Student Affairs

Overview

CSU Stanislaus is dedicated to fostering students' growth, both inside and outside the classroom through a variety of co-curricular programs to complement its classroom offerings and to support student retention and success. Knowing the resources that are available will help you advise students and enrich their lives.

Division of Enrolment Student Affairs

From Housing to advising, the professionals in Student Affairs offer caring and competent assistance, helping students to achieve their educational goals.

The Vice President for Student Affairs  Suzanne Espinozareports to the President. The senior management team includes the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students, Ronald Noble, Judicial Affairs Officer, Jill Tiemann-Gonzalez, Director of Enrollment Services, Lisa Bernardo, Director of Retention Services, Martyn Gunn, and Director of Financial Aid/Admissions & Outreach Services, Noelia Gonzalez.

Student support areas include the following:

  • Advising Resource Center
    • GE and undeclared advising
    • Parent Program
    • Remediation advising and placement
  • Career Services
  • Associated Students, Inc.
  • Commencement
  • Disability Resource Services
  • Educational Opportunity Program
  • Summer Bridge
  • Promise Scholars
  • Orientation
  • Faculty Mentor Program
  • Housing and Residential Life
  • Faculty in Residence
  • Judicial Affairs
  • Psychological Counseling Services
  • Student Leadership and Development
  • Student Support Services (TRIO program)
  • Testing Services
  • Tutoring Center
  • University Student Union

Disability Resource Services

Disability Resource Services at Ext. 3159 works closely with students to arrange individualized programs designed to meet their needs. The goal of Disability Resource Services is to provide specialized assistance and make resources available to disabled students and enable them to achieve their educational and vocational objectives. Both through the University's commitment and by law, these students are entitled to participate in academic activities and to be tested in a manner that accurately assesses their knowledge and skills.

Students requesting accommodations or specialized services for a disability should be referred to the Office of Disability Resource Services. Students will be asked to provide documentation of their disability; the Disability Resource Services will establish a plan for assistance. Academic accommodations and support services may include alternate test-taking arrangements, readers, scribes, interpreters, note-taking assistance, material in alternate formats, on-campus transportation, and the use of adaptive technology.

In addition, Disability Resource Services serves as a resource to faculty and the campus community in recognizing and addressing the needs of students with disabilities. Faculty may request verification that the student is registered with Disability Resource Services and has been approved to receive accommodation services. However, information regarding a student's disability is confidential and can only be released with a signed consent form, even to faculty members. For more information, see Chapter IV, 'Teaching a Course.?

What is the Faculty in Residence Program?

The faculty in residence program is an innovative living-learning collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. The program sponsors a faculty to live in the campus housing facility. Room, board, and programming funds are completely underwritten by the program. The program is intended to foster an increased academic focus to residential living, to promote out of classroom connections to faculty, and to provide increased academic related programs ' all with the design to improve student academic success.

Housing and Residential Life

The housing facility at CSU Stanislaus is called The Village. The Village is a housing complex of suites and apartments that provide more privacy and greater autonomy than is found on most college campuses. Currently The Village can accommodate 670 residents. Most units house four students in private bedrooms with a shared living room and bath facilities. The apartments include a kitchen and the suites have a mini refrigerator and microwave. There are a few suites with double and triple room accommodations that are less expensive than the cost of a private bedroom in an apartment or suite. The suites are exclusively used to house freshman. First-time freshman are required to have a full meal plan while they live in the Village. Meals are available in all campus dining facilities and evening and weekend meals are available in the Village Café.

The philosophy behind University housing is to provide a community living experience for students. Freshman particularly benefit from living on campus while they navigate university life. A full array of programs and activities are available to residents to increase interaction, to supplement classroom learning, and to provide them opportunities to take leadership roles and be active in their living community. A particular emphasis is placed on the role of the living community in supporting the academic success of students, as well as promoting personal development.

The additional amenities of on-campus living include high speed internet access and cable television outlets in every bedroom, a computer lab, recreation and TV rooms, outdoor recreational facilities including 2 swimming pools, volleyball and basketball courts. A Faculty In Residence is also part of the living community. The facilities are supervised by live-on staff including a Head Resident and Resident Advisors.

