Table of Contents

Student Services

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for the overall quality of student life at California State University, Northridge. The Vice President and his staff provide coordination and direction to the Division of Student Affairs and work closely with other components of the campus to ensure that programs, services, policies, and procedures foster the development of students and the achievement of their academic and career goals.

The office is responsible for the coordination of Freshman and Honors Convocations and University Commencement Exercises. Matters related to student conduct and academic integrity also fall within the purview of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Programs within the Division of Student Affairs include the Career Center, Student Housing, Student Development and International Programs, Student Health Center, Disability Resources and Educational Services, Student Outreach and Recruitment, University Counseling Services, University Student Union, National Center on Deafness, and Financial Aid.

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs serves as the official University liaison to the Associated Students and the University Student Union. All students, particularly those unaware of which University office or resource would best be able to aid them with their problems or concerns, are welcome to visit the office for appropriate referral and advisement.

Associated Students

The Associated Students is the primary advocate for students at California State University, Northridge and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to create and enhance a spirited, learning-focused campus environment. All registered students are members of the Associated Students of California State University, Northridge. This incorporated campus entity is governed by elected student leaders including a President, Vice President and a 26-member Senate. The senate sets policy, governs financial matters, provides student service programs, provides input on University policies and recommends students to serve on University advisory boards. All students are assessed a semester based fee which generates revenue to support over 200 clubs and organizations, leadership programs, Intercollegiate Athletics and Financial Aid. Associated Students provides a Ticket Office, Recreation Sports, the Children’s Center, the Campus Recycling Program, student health insurance, and a wide variety of cultural programs, concerts, films, and speakers.

Disability Resources and Educational Services

Disability Resources and Educational Services provides a variety of support services to empower students, foster independence, promote achievement of realistic career and educational goals and assist students to discover, develop and demonstrate their full potential and abilities. The department provides academic support under federal and state regulations to ensure full access to programs and activities at Cal State Northridge. These services include:

Career Center

The Career Center helps students to explore majors and careers; make informed choices; clarify life and career goals; and prepare for the transition from graduation to employment or graduate school. We assist students in finding a direction for their studies by connecting academic and career plans.

At the Career Center students learn to identify their strengths, interests, and values; investigate their options; practice career skills; and prepare for the job search. Our services and programs engage students in experiential and reflective activities; research; seminars; peer mentoring; work-based learning opportunities; and counseling. The Career Library contains resources on self-discovery, choosing majors, goal setting, careers and industries; trends; salaries; and job search skills.

The Career Center has an active website that houses career information and online career services. Students can register at the site; stay informed about upcoming career events; take career assessments; match majors with careers; find online workshops; participate in campus interviews; and view job and internship listings. Registered students hear from us regularly about opportunities to connect with employers for career exploration, jobs, internships, and company information sessions. Follow our recommended career pathway. Learn from CSUN alumni as they talk about their journeys from college to career success.

Services are provided at no charge to currently enrolled CSU students. Fees are charged to graduates, to University students enrolled through Extended Learning/CSU Northridge, and to referrals from campus and community.

Children’s Center

Under the joint sponsorship of the University and Associated Students, the Children’s Center provides early childhood education and care for the children of students formally admitted and currently enrolled at CSUN. The Children’s Center has the capacity to care for 140 children (ages eighteen months to five years) during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Because the Children’s Center is a state campus child development center, some subsidized (free or low cost) openings may be available. Also, there is subsidized care for low income student parents days, evenings, weekends and holidays with children age three months to twelve years in our network of family child care homes. Applications are available at the Center or on the website.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The University offers a broad program of competitive sports for both male and female student athletes. Teams compete at the NCAA Division I level, with most sports competing in the Big West Conference. For more information, consult the Intercollegiate Athletics section.

National Center on Deafness (NCOD)

Since 1962 the National Center on Deafness has pioneered in serving students who are deaf and hard of hearing at the University level. NCOD, internationally recognized for its programs and serves as a model for other institutes, provides innovative orientation programs, direct communication (sign) classes, full communication access, interpreting, captioning, note taking, tutoring, and academic advisement to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Each semester approximately 200 students who are deaf and hard of hearing have access to University classes, functions and student sponsored co-curricular activities. NCOD also provides in-service training for service providers through its Summer Institute.

Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, NCOD also offers technical advice and training on how to provide quality services to postsecondary institutions currently serving or planning to serve students who are deaf or hard of hearing in western USA. The CSUN model for providing service to students who are deaf and hard of hearing is shared with the western regional postsecondary institutions (colleges, universities, technical schools, and training programs) as well as with the other three U.S. Department of Education sponsored regional technical assistance centers throughout the United States.

