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Undergraduate Catalog 2011 - 2012 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011 - 2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Student Life

The Department of Student Life is committed to supporting and enhancing the university’s educational mission. Student Life’s mission is to create and sustain a learning environment that supports a community in which students are involved and have a sense of belonging, provides support for students in need, encourages students to become leaders, offers a wide range of exciting social opportunities, promotes community standards, and fosters respect for the dignity and worth of all persons. In short, we seek to challenge and support our students to become responsible, engaged citizens of the campus community, Greater Cleveland, and the global society.

A highly trained staff of professionals is available to support students from their first day on campus to the completion of their academic goals. Programs and services include leadership training and service experiences, support of recognized university student organizations, fraternities and sororities, student media organizations, judicial affairs, student activities, and many others that support the success of all students. Visit us in Student Center 319, call 216-687-2048, e-mail studentlife@csuohio.edu, or explore online at http://www.csuohio.edu/studentlife


Student Activities

The entire campus community, including students, faculty and staff, is provided with an array of campus-wide programs to attend throughout the year. These activities, sponsored by Student Activities, the Campus Activities Board, and other sponsoring groups throughout campus, include social events, lectures, dances, holiday celebrations, and food and music activities. Events include Welcome to CSU Week, Springfest, Chillfest, Chili Challenge, Dinner and Dialogue, and many more. If you are interested in volunteering to help plan these events, or if you want more information about attending them, contact the Student Activities staff at 216-687-2048 or e-mail at activities@csuohio.edu. Most events are free and open to the entire campus.

The City is Our Campus Ticket Program

The city is your campus. So, take advantage of it and have some fun. Through developing partnerships with a variety of organizations, the Department of Student Life offers opportunities for CSU students to experience all that Cleveland has to offer – often at a discounted (sometimes free) price. To get the latest information about The City is Our Campus Ticket Program, sign-up to receive e-mail updates by e-mailing activities@csuohio.edu, or visit the website at http://www.csuohio.edu/studentlife/tickets/

Campus Activities Board

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student organization whose primary function is to plan and facilitate cultural, social, recreational, and educational events. CAB is responsive to student interests, with a primary goal of fostering campus community and unity. CAB offers leadership opportunities in event planning, promotions, budget management, and team development. CAB features five student officer positions (Director, Assistant Director, Budget Manager, Events Coordinator, and Marketing) and a variety of intern volunteer and committee opportunities for those interested in campus event planning.

CABSquad is the events and marketing committee for the Cleveland State Campus Activities Board. Joining CABsquad is a great way to meet new people and to become connected with the CSU campus. Through CABsquad, members gain experience in recruiting, planning, organizing and promoting events.

To join CABsquad visit Student Center 332 or call 216-687-2244.

Center for Student Involvement

Student Organizations

More than 150 student organizations are recognized by Cleveland State University. They provide students with opportunities for co-curricular involvement, leadership development and social networking. Organizations invite students to participate in academic, professional, recreational, service and social activities hosted on campus for their benefit. Organizations are open to all students, and the Department of Student Life will assist in establishing new organizations. Other exciting developmental opportunities for involvement are available through our Student Leader Scholarship program, which provides scholarship funds for various leadership positions in some of our General Fee organizations (i.e., Student Government Association, Student Bar Association, Student Media Publications [Cauldron, Vindicator, WCSB 89.3] to name a few). Stop by the Student Organization Involvement Fairs, scheduled for both Fall and Spring semesters. Pick up a Student Organization Directory in the Department of Student Life or view our Web site at: http://www.csuohio.edu/studentlife/studentorgs

Bottom line …
  don’t waste time …
  join a student organization today
  and begin to define your way
  as you make it to graduation day.

Fraternities & Sororities

Cleveland State is home to eight nationally recognized fraternities and seven sororities as well as local fraternities and sororities. These Greek-letter organizations are advised by faculty and chapter advisers. The coordinator of Greek Affairs also provides assistance with Fall recruitment for the sororities, Greek Week, Greek Fest, Greek Council, Greek Alumni Council and Homecoming activities in which the members participate. Greek-letter organizations provide opportunities for sisterhood/brotherhood, philanthropic events, social activities, scholarship and leadership. Joining a Greek-letter organization provides you, the student, with a wide array of transferable skills useful in your life and future career.

Student Bar Association

The Student Bar Association represents and advocates the interests of the student body in matters pertaining to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law by allocating funds to duly recognized student organizations of the College of Law and coordinating and promoting programs and activities for students of the College of Law. SBA consists of a Senate of five executive officers and Student Senators from each of the law divisions. Student Bar organizes activities such as the annual Barrister’s Ball, fundraisers such as the T-shirt Sale and Book Sale, and various educational and social opportunities for the law student body. Elections are held annually at the end of the spring semester. The Student Bar Association is located in the Law Building. Its phone number is 216-687-2339.

Student Government Association

The Cleveland State University Student Government provides an open forum for students to formulate their beliefs and voice their concerns to the University Board of Trustees, administration and faculty. SGA also offers funding to CSU student organizations, selects students to serve on university committees, and runs the Print Shop (copy center) located in Student Center 124. Student Government exists as two branches: the executive and the legislative branches. The Senate (legislative branch) is composed of more than 25 elected student delegates, each enrolled in eight or more credit hours, who represent each class and each college at Cleveland State. The Executive Branch consists of the president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Elections are held in the spring term. Student Government offices are located in Student Center #123. Phone 216-687-2262.

