Student Life

The Student Life Leadership team guides the work and efforts of the various departments in the division. The Leadership team consists of the Vice President for Student Life, two Dean of Students and two Assistant Deans. All team members are student affairs generalists, with specific areas of responsibility, and focus on providing care and concern for the campus community. The Dean functions as the Chief Judicial Officer and coordinates off-campus relations. The Assistant Deans also have specific responsibilities. The Vice President has overall responsibility for student life functions and activities.

In partnership with students, faculty, administrators, and other members of the Gonzaga University community, the division of Student Life assists students in their pursuit of an education based on Jesuit tradition and the Gonzaga University Mission and Ethos Statements. The division strives to know students personally, encourages them to grow and to mature, and enriches their education by challenging them to be active in all areas of their own development. Recognizing growth as a continuous process, the division is sensitive and responsive to the spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth needs of students.

The division wants students to commit to excellence, to develop their talents more fully, to be involved in the educational community, to develop mutual respect for and sensitivity to others, to commit to honesty, to communicate openly, to value and offer service to others, and to increase their awareness of the oppressed and to work for a just society.

The division of Student Life is committed to serving students and the Gonzaga University community through counseling, health education, service, career planning, prayer and worship, safety and security, physical development, crisis intervention, student orientation, student discipline, co-curricular activities, and extra-curricular activities. The aim is to assist students in achieving the maximum benefit from their educational experience and to improve the quality of campus life.

Student Housing Residency Requirement and Dining Policies

The University requires full-time unmarried undergraduate first and second year students under the age of 21 to reside on campus in the residence hall system and take their meals in University dining facilities. Students who have been admitted to Gonzaga University and want to live on campus, must be 17 and 3 months on the first day of classes. Students younger than this age upon the first day of classes must live off campus with parents or immediate family who are 21 or older. Any special exceptions or requests will be considered and addressed by the Director of Housing. First and second year students refers to how many years the student has been attending Gonzaga University and should not be confused with "class standing" in relation to this residence requirement. Undergraduate first and second year students who are under the age of 21 but who are married or living with immediate family in the local area may apply for an exemption from this requirement with the Office of Housing and Residence Life. All students residing on campus are contractually obligated to the University for the room and board fees as stipulated in the "terms and conditions" portion of the Residential Living Application/Agreement.

Residential Living Application/Agreement

All residential students must complete and sign a Residential Living Application/Agreement. This document fulfills several purposes: it serves as the room and board contract between the University and the student; it states some of the University's housing policies; it refers students to where they can find the rest of the policies regarding on campus living and behavior; and it provides information on room and damage deposits. If a student withdraws from the University during the semester, his or her room and board charges are refunded on a prorated basis.

It should be noted that acceptance of the Residential Living Application/Agreement does not constitute acceptance to the University academically. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for housing as early as possible prior to their expected term (fall or spring) of attendance.

Residence Halls

Under the leadership of the Director of Housing and Residence Life, the University operates 24 residential communities. In addition, 4 unfurnished off-campus apartment communities and 30 houses are part of our attempt to offer variety to student's housing experience as they enter upper division status and are over 21 years of age. The combined residential system houses approximately 3,000 students.  Residence halls range in size from 15 to 420 students, although most facilities have less students. This arrangement provides a close-knit and informal atmosphere designed to help students develop responsibility and accept opportunities for leadership.

Alliance, Campion, Chardin, Cushing, Lincoln, and Roncalli are smaller residences on campus. Crimont, DeSmet, Dillon, Goller, Twohy, Welch, Dooley, and Madonna are larger style ranging in size from 35 to 155 students. Catherine/Monica Hall houses 360 students, and Coughlin hall house 420 students. Apartment style living is popular among second year students and opportunities for such living arrangements can be found in 301 Boone, Sharp Apartments, Sharp House, and Dussault Apartments. Currently, Kennedy Apartments, Burch Apartments and all of Corkery Apartments are reserved for upper division students who wish to remain on campus after their residency requirement expires. The upper division apartments are premium style, newer apartments, mostly offering options for single bedrooms while sharing apartment space with friends and peers.

