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Student Affairs 2018-2019 Catalog Year


The Division of Student Affairs is responsible for providing services and opportunities for students that will enhance their experiences at FGCU and support their efforts to engage the faculty during their academic studies. The goal of the Division of Student Affairs is to complete the university experience of students through extracurricular activities and programs across the university.

Specifically, the Division of Student Affairs develops programs and offers services that facilitate student academic progress and social maturation; assess student needs; assist students in understanding FGCU, policies, procedures, and governance, and to encourage campus involvement; enhance the social and cultural environment through student activities and programs; serve as an institutional resource with regard to information about students; promote an environment appreciative of ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity; encourage a public spirit among students that works towards the common good of Florida Gulf Coast University, Southwest Florida, the State, and global community.

Numerous offices dedicated to student development comprise the Division of Student Affairs. These offices are described below.

Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation offers students, staff, and faculty recreational programs and facilities that contribute to the overall educational experience at FGCU.  The department provides programs and services that educate and encourage healthy lifestyle choices; fosters diversity in abilities, cultures, ideas, and beliefs; promotes student leadership and development; support being engaged with our community; and operate with a student-centered philosophy.  Currently, Campus Recreation is comprised of six program areas (Aquatics, Intramural Sports, Fitness, Sport Clubs, Informal Recreation, and Outdoor Pursuits) and operates five recreation facilities (Fitness Center, Outdoor Complex, Waterfront, Aquatic Center, and Recreation Fields).  Please visit the Campus Recreation website or call 239-590-7935 for more information.

Career Development Services

Career Development Services (CDS) assists students in preparing for and achieving their career goals. A relationship with the Career Development Services office starts when the student arrives at FGCU. CDS provides assistance in career assessment, major selection, and occupational research through individual career advising. Students are encouraged to return often for assistance with internship selection, resume and cover letter critiques, interviewing preparations, graduate school counseling, personal branding, and job search strategy. CDS has well-developed relationships with area employers who attend our numerous career fairs and recruitment events. Jobs and internships are posted on Eagle Career Link  and all career resources are on the department website. For more information, go to, call (239)590-7946, or visit the CDS Office on the first floor of the Cohen Center. 

Dean of Students Office

Through a variety of departments listed below, The Dean of Sudents' Office cultivates a caring and supportive campus environment while preparing students for leadership in a dynamic, multicultural society. The Dean of Students' Office works directly with students and staff and faculty to help solve problems and provide support to students. Professional staff in the Dean of Students' Office administers the student conduct process, provides opportunities for student involvement in organizations, fraternity and sorority life, student media, leadership development, and provides academic support to TRiO eligible students. We assist individuals in crisis and as well as assist in managing campus crisis situations. Students seeking assistance can call our office and speak to a member of the Care Team during business hours. Please visit the website or call 239-590-7900 for more information.

Student Media

Eagle News

Eagle News, the student media group at Florida Gulf Coast University, is committed to representing diverse voices on campus with fairness and journalistic integrity. We select content for our publication, radio, TV, and our website that is relevant to the student body, faculty and staff of the FGCU community. Eagle News, founded in 1997, is the only student produced publication on campus and is entirely student run. For more information, visit

Multicultural and Leadership Development

The Office of Multicultural and Leadership Development promotes academic and personal growth of our students through educational programs which foster and teach multicultural competencies and leadership development. This office promotes an institutional climate of justice, access and equity in higher education through retreats, resources, workshops, and mentoring programs. For more information, visit the website or call 239-590-7991.

Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct at Florida Gulf Coast University serves to promote a safe and secure community of civility, integrity, and student learning while treating each student with dignity and respect. The Office serves as a resource for students concerning their rights and responsibilities to their community, as well as providing assistance to faculty, staff, and students regarding student conduct matters.
Please visit the website or call 239-590-7904 for more information.

Office of Student Involvement

The Office of Student Involvement creates an experiential learning environment to enrich students’ academic endeavors through programming, student organization membership and individual leadership development through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Programming Board, and Student Organization Development. Please visit the website at or call 239-590-7739 for more information.

Student Government (SG)

The Student Government (SG) provides students with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and abilities through student elected and appointed positions. One of the primary roles of SG is to be the “voice” of students. In this capacity, the SG facilitates the flow of information among the student body, faculty, staff, and administration. The SG provides a mechanism for addressing student concerns and provides opportunities to communicate suggestions that may enhance the student experience at FGCU. The SG is responsible for recommending the annual budget of the use of Activity and Service (A&S) funds to the University President through their legislative process. Please visit the website at for more information.

Office of Student Support Services and Outreach Programs

The purpose of the Student Support Services and Outreach Programs is to secure grant funding for services which provide programs to increase the graduation, recruitment, and retention rates of typically underrepresented students on the University campus. The federally funded TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program increases retention and graduation rates of eligible students including low-income, first generation, and college students with disabilities through identified support services. The state funded College Reach Out Program (CROP) was established in 1983 by the Florida Legislature in order to identify, motivate and prepare underrepresented middle and high school students to complete post-secondary education. The Public Schools Enrichment Program through the Scholars’ Clubs, is a locally developed program which provides enrichment opportunities and promotes academic excellence in the elementary, middle, and high schools. Please visit the website, or call 239-590-7834 for more information.

