May 23, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2011 - 2012 
Graduate Catalog 2011 - 2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Support Services


Campus411 provides information and assistance with registration, academic records, student billing, and financial aid. Cleveland State’s comprehensive approach to providing student services is based on a “one-stop” philosophy: provide a central office to serve the University community effectively and efficiently. Campus411 is located in Main Classroom, Rm. 116.


To obtain a card, students must present their current semester class schedule and government issued ID. The VIKINGCARD Office is located in the Main Classroom Plaza (216) 875-9888. Updates are available on the Web site at

Counseling and Testing Center

The Department of Counseling and testing provides a wide range of services to students, faculty, and staff. They offer academic, career, and personal counseling, consultation and outreach programming, training, group facilitation, and other services aimed at helping individuals and groups who are members of the campus community meet their respective personal and professional goals.

The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services Incorporated (IACS). The CSU Counseling Center is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and offers professional psychology internships that adhere to APPIC guidelines.

To find out more about the services of the Department of Counseling and Testing please contact them at 216.687.2277 or stop by the Counseling Center, RT 1235.

Students with Disabilities

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) at Cleveland State University serves students with a variety of disabilities, including, but not limited to: learning disabilities, chronic health issues, psychological conditions, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, Attention Deficit Disorders and visual impairments.

Students who wish to request accommodations through ODS must have a documented disability and be registered through the office. Accommodations are individualized and depend upon student needs and course requirements. Some common accommodations include note-takers, recording lectures, extra time and separate quiet rooms for exams. Students registered through ODS are able to utilize the Assistive Technology Lab and may request alternative text for their books.

Cleveland State University’s campus is accessible and significantly barrier-free. For information, call (216) 687-2015 (V/TTY)

Health and Wellness Services

Convenient ambulatory health care is available for Cleveland State University students, faculty, and staff. Nurse practitioners and University physicians provide  services. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (216) 687-3649. The Health and Wellness Center is located in the Science and Research Building, Room 153. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year. During the summer and during semester breaks, hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Health and Wellness Center provides the following services:

  • Physical examinations and treatment for common illnesses such as sore throats, upper respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and conjunctivitis.
  • Laboratory testing for cholesterol levels, anemia, throat cultures, pregnancy, sickle cell, HIV, Chlamydia, sexually transmitted infections, and more.
  • Health prevention and promotion, education, and counseling to support individuals and groups in maintaining wellness.

There is no charge for most office services. There is a minimal charge for complete physical examinations, laboratory tests, and medications. For additional information, visit .

Viking Hall and Fenn Tower are Cleveland State’s on-campus housing communities. Both communities cater to graduate students through private accommodations, a great location, quiet graduate areas, and other wonderful amenities that create the right environment for academic success.

The historic Fenn Tower features a restored entry lobby and several remodeled ballrooms and common areas. Each apartment is fully furnished and equipped with kitchenettes, cable television, and high-speed internet. Outside the units, community amenities, such as a game room with billiards and big-screen television, fitness center, theater room, laundry center, and retail space, merge the building’s classic design with modern-day function.

Viking Hall is located in the heart of the campus and can accommodate 475 students in large, spacious, furnished units with carpeting, high-speed internet, cable television, and much more. The community offers private or shared rooms. Different floors are designated for graduate and law students. Community amenities include a computer lab, fitness center, 24-hour security, laundry facilities, television lounge, on-site convenience store, and more.

All residents participate in a food service plan, which provides a variety of options. Both communities provide a convenient, full-service, meal plan program.

Requests for information and applications for on-campus living are available in the Department of Residence Life Office. For more information, call (216) 687-5196, e-mail, or visit or

Off-Campus Housing

The university provides an off-campus housing listing service to connect students interested in living off-campus with property owners who are interested in attracting students as tenants. We maintain an online list of properties that are for rent such as houses, apartments, rooms in a house, roommate situations, etc. In addition, the list is available in paper form in the Office of Admissions (RW 204), the Department of Student Life (MC 106), the Division of Institutional Diversity (RT 1106), and Campus 411 (Main Classroom, Rm. 116). This is a free service for students/faculty/staff as a source of information only. Listings are updated every month.

