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The Student Development Center is the hub of activity for many of the areas of student life on campus. It is the location of most of the offices of the Student Development staff, and it provides a convenient location for student meetings and resources. 

The Student Development staff is committed to providing an environment that will enhance and integrate the life-long process of growth of the social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, and emotional development of all students. The areas of Student Development—Housing, Counseling, Health Services, Career Services, Athletics, Intramural Sports/Recreational Services, and Food Services—complement other areas of campus life—Campus Ministry, Student Government, and the Student Activities Board to provide a healthy, safe, vibrant atmosphere for all students. 

The Student Development staff works with students and other university personnel to offer opportunities and activities to build a sense of community and personal responsibility. From the very beginning of one's academic career here until graduation and placement in one's chosen profession, the staff offers such opportunities as: the New Student Orientation program; the peer counseling program, Connect; leadership opportunities with the Student Government Association (SGA); the Student Activities Board (SAB); the Resident Student Board (RSB); Resident Assistants in Housing; and club memberships. There are other community-building opportunities offered by this staff and others on campus which include the St. Francis Day celebration (Oct. 4), Family Weekend, the President's Dinner, homecoming activities, volunteer service trips to Appalachia and to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Courtyard Carni—the end of the year celebration, and many more. 

The areas of Student Development complement the academic departments to provide a rich, growthful experience for the whole person during the student's academic career at Viterbo. 

Campus prevention services address alcohol and drug issues by conducting public awareness activities, educational strategies, policy development, information/referral services, and alternative activities. This office also coordinates the Connect Program, the campus peer education program. The Connect Program features trained university students who plan, implement, and deliver alcohol and drug prevention programming throughout the college community. 

Intercollegiate Sports 
Viterbo University offers a program of intercollegiate competition for men and women. The women's program includes volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer. The men's program consists of soccer, basketball, and baseball. 

Both the men's and women's programs are affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and are members of the Midwest Classic Conference. 

Viterbo offers a wide variety of recreational sports activities for relaxation, exercise and fun. The intramural program is designed to meet the needs of Viterbo students and is open to both men and women. Programs are designed for teams and individuals. 


The process of career planning has grown increasingly important, primarily due to a shifting and competitive job market. The Career Services office provides services and activities related to career planning, internships, and placement to assist students in their development of an effective career plan. Services include, but are not limited to: 

  • Career counseling, and career interest testing;
  • Career Resource Center (print occupational information, graduate school information, vacancy bulletins, etc.);
  • Electronic publication of the JobLine, a listing of full and part-time employment opportunities;
  • Sponsorship and participation in career days, career related panels and job fairs;
  • Counseling related to internship application and placement;
  • Academic courses: Career Planning (SPST 110) and Job Search Strategies (SPST 410), each 1 credit, CR/NC;
  • Development of a credential file (letters of recommendation);
  • Assistance in the development of tools necessary for an effective job search: resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills.
Counseling at Viterbo is supportive of a student's academic, social and personal growth. Counseling can be an integral part of one's individual growth and learning process. The counseling process aims to enhance self-esteem as the student is faced with many changes and adjustments that are part of college life. In addition to academic challenges, the student is also faced with the task of making new friends, choosing a career and confronting value differences. It is not unusual for students during this time of transition to also experience emotional struggles related to family, self, and others. A counselor can help bridge the gap and offer support as the student is facing these challenges. 

Services at Viterbo involve short-term counseling to students free of charge. The Counseling Office also acts as a referral resource to community mental health facilities when additional services are needed. Students are invited to contact the counseling office in person or by telephone. Services involve primarily education, one-on-one sessions, and programs on mental health. 

Successful counseling depends upon a trusting relationship between a student and a professional counselor. Counseling at Viterbo stresses respect and genuine concern for the struggle and search of each individual. Therefore, the counselor is committed to insuring that information resulting from counseling contacts is held in strict confidence. The counseling staff is committed to and functions out of the professional standards of ACPA (American College Personnel Association). No information is released without a student's permission. The only exceptions are in the unlikely event that there is clear and imminent danger to an individual or society, or the information is subpoenaed in legal proceedings. 


