Departments within the Division of Student Affairs

The Student Affairs Division consists of numerous departments that share the common goal of providing services, programs, and opportunities for our students to grow, develop, and fully engage in campus life. The mission of Student Affairs is to support a student-centered learning environment that encourages student development and inspires student success.


The following tabs below offer you a brief look into the various departments within the Student Affairs Division. Each department's official website link is listed, which we encourage you to visit for further information.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Laura Tordenti, Vice President for Student Affairs

Student Affairs is committed to providing a safe and healthy campus environment for students to enhance their ability to fully engage with the total educational experience at CCSU. Myriad co-curricular learning opportunities, programs, services, and activities are offered to assist students in their personal and social development.

The Office of the Vice President provides leadership to the departments within the Division, serves as a resource for questions regarding University policies and procedures, and makes referrals to other offices for more information or problem resolution. We assist students in resolving a variety of personal, medical, and other issues that may affect their academic performance and daily life on campus. Also, we handle absence notices for students who have appropriate documentation and work with Student Disability Services to facilitate medical absences and accommodations.

In collaboration with the Learning Center, Student Affairs is actively involved with the Early Alert (formerly known as Early Academic Warning) program, the goal of which is to intervene with students who have poor grades, attendance issues, or personal issues that may be affecting their academic progress. Poor academic performance and/or attendance issues are often symptomatic of other problems students may have. If we can meet with, and help students before the first exam of the semester, they have a better chance of achieving academic success.

Office Location: Davidson Hall, Room 103
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone Number:
(860) 832-1601

Orientation Programs

Orientation Programs

Mr. Ramon Hernandez, Associate Dean of Students

Student Affairs coordinates fall and spring Orientation for new students (first-year, transfer, and international students). This mandatory program assists students in their transition to campus life by providing support, information, and peer involvement. We assist the Center for Advising and Career Exploration (CACE) during the Central Starts Now advising and registration program that takes place in June and July.

First-Year Students:
Please contact the Center for Advising and Career Exploration (CACE) for information on Central Starts Now Registration and Advising Days.

Transfer Students:
Please contact the Office of Transfer and Academic Articulations for information.

International Students:
Please contact the Center for International Studies (CIE).

Office Location: Davidson Hall, Room 103
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone Number: (860) 832-1601

For more information about Orientation programs at CCSU please visit the following link:

New Student Orientation

RECentral

RECentral

Mr. Kenneth DeStefanis, Assistant Director of Recreation & Intramural Programming

RECentral is a full-service recreation department that offers a variety of activities such as fitness classes; personal training; intramurals; club sports; aquatics programming; outdoor activities; and special events.

RECentral provides students, faculty, and staff with enjoyable and educational recreation activities that encourage personal development and contribute to participant fitness. RECentral manages five fitness centers located in Beecher, Mid-Campus, and Sam May residence halls, Memorial Hall, and Kaiser Hall. The Kaiser Annex (aka the "Bubble"), is a 37,000 sq. ft. recreational/athletic, air-supported structure housing five, multi-purpose courts that can be used for tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, karate/jiu jitsu and more.

Office Location: Harrison J. Kaiser, Room 044
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hours of Operation: Please see the website for hours of operation for all facilities.
Phone Number: (860) 832-3732

For more information on RECentral and to learn more about intramural and recreational activities happening, please click the link below:

RECentral

Residence Life

Residence Life

Ms. Jean Alicandro, Director of Residence Life

Living on campus provides our students with opportunities to more fully participate in campus life; realize their role and responsibilities in a community; and succeed personally and academically. Dedicated staff endeavor to create an environment that facilitates learning and growth, embraces diversity and collaboration, and encourages leadership and service to the community.

There are a variety of housing options from which students may choose. Nine residence halls offer comfortable, safe, and attractive places to live and learn and are within easy walking distance to dining halls, classrooms, and on-campus entertainment. Students have access to study lounges; five fitness centers, three of which are located in the residence halls; free Wi-Fi; cable TV; and game rooms.

Professional staff, either an Area Coordinator or a Residence Hall Director, live in each of the residence halls and offer support to residential students 24/7. These staff members are also responsible for the overall operation of their respective building. In addition, there are resident assistants and other paraprofessional staff who help students get involved, access services, take advantage of learning opportunities, and ensure the safety of the residential community.

Main Office Location: Mid-Campus Hall, Room 118
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone Number: (860) 832-1660

To learn more about Residence Life and to explore the various accomodations on campus, as well as receive answers to some of the more frequently asked questions, please click the link below:

Residence Life

Student Activities & Leadership Development (SA/LD)

Student Activities & Leadership Development (SA/LD)

Mr. Scott Hazan, Director of Student Activities & Leadership Development

Student Activities & Leadership Development (SA/LD) provides opportunities for learning and engagement to foster students' personal growth and strength of character. Through training, mentorship, and involvement in co-curricular activities, students develop a sense of civic responsibility, an appreciation for community involvement, and a respect for diversity.

