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STUDENT SERVICES

 

ACADEMIC DISCOVERY LAB       

The Academic Discovery Lab is a service jointly sponsored by the Counseling and Testing Center and the Office of Career Services. The lab provides students with a centralized location on campus that helps students identify a college major; learn about academic programs; access campus resources; and, work with the DISCOVER career decision-making software program. The Lab is located on the lower level of Wilder Hall.

 

CAREER SERVICES

The Career Services Office, located on the second floor of Wilder Hall, assists students and alumni in identifying their career options, and in developing job search strategies which can lead to meaningful employment. Many resources are available to assist in this process: experienced staff members, a Career Resource Center, and an outstanding cooperative education/ internship program. Workshops on writing resumes, interviewing for jobs, developing job campaigns, and other career-related

topics are offered on an ongoing basis.

 

Career Services provides an electronic vacancy listing which includes current positions available according to job categories. The Career Services Office also offers a computerized resume referral service for students and alumni. Representatives from business, industry, government and education conduct on-campus recruiting interviews for graduating students.

 

All students are encouraged to explore these resources. It is recommended that   students complete Career Services electronic registration materials the semester preceding  graduation. Alumni and others are welcome to inquire about services appropriate to  their needs. Visit the Career Services website at http://www.uwlax.edu/StuServ/CarServ  for more information.

 

COUNSELING AND TESTING CENTER

 

Accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. http://perth.uwlax.edu/Counseling/ index.html

112 Wilder Hall, (608)785-8073, ctc@uwlax.edu

 

The UW-L Counseling and Testing services are designed to help the typical college student adjust to the university environment, cope with the academic and social pressures, and prevent more serious problems from developing. The staff helps students be more effective in their academic work, personal life, and their relationships with people. Counseling Center services are available free of charge to currently enrolled students. Schedules permitting, non-UW-L students may use the fee-based Career Assessment Service offered to the La Crosse community.

 

Information shared in counseling sessions is confidential in accordance with Wisconsin Statutes. Counseling records, tests, and related information do not become part of the official university record. The UW-L transcript does not reflect that a student received assistance from the Counseling and Testing Center. 

 

The professional staff consists of psychologists, counselors, counselor associates, program assistants, and supervised professionals in training. Staff members have considerable experience in working with college students and use various short-term methods of individual and group counseling to help students achieve their goals. The Counseling and Testing Center is also a training site for masters and doctoral level graduate students who work under the supervision of licensed professional psychologists.

 

Students may schedule an appointment with the receptionist at the Counseling Center on the 1st floor of Wilder Hall.  Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Time is reserved each day for walk-in appointments for students who need immediate assistance. Our campus telephone is (608)785-8073.

 

Crisis Intervention-Students who are experiencing a personal crisis or tragedy should contact the Counseling Center for help in obtaining emergency services. After hours assistance is available at either area hospital or by calling the First Call for Help 24-hour telephone helping service at  (608)791-4344.

 

Individual Counseling-Individual counseling provides an opportunity to talk with a professional counselor about any topic or personal concern. Although each situation is unique,  students often discuss family problems, stress and anxiety, loneliness, relationships, choosing a major, handling crisis situations, making decisions, learning better coping skills, and study problems. Sometimes just talking through an issue with a professional is helpful.  Students are occasionally referred off campus to appropriate community resources.

 

Group Counseling-Each semester, the Counseling Center schedules a variety of groups and workshops designed to help  students learn new interpersonal skills and discuss personal concerns in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Check with the Counseling Center for information about current group offerings.

 

Career Testing-Several times during the semester the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey and Myers Briggs Type Indicator are administered to students who want to use the results to help select a major and explore different careers. This testing complements the information available to students who use the DISCOVER program.  Contact the Counseling and Testing Center for information about career testing.

 

Psychological Testing-Counseling Center staff psychologists provide psychological testing and interpretation for individuals, groups, and classroom workshops. The testing is typically used for personality assessment and may be arranged upon recommendation by a staff counselor.

 

National Testing-National testing programs are administered for UW-L students and other persons in the local community.  These tests include the ACT, Wisconsin Regional Placement Test, CLEP Test, Graduate Record Exam, PPST, Medical College Admission Test, Graduate Management Admission Test, and the Miller Analogies Test. Applications and information on dates, fees, and locations for these tests are available at the Counseling and Testing Center. A Computer Based Testing Site is also available at the Counseling and Testing Center. Call (608)785-8074 for more information.

