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Columbus State University is dedicated to developing the full potential of its students. A variety of opportunities are provided for students to explore personal, professional, and social interests; to develop leadership capabilities; and to broaden intellectual and cultural dimensions through student activities programs and services consistent with the goals and purposes of the university.

The Office of the Dean of Students is responsible for student activities and university recognized student organizations. The student activities fee helps to defray the operational expenses of a number of programs and services which are intended for the benefit of all students. A student-faculty committee advises the university administration in the allocation of these fees and policy issues.

Academic Support
Refer to the University College section of this catalog.

Academic Advising Center
The Academic Advising Center serves as a central resource for students to gather information about academic programs and opportunities across campus.  The Center assists students in exploring suitable programs of study and refers them, when appropriate, to related campus services such as the Career Center and the Counseling Center.  Advisors at the Advising Center work closely with academic departments, and offer specialized advising to transfer students, first-year students who have not selected a major program of study, and continuing students who are considering changes in their academic programs.  The Academic Advising Center supports and encourages students to make responsible and informed decisions for themselves about their courses of study. The Academic Advising Center is located in 104 Woodall Hall.


The university is a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The director of athletics administers intercollegiate athletics in accordance with the regulations of the NCAA and the policies of a faculty-student committee. Women compete in intercollegiate basketball, softball, tennis, cross country and soccer; while men compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, and tennis. Any student interested in competing on any sports team should contact the athletic director. The athletic department also supports a nationally-ranked co-ed cheerleading squad.

Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation offers a wide range of team and individual intramural programs for students, faculty, and staff. Current programs include flag football, volleyball, softball, tennis, basketball, golf, eight ball, chess, checkers, card games, and individual challenges. Outdoor adventure trips include whitewater rafting, canoeing, backpacking, and snow skiing. In addition to scheduled activities, the tennis courts, gymnasium, fitness center, handball courts, and an intramural field are available for free play. Hours of operation are posted each semester in appropriate locations. For information, contact the Campus Recreation Office in 207 Health and Safety Center, (706) 568-2273.

Career Center
The Career Center, located in 147 Davidson Center, provides students and alumni with career information, current employment and experiential education opportunities, and assists in the development of effective job search skills. In the Jobs Room at the Career Center, students and grads will find a variety of opportunities offered by local as well as state and nation-wide employers seeking qualified candidates. This includes full-time, part-time, and seasonal employment. The jobs are both casual � perfect for the student � and professional, right for the graduate. The Career Center is also the source of information for on-campus employment including student assistant and work-study positions, and employment with the on-campus vendors.

The Career Center offers a variety of career-related programs throughout the year. In addition to posting positions in the Jobs Room, employers provide information tables at various locations on the campus during the semester. Job search seminars and interviewing skills seminars are presented several times throughout each semester, as well as specialized programming on such topics as how to prepare for a career fair and obtaining employment with the state. Check the Career Center website frequently for the schedule of employers and seminars.

Major career events are a highlight of the year on any campus. CSU students are invited to attend several events during the year; however, two of the largest are sponsored by the Career Center -- Career Opportunities and Careers Expo. Career Opportunities is organized by a consortium of colleges, and attracts a diverse group of employers from across the state. This event is held each Fall semester in Atlanta. Careers Expo, held each spring on the CSU campus, is the largest event of its kind in the Columbus area, providing students and grads with an excellent opportunity to speak with over 80 employers and school districts. Underclassmen are encouraged to use this event for information gathering purposes, while seniors and alumni can network for potential employment opportunities.

The Career Center supports the students� need to have a professional presentation. The Center offers resume preparation assistance using ResumeMaker, which is free to students and alumni, and allows you to create a professional resume in the Career Center's computer lab. After uploading your resume through our software, you can make necessary revisions on any computer with internet access. Once approved through our critiquing service, your resume can be posted on CougarTRAK for employers nationwide to review. Remember, ResumeMaker must first be accessed through the Career Center's computer lab. For more information on Career Center services, visit our website at

Those wishing to relocate outside the Columbus area upon graduation are advised to utilize Georgia HIRE, a statewide, shared-resume database. This system, a cooperative effort between MonsterTRAK and the University System of Georgia, allows resume posting and job notice retrieval and is accessible through the Career Center web site.