Faculty Mentor Program

Established in 1987, Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) promotes faculty-student interaction through mentoring relationships. A unique and comprehensive training program provides faculty tools to promote interactions outside the classroom; such interactions have proven to have a positive learning effect on students and faculty alike.

The Faculty Mentor Program is open to fully enrolled CSU undergraduate students. The program focuses on first generation college attendees, and economically or educationally disadvantaged students. Since FMP's inception in the spring of 1987, more than 1,700 Protégés and over 100 faculty Mentors have participated in FMP. FMP is always looking for new faculty members to help positively change the lives of our students. The FMP Office is located in the Office of Student Leadership and Development, in the University Student Union Building, Room 103. The Office can be reached by calling 667-3778, emailing fmp@csustan.edu or visit the FMP website at www.csustan.edu/fmp.

Student Leadership and Development

The Office of Student Leadership and Development (OSLD) coordinates a wide variety of dynamic student services and educational programs, such as the Student Leadership Program, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Organization Chartering, Advisement and Training, Student Leadership and Advisor Training, Alcohol Education, Faculty Mentor Program and New Student Orientation. For more information please contact the staff by calling 667-3778 or visit the OSLD website at www.csustan.edu/sld.

Advising Resource Center

All students receive General Education and/or remediation advising through this unit, which also advises undeclared majors. The department provides advising support for students on academic probation and disqualification status. We also offer special support programs for parents and student athletes and Veterans. For additional information, contact Ext. 3304.

Veteran Affairs Office

The Veteran Affairs Office is the primary contact for all Veteran Educational Benefits, support and advocate for all retired, active duty, reservists and dependents of Veterans. Our office helps with applying and using VA Educational Benefits, on and off campus resources, educational planning, Veteran New Student Orientations, transition from Military to civilian to college life, and offers a Veteran mentoring program. Please refer all Veteran questions or concerns to Nadine Kent at 667-3081 or visit the Veteran Affairs website at http://www.csustan.edu/VeteransAffairs/

Veteran Advising

Academic support services including probation counseling, individual education planning, specialized orientation, transition, and career services for active duty, reserve, Guard and veteran students that advocate for their specific needs and issues. Please refer all Veteran-related academic questions or concerns to the Advising Resource Center at 667-3304

Career Services

Career Services is the primary career planning, preparation, and job search resource for students of California State University, Stanislaus. Career Services is organized and staffed to support co-curricular educational growth. Services and programs are designed to promote student learning outcomes through identified resources and purposeful career guidance.

The annual Career Fair, held during the spring semester, brings representatives from companies, school districts, and public agencies to campus to provide information about employment and interships. The event is a great way for students to obtain information about employers and opportunities in their field of study.

Extensive links and resources are available at Career Services website http://www.csustan.edu/career/ including workshop schedules, upcoming event dates, employer schedules for recruiting on-campus, salary and job links, information about programs and services, a self-guided career assessment program, guides for resume and cover letter preparation among other topics, and job search information.

Psychological Counseling Services

Psychological Counseling Services provides ethical, voluntary, and confidential psychological counseling to students. Counseling faculty are trained professionals who provide understanding and objective feedback for students who are dealing with varied life problems. Counseling helps students to develop cognitive and emotional integration, relationship skills, and personal resilience. Counselors also provide immediate intervention for students dealing with crises and urgent concerns. Counseling is available, free of charge, to currently enrolled students at CSU Stanislaus.

Consultation to assess a situation, to share information, or to learn about referral resources is offered by phone or by appointment to staff, faculty, and family of students, as well as to students.

If you would like a phone consultation about any situation for which a counselor might provide useful feedback, call Psychological Counseling Services at 667-3381. PCS is located in Suite 210 of the MSR Building, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Individual Personal Counseling

Students can arrange individual appointments with a professional counselor. All counseling faculty have extensive training and experience assisting students with a wide range of psychological and interpersonal concerns. Listed below are some of the common issues that students present:

  • negative or depressed mood
  • anxiety
  • dealing with a crisis
  • stress management
  • academic focus and success
  • concerns about eating & body image
  • abuse of alcohol and other drugs
  • grief and loss
  • sexuality
  • personal relationships
  • family relationships
  • multicultural issues
  • dealing with trauma and abuse

Couple's Counseling

Psychological Counseling Services offers relationship counseling for partners or spouses to work on behaviors, communication or other issues facing them as a couple. Both partners/spouses must currently be enrolled students at CSU Stanislaus to participate in couple's counseling.

