Academic Catalog

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 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 online newsletter Get Involved at Wayne. Student organizations can apply to the Student Activities Funding Board for funds to present events, programs, 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:

Student Senate

382 Student Center

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.

Office of Housing and Residential Life

582 Student Center; 313-577-2116

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.

Parking: Faculty, Staff, and Visitor

42 W. Warren, Suite 257, Welcome Center; 313-577-2273

The Parking and Transportation Services department has the responsibility to provide well-maintained, safe parking facilities and transportation for employees, students and visitors. The present parking system is comprised of 8 structures and 25 surface lots. Parking and Transportation Services provides parking services to students, staff, and visitors of Wayne State University. Parking Services is a self-supporting auxiliary that is not funded by state taxes or student tuition. Parking operations, maintenance, and development expenses are funded by revenue generated from the sale of parking services.

Campus Health Center

5285 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.

Police and Public Safety Services

6050 Cass; 313-577-2222

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. 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:

Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation

Matthaei Facility: 126 Matthaei Building; 313-577-4295
Intramural Sports: Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center; 313-577-2348
Intercollegiate Athletics: 101 Matthaei Building; 313-577-4280

Wayne State University has a rich athletic tradition dating back to the fall of 1917 and recently celebrated 100 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 16 years, 406 WSU student-athletes have been recognized as All-American. In the 106-year history, 750 students have been so recognized. Over seventy-eight percent (78.32%) of the 400-plus student-athletes currently involved in competitive athletics have a 3.00 or better cumulative grade point average with every team having a GPA of at least 3.15 or better. According to the latest federally mandated report, WSU student-athletes Academic Success Rate is seventy-eight percent (78%). 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. During the 2022-23 academic year, 11 out of 18 programs competed in NCAA championships. In 2012, women's swimming and diving won the NCAA National Championship joining 10 other programs to be so honored. WSU Athletics has finished in the top 10% nationally each of the last three years in the annual NACDA Cup in Division II, which ranks schools based on competitive success.

The University competes at the NCAA Division II level, while the men's and women's fencing programs participate in the NCAA Collegiate National Championship.  WSU student-athletes have served nearly 100,000 community service hours over the last 11 years.

Many new facilities adorn the WSU athletic campus, including the 3,000-seat Wayne State Fieldhouse (shared with the Detroit Pistons G-League franchise Motor City Cruise).

The Harwell Museum which contains numerous exhibits which pay tribute to Ernie's marriage to Lulu, audio and video of Harwell’s signature calls and moments and the controversial Jose Feliciano national anthem during the 1968 World Series.  Harwell Field has a replica Fenway Park outfield fence, Major League size dugouts and through an arrangement with the Detroit Historical Society, the left field scoreboard from the former Tiger Stadium is attached to the base of the left field wall.

The  Doris J. & Donald L. Duchene, Sr. Athletic Facility has 35,000 square feet of space with a maximum ceiling height of 35 feet. Enclosed are four tennis courts, a sprint track (60 yards), locker rooms for the men’s and women’s tennis, and baseball squads along with six offices for coaches and staff.

The nearly 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Athletic Performance Center was completed and opened in May of 2018 and gives student-athletes access to 24 work stations. 

The softball facility was completed in three phases with the complex paid entirely by private revenue sources.  On Nov. 12, 2016, the field was named Gary L. Bryce Field in honor of the long-time head coach with the installation of a new scoreboard.  Previous upgrades included a locker room, offices, training room, batting and pitching cages, and outdoor bullpens.  

The University offers a wide and varied program of recreational and intramural activities. The Matthaei Complex, and the surrounding athletic campus on 43 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 Doris J. & Donald L. Duchene, Sr. Athletic Facility features 35,000 square feet of usable space, four tennis courts and a sprint track. Rental information for this facility is available online.

Ticket and schedule information is available on the Athletics website or by calling 313-577-4069. All men’s basketball and football games are broadcast on the Warrior Radio Network at WDTK-AM 1400 and FM 101.5 and are also available for free through WDTK the Patriot. All home athletic contests for football, volleyball, both basketballs, baseball and softball are streamed online through an agreement with FloSports.  Students are admitted free to all University-controlled WSU athletic events with a One Card.

Matthaei Building

MMatthaei is normally open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; and is closed to recreation on Saturday and Sunday, during the fall and winter semesters. During the spring/summer semester the building is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 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 always available, due to scheduled classes, intramural activities, and varsity athletics.  All lap swim updates will be added to the monthly recreation schedule, available online or hard copy at the Matthaei.  For charges and additional facility information, visit the Matthaei Shop in the Matthaei Building; or call 313-577-4295.

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. 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, High Intensity, and more. Classes are in person and virtual. Checkout a full class schedule and our virtual options.

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: Open and co-rec intramural sports leagues are available for all currently enrolled WSU students as well as WSU faculty and staff members of the facility. Leagues and tournaments are available in a variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, flag football, soccer, cricket and more.

Club Sports: The Mort Harris RFC is also the home for all Club Sports. Students interested in starting a particular club sport or joining a current team, are invited to consult our website to view the registration process and to become familiar with GPA, credit load, and insurance guidelines. All WSU Club Sports are fully funded by the participating students themselves. Current clubs include men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s volleyball, figure skating, tennis, and more.

Fitness and Wellness Programs: Fitness assessments, personal training, and group fitness programs for every level of fitness are available to all students and members. All students and members have a free consultation included with their membership every year.

Climbing Wall: The Mort Harris RFC climbing wall features both bouldering and ropes routes to climb. Our routes are changed weekly and are graded on difficulty. We have all the equipment you need to climb or you can bring your own. Our wall is designed to accommodate climbers of all skill level even if you have never climbed before. Our staff is ready to get you going. Day and year 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 camping, hiking, ice climbing, rock climbing, and more.

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 30 feet and traverse through 15 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.

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