Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs offers a variety of programs, services and activities that assist and enhance student success. The areas included in this division are the Dean of Students, Advancement, Career Services Center, Sports and Recreation, Residence Life, Student Involvement, Student Development, Student Success Services, Global Learning Scholarship, Center for Student Leadership, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, and Planning and Assessment.
Office of the Dean of Students
The Dean of Students is a key advocate and resource for students who need assistance resolving a challenge or seeking guidance on a variety of matters related to their student success. The formal roles of the Office of the Dean of Students include oversight for the Student Handbook, student conduct and academic integrity, problem resolution, behavioral and crisis response, administrative emergency withdrawals, policy review and compliance, voter registration and education, emergency retention scholarship, and student advocacy and support. The Dean of Students chairs the university Behavioral Response Team, chairs the Homecoming Strategic Planning Committee, co-chairs the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Education and Prevention Coalition, oversees the Who's Who Among Students in American University and Colleges selection process, and serves as advisor and parliamentarian for the Student Activities and Budget Advisory Committee (SABAC). The Dean of Students is also an integral member of numerous university-wide initiatives and collaborations, including AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP), NASPA's Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) initiative, and co-liaison for the Gardner Institution Foundations of Excellence in the First Year Experience study. For more information visit kennesaw.edu/deanofstudents.
Behavioral Response Team
Kennesaw State University seeks to foster a proactive climate of care that can only be achieved through cooperative input from the entire community. To that end, KSU has created a Behavioral Response Team (BRT) that takes a planned approach to identifying and assisting individuals who are distressed and/or exhibiting abnormal, threatening, or dangerous behavior. Through early identification, the team can connect individuals of concern with the resources they need to succeed and hopefully prevent crises. The BRT is a multidisciplinary team that meets regularly to assess and manage concerns that have been brought to the attention of the team. The team provides consultation to individuals and department, outreach to the community, and coordinates a host of resources, such as the online "At Risk" training, to help better prepare faculty, staff, and students to assess and respond to individuals in crisis. The BRT is chaired by the Dean of Students, and includes representatives and consulting members from counseling and psychological services, health services, academic affairs, public safety, residence life, and student conduct and academic integrity, human resources, legal affairs, student disability services, and strategic safety and security. For more information visit kennesaw.edu/brt.
Career Services Center
The Career Services Center provides a variety of opportunities and experiences which empower the students and alumni of KSU to broadly explore career fields and successfully pursue their career goals. The Center is located on the second floor of Kennesaw Hall, Suite 2617. The phone number is 470-578-6555.
Services provided include:
- Resume writing assistance
- Experiential learning opportunities (Cooperative Education and Internships)
- Videotaped practice interviewing
- Career search strategies
- Internet career search assistance: http://www.kennesawstatecareerservices.com
- OwlLink (Internet system which enables the student to create a resume and upload it to the Career Service database for referral to employees)
- OwlLink Jobs Postings: (Hundreds of positions of all types are posted on the OwlLink system each semester -- employers who reach out to KSU are directed to this site, so that students and alumni have a hub for beginning their job search)
- Current listings of government, educational, social service and communication opportunities
- Information on thousands of companies, and advisers who work closely with major-specific industry partners
- On-Campus recruiting (hundreds of companies interview graduating students and alumni in our office in Kennesaw Hall for available positions each year, including internships and co-ops)
- Career Fairs and Events: Four major career fairs are held each year: two general career fairs (one in each semester), an accounting career fair, and a teacher career fair. The Center also offers a host of smaller events throughout the year that allow students to interface with employers in relevant areas.
Cooperative Education and Internships
The Cooperative Education and Internship programs offer students work experience relevant to their majors. Most employers want students with practical experience and often prefer to hire those who have worked with them and others through internships or co-ops.
Co-op classes are taken on a pass/fail basis only; thus the grade of "S" or "U" will be assigned. The internship grade structure depends on the academic department involved. Students should check with the Career Services Center for more information about these programs. Co-op and internship course credit may be used as general elective credits in most majors. Students should see their academic advisor for information regarding co-ops and Internships applicable to their major.
Department of Sports & Recreation
Participating in sports and recreation programs can be one of the most fun and memorable experiences at Kennesaw State. The programs provide an opportunity to compete at various levels, improve leadership skills, socialize, develop positive fitness practices, cultivate a connection to the university, explore the outdoors, and just have fun. The Department of Sports & Recreation is responsible for programming intramural sports, club sports, outdoor adventures, fitness classes, personnel training, aquatics, special events, and summer camps. Program schedules and facility hours are available at the beginning of each semester. Additionally, a semester program guide listing upcoming events provides students an opportunity to plan the activities they wish to participate in. Recreation facilities are available on both the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses with hours that allow convenient access to workout facilities or participation in a pick up game before, between, or after classes. Visit our website for more information about our programs and facilities, kennesaw.edu/sportsrec. We offer competitive sports, informal recreation, fitness activities, outdoor adventure activities, aquatic offerings, and special events. Students need a valid KSU ID and a completed waiver/release form to begin participating.
In addition to the many activities, the Department of Sports & Recreation employs a number of students for various jobs. Student staff positions range from fitness floor attendants to sport officials. There are many benefits to working on campus, such as registering early for classes, keeping a parking space between classes and earning extra money while on campus.
