The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for the overall quality of student life at CSUN. The Vice President and his staff provide coordination and direction to the Division of Student Affairs and work closely with other components of the University to ensure that programs, services, policies and procedures foster the development of students and the achievement of their academic and career goals.
The office is responsible for the coordination of Freshman and Honors Convocations and University Commencement Exercises. Matters related to student conduct and academic integrity also fall within the purview of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Departments within the Division of Student Affairs include the Career Center, Student Housing and Conference Services, Student Development and International Programs, Student Health Center, Disability Resources and Educational Services, Student Outreach and Recruitment, University Counseling Services, the National Center on Deafness and Financial Aid.
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs also provides administrative oversight to the University Student Union/Student Recreation Center and the Associated Students. All students, particularly those unaware of which University office or resource would best be able to aid them with their problems or concerns, are welcome to visit the office for appropriate referral and advisement.
The Associated Students is the primary advocate for students at CSUN and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to create and enhance a spirited, learning-focused campus environment. All registered students are members of the Associated Students of CSUN. This incorporated campus entity is governed by elected student leaders including a President, Vice President and a 22-member Senate. The Senate sets policy, governs financial matters, provides student service programs, provides input on University policies and recommends students to serve on University advisory boards. All students are assessed a semester-based fee that generates revenue to support more than 200 clubs and organizations, leadership programs, Intercollegiate Athletics and Financial Aid. Associated Students provides a Ticket Office, Recreation Sports, the Children’s Center, the Campus Recycling Program, student health insurance and a wide variety of cultural programs, concerts, films and speakers.
Disability Resources and Educational Services provides a variety of support services to empower students, foster independence, promote achievement of realistic career and educational goals and assist students to discover, develop and demonstrate their full potential and abilities. The department provides academic support under federal and state regulations to ensure full access to programs and activities at CSUN. These services include:
Students who wish to utilize services and obtain academic accommodations must register with Disability Resources and Educational Services.
The Career Center helps students to explore majors and careers; make informed choices; clarify life and career goals; and prepare for the transition from graduation to employment or graduate school. We assist students in finding a direction for their studies by connecting academic and career plans.
At the Career Center, students learn to identify their strengths, interests, traits, and values; investigate their options; practice career skills; and prepare for the job search. Our services and programs engage students in experiential and reflective activities; research; seminars; peer mentoring; work-based learning opportunities; and counseling. The Career Library contains resources on self-discovery; choosing majors; goal setting; careers and industries; trends; salaries; and job search skills.
The Career Center’s active website features upcoming career events, news and the link to the Pathways website. Through Pathways, students can explore the relationship between self-knowledge, majors and occupations; find internship and career resources; and make choices. Students learn how to be successful at career planning through how-to video workshops, learning from peers and experts, and interactive online activities. Students also can access our online career services powered by NACElink to find current jobs and internships, on-campus and work study jobs, on-campus interviews and company information sessions. The Resume Builder and Interview Stream modules help students create and upload resumes and cover letters, and practice interviewing using a webcam.
Services are provided at no charge to currently enrolled CSU students. Fees are charged to students enrolled through Tseng College, CSUN alumni and graduates from accredited 4-year universities. Online job search services are free to CSUN graduates who join the Alumni Association.
Under the joint sponsorship of the University and Associated Students, the Children’s Center provides early childhood education and care for the children of students formally admitted and currently enrolled at CSUN. The Children’s Center has the capacity to care for 140 children (ages 18 months to 5 years) during the hours of 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Because the Children’s Center is a state campus child development center, some subsidized (free or low cost) openings may be available. Also, there is subsidized care for low-income student parents days, evenings, weekends and holidays with children age 3 months to 12 years in our network of family child care homes. Applications are available at the Center or on the website.
The University offers a broad program of competitive sports for both male and female student athletes. Teams compete at the NCAA Division I level, with most sports competing in the Big West Conference. For more information, consult the Intercollegiate Athletics section.
