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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Student Services

Florida State University students engage in a supportive and challenging environment designed to maximize learning and success. The University provides opportunities for student growth in the areas of social and cultural awareness, physical well-being, intellectual expansion, and spiritual and moral growth. The University is committed to creating a sense of community among students, faculty, and administrators that embodies respect, responsibility, and acceptance of all people.

Division of Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs: Dr. Amy Hecht

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs: Dr. Allison Crume

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs: Dr. Brandon Bowden

The goals of the Division of Student Affairs are to facilitate student development, celebrate differences, and promote civic and global responsibility in both formal and informal educational experiences. The Vice President for Student Affairs and staff are responsible for the following departments:

  • Campus Recreation
  • The Career Center
  • The Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE)
    • Pre-Collegiate Programs
  • The Center for Global Engagement
  • The Center for Leadership & Social Change
  • The Dean of Students Department
    • Case Management Services
    • New Student and Family Programs
    • Student Disability Resource Center
    • Student Rights and Responsibilities
    • Victim Advocate Program
    • Withdrawal Services
  • Oglesby Union
    • Art Center
    • Askew Student Life Center
    • Crenshaw Lanes
    • Fraternity and Sorority Life
    • FSU Flying High Circus
    • Guest Services
    • Oglesby Gallery
    • Student Activities Center
    • Union Board
    • Union Productions
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Veterans Center
  • Radio and Television
  • University Counseling Center
  • University Health Services
    • Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness
  • University Housing and FSU Childcare and Early Learning Programs

Some of these departments and their programs are highlighted below; however, for more complete information, refer to Florida State University Student Handbook or the Division of Student Affairs Web site at The Handbook is available at the Union Information Center.

The University also offers the following student service programs, which are administered by their individual offices or departments:

  • Assessment Services
  • Parking and Bus Services
  • Bicycle Parking
  • FSU Police Department
  • Seminole Dining
  • StudentsFirst

For academic support services, refer to the "Academic Advising and Academic Support Services" chapter of this General Bulletin. For employment services, refer to the "Financial Information" chapter.

Campus Recreation

"Find what moves you" in Campus Recreation. The department supports every member of the FSU community in their pursuit of lifelong wellness by proving a diverse array of high-quality recreational programs, services, and facilities.

Two fitness facilities, the Bobby E. Leach Center and the Fitness and Movement Clinic, offer a variety of fitness and wellness services to students, faculty, and staff. Both facilities have cardiovascular and strength training equipment along with free weights available to all patrons. Over one hundred group fitness classes are available each week along with fitness consultations from the Strength and Conditioning staff. Instructors and personal trainers are nationally certified. Wellness testing is available at both facilities to help participants enhance their all-around personal wellness. The Leach Center also contains a sixteen-lane, twenty-five-yard lap pool, spa and sauna, indoor jogging track, basketball and racquetball courts, and smoothie bar. The FSU Aquatics staff provides health and safety instruction, including CPR/AED, First Aid, and Lifeguard training, adult and youth swim lessons, and other certification programs. Access to both fitness facilities is free for students. Faculty, staff, alumni, and affiliates may purchase monthly or annual memberships.

The FSU Reservation (the "Rez") is the University's seventy-three acre lakefront facility located just five minutes from campus. Students gain free entry into the Rez, where they can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, sailing, or stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Bradford. Sunning, swimming, sand volleyball, disc golf, a climbing wall, and picnic pavilions are also available. Student organizations, University programs, and other community groups can rent space in the FSU Reservation Retreat Center for meetings. The Rez is also home to Campus Recreation's new high challenge (ropes) course and a low ropes course which host teambuilding and leadership development events by the FSU Challenge Program. The Outdoor Pursuits program at the Rez provides students the opportunity to enjoy outdoor adventure trips around the region including backpacking, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, and paddling.

Campus Recreation also operates the Intramural Sports and Sport Club programs. Students may participate in over forty intramural sport leagues year-round, from flag football to soccer and basketball to kickball. Leagues are available for men's, women's and co-ed teams with various divisions to accommodate a wide range of skill and talent levels. Most IM sports are free for students. Nearly 2,000 students participate in one of over forty sport clubs. The clubs provide various instructional, recreational, and competitive opportunities for the more dedicated athlete. Sports clubs are over ninety percent self-funded, meaning that students fundraise tens of thousands of dollars annually to purchase new equipment, uniforms, and to fund travel. Students can also enjoy pick-up games virtually any time at FSU's award-winning Rec SportsPlex outdoor sports facility, the Main Campus Fields, and Westside Courts.

