1500 Student Life and Services

Georgia State University is committed to the ideal that total education involves more than academic pursuit. While students are maturing intellectually, they also are developing physically, psychologically, socially, aesthetically, sexually, and spiritually. The philosophy of student development is embodied in the areas of responsibility of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs.

The Division of Student Affairs provides a network of support and encouragement for students through counseling, advocacy, advisement, recreation, health, leadership training, and opportunities for personal growth. Further, the division seeks to provide an enriching environment that allows for and encourages cross-cultural interaction, an appreciation of diversity, and ethical decision-making.

1504 Auxiliary and Support Services

The departments in Auxiliary and Support Services supplement the academic campus experience by providing services and facilitating the sale of merchandise to faculty, staff, and students. These departments include the following: ATM Banking, PantherDining, Graduation Regalia and Photography Services, Mail Services, PantherCard, Parking and Transportation Services, Rialto Center for the Arts, Safety and Risk Management, Travel Services, University Bookstore, University Printing and Copy Services, and Vending Services.

The Auxiliary and Support Services office is located on the second floor of the University Bookstore Building. Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Fridays. Semester breaks and holiday hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Phone: 404/413-9500. Fax: 404/413-9525. Email: auxiliary@gsu.edu. Web: www.gsu.edu/auxiliary.

1504.10 ATMs

ATM banking machines from several financial institutions are located on campus at such locations as the University Bookstore Building, first floor; Student Center, first floor; Urban Life, second floor. Phone: 404/413-9500. Fax: 404/413-9525. Email: auxiliary@gsu.edu. Web:www.gsu.edu/atms.

1504.15 University Bookstore

The University Bookstore, located on the third floor of the University Bookstore Building, offers a complete selection of new and used textbooks with a guaranteed lowest price, in comparison with competing downtown bookstore textbook prices. The lowest textbook price guarantee assures that the University Bookstore will match lower textbook pricing, for customers who present lower pricing among competing downtown bookstores to authorized University Bookstore personnel. The rent-a-text (www.rentatext.com) program provides students with the option of renting a new or used textbook for an academic term rather than purchasing it. At the end of the term, students simply bring or ship the textbook back to the University Bookstore.  Renting instead of buying can save you more than 50% on average up front, as opposed to having to wait until buyback cash at the end of the term. The University Bookstore also buys used textbooks in some cases paying as much as 50% of the purchase price. The University Bookstore offers a variety of name brand computer products including Acer and Samsung computers built to university specifications, educational discounted computer software, supplies, and related class needs. Officially licensed Georgia State apparel and gifts are also sold in the University Bookstore. Purchases can also be made online at www.gsubookstore.com. Cash, credit cards, checks, and PantherCash are accepted for purchases. Special discounts are available on Fridays when purchases are made with PantherCash. Phone: 404/413-9700. Fax: 404/413-9709. Email: gsu@bkstr.com. Web: www.gsubookstore.com.

1504.20 Graduation Regalia and Photography

Auxiliary and Support Services provides Portrait and Ceremony Photographs for your Commencement memories. Logo Regalia are available for online purchase for pick-up at the Commencement Fair. Graduation Photography is available through a vendor managed by Auxiliary and Support Services. For more information on graduation photography call toll-free 1-800-424-3686. Information on other Commencement items from diploma frames, class rings, invitations, as well as stoles of gratitude are available at the University Bookstore. Phone: 404/413-9500. Fax: 404/413-9525. Email: gsu@bkstr.com. Web: www.gsu.edu/bookstore.

1504.25 PantherDining

PantherDining services include PantherDining Catering services. PantherDining Catering services include: take home party trays, student group catering, conference services, formal or informal dinners, and specialty gatherings. PantherDining offers PantherMeals that provides nutrition, convenience, and flexibility at a guaranteed savings. PantherDining retail locations accept VISA, MasterCard, PantherMeals, and PantherCash. The Dining Halls also accept American Express and Discover.

Meal Plans

PantherMeals offer unlimited access to an “all you care to eat” dining experience in the Freshman Hall and Piedmont North Dining Halls.

Academic Year 2013-2014 Seven-Day Meal Plan

» The 7-Day Meal Plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.
» $3,692.00 (Two installments of $1,846 per semester). Only $101 per semester more than the 5 day plan.

Academic Year 2013-2014 Five-Day Meal Plan

» The 5-Day Meal Plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday.
» $3,490.00 (Two equal installments of $1,745 per semester)

PantherMeals descriptions, pricing and application details are available atwww.gsu.edu/pantherdining.

  • Dining Hall at Freshman Hall Residence Hall: Located at Edgewood and Piedmont at 160 Edgewood Ave., this Dining Hall serves a large variety of choices in an all you care to eat style dining environment, and is available to the entire Georgia State University Community Monday through Friday.
  • Dining Hall at Piedmont North Residence Hall: Located at 175 Piedmont Avenue, this Dining Hall serves a large variety of choices in an all you care to eat style dining environment, and is available to the entire Georgia State University Community Monday through Sunday.

On-Campus Retail Locations

  • The Courtyard: Located in the Student Center, the Courtyard features Far East Fusion, The Carving Board, Pasta Creations, grab-and-go items, and Einstein Bros Bagels.
  • Panthers Club: Located on the third floor of the University Center, Panthers Club serves a full selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner items featuring Chick-fil-A, Plaza Café, Pounce Garden, Pounce Deli, State Place Grill, Freshens Frozen Yogurt, grab and go items, proudly brewed Starbucks Coffee, and a quick stop for homemade pastries.
  • Panther Pizza: Located on the first floor of the University Bookstore Building, Panther Pizza features pizza, and a variety of pastas, salads, and grab and go items.
  • Panthers Corner Café: located on the ground floor of Kell Hall, features proudly brewed Starbucks selections; pastries and desserts, a popular menu of fresh made sandwiches, and grab and go items.
  • PantherDining Contact Information:

1504.30 PantherCard

The PantherCard is the official Georgia State University identification card, library card, access card to some campus facilities, and provides PantherCash (a debit card) and PantherMeals accounts. PantherCard is issued to all currently registered students and to faculty, staff, and affiliates of Georgia State University.

PantherCash accounts can be opened at the Auxiliary and Support Services office with cash, check MasterCard, Visa, or American Express.

PantherCase:

PantherCash accounts enable students to add value to their PantherCard and receive discounts on some on-campus purchases. Additional PantherCash deposits to the account can be made on-line at www.gsu.edu/panthercard, or at the Auxiliary and Support Services office, at the PantherCash Online Card Office, at the value transfer stations (VTS), or any Payment Headquarters In Location (PHIL) machines on-campus. More information regarding these debit accounts and their uses on campus is available at the PantherCard website. Use PantherCash to receive vending discounts on the purchase of soft drinks or water at vending machines displaying the PantherCash sign, discounts on Fridays at the University Bookstore, and other on and off-campus locations. Phone: 404/413-9508. Fax: 404/413-9525. Email: panthercard@gsu.edu. Web: www.gsu.edu/panthercard.