 

Test Anxiety and Study Skills Assistance-Each semester the Counseling Center offers workshops and individual sessions on test-taking skills and managing test anxiety. The Counseling Center is also a place where students receive assistance with note taking, time management, speed reading, and text book study. Ask the receptionist about these services.

 

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs-Students or staff who are concerned about their own or a friend’s alcohol or drug use may receive consultation, assessments, short term counseling, or referrals to a number of community resources to help address these concerns. “Healthy Decisions About Alcohol” is an ongoing educational group for students who want to increase their knowledge and awareness of alcohol-related issues. The Counseling Center receptionist can schedule these appointments.

 

REACH and SHARE Presentations-Student peer educators present programs on topics such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, AIDS/STDs, campus violence, sexuality choices, and other critical issues which affect our UW-L campus. Peer educators receive extensive training and participate on a volunteer basis or receive credit for their service. Applications are available at the front desk of the Counseling Center.

 

Consultation-The staff of the Counseling and Testing Center will provide consulting services upon request and dependent upon current workload demands. Consultation can take many forms. Some examples include: (1) consultation with faculty, advisers, or residence hall staff about particular student problems; (2) consultation with student leaders and organizations regarding team building and group facilitation; and           (3) consultation with departments and supervisors who are experiencing personnel problems.

 

DISABILITY RESOURCE SERVICES — STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students. Students with disabilities on our campus are offered a variety of services to insure that both facilities and programs are accessible. The Disability Resource Services Office assists over 350 students annually in obtaining reasonable accommodations at the university.

 

In 1988, the Wisconsin Board of Regents passed an important non-discrimination policy for students with disabilities who attend the University of Wisconsin System schools. This policy mandates that students with disabilities will receive the accommodations necessary for them to have equal access to educational opportunities and programs in the integrated or main-streaming setting.

 

Any student at UW-L who has a physical, sensory, emotional, or learning disability should meet with personnel from the Disability Resource Services Office during his/her first semester on campus. Students should contact personnel at the office immediately after acceptance into the university.

 

All classroom buildings have elevators, entrance ramps and at least one accessible rest room for students using wheelchairs. Academic accommodations are arranged on an individual basis between the student and the instructor in consultation with the office staff. Students with disabilities may be eligible for services such as: taped textbooks, classroom note takers, test accommodations, priority registration, equipment loan, peer support groups and advising. Disability Resource Services Office is located in 165 Murphy Library, (608)785-6900.

 

FOOD SERVICE

Snack bars, vending machines, catering, and other food services are available in Cartwright Center. Contract board service is provided in Whitney Center. Food service is only available when the university is in session. Further information may be obtained from Student Activities and Centers, 212 Cartwright Center,

(608)785-8888.

 

COMPUTING SERVICES

Computing and network information resources are widely used to support instruction, research, student services and communication. UW-L provides computing laboratories for general student access, on campus electronic information resources such as shared software libraries, campus directories and databases. Through its connection to the Internet, it provides electronic mail, library catalogs and electronic information resources worldwide.

 

General access computer laboratories in several locations on campus are available to students at least 80 hours per week during each term and provide access to microcomputers running Windows 95 and Macintosh operating systems and a wide variety of application software. Laser printing is provided free of charge. A schedule of open hours of these laboratories is available each term on the Campus Information Server (perth.uwlax.edu/GCA). The TARG-IT Center Help Desk provides technical assistance and consulting.

 

The campus network reaches all academic buildings, including residence halls and supports both Novell network communications frequently found in businesses and Internet communications used worldwide in educational and research institutions and government facilities. All student computing laboratories and most faculty computers are connected to the network, facilitating electronic mail and other communications. Some residence halls have individual network connections in each room while others provide network access through a computer laboratory in the building available to residents. Students, faculty and staff can dial in from off campus through an Internet Service Provider and access electronic mail and library information.

 

Information servers provide services to individuals or computers over the campus network. Examples include the library catalog and other library information, institutional data managed on mainframe computers, an electronic mail “post office” which provides full featured electronic mail for all students, faculty and staff, and the Campus Web Server (perth.uwlax.edu) which provides information on campus events, directories of people and services and other information.

