Disability Resource Center
Inclusion and Diversity
Integrated Media Services
International Services and Cultural Outreach
Maxwell Children’s Center
Maxwell One-Stop Center
Student Answer Center (SAC)
Student Health Service
POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
Connie Gores, Vice President for
Student Life and Development
Kryzsko Commons, Room 129 (507-457-5300)
The Division of Student Life and Development advances student learning and supports and enhances the educational mission of Winona State University. With an emphasis on holistic student development, faculty and staff within Student Life and Development (SLD) strive to assist students in achieving their potential and in becoming self-directed in all activities.
Student Life and Development promotes and contributes to a University community centered on student learning and success. SLD is responsible for planning and administering an array of programs, services, and activities designed to accomplish the following:
• Encourage the optimal growth and personal development of students
• Contribute to student success and well-being
• Foster a sense of community
• Support an environment which is personal in nature, intellectually
and culturally diverse, and which encourages the integration of in and
out-of-classroom student experiences
SLD creates supportive environments and innovative opportunities for student learning. We promote individual student excellence; we invite collaboration and discovery; and we challenge students to take responsibility as members of a diverse, global community.
Dean of Students
Karen Johnson, Dean
Kryzsko Commons, Room 131 (507-457-5300)
The Dean of Students serves as a strong student advocate and provides leadership to the University community in maintaining a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment. The Dean manages and oversees the University’s conduct processes and provides leadership to the University in promoting and maintaining student rights and responsibilities.
Maxwell Hall (507-457-5340)
Career Services assists students seeking career direction, major selection, part-time employment on and off campus, work-study positions, summer opportunities, internships, and full-time employment. Individual advising appointments may be scheduled. Students are encouraged to register early to take full advantage of the broad range of services offered through Career Services. Alumni are also eligible to register for assistance in their search for full-time employment.
Career Services provides opportunities for students to interact with employers through career fairs, job fairs, and on-campus interviews. For students registered with Career Services, employers have access to their resumes directly through our website. Additionally, students can access job openings or update their resumes via the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Employment information and graduate follow-up results are available in the office as well as on our website. The Discover Career Guidance and Information System is also available through Career Services.
Career Services is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the academic year and 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the summer.
Wabasha Hall (507-457-5330)
The Counseling Center provides short-term counseling to currently enrolled students who are experiencing difficulty in their personal lives. Common concerns students may bring to the Counseling Center are anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, family problems, relationship concerns, academic concerns, self-esteem, grief, alcohol use/abuse, and so on. Counselors will also assist with off-campus referrals/resources if appropriate for the student’s care. In addition to personal counseling, the Counseling Center also offers career counseling, including the use of testing instruments such as the STRONG and DISCOVER programs. Outreach educational presentations are offered to both the WSU community and the community at large.
Four licensed, full-time counselors, one licensed social worker, a full-time office manager, and graduate student trainees staff the Counseling Center. During the academic year, students should stop by the Counseling Center between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to request an appointment.
Services are provided at no cost to the student. The information exchanged during the counseling process is confidential; students are advised of their client rights and the exceptions to confidentiality. Information will be released with the student’s written consent when appropriate.
Disability Resource Center
Maxwell Hall, Third Floor (507-457-2391; fax: 507-457-2957)
In accordance with Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Winona State University shall make reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities. A person with a disability is defined as:
• A person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. This includes care for oneself,
performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking,
breathing, learning, and working.
• A person who has a disability, has a record of the disability, or is regarded as having the disability.
A student requiring special accommodation or auxiliary aids must apply for such assistance through the Disability Resource Center. Proof of disability from a competent authority will be required, as well as information regarding specific limitations for which accommodation is requested. Reasonable accommodations are the services that are necessary to provide equal access in an academic setting. Examples of possible accommodations may include testing accommodations, note taking assistance, interpreter services, recorded lectures, assistive technology, writing/scribing assistance, lab assistance, adaptive equipment, priority registration, or alternative textbooks.
An eligible student is one who has a disability and who meets the essential academic eligibility requirements for the WSU program or activity in which the student seeks to participate. In order to receive academic accommodations, the student must identify/self-disclose his/her educational needs.