Department of Police Services

Personal safety escorts are available Monday through Thursday from dusk until 11:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters, excluding campus breaks and holidays

Police Department

The University Police Department provides law enforcement services to the University community and is open 24 hours a day/seven days a week. All reports of criminal activity, fire, injury, or hazards should be reported to the department immediately. The department is staffed with sworn Peace Officers that have full police powers, and are trained and equipped to handle emergencies on the campus. All state laws, codes and regulations are enforced on the campus. In addition, the department is the answering point for the 911 system on campus. Dialing 911 on any campus phone or pay phone or residence phone places you in contact with the department, which has the capability of summoning the appropriate aid to help you. The police department provides many programs and services to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

Parking Services

Parking, Traffic and Vehicle Regulations: Parking Services is responsible for the day to day operations of the campus parking facilities. Parking Services requires all vehicles that park on campus to display a valid permit. Students must obtain the appropriate parking permit before parking in a designated “Student” parking lot. For your convenience, you may also utilize the parking meters. Keep in mind that permits are not valid at parking meters. Parking meters on campus accept nickels, dimes and quarters. One-day parking permits are also available for your convenience. These may be purchased from the dispensers found on the lots and accept credit cards. Daily permits can also be purchased with cash only at any one of the three Information Booths on campus. Semester and Academic Year permits must be affixed to the vehicle front inside windshield, lower corner, passenger side. The permits are easily removed and are repositionable. To be considered valid, all permits must be completely visible; this includes any serial numbers and security features.

It is strongly recommended that during the first week of the semester, students arrive on campus up to an hour before their first class since parking near the academic core is limited. A summary of the campus parking rules and regulations may be obtained at the campus information booths and at the Parking Services office or on-line, Visit the Parking Services Website.

Recreational Sport and Fitness Center

Associated Students Recreational Sports (ASREC) offers Intramural Sports, the Fitness Centre, Sports Clubs, Open Gym and Outdoor Adventures for the campus community.

Intramural Sports are activities which are designed so students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to exercise and compete in recreational or competitive team sports.

The Fitness Centre is located on the east side of the USU and is comprised of a multitude of the latest fitness equipment, swimming pool, boxing program, climbing rock wall and group fitness sessions. Membership is available to the entire campus community at one low fee per semester. Call us at (818) 677-3604 or stop by.

Sports clubs provide individuals the opportunity to organize around a common sport activity. Some of the active clubs on campus are: Aikido, Basketball, Black Reign Dance Team, Cheerleading, CSUN, Dance Team, CSUN Hip Hop Dance Team, FASMODE Dance Team, Flag Football, Ice Hockey, Karate, Matador Boxing Team, Matador Grappling Team, Medieval & Renaissance Society, Salsa Libre Dance Club, Sailing, Soccer Club (men’s & women’s), Snowriders, Surfing, Tennis, Water Polo, Water Ski and Wakeboarding.

Open Gym accommodates the desire to participate in recreational sport for fitness and fun, often with no predetermined goals except that of participation. Drop in free play for basketball and volleyball are just two of the activities that are commonly played.

Outdoor Adventures is the newest program offered by ASREC, giving students the opportunity to explore, learn and enjoy outdoor opportunities. Students participating in outings will learn how to recreate safety in the great outdoors, in addition to developing an understanding of our natural surroundings, leading to the ability to enjoy and appreciate our earth’s natural beauty and all it has to offer.

To find out more info call us at (818) 677-7008.

Student Development and International Programs

The Student Development and International Programs (SD&IP) staff supervises numerous programs, which include:

Student Development staff offers consultation on programs, assistance with group dynamics and leadership development, information on existing University policies, guidance on financial matters and the maintenance of organizational records. Advisors frequently serve as liaisons among students, administration, faculty and the community at large. More than 200 clubs and organizations represent academic, vocational, professional, religious, service, hobby, and social interests. Information on social fraternities and sororities may also be obtained from this office or our website.

Commencement/Honors Convocation

Commencement and Honors Convocation are held after each Spring semester. For more information call (818) 677-3112.

Domestic Exchange:

CSU Northridge is a member of the National Student Exchange (NSE) consortium, which provides students with an opportunity to attend one of 165 colleges and universities across the U.S. for a semester or a year, where they earn full academic credit and are not required to pay out-of-state tuition. CSU Northridge accepts an equal number of students from among the NSE member campuses as part of the exchange program. Application information may be obtained from the Office of Student Development and International Programs.

Fraternities and Sororities

California State University, Northridge recognizes the opportunity for academic learning and personal development offered through membership in values-based fraternities and sororities. CSUN students who choose membership in Greek-lettered social organizations are provided with learning experiences that develop mature responsible individuals equipped intellectually, culturally and socially to become effective members of society. Participation in these learning communities offers developmental opportunities through leadership development, mentoring, supportive social networks, scholastic achievement, ethical conduct, moral justice, social awareness, value for the world’s diversity, life-long learning, and a commitment to service.