Computing and network resources are provided to students, faculty and staff to support academic work and to create a community of shared inquiry. Principles of responsible use to which all users are bound are printed in the student and staff handbooks available electronically on the Campus Web Server.

 

MURPHY LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTER

houses library holdings, computer facilities, and curriculum collections. Specialized facilities for computer instruction, extended hours studying, Disability Resource Services and Upward Bound are integral parts of the library. Adaptive computer access is provided and group study rooms are available. Graduate students may apply for individual graduate carrels.

 

The recently remodeled building and addition contain over 551,000 volumes in open stack collections, including books, maps, periodicals and microfilm. An on-line computer catalog allows users to search local, other University of Wisconsin and regional catalogs.

The Special Collections/Area Research Center contains the university archives, rare books, over 3,000 hours of oral history tapes, a 130,000-image photo collection, 5,200 books on Wisconsin history and a regional depository for State Historical Society records and documents.

 

There are more than 1,615 current periodicals shelved on the first floor with bound and microform volumes of periodicals and a current computer report listing titles alphabetically and by subject. The microform holdings number more than one million. Periodical indexes are available in a variety of formats including internet-based subscriptions, CD-ROM and paper. Information databases offer the full text of articles from thousands of journals, magazines and international and domestic newspapers to library users. Foreign and domestic telephone directories and newspapers as well as catalogs from other colleges and universities are available.

 

The video collection with more than 650 titles is located in the Curriculum Center. These materials can be checked and viewing facilities are available.

 

The library is unusually rich in foreign bibliographies, encyclopedias and reference volumes. It is a selective depository for state and federal documents. The inter-library loan department provides prompt access to materials which may be available at other state supported universities, but not at La Crosse. By cooperative agreement, students may also use the libraries of Viterbo College, Western Wisconsin Technical College, the La Crosse Public Library and area medical centers.

 

RECREATIONAL EAGLE CENTER

This new building includes a track, strength and conditioning center, aerobics room, martial arts room, four gymnasiums, climbing wall, racquetball courts, batting cages, TV lounge, vending area, Outdoor Connection, and the Child Care Center. The facility, funded entirely by student fees, is used for intramural sports, open recreation, and sport and activity club events.

 

STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

Member, American College Health Association (ACHA)

Health Science Center, (608)785-8558

 

The Student Health Center provides convenient, accessible, high quality, comprehensive, and low-cost health care to students registered at UW-L. The staff places a high priority on patient education by clinicians and educators who work in a cross-disciplinary mode to help students manage their own health care and learn how to interact with the medical system.The staff also believes, as their slogan states, that “Your success at college depends on good health.”

 

All UW-L students are eligible to use the Student Health Center. The fee is automatically included in the tuition statement for students who are registered for a minimum of seven credits during the fall and spring semesters or a minimum of three credits during the summer session. 

 

Students who are not enrolled for the minimum credits may also use the Health Center if they pay the Student Health Fee. Students are required to show their UW-L picture ID card every time they visit the Health Center.

 

Students are seen on an appointment basis on weekdays when school is in session 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or on Tuesday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (608)785-8558. Urgent care is available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a walk-in basis when the Center is open. Students who need emergency medical care when the Health Center is closed should go to either local hospital’s emergency room or walk-in clinic.

 

Patient Education-Patient education occurs with every patient contact and is viewed by the Student Health Center staff as one of our prime responsibilities. Each visit is an opportunity for educating college students about their health, their medical care, their health choices, and the appropriate use of medical facilities and resources.

 

Outpatient Treatment-Outpatient treatment is available on an appointment basis between the hours of 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session. Students may call (608)785-8558 to schedule an appointment.

 

Urgent Care-Students are asked to make appointments for all medical evaluations. A walk-in clinic is available during office hours for assessments of urgent medical needs. After hours urgent care is available at one of the local hospitals or clinics. Costs for after hours care services are not included in the UW-L student health fee and are the responsibility of the student.

 

Emergency Services are accessible at either local hospital’s emergency room. Since emergency services are not included in the health center fee, students are advised to be familiar with their family insurance plan coverage.

 

Minor Surgical Procedures requiring only local anesthesia can be done at the Student Health Center, e.g. stitches, wart removal, incision and draining of abscesses, and biopsies.

