Jul 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Student Life

Emphasis at the University is on learning, including the learning which occurs beyond the classroom and laboratory. In the mission statement of the University, is the intent to “prepare our students to be lifetime learners in a diverse and global society.” A variety of University programs and services offer opportunities for students to develop their abilities to lead and make positive contributions to our state and their communities. These include but are not limited to: career preparation, health and wellness, and various opportunities for leadership development. Students are encouraged to apply the skills they learn in the classroom and learn new skills out of the classroom through their involvement in the holistic student development opportunities at USI. To learn more about involvement opportunities and services, visit www.usi.edu/students

Activities Programming Board

The Activities Programming Board (APB), composed of numerous committees, is responsible for programming student activities for the campus community. Movies, lectures, musical performances, novelty events, and comedians, are just a few events coordinated by APB. For more information on APB’s activities or how to become a member, follow them on Instagram @apbatusi.

Career Services and Internships

An integral part of the University, the Career Services and Internships office complements and supplements curricular programs by providing career coaching and employment assistance to students at all levels, freshman through senior, and active alumni from all academic disciplines. The primary mission of the office is to assist students in transitioning from the academic environment to the professional workplace. To achieve this mission, Career Services and Internships professionals meet with students in individual appointments as well as working closely with academic departments, student organizations, and Student Affairs departments to provide programs and presentations that encourage and educate students in obtaining internships and professional employment.

The University encourages all students to participate in an experiential education activity prior to graduating, and an internship or cooperative education (co-op) experience provides this opportunity. These professional practice programs offer an opportunity for students to integrate classroom learning with career-related work experience in both the public and private sector. Although many are paid positions, the primary value of an internship or cooperative education experience is the opportunity to clarify career goals, gain practical experience, and establish contacts with professional colleagues. Internships and co-ops are competitive, and Career Services assists students from all majors in conducting an effective search. The office also provides ongoing support to students during the internship or co-op and facilitates documentation of the student’s experience.

To be eligible for participation in most co-op or internship opportunities, students must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 and must have completed at least 32 credit hours. Transfer students must have attended the University for one full semester. Requirements for students from certain academic disciplines are more stringent, requiring a higher GPA or that particular classes be completed before eligibility can be met.

Internships most frequently are completed during a student’s junior or senior year and most University internship courses allow students to earn up to three credit hours by working a specified number of worksite hours. However, students are encouraged to begin planning and researching internship opportunities during their freshman and sophomore years by meeting with a Career Services and Internships professional. This will allow students to learn about the internship process, options for credit, and to discuss potential internships that complement their career goals. The co-op program offers two distinctly different patterns of study and work: alternate and parallel. The alternate pattern requires students to alternate semesters of full-time work with semesters of full-time study. The parallel pattern offers part-time work experience over an extended period of time while students maintain a minimum academic load. Because each program option benefits each student differently, programs are individually tailored to meet student and employer needs.

Upon admittance to the University, undergraduates seeking employment may receive job referrals to both on- and off-campus positions through Career Services and Internships. Part-time jobs and summer employment opportunities listed with this office allow all students, regardless of financial need, to earn money to support their education.

Students who have completed, or who will be completing, a degree program within the next calendar year are advised to meet with a Career Services and Internships professional for assistance with job search strategy for post-graduation professional employment. There is a professional staff member dedicated to working with each of the University’s colleges. In addition, workshops and presentations emphasize the identification of individual marketable skills and assist with resume development, interview preparation, employer networking, and general job search strategy. The department also facilitates online career communities that allow students and alumni to participate in discussions and obtain information via social media.

Students and graduates are strongly encouraged to use their account in Eagle Career Launch, the online job listing and recruiting system exclusively for USI students and graduates. All students have an account, ready to be activated once they are admitted to the University, and are advised to routinely use the system as well as store up-to-date resumes in their accounts. All opportunities, including part-time, summer, co-op, internships, and full-time professional positions are listed in Eagle Career Launch and include positions with local, regional, and national employers.

Career Services and Internships serves a vital employer relations role for the University by maintaining an extensive database of contacts, routinely meeting and communicating with employers, and planning and facilitating events such as career and job fairs and networking events for students and employers.

Career Services and Internships maintains an extensive web site of career and job resources including job listings, a virtual practice interview program, and general information about careers and jobs. A career resource library in the office contains printed materials covering such diverse topics as career and occupational information, job search techniques, and recruiting events. Computers also are available for resume writing and job research activities.