Office of New Student Programs

The mission of the Office of New Student Programs is to assist new students and their families in making a smooth transition to the university setting by providing accurate, useful, and timely information that focuses on the resources of the institution as well as a complete understanding of the factors that impact success in college. The services of the office include orientation programming, academic counseling, and parent/family outreach that are purposeful, caring, and student-centered. Based upon theoretical models of college student development, services are educationally-based, technologically enhanced, family centered, and delivered with courtesy and respect for all.

First Year Advising

The Office of First Year Advising provides academic advising to prospective first-time-in-college (FTIC) students. The professional counselors blend individual needs with available resources to assist students in developing their academic goals and taking steps to ensure their academic success. Please visit the website at for more information, or contact us at 239-590-7875 or

Eagle View Orientation

Eagle View Orientation (EVO) facilitates the transition of new students and their families into FGCU by introducing them to the offices and services of the institution and helping them learn about the educational opportunities and personal responsibilities that come with being a college student. In this way, Eagle View Orientation (EVO) supports the academic mission of the university by serving as the gateway to completing the FGCU experience. Please visit the website at  for more information, or contact the office at 239-590-7875 or

Parent and Family Programs

Parents and families perceive their student’s college journey as a shared experience to a much greater extent than ever before. In light of this complex cultural dynamic, it is imperative that the roles and responsibilities of the student, the university, and the family be appropriate and balanced to ensure the success of the students who attend FGCU. To that end, the Office of New Student Programs provides programs and services to assist the university in clarifying the changing roles of the student and the family while acknowledging and supporting the rights of the family to know about, and be involved in, the college experience. These services include Eagle View Orientation for parents and families, Eagle Family Weekend, an online newsletter, and means for outreach to the families of incoming students. Please visit the website at for more information or contact the office at 239-590-7875.

Office of Housing and Residence Life

The Office of Housing and Residence Life offers housing options to students in three different residential communities. Their primary purpose is to provide a safe, well-maintained living accommodation for students while attending the university. The office fosters a living environment that supports the personal and academic growth of residents who live on campus. The office provides numerous resources and opportunities for students to enage and get involved in the university community. Students will also have the opportunity to meet other students from diverse backgrounds and cultures that will enable them to develop important relationships during their time here at FGCU. Please visit the website at or contact the office by telephone (239)-590-1700.

Counseling and Health Services

Adaptive Services

It is the policy of Adaptive Services to exist under the premise of Florida Gulf Coast University and its mission. FGCU promotes diversity and stresses the importance of learned knowledge and service to the community by providing services and accommodations to individuals who have a documented disabling condition, which could have adverse effects for the individual while attending FGCU. Individuals with a documented condition will be provided services and accommodations that will supplement their learning styles and aid them in becoming academically, professional and personally successful. Adaptive Services also promotes self-advocacy and each individual receiving assistance will be guided to become more independent and successful learners. Please visit the website at or call 239-590-7956 for more information.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides accessible and quality counseling and therapy, consultation, outreach education, and assessment for the university community. Services are based on acceptance, understanding, respect and care for all who seek services. Currently registered students are eligible for free counseling services or can access testing for potential learning disorders at a significantly reduced rate. Counseling and Psychological Services is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.

If a student experiences a mental health crisis/emergency after hours, a licensed professional can be contacted through our 24-hour talkline at (239)745-EARS (3277). Please visit the website at  or call 239-590-7950 for more information. To make an appointment, come to the CAPS office, 228 Howard Hall.

Prevention and Wellness Services

Prevention & Wellness Services (PWS) is the health and wellness education resource for FGCU students, encouraging them to live well and be well while in college. PWS provides programs and events to the student population on topics such as nutrition, alcohol, stress and sexual health. Leadership opportunities are available through Peers CARE, the PWS Peer Education group, where students receive training on various wellness topics and support the programming and efforts of PWS. Located on the first floor of Howard Hall, PWS also offers a free resource area, where students are welcome to come by and pick up information on virtually any wellness topic and talk to staff if desired. Please visit the website at  or call 239-590-7733 for more information.

Student Health Services

Florida Gulf Coast University offers low cost, evidence based evaluation and treatment to our students. Located adjacent to Parking Garage 2, Student Health Services, a member of the American College Health Association, provides a variety of services including basic medical care, physical exams, gynecological exams and birth control, pregnancy testing, limited prescription medications, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, laboratory tests, free HIV testing, TB skin testing and immunization. An after hour's nurse telephone system is available to assist with any medical concerns while the clinic is closed. The staff consists of licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, RN's, and clerical staff. Student Health Services is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Please call 239-590-7966 for information or visit the website at

Testing and Assessment

The Florida Gulf Coast University Testing Center is committed to providing testing services to students, facualty and the local community. The guiding principle of the FGCU Testing Center is service with dedication to the Professional Standards and Guidelines for Post-Seconday test established by the National College Testing Association (NCTA), the Florida Association of College Test Administrators (FACTA), and the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC).

The Student is our primary focus within an environment of security and confidentiality. Through the instructional-based exams administered by the Testing Center, we strive to support and enhance a student's formal education with a spirit that moves the student toward a successful future. To that end, we also offer CLEP exams, professional exams for licensure, and certification exams for employment. This same level of service is provided to people of the local community who need to take eams for licensure and/or employment. As an auxillary unit, we charge an administrative fee for all exams administered in our center. Please visit our website at for more information or send an email to Our telephone number is 239-590-7955.      

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