Club Sports at Kennesaw State University are designed to provide opportunities for students of the university community to participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities. Club Sports are organized and conducted by students under the direction of the Department of Sports and Recreation. A Club Sport must be active and approved through the Club Sports office. Each club is formed by individuals with a common interest in a sport or activity that exists to promote and develop interest in that particular activity. Clubs may be instructional, recreational, competitive, or some combination thereof. Characterized by being student-initiated and student-managed, the basic structure of clubs allow members numerous opportunities for leadership and decision-making. The actual success and strength of each club is dependent on effective leadership of the officers and the degree of involvement of its club members.
Kennesaw State University currently has approximately 40 active clubs. New Clubs are regularly added based on current student interest and desire to facilitate the process. All participants in the Club Sport teams must be KSU students and maintain a MINIMUM 2.0 GPA and be in good academic standing. Club Sports offer students the opportunity to meet new people, stay fit, be involved at KSU and build lifelong friendships.
KSU Club Sports compete against other local and regional team that might include the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Emory, Duke, Clemson, Alabama, Mercer, Auburn, Georgia Southern, University of Tennessee and many more. A club's participants must meet any financial obligations, including insurance and playing expenses.
Please visit ksuclubsports.com to get additional information or contacts for individual teams.
Housing and Residence Life
"Life in Residence" is all about opportunities that you won't find anywhere else. Kennesaw State University Housing offers distinct communities staffed by University Housing personnel who provide student support services through social and educational programs, leadership development, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution. All on-campus residents have private bedrooms and two-thirds of our residents have private bathrooms. Our diverse communities - KSU Place, University Place, University Village, University Village Suites, Hornet Village Suites, Howell Hall, Austin Residence Complex, Commons Apartments, Courtyard Apartments, and Special Interest Houses - offer a variety of apartment- or suite-style floor plans with units that are fully furnished and with individual secure access. For more information visit kennesaw.edu/housing, email email@example.com, or call 470-578-4388.
Department of Student Involvement
The Department of Student Life (ksustudent.com) provides an open, comfortable, engaging place that promotes student success and personal growth. The Department of Student Life exists to create well-rounded extracurricular life for students at Kennesaw State University. The department provides support for most of the programs and services funded with the student activity fee and strives to promote student involvement by informing students of the opportunities available to them. By encouraging students to be involved in student activities, the goal is for them to learn how to plan and execute activities and how to work cooperatively and collaboratively with other groups and constituencies on campus.
General services provided by the Department of Student Life include oversight of the Student Center, operation and staffing of the Game Room, management of student activity budgets, reservations of campus space for registered student organizations (RSOs), campus Lost and Found, and support for over 200 RSOs. The Department of Student Life specifically oversees all RSOs, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL), the Kennesaw Activities Board (KAB), the Student Government Association (SGA), all spiritual and faith-based student organizations, and the student media outlets: Owl Radio, The Sentinel student newspaper, Talon Feature Magazine, and Share Literary and Art Magazine.
Registered Student Organizations
Kennesaw State's RSOs are organized into several categories: academic, communications/media, fraternity/sorority, faith-based/spiritual, graduate, honorary, military, multicultural, global, performance/fine arts, political/social, pre-professional, and special interest. For a complete list, visit ksuclubs.com. OwlLife (owllife.kennesaw.edu) is our personalized Collegiate Link, a database that chronicles student organization profiles, membership rosters, budgets, and events, as well as other engagement opportunities from around campus. OwlLife will make it easy for clubs to recruit members and for students to join a group. All student clubs and organizations must be registered with updated information on OwlLife in order to be recognized. The majority of student organization communication will be through OwlLife, so ensure that you are checking the events, announcements, and opportunities posted often.
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Kennesaw State University is home to 20 national fraternities and sororities, each of which fall under one of three umbrella Greek Councils: Interfraternity Council (IFC): Delta Tau Delta, Delta Chi, Theta Chi, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi; Panhellenic Conference (PH): Delta Phi Epsilon, Phi Mu, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Omicron Pi; National PanHellenic Council (NPHC): Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Kappa Alpha Psi; and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC): Lambda Theta Phi, Lambda Theta Alpha, and Sigma Sigma Rho. The OFSL also oversees two national honor societies for fraternity and sorority students: Order of Omega and Gamma Sigma Theta. For more information, please visit ksugreeks.com.
The Kennesaw Activities Board (KAB)
KAB is a student organization that has responsibility for providing a wide variety of programming for the entire campus. Events include: Chautauqua Lecture Series, Homecoming, CineKab (free movie rental), Theme Weeks, KSU Day, Comedy/Musical Shows, and other events throughout the year. For more information, please visit visit http://ksu-kab.wix.com/ksukab.
The Student Government Association (SGA)
SGA is the "Voice of the Students" at KSU to the administration and the Board of Regents. SGA makes decisions and recommendations on any issue that affects students at KSU. SGA representatives serve on campus-wide committees and represent all academic colleges and various KSU student constituencies. SGA meetings are open to all KSU students. While most SGA positions are elected, the SGA president appoints some positions. All students are welcome to attend SGA meetings, which occur Thursdays at 3:30pm during fall and spring semesters. There are at least two SGA meetings held during summer semester. For those who are interested in being a part of the SGA and need more information, please visit www.ksusga.com. SGA is advised by the Assistant Director for Student Involvement.
Four student media organizations provide opportunities for students to write, edit, photograph, and create designs, web pages and radio broadcasts for experience, academic credit or for pay. The Sentinel, KSU's weekly newspaper, covers campus news, sports and student opinion. Talon, KSU's feature magazine, captures student life through photos and stories. Share, the student literary and art magazine, provides a publishing outlet for the creative talents of KSU students. OWL Radio allows students to gain experience on and off the air with KSU's Internet streaming radio station. Experienced students are welcome as well as those who are willing to learn on the job. All students are welcome to explore KSU Student Media and get involved. The Associate Director of Student Life advises student Media. For more information, please visit the website kennesaw.edu/ksumedia/.
