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 & Dean of Students: Angela Lauer Chong, J.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs: Dr. Brandon Bowden
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs: Dr. Zduy Chu
The Florida State University Division of Student Affairs empowers and supports all students to achieve their full potential. We believe in the power of the student experience to develop graduates who positively impact the world. The Vice President for Student Affairs and staff are responsible for the following departments:
- Campus Recreation
- The Career Center
- Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE)
- Center for Global Engagement
- Center for Leadership & Social Change
- Office of Community-Rooted Engagement (CoRE)
- Office of Representation, Inclusion, and Student Equity (RISE)
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Department of Student Support and Transitions
- Case Management Services
- Office of Accessibility Services
- Investigations & Assessment
- Victim Advocate Program
- Withdrawal Services
- Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life
- New Student and Family Programs
- Student Union
- Student Engagement
- Student Governance and Advocacy
- Student Life Cinema
- Student Organizations and Involvement
- Student Conduct and Community Standards
- Title IX
- University Health Services
- Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness
- University Housing
- FSU Childcare and Early Learning Center
These departments and some of their programs and services are highlighted below; however, for more complete information, refer to the Division of Student Affairs website at https://www.studentaffairs.fsu.edu.
The University also offers the following services in support of students, which are administered by their individual offices or departments:
- DSA Strategic Planning and Assessment
- DSA Office of Marketing and Communications
- FSU Police Department
- FSU Emergency Management
- Radio and Television
- Seminole Dining™
- Student Veterans Center
- Transportation and Parking Services
- Bicycles on Campus
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.
"Find what moves you" with Campus Recreation. The department supports the FSU students, faculty, and staff in their pursuit of lifelong wellness by providing a diverse array of high-quality recreational programs, services, and facilities.
Two fitness facilities, the Dr. Bobby E. Leach Student Recreation Center and the Fitness and Movement Clinic, offer a variety of fitness and wellness services to the University community. Cardiovascular and strength training equipment along with free weights are available to all patrons. Nearly one hundred group fitness classes are offered each week in addition to fitness assessment and personal training services, all from nationally certified staff. The Leach Center also welcomes users to enjoy its indoor jogging track, basketball and racquetball courts, and grab a snack at our fresh shake and on-the-go food bar. Leach Center patrons can also swim in the sixteen-lane, twenty-five-yard lap pool or relax in one of our whirlpool spas, steam rooms, or the dry sauna. 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.
FSU's Lakefront Park and Outdoor Center is the University's seventy-three-acre lakefront facility located just five minutes from campus. Students gain free entry into the park, 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 lakeside retreat center for meetings. The park is also home to Campus Recreation's high and low challenge (ropes) courses, which host teambuilding and leadership development events led by the FSU Challenge Program. Students can explore the outdoors with Outdoor Pursuits, which coordinates and leads outdoor adventure trips near campus and around the region including backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, paddling, and stargazing.
The Intramural Sports and Sport Club programs welcome students of all skill and talent levels for competitive and recreational sports. Over forty intramural sports leagues and events are offered each year, from flag football to soccer, basketball to kickball and more. Opportunities are available for men's, women's, and co-ed teams in various divisions to accommodate highly competitive players and just-for-fun participants. Most IM sports are free for students. Over 2,000 students participate in one of nearly forty sport clubs. The student-led clubs provide various instructional, recreational, and competitive opportunities for the more dedicated athlete. Students can also enjoy pick-up games nearly every day at FSU's outdoor sports facilities including the award-winning Rec SportsPlex, the Main Campus Fields, and Westside Courts. Access to all Campus Recreation facilities is free for students. Faculty, staff, alumni, and affiliates may purchase monthly or annual memberships.
For more information on Campus Recreation offerings, visit https://campusrec.fsu.edu.
Nationally recognized for its comprehensive career services, the Florida State University Career Center provides students and alumni with the services and resources they need for career success. With individualized career advising, a library offering thousands of information resources, employability skills workshops, mock interviews, and more, The Career Center helps students and alumni design their careers.
Career advisors, liaisons, and staff assist students with choosing a major, researching occupations and potential employers, identifying internship opportunities, exploring post-graduate study, and developing job search strategies. No appointment is necessary to speak with a career advisor or liaison. For students who would like to design 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. The course gives students indispensable resources to help make a successful transition to their future career opportunities.