Across campus, Jesuit priests live in campus residence halls and apartments as live-in chaplains.  The Chaplain in Residence Program desires to provide education and support of the Jesuit Mission and Identity of Gonzaga University.  Additionally the Chaplains provide a ministry of presence while providing pastoral care and concern for residential students and Residence Life student staff members.

Residence halls and dining halls are open throughout the academic year except during Christmas vacation and spring break, when limited service is provided. Opening and closing dates, including those pertinent to Christmas vacation, are published on the department's website and various department seasonal publications, distributed during each semester and through community meetings. If multiple dates seem to conflict or are confusing, you should rely on information directly from the Office of Housing and Residence Life when it comes to scheduling flights to and from the campus during holiday periods.

The University does not assume responsibility for the loss or damage of personal property. Every resident is strongly encouraged to obtain renter's insurance and information from private insurers will be included in a summer communication to all students as well as posted on the website. Detailed information regarding residence hall regulations is published separately in the Student Handbook. This handbook is available from the Student Life Office, Office of Housing and Residence Life, or the Crosby Student Center.

Room Reservations

Students are expected to apply for housing with the Office of Housing and Residence Life at least four months before the beginning of the semester. All students must complete a Residential Living application/agreement online. This application requires a $200 room deposit which is non-refundable after May 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. The $200 room reservation deposit converts to a room damage deposit at the time of occupancy. A portion of this deposit may be nonrefundable, depending on how much damage is charged against the deposit during the student's residency. The damage portion of the deposits are refundable when a student checks out of the residence hall or leaves the University and appropriate room charges, if applicable, have been deducted.

All students are assigned rooms by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. New students may indicate room or hall preference on the Application/Agreement. Roommate preference, if applicable, should be noted in the "Roommate Request" area. In the absence of a roommate preference, students are paired with a roommate based on the responses to lifestyle questions on the Application/Agreement. Students may also select to live in our theme style communities. The theme style communities each year will be advertised on the department website. Most require an additional special application. No guarantees can be made to first-year students regarding building, roommate, or theme style preferences. Returning residents participate in a sign up process during the spring semester that allows them to select a specific room for the next fall semester.

Student Conduct & Behavior

Gonzaga University expects its students to conduct themselves at all times according to principles of the Ethos statement and the University's Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic tradition.  Students are expected to respect themselves as well as the personal and property rights of others, and must abide by all rules, policies, and expectations as set forth in the Student Handbook. Students also have the obligation to conduct themselves in accordance with the law.

Mutual Responsibility

A student's primary purpose for enrolling at and attending Gonzaga University is to pursue an education through the academic program. Gonzaga's values-based policies, rules and expectations apply to all students. All Gonzaga-related activities arise out of student status and are a privilege. Good standing, academic and conduct, must be maintained.

The admission of a student to Gonzaga University and the student's acceptance of that admission constitute an agreement of mutual responsibility. The student's obligation is to understand the policies, rules and expectations of the University and abide by them both on and off campus. The University's responsibility is to provide an environment in which its educational goals may be achieved and the best interests of the community are considered. The University also provides students with an opportunity to be appropriately involved in matters affecting their welfare. Gonzaga University assumes a responsibility to take appropriate action when behaviors are contrary to Gonzaga's mission, Ethos statement, policies, rules and expectations, and thus, when the agreement of mutual responsibility has been violated.

Student Conduct and Disciplinary System

The student conduct and disciplinary system at Gonzaga is educational in nature, designed to uphold the values of the institution, stop and redirect inappropriate behavior that is harmful or disrupts the community, and support a positive living and learning environment for all. As with classroom or academic participation, this process is centered on student learning and developing students' independent critical thinking, reflection and self-advocacy skills. As such it is not intended to include direct participation or intervention by parents or external parties.

Gonzaga's Student Handbook is a reflection of the policies, values, and expectations that the University has of its students. By attending Gonzaga, students agree to abide by these policies regardless of their personal opinions about the validity of these policies and also agree to the judicial processes as outlined in this handbook.

