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.

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Academic Support

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.”

Academic Center for Excellence

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 Office of Tutorial Services is located in the Academic Center for Excellence and 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.

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football clubThe 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

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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.

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Center for Career Development

The Center for Career Development, formerly the Career Center, is located on the first floor of the newly constructed Schuster Student Success Center. The CCD provides students and alumni with career-related services, including résumé critiques, mock interviews, employment opportunities, and experiential educational through internships, cooperative education, and volunteering.

The Center for Career Development allows students to search for employment opportunities 24/7 through CougarLink, which can be found on the website at Students and alumni will find a variety of opportunities offered by local, state, national and international employers seeking qualified candidates. CougarLink is a one-stop shop to engage in internship, cooperative education, volunteering, full-time, part-time, and seasonal employment. The CCD is also the source of information for on-campus employment, including student assistant and federal work-study positions.

The Center for Career Development offers a variety of career-related programs throughout the year. The on-campus recruiting program invites employers to provide informational tables at various locations both on main campus and RiverPark. These opportunities provide students direct contact with hiring entities from across the region. Other contact with employers can be made through the professional networking program, which includes mentoring and job shadowing. Additionally, workshops and seminars are presented throughout the semester by area employers, including such topics as Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills, Business Etiquette, Dress for Success, Financial Awareness, Salary Negotiation, and How to Work a Job Fair.

Major career events are a highlight of the year on any campus. The Center for Career Development hosts three annual events at CSU: Careers Expo, Career Opportunities Fair, and the Volunteer Opportunities Fair. Careers Expo, held each spring on the CSU campus, provides students and alumni with an excellent opportunity to connect with approximately 100 local, regional, and national employers and school districts. The Career Opportunities Fair is a unique opportunity available only to the students of state-wide consortium members, which includes Columbus State University. The CCD provides transportation each fall to the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta for this annual event. The Volunteer Opportunities Fair, which is also held each fall, seeks to connect students, faculty, and staff with local non-profits for a variety of service opportunities throughout the community.

The Center for Career Development also offers career advising to assist in answering the question, “What can I do with this major?” Please visit our website at to view information on more than 70 majors to learn more about possible occupations, potential industry employers, and job search success strategies. In addition, the CCD is proud to support the CSU Graduate School and our coordinators are available to assist with program information, application assistance, and interview preparation.

To obtain more information, please visit our website at, email or call (706) 507-8760.

The Center for International Education

The Center for International Education supports the university's efforts to provide opportunities for students' international learning by developing and promoting study abroad programs and providing services that enable international students to be successful at CSU and in American culture. The Center also facilitates exchanges between international and U.S. students, supports international faculty development, and facilitates and supports international faculty visits and exchange. The Center encourages internationalization of the curriculum across academic disciplines by supporting the International Learning Community, Latin American Studies Certificate and Minor, the European Union Studies Certificate, the African Studies Certificate and the Asian Studies Minor. The Center also promotes greater knowledge and awareness of international developments, concerns, trends and global interconnectedness through co-curricular and extra-curricular programs and activities.

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Clubs and Organizations

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

  • Accounting Club
  • ACM - Association of Computing Machinery
  • AMA - American Marketing Association
  • CSU Finance and Investment
  • MAX - Mathematics and Computer Science Club
  • SIFE - Students In Free Enterprise
  • The Prophets - Actuarial Science

College of Education and Health Professions

  • AMSA - American Medical Student Association
  • Student Nurses Association
  • College of Letters and Sciences
  • AD FED - Advertising Federation
  • American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Gamma Lambda
  • Anthropology Club
  • Geology Club
  • Historical Society International Relations Club
  • MESA - Mathematics Education Student Association
  • Pre-Vet Medical Association
  • Psychology Club
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Sociology Club

Department of Military Science

  • ROTC

Greek Life

CSU Fraternities

  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa SigmaSorority concert
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Nu
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Iota Phi Theta

CSU Sororities

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta Sorority
  • Phi Mu
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Xi Theta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
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Honor Societies

College of the Arts

  • Pi Kappa Lambda (Music)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (Women in Music)

College of Education and Health Professions

  • Chi Chi (Counseling students, educators, and professionals)
  • Eta Sigma Gamma, Delta Tau Chapter (Health Education Profession)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (Education)
  • Phi Beta Delta (International Education and Exchange)
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Beta (Nursing)

College of Letters and Sciences

  • Alpha Phi Sigma, Omega Kappa Chapter (Criminal Justice)
  • Beta Beta Beta (Tri Beta) (Biological Sciences)
  • Lambda Pi Eta (Communication)
  • Phi Lambda
  • Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Affairs and Administration)
  • Pi Alpha Theta (History)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
  • Psi Chi (Psychology)


  • Honoris Causa
  • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Phi Kappa Phi (All academic disciplines)
  • Order of Omega (Greek Honor Society)
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Performing Arts

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Special Interest

Club Sports

  • Bass Fishing
  • Co-Ed Tennis
  • Hockey
  • Men's Soccer
  • SKRAPE - Martial Arts
  • Tackle Football
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Women's Soccer
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Wrestling


  • BCM - Baptist Collegiate Ministries
  • Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
  • C 4 C - Cougars for Christ
  • GENESIS Gospel Choir
  • GOE - God Over Everything
  • Life with a Purpose
  • Methodist Campus Ministries
  • Perfect Love Fellowship
  • Westminster Fellowship
  • Young Life


  • ASO - African Student Organization
  • Amnesty International
  • Art Club
  • Association of Businessmen
  • Beyond the Runway
  • Campus Nerds
  • C.W.O.W. - Collegiate Women of Wisdomstudents
  • CSU Film Club
  • I.C.E.S.S. Step Team
  • CSU Marching Cougars
  • Professional Writing Club
  • One Cougar World Association
  • One Cougar World (International & Internationally Minded)
  • Radio Club
  • Salsa Club
  • Student Promoters


  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Students for a Democratic Society
  • SGA - Student Government Association
  • SPAA - Student Political Awareness Association
  • Students for Social Democracy

Residence Life

  • BACCHUS - Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students
  • RHA - Residence Housing Association


  • CHEC - Cougars Helping Enhance the Community
  • CSU Jaycees
  • SSW - Students for a Sustainable World

Student Affairs Sponsored

  • IFC – Interfraternal Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Orientation Team
  • Panhellenic Council
  • SAC – Student Activities Council

Student Publications

  • Arden - Student Literary Magazine
  • SABER Student Newspaper

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Counseling Center

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.