Campus dining facilities are located in Marian Hall and the Student Union. The Marian Hall Dining Room serves three meals daily, Monday through Friday, with brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Meals in the dining room are available through the meal plan options and on a cash basis. The Crossroads snack bar, located in the Student Union, offers grilled items, sandwiches, pizza, soup, salads, beverages, and various other items available on a cash basis. 

Viterbo University has a nurse-directed Health Services staffed by a registered nurse on a part-time basis. Office hours are available each school day. In addition, the university has the service of a consulting physician. Services through the Health Service office are available to all students without a fee. 

La Crosse has excellent medical facilities available if needed. The Mayo-affiliated Franciscan-Skemp Healthcare medical complex is located adjacent to the university. It includes a hospital, an emergency department, and clinics. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center is located within eight city blocks of the campus. 

Each student is required to complete a Student Health Record form and mail it to the Health Services Office one month prior to the start of the semester. All students are requested to complete the personal health history form and to obtain the required immunizations (see below). A physical examination by a physician or nurse practitioner is required for foreign students, students participating in intercollegiate sports, and students who have a pre-existing medical condition. Students in the School of Nursing are to complete the physical exam within six months prior to Clinical Nursing 270-280 scheduled second semester of their sophomore year. All health records are retained in the Health Services Office and information is strictly confidential. 

Health Policies 
To insure a healthy campus, Viterbo University has a Health Record Policy requiring a documented record of each student's immunizations to be submitted on or before admission to the university. 
Immunizations include: 

  • Measles * (rubeola), mumps * and rubella * (combined they are referred to as MMR) ? Two documented measles vaccinations are required unless there is documented illness or the student was born prior to 1957.
  • Tetanus-diphtheria * (Td) ? after initial series, a booster is recommended every 10 years.
  • Polio ? an indication that the immunization series has been received.
  • Hepatitis B ? required for students in clinical health-related studies, and highly recommended for all students.
  • TB test * or chest X-ray * within the past year must show proof of freedom from tuberculosis.
* These immunizations are required. 

Student records will be checked within the first month of classes. If these health records are not on file, a monetary fine or other disciplinary measure may be taken. A signed waiver is requested if a person has religious or other valid objections to immunizations. 


Residence Life at Viterbo represents the university's commitment to providing a quality living-learning environment for students who live on campus. The Residence Life staff is instrumental in encouraging students to develop academically and socially by providing an environment conducive to study, while helping students develop interpersonally within the community. 

A variety of housing styles is offered at Viterbo from traditional university residence halls to homes. All of the living areas are secured 24 hours daily and accessed by a key and door card. Viterbo University policy states that freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus unless living with a parent, spouse, legal guardian, or are 21 years of age. 

Housing assignments are made through the Office of the Director of Living and Learning for Residence Life for the academic year, unless an individual is a transfer student at the start of the spring semester. 

The Marian Hall complex is a traditional residence hall. Traditional-aged freshmen are assigned housing in Marian Hall North or South and must participate in the Advantage (19) Meal Plan during the fall semester. At spring semester freshmen may opt to carry the 19 or 14 meal plan. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the option of living in Marian Hall, McDonald Terrace, Treacy House, Rose Terrace, or the houses. McDonald, Treacy, and Rose are apartment style units. Students living in these units must participate in one of the meal plans and may choose from among the options. 

Students living off campus are also invited to participate in one of the meal plans. Further questions about housing, meal plans, or the residence life program can be directed to the Director of Living and Learning for Residence Life (608-796-3841). 

Campus Ministry 
Integrating Christian values and commitment with academic goals and pursuits is a major emphasis at Viterbo University. To this end, Campus Ministry welcomes all religious perspectives in an ecumenical spirit. Consistent with the Catholic and Franciscan roots of the university, Campus Ministry adds to the life of the Viterbo community by celebrating prayerful worship, by sponsoring programs that raise and challenge Christian consciousness, and by fostering experiences designed to aid those seeking a deeper faith. Campus Ministry is staffed by a Roman Catholic chaplain who serves as director, a director of liturgy and music, and other part-time personnel as the need requires. Ministers of other Christian denominations are available through local churches and cooperative programs with campus ministry services at the local state university. 
Liturgy is an integral part of Viterbo University life, and the Eucharist is celebrated daily at the College Church. Other important sources of Christian growth, renewal, and education include penance services and other liturgies, retreat and prayer opportunities, lectures and seminars on religious and justice issues, and volunteer projects involving service to the wider community. Participation in all these activities and services is open to all in the Viterbo community. 

