Jul 19, 2024  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

Karen Johnson, Interim Vice President for Student Life and Development
234 Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5300)

The Division of Student Life and Development advances student learning and supports and enhances the educational mission of Winona State University. With an emphasis on holistic student development, faculty and staff within Student Life and Development (SLD) strive to assist students in achieving their potential and in becoming self-directed in all activities.

Student Life and Development promotes and contributes to a University community centered on student learning and success. SLD is responsible for planning and administering an array of programs, services, and activities designed to accomplish the following:

  • Encourage the optimal growth and personal development of students
  • Contribute to student success and well-being
  • Foster a sense of community
  • Support an environment which is personal in nature, intellectually and culturally diverse, and which encourages the integration of all student experiences

SLD creates supportive environments and innovative opportunities for student learning. We promote individual student excellence; we invite collaboration and discovery; and we challenge students to take responsibility as members of a diverse, global community.

Dean of Students

Karen Johnson
234 Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5300)

The Dean of Students serves as a strong student advocate and provides leadership to the University community in maintaining a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment. The Dean manages and oversees the University’s conduct processes, integrated wellness, and community relations, and provides leadership to the University in promoting and maintaining student rights and responsibilities.


This section briefly describes key points of service available to address a broad range of student needs and interests. These services are designed to help students succeed at WSU.

Please see Academic Resources  for additional information on academic services offered through student life including advising, new student orientation, tutoring services, and other academic resources.

Counseling and Wellness Services 

222 Integrated Wellness Complex (507.457.5330)
Email: counselingservices@winona.edu

Counseling and Wellness Services provides short-term counseling to currently enrolled students who are experiencing difficulty in their personal lives. Common concerns students often bring to Counseling and Wellness Services are anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, family problems, relationship concerns, academic concerns, self-esteem, grief, alcohol use/abuse, etc. Counselors also assist with off-campus referrals/resources if appropriate for the student’s care. In addition to personal counseling, Counseling and Wellness Services also offers career counseling, including the use of testing instruments such as the STRONG. Outreach educational presentations are offered to both the WSU community and the community at large.

Six licensed, full-time counselors, a full-time office manager, and graduate student trainees provide services at Counseling and Wellness Services. Students may stop by Counseling and Wellness Services in the Integrated Wellness Complex second floor between 8 am and 4:30 pm to request an appointment.  They may also call the Counseling and Wellness Services at 507.457.5330 to schedule an appointment.

Services are provided at no cost to the student. The information exchanged during the counseling process is confidential; students are advised of their client rights and the exceptions to confidentiality. Information will be released with the student’s written consent when appropriate.

Health & Wellness Services 

222 Integrated Wellness Complex (507.457.5160)

Wellness is not the mere absence of disease. It is a proactive, preventive approach to achieve optimum levels of health, social and emotional functioning. Wellness is an active process through which you become aware of and make choices toward a more successful existence.

A wellness-oriented lifestyle encourages you to adopt habits and behaviors that promote better health and an improved quality of life. It also involves the recognition that you have physical, intellectual, occupational, environmental, social, emotional, and spiritual needs, with each dimension being necessary for optimal levels of functioning. Wellness is a positive approach to living–an approach that emphasizes the whole person. It is the integration of the body, mind, and spirit; and the appreciation that everything you do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on your state of health.

Medical services at Health & Wellness Services are provided by a physician, nurse practitioners, a registered dietitian, registered nurses (RN), and licensed practical nurses (LPN). Laboratory tests can be performed within Health & Wellness Services by our medical technologist. All information is managed in a confidential and personal manner. Some of the most common services provided are listed below.

  • Ask a Nurse Message Line: 507.457.2292
  • Upper Respiratory Illnesses
  • Injuries
  • Allergy Injections
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Contraception (Birth Control)
  • Emergency Contraception Pill (ECP or “Plan B”)
  • General Illness
  • Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression)
  • Gynecology (GYN) Exams
  • Immunizations
  • Physical Exams
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening (STIs)
  • Outreach Programming

There is no payment at the time of service. Comparatively low charges are generated for medications, vaccinations, supplies, procedures, and laboratory tests, just as in any other medical facility. Any costs incurred will be billed to the student’s health insurance. One statement will be mailed for any remaining balance and the charges will be put on the student’s WSU account.