Money Network Financial Aide Refund Authorization:
Take advantage of a quick and easy way to receive your financial aide refund. First, you must activate a Money Network Discover Card account on your PantherCard.  To do this up the newest PantherCard with the Discover Card logo on it.  Call 1-800-822-4283 and follow the system promps. To authorize your student account refund on your PantherCard follow these steps:

  1. Log into PAWS at https://paws.gsu.edu
  2. Select the “One Stop Shop” tab
  3. Select the “Financial Aid” folder from the GoSOLAR menu
  4. Select the “Authorizations” link Select “Authorize” from the dropdown menu under the “PantherCard Money  Network® Authorization” section

1504.40 Parking and Transportation

Georgia State University offers students options for traveling to and from campus: driving to campus and parking on-site, driving to an off-site parking area, and discounted monthly MARTA and GRTA cards. Parking Budget Cards can also be purchased for on-campus parking at a reduced rate. PantherExpress Shuttle services transport students from off-campus and housing parking, and other campus locations at no additional charge.

On-Campus Parking

  • Students should register their vehicle at www.gsu.edu/parking.
  • A valid PantherCard is required for all parking transactions.
  • The Auxiliary and Support Services office accepts cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PantherCash.
  • Parking enforcement is a year-round program. Consult the Motor Vehicle Parking information brochure for details as to specific violations and fines.
  • Daily Parking requires payment upon entry to parking areas with no in and out or unlimited entries. A Budget Card is a recommended option for those individuals parking daily and allows persons to park in the parking decks and lots on campus at a reduce price per entry.
  • The Parking Budget Card allows persons to park in the parking decks and lots on campus at a reduced price per entry.
  • M Deck, Non-Resident Lofts and T Deck parking semester passes are available through an online waitlist while supplies last online at www.gsu.edu/parking at the beginning of each Fall, Spring, and Summer semester at a semester-flat-rate, guaranteed parking permit with unlimited entries. Information on M Deck is available at www.gsu.edu/parking.
  • Each Semester parking at the Lofts Parking Deck is available for Freshman Hall, Lofts, and Greek Housing residents at the customer service windows of Parking and Transportation.

Student parking is available in the following locations (with parking attendants on duty from 6:30 am – 10:00 pm, Monday – Friday); some restrictions or requirements may apply.

  • M Deck
  • S Deck (top two levels for student parking only)
  • K Deck
  • N Deck
  • G Deck (Students after 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday, or all day on weekends)
  • Lofts Deck (No parking attendant on duty)
  • T Deck
  • Turner Field Blue Lot as specified for students

Panther Express Shuttle Services and Off-Campus Parking

  • The PantherExpress Shuttle Service allows students to park their vehicles with a valid parking permit at the Blue Lot, Turner Field. This parking space is limited as to availability, and is on a first-come-first-served-basis. For information regarding restricted parking dates such as on dates of Braves Baseball games when the PantherExpress Shuttle and lot will not be available, reference www.gsu.edu/parking.
  • Additional PantherExpress Shuttle Routes schedules are posted online atwww.gsu.edu/parking. PantherExpress Shuttle services transport students to and from the University Commons, Aderhold Learning Center, and off-campus University provided parking areas at no charge.
  • PantherExpress shuttles are accessible to persons with mobility impairments and feature automated passenger lift equipment for safe loading and unloading of passengers in wheelchairs or who otherwise require such assistance. PantherExpress shuttle drivers are fully trained in use of accessibility equipment and are committed to providing courteous and helpful services for all PantherExpress passengers. For additional information regarding on-campus assistance for persons with disabilities, please contact the Office of Disabilities at 404/413-1560.
  • You can follow Parking and Transportation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gsuparking. You can also download the University App and follow the latest on Parking and Transportation on your smart phone.

Phone: 404/413-9500. Fax: 404/413-9525. Email: parkingandtransportation@gsu.edu. Web:http://www.gsu.edu/parking.

MARTA AND GRTA

Customer Service Area. Students who wish to purchase a GSU discounted monthly MARTA pass for each month need to pick up a specially marked MARTA Breeze card from the Auxiliary and Support Services Customer Service Area located in Suite 200, University Bookstore Building. A valid PantherCard is necessary in order to purchase specially marked Georgia State University discounted plastic Breeze Cards initially. Once a new MARTA Breeze Card is obtained, students will need to log on to Parking Web at www.gsu.edu/parking between the 1st and 15th of each month to purchase the following month’s card in order to receive the maximum discount available for their card.

ENJOY THE BENEFITS

Easy to Reload
The new Breeze Card is reloadable online.  This means that students  o longer have to visit Auxiliary and Support Services in person to pick-up the next month’s pass.

Discounted
If reloaded online between the 1st and 15th of each month, students pay $61 and staff pay $77 instead of the full retail price of $95 if purchased directly through MARTA.

Durable
Breeze Cards are made of durable plastic, and can either be reloaded online or through any MARTA kiosk although kiosk prices are higher because they do not receive the University subsidy.

Limited Protection Plan
There is also a limited protection plan on all Breeze Cards purchased.  As long as the card is reported lost, stolen, damaged, or non-functional before the 22nd of each month at Auxiliary and Support Services, the card will be replaced and will still have that month’s benefits. There is a small administration fee for replacement.

A valid PantherCard is required to receive the discount. Students, faculty and staff . GRTA passes are also available for purchase at the Auxiliary and Support Services customer service windows. Phone: 404/413-9500. Fax: 404/413-9525. Web: www.gsu.edu/auxiliary/29354.html.

1504.45 University Printing and Copy Services

University Printing and Copy Services consists of University Printing and Copy Corner along with self-operated copy machines on campus, and is dedicated to providing quality and timely printing and copy services to the University community.  In addition to contacting each entity directly for your needs, University Printing and Copy Corner have a shared on-line printing site which can be used by students, University employees, and the community.  Access to the site can be requested at gsuprints.nowdocs.com.

  • University Printing: University Printing offers a full range of services, offset printing; color printing of newsletters, brochures and posters; faxing; and folding, cutting, binding, etc. Work may be completed from printed originals or from electronic media such as e-mail (printcopyservices@gsu.edu) flash drives, CD, DVD and FTP. Accepted methods of payment include cash, check, major credit/debit cards, and interdepartmental charge cards. Phone: 770/713-2580 or 404/413-9586. Email: www.gsu.edu/printcopyservices.
  • Copy Corner: located in Kell Hall, adjacent to Mail Services, offers a full range of digital copy services, including fast black and white copying, color copying, brochures and posters; faxing; and folding, cutting, binding, etc. Work may be completed from printed originals or from electronic media such as e-mail (copycorner@gsu.edu) flash drives, CD, FTP, and diskettes. Accepted methods of payment include PantherCash, cash, major credit/debit cards, and interdepartmental charge cards.
  • Numerous self-operated copy machines are available in University Library North: located on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors, and University Library South, located on the 2nd floor. The Law Library has self-operated copy machines in its Copy Room. In addition, copiers are available in the Aderhold Learning Center Concourse Level and adjacent to Mail Services in Kell Hall. Accepted methods of payment include PantherCash, coins, and cash. The use of PantherCash provides a discounted cost per copy. Phone: 404/413-9660. Email: copycorner@gsu.edu. Web: www.gsu.edu/printcopyservices.

