General Student Information
The Division of Student Affairs is committed to the healthy growth and development of the individual student in and out of the traditional classroom setting and to advancing the academic mission of the university. The division seeks to stimulate thoughtful development of a personal value system, leadership skills and life goals, and an awareness and appreciation of diversity. It also seeks to foster a learning community culminating in students emerging from university life as mature, responsible, successful leaders and contributing members of an ever-changing global society.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Northern State University has established standards for expected and acceptable behavior for members of its campus community. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards and related policies so that they know their responsibilities (what they may be held accountable for) and to protect their rights (what they may hold others accountable for). These standards and policies are available in the Student Handbook available on the Student Affairs Web Page (www.northern.edu/studentlife/Documents/StudentHandbook.pdf).
Questions or comments about regulations at Northern State University may be discussed with the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Campus Judicial Officer.
Residence Hall Living
Residence halls at Northern State University accommodate 850 students. Costs are listed on the Tuition, Fees and Expenses section of the catalog.
During the first two years after graduation from high school, all unmarried students who are enrolled in courses delivered on the main campus for six (6) credit hours or more are required to enter into a housing agreement with the institution unless special permission to room elsewhere is received from the institution. Permission ordinarily shall be granted to students with dependent children or to students who reside full time during the academic year with parents or legal guardians. Students who have enrolled for 12 or more credit hours for four (4) semesters may be exempted from this agreement at the discretion of the institution. Exemptions may also be granted to students in extra ordinary circumstances by the Housing Exemption Committee through the Director of Residence Life. Such requests must be made at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which the exemption is requested. Exemptions are only granted under extreme circumstances.
Six campus residence halls house both men and women: Jerde Hall, with 375 students, is located on the east edge of campus. Briscoe Hall, which has room for 90 students, McArthur-Welsh Hall, which has room for 190 students, Lindberg Hall, which houses 67 students, Steele Hall provides suite-style living for 65 students, and Kramer Hall, offers two and four person suites to house 73 students. All residence halls have wireless internet access, free laundry and are smoke-free.
All residence halls offer a themed living and learning community experience. Communities include a global community, a healthy lifestyles community, an eco friendly community, a fine arts community, a civic engagement community, and an active lifestyle community. Academic learning communities are also located on specific floors in some halls. Examples include Honors Program and TRIO Program.
Students are assigned to a residence hall on the basis of personal preference (as indicated on their housing application), as long as rooms are available.
Each residence hall has its own governing body. Representatives are elected from each hall wing to serve on a council which organizes activities and provides input to the residence life staff.
A hall director and resident assistants live in each hall. They are trained to assist students in many ways, from planning and organizing extracurricular events to helping with problems.
Northern State University’s traditional residence halls rooms are furnished with two bunk beds, two desks and chairs. Living room areas in the suites are furnished with a couch, lounge chair, round table and chairs, and a micro-fridge. Closet space is adequate. Students are encouraged to decorate their room with a rug, curtains, posters, plants and other items that won’t damage the room or furnishings.
Bathrooms on each wing have lavatories and showers. Private bathrooms are offered in the suites. Each residence hall has free laundry facilities, kitchens with stoves, flat screen TVs with cable in the lounges (also available in every room at additional cost). Electric irons, coffee pots and popcorn poppers may be used in kitchen or laundry areas. No other electric appliances are permitted in these areas. Each room has two high speed Internet access connections and all residence halls have wireless connectivity.
Prospective students can fill out a housing application on the Residence Life page of the Northern website (www.northern.edu/studentlife/Pages/reslife/housing.aspx). Questions may be directed to the Residence Life Office.
All students required to live in a residence hall (see second paragraph of the above section, Residence Hall Living) must purchase a meal plan. Students who live in a residence hall by choice are not required to choose a meal plan. Should a student want a meal plan exemption a student must secure a meal plan exemption form from the Residence Life Office and present the completed form to the Director of Dining Services. A formal appeal process to the Director of Residence Life is available if a student is denied.
Students may purchase their meals at the Jerde Hall Dining Room, Java City or the Northern Express C-store on a cash, flex dollar or meal plan basis. All meal plans are paid for in advance.
Career assistance is offered to NSU students and alumni so that they can make informed and satisfying decisions related to their career and educational goals. The Wolf Work System lists all vacancies known to us, full-time and part-time, on and off campus, including internships.