For more information on Campus Recreation offerings, visit

Career Center

Nationally recognized for its comprehensive career services, the Florida State University Career Center provides students and alumni with the resources to prepare them for career success. With individualized career advising, a library offering over 3,000 information resources, employability skills workshops and mock interviews, the Career Center helps students plan their careers. Career advisors, career liaisons, and staff assist students and alumni with areas including choosing a major, researching occupations and employers, identifying internship opportunities, exploring post-graduate study and developing job search strategies. No appointment is necessary to speak with a career advisor or career liaison. For students who would like to map out their career plans with the assistance of an instructor, the Career Center offers a one to three credit hour course, SDS 3340, Introduction to Career Development. This course gives students indispensable resources to help them make a successful transition to their next destination.

The Career Center links students directly with employers through career fairs, on-campus interviewing, job shadowing, and a powerful network of Florida State alumni, parents, and friends of the University. These opportunities allow students to network with employers nationwide and apply for positions. Students can also apply for career-related work experience, such as internships, cooperative education, part-time and summer jobs, externships, volunteer opportunities or full-time jobs through SeminoleLink, an extensive online jobs database.

FSU students can stand out from the competition by taking advantage of Career Center tools. The Career Portfolio allows students in all academic disciplines to learn about, build and manage their skills and accomplishments through an online portal. Students can make themselves more marketable to employers or graduate programs by participating in the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, a unique program which facilitates involvement and recognizes engaged, well-rounded students who excel within and beyond the classroom. The Career Center also offers customized mock interviews, where students can practice and improve their interviewing performance, as well as workshops covering a variety of topics. Staff present frequently on employability and career development skills, including job searching, writing resumés and cover letters, interviewing, going to graduate school and more.

The Career Center is located in the Dunlap Student Success Center at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Traditions Way and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drop-in career advising is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on select Tuesday evenings until 8:00 p.m. during the Fall and Spring semesters. On Fridays, career advising is not available from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Career Center engages with over 30,000 students every year, helping them discover their unique interests and preparing them for career success. For more information about The Career Center's events and services, call (850) 644-6431 or visit

Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE)

Florida State University and the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) are committed to recruiting, retaining, and graduating economically and educationally disadvantaged students who have the potential to do college level work.

CARE is designed to provide first-time-in-college students from socially and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds with services such as a limited number of exclusive, full-credit Liberal Studies courses, academic advising, college life coaching, financial aid and literacy advising, academic tutoring, a computer lab, learning skills workshops, graduate school preparation, and cultural enrichment activities. The Center promotes a caring environment for students to discuss their academic, personal, and/or social concerns with a friendly, supportive staff.

The Center provides a high-school-to-college Summer Bridge Program that includes intensive academic and social orientation to the University, introduction of participants to the responsibilities and opportunities of college life, encouragement of the development of useful study habits, and assistance with recognizing potential for success. The Student Support Services (SSS) program is designed to provide supplemental academic support and preparation for post-graduation career and educational planning for qualified students. The Student Support Services-STEM program provides qualified students majoring in a STEM field with additional tutoring, workshops, and post-graduation planning. In addition, through the Unconquered Scholars Program, CARE provides additional academic and engagement support activities for students who were a part of dependency care, foster care, or homeless before their enrollment at FSU. Thagard Building, 109 Collegiate Loop; (850) 644-9699;

Pre-Collegiate Programs

College Reach Out Program (CROP) is a state-funded program established to identify, motivate, and prepare disadvantaged middle and high school students to pursue post-secondary education. Through supplemental academic assistance, enrichment activities, educational field trips, and college tours, CROP prepares students for the rigors of a college education.

The University Experience Program is the Summer residential component of CROP offering high school students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to visit the Florida State University campus during the Summer. They attend courses and take part in cultural enrichment and college exposure activities.

The Upward Bound Program (UBP) is a federally-funded program that serves high school students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Located at East Gadsden High School in Gadsden County, Florida, Upward Bound offers developmental opportunities to students through a variety of educational activities, including an on-site computer lab dedicated to UBP participants. UBP staff also assists students in the development of personal and social skills that will help them complete high school and continue their formal education in a post-secondary setting.

For more information, refer to the "Academic Advising and Academic Support Services" chapter of this General Bulletin.

Center for Global Engagement (CGE)

The Mission of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) is to facilitate international diversity and foster global understanding and awareness within the FSU community. The CGE is committed to enhancing FSU's internationalization initiatives by offering academic classes and several certificate programs designed to help develop a more interculturally competent campus community. The Global Partners Certificate Program provides training and workshops to increase intercultural competence for faculty, staff and students, and the Global Pathways Certificate helps students prepare for today's global society through a combination of curricular and co-curricular programs. The CGE also offers the Intercultural Program Series and the Engage Your World Intercultural Dialogue Series to provide all students with many enriching co-curricular opportunities to learn more about other cultures and current global issues. The CGE works to increase international student enrollment by supporting programs bringing in funded international students through foreign government or third-party sponsors; developing special programs through agreements with partner institutions abroad to attract talented students to the University to complete their senior year and apply to graduate school; and, facilitating international student exchanges with other universities. The CGE also provides immigration services and ongoing support to international students and visiting scholars to promote their integration into the campus community.

