Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Student Resources

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 (860-832-2363) or through the graduate website.

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.

Academic Technology
Academic Technology consists of three groups which support the technology needs of students and faculty. The Student Technology Center (Marcus White Annex) is the primary location for student access to computers. It offers approximately 250 computers (PC and Macintosh), printers, and scanners. All computers are equipped with a wide variety of popular software applications and direct access to the Internet. With a student ID and BlueNet ID (username and password), users have access to the hardware and software on a first-come first-served basis. The lab is open 90 hours per week, including weekends.

The Instructional Design and Technology Resource Center (Willard Hall) provides individualized one-on-one technology training to students working on class projects. Trained staff are available to assist students in understanding technology tools and the use of computers (PC and Macintosh), printers, and scanners. It's also a great place for students to meet and conduct group work.

Media Technology (Willard Hall) coordinates all media-related services, including the University television channel and video production, and maintains multimedia classroom equipment, which is available for temporary loan. Facilities for consulting and developing instructional materials are available during scheduled times. Students, with the approval of a faculty member, may request media equipment for class use. Limited graphic design services are also available.

Alumni Association
The CCSU Alumni Association sponsors programs and services for students, alumni, and current members of the University community, including an affinity credit card and group-rate insurance programs. The Association also sponsors major events, such as Homecoming, Alumni Day, class reunions, networking socials throughout the state, and regional events around the country. Alumni receive the Centralfocus magazine and Enews communication and are invited to join the alumni group on Career and library services are provided to alumni. The Association offers scholarship opportunities to undergraduate junior- and senior-level students who are children or grandchildren of alumni. An elected Board of Directors, consisting of alumni who volunteer their time to enhance the programs of the Association and its relationship with the University community, governs the Alumni Association. For more information, contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 860-832-1740 or visit

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 set-ting 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, Student Affairs; Davidson Hall, Room 103, 860-832-1601.

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 (860-832-1935).

•Protestant Campus Ministry, 860-832-1935

•Marci Miller, Jewish Campus Ministry, 860-832-1935; campus contact is Sharon Braverman, 860-832-3207

•John Campbell, Catholic Campus Chaplain, 860-832-1935; The Newman House of CCSU, 860-832-3795

•Imam Qasim Sharief, Islamic Campus Ministry, 860-832-1935; campus contact is Dr. Ali Antar, 860-832-2932.

Center for Advising & Career Exploration
The Center for Advising & Career Exploration (CACE) ( 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 campus as a part of the yearlong recruiting program. In addition, the office maintains listings of full- and part-time jobs, which can also be accessed through Central Connections, the CACE database, at Career fairs offer opportunities to meet with employers regarding all types of employment opportunities, as well as Co-ops and internships. The following career fairs take place during the academic year: 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. CACE coordinates the University’s Cooperative Education Program which is described in detail on the page linked here. Through this program, students work at six-month, paid positions which are related to their major fields of study and provide them with real-world experience. CACE also helps students to access paid and unpaid internship opportunities through which students develop professional skills and test out their career goals.

Continuing Education and Community Engagement
The Office of Continuing Education and Community Engagement (Willard Hall Lobby) offers non-credit courses, workshops, conferences, and seminars to students, community groups, civic organizations, businesses, and industry.

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 com-mitted 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 pro-grams on a range of behavioral health issues, and training for student leaders, staff, and faculty. Student internships and Graduate Assistant positions may be possible.

Cultural Opportunities
Many cultural opportunities are available to students, both on campus and in the New Britain and Hartford areas. On campus, the Samuel S. T. Chen Art Center features an array of international, national, and regional artists in exhibits of fine arts, design, and scholastic arts. The Theatre Department facilities include one of the best-equipped, flexible, experimental stages in the region. Students may take advantage of concerts, theatre, choral performances, and dance presentations by student groups, faculty, and professional companies from around the world. Locally, students will find two nationally known art museums, the New Britain Museum of American Art and, in Hartford, the Wadsworth Atheneum. Area theatres, including Hartford Stage, the Repertory Theatre of New Britain, the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, and The Bushnell in Hartford, offer a variety of music, drama, and dance. The New Britain Symphony Orchestra performs four times per year in Welte Hall on the CCSU campus.

Elihu Burritt Library
The extensive print and digital resources of the Elihu Burritt Library support the scholarly information needs of the CCSU community. The library offers students access to over 30,000 academic e-journals and magazines and over 200 research databases in a variety of disciplines. In addition to its extensive book and journal collections, the library houses a Curriculum Laboratory, a partial federal documents repository, and a 16,000-vol-ume rare book collection, as well as the renowned Polish American Archives and GLBTQ Collections.

CONSULS (, the shared catalog of the CSU libraries and the State Library, is the digital gateway to over 1.4 million books, journals, audio-visual materials, government documents and Internet resources. All members of the CCSU community may take advantage of the many remote access features, such as viewing library account information, renewing and requesting library materials, digital course reserves, off-campus database access, and reference assistance.

Information Technology
Information Technology (IT) (Henry Barnard Hall) provides technology and communication services to the University community in support of CCSU’s mission and strategic goals. IT supports instruction, research, administration, and public service through effective use of computing and communication technologies, academic and administrative services, communication and multimedia delivery systems, and identification of new technologies and services, as well as education and guidance to users.

