Upon formal admission to a graduate program, each student is assigned a
faculty advisor. All students are encouraged to seek regular advice from
their advisors about registration and course selection, progress toward
degree completion, and opportunities for career development and further
study. Students must consult with their advisors before registration for
course work prior to the submission of an official planned program of
study. The official planned program of graduate study, designed by the
student and his or her advisor, must be submitted and approved prior to
completion of 16 credits of course work.
A student may request a faculty advisor other than the one assigned by
his or her department. To request a new advisor, a student must complete
a “Request for Change of Major, Degree and/or Advisor” form available in
the offices of the School of Graduate Studies, Registrar, or Enrollment
Continuing Education or on the web at
www.ccsu.edu/grad. The student should submit the request to
change the advisor to the Office of the School of Graduate Studies.
Changes of advisor are not automatic; however, to the extent that
individual faculty schedules permit, student requests for advisors will
Pre-admission advising is available in each school and in the offices of
the academic departments during fall and spring academic semesters.
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
The Graduate Student Association of Central Connecticut State University
includes as members all part-time and matriculated full-time graduate
students. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) sponsors social
activities, lectures, the GSA Scholarship, and Leadership Development
Grants for all graduate students. Leadership Development Grants assist
graduate students in attending conferences and workshops and/or in
completing research associated with the preparation of the capstone
experiences (theses and special projects). The GSA also funds the
activities of graduate student societies in the academic departments.
In addition to sponsoring graduate student programs and activities, the
GSA serves as the representative organization promoting graduate student
interests on the Central Connecticut State University campus. The GSA
president is a member of the President’s Cabinet, which also includes
the University’s administrative officers and the president of the
Faculty Senate. In addition, full- and part-time graduate students are
represented on the University Budget and Planning Committee and the
Graduate Studies Committee.
For further information, contact the Graduate Student Association
through the School of Graduate Studies, Barnard Hall, Room 102
(860-832-2364) or through the graduate website.
OTHER STUDENT SERVICES
Academic Center for Student Athletes. The Academic Center for
Student Athletes (ACSA) serves as a comprehensive program providing
academic support for CCSU’s intercollegiate student-athletes. The
Center’s staff assists student-athletes during team workshops, Center
study hall hours, and one-on-one meetings by introducing them to time
management tools, learning strategies and campus resources. The Center,
located in the library, is equipped with computers and provides a
comfortable environment for studying. ACSA is also affiliated with the
NCAA Champs Life Skills Program that offers a variety of life skills
programs each year.
Campus Mediation Services. Campus Mediation Services recognizes
that conflicts are a part of everyone’s life. Its purpose is to help
students responsibly and constructively solve their own conflicts.
Sometimes people are unable to resolve their own conflicts by
themselves, and they need someone to help.
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential and structured process of
resolving disputes and conflicts with the help of a neutral third party.
A mediator helps disputing parties to generate and evaluate options for
reaching a mutually acceptable agreement. Often students in conflict
don't have an opportunity to talk over their grievances in a neutral
setting and to work together to find their own solutions. As a result,
anger and frustration grow. Mediation is a workable alternative.
Campus Mediation Services is conducted on an as-needed basis. For
questions regarding Campus Mediation, please call Ramon Hernandez,
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Davidson Hall, Room 106, 832-1601.
Campus Ministry. The campus ministers are available to all
students for personal counseling and participation in classroom
discussion and to provide a variety of social, spiritual, and
educational programs. The Campus Ministry Office is located in Marcus
White, Room 303 (832-1935).
• Reverend Janet L. Stoddard, Protestant Campus Ministry, 832-1935
• Rabbi Henri Okolica and Marci Miller, Jewish Campus Ministry,
832-1935; campus contact is Sharon Braverman, 832-3207
• Father Paul Rotondi, ofm, Catholic Campus Chaplain, 832-1935; The
Newman House of CCSU, 832-3795
• Imam Qasim Sharief, Islamic Campus Ministry, 832-1935; campus contact
is Dr. Ali Antar, 832-2932.
Career Services and Cooperative Education. The University Career
Services Office (www.ccsu.edu/career)
provides a comprehensive program of career services to all students.