The Center for Global Engagement is located in the Global and Multicultural Engagement building (The Globe) at 110 South Woodward Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4216. For more information, visit, call (850) 644-1702, or e-mail

Center for Leadership & Social Change

With a mission to transform lives through leadership education, identity development, and community engagement, the Center for Leadership & Social Change works towards the following vision:

  • Students and alumni are responsible citizens and effective leaders. They are aware of and engaged in the world around them and use their talents and means to create a more just and humane society.
  • Students are aware of their values and multiple identities, including ability, age, class, ethnicity, faith structure, gender identity expression, nationality, race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. They recognize the intersection of these identities and acknowledge that multiculturalism enhances the quality of life. From this understanding, students belong to and create intercultural communities that benefit from the value of difference.
  • Students and alumni are known and respected for their leadership acumen and public service tradition. In their personal, professional, and creative communities, they readily seek and accept opportunities for life-long learning, meaningful influence, and positions of trust.

The Center offers more than thirty student programs: related to service, leadership education, and identity development. For more information, contact the Center for Leadership & Social Change, Division of Student Affairs, Dunlap Student Success Center, 100 South Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32306; (850) 644-3342; Fax (850) 644-3362; Web site:; e-mail:

Dean of Students Department

The primary focus of the Dean of Students Department is to support the academic mission of Florida State University and the Division of Student Affairs by providing services, programs, resources, and advocacy for the needs and interests of all students. This includes advocacy for students reporting alleged sexual harassment and students in crisis. Staff members provide educational opportunities for students to develop their values, decision-making skills, and leadership capabilities. For more information, contact Dean of Students Department at 4100 UCA, call (850) 644-2428 or (850) 644-8504 (TDD), or visit

Case Management Services works with students to provide emotional support, brief crisis counseling, advocacy, and identify immediate needs, making appropriate referrals to campus and community resources. Cases are monitored, as needed, to ensure individuals receive the support necessary to improve their life situation. Case Managers may also assist in sending crisis notification letters to faculty. Case management is available to assist with questions, and to take referrals from any faculty, staff, family, friend, or community member concerned about an individual's well-being. For more information, please call (850) 644-2428.

New Student & Family Programs facilitates a welcoming and inclusive transition to Florida State University for all new students and their families. Orientation is the first program that helps ease the transition to Florida State University and college life. During this 2.5-day program, students learn about FSU offerings and resources, meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, and engage with their peers and upperclassmen students. Family members can attend a concurrent Orientation session, which provides insight and resources to help support their student throughout the college experience. To register for Orientation, students must be admitted and must have activated their account. Once activation is complete, students can register for Orientation via a link in their To-Do List within their account. 

Incoming students have a variety of resources available to them through New Student & Family Programs. The New 'Nole Web site,, was designed to be a one stop shop for incoming students, guiding them on what is next after they are admitted to FSU. The Web site features checklists, as well as information on how to submit immunization forms, how to find your academic advisor, and how to pay tuition. New Student & Family Programs also offers Seminoles in the City, a guide to off-campus living, and the First Year 'Nole e-Newsletter that goes out three times a semester to keep students informed on campus happenings, involvement opportunities, and success strategies. New Student & Family Programs also hosts Ask a 'Nole, which helps students find their classes on the first day of school and get answers to general questions about FSU.

New Student & Family Programs also offers Family Connection, an organization of family members who are committed to supporting student success through communication, partnerships, and programs. Family Connection is free of charge and only requires activation of membership by registering at Orientation or visiting Through Family Connection, family members receive resources like the What's Going 'Round monthly e-Newsletter and the Family Calendar. Family Connection Council helps manage the programs and activities offered by Family Connection. Throughout the year, Family Connection hosts events like the Garnet & Gold Silent Auction, FSU Chats, the family-to-family mentoring program, and Notes to Your 'Nole. 

For more information about New Student & Family Programs or any of the programs and initiatives mentioned above, please visit For questions, please contact New Student & Family Programs at (850) 644-2785 or via e-mail at

The Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) serves as the primary advocate for students with disabilities and a resource for the University community on disability-related issues. Through the provision of academic accommodations, testing support, assistive technologies, accessible transportation services, coaching and a space for students to feel part of the FSU community the SDRC creates an environment of success. Applications for students to utilize these services can be found on the SDRC website or by visiting the office. In addition to the SDRC Testing Center, the SDRC maintains the Theodore and Vivian Johnson Adaptive Technology Lab, a facility that houses computers and adaptive equipment, which help students with disabilities to successfully meet the requirements of their academic programs. Any student in need of specific services and reasonable accommodations should contact the Student Disability Resource Center, 108 Student Services Building, or call (850) 644-9566 or (850) 644-8504 (TDD), or visit