Since 1962, the National Center on Deafness has served students who are Deaf and hard of hearing at the University level. NCOD, internationally recognized for its programs, provides innovative orientation programs, direct communication (sign) classes, full communication access, interpreting, captioning, note taking, tutoring and academic advisement to students who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Each semester, approximately 180 students who are Deaf and hard of hearing have access to University classes, functions and student-sponsored co-curricular activities, including the Deaf CSUNians club and other student leadership programs. Student assistantship opportunities also are available. To receive services and accommodations through NCOD, students must register with the office.
Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, NCOD, through PEPNet 2.0 (www.pepnet.org), offers technical advice and training on how to provide quality services to postsecondary programs serving students who are Deaf or hard of hearing nationwide. DeafNCOD also operates a library and resource center with an extensive collection of publications and media pertaining to the Deaf community. NCOD also provides in-service training for service providers through its monthly seminars and Summer Institute.
Personal safety escorts are available Monday through Thursday from dusk until 11 p.m. during the Fall and Spring semesters, excluding campus breaks and holidays.
The University Police Department provides law-enforcement services to the University community, and is open 24 hours a day/seven days a week. All reports of criminal activity, fire, injury or hazards should be reported to the department immediately. The Department is staffed with sworn peace officers that have full police powers and are trained and equipped to handle emergencies on the campus. All state laws, codes and regulations are enforced on the campus. In addition, the Department is the answering point for the 911 system on campus. Dialing 911 on any campus phone, pay phone or residence phone places you in contact with the Department, which has the capability of summoning the appropriate aid to help you. The Police Department provides many programs and services to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m-5 p.m.
Parking, Traffic and Vehicle Regulations: Parking Services is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the campus parking facilities. Parking Services requires all vehicles that park on campus to display a valid permit. Students must obtain the appropriate parking permit before parking in a designated “Student” parking lot. For your convenience, you may also utilize parking meters. Keep in mind that permits are not valid at parking meters. Parking meters on campus accept nickels, dimes and quarters. One-day parking permits also are available. These may be purchased from the dispensers found on the lots and accept credit cards. Daily permits also an be purchased with cash only at any one of the 3 Information Booths on campus. Semester and academic year permits must be affixed to the vehicle front inside windshield, lower corner, passenger side. The permits are easily removed and are repositionable. To be considered valid, all permits must be completely visible, including any serial numbers and security features.
It is strongly recommended that during the first week of the semester, students arrive on campus up to an hour before their first class since parking near the academic core is limited. A summary of the campus parking rules and regulations may be obtained at the campus information booths, at the Parking Services office or online at www-admn.csun.edu/parking.
The Office of Student Development and International Programs (SDIP) promotes the development of individual students, enabling them to pursue a challenging variety of roles and leadership opportunities, function in a wide range of environments and appreciate the great diversity of individual differences while pursing their academic goals. We prepare students for an international, multicultural society and promote an understanding and appreciation of the peoples, natural environments, cultures, economies and diversity of the world.
Located in the University Student Union (USU) directly across (south) from “The Freudian Sip”
The Student Development Office is responsible for the new student orientation programs, 8 college commencement ceremonies and the honors convocation, freshman convocation and the DIG LA program (a program that links classroom learning to cultural, theatrical and experiential learning in the Los Angeles community).
The MIC is responsible for dynamic co-curricular programs that allow students to find their place at CSUN. The office supports more than 300 clubs and organizations, including more than 50 Greek organizations. Services include campus time, place and manner requests and processing, club and organization advising and program support, Greek life advising and program support, student volunteer programs and club sport advisement. Numerous opportunities for community volunteering, as well as other leadership options, can be found in the Unified We Serve Volunteer program, including the President’s Volunteer service Award.
The IESC provides approximately 2,500 international students with immigration advisement and provides cross-cultural programming to positively underscore important issues of diversity. In addition, IESC provides services to the study abroad and exchange programs through allowing students the opportunity to explore another country and/or another institution within the United States.
