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Grounded by the University mission, the Division of Student Affairs provides educational opportunities and services that transform student’s lives.
We achieve this through priorities of:
- Finding Purpose
- Developing resilience
- Cultivating intercultural competence
- Promoting well-being and healthy living
As Student Affairs professionals we are committed to this work because we believe Gonzaga students, as individuals and in community, are on a quest for self-knowledge and character formation. We live out our calling to journey with them during this life-long transformation: “Transforming Together”
Student Affairs Vision Statement
We envision a community where students LIVE the University’s mission.
The Division of Student Affairs is led by the Vice President of Student Affairs and includes the Assistant Vice President for Career & Professional Development, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Well-Being and Healthy Living, and Dean of Student Engagement. The following programs, offices, and departments:
The Resolution Center for Student Conduct and Conflict is responsible for reconciling issues of student misconduct. Our processes provide transformative opportunities as we guide students to engage in ethical discernment, develop enhanced decision-making skills, and learn to accept ownership for actions. The Student Code of Conduct contains the University’s standards of conduct and the accountability processes that address allegations of misconduct.
Gonzaga University’s expectations for conduct go beyond what is minimally required for maintaining public order, both on and off-campus; and our student conduct processes are educational in nature as we actively seek to create an environment conducive to living and learning together. Our processes are not civil or criminal proceedings and our standard for determining a finding of misconduct is based upon what is “more likely than not” to have occurred.
By attending Gonzaga University, you agree to abide by University standards of conduct, expectations and policies. All students should be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct which is published at: www.gonzaga.edu/studentcodeofconduct.
The Center for Cura Personalis (CCP) exists to empower students to be their best selves. Cura Personalis means care for the whole person and our case managers are here to meet one-on-one with students, support them in dealing with life’s challenges and help connect them to useful offices and resources both on and off campus. Case managers at Gonzaga operate in a non-clinical capacity which means they do not provide counseling or therapy to students, though will quickly outreach to students who are struggling and connect students to resources for additional support. Case managers aim to build self-advocacy skills and promote personal growth through individualized meetings in a comfortable, private setting. If you or a fellow student are struggling, but not sure where to start, CCP is a great place to connect.Learn more by visiting gonzaga.edu/CCP or calling us at (509) 313-2227.
Gonzaga University Health and Counseling Services is here to support eligible campus-based undergraduate, graduate, and law school students physical and mental healthcare needs right on campus. Our expert staff are focused on the wellbeing of students and provide quality care just steps away from your residence hall or classroom.
Health and Counseling Services delivers your physical healthcare in a clinic setting. Providers, nurses, and other healthcare staff help diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. Our psychiatric and mental health providers afford services that are accessible for everyday concerns and crises impacting the student experience.
We strive to offer holistic, comprehensive healthcare in partnership with you. We keep you moving toward your educational goals and maintain our focus on the wellbeing of the whole person. Please see our Health and Counseling Services website for further information.
The University operates 22 traditional residential communities, largely devoted to first, and second year students. These on campus options offer you a variety of housing experiences as you complete your residence requirement. Most students in their third and fourth year live off campus in the surrounding neighborhood. A few hundred beds usually exist for a few students wishing to remain on campus after the residence requirement, yet the demand significantly exceeds supply. The approximate student population in housing is 3000 students, inclusive of some off- campus spaces.
A Faculty in Residence and Visiting Scholar program exists which allow for a few opportunities for faculty to live in facilities with residents and contribute to the community.
Residential housing and dining options are open throughout the academic year with the exceptions of Christmas vacation and spring breaks. During these times there may be limited service provided. Opening and closing dates are published and decimated by various means; including the housing and residence life website, departmental publications, and community meetings. As the university may observe and publish various dates of openings and closings of numerous offices, it is important to note only those dates communicated by the Office of Housing and Residence Life pertain to their operation. You should rely on these dates when making travel and lodging arrangements. The university will not be held responsible for expenses incurred by referencing conflicting dates referenced by other offices or departments.