The Career Center connects students directly with employers through career fairs, on-campus interviewing, job shadowing, a mentorship program, and a powerful network of Florida State alumni and friends of the University. These programs and services allow students to network with employers and apply for full-time, part-time, and internship positions as well as for other career-related work experience such as cooperative education, externships, or volunteer opportunities through NoleNetwork, an extensive online jobs database. Through online micro-credentialing programs like ProfessioNole Ready and ProfessioNole Pathways, The Career Center assists students with developing and strengthening career-readiness competencies through co-curricular engagement to make themselves more appealing to potential employers.
FSU students can stand out from the competition by taking advantage of Career Center programs and services like the Experience Recognition Program and the Garnet & Gold Society. The Experience Recognition Program enables students participating in an internship, research, creative experience, or significant community service engagement to earn recognition on their résumé through either a certificate or transcript notation. Additionally, students can make themselves more marketable to employers or graduate programs by participating in the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, a unique program that 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 skills, as well as workshops where Career Center staff present on employability and career development skills, including job searching, writing résumés and cover letters, interviewing, going to graduate school, and more.
The Career Center is 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. (EST), Monday through Friday. Drop-in career advising is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on select Tuesday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the Fall and Spring semesters. On Fridays, career advising is not available from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For more information about The Career Center's events and services, call (850) 644-6431 or visit https://www.career.fsu.edu.
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 students traditionally underrepresented in higher education, with particular focus on first-generation and students with limited income at FSU. CARE is a multifaceted department that provides preparation, orientation, and academic support programming for students who face unique challenges in college because of economic and educational circumstances. CARE is designed to help students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education enroll, persist, and graduate from college by connecting them to the resources, tools, and network of support that will aid in their academic and personal development.
CARE offers participants a variety of programs and services at the pre-collegiate and collegiate level to support their academic, personal, and professional development such as 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.
For more information on CARE's programs and services, please visit https://care.fsu.edu, or contact the Department at CARE@fsu.edu or (850) 644-9699.
The Summer Bridge Program is a high school-to-college admissions and transition program to assist students who are the first generation in their family to attend college and have limited financial resources for college enrollment. The Summer Bridge Program provides comprehensive orientation and academic support for participants designed to ease the transition from high school to college and to build a strong academic foundation. Students admitted to the University through the CARE Summer Bridge Program begin their studies in the summer and maintain their membership throughout their enrollment at FSU. Interested students should submit an application for admission to the University, CARE supplemental questions, Self-reported Student Academic Record, ACT or SAT test scores, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The minimum requirements for consideration include a 3.0 academic GPA as recalculated by the Office of Admissions and either an ACT composite score of 19 or SAT total score of 990. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
Unconquered Scholars Program provides an array of support services promoting overall success to FSU students who experienced foster care, homelessness, relative care, or ward of the State status. Florida State University is committed to meeting the unique needs of Unconquered students, so they experience the long-term professional and personal benefits associated with educational attainment. The Unconquered Scholars Program offers participants advising, financial aid assistance, mental wellness support programming, academic and personal skills workshops, volunteer opportunities, and social programs/activities. For more information on the Unconquered Scholars Program, contact the Program Coordinator at (850) 644-9699.
The FGEN Noles Living-Learning Community provides pathways to academic and professional success for first-generation college students from all majors. Students enroll in four to seven credit hours of coursework within the residential community and engage with a variety of faculty members across disciplines. During the year-long program and after it concludes, student have access to tutoring, mentoring, advising, and coaching.
The QUEST Scholars Program allows students who may be from under-resourced communities in Florida to be supported in attaining their college goals through use of CARE resources and support systems. As a part of QUEST Scholars students participate in programming designed based on expected transition, engagement, and development within each college year. Scholars are supported by full-time, graduate, and undergraduate student staff to help them transition to campus and ultimately graduate from FSU. Students are invited to apply to QUEST Scholars following acceptance into FSU. On a limited basis, continuing students may have an opportunity to join QUEST Scholars.