Information regarding the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the entrance exam frequently required for admission to graduate programs, may be obtained by contacting Career Services and Internships or the School of Graduate Studies. Career Services also assists with personal statements for graduate school application, as well as practice with admission interviews.

Students at all levels of academic study, from freshmen through seniors and graduate students, are encouraged to meet with Career Services and Internships professionals and take advantage of the career, internship, and job search services provided.

Center for Campus Life

(Student Organizations, Student Leadership Programs, Homecoming, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Involvement, Activities Programming Board, and SpringFest)

The Center for Campus Life (formerly Student Development Programs) promotes student engagement through campus traditions, student organizations, and personal growth opportunities. The staff advises and supports over 150 student organizations that represent a wide range of interests, including academic/professional organizations, programming, political, religious, multicultural, special interest, service, and honor societies. These organizations provide co-curricular engagement opportunities for students. The Center for Campus Life also oversees the development and management of the thriving Fraternity & Sorority Life community on campus. This department strives to foster an active and comprehensive campus experience through encouraging students to get involved.

The Center for Campus is located in University Center East, room 0235, and can be reached at 812-228-5107, getinvolved@usi.edu, or visit www.usi.edu/campus-life.

Center for International Programs

The primary mission of the Center for International Programs (CIP) is to enhance the international dimensions of the University and to facilitate opportunities for all students to acquire skills necessary to succeed in a global society. The CIP is responsible for international recruitment and retention and the delivery of information, services, and programs designed to meet the unique needs of international students and scholars. The CIP includes the Intensive English Program which provides language training for international students who have not yet achieved the required level of proficiency for matriculation into an academic program.

The CIP is also responsible for the development and administration of USI’s study abroad programs in over 60 countries. Students obtain USI credit for coursework completed through an approved study abroad program. Program fees are billed through USI, which enables students to apply most types of financial aid and scholarships to the study abroad program costs. Students should plan well in advance of the term they plan to study abroad, to determine how the coursework completed overseas will count toward the USI degree program. 

In addition, the CIP organizes different cultural events and works closely with the International Club and other organizations on campus to provide activities and programs designed to increase international awareness, acceptance, and understanding of peoples and cultures from all corners of the globe. Further information on the programs and services and a detailed calendar of international events can be found at www.usi.edu/international.

Intensive English Program (IEP)

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at USI helps international students, scholars, and professionals to develop English language skills, academic strategies, and cultural knowledge necessary for success in academic programs and professional settings in the United States.

The program provides non-native English-speaking students with the resources and opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to a level appropriate for university study and to equip them with the academic strategies necessary for successful study in a language and culture that may differ from their native language and/or culture.

Upon successful completion of the Intensive English Program, a university exam consisting of math, reading, and writing is administered by Academic Skills to determine placement into the appropriate level of freshman composition math, and reading classes.

The Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S.

Program Format

Upon enrollment, students are given a placement test (CaMLA) to determine their level of proficiency. The IEP has seven levels, from a preparatory level for absolute beginners to Level 6. Each level includes courses in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and academic skills with grammar. All classes are administered in eight week terms with eighteen hours of instruction per week. Units provide students with intensive instruction in the four skills with embedded cultural learning in order to reach the high standards of quality education. View a list of IEP courses in the Course Descriptions  section of the bulletin. The program can organize specialized short-term programs as needed.

For more information, visit www.usi.edu/international/intensive-english

Study Abroad Opportunities

The University offers study abroad opportunities in over 60 countries through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), CEA, CIEE, ISA, Semester at Sea, and cooperative agreements with several other institutions, including the University of Evansville’s Harlaxton College in England. With advance planning, it is possible for students in virtually any major to participate in an international program. Programs offer a variety of experiences, from specialized courses taught entirely in English or short-term programs led by USI faculty to direct enrollment in the international university. Students receive USI credit for the coursework completed during the summer, semester, or academic year.

The University is committed to making study abroad affordable as well as accessible to all students. The costs of some study abroad programs are based on tuition and room and board at USI. Other program fees are based on the costs of the host university or the sponsoring agency. The program fees for all USI-approved study abroad programs are charged through USI, which allows students to apply most forms of scholarships and other financial aid toward those fees. To be eligible for state and federal financial aid, courses you take abroad must count toward your USI degree requirements. Additional information is available from the Center for International Programs at www.usi.edu/international/study-abroad or 812-465-1248.

