Development Departments • Alcohol and Other Drug (AODA)
• Career Services • Counseling
Services • Food Service
Services • Residence Life • General
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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.
OTHER DRUG (AODA) PREVENTION
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
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,
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.
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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
Sponsorship and participation in career days, career related panels and
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.
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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
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.
* These immunizations are required.
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
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.
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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).
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
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.
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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:
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.
Unauthorized individuals do not enter Marian Hall North and South.
Visitors to Marian Hall North and South are accounted for during their
visit and do not stay past posted visitation times.
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
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.
Perimeter building security (including locking and unlocking of select,
Interior building security (including locking doors and being watchful
of building system malfunctions).
Assisting SPS including student and staff escorts anywhere on campus.
Coordination of after-hour emergency maintenance activities.
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
If you have questions/comments regarding security, please contact the
Director of Physical Plant. All complaints or noteworthy experiences need
to be in writing.
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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 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 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.