Services for Students
Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator
The Affirmative Action Officer is responsible for facilitating the resolution of discrimination or sexual harassment complaints initiated by or against students. The initial contact is confidential and may be limited to requests for information about discrimination/sexual harassment policies and procedures, discussion of existing situations and/or options for resolving complaints. These options include resolutions by mutual consent or by filing of a written complaint. For more information, call 394-8365 or go to Old Main, Room 201.
'Jacket Book & Supply, located in the Yellowjacket Union, is the official outlet for academic books and materials. It is open Monday through Friday, with extended evening hours at the beginning of each semester. UW-Superior logo wear, non-required books, gifts, art materials and paper supplies are also available. The store provides postal and check cashing services. To order textbooks or merchandise online go to https://uwsbookstore.uwsuper.edu/. For information, call 715-394-8278.
The Vice Chancellor for Campus Life coordinates the wide array of out-of-class services, programs, and educational opportunities that foster growth within the liberal arts tradition. Included in this area are: Bookstore, Campus Recreation, Career Services, First Year Experience, Health and Counseling Services, Leadership Development, Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, Student Involvement, and Yellowjacket Union.
Campus Recreation Programs
Students have access to a variety of recreational programs on campus to enhance their fitness, improve their skills or develop themselves physically and mentally. Included in Campus Recreation are a variety of intramural sports, outdoor recreation through the Superior Outdoor Adventure Program or SOAP, a climbing wall and challenge course, fitness classes, personal training and wellness activities, sport clubs, and special events. For more information, contact the Health and Wellness Center Welcome Desk at 715-395-4610 or go to www.uwsuper.edu/recreation.
Campus Safety Office
The Campus Safety Office, located in the University Public Safety Building, provides campus security, conducts crime investigations, handles disturbances and accidents, develops crime awareness programs, and patrols campus buildings and grounds. The office is staffed by a police officer and full-time security officers. Anyone on campus may call the office at 394-8114 to request an escort to their vehicle or residence hall. For emergencies, call 911.
Career Services, in partnership with faculty, staff and employers, provides students and alumni with opportunities and resources to identify career goals and develop life-long career management skills.
The staff is committed to the following learning objectives for students:
1. Identify their skills, abilities and strengths and how they relate to appropriate career paths.
2. Set career goals and create an action plan to reach their goals.
3. Make knowledgeable decisions to help them reach their goals.
4. Prepare professional resumes and practice interviewing techniques to confidently promote their skills and abilities.
5. Research companies to identify their "fit" with an organization.
6. Organize and conduct a job search.
7. Recognize the connection between their chosen major and careers.
8. Articulate the value of their liberal arts education to employers.
We meet these learning objectives by providing: counseling and advising for students choosing a major and/or career path; interest, skills, strengths and abilities assessment interpretations; resume and cover letter writing assistance; interview preparation; and internship and job search assistance. Career Services also offers professional events such as mock interviews, etiquette dinners, and networking socials and career fairs. In addition, we offer preparation for the transition from college, including preparation for graduate school preparation, and we provide job and internship postings through 'Jacket Jobs.
Center for Academic Advising and Disability Resources
Old Main, Room 134
Hours 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F
Fax: (715) 394-8307
Students entering the center are seen by professionals able to provide academic advisement services. The center's advising staff provides support to all undergraduate and graduate students and alumni as well as academic advisement for undergraduates. Students who are changing majors, minors and/or advisors need to come to the center to declare their changes. The center seeks to be a location where students and alumni may feel safe and comfortable to talk about their academic and/or personal goals regardless of major or career level.
Advisement: Undergraduate degree-seeking students are assigned an academic advisor by the center staff based on their major preferences. Students who have not declared a major are assigned to advisors who have a commitment toward helping students develop appropriate academic plans. The IDS 297 course, offered by center staff members, is particularly recommended for students who are undecided about a major. Advisors' role, in part, includes assisting students with goal-setting, understanding degree and graduation requirements, and long-term career options. Students are required to meet with their advisors each semester before registering for classes. For questions related to undergraduate academic advisement, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (715) 394-8515.