Counseling and Psychological Services

It is normal for people to struggle at challenging times, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is here to help. CAPS offers individual therapy, group therapy and substance use assessments to currently enrolled students. All services are supported by tuition and student fees, and students do not pay extra to access counseling. However, students found responsible for certain violations of the Code of Student Behavior may be charged an additional administrative fee.

Counseling and Psychological Services is here to help students develop the personal awareness and skills necessary to overcome problems, make effective decisions and grow in ways that help them maximize their total educational experience. The Counseling Center helps students learn how to effectively relate to others, understand and cope with emotions, set appropriate goals, make healthy decisions, resolve inner conflicts, develop independence and increase self-confidence. Through counseling and the various presentations and workshops offered, CAPS helps students fulfill their hopes, dreams and potentials in their journey of life-long learning.

Students may call Counseling and Psychological Services at 812-464-1867 or stop by the office in the Orr Center, Room 1051, to make an appointment. Except in very limited circumstances, all information shared with counselors is kept private and confidential. Referrals are offered when students have needs that are beyond the role and/or scope of services available. Additional information and resources can be found at www.usi.edu/counseling-and-psychological-services.

Dean of Students Office (DOSO)

The mission of the Dean of Students Office (DOSO) is to enhance academic achievement, social integration, and overall transition to USI by supporting student success at USI and in their local, regional and global communities. The DOSO staff helps students succeed at the University by connecting them to resources, assisting them as they navigate administrative processes with other University offices and serve as advocates when student face academic and personal challenges. We provide support during times of challenge, crisis, and emergencies, as well as opportunities for students to engage in good decision-making.  

The DOSO strives to empower all students to discover, pursue, and achieve their personal and educational goals. In addition, we serve as primary student advocates offering and promoting collaborative programs and services in coordination with Academic Affairs and other Student Affairs offices. We do this by assisting students in the resolution of problems, providing information about campus resources, and promoting institutional initiatives that address students’ needs and interests. We also serve as a resource for faculty, staff, parents, and families in supporting student retention, graduation, and overall success at USI.

For the current Student Handbook, Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Code of Student Behavior and additional resources, visit www.usi.edu/deanofstudents

The Dean of Students Office can be reached by calling 812-464-1862 or emailing deanofstudents@usi.edu

Dining Facilities

The University dining facilities are operated by Sodexo Campus Services. Dining options are offered at Chick-fil-A and Sub Connection on the main floor of University Center West with The Loft and The Sweets Spot Bakery located on the upper level. An Asian concept, Mein Bowl, is located on the main level of University Center East, along with a ghost kitchen for mobile order and pay using Grubhub and a robotic vending wall for your around the clock convenience. Starbucks is located in Rice Library. In addition, Sodexo operates Eagle Xpress Convenience Store, located in the Residence Life Community Center. Frozen yogurts and fresh smoothies are offered at Red Mango in the Wright Administration building, which also featuring sandwiches, salads, and beverages; sushi is made fresh daily. Fresh Sushi is also offered in The Loft, Sub Connection, and at the Eagle Xpress Convenience Store. Catering services are available for meetings, programs, and events. For additional information on meal plans, catering services, or employment opportunities, contact the food service office, UC 019, 812-464-1859, or visit www.usi.sodexomyway.com

Disability Resources

Disability Resources (DR) coordinates services and academic accommodations for USI students with disabilities to ensure equal access to facilities, programs, services and resources of the university. Students with disabilities seeking accommodations (such as extra time on exams, accessible textbooks, note takers, etc.) are encouraged to submit documentation of their disability to DR at least 60 days prior to the date they will need accommodations. If you are uncertain as to the documentation that may be needed please call 812-464-1961 or visit www.usi.edu/disabilities.

Disability Resources is located in the Science Center, room 2206. The office is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Housing and Residence Life

Housing and Residence Life provides on-campus accommodations for approximately 2,800 students. The department is committed to supporting and enhancing the educational mission of USI by providing programs, services, staffing, and facilities that support academic success. Students live in quality facilities, including one- and two-bedroom furnished apartments with full-size kitchens, as well as two-bedroom, two-bath residence hall suites.

