Jul 23, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

Dr. Denise McDowell, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life
225 Maxwell Hall (507.457.5478)

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 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

Dr. Karen Johnson, Dean of Students
234 Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5300)

The Dean of Students manages and oversees the University’s conduct processes, TRiO/Student Support Services, the Student Parent Grant, community relations, and integrated wellness services - including Counseling & Wellness Services, Intramurals and Fitness. 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.

Student Services

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.

Campus Card (Warrior ID, Purple Pass, GET Funds)

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

227 Maxwell Hall, Warrior Hub (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. Warrior ID Cards are used for access to sporting events, on-campus buildings, residence halls, and the Integrated Wellness Complex. This smart card can be used as an internal debit card called Purple Pass, which is a personally-funded declining balance account tracked on a Warrior ID Card. Purple Pass is easy to use and allows for the convenience of cashless transactions. All Purple Pass users should setup a GET Funds account, which provides built-in security and 24/7 access to account tracking with a six month history of all transactions. Students, faculty and staff can deposit funds to their Purple Pass account using GET Funds online or by downloading the free GET Funds smartphone app. One can also visit the Warrior Hub, where cashiers can help make a cash/check/credit deposit. Parents, friends and relatives are also able to use GET Funds to make guest deposits for any Purple Pass user. Purple Pass does not accumulate any fees, will never go into the negative, and all funds are carried over each year a student attends WSU. GET Funds will track all spending, including Purple Pass transactions, meal plans, and Kryzsko Cash balances. Purple Pass funds are accepted at all WSU vendors such as Jack Kane and Lourdes Dining Centers, Somsen Café, Zane’s (Panda Express, Pizza by the Slice, Mondo’s Subs, Grab n Go Food, Sono’s Mexican, and Sushi Do), Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros Bagels, WSU Bookstore, Library Services, IT Media Printing Services, Campus Vending, and for UPAC ticket purchase. Discounts and promotions available throughout the year can be found on the WSU digital boards and the WSU Purple Pass Facebook page. Warrior ID cards can be reported as lost or stolen through GET Funds. For more information, visit WSU’s campus card website.

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 or call 507.457.5330 to request 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)

Medical services at Health & Wellness Services are provided by a physician, nurse practitioners, 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 “Ella”)
  • 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
MN State will continue to offer student health insurance to international students according to Board Policy 3.4.1 part 3, subpart B.2. WSU requires international students to have health insurance; in most instances, this insurance must be purchased through the university.

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 semester beginning. Visit the Health & 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 Athletics Department.
  2. Health records for transfer students are not sent automatically with transcripts from other colleges; transfer students must specifically request the records.

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.

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 Student & Scholar Services

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

The International Student & Scholar Services is dedicated to serving WSU’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 Student & Scholar 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.

Student Resource Center (SRC)

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

The Student Resource Center (SRC) is a resource for students, prospective students, families, and community members seeking information about WSU and the Winona area. The daily operations of this site are conducted by highly trained student staff with Warrior Hub oversight. The SRC is also the satellite site for the Warrior Hub, supporting students with information such as admissions, financial aid, registration, advising, career and employment, housing, parking, and library services. 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 has answers. Frequently asked questions can be accessed through the ASK WSU icon on WSU’s website. Routine inquiries can be handled by the SRC student staff or escalated to the appropriate person or department for resolution in cases where that is more fitting. With service offered for students from a student perspective, it is a unique operation, 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.

Kryzsko Commons Student Union

Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5313)
Email: studentunion@winona.edu

The hub of student activities is Kryzsko Commons Student Union. This facility encompasses places to eat, study, meet, meditate, or just hang out. Kryzsko Commons Student Union also houses several departments including Housing & Residence Life, Inclusion & Diversity, the KEAP (Knowledge, Empowerment, Advocacy, Pluralism) Center, International Student & Scholar Services, Chartwells Dining Services, and the WSU Bookstore. Located on the upper level, Jack Kane Dining Center offers students an all-you-care-to-eat dining option. The upper level is also equipped with conference rooms (some with ITV capabilities), private dining and study rooms, and Baldwin Lounge - which provides students a quiet, comfortable study space. Zane’s Food Court, located in the lower level, provides national brand food selections such as Panda Express, Starbucks, Sushi Do and Freshens as well as internal concepts offering subs, grill options, Mexican, smoothies, build-your-own pizza and grab-n-go items. The Student Activity Center, also located on the lower level, includes a lounge area, meditation room, Greek office, Student Senate offices, and a stage. A lactation room and footbaths are also available for student use.

Student Activities and Leadership 

125 Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5308)
Email: Tracy Rahim: trahim@winona.edu, George Micalone: george.micalone@winona.edu, or Lindsay Marosi-Kramer: lmarosikramer@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. For more information, visit the the Student Activities and Leadership website.

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 Maxwell Hall, is an integrated student enrollment service center. This area incorporates the functions of seven departments (Admissions, Advising Services, Career Services, Financial Aid, Parking, Registrar, and Student Accounts) all under one roof. The Warrior Hub provides students, families, and the WSU community 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 enrollment service needs in a one-stop setting. When necessary, team members link students with specialists who work one-on-one with students to address specific needs. Most of these specialists have offices within the Hub.

WSU Bookstore

Lower Level, Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5319)
Email: wsubookstore@winona.edu

The WSU Bookstore provides necessary course materials for student purchase including new and used textbooks as well as services such as book rental and book reservation. The Bookstore also sells WSU apparel, gift items, and school/office supplies.

By signing up for the Textbook Reservation Service, the bookstore will reserve all required material for a student’s courses for easy pick up. The reservation service offers priority preference for used materials. More information and reservation forms are available at the Bookstore.

Academic texts and supplies can be charged to a student’s account each semester for a $15 fee.

The Winona State University Bookstore is owned and operated by the University with 100% of all Bookstore profits contributed to WSU student scholarships and student campus improvements.

WSU Children’s Center

Helble Hall, 108 E. Sandborn St. (507.457.2300)
Email: childrenscenter@winona.edu
Director: Karen Sullivan (interim)

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 receive after-school and 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.

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, gender identity or gender expression, 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.

Security Services, Campus Security Act & Fire Safety Report

Chris Cichosz, Director of Security
Main Floor, Sheehan Hall (507.457.5555)
Email: ccichosz@winona.edu or security@winona.edu

WSU Security is charged with the responsibility of protecting life and property in a manner that will provide the safest possible learning environment for those we serve.  This service is rendered with creativity, compassion and competence through the understanding of the needs, values and goals of our community. We offer a wide range of programs and services designed to assist the campus community in maintaining personal safety and the security of property.

WSU 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.

Campus Security Act & Fire Safety Report

Winona State University recognizes 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 safety, community relations, environmental safety, enforcement authority, Annual Fire Safety Compliance Report, missing persons policy, emergency notification and response and a three-year statistical review of designated crimes on campus.

A printed copy of this report may be obtained at no charge from the Winona State University Security office: Sheehan Hall, 264 W. Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987 or by calling 507.457.5555.  The report in its entirety is available for WSU Main Campus or WSU Rochester Campus via PDF.

Student Conduct

Office of the Dean of Students
234 Kryzsko Commons (507.457.5300)
Email: studentlife@winona.edu

The WSU Student Conduct Code expresses expectations concerning student behavior and states the rights of students. Copies of the WSU Student Conduct Code and related policies are available online and in the Office of the Dean of Students. 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. The WSU Student Conduct Code does not replace or reduce the requirements of civil or criminal laws. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students for additional information or for assistance with a complaint.