The Department of Student Development
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 267
The Department of Student Development coordinates support services, programs, and activities to enrich the college experiences of targeted student populations, including multicultural students, international students, adult learners, GLBTIQ students, and students with disabilities. The department also provides an avenue for individuals to engage in volunteer service in the community through Volunteer Kennesaw State University (VKSU). Through four satellite centers - the Cultural Awareness and Resource Center, the Lifelong Learning Center, the GLBTIQ Resource Center, and the Global Village - students are provided gathering spaces that feature a broad array of information; access to computers and other equipment; tutoring support (in some centers); and knowledgeable, friendly support staff to ensure that students have a positive and supportive "home" on campus.
Odyssey is a peer-mentoring program which is also coordinated through Student Development. Odyssey helps first-year and new transfer students make a smooth transition to college life at KSU by pairing them with a qualified peer mentor.
Adult Learner Programs
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 261
Adult Learner Programs (ALP) is a comprehensive academic support unit committed to improving the retention, progression, persistence and graduation of nontraditional, adult learner, and commuter students. ALP seeks to enhance the university experience by providing a community of support for students returning to college or starting college later in life.
The Lifelong Learning Center (LLC), which receives over 25,000 visits each academic year, is a multifaceted resource center for students. The LLC facility features a computer lab, a networking area for group and individual study, a kitchenette, a 55 inch TV with cable and a free phone/fax for business purposes. Programming initiatives are designed to improve academic skills and increase student engagement in the form of adult learner orientations and seminars, award and recognition ceremonies, family fun days, and a graduation recognition ceremony. Services in the LLC include academic tutoring, precollege transition services, walk-in workshops, advising, mentorship, and financial supplement programs.
Student Disability Services
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 267
Student Disability Services provides program accessibility and reasonable accommodations for persons defined as disabled under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In order to make arrangements for services, students must make an appointment with the Office of Student Disability Services to develop an individual assistance plan. Certification of disability is required. Academic accommodations and services may include handicap-accessible parking spaces, testing accommodations, sign language interpreters, note taking assistance, audio recording, alternate format text materials, adaptive computer software, etc. Eligible students deliver Faculty Notification Letters to instructors identifying the accommodations approved by SDS. Students should notify SDS in writing within 2 business days of any disagreement between the student and the faculty member if agreed upon academic adjustments are not provided. Students taking courses online or at sites other than the main campus should contact the SDS office by phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and make arrangements. Accommodations and services at remote locations may require additional time to arrange, so please register early.
Student Disability Services provides academic coaching for registered students. Additionally, students are encouraged to join ABLE, a student organization that promotes advocacy and awareness of disability issues.
GLBTIQ Student Retention Services
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 164
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, and Questioning Student Retention Services (GLBTIQ SRS) creates and executes programs and services aimed at increasing visibility and awareness of GLBTIQ issues and experiences; offers advisement on best practices for GLBTIQ student populations; and collaborates with campus partners to foster an inclusive and welcoming campus environment for GLBTIQ students at KSU. Key services and programs include the Safe Space Initiative, LGBTQ History Month, Rainbow Graduation, the Stonewall Housing Community, and the GLBTIQ Student Resource Center.
The GLBTIQ Student Resource Center provides students with a safe space to establish and maintain community. The Resource Center functions as a visible hub connecting students with each other and additional programs and services available across campus. The Resource Center also boasts an extensive GLBTIQ library, lab computer, study space, and television for viewing representations of GLBTIQ identity in the media.
International Student Retention Services
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 255
The mission of the Office of International Student Retention Services (ISRS) is to provide international students with leadership, advocacy, guidance, out-of-class support, and personalized assistance during their academic career at Kennesaw State University (KSU). ISRS exposes international students to social, intercultural contacts, and helpful resources at KSU and the United States as a whole. Through ISRS's intentional assistance, services, and programs, students are aided in the achievement of their personal and academic goals. Programs and services include workshops and seminars, one-on-one cross-cultural advising, membership in the International Student Association, orientation programs, peer leader and mentorship program, tutoring services, immigration advising, and the Global Village.
The Global Village Resource Center creates out-of-class opportunities for American and international students to interact with one another in an environment that fosters global learning, social and interpersonal relationships, intercultural communication and awareness, and shared academic connections beyond the classroom. The Global Village provides a gathering place for internationally focused activities, tutoring, discussions, and exhibits. The Global Village also offers student computers, a resource library, study tables, kitchenette, satellite TV for cultural and international programs, and programming space for student events.
Multicultural Student Retention Services (MSRS)
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 262
Multicultural Student Retention Services caters to the domestic multicultural student population at Kennesaw State University. MSRS offers a variety of leadership and programming opportunities through student led-initiatives such as the Multicultural Programming Board. Under the umbrella of MSRS, there are a number of programs, services and activities that focus on the academic, social, and career development of students of color. MSRS also offers mentoring opportunities for students of color through the KSU PEOPLE mentoring program.
The Cultural Awareness and Resource Center (CARC), located on the second floor of the Carmichael Student Center in Room 262, hosts tutorial services, a computer lab, social/meeting area, and media resources that cater to the needs of African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Asian American, and Indigenous students.
Student Volunteer Service/Volunteer Kennesaw (VKSU)
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 267
VKSU is a campus based volunteer center matching KSU volunteers' interests with community needs. KSU students, faculty, staff and alumni who wish to volunteer can use our online system to help meet the needs of our community through volunteer service. VKSU partners with numerous agencies throughout the metro Atlanta area and offers various opportunities to get involved on and off campus.