Finding a satisfying career path is part of an exciting life-long process, and students can take charge of it by taking a number of small steps throughout the university years. Available assistance includes strategies for making decisions (for major or career path), gathering accurate information about areas of interest, finding related experience prior to graduation, and searching for jobs, internships, and graduate programs (résumé writing, job interview skills, letters of application, identifying potential employers and finding known vacancies, and other related topics such as adapting to on-line search and application techniques). Phone: (605) 626-2371
The Career Library contains current hard-copy information on careers, job outlook, starting salaries, résumés, interviewing, graduate programs, vacancies, and employers. Students and alumni may use these resources in the library, and students may check out most of the resources. In addition, numerous on-line resources are listed on the website. Phone: (605) 626-2371
Student Health Services
The Health Services Office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday when classes are in session. Staffed by a registered nurse, it is open to students who have paid the General Activities Fee. Please note, the office is not open in the summer. Health Services is for the assessment and treatment of acute or sudden illnesses or injuries. The Health Services Office is located in the NSU Student Center, Room 230. Phone: (605) 626-7694.
The Northern State University Children’s Center, located in Lindberg hall, provides care on a space available basis for children of NSU students, staff and faculty, as well as for the community at large.
The center is licensed by the South Dakota Department of Social Services for a capacity of 78 children, ages four weeks to six years of age. Preschool activities are offered for children 3-6 years of age, and our infant and toddler program is designed to encourage development of motor and social skills.*
The Children’s Center is open for full-time or part-time care every weekday (except legal holidays and December 24-January 1). Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For enrollment information or an application for our waiting list, please call the director at (605) 626-2221, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to NSU Children’s Center, NSU Box 789, Aberdeen, SD 57401. Further information is also available on the Northern State University Student Life web site at www.northern.edu.
*The Northern State University Children’s Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or religion.
The Student Center is the community center for Northern State University students, faculty, administration and guests. It offers a variety of services, conveniences and amenities and provides a place for activities outside the classroom. The NSU Student Center is open seven days a week until eleven p.m. during the regular academic year except during holidays and extended breaks. For more information call (605) 626-3007.
Bookstore and Post Office
Located at the west end of the NSU Student Center, the bookstore sells textbooks and instructional supplies as well as books for extracurricular reading. It also carries leisure and recreational items, clothing and sundries. Checks may be cashed in the bookstore. Phone: (605) 626-2655.
The post office is also located in the NSU Student Center, near the bookstore. It offers many, but not all, postal services. All students living on campus are required to have a campus post office box. Boxes are located in Northern State University Post Office. Cost of this service is included in the regular fees. Phone: (605) 626-2656.
The Northern State University Counseling Center is staffed by trained counselors and graduate assistants who can help students with a variety of concerns. Students may schedule appointments or drop in. All conversations are held in strict confidence. Services include personal counseling, chemical dependency counseling and group counseling. Group session topics include: test anxiety, holistic health, assertiveness, relationships, eating disorders, sexual assault, chemical health issues, adult children of alcoholics and other requested topics. All services are offered to students free of charge. Phone: (605) 626-2371.
Northern State University is committed to a program of accessibility for students with disabilities.. Campus grounds, walks and parking lots have curb cuts. Accessible parking spaces are available in each campus parking lot. Accessible building entrances are prominently marked.
A wide range of services are provided for students with learning disabilities, visual impairments, hearing impairments, traumatic brain injury and other disabilities. Students or staff with questions regarding specific services for students with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services. Phone: (605) 626-2530.
The Discovery Program provides ongoing support to students who are willing and able to progress toward an academic degree, and supports students committed to sobriety. Phone: (605-626-2371).
Multicultural Student Affairs
The Multicultural staff is available to help all students of color on campus with admissions, time and budget management, career decision-making, test anxiety, college adjustment and personal concerns.
Northern State University has a wide variety of cultural organizations that function as support groups for social and academic activities. Phone: (605) 626-3007
International Student Concerns
The Office of International Student Affairs is located in Lincoln Hall, Room 206. The International Student Advisor is available to help international students with admissions, adapting to the United States culture, academic adjustments; visa questions and work related concerns.