Gonzaga University Hearings and conduct meetings are not criminal or civil judicial proceedings. Criminal courts make a determination of guilt or innocence of an accused. Civil courts resolve non-criminal disputes between parties, usually for a money judgment. Gonzaga's disciplinary hearing process makes a determination of responsibility, that is, whether the accused more likely than not committed the alleged act. Although the terms and procedures may be similar to criminal law or the criminal court system, they are specific to Gonzaga University and limited to the meaning and use given them by the University. An act not criminally prosecuted may still violate University policy.

Information for a finding is based on a standard that an act was "more likely than not" to have occurred. The information does not have to be in the form of physical "evidence" nor does the alleged violation have to be witnessed. Circumstantial information can be sufficient in some instances for the University to determine that an act was "more likely than not" to have occurred. The University's standard for determining whether a violation has occurred is different from criminal law.

The Student Life Staff is responsible for the implementation of the student conduct and disciplinary system at the University. Members of the Student Life Staff, The University Discipline Board for Students, and/members of our Student Conduct Boards will hear disciplinary cases and sanctions may be imposed as outlined in the Student Handbook. The Vice President for Student Life, the Chief Judicial Officer or her/his designee may utilize other hearing types and procedures at their discretion.

University Ministry

Mission

The Office of University Ministry is responsible for the faith development of all students regardless of religious affiliation and tradition. University Ministry provides opportunities and resources for spiritual growth and fellowship through retreats, service projects, liturgies, music ministry, Christian Life Communities (CLC's), spiritual direction, residence hall programs and more. These activities offer students a more mature understanding of Gonzaga's Jesuit and Catholic identity and a deeper respect for other religious traditions.

Activities

  • Mass and Sacraments: As a Catholic University, we hold Masses on campus to unite us as a faith community. At least four public Liturgies are available each day in the Gonzaga community. People of all religious paths are welcome to join us in prayer and worship. In addition, we help students connect with other local area places of worship. Not only are students invited to come to Mass, but they are also invited to take on leadership positions, such as that of Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Server, or Sacristan. University Ministry also offers students the Sacrament of Reconciliation three times each week. In addition, a student may seek out a priest at any time.  Contact information for Gonzaga priests can be obtained by visiting the University Ministry Office.
  • Retreats: University Ministry's retreat programs provide opportunities for students to practice reflection, self-disclosure, leadership, fellowship and self-examination according to our Ignatian heritage. More than a thousand students participate in University Ministry retreats each year. University Ministry coordinates one Pilgrimage, six Freshmen Retreats, four SEARCH retreats, six Cardoner Retreats, one Senior Retreat and two Montserrat Retreats per academic year. Each retreat is coordinated by a University Ministry staff member and most are led by student crews.

If you have questions about other University Ministry sponsored events and programs, please contact the office at extension 4242 or from off-campus by calling 509-313-4242.  The office can be reached by e-mail at umin@gonzaga.edu. University Ministry is located on the main floor of the Crosby Student Center and online at www.gonzaga.edu/um.

Counseling Center

Services are available for all currently enrolled students who have concerns-which may be career, personal, or academic in nature-and which may impede their academic progress. The counselor will decide with the student how many sessions will be needed-not to exceed the limits of our short-term model.