Wellness Workshops and Outreach Presentations

Psychological Counseling Services provides educational workshops and outreach to address topics oriented toward psychological health. Outreach is provided to campus classrooms, events, and organizations. Workshops are presented in the MSR Building. Topics include: Stress Management, Test Anxiety and Academic Pressure, Intimate Relationships, Eating and Body Image, Self-Esteem and Self-Care, and Dealing with Depression. Psychological Counseling Services lists topics to be presented each term in a brochure available at our office. Additionally, the PCS website, www.csustan.edu/counseling can be consulted for information on presentations.

Additional Recommendations from Psychological Counseling Services

Faculty members are dealing with students who each represent a unique mix of strengths and weaknesses, in terms of their learning abilities and in terms of their psychological approach to learning. As the result of counseling faculty working with students dealing with various kinds of difficulties related to academic learning, the following recommendations have been noted:

  • Encourage students to make an appointment during office hours to facilitate self-disclosure.
  • Clearly spell out expectations before the course begins (e.g., grading, material to be covered and due dates).
  • Give assignments both orally and in written form to avoid confusion.
  • Provide adequate opportunities for questions and answers, and review sessions, if possible.
  • If possible, allow students to tape-record lectures to facilitate their note taking.
  • Provide, in advance, study questions for exams that illustrate the format, as well as the content of the test. Explain what constitutes a good answer and why.
  • Faculty members play a critical role in helping students dealing with physical disabilities and learning disabilities. Once a student's disability has been verified, faculty can work with the student and staff in Disability Resource Services to develop appropriate accommodations. Accommodations can allow access to lecture and academic materials, and can assist a student to demonstrate accurately the learning that has occurred.
  • If necessary, allow students with disabilities to demonstrate mastery of course material using alternative methods (e.g., extended time on exams, exams in a separate room, providing responses by tape recording their answers).
  • When appropriate, permit the use of computers, simple calculators, scratch paper, electronic spellers, and dictionaries during exams. Encourage students to use campus support services (e.g., assistance in ordering taped textbooks, alternative-testing arrangements, specialized study aids, peer support groups, study skills workshops, developmental skill courses, or academic tutorial assistance).

Referring a Student to Psychological Counseling Services

As faculty and staff members, you may occasionally come in contact with students who display unusual and worrisome behavior, or may share with you personal information about which you do not feel qualified to advise them. In such cases, especially if the behavior is impairing the student's performance or the performance of others, or there is a dramatic behavioral change, you may want to initiate a discussion about counseling with the student. During the meeting:

  • Note the behaviors about which you are concerned.
  • Be matter-of-fact, respectful and direct. Neither minimize your concerns nor try to coerce students into talking with a counselor.
  • If a student refuses to act on the referral, invite the student to think it over and consult with you later if desired. Remain supportive.
  • After discussing the situation with the student, you can refer him or her to Psychological Counseling Services in one of the follow ways:
  • Suggest the referral and leave it up to the student to make an appointment.
  • Call Psychological Counseling Services at Ext. 3381 to inform the staff that the student will be coming.
  • Walk the student over to PCS in the Mary Stuart Rogers Building, Suite 210.
  • In an emergency situation, call PCS for information on how to proceed.

For more information about Psychological Counseling Services, call Ext. 3381.

Judicial Affairs

The Office of Judicial Affairs investigates and adjudicates allegations of student misconduct ranging from cheating and plagiarism to harassment and disruption of the educational process. The Judicial Affairs Officer can be reached at Ext. 3177.

Student Advocate

Provided by ASI student fees, the Student Advocate provides students with free assistance in addressing problems such as grade appeals, conflict resolution, and harassment. In addition to providing support and direction when requested, the student advocate also acts as a resource for students about the policies and procedures of CSU Stanislaus and may make referrals to appropriate agencies or persons when needed. This service is free and confidential. For more information or to contact the student advocate call (209) 667-3826.

Associated Students, Inc.

