The Division of Student Affairs provides support services and facilitates developmental opportunities for students outside of the classroom. This is implemented by the functional area units within the division, which include: Dean of Students, Student Conduct, Residential Life, Student Involvement (Student Activities; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Community Service; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs; and Leadership Development), Health and Counseling, the Center for Faith and Spirituality, and the Center for Student Success. Below are more detailed descriptions of some of the programs and services provided by each area:
Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office serves as the central office for the division and facilitates numerous operational activities for students while they are enrolled at Carthage. The office provides student and voter identification cards, records verification, and official notices of family emergency or loss. The Dean of Students team facilitates the New Student Orientation program that occurs each fall for incoming students, advises Student Government, approves student organization marketing materials, and maintains the Community Code. In addition, the office provides Title IX education and support, and general assistance for students experiencing a struggle during their collegiate career. The office is located on the first floor of the Todd Wehr Center (TWC) in Suite 100.
The Community Code comprises the College’s policies, guidelines, and standards for community living and campus life for all students. The Community Code is maintained on the college website (www.carthage.edu/community-code). All students are expected to know and live up to the Community Code. Alleged violations of community standards are handled by the Associate Dean of Students with the assistance of hearing officers (Residential Life professional staff members) and hearing panels made up of faculty and staff. The student conduct team also provides prevention education about alcohol and other drugs and Title IX issues.
The best collegiate experience is one where the curriculum and the cocurriculum are seamlessly integrated. With this value in mind, full-time undergraduate students will be required to live in the residence halls and be enrolled in a meal plan until they attain senior standing, in accordance with the College’s residency requirement policy.
Residential Life facilitates the student housing process and residential education program. The Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life leads five professional staff who supervise paraprofessional student staff (Senior Resident Assistants and Resident Assistants). Residential Life programming includes one-on-one connection opportunities with students and staff, faculty-in-hall programs, and other education and social engagement opportunities. In addition, all Residential Life staff serve as a resource to residents, uphold community standards, and are first responders in a crisis. The staff offices are located on the first floor of the Todd Wehr Center (TWC) and in the lower level of Madrigrano Family Residence Hall.
It is important for students to engage with their peers and connect to the College, and the Office of Student Involvement provides an array of ways to do both. Located on the first floor of the Todd Wehr Center (TWC), it is the place to go to find out what’s happening on campus. Read further to learn more about the specific areas of engagement that Student Involvement staff support:
There are more than 120 student clubs and organizations on campus. These groups receive financial support from Student Government and training and development support from the Office of Student Involvement. The Carthage Activities Board (CAB) is the primary social programming body on campus, holding more than 45 events each semester. CAB and the Office of Student Involvement provide significant programming for major campus events such as New Student Orientation, Kick Off Days, Homecoming, and Family Weekend. To see a full list of current clubs and organizations, visit www.carthage.edu/clubs.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
Carthage has both national and local fraternity and sorority chapters that engage in academic, leadership, and personal development for their members. The fraternity and sorority community is very active in community service and philanthropy, both on campus and in Kenosha and Racine. At Carthage, students may join a fraternity or sorority after completing a minimum of one semester and achieving a minimum grade point average.
Community service is rooted in the Lutheran tradition of Carthage College, and service is an important part of campus life. Many of Carthage’s clubs and organizations have specific missions focused on service; others engage in community service regularly.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs are important to Carthage College. Student Involvement staff collaborate with many of the cultural and underrepresented student identity-based organizations to help them fulfill their missions. In addition, they facilitate a number of programs and training opportunities on topics of diversity and inclusion.
Leadership development is facilitated through experiential learning programs on and off campus. These programs help students learn more about their talents and skills for working with others to achieve common goals for positive change. The Student Involvement staff coordinate and facilitate club and organization training, experiential learning programs, and recognition programs for student leaders.
Health and Counseling Center
Located in the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center (TARC), the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) provides short-term and crisis counseling and limited clinical health services to all full-time undergraduate students. The HCC is staffed by licensed professionals. In addition, a local physician provides care to our student community one day a week; the physician services are billed through the student’s medical insurance. The Campus Nurse assists with referrals to medical providers. Limited testing and over-the-counter medications are available at no cost. Educational programming to the Carthage community is provided for mental and physical health, as well as sexual violence awareness and prevention.
The Health and Counseling Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for clinical service during Fall, January, and Spring semesters. Hours vary when classes are not in session and during the summer. Health services primarily operate on a walk-in basis, but a small number of appointments are available daily. Counseling services are primarily appointment-based, but daily walk-in services are offered each afternoon. Students visiting the center should bring their college ID and medical insurance card.
Center for Faith and Spirituality
Led by the Campus Pastor, the Center for Faith and Spirituality provides support for students as they explore their individual faith journey, and offers regular programming and support for the spiritual lives of all students regardless of their individual faith tradition. The Campus Pastor is available for spiritual support when a rabbi, priest, pastor, or imam is not locally available.
The Center for Faith and Spirituality is located in the A. F. Siebert Chapel, which is the symbol and hub of spiritual life on campus, but a significant amount of the center’s programs and services are provided across campus or in one of the three small chapels on campus. A team of paraprofessional student staff members and clubs assist with programs.
A service based in the Lutheran tradition with communion is held on Sunday afternoons. A Roman Catholic lay minister serves as a resource to students and arranges for Sunday evening celebrations of Mass.
Center for Student Success
The professional staff in the Center for Student Success provide an array of support aimed at Carthage’s newest students. First Year Advisors serve as academic advisors for all first-time freshmen and transfer students during their first year at Carthage. Advisors provide a foundation for new students’ academic experience through a seven-week course titled College Success Seminar, and provide students with significant assistance and support throughout the first year. In addition, the Center for Student Success leads a peer coaching program which aligns upper-class student peer coaches with each section of the College Success Seminar.
While much of the work done by the Center for Student Success focuses on first-year students’ success and retention, the team is significantly involved in supporting prospective students during the admissions process. The Center for Student Success is located on the first floor of the Todd Wehr Center (TWC) in Suite 100.