  • Specialized Services: Occasionally, students have concerns that may require specialized services; our counselors can serve as consultants in the processing of referrals to appropriate community professionals. Some concerns for this specialized service include: alcohol rehabilitation, eating disorders, chronic psychological conditions or long-term therapy. Fees incurred for services beyond the scope of the Counseling Center are the responsibility of the individual student.
  • Career Counseling: The college experience often has a profound impact on personal and professional goals. We provide career counseling to take a comprehensive look at how a student's particular interests, values and abilities may relate to various career and lifestyle choices. The process typically entails completing the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and using the System of Interactive Guidance and Information (‘SIGI')-a computer career exploration program-as tools to examine the student's life in terms of developing a career plan. Personal agency (being self-aware and actively developing one's own potential) is the ideal we work with students to develop as we assist in clarifying interests, values and skills, and in identifying compatible academic majors and career fields.
  • Our Staff: Our counselors are professionals who hold Masters or Doctorate degrees in Psychology. Each of our counselors possess years of experience and are qualified to address the individual needs of the student in a short-term, "focused" model of counseling. Counselors assist students in clarifying their life goals -personal, academic and professional- and also in acquiring methods for coping with obstacles encountered throughout life. Succeeding sessions are devoted to finding ways of achieving goals that have been established collaboratively.
  • Location: The Counseling Center is located in College Hall room 303 and can be reached at extension 4054 or off-campus by calling 509-313-4054. The center can be reached by e-mail at: ccac@gonzaga.edu. Office hours are 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Counselors are available for appointments Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:10 pm to 4:00 pm.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services and Counseling

Gonzaga University offers services related to alcohol and substance abuse counseling for those students who may need such services. Some services include: alcohol and drug education programs, alcohol and substance counseling, and substance free housing. Occasionally students have concerns that may require more specialized counseling services. In these instances, there are designated individuals in the Student Life division who can serve as a source of referral to appropriate community professionals. For more information on alcohol and substance abuse services please visit the Student Life Office in College Hall 120. The office can be reached at 509-313-4100.

The Career Center

The Career Center assists students and alumni with career support, opportunities and connections translating the Gonzaga experience to meaningful life's work. A wide variety of events, programs and opportunities are held throughout the year to encourage students to be actively involved with career planning. Employer representatives visit campus to interview and recruit students and campus-wide career fairs bring many employers and organizations in direct contact with students. The Internship Program provides resources for students to learn how to find and develop internship opportunities related to their career goals. Many formal and informal opportunities exist for students, including one-on-one appointments with professional staff and mentoring from student peer volunteers. ZagTrax is an on-line program which allows students, alumni and employers to connect with Gonzaga's electronic posting board for internship and employment opportunities, as well as maintain an electronic career portfolio.

  • Career Preparation Workshops-offering sessions throughout the academic year on all phases of career development: resume, cover letter, interviewing, networking, internships, recruiting, and job search
  • Employment and On Campus Recruitment Opportunities- meet with representatives from national, regional and local corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and school districts when they visit campus to interview and recruit students for internships and careers
  • Internship Program-learn how to prepare yourself, as well as how to find and develop internship opportunities related to career goals
  • Career Fairs-network with employers at the Engineering Invitational and the Campus-Wide Career Fairs in the Fall, and the Partnership Career Event in the Spring
  • Employer and Job Search-receive a "hands on" demonstration of how to use online resources to find a job or internship, get career direction, and search for employers who hire people with a specific degree
  • ZagTrax-visit www.zagtrax.net to connect with Gonzaga's online posting board for internship & employment opportunities, as well as maintain an electronic career portfolio (letters of recommendation, transcripts, resumes, and other pertinent documents) which can be made available to prospective employers or graduate schools upon request
  • Electronic Files-allows students and alumni access to storage and electronic delivery of placement files for the School of Education
  • Individual Student Appointments-schedule an appointment with a career professional to discuss specific career questions
  • After Hours-stop by on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 pm to receive immediate assistance with resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, or other career-related questions
  • Career and Internship Resource Materials-come by to conduct a "hands-on" or on-line career-related search and make use of reference materials that provide current information on career trends
  • Career Center Representatives (CCR)-receive mentoring from the student-run group who provide career support to their peers through walk-in appointments, classroom visits, career-related programs, and campus-wide outreach
  • Resumania-stop by during the lunch hour once a month to enjoy a slice of pizza while receiving assistance on resumes, cover letters, or interviewing skills
  • Etiquette Dinner-savor a four-course meal and learn the proper etiquette for dining with an employer (offered once per semester)


For a complete listing of workshops, events, on-campus recruiting opportunities, or to schedule an individual appointment, visit www.zagtrax.net.

