Student Development

College Hall, Office 120
509-313-4100    
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life

Mission Statement

Grounded by the University mission, the Division of Student Development 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 Development 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 Development Vision Statement

We envision a community where students LIVE the University’s mission.

Offices

The Division of Student Development is led by the Vice President of Student Development and includes the Assistant Vice President for Career & Professional Development, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Well-Being and Healthy Living, Dean of Student Engagement, and the Director of Campus Security & Public Safety. The following programs, offices, and departments:

The Office of Community Standards (OCS) 202 Crosby
509-313-4009
ocs@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Development/Community-Standards
The Center for Cura Personalis (CCP) 729 East Boone Ave. & 1111 North Cincinnati Street
509-313-2227
ccp@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/ccp
Health & Counseling Services 704 East Sharp Ave.
509-313-4052
studenthealth@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/healthandcounseling
The Office of Housing and Residence Life Crosby, Suite 201
509-313-4103
housing@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/housing-dining
Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center Hemmingson Center (2nd Floor)
509-313-5847
lgbt@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/student-services/lgbtq-resources
Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
Hemmingson Center (2nd Floor)
509-313-6824
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/community-engagement-and-service
Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC) Hemmingson Center (2nd Floor)
509-313-5836
umec@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/UMEC
Transfer, Veterans, and Returning Adult Services Hemmingson Center (2nd Floor)
509-313-5606
nontrad@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/student-services/veterans-military-connected-students
Student Media College Hall, Office 433
509-313-6875
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/student-groups-activities/student-media
Student Involvement and Leadership Hemmingson Center (3rd Floor)
509-313-6123
studentactivites@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/student-groups-activities
First Year Experience Programs Crosby Center, Rm 110
509-313-5501
www.gonzaga.edu/FYEP
Parent and Family Relations Crosby Center 101
509-313-4154
parents&family@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/parents
Career & Professional Development Crosby First & Second Floors
509-313-4234
careers@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/careers
Campus Security & Public Safety 503 Sharp (Huetter Mansion)
509-313-6147
509-313-2222 (Emergency)
www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Development/Campus-Public-Safety-and-Security
Office of Investigation and Inquiry
729 E. Boone
509-313-3998
www.gonzaga.edu/about/offices-services/human-resources/equity-inclusion/title-ix
 

The Office of Community Standards (OCS)

The Office of Community Standards is responsible for the administration of the Student Code of Conduct. The office provides formative and developmental conduct processes and outcomes within the framework of Gonzaga’s Jesuit identity and student conduct best practices. 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)

The Center for Cura Personalis (CCP) exists to empower students to be their best selves. Cura Personalis means care for the whole person; The programs offered through CCP are non-clinical and engage students in well-being education as well as responding to the immediate needs of students who may be struggling. CCP provides various services that include:
  • Well-Being and Prevention Education - The professional staff of this area partner with student peer educators to provide student-centered, harm reduction approaches to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our areas of focus include mental and emotional well-being, healthy relationships, our Zags Help Zags bystander empowerment program, and alcohol and other drug education.
  • Case Management - 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 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, Case Management is a great option.  
  • Collegiate Recovery Community - The mission of this program is to foster a common, collective sense of purpose for students in recovery from substance use disorders or those exploring sobriety. OUR House provides a safe, recovery-positive environment where students can get support from other students who have had similar experiences.
Learn more by visiting gonzaga.edu/CCP or calling us at (509) 313-2227.

Health & Counseling Services

Health & Counseling Services functions as your private physician's office and counseling center. The Health & Counseling Services staff have a strong focus on wellness and want students to benefit fully from Gonzaga’s Jesuit education.  Our Board Certified Family Physicians, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and Counselors are here to give you their expertise and care in a confidential setting. Our clinicians are able to diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications, provide psychological counseling, and support students with long-term health concerns.  For our hours, more details on available services, costs and billing, please visit our website.


The Office of Housing and Residence Life

The University operates 22 traditional residential communities, 3 off-campus apartment communities (modestly furnished), and 10-15 individual houses which are owned by the university. These options offer you a variety of housing experiences as you complete the student residency requirements (1st and 2nd year), and become eligible for upper division status or turn 21 years of age.

The approximate student population in housing is 3000 students. Residence halls range in size from 15-420 students, depending upon the year, and again exemplify the variety of options designed to allow students to build positive communities and long lasting friendships.

The Chaplain in Residence Program

Across campus, Jesuit priests “live-in” various residence halls and apartments to provide education and support of the Jesuit mission and identity of Gonzaga University. In addition, the presence of Chaplains in the residential setting allows for the pastoral ministry of care and concern to you as an individual and to the residence life staff as well.

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 Handbook. This document is available in the Student Development Office and the Housing and Residence Life Office.

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 who are required to live on-campus must take part in the University Dining program. All students residing in housing owner, 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 student’s 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 (which is determined by the completion of academic credits).

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 academically. 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.