VKSU sponsored events include: American Red Cross blood drives, Cobb Christmas Stuff-A-Bus food drive, monthly group projects, The Great Owl Reach: Because We Give A Hoot Homecoming event, Non-Profit Roundtable, KSU Day of Service and the annual Volunteer Fair. VKSU also serves an educational role by providing practical opportunities for students to explore career options and experience volunteer services in their major fields of interests.
VKSU also houses the Federal Work Study (FWS) Program. FWS is a collaboration between Financial Aid and Student Development. Students who have been determined to be eligible may be employed on campus as Student Assistants. The FWS program also places eligible student in off campus sites under the America Reads Program and in local community service organizations.
More information regarding FWS can be obtained at kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/fws.
Student Success Services
Student Success Services (SSS) is a comprehensive service center where students obtain help with educational, career, and personal concerns from a trained staff of counselors, specialists, and advisors. Such assistance is intended to support Kennesaw State University's academic programs by offering relevant resources that contribute to personal development, enhance academic success, and facilitate career skills. Student Success Services (kennesaw.edu/studentsuccess, 470-578-6600) includes Counseling and Psychological Services, Disabled Student Testing, Student Athlete Success Services, Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, Parent and Family Association, Behavioral Response Program, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Coalition, Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment Center, Veterans Resource Center and Women's Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) and Testing Services office provides a resource area available to all students without appointment. We are located in KH, rm. 2401. The reception area is primarily a waiting area for visitors scheduled to meet with the professional staff. In addition, it houses a number of supporting resources:
Computers with software or Internet links for career self-assessments, including PinPoint, Georgia Career Information Center (GCIC), and links to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH).
CLEP study guides and GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT information brochures.
Career and personal counseling books, brochures, and pamphlets.
Study skills handouts.
Information about how to sign up and take online career exploration instruments (MBTI, SII) for a small fee.
Kennesaw Hall, Room 2401
Testing Services for Students with Disabilities
Testing Services for Students with Disabilities serves the University by providing reasonable testing accommodations to students with verified disabilities who are enrolled in KSU courses. By creating an appropriate space for completing exams, Testing Services for Students with Disabilities aims to make education accessible for students with disabilities. Testing Services mission is to serve both students and faculty through a well-defined process that ensures confidentiality and test security.
To contact us:
Kennesaw Hall, Room 2401
Student-Athlete Success Services
Kennesaw State University participates in NCAA athletics, and sponsors 16 sports at the Division I level with over 400 student-athletes. The SASS staff is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of these student-athletes to ensure their academic eligibility to participate. Student-athletes receive assistance such as advising, study skills, tutoring, mentoring, orientation and registration. Through athletics, Life skills programming is offered as well as opportunities to volunteer for community service. SASS is located in Building #65 at the corner of Big Shanty and Campus Loop Road and can be reached at 470-578-2402.
Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery
The Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR) supports and encourages addiction recovery and wellness by providing programs and engaging in collaborative research and education.
The CYAAR helps students struggling with and recovering from addiction and provides education and intervention services for the entire campus. The CYAAR creates campus and community collaborations aimed at addiction education, young adult treatment and recovery research. The Collegiate Recovery Program and Community supports students in recovery from addiction by providing a peer based community, hosting recovery meetings, academic coaching and a safe and nurturing environment.
For more information please email us at: email@example.com or call 470-578-2538. We are located in the University College Building, room 2403
Parent and Family Association
Provides parents with timely information about Kennesaw State University services, programs and opportunities that could further their child's academic success and wellbeing as well as benefit members of their family.
Promotes meaningful engagement of parents and families in the life of campus by developing programs and events of interest to parents, especially those that would help with the transition to college.
Affirms the important role parents and families play in the educational lives of their students.
Membership includes consistent online communication, opportunities to participate in campus events such as musical performances, lectures, sporting events, the annual Parent & Family Weekend along with discounts in and around the University.
To contact us:
Student Center, Room 156
Alcohol and Other Drug Education and Prevention Coalition
Mission Statement: Engage the university community to make responsible and educated choices about alcohol and other drugs in support of the standards of the KSU community.
To provide and support clear AOD policies for the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) in order to promote an educational environment free from alcohol abuse and other drug use
To develop and disseminate educational information for members of the campus community regarding alcohol and other drug issues in a collegiate environment for the purpose of prevention of alcohol abuse and other drug use
To make available counseling, treatment, and outside referrals if necessary to assist members of the campus community overcome AOD problems
To implement campus policies and activities that promote and reinforce health, responsible living, respect for community and campus standards, individual responsibility, and the intellectual, social, spiritual or ethical, and physical well-being of the members of the campus community
To work towards these goals in a purposeful and coordinated manner with planning, record keeping, and assessment overseen by one central office charged with this responsibility.
Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment Center (CARE)
Homelessness can affect students in many ways. Along with not having a place to live, they struggle to find food and to meet their basic needs. KSU's "Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment Center" (CARE) is the campus single point of contact offering support for students dealing with hunger, homelessness, at-risk of being homeless and foster care. The CARE Center provides:
Case Management to assess needs, develop a care plan and link to services both on and off campus
Owl's Closet is a donation-based collection and referral service for clothing, toiletries, urgent linens and houses the campus food pantry, Feed the Future
Funding Resource assistance by providing on and off campus job referrals, exploring additional financial opportunities, etc.
