Student Involvement, Services
The Office of Disability Services provides academic accommodations for students who experience physical, learning or mental disabilities. Students are required to provide appropriate documentation to the director of disability services before classroom services are provided. For more information, contact:
Office of Disability Services
Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0132
316-978-3309 front office
316-978-6128 for rides
316-854-3032 video phone
Services are based on the student’s need for academic accommodation. Disability services encourages students to be independent on campus and to use those services which help maximize their educational experience.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to cultivate and sustain an inclusive campus that strives for academic excellence by creating an environment that educates, empowers and mobilizes all members of the Shocker community. The office provides dynamic programs, which range from speakers and film showings to award ceremonies, cultural festivities and LGBTQ programming — each representing a small piece of the diversity displayed on the WSU campus. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with many campus departments and student organizations for various diversity and multicultural student success initiatives. In conjunction with campus partners, the office celebrates Hispanic Heritage, LGBTQ, Native American, Black History, Women’s History and Asian/Pacific American Heritage months.
The office also sponsors the Multicultural Student Mentoring Program (MSMP) which facilitates the retention, academic success, holistic development and timely graduation of all minority students at WSU, through academic support services, educational and cultural programming, interpersonal relationships and mentoring. MSMP matches successful continuing WSU students with freshmen and transfer students to help ease the transition from high school or community college to WSU. The program helps new students quickly identify all the support services available and provides direct tutorial assistance to any program participants who have committed to achieving their personal best.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is located in the Rhatigan Student Center, suite 208. Much more detailed information describing the Ambassadors for Diversity and Inclusion, Men of Excellence and Phenomenal Women support groups and additional resources the office provides can be found at the office website (http://wichita.edu/odi).
International Student Services
The Office of International Education serves the special needs of approximately 1,750 international students from more than 100 countries enrolled at Wichita State University. (See the international student admission section for requirements.) An orientation program specially designed for new international students prepares them for entrance into the U.S. academic system and way of life.
The office also sponsors the Cultural Ambassador Program and other activities that promote interaction between U.S. and international students.
In addition, the office houses a study abroad reference center which provides information to U.S. students on study, work and travel opportunities abroad.
For more information, contact the Garvey International Center, 316-978-3232.
Military and Veteran Services
Wichita State is proud to be committed to helping veterans, active service members, dependents and spouses receiving military benefits make the successful transition into WSU’s academic community. Whether it’s needing assistance with educational benefits, access to resources that ease the transition into the university, or wanting to connect with fellow vets, WSU has access to resources that will help smooth the transition. An overview of resources can be found at the military student services website (http://wichita.edu/military).
In the capacity of serving active duty military and veterans, the Director of Adult Learning serves as the point of contact (POC) for inquiries pursuant to the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding. For questions concerning POC needs, contact Dr. Susan Norton via the Adult Learning website (http://wichita.edu/adultlearning).
Captain Riley Leroy Pitts Military and Veteran Student Center
The Captain Riley Leroy Pitts Military and Veteran Student Center, in 105 Grace Wilkie Hall, exists to build and maintain a community of students with military experience and to provide comprehensive support for the unique needs of veterans, military members and military dependents in an environment of respect. All students with military experience — past or present — and military dependents are welcome to visit the Military and Veteran Student Center to ask questions, find resources, make connections, study, use the free computer stations, get a free cup of coffee or to just unwind between classes. Call 316-978-3856 or visit the Military and Veteran Student Center website (http://wichita.edu/veterancenter) for more information. (Current or recent military members needing help with the transition to college can also contact the TRIO Veterans Upward Bound program.)
The Office of Military and Veteran Services provides assistance to military members, veterans and their dependents in using their VA education benefits. It provides information on education benefit programs through the Department of Veterans Affairs, the application process for obtaining education benefits, and the certification process for using these benefits. Additionally, military-connected students who are admitted to Wichita State as non-Kansas residents may be eligible for in-state tuition rates. For additional information on VA education benefits, please visit the WSU VA Education Benefits webpage (http://wichita.edu/veterans), stop by 105 Grace Wilkie, call 316-978-3547 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military Tuition Assistance
Tuition Assistance may be offered through the various branches of the military. Students wishing to use military tuition assistance should check with their branch of service education office and chain of command to determine the appropriate procedures for using these benefits. For questions regarding student accounts and tuition assistance billing, contact the Office of Financial Operations at email@example.com.