International and Exchange Student Center

(818) 677-3053

The staff provides services to all international students after they have been formally admitted to the University and will assist international students in

  1. referring them to the appropriate department for academic advising in their major field of study,
  2. complying with the laws and regulations of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; and
  3. dealing with personal problems. The Office also coordinates cultural and social events so that international students can share their national heritage with the campus educational community. A special orientation program is provided at the beginning of each semester to assist international students in adjusting to the campus environment and to American customs.

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute provides leadership development and personal growth experiences to members of campus clubs and organizations. Programs and workshops are developed to meet the needs of student leaders. Reference materials are available and seminars are conducted on a variety of leadership topics. Other interest areas include the Emerging Leaders Programs, which was established to provide students with a unique opportunity for personal development, community building and leadership development.

Orientation Programs

Information is available on Orientation programs for entering freshmen, transfers, and graduate students. Participation at Freshman Orientation is mandatory for all first-time freshman students. Students interested in applying for Student Orientation Leader positions should call (818) 677-2393.

Overseas Study

The CSU International Programs (IP), the official study overseas unit of The California State University system, offers students the opportunity to continue their studies at a distinguished foreign university or a special study center in one of 16 countries. While on IP, students remain enrolled at CSUN, thus maintaining home campus residency and financial aid eligibility, and they earn full academic credit. The cost for these programs is affordable, since students pay only CSU Northridge registration fees and are not required to pay foreign tuition.

The Student Development Transcript Program

The Student Development Transcript Program encourages a holistic approach to developmental learning by enabling students to be intentional in their choices for out-of-classroom experiences, or co-curricular involvement. The program prepares students for their future by planning a personalized curriculum guide of co-curricular involvement that will allow students to develop life-long skills such as communication, human relations, and leadership, all of which are necessary to function in a global society and workplace. As a result of participation in the program, students will be able to request their developmental transcript which documents, semester by semester, the personalized co-curriculum of experiences and skills realized from their involvement on campus. The Student Developmental Transcript is a separate document from the academic transcript.

Klotz Student Health Center

Hours:

Monday- Wednesday 8:00 am.-5:00pm.
Thursday 9:00am -5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

The Klotz Student Health Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to the diverse community at Cal State, Northridge. Services are designed to help students stay healthy and provide support for achieving academic goals.

All services are provided to currently enrolled students at little or no cost. There is no charge for basic primary care provided by nurses, physicians, or nurse practitioners. X-rays, lab tests performed in-house, patient education, men’s and women’s specialists, nutrition counseling, podiatry, sports medicine, substance-use counseling/referral and smoking cessation counseling are also provided free of charge. Additional specialties are provided for a nominal fee including: acupuncture, chiropractic, dermatology, ENT, specialty gynecology, massage therapy, orthopedics, physical therapy and travel and immunization services.

Other low-cost services offered include: pharmacy for prescriptions and over the counter medications; optometry services including exams and prescription glasses/contacts; dental services; specialty lab services; and orthopedic supplies.

Treatment of Minors: A signed Consent for Medical Treatment of Minors form is required prior to receipt of services for students under the age of 18. This form can be obtained at the Klotz Student Health Center or from the website. This requirement does not apply to emancipated minors who can document their status as such.

EMERGENCY CARE: Dial 911

Treatment at a hospital emergency room is at the student’s expense. 24 hour emergency care on a fee for service basis is available at:

Immunizations Requirements

By direction of the Chancellor, immunization for or immunity to Measles/Rubella is required for all students born after 1/1/57, while immunization for or immunity to Hepatitis B is required for all first-time freshmen 18 or younger. The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of three shots and takes six months to complete.

Students enrolled in a California public school for the seventh grade or above after July 1, 1999 will have satisfied this requirement. If a student was not enrolled in a California public school for the seventh grade or above after July 1,1999 the requirement for verification/immunization for Measles/Rubella must be fulfilled by the end of a student’s first semester. Verification/immunization of Hepatitis B must be completed before the end of a student’s second semester.

To fulfill the requirement a student must bring written proof of immunization from a doctor, clinic or school transcript to the Klotz Student Health Center. If written proof is not available, students can receive the immunization(s) or blood tests to prove immunity for low cost at the health center. Students who cannot take the vaccination for religious, personal or medical reasons must sign a waiver. NOTE: Students will be unable to register for classes until each requirement is met.

