Student life at Concordia is full of opportunities for the students to find and express themselves in their own way. Indeed, the whole educational venture is directed toward and dependent upon the individual student. What happens in the classroom, in the residence halls, and in the community is what a Concordia education is all about.
This may be accomplished in many ways. Students may elect to be a part of student leadership structure and serve on one of the student activity committees. They may decide to develop skills in the performing and creative arts and take part in some of the many dramatic, musical, artistic, and literary pursuits available on campus. They may want to participate in intercollegiate or intramural athletics, religious or service activities, and social programs.
The co-curricular program at Concordia is designed to help explore many avenues.
Christian Service and Worship
Concordia, in its Christian service and worship program, endeavors to give the students a real purpose in life, to believe more firmly in the redemption wrought by Jesus Christ, and to learn to live their lives more fully and more understandingly as constrained by the love of Jesus Christ.
Chapel services are held Monday through Friday, as well as a Sunday morning worship service at Concordia University Wisconin. Staff, faculty and students participate in these services through songs and messages, chancel dramas and other special presentations, along with guest speakers who have broad backgrounds in Christian service.
Devotions are held in the residence halls and personal Bible study is encouraged. In the classroom environment, faculty members seek to conduct classes emphasizing Christian growth and maturity along with the attainment of academic goals.
Numerous opportunities exist on and off campus for students who seek to serve the University and its larger community.
A variety of Christian service opportunities help individuals to express service through such related activities as tutoring fellow students, sharing the problems of the aged in area rest homes or joining with local churches in evangelism outreaches.
The co-curricular activities of the University are under the supervision of the Vice-President of Student Life. Faculty advisors and/or student leaders in the areas of Spiritual Life and Student Life do most of the planning for co-curricular activities.
Even though co-curricular activities are on a voluntary basis and no college credit is granted, except for specific music activities, students who do participate are afforded the opportunity to explore their leadership potential and learn basic skills of organization, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Co-curricular activities include lectures, concerts, dances, exhibits, forums, and other social functions. Campus organizations and clubs include religious, music, dramatic, business, nursing and recreational.
Drama is an exciting area of campus life. Productions have included musicals, children’s theatre, one-act plays and a variety of other dramatic offerings.
The Concordia student has a wide range of musical activities to choose from. The student can audition for a role in a musical drama and participate in a full range of musical activity in choral, handbell, or instrumental ensembles.
A healthy balance between mental and physical activity is at the root of Concordia’s intramural offerings. Exercise and competition can also help men and women grow and mature, whether possessing many athletic talents or very few. The important result of participation will be fun.
To help make maximum use of leisure time, Concordia provides extensive intramural opportunities through a program of leagues, tournaments, and recreational free play.
Concordia University offers a wide variety of intercollegiate level athletic options for students. Concordia University Wisconsin competes in NCAA Division III athletics and Concordia University Ann Arbor complete in NAIA athletics. Please see our websites for a full listing by campus.
Being a Concordia athlete isn’t just about out-scoring competitors in the athletic arena. It’s about developing as an individual, both in and out of the game. Dedicated coaches and staff put in the time to see that you walk away from your Concordia experience as a better athlete, a stronger Christian, and a champion of character.
Residence halls at Concordia are in a real sense living/learning centers. They are minicommunities largely directed and managed by students serving in the capacities of Resident Assistants. A Resident Director for each residence hall serves in a supervisory capacity and is responsible to the Director of Residence Life or Director of Housing.
The University provides a desk, chair, wardrobe, and bed (and a micro-fridge for CUW students). The resident must furnish his/her own desk lamp, blankets, linens, pillows, towels, and toilet articles. Students who desire to stay in University housing should obtain further information from the Office of Residence Life. Each resident must make application for housing and sign a housing contract before taking up residence.
Guidance and Counseling
At Concordia University every student receives personal consideration and attention. A Director of Counseling supervises the counseling activities on the campus. The director serves as a counselor for students desiring personal counseling. Students are referred to agencies in the community as individual need warrants.
Health Service at CUW
The University's concern for holistic growth and general well being of the campus community is further demonstrated through the maintenance of a health service. The professional services of a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or medical assistant are contracted on a part-time basis.
The Health Service is operated at set hours for evaluation and treatment of minor illness, first aid, and consultation regarding health manners. A physician serves as a consultant and for referral. The Health Service instructs and supplies selected personnel with materials for dealing with minor problems. Serious illness and emergencies are referred to local professional health care agencies.