Health Insurance

All Students (except International Students)
The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to have health insurance or be subject to penalties. There are several options available to students, which include being covered under their parent’s policy until age 26 or by purchasing coverage through the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange (MNsure).

International Students
MnSCU will continue to offer student health insurance to international students according to Board Policy 3.4.1 part 3, subpart B.2.

Proof of Immunization

Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A.14) requires that all students enrolled in public or private post-secondary school in Minnesota be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella-allowing only for certain specified exemptions. Records must be on file with the Health & Wellness Services.  The law also requires that all students, in order to remain enrolled, must submit an immunization form to Health & Wellness Services within 45 days of the beginning of the semester.  Visit the Health and Wellness Services website for more information

Pre-enrollment physical exams are not mandatory; however, the University recommends that a physical exam be done.


  1. For students who are planning to participate in athletics, a physical exam is mandatory and must be completed after July 1.  A special form is available from the Department of Athletics.
  2. Health records for transfer students are not sent automatically with transcripts from other colleges; transfer students must specifically request the records. 
Parkview Pharmacy @ WSU

The Parkview Pharmacy is located on the first floor of the Integrated Wellness Complex.

To Transfer Prescriptions:
In person: Bring your prescription bottle/label and insurance card.
Over the phone: Call the pharmacy with prescription bottle/label information and insurance card.
Via your current pharmacy: Give your pharmacy the Parkview Pharmacy @ WSU phone number (507.457.2245) and/or fax (507.457.2248).

Opportunities for students:
Student Health & Wellness Advocates (certified educational training program for students to lead other students to wellness)
Student 2 Student Health & Wellness Communication (student to student communication and education)
Student Health & Wellness Advisory Board (students advising Health & Wellness Services in meeting the needs of students)

Inclusion and Diversity 

236 Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5595)
Email: cdstudent@winona.edu

Winona State University and the Inclusion & Diversity Office are committed to cultural diversity and support by building an inclusive and pluralistic community through co-curricular education, community outreach, acceptance, and respect of issues related to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, beliefs, ability levels, economic status, sexual identity, gender identity, and religion.

As part of our mission we are committed to inclusivity and cultural diversity and support the following initiatives:

  • Promote understanding of the cultural and ethnic heritages of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and other diverse cultures at WSU through co-curricular programming of events and activities.
  • Encourage the retention, and success of historically underrepresented and under-served students (i.e., diverse students, students of color, and first-generation students. 
  • Enhance curriculum development through the inclusion of multicultural perspectives by providing resources for intercultural campus and community initiatives.

In the spirit of broadening horizons, taking seriously the perspective of others and educating campus and community members to appreciate different cultures and ethnicities, the ultimate aim of Winona State University’s commitment to inclusivity is to empower our campus and local community for successful living in a global society.

International Services and Cultural Outreach

233 Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5303) Fax: 507.457.2474
Email: is@winona.edu

The International Services and Cultural Outreach Office is dedicated to serving Winona State University’s international students, and to promoting and enhancing WSU campus internationalization efforts. (Its goal is to provide excellent service and proper assistance to all international students attending this institution. Information and advice is available regarding international admissions, scholarships, immigration concerns and employment regulations regarding F-1 visa holders, orientation, cross-cultural programming and events, and other information related to the well-being of international students. The University requires international students to meet with a staff member at International Services immediately upon arrival to the University. At that time, students will receive detailed information on the required International Student Orientation held the week prior to the beginning of the semester.

Parking Services 

233 Maxwell Hall (507.457.5062)
Email: parking@winona.edu

Parking permits are required in all University parking lots on the Winona campuses; WSU permits are also required for students who have state-issued handicapped permits. The application process for parking permits starts April 1 of each year to be effective for the following academic year. Once permits are sold out, applicants’ names are put on a waiting list. For more details and information, please contact Parking Services.

Campus Card (Warrior ID, Purple Pass, Manage My ID)

227 Maxwell Hall (507.457.2480)
Email: campuscard@winona.edu

All students, faculty and staff at WSU are issued a Photo ID card known as a “Warrior ID.” This smart card is used as WSU identification on campus and as a debit card called “Purple Pass.” Purple Pass can be used for on-campus dining services, prescriptions and over-the-counter items, media services, vending machines, the bookstore, laundry services, and library services. Students can deposit money (minimum of $10) to Purple Pass accounts online via Manage My ID or in the form of cash or check by visiting the WSU Cashiers in the Warrior Hub, second floor, Maxwell Hall. Manage My ID also provides account tracking, security, and a six-month history of card transactions. The technology inside the card also provides door access to on-campus buildings, Residence Halls and the Integrated Wellness Complex. For more information, visit WSU’s campus card website.