 

Gynecological & Reproductive Services include examinations, PAP testing, contraceptive services, genitourinary care, and colposcopy.

 

Laboratory Services services include routine blood counts; blood chemistries; urinalysis; cultures; STD, PAP, pregnancy, and HIV testing. A minimal charge is assessed for some testing. Students will be informed of this charge prior to the testing.

 

Allergy Injections can be arranged at the Health Center when the allergens and written orders are supplied by the student’s personal physician or allergist. Students are required to make an appointment with a Student Health Center physician/medical provider before starting allergy injections. All orders must be updated yearly.

 

HIV Testing and Counseling are provided confidentially at the Student Health Center. Counseling referrals are available to help students make healthy lifestyle decisions.

 

 Immunizations are available to help students meet departmental and college requirements and to prepare themselves for international travel.

 

Peer Education includes programs on topics such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, AIDS/STDs, campus violence, sexuality choices, and other critical issues which affect the UW-L campus.

 

Physical Therapy Services evaluate and treat acute orthopedic and sports injuries or conditions which require post surgical rehabilitation. Services are also provided for students who are physically challenged. Crutches, canes, and other orthopedic devices are available on loan.

 

Consultation & Referral occur, with a student’s written permission, with several on/off campus offices, e.g. Dean of Students, Counseling and Testing Center, Disability Resource Services, Athletics, International Education, Residence Life, County Health Department, local hospitals/clinics.

 

Students are not required to have insurance to receive care at the Health Center. Payment of student tuition/fees covers this cost. However, students are strongly encouraged to obtain supplemental hospital-accident insurance to cover such expenses as hospitalization, emergency services, specialist care, X-rays, pharmacy, and ambulance transport. These costs are not covered by the Student Health Fee. If coverage is available through a family plan, students are urged to have the name of the insurance carrier and policy/subscriber numbers available on campus. For those students not covered under family policies, a supplemental insurance plan is available through the University. Information brochures and applications will be mailed to students at their home address in early August. Extra brochures and applications are available at the Health Center.

 

All information in a student’s health record is entirely confidential and is not released to anyone without the student’s written consent. Students may schedule an appointment with the Health Information Manager to review their medical records.

 

HOUSING

Because the university residence halls are non-apartment style with two individuals to each room and centrally located bathrooms on each floor, most graduate students elect to live off campus. Baird Hall has been reserved for upperclass, graduate, and international students; single rooms are not available in Baird Hall. A kitchen on each floor is provided and the university meal plan is optional. Baird Hall is open during break periods and residents may stay in the hall for an additional charge.

 

On-campus housing fills very quickly. Students who are interested in this housing option should contact the Office of Residence Life immediately after being accepted for admission.

 

No university-owned housing is provided for married students. The Office of Residence Life does work closely with local landlords and rental agencies in compiling a list of apartments and rental spaces available off campus. The computerized list is updated weekly and available at a cost of fifty cents plus mailing costs. To obtain a copy of this list, call (608)785-8076. The Office of Residence Life is located on the second floor of Wilder Hall.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADVISER

The international student adviser is located in the Office of International Education,   116 Graff Main Hall. This adviser plays an important role in assisting new international students in their adjustment to UW-L and life in the United States. Although a primary function is advising students on the many issues that may affect their stay, the Office of International Education and the international student adviser provide other important services:

 

     pre-arrival information containing details about transportation and arrival, health insurance, housing, life in

         La Crosse, and orientation.

     orientation programs, scheduled each semester before classes, to acquaint new students with university academics, facilities, and procedures, life in La Crosse, money and banking, immigration laws, and campus and community organizations.

     administration of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) regulations in areas such as work authorization, transfer of schools, practical training authorization, and extension of stay.

     referral services to other university offices and community agencies.

 

The international student adviser serves as a liaison with other organizations that provide international students various opportunities to meet and interact with people from

UW-L and the La Crosse community. Two of these organizations are the International Student Organization (ISO) and La Crosse Friends of International Students (LFIS).

 

LEGAL AID SERVICES

The Student Association annually contracts with local attorneys to help students who need legal advice. By contacting the Office of Student Life, (608)785-8062, students can make appointments to see an attorney on campus. All information between attorney and student is kept confidential. It should be noted that legal service is limited to advice, not court appearances.

