At DWU, college life is about more than taking tests and reading books; the development of the whole person is an essential part of a college education. Student activities, or cocurricular activities, give students the chance to learn important life skills outside of the classroom. Through a variety of activities, individuals can explore their interests, make new friends and learn more about themselves. Cocurricular activities are important in developing a student’s full potential in college. Students develop and apply leadership skills, such as the ability to analyze, organize and communicate, in activities outside the classroom. These experiences are also important in career preparation, as future employers often consider on student involvement during college.
Under the direction of the director of student life, all programs and services are offered as a cooperative venture by students, faculty and staff. Student participation is encouraged in planning and evaluating programs and services in the Student Association Senate and through student participation in faculty/administrative committees.
Opportunities for involvement include:
See www.dwu.edu/studentsenate/organizations.htm for a complete list.
There are many support systems at DWU to assist students throughout their college careers. They range from personal to academic, including:
For more information about any of these services, see the DWU Student Handbook at www.dwu.edu/handbook.
More than 335 students participate in DWU intercollegiate athletics. The team nickname is the Tigers and the school colors are royal blue and white.
Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC)
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Champions of Character
Campus ministry is open to all members of the campus community. The office, historically served by a United Methodist pastor of the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church, seeks to offer an ecumenical ministry by affirming the diversity of faith experiences, understandings and backgrounds while maintaining a grounding in the biblical witness and heritage of the Christian faith. The office provides ministry opportunities for the university, often in partnership with Student Ministry Council (SMC) and other aspects of student life. The campus pastor oversees the SMC; is available to the DWU community for spiritual leadership, guidance and care; and regularly teaches courses.
Student Support Services (SSS)
Funded through a federal TRiO grant, SSS provides program participants with tutoring, mentoring, counseling, disability services, multicultural activities, educational workshops, financial literacy training, career and graduate school planning, and other resources designed to enhance students’ education and enable them to achieve a baccalaureate degree.
Developed for the express purpose of giving students the best possible chance to succeed in college, SSS incorporates professional mentoring by professional/trained staff which includes advice and assistance in course selection, registration and four-year graduation plans, connection to appropriate support resources, and midterm and final grade reviews to encourage good academic standing.
Peer tutoring services are available in many disciplines through group or individual sessions with certified tutors. For writing assistance, professionals and tutors in the TRiO Writing Center are available to assist program participants in all stages of the writing process.
Our peer-to-peer mentoring program offers freshmen the opportunity to be matched with a successful junior or senior student. Peer mentors help new college students acclimate to the DWU campus by providing social opportunities and educational workshops throughout the year. Peer mentors foster healthy peer relationships and create a positive learning community.
Counseling is available for short-term needs. Individual and group counseling services provided by the campus counselor include support in coping with the pressures and problems of college life, group educational sessions and individual counseling.
Specialized assistance is provided for students with physical, psychiatric, and/or learning disabilities through facilitation of appropriate resources. Documentation of the disability is required to initiate services.
Academic and career advising is available to assist with goal setting and exploration. Program participants use career assessments and other diagnostic and learning tools to understand their strengths, motivation and abilities. Participants may explore career options and research graduate school possibilities.
Direct financial assistance though the TRiO Student Support grant scholarship may be available to TRiO SSS participants who are federal Pell grant recipients and meet scholarship requirements.
Eligibility is based on first-generation status (neither parent graduated from college with a baccalaureate degree), income level determined through federally stated guidelines, and/or a documented disability. Staff members determine eligibility through an application process. Students who are not accepted into the TRiO SSS program may receive support through the Center for Talent Development.
In cases where action by a student or group of students prevents other members of the campus community from realizing their objectives, it is the duty of the community to respond in an appropriate manner. Due process is established and followed in all cases. Students should know the policies and procedures outlined in the DWU Student Handbook.
With respect to particular personal matters, students electing to attend DWU must assume specific responsibility. In any connection with the university, the student is expected to refrain from illegal use of alcoholic beverages or drugs, gambling or any other behavior adverse to the atmosphere of the university.
Students must comply with the behavioral and residential standards of the university to graduate.
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Last updated: 9/5/12