Security Services 

Don Walski, Director of Security
Main Floor, Sheehan Hall (507.457.5555)
Email: dwalski@winona.edu or security@winona.edu

WSU Security is responsible for the physical security of all residence halls and academic buildings throughout the University. Campus security employs three full-time security personnel with over 75 years of combined law enforcement experience. In addition, the security force is supplemented with approximately 65 students who perform security-related duties on campus. The Winona Police Department also patrols and responds to calls on campus 24 hours a day throughout the year.

Security works to ensure the safety of students, staff, faculty, and University property. Crime prevention, proactive safety programs, and training are integral parts of Winona State University Security; our goal is to maintain a safe environment for everyone. See Policies and Procedures below for information about crime awareness and the Campus Security Report.

Student Resource Center  (SRC)

Lower Level, Kryzsko Commons (507.457.2456)
Email: src@winona.edu

The Student Resource Center (SRC) is a one-stop resource for students, prospective students, families, and community members seeking information about WSU and the Winona area. The SRC is also the satellite site for the Warrior Hub, supporting students with information on admissions, financial aid, registration, advising, career and employment, housing, parking, library services, and more. “ASK WSU”, the Winona State FAQ site, is coordinated by the SRC staff.

If students have questions prior to, during, or after their time at WSU, the SRC is here for them. Frequently asked questions can be accessed through the “ASK WSU” icon on the website. Routine inquiries can be handled by the SRC, making it a convenient WSU resource. The SRC’s hours of operation and offered services are expanded on a regular basis; check the website for current hours.

Student Union 

Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5312)
Email: studentunion@winona.edu

The hub of student activities is Kryzsko Commons. This facility encompasses places to eat, study, meet, or just hang out. The Jack Kane Dining Center is located on the upper level and offers students an all-you-care-to-eat dining option. Conference rooms and private dining areas are available to students for meetings and informal gatherings, and Baldwin Lounge provides students a quiet study space. The Student Activity Center is located on the lower level and includes a lounge area, a conference room, a Greek office, the Student Senate offices, a stage, and a dance floor. Additional private club space is available for students as well. The Smaug food court, located on the lower level, offers students a variety of options including grab-n-go foods; Asian, Italian, and Mexican cuisines; sandwiches; and a grille. Kafé Kryzsko (located adjacent to The Smaug) is a convenience store where students can get made-to-order smoothies, coffee, soft drinks, a variety of pre-packaged foods, and many other items. The WSU Bookstore stocks WSU apparel and gift items, class books, and school supplies.

Student Activities and Leadership 

125 Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5308)
Email: Tracy Rahim: trahim@winona.edu or Joe Reed: jreed@winona.edu

Getting involved in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities outside the classroom is extremely important to students’ success at Winona State University. Involvement in a variety of activities helps students meet new people, get further involved in their field of study, develop new interests and life skills, and create a full college experience. WSU students can get involved in more than 180 clubs and organizations that encompass a wide variety of interests including:

  • Academic Clubs
  • Campus Organizations
  • Cultural Clubs
  • Faith-Based Clubs
  • Greek Organizations
  • Honorary Societies
  • Intramural Athletics
  • Special Interest Clubs

The Alliance of Student Organizations (ASO) is the central organization to which all university clubs and organizations belong. A club fair is offered each semester so students can learn more about the clubs and organizations and sign up to join or gather more information. View a complete listing of active clubs and organizations.

The Warriors L.E.A.D. Series is a leadership development series designed to assist students in learning about and shaping their leadership knowledge and skills. Based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, this series provides students with the chance to focus on becoming individual leaders, group leaders, and community leaders through three distinct programs:

  • Emerging Warriors - For any student who wants to enhance their personal leadership by exploring emotionally intelligent leadership.
  • Developing Warriors - For student leaders and club officers who want to improve their skills in leading groups.
  • Advancing Warriors - For juniors and seniors who want to learn how to apply best practices in leadership beyond the university.

All programs are offered fall and spring semesters and are available at no cost to students. View further information or get involved.

