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USF 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog - Page 19

Student Affairs & Student Services

The University of South Florida (USF) is committed to the concept of total student development - intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and moral. The curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs of the University are designed to achieve this end and are presented to offer USF students a wide variety of beliefs, opinions and ideas in an atmosphere of openness where all views may be aired. The programs and activities developed and implemented by the Student Affairs staff at USF are intended to improve the quality of life at the University and to meet the University’s goal of total student development.

Students who attend the University of South Florida are subject to University policies in addition to guidelines established by the Board of Trustees of the University of South Florida. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, as well as other University officials, is charged with interpreting the policies of the Board of Trustees to students, their families, and others in the University community.


The Division of Student Affairs is composed of the areas of Enrollment Planning and Management, Student Life and Wellness, and the University Police Department. Student Affairs staff provide prospective and new students assistance in obtaining information about the University before they arrive on campus. The staff also offers services to the students to help them cope more effectively with the many facets of college life that can affect students’ academic work: financial aid, health services, individual and/or group counseling, alcohol/drug education, career planning, placement, procedures for redressing grievances, standards for students’ conduct, due process in the event of disciplinary action, and advice and/or assistance in time of difficulty. A variety of programs and services are offered by the Student Affairs staff to provide students opportunities to become involved in college life outside the classroom: orientation for new students, advisors in residence halls, student organizations and Phyllis P. Marshall Center programs and activities, student government, student publication, intramural and recreational sports, student health education/wellness programs, and events of special interest. In addition, the Division of Student Affairs provides for the safety of students and employees.

The staff of the Division of Student Affairs at the University is committed to creating a student-focused learning community distinguished by shared purpose, collaboration, open and timely communication, mutual respect, trust and inclusiveness.

The Division will provide leadership for a diverse University community, inspire the pursuit of academic excellence through collaborative learning, and foster a caring environment that encourages the personal and professional development of students and of those who serve them. In partnership with University faculty and staff and the community, we will reach beyond our individual perspectives to develop life-long learners who are broadly educated, ethical, open to differences, capable of critical thinking and who share responsibility for enhancing the human condition.

Student Affairs Diversity Statement

The Division will develop a system that will create a learning community where each individual’s primary identity as a person has worth and value. Individuals from diverse ethnic, racial, religious and social backgrounds will willingly interact frequently displaying attitudes and behaviors of respect, shared purpose, commitment to common welfare, mutual cooperation and support. In this community all persons will be judged on the content of their character and all individuals will have a voice.

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