Student Networks Initiative provides opportunities with varying levels of commitment for students affiliated or unaffiliated with CARE's cohort-based programs to have access to cohort-based learning community, faculty/staff mentorship, student-led community engagement, and scholarly activity. The Student Network Initiative impacts campus and community involvement, graduation, matriculation to graduate school and successful employment post-graduation. The specialized networks include FGEN Noles Network (first-generation students), LIN2K – Limited Income Noles Network (students with limited income or Pell Grant), and Renaissance MAN (college men of color). These networks offer experiences with varying levels of commitment to meet the needs of students to include:
Student Support Services SCOPE (SSS-SCOPE) is a federally funded TRIO program offering free academic and personal support services to program participants to help them remain at FSU, graduate on-time, and prepare for post-graduation life. SSS-SCOPE provides academic and engagement activities for qualified students throughout their enrollment at FSU. Students must meet educational and income guidelines to be eligible to participate in SSS.
Student Support Services-STEM (SSS-STEM) works with qualified students majoring a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) field. Participants of SSS-STEM connect to supplemental tutoring, academic workshops, experiential learning opportunities, and post-graduation planning activities. STEM Specialists help participants connect their classroom experiences to real-world application. Students must meet educational and financial qualifications to participate and must major in a STEM program of study. SSS-STEM is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Tutoring & Computer Lab provides access to academic support and technology for the FSU campus community. Students can receive one-on-one or group tutoring and supplemental instruction free-of-charge in the CARE Lab. FSU students also can utilize one of the 90 computer workstations for coursework. Staff are prepared to assist students in developing effective study skills, review materials to explore learning styles, develop self confidence in course work and reduce feelings of fear and failure.
Bridge to Graduate School is a program designed to prepare traditionally underrepresented students for applying to and succeeding in graduate school. Students participate in workshops and course activities that will help them understand the admissions processes, as well as learn about methods to help fund their graduate school education. Students must be classified as junior or senior level to apply for the program.
The Upward Bound Program (UBP) is a federally funded program that serves high school students from low socio-economic backgrounds. The programs are in Gadsden County, Florida, Hamilton County, Florida, Jackson County, Florida and Suwannee County, Florida. Upward Bound offers developmental opportunities to students through a variety of educational activities, including a six-week residential summer program at Florida State. 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.
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 intercultural and competent campus community. The Global Partner Certificate Program provides training and workshops to increase intercultural competence for faculty and staff. The Global Citizenship Certificate Program helps prepare undergraduate students for today's global society through a combination of curricular and co-curricular programs. The CGE also offers many enriching co-curricular opportunities for all FSU students to explore other cultures and current global issues through intercultural programs, the Engage Your World Intercultural Dialogue Series, International Coffee Hour, and Global Café. The CGE facilitates both academic and short-term cultural exchange programs with over 45 international partner universities. In addition, The CGE ensures FSU's compliance with federal immigration law and provides immigration advising and ongoing support to over 2,000 international students in F-1 and J-1 status and to over 80 international Visiting Scholars each year.
The Center for Global Engagement is located in the Global and Multicultural Engagement Building (The Globe) at 110 S. Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32306; For more information, visit https://cge.fsu.edu, call (850) 644-1702, or e-mail email@example.com.
Center for Leadership & Social Change
The center's mission, to transform lives through identity development, leadership education, and community engagement, is woven throughout our work. We encourage students to learn, serve, and transform through programming that encompasses diversity, leadership, and service. The center provides education and learning programs for students of all levels along with professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and community members. The center is home to two student-centered offices, the Office of Community-Rooted Engagement (CoRE) and the Office of Representation, Inclusion & Student Equity (RISE). CoRE is focused on leadership development and community engagement through programs such as Leadership LOGIC, Women's Leadership Institute, Florida State Alternative Breaks, EngageTLH service trips, and PeaceJam Southeast. RISE is focused on student diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, including opportunities such as Multicultural Leadership Summit, Social Change Peer Educators, cultural heritage celebrations, Social Justice Living Learning Community, and the university's eight identity-based agencies. With more than 40 programs, the center provides opportunities for any schedule, ranging from low commitment (one to a few hours) to high commitment (a semester, year, or four years). Students are welcome to schedule a meeting with a staff member to learn more about programs and opportunities by visiting our office or the "Get Involved" section of our website at https://thecenter.fsu.edu.
For more information, contact the Center for Leadership & Social Change, Division of Student Affairs, Dunlap Student Success Center, 100 S. Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32306; (850) 644-3342; Fax: (850) 644-3362; Website: https://thecenter.fsu.edu; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services, 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. The 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, online treatment options, 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 https://counseling.fsu.edu. Counseling and Psychological Services 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, healthy communication, self-esteem, and test anxiety.
