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Student Services and Resources

The Bookstore offers new and used textbooks, school supplies, general books, magazines, class rings, and snack foods to its customers. The Bookstore also has an extensive line of emblematic clothing and gift items. Educationally priced software is available for purchase with current University identification. Services include book buy-back, book special orders, and UPS shipping. The Bookstore accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Amex, and Nautilus cards.

Textbooks at the Fort Walton Beach Campus and Eglin Air Force Base Center are sold at the UWF Bookstore operation next to the UWF Cashier station.

Through Cooperative Education and internships, the University Career Services helps students get career-related experience while they are in school, and assists students with their job search upon graduation. Career advisors help students with career decision-making and with developing job-search skills such as resume and cover letter writing or interviewing. Career Services also coordinates on-campus recruitment and career waves?a series of career events each fall and spring. Students can visit the Career Resources Library to check out books on employers, occupations, and job-search strategies, or to use PCs for career-related purposes. For more information, visit the Career Services website (http://uwf.edu/careers) or stop by Building 19, north foyer, during regular office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday?Friday).

The University Bookstore will cash personal checks for amounts up to $25 above the cost of any purchase of $2 or more.

Child care is available through the Educational Research Center for Child Development on a fee basis for children of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Regular enrollment is open to children who are six months old through kindergarten age. Age range is extended through ten years during the summer semester. While students are given priority in placement, prospective students are urged to make application for child care as early as possible. The center is staffed by professionals in the field of education and provides a broad range of learning experiences for each child and opportunities for research, internships, and supervised teaching experiences for University students. Visit the web at http://uwf.edu/childdev.

The Counseling Center offers a comprehensive range of services that include individual therapy, couple?s therapy, group therapy, vocational assessment/counseling, consultation regarding mental health issues, clinical training for emerging counselors/psychologists, and workshops or outreach focused on mental health issues.

Counseling is confidential. The Counseling Center provides services at the main campus as well as the Fort Walton Beach campus. For more information, please visit our website at http://uwf.edu/CounselingCenter/

Student Health and Wellness Education is offered through the Counseling Center and is the focal point on campus for mental health and wellness promotion. Student Health and Wellness Education offers programs on topics such as HIV/STD prevention, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention, and general mental health promotion to student groups, organizations, residence halls, and classes. In addition, we work collaboratively with other departments on campus to develop a culture at UWF in which students strive for physical and mental health.

Student Disability Resource Center provides a variety of auxiliary services for students with disabilities including sign language interpreting, exam accommodations, and assisting devices. For further information on services available for students with disabilities, contact Student Disability Resource Center at (850) 474-2387 (V/TDD) or visit our web site at http://uwf.edu/sdrc/.

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at the University of West Florida is dedicated to promoting a safe and healthy environment for all University students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Further information is available at uwf.edu/envhs/.

The Campus Escort Service is available to all University students, faculty, staff, and visitors upon request. The service is provided to any location on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Escorts are provided by police officers and security personnel. The service can be requested by calling 474-2415 or from any blue light security telephone on campus.

Dining Services on campus are located at:

University Commons ? Food Court, Wackadoo?s Grub and Brew, Quiznos, and Mama Leone?s

Pace Library ? Starbucks

HLES/Recreation Center ? Terra Juice

College of Professional Studies ? Sub Generation

Catering services for special functions are also available. Food is available in all areas on a cash basis and with a Nautilus Card. A variety of special savings on meal costs including meal plans are available to resident and nonresident students. Detailed information about campus dining may be obtained from the Office of University Dining Services.

The Student Health Center is a Medical Out-patient clinic, located on campus to provide medical care for all currently enrolled students, their spouses, and children. Staff includes RN Director, Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, two Nurses and three office staff. Service is available on a walk-in or appointment basis. Minimal charges are assessed for laboratory tests. Hours are 8 a.m.?5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A variety of University Housing options are available to students wishing to live on campus. We have two main areas of campus at UWF. Our Residence Halls (Southside Villages, Martin, Argo and Pace Halls) and our University Village Student Apartment Community (the Village or UVSA). We have a number of types of room styles, configurations, and rental rates.

Our Residence halls offer a variety of amenities including: a spiral staircase, courtyard area, student lounges, study areas, lobby areas, Area Offices, laundry facilities, bathrooms shared by two residents, small refrigerator/microwave units, utilities, local telephone, cable television, and internet access.

In addition to the Residence Halls, University Housing offers spaces within our ?Villages,? or UVSA East and West. These spaces consist of apartment-style accommodations for upper division students. Our Villages offer double occupancy and four person occupancy units in two and four person furnished apartments.

Residence Life staff, Resident Assistants (RAs), reside within the buildings to assist resident students in building communities as they navigate the university. These staff members assist in offering programming; educational, cultural, and social events in University Housing.