The Klotz Student Health Center (SHC) is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to CSUN students and to the University Community. SHC services and educational programs are designed to help students maintain and improve their health and wellness so they can better achieve their academic and professional goals.
All SHC services are provided to currently matriculated students at little or no cost. Basic primary care provided by nurses, physicians and nurse practitioners is free. X-rays, lab tests performed in the SHC laboratory, health education, men’s and women’s specialists, nutrition counseling, podiatry, sports medicine, substance-use counseling/referral and smoking cessation counseling also are offered for free. For a nominal charge, the SHC also provides acupuncture, chiropractic, dentistry, dermatology, specialty gynecology, massage therapy, optometry, orthopedics, physical therapy, and travel and immunization services, as well as a full-service pharmacy for prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Treatment of Minors: CSUN students under the age of 18 must have a signed Consent for Medical Treatment of Minors prior to receipt of services. This form can be obtained at the Klotz Student Health Center or from the website. This requirement does not apply to emancipated minors who can document their status.
After-Hours Nurse Triage: After hours, evenings, weekends and University holidays, a free telephone nurse service (Fonemed) contracted by the Klotz Student Health Center can answer medical questions or direct currently enrolled students to open health-care resources at their own cost. (This service cannot make or cancel appointments with the Student Health Center, review immunizatiown requirements, clear registration holds or address any non-medical questions, such as CSUN academic policies and procedures.) To reach Fonemed, call (877) 678-3999.
For Emergency Care, please dial 911. Treatment at a hospital emergency room would be at the student’s expense. 24-hour emergency care on a fee-for-service basis is available at:
As per the CSU Chancellor’s Executive Order 803, immunization for or immunity to Measles/Rubella is required for all students born after Jan. 1, 1957, and immunization for or immunity to Hepatitis B is required for all first-time CSU freshmen age 18 or younger.
The requirement for verification/immunization for Measles/Rubella must be fulfilled by the end of a student’s first semester. The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of 3 shots and takes 6 months to complete. Verification of Hepatitis B immunity or Hepatitis B immunization must be completed before the end of a student’s second semester. Students will be unable to register for classes until these requirements are met.
Students enrolled in a California public school for the 7th grade or above after July 1, 1999, will be considered to have satisfied these requirements. All other students must bring written proof of immunization from a school transcript or a licensed health-care provider, such as a doctor or clinic, to the Klotz Student Health Center. If a student does not have written proof, he or she can obtain a blood test to prove immunity at the health center at low cost or receive the required immunization(s) at the SHC. Students who decline vaccinations for religious, personal or medical reasons must sign a waiver that may require the student’s exclusion from class in case of an epidemic.
College students (especially freshmen living in student housing) are at an increased risk for meningococcal disease. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that college students understand the risks of meningococcal disease and the benefits of immunization. Students are encouraged to visit the SHC website for more detailed information about meningitis and to strongly consider getting the vaccinated. The vaccine is offered at cost at the Klotz Student Health Center.
Students not covered by an individual, family, employer or other health insurance plan are strongly advised to purchase health insurance that will cover the costs of services beyond the scope of the Klotz Student Health Center (such as emergency services, hospitalization, maternity care and surgery). A low-cost health insurance plan, sponsored by Associated Students, is available for CSUN students to purchase. For more information and an application, visit www.csuhealthlink.com
The Klotz Student Health Center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC).
“Success Lives Here”—that’s the motto of Student Housing at CSUN as our residents take advantage of the tools, resources and relationships that make the most of their college careers. CSUN resident students enjoy the independence of living on campus combined with the benefits of a diverse, learning-centered residence hall community. Student housing amenities include:
The Suites at University Park are a unique living concept designed for first-year students. Each suite is a furnished, comfortable 2-person bedroom with a semi-private bath. Every group of 16 suites has its own “hub” of living and study lounges.