Student Media

Student publications provide students with excellent opportunities for experience in writing and editing a literary magazine or newspaper. These publications are financed in part by general fees and are edited by students who are selected by the publication staff members. Publications include:

The Cauldron, a weekly newspaper offering news, sports, culture, and opinions that impact CSU students and the surrounding community. Students are needed as writers, editors, photographers, advertising reps, and more. (687-2270) www.csucauldron.com

The Vindicator, a monthly multicultural magazine presenting in-depth articles, news and opinions about our diverse campus and Cleveland community. Students are needed as writers, editors, photographers, advertising reps, and more. (687-2118)

Whiskey Island Magazine, a literary publication featuring poetry, prose, graphic arts, and photography. Students are needed as editors and readers. (687-2056) www.csuohio.edu/class/english/whiskeyisland/.

The Gavel, Cleveland-Marshall’s award-winning newspaper covering the issues that affect law students at CSU. Students are needed as writers and photographers. (687-4533) www.law.csuohio.edu/students/gavel

In addition to the publications, CSU also boasts WCSB 89.3 FM, the student-run radio station. For over 30 years, WCSB has offered the Cleveland community a wide variety of alternative music programming, ranging from indie rock to classical, reggae to fusion and anything else not found on commercial radio. In addition to music, WCSB airs a variety of public affairs shows offering insight into the issues of the day. Students interested in alternative programming are encouraged to apply.  (687-3523) www.wcsb.org

List of Recognized Student Organizations

An up-to-date Student Organization Directory of recognized student organizations is available in the Department of Student Life (MC 106), online at http://www.csuohio.edu/studentlife/studentorgs/orglist.html, and in the Viking Planner. To contact our student organizations, you are welcome to use their student organization mailboxes located in the Department of Student Life, or you may contact the organization via e-mail or phone. Contact information is available within the Student Organization Directory, online or within your Viking Planner.

Center for Leadership & Service

Students get involved with Student Leadership & Service for many reasons. They want to develop career-oriented skills, contribute to improving the Cleveland community through service projects, broaden their awareness of social and global issues and contribute to workable solutions, develop the practice of good citizenship, reflect on experiences for personal growth and build understanding and respect for other perspectives. The Student Leadership Academy/Leadership Development Seminar is a great way to begin the exploration of leadership and service over the course of several Saturdays throughout the semester. Major leadership and service events are offered each semester as well as a wide variety of leadership workshops and service opportunities. The center offers free leadership self-assessments, helps match students to community service opportunities, and works with students one on one to help them develop personalized development plans. More information, including a listing of upcoming events, can be found online at https://www.csuohio.edu/studentlife/leadserve/index.html or by e-mailing leadership@csuohio.edu. Get connected to service right here in the Cleveland area by utilizing our service agency online matching service available at http://www.csuohio.edu/studentlife/leadserve/service/iServe.html, email service@csuohio.edu, or call 216-687-2048.

Veteran Student Success Program

Veteran Student Success Program is designed to assist military veterans with their transition from soldier to civilian to student.

Judicial Affairs

The Judicial Affairs office exists to provide a safe campus environment for the entire university community. Through the trustee-approved policies called the Student Conduct Code, students involved in misunderstandings with other students, faculty, staff or administration can discuss informal and formal resolution options. The Student Conduct Code thoroughly explains the due process procedures for incidents that violate university policies. A copy of the code is available in the Department of Student Life, located in Student Center 106 or on the Web at http://www.csuohio.edu/studentlife/StudentCodeOfConduct.pdf

CSU Campuses

With campuses and partnership locations throughout Northeast Ohio, Cleveland State makes it easy to earn a degree, complete a certificate or take the courses you need to get ahead.


Eighty-five acres of classrooms, labs, libraries, recreation facilities and student housing make up our thriving main campus, located just east of downtown Cleveland. Click here for information on our downtown campus.

East Center

The CSU East Center Campus in Solon is closed as of August 31, 2011. If you have any questions please contact Campus 411 at 216-687-5411.

West Center

Expand your horizons at West Center, opened in 2003 and serving suburbs on the West Side. You’ll find us in Westlake, just off I-90 at the Columbia Road exit. Click here for information on West Center.

Lakeland Community College Partnership

Stay on the Lakeland campus and become a Cleveland State student by transferring seamlessly into any one of our bachelor degree programs. Click here for information on our LCC Partnership.

Lorain County Community College Partnership

Through the Lorain County Partnership you may pursue a variety of degree programs that can be completed on the LCCC campus, conveniently located in the University Center Building. Click here for information on our LCCC Partnership.

CSU/Tri-C Brunswick Partnership

The CSU/Tri-C Brunswick Partnership provides the opportunity to increase your scope of education by obtaining a university degree at the Brunswick campus.  Click here for more information on our Tri-C Brunswick Partnership.

Other Locations

Cleveland State offers a wide range of courses at libraries, high schools, career centers, hospitals and other colleges.Click here for information on our other locations.