Student Services and
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
COUNSELING AND HEALTH EDUCATION SERVICES - PERSONAL AND VOCATIONAL
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
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.
DISABLED STUDENT SERVICES
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/.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY
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
Dining Services on campus are located at:
University Commons ? Food Court, Wackadoo?s Grub and Brew, Quiznos, and
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
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
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE
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
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
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICES
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
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
for additional information.
SKILL IMPROVEMENT CENTERS
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
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 email@example.com.
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STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS EDUCATION
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.
STUDENT SUCCESS PROGRAMS
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
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
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
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
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
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.