Feb 27, 2024  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life & Services

Vice President for Enrollment Services and Student Life
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 becoming self-directed in all activities and achieving their potential.

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

Access Services for Students with Disabilities 

Warrior Success Center
Third Floor Maxwell Hall (507.457.5878) Fax: 507.457.2957
Email: access@winona.edu

In accordance with Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Winona State University shall make reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities. A person with a disability is defined as:

  • A person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. This includes care for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
  • A person who has a disability, has a record of the disability, or is regarded as having the disability.

A student requiring special accommodation or auxiliary aids must apply for such assistance through Access Services for Students with Disabilities. Proof of disability from a competent authority will be required, as well as information regarding specific limitations for which accommodation is requested. Reasonable accommodations are the services that are necessary to provide equal access in an academic setting. Examples of possible accommodations may include testing accommodations, note taking assistance, interpreter services, recorded lectures, assistive technology, writing/scribing assistance, lab assistance, adaptive equipment, priority registration, or alternative format textbooks.

An eligible student is one who has a disability and who meets the essential academic eligibility requirements for the WSU program or activity in which the student seeks to participate. In order to receive academic accommodations, the student must identify/self-disclose his/her educational needs

  • Approval of accommodations is based on adequate supporting documentation of a disability.
  • Qualified students with disabilities must meet the same academic requirements as all students on campus.
  • An accommodation is not reasonable if it compromises the essential elements of a course or lowers academic standards.
  • A request may be denied if it fundamentally alters a course or program or is an undue hardship for WSU.
  • Some of the auxiliary aids may be provided by another agency such as Learning Ally, State Services for the Blind, and the National Library Service.
  • Certain accommodations, such as course modifications or substitutions, may take up to one semester to be provided.

The ADA Coordinator will respond to concerns about the inequality of access or opportunity.

More information is available in the Access Services Student Handbook or the Access Services Faculty  Handbook.

Campus Dining

Campus dining at WSU is located in Kryzsko Commons at the Jack Kane Dining Center (7 am - 6:15 pm daily) or in the lower level of Kryzsko Commons until 11 pm, with several different menus available. View Chartwell’s Dining website.

Career Services 

Warrior Success Center
3rd Floor, Maxwell Hall (507.457.5878)
Email: career@winona.edu

Career Services assists students seeking career direction, major selection, part-time employment on and off campus, work-study positions, summer opportunities, internships, and full-time employment. Individual advising appointments may be scheduled. Students are encouraged to visit Career Services and set up their WarriorJobs account to take full advantage of the broad range of services offered through Career Services. Alumni are also eligible to register for assistance in their search for full-time employment or career direction.

Career Services provides opportunities for students to interact with employers through job fairs, on-campus interviews and through partnership programs. Employers have access to students’ resumes when students upload and publish them directly through WarriorJobs. Additionally, students can access job openings or update their resumes via the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Employment information, career information, and graduate follow-up results are available the Career Services website. Career Services also administers several career assessments including the Strong Interest Inventory (SII), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Focus 2 and StrengthsQuest.

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 should stop by Counseling and Wellness Services between 8 am and 4:30 pm to request an appointment. They may also call 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 on 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 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 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, 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, and Native Americans and other diverse groups 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 college students.
  • Enhance curriculum development through the inclusion of multicultural perspectives by providing resources for intercultural campus and community initiatives.
  • Promote the understanding and appreciation of issues related to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, beliefs, ability levels, economic status, sexual identity, gender identity, and religion.

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.

KEAP Diversity Resource Center

162 Kryzsko Commons (507.457.2286)
Email: keapstudent@winona.edu

WSU’s KEAP Diversity Resource Center (KEAP stands for Knowledge, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Pluralism) is an inclusive and welcoming space on campus respecting all diverse persons and issues related to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, beliefs, ability levels, economic status, sexual identity, gender identity, and religion and is open to students, faculty, staff and community members. The KEAP Center operates under the Inclusion and Diversity office as a decentralized location, whose missions align with commitment to inclusivity and cultural diversity on campus and in the community.