OneStop offers student-focused support for most WSU student-related needs. OneStop allows students the ability to get many answers for admissions, financial aid, advising, student accounts and registration in a central place. OneStop offers self-service options 24/7/365 online (http://wichita.edu/onestop) and toll-free phone service at 855-978-1787. Students will need a OneStop telephone access code found by logging in to the myWSU portal (https://mywsu.wichita.edu/) and selecting “Manage your Password” for current students or “New to myWSU” for incoming students. In-person service is also available in the OneStop office.
OneStop also provides first-year advising for incoming traditional freshman students. OneStop specialists (first-year advisors) work collaboratively with academic college advising offices to develop a degree plan for each student as well as educate them on the operational tools and resources that will aid their success at Wichita State.
OneStop is located in Jardine Hall, Room 112. Regular office hours are 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Mondays–Thursdays, and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. on Fridays.
Student Government Association
Wichita State believes that one of its primary tasks is preparing students for the responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society. With this in mind, the university places an increasing emphasis on the role the Student Government Association plays on campus.
The legislative, executive and judicial responsibilities of SGA are vested in the Student Senate, the executive officers and cabinet, and the University Supreme Court. The senate appoints students to many university and faculty senate committees, recognizes and funds more than 200 student organizations, and allocates approximately $10 million annually in student fees to campus agencies including the Heskett Center, Rhatigan Student Center and Student Health Services. SGA also provides opportunities to fund education through the Rhatigan Leadership Scholarship. The cabinet executes the decisions of the senate and the officers. The Supreme Court issues opinions on constitutional questions and also serves as an appellate court for traffic appeals. Each of these entities also participates in the determination of university policy.
Each student is automatically a member of SGA and is eligible to vote in the annual elections in April. Throughout the year, openings exist on the Student Senate, as well as in many of the university committees. All students are encouraged to participate in student government through the many opportunities SGA offers.
For more information, contact the Student Government Association, 219 Rhatigan Student Center, Wichita State University; 316-978-3480.
Student Money Management
Students wanting to learn more about managing their finances can receive free help from certified peer financial coaches. Located in 115 Neff Hall, the Office for Student Money Management (OSMM pronounced awesome) is open during normal office hours and is available in the evenings by appointment.
OSMM, as part of the Office of Student Success, is designed to help increase retention and graduation rates by addressing one of the major stressors for WSU students and one of the major reasons for dropping out of college across the country: struggles related to money.
OSMM provides students with information and coaching on a variety of topics related to personal finances in college — including completing the FAFSA, making and sticking with a spending plan, matching a plan for paying for college with a plan for graduation, ways to establish good credit or get out of credit trouble, figuring out how much to borrow for college and how to pay it back, and finding campus and community resources.
OSMM does not offer scholarships, credit counseling or advice related to bankruptcy, investment or retirement. Contact 316-978-3254, or email the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to make an appointment to meet with a peer financial coach.
TRIO Disability Support Services
The TRIO Disability Support Services program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements and motivates students with disabilities toward the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
The program’s goal is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of students with learning, physical and psychological disabilities.
Services provided by TRIO DSS include individualized academic tutoring, advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection and degree planning, assistance with graduate and professional program applications, and career exploration and referral. TRIO DSS assists students with information about financial aid programs and scholarship opportunities, provides assistance in completing financial aid applications, and offers education or counseling services designed to improve financial/economic literacy. Students at TRIO DSS sharpen life/study skills through workshops, access to the computer technology lab and textbook loan program, and exposure to cultural events and academic programs on campus and in the community.
For information, contact TRIO DSS at 316-978-5949, stop by 158 Grace Wilkie Annex, or visit the TRIO DSS website (http://wichita.edu/dss).