GAMP

The Gonzaga University Alumni Mentor Program (GAMP) is a career development and networking resource for students and alumni. This award-winning program assists individuals in exploring alternative career fields and in developing a network of contacts by matching them with alumni mentors in their particular career field. The program has over two thousand mentors in a wide variety of career fields from different geographical locations willing to help students clarify academic and career decisions. Students acquire realistic and current information from these career practitioners and begin developing relationships that will prepare them to make a successful transition from school to the professional world. The program is intended for all majors, and students are encouraged to use the services throughout their college experience.

In addition to the individual mentoring, GAMP organizes regional career development and networking events in Spokane, Portland, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and San Jose. The "Trek" program offers students the opportunity to participate in corporate excursions, networking socials, and to meet representatives from some of the top employers in the region. The treks help students make valuable career connections with individual alumni and corporate recruiters in some of our nation's most important employment markets.

Center for Community Action and Service-Learning (CCASL)

The Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL) has accumulated almost two decades of experience putting Gonzaga University's mission into action through a wide spectrum of volunteer and service-learning programs. CCASL develops students with lives committed to service, social justice and leadership. Together with the campus community, CCASL endeavors to fulfill the Jesuit mission of forming "women and men for and with others." The CCASL offices are found in two houses that serve as a resource center to students, faculty, alumni, and community partners with the goal of providing community service opportunities. Programs include:

  • The Office of Academic Service-Learning: GU has offered service-learning courses (a service component is integrated into a course's curriculum) for over 15 years. Nearly 100 service-learning courses are taught each year throughout Gonzaga's various schools and departments including the Law School. Over 1,700 students are engaged in service-learning each academic year. The office coordinates the Fall Service Fest and Spring Service Fair where 80 to 100 non-profit agencies come to campus to recruit student volunteers.
  • Gonzaga Mentoring Initiative: For over 15 years, CCASL's mentoring programs have brought well-trained and passionate college students together with school youth in the Spokane community. Beginning in 1995 with Campus Kids at Stevens and Logan Elementary, today the programs have expanded to house seven distinct programs in 12 Spokane Public schools.
  • Co-Curricular Student Engagement: These enriching programs focus on students serving in one-day and ongoing service initiatives working with people with developmental disabilities, the homeless, elderly and on issues of faith and justice.
  • Service Immersion: CCASL runs three life-changing service immersion programs: Reality Camp for incoming freshman prior to orientation, Justice in January during Christmas Break and Mission: Possible during Spring Break. In total, these three programs visit 13 different locations across the across the country. Students are engaged in integrated learning experience focused on social topics (eg: environmental studies, Native American studies).
For more information: http://www.gonzaga.edu/CCASL
 
Crosby Student Center

The Crosby Student Center opened in the spring of 1993 as a student-oriented facility designed to enhance the quality of life among members of the Gonzaga community. The Center offers meeting rooms, lounges, and areas for programs, study, and socialization. Also available are student mailboxes, the University mail service, a central information desk, café, Grab and Go snack bar, television lounge, espresso bar, vending machines, gifts/balloons, a small movie theatre, several food retail outlets, a student photo gallery, ATM, bank, courtesy phones, and Ticket Central where students can purchase discounted tickets to area-wide events both on and off campus. Offices housed in the Center include University Ministry, The Career Center, Student Activities, Outdoor Recreation, in addition to the offices of the Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA), and the Crosbyanna Room with Bing Crosby memorabilia.

Crosby is the place to go to find out what's going on, to find your friends and simply hang out and talk. It is here that students, faculty and staff gather for in-depth discussions about recent topics and it is through these discussions that students affirm their opinions on these chosen topics.

Health Center

The campus Health Center provides medical treatment for illness and minor injuries, provides health education, and promotes physical and mental health. A referral service is also provided. The Health Center is open weekdays during the academic year except for holidays.

The physician, nurse practitioner, and registered nurses are available for confidential treatment and consultation with an emphasis on personal responsibility and wellness. All registered students are eligible for these services.

In compliance with University policy, all students born after 1956 must submit documentation of two immunizations for red measles (Rubeola) prior to registration. Non-compliance with this requirement may result in a hold on any future registration. Exceptions must be verified by the Health Center and will be granted only for specific medical or religious objections to vaccination.