1504.50 Mail Services

Mail Services manages the incoming and outgoing mail flow for University departments and through United States Postal Service (USPS), Mail Services operates an authorized Post Office selling stamps and providing for the mailing of parcels and other mail. The GSU Post Office also offers the sale of money orders and the processing of notary services.  The GSU Post Office is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Mail Services hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Mail Services Phone: 404/413-9653; GSU Post Office Phone: 404/413-9656. Web: www.gsu.edu/mailservices.

Please note GSU Housing manages the mail for all students residing in on-campus housing.  Please visit http://www.gsu.edu/housing/Mail_Room.html for more information.

1504.55 Rialto Center for the Arts

Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts hosts a range of exciting performances from theater to dance to music to film. Offerings feature jazz legends, modern dance, and international performers of all kinds. The Rialto is the proud home to the School of Music’s jazz, wind, percussion, and classical ensembles. The Rialto’s Visual Art Series, Feed Your Senses, and many of the School of Music performances are free. Check upcoming Rialto events at www.rialtocenter.org or contact the Box Office Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Faculty, Staff, and Students receive a 15% discount off tickets in advance. Georgia State Student “Rush” tickets — 50% off day of show. Phone: 404/413-9489. Email: info@rialtocenter.org. Web: www.rialtocenter.org.

1504.65 Vending

Vending machines are available in several locations throughout the campus, including canned/bottled beverage machines, featuring a large selection of popular brands, beverage machines with coffees and hot chocolate, and a variety of snack items. Cash and either PantherCash readers or credit/debit card readers are accepted at most vending machines with PantherCash discounts available on select vending beverage machines. Phone: 404/413-9500. Web: www.gsu.edu/vending.

1506 Child Development Center

The University maintains the Lanette L. Suttles Child Development Center located in Alumni Hall. The center is designed for children of students with limited space available for the children of faculty and staff. Full-time child care is available in addition to flexible blocks of time. Information regarding hours, registration, fees, and ages of children accepted into the program may be obtained from the center at 404/413-8460.

1508 Civic Engagement

The Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) is part of University Career Services and provides assistance to students, student organizations, faculty, and staff concerning volunteer and community service opportunities. Community service offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while preparing for their professional futures.  The office connects the Georgia State University community with the greater Atlanta community by creating partnerships which foster service-learning opportunities and revitalize the community.  Individuals who become engaged with the OCE strengthen their career readiness and capacity to help solve the problems faced by society while learning the importance of being  an active, engaged citizen.

Through Volunteer Solutions, an online database, OCE is able to provide service opportunities for individuals and groups based on personal interest while allowing participants to log and track volunteer hours. Students and student organizations that engage in service projects and log their hours in Volunteer Solutions are able to create a permanent record of their service hours.

Panther Breakaway, one of OCE’s signature programs, offers students the opportunity to spend their academic breaks in service to others. In the past, students have worked in various locations around the southeast, including Washington D.C., Orlando, Memphis, New Orleans, and the Everglades. Students are educated on a social issue prior to the trip, and then immerse themselves in the community  where they complete service projects surrounding the issue.  Previous trips have addressed social issues such as literacy, poverty, hunger, homelessness and environmental awareness.

The Office of Civic Engagement is a part of University Career Services, which offers to all GSU students, graduate and undergraduate, a wide range of highly supportive personal and professional development opportunities and services.  University Career Services is comprised of the Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership Development, Employer Relations, Graduate and Professional School Planning, Career Development, and the Georgia Career Information Center. For more information on volunteer and community service opportunities, please visit the Office of Civic Engagement, located in Suite 320 of the Student Center, or contact the office by phone at 404/413-1550.  You can also learn more about the office and available services by visiting www.gsu.edu/service

1510 Counseling and Testing Center

The comprehensive services of the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) reflect the University’s concern for the many needs of currently enrolled students. Counseling is available to students having educational, personal, or relationship concerns. The Center offers individual, couples and group counseling. Groups include several interpersonal process groups including general growth groups, an African-American Women’s Support Group, African-American Co-ed Support Group, GLBT Support Group, a Graduate Student Support Group, a Grief Support Group, a Stress Management Group, and a Substance Abuse Group. Individual stress management sessions are also available to students. For those who are in counseling with the Center or the Psychology Clinic through the Clinical Psychology Department, psychiatric services for evaluations and medication determination are available. Referral services for students having needs that go beyond the scope of the CTC also are available.

Students may come in for an initial counseling consultation on a walk-in basis every day during business hours. The purpose of this visit is for the student’s concerns to be assessed and to have a plan put into place for addressing them.  Follow up counseling visits are by appointment. Faculty, staff or students concerned about a student’s health and wellbeing are encouraged to phone the Center to consult with the senior emergency on-call counselor. A counselor will assist in determining the most appropriate course of action.

The CTC’s Testing service offers many national examinations, certifications, psychological assessments, math placement, the Regents test and testing for institutional programs. Test proctoring and test scoring services, complete with statistical analyses, are available to the faculty through testing services.

Educational workshops are designed to respond to the variety of needs that students experience during their academic careers, including stress management, time management, study skills, performance enhancement, relationship enhancement, and anger management among others. Psychologists from CTC are also available for guest lectures in classrooms and for student organizations.

All  clinicians in the Center have advanced degrees in  Psychology, Counseling, or Social Work, , are licensed or supervised by a licensed clinician and have a special interest and skills in relating to university students and their concerns. Visits to the CTC are private and confidential. No one outside the Center is given any information regarding any appointments that have been made or what is revealed in counseling without the written release from the student according to Georgia Law. No information becomes part of a student’s academic record.

For more information on the services offered by the center, please call 404/413-1640, visit the Center at 75 Piedmont Ave., or visit www.gsu.edu/counseling.

1512.10 Student Assistance

The Office of the Dean of Students is dedicated to student success and retention through the facilitation of students’ understanding and utilization of University systems and resources. Knowledgeable staff assist and empower students in conducting their University affairs by listening and analyzing the student’s issue/question/concern, talking with the student to help devise a problem-solving strategy, and referring the student to appropriate staff members and departments. For more information, visit the office located in the Student Center, Suite 300, website www.gsu.edu/deanofstudents or call 404/413-1515.

1512.15 Student Victim Assistance

The Office of the Dean of Students provides victim assistance to students who have experienced a traumatic event or have been the victim of sexual assault or other crimes. The student-centered support services include direct crisis intervention, making appropriate referrals (Counseling and Testing Center, Student Health Clinic, GSU Police, etc.), providing advocacy and support during all phases of legal/criminal proceedings, supplying information (victim rights, typical responses to trauma and victimization, safety planning), providing consultation and education to students and faculty and staff, and providing on-going follow-up and support as needed. Visit the office located in the Student Center, Suite 300, the website www.gsu.edu/deanofstudents or call 404/413-1515.