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities administers student disciplinary procedures in accordance with the Student Conduct Code and maintains official disciplinary records. An emphasis is placed upon educating students about their rights and responsibilities as members of the University community. University codes and policies pertaining to students can be found in the Florida State University Student Handbook and the "Academic Regulations" chapter of this General Bulletin. For more information regarding student conduct procedures, call (850) 644-5136, or visit

The Victim Advocate Program provides free, confidential advocacy services to victims of crime. An advocate is on-call twenty-four hours a day to respond to Florida State University students, faculty, and staff who are victimized, and to any person victimized on Florida State University's campus or by a member of the FSU community. The services offered include emotional support, evaluation of legal or medical options, crisis intervention, instructor notification, academic support, referrals to campus and community partners, and educational programming for the campus community. For information call (850) 644-7161 or (850) 644-2277, or visit After hours, call (850) 644-1234 and ask for an advocate.

The Withdrawal Services staff provides support to students and their families when a student's enrollment is unexpectedly interrupted for personal, medical, or mental health reasons, and/or other crises. The Withdrawal Advisor explains the withdrawal application process and its various stages, evaluates grade liability for completed coursework, refers students to their Academic Dean and offers other University support services as needed, notifies each student of the final decision, and maintains a University record of the completed withdrawal. Before meeting with the Withdrawal Advisor, students should meet with their Academic Dean to discuss the implications of withdrawing, the viability of their withdrawal application, and any alternative academic options that may exist. Academic Deans and their staff evaluate applications and make a final determination to approve or deny student withdrawals from a semester of enrollment. For more information call (850) 644-1741 or

Oglesby Union, Askew Student Life Center, and FSU Flying High Circus

The Oglesby Union is the community center of student life on campus, hosting a variety of cultural, educational, social, and recreational activities. The Oglesby Union Complex is comprised of the Crenshaw, Davis, Turner, Student Services and Student Activities buildings as well as the Askew Student Life Center, Moore Auditorium and the Haskins Circus Complex. Union facilities include a student activities and involvement center; an entertainment club; restaurants; study and television lounges; an arts center and gallery; a bowling, billiards, and gaming center; lost and found; automatic teller machines; information center; student organization offices; meeting rooms; auditorium; and ballrooms. The Oglesby Union complex is also home to the Student Government Association, student mailboxes/post office, UPS Store, and Computer Lab.

The Oglesby Union coordinates multiple University-wide events including Seminole Sensation Week, Homecoming, Parents' Weekend, and Family Weekend. Seminole Sensation Week welcomes incoming and returning students the week prior to the beginning of Fall semester classes. The events and activities provide students with an opportunity to learn more about campus life. Homecoming builds spirit on campus and in the community for Florida State University and welcomes alumni back. Student organizations come together to participate and compete in Homecoming activities. Parents' and Family Weekends welcome parents and families to campus to share in the FSU experience with their students. Parents' Weekend is in the Fall, and Family Weekend is in the Spring.

The Oglesby Union comprises multiple offices providing services, support, and programming for the university community. The Art Center offers a variety of classes and programs including Paint-a-Pot, Painting Express, and a full-service frame shop. You can enjoy rotating exhibits and artwork at the Oglesby Gallery, located on the second floor of the Oglesby Union in the Krentzman Lounge. Crenshaw Lanes has been a tradition at FSU since 1964. Featuring twelve bowling lanes and ten billiards tables, Crenshaw Lanes provides fun and healthy activities for FSU students. The Union provides space that can be reserved for a variety of events through the Guest Services department. Space may be reserved for meetings, conferences, social events, and banquets. Recognized Student Organizations may request space by stopping by the Guest Services office in the Krentzman Lounge of Oglesby Union, visiting them online at or by calling them at (850) 644-6083.

The Student Activities Center (SAC) is here to help you create your FSU Experience! Located on the third floor of the Oglesby Union, Activities Building, SAC is your direct connection to getting involved on campus. Come meet with a Peer Involvement Mentor to start your involvement experience. Over seven hundred student organizations are recognized annually by Student Activities. Areas within the SAC include Student Organization and Involvement, Union Productions (UP), Market Wednesdays, Homecoming, Dance Marathon, and Event Planning. Resources for students include copying, faxing, storage space, campus mailboxes, and meeting space all for student organization.

Students who participate in the many involvement opportunities available in Student Activities provide leadership and direction in all facets of social, cultural, and educational programming for the FSU campus. Students gain experience in booking events, marketing and advertising, hospitality, staffing events, and a variety of leadership skills. Union Productions sponsors over one hundred and twenty programs and events a year, including an array of bands, comedians, and special events through the Oglesby Union's hotspot—The Club Downunder, and other venues on and off campus.