An accident/injury plan is in effect for all students. Additional insurance coverage is offered to cover the cost of services, in or out of the Health Center.

Campus Public Safety and Security Department

The Campus Public Safety and Security department facilitates the safety and security of the students, staff, faculty, visitors, and property of Gonzaga University. As part of the Student Life division, the Safety and Security department supports the educational and developmental mission of the Office of the Vice President for Student Life. The department is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers are professionally trained in public safety methods. On-going training, appropriate for the campus environment, is provided. Officers make regular checks of all University buildings, with emphasis on the residence halls. Officers also answer calls for service, provide escorts and jump starts, check alarms, and investigate suspicious situations. Criminal activity and requests for police service that are outside the authority of campus officers are directed to the Spokane Police Department. The University possesses a collaborative working relationship with local law enforcement and emergency service providers.

Unity Multicultural Education Center

The primary purpose of the Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC) is to proactively assist and provide leadership that supports an inclusive campus community, enhances cultural competency and increases diversity awareness through educational programs, relevant social justice initiatives, events, cultural celebrations and various workshops.  The staff at UMEC assists Gonzaga University by integrally supporting and actively promoting the value of diversity in its many forms in the context of a larger commitment to the institutional commitment to social justice.

Charged with administering and promoting equity and inclusion initiatives, UMEC provides distinctive intercultural learning opportunities and social experiences on campus as well as in the community.  The work of the department plays an essential role in developing and expanding Gonzaga's commitment to recruit, nurture, and retain students, faculty, administrators and staff from traditionally underrepresented demographics.  UMEC's intentional efforts and co-curricular opportunities provide the necessary tools that help build and enhance cultural competency and an appreciation of the value of human difference.

Resources provided through UMEC include classroom and residence hall presentations, event/program planning, workshops/trainings, mentoring, retreats, and advocacy.  The Unity Multicultural Education Center provides on-going programs throughout the year, including BRIDGE Pre-orientation, LEADS, Multicultural Honor Society, speakers' series, study breaks during mid-terms and finals, and spring break alternatives.

LGBT Resource Center

The LGBT Resource Center provides a safe, supportive educational environment and resource to the Gonzaga community, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or are questioning their sexual orientation. Gonzaga's approach to sexual orientation is drawn from the Non-Discrimination Policy, the Commitment to Human Diversity, Catholic Social Teaching, and a commitment to helping students develop their whole selves.

Gonzaga recognizes that LGBT students may have special needs that require purposeful care and concern in accordance with our Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic mission, which is central to the LGBT Resource Center's role on campus.

The LGBT Resource Center is located inside of the Unity Multicultural Education Center and actively strives to enhance the institution's educational commitment to creating an inclusive community where human differences can thrive in an environment of respect. Resources provided through the center include events/programs, Safe Space training for students and employees, Always Our Children Retreat, and intentional advocacy and ally development. 

International Student Programs

The International Student Programs (ISP) Office markets the University's programs overseas. ISP processes the application and admission of foreign undergraduate students and the evaluation of foreign secondary and tertiary transcripts, and ensures the University's compliance with federal regulations pertaining to international visitors and students.

The ISP Office operates a variety of programs providing services to Gonzaga students from other countries including orientation, academic advising, and intercultural activities. ISP also coordinates activities among students, faculty, administration, the local community, and various American and foreign governmental agencies involved with international students.

ISP also works in coordination with the University's English Language Center. For more information, please see the English Language Center section of the catalogue.

Leadership Resource Center (LRC)

The Leadership Resource Center, located on the main level of Crosby Student Center, is here to help students in any phase of their leadership journey, from connecting freshmen to over 100 clubs and organizations to the creation of a leadership portfolio for seniors seeking jobs or applying to graduate school. The services listed below are provided to help students make meaning from their leadership experience and transform that learning into valuable leadership skills.