1512.20 Emergency Assistance

Emergency Locator:  Information regarding students’ class schedules cannot be released for any purpose by the Office of the Dean of Students. However, in the event of a verified family emergency such as a life-threatening situation or serious illness that occurs during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.), staff will make an attempt to deliver a message or contact a student in class regarding the emergency information. Please call 404/413-1515 for assistance.

Accident/Injury/Hospitalization: The Office of the Dean of Students can provide assistance to a student who has experienced a documentable emergency circumstance which prevents him/her from attending class by coordinating with relevant campus resources to support the student’s successful return to the University.  In the event a student is hospitalized, their professors can be notified of the absence so that upon returning to the University, the student can follow-up with their professors to complete any missed assignments.  Alternatively, if the student is unable to remain enrolled due to the nature of the emergency situation, the student can receive guidance and assistance regarding the withdrawal process.  Please call 404/413-1515 for assistance.

1512.25 Student Conduct

The Georgia State University Student Code of Conduct contains policies and procedures to both promote the University mission and protect the rights of students, faculty and staff.  Students are obligated to be knowledgeable of and to comply with the University’s rules, policies and procedures.  Students are also individually responsible for understanding and exercising their rights, fulfilling their obligations and respecting the rights of others.  The Student Code of Conduct articulates the types of actions that infringe upon the campus’ climate of civility and the academic integrity of the University. An overarching philosophy of  the student conduct process is to provide students with the opportunity to reflect upon their actions and take responsibility for the outcomes of their life and to develop ethical approaches to their decision-making process. A copy of the most current Student Code of Conduct may be accessed on the web at www.gsu.edu/codeofconduct.  For more information, visit the Office of the Dean of Students located in the Student Center, Suite 300, or call 404/413-1515.

1512.30 Off-Campus Housing

The Office of the Dean of Students maintains an off-campus housing website (ochousing.gsu.edu) of available housing opportunities such as rooms in private homes, roommates/apartment sharing, short-term leasing, and apartment/house hunting resources.

Because this office does not approve, inspect, or assume responsibility for those facilities listed on the off-campus website, it is strongly recommended that a visit be made to the apartment or home prior to making lease or rental arrangements. If possible, schedule more than one interview with a prospective house share/roommate and always request references. For more information, visit the Office of the Dean of Students located in the Student Center, Suite 300, or call 404/413-1515.

1512.35 Greek Life

While there are many opportunities to get involved at Georgia State, fraternities and sororities offer a unique and life-long involvement experience. Greek Life gives students the opportunity to experience leadership development, serve in the local Atlanta and campus community, network with alumni to form career connections, and make lifelong friendships. In addition, involvement in fraternities and sororities increases students’ chances of graduating from college, enhances their overall academic achievement and improves their satisfaction with their college experience.

There are four governing bodies of fraternities and sororities: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Council (PC), the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC), and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). With more than 25 organizations to choose from, students can find an organization that provides the experience they are looking for. For more information, visit the office located in the Student Center, Suite 330, the website www.gsu.edu/greeklife or  call 404/413-1580.

1512.40 Student Organizations

More than 350 chartered student organizations offer Georgia State University students a wide variety of involvement opportunities.  From community service and cultural groups to political and recreational groups, these student organizations reflect a vast array of interests.  In addition to providing students with a connection to others with like interests, active involvement in student organizations also offers opportunities for students to gain valuable leadership skills by serving as an officer and/or planning events and programs.  A listing of all chartered student organizations as well as the requirements to charter new groups can be found online at gsu.orgsync.com.  For more information visit the office located in the Student Center, Suite 330, or call 404/413-1580.

1512.42 Honor Societies and Professional Organizations

The University encourages student excellence in both academic and co-curricular activities through a large number of honor societies.  Examples include Alpha Lambda Delta (freshman honor society), Alpha Psi Omega (performing arts), Alpha Upsilon Alpha (literacy), Chi Sigma Iota (counseling), Gamma Theta Upsilon (geography), Golden Key International Honour Society (general), National Society of Collegiate Scholars (first- and second-year students), Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership), Order of Omega (greek life), Phi Chi Theta (business), Phi Sigma Tau (philosophy), Psi Chi (psychology), Tau Alpha Chi (tax) and National Honor Society of Scabbard and Blade (Army ROTC).  In addition, a large number of nationally chartered student groups exist to promote specific professions including: Actuarial Science Club, Alpha Kappa Psi (business), American Marketing Association, Art Student Union, Applied Linguistics Graduate Student Association, Delta Sigma Pi (business), Environmental Law Society, James Oglethorpe Legal Society, Journalism History Society, Minority Pre-Med/Pre-Dental Association, National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Nursing Students at Georgia State University, Pre-Law Club, Philosophy Forum, Nutrition Student Network, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, Religious Studies Forum and the Sociology Club.  For more information about honor societies and professional student organizations, visit the Student Center, Suite 330, the website gsu.orgsync.com or call 404/413-1580.

1512.50 Religious Activities

The Council of Interfaith Concerns is a coordinating body for the religious organizations at Georgia State University. It meets regularly to plan and implement interfaith programs and activities, sponsors special worship services throughout the school year, and provides a resource for those interested in learning about religious ministry on campus. Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant chaplains are available through the council; contacts and referrals from students, faculty, and staff are welcomed. For more information about the work of the council or any of the religious groups, visit the office in 402 University Center.

1512.55 Student Health Insurance

The following groups of Georgia State University students are required to have health insurance.

  • Undergraduate and Graduate International Students holding “F” or “J” visa status
  • Graduate Students receiving Full-time tuition waivers
  • Graduate Students receiving fellowships that fully fund their tuition

Additionally, for those students not covered under the mandatory plan, a voluntary plan is also available. Eligible students include all Undergraduate Students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours and Graduate Students enrolled in the graduate or professional degree program, taking at least one graduate level course.

The following link: www.uhcsr.com/gsu outlines the coverage, benefits and premium for an insurance program specifically designed for Georgia State University students and their dependents.

1514 Disability Services

The Margaret A. Staton Office of Disability Services (ODS) coordinates services and programs for students with disabilities. New  students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the office prior to their first semester to ensure that appropriate accommodations are made. Current GSU students with disabilities, however, may register with the office throughout the semester. The office also provides information and resources to the campus regarding accessibility and accommodations issues university-wide.

ODS is located in the Student Center, Suite 230 or by phone/tty at 404/413-1560 or 404/413-1564.  Detailed information about ODS is available at www.gsu.edu/disability.

1515 Educational Opportunity and TRIO Programs

The Office of Educational Opportunity and TRIO Programs is one of the University’s primary vehicles for outreach to the greater Atlanta community. The Office serves as the coordinating body for a variety of programs designed to provide access to educational opportunities, increase retention and graduation rates as well as prepare students for doctoral study. Among its current programs are the Child Care Access Means Parents in School, Educational Opportunity Center, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Atlanta-Gwinnett Upward Bound, DeKalb Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science and the Veterans Upward Bound Program. For additional information, see www.gsu.edu/oeo or call 404/413-1690.

