UW-Madison: Academics: Undergraduate Catalog

Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office plays a key role in welcoming and supporting students through its many services and programs. The staff works with students and student groups from all backgrounds and lifestyles. This translates into advocacy for students that is frequently described as an "ombudsman" function. Students are encouraged to raise questions and concerns about any aspect of campus or personal issues with Dean of Students staff members. The staff provides students with information so that they can make the right connection with faculty, staff, or other student groups and services. Students are invited to visit the Dean of Students Office at 75 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608/263-5700, fax 608/265-5646.

The Dean of Students and a small staff are located in Bascom Hall, and there are eight other equally important components in various locations:

Campus Assistance Center

Campus Assistance Center (CAC) is a central information and referral program for students, faculty, staff, campus visitors, and anyone with a question about UW-Madison services and programs. With a down-to-earth approach to helping, the staff provides straight answers to 3,000 inquiries each week. CAC has information on academic matters, social events, student organizations, community groups, recreation, transportation, health, and many other topics. The center also has a database of more than 2,000 campus and community resources.

The CAC's office of Off-Campus Housing provides vacancy listings to aid prospective renters in their search for housing, as well as consumer information on tenant rights and responsibilities. The CAC also publishes Resources: New Student Information Handbook, a directory of campus and community resources. A guide to life outside the classroom, the Handbook is published each fall and is available free to new students.

DIAL, another CAC program, is a library of more than 300 recorded messages on varying topics: registration, financial aids, taking notes, stress managment, sexual health, and many more. Anonymous and completely confidential, DIAL is accessible via touchtone telephone 24 hours daily at 608 /263-3100.

The Visitor & Information Place (VIP) is operated jointly by Campus Assistance and Transportation Services. Located on the west side of the Memorial Union on Park Street, the VIP provides a starting point for campus visitors by providing parking assistance, locations/directions, and information on what to see and do on the campus. Both the VIP and the CAC are open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 12-4 p.m. (Hours vary during summer, holidays, and University break periods.) All Campus Assistance programs are aimed at providing personalized access to needed information. Just call 263-2400, or stop by 420 North Lake Street.

Interim Multicultural Center

The Interim Multicultural Center (IMCC) focuses on the needs of five designated American ethnic groups (African American, Native American, Chicano/as, Asian American, and Puerto Rican). Its purpose is to create programs that will enhance the academic achievement of students of color and develop activities that will promote cultural warmth, identity, and a sense of belonging among students of color, and foster better relations within and among designated ethnic groups and between American students of color and Euro-American communities.

The center is governed by a 15-member faculty, staff, student, and community advisory board and is a vital component of the Dean of Students Office. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 12 noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 11 p.m. Summer hours are 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 12 noon-5:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. For more information contact the IMCC, 2nd Floor Memorial Union, Madison, WI 53706, 608/262-4503.

McBurney Disability Resource Center

The McBurney Disability Resource Center provides services to students with permanent or temporary disabilities. Services include: priority registration, accessible parking and transportation, direct support services (notetakers, readers, sign language/oral interpreters, mobility aides, tapes, large print and braille textbooks, alternative testing, etc.). The center also provides counseling, advocacy, information, and referral services. Program staff act as liaisons with DVR, Social Security Administration, and other federal, state, and local agencies. Services are tailored individually to maximize physical, programmatic, attitudinal, and electronic accessibility for all students.

For more information call 608/263-2741 (voice) or 263-6393 (TDD), or visit 905 University Avenue.

Students with disabilities. The UW-Madison supports the right of full and equal educational opportunity for all students. Disability should not be the basis for exclusion from educational programs. All students are entitled to an accessible, accommodating, and supportive teaching and learning environment.

Implementing reasonable accommodations is a shared faculty and student responsibility. Students with known disabilities who need accommodation in their course work should consult with instructors as early as possible--preferably before the beginning of a semester. Students who incur or recognize a disability and the need for an accommodation during the semester should consult immediately with the instructor. Faculty are expected to work with students to identify and provide reasonable instructional accommodations. Throughout these steps, the student is responsible for self-advocacy. In addition, the McBurney Disability Resource Center is available as a resource and can assist students and faculty with accommodation issues.