Disability Resources: Disability Resources for UW-Superior students is housed in the Center for Academic Advising and Disability Resources in Old Main, Room 134. Center staff members are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability against persons in any program or activity receiving or benefiting from federal funds. Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act also require these institutions to make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. These mandates apply to documented learning, physical, sensory, and psychiatric disabilities. Students are to familiarize themselves with the DSS Handbook online at www.uwsuper.edu/dr
The Disability Resources advisor serves as a liaison for students with disabilities, and coordinates reasonable accommodation requests. To become eligible for accommodations, interested students must: 1) Identify themselves to Disability Resources and provide appropriate documentation of the disability; 2) Schedule an appointment to review the information and develop an accommodation plan with Disability Resources; 3) Inform instructors of accommodation needs at the beginning of each semester by giving them a Faculty Accommodation Form; and 4) Meet with Disability Resources to update the accommodation plan and to arrange timely services. For questions related to Services for Students with Disabilities, e-mail email@example.com or call (715) 394-8515 or contact a staff member in the Center for Academic Advising and Disability Resources.
Dean of Students
The Dean of Students Office provides support and services that are basic to student needs and add value to out-of-class time. The dean provides advocacy for students, delivers educational and developmental programming on student issues, and manages the processes for student conduct rights and responsibilities. The dean's office is located in Yellowjacket Union or can be reached at (715) 394-8241.
All students, faculty and staff may eat in any of the dining service areas located in the Yellowjacket Union. Students living in the residence halls eat most of their meals in the all-you-can-eat Union Café, and they may use any of the retail operations. Meal plans, 'Jacket Cash, U.S. currency, and debit and credit cards are accepted at all dining service locations.
First Nations Student Services
Gender Equity Programs
UW-Superior's Gender Equity Programs work to create a safe environment within the campus community in which exploration of diverse gender roles, education about gender and sexuality, and advocacy of equity for people of varying ages, economic statuses, cultural backgrounds, races, physical abilities, genders, and sexual identities occurs. The program staff collaborates with many departments and student organizations to provide programs and resources that empower students of all genders and sexual identities to have a successful college experience.
Health and Counseling Services
All medical services are coordinated through Duluth Clinic-Superior, located at 3500 Tower Ave. in Superior. Free consultation is provided by calling the nurse at (715) 395-5492 to discuss health concerns 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students should identify themselves as UW-Superior students. Students' medical needs will be assessed, whether they need simple medical advice or an appointment with a physician.
Free transportation to and from the clinic (from and back to UW-Superior only; not an off-campus address) is available through UW-Superior by calling Courtesy Cab at (715) 590-9222 and showing a student ID to the driver. If a student requests to be dropped off anywhere other than UW-Superior, the student will have to pay cab fare.
The UW-Superior campus counseling services seeks to meet the developmental needs of students and respond to unexpected life crises. Using an educational model, the service emphasizes personal growth through self-care and the development of adaptive skills. Mental health consultation and referral are available.
The campus counseling service maintains referral sources for students and the campus. The campus counseling service is part of the student life team, consulting and coordinating health management contracts. At UW-Superior, students will receive culturally sensitive, confidential sessions with a professional counselor. Call (715) 394-8236 to schedule an appointment.
For Counseling Services only: Transportation pick-up will be available from Crownhart and Curran-McNeill-Ostrander halls to go to Hawkes Hall and back. Students can call (218) 590-9222 for a ride. They must have a UW-Superior Student ID.
Student Health Insurance
Individual health insurance is available to enrolled students. It is recommended that all students who are not covered by their family's insurance plan purchase this or some other type of medical insurance. Information and enrollment packets are also available at the Yellowjacket Union Information Desk or by calling (715) 394-8244. Health insurance is mandatory for international students and student athletes.
International Student Services
The Office of International Programs provides assistance and services to prospective and current international students at UW-Superior. (International students are defined as students who are not citizens or immigrants [permanent residents] of the United States). International students can get help with issues such as: application and admission procedures; adjusting to campus and community life; maintaining U.S. immigration status; employment and internships; medical insurance; taxes; and personal, cultural or academic issues. The office also conducts new international student orientation, hosts cultural events, advises the World Student Association, and assists with university communications with international alumni. The Office of International Programs is located in Old Main, Room 337. For more information, call (715) 394-8138 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Dan Hill Library
Jim Dan Hill Library provides information resources to support learning, teaching, and scholarly activity at UW-Superior. The library has a growing collection of books, periodicals, government documents, and videos/DVDs. In addition, the library provides online databases, many with full text, which can be accessed from on or off campus. The library participates in many cooperative agreements locally, regionally, nationally and internationally that make it easy to share resources and information. Through this network the library is able to borrow material not available at UW-Superior.