Enrolled students may initiate counseling services by walking in to Counseling and Psychological Services 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 Counseling and Psychological Services' regular office hours have the option of calling the after-hours service at 850-644-TALK (8255) and immediately speaking with a clinician. Records of visits to CAPS 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 plan for private care in the community before entering the University. However, if necessary, the Counseling and Psychological Services staff will make referrals for ongoing treatment in the Tallahassee community. Treatment outside the center will be at the student's expense.
Counseling and Psychological Services is located on the second floor of the Askew Student Life Center, Suite 250 with office hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays (Monday through Friday). For more information about Counseling and Psychological Services, call (850) 644-TALK (8255) or visit our website at https://counseling.fsu.edu. Counseling and Psychological Services is accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services, Inc (IACS).
Department of Student Support and Transitions
The Department of Student Support and Transitions (DSST) supports an inclusive academic environment through education, empowerment, crisis management, and advocacy of students in collaboration with campus and community partners. The DSST supports student success. This includes advocacy for students reporting concerns, victimization, and students in crisis. For more information, visit DSST at 4109 UCA, call (850) 644-2428 or (850) 644-8504 (TDD), or visit https://dsst.fsu.edu.
Case Management Services works with students to provide emotional support, brief crisis counseling, and advocacy, identifying immediate needs and making appropriate referrals to campus/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) 644-9555 or visit https://dsst.fsu.edu/cms.
The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) is committed to ensuring universal access for each Florida State University student. Through the provision of academic, housing and dining accommodations, testing support, facilitation of equal access to programs and services, assistive technologies, and a welcoming space for students to feel part of the FSU community, the OAS creates an environment of success. Applications for students to utilize these services can be found on the OAS website or by visiting the office. In addition to the OAS Testing Center, the OAS maintains the Theodore and Vivian Johnson Adaptive Technology Lab, a facility that houses computers and adaptive equipment, which supports students with disabilities as they navigate their academic programs. Any student in need of accommodations should contact the Office of Accessibility Services 108 Student Services Building, or call (850) 644-9566 or (850) 644-8504 (TDD), or visit https://dsst.fsu.edu/oas.
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 or assistance call (850) 644-7161 (24/7), text (850)756-4320 (24/7) or visit https://dsst.fsu.edu/vap.
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 visit https://dsst.fsu.edu/withdrawal.
The Office of Investigations and Assessment reviews reports of student organization misconduct that are not of a criminal or Title IX nature to review for possible violations of the Student Conduct Code or Student Organization Conduct Code. The Office of Investigations and Assessment investigates reports of possible misconduct and provides a report to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for follow up. For more information, call (850) 644-2428.
Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life
The Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life advises and advocates for the more than 6,500 students involved with fraternities and sororities. These organizations are divided into the following governing councils: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Association. Fraternities and sororities at Florida State University provide students with an opportunity to establish community and build a strong support group that promotes and develops the values of scholarship, service, leadership, brotherhood/sisterhood, and belonging. These organizations have been an integral part of the holistic education, development, and engagement at FSU since 1904.
New Student & Family Programs
New Student & Family Programs facilitates a welcoming and inclusive transition to Florida State University for all new students and their families. New Nole Orientation is the first program that helps ease the transition to Florida State University and college life. During Orientation, students learn about FSU offerings and resources, meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, and engage with their peers and upper class 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 New Nole Orientation, students must be admitted and must have activated their https://my.fsu.edu account. Students will receive an email outlining next steps, including how to register for New Nole Orientation. Additional information can be found in their To-Do List within their https://my.fsu.edu account.
Incoming students have a variety of resources available to them through New Student & Family Programs. SLS 2206: Chart Your Course is a first-year seminar course designed to help students discover all that FSU has to offer – from campus history and traditions to FSU resources and involvement opportunities, academic success skills to exploring their values, students will have a guide to assist them as they transition to FSU. New Student and Family Programs also hosts various Welcome FSU activities like Ask a 'Nole, which helps students find their classes on the first day of school and get answers to general questions about FSU. In addition to student support, New Student & Family Programs offers support, resources, and communication for families of current FSU students as well. The Family Connection e-Newsletter is a great opportunity for family members to stay connected and up-to-date on all things FSU.