 

OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICES

The primary goals of the Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) are to increase the undergraduate and graduate enrollment of American minority and disadvantaged students, to improve the quality of their educational and social experience, and to increase the number of graduates. To accomplish these objectives, the OMSS sponsors retention services, such as tutoring and academic early intervention, and other special academic support programs and services. The OMSS also sponsors numerous cultural events, supports minority student organizations, promotes community outreach efforts, consults and holds joint programming sessions with support services offices, and encourages staff and faculty involvement in minority student assistance programs. In addition, the OMSS staff counsels students on financial, academic, postgraduate, and personal matters. For further information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, 243 Graff Main Hall, (608)785-8225. Information may also be obtained at the web site: http://www.uwlax.edu/StuServ/OMSSC.html .

 

OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE

The Office of Student Life staff strive to serve as advocates to promote the interest of students within the university. Their goal is to help facilitate student success by maximizing the use of the services available and to intervene on students’ behalf when requested and appropriate. Staff are prepared to address the following issues:

        social and academic integration (new student orientation)

        advising and referral of students who experience personal crises

        investigation of student complaints (ombuds role)

        advocacy and advisement for returning adult students (non-traditional aged)

The Office of Student Life is also designated with the responsibility of enforcing the various conduct codes on campus and for publishing the Eagle Eye student handbook (http://www.uwlax.edu/StuServ/OSL/osl. html). Students who experience harassment or discrimination or have questions regarding their rights and responsibilities, should visit the Office of Student Life for confidential advice and guidance. In addition, we can provide mediation services to students who may experience interpersonal conflict(s) and are interested in working toward resolution. The Office of Student Life is located in 149 Graff Main Hall, (608)785-8062.

 

STUDENT DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

In January 1976, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents adopted as administrative code, Chapter UWS 17, which included both non-academic and academic disciplinary procedures for the University System. In 1989, the Board of Regents separated these procedures by adopting an administrative code, Chapter UWS 14, which covers academic misconduct. A revised Chapter UWS 17 continues to cover non-academic misconduct. The procedures in both Chapters 14 and 17 describe the actions which the university may take in response to student misconduct; they define the academic and non-academic conduct which is prohibited; and they outline the procedures which are to be used to resolve allegations of misconduct. At several specified points in those system-wide procedures, the Board of Regents either directed or allowed each institution to adopt definitions or procedures which may be unique to individual universities, but which are consistent with the system-wide guidelines.

 

The wording of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student disciplinary procedures is identical to that in UWS 14 and UWS 17 as adopted by the Board of Regents. Copies of UWS 14 and 17 are readily available at the Office of Student Life, 149 Graff Main Hall. You are also invited to look at the Eagle Eye, our electronic student handbook at http://www.uwlax.edu/ StuServ/OSL/osl. html. Also included in the Eagle Eye is UWS Chapter 18 entitled “Conduct on University Lands.” This chapter describes parking regulations and other prohibited behavior.

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

 

There are many opportunities for campus and community involvement at the graduate level. The Involvement Center, 222 Cartwright Center, is a service that promotes volunteerism and involvement. The staff has access to a wide variety of resources to match opportunities with students’ interests. They also present programs to classes and organizations.

 

The Diversity Resource Center, 223A Cartwright Center, can assist student organizations and individual students in understanding and valuing diversity. It provides resources and educational programs that encourage the acceptance, respect, and appreciation of diversity in relation to race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical capabilities, socioeconomic status, and religious affiliation.

 

There are 150 student organizations, These include groups that focus on departmental/professional interests, social organizations, honor societies, human diversity, religious and spiritual areas, service, special interests, social activism, sports and activities. The Recognized Student Organizations Guide, available in Student Activities and Centers Office, 212 Cartwright Center, has descriptions of each organization.

 

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is a recognized university student organization for all graduate students. The organization is led by elected student officers, the Student Senate and other UW-L governing bodies (i.e., the Faculty Senate-appointed Graduate Council and Graduate Curriculum Committee have graduate student representation). Each year the GSO implements a variety of professional development activities such as graduate research orientation, use of instructional technology, and career counseling. Travel funds are available on a competitive basis from the GSO for students enrolled in a degree program who are presenting or attending professional conferences. A competitive Graduate Student Research Grant program is also available. Contact the Office of University Graduate Studies   (608)785-8124, for information about the GSO or funding opportunities.

 


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