Housing facilities also provide several amenities, including:

  • full-size kitchens or kitchenettes
  • Internet access including both wired and wireless connections
  • computer areas for student use
  • fully furnished apartments and suites
  • campus and community shuttle service
  • air conditioning
  • laundry facilities
  • convenience store
  • all utilities
  • on-site 24-hour security provided by Public Safety
  • 24-hour on-site staff supervision

Housing and Residence Life has numerous leadership opportunities for students in the residence halls and apartments. We invite you to get involved with your community and meet many great people on campus. Getting involved at USI makes the most of your time here and is a fun way to meet others who want to make a difference on campus. Getting involved is also a great way to learn leadership skills. Check out all that we have to offer!

Student Housing Association (SHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) are student organizations within Housing. Each group has their own executive board, goals and purpose. SHA is open to all housing residents. NRHH is an invitation-only student organization that recognizes the top 1% of students in Housing.

Housing and Residence Life also offers leadership opportunities as a job! We hire resident assistants, desk assistants, marketing assistants, community assistants, and programing assistants throughout the year. 

Theme Living Communities (TLCs, formerly known as Living Learning Communities) also are available for first year students. Each TLC is developed around a common academic discipline or interest area and are housed in residence halls. Each TLC will have special events and activities designed around the TLC theme, and will have a faculty/administrator who serves as the TLC Mentor. Students interested in a TLC must complete a TLC application in addition to the main Housing application.

TLCs offered for the 2022-2023 academic year include:

  • Honors TLC (open to students in the Honors Program)
  • Nursing & Health Professions TLC (open to students with majors in the College of Nursing & Health Professions)
  • STEM+ TLC (open to students with STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and math, including kinesiology and sport)

Another 3-5 TLCs will be offered, with chosen themes based on preferences and interests ranked by students when they complete the TLC application. For more information and a list of potential TLCs, visit www.usi.edu/theme-living-communities or email usi.llc@usi.edu.

Multicultural Center

The University of Southern Indiana’s Multicultural Center enhances the personal and academic success of students by preparing them to be responsible citizens in a multicultural society. The goals of the Center are to:

  • Foster and provide a warm, welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment for diverse populations at USI
  • Encourage, promote, and assist the academic and social integration of underrepresented students into the University through programs and services offered by the Center and through partnerships with other campus entities
  • Create opportunities for cultural interaction between students, the campus and the community at large to promote cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Provide outreach opportunities to underrepresented groups and under-served communities that seek higher education.
Services Events
Diversity workshops Black and Brown Summit
Parent and Family newsletter Black History Month
Resource library Cultural Diversity Welcome Reception
Student newsletter Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Luncheon
Get Involved Gospel Explosion
Black Student Union Hispanic Heritage Month
College Mentors for Kids Live at the Apollo
Collegiate Men of Distinction Phenomenal Women
Designed by Grace Power Hour
Fraternities and sororities Recognition and Awards Reception
Hispanic Student Union Success Series
Women Unlocked Cesar Chavez Day Latinx Film
Access to computers  
Lounging area  
Study room  
Muti-purpose room  

The Vision Statement for the Center is to develop diversity awareness within students to build a bridge between college life and future multicultural experiences. For more information, visit www.usi.edu/multicultural-center.

New Student and Transitional Programs

New Student and Transitional Programs assists students in their transition to the University and college life through the development and coordination of new, transfer, and adult student orientation, Welcome Week, First Year @USI, and other transition programs. This office provides support and programming for families of our students.

New Student and Transitional Programs is located in University Center East and can be reached at 812-465-7167, new.student@usi.edu or visit www.usi.edu/newstudent.

Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness

The Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness department is the combination of the intramural sports, fitness, recreation and student wellness programs. The University encourages the lifelong pursuit of an active, healthy lifestyle, and enhances student development by providing healthy activities, as well as leadership and employment opportunities. The offices are located in the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center (RFWC).

Recreation and Fitness — Recreation and Fitness offers programs designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and meet the physical, social, spiritual, intellectual, and emotional needs of students and employees. Some of the services and programs provided by Recreation and Fitness include fitness consultations, facility orientations, group exercise classes, incentive programs, bike and camping equipment checkout, and open recreation. The RFWC also includes a lobby with computers and a printing station, a game room, and a climbing center. A valid USI Eagle Access card is required to participate. Guest passes are available for purchase at the RFWC welcome desk. Recreation and Fitness staff can be reached in the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center, or by calling 812-461-5268.