For more information about New Student & Family Programs or any of the programs and initiatives mentioned above, please visit https://nsfp.fsu.edu. For questions, please contact New Student & Family Programs at (850) 644-2785 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Student Union operates as a student-centered organization that engages in shared decision making and holistic development through employment and involvement; advocates for inclusivity and equity, fosters respect, and affirms the identities of all individuals; educates students in leadership and social responsibility and offers firsthand experiences in global citizenship and provides gathering spaces to encourage formal and informal community interactions that build meaningful relationships. The Union cultivates high impact experiences, experiential learning, and participation in FSU campus life traditions that enhance student engagement and a sense of belonging. The Union department consists of the Art Center and Frame Shop; Campus Event Services; Information Desk and Lost and Found; Bowling, Billiards, and Pro-shop; Flying High Circus; and Union Productions, and Club Downunder. The FSU Flying High Circus is one of only two student-run collegiate circuses in the country. The circus offers a unique student experience that provides for team building, skill acquisition and performance opportunities, intentional education and community building, as well as supporting University town and gown relationships. The Union buildings include the new Student Union, Askew Student Life Center (ASLC), Haskin Circus Complex, and the Student Services Building (SSB). Each facility provides amenities, conveniences, programs, and services that the university community utilizes in their daily lives.
For more information on the FSU Union, visit https://union.fsu.edu.
Student Conduct and Community Standards
The Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) promotes responsible decision-making that fosters student-centered learning and accountability in alignment with community values and expectations. The department is responsible for upholding community behavior standards and educating FSU students on how to responsibly engage with the FSU community. The staff assist students in upholding community standards as the office addresses allegations involving students who may have violated the Student and/or Student Organization Conduct Codes while believing Florida State students' recognition of the impact of their decisions empowers them to develop a positive character for future endeavors. SCCS maintains Student Conduct records and students work with the office to certify records to other colleges and universities and to potential employers. The department offers student leadership opportunities as students can apply to serve on the Student Conduct Board or attend Ethics Workshop Presentations that are available for students who wish to learn more about and apply ethical decision making in their daily lives. The goals of SCCS include community wellbeing, student learning, and accountability. The department includes the office of Student Conflict Resolution, which supports students in navigating and resolving conflict peacefully. Student Conflict Resolution offers a variety of programs and resources designed to provide students, faculty, and staff with the means to resolve student conflict peacefully and to help restore members of the community when harm is done. For more information regarding the conflict resolution process, visit https://conflictresolution.fsu.edu. The Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards is a component of the Health, Wellness, and Safety portfolio of the Division of Student Affairs.
University codes and policies pertaining to students can be found in the Department of Student Support and Transition Handbook and the "Academic Regulations" chapter of this General Bulletin. For more information regarding student conduct procedures, call (850) 644-5136, or visit https://sccs.fsu.edu.
Department of Student Engagement
The Department of Student Engagement cultivates environments of student connection, engagement, inclusion, and experiential learning. The Student Engagement Team (SET) creates and supports tailored opportunities for students' personal and professional growth, where they practice leadership, use their voice, manage funds and resources, and are actively engaged members of their community. Whether getting involved in a recognized student organization (RSO), running for office, showing school spirit at Homecoming or a Garnet & Gold Tailgate, participating in Market Wednesday or a Student Life Cinema event, or giving back to the community through The Big Event or Dance Marathon, there are dozens of ways for students to get involved and engaged. The Student Governance and Advocacy staff supports the Student Government Association, Congress of Graduate Students, Freshmen and Transfer Student Leadership initiatives, student organization accounting and money management, student publications and media, campus tradition programming, and student-driven events, and activities.
Student Governance and Advocacy (SGA) supports the Student Government Association and its affiliate entities. The Student Government Association 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. SGA annually allocates approximately $13 million of activity and service fees. 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 Jewish Student Union, the Hispanic/Latinx Student Union, the Inter-Residence Hall Council, the Pride Student Union, the Women Student Union, the Veteran Student Union, Student Council for Undergraduate Research and Creativity, Class Councils, First Responders Unit, SAFE (escort service), the SGA Publications Office, the Office of Governmental Affairs, WVFS V-89 (student-run radio station), and the College Leadership Councils. This means that most events on campus are free to FSU students. For more information on these offices or services, please visit our website at https://www.sga.fsu.edu.
