Campus Life

Dean of Students Office

301 Student Center; 313-577-1010

The Dean of Students Office provides services and affords opportunities to enhance student life and campus activities. The Office coordinates major campus student activities and events, including Orientation Part 2 (O2), New Student Convocation and Festifall, Student Organizations Day, Homecoming, and the Finals Week Late Night Breakfast.

The office coordinates the campus calendar of student activities, community service programs; advises fraternities and sororities; and promotes student involvement in co-curricular life at Wayne State and Detroit including the Thursdays in the D series, the Discover Detroit series, the Weekends in the D series, the Arts in the D program, and the Campus Activities Team program board. The office also coordinates the Warrior Pride program focused on school spirit, and the Warrior Zone athletic events student section. The University Student Conduct Officer is housed in the Dean of Students Office and the office also coordinates the Student Care Report process

The Dean of Students serves as the Deputy Coordinator for Title IX and the Student Life Wellness Coordinator resides in the Dean of Students Office and focuses on sexual violence prevention education, substance abuse prevention education, and digital citizenship education.

Student Organizations: There are over 400 recognized student organizations including such diverse categories as academic/professional, social action, political, sororities/fraternities, honoraries, ethnic and religious groups, as well as student governments. Student organizations use the Dean of Students Office to process their event planning and all students use the Dean of Students Office to learn about getting involved in campus life. The Office staff also assists students who want to organize new student groups. The staff also coordinates various campus publications including the on-line newsletter Get Involved at Wayne. Student organizations can apply to the Student Activities Funding Board for funds to present events, pro- grams, and activities on-campus.

The official student newspaper is the South End.

Parent and Family Services

The Dean of Students Office coordinates Wayne State's Parent and Family Services. Through this office, parents and family members receive the twice monthly parent and family newsletter and have services available to them to help them help their students be successful, including the parents helpline: 1-877-WSU-PARENT. The office may be e-mailed at: parents@wayne.edu.

Student Senate

395 Student Center
http://www.studentsenate.wayne.edu

The Student Senate is the recognized student government of Wayne State University. It consists of twenty-eight members, fourteen members at large elected in a University-wide election, and fourteen appointed members, one student representative appointed by the Office of Housing and Residential Life, and one representative appointed by the Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach to represent the extension centers. The Student Senate has an official advisory responsibility in policy formation for the governing of student activities at Wayne State. The Student Senate is advised by the Dean of Students Office.

Student Leadership Awards

The David D. Henry Award and the Howard A. Donnelly Award are given annually to the undergraduate man and woman at graduation who have been judged as having made the most outstanding contributions to the University in the areas of student activities, leadership and service. These contributions must be consistent with high scholarship during the recipient’s entire undergraduate career.

The David D. Henry Award was established in 1948 to honor the third University President and recognizes students completing their studies in the Fall semester. The Howard A. Donnelly Award was established in 1927 at the request of Mr. Howard Donnelly, a friend of the University, through a grant provided in his name. The Donnelly Award recognizes students completing their studies in the Winter semester.

The winners of these awards are determined by a faculty selection committee comprised of academic representatives from within the University.

Office of Housing and Residential Life

582 Student Center; 313-577-2116
http://www.housing.wayne.edu

Housing and Residential Life at Wayne State fosters student learning and success through engaging residents in an intentional living-learning community. Supported by safe, comfortable and convenient residence hall, apartment and dining environments, residents grow in self-awareness and cross-cultural understanding as they practice social and group development as members of a diverse group of Wayne State learners.

Facilities and programs administered by this Office are located just steps away from classrooms, libraries, the Student Center, and the Recreation and Fitness Center and combine the convenience and activity of the campus with the energy and pace of downtown urban living.

Ghafari Hall, Atchison Hall and the Towers Residential Suites all offer:

Housing for freshmen, upperclassmen, and graduate students.
Fully furnished rooms in a range of occupancies, all with private baths.
Study rooms and social lounges on each floor.
Wi-Fi throughout each building.
Designated special interest floors.
Live-in Community Directors and Student Resident Assistants.
Free cable.
Fully equipped laundry facilities.
Staffed 24-hour front desk with OneCard access system.
Food court style eateries including a vegetarian and Kosher dining facility.
Academic and social programming.

Housing is also available in the University’s campus apartments. The top six floors of DeRoy Apartments are furnished. Students must have at least a sophomore standing to live in these furnished spaces. The remaining floors in DeRoy, as well as Chatsworth and University Tower Apartments are unfurnished spaces. To be eligible to live in the unfurnished spaces students must be at least twenty-one or have junior standing.