SA/LD:

  • Advises and trains student organizations
  • Guides students in coordinating, organizing, and supervising student-sponsored events
  • Facilitates leadership development workshops
  • Provides extensive opportunities for student leadership roles
  • Offers recreation and wellness activities
  • Supports our diverse student body and much more!

Office Location: Student Center, Room 201
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone Number:
(860) 832-1990

For more information about the Student Activities/Leadership Development Department, please click the link below:

Student Activities & Leadership Development

LGBT Center

LGBT Center

Ms. Crystal Nieves, University Assistant

The LGBT Center provides a welcoming, safe, and approachable space for the CCSU LGBT community and focuses on providing resources and student support services for the University lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally community. The Center’s efforts include providing campus programming around LGBT issues; LGBT student community building and networking opportunities; information and referral services; and maintaining a specialized literary and periodical library. The Center also organizes and facilitates diversity trainings for the campus community on the topic of LGBT inclusion, resources, and services unique to this community.

Office Location:  Student Center, Rooms 304 -305 (We are an accessible location via the Student Center elevator)
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone number: (860) 832-2090

For more information about the LGBT Center at CCSU, please visit the following link:



LGBT Center

Student Center

Student Center

Mr. Otis Mamed, Director of the Student Center

The Student Center provides services, facilities, and equipment to support programs that enhance the vitality of the campus community. Student Center Operations manages the campus-wide calendar for all campus events, activities, conferences, workshops, and banquets through the Central Reservations Office. Many student organization offices are located in the Student Center, which also houses a food court, the campus bookstore, the campus Blue Chip Card Office, as well as several meeting rooms, including the Bellin Gallery and Alumni Hall. All residential students can utilize their own postal box through the student mailroom in the Student Center.

Housed in the Student Center are Student Activities and Leadership Development offices, the Women’s Center, the LGBT Center, and the radio station. There are many lounges, nooks, and cozy spots throughout the Student Center to relax and/or meet up with friends, classmates, and faculty over coffee. The Breakers Game Room offers tournament billiard tables, electronic amusements, board games, and sports television. The Centix Box Office offers tickets to CCSU events, with the exception of Athletic events. Staff at the Information Desk in the main lobby will assist you with questions you may have about the campus.

Student Center Office: (860) 832-1960                         Information Desk: (860) 832-1970
Central Reservations: (860) 832-1964                          Centix Box Office: (860) 832-1989

Office Location: Student Center 116
Main Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Building Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-1 p.m.

Should you have any questions about the building, upcoming events, or if you need any general information about CCSU, please feel free to stop by the Information Services Desk, located in the main lobby, or click the link below:

Student Center

Student Conduct

Student Conduct

Mr. Christopher Dukes, Director of Student Conduct

Student Conduct educates students and protects the rights, health, and safety of all members of the CCSU community. We strive to empower students to make healthy decisions and encourage each community member to incorporate acceptable behavior into a lasting code of ethical conduct in their lives. We aim to assist the development of a healthy campus community, built on personal responsibility and good citizenship.

Office Location: Carroll Hall, Room 205
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone Number: (860) 832-1667

To learn more about the Office of Student Conduct and to review the Student Code of Conduct, please click the link below:

Student Conduct

Student Disability Services (SDS)

Student Disability Services

Ms. Valerie Hamilton-Brodie, Director of Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services (SDS) provides 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 outside of the classroom. Students with verifiable disabilities, visible or hidden, qualify for services. All students must provide documentation of their disability that includes, but is not limited to, caring for oneself, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, performing manual tasks, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working.  In addition, students can learn advocacy skills and how to negotiate campus life independently, develop compensatory skills, and become knowledgeable about adaptive technology and other on-and off-campus resources.

SDS provides students, faculty, and staff with assistance and information on issues of access and fosters opportunities for students to participate in a barrier-free learning environment at CCSU as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For additional information regarding Student Disability Services, please visit: www.ccsu.edu/sds.

Office Location: Carroll Hall, Room 24
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone Numbers: (860) 832-1957 or (860) 832-1952

To learn more about the Office of Student Disability Services, please click the link below:

Student Disability Services (SDS)

Student Wellness Services-Counseling

Student Wellness Services-Counseling

Dr. Jacqueline Harris, Director of Student Wellness Services

Student Wellness Services - Counseling supports the academic success of students by assisting them in resolving mental health concerns and other personal difficulties and by offering services and programs intended to foster the development of resilience, grit, and empowerment.