Student Support Services (SSS), a federally funded program within the Office of Educational Opportunity and TRIO Programs, is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of undergraduate college students who are first generation, demonstrate low income or have  documented disabilities. The college experience is enhanced for all SSS participants by providing individualized academic assessments, academic, personal career and financial aid counseling, tutoring, workshops dealing with academic, personal, and career issues, cultural events and workshops,  a computer lab with free prints and copies, and advocacy. SSS participants are also eligible for financial assistance in the form of grant aid and scholarships. All services are aimed at increasing the student’s academic success. Students interested in becoming a Student Support Services participant may contact the office at 145 Sparks Hall, 404/413-1680. Please visit the SSS website at www.gsu.edu/oeo/sss.html.

Student Support Services, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SSS/STEM), a federally funded program within the Office of Educational Opportunity and TRIO Programs, is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students majoring in STEM fields who are first generation, demonstrate low income or have documented disabilities. The Program encourages and prepares the participants to attend professional and graduate schools as well as provides participants financial assistance in the form of grant aid and scholarships. Some of the services offered to increase the student’s academic success are individual and group tutoring, academic advisement and assistance, financial aid assistance, field trips, supplemental instruction, leadership and professional development workshops, career exploration and development, computer lab, and grant aid. Students interested in becoming a Student Support Services/STEM participant may contact the office at 152 Sparks Hall, 404/413/1688.

Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS), a federally funded program within the Office of Educational Opportunity and TRIO Programs, is designed to increase access to postsecondary education for low-income undergraduate parents by providing quality, affordable and accessible child care services while they further their education. In partnership with the Georgia State Child Development Program, Student Support Services (SSS) participants are eligible to receive child care assistance as they pursue their academic goals. CCAMPIS will pay up to 50% of child care costs. Students interested in becoming a CCAMPIS participant may contact the office of SSS at 145 Sparks Hall, 404/413-1680. Please visit the SSS website at www.gsu.edu/oeo/sss.html.

1517 Georgia Career Information Center

The Georgia Career Information Center (GCIC)provides online career exploration tools and up-to-date career information to the citizens of the State of Georgia, primarily in the public schools (K-12) and the technical colleges.  GCIC also assists with state-level employment initiatives and agencies by providing career development software solutions.  The core tool that GCIC maintains is the Georgia Career Information System, which supports the State of Georgia in meeting state educational mandates with regard to career exploration and planning for students at all grade levels in the public schools.  Georgia State University students can access GCIS for career exploration at http://www.gcic.peachnet.edu/)

The Georgia Career Information Center is a part of the University Career Services, which offers to all GSU students, graduate and undergraduate, a wide range of highly supportive personal and professional development opportunities and services.  University Career Services is comprised of the Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership Development, Employer Relations, Graduate and Professional School Planning, Career Development, and the Georgia Career Information Center.

More information is available at http://www.gcic.peachnet.edu/ or 404/413-1720.  GCIC is located at One Park Place South, Suite 823.

1518 Intercollegiate Athletics

Georgia State University has an intercollegiate athletics program that competes as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level and as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Other members of the Sun Belt include: University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, University of Louisiana-Lafeyette, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of South Alabama, University of Texas-Arlington, Texas State, Troy, and Western Kentucky.

Georgia State sponsors 16 sports programs, including baseball, basketball,  football, golf, soccer, and tennis, for men, as well as basketball, cross country, golf, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball for women. Additional participation opportunities for female students will be added in the near future.

Georgia State abides by all rules and regulations of the NCAA and Sun Belt for all athletics competition, and student-athletes must meet all admission and eligibility requirements in order to compete.

Georgia State’s athletics teams, known as the Panthers, compete not only against conference opponents but also against other top-ranking teams around the nation. Georgia State teams and individual student-athletes have gained regional and national recognition.

For further information call 404-413-4000 or visit the athletics website at www.georgiastatesports.com.

1519 Leadership Development

Leadership Development provides dynamic programs and services designed to assist students in their growth and development as leaders on and off campus. Leadership is a characteristic that serves all students well as they embark on their careers and move forward in their lives.  From small roundtable discussions to large-scale conferences such as the annual Leadership Conclave, Leadership Development addresses the needs of experienced as well as emerging leaders.  Student organizations looking for specific leadership training for members are encouraged to contact the office to set up training sessions.

Leadership Development is a program of University Career Services, which offers to all GSU students, graduate and undergraduate, a wide range of highly supportive personal and professional development opportunities and services.  University Career Services is comprised of the Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership Development, Employer Relations, Graduate and Professional School Planning, Career Development, and the Georgia Career Information Center.

For more information on the Leadership Development program, visit  www.gsu.edu/leadership or by calling 404/413-1588.

1520.05 African-American Student Services and Programs

The Office of African-American Student Services and Programs (OAASS&P) promotes academic and social advocacy and support for undergraduate and graduate students.  The office primarily focuses on providing assistance with academic coaching; peer and faculty mentoring; graduate school preparation; fostering cultural awareness; student leadership development; and academic tutorial.  OAASS&P is open to all students but is charged with helping to support the retention and progression of Black students in particular.   The office collaborates with academic and student affairs departments, as well as various student groups to ensure the successful navigation of student through the University community.  In an effort to achieve the social development of Georgia State students, OAASS&P advises several student organizations and groups which are affiliated with the office.  OAASS&P sponsors various academic and cultural activities which serve to meet the social needs of students, particularly Black students at Georgia State University.  The office, however, strives to foster an environment that is welcoming and which demonstrates an appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity among the many different cultural groups found on the campus.  Members of the staff encourage you to visit the office which is located in the Student Center, Suite 315 or call 404/413-1530 for additional information.  The hours of operation for the office are 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

1520.10 Intercultural Relations

Intercultural Relations provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in meaningful dialogues, actively participate in diverse cultural programs and participate in training opportunities which serve to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the many cultural groups found at Georgia State University.   The Intergroup Dialogue Program, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Week activities, Feed Your Senses, as well as cultural speakers, performances, art exhibits and lectures are a few of the examples of the programs offered by Intercultural Relations. In addition, the Intercultural Ambassadors are a group of student leaders who work in collaboration with the Intercultural Relations program to promote diversity and cultural programming on campus. For more information about Intercultural Relations visit the website at www2.gsu.edu/~wwwicr or visit Suite 330 of the Student Center or call 404/413-1530.

1522 New Student Orientation and Parent Relations

New Student Orientation and Parent Relations introduces new undergraduate students and their families to Georgia State University by offering orientation programs that facilitate student integration into curricular, co-curricular, and University life. The office also provides programs that enhance student development through involvement and leadership opportunities and offers programs that integrate parents and families into the Georgia State community.