Chatsworth, DeRoy and University Tower Apartments offer:

Internet access with Wi-Fi in DeRoy and University Tower.
Free cable.
Fully equipped laundry facilities.
Staffed 24-hour front desk with OneCard access system.
Refrigerator and Stove.
Ability to purchase a meal plan.
Activity rooms available for resident use.
24 hr on-call emergency maintenance.
Live-in Community Directors and Student Resident Assistants.
Central air conditioning throughout DeRoy and University Tower.

For more information, current pricing, and application contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life at the Website: http://www.housing.wayne.edu

Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation

Matthaei Facility: 126 Matthaei Building; 313-577-4295
Intramural Sports: Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center; 313-577-6712
Intercollegiate Athletics: 101 Matthaei Building; 313-577-4280
http://wsuathletics.com.

Wayne State University has a rich athletic tradition dating back to the fall of 1917 and recently celebrated ninety-nine years of singular outreach and academic success. The first Detroit Junior College athletic event (precursor of Wayne State University) was a basketball game against the Detroit College of Law on January 19, 1918. Since then WSU student-athletes have captured numerous honors, including national championships awarded by the NCAA and conference championships. In the past ten years, 301 WSU student-athletes have been recognized as All-American, the most in any decade. In the ninety-nine year history, 591 students have been so recognized. Sixty-three percent (63%) of the nearly 400-plus student-athletes currently involved in competitive athletics have a 3.00 or better grade point average. According to the latest federally mandated report, WSU student-athletes graduate at a seventy-six percent (76%) higher rate than the comparable campus population. The athletic department provides competitive opportunities in the following sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, football, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's swimming/diving, men's and women's tennis, volleyball, and women's indoor/outdoor track. Last season, seven out of seventeen programs competed in NCAA championships. In 2012, women's swimming and diving won the NCAA National Championship joining ten other programs to be so honored. The past fifteen years WSU Athletics has had its fifteen highest ratings in the annual NACDA Cup and in twelve of the past fourteen years finished in the top 12% of the 319 institutions in Division II. The NACDA ranks the top overall competitive intercollegiate athletic programs in the country.

The University competes in both the NCAA Division I (men's and women's fencing) and Division II levels with the other twelve University athletic programs competing in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Members of the GLIAC are: Ashland University, Ferris State University, University of Findlay, Grand Valley State University, Hillsdale College, Lake Erie College, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Northwood University, Ohio Dominican University, Saginaw Valley State University, Tiffin University, and Walsh University.

The fencing teams compete in the Midwest Fencing Conference with Ohio State, Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, and Northwestern, among other schools.

The University offers a wide and varied program of recreational and intramural activities. The Matthaei Complex, and the surrounding athletic campus on forty-three acres of land, located on the west end of campus, offers a myriad of drop-in activity areas that include courts and fields for basketball, football, jogging, racquetball, soccer, squash, tennis, and volleyball, a weight training/exercise room, and swimming facilities. Use of these facilities is free with a current University ID or with a membership through the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center. The recently built Multipurpose Indoor Facility features 35,000 square feet of usable space, four tennis courts and a sprint track. Open recreation hours and rental information for this facility are available on: http://wsuathletics.com.

Ticket and schedule Information is available at the Athletic Office, 101 Matthaei Building, 313-577-4280. All men's basketball and football games are broadcast on the Warrior Radio Network at WDTK-AM 1400 and FM 92.7 and are also available for free on the internet. Students are admitted free to all University-controlled WSU athletic events with a One Card.

Sports Facilities

Matthaei Building

Matthaei is normally open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; and is closed to recreation on Saturday and Sunday, during the fall, winter and spring/summer semesters. During the spring/summer semester the Building is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outdoor tennis courts and track are available during posted hours. A facility schedule is published monthly. Operational hours are subject to change, and not all areas of the complex will be available at all times, due to scheduled classes, intramural activities and varsity athletics. Lap swim is available at the Matthaei for all affiliates and the lap hours are on the monthly recreation schedule, available online or hard copy at Matthaei. Locker and towel services are available for all affiliates daily with current OneCard at no charge. Locker rental plans both semester and yearly are also available. For charges and additional facility information, visit the Matthaei Shop in the Matthaei Building; or call 313-577-4260 or 577-4295.

Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center

The Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center is open from 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, during the fall, winter and spring/summer semesters. Operational hours are subject to change, and not all areas of the complex will be available for open recreation at all times, due to scheduled group fitness classes, intramural activities, club sport activities, and varsity athletics. Locker and towel services are available for all students and members with a current OneCard. Locker rentals are available for semester and yearly rentals. For charges and additional facility information, please visit the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center website or call 313-577-2348.