Living in any residential setting (on or off campus) may present risk to personal property. As such, the University does not assume responsibility for the loss or damage of personal property. You are encouraged to obtain “Renter’s Insurance”. Information from private insurers will be made available during summer communications and will be posted on the department’s website. Additionally, a comprehensive list of residential regulations and expectations is published separately in the student
Residence Policies (overview)
The University requires all full-time first and second year students, who are unmarried and under the age of 21, to reside on campus in university managed residential facilities. Likewise, students required to live on campus must take part in the university dining program. All students residing in housing owned, leased, or managed by the university are contractually obligated to the University for the Room and Board Fees as outlined in the “terms and conditions” portion of the Residential Living Application/Agreement. Campus dining services are operated by Zag Dining by Sodexo. For more information about meal plans and other services provided, you may visit Zag Dining’s website at http://zagdining.sodexomyway.com or call the Zag Dining office at (509) 313-6906.
To be eligible for University housing, you must be at least 17 years and 3 months of age prior to the first day of class. Students younger than this must reside off-campus with their parent(s) or legally recognized guardian who must be over the age of 21 (typically an immediate family member). Exceptions to this policy or special requests, including those of students who are under 21 and unmarried but want to continue living with parent(s) or immediate family members, should be made in writing to the Senior Director of Housing and Residence Life. Students who reach the required age for residency after the first day of class may request a housing assignment during term. Accommodation of these requests will be honored as appropriate vacancies exist. Note, sometimes there is confusion when referencing this residential requirement policy. This requirement refers to the actual time a student has attended Gonzaga University and not to their academic standing.
Residential Living Application/Agreement
All students who are required to live in University Housing or who wish to continue in housing after their first and second year must complete and sign a Residential Living Application/Agreement. This document serves several purposes: it serves as the room and board contract between the University and the student, and outlines some of the University’s housing policies, and refers students to where they may obtain the rest of the policies regarding on-campus living and expected behaviors, and it provides information on room and damage deposits.
It should be noted by first year students that acceptance of the Residential Living Application/Agreement does not constitute acceptance to the University as a matriculating student. Prospective students, however, are encouraged to apply for housing as early as possible prior to their expected term (fall or spring) of attendance.
If you withdraw from the University during the semester, you will be refunded room and board fees on a prorated basis.
It is expected and highly recommended that you apply for housing at least five months prior to the beginning of the semester you intend to occupy an assignment. Completion of the Residential Living Application/Agreement found on-line provides the Office of Housing and Residence Life the information they need to plan for you being a part of the living community at Gonzaga University. Along with the finished application, you must submit a $200 housing deposit, which is automatically converted to a “damage deposit” upon check-in to your assignment and will be used to defray any damages up to that amount which may have occurred while you are in residence. Any remaining balance of the $200 will be refunded when you check out after all applicable fees and charges have been processed.
Room assignments are processed by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. As a new student, you will have the opportunity to select the space you live in. Students who do not select by the deadline will be assigned a space based on vacancy, and the profile question responses. Living-Learning Community housing options are also available each year and these options will be published on the Office of Housing and Residence Life website. Living Learning Communities requires supplemental questions on the application to be answered. Additional information on each Living Learning Community can be found on the website.
No guarantees can be made to first-year students regarding building, roommate, or Living Learning Community preferences, but all realistic attempts will be made to honor requests. Returning residential students are eligible to take part in a sign-up process during the spring semester which allows for selection of specific rooms for the following fall semester.
Sodexo Zag Dining
All students who reside in the residence halls are required to eat on campus under a board plan. Sodexo Food Service provides a full service food program to the University under the direction of the Executive Vice President.
Sodexo Food Service assists students with many health needs, including special diets when prescribed and approved in writing by a medical doctor.
The food service offers a "flex-dollar" option (Bulldog Bucks) to enhance the student's board plan. Students may use this allotment to purchase meals and/or snacks at any on-campus Sodexo food service location.
Meal Plan changes can usually be made during the first week of each semester.