Cultural Activities 
The art, music and theatre arts departments provide a wide variety of cultural opportunities for student observation of and/or participation in exhibits, concerts, and plays. In addition, the annual Bright Star series brings to the Fine Arts Center nationally known performing artists. 


Incident Review Panel 
The Incident Review Panel is a representative group of students, Student Development Staff members, and faculty from the Viterbo community who hear formal appeals of sanctions and penalties as a result of violations of university policy. This panel operates on the principle of the Christian Gospel which requires that the punishment of an individual for policy violations in the community is always a last resort action undertaken only after the individual refuses to be reconciled when confronted openly and honestly by members of the community. 

Viterbo University presently maintains two different types of security services on campus. Each service is unique in the personnel used and the responsibilities associated with them. The first one is the Student Protective Services (SPS) which is a student staffed function. The SPSs core responsibility is monitoring resident halls 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday through Sunday. The SPS insures that: 

  1. Unauthorized individuals do not enter Marian Hall North and South.
  2. Visitors to Marian Hall North and South are accounted for during their visit and do not stay past posted visitation times.
The SPS staff is identified by a black colored polo shirt with a white SPS emblem on the back. The Office of Vice President for Student Development assumes responsibility for the Hall Director who oversees the SPS program. 

The second or after-hour security service is coordinated by the Physical Plant Director who reports to the Vice President of Finance and Administration. This service utilizes a trained security officer from the hours of 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday, and 24 hours a day during university wide breaks. This security's core responsibilities include: 

  1. Perimeter building security (including locking and unlocking of select, scheduled doors).
  2. Interior building security (including locking doors and being watchful of building system malfunctions).
  3. Assisting SPS including student and staff escorts anywhere on campus.
  4. Coordination of after-hour emergency maintenance activities.
  5. Conflict intervention.
This security is identified by a light blue collared shirt and silver badge. Daytime and after-hour security can be contacted by dialing 3911 from an on-campus phone. To reach Security from an off-campus phone dial 792-3401. Either number rings on a cellular phone carried either by the after-hour officer or the Physical Plant Director. For all life threatening emergencies contact 911 directly. 

Added security personnel requests are to be made through the secretary in the Physical Plant office (a form is provided and must be used). Likewise all requests to have doors unlocked or locked are to be made through the Physical Plant office (a form is provided and must be used). All incident reports are to be filed with the Director of Physical Plant (a form is provided and must be used) per the Student Right-to-Know and the Campus Security Act. 

If you have questions/comments regarding security, please contact the Director of Physical Plant. All complaints or noteworthy experiences need to be in writing. 


Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act 
Viterbo University is in compliance with Public Law 101-542, the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act. Information on the completion/graduation rate for full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students may be obtained from the Assistant to the Academic Vice President. Information on campus security and crime statistics may be obtained from the Director of Security. 

Student Activities 

    Student Activities Board (SAB) 
      The SAB is sponsored by the Student Government Association and is charged with organizing exciting social and educational programs for the student body. Activities include guest speakers, entertainers, movie nights, bowling nights, homecoming activities, Family Weekend, the Slam Fest, and Hog Wild Softball Tournaments, Courtyard Carni, and many other fun activities. Members are elected by the student body.
      Clubs may have formal or informal structures, a curricular or extracurricular emphasis, national, local or departmental affiliation, or independent status. Specific information may be obtained from the Student Handbook and Calendar, the Vice President of Student Development, or the President of the Student Government Association (SGA).
    Student Leadership and Student Government 
      Elected students participate in the Viterbo University plan of governance as members of campus-wide committees. Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) are elected by the students to act as representatives of the Viterbo student body in an official capacity within the university and in the La Crosse community and to recommend policies pertaining to student life. The SGA also manages and allocates the student activities fees budget. Participation in these leadership opportunities and in campus clubs provides opportunities to gain leadership experience and participate in decision making.
    Student Publications 
      Student publications at Viterbo University are student-edited and produced. Publications include: LUMEN, the university newspaper, and TOUCHSTONE, the art and literary magazine. 
      LUMEN and TOUCHSTONE are extra-curricular publications and represent an extension of the curriculum experience.