New Student Orientation and Parent Relations reaches its goals by implementing the following programs: Incept/New Student Orientation, Panther Welcome, Freshman Convocation, Family Weekend, Parents Association, Parent Relations, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, and Tau Sigma Transfer Honor Society. New Student Orientation and Parent Relations is located in Suite 265 of the Student Center. For more information call 404/413-1570 or visitwww2.gsu.edu/~wwwnew.

1522.10 Parents Association

The Georgia State University Parents Association provides parents of Georgia State students with an opportunity to remain actively involved with their student in their journey together through the college experience. Parents who join the Association have special access to Georgia State including many wonderful events and programs that happen each day on campus. The organization strengthens connections by providing publications, programming, and a variety of involvement opportunities for its members. The Parents Association is led by an executive board of parents of current Georgia State University students. The Parents Association holds at least one general membership meeting a year and several executive board meetings each semester. For more information on the Parents Association or programs for parents and families, call New Student and Parent Relations at 404/413-1570 or visit the website www.gsu.edu/parentrelations.

1524 Ombudsperson

The Office of the Ombudsperson confidentially assists all members of the campus community with informally resolving conflict or other concerns and issues. The Ombudsperson listens, answers questions, makes referrals, explains University policies and procedures, and mediates between individuals or groups in a dispute to resolve conflict. Mediation and facilitation services offered by the office give all persons involved in conflict the opportunity to discuss problems and cooperate in generating options for resolving disputes. The office also provides training and education in several areas including conflict resolution, respectful communication, cultural awareness, and civility. The Ombudsperson does not have power to adjudicate, arbitrate, or investigate complaints. Individuals who have questions or concerns about classroom environment, interpersonal conflicts, appeals processes, university policies, fair treatment, communication difficulties, or need help with resolving other university concerns are encouraged to call or visit the office to attempt informal resolution prior to filing formal complaints. The Office of the Ombudsperson is located at 215 One Park Place and can be reached by telephone at 404/413-2510, or via the web at www.gsu.edu/ombuds.

1526 Recreational Services

The Student Recreation Center is a four-story, award winning, 161,000 square foot facility dedicated to student recreation. The facility houses state-of-the-art exercise equipment and a wide variety of programs including aquatics, instructional clinics, fitness classes, personal training and nutritional counseling, outdoor adventure, intramural competition, sport clubs, and drop-in play. Features include: a game room (with billiards, darts, table tennis, foosball, air hockey and Wii games), a 35-foot climbing wall, bouldering cave, racquetball courts, squash court, basketball courts, weight room, exercise room, indoor track, swimming pool, spa, sauna and sundeck, aerobic/dance/martial art studios, outdoor equipment rental shop, vending area, and cyber-lounge. The auxiliary gym has spectator bleachers and is lined for seven different sports. The Equipment Issue desk provides locker rentals, sports equipment rental, towel service, gym clothing rental, and general information. One can register for instructional clinics and other activities, obtain membership information and general information at the Service Counter. All first-time users must complete the on-line waiver. A current validated PantherCard is required for entry into the facility, participation in any recreation activity and for all rentals.

The Touch the Earth outdoor recreation program offers quite a variety of outdoor adventures for beginners and veterans alike. Activities include: hiking, camping, flat and white-water canoeing, kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing, caving and more. Instruction, transportation, and most equipment is provided. Break trips are offered during each semester break. Camping and backpacking equipment can be rented for personal use through the Outdoor Rental center. The Challenge Program offers opportunities for team building through group activities at the off-campus ropes course.

Sport Clubs are available to those who have more advanced sport skill and interest in competition. Clubs offered include: badminton, boxing, break dancing, Capoeria, cricket, cycling, equestrian, grappling, Hapkido, ice hockey (men’s), lacrosse (men’s), paintball, rock climbing, rowing, rugby football, soccer (men’s), soccer (women’s), squash, swim, table tennis, triathlon, ultimate frisbee and whitewater. Active status of clubs may change from semester to semester.

The Indian Creek Recreation Area, a 16-acre wooded site in DeKalb County, offers a ropes course, large outdoor swimming pool for use during the summer, year-round use of tennis courts, sand volley ball court, and picnic areas. The Indian Creek Lodge is available for use (pending approval), for a fee, by chartered university student organizations and departments for retreats, parties and meetings. Located on a 100-acre site in southern DeKalb County, the Panthersville area provides lighted playing fields and other accommodations for sport clubs, intramural activities and varsity athletic competitions.

Complete information on all scheduled recreation activities, programs, facilities, and regulations is available in the Recreation RAP-UP, published each semester, online at www.gsu.edu/recreation, or by contacting the Recreational Services office in suite 200, Student Recreation Center, or by calling 404-413-1750 or 1780.

1528 Student Health Promotion

Student Health Promotion (SHP) envisions a healthy Georgia State University in which all members of the campus community are healthy, safe, and drug free.

SHP values cultural diversity and inclusiveness, and supports social justice efforts in all public health programming.

The mission of SHP is to provide and support health promotion services, events, programs, and community partnerships that increase health literacy, communication, choices and/or advocacy. SHP supports its mission by providing services, events and programs in five key areas of public health:

  1. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention: includes events and programs related to substance use, misuse and abuse.
  2. Health and Safety: includes events and programs on topics such as pedestrian and driver safety, cancer prevention, illness prevention, and personal hygiene.
  3. Healthy Nutrition: includes events and programs on topics such as healthy eating habits, healthy cooking demonstrations, eating disorders and healthy body image.
  4. Healthy Sexuality: includes events and programs on topics such as safer sex, sexually transmissible infections, contraception and sexuality. It also includes free, confidential HIV testing.
  5. Violence Prevention: includes events and programs on topics such as sexual assault, domestic violence, anger management, and suicide prevention.

Requests for programs can be made by calling 404/413-1577.  Groups and individual students are encouraged to stop by the office to learn more about promoting a healthier Georgia State.  Please visit us at 75 Piedmont, Suite 241.

1529 Health Services

The GSU Clinic can meet many of your primary care and urgent health care needs on campus. The staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical assistants. The clinic is located in 141 Piedmont Ave, Ste. D, and office hours are 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday –Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays with the last appointment 30 minutes prior to closing. During Spring Break and summer, the clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Appointments are required for visits, but urgent visits may walk in and be seen on a priority basis.

You must be a currently registered student to receive services. Always bring your Panther Card and picture identification. We file Georgia State student insurance, but other insurance plans are not accepted. Payment is expected at the time of service by cash, check, credit, or debit card. The clinic cannot take over the phone payments. Please call 404/413-1930 for an appointment or other information, or visit the website at www.gsu.edu/health.