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life advises and advocates for the more than 7,000 students involved with fraternities and sororities. These fifty-five organizations are divided into the following governing councils: twenty-three chapters of the Interfraternity Council (IFC), ten chapters of the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), six chapters of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and seventeen chapters of the Panhellenic Association. Fraternities and sororities at Florida State University provide students with an opportunity to establish community and build a strong support group while furthering the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. These organizations have been an integral part of the holistic education and development of students since 1904.

The Askew Student Life Center (ASLC) is home to one of the nation's leading campus movie programs, showing a variety of films each week in the 380-seat state-of-the-art theatre. While at the ASLC, check out the Cyber Café where you can enjoy video games and computer gaming or get a drink and treat at Grindhouse coffee shop. The University Housing offices and the University Counseling Center are all located in the ASLC.

Florida State University's Flying High Circus, a component of the Union, is one of only two collegiate circuses in the nation. Founded in 1947, the circus has delighted audiences at home and abroad with performances such as juggling, balancing, and aerial acts. Students work as their own riggers, put up the big top, and assist with audio and lighting production. The Flying High Circus performs on campus in the Fall, during Parents' Weekend, and in the Spring, for the Annual Home Show Series. A group of circus performers performs in the Summer in Callaway Gardens, and another group hosts a Camp for Kids in Tallahassee.

The Oglesby Union Board represents the University community to ensure that the facilities, services, and amenities offered by the Oglesby Union Complex meet the needs and interests of their constituents. The Board is made up of twelve students, two faculty, two staff, and one alumnus. Union Board elections take place in the Spring semester. The Union Board office is located in the SAC (A305).

For more information on the Oglesby Union and all of the departments mentioned above, please visit

Student Government

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the student's voice at Florida State University. The mission of SGA is to provide "quality leadership for, and accountability to, its constituency by recognizing that strength arises from diversity, engagement, and dialogue". Elected and appointed officials enjoy many opportunities to acquire leadership and administrative skills and to serve their fellow students and the University. For more information, call (850) 644-1811 or stop by A205 Oglesby Union.

The Congress of Graduate Students (COGS) is an elected body of all post-baccalaureate, graduate, professional and doctoral students at the University. COGS is a unified voice and advocate for all graduate related matters. It also offers travel grants to graduate students, funds graduate organizations, and sponsors a variety of programs and services, including a computer lab for students. For further information, call (850) 644-7166 or stop by A205 Oglesby Union.

The SGA annually allocates approximately $13 million of activity and service fees. The SGA funds or partially funds activities of the student senate, the executive branch, student government agencies, and numerous student organizations and University units. Those units receiving funds include the Campus Recreation, Oglesby Union, Child Development Center, COGS, Homecoming, the Golden Tribe Lecture Series, the Asian-American Student Union, the Black Student Union, the Center for Participant Education, the Hispanic/Latino Student Union, the Inter-Residence Hall Council, the Pride Student Union, the Women Student Union, the Veteran Student Union, Student Council for Undergraduate Research & Creativity, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Office of Servant Leadership, Class Councils, First Responders Unit, SAFE (escort service), the SGA Publications Office, the Office of Governmental Affairs, WVFS V-89 (student-run radio station), College Leadership Councils, and the Office of Student Sustainability. This means that a majority of events on campus are free to FSU students. For more information on these offices or services, please come by A205 Oglesby Union or visit our Web site at

Student Veterans Center

The Florida State University Student Veterans Center (SVC) provides programs and services for veterans, their dependents and active-duty personnel, including assistance with and certification of educational benefits offered through the federal departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense. The SVC coordinates an on-campus orientation session exclusively for current and former U.S. military members each Fall. The University also offers a free one hour/week course each Fall and Spring semester called Strategies for Veteran Success (SLS 3407). Additionally, approximately forty Veteran Liaisons are available for advice and assistance in academic and administrative units throughout campus. For more information, please visit A4300 University Center, call (850) 644-9562, fax (850) 645-9868, e-mail, or visit

Radio and Television

The University-owned and operated WFSU-FM and WFSQ-FM are Tallahassee's only listener-supported, noncommercial public radio stations. Listeners tune into classical music, jazz, big band, and new-age music on WFSQ, and listen to local and state news and information programs through National and Florida Public Radio on WFSU.

Florida State University students interested in a career in broadcasting are encouraged to participate in the station's volunteer and internship programs. Participants are given an opportunity to work within a professional public-radio setting and gain valuable experience in many facets of the station's operation, including programming, production, announcing, public relations, and management.

WFSU-TV is an award-winning, noncommercial public television station licensed to the State Board of Education and operated by Florida State University. One of the fastest growing PBS stations in the nation, it recently extended coverage to the western area of the state transmitting on Channel 56, WFSG-TV, Panama City.