The Associated Students, Incorporated is an independent, not-for-profit corporation run by students for students. This is an auxiliary organization funded through mandatory student fees. The ASI Board of Directors is comprised of a President, Vice President, and 16 representatives elected annually in the spring. ASI is the official voice of the students at CSU Stanislaus on campus as well as local, state, and national levels.

ASI offers the following programs and services: Intramural Sports, Code Red Entertainment programming, Homecoming, Warrior Day, Warrior Street Team, Warrior Merchandise and the Student Advocate.

The ASI Intramural sports program provides students with an opportunity to compete in a fun atmosphere, while playing their favorite recreational sports. There are approximately 1,000 participants consisting of students, faculty/ staff and alumni. Intramural sports consists of volleyball, basketball, outdoors soccer, indoor soccer, dodge ball, men's and women's flag football, softball and kickball. This program is funded through student fees and managed by ASI Recreation.

ASI sponsors our special events on campus through Code Red Entertainment. The special events program plans large-scale events for CSU Stanislaus students and the community upholding university traditions while making memorable yearly events that students look forward to year after year. Such events include: StanFest, Homecoming, and Warrior Day.

The Warrior Street Team is the official student advocacy group for CSU Stanislaus and appointed member of the local, state and federal government. Throughout the year, students represent the student body by hosting rallies, attending conferences, promoting voter registration and traveling to the state capital to ensure that the student voice is heard.

Associated Students, Inc. funds Warrior Merchandise. The marketing team, housed in the Warrior Activities Center, creates, designs and sells a variety of Warrior Gear. Show off your Warrior pride and come stock up on apparel today. Some of the items include: t-shirts, sweatshirts, crewnecks, tank tops, Ladies V-necks, key chains, lanyards, backpacks, cups and more!! The ASI marketing teams also works closely with on campus, clubs, organizations and departments in assisting them with orders for apparel, promo items or giveaways.

The ASI Student Advocate is responsible for helping with grade appeals and any other policy related challenge a student might be facing. CSU Stanislaus students need someone who is also a student to relate to when facing challenging situations. The student advocate is a person to talk to who is not removed from 'student life?, and is knowledgeable regarding campus policies and procedures. For contact information, please visit: http://www.csustan.edu/asi-usu/pages/StudentAdvocate.php.

For more information on Associated Students, Inc. please visit: http://www.csustan.edu/asi-usu/new_index.php or contact ASI at (209) 667-3833.

University Student Union

The University Student Union is a not-for-profit corporation funded primarily by student fees, and consists of four parts: facilities, programs, services and marketing.

The role of the University Student Union Board of Directors is to make decisions concerning policy, renovations, marketing, and budgetary items, while providing overall direction for the facilities, programs, and services funded by USU fees. The USU Board of Directors consists of two executive officers and up to seven student representatives who collectively make decisions regarding the USU building. The USU recruits board members who will uphold and commit to the goal of enhancing the college experience within the University Student Union and through out the campus.

The Student Union maintains several facilities that are available for use by campus and community members alike. It offers three conference rooms, an Event Center for banquets and special activities, the Carol Burke Student Lounge and a computer/study lounge. The USU facilities are scheduled through the online R25 master calendar. For room set up or media arrangements for a USU facility, contact Melissa Goodman at (209) 667-3191 or MGoodman1@csustan.edu

Also housed within the Student Union is a Game Room where students can play Wii, XBOX, Nintendo 64, billiards and ping pong or just grab a snack, watch TV and relax.

The USU Service Desk located inside the lobby of the University Student Union building offers many services to meet student, staff and faculty needs in a helpful an efficient manner. Some of the services include: Warrior ID cards, printing, copying, fax services, flowers, balloons, greeting cards, amusement park tickets, bus passes and more!

The University Student unions also offers the Weekend Warrior program, which concentrates on providing students the opportunity to escape from their daily routines by offering them discounted, off-campus trips. These trips are offered to students at one-third of the regular price- including transportation.

The University Student Union also offers a wide range of marketing and graphic design services for all clubs, organizations and departments. Whether you need a flyer, poster, or a t-shirt design, the marketing team will deliver the attention getting, creative solution that you need. Additional services include: poster prints, flyers, banners, brochures, design concepts, A-frame rentals and more.