• Approval of accommodations is based on adequate supporting documentation of a disability.
• Qualified disabled students must meet the same academic requirements as all students on campus.
• An accommodation is not reasonable if it compromises the essential elements of a course or lowers academic standards.
• A request may be denied if it fundamentally alters a course or program or is an undue hardship for WSU.
• Some of the auxiliary aids may be provided by another agency such as Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic and the National Library Service.
• Certain accommodations, such as course modifications or substitutions, may take up to one semester to be provided.
• The ADA Coordinator will respond to concerns about the inequality of access or opportunity.
More information is available in the Student or Faculty Disability Handbook, which is available in the Disability Resource Center or online at www.winona.edu/disabilityservices/handbooks/student/shandbook.html.
All full-time students may purchase health insurance through the MnSCU Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan. For detailed information, contact one of the following offices: International Services (Kryzsko Commons, Room 130) or Student Health Service (Wabasha Hall). Information is also available at www.student-resources.net.
Inclusion and Diversity
Kryzsko Commons, Room 121 (507-457-5595)
It is the goal of Winona State University to create a learning community where its members feel safe and respected regardless of cultural background and where opportunities are provided to explore, understand, and appreciate one another’s cultural experiences and heritage. Going beyond this, it is the goal of this institution to develop a learning community where diversity in its broadest terms—including race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, ability/disability, age, religion, economic, language, gender identity, and sexual identity—is valued, affirmed, and celebrated as an important first step toward embracing world differences in order to make the world a better place in which to live and work.
Winona State University is committed to cultural diversity and supports the following initiatives as part of its mission to:
• Promote understanding of the cultural and ethnic heritages of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans as well as other diverse cultures at WSU.
• Increase enrollment, retention, and success of historically underrepresented and under-served students (i.e., racially diverse students, first-generation college students, students for whom
English is a second language, and low-income students).
• Increase recruitment and retention of culturally diverse faculty and staff.
• Enhance curriculum development through the inclusion of multicultural perspectives.
• Provide resources for multicultural campus and community initiatives.
• Promote the understanding and appreciation of issues related to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, beliefs, ability levels, economic status, sexual identity, gender identity, and religion.
• Create a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment that encourages all campus members—student and employee alike—to grow and achieve their goals.
In the spirit of broadening horizons and enabling campus and community members to appreciate different cultures and ethnicities, the ultimate aim of Winona State University’s commitment to cultural diversity is to empower people of all backgrounds for successful living in a global society.
Integrated Media Services (Information Technology Services)
Howell Hall, Room B3 (507-457-5110)
Integrated Media Services provides real-time technology support required in the classroom to enhance the learning environment. Classroom support provides the “real-time” services needed to ensure that technology does not become a burden to the educational process. Additional services include equipment checkout, event support, audio/video duplication, video editing stations, and technical support and training.
International Services and Cultural Outreach
Kryzsko Commons, Room 128 (507-457-5303; fax 507-457-2474)
The Office of International Services and Cultural Outreach welcomes international students and provides assistance to all international students attending Winona State University. Information and advice is available regarding admission to the University, scholarships, immigration concerns and employment regulations regarding F-1 visa holders, friendship family program, orientation, insurance requirements, and other information related to the well-being of international students.
A limited number of English language courses are available for non-native speakers who are admitted to the University. Students are assigned to these courses on the basis of their scores on the WSU English Test for Non-Native Speakers. This test must be taken during orientation and prior to registration for the initial term of attendance at WSU.
See page 6 for admissions requirements and considerations. Students who initiate their attendance for fall semester will be billed during the fall for the entire year.
The University requires that international students meet with a staff member of the Office of International Services immediately after arrival to the University. At that time, students will receive detailed information on the required orientation (OASIS) held the week prior to the beginning of classes.
Maxwell Children’s Center
On-Campus Site: Wabasha Hall, 101 E Wabasha St.
Off-Campus Site: Madison Elementary School, 515 W. Wabasha St.
The Maxwell Children’s Center, which is part of the College of Education, provides:
• Full-service, affordable, educational, and inclusive child care for all children.
• An interactive classroom setting for University students seeking a
variety of Minnesota teaching licensures. Students participate in practicum/field placements, student teaching, and employment
• A model program for regional early childhood professionals.