SWS - Counseling is staffed by licensed master’s and doctoral level clinicians with experience in college student mental health. We work with students experiencing depression; anxiety; alcohol and substance abuse concerns; relationship difficulties; grief and loss; difficulties with adjusting to college life; gender identity and sexuality concerns; and many other types of personal challenges.

We offer a variety of personal counseling services, support groups, and alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention services to enrolled full- and part-time students. Services are free and confidential.  Psychoeducational programming services are offered to CCSU faculty and staff.

Students may schedule an appointment by calling (860) 832-1945 or by visiting Marcus White Hall, Room 205. Urgent appointments for students in the midst of a serious crisis are scheduled on a same day basis.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY

  • If a student is on-campus and is feeling homicidal or suicidal, and will not or cannot make it to the Counseling Center:          
    • Please call University Police at (860) 832-2375 for assistance
  • If a student is on-campus and is feeling homicidal or suicidal, and it is after 5:00 pm on a weeknight, any time during the weekend, or during a semester break:
    • Please call University Police at (860) 832-2375 for assistance
  • If a student is off-campus and is feeling suicidal or homicidal:
    • Please call 911 for assistance
  • Wheeler Clinic maintains a 24-hour Helpline for providing crisis intervention, support, and referral services to adults in the greater Hartford area.  They can be reached at (860) 747-3434

Office Location: Marcus White Hall, Room 205
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone Number: (860) 832-1945

Click to learn more about the Student Wellness Services - Counseling Center and their role at CCSU.

Student Wellness Services-Counseling Center

Student Wellness Services-Health Services

Student Wellness Services-Health Services

Dr. Jacqueline Harris, Director of Student Wellness Services

Student Wellness Services - Health provides routine medical care to all students by appointment. Our medical providers assist students with any acute or emergency issue that may arise during their educational journey. Medical problems are diagnosed and treated in our office by board-certified medical physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses. SWS - Health uses a referral network of local specialists and hospitals for more complex or serious medical issues.

Some of the services provided include flu shots, urine screenings, conceptive counseling, and tuberculosis testing. There is no charge to be seen by a provider, although some in-house tests, immunizations, treatments, and prescription medications may require a small fee, which is billed to a student's Bursar account. SWS - Health does not bill insurance companies or other third party payers.

SWS - Health is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. After these hours, if a student has a non-emergent medical problem, we recommend that they first contact their primary care provider's office. In addition, many insurance companies now offer 24-hour nurse advice lines and students are encouraged to take advantage of that service. There are also two nearby emergency rooms and several urgent care centers in the vicinity.

All visits made to SWS - Health are strictly confidential. Medical records or information will not be released without a student-signed consent. This policy applies to parents and faculty.

Office Location: Marcus White Annex
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone Number: (860) 832-1925

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Student Wellness Services-Health Services

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs

Mr. Chris Gutierrez, Veterans Affairs Coordinator

Veterans Affairs assists veterans, members of the National Guard, and reservists in taking full advantage of the educational benefits available to them through the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and other programs. We provide assistance to incoming student veterans on applying for admission to CCSU and in transitioning from active military duty to CCSU, or from CCSU to active military duty. Student veterans are offered guidance about campus resources such as tutoring, counseling, and early registration.

The office is co-located with the Veterans Drop-In Center where veterans, dependents, and military students may study, network, utilize computers, have lunch, share conversations, and participate in the Veteran Student Organization (VSO) activities.

Office Location: Carroll Hall, Room 035
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Drop in Center: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone Number: (860) 832-AVET (2838) or (860) 832-1869

To learn more about the Office of Veterans Affairs and their role at CCSU, please click the following link:

Veterans Affairs

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry seeks to promote personal and communal growth at CCSU. Campus ministers are available for counseling and guidance, participation in discussion, as well as a variety of social, spiritual and educational programs. The chaplains of Campus Ministry strive to foster a deeper appreciation of those traditions for the purpose of contributing to the greater unity in which all people can live in justice, peace, and harmony.

Campus Ministry Contacts:
Mr. John P. Campbell (Catholic - Newman House)
Dr. Felton Best (Protestant Chaplain)
Rabbi Okolica (Jewish - Hillel)
    Sharon Braverman (on-campus contact)
Imam Sharief (Islam - Islamic Campus Ministry)
    Dr. Nidal Al-Masoud (on-campus contact)
Phone Number: (860) 832-1935

To learn more about the role of Campus Ministry at CCSU and to gather information about the various spiritual organizations on campus, please click the link below:

Campus Ministry