Northern State University has an active International Student Club that provides academic and social support to international students attending the university. Lincoln Hall, Room 206. Phone: (605) 626-7672
Northern State University offers a wide variety of events, programs and activities sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and other student groups and organizations. There are over 70 active student clubs and organizations.
CAB sponsors social, cultural, educational and recreational activities including dances, films, forums, discussions and special events. Many activities are free with a student activity ticket. Participation is open to every student.
Northern State University’s annual Gypsy Day homecoming committee works year-around to plan what has become a highlight for students, faculty, staff, alumni and area residents. NSU Student Center. Phone: (605) 626-3007
Orientation. New Student Orientation provides programming at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters to facilitate students’ successful transition to college life at Northern State University. Programs are designed to address academic, social, and wellness issues of college students. Students have the opportunity to meet and interact with faculty, staff, orientation leaders, and other incoming students. An extended Orientation provides on-going activities for new students and their student mentors throughout their first semester.
Publications. Student publications include the Exponent, the campus newspaper, which reports activities and student opinion. The Student Handbook provides information about services, policies, procedures and regulations, while the Student Activities Calendar highlights academic deadlines and campus activities. The “September Slam” calendar provides information about student activities and events that are part of New Student Orientation.
Speech Communication. Northern State University offers forensic opportunities including competition on local, state and national levels in debate, extemporaneous speaking, oratory, and oral interpretation. Students may gain experience in tournament administration and judging at Northern State University-sponsored high school forensic meets.
Theater. Students gain practical experience in acting, costuming, make-up, scenery construction and lighting at Northern State University’s Johnson Fine Arts Center, the most complete theater facility in the region. A typical season includes three major productions, including a musical and student-directed productions. Students in every major field of study may become involved in theater as part of their academic program or as a special interest.
Music. Performing ensembles are open to every Northern State University student, whatever her or his major field of study. Ensembles include the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Orchestra, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and small vocal and instrumental ensembles. They may be taken for academic credit. Some of these performance ensembles tour in- and out-of-state.
Intramural Sports and Wellness Center. Northern State University has a comprehensive intramural program that offers team and individual activities during the evening in the fall, winter and spring. Students may participate in men-only, women-only, and coeducational activities. The Wellness Center is accessible with a student ID from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, for student who have completed a safety orientation. The Wellness Center includes a variety of strength training and cardio machines, as well as free classes.
Service Opportunities. Students can participate in service opportunities through the classroom, organizations, and residence halls. Students perform short-term projects for community agencies and learn about issues locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Alternative break programs place teams of students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during winter, spring and summer breaks.
Cheer Team. Football cheer team tryouts are held in the spring of the year preceding the fall of the competition year. Basketball tryouts are held in the fall before winter competition. Women and men students may participate.
Intercollegiate Athletics. Northern State University has a proud athletic tradition that emphasizes a strong competitive effort along with recognition of the educational value of the experience. Both women’s and men’s programs are affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA II) nationally, and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Other NSIC members are Minnesota Universities; Bemidji State, Southwest State, Moorhead, Winona State, and Crookston; University of Mary; Concordia University-St. Paul; Upper Iowa University; and Wayne State College.
Northern competes in 18 individual and team varsity sports.
A scholarship program supports both men’s and women’s programs. Awards are made to deserving athletes by the coaches of the sport.
Regularly enrolled Northern State University students may study abroad through arrangements entered into by the University. Although Northern State University recommends that students study abroad for a semester or an academic year, it is possible to enroll for a shorter period of time.
Northern State University students and faculty may participate in exchange programs in the following countries:
Canada: Okanagan College – Kelowna, British Colombia
Chile: Universidad de Los Lagos - Osorno, Universidad Mayor – Santiago
China: Capital Normal University - Beijing, Capital University of Economics and Business - Beijing, North China University of Technology - Beijing, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade - Shanghai, Shanghai University – Shanghai
Colombia: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – Bogotá
Denmark: International Business Academy – Kolding
Finland: University of Jyvaskyla – Jyvaskyla
France: Sup de Co Amiens-Picardie – Amiens, University of Picardie Jules Verne – Amiens
Germany: Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal – Magdeburg, Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences – Schmalkalden
Korea: Dongguk University – Seoul, Global Village Program Yonsei University at Wonju – Wonju, Hanyang University – Seoul, Korea University – Seoul, Kwandong University - Gangwon-do, Myongji University – Seoul, Pukyong National University – Busan, Soonchunhyang University – Asan City, Yonsei University – Seoul
Latvia: Banku Augstskola, School of Business and Finance – Riga
Mexico: Tec de Monterrey – Hermosillo
Thailand: Sripatum University - Bangkok
Co-curricular activities may be taken for credit toward graduation or for enjoyment. The usual tuition will be charged for those taken for credit. The number of credits granted for a particular activity is listed in sections of this catalog relating to the various college/schools.