The library was completely renovated in 2009. More student study space and upgraded technology are the key enhancements. The addition of windows and two fireplaces provide an inviting space to learn and study.
The library offers personal and classroom instruction in the access, use and evaluation of information. Electronic resources, subject guides, and information learning guides are available via the library's website at http://library.uwsuper.edu. Reference service to assist in answering information needs is available in person, by telephone and by e-mail. Consult the library's website for service hours. In-depth consultation with librarians is provided by appointment.
Personal computers connected to the campus network are available for student use. These include notebook and netbook computers that can be checked out for use in the library for accessing the campus wireless network. Many study rooms are available. Each includes a video/DVD player, TV monitor and a network connection or wireless access for use with the notebooks and netbooks for the preparation and practicing of class presentations and homework. The library has a technology-enhanced classroom, featuring a SMART board, for library instruction.
Jim Dan Hill Library has several unique collections. It is a selective depository library in the Federal Depository Library Program and for State of Wisconsin documents. The majority of federal and state documents in the library pertain to areas that are part of the curriculum and issues affecting the 7th Congressional District of Wisconsin. The Library has extensive legal resources. The Special Collections area includes the Lake Superior Maritime Collection, University Archives, the State Area Research Center, and the Beecroft Collection. The Lake Superior Maritime Collection is a research collection of high quality. It identifies, collects, preserves, and provides access to materials that tell the story of maritime history and activities relating to communities surrounding Lake Superior and the upper Great Lakes.
The library maintains convenient hours for students. For more information about hours and services, call (715) 394-8343 or visit the library's website at http://www.uwsuper.edu/library/.
McNair Scholars Program
The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is a graduate school preparation program. It prepares low-income, first-generation college students and students from groups under-represented in graduate education for doctoral study. Qualifying university students who demonstrate academic ability can apply to the McNair Program as sophomores, juniors or seniors.
Students take part in an extensive orientation program, monthly workshops and GRE preparation, and are linked with faculty mentors. As juniors and seniors, they conduct research similar to what they would produce as graduate students. In the fall of the year students formally present their research projects at a campuswide poster session and at a National McNair Research Conference.
The McNair Scholars Program is located in Old Main, Room 340. For more information, contact Director Sue Holm at (715) 394-8043 or see http://www.uwsuper.edu/mcnair.
Multicultural Student Affairs
Staff in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) serve as advocates and liaisons for students of color. Students can receive assistance on matters such as financial aid, counseling, and academic advisement. The office also helps students connect with other programs and offices at UW-Superior. Students of color will find a "home away from home" atmosphere in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and in the Multicultural Center. The Multicultural Center is a 2,600-square-foot facility with computer stations, a lounge with a 63-inch television, break area, individual and group student meeting spaces, and student organization conference areas. All students are welcome. The OMA is located at Old Main 320 adjacent to MCC which is in Old Main 232. For more information call 715-394-8415 or visit www.uwsuper.edu/oma.
Orientation (New Student Orientation)
All new, incoming freshmen or transfer students with fewer than 20 credits are expected to attend the Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program. This program acquaints students with numerous campus services; gives students the opportunity to network with other students, faculty and staff; and addresses questions and concerns about campus life. In the summer, new students and their families may attend one of several SOAR dates. In January, a condensed version is offered to students joining the university at second semester. Other specialty orientations are also offered. A new student fee (included on the student's university billing statement) is assessed to each new student (freshmen and transfers). This non-refundable fee covers the costs for SOAR (orientation), fall and winter Weekend of Welcome, as well as other services. Students with questions about orientation should contact the First Year Experience Office at 715- 394-8571 or visit the website at www.uwsuper.edu/fye.