Group Fitness Classes (non-credit)

These classes include a variety of programming, conducted by trained, certified and experienced instructors. Class options include yoga, cycling, Zumba, and a variety of strength and conditioning classes.

Open Recreation: The fitness areas, multi-purpose courts, walking track and climbing wall offer opportunities for unstructured play and participation. Basketball, volleyball, and a variety of equipment and areas for working out, stretching, and socializing are also available.

Intramural Sports Programs: Men's, Women's and Co-Rec intramural sports leagues are available for all currently enrolled WSU students as well as WSU faculty/staff members of the facility. Leagues and tournaments are available in a variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, flag football, soccer and more.

Club Sports: The Mort Harris RFC is also the home for all Club Sports. Students interested in starting up a particular club sports, are invited to consult our website to view the registration process and to become familiar with g.p.a., credit load, and insurance guidelines. All WSU Club Sports are fully funded by the participating students themselves.

Fitness and Wellness Programs: Fitness assessments, personal training, and group fitness programs for every level of fitness are available to all students and members.

Climbing Wall: The facility offers nine top rope anchors with dozens of routes which change regularly. All necessary equipment may be rented; day and yearly passes are available.

Adventure Trips: The Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center offers a variety of outdoor excursions for novices to seasoned adventures. Trips include but are not limited to whitewater rafting, kayaking, skydiving, skiing and snowboarding, fishing, camping, and mountain biking.

Team Building: The high ropes course is designed to foster interpersonal and intra-personal growth in a fun and challenging environment. Your Student Organization, Department, Corporation or group will climb up thirty feet and traverse through fifteen different elements that focus on teamwork and interdependency. Groups will learn to communicate effectively, listen to each member, recognize individual strengths and utilize collaborative efforts.

Student Center Administration

Student Center Administration (313-577-4585) is located in the lower level of the Student Center. This office schedules rooms and audio-visual equipment available for meetings, seminars, conferences and special programs. Bake sale, literature and vendor tables as well as Community Arts and St. Andrews reservations are also provided.

Student Center Administration provides the following services for a fee: duplicating service, SMART and DDOT bus passes, fax service, and State Hall locker rentals. In addition, Student Center Graphics, University Lost and Found, and the campus bulletin board posting service are located here.

Student Center Graphics (313-577-3730): Student Center Graphics is a student operated design and print shop. They provide design services and large format printing for the campus community and outside clients. SCG also provides items such as banners, posters, logo designs and consultations for a fee.

Religious Organizations

Various religious denominations have offices on the sixth and seventh floors of the Student Center. Programs and personal and spiritual counseling are available from various denominations. A reflection room is available on the 3rd floor of the Student Center.

Food Service Facilities

WSU has a variety of dining options. At the Student Center Building patrons will find the Panda Express, WingStop, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Mad Anthony’s General Store, and a Bene Pizza GrilleWorks combo location in the lower level. Other quick favorites include Starbucks cafes (one on Anthony Wayne Drive and one in the Bookstore), Subway (In Towers Residential Suites), Jimmy John's, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Dunkin Donuts, and Freshii. Additional options include Al-Basha, LaPita Fresh, and Halftime Café (Mazurek Medical Education Commons). Students can use their OneCard at all of these vendors.

Students, faculty, staff or guests looking for delicious, healthy choices, can also go to one of Wayne State's two dining halls. Residential and commuter students, as well as faculty/staff, may purchase a meal plan, valid at Towers Cafe (in the Towers Residential Suites) offering all-you-care to-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Towers Café stations include food ranging from the Mongolian grill, home-style favorites, international entrees, build your own deli sandwiches, hand crafted soups, an expansive salad bar, fresh-baked desserts and more. Gold 'n' Greens is another dining hall option, featuring a vegetarian menu offering and is also certified kosher dairy. Both dining options include entrees that are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. Patrons can use a meal plan, Warrior Dollars, pay with cash/credit or use their OneCard. 

There are also restaurants located across the campus including a satellite cafeteria in Scott Hall where meal plans are accepted, mobile food vendors at various locations, and three POD Express convenience stores, which include snacks, beverages, and fresh salads and sandwiches in the Academic Administration Building, the Faculty Administration Building and the Undergraduate Library. There is also an Einstein Bros. Bagels Express at the Law School.