Both WFSG-TV and WFSU-TV broadcast PBS favorites and locally produced programs that offer news and feature stories, sports events, and community-interest spots.

Fund-raisers, staffed entirely by volunteers, give students an opportunity to gain broadcasting experience as members of the camera crew or production staff. Another way to learn production, public relations, or fund-raising techniques is through a professional-level internship, available only to a few students who are willing to invest a great deal of time and energy.

WVFS Tallahassee (89.7 FM), the Voice of Florida State, is the FSU student-run radio station. An affiliated project of the Student Government Association and the College of Communication and Information, it serves two purposes: to supply the student body with music and information not available on other local radio stations and to train Florida State University students in the basic concepts of broadcasting and radio station management. WVFS also airs a wide array of specialty shows, and sports programming pertinent to University students.

Anyone enrolled at Florida State University or in the FAMU–FSU Cooperative Program is eligible to work for WVFS. Most staff members work on a volunteer basis; however, in some instances class credit can be earned through Department of Communication courses. Students with writing, sales, public relations, and audio production skills are welcome, but no experience is required. WVFS recruits for all positions three times a year, always during the first week of each semester; listen to 89.7 FM for details.

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center (UCC), a department in the Division of Student Affairs, provides counseling services and programs to help students resolve psychological issues and personal concerns that interfere with academic progress, social development, and emotional well-being. Our goal is to help students function to the best of their abilities and make the most of their years at FSU. Because student fees cover these services, there is no out-of-pocket expense for any visit for all currently enrolled FSU Students. UCC services are provided by licensed psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, licensed clinical social workers and trainees on varying levels. These services include but are not limited to brief individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, consultation, and referrals.

Outreach presentations on mental-health topics and life skills are available to students, residence halls, student organizations, faculty, and staff. Those interested can complete the online request form at The UCC sponsors RENEW (Realizing Everyone's Need for Emotional Wellness), a peer-educator student organization whose mission is the promotion of emotional health and coping skills to FSU students. Students can receive individual instructional sections by RENEW members on various topics including time management, stress management, and test anxiety.

Enrolled students may initiate counseling services by walking in to the UCC during regular office hours and requesting to speak with a clinician. When meeting with a clinician at walk-in, the clinician will determine the best plan for meeting the individual student's mental health needs. In addition, students who are experiencing a mental health crisis at a time outside of the UCC's regular office hours have the option of calling the UCC's after-hours service at 850-644-TALK and immediately speaking with a clinician. Records of visits to the UCC as well as after-hours crisis calls are strictly confidential and are not included in the student's University records. Confidential information will not be released to anyone without written permission, unless there appears to be clear and imminent danger to the student or others.

Students who are aware that they will require longer-term treatment are encouraged to make arrangements for private care in the community before entering the University. However, if necessary, the University Counseling Center's staff will make referrals for ongoing treatment in the Tallahassee community. Treatment outside the center will be at the student's expense.

The UCC is located on the second floor of the Askew Student Life Center, Suite 250 with office hours between 8:00a.m. and 4:00p.m. on weekdays (Monday through Friday). For more information about UCC services, call (850) 644-TALK (8255) or visit our Web site at The University Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.

The Florida State University Psychology Clinic provides scientifically supported therapy services for a variety of client concerns, including problems related to anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress, and other personal issues. The clinic also conducts intellectual, academic, personality, and learning disability evaluations.

Therapy fees are on a sliding scale that is based on the client's financial resources, and fees for assessments are at a low, flat rate.

Clinic therapists are graduate students seeking their doctoral degrees in the Clinical Psychology Program, and all work is closely supervised by clinical psychology faculty.

To apply for services, call the clinic at (850) 644-3006. The clinic is located at the east end of the new Psychology Department Building, C122 PDB. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Health Care

University Health Services (UHS) provides primary out-patient medical care to eligible FSU students and their dependents age thirteen years and older. Currently enrolled, fee-paying students are not charged for illness or injury office visits. Additional services such as psychiatry, annuals, procedures, lab, diagnostic imaging and physical therapy are provided at a fee. UHS will bill the student's insurance for any charges incurred. Services include general medical care, women's care, psychiatry, allergy injection clinic, immunizations, nutrition, health promotion, confidential HIV testing, lab, x-ray and physical therapy. Additionally, there are vendors providing dental, chiropractic, and massage care in the Health and Wellness building.

UHS clinical staff includes board-certified physicians, psychiatrists, advanced registered nurse practitioners, physician assistants, licensed practical nurses, x-ray technologists, registered nurses, physical therapists, and dieticians. The health center has more than one hundred full-time employees and also employs many part-time and student staff members.