Vehicles parked on campus must display a valid parking permit. Meter parking also is available. The University Public Safety Building, located at Belknap Street and Catlin Avenue, provides parking permits for students, faculty, staff and guests. It also distributes parking regulation booklets and campus maps. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Parking information is available by calling (715) 394-8177.
On-campus living exposes students to new ideas, people and cultures. Residential living also promotes interpersonal development, student involvement and learning outside of the classroom.
UW-Superior offers a wide range of options for students living in university residence halls. All rooms are furnished and equipped with cable TV, and wired and wireless internet service. For more information about housing options and campus life, visit http://www.uwsuper.edu/reslife or contact the Residence Life Office at 715-394-8438.
The UW System Board of Regents requires students to live in a university residence hall and to participate in a university meal plan if they are first-year students or sophomores (students who have not earned at least 56 semester credits as of the first day of classes in the fall) who are not veterans, married and/or legally dependent children, or living with a parent or guardian within 35 miles of campus (with a commuter card on file with the Residence Life Office).
The Office of Student Involvement partners with the university community to provide a wide array of opportunities that intentionally engage students in practical experiences. The office coordinates student leadership development, student activities, and provides support to student organizations and their advisors. For more information, see www.uwsuper.edu/involvement.
Student Involvement activities include:
At UW-Superior leadership is a process, not a position. Students can get involved with the leadership program by attending workshops and conferences, enrolling in classes, or working one on one with the Leadership Coordinator.
UW-Superior Mascot Team
The UW-Superior Mascot Team consists of student volunteers interested in promoting campus pride. The mascot volunteers attend numerous campus, community, and athletic events throughout the year, as well as promote Black & Gold Fridays.
UW-Superior hosts a number of annual events including Family Weekend, Winterfest, College Rocks Week, Snow Week, and more. Opportunities are available for student coordinators and committee members.
Yellowjacket Activities Crew
The Yellowjacket Activities Crew is an organization of students who plan social, education, recreational, and cultural programs for the campus community and the Yellowjacket Union. Events include musicians, comedians, movie nights, Open Mic nights, and more.
Volunteerism is an important part of a UW-Superior student's liberal arts education. Students give back to the Superior community by partnering with local agencies to volunteer. Students also give back to the greater nation as a whole by planning and participating in an Alternative Spring Break program.
More than 50 recognized student organizations provide opportunities for student involvement and leadership. Participation in student organizations enhances the educational experience, provides professional growth, and encourages personal development. Organizations fall into several categories, including: academic, social activism, club sports, human diversity, spiritual and faith-based, governance, Greek chapters, political, professional, recreational, and service and volunteerism. For a current listing of recognized student organizations or for information on forming a new student organization, see the Student Organizations website: www.uwsuper.edu/studentorgs.
Student Support Services
Student Support Services houses two programs: one that is a federally and university-funded program serving students who are qualified according to federal income guidelines, who are first-generation college students (neither parent has a baccalaureate degree) or who have a disability, and a second program that serves all students. The program provides a developmental math class, a study skills course, tutoring, counseling, academic advising and mentoring. Student Support Services offices and labs are located in Old Main, rooms 118 and 135.
Support services offered are:
1. Course work
MATH 090 - Fundamentals of Math
IDS 095 - Collegiate Study skills
IDS 195 - Collegiate Relationships
IDS 305 - Tutoring Practicum
Access and Bridge Learning Communities
2. One-to-one and small-group tutoring in both Student Support Services labs:
a. Mathematics Lab in Old Main, Room 118: Peer tutors provide math tutoring in a variety of math courses offered at the university from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Math tutoring is available in Old Main 135 from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Tutoring in the residence halls is available Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in general education subjects, mathematics through calculus, and English. Check the Student Support Services website for residence hall locations.
b. Academic Support Center in Old Main, Room 135 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
- Study Skills Instruction: Students learn strategies to improve reading efficiency and comprehension, memory, note taking, listening, test taking and time management.
- Tutoring/Study Groups: Staffed by specially trained students who have demonstrated academic proficiency and a strong desire to help other students.