Resident students spaces within University Housing are furnished with items for each resident including: a bed, desk, and dresser. Some furnishing in the Village apartment spaces differs as there are also living rooms and some kitchen furniture.

The Contract Process
We offer Contracts on a first-come first-served basis in date order based on the date the Contract is received in our office. Prospective students are urged to submit their University Housing Contract as early as possible. Contracts are printed and begin to be distributed in mid March. The term of the Contract is an academic year. The University Housing Contract process is separate from the UWF admission process. Each student wishing to live on campus provides a prepayment and a processing fee when submitting the Contract to our Central Office. For information regarding University Housing please contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life at (850) 474-2463 or visit the housing website at www.uwf.edu/housing.

Information Technology Services, or ITS, is responsible for University-wide support of information technology. Part of ITS? mission is to provide UWF students with access to quality information technology services and resources. ITS provides support to students primarily in the areas listed below. Information on all ITS services is available on the ?IT Help? tab in ARGUS.

Technology Orientation
As part of new student orientation, all new UWF students receive training on computer lab facilities and services. Students who have been admitted to the University for the current or a future semester may sign up for a UWF Orientation session. Students may access Orientation Registration from LightHouse (http://lighthouse.uwf.edu).

ArgoNet Account & Services
ArgoNet is UWF?s secure networked information environment. ArgoNet provides all enrolled UWF students with access to the ARGUS web portal, eLearning, ArgoAir wireless network, ArgoNet computer labs, eDesktop virtual lab, centralized file storage, secure file transfer protocol (FTP), laser printing, electronic mail, world-wide web publishing, Internet access, and remote dial-in access to the Internet and UWF network. Each UWF student automatically receives an ArgoNet account upon enrolling at the University. Students must activate their ?new user? ArgoNet account from http://argus.uwf.edu. Students may manage their ArgoNet account and services and monitor their printing, email and file storage quotas from the ?My ArgoNet? tab in ARGUS.

ARGUS is the University?s secure, single entry point for fast and easy access to web-based services. ARGUS is the place to go for campus announcements, Student News, ArgoMail electronic mail, course registration, eLearning courses, grades, eDesktop virtual lab, and much more. Each student is granted access to ARGUS upon enrolling at UWF and activating their ?new user? ArgoNet account. Students may access ARGUS from the UWF home page Quicklinks at http://uwf.edu.

Student Computer Labs and eDesktop Virtual Lab
ITS operates two general-purpose student computer labs. The SAIL (Student Access Information Lab) facility, located in Building 79 on the Pensacola Campus, houses over 115 Windows XP workstations and provides scanning and laser printing services, file storage, and access to general productivity and course-specific software packages (see http://uwf.edu/computerlabs/sail). SAIL technicians are present to assist students in using lab facilities. SAIL is open for student use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when the University is open.

A smaller lab, the CyberLounge, is located in the University Commons, Building 22, and contains 15 computers. Both SAIL and the CyberLounge contain some specially-equipped workstations designed to serve students with special physical, visual, and auditory needs.

Two general purpose labs, with thirty computers each, are located on the OWC/UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus. A general purpose student computer lab, with Internet access, is located at the Eglin Air Force Base Center. All of these labs are integrated into the ArgoNet environment and are similarly equipped.

eDesktop is a virtual computer lab that allows UWF students, faculty, and staff to access university licensed computer applications via the Internet. Without eDesktop, many of these applications would only be available in UWF computer labs. Access eDesktop from the ?eD? tab in ARGUS.

Online Help
The online KnowledgeBase is UWF?s web-based resource for answering frequently-asked questions about technology services. Information on all ITS services is available on the ?IT Service List? tab of the KnowledgeBase. Students should first check the KnowledgeBase to find answers to technology issues and then contact the ITS Help Desk if further assistance is needed. The KnowledgeBase can be found on the ?IT Help? tab in ARGUS.

ITS Help Desk
The ITS Help Desk is available to help UWF students with a variety of information technology services and resources. The Help Desk offers phone, email, chat, and walk-in assistance. Contact the Help Desk by email at helpdesk@uwf.edu, or by phone at (850) 474-2075. Live Chat is located on the ?IT Help? tab in ARGUS. The Help Desk is located in Building 37 on the main Pensacola campus.

Classroom Technology
ITS provides classroom technology support for equipment in generally-scheduled classrooms. An online Classroom List with details showing location, equipment inventory, weekly usage and photos is available from the ?Services? tab in ARGUS.

Students? use of UWF information technology resources is governed by the Computing Resources Usage Agreement and the Student Communications Policy.

