals concerning administrative withdrawals or a denial of a student's request for a medical withdrawal should be directed to the Vice President of Student Affairs. In emergency situations, a decision on medical withdrawals may be made at the judgment of University Officials, but review of the decision may be made at the student's request.
Opportunities are available for students to participate in instrumental and choral activities in the Schwob School of Music. Individual auditions and professor/conductor approval is required for all CSU ensembles, including Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Orchestra, Chamber, Women's Vocal Ensemble, Chorale/Choral Union, Concert Chorale, and Jazz Band. Students selected for participation in these various ensembles may register for one hour of credit per semester. All rehearsals and most performances are in the RiverCenter. A university shuttle is available to transport students from the main campus to the RiverCenter.
The student newspaper, The Saber, offers a wide variety of opportunities for interested students to gain experiences in writing editorials, reporting, photography, layout, and business management. It reports and interprets news of interest to the campus community and expresses opinions on significant matters.
The purpose of the Student Activities Council (SAC) is to contribute to the social, recreational, cultural, and educational development of the university community through programs and services. A program of concerts, lectures, films, and other entertainment is provided through a portion of the student activities fee paid by students at registration. Student admission is free or at reduced rates.
CSU Theatre provides students with an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of dramatic activities which includes main stage productions, as well as several shorter studio theatre presentations each semester. Experience and training can be gained in acting, directing, musical theatre, children’s theatre, makeup, design and production, and arts management. Academic credit may be earned for participation in theatre productions. Student admission to the university theatre productions is free.
Tutorial services are provided to CSU students through a variety of campus resources such as the Math and Science Learning Center, the Writing Center, and the Office of Tutorial Services. The Math and Science Learning Center provides free tutorial services for core courses in math and science. Assistance is also provided for selected upper division courses in math and science. The Writing Center provides trained and knowledgeable Peer Writing Consultants who assist undergraduate and graduate students of all ability levels with writing assignments in courses across the curriculum. The Office of Tutorial Services in the Academic Center for Excellence provides free tutorial assistance for learning support courses in reading and writing and also core curriculum courses not served by the Math and Science Learning Center or the Writing Center. Free seminars and workshops provide information and strategies that assist students in making satisfactory progress in their chosen fields of study.
The CSU University Police Main Campus office is located on the second floor of the Health and Safety Center. The CSU University Police RiverPark campus office is located at 1013 Broadway. The department has sworn police officers who are responsible for life and property safety, parking enforcement and enforcement of state and local laws. The officers also secure campus buildings, assist motorists with battery jump-offs and patrol the university campus on foot, bikes, and marked patrol cars. The University Police Department has membership in the Georgia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Operation and parking of a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege. All motor vehicles (including motorcycles) parked on campus, CSU Courtyard I & II and RiverPark campus are required to have a university decal. Students must first register online thru ISIS for a temporary parking decal, valid for five (5) business days, and then obtain their permanent parking decal at the University Police Department in the Health and Safety Center. Decals for Courtyard residents may be obtained at the Residence Life Office. Permits are issued and valid for the school year. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for vehicles (to include parking citations) while their vehicles are located on university property. Temporary permits are available for students, faculty, and staff online thru ISIS. Temporary permits should be obtained and placed on vehicles upon arrival on campus. Two parking decals are included in the university access fee. Additional decals maybe purchased for $5.00 each.
CSU Writing Center is located in Woodall 116. The mission of the Writing Center is to support faculty curricula that require writing and assist students in becoming life-long learners and writers who can adapt to a variety of rhetorical situations.
Formally trained peer consultants contribute to this mission by providing free assistance to writers of all levels, abilities, and disciplines. The consultants work to empower student writers by helping them understand assignments; generate ideas; focus, organize, and develop drafts; document sources to avoid plagiarism; and edit for usage and punctuation errors.
Besides consulting with students about writing assignments, consultants will also help students prepare for writing that is relevant to their professional lives, such as scholarship essays, personal statements, and grants. Additional services that contribute to students' academic excellence and life-long learning include online consultations, class-based mini-lessons, and consultations with writing review groups.
For more information, visit the Web site at http://writingcenter.colstate.edu/ or call 706-568-2483.
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Last Updated: 4/11/13