For more information on what the University Student Union offers, please visit: http://www.csustan.edu/asi-usu/new_index.php or contact the USU Service Desk at (209) 667-3776.

Associated Students, Inc. & University Student Union Programs

Code Red Entertainment is a student programming of ASI and University Student Union responsible for coordinating events for students. Code Red Entertainment strives to provide students with the utmost collegiate experience, through event participation and active involvement in student life. Code Red Entertainment consists of several programs specializing in a wide variety of events. Code Red Entertainment can be found in the Warrior Activities Center office located in the University Student union.

Code Red Entertainment consists of nine different programming areas, which include: Special Events, Campus Pride, Multicultural, Social Awareness, Daily Events, Facilities, Wellness and Sustainability. For further information on Code Red Entertainment or to become a volunteer member, please visit http://www.csustan.edu/asi-usu/pages/CodeRedEntertainment.php or stop by the Warrior Activities Center today!

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center is located in the Library Building, L-112. Tutoring is free to all CSU Stanislaus students. Students may get help in numerous subjects; they should pick up an application at the front desk. For best results, it is important that students come in as soon as they know they need help. Our services are 'First come, first served.? For additional information contact Ext. 3642.

Math Center

In the Math Center, students can drop-in and receive assistance for developmental, lower-division, and other math courses up to calculus. Match Center hours are Monday through Thrusday 10:00 to 4:00.

Math Drop-In tutoring is available for Finite Math 1500, Statistics 1600, and Statistics for Decisions Making 1610. The drop in hours are Monday through Thursday 11:15 to 1:15 and 3:30 to 4:30.

Chemistry Drop-In tutoring is available for Chemistry 1100 and 1110. The hours are Monday through Thursday 11:15 - 1:15 and 3:30 - 4:30.

All tutoring is held in the Tutoring Center, L112. For more information, call (209) 667-3642 or visit www.csustan.edu/tutoring

Writing Center

The CSU Stanislaus Writing Center, located in suite 120 on the first floor of the library, offers free individual and group tutoring to students requesting help to improve their writing in all classes and disciplines and for writing examinations such as the Writing Proficiency Screening Test. Usually, students and peer tutors work together once a week over a period of several weeks. Same-day tutoring is also `available. The Writing Center is open spring and fall semesters, Monday through Friday. Hours vary from semester to semester. For information, call the Writing Center Director at Ext. 3465.

Educational Opportunity Program

EOP Mission Statement

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) serves as a primary vehicle for the CSU in increasing the access, academic excellence and retention of California's historically underserved students (low income, first generation college), thus working in the spirit and abiding by the legislative intent that originally established the program in 1969 and maintaining the innovation inherent in the program.

The Core Elements of EOP are to:

  1. Provide ACCESS opportunities for historically underserved students (low income, first generation college) by making higher education a possibility for prospective students with potential for academic excellence.
  2. Provide ADVOCACY and education to address the needs of EOP students.
  3. Provide a TRANSITIONAL EXPERIENCE that will empower students to better manage and navigate the college experience.
  4. Provide SUPPORTIVE SERVICES to facilitate student success.
  5. Provide EOP GRANTS to eligible students who should also receive the highest priority for financial aid resources available from the institution.

Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge offers an intensive three-week residential program of classes, seminars, tutoring, and academic advising to ease the transition from high school to the university.

Upon admission to the university, students selected for the Summer Bridge program are notified by the EOP Office. Successful completion of the program may be a condition of admission for some EOP students. Admission to Summer Bridge is limited.

Promise Scholars

The Promise Scholars program is designed to serve the needs of qualified former foster children by providing access to the promise of a better future through education. The program provides comprehensive services such as a support network and financial aid to meet the challenges former foster youth face in the university environment. Questions about the (PSP) can be directed to the Promise Scholars coordinator in the Educational Opportunity Program at Ext. 3108.

Student Support Services (SSS)

Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO Program funded under the U. S. Department of Education, Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

SSS provides academic support and retention services to low income, first generation or disabled students who are already enrolled or have been admitted to CSU Stanislaus, and have a demonstrated academic need.

Services include academic advising, curriculum planning, major/career guidance, study skills/skills enhancement workshops, computer lab, tutorial assistance, Peer Mentors and the services of a writing specialist.