In support of the university’s mission to build a community of learners, the KEAP Center critically engages students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other allies to create and sustain a campus culture in which diverse persons, organizations, and groups can learn and develop to their greatest potential and participate in society to their maximum ability.

The KEAP Center collaborates with others in providing a variety of programs, activities, and services to help diverse learners to systematically explore the ways we culturally construct identity (who we are), knowledge (what we mean), power (how we assert influence), community (how we relate and belong to each other), and culture (how we make meaning).

International Services 

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

International Services welcomes international students and provides assistance to all international students attending Winona State University. Information and advice is available regarding admission to the University, scholarships, immigration concerns and employment regulations regarding F-1 visa holders, friendship family program, orientation, insurance requirements, 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.

The English Language Center

107 Minné Hall (507.457.5442)
Email: elc@winona.edu

The English Language Center (ELC) provides intensive English language training to international students who wish to satisfy the English language requirement for admission to Winona State University and to any other students who wish to improve their English language skills necessary for academic success and career advancement. For information on non-credit courses offered, please visit the English Language Center website.  

Off-Campus Housing Referral Service

The Office of Housing and Residence Life (130 Kryzsko Commons) provides an Off-Campus Referral Service, which consists of listings provided by the landlords of apartments and other rental options. Information is available at the office during business hours. The listing is available online at the Student Resource Center website.

WSU makes no representation as to the kind, quality, or quantity of facilities listed by the landlords. The University also does not control any changes to the information; cost and availability are subject to change by the landlords. WSU assumes no liability arising from relationships between students and landlords as a result of these listings. All questions should be addressed to the landlords.

The University does not own nor does it operate housing facilities specifically for married students. To apply for subsidized housing, students should contact the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Winona, 165 E. 4th St., Winona, MN 55987.

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 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.

Purple Pass Service 

Warrior Hub - 2nd Floor Maxwell Hall
227 Maxwell Hall (507.457.2480)

All students, faculty and staff at Winona State University are issued a Photo ID Card known as your “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 security, account tracking and a six-month history of card transactions. The card also works to access the on-campus Security Door Access system for on-campus buildings, Residence Halls and the Integrated Wellness Center. For more information, visit WSU’s campus card website.

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, which supports students with information on admissions, financial aid, registration, advising, career and employment, housing, parking, library services, and more. “ASK WSU” is coordinated through the staff at the SRC.

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)

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)

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 about how to 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.

Tutoring Services 

220 Darrell W. Krueger Library (507.457.2486)
Email: JQuandt@winona.edu

Tutoring Services offers free face-to-face and online tutoring for a variety of subjects including writing, math, and statistics that may be especially beneficial to graduate students. By accessing the web address above, students can view information about Tutoring Services, including the complete tutoring schedule.

Warrior Hub 

2nd Floor, 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.

Warrior Success Center  

3rd Floor, Maxwell Hall (507.457.5878)
Email: warriorsuccesscenter@winona.edu

Conveniently located one floor above the Warrior Hub, the Warrior Success Center is a one-stop resource for students seeking academic and career advice as well as other academic support services. Call or visit for an appointment. Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday during the academic year and 7:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday in the summer.

WSU Children’s Center 

On-Campus Site: Wabasha Hall, 101 E. Wabasha St.
Off-Campus Site: Madison Elementary School, 515 W. Wabasha St.
Off-Campus Site: W-K Elementary School, 365 Mankato St.
Email: childrenscenter@winona.edu
Director: June Reineke

The WSU Children’s Center, as 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

All sites operate year round excluding University holidays and part of each semester break. Daily hours are 7 am - 5:30 pm. Infant-Preschool aged children may be enrolled as part-time or full-time participants. Children aged 6-11 are offered 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.

Programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and have received the highest (4-star) Minnesota Parent Aware Quality Rating.