Activities related to the students� classroom experience are offered through the Career Center and includes the Cooperative Education program and internship opportunities. Students are also encouraged to become involved with Cougar P.A.W.S., the campus volunteer connection, as another avenue to gain career-related experience while attending school.

Cooperative Education. The purpose of the cooperative education program is to provide Columbus State University students with a well-balanced combination of academic study and alternating periods of professional work experience related to the student's major and/or career goals. Cooperative education is a way for a student to earn college expense money while gaining practical, on-the-job experience.

Internship is meaningful work related to the students� course of study for course credit. An internship is an academic activity, offered and defined by many of the CSU majors within the individual schools. The School determines the eligibility for participation, the requirement for course credit, and supervises the students� activity.

Both programs allow the integration of classroom theory with professional work experience, and the opportunity to develop professional work habits. Participating in experiential programs allows the student to:

  • Realistically test career choices
  • Achieve smoother transition into full-time employment
  • Apply classroom learning to a work setting
  • Gain valuable work experience and professional contacts that will help in seeking employment after graduation
  • Observe a potential employer and workplace before accepting full-time employment
  • Obtain job offers at higher starting salaries upon graduation

More information on experiential education, including volunteering, may be obtained by contacting the Career Center.

Center for International Education
The Center for International Education increases an understanding of the world among CSU students, faculty and staff.  CIE provides advising for study abroad and exchange programs.  It also provides advising to international students, including cultural and personal counseling, general academic counseling, and advising on immigration matters.  Students seeking assistance should contact (706) 565-4036.  CIE is located in the International House on Clearview Circle.

Clubs and Organizations
Students are encouraged to participate in the programs and services of student organizations that can enhance personal and professional development. The university has recognized the following clubs and organizations. For further information regarding clubs and organizations, contact the office of student life, 271 Davidson Student Center, (706) 568-2273.

Academic and Professional
AMSA - Premedical
Association for Computing Machinery
Counseling Student Association
French Club
History Club
LEAD( Leadership Education and Development)
Max Club
Sociology Club

Honor Societies
Honoris Causa
Kappa Delta Pi
Lambda Pi Eta
National Society for Collegiate Scholars
Omicron Psi
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Beta Delta
Phi Kappa Phi
Pi Kappa Lambda
Sigma Tau Delta

Special Interest
Action International
Baptist Student Union
College Republications
Cougars for Christ
CSU Democrats
Greek Council
Minority Student Union
Newman Society of CSU
Orientation Team
Residence Housing Association
Student Government Association
Student Political Awareness
Student Activities Council
Westminster Fellowship

Social Sororities
Alpha Delta Omega
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Zeta
Phi Mu
Xi Theta
Zeta Phi Beta

Social Fraternities
Alpha Phi Alpha
Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Sigma
Phi Beta Sigma
Sigma Nu
Tau Kappa Epsilon

Performing Arts
Collegiate Music Educators National Conference
CSU Chorale
CSU Jazz Bands
CSU Symphony/Orchestra
Cougar Pep Band
Mu Phi Epsilon
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Sigma Alpha Iota
University Singers
Wind Ensemble
Wind Orchestra

Counseling Center
The Counseling Center, located in 146 Davidson Student Center, offers a variety of services to all students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The counseling staff consists of mental health professionals who are trained and experienced in facilitating personal development. A confidential atmosphere is provided where personal, social, and academic concerns may be discussed. These concerns include, but are not limited to, the following: anxiety management, depression, career decisions, loneliness, interpersonal relationships (peers, boy/girl friend, family), and academic difficulties.