  • Leadership Workshops: The LRC offers a variety of skill-building workshops or can work with your club or organization to customize a workshop specific to your situation. Currently, we offer workshops on:

-Team-building
-Conflict Resolution
-Life Balance
-Time Management
-Facilitation Skills

  • Leadership Consulting: We are available to match your skills and desires
    to specific leadership opportunities, assist you in navigating a leadership
    challenge, discern your leadership strengths, or help you reach the next
    level of performance.
  • Leadership Library: Peruse our small but powerful leadership library located in Crosby, suite 100.
    Feel free to borrow a book or ask for book referrals pertaining to your interests.

Any questions about the LRC, or request for individual appointments or workshops, should be e-mailed to Katie Herzog, LRC Coordinator, at herzogk@gonzaga.edu.

Disability Resources, Education, and Access Management

Disability Resources, Education, and Access Management (DREAM) provides access services to Gonzaga University's programs, services, activities and facilities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Washington State laws. DREAM serves students with permanent or temporary disability. DREAM may arrange or provide appropriate academic adjustments, reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, assistive technology, advocacy, and other types of assistance for students with disabilities. Students should contact DREAM to inquire about the procedure for securing academic adjustments or accommodations. The University recommends that students contact DREAM at least four weeks prior to the semester for which they are requesting services. However, DREAM continuously evaluates student documentation and requests for accommodation throughout the school year.

If at any time during the process of application, admission, and enrollment, individuals feel that they have been discriminated against because of disability, they are encouraged to notify the DREAM director. Incidents which have occurred more than 120 days prior to making the complaint may or may not be given consideration. To obtain copies of GU's Informal Complaint Process for Reasonable Accommodation or the Formal Grievance Procedure, please contact the DREAM director.

Disability Resources, Education, and Access Management is located in Foley Library, 2nd floor, East Wing. The office can be reached by phone at 509-313-4134. Visit the department website at: www.gonzaga.edu/disabilityresources.

Parent and Family Office

The Parent and Family Office is dedicated to providing resources to enhance parent's Gonzaga experience.  By helping parents and families play an instrumental role in their student's educational success. Please visit the Parent/Family newsletter for more information at blogs.gonzaga.edu/parents/ and our website gonzaga.edu/parents. To contact our office please call 509-313-4154 or e-mail parents&family@gonzaga.edu.

Athletics
  • Intercollegiate Athletics: Gonzaga has maintained its athletic tradition of pride and excellence for decades. A powerhouse in the West Coast Conference and the nation, the Bulldogs compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. Also known affectionately as the "ZAGS," Gonzaga's 16 athletic teams wear the official colors of navy blue, red and white. Men's intercollegiate sports at GU include: baseball, basketball, cross country, crew, golf, soccer, tennis and track. Women's sports are as follows: basketball, cross country, crew, golf, soccer, tennis, track and volleyball. All of these teams continually prove their worth among WCC foes, which include Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara.
  • Intramural and Club Sports: Intramural sports are a vital part of the college experience at Gonzaga University. More than 2,500 students participate annually - over 62 percent of the student population - and Gonzaga is ranked No. 10 nationally by The Princeton Review in the category "Everyone Plays Intramural Sports." The 22 sports and events offered run all nine months of the school year and range from dodge ball and softball to flag football and volleyball. Besides intramurals, students can take part in 14 different club sports through the Student Body Association. Club sports at GU include ice hockey, men's and women's rugby, skiing, snowboarding and lacrosse, among others.
Student Publications

Gonzaga University publishes the following student produced publications: The Gonzaga Bulletin newspaper; Culture Shock, a journal of personal experiences at Gonzaga; Charter journal of scholarship & opinion; One World journal of social justice; Reflection journal of literary & visual arts; and Spires yearbook.  The newspaper is available online at: www.gonzagabulletin.com.  The other publications can be seen online at: http://www.gonzaga.edu/studentpublications.  These publications are distributed at no charge on campus to students. For other distribution information or questions please call 509-313-6875.