Guided by the University mission to honor the dignity of the human person, the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center provides a safe and affirming space for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Through social justice programming – including speakers, artists, films, Out to Lunch with Allies, Lavender Mass, and Lavender Graduation – all Gonzaga members are welcome to participate and build community. The Center also offers Sexuality and Gender Equity (SAGE) Certification to students, staff, and faculty in an effort to expand and deepen LGBTQ+ cultural fluency. As part of the department of Diversity, Inclusion, Community, & Equity (DICE), the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center works closely with the Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC) and other campus partners to support students from historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized groups following an intersectional approach. DICE works closely with the Unity Alliance of Cultural Clubs and employs approximately 35 student leaders.
For over twenty years CCE has been putting Gonzaga’s mission into action through a wide spectrum of volunteer and community engaged learning projects. CCE’s programs offer you the opportunity to develop a personal commitment to service, social justice, and leadership. We take seriously the Jesuit mission of forming “women and men for and with others.” You can find our office in the Hemmingson Center. CCE serves as a resource center for students, faculty, alumni, and community partners.
Housed within The Center are the following programs and initiatives:
Gonzaga University has offered community-engaged learning (also known as service-learning) courses for over 20 years. These classes are taught across the curriculum and offered by the various schools, including the Law School. Over 1500 students are actively engaged in community-engaged learning each year. This office coordinates service fairs each semester which invite non-profit agencies to campus to share opportunities and recruit student volunteers.
Gonzaga's Youth Programs & Initiatives
For over 20 years, the Center for Community Engagement has paired well-trained and passionate college students together with school-aged youth from the Spokane community. Started in 1995 with the creation of Campus Kids at Stevens and Logan Elementary, CCE's Youth Programs & Initiatives have expanded by leaps and bounds. Today, we run 7 distinct mentoring programs in 13 Spokane Public Schools, with approximately 350 Gonzaga students serving over 700 youth.
Weekly Student Engagement Volunteering
We have many ways for you to volunteer alongside other Gonzaga students addressing a variety of local community issues. You can serve meals with Campus Kitchens, form a community with adults with disabilities with Gonzaga University Specialized Recreation, or serve weekly at a local non-profit with your peers through the Zag Volunteer Corps Semester of Service program.
Zag Volunteer Corps (ZVC) Program
Join the ZVC Semester of Service program and serve weekly at a local non-profit organization. Partner organizations engage students in a range of projects serving youth, senior citizens, or members of the homeless community.
If you don’t have the ability to serve weekly throughout the semester, consider participating in a ZVC Saturday of Service project. You can serve several times a year with a group of fellow students all over the city with our half-day Saturdays of service. This will give you a chance to work with various non-profits serving youth, helping construct homes, building trails, serving meals and much more.
Wolff Fellowship Program
Wolff Fellows co-design projects with local community-based organizations that build community capacity and strengthen partnerships between Gonzaga and the host agency. Projects are designed around CCE's six Arrupe Engagement Pathways: Advocacy & Awareness, Community-Engaged Learning & Research, Direct Service, Faith & Justice, Philanthropy, Policy & Politics, and/or Social Innovation. Through their unique projects, Wolff Fellows explore the connection between their disciplinary/career interests and public service, learn about community needs and assets, and partner with community organizations to build community capacity.
Service Immersion Programs
During winter or spring break, you can commit a week to serving in communities all over the country, from New York City to San Francisco and many in between. Our immensely popular service immersion programs, Mission: Possible and Justice in January, send groups of students across the country to serve, learn and engage in a diverse set of communities. We also provide an international immersion each summer.