The Florida State University Health and Wellness Center opened August 20, 2012. The 140,000 square foot facility is a collaborative effort between the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. The new facility has ample space dedicated to comprehensive prevention and treatment services for the campus community. UHS offers a volunteer Medical Response Unit which trains students as advanced first responders who then serve the campus community.

All students must meet State Board of Education immunization requirements. Immunization requirements for FSU are explained in the Health Compliance checklist which can be found at under the "Forms/Compliance" tab. Immunization documents can be faxed, mailed, hand-delivered, or submitted through the FSU electronic drop box to the Health Compliance Office. Immunization documentation forms must be submitted to the Health Compliance Office in sufficient time to be processed before the student will be able to register for classes.

All incoming full-time students are required to have health insurance coverage. As a condition of their admittance to Florida State University, all non-United States citizens on a J-1 or F-1 visa must have appropriate health insurance regardless of their credit hour load. Florida State University sponsors reasonably priced policies that meet insurance requirements for both domestic and international students. Information about the policies available for students is posted on the student insurance Web site at For student insurance policy information, students may call the Health Compliance Office at (850) 644-3608. Other insurance options for international students are also accessible on the student insurance Web site. Medical care outside the health center facility is the financial responsibility of the student.

The UHS Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness is dedicated to assisting FSU students in their academic success through individual, group, and population-based health and wellness initiatives. The Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness also addresses the Healthy Campus 2020 Mission. To maximize campus wellness, academic and personal success are supported by:

  • Addressing environmental factors that reduce risk
  • Educating about healthy lifestyles
  • Promoting positive choices and behaviors
  • Providing a coordinated continuum of care
  • The Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness also offers internships and educational opportunities. The UHS Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness mentors, trains, and advises peer health educators while encouraging creativity and leadership. The peer health educators:
    • Advocate for health and wellness to all FSU students under the auspices of Healthy Campus 2020
    • Function as an extension of UHS Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness, assisting with collective goals and objectives
    • Create and deliver sustainable outreach and prevention initiatives
    • Make healthy and safe lifestyle decisions and avoid high-risk behaviors
    • Encourage their friends to develop responsible habits and attitudes toward high-risk health and issues.

Students can also join the peer health education group, Healthy Noles, a University and community based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. All students are encouraged to visit the University Health Services Web site at for more complete information, or call (850) 644-6230 or (850) 644-8871.


University Housing provides exceptional living opportunities for students to succeed academically. Housing is offered in over 6,500 beds for full-time, degree-seeking, fee-paying students. Residence hall staff members seek to create living environments that foster the lifelong learning of every resident through the promotion of responsible citizenship, scholarship, appreciation of differences, personal wellness, and involvement. Rental rates and information about contracting for on campus housing can be found at For more information, see the "Housing" chapter of this General Bulletin.

Child Care

FSU Childcare and Early Learning Programs provide, for a fee, care and educational experiences in two centers for a limited number of children, ages six weeks to five years of age. Children of Florida State University students, faculty, staff, Alumni, as well as children of the greater community are eligible for services. Children of Florida State University students are given priority for enrollment. Space is limited, so please apply early. Applications are available at

Childcare and Early Learning Development Programs also provide sites for research by faculty members and graduate students in a variety of areas as well as a laboratory setting in which students may observe, complete practicums/internships, or work with young children. For additional information, contact FSU Childcare and Early Learning Programs, 612 Copeland St, Tallahassee, FL 32304-4174, (850) 644-7970, or visit the Web site at

The FSU Childcare and Early Learning Program main center, located at 612 Copeland St, provides, for a fee, an early learning program for children ages six weeks to two years of age. The FSU Children's Center, located at 169 Herlong Drive, provides, for a fee, an early learning program for children two to four years of age. The hours for both centers are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes at FSU are in session.

Assessment Services

For information concerning Assessment Services, please refer to the 'Office of Distance Learning' section in "The University" chapter of this General Bulletin.

Parking and Bus Services

Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) is responsible for the administration of the parking and transportation program on campus. The University requires students, staff, faculty, and visitors who want to park on campus to have a valid Florida State University parking permit. Permit enforcement hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All other parking regulations are enforced twenty-four hours a day. Temporary permits are distributed, when needed, by Transportation & Parking Services located at 104 North Woodward Avenue, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Student permits must be obtained online at

The office has the authority to ticket, tow, or boot (auto cuff) illegally parked vehicles and to charge for late payments of citations. Appeals of citations are reviewed by the Parking Violations Appeals Board, an administrative body representative of the University community.