Retail Service Facilities

In addition to the wide range of dining options, the University offers a number of convenient services to make life easier, including banking and financial services to service and specialty shops, including:

Bank of America - ATM
Campus Health Center
Comerica Bank - ATM
Chase – Full Service Branch and ATMs
Detroit Yoga Lab
FedEx Office
Flagstar Bank - ATM
Fifth Third Bank – Full Service Branch and ATMs
Higher One - ATMs
Little Asia Mart Grocery and Convenience Store
Michigan First Credit Union - Branch and ATMs
Social Club Grooming Co.
Sue’s Convenience Store
University Pharmacy
WSU Bookstore
Yoga Shelter - Midtown

Parking: Faculty, Staff, and Visitor

42 W. Warren, Suite 257, Welcome Center (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mon. - Fri.); 313-577-2273
http://www.parking.wayne.edu

The University maintains numerous parking facilities available to faculty, staff and visitors on a fee basis. The easiest way to approach parking, for faculty, staff and students, is to purchase a semester-long assigned parking pass. This allows unlimited entry and access to a designated structure or lot, which you'll choose based on availability and where you spend most of your time on-campus.

All new parking pass customers will pay a one-time fee for an RFID tag ($25 at the time of issuance), which hangs from their rear-view mirror to allow for quick, hands-free entry and exit. The hang-tag is linked to a student, faculty or staff person's OneCard and all current/future parking assignments. If the hang-tag is lost, parking patrons can simply swipe their OneCard to enter their assigned structure or lot. Lost hang-tags should be immediately reported to the parking office to be deactivated. A replacement tag must be purchased at $25.00 and is required to avoid ticketing or towing.

General parking is also available for visitors and those without a parking assignment. This allows patrons to pay as they go, with access to any of the general parking areas. Students, faculty and staff can deposit funds onto their OneCard for easy in-and-out access. Students only can take advantage of the discounted student OneCard parking rate ($3.75 at time of publication and $4.75 for premium parking areas). The general public may park in designated WSU lots and structures at the public rate, typically between $7.50 and $10.00, using a credit/debit card for entrance and exit and cash at limited locations.

Campus Health Center
Helen DeRoy Apartment Building, Suite 115
5200 Anthony Wayne Drive; 313-577-5041

The Campus Health Center provides comprehensive health care services for students, including physical examinations, family planning, illness visits, and immunizations (including flu, meningitis, hepatitis B, etc.). Visits are by appointment, but walk-ins are accepted for students experiencing an illness. Counseling referral services are also available. All currently enrolled students receive one free office visit per semester. Additional visits are billed to student's health insurance with most health care plans accepted. Students without insurance have reduced fees based on a sliding scale and ability to pay for additional office visits per semester. Payment is accepted at the time of service by cash, OneCard, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit cards. To make an appointment, call 313-577-5041.

Police and Public Safety Services

6050 Cass; 313-577-2222
http://www.police.wayne.edu

The Wayne State University Police Department patrols and services the University including the city streets, businesses, and private residences within and between the various campus areas. The Department, to the extent that resources allow, also patrols and provides other police services to the neighborhoods and businesses in the area surrounding the University.

Police service is provided twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. All officers have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree. They are commissioned as Detroit Police Officers, with full police authority on and off campus, after training at a State-certified Police Academy. Any matter requiring the services of a police officer can be reported at any hour of the day or night.

Blue Light System — Emergency Telephones (7-2222): The University has installed outdoor emergency telephones throughout the campus. These emergency telephones are identified by bright blue lights.

Emergencies (313-577-2222): All emergencies should be reported immediately, i.e.: all crimes, missing/stolen property, automobile accidents, suspicious persons, injured persons, vandalism, break-ins or burglaries.

Accidents (313-577-2222): Ambulatory patients will be transported, by officers, to either Detroit Receiving Hospital or the University Health Center. The Police Department does not provide ambulance service but utilizes the Detroit Fire Department Emergency Medical Service to handle other than minor injuries.

Fire or Other Extreme Hazards (313-577-2222): Emergencies such as fire, smoke, explosions, broken gas or water mains, severe electrical hazards, etc., should be reported.

Crime Prevention Section (313-577-6064): The Police Department's Crime Prevention Section provides a number of crime prevention services, including personal safety seminars, crime prevention programs, and services. All programs and services are free of charge (except the Rape Aggression Defense Training for which there is a fee of $25.00) to any Wayne State department, student, staff, or faculty member. Examples of services provided include:

  • Security Services
  • Street Smarts seminars
  • Operation Identification
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Rape Aggression Defense Training

The Crime Prevention Section also publishes monthly 'CampusWatch' articles. Email inquiries may be made to: campuswatch@wayne.edu.