Student Wellness Resource Center

The Student Wellness Resource center is available to all Gonzaga University students. The center promotes healthy lifestyle choices, encourages a holistic philosophy and balance to life, and combines a proactive positive approach to healthy living, emphasizing the whole person. The staff of the center provide wellness information and resources via workshops, activities, one-on-one interactions, programs, fairs, etc. Some of the wellness issues addressed at the center include: alcohol and drug use, sexual assault and harm prevention, healthy relationships, eating disorders, stress reduction, healthy eating, etc.

Peer Educators, known as Gonzaga Peers Listening and Understanding Students (G+) are available to talk with students about relationships, depression, or other concerns. GPLUS (G+): promotes student respect for uniqueness of self and others, focuses on reducing student risk for injury and illness, creates awareness for healthy lifestyle habits through education, challenges students to contribute to a healthy university environment and practices skills for health and well-being.

Student Organizations
  • Student Government: The Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA) is Gonzaga's student government. Every undergraduate student is a member of GSBA. The purpose of GSBA is to present student concerns to the administration, provide activities both on and off campus, sponsor and financially support student clubs and organizations, supply student services, provide leadership development opportunities, and assist in creating an environment which is conducive to students' needs. GSBA is made up of three branches: the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch. There are four elected and 14 students appointed as executive branch representatives, 24 elected legislative branch representatives, and five students appointed as judicial branch representatives. GSBA's mission is to support the growth of the Gonzaga community through the sponsorship of clubs, activities, and forums for student participation.
  • Student Clubs: The Vice President for Student Life formally recognizes academic, social, honorary, sports, religious, awareness, and service clubs and organizations. There are over ninety chartered clubs and organizations at Gonzaga. Currently, Gonzaga has such club sports as hockey, men and women's rugby, men and women's soccer and men's and women's lacrosse. These clubs compete with other schools in the region. Service organizations provide an opportunity for students to serve the University and the Spokane community. The Knights, the Setons, and Circle K, all allow students to use their talents in service. In addition, there are special-interest clubs. Among these are academic clubs, political clubs, cultural clubs, and honor societies. All of these groups sponsor and participate in activities on campus and in the community. Students are encouraged to form new clubs and organizations; however, they will not be officially registered with the University until they go through the proper procedures for emerging clubs. GSBA has a Clubs Office in Crosby that can assist students in creating a new club in virtually any interest area students may have. Further information on clubs, and the process to start a new club, can be obtained by contacting GSBA or the Student Activities Office which are located on the second level of the Crosby Student Center.
  • Gonzaga Outdoors: The mission of Gonzaga Outdoors (GO) is to provide experiential educational opportunities for students to learn about themselves through the outdoors. GO tries to appeal to all types of outdoor enthusiasts by sponsoring ski trips, fall and spring rafting trips, backpacking trips, climbing classes, camping, environmental education and clean-up, bike tours, and more. These trips are meant for everyone, whether expert or beginner. Gonzaga Outdoors is the resource center for students who want to recreate in the outdoors. Resources are also available to help students plan their own trips. Educational programs on outdoor safety are offered throughout the year as well as movies and speakers on a series of outdoor related activities. A full service bike shop is also available to students. The Gonzaga Outdoor Office is located in the basement level of the Crosby Student Center.
  • Outdoor Equipment Rental Program: The Gonzaga Outdoors department also manages the outdoor equipment rental program. Rental equipment includes camping supplies, kayaks, snowshoes, snowboards, and more. New to the area and don't know where to go? Our staff can assist you in planning a trip, whether it be camping, hiking, kayaking or other outdoor activities and can ensure that you have the proper equipment for your next adventure.
  • Student Activities: Operating under the belief that extracurricular activities help develop the "whole person," the Office of Student Activities is a wonderful starting point for your journey. The office is a central point for happenings on campus which assists with event planning, supervision of clubs, and large events on campus such as Homecoming, Spring Fling, Senior Week activities and more.


For further information contact the Student Activities Office located on the upper level of the Crosby Student Center, Room 200. The office can be reached by phone at 509-313-6123.

A full college experience consists of a wide array of experiences for the student, from studying philosophy, to listening to challenging speakers, to skiing in Canada. We are here to help you obtain as varied a college experience as you desire.