International Student Services
All international students should contact the Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services in the George R. Muirhead Center for International Education (Barnard 123), as soon as they are admitted to graduate study. The Center provides a wide range of cultural adjustment programs such as International Student Orientation, mandatory Travel and Work Sessions, and Immigration Advising Services for international students. For more information, please go to Students in need of English language support may contact the Intensive English Language Program.

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, and learning styles and study skills assessment. TLC is located in Copernicus, Room 241 (860-832-1900).

Sports and Recreation
Central Connecticut State University encourages a balanced program of sports and intramurals/recreation consistent with the educational responsibilities of the student. Harrison J. Kaiser Hall is home to the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance, as well as the Intercollegiate Athletics Department which sponsors 18 varsity sports. Kaiser Hall houses the newly-renovated, 3,200-seat William H. Detrick Gymnasium, the Jack Suydam Natatorium and special function rooms, including a modern Nautilus and free weight training facility. Arute Field, with new grandstands and a synthetic turf field, is where the football team plays its home games. The women’s lacrosse program plays its home games on Arute Field. Other sports facilities include Kaiser Annex, a 37,000-sq.ft. recreational/athletic, air-supported structure which features five tennis courts, a four-lane track, and fields for soccer, softball, baseball, and recreation. Central Connecticut State’s Blue Devils have gained national recognition on the playing fields. The University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the Northeast Conference (NEC) and conducts its athletic pro-grams under the rules of these organizations. Students may also take advantage of indoor and outdoor facilities for intramural programs and recreational use. A Title IX Coordinator works with the Athletics Department to ensure Title IX compliance. Title IX is a federal civil rights statute that prohibits gender discrimination in education programs, including athletic programs that receive or benefit from federal funding. The major athletic categories that are analyzed for compliance are: sports offerings, scholarships, and other program areas, including equipment and supplies, coaching, availability, competitive facilities, and tutoring.

Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs supports a student-centered learning environment and strives to foster student success through a spirit of collegiality, respect, and collaboration in working effectively with students and the entire CCSU community. Through myriad programs, services, activities, and interactions with students throughout the various departments within Student Affairs, we assist students in their educational, personal and social development and are committed to providing a campus environment that offers extensive learning opportunities outside of the classroom, and also one that promotes safety and healthy behaviors.

Student Center
The Student Center provides services that support student life and is the meeting place of the campus community. The Center's 84,000 square feet of space provides the University community with quality event and programming space as well as lounges and a variety of student service offices. There are opportunities for students to get involved through clubs, boards, and committees where they can practice community building and leadership skills, encourage sustainability, and meet the diverse community that makes up CCSU. The Student Center is also the home of Student Activities/Leadership Development and the Women’s Center, as well as several offices of student clubs and organizations. Students can access all manner of support services, including a food court, an expanded bookstore offering textbook rentals, and a new full-service bank, as well as the CCSU ID Card Office. There is a student mailbox area, where all residents and many commuter students have their own mailboxes, and lockers that can be rented per day or by the semester. Students will feel safe and welcome when meeting with friends in lounges to study or participating in diverse events, including lectures, live performances, Devils Den 10 PM on Thursdays, comedy, Open Mic and much more! For relaxation, the Breakers Game Room offers eight tournament billiard tables, foosball, electronic amusements, board games, and sports television. Visit the website at for updated information on services and hours of operation or call the Student Center Information Desk at 860-832-1970.

Student Conduct
The Office of Student Conduct administers the student conduct system for all full- and part-time students. The goal of the Office of Student Conduct 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. It is also responsible for developing ways to effectively respond to incidents or issues which threaten to disrupt the living/learning environment. The Student Conduct staff is available to all students, faculty, and staff who may have questions or concerns regarding the University Disciplinary System. The Office is located in Barrows Hall, Room 110 (860-832-1667).

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 need to contact SDS for disclosure 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 class-room 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 resources. For more information, visit; contact Natalie Stimpson-Byers, coordinator of Student Disability Services, at, 860-832-1957 [TDD: 860-832-1954] or visit The Learning Center in Copernicus Hall, Room 241.

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, mental health screening (working closely with the Counseling and Wellness Center),clinics for travel, year-round tuberculosis prevention, and a flu clinic in late fall. Patients are seen by appointment only, except in the event of an emergency. Appointments are free, and many services are provided at no cost. How-ever, in-house prescriptions, certain lab tests, and immunization updates require a minimal fee. Certain laboratory tests, x-ray costs, and prescriptions filled in outside pharmacies are covered through each 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 (860-832-1925); medical appointments (860-832-1926). Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:30a.m.–4 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. (subject to change). University Health Service is located in the Marcus White Annex, next to the computer lab.

University Ombudsperson
The University Ombudsperson serves as a prompt, impartial, and confidential resource designated by the President of CCSU to assist members of the campus community to resolve problems or complaints quickly and properly. The Ombudsperson also helps the University to develop, implement, and maintain policies and procedures that equitably address the rights and responsibilities of everyone on campus. The University Ombudsperson 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 Ombudsperson is not intended to replace existing University governance or appeal procedures but rather to improve communication regarding University operations and to enable members of the University com-munity to protect their rights and have their concerns addressed in an efficient and effective manner. The office of the University Ombudsperson is located in Davidson Hall, Room 214 (860-832-2216).

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 (860-832-1655). Both men and women are welcome.

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