The Children’s Center serves children aged six weeks to 12 years and is open-year round Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., excluding University holidays and part of each semester break. Children may be enrolled as either part-time or full-time participants. Additionally, children aged 3-5 may be enrolled as morning preschool participants. Children aged 6-11 may participate in after-school or full-day summer enrichment programs.
WSU students who have children are strongly urged to contact the Children’s Center as soon as they are admitted to WSU due to high demand for the center’s services.
Maxwell One-Stop Center
The Maxwell One-Stop Center, located on the west side of the newly remodeled Maxwell Hall, is a new student service center. By incorporating the functions of seven departments—Admissions, Advising and Retention, Career Services, Financial Aid, Parking, Registrar, and Student Accounts, the center provides students with more integrated and efficient services.
The heart of the Maxwell One-Stop Center is the second floor “hub” where staff who are trained as generalists assist students with many, and often all, of their enrollment service needs. When necessary, these generalists link students with specialists from the various areas who work one-on-one with students to address specific needs. Many of these specialists are located directly behind the hub. The Office of Admissions is on the first floor; resources such as advising, career services, and services for students with disabilities are located on the third floor.
The Maxwell One-Stop Center provides personalized, student-centered services that provide efficiencies by using existing technologies and allowing for quality face-to-face interactions between students and staff dedicated to student learning.
Maxwell Hall, (507-457-5062)
Parking permits are required in all University parking lots on the Winona campuses. The requirement for permits includes all students who have state-issued handicapped permits. The only exceptions are the metered spaces on the main campus.
The application process for parking permits starts April 1 to be effective the next school year. If applications exceed the number of available parking spaces, a drawing is held. Once space becomes available after the drawing, permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If no permits are available, applicants’ names are put on a waiting list. For more details and information about the cost of parking permits on the Winona campuses, contact Parking Services.
Sheehan Residence Hall, Main Floor (507-457-5555)
WSU Security is responsible for the physical security of all residence halls and academic buildings throughout the University. Campus security employs three full-time security personnel with over 75 years of combined law enforcement experience. In addition, the security force is supplemented with approximately 50 students who perform security-related duties on campus. The Winona Police Department also patrols and responds to calls on campus 24 hours a day throughout the year.
Security works to ensure the safety of students, staff, faculty, and University property. Crime prevention, proactive safety programs, and training are integral parts of Winona State University Security; our goal is to maintain a safe environment for everyone. See page 34 for information about crime awareness and the Campus Security Report.
Student Answer Center (SAC)
Kryzsko Commons, Lower Level (507-457-2456)
The Student Answer Center (SAC) is a one-stop resource for students, prospective students, families, and community members seeking information about WSU and the Winona area. The SAC is also the satellite site for the Maxwell One-Stop Center, which supports students with information on admissions, financial aid, registration, advising, career and employment, housing, parking, library services, and more. “ASK WSU” is coordinated through the staff at the SAC.
If students have questions prior to, during, or after their time at WSU, the SAC is here for them. Frequently asked questions can be accessed through the “ASK WSU” icon on the website. Routine inquiries can be handled by the SAC, making it a convenient WSU resource. The SAC’s hours of operation have been expanded; check the website for current hours.
Student Health Service
Wabasha Hall, 201 E. Wabasha Street (507-457-5160)
The Health Service facility is staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, registered and practical nurses, a medical technologist, a health educator, and a medical records clerk. Services include:
• Medical examinations and consultations for illness, injury, and other medical concerns
• Laboratory services
• Mantoux tests and other immunizations
• Physical exams for sports, employment, or travel
• Allergy injections (students must supply their own serum)
• Contraceptive counseling, exams, and prescriptions
• Health education materials including pamphlets, videos and consultation, which enable students to develop a lifestyle that will reduce their risk of disease and injury.
• Smoking cessation program
• Alcohol education class
• Campus-wide and community health promotion, prevention, and awareness programs
• A Peer Health Educator program
The student health fee pays for most of the services provided during regular office hours. However, there is a $5.00 office visit fee to see the physician or nurse practitioner. In addition, there are charges for medications, laboratory tests, and some medical procedures and supplies. Information about costs and charges is available on the health service website. Emergency care is available evenings and weekends at Community Memorial Hospital (855 Mankato Avenue, Winona).