All Concordia students are encouraged to carry adequate health and accident insurance, either through the university or individual policies. Varsity athletes are required to show evidence of adequate coverage as a prerequisite for varsity participation. International students are also required to show evidence of adequate medical insurance coverage.
The Athletic Training Department works in conjunction with the Health Center for the health and well-being of Concordia's students, staff, and faculty. The Athletic Training Department is staffed by Board Certified Athletic Trainers, as well as student workers who are pursuing certification by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification.
The Athletic Training Department offers first aid and rehabilitation care for soft tissue and bone injuries as well as after various orthopedic surgical procedures. Students, faculty, and staff can utilize this care by calling 243.4369 or stopping by the athletic training facility at the north end of the fieldhouse to make an appointment. Following a thorough evaluation of the injury or complaint, a plan for rehabilitation care will be provided. Modalities such as ultrasound, hydrocollators, and electric stimulation may be utilized to assist with the plan of care, along with specific exercises, flexibility, and functional assessment and correction.
Concordia University has a number of student computer laboratories available for general usage. Computer lab and e-mail access is free to all CUW students who fill out the appropriate form and agree to abide by the university’s ethical use guidelines established for computer users. Laser printing is also free of charge. All of our computers are connected to the internet.
Over 200 current PC’s and Mac’s are available for student use in six labs and other specified locations on campus. Some labs are open to students 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Concordia’s labs provide a variety of popular software application packages.
Individual mailboxes, located on the lower level of Heidelberg Hall, are provided for all resident students at no charge. The student resident’s mailing address (different than the “administration” address) is:
(Student’s name) MB # ______________________ 700 W. Highland Rd. Mequon, WI 53092-3304
Stamp sales and other outbound mailing and shipping services are also available to the campus community in lower Stuenkel Hall.
The Rincker Memorial Library has the primary goal of meeting the information needs of CUW students as they participate in the University’s programs of study in pursuit of Christian education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Library works together with the faculty and administration to select, acquire, and make available materials and resources consistent with fulfilling the University’s mission of providing excellence in Christian education.
Academic Resource Center (ARC)
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides free services, programs and supports for Undergraduate, Graduate, Center and Online students. The Academic Resource Center is located on the Mequon and Ann Arbor campuses. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information email Mequon campus at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Arbor campus at email@example.com.
Tutoring - Tutoring is available for frequently requested traditional courses offered at CUW and CUAA. The ARC's trained tutors help students understand course objectives, review material, prepare for quizzes and tests, and identify study techniques necessary to succeed in class. Students are typically matched with tutors who have taken the same class and instructor the prior year. Depending upon individual needs, either peer-to-peer or small group tutoring can be arranged.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) - SI is a peer-facilitated, large group study session for courses that are historically difficult. SI leaders will collaborate with students and compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. It’s all about insider information. Supplemental Instruction sessions are led by students who’ve successfully completed your course — with the same professor. Simply put: they’ve been there!
The Writing Center - The Writing Center serves undergraduate and graduate students in all academic disciplines. Writing Consultants are available to help with all aspects of writing, including: generating ideas, conducting research, organization, editing, revising, and more. In person and online consultations are available for individual students or small groups. Students have two options to utilize the Writing Center: they can make in-person appointments at the Mequon campus or Ann Arbor campus, and/or they can submit their work online through the Online Writing Lab (OWL). For information on how to make an appointment or submit work online, contact the ARC on the CUW or CUAA campus for more information.
Math Drop-In Desk - The Math Drop-In Desk offers free tutoring for most 100-200 level and some 300-400 level math courses at CUW. Students may seek assistance with math questions in relation to a math course, finance/business course, or even a science course, by just dropping by. Tutoring takes place on a first-come first-served basis, in short 30-minute sessions. For more information about the Math Drop-In Desk, contact the ARC on the CUW or CUAA campus.
Online Tutoring - Free online tutoring service staffed by trained online instructors who can tutor students in the general undergraduate subject areas of Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus), Science (General and Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Physiology), Business (Introduction to Accounting, Economics, Statistics, Finance), Spanish, and Writing. For more information contact the ARC on the CUW or CUAA campus: www.cuw.edu or www.cuaa.edu.
Peer Academic Coaches/Mentors (PACs) - PACs mentor their fellow students to develop the executive functioning skills necessary for success in college, such as time management, note-taking, test prep, understanding your syllabus, talking to your professor, and goal setting. PACs may also connect students to other campus support services/resources. Students who are off-site and unable to travel to either campus should contact the ARC to access online workshops, videos and other resources. For more information, contact the ARC on the CUW or CUAA campus: www.cuw.edu or www.cuaa.edu.