The Apartments at University Park feature furnished 2-bedroom apartments complete with living and dining area, kitchen or study area, bathroom and private balcony. The Apartments at Univeristy Park are excellent choices for first-year or returning students.
The University Village Apartments provide housing for students with dependent children and/or a spouse/partner. Located in a park-like setting at the north end of campus, these unfurnished one- and two-bedroom apartments offer convenience, comfort and peace of mind.
Meal Plans: A variety of meal plan options are available at the Satellite Student Union. Students who choose or are assigned to an apartment without a kitchen are required to purchase a meal plan. Any student living in an apartment with a kitchen is welcomed to purchase a meal plan, but it is not required. For more information on meal plans, visit The University Corporation website at www.csun.edu/universitycorporation/residential.htm.
Virtual Tours: You can arrange for a virtual tour of living facilities by contacting Student Housing at the number listed above.
Living Learning Communities (LLC) and Themed Living Communities (TLC): LLCs and TLCs are available exclusively to CSUN student housing residents. Students live in halls and on floors designated for their communities. Your roommates and neighbors share the major, interest or defining life experience that makes you all members of your community. Each community offers its own scheduled events, academic support and social activities.
Residential Life Program: An extensive residential-life program, coordinated by a professional staff, promotes the academic, personal and social growth of resident students through the implementation of many different programs and activities. A variety of paid leadership positions are available in the Office of Student Housing, such as resident advisor, academic mentor and office assistant.
Resident Halls Association (R.H.A.) and Park Councils: Residents can develop their leadership skills through involvement in the Residence Hall Association and Park Councils. The organizations provide students with the opportunity to participate in residence hall governance.
The CSUN Testing Center meets the testing needs of the students, faculty and members of the community. These include placement in classes, proving skill competency and providing graduate and undergraduate admission-qualification certification.
University Counseling Services (UCS) offers free, confidential short-term counseling to students and consultation services to the campus community. All services are designed to assist students in achieving emotional well-being and academic success, as well as help to create a campus environment that is sensitive to student’s mental health needs. The following lists examples of services and programs currently available:
The University Student Union, Inc. (USU) at CSUN provides 2 locations where the University experience is enhanced through events, recreation, volunteer and job opportunities, various food options, study areas, computer labs and TV lounges, as well as the Pride Center and Veterans Resource Center. The main USU facility is located on the east end of campus adjacent to Zelzah Avenue, and features the Student Recreation Center (SRC), which opened January 2012.
The SRC is a 138,000-square-foot facility that houses a variety of exercise and leisure activities amid state-of-the-art equipment. It features weight and fitness zones, a rock wall, a 3-court gymnasium, a multi-activity court, fitness and group exercise studios, a racquetball court, an indoor track and a recreational/lap swimming pool, as well as sport clubs and outdoor equipment rentals and programs.
The Satellite Student Union (SSU) is located at the north end of campus next to the residence halls and features study spaces, a computer lab, a dining facility and meeting rooms. Each USU facility was designed to enhance the total university experience.
The Office of Veteran Student Services acts as a liaison to the Veterans Administration Regional Office for veterans or dependents. The office provides information and assistance regarding certification of benefits, tutorial services, V.A. work-study, advance pay and problems related to V.A. educational benefits. Academic and V.A. counseling also is provided.
The CSUN Women’s Research and Resource Center is a warm, inviting, comfortable place for CSUN students to learn, grow, hang out between classes, volunteer or find resources and referrals for a variety of issues and challenges women face. While the Center specializes in issues and situations particular to women’s experiences, we openly welcome both male and female students to use and enjoy our space and resources. The Center also provides a resource lending library with more than 1,000 women’s-studies and gender-based holdings. Each semester, the Center offers a variety of meetings and special events including guest speakers, film screenings, awareness rallies and more. The Women’s Research and Resource Center participates in a wide array of political and social campaigns and supports students in any academic endeavor.