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Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 [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 Weeks of Welcome, Student Homecoming Events, Chillfest, 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.

Destination Cleveland, The City is Our Campus Ticket Program

Destination Cleveland, 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 (President, Vice-President, Business Manager, Membership Coordinator, and Marketing) as well as five committee chairs (Campus Traditions, Speakers, Viking After Dark, Viking Ventures, and Coffee House). All students are welcome to join one of CABs five committees to assist with the planning and implementation of approximately 30 events per semester. If interested you can contact the Campus Activities Board at csucab@gmail.com to get more information or follow them on Twitter (@csu_cab) or Instagram (csucampsactivitiesboard).


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 [Cauldron, Vindicator, WCSB 89.3] to name a few). Stop by the Student Organization Involvement Fairs, scheduled for both Fall and Spring semesters. An up-to-date Student Organization Directory of recognized student organizations is available online at http://csuohio.orgsync.com. To contact our student organizations, you are welcome to use their student organization mailboxes located in the SC 350, or you may contact the organization via OrgSync. Contact information is available online.


Fraternities & Sororities


Cleveland State is home to eight nationally recognized fraternities and seven sororities as well as seven local fraternities and sororities. These Greek-letter organizations are advised by faculty and chapter advisers. The Coordinator of Greek Affairs oversees Fall and Spring recruitment, Greek Awards Banquet, 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 Government Association


The Cleveland State University Student Government Association 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 and selects students to serve on university committees. 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 #217 and 218.  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. (216-687-2270) 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. (216-687-2118)

Whiskey Island Magazine, a literary publication featuring poetry, prose, graphic arts, and photography. Students are needed as editors and readers. (216-687-2056) 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. (216-687-4533) 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.  (216-687-3523) www.wcsb.org

Leadership & Service




Cleveland State offers many opportunities to engage in service and to explore leadership. Signature programs include: Make a Difference Day, Annual Leadership Conference, Do Gooder Day, and our monthly Leadership Hour. We connect students to many service opportunities in with the goal that each student will find at least one project or workshop that meets their needs and allows them to explore their values and experiences. Our leadership hours and conferences offer skills based sessions that will help students achieve success inside and outside of the classroom. Additionally our service opportunities will broaden students’ global awareness and will challenge them to reflect on their role in our society. Please check our website periodically for upcoming events.  

Veteran Student Success Program


Veteran Student Success Program (VSSP) is designed to assist military veterans with their transition from soldier to civilian to student.  VSSP consults with student veterans on military benefits and a wide variety of resources for veterans.  VSSP offers veteran friendly courses, academic advising, and tutoring.  VSSP also provides a lounge where veterans can meet and socialize. VSSP also offers a quiet study area. For info, visit Rhodes Tower Room 214, or call 216-875-9996.  Visit the web site at:  http://www.csuohio.edu/studentlife/vikingvets/index.html

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 319 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 All-in-1 Enrollment Services 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.