Accessibility Support Services
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is home to Accessibility Services. Our office collaborates with the CUW and CUAA communities to coordinate support services and programs for students with disabilities. The ARC assists students with obtaining and implementing reasonable accommodations in accordance with Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA). Any CUW/CUAA enrolled student with a disability who requires accessible accommodations in order to obtain equal access to an education and university life and accessible educational environments, can visit our website to get registered and request accommodations: www.cuw.edu/arc or www.cuaa.edu/arc. The ARC – Accessibility Services office is committed to students with disabilities and ensuring academic and campus life accessibility needs.
Academic Advising bolsters the holistic development of Concordia students by providing comprehensive academic support toward the development, implementation, and fulfillment of academic and vocational goals. We operate form a learning-centered paradigm; in essence, through your advising experience you will learn several skills with complement your academic preparation. We recognize God created you on purpose, for purpose and thus strive to learn about your many talents, interests, and aspirations. Our goal is to help you develop an awareness of what makes you uncommon so harness those gifts to fully engage with meaningful learning opportunities in the classroom, in the community and in the workforce. As with your academic experience, the ultimate responsibility is upon you—the learner—to fully engage in your educational and career pursuits. We will be with you every step of the way and simply ask that you keep us informed of questions, concerns, and changes to your plans as they arise, so we may best assist you along you journey.
Career Engagement & Industry Relations (CEIR)
“The Office of Career Engagement & Industry Relations (CEIR) is designed to build a vibrant culture that blends and strengthens academic/professional development and industry relations both in and out of the classroom. This vision guides our efforts to develop access and opportunity for all students to extend their academic studies/service and connect with and learn from alumni, industry leaders, and potential employers in an intentional way.
On campus, the Career Engagement Studio is the beacon for career education and management programming and offers exceptional interactive resources and career coaching in areas of identifying God-given uniqueness, career and vocational exploration, and connecting students with workforce readiness and professional development opportunities. Moreover, the Career Engagement team and ambassadors are committed to helping all students and alumni assess key aspects of their aspirational design that will impact career choices; explore and reality test career options; make career decisions and develop action plans; prepare for their chosen career; make the transition from college to career or grad school successful; and, effectively induct into their first career destination as well as subsequent jobs. The success of the Career Engagement Studio, in collaboration with other factors in the University such as committed faculty, exists to equip our students to discern and obtain work that is a calling, empowering them to steward their strengths and confidence for service to Christ in the Church and the world.”
Residence halls at Concordia are in a real sense living/learning centers. We have 16 mini-communities largely directed and managed by students serving in the capacities of Resident Assistants. We also have a Resident Director and Director of Housing who live on campus and are here to support the students.
All rooms are suite style, two residents to a room. The University provides a desk, chair, wardrobe, and bed. The resident must furnish his/her own desk lamp, blankets, linens, pillows, towels, and toilet articles. All residential students are required to have a meal plan. Students who desire to stay in University housing should obtain further information from the Office of Residence Life. Each resident must submit an application and sign a housing a food contract before receiving a room assignment.
The CU Bookstore is located on both the Mequon and Ann Arbor Campuses. Greeting cards, clothing, gifts, etc. can be purchased in the CU Bookstore. Textbooks are available to purchase or rent via the website: http://www.bkstr.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDisplay?storeId=202905.
The CU Bookstore is located on both the Mequon and Ann Arbor Campuses. Textbooks, supplies, greeting cards, clothing, gifts, and personal drug store items can be purchased in the CUW Bookstore. Also available for delivery are special order balloon and gift packages. Textbooks are available to purchase one week before classes begin each semester. Also, textbooks can be reserved on the bookstore web site approximately one month prior to the start of the fall and spring semester for undergraduate classes. Textbook buybacks take place twice each semester. One buy back takes place mid semester, and the other takes place during finals week at the end of each semester. An outside company performs textbook buybacks and also determines the price in which students receive for textbooks from each buyback.
For a listing of hours, questions, or additional information, contact the CUW Bookstore at 262-243-4349.
Code of Student Conduct
CU strives to maintain a safe learning community for all students. The new Code of Student Conduct, which applies to Accelerated Learning students, outlines specific policies and can be located at: www.cuw.edu/consumerinformation. These policies describe the level of respect and discipline CU expects in order to become a safe learning community for all.
Students are encouraged to bring prospective students to onsite classes as guests; however, they must first receive approval to do so from local Center Director. Students may not bring minors to class, nor may minors be left unattended at the School. Concordia University is not liable for the safety of children left unattended while at the School.