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Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services, located in Schuster Student Success Center, 221, 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, medical, 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.

Diversity and Multicultural Services

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.

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First Year Experience® Program

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:

  • Cougar Kickoff
  • Freshman Common Reading
  • Freshman Convocation
  • Freshman Leadership Program
  • Freshman Learning Communities
  • First Year Seminar (FYRS 1105)
  • Freshman Orientation

All entering freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours must satisfy the First Year Experience requirement by enrolling in a Freshman Learning Community (FLRC ) or the First Year Seminar (FYRS 1105) before they reach sophomore status (30 credit hours).

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CSU Honors Program

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.

CSU Libraries

Columbus State University maintains two libraries: the Schwob Library in the center of the main campus and the Music Library in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on the RiverPark campus. The Libraries serve as CSU's premier information resource that provides a print collection of over 400,000 volumes as well as access to thousands of electronic journal articles via GALILEO, Georgia's impressive collection of over 100 electronic databases.

Schwob Library supports two computer labs and circulates laptops that may be used anywhere throughout the facility using the campus WiFi. Collaborative learning and study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.

The staff of CSU Libraries is comprised of library faculty and staff members who strive to provide quality service for all library users. For more information and assistance regarding our facilities, resources, and services, you may visit our website at or call 706.568.2042.

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Math and Science Learning Center

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:

  • Offers tutoring services in core math and science classes, and similar coursework for education majors
  • Is a venue for professional development activities using model lab demonstrations, current technology and hands-on techniques
  • Can act as a research laboratory focused on observing how math and science are learned
  • Contains a library of pedagogical and scholarship resources

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.

Student Resources

  • A small computer lab.
  • Math and science course textbooks (available to use for tutoring and studying at the MSLC). These have been generously donated by CSU faculty.
  • A set of GACE (Georgia Teachers Certification Exam) study guides are also available for science and math subjects.
  • Graphing calculators may be borrowed for free for a class or test if students leave a form of I.D. with staff.

Faculty/Teacher Resources

A collection of faculty development books is available for loan. Topics include:

  • improving teaching strategies
  • inquiry-based learning
  • incorporating hands-on activities into the classroom

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.

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Minority Advising Program

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.

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Residence Life

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:

  • Have a permanent address within a 30 mile radius, which includes counties: Chambers, Lee, Russell (AL), Troup, Meriwether, Harris, Talbot, Taylor, Marion, Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Stewart.
  • Are Married.
  • Have custody of dependent children.
  • Are 21 years or older by the first day of classes for semester entering.
  • Are a transfer student with more than 30 hours completed. (Transfer students with less than 30 hours completed will be considered a freshman and must live on campus.)
  • Are active military
  • Have a documented medical disability.
  • Are current Columbus State University students who have resided on campus for two semesters, not including summer semester.

Exemption Process:

You will be automatically exempt (no further action necessary) if you:

  • live within the counties that are in a 30 mile radius of Columbus (see list above)
  • are over 21 years of age
  • or are active military

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.

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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, game room, 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.

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CSU Servant Leadership Program

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.

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Student Art Galleries

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.

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Student Government Association

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.

Student Handbook

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.

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Student Health Services

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. A family practice physician is available to see students by appointment during scheduled clinic hours at no cost to the student.

The 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. Information on a voluntary accident and illness policy may be obtained from the Student Health Center.

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) 507-8620 or visit

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.

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Student Musical Organizations

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.

Student Newspaper

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.

Student Activities Council

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.

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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

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. The Office also provides free seminars and workshops that assist students in developing effective study habits, productive time management skills, and strategies for transitioning to the university setting.

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University Information and Technology Services

The mission of University Information and Technology Services (UITS) is to provide a best-in-class technology platform and information-based services. UITS provides central support to CSU students, faculty, and staff for computer equipment, media in the classrooms, distance learning, software programs, and information access services. Services specifically geared towards students include campus-wide wireless Internet access, a 24-hour computer lab, 24-hour Help Desk services, a Student PC Repair Shop, and personal web sites.

University Police/Motor Vehicle Regulations

The CSU University Police Main Campus office is located in the University Police Department, located next to the Turner 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 University Police Department. 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.

Habitual parking violators will be booted and/or towed. Tow and Boot Fees are the responsibility of the violator. The Boot Fee is $50 and can be paid to the Bursars Office in University Hall. Also, illegally parked vehicles in handicapped parking are subject to a $100.00 fine.

A complete code of motor vehicle regulations may be found in the Student Handbook and the University Police Department. For more information, visit the University Police Web site at

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a free service to all enrolled Columbus State University students. The Writing Center's primary mission is to help students succeed at writing in their core English courses and courses across the curriculum. The Writing Center's secondary mission is to contribute to efforts that support a culture of writing at CSU.

Formally trained peer consultants achieve this mission by providing 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 about services, locations, and hours, visit the Web site at or call 706-568-2483.

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