  • Primary Care: Visits and medical advice are FREE — fees are charged for tests, supplies, and medicines. Primary care includes diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses and chronic medical problems, wellness visits, annual physicals, STD checks and treatments.
  • Minor Emergency: Wound care including stitches, asthma care, first aid, and assessments and referrals are provided. The Clinic does NOT treat serious, life-threatening or limb-threatening illnesses or injuries. In case of a true emergency on campus, please call 911 for an ambulance, and then call the university police at 3-3333. The police can direct the ambulance to the location of the emergency. The university police can also assist if someone has a minor emergency while on campus and cannot get to the clinic without assistance. Clinic personnel cannot leave the clinic to attend to minor emergencies that occur at other campus locations, so please call the campus police to help bring the patient to the clinic.
  • Sports Medicine: Sports participation physicals are provided free. Minor injury care is provided through our Orthopaedic clinic, which is held on Thursdays from 9 am to 12 pm. You must call for appointment.
  • Women’s Health: Please schedule appointments for gynecological exams, PAP smears and birth control advice. Contraceptive pills and shots along with emergency contraception and pregnancy tests are available and can be provided for a fee. Prenatal care is not provided.
  • Health Education: A variety of topics are offered such as safe sex information, weight control advice, healthy lifestyles, and diabetes management.
  • Prescriptions Dispensed: As part of your visit to the clinic, the doctor can dispense pre-packaged prescription medicines at a discounted price — antibiotics, allergy and cold medicines, ear and eye drops, birth control pills, dermatological creams, and more. Outside prescriptions cannot be filled at the clinic. Students with the Georgia State student insurance may receive medications without a co-payment. Otherwise there is a co-pay for labs and procedures.
  • Immunizations: All shots and laboratory tests (titers) needed to complete the immunization requirement for registration (Board of Regents policy) are available at the GSU Clinic through the immunization department. Please call 404/314-1940 for information. Vaccinations and tests provided by the immunization department are MMR, Rubella, Meningitis, Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Varicella (chickenpox), and PPD (tuberculosis) skin tests. Allergy shots can be given only after a consultation visit with the clinic doctor, along with a previous diagnosis and prescription of serum from an allergy specialist.
  • Laboratory Tests: Affordable testing is available at deeply discounted prices. A few examples are urinalysis, urine culture, throat culture, thyroid panel, lipids (cholesterol) panel, gonorrhea-chlamydia, HIV blood test, and pregnancy tests. You must have an office visit with the doctor or nurse practitioner before a laboratory test can be ordered.

1530 Student Government Association

The Student Government Association has existed through the years as the representative body of the students of Georgia State University. The university adheres to the philosophy that self-government is a catalyst for student development. The SGA exists as a means of student self-government and enables elected students to express the opinions of their fellow students in seeking betterment of the university in general. Services provided by SGA include free blue books and scantron forms (limit 2 per day), local facsimile use (1 per day), free black/white copies (10 per day), and  local phone use. The SGA office is located in Suite 400 of the University Center, 404/413-1600.

1534 Student•University Center

The Student•University Center is a focal point for the social, recreational and cultural life of the Georgia State University community. Known as the campus meeting place, the center is a convenient spot for students, faculty and staff to socialize, enjoy a meal, study, learn about campus life and attend performances, events and meetings. It hosts approximately 25,000 guests daily and more than 5,600 events annually.

The Center is comprised of two buildings, the Student Center and the University Center. The combined facility offers more than 28,000 square feet of meeting and event space that may be reserved for seminars, conferences, lectures, receptions, banquets, concerts and other functions. The Speaker’s Auditorium has 425 seats, and a spacious ballroom can accommodate numerous setups. Meeting rooms range in size and can host intimate conference or roundtable discussions, as well as meetings for large organizations.

The Student•University Center offers three program areas: Campus Events, Spotlight Programs Board and Student Media. These programs offer meaningful learning and community-building events in support of the center’s mission to enhance the quality of student life, engender a sense of community throughout the university and contribute to the learning environment for all of its constituencies. They also offer a variety of positions for students to work in professional office settings and in student media.

The Center serves as the home of numerous campus departments. It also houses food courts, the University Bookstore, Cinefest Film Theatre, ATMs, e-mail stations, seating areas and lounges. In the University Center, Campus Tickets sells tickets for Student•University Center-sponsored events, and the Information Center on the first floor of the Student Center offers discount tickets to movie theatres and area attractions. Many student organizations, the Student Government Association, WRAS-FM Campus Radio and The Signal student newspaper have office space in the facility in addition to the meeting rooms they can reserve.

For more information and building hours, visit www.gsu.edu/studentcenter or call the Student Center Information Center at 404/413-1850.

1534.10 Student Programs

Spotlight Programs Board is the student-run programming board on campus. Spotlight is responsible for planning a wide range of entertainment, social activities and educational programs to enhance the quality of life for the diverse Georgia State student body. It is organized into student committees that coordinate such events as concerts, Panther Prowl and Homecoming, as well as handle the board’s administrative functions. Cinefest Film Theatre is also a component of Spotlight. Information about activities or how to get involved can be found at www.gsu.edu/spotlight or by calling 404/413-1610 or visiting 380 Student Center.

Campus Events is a university department that provides social, educational, and cultural programming to enhance the knowledge and broaden the experiences of Georgia State University students, faculty, and staff. Supported by student activity fees, Campus Events brings the campus community together by organizing events that appeal to the university’s varied student body. Annual Campus Events programs include the Distinguished Speaker Series, GSU Night at the Aquarium, the Courtyard Music Series, the Welcome Back Comedy Show, GSU Night at Six Flags, College Night at the High Museum, Holidays of the World and a variety of performing and fine arts events. Campus Events and Spotlight Programs Board co-sponsor Blue at the Zoo and the annual Miss Georgia State University Scholarship Pageant. For more information, call Campus Events at 404/413-1857 or visit www.gsu.edu/studentevents or 370 Student Center.

1534.30 Student Media

All students are invited to become involved with the student media organizations on campus. Whether it is music, writing, reporting, editing, producing videos, photography, or just great experience and friendships, these organizations offer something for everyone.

GSTV, Georgia State’s closed-circuit television station, can be seen on channel 91 at the Georgia State Commons and University Lofts. It also streams its content live on on its website., www.gstvonline.org. The office is located in 205 University Center.

WRAS-FM is the 100,000-watt student voice of Georgia State. On the air since 1971, WRAS has won local and national awards for its cutting-edge format. Also known as Album 88, WRAS is programmed solely by Georgia State students. The office is located in 280 University Center or visit online at www.wras.org.

The Signal is the university’s student newspaper, which serves as a learning workshop and source of journalistic, marketing and photographic skills. The Signal is published every Tuesday during the Fall and Spring academic terms. Current issues can be found in over 50 locations on campus. The office is located in 200 University Center or visit online at www.georgiastatesignal.com.

New South and Underground are the university’s literary magazines edited by students and showcasing literary and artistic contributions from across the country. Both organizations also stage on- and off-campus readings from Georgia State students throughout the year. Underground focuses on the publication of poetry, literature and photography produced solely by current Georgia State University students. The New South office is located in 946 General Classroom Building, and the   office is located in 407 University Center.