Students frequently have name, phone number and address changes. Please notify your center of such changes as soon as they occur to enable the university offices to contact you about matters in your best interest. Legal documentation will be required for all name changes.
CU E-Mail Account & Portal Access
As a student at Concordia University, there are some important web systems you will need to access. The my.cuw.edu portal provides a secure, single sign-on to CU’s online information systems. The Portal allows students to check email, pay account balances, register for classes, look up grades, do research, and much more, all in one convenient location. Students are encouraged to check their CU email regularly as it is the primary account used by staff and other students.
Students need a user name and password to start using the my.cuw.edu Portal. Students can visit https://student2.cuw.edu/passwords to set their password. Then go to: http://my.cuw.edu. Your student ID # (F00) will be your user name. If you have problems or questions, contact the Information Technology Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (262)243-HELP (4357).
Falcon One Card (Library Card)
Students on the Mequon Campus obtain their picture ID card (Falcon One Card) in the Library during regular office hours and on evenings and weekends when a Librarian is available: https://www.cuw.edu/academics/library/hours-directions.html . All other students will be issued ID cards through your center.
Your Falcon Card is only required to check out library materials on campus. Your CU Portal login is used to access electronic materials, your library account in Primo, and to access library online databases to which Concordia subscribes. If necessary, a replacement card can be obtained for $25.00.
The library website is available at https://www.cuw.edu/academics/library/ or through the CU Portal.
Instructors teaching at the Accelerated Learning Centers have work experience in the area of their competency and a minimum of a Master’s degree. They meet Concordia’s expectations for instruction in an accelerated learning environment. Some instructors are employed full-time at Concordia while others are employed full-time either at other academic institutions or in the business world. Part-time faculty is hired to teach at Concordia because of the competency they bring to the classroom. The author of the module is not necessarily the instructor who is teaching the class. Concordia reserves the right to schedule any of its qualified instructors for a given module.
Concordia is committed to providing academic excellence for students in attending programs at the Accelerated Learning Centers. Each module and instructor is evaluated by the students. The Center Directors and the Executive Director/Dean review these evaluations. Instructors submit a comment sheet each time they teach to provide their feedback on the materials used.
Instructors who, on a regular basis, do not meet student/director expectations are not allowed to continue to teach in the program. Periodically, the Center Directors and the Executive Director/Dean review the quality of teaching in the classroom and meet with instructors to develop more effective learning environments.
Weather conditions can develop making it necessary to cancel class for the evening. The decision to cancel class will be made no later than 3:00 p.m. and a notice posted on the Portal, Accelerated Learning Centers tab. If there is a question about whether or not classes will be held, please call your center.
Textbook Loan Program
Concordia provides textbooks to students of some Accelerated Learning programs through a book loan program. Please take care of your textbooks and keep them in good condition. You may highlight in them as you study but please do not write in them.
Accelerated Learning students taking a course at a center must pick up textbooks at the center before the class begins. Textbooks must be checked out in person. If you plan to have someone else pick up your books for you, someone in the center office must be notified in advance. Accelerated Learning students taking a course online can request the textbook through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education (OCDE). Arrangements will be made to send textbooks by mail. Textbooks must be returned within two weeks of course completion. 30 days after course completion, if textbooks are not returned, students will be assessed a non-refundable book replacement charge.
Textbooks are NOT provided for the following programs offered at Concordia’s Accelerated Learning Centers: Nursing courses, the Teacher Certification program, the Medical Assistant certificate program, Social Work courses, Accounting courses, and all Master’s level courses.
Cell Phones & Other Electronic Devices
Cellular phones and other electronic communication devices should be turned off or silenced when entering a classroom. If you need to exit the classroom to respond to an emergency call, please do so with a minimum of disturbance.
Out of respect for academic excellence and moral responsibility, each student is expected to employ the highest ethical standards in taking tests, writing papers and projects, and using material from the library. Should a student violate the ethics code by plagiarism, cheating or theft, he/she will be subject to penalties up to and including dismissal from the program.
Students taking courses from the School of Business and Management are asked to inscribe the Honor Pledge at the end of each assignment submitted (or on the cover page), using handwriting when possible. This pledge reminds students of their commitment to academic integrity.
“As I develop in mind, body, and spirit, I pledge on my honor that I have not given, received, witnessed, nor have knowledge of unauthorized aid on this or any [assignment, quiz, paper, test]” [Signature of Student]