The University of West Florida Libraries include the John C. Pace Library and the Curriculum Materials Library on the Pensacola campus and the Fort Walton Beach Campus Library in Fort Walton Beach. Through the libraries? internet-based home page, http://library.uwf.edu, students at all locations have access to the Catalog of materials held by all UWF libraries, to a multitude of electronic reference databases and indexes, and to full-text journal articles and books. For those materials not held locally or electronically, students may request interlibrary loan. Professional librarians are available at all locations to assist students in the effective use of materials, the computerized library system, and with retrieving materials through intercampus or interlibrary loan.

Pensacola Campus
The John C. Pace Library houses more than 750,000 volumes, over one million microform pieces, over 5,000 print and electronic serials subscriptions, and access to online articles from over 13,000 serials. The library is also a regional depository for U.S. and Florida government publications. The Special Collections unit contains over 900,000 unique items relating to Pensacola and to the historic West Florida region.

Emerald Coast Campus
The Emerald Coast Campus library is located in Fort Walton Beach and provides access to information resources which support courses taught on that campus. The collection has over 30,000 volumes and 100 print serials subscriptions. Emerald Coast students also have access to all electronic resources including online books, databases, and journals. Items held at the Pensacola campus library can be retrieved for use at the Emerald Coast Campus locations.

Students seeking guidance or assistance with nonacademic concerns should contact the Dean of Students. Students seeking guidance or assistance with academic concerns should contact the Office of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services. These individuals act as impartial and confidential agents and can evaluate students? issues and help them seek solutions to a variety of concerns.

Visitors and guests may obtain a visitor?s pass and a copy of the parking regulations at the Welcome Center, Parking Services, or the University Police Department. OWC/UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus information may be obtained from the Cashier?s Office on that campus. This information can also be found on our web site http://uwf.edu/parking.

The University operates a full-service post office housed in the Commons. Postal services include student mailboxes, money orders, stamp sales, mail drops, package mailing and delivery services, and address changes. All rules and regulations governing the operation of a U.S. Post Office apply.

The Department of Recreation and Sports Services provides leisure activities for students, faculty, and staff. There are six programs: aquatics, fitness/wellness, intramural sports, informal recreation, sports clubs, and outdoor adventure.

The new Health, Leisure, and Sports Facility, a $15M addition that supports the Recreation and Sports Services department opened in May 2005. Our new Fitness Center, with over 10,000 sq. ft of workout space offers the perfect environment for personal training and fitness assessment for individuals at all fitness levels.

The purpose of intramural sports is to provide a comprehensive and diverse program of both competitive and recreational experiences. The program is designed to meet the needs and interests of currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff members. More than 40 activities are offered featuring team sports, individual/dual sports, meets, and special events.

The sports club program provides specialized sports instruction and extramural competition. Established clubs include Aquatic Racing, Badminton, Cheerleading, Dance, Fencing, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rugby Football, Running, Sailing, Scuba, Shotokan Karate, Sports Officials Association, Swim, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Waterski & Wakeboard, and Wrestling.

The Outdoor Adventure Program provides outdoor trip experiences and training to members of the University campus community. Activities include rock climbing, canoeing, backpacking, rafting, and other nontraditional human-powered outdoor sports. No experience is necessary and all events are open to beginners.

The University pool is an Olympic-size, heated natatorium complete with a whirlpool and dry sauna. A hydraulic lift and an Easy Ladder enable use by physically challenged individuals. Swim lessons and advanced courses in Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instructions are offered throughout the year.

The informal recreation program allows access to and checkout of sports and recreational equipment. Upon presentation of a valid Nautilus Card, students, faculty, and staff may use the Field House, sailing and outdoor facilities, and equipment. Visit the website at http://uwf.edu/recreation/ for additional information.

The Mathematics and Statistics Tutoring Laboratory provides individual tutorial instruction for students who need help in mathematics or statistics courses. It is staffed by mathematics or statistics undergraduate and graduate majors. For further information contact the math department.

The Writing Lab, located in Building 51, offers services to students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Any university student may use the Writing Lab for assistance with spoken and written English, including writing effective college papers. The Writing Lab offers many valuable services, which are available 40 hours a week.

For additional information, contact the Writing Lab at 850-474-2129 or send email to writelab@uwf.edu.

Download the WriteAdvice newletters and handouts from the website: www.uwf.edu/writelab.

Student Health and Wellness Education is the focal point on campus for mental health and wellness promotion. Student Health and Wellness Education offers programs on topics such as HIV/STD prevention, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention, and general mental health promotion to student groups, organizations, residence halls, and classes. In addition, we work collaboratively with other departments on campus to develop a culture at UWF in which students strive for physical and mental health.

The Office of Student Success Programs is responsible for the administration of programs designed to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of participating students. Student Success Programs provide academic support services for students enrolled at the University.

