Division of Student Affairs
Kennesaw State University’s Division of Student Affairs prepares students for their future by fostering learning beyond the classroom through innovative and transformative experiences. To learn more about the division, visit: http://studentaffairs.kennesaw.edu/.
Office of the Dean of Students
The Dean of Students staff provides support, advocacy and resources to help maximize student success at KSU and beyond. The functions of the office include student rights and responsibilities, problem resolution, behavioral and crisis response, administrative emergency withdrawals, policy review and compliance, voter registration and education, civic learning and democratic engagement, emergency retention scholarship, student handbook, Student Activities Budget Advisory Committee (SABAC), Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Education and Prevention Coalition.
The Office of the Dean of Students includes:
- Behavioral Case Management
- Parent and Family Programs
- Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI)
- Student Government Association (SGA)
- Student Leadership and Service
- Student Life: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Activities, Student Media, Student Center Operations, Student Organization Support
395 Cobb Ave. NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
For more information visit: deanofstudents.kennesaw.edu
Parent and Family Programs
Parent and Family Programs provides year-long programming and information for parents of KSU students to feel involved, informed and invested. Beyone the comprehensive orientation experience, this also includes coordination of the KSU Parent and Family Association (PFA) membership program, printed publications and a variety of electronic communications including monthly newsletters, and hosting large scale events including Parent and Family Weekend as well as other event opportunities.
To contact us:
Carmichael Student Center, Suite 172
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 departments, 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 Assistant Dean of Students for Behavioral Case Management, 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: brt.kennesaw.edu.
Student Leadership and Service organizes and implements co-curricular and extra-curricular leadership development and service programs to help students develop the essential skills needed for a successful future. Through engaging programs and experiences focused on small-group interaction, students will increase their awareness of self and others, their understanding of complex social challenges, and their ability to engage with their campus and communities. Student Leadership and Service programs and activities expand learning beyond the classroom, enriching the development of core competencies such as critical self-reflection, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, self-management, and civic responsibility. Core programs and activities include are but not limited to:
- Odyssey Peer Mentoring, Engaged Owl Leaders, Civic Engagement Team and the Exchange Leaders
- Volunteerism, Alternative Breaks, Service Saturdays, Day of Service, Constitution Week, Field Trip Fridays, Global Goals initiatives
- Leadership trainings, workshops and conferences for any KSU student including various student groups such as Student Government Association, Registered Student Organizations, Honors, and ASCEND
Students participating in the Student Leadership and Service programs and activities develop their personal capacity to serve others and engage with real world problems. For a list of current programs please visit the Student Leadership and Service website at: https://leadserve.kennesaw.edu/
The Carmichael Student Center
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: scai.kennesaw.edu
The Department of Career Planning and Development 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 Department has two main offices - in House 48 (and soon to be in the new Academic Learning Center), and on the first floor of the Student Center on the Marietta Campus, Suite A160. The phone number is 470-578-6555. http://careers.kennesaw.edu/
Services provided include:
- Resume writing assistance
- Experiential learning opportunities (Cooperative Education and Internships)
- Videotaped practice interviewing
- Career search strategies
- Internet career search assistance: careers.kennesaw.edu
- Handshake (a web-based career tool which enables the student (or alumnus) to create a resume and upload it to the Career Service database for referral to employees)
- Handshake Jobs Postings: (hundreds of positions of all types are posted on the Handshake 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 offices for available positions each year, including internships and co-ops)
- Career Fairs and Events: Eight major career fairs are held each year: two general career fairs (one in each semester), two multi-day STEM fairs (one in each semester), an accounting career fair, a non-profit and government fair, a nursing and health sciences fair, and an education fair. The Department 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 Planning and Development 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.
Sports & Recreation
Participating in programs offered by the Department of Sports and Recreation can be one of the most memorable and engaging experiences at Kennesaw State for a student. Our programs provide students a wealth of opportunities to compete at various levels, enhance leadership skills, socialize, develop positive fitness practices, explore the outdoors, discover resources that influence well-being, and cultivate a connection to the university. In addition to providing programs and services, our top notch professional and student staff manage operations of several facilities to include the award-winning Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center (Kennesaw campus), the Recreation & Wellness Center (Marietta campus), 6 beautiful synthetic turf fields along with the Owls Nest and The Perch at the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park, as well as the disc golf course, and bike fix-it stations. We employ a number of students for various student staff positions that range from facility attendants to sport officials to fitness instructors. Visit our website for more information about our programs, services, facilities and/or employment opportunities for enrolled students: sportsrec.kennesaw.edu. Students need a valid KSU ID and a completed waiver to access the facilities and programs.