UMEC provides experiential learning opportunities for all students in their identity development, cultural fluency, and connection to social justice. UMEC is organized around three pillars: (1) mentoring, (2) social justice programming, and (3) intercultural development. Many students first hear about UMEC through BRIDGE, which begins with a Pre-Orientation Social Justice and Leadership Institute and continues as a first-year peer mentoring program for incoming students with underrepresented identities. UMEC also offers social justice programs that feature speakers, films, art and activism workshops, and Diversity Monologues. UMEC’s third pillar on intercultural development encourages students to go even deeper through Intergroup Dialogue courses, Sustained Dialogue co-curricular groups, and Social Justice Peer Education. As part of the department of Diversity, Inclusion, Community, & Equity (DICE), UMEC works closely with the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center and other campus partners to support students from historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized groups following an intersectional approach. DICE works closely with the Unity Alliance of Cultural Clubs and employs approximately 35 student leaders.
This office serves as your central point of information and provides you with the opportunity and resources to address any questions or concerns you may have about being a transfer, veteran, or returning adult student at Gonzaga University. We understand that transfer, veteran, and returning adult students face unique challenges when returning to college. We are committed to supporting your successful transition to college and to connecting you to the services available at Gonzaga to support your educational journey. We value and appreciate the diverse skills, talent, and knowledge that you bring to Gonzaga University.
- The Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA)
- Student Clubs and Organizations
- Gonzaga Outdoors
- Payne Center for Leadership Development
- Student Media
The Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA) is committed to helping students. Through programs, sponsorships, events, and other academic and social activities, GSBA strives to meet the student's needs. GSBA partners with student clubs and organizations to offer an array of events, from weekly coffeehouse artists, to guest speakers and lectures, and even big name concerts like Yellowcard and Ben Folds. GSBA also offers everyday programs like the Partnership in Education Readership Program, Safe Ride, the Wall, and much more! Most importantly, GSBA acts as the voice of the students to the administration. GSBA prides itself on a strong relationship with the faculty and administration which helps students' voice their concerns and suggestions. Need more information, a GSBA form, curious about GSBA funding or painting the wall? Visit the GSBA website at www.gonzaga.edu/gsba.
Student Clubs and Organizations: Gonzaga currently has over 130 active and recognized student clubs that cover a wide range of interest. GSBA and the office of Student Involvement and Leadership work together to provide support and services for all student clubs and their members.
Visit the Zagtivities site to view all the clubs and organizations that are available, and to learn how to sign up! Curious about starting a club? Check out Gonzaga's Student Group Policy. If you have questions about guidelines, policies, processes and/or resources for Gonzaga University Student Groups, check out the Gonzaga University Student Group Manual. For more information visit our website at www.gonzaga.edu/getinvolved
Gonzaga Outdoors strives to keep the outdoors as accessible as possible by providing inexpensive gear rentals, subsidized outdoor adventures, and educational clinics. Their goal is to give as many students as possible the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful local surroundings. A few of the activities offered by Gonzaga Outdoors focus on: Skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, biking, fishing, rock climbing, and more.
The Gonzaga Outdoors office is located in lower Hemmingson. Contact us at 509-313-4189 or email@example.com
The Payne Center for Leadership Development engages and supports all students seeking to develop their leadership potential and inspire positive change on campus and in their local and global communities. Our programs, services, and resources offer students a deeper understanding of leadership in the Jesuit context of knowing self, building community, and impacting our world. We are also home to the Experiential Leadership Institute, a year-long leadership program for sophomore and junior students.
Gonzaga's Community of Leaders is comprised of over 800 student leaders who facilitate, manage and impact positive change for over 100 student clubs and organizations. The Payne Center helps students make meaning from their leadership experience and transform that learning into valuable lifelong leadership skills.
The Payne Center for Leadership Development offers a variety of services, including:
- Student Leadership Summits
- Leadership Workshops and Consulting
- Access to personal leadership inventories
- Guest speakers and professionals in the field
- Library of Leadership Resources
For more information, visit our website at https://www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/student-groups-activities/payne-center-for-leadership-development
The PCLD office is located in Hemmingson 203. Contact us at 509.313.5610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SpikeNites is the late night programming series in Hemmingson Center. Every Friday and Saturday from 10pm-2am SpikeNites will feature free movies, video game tournaments, comedians, special events and late night food options. Learn more about SpikeNites on Zagtivities.