Meningococcal Vaccine

Because college students (especially freshmen living in student housing) are at an increased risk for meningococcal disease, the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices recommends that colleges raise awareness about the disease and the benefits of immunization. Students are encouraged to visit the website for more detailed information about the disease and to consider the vaccine which is offered at cost at the Klotz Student Health Center.

Student Health Insurance

Students not covered by parent’s, spouse’s, employer’s or other individual health insurance plans are strongly advised to purchase health insurance that will cover services beyond the scope of the Klotz Student Health Center (emergency services, hospitalization, maternity care, surgery, etc). A low cost health insurance plan, sponsored by Associated Students, is available for Cal State Northridge students. For more information: Visit the CSU Health Link Website

Student Housing

“Success Lives Here.” That’s the motto of Student Housing at Cal State Northridge as our residents take advantage of the tools, resources and relationships that make the most of their college careers. CSU Northridge resident students enjoy the independence of apartment-style living combined with the benefits of a diverse, learning centered residence hall community. Student housing amenities include:

The Suites at University Park are a unique living concept designed for first-year students. Each suite is a comfortable two-person bedroom with a semi-private bath. Every group of 16 suites has its own “hub” of living and study lounges.

The University Park Apartments (UPA) community features furnished two-bedroom suites complete with living and dining area, kitchen or study area, bathroom and private balcony. UPA is an excellent choice for first-year or returning students.

The University Village Apartments (UVA) provide housing for students with dependent children and/or a spouse/partner. Located in a park-like setting at the north end of campus, these unfurnished one and two-bedroom apartments offer convenience, comfort and peace of mind.

Meal Plans: A variety of meal plan options are available at the Satellite Student Union. Students who choose or are assigned to an apartment without a kitchen are required to purchase a meal plan. Any student living in an apartment with a kitchen is welcomed to purchase a meal plan, but it is not required. For more information on meal plans, Visit The University Corporation Website.

Tours: You can arrange for a tour by contacting Student Housing at the number listed above.

Living Learning Communities and Themed Living Communities: LLCs and TLCs are available exclusively to Cal State Northridge Student Housing residents. Students live in halls and floors designated for their communities. Your roommates and neighbors share the major, interest or defining life experience that makes you all members of your community. Each community offers its own scheduled events, academic support and social activities.

Residential Life Program: An extensive residential life program, coordinated by a professional staff, promotes the personal, social, and academic growth of resident students through the implementation of many different programs and activities. A variety of paid leadership positions are available, such as Resident Advisor and Office Assistant.

Resident Hall Association (R.H.A.) and Community Councils: Residents can develop their leadership skills through involvement in the Residence Hall Association and Community Councils. The organizations provide students with the opportunity to participate in residence hall governance.

Testing Center

The CSUN Testing Center meets the testing needs of the students, faculty and members of the community. These needs include placement in classes, proving skill competency and providing graduate and undergraduate admission qualification certification.

University Counseling Services

University Counseling Services (UCS) offers confidential/crisis counseling and psychological services to the campus community. All services are designed to assist students in achieving Psychological well-being and academic success as well as help to create a campus environment that is sensitive to student psychological and developmental needs. The following lists examples of services and programs currently available:

University Student Union

The University Student Union, Inc. (USU) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) provides two locations where the University experience is enhanced through leadership opportunities, events and services. The main USU facility is located on the east end of campus adjacent to Zelzah Avenue, whereas the Satellite Student Union (SSU) is at the north end of campus next to the residence halls.

In 2006, the USU completed a $15 million facility renovation and construction project featuring food venues, a computer lab, fitness center, banking and other retail services. Coming soon will be the first Student Recreation Center. The $60 million, two-story facility with mezzanine was approved in 2007 by a student referendum and will feature more than 100,000 square feet of space that will house a climbing wall, indoor/outdoor pools and an indoor running track.

Veteran Student Services

The Office of Veteran Student Services acts as a liaison to the Veterans Administration Regional Office for veterans or dependents. The office provides information and assistance regarding certification of benefits, tutorial services, V.A. Work-Study, advance pay, and problems related to V.A. educational benefits. Academic and V.A. counseling is also provided.

Women’s Research and Resource Center

The CSUN Women’s Research and Resource Center is a warm, inviting, comfortable place for CSUN students to learn, grow, hang out between classes, volunteer, or find resources and referrals for a variety of issues and challenges women face. While the Center specializes in issues and situations particular to women’s experiences, we openly welcome both male and female students to use and enjoy our space and resources. The Center also provides a resource lending library with over 300 women’s studies and gender based holdings. Each semester the Center offers a variety of meetings, support groups and special events including guest speakers, film screenings, awareness rallies and much more. The Women’s Research and Resource Center participates in a wide array of political and social campaigns and supports students in any academic endeavor.