The program also offers CBEST and WPST Preparation workshops, a Transition from Student to Teacher Conference, Internship Opportunities seminar, Graduate Forum and scholarship awards.

Referring Students

Academic Record Transcripts:
Enrollment Services........... Ext. 3264
Academic Skills Assistance:
Tutoring Center........... Ext. 3642
Add-Drop Form:
Enrollment Services Office........... Ext. 3264
Advising Undeclared Majors:
Advising Resource Center....... Ext. 3304
Associated Students:........... Ext. 3833
Basic Academic skills Assistance:
Tutoring Center........... Ext. 3642
Campus Compliance Office........... Ext. 3747
Campus Housing: Housing and
Residential Life........... Ext. 3675
Career Services........... Ext. 3661
Clubs: Student Activities Center........... Ext. 3778
Concurrent Enrollment Information:
Enrollment Services........... Ext. 3264
Confidential Advice on Student Policies, Rights and Procedures:
Students Advocate........... Ext. 3833
Conflict with a Professor:
Office of Faculty Affairs........... Ext. 3392
Student Advocate........... Ext. 3833
Counseling:
Psychological Counseling Services........... Ext. 3381
Crisis Intervention:
Psychological Counseling Services........... Ext. 3381
Disability Accommodation and Documentation:
Disability Services........... Ext.3159
Dorms:
Housing & Residential Life........... Ext. 3675
Enrollment Information:
Enrollment Services........... Ext. 3264
EPT and ELM registration:
Office of Testing Services........... Ext. 3157
ESL Program information:
English Department........... Ext. 3361
Financial aid Assistance:
Financial Aid Office........... Ext. 3336
General Education Advising
Undeclared Majors:
Advising Resource Center....... Ext. 3304
Grade disputes: faculty member, department chair and/or
students advocate........... Ext. 3833
Graduation Evaluation Form:
Enrollment Services........... Ext. 3264
Intramural Sports:
Student Activities Center........... Ext. 3849
International Study: Office of
Global Affairs........... Ext. 3117
Leave of Absence Form:
Enrollment Services........... Ext. 3264
Mathematics Tutoring:
Tutoring Center........... Ext. 3642
Medical Services:
Student Health Center........... Ext. 3396
Mentoring for Historically
Underrepresented Students:
Faculty Mentor Program........... Ext. 3021
Educational Opportunity
Program........... Ext. 3108
Veteran's Benefits:
Enrollment Services........... Ext. 3081
Nontraditional Student Needing Options:
University Extended Education........... Ext. 3111
On-campus Housing: Housing and
Residential Life........... Ext. 3675
Orientation:
Student Leadership & Development....... Ext. 6757
Parents Program:
Advising Resource Center....... Ext. 3304
Programming UPB........... Ext. 3831
Psychological Counseling Services........... Ext. 3381
Remediation Progress Check:
Advising Resource Center....... Ext. 3304
Scholarship:
Financial Aid........... Ext. 3336
Social Activities on Campus:
Student Activities Center........... Ext. 3778
UPB........... Ext. 3831
Sports, Intramural:
Student Activities Center........... Ext. 3849
Student Activities Center........... Ext. 3778
Student Advocate:........... Ext. 3833
Student Government:
Associated Students........... Ext. 3833
Student Judicial Services:........... Ext. 3177
Study Abroad Information:
Office of International Education........... Ext. 3117
Study Skills Improvement:
Psychological Counseling Services........... Ext. 3381
Time Management Skills:
Psychological Counseling Services........... Ext. 3381
TOEFL Information on Registration:
Office of Testing Services........... Ext. 3157
Transfer Credit Evaluation Forms:
Enrollment Services........... Ext. 3886
Tutoring: Tutoring Center........... Ext. 3642
Undeclared Major Advising:
Advising Resource Center....... Ext. 3304
Unit Overload: Student's major department University-Wide Requirements Petitions:
Enrollment Services........... Ext. 3264
University Student Union........... Ext. 3776
Vice President for Student Affairs........... Ext. 3177
Withdraw Form:
Enrollment Services........... Ext. 3264
Work-Study Opportunities:
Financial Aid........... Ext. 3336
WPST Registration:
WPST Office........... Ext. 3069
Writing Assistance:
Tutoring Center........... Ext. 3642