Student records maintained by Northern State University include directory information and educational records. Educational records are protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and may not be released without the written consent of the student to any individual, agency, or organization other than to certain specified personnel or government agencies or in certain cases involving the safety of individuals.
Directory information may be released publicly and includes the student’s name, grade level, or academic status (undergraduate, graduate, or professional school) graduation date, diploma or degree, major field of study, hometown, and dates of attendance. A student may request that directory information not be made public by completing a form in Enrollment Services asking that directory information be treated the same as educational records. While such a signed form is in effect, Northern State University will verify only whether or not an individual is currently enrolled. This request will remain in effect until student requests its removal in writing, or until such time as the student graduates or otherwise discontinues attendance at the institution.
Students may change information on their record if they can prove it is inaccurate. Grade changes are made only at the request of the faculty member who gave the original grade.
Transcripts of academic records will be released only at the request of the student. The request must be accompanied by the fee of $5 for the first copy, $2.50 for each additional copy at same request. Student records are maintained under supervision of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs; student admissions and academic records are maintained under supervision of the Registrar. A copy of the complete Northern State University policy surrounding student privacy rights can be obtained from the Registrar.
Standards of Conduct
- Failure to respect orderliness, morality, integrity and the rights of others, or insubordination toward university officials in the execution of their duties will be regarded as cause for disciplinary probation or expulsion from the institution.
- A Northern State University student who is arrested and convicted of a law violation may be subject to disciplinary action.
- A student who fails to pay a fee owed to the institution may be suspended until payment is made. A student who leaves Northern State University without paying debts in full will be denied a transcript of grades and/or refused future registration.
- A student who furnishes false or misleading information on admission, registration, personnel, or any other form, or who alters institution records, is subject to disciplinary action.
- The use or possession of intoxicating liquors, other alcoholic beverages or alcoholic beverage containers is prohibited on university-owned or university-controlled property as well as in institution-owned or institution controlled buildings. Being in an area where alcoholic beverages or alcohol beverage containers are present is also a violation of policy.
- Dishonesty in class, laboratory work, or tests is a serious offense, subject to disciplinary action by the instructor and/ or authorized representative of the institution.
- Plagiarism is presenting as your own the facts, theories, or language, either quoted or paraphrased, of another. Instructors at Northern State University expect any writing by students to be their own work. Other writers’ facts, theories, or language incorporated into student work must be properly acknowledged or documented according to a standard guide to documentation; otherwise, the student is guilty of plagiarism. Penalty for submitting plagiarized work will be determined by the faculty member involved and may be dismissal from the institution, a failing grade in a course, or a failing grade on an assignment.
- Violation of any residence hall rule or regulation which endangers or seriously threatens the life or physical safety of others, leads to destructive group action, or results in difficulties with law enforcement authorities will result in disciplinary action. Other situations that will result in disciplinary action include not obeying the laws of the community, state and/or nation, participation in illegal possession or use of any drug or narcotic, committing a sexual offense, lack of respect for public and private property, refusal to cooperate with efforts made to help a student adjust to college responsibilities and behavior which discredits the school.
- Registration at Northern State University implies acceptance by the students of standards set by the institution and the laws and ordinances established by the city of Aberdeen and state of South Dakota.
A more complete listing of rules and regulations may be found in the Student Handbook and Residence Life Handbook.
Northern State University authorities have the right to regulate the use of the institutional facilities and to set standards of conduct and scholarship for its students. When disciplinary proceedings must be used, safeguards will be observed to protect the student from unfair penalties, as stated in the Student Handbook and Residence Life Handbook (www.northern.edu/studentlife/Documents/StudentHandbook.pdf).