Student Media provides a number of publications that feature student work. All publications are written, designed, and staffed by students under the guidance of a faculty or staff advisor. Our current publications include:
- The Gonzaga Bulletin
- One World
- Our Voices
- GU Bulldog Blog
- Spires Yearbook
New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) is dedicated to welcoming all new students and their families into the GU community through programs such as New Student Orientation, Parent & Family Orientation, and Fall Family Weekend. We support student learning and growth through programs that support transition and engage both students and families as active partners in student success at Gonzaga University.
NSFP develops and facilitates year-long transitional programs for students such as the How to Zag series and Zaglink through which new students are provided a holistic introduction to the university, connections to students with faculty, staff, and current students and support to their development and success during their first year.
NSFP serves as a hub for information, programs and services that inform and educate families about valuable resources, critical issues, and topics relevant to student success. We design and sponsor programs that promote family involvement in the life of the university and create opportunities for participation in their student's experience.
Parent and Family Relations, in collaboration with the Gonzaga Parent and Family Council, promotes each student's learning experience by engaging parents and families as active partners in supporting student success at Gonzaga University.
We serve as an advocate for parents and the university internally and externally, by facilitating communication and creating a climate that fosters mutual understanding.
We develop and implement programs and services that inform and educate parents and families about valuable resources, critical issues and topics relevant to student success.
We design and sponsor programs that promote parents and family involvement in the life of the university and create opportunities for participation in their student's experience.
Career & Professional Development
Career & Professional Development (CPD) helps students clarify and attain their educational and career goals by 1) developing a collaborative, community-wide network of career educators, 2) offering relevant and meaningful services and programs to foster and support their success, and 3) teaching them how to navigate lifelong career development.
- Individual Career Counseling & Advising: Schedule an appointment over the phone, by email or online at www.gonzaga.edu/ZagsIgnite. Open hours: 1-4pm Monday-Friday.
- Career Assessments: Self-Directed Search, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Card Sorts, and more.
- Career Courses: One-credit courses offered each semester that focus on the job search and applying to graduate or professional school.
- Health Professions Pathways Program (H3P): A program designed to educate, support and mentor students through the process of applying to a variety of health-related professional programs including but not limited to medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nursing.
- Speed Mock Interviews: An annual practice interviewing program featuring local employer and human resources representatives.
- Workshops and Presentations: Representatives from Career & Professional Development regularly conduct workshops and seminars on a variety of career-related topics around campus and in classrooms.
- Business Cards: Students can order Gonzaga-branded student business cards.
- Etiquette Dinner: An annual event highlighting proper dining and business etiquette.
- ZagsIgnite: Gonzaga's online career tool kit that lists job openings and employers specifically for Gonzaga students and alumni.
- ZagsConnect: An online alumni mentoring platform for students.
- CareerShift: Job and internship posting board that facilitates communication with employers and serves as a job search document repository.
- GoinGlobal: Provides country-specific career and employment information, including world-wide internship and job postings, H1B employer listings, corporate profiles, and career resources for 30 countries.
- InterviewStream: A tool designed to help students practice their interview skills by video recording themselves and answering a variety of industry-specific questions.
- What Can I do With This Major: A database of career paths related to academic majors.
CPD hosts several career fairs throughout the year including:
- All Majors Career & Internship Fair
- Engineering and Computer Science Career & Internship Fair
- Post Graduate Service Fair
- FUSE Career Fair (a joint career fair in collaboration with Eastern Washington University, WSU Spokane, and Whitworth University).