Cleveland State University does not recommend one rental property over another and is not responsible for any decision that is made to enter into a rental agreement on the part of students/faculty/staff or any person who accesses this Web site.

Banking Service

Full-service ATMs are available on the first floor of Main Classroom and in the College of Business lobby.

Dining on Campus

CSU Dining is committed to serving a variety of food at various locations across campus.

Dining locations central to campus: Main Classroom is home to The Midway Café which offers pizza, burgers, BBQ, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, sushi and more. Elements Bistro on Euclid is a full service sit down restaurant featuring American classic cuisine. Rhodes Tower Café is a full service coffee bar also featuring grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, and soup. The Viking Marketplace in Viking Hall features a salad bar, hot entrees, pizza, burgers, and a made to order deli.

Dining locations on the eastside of campus: Fenn Shoppe in Fenn Tower showcases Habaneros southwestern cuisine, Avenue Deli specialty  sandwiches and paninis, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, sushi, soup, coffee, and convenience items. Glenn’s Energy Oasis at the Recreation Center offers fresh smoothie and performance shakes as well as coffee, grab-and-go items, and sushi.

Dining locations on the westside of campus: At the College of Business, Wheat Street Deli serves gourmet sandwiches, salads, and wraps, soup, sushi, and a full line of coffee drinks. The Link Coffee Lounge is located in the Law Innerlink serving coffee and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.

For more detailed menus, information, and hours of operation, log on to

Safety at Cleveland State

The University Police Department works to prevent crime through vehicular, bicycle, and foot patrol, surveillance operations, investigations staffed with plain-clothes officers, and community-based crime prevention programs. For general information concerning the Police Department and services, telephone (216) 687-2020.

Safety Escort Service: The University Police Department maintains a 24-hour escort service for the security of students, faculty, and staff. To request an escort to or from any location on or near campus, telephone (216) 687-2020. The Escort Service also may be reached by dialing 2020 on any campus phone.

CAMPUS WATCH Program: CAMPUS WATCH, founded in 1981, is a community-based crime prevention program tailored to meet the needs of the campus community. It is an innovative application of the highly successful block watch program. Campus Watch members attend a onehour training session on safety issues, actively participate in quarterly business meetings with speakers on safety, and receive The Watcher, a monthly newsletter that provides information on campus crime incidents, as well as crime prevention. Campus Watch members are eligible for training seminars and routinely receive information on campus safety via the broadcast system.

Emergency Phone System:

Cleveland State University is a designated 911 Public Safety Answering Point. Persons should dial 911 in on-Campus emergencies (police, fire, medical), or as an alternative use the “Police” button on all CSU desk phones. Emergency “blue light” telephones are located throughout the campus and in parking facilities. By picking up the receiver or pushing the large red button on these phones, the caller is in immediate contact with the  University Police Dispatch.

Campus Awareness and Security Act of 1990: Cleveland State is in compliance with the Campus Awareness and Security Act of 1990. Updated annually, published statistics on crimes committed at Cleveland State University are distributed to all students, faculty, and staff.


Parking is available to day and evening students who obtain a parking hangtag. The hangtag entitles students to park in designated lots or garages. With the daily hangtag, students pay a daily fee each time they park. With the prepaid hangtag, students prepay for parking for the entire semester at a discounted rate. To obtain a parking hangtag and information about parking lots and garages, students must register at the Office of Parking Services, located in the Chester Building Annex, Room 128. The student’s license plate number, a photo ID, and a computer printout of the individual’s schedule are required in order to register a vehicle. Students are responsible for observing the regulations governing parking on campus. A parking guide and campus map are issued to each person when registering his or her vehicle.

The Office of Parking Services also provides emergency road service for vehicles that are legally parked on campus. By calling the department at extension 2023 from any campus telephone, students can

  1. have a car jumpstarted;
  2. temporarily repair a flat tire with an aerosol can;
  3. use a department gas can to get gas at the nearest service station, with free transportation provided;
  4. get into a locked car, by special arrangement with the University Police, upon proof of ownership.