Emergency/Temporary/Permanent Shelter referrals to local agencies near or surrounding the Kennesaw Area
Kennesaw Hall, Room 2401
Parking and Traffic Regulations
Updates available at kennesaw.edu/cardservices
Kennesaw State University adopts these regulations pursuant to the authority conferred upon the Board of Regents to regulate the University System of Georgia Campus Traffic, Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA), Title 20. These regulations supersede all previous KSU Parking and Traffic Regulations pertaining to motor vehicle parking on campus.
These regulations apply to all persons operating motor vehicles at Kennesaw State University and become part of the terms and conditions accepted by all persons permitted to operate motor vehicles on campus. Students, faculty and staff shall not park any motor vehicle on campus unless qualified to do so under applicable state law and KSU regulations. The campus includes that property owned or leased by the Board of Regents and designated as Kennesaw State University. For the purpose of these regulations, a "motor vehicle" is a conveyance with two or more wheels propelled by an electric or fuel-burning motor.
C. Display of KSU Parking Permits:
All vehicles on campus must display a valid KSU parking permit unless parked in a designated visitor parking area. Vehicles without a valid permit will be ticketed and/or booted, and/or towed. Students should check kennesaw.edu/cardservices for specific information on parking permits. One-day passes are available as appropriate by visiting the Welcome Center at the visitor lot. It is the responsibility of all KSU employees and students to review and abide by the Parking Policies and Procedures.
D. Parking Regulations:
In order to facilitate a safe and orderly flow of traffic on campus, KSU adopts in full all the statutes and provisions of OCGA, Title 40, Article 10, regarding "Stopping, Standing and Parking." When appropriate, curbs may be painted yellow to designate restricted parking as set forth by Georgia law; however, the lack of yellow curbing or restricted parking signs is not a defense for those charged with violations of state or campus parking regulations. Parking is not permitted on the grass, on sidewalks, in driveways or any other area not designated for parking. Reserved parking areas include but are not limited to "faculty and staff reserved" lots, loading zones, visitor spaces and other areas marked reserved for specific persons or functions. Areas so marked are reserved at all times, unless otherwise specified. Drivers of private vehicles may use loading zones during actual loading and unloading of heavy or bulky material (30 minutes or less) with four-way flashers activated and a note with driver's name and location left on the dashboard.
KSU will vigorously enforce Georgia's "Parking Law for Persons with Disabilities" in accordance with OCGA 40-6-226. Drivers of vehicles parked in spaces designated for persons with disabilities must have valid license plate or display on their dashboard (in full view) or hung from their rear view mirror the official permit issued by the Georgia State Patrol for persons with disabilities.
An illegally parked vehicle may be impounded without notice and at the owner's expense if it presents a hazard to motorists or is obstructing traffic. Other vehicles subject to immediate impound include, but are not limited to, those parked in marked "Tow Away Zones," those parked in spots reserved for specific persons or for a numbered carpool, and those receiving three or more parking citations. A vehicle is subject to impound immediately upon receiving the third citation. Although the University assumes no liability for damage or losses incurred as a result of such impound, KSU parking shall attempt to inventory the contents of impounded vehicle(s) in order to account for any and all valuables contained therein. No attempt to gain entry for inventory purposes will be attempted when said vehicle(s) is locked with all windows secured. An impounded vehicle will be released to the legal owner upon presentation of proof of ownership. The legal owner of the vehicle is responsible for all towing and storage charges pertaining to the impound. Occasionally a driver will park illegally and then place an old or misappropriated citation on his/her windshield in an attempt to avoid a new ticket. To discourage this behavior, such vehicle is subject to immediate impound. The fine schedule for campus parking violations may be modified annually by KSU Parking and is made available through the Bursar's Office and on the parking web site. Unpaid fines may result in local sanctions, such as holds on class registration and release of records, and/or referral to outside collection agencies.
E. Parking Citation Appeals:
Information on appealing parking tickets may be found online at the website for the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity kennesaw.edu/SCAI. Information may also be obtained over the phone by calling the respective departments (470-578-3403 for SCAI or 470-578-6506 for the Department of Parking & Transportation). Please note that tickets must be appealed within fourteen (14) calendar days from the date on which they are issued; furthermore, any ticket not paid within thirty calendar days (whether appealed or not) may accrue a late fee as explained on the ticket.
F. Traffic Regulations:
- Traffic safety on campus is everyone's responsibility. Students, staff and faculty are expected to obey all traffic laws and practice safe driving habits while operating motor vehicles at Kennesaw State University. The speed limit is 25 MPH campus-wide (unless otherwise indicated), except in parking lots where it is 5 MPH. The University is public property and all of the streets in and around campus are deemed public highways. Anyone operating a motor vehicle in violation of Georgia law may be required to answer charges in State Court.
- Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Title 20, the KSU Police are charged with enforcing traffic laws on campus. They are fully empowered to make traffic arrests for offenses committed within their jurisdiction. Questions regarding Uniform Traffic Citations may be addressed to the State Court of Cobb County, Traffic Violations Bureau.
- KSU Police will investigate all motor vehicle accidents occurring on campus. For purposes of documentation, drivers are urged not to move their vehicles until after the arrival of an officer. Copies of accident reports are usually available on the fourth business day following the accident.
- The Central Parking Deck is closed every weekend, unless otherwise announced. Gates are locked each Friday at 5:30 PM. Please remove your vehicle before 5:30 PM on Fridays. If your vehicle is locked in the Central Deck over the weekend, you may contact Public Safety at 470-578-6206.
G. Parking Selection:
All students wishing to park a vehicle on-campus or on an off-campus KSU parking facility are required to display the current, proper parking permit. For more information, visit cardservices.kennesawstateauxiliary.com/parking.