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.
Student Organizations and Involvement (SOI) supports more than 650 student organizations on-campus as well as Homecoming, Garnet & Gold Tailgates, Dance Marathon, The Big Event, Relay for Life, Welcome FSU and other campus events. Students can visit Nole Central to learn more about the array of student organizations or meet fellow students and organizations each Wednesday at a favorite FSU tradition, Market Wednesday. SOI also hosts the Involvement Fair at Florida State University every semester, connecting students to their interests and introducing them to leadership opportunities. If you are not sure where to start, stop by the SOI office for involvement consultation or visit us online at https://nolecentral.dsa.fsu.edu.
The Student Life Cinema is one of the nation's leading campus movie programs, showing a variety of free films to FSU students each week in the 380-seat state-of-the-art theatre. Selected by FSU students, movies include new releases, foreign films, classics, midnight favorites, indie hits, and advance screenings. Beyond films, Student Life Gaming offers opportunities for casual to professional gamers. In addition to Alienware Aurora R7s and high-speed Wi-fi, the ASLC Cyber Café is equipped with various game consoles, vintage and new. Bi-weekly events like Tabletop Tuesdays and Thursday Throwdowns serve audiences from board game lovers to competitive fighting game enthusiasts. The monthly event Final Friday has dozens of freeplay games, including VR on the big screen and Just Dance. Learn more online at https://movies.fsu.edu.
For more information, see the "President's Statement on Title IX" in the "University Notices" chapter of this General Bulletin.
University Health Services
University Health Services (UHS) provides a coordinated continuum of care through prevention, intervention, and treatment services. Services include general medical care, priority care, gynecological services, annuals, allergy injection clinic, immunizations, nutrition, confidential HIV testing, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, and a medical response unit. UHS bills the student's insurance for any charges incurred.
Additionally, there are vendors providing dental, chiropractic, and massage care in the Health and Wellness building.
UHS clinical staff includes board-certified physicians, 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 employs many part-time and student staff members.
The 140,000 square foot Health and Wellness facility has ample space dedicated to comprehensive prevention and treatment services for FSU students. 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 https://uhs.fsu.edu. 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 Website at https://studentinsurance.fsu.edu. 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 website. Medical care outside the health center facility is the financial responsibility of the student.
The UHS Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness (CHAW) encourages students to make healthy lifestyle decisions that facilitate academic success and lead to life-long health and wellness. CHAW provides quality, research-based wellness services and health promotion programs available to all FSU students through wellness initiatives that focus on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, collegiate recovery, sexual health, interpersonal violence prevention, nutrition and body image, bystander intervention, hazing prevention and general wellbeing. The Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness provides a variety of engagement opportunities through outreach, presentations, employment, direct service and student involvement. CHAW sponsors the following initiatives: Healthy Noles (trained peer health educators); kNOw More Student Advisory Board (student advocacy group to prevent interpersonal violence); Green Dot (bystander intervention program); and LIFT (peer collegiate recovery program supporting students in recovery from addiction and substance misuse). Visit https://chaw.fsu.edu for additional information.
All students are encouraged to visit the University Health Services Website at https://uhs.fsu.edu/ for more complete information, or call (850) 644-6230 or (850) 644-4567 for an appointment.
University Housing provides exceptional living opportunities to help students succeed academically. University Housing offers over 6,700 beds located in suites or apartments for full-time, degree-seeking, fee-paying students. Approximately 85 percent of the first-year class chooses to live on campus. Residence hall staff provide resources and seek to create living environments that foster the lifelong learning of every resident through promoting responsible citizenship, scholarship, appreciation of differences, personal wellness, and involvement. Approximately 550 students live within nine different academic living-learning communities. First-year students who live on campus earn higher GPAs and retain at a higher rate than those who live off campus. Rental rates and information about contracting for on-campus housing can be found at https://www.housing.fsu.edu.
For more information, see the "Housing" chapter of this General Bulletin.
FSU Child Care and Early Learning Center
The FSU Childcare and Early Learning Program provides, for a fee, care and educational experiences for approximately 133 children, ages six weeks to four years of age. The center is located at 612 Copeland Street, just a quick walk from the main campus. The hours for the center are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes at FSU are in session. There are limited spaces when classes are not in session, but the University is open. 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, faculty, and staff are given priority for enrollment. Space is limited, so please apply early. Applications are available at https://www.childcare.fsu.edu.