Intramural Sports — The Intramural Sports program offers a wide array of recreational activities which provide competition suitable for students regardless of physical capabilities. Participation in the intramural, special events, and outdoor adventure programs enriches social relationships, develops an understanding of sports, and aids physical and mental improvement. Intramural staff can be reached in the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center or by calling 812-461-5268.

Student Wellness — The Student Wellness program develops, implements, and coordinates health and wellness education activities for the University community. In order to promote mindfulness, meditation, and other reflective practices that enhance wellness, students are encouraged to use the Reflection Room, located on the third floor of the RFWC. The staff of Student Wellness is located in the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center, 812-461-5483.

USI Recreation facilities include:

    Recreation and Fitness Center
    Physical Activities Center
    Broadway Recreational Complex
    Screaming Eagles Valley Complex (disc golf)
    RFW outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts
    Clarke Lane field
    Foundation field
    Tennis courts
    Running/walking trails
    Low Ropes Team challenge course

Religious Life

Religious Life provides religious guidance, educational and worship opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, and is located in the O’Daniel Apartment complex (corner of O’Daniel Lane and Clark Lane). The mission of the Religious Life Office is to provide access to programs that enable interested students to pursue full spiritual growth and development. Religious Life fosters a campus atmosphere in which members of the college community may freely express their religion/non-religion faith beliefs as to live wisely. 

Religious Life sponsors the Spiritual Diversity Project, a campus initiative aimed at cultivating greater awareness and respectful dialogue among religious and non-religious students. The diversity of beliefs and non-beliefs in our community is celebrated through religious, spiritual, and cultural literacy programs, as well as interfaith collaborative service projects. Spiritual Diversity Project programs are tailored specifically for our USI community.

To find out more about the religious life organizations on campus, the Spiritual Diversity Project, and area worship information, visit www.usi.edu/religiouslife.

Scripps Howard Center for Media Studies

The Scripps Howard Center for Media Studies houses a television production facility and the student cable television channel, SETV-12. The facility includes a fully equipped, three-camera television studio, camcorders for field shooting, and Apple computers for video editing. Student productions include the live newscast Access USI, entertainment shows, and Radio/Television class assignments. SETV-12 airs these programs along with movies and student organization announcements.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the representative body of all currently enrolled students. It is composed of elected members of the student population and includes an executive board, five administrative vice-presidents, 23 representatives from the four academic colleges and University Division, 27 members at large, and a seven-member University Court. SGA serves as the voice of all students to the Board of Trustees, faculty, administration, and USI community. All students, by virtue of their registration at the University of Southern Indiana, are members of SGA and are encouraged to attend General Assembly meetings and serve on SGA committees. For more information, visit the web site at www.usi.edu/sga or email sga@usi.edu.  

The Shield

The Shield, a student publication and designated public forum, provides opportunities for students to gain experience in reporting, writing, design, photography, and sales. The Shield’s print edition is available at more than two dozen locations across campus every Thursday during the fall and spring semesters and online every day at usishield.com. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply for staff and management positions in the editorial or sales and marketing departments. Apply at usishield.com/work-for-us or in person in The Shield office in the lower level of UC East. 

University Health Center

The University Health Center provides medical services and health-related information to students, faculty, and staff. We are located on the lower level of the Health Professions Center in room HP 0091. The University Health Center recognizes that health and education are precious assets. Our goal is to help you maintain or improve your health, allowing you to reach your highest potential both in and out of the classroom. Services offered include acute and minor care, contraceptive counseling and birth control options, immunizations, allergy injections, pregnancy tests, laboratory testing, physicals, STD diagnosis and treatment and other medical procedures. Services needed beyond the scope of the University Health Center are accessible through our referral network. Services provided at the University Health Center do not replace the need for a primary care physician.

The University Health Center is staffed by Deaconess Clinic employees including nurses, nurse practitioners and a doctor. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. To reach the UHC call 812-465-1250, email at studhlth@usi.edu or via fax at 812-465-7170. Additional information and resources can be found at www.usi.edu/health-center.

95.7 The Spin

95.7 – The Spin is an award-winning, student-run, non-commercial radio station owned and operated by the University. The Spin can be heard on multiple platforms, including 95.7-FM, www.957thespin.com, channel 12 in student housing and on smartphone apps. The station’s main format is alternative rock, and it produces news and sports. Students from all disciplines are welcome to be a part of The Spin’s programming. Positions are available for disc jockey, news writing and reporting, sports broadcasting, marketing, promotion, and underwriting.