H. KSU Shuttle:
KSU has a shuttle service (called B.O.B. - the Big Owl Bus) that runs Monday thru Thursday 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM and Friday 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM (hours of operation are subject to change based on demand). The shuttle will not run on weekends, during class breaks, or over the summer. Anyone with a valid KSU ID is eligible to ride the shuttle. For more information on the shuttle program, route information or to sign up to park off-campus, please visit our website at kennesawstateauxiliary.com.
Veteran Support Services
The Kennesaw State Veteran Resource Center is run by veterans for veterans and offers a one-stop shop that is easily accessible and widely available to service members, veterans, spouses, and dependents. Through information sharing, referral services, and outreach the Veteran Resource Center strives to provide a supportive and educational environment that fosters student success and achievement. Whether you are a new or transferring student we will help guide you to the resources you need to make the most of your experience at KSU. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns at (470) 578-2970) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our goal is to not only empower our veteran community with the tools necessary for achieving their academic goals but to make the transition in to higher education as seamless as possible. We are located in Willingham Hall Room 200.
Women's Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center
The mission of the Women's Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center is to enhance academic performance and empower members of the KSU community to reach their full potential by striving to create an inclusive, supportive, and violence free campus environment.
The Women's Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center at Kennesaw State University will stand by its mission to:
- Advocate and support members of the KSU community who are survivors of sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence
- Offer on and off campus resources to appropriately address the needs of students.
- Provide training and education on a variety of topics that address women's and gender issues
- Create awareness of women's and gender issues through the creation and dissemination of educational materials to the campus community
Kennesaw Hall, Room 3426
Center for Student Leadership (CSL)
With relationships to both Student Success and University College; The Center for Student Leadership (CSL) merges both academics and real life experience, to offer leadership development to students and graduates of Kennesaw State University that identify, develop, and sustain leadership skills. The CSL focuses on providing students resources, training, and a variety of leadership programs that meet students at their point of interest to enhance their leadership abilities. The CSL functions under three dimensions of development: leadership programs, civic engagement, and scholarship and research. For more information visit kennesaw.edu/csl.
Student Conduct & Academic Integrity (SCAI)
The Kennesaw State University SCAI Department administers and supervises the procedures surrounding alleged infractions of the KSU Student Code of Conduct. The SCAI Department strives to assure fair and impartial considerations of misconduct charges against any KSU student through a system of campus hearing boards and other administrative procedures (hearing officers).
The SCAI structure includes hearing officers and hearing boards. Most hearing boards are composed of both faculty/staff and student members of the SCAI panel. Members of the boards are trained to hear complaints, arrive at fair and impartial conclusions and deliver clear and direct recommendations.
Students are invited to apply to become a member of the SCAI hearing board. Requirements include:
- a minimum 2.8 overall GPA;
- a strong interest in protecting the reputation of the University by assuring that the rules of the Code of Conduct are upheld;
- successful personal interview(s);
- two personal references who will testify to the student's character and integrity;
- a commitment to uphold the SCAI Code of Ethics, attend training sessions, and volunteer to serve on hearing boards when available.
For more information, please visit the KSU SCAI Website at kennesaw.edu/scai/.
Grievance Procedures for Students
Grievance Procedures for Admissions, Privacy Rights & Other Non-Academic Matters
Within the framework of students' relationships to Kennesaw State University, several avenues exist for the expression of grievance. Provision for hearing appeals by applicants denied admission to the university is outlined in Article VI, Section C, paragraph 2a, of the Bylaws of the Board of Regents. Appeal procedures for grievances related to students' privacy rights are contained in the university catalog (see section on confidentiality of student records). Charges against students and student organizations for violations of the KSU Student Code of Conduct will be handled through the University SCAI Program. Grievances related to loss of athletic scholarship and other forms of financial aid are heard by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. If a student believes that his/her final grade in a course is unfair because of discrimination or retaliation by a faculty member, the complaint shall be addressed as specified under Academic Policies-Grade Appeal Procedures (see KSU catalog).
Complaints & Grievances Related to Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Hostile Environment, Retaliatory Harassment and/or Title IX
Please visit the EEO/Title website at kennesaw.edu/eeo for detailed information. You can also contact the EEO/Title IX Office with questions, by phone 678-797-2614 or email email@example.com.
Administrative Withdrawal for Medical and/or Psychological Reasons Policy
This policy applies to any student who withdraws from the University for medical or psychological reasons. This policy and procedures are to be used to help transition a student to a safer and/or more conducive environment when remaining at the university is not in the best interests of the student or the university community. This policy encourages a student to withdraw voluntarily when medical conditions or psychological distress make a withdrawal necessary and seeks to ease that transition and potential eventual return to the university. In those times where encouragement to the student to withdraw voluntarily has not been successful, involuntary withdrawal under this policy may be implemented. A Dean of Student Success Hold will be placed on the account of any student who withdraws for medical or psychological reasons.
Students may voluntarily withdraw from the University for any reason prior to the Deadline to Withdraw Without Academic Penalty. The Dean of Student Success (or designee) may grant a medical withdrawal after the Deadline to Withdraw Without Academic Penalty has passed to students who are able to demonstrate medical or psychological reasons by clear and convincing evidence. Grade appeals for any reason and withdrawals for other forms of hardship (i.e., not related to physical or mental health) are addressed in a separate policy. Except under unusual circumstances, withdrawals for medical or psychological reasons must be made for all courses. An approved medical or psychological withdrawal will result in a grade of W for all courses and the procedures for tuition and fee reimbursement outlined in the KSU Catalog will be followed. Medical withdrawals will be granted for a specified period and return may be contingent on the satisfaction of certain conditions. A student withdrawal agreement will specify the reasons for and period of withdrawal, detail any conditions necessary for reinstatement, and provide that a hold will be placed on the student's registration status until the student is eligible for reinstatement.