The FSU Childcare and Early Learning Development Program 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. The Childcare Center is licensed by the Department of Children and Families and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It also serves as an approved Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) Provider by Child Aware. For additional information, contact FSU Childcare and Early Learning Programs, 612 Copeland St, Tallahassee, FL 32304-4174, (850) 644-7970, or visit the Website at https://www.childcare.fsu.edu.
DSA Strategic Planning and Assessment
Strategic Planning and Assessment supports the Division of Student Affairs in facilitating assessment, evaluation, and research projects. Results from these projects provide the DSA and the university community with an understanding of the value of student affairs. We strive to: communicate the strengths of the Division of Student Affairs to stakeholders; provide education, training, and resources for research, assessment, and evaluation initiatives; gather data to support student learning and division-wide initiatives; maintain information for accreditation requirements and government mandates; and engage in inclusive assessment.
DSA Office of Marketing and Communications
The Division of Student Affairs Office of Marketing and Communications helps build awareness for the division's mission and initiatives. The office offers strategic communications and integrated marketing services including internal and external campaign development, graphic design, social media, website development, news release writing, and marketing plan consulting for DSA departments.
FSU Police Department
Florida State University's Police Department is responsible for all safety, security, and law enforcement functions on FSU owned or leased campus properties. The University Police Department is comprised of sworn law enforcement officers and supported by non-sworn security staff who patrol and respond to calls for service on the FSU campuses in Tallahassee and in Panama City. In addition to providing patrol, crime prevention, and investigative services to the community, the Department promotes campus safety and security by presenting public-safety programming and classes at the FSUPD headquarters, residence halls, Greek organizations, scholarships houses, and other locations on and surrounding the FSU campus properties.
The FSUPD is a State accredited full-service police agency which operates year-round 24 hours a day.
The Police Department also houses the University's office of Campus Access and Security Services (CASS), with responsibility for implementing a wide array of security and safety related technologies including the campus wide CCTV system, and alarm installations as well as management of the Card Access System.
Likewise, the Office of Emergency Management (EM) is also housed within the FSUPD. This Office is charged with the facilitation of the University's all-hazards emergency framework that drives preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation actions for a variety of emergency conditions. This is accomplished by a comprehensive approach that includes engaging internal and external stakeholders in plan development, training, exercises, and outreach. FSU Emergency Management coordinates the University's emergency alert and notification process and maintains constant situational awareness of conditions that could adversely affect the health, safety, and/or general welfare of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and families. For more information about FSU Alerts please visit https://emergency.fsu.edu/services/fsu-alert-emergency-notification-warning-system.
The FSU Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management maintain mutual aid agreements with state, county and local law enforcement and emergency management agencies in both Leon County for the Tallahassee campus, and Bay County for the Panama City campus.
Florida State University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, prepared in compliance with the Campus Security Act of 1990, is published and distributed annually online, with a hard-copy available upon request. This report describes safety programs and security services available at the University. It also contains crime statistics; safety tips, emergency numbers, and policy statements, concerning alcohol and drug use, emergency notifications, crime prevention, and sexual assault; and the process for reporting of crimes and other safety related resources. Copies are available in person at the FSU PD, online at https://police.fsu.edu and via the SeminoleSafe App.
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 89.7FM, the Voice of Florida State, is FSU's round-the-clock student-run radio station. An Affiliated Project of the Student Government Association and the College of Communication and Information, WVFS's mission is two-fold: to provide quality and diverse radio programming for the campus and community while serving as a top-notch training facility for those interested in gaining experience in all facets of radio station operations. WVFS airs new and different music emphasizing independent artists, a wide array of specialty shows, news, sports, and public-issues programming that is pertinent to students and the greater community.
Students enrolled at Florida State University are eligible to work at WVFS, regardless of major or class standing. Staff members work on a volunteer basis and may also earn class credit via School of Communication courses offered through the radio station (including Formative Experience credit). WVFS recruits for all positions (News, Sports, Announcing, Continuity, Development, Public Relations, and Production) three times a year, during the first week of the fall and spring semesters, and mid-April for the summer. No experience is required. For more information, students can tune in to 89.7FM, or stream online at https://wvfs.fsu.edu.