Graduating students are provided assistance with making the transition
to employment through workshops on resume writing, interviewing
techniques, job search strategies and information on employment.
Recruiters from major area corporations, government agencies and school
systems visit the campus as a part of the year-long campus recruiting
program. In addition the office maintains listings of full- and
part-time jobs which can also be accessed through the Career
Services/Co-op homepage (www.ccsu.edu/career)
and the Voice Job Line (860-832-1647). Career fairs offer opportunities
to meet with employers regarding all types of employment opportunities,
Co-ops, and internships. The following career fairs take place during
the academic year: September—“On-Campus Employment Fair,”
October—“Accounting Career Fair,” November—“Fall Career Fair,” and
April—“Spring Career Fair” and “Education Career Fair.”
Experiential education is a major focus for both undergraduate and
graduate students. Career Services coordinates the University’s sizeable
Cooperative Education Program which is described in detail on page 79 of
this catalog. Through this program, students work at six-month, paid
positions which are related to their major field of study and provide
them with real world experience.
Career Services also helps students to access paid and unpaid internship
opportunities through which students develop professional skills and
test out their career goals.
Counseling and Wellness Center. The mission of the Counseling and
Wellness Center (Marcus White Hall, Room 205) is to support the health
and well being of all members of the CCSU community. The Center offers
free and confidential services, including individual, group, and
relationship counseling, to full- and part-time students. The services
include clinical assessment, short-term counseling, and referral
assistance when appropriate. The Center also provides consultation
services to all members of the campus community. The Center is committed
to providing students with a welcoming and comfortable environment to
discuss their concerns with seasoned professionals. Some of the programs
sponsored by this department include the Natural Helpers Program,
AlcoholEDU (online), prevention education programs on a range of
behavioral health issues, and training for student leaders, staff, and
faculty. Student internships and Graduate Assistant positions may be
Enrollment Center/Office of Continuing Education. The Enrollment
Center (Willard Hall Lobby) is a centralized service center for all
students (full time or part time). Students may obtain all forms needed
to initiate administrative and academic actions at the Center. The
Center’s hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6
p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday morning during the academic
year, 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The University offers more than 500 courses each semester in the evening
and on weekdays and Saturdays for graduate students. Credit and
non-credit courses, workshops and seminars are also available to
students, community groups, civic organizations, businesses and
The Enrollment Center/Office of Continuing Education registers all
part-time and full-time graduate students. Students are notified in
advance of registration dates and procedures. All graduate students who
have been formally admitted to one of the University’s graduate programs
receive advisement from their faculty advisors.
International Student Services. All international students should
contact the Immigration Specialist in the George R. Muirhead Center for
International Education (Barnard 146) as soon as they are admitted to
graduate study. The Center provides a wide range of orientation and
advisement services for international students.
Learning Center. The Learning Center (TLC) helps students reach
their academic potential. Students who wish to establish a strong grade
point average are encouraged to visit TLC early in their college
experience for assistance with collegiate study skills, time management
and exam preparation. TLC provides study skills tutorials, individual
and small group study sessions, a study skills course called The Master
Student (ID 102), The Mathematics Tutoring Center, learning styles and
study skills assessment, and a computer-based Praxis I practice program
for students applying for teacher certification. TLC is located in
Copernicus, Room 241 (832-1900).
Student Disability Services. Student Disability Services (SDS)
provides students, faculty, and staff with assistance and information on
issues of access and fostering opportunities for students to participate
in a barrier-free learning environment at the University. SDS’s
principal duty is to provide services and supports that promote
educational equity for students with disabilities. Assistance includes
arranging reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids that are
necessary for students with disabilities to pursue their academic
studies, both in and out of the classroom.
Students with verifiable disabilities, visible or hidden, qualify for
services. Students should disclose their disability to SDS as soon as
they are notified of acceptance to the University to ensure timely
services. All students must provide current documentation of
disabilities that limit one or more major life activities. Disability
categories include, but are not limited to, the following:
mobility/orthopedic disabilities, specific learning disabilities,
attention deficit disorders, vision and hearing disabilities, acquired
head injuries, psychiatric/psychological disabilities, epilepsy, and
chronic health-related disabilities.