Parking is extremely difficult on the University campus. It is suggested that students walk, bike, or use the Seminole Express, the University's free campus bus service. The Seminole Express has eight routes that serve on and off campus locations. The buses operate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters, and from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Summer. Students with valid FSUCard IDs may ride the 'Free Fare' on the buses of StarMetro (city of Tallahassee public transportation) to any of the designated bus stops within the city. For more information about parking and bus services please visit:

Bicycle Parking

In accordance with Florida Americans with Disabilities Act of 1993, the State of Florida Fire Marshal's Rules and Regulations and University rules, it is unlawful and dangerous to park bicycles in locations where they impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Prohibited areas include:

  • Any area within six feet in front and to the side of any entrance to or exit from any building;
  • Within any sidewalk; or along a fence;
  • On any access or egress ramp, steps, stairs or handrails;
  • In corridors;
  • Within any roadway or motor vehicle parking spaces.

Florida State University Police Department is authorized to cut security chains and remove for impoundment any bicycle parked or stored in violation of this rule.

Any person whose bicycle has been impounded may claim that bicycle within thirty days of impoundment by contacting Florida State University Police. The burden of proving ownership shall rest upon the person claiming the bicycle. Bicycles not claimed within thirty days shall be considered abandoned and will be disposed of in accordance with State and University rules governing abandoned property. For more information on bicycle registration, where to park your bike, and how to operate it safely, please contact Florida State University Police at (850) 644-1234. Regulations governing parking on campus, bus routes, and schedules are available upon request from: Transportation & Parking Services, 104 North Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4112.

FSU Police Department

Florida State University's Police Department is responsible for all safety and law enforcement functions on campus. The four divisions of the department are administration, police operations, investigations, and support services. The office of police operations provides motor, bicycle, and foot patrol of the campus twenty-four hours daily. The Campus Police department is comprised of sworn law-enforcement officers and unsworn personnel to promote campus safety by presenting public-safety programs in classes, residence halls, and Greek and scholarship houses. The office of investigative services provides investigative expertise in matters involving violations on campus of municipal ordinances and applicable federal and state laws.

Florida State University's Seminole Safety Guide, in compliance with the Campus Security Act of 1990, is published and distributed annually online, with hard-copy available upon request. The Safety Guide describes all safety programs and security services available at the University. It contains safety tips and emergency telephone numbers, policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters, as well as campus crime statistics. Copies are available through the FSU Police Department. The safety guide is available on the Web at

The Student Government Association offers Student Alert Force and Escort (SAFE) Connection, a free service available to students, faculty, and staff. Arrangements for an escort should be made by calling 644-SAFE (7233). Operating hours vary throughout the year. For more details, please visit

The Blue Light Trail, comprising over 400 strategically placed light poles with emergency call boxes, provides well lit pathways around campus; additional light poles are currently under construction as part of ongoing renovation and construction projects. By pressing the call box button, students are connected with the campus police dispatcher. Students should take note of where the lights and call boxes are located and plan their routes at night accordingly. For more information, please refer to

FSU ALERT is Florida State University's emergency notification system. If there is a condition which threatens the health and safety of persons on campus, University officials will warn the campus community using one or more of the available twenty-eight methods.

Seminole Dining

Seminole Dining offers a variety of dining options for students, faculty, staff and guests. Choose from national brand favorites.

  • Residential Restaurants–featuring unlimited servings of freshly made-to-order food.
    • Figg Players Dining Room–University Center D
    • Fresh Food Company–between Stone Building and Salley Hall
    • Suwannee Room–William Johnston Building between Bryan and Reynolds Hall
  • Retail Locations
    • Chick-fil-A–Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House next to the William Johnston Building
    • Chili's Grill & Bar–Oglesby Union
    • Einstein Bros. Bagels–Oglesby Union
    • Energy Zone–Bobby E. Leach Recreation Center
    • Freshens–Oglesby Union
    • Miso–Oglesby Union
    • Papa John's–Oglesby Union
    • Pollo Tropical–Oglesby Union
    • Rising Roll Gourmet–Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House next to the William Johnston Building
    • Salad Creations–Oglesby Union
    • Subway Cafe–Oglesby Union
    • The Den by Denny's–Woodward and Traditions Way in Student Services Building
  • Convenience Stores
    • Brew To Go–Turnbull Conference Center
    • Doctor's Inn–College of Medicine
    • Garnet-n-Go–University Center A Bus Circle
    • Jolt Café –Innovation Park in the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
    • P.O.D. Market–Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House next to the William Johnston Building
    • Trading Post–Oglesby Union
  • Starbucks
    • Barrister's Court–College of Law
    • Brew To Go–Turnbull Conference Center
    • Dirac Library
    • Strozier Library
    • Woodward Avenue

All dining locations accept cash, Garnet Bucks, Flex Bucks, Visa, MasterCard, and the FSUCard. Meal Plans (prepaid amount of meals) are available at The Suwannee Room, Fresh Food Company, and Figg Players Dining Room (Lunch Only). Visit the Customer Service Office to sign up for a Meal Plan or to add money to a Garnet Bucks account. New locations are always in the works; for updated information on all Seminole Dining has to offer, please visit, or call (850) 644-3663.