Pre-Enrollment Medical Examination
Each student must complete a Report of Medical History form and submit it to the Student Health Service. All new students get the form at registration, or the health service mails it upon request. The form can be completed without a physical exam or a physician’s signature. However, the University recommends that a physical exam be done.
1. For students who are planning to participate in athletics, a physical exam is mandatory and must be completed after July 1. A special form is available from the Department of Athletics.
2. Health records for transfer students are not sent automatically with transcripts from other colleges; transfer students must specifically request the records. Students must complete the Report of Medical History for the WSU Student Health Service.
Proof of Immunization
Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A.14) requires that all students enrolled in a public or private post-secondary school in Minnesota be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella–allowing only for certain specified exemptions. Records must be on file with the Student Health Service. The law also requires that all students, in order to remain enrolled, must submit their immunization information to the Student Health Service within 45 days of the beginning of the semester. The immunization form is on the back of the Report of Medical History form. Forms are available in the Student Health Service office.
The hub of student activities is the Student Center in Kryzsko Commons. This facility encompasses places to eat, study, meet, or just hang out. The Jack Kane Dining Center is located on the upper level. Conference rooms and/or private dining areas are available to students for meetings and informal gatherings. The Student Activity Center is located on the main level and includes student lounges, conference rooms, a club activity room, Student Senate offices, Greek organization offices, a stage, dance floor, and numerous PC hook-ups. The Smaug dining center is also on the main level. This center includes dining choices such as Tuscan Oven, Sub Generation, and The Grille; these venues serve everything from burgers and wraps to Mexican cuisine to a variety of other cuisines. The Wharf (located adjacent to The Smaug) is a convenience store where students can get a made-to-order smoothie, ice cream, coffee, soft drinks, and many other items. The WSU Bookstore, located in the lower level, stocks WSU apparel, class books, and school supplies.
The Student Union/Activities Director and Assistant Activities Director advise and work with student committees to coordinate social, cultural, and recreational programs. Activities include movies, dances, guest speakers, concerts, river excursions, banquets, art exhibits, and other special events.
More than 190 student clubs and organizations are represented; they encompass a wide variety of interests. These clubs showcase academic, athletic, cultural, political, religious, and social interests. Each organization provides service activities to benefit its members, the campus, and the community. The Alliance of Student Organizations Committee (ASO) is the central organization to which all University clubs belong.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Note: The list of student organizations may be updated after this catalog is printed; the most up-to-date list will be available at www.winona.edu/studentunion/.
American Advertising Federation
American Chemical Society
American Marketing Association
American Sign Language
Association of Student Paralegals
Athletic Training Club
Communication Club (majors/minors in Communication Studies)
Computer Science Club
Criminal Justice Club
Education Minnesota Student Program
Exercise Science Club
Financial Management Association
Grub Street (English club)
Health Organization for Promotion & Education
Health and Wellness Association
International Association of Business Communicators
Learning Disabilities Association (Council for Exceptional Children)
Management Information Systems Association
Macintosh Users Group
Mass Communication Club
Minnesota Student Nurses Association
Music Business Club
Music Educators National Conference
Peace Office Student Training Association
Performance Engineering Club
Political Science Association
Professional Educators of Physical Activity
Psi Chi Honor Society (psychology club)
Science Education Club
SHAPE (Spreading Health Awareness/Peer Education)
Society for the Advancement of Material Process Engineering
Society for Collegiate Journalists
Society for Human Resources Management
Society of Plastic Engineers
Student Association of Social Workers
Student International Reading Club
Student MN Education Association
Synergy (Professional Business Association)
Therapeutic Recreation (recreation club)
Bocce Ball Club
Rugby Team (men)
Rugby Team (women)
Ultimate Frisbee—The Experience (men)
Ultimate Frisbee—Bad Monaz (women)
Volleyball Club (men)
Water Ski & Wakeboard Team
Athletic NCAA Intercollegiate Teams
Track & Field
Alliance of Student Organizations (ASO)
National Residence Hall Honorary
Residence Housing Association (RHA)
Student Support Organization for MSUSA
University Programming Activities Committee (UPAC)
KQAL FM Radio (college radio station)