The Parking Services office maintains hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Office hours are extended the first week of each semester.


Go to Bookstore Web site

The CSU Bookstore is located at 2400 Euclid Avenue, on the southeastern corner of campus. It is the official bookstore for the university, selling used and new textbooks based on faculty book requests; reference books in professional fields; bargain books; general reading books (bestsellers are discounted); school and office supplies; Cleveland State gear; stamps; greeting cards; gift items; and a full range of snacks and soft drinks.

The bookstore buys textbooks back at the end of each semester. If the book will be used for a class during the following term, the student can receive as much as 50% of the original purchase price. Books are re-purchased at higher prices until the term’s estimated demand is filled. Once the demand is filled, textbooks are re-purchased at wholesale prices.

The bookstore accepts VikingCash, cash, checks made payable to the CSU Bookstore, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and most debit cards. Picture IDs are necessary for all noncash transactions, refunds and book buyback. Online service includes textbook purchases, faculty assistance, and an online CSU Gear shop.

Call (216) 687-2128 for more information.

Recreation Center

The much anticipated 100,000-square-foot Cleveland State University Recreation Center, located at 2420 Chester Avenue, opened fall semester, 2006. The building houses a main gym, a multipurpose gym, a fully equipped weight training area, a fitness area outfitted with a variety of cardio  equipment, multipurpose rooms, racquetball and squash courts, and a 1/7 of a mile indoor running track. A juice bar, pro shop, and an underground 50-space garage for metered, short term parking are also a part of the facility’s amenities.

The new Recreation Center is connected to the current Physical Education Building, providing convenient access to the swimming pool in Busbey Natatorium. All CSU students (taking 8 credits or more) who have been assessed and paid the activity fee to support the Recreation Center automatically have membership without any additional charge. All other students will be charged for membership.

Cleveland State faculty and staff may purchase a Recreation Center membership, and membership options for alumni and the community are also available. The center is home to all university intramural programs such as flag football, basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, kickball, soccer, tennis, badminton and table tennis. Sports clubs may also use the facility for their events.

Operational management is provided by a company under contract to the university.

Intramural Sports

The Intramural Sports Program at Cleveland State University provides a variety of leagues and tournaments throughout the year. These contests emphasize mental, social and physical well being. The Intramural Sports Program is an all-inclusive operation. Every student registered for classes is eligible to participate. The program is also available to CSU faculty and staff as well as any other Recreation Center member. Intramurals seek to build community amongst CSU students, faculty, and staff through friendly competition. Good sportsmanship is valued above all else. For more information, contact the Intramural Sports Program at (216) 802.3200 or e-mail

Come. Stay. Play.


Cleveland State University Viking sports teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. The University sponsors programs for seventeen intercollegiate sports — nine for women and eight for men. The Vikings are members of both the Horizon League and Eastern Wrestling League, which gives Cleveland State student athletes the chance to regularly compete against some of the best athletes in the  country. Student athletes represent the university community at local, regional, national, and international competitions, including the NCAA Championships and the Olympics. More than forty Viking student athletes have been selected as All-Americans in their respective sports.

Viking student athletes learn some of life’s most valuable lessons — sacrifice, preparation, teamwork, competition, and resiliency — while  representing Cleveland State in the classroom and the community. In the classroom, the cumulative grade point average for Cleveland State’s more than 250 student athletes is consistently near 3.0. University teams regularly rank among the nation’s academic best, with many having been named Academic All-Americans. Cleveland State’s Athletic Academic Advising Office coordinates an extensive support system, including study halls and tutoring.

Child Development Center

Open since August of 2007, the CSU Child Development Center is located at 2428 Chester Avenue, housed within the University’s Recreation Center. The Child Development Center, managed by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, has been providing high-quality, affordable, on-site child care to give families peace of mind while working or going to school. Fulland part-time child care services are available to CSU students, faculty and staff who are parents or legal guardians of children ages six weeks to 5 years. Enrollment preference will be given to CSU students. The program offers care, supervision and early education of children, and will ensure the optimal physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of each child based on the standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation system.