Room Reservations

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 may indicate housing preferences on the Application/Agreement. Roommate preferences, if applicable, should be noted in the “Roommate Request” area of the form. In absence of a roommate request, you will be paired with another student based upon the responses to lifestyle questions you both selected on the application. Theme-styled housing options are also available each year and these options will be published on the Office of Housing and Residence Life website. Most of these options require an additional application which can be found on the website if applicable.
No guarantees can be made to first-year students regarding building, roommate or theme-style 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.


Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center

The Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center at Gonzaga University is inspired and guided by the university mission and values of faith, service, justice, leadership, and ethics.  It aims to serve as a center for supporting community, networking, research, and education related to concerns shared by students, staff, and faculty of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.  The center welcomes all to participate in upcoming events and programs in an effort to collectively learn and actively promote social justice. 


Center for Community Engagement (CCE)

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:

Community-Engaged Learning

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 once a month 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.  


Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC)

UMEC provides educational opportunities that cultivate mindfulness, intercultural development, and support the benefits of a pluralistic and inclusive environment.  This office desires to meet the needs of a fluid demographic and provide the Gonzaga community with educational and social opportunities to raise cultural awareness. UMEC welcomes all to participate in upcoming events and programs in an effort to collectively learn and actively promote social justice.

On-going programs throughout the year include:

  • BRIDGE (pre-orientation)
  • LEADS Mentoring
  • Multicultural Honors Society
  • Speakers Series
  • Diversity Monologues
  • Spring Break Alternatives (immersion programs)
  • InterGroup Dialogue (IGD)

Transfer, Veteran, and Returning Adult Services

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.


Student Involvement and Leadership

Student Involvement and Leadership is dedicated to inspiring and empowering students! The Department of Student Involvement is home to:
  • The Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA)
  • Student Clubs and Organizations
  • Gonzaga Outdoors
  • Payne Center for Leadership Development
  • SpikeNites
  • 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.gogsba.org

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 outdoors@gonzaga.edu

The Terry Payne Leadership Resource Center 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 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
  • SIL interns
  • 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 web-site at www.gonzaga.edu/leadership-resource-center

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
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
  • Charter
  • Our Voices
  • Reflection
  • GU Bulldog Blog
  • Spires Yearbook

The First-Year Experience Program

First Year Experience Programs is dedicated to assisting you in a successful transition into the Gonzaga University community. The Office is a one-stop shop in finding and connecting to resources on campus. Whether you are looking for assistance in academic tutoring, finding a flag football team or ways to serve the community, we will be able to get you on the right path. Through the rich experiences and supportive campus community First Year Experience Programs is a one-stop resource for you.
First Year Experience Programs develops and facilitates an exemplary program of New Student Orientation and year-long transitional programs. New students (including first year, international, athletes, transfer, veterans, and non-traditional) 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.


Parent and Family Relations

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 and 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.

CPD Services

  • Individual Career Counseling & Advising: Schedule an appointment over the phone, by email or online at www.gonzaga.joinhandshake.com. Open hours: 1-4pm Monday-Friday
  • RESUMANIA: Monthly lunch hour resume review with free pizza!
  • Career Assessments: Strong Interest Inventory, Self-Directed Search, Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Etiquette Dinner: Event highlighting proper dining and business etiquette
  • Speed Mock Interviews: Practice your interview skills with employer representatives
  • Workshops and Presentations: Representatives from Career & Professional Development regularly conduct workshops and seminars on career development around campus
  • Internship Program: Learn how to prepare yourself, and find and develop internship opportunities related to your career goals
  • Business Cards: Order Gonzaga branded student business cards through CPD

Online Resources

  • Career Beam: Job and internship posting board with career development guides and tools
  • CareerShift: Job and internship posting board that facilitates communication with employers and serves as a job search document repository and disseminator
  • GoinGlobal: International job and internship posting board and database
  • Handshake: Gonzaga's online career tool kit that lists job openings and employers specifically for Gonzaga students and alumni
  • iNet: Join iNet, an internship recruitment consortium created and shared by: Duke, Georgetown, Gonzaga University, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Northwestern, Rice, Penn, USF, USC, and Yale. Find internship opportunities with high-profile and industry leading organizations
  • What Can I do With This Major: Database of career paths related to academic major

Career Fairs

CPD hosts several career fairs throughout the year including:
  • All Majors Career & Internship Fair (October)
  • Engineering and Computer Science Career & Internship Fair (October)
  • FUSE Career Fair (February/March)
  • School of Education Career Fair (March)

Career Treks

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)
  • 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.


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Campus Security & Public Safety

Campus Security and Public Safety (CSPS) facilitates the safety and security of students, staff, faculty, visitors and the property of the University. As part of the Division of Student Development, CSPS supports the educational and developmental missions outlined by the VP of Student Development. The department is open 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 office are: safe escorts from location to location (on campus), jump starts, alarm checks, 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 this department. They also work collaboratively with all local law enforcement and emergency service providers. To contact CSPS dial (509) 313-2222.


Office of Investigation and Inquiry

This office works in conjunction with the Director of Title IX and the Office of Community Standards (OCS), to conduct inquiry and/or investigation of alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct as related to sexual misconduct or Sexual Harassment. Investigations are conducted through trauma informed practices and are unbiased.

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).