Under the direction of the Department of Sports and Recreation, Club Sports are student-initiated organizations led by students with a common interest in a sport or activity, and exist to allow competitive opportunities for teams to play against other Club teams from around the Southeast and country. Clubs may be recreational, competitive, or some combination thereof. All Club teams are student initiated and student-managed, allowing clubs members numerous opportunities for leadership development, decision-making, financial management, and other transferable skills. The actual success and strength of each club is dependent on effective leadership of the Club officers and the degree of involvement of its club members. Kennesaw State University has approximately 40 active clubs; new Clubs are added based on student interest and desire to facilitate the process. All participants in Club Sports must be fee-paying, degree seeking KSU students, maintain a MINIMUM 2.0 GPA, and be in good academic standing.
Please visit: http://sportsrec.kennesaw.edu/clubsports/ to get additional information or contacts for individual teams.
Housing and Residence Life
Kennesaw State University Housing and Residence Life offers 9 distinct communities that 5,200 students call their home away from home. These communities are staffed by individuals who provide student support services through community development, residential curriculum, living-learning communities, academic support, diversity initiatives, crisis and emergency response, care and conduct outreach, and leadership development. We have facilities, finance and operations staff that support our efforts to provide quality customer service to our residents. Our diverse communities - Austin Residence Complex, Commons Apartments, Courtyard Apartments, Columns, Hornet Village Suites, Howell Hall, KSU Place, University Village, and University Village Suites - offer a variety of apartment, suite-style, and traditional floor plans with units that are fully furnished and with individual secure access. We have multiple Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) that establish a greater connection and engagement in the on-campus housing experience and connect to the academic mission. Programs for these communities are specifically designed to create an in-depth experience for students that engages them in the greater campus community and connects to the classroom. For more information visit: ksuhousing.kennesaw.edu, email: email@example.com, or call: 470-578-5483. You can also check us out on social media @HousingKSU. Love Where You Live. Live KSU.
Kennesaw State University is home to over 30 national fraternities and sororities, each of which fall under one of four umbrella Greek Councils: the College Panhellenic Conference (CPC), Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). To join, each of the fraternities and sororities conduct recruitment and intake events, activities, and informational sessions at various times during the year. For more information, please visit: http://fsl.kennesaw.edu.
The Department of Student Activities oversees all RSOs, the Marietta Activities Council (MAC), 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, Peak feature Magazine, and Share Literary and Art Magazine.
Registered Student Organizations
Kennesaw State’s RSOs are organized into several categories: academic & professional, applied academic competition teams, community service, cultural & global, faith based spiritual, fraternities and sororities, graduate, honor societies, military, performance & fine arts, political, pre-professional, publications & media, social action, and special interest.
OwlLife: owllife.kennesaw.edu is our personalized Campus Labs Engage site, a database that chronicles student organization profiles, membership rosters, budgets, and events, as well as other engagement opportunities from around campus. OwlLife makes 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 Kennesaw Activities Board (KAB)
KAB is a student organization that has responsibility for providing a wide variety of programming for the entire Kennesaw campus. Events include: Theme Weeks, KSU Day, Comedy/Musical Shows, Concerts, and other events throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://ksu-kab.wix.com/ksukab.
The Marietta Activities Council (MAC)
MAC is a student organization that has responsibility for providing a wide variety of programming for the entire Marietta campus. Events include: Theme Weeks, Fall Carnival, Comedy/Musical Shows, Concerts, and other events throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://studentactivities.kennesaw.edu/studentorganizations/mac.php
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 Wednesdays at 7 PM 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: sga.kennesaw.edu.
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. The Peak, 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. For more information, please visit the website: studentmedia.kennesaw.edu.