If the counseling staff are unable to provide the necessary service for a client, appropriate recommendations are discussed and referrals are made. The orientation and philosophy of the Center give equal consideration to the emotional, personal, academic, and vocational aspects of each student's development.

Each semester, the counseling staff present outreach programs on topics such as test anxiety reduction, stress management, assertiveness training, study skills improvement, and other life skills. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these free workshops.

Psychological testing is available in areas of interest, intelligence, and personality. The primary purpose of the testing services is to assist students in self-awareness and to integrate this awareness into decision-making skills and rewarding behavior. In addition, fee-for-service assessment is available for students who wish to petition for special academic accommodations.

Diversity and Multicultural Services
The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Issues and Services, located in the Davidson Student Center, room 271, provides assistance and advocacy to minority and multicultural students. Sensitivity to minority, multicultural and cross cultural students is an important aspect of the office. The office consults with student groups regarding programming for this aspect of Student Life.

First Year Experience
� Program
Refer to the University College section of this catalog.

Minority Advising Program
The Minority Advising Program promotes the academic welfare of African American and other minority students at CSU. Through programs, activities, and services, the Minority Advising Program enhances the personal development, retention, and academic success of the students it serves. MAP programs, activities, and services are open to all CSU students. Contact the University College Dean�s Office for more information.

Residence Life
CSU Courtyard I is a 430-bed student residence complex that houses all freshmen residents. Special programming and activities are planned for the freshmen at Courtyard I. The Wall Street Program for Business majors and the Intensive Study Program for upperclassmen with a 3.0 or higher G.P.A are also located in Courtyard I. It is located, just a short walk from the center of campus, on College Drive. A clubhouse, swimming pool, laundry facilities, game room, and cable and internet connections are included amenities.

CSU Courtyard II, a 349-bed complex is arranged in one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments. Courtyard II houses all upperclassmen and is located on Gentian Boulevard, which is within walking distance of the center of campus. Courtyard II also houses the Global Village Program for international residents.It has a clubhouse, laundry facility, outdoor recreation area, basketball courts, cable and internet connections, balconies, and outdoor storage.

Each apartment complex has a full-time live-in Residence Life Coordinator and a staff of Resident Assistants to make the living on campus a great experience. The Office of Residence Life is located on University Avenue (behind Courtyard I) and the office number is (706) 568-2026.

Student Art Gallery
The student art gallery has a number of art exhibitions on display throughout the year. These displays feature the contemporary works of art by international, national, regional and local artists, as well as student artists. The highlight for many of the exhibits is the reception for the visiting artist attended by faculty, students and community members. There are also various workshops by these artists that are available for students. Annually, during the spring, the Student Art Exhibition provides the climax for the art student's academic year. 

Student Government Association
The Student Government Association represents the interest and welfare of students through its elected officials and representatives. Student government has as its purposes the encouragement of student participation in university affairs and the promotion of understanding among students, faculty, and administration. The student forum advises the university administration on student issues, recommends students to serve on university student-faculty committees and administers programs and services consistent with the privileges granted in its constitution.

Student Handbook
A student handbook is available to all CSU students, faculty, and staff. The handbook contains general information on student life, student services, campus organizations, and fraternities and sororities. University policies and student rights and responsibilities are also included in this publication.

Handbooks are distributed during new student orientation and are also available in the Student Life Office, Davidson 277, in most academic department offices, and on the Web.

Student Health Services
The Student Health Center is located in the Health and Safety Center. The hours of operation are posted each semester. After hours, students may receive assistance from the University Police Department in the Health and Safety Center. A family practice physician is available to see students by appointment during scheduled clinic hours at no cost to the student.

The university is not responsible for medical bills or for illnesses/injuries incurred in free play, physical education classes, university-sponsored intramural sports, or other regularly scheduled classes or activities.

All students are urged to have health insurance coverage of some type. A group student health and accident insurance plan is available to all Columbus State University students. Information and applications can be obtained from the Student Health Center.