Course accommodations may include arranging for sign language
interpreters, CART, readers, note takers, extended time for exams,
on-campus housing, and classroom relocation if inaccessibility exists.
In addition, students are assisted in developing strategies to negotiate
campus life independently, learning advocacy skills, understanding legal
rights and protections, developing compensatory skills, and becoming
knowledgeable about adaptive technology and other on- and off-campus
For more information, visit
www.ccsu.edu/LearnCtr/disability/default.html; contact Natalie
Stimpson-Byers, coordinator of Student Disability Services, at 832-1957
[TDD: (860) 832-1954] or visit The Learning Center in Copernicus Hall,
Student Judicial Programs. The Office for Student Judicial
Programs administers the student conduct system for all full- and
part-time students. The goal of the Office for Student Judicial Programs
is the resolution of discipline cases in a developmentally sound manner
consistent with University policy and applicable state and federal laws.
This Office assists with the coordination of conduct referrals to
counseling, alcohol and other drug education, and other programs.
In addition, this Office is responsible for the development and
coordination of a variety of special activities designed to educate
students, faculty, and staff concerning the student conduct system. It
is also responsible for developing ways to effectively respond to
incidents or issues which threaten to disrupt the learning environment.
The Director of Student Judicial Programs is available to all students,
faculty, and staff who may have questions or concerns regarding the
University Judicial System. The Office is located in Barrows Hall, Room
University Health Service. Under the direction of a Medical
Director, University Health Service offers medical services to all
students for maintenance of health and the evaluation and treatment of
acute illnesses and injuries. In addition, the staff provides
contraceptive counseling, evaluation of sexually transmitted infections,
travel health information, mental health screening (working closely with
our Counseling Office), and a flu clinic in late fall. Patients are seen
by appointment only, except in the event of an emergency. Appointments
are free. Many services are provided at no cost; however, some services,
such as in-house prescriptions, certain lab tests, and immunization
updates, require a minimal fee. Certain laboratory tests, X-ray costs
and prescriptions filled at an outside pharmacy are covered through the
student’s particular health insurance plan. Referrals to appropriate
specialty consultants are made as needed.
All full-time students are required to submit a completed medical form
that includes a medical history, immunization data, and a physical
examination by a health care provider prior to registration at the
University. All matriculated part-time students are required by the
University to have up-to-date immunization records for measles and
rubella consistent with State of Connecticut Department of Health
Service guidelines (part-time form available on our website). Failure to
submit the required medical information may result in the withholding of
registration schedules and/or housing assignments.
General information (832-1925); medical appointments (832-1926). Hours:
Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
University Health Service is located in the Marcus White Annex, next to
the computer lab.
University Ombudsman. The University Ombudsman serves as a
prompt, impartial, and confidential resource designated by the President
of CCSU to assist members of the campus community to resolve a problem
or complaint quickly and properly. The Ombudsman also helps the
University to develop, implement, and maintain policies and procedures
which equitably address the rights and responsibilities of everyone on
campus. The University Ombudsman can be a last resort, offering help
when regular channels have failed, as well as an information resource,
offering guidance for those who don’t know where to begin. The Ombudsman
is not intended to replace existing University governance or appeal
procedures but rather to improve communications regarding University
operations and to enable members of the University community to protect
their rights and have their concerns responded to in an efficient and
effective manner. The office of the University Ombudsman is located in
Davidson Hall, Room 221 (832-2216).
Veterans Affairs. The Office of Veterans Affairs (Willard 133)
assists eligible students to obtain tuition waivers and educational
assistance benefits from the Veterans Administration. Questions
concerning benefits and eligibility should be directed to the veterans
affairs coordinator (860-832-2838).
Women’s Center. The Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center, named for its
founding director, is a multi-purpose program and service center for
students, staff and faculty. The center offers a variety of services for
and about women, including peer education, re-entry counseling, support
groups, crisis intervention, a luncheon series and programming and
research on women’s issues. The staff of the center also sponsors
educational and cultural programs in response to the needs and interests
of campus women. The Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center is located in the
Student Center, Room 215 (832-1655). Both men and women are welcome.