If a student is behaving in a way that is threatening to the student or others, or that significantly interferes with the student's education or the rights of others, the Dean of Student Success (or designee) may initiate these procedures. The Dean of Student Success (or designee) shall determine, on a case-by-case basis, what is sufficiently threatening and/or disruptive to warrant invoking this procedure.
The first step will be to determine an appropriate initial action. The primary alternatives for initial action are as follows, but these do not preclude other actions based on a specific situation:
- Continue at the university with no restrictions. The university may take no action if it is decided, based on review of the referral information or other information presented, that the student may be allowed to continue with no restrictions. In those cases, care should be taken to provide opportunities for the student to be advised of accommodations and supportive services that are available. In cases where there are conduct actions pending, those actions should go forward.
- Continue in university pending further proceedings. The university may require that the student meet certain conditions regarding the student's behavior over a specified period of time if he/she is to remain enrolled. Such conditions here could include, for example, stopping classroom disruptiveness, or continuing only if the student avails him or herself of supportive services or accommodation arrangements. Failure to comply with the conditions, coupled with further disruptive behavior, may result in having additional conduct complaints added to any that were previously pending or deferred. At no point will the university engage in a behavioral contract or agreement with a student whose behaviors indicate harm or danger to themselves or any member of the community.
- Remaining enrolled at the university subject to conditions but without eligibility to remain in campus housing. Under certain circumstances, where other students' living and learning environment is very likely to be disrupted by a student's behavior, the Director of Residence Life will have the option of allocating alternative and more suitable living accommodations if such are available, or removing a student from campus housing on an interim basis.
If there is sufficient disruptive or threatening behavior, or behaviors that are assaultive, suicidal, self-injurious or self-neglectful which present an imminent risk of injury to the student or others, the student may be suspended.
- Standard for Interim Suspension: Interim suspension, under the Code of Conduct, may be imposed by the Dean of Student Success (or designee) when necessary to (a) protect the health and safety of a student or of the community, when investigating a conduct violation, (b) to allow time for a behavioral mental health assessment or evaluation, or (c) when a student fails to participate in the process. Interim suspension will be used for periods of time pending a hearing for a Code of Conduct violation or Involuntary Withdrawal.
- Interim Suspension Review: Students who are suspended on an interim basis may petition the Dean of Student Success (or designee) for a review to show cause why they should not be suspended on an interim basis. This proceeding will be limited to:
- the reliability of the information concerning the student's behavior;
- whether the student's behavior poses a danger of causing substantial, serious harm to the student or others, causing property damage, or directly impeding the lawful activities of others;
- whether the student has completed an evaluation, in accordance with the standards and procedures.
In the event that a student does not or is unable (e.g., incarcerated, hospitalized) to initiate a review, the Dean of Student Success (or designee) will conduct an administrative review of the available evidence within 5 days of the initiation of the suspension. The sole decisions to be made at the review are whether interim medical suspension should be continued or modified, and whether medical withdrawal should remain in consideration.
Standard for Involuntary Medical/Psychological Withdrawal
University may withdraw a student if it is determined, by a preponderance of the evidence (that it is more likely than not) that the student is engaging in or threatening to engage in behavior which (a) poses a substantial danger of causing imminent harm to the student, to others or to substantial property rights, or (b) renders the student unable to engage in basic required activities necessary to obtain an education (including, but not limited to, the inability to attend or complete academic courses or coursework; or, when considered with other facts, the inability to attend to the student's own basic, daily hygienic requirements) or (c) substantially impedes the lawful activities of others.
Standard for Separating a Student on the Basis of Behaviors Resulting from a Condition of Disability
Students who have self-disclosed and provided documentation to the University of a disability that meets the requirements of KSU and the University System of Georgia are afforded the rights and protections defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A student who is under consideration for involuntary medical/psychological withdrawal may request that the Dean of Student Success (or designee) consider whether the documented disability is a significant factor in the behavior in question. When a student invokes disability status as a mitigating factor, the following considerations will apply:
- Behavior that poses or is likely to pose a substantial danger of causing imminent harm to the student or others (i.e., a direct threat) renders the student not otherwise qualified to continue his/her relationship with the University. A student who is not otherwise qualified to attend the University is not entitled to reasonable accommodations as a result of the disability.
A direct threat exists when a student poses a significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. A significant risk constitutes a high probability of substantial harm. Significance will be determined by:
- The duration of the risk;
- The nature and severity of the potential harm;
- The likelihood that the potential harm will occur; and
- The imminence of the potential harm.
Determining whether a student poses a direct threat requires an objective and individualized assessment and due process hearing. The assessment shall be based on a reasonable medical or mental health judgment, other relevant objective evidence and the totality of the circumstances. This standard also applies to hearings on the reinstatement of a student who has been withdrawn.
- If a student has a disability that has been properly recognized by the University, and the student engaged in behavior that is deemed disruptive but not likely to lead to imminent harm, the University may provide reasonable accommodations in an effort to mediate the effects of the disability on the student's participation in University programs. The Dean of Student Success, in consultation with other professionals on and off campus, will develop an accommodation plan that affords the student a reasonable opportunity to continue at the University while supporting the need to maintain an academic environment that is orderly, civil, and conducive to learning.