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 264
The Cultural and Community Centers (CCC) enrich the student experience through programs and culturally relevant services that empower students in their identity, promote cultural competence, and enhance practical and professional skills.
CCC provides specific support and programming around first-generation student success, gender and sexuality; international student support; and race, culture, & ethnicity. In addition, CCC carries out its mission through the work of four dynamic student resource centers: Cultural Awareness Resource Center (CARC), Global Village (GV), LGBTQ Resource Center (LGBTQRC), and the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). All CCC Centers are open to all students.
Cultural Awareness Resource Center (CARC)
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 263
The Cultural Awareness and Resource Center (CARC) utilizes engaging student programs to create and sustain an inclusive environment that promotes educational excellence through multicultural experiences. The Cultural Awareness and Resource Center sponsors academic, cultural, leadership, and social programs that enrich the educational experience of all Kennesaw State University Students, emphasizing topics of race and ethnicity.
Global Village (GV)
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 255
The Global Village (GV) seeks to promote international awareness and global learning through engaging student programs, services, and opportunities for cross-cultural engagement between international and domestic KSU students. In addition, the center sponsors academic, cultural, leadership, and social programs that enrich the educational experience of all Kennesaw State University students, with an emphasis on developing global competence through intercultural engagement.
LGBTQ Resource Center (LGBTQRC)
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 253
The LGBTQ Resource Center (LGBTQRC) utilizes engaging student programs to create and sustain an inclusive environment that promotes educational excellence through multicultural experiences. The LGBTQ Resource Center sponsors academic, cultural, leadership, and social programs that enrich the educational experience of all Kennesaw State University Students, emphasizing topics of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Women’s Resource Center (WRC)
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room 164
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) promotes awareness of women and gender equity issues and provides opportunities for cross-cultural engagement and exploration of complex intersections of identity. In addition, the Women’s Resource Center sponsors academic, cultural, leadership, and social programs that enrich the educational experience of all Kennesaw State University students, emphasizing the experiences of women-identifying students.
Student Advocacy addresses student concerns regarding campus civility, student welfare, and other issues that may compromise a culture of belonging at KSU, in direct accordance with the Kennesaw State Owl Creed. This office provides impartial perspective to assist currently enrolled students with resolving problems or concerns. We provide support to students seeking to resolve challenges they face while enrolled at KSU by:
- helping students to examine resolution options and managing expectations
- making appropriate referrals and informal inquiries
- coaching students’ development of effective communication techniques
- providing conflict mediation and educational workshops upon request
The scope of services provided to enrolled students includes:
- Academic Consultation
- Personal Guidance
- Education and Outreach
Please visit our website for more information, and to submit concerns: http://advocacy.kennesaw.edu
Location: KSU Marietta Campus, Student Center, Room 230
Owl Life: https://owllife.kennesaw.edu/organization/studentadvocacy
FB: @ksuadvocacy: https://www.facebook.com/ksuadvocacy/
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) provides a wide range of services aimed at fostering the developmental and emotional well-being of KSU students. CPS provides individual and group counseling for personal, academic, and career-decision concerns. We provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment, as well as case management for students needing multiple services. Additionally, CPS staff educate the campus community about good mental health practices through participation in on-campus events and delivering workshops and classroom presentations.
CPS has offices on both campuses and all appointments can be made by calling: 470-578-6600, emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by stopping by either office. On the Kennesaw campus we are located in Kennesaw Hall, room 2401, and in the KSU Place Clubhouse. On the Marietta Campus we are located in Suite 170 of the Student Center. Each office offers walk-in hours, as well as in-person and virtual options for all services. Additional information about all of our services and workshops can be found at: counseling.kennesaw.edu
Student Disability Services
Location: Kennesaw Hall, Room 1205
Location: Student Center, Room 160
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 Student Disability Services to develop an individual assistance plan. Certification of disability is required. Academic accommodations and services, 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 SDS by phone or email: email@example.com 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.
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 or emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 recovery-based programs and engaging in collaborative research and education. The Center for Young Adult Addiction Recovery strives to improve knowledge and understanding of young adult addiction through addiction recovery research.