Satori (literary publication)
Bravura (lab newspaper)
Winonan (student newspaper)
National Broadcast Society
Asian American Club
Association for Disability Awareness
Black Cultural Awareness Association
GLBTA (Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, Allies Partnership)
Hispanic Association of Students
Hmong American Student Association
Native American Heritage and Awareness
Soka Gaikki International
United Nations Club
Fine Arts Clubs
Symphonic Wing Ensemble
University String Quartet
Wenonah Players (theatre)
Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority
Phi Theta Chi Sorority
Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity
Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority
Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
Alpha Delta Mu (social work)
Alpha Epsilon Rho (broadcasting)
Alpha Lambda Delta (freshman/sophomore honors)
Alpha Omega Honore
Beta Beta Beta (Tri Beta Biological Society)
Delta Sigma Pi (business)
Golden Key International (junior/senior honors)
Kappa Delta Pi
Lambda Pi Eta
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Sigma Theta Tau (nursing)
Christians in Action - Chi Alpha
Catholic Newman Center
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Latter Day Saints Student Association
Lutheran Campus Center
Lutheran Student Fellowship
Muslim Student Association
True North WELS Campus Ministry
United Campus Ministries
Special Interest Clubs
Circle K (College Kiwanis)
Colleges against Cancer
FORGE (Fighting for Our Rights & Gender Equality)
Game Development Club
Habitat for Humanity
Rod and Gun Club
RPSIG (Role Playing Special Interest Group)
Strategy Gaming Club
Up ‘Til Dawn
Warriors for Life
WSU College Democrats
WSU College Libertarians
WSU College Republicans
Video Game Club
POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
Affirmative Action Office
Somsen Hall, Room 204
The Affirmative Action Officer provides information and investigates complaints of discrimination or harassment based upon race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law. The Affirmative Action Officer also investigates concerns regarding sexual harassment at WSU. These confidential services are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Call the Affirmative Action office for more information or to make an appointment.
Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act
WSU Security Services
Sheehan Hall, (507-457-5555)
Winona State University recognizes that providing the safest environment possible is an integral element of the University’s educational mission, and the University publishes an annual Campus Security Report that is available to everyone. This report provides statements of policy for a broad range of safety, community relations, environmental safety, enforcement authority, and response issues. It also includes a three-year statistical review of designated crimes on campus. A printed copy of this report may be obtained, at no charge, from the Director of Security, Winona State University (Sheehan Hall), Winona, MN 55987 or by calling 507-457-5555.
In addition, the Campus Security Report can be accessed at the following websites:
• Winona Campus:
• Rochester Campus:
Winona State University encourages all members of the University community to be fully aware of the campus safety issues and to take action to prevent and report illegal and inappropriate activities. Personal awareness and applying personal safety practices are the foundation of a safe community. The Campus Security Report is designed to inform and educate you on the measures that can be taken and the services available to you to assist in maintaining a safe and secure learning environment. All members of the University community are encouraged to contact the Director of Security at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (507-457-5555) with any concerns and questions regarding campus security and related issues.
Office of Student Life and Development
Kryzsko Commons, Room 130 (507-457-5300)
The WSU Student Conduct Policy and related policies, which express expectations concerning behavior and state the rights of students, are available online at www.winona.edu/sld or www.winona.edu/handbook (online Student Handbook) or in the Office of Student Life and Development. Students are responsible for being aware of and complying with all WSU student policies and regulations.
The purpose of the judicial system at WSU is (1) to provide an educational experience through which students learn to understand, accept, and promote attitudes and behavior conducive to responsible citizenship; (2) to provide a system by which students are held accountable for actions that violate University proscribed behaviors listed in the Student Conduct Policy; and (3) to protect the due process rights of students charged with violating these behaviors.
At the discretion of the University, students may be held accountable for behavior—both on and off campus—that constitutes a violation of local, state, and federal laws. Note that the WSU Student Conduct Policy does not replace or reduce the requirements of civil or criminal laws. If assistance with a complaint or additional information is needed, contact the Office of Student Life and Development.