The Student Health Services budget is derived from student health fees. Fees cover professional services, selected over-the-counter medications, first aid supplies, and educational materials. Community referrals and health counseling are available through the health center. All medical care and counseling are confidential. For further information, contact Student Health Services (706) 568-2039.

Student Medical Withdrawals. A student may be administratively withdrawn from the university when, in the judgment of the office of the dean of students, and after consultation with appropriate university officials, such as the director of Student Health Services and/or the director of the Counseling Center, it is determined that the student suffers from a physical, mental, emotional, or psychological health condition which poses a significant danger or threat to the student, the university, or the rights of others in the university community. A student shall, upon request, be accorded an appropriate hearing with the vice president for student affairs prior to final decision concerning continued enrollment at the university. In emergency situations, a decision on medical withdrawals may be made prior to a hearing, but review of the decision may be made at the request of the student.

Student Musical Organizations
Opportunities are available for students to participate in instrumental and choral activities in the Schwob School of Music. Individual auditions and professor/conductor approval is required for all CSU ensembles, including Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Orchestra, Chorale, University Singers and Jazz Band. Students selected for participation in these various ensembles may register for one hour of credit per semester. All rehearsals and most performances are in the RiverCenter. A university shuttle is available to transport students from the main campus to the RiverCenter.

Student Newspaper
The student newspaper, The Saber, offers a wide variety of opportunities for interested students to gain experiences in writing editorials, reporting, photography, layout, and business management. It reports and interprets news of interest to the campus community and expresses opinions on significant matters.

Student Activities Council
The purpose of the Student Activities Council (SAC) is to contribute to the social, recreational, cultural, and educational development of the university community through programs and services. A program of concerts, lectures, films, and other entertainment is provided through a portion of the student activities fee paid by students at registration. Student admission is free or at reduced rates.

CSU Theatre provides students with an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of dramatic activities which includes main stage productions, as well as several shorter studio theatre presentations each semester. Experience and training can be gained in acting, directing, musical theatre, children�s theatre, makeup, design and production, and arts management. Academic credit may be earned for participation in theatre productions. Student admission to the university theatre productions is free.

University Police/Motor Vehicle Regulations
The University Police Department is located on the second floor of the Health and Safety Center. The department has sworn police officers who are responsible for life and property safety, parking enforcement and enforcement of state and local laws. The officers also secure campus buildings, assist motorists with battery jump-offs and keys locked in vehicles, and patrol the university campus on foot, bikes, and marked patrol cars. The Department of University Police has membership in the Georgia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

Operation and parking of a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege. All motor vehicles (including motorcycles) parked on campus and CSU Courtyard I & II are required to have a university decal. University decals may be obtained at the University Police Department in the Health and Safety Center; decals for Courtyard residents may be obtained at the Residence Life Office. Permits are issued for the school year. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for vehicles (to include parking citations) while their vehicles are located on university property. Temporary permits are available for students, faculty, and staff free of charge at the University Police Department. Temporary permits should be obtained and placed on vehicles upon arrival on campus. Two parking decals are included in the university access fee. Additional decals may be purchased for $5.00 each.

Habitual parking violators will be booted and/or towed.  Tow and Boot Fees are the responsibility of the violator.  The Boot Fee is $25 and can be paid to the Student Payment Center in Fine Arts Hall.

A complete code of motor vehicle regulations may be found in the Student Handbook and the University Police Department. For more information, visit the University Police Web site at

Writing Center
The CSU Writing Center offers free tutoring for writing assignments in a variety of disciplines. Students can brainstorm ideas for assignments, bring in outlines or rough drafts, or ask for help with particular grammar or punctuation concerns. The Writing Center can also assist students with preparation for the writing section of the Regents' Test. Peer tutors help writers by conversing with them about the project at hand, asking students to articulate their intentions and concerns about the project and drawing upon students' own knowledge to enhance and extend their practices of writing. The Writing Center is located at 116 Woodall Hall, next to the Department of Language and Literature. For more information and up-to-date semester hours, visit our website at


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Last Updated: 2/1/11