- Peer mentorship/advising
- Nontraditional student assistance/support
- Placement testing, PPST/PRAXIS, ACT, CLEP, DANTES and Disability testing services
- Word processing/internet peer instruction
- Miscellaneous tutoring/study groups
3. Access and Bridge Learning Communities:
The Access Program, scheduled for the summer and fall, and spring offers a pre-college experience at UW-Barron County. The program courses are transferable and meet UW-Superior general education requirements. Students who successfully complete their Access courses at UW-Barron County (C or better) are invited to continue their studies full time at UW-Superior within the Bridge Learning Community. The biggest bonus for Access students is that they have established a network and begin their career at UW-Superior from six to 12 credits ahead of other new students.
4. Early Warning Program - ASSIST
ASSIST is designed to help students who have identified or been identified as having academic difficulty and find solutions to their issue. A one or two credit section of IDS 095 Collegiate Study Skills is also offered through this program.
5. Leadership in Sustainability Seminar
This week-long seminar for Student Support Services participants takes place in August at Pigeon Lake Field Station near Drummond, Wis. Students will earn two credits - one in Biology and one in First Nations Studies. The natural surroundings provide a beautiful learning setting where students come to better understand the human impact on the planet. Basic principles of sustainability and leadership skills are addressed, and all course requirements are completed during the week except for a final project, which is due in October.
For more information, write or call:
Student Support Services
University of Wisconsin-Superior
Belknap & Catlin PO Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880-4500
Technology Services provides services to assist students in using information and instructional technology for learning and research. The Technology Resource Center in McCaskill Hall, Room 122, serves as the campus technology helpdesk, assisting with access and application questions. The center provides short-term loan of technology teaching and learning tools to students, faculty and staff.
Computer labs are located in each academic building. Students can use a standard software suite plus specialized applications and multimedia tools. Assistive technology workstations are available.
Technology Services supports learning technology in UW-Superior classrooms. Many classrooms are equipped with computers and video systems for group presentation. Others connect to regional and statewide distance learning systems, including the Northern Wisconsin Educational Communication System (NWECS) interactive video network, and the UW-Extension videoconference network.
UW-Superior's online learning system, Learn@UW-Superior, is used in many courses for collaboration and communication.
Through the UW System's software cooperative, WISC (wiscsoftware.wisc.edu), UW-Superior students can purchase software needed for academic projects at discounted educational prices.
The campuswide network links all major computing resources. Networked computers give students access to email, My E-Hive portal, the Internet, file storage, and Jim Dan Hill Library's online catalog and databases. All students have free access on campus to the Internet and e-mail.
Writing is an important part of many UW-Superior classes, with students regularly called upon to write essays, research papers, reports, and various other genres. As part of its Writing across the Curriculum Program, UW-Superior offers a Writing Center to help student writers with any and all of the writing they do at the university. The center welcomes student writers from all courses and disciplines to meet with trained writing consultants to discuss ideas and to plan, develop, revise, and edit their writing in an atmosphere of collaborative learning. Conferences are free.
The Writing Center is a place where student writers can feel comfortable trying out ideas, where their writing is not judged, and where a process of inquiry is encouraged. Instead of judgment, consultants offer strategies and suggestions that will enable the writers to better accomplish their work; ownership of the writing always remains with the writer.
Consultants work with student writers on many different parts of the process of producing an effective piece of writing, such as searching for a topic, getting a draft started, looking for a method of organization, establishing a thesis (main point), developing clear examples to support one's points, using and documenting sources properly, revising an early draft, reconsidering the direction of a piece of writing, and eliminating errors.
In addition, the Writing Center can design specialized workshops for writers from any course in any field. Contact the center for details.
The Writing Center is located in Sundquist Hall, Room 119, and adjacent rooms. Call (715) 394-8095 for hours and other information.
The Yellowjacket Union is a vibrant, energetic place where friends meet at UW-Superior to learn, eat, relax and play. The union enhances the liberal arts experience by providing programs, services and involvement opportunities that encourage holistic personal development and participation in community life. Services and programs include dining, 'Jacket Book & Supply, access to computers and the internet, volunteer and leadership opportunities, entertainment events, lounges, TV viewing and gaming areas, Career Services and First Year Experience programs, among others. For more information visit the Yellowjacket Union Information and Service Desk or call 715-394-8244.