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 Kennesaw at University Village Building 6000 and in Marietta at the JM Wilson Student Center A272. Our website: http://cyaar.kennesaw.edu/
Health Promotion and Wellness
The mission of Health Promotion and Wellness is to improve the balance of the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, environmental, and spiritual development of students through awareness and education. Health Promotion and Wellness strives to provide an environment that is supportive of positive health practices.
Health Promotion and Wellness promotes student health through four signature program areas:
Nutrition Services: Students can meet with a registered and licensed dietitian to get an assessment of their current eating habits and discuss nutrition for their current lifestyle, medical conditions, or other needs. Students will receive expert advice to encourage a healthy relationship with food, which may include intuitive eating education, nutrition for medical conditions, getting help with an eating disorder, sports nutrition, or other topics regarding nutrition. Cooking demonstrations are available for students to learn how to prepare easy, nutritious, and budget-friendly meals on their own. Students will not only learn new recipes, but also basic culinary skills, healthy eating, and food safety tips.
Peer Health Outreach and Wellness Leaders (OWLs): Student volunteers who are trained and have obtained a national certification in developing, implementing, and evaluating fun interactive wellness programs for fellow students. The Peer Health OWLs make the campus healthier, safer, and more enjoyable.
Health Education Programs: Health education programs are provided to meet the health needs of students. Program focus areas are identified based on the results of the National College Health Assessment and may include but are not limited to stress management, alcohol awareness, healthy relationships, sexual health, nutrition, cooking demonstrations, body image, CPR/AED/first aid, physical activity, and general wellness.
Wellness Peer Mentors: Wellness Peer Mentors are students trained on a wide variety of helping skills that will prepare them to coach students struggling with some of the top impediments to mental health and well-being on campus. Coaching topics include emotional wellbeing, healthy eating, physical activity, and nicotine cessation. Appointments can be made online and can be conducted virtually or in person in the Carmichael Student Center, room 261.
Kennesaw location: Student Recreation and Activities Center, Suite 1200
Marietta location: Wilson Student Center, room 260
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Education and Prevention Coalition
Mission Statement: Engage the university community to make responsible and educated choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in support of the standards of the KSU community.
- To provide and support clear ATOD policies for the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) in order to promote an educational environment free from alcohol and tobacco abuse and other drug use
- To develop and disseminate educational information for members of the campus community regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues in a collegiate environment for the purpose of prevention of alcohol and tobacco abuse and other drug use.
- To make available counseling, treatment, and outside referrals if necessary to assist members of the campus community overcome ATOD 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. Please visit our website for further information: http://cyaar.kennesaw.edu/
Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment Center (CARE)
Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment Services (CARE)
CARE Services consist of four programs, three of which students can use for assistance and/or volunteer opportunities. These services are:
- KSU CARES, offering support to students who have experienced homelessness, food insecurity, and/or the foster care system. Included is the new ASCEND program, a housing cohort where students can live together on campus.
- Emergency Assistance, supporting students in overcoming unforeseen hardships that hinder their successful academic progress.
- KSU AmeriCorps VISTA Network, working to ultimately reduce barriers to resources, which in turn decreases individuals’ experience of poverty due to inability to access support.
For more information and to schedule an appointment online: care.kennesaw.edu
Carmichael Student Center, Room 172
Wilson Student Center, Room 184
Military and Veterans Services
Kennesaw State’s Military and Veteran Services is fully staffed by experienced veterans and offers a one-stop shop that is easily accessible and widely available to service members, veterans, and dependents. Our goal is to empower our military community with the tools necessary for accomplishing their academic goals. Through information sharing, referral services, and outreach programs, our Military and Veteran Services team seeks to provide an inclusive 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. Kennesaw State’s Military and Veteran Services is also the first and only campus in the state of Georgia to have a Veterans Affairs VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program. For more information on this program, you can visit here: https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/vsoc.asp.
For more information related to the various services that we offer, visit our web site at: http://mvs.kennesaw.edu/
Military and Veteran Services has two locations to serve you.
Rm 200, MD #2305
420 Bartow Ave.
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
Joe Mack Wilson Student Center
Rm 185, MD #9002
1100 South Marietta Pkwy
Marietta, GA 30060