Teaching, Learning and Technology Services  (Information Technology Services)

130 Maxwell Hall (507.457.5240, Option 3)
Email: tlt@winona.edu

Teaching and Learning Technology Services (TLT) empowers the campus community to utilize technology effectively by providing a wide range of learning opportunities, designing and maintaining engaging learning spaces, managing academic and workplace technology projects, and exploring new technologies that enrich digital life and learning.

Warrior Hub 

222 Maxwell Hall (507.457.2800)
Email: warriorhub@winona.edu

The Warrior Hub, located on the west side of the newly remodeled Maxwell Hall, is an integrated student enrollment service center. This area incorporates the services of seven departments (Admissions, Advising Services, Career Services, Financial Aid, Parking, Registrar, and Student Accounts) all under one roof. The Warrior Hub provides students with integrated and efficient services in a single stop.

The heart of the center is the second floor “Hub” where WSU team members assist students with many of their enrollment service needs. When necessary, team members link students with specialists who work one-on-one with students to address specific needs. Many of these specialists have offices within the Hub.

WSU Children’s Center

On-Campus Site: Wabasha Hall, 101 E. Wabasha St. (507.457.5368)
Off-Campus Site: Madison Elementary School, 515 W. Wabasha St. (507.457.2300)
Email: June Reineke: jreineke@winona.edu

The WSU Children’s Center, which is part of the College of Education, provides:

  • A full-service, affordable, and inclusive early education and child care setting for children.
  • An interactive classroom setting for University students seeking a variety of Minnesota teaching licensures, affording students participation in practicum/field placements, student teaching, and employment opportunities.
  • A professional development center for regional early childhood professionals.

The Children’s Center serves children aged six weeks to 12 years and is open-year round Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5:30 pm, excluding University holidays and part of each semester break. Children may be enrolled as either part-time or full-time participants. Additionally, children aged 3-5 may be enrolled as morning preschool participants. Children aged 6-11 may participate in after-school or full-day summer enrichment programs.

WSU students who have children are strongly urged to contact the Children’s Center as soon as they are admitted to WSU due to high demand for the center’s services and to learn more about resources available for students who are parents.

Policies and Regulations

Affirmative Action Office
202 Somsen Hall (507.457.2766)

The Affirmative Action Officer provides information and investigates complaints of discrimination or harassment based upon race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law. The Affirmative Action Officer also investigates concerns regarding sexual assault at WSU. These confidential services are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Call the Affirmative Action office for more information or to make an appointment.

Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act 

Don Walski, Director
WSU Security Services
Sheehan Hall (507.457.5555)
Email: security@winona.edu

Winona State University recognizes that providing the safest environment possible is an integral element of the University’s educational mission and annually publishes a Campus Security Report that is available to everyone. This report provides statements of policy for a broad range of topics including safety, community relations, environmental safety, enforcement authority, Annual Fire Safety Compliance Report, missing persons, emergency notification and response, and a three-year statistical review of designated crimes on campus.

The Winona full report and the Rochester full report are available for download on WSU’s Security website.

Winona State University encourages all members of the University community to be fully aware of the campus safety issues and to take action to prevent and report illegal and inappropriate activities. Personal awareness and applying personal safety practices are the foundation of a safe community. The Campus Security Report is designed to inform and educate the campus community on the measures that can be taken and the services available to assist in maintaining a safe and secure learning environment. All members of the University community are encouraged to contact the Director of Security with any concerns and questions regarding campus security and related issues.

Student Conduct

Student Life and Development
234 Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5300)
Email: studentlife@winona.edu

The WSU Student Conduct Code and related policies, which express expectations concerning behavior and state the rights of students, are available in the Office for Student Life and Development. Students are responsible for being aware of and complying with all WSU student policies and regulations.

The purpose of the conduct system at WSU is (1) to provide an educational experience through which students learn to understand, accept, and promote attitudes and behavior conducive to responsible citizenship; (2) to provide a system by which students are held accountable for actions that violate University proscribed behaviors listed in the Student Conduct Code; and (3) to protect the due process rights of students charged with conduct violations.

At the discretion of the University, students may be held accountable for behavior - both on and off campus - that constitutes a violation of the Student Conduct Code or local, state, and federal laws. Note that the WSU Student Conduct Code does not replace or reduce the requirements of civil or criminal laws. If assistance with a complaint or additional information is needed, contact the Office for Student Life and Development.