1536 University Career Services

The central office for University Career Services (UCS) houses the comprehensive career center for the campus with programs, services, information, and counseling to assist students with career decisions, as well as preparation for and implementation of successful job and graduate /professional school searches. The central UCS office works with undergraduate and graduate students from the first year on campus through the one year anniversary of their graduation. Alumni beyond a year of graduation may enroll in Alumni Career Services, a program also housed within the office (Note: an Alumni Career Services fee is associated with some services).  Students from all majors and areas of study, from all class levels, and from all colleges, are served..

Career Development services are  available by appointment. Individual and group sessions are offered, always with the goal of helping students and alumni connect their passion and purpose with career opportunities. The career counselors also provide career assessments, which aid students in exploring career possibilities based on values, interests, and personality.

Workshops, information and career counselors are available to help students and alumni with their career exploration and assess their individual talents, skills, and interests, and to set career goals. Programs and materials, employer panels, employer information sessions, and career fairs provide up-to-date information for use in exploring careers and researching employers.

Through the Employer Relations team, University Career Services has programs and services that connect students, alumni, and employers for internship and career opportunities, as well as employment to meet expenses while attending school. Regular workshops, employer events such as mock interviews and résumé critique days, and online information help students prepare résumés, and develop interviewing and other job search skills.

The Graduate and Professional School Planning program assists students exploring advanced degree opportunities, either here at Georgia State University or at another campus within the United States or abroad. This program has materials to assist students in researching programs as well as support in making application. This program also sponsors the fall Graduate and Professional School Fair, which brings graduate school recruiters from across the country to meet interested GSU students.

The Career Resource Center (CRC) is the central point of contact for students and contains workstations with access to online career guidance, job postings, graduate/professional school information, and employer research databases. The CRC also houses career-oriented books and multimedia materials for researching career and advanced degree opportunities.

Résumania is the walk-in résumé and c.v. review service, available Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm. No appointment is needed. Résumania takes place in the CRC, Room 260 University Center

All Georgia State University students have an account on Panther Career Net, a web-based career management system utilized by students, employers and the career services staff. Panther Career Net is free to all enrolled students.  Activation of the account (completing a profile and uploading a résumé if seeking employment) provides 24/7 on and off-campus access to many of the Career Resource Center’s online resources, as well as easy application to jobs, and information about career events and employers. Activation requires use of one’s campus ID and password and can be done remotely.

University Career Services at Georgia State University is a consortium of student-focused departments and programs within the Division of Student Affairs, offering to all GSU students, graduate and undergraduate, a wide range of highly supportive personal and professional development opportunities and services.  University Career Services is comprised of the Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership Development, Employer Relations, Graduate and Professional School Planning, Career Development, and the Georgia Career Information Center.

For more information on career counseling, career assessment, career exploration, graduate and professional school planning, internship and career opportunities, and job search support, visit the central office of University Career Services in 260 University Center or call 404/413-1820 or visit the website at www.gsu.edu/career.

1538.10 University Senate Committee on Student Life and Development

The University Senate Committee on Student Life and Development is a joint student-faculty advisory committee to the Dean of Students.  This standing committee is responsible for chartering new student organizations; recommending and reviewing proposed changes in university policy that relate to student programming and development; reviewing student code of conduct changes; and, facilitating communication among students, faculty, and administrative staff.

1538.20 Student Activity Fee Committee

The Student Activity Fee Committee, including ten fee councils, is comprised of students, faculty, and staff members. The committee is responsible for reviewing requests for funds generated by the student activity fee and making recommendations for the allocation of those funds to the Dean of Students.

1538.30 Committee on Student Communications

The Committee on Student Communications is an advisory committee to the Dean of Students and has decision-making responsibility in relation to the business of and annual budget allocations for all student-operated media. Its primary functions are to interview candidates to fill the editorial and managerial positions for each of the student-operated media, to make recommendations for general policy to the Dean of Students, and to resolve disputes between members.

1540 University Housing

Housing accommodations are available in the Georgia State University Commons, University Lofts, Freshman Hall, Piedmont North and Greek Housing. These residence halls offer a variety of life-style living options.

The University Commons houses approximately 2,000 Georgia State students. It offers convenient, apartment-style housing in a quadrangle of four residence halls. The two and four bedroom apartments include a full-sized kitchen, a fully furnished living/dining room, and a bathroom for every two residents, and private bedrooms. Private bedrooms have basic cable television and internet connections. The kitchen features a refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven.  Each floor’s design includes a study/community lounge space and each building has a fully equipped laundry facility and community offices and mail room on the first floor. The building includes covered parking spaces, the 911 center for the University, a police substation, a convenience store, Georgia State University Student Health Clinic and a MILE computer lab for University classes.

The University Lofts residence hall houses approximately 550 residents. The University Lofts is primarily an undergraduate apartment-style residence hall. The Sophomores Achieving in Life (S.A.I.L.) learning community occupies the top three floors. The Lofts are fully furnished loft-style apartments that blend urban style with modern-day conveniences. There are studios and one, two and four bedroom apartments. The apartments include living areas, private and shared bedrooms, and a full-bath for every three residents and a full kitchen with a refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and oven. The Lofts community spaces include an activity lounge, multipurpose room, laundry room, and the University Housing Learning Center and classroom. Lofts resident parking is managed by Auxiliary and Support Services (www.gsu.edu/parking) and is available at an additional monthly cost.

Freshman Hall offers one and two-person suites that are adjoined by a full bathroom.  Students are provided with a furnished room, including a bed, desk, chair and closet.   This new residence hall offers a comprehensive first-year student program,  and a state of the art all-you-can-eat dining facility. A meal plan is required for students who reside in Freshman Hall.

Piedmont North opened in Fall 2010, and underwent remodeling and an expansion of the full facility, which included the opening of a second building in Fall 2011. Piedmont North is a traditional, suite-style residence hall.  Students share a  a bedroom and a bathroom.  Similar to Freshman Hall, a dining facility is also located in the hall and a meal plan is required for all students in Piedmont North.  Students may use their meal plan at either location.  Student rooms in Piedmont North are also furnished, including a bed, desk, chair and closet.

The Greek Housing community consists of five fraternities and four sororities housed in three-story townhomes, which range in size from 9-19 beds per unit. Each townhome features a spacious living room and kitchen, and all bedrooms are furnished with standard residential furniture. There is a large meeting room in the center of the complex with mail service and laundry facilities available next door in Freshman Hall.

University Housing’s residence halls are in highly desirable downtown locations that are located within minutes of academic buildings, the Student Recreation Center, the Student University Center and most major attractions in Atlanta. Sign up to live on campus and begin enjoying all the advantages University Housing has to offer. All University Housing residence halls meet all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Housing costs for all facilities include rent, furniture, all utilities, wireless internet in specific building areas, basic cable television, and internet connections. Safe and convenient access is provided through a 24 hour card key access system from residence hall access and guest check in. For more information, contact University Housing in person at 250 Student Center, by phone at 404/413-1800, by e-mail at housing@gsu.edu, or by visiting the Housing Web site at www.gsu.edu/housing.