Our nationally ranked culinary program, Seminole Dining™, offers well-balanced menus utilizing seasonal ingredients with the support of our local vendors, ensuring we serve the freshest food available. Menus are centered on the latest trends and student feedback to provide value through the best-tasting, most nutritious, and diverse options.
With two all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, Seminole Café, and Suwannee Room, along with a variety of restaurants, cafés, and markets, we have something for every appetite!
Enjoy a delicious meal regardless of your food allergy at the True Balance station, located in Suwannee Room; all food items in this station are made without the top eight most common food allergens. You can also prepare your own meal in the Worry-Free Zone, our campus "pantry" where food items are stored with precautions against cross-contact. There is an array of vegan and vegetarian options throughout our venues on campus, including plant-based stations in both dining halls. Plus, our full-time Registered Dietitian ensures you're receiving proper nutrition, dietary advice, and information.
Your brain can't do its best work on an empty stomach. Having a meal plan gives you an unmatched dining experience full of healthy options, diverse cuisine, themed events, and more. The meal plan options are flexible, transparent, and simple to use. Visit our Meal Plan Office in the FSUCard™ Center to sign up and save money with a meal plan or add funds to your Dining Dollars account. All dining locations accept Dining Dollars, FSUCash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay. New locations and events are always in the works. Stay up to date on all Seminole Dining™ has to offer by following us on Instagram @Seminole_Dining and on Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok @SeminoleDining. To learn more, visit https://seminoledining.com or call (850) 644-3663.
Student Veterans Center
For information about the programs and services offered by the Student Veterans Center, please refer to the Student Veteran Information chapter.
Transportation and Parking Services
Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) is responsible for the administration of the transportation programs and parking on campus. Parking on our urban campus is limited; save yourself time and money by taking advantage of the many transportation options available. Walk, bike, carpool, or ride the Seminole Express™, the University's free campus bus service, featuring an all-electric bus fleet!
The Seminole Express™ has seven routes that serve on- and off-campus locations. The buses operate from 7 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters, and from 7 am to 5 pm in the Summer. Students needing evening transit services around campus and surrounding neighborhoods can use the Night Nole™ bus route, which operates from 8 pm to 3 am, Monday through Saturday during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students, faculty, and staff with a valid FSUCard™ may also ride any StarMetro bus (City of Tallahassee public transportation) at no charge. See routes, schedules, and real-time tracking through one of the free mobile apps.
The Student Government Association in partnership with TAPS offers Student Alert Force and Escort (SAFE) Connection, a free transportation service available to students, faculty, and staff. Arrangements for a ride can be made by calling 644-SAFE (7233). Operating hours vary throughout the year. For more details, visit https://transportation.fsu.edu/commuting-options.
The University requires students, faculty, staff, and visitors who park on campus to have a valid Florida State University parking permit. Student parking permits are valid from August 15 of one year to August 15 of the next year. Permit enforcement hours are from 7:30 am to 10 pm, Monday through Friday. All other parking regulations are enforced twenty-four hours a day. Transportation and Parking Services is located at 104 North Woodward Avenue, 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Register for your student virtual permit online at https://permits.parking.fsu.edu. Temporary permits are also available online or in the office.
Transportation and Parking Services has the authority to ticket, tow, or immobilize illegally parked vehicles as well as the right to charge a fee for past due payments of citations. If you believe you received a citation in error, you may appeal the citation online. Appeals may also be escalated for review by the Transportation Violations Appeals Board, an administrative body representative of the University community. For more information about these and other transportation and parking services please visit: https://transportation.fsu.edu.
Bicycles on Campus
Florida State University holds a silver level status with The League of American Bicyclists and continues to invest in bicycle infrastructure campus wide. Bicycle racks are available outside of most buildings on campus and are monitored by FSUPD. When parking your bike, make sure to secure it with at least one form of lock and be sure to protect your bike by registering it with FSUPD. This is a free service and is useful if your bike is tampered with or stolen. All Seminole Express™ and StarMetro buses are equipped with bike racks so that you can travel by bike both on- and off-campus. Take advantage of the free CyclingSavvy course in Canvas to learn skills & strategies to make cycling safer and more enjoyable for bikers and drivers. For more information, visit https://transportation.fsu.edu/bicycles.