Departments and units have designated Access and Accommodation Resource Coordinators (AARCs), who can be consulted regarding general access and accommodation issues or departmental appeals processes. Dean's offices or the McBurney Disability Resource Center can help identify the appropriate AARC.

Race Relations Education Program (RREP)

The Race Relations Education Program (RREP) coordinates race awareness programs offered by the Race Awareness Committee, a multicultural organization consisting of UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff committed to a racism-free campus and community environment. The committee conducts workshops that provide a critical understanding of how racism works in U.S. society, challenges participants to recognize their own racial biases and misinformation, and facilitates a healthy awareness of racial and cultural differences. RREP staff are available for consultations by students and student organizations.

For more information, contact RREP, 82 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI 53706, 608/262-3752.

Student Organization Office (SOO)

The Student Organization Office (SOO) provides support and assistance to student groups in general and specifically to social fraternities and sororities. Services include: event planning and advising, interpretation of University policies and regulations, leadership, adventure initiative activities, and general student organization development.

For more information about SOO, call 608/263-0365 or visit Room 89 Bascom Hall.

Email: soo@macc.wisc.edu
Fax: 265-8184

Student Orientation Programs

Student Orientation Programs (SOP) is the official welcoming office of the University. SOP offers a variety of programs designed to help new students make the transition to UW-Madison. Major programs include a student mentoring program (SOS: Students Orienting Students), Wisconsin Welcome (fall semester), Fall SOAR for students who cannot attend the SOAR summer program, and New Student Orientation (spring semester). New programs aimed at making the campus easy to negotiate are being developed throughout the year.

For more information, contact SOP, Gordon Commons, 717 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706, 608/263-0367.

University Health Services

University Health Services (UHS) is located on campus to provide students with primary physical and mental health care, health education, health promotion, and disease prevention services. All currently enrolled students are eligible for care at UHS and most services are prepaid as part of tuition and fees. Staff includes counselors, health educators, nurses, physicians, psychologists, and other professionals.

Clinical Services includes a medical clinic addressing the most common health care concerns and a reproductive health clinic focusing on women's health issues and on sexually transmittable diseases. Laboratory, x-ray, and pharmacy services are available.

Counseling and Consultation Services offers short-term counseling services in both individual and group settings. Services include psychological assessments regarding personal concerns, relationship concerns, and adjustment to college; psychiatric consultation; assessment and referral services related to use of alcohol and other drugs; and referral to other campus and community resources.

Prevention Services offers diverse health education programs to students. Programs are designed to assist students in achieving and maintaining good physical, mental, and social health. Students can achieve the necessary skills to choose a healthy lifestyle through programs on weight control, stress management, sexuality, and use of alcohol. UHS also administers the Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP). All students should have health insurance to cover hospitalization and emergency care. SHIP is designed to combine with UHS services to provide comprehensive medical coverage at almost no additional costs (co-payments or deductibles) after the insurance premium is paid.

The Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Other Drug Information develops and publishes a wide array of materials related to the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse and the promotion of healthy families and communities. The Clearinghouse library serves the information needs of community prevention workers throughout the state.

Clinical and Prevention Services, SHIP, and the Wisconsin Clearinghouse are located at 1552 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705, 608/262-3016. Counseling and Consultation Services is located at 905 University Avenue, Room 401, Madison, WI 53715, 608/262-1744.

International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) assists international students and scholars and their dependent families on arrival and throughout their stay at the University. ISSS provides orientation activities for newly arrived international students, including special pre-registration academic orientation, an introduction to social life and social issues at the University, and essential information on immigration regulations and procedures.

ISSS is available to assist students throughout their stay in maintaining their nonimmigrant visa status and providing information on the benefits of that status, as well as on other issues of student life in a new and different academic and social context.

For more information, contact ISSS, 115 Science Hall, 550 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706, 608/262-2044.

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