- School of Education Career Fair
- Nursing Career Fair
- Graduate and Professional School Fair
CPD organizes regional career development and networking events in popular geographic areas. Treks include visits to employers and opportunities for students to network with alumni and parents in the following locations:
- New York City (September/October)
- Spokane (October)
- Portland (January)
- Seattle (January)
- London (March)
- San Francisco (March)
- Silicon Valley (March)
- Denver/Los Angeles (May/June alternating years)
Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program (GAMP)
GAMP is a career development and networking resource for students and alumni. This award-winning program assists students in exploring alternative career fields and in developing a personal network of contacts by matching them with alumni mentors. The program has almost 3000 participating alumni that represent a broad range of careers, experiences, and geographical locations. These mentors are willing to help students clarify academic and career decisions with real-world knowledge and experience. By taking part in this program students will gain realistic and current information from Gonzaga graduates. They will also begin to develop the relationships they will need to help in the transition from school to the professional world of work. This program is intended for all majors and students are encouraged to use these services throughout their college experience. Students can register at zagsconnect.gonzaga.edu.
At times, the Office of Investigations and Inquiry is used to complete larger scale investigation not involving Title IX or sexual misconduct. These cases typically involve complex student conduct issues involving multiple parties (complainants and respondents).
The Office of Health Promotion (OHP) fosters the health of students through the use of proactive, non-judgmental, and inclusive public health principles and practices. Our goal is that all students will cultivate behaviors that contribute to sustainable, life-long well-being. The professional and student staff in this department lead initiatives, create programs, deliver trainings, and identify services and spaces that promote positive, holistic well-being and reduce high-risk behaviors. Contact us if you are interested in consultation for an event, project or idea you have.
Zags Help Zags – This is a program coordinated by OHP that helps develop students, faculty, and staff members to be active bystanders who step in to make a positive difference in the Gonzaga community. As a Jesuit University, we have a commitment to the dignity of the human person and strive to be in service to others. We aim to find proactive ways to establish healthy community norms, as well as identify strategies for intervening when challenging situations do arise.
Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) - The CRC's mission is to foster a common, collective sense of purpose that helps students lead meaningful lives with the desire to stop or reduce their use of substances and other potentially harmful behaviors. This mission is supported by programmatic efforts for recovery, alternatives to alcohol and drug use, strategies and resources for maintaining sobriety and a community of belonging promoting recovery, holistic well-being, and academic success. The space provided by Gonzaga University for the purposes of the Collegiate Recovery Community is known as OUR House.
Academic Events provides project management support for activities that foster academic engagement and promote community relationships.
Commencement: All students graduating in the calendar year are invited to join the one annual celebration event in May of that year, Commencement. Whereas graduation is the completion of studies resulting in a diploma, commencement is the celebratory acknowledgement of this academic achievement with ceremonies for Law, Graduate, and Undergraduate students. Collaboration and partnership with all areas of the university are necessary for successful events.
The Presidential Speaker Series: An annual event hosted by the University President featuring a high-profile author with a message of social justice, particularly highlighting the value of education.
Academic Honors Convocation: An annual event hosted by the Provost to honor student achievement and faculty excellence awards, as well as recognize retiring and emeriti faculty.
Mass of the Holy Spirit: A Jesuit education tradition for blessing the opening of the academic year, hosted by Mission and Ministry. Academic events provides project planning support and manages the academic procession.
Constitution Day: Activities to honor the United States Constitution on September 17 are created in partnership with Financial Aid and Student Involvement and Leadership.
Support is also provided to First Year Experience for Undergraduate New Student Orientation and to the Parent and Family Relations team for Family Weekend. In general, any academic area hosting a program or speaker event needing assistance may receive support from the Academic Events team.
Campus Security & Public Safety
Campus Security and Public Safety (CSPS) facilitates the safety and security of students, staff, faculty, visitors and property of the University. The department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers make regular checks of all university buildings and grounds with an emphasis on the residence halls and areas where students gather. Other services provided from this Department are: Emergency Communications, Emergency Preparedness, Crime Prevention and Education, Behavioral Threat Assessment, Parking, safe escorts from location to location (on and near campus), jump starts, alarm response, and suspicious activity investigations. CSPS works closely with the Spokane Police Department to coordinate criminal investigations and for requests of police services outside the authority of the department. CSPS works collaboratively with all local law enforcement and emergency service providers. To contact CSPS dial (509) 313-2222.