- If the student continues to cause significant disruption to the University environment even with appropriate accommodations, the student may be subject to involuntary withdrawal proceedings as defined above.
Status of Code of Conduct Proceedings
If the student has been accused of a violation of the Conduct Code, but it appears that the student is not capable of understanding the nature or wrongfulness of the action, this medical withdrawal policy may be activated prior to issuance of a determination in the conduct process. If the student is ordered to be medically withdrawn from the university, or another action is taken under these provisions following a finding that the student's behavior was the result of a lack of capacity, such action terminates the pending conduct action. If the student is found not to be subject to medical withdrawal or other action under this section, conduct proceedings may be resumed.
Referral for Assessment or Evaluation
The Dean of Student Success (or designee) or Behavioral Response Team may refer or mandate a student for evaluation by a campus or independent licensed psychiatrist or psychologist (LPC, LCSW, etc.) chosen or approved by the institution if it is believed that the student may meet the criteria set forth in this policy or if a student subject to conduct proceedings provides notification that information concerning a mental/behavioral disorder will be introduced. The referral for evaluation will require the student to provide the results to the appropriate administrators.
Students referred or mandated for evaluation will be so informed in writing with personal and/or delivery via KSU student email, and will be given a copy of these standards and procedures. The evaluation must be completed within 5 business days from the date of the referral letter, unless an extension is granted by the office of the Dean of Student Success (or designee). A student who fails to complete the evaluation in accordance with these standards and procedures, or who fails to provide the evaluative results to the appropriate administrators, may be withdrawn on an interim basis, or referred for conduct action, or both.
Involuntary Medical Withdrawal Hearing Procedures
If the medical evaluation or administrative assessment supports the need for medical withdrawal, a hearing will be scheduled before the Dean of Student Success (or designee) who may consult with appropriate medical or mental health professionals (e.g., representatives of the Student Health Center or Counseling & Psychological Services Center). The student will be informed via their KSU student email account, which is the official means of communication between the university and its students. The student will be given at least 2 business days prior to the hearing to independently review the psychological or psychiatric evaluation and any other evidence that will be presented in support of involuntary withdrawal. In addition, the student will be notified of who is expected to present information at the hearing, and is expected to notify the Dean of Student Success (or designee) in advance of any witnesses the student expects to bring. The student is entitled to call medical experts or other expert witnesses, and the university may do so as well. The student may consult with an advisor throughout this process, and the Dean of Student Success (or designee) has the discretion to permit an advisor to be present at the hearing. The role of the advisor is to advise rather than actively represent the student.
If the evaluation does not support medical withdrawal, the Dean of Student Success (or designee) will notify the student within 5 business days. If other action is pending, the appropriate individuals will be notified and will proceed with their actions. The student and the student's representatives may present information for or against involuntary medical withdrawal and will be given the opportunity to ask questions of others presenting information. The hearing will be conversational and non-adversarial; however the Dean of Student Success or other designated person in charge of the hearing will exercise active control over the proceeding, to include deciding who may present information. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. Anyone who disrupts the hearing may be excluded. A written decision will be rendered by the Dean of Student Success (or designee) within 5 business days, stating the reasons for its determination. The decision will be delivered via their KSU student email account. If the student is withdrawn, the notification will include information concerning when reapplication may be made, as well as specifying any conditions of reinstatement. The decision of the Dean of Student Success, or designee, is subject to appeal to the Vice President for Student Success. A recording of the proceeding will be kept.
A decision in favor of withdrawal can be appealed within 5 business days of receiving the written decision of withdrawal. The withdrawal takes effect immediately unless otherwise specified. Appeal requests must be in writing and will be delivered to the appeals officer, who is the Vice President for Student Success (or designee).
If the appeals officer determines that one of the three bases for appeal, below, has been met, a review by the appeals officer will be conducted, at the discretion of the appeals officer. This is the final level of review in the matter.
Except as required to explain the basis of new information, appeals are typically limited to review of the record or transcript of the initial hearing and supporting documents. At the discretion of the appeals officer, witnesses may be called, or a rehearing held, for one or more of the following purposes:
- There were procedural errors in the process (a procedure error occurs when there is not substantial compliance with KSU policies and procedures as published on the KSU website);
- Significant new information or evidence becomes available that was not available or known to exist as of the hearing date and that evidence would likely have influenced the original decision;
- There were substantive errors in the decision (a substantive error occurs when there was no evidence to justify a withdrawal decision or other means of supporting the student that may have prevented the need for withdrawal were not adequately considered)
The Vice President of Student Success (or designee) may support or change a decision and/or modify a withdrawal determination, making changes only if a compelling justification to do so exists. The appeal outcome will be communicated via the student's KSU email account and will typically be issued no more than 5 business days after the appeal is requested.
A student seeking reinstatement who has been medically withdrawn must petition the Dean of Student Success (or designee) for reinstatement, and may not reenter the university without providing competent medical evidence that:
- the medical/psychological condition no longer exists; or
- the medical/psychological condition is sufficiently under treatment so as to remove any substantial likelihood of reoccurrence of the situation which caused medical withdrawal; and
- the student is no longer a direct threat.
In addition to the information that a student seeking reinstatement submits, the university may require the student to undergo an evaluation by a licensed physician or psychologist (LPC, LCSW, etc.) of the university's choosing. The results of such evaluation must be disclosed to appropriate university personnel.
In addition to any requirements set forth by the University for readmission under this policy, the general readmission policies and procedures of the university will be followed. A medical withdrawal is not considered a conduct action, though a prior medical withdrawal may be considered in subsequent conduct hearings involving the student.