Student Success Learning Center is available to all UWF students to assist in their academic development. The Center?s objectives are to:

  • Help students identify their academic strengths and weaknesses;
  • Help students develop effective study skills, critical thinking, and other learning skills;
  • Help students become self-directed, independent learners; and
  • Develop an individualized plan for each student.

Student Support Services Program is a federally funded TRiO program which provides academic support services for University students. The support services include tutoring, developmental advising, career planning, cultural and social activities, and motivational workshops. The program serves low-income, first-generation students (students whose parents or guardians have not completed a bachelor?s degree), and disabled students.

Multicultural Support Services is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of students of color. Multicultural retention activities include academic support services, tutorial assistance, counseling, cultural events, and other activities.

Mentoring Program is sponsored by Student Success Programs. The program provides two types of mentors: professional and student. Professional mentors include faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and community professionals. Student mentors include currently enrolled juniors and seniors who attend the University. A professional mentoring relationship enhances a student?s confidence and maturity to help them become successful both in and out of the university system. A student mentoring relationship helps lower division students with any difficulties they might have adjusting to college life.

Brother to Brother is a pilot mentoring program for African American and Hispanic males. It is designed to increase retention and graduation of males of color.

College Reach-Out Program (a precollegiate program) is funded by the Florida Department of Education to provide a precollegiate program that serves low-income, first-generation students of parents who have not completed a bachelor?s degree. Services and activities are designed to improve the educational motivation and preparation of participating students. Services and activities take place during the academic year. The summer program offers free college credit courses for graduating high school seniors. In addition, students in grades 8-12 have the opportunity to participate in an on-campus summer bridge program.

The Testing Office offers information on numerous testing programs, and can provide specific information about the following tests.

  • College Testing Program (ACT)
  • College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST)
  • Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE)
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Computerized Preprofessional Skills Tests for Teachers (PRAXIS)
  • Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT I and SAT II)
  • Of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL)

The Testing Office also has a computer-based testing center (CBT). The following exams are currently administered via computer at UWF: GRE, TOEFL, PRAXIS, CLAST, CLEP, and FTCE.

The University Commons is the student union for the University of West Florida. The University Commons and Student Activities professional and student staff are involved in the daily administration of the facility, as well as providing the comprehensive activity programming traditionally hosted by the college union.

The University Commons and Student Activities Office is responsible for student programs and activities and University Commons Operations and Services. Student Programs and Activities include the Campus Activity Board (CAB), the Gamesters series, Homecoming, Web Spinners, student organizations, Greek Affairs, Leadership Services, and diversity programs. University Commons Operations and Services include the service desk, event scheduling and services, conferences services, and facilities services.

Students are eligible for free admission to most CAB programs such as comedians, movies, performing arts, and special events. Students also have the opportunity to be a part of the planning, promotion, and implementation of all CAB programs.

The University Police Department?s mission is to provide for the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, as well as facilities security. The Department provides a full range of police and security services to include uniform patrol, investigations, crime prevention, and victim advocate personnel. The Department is comprised of sworn police officers, communications personnel, and security officers who are available 24 hours a day.

The possession and/or use of firearms is prohibited on campus.

Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act. This federal law is aimed at tracking convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education. The act requires sex offenders registered with the state to provide notice to the state of each institution of higher education that the offender is employed, carries on a vocation, or is enrolled as a student. To obtain additional information on this act or a listing of convicted offenders at the University, contact uwf.edu/uwfpolice/offenders/main.cfm or the University Police Department.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure for Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This is a federal law requiring institutions of higher education to disclose campus security information, including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding area. Current and prospective student or employee, have the right to obtain a copy of this information for this institution. You may review this information by accessing the federal government Web site at ope.ed.gov/security/Search.asp (by typing in the ?University of West Florida?) or by accessing the University Website at uwf.edu/uwfpolice/crime.cfm. You may also obtain a copy of this information upon request by contacting the University Police Department.

Volunteer UWF! Helps to connect students with opportunities for individual volunteering, group community service projects, service-learning, alternative spring break, and community work-study positions with local non-profit agencies. Volunteer UWF! has community partners that work with a wide range of social issues. These partners have skill-building opportunities for students with every major and field of interest. Current students who register 20 or more service hours in a semester with Volunteer UWF! will have their hours recorded on their transcript.

State law requires colleges and universities to provide each enrolled student the opportunity to apply to register to vote or to update their voter registration records at least once a year. Voter registration information at the University may be obtained during orientation, or at various locations around campus, including the Nautilus Card Office, University Commons, Student Affairs, Registrar, the OWC/UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus, or Advising Center. For further information on this amendment, contact Student Affairs. Students with disabilities may obtain information and assistance in filling out the cards at the Student Disability Resource Center.

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