One way that Wittenberg University makes a difference in the lives of students is by providing support during times of challenge in their personal and academic lives on campus. College is a time of transition, and we understand that there will sometimes be difficult lessons to learn. Whether the concern is relatively mild or something more serious, Wittenberg has dedicated professionals who are ready to help.
The Department of Residence Life carefully selects and trains 44 Resident Advisers (RAs) and Community Advisers (CAs) every year. RAs are assigned to every floor or section of our residence halls and serve as resource people to students. CAs act as liaisons between professional Res Life staff and the RAs. They assist with hall programming, staff selection and training, and general administrative duties. RAs assist in building community and with the administrative operation of the residence halls, as well as with educating students about university and residence hall policies. Our Resident Advisers provide programming based on an assessment of the community and individual needs. The responsibilities of the RA and CA positions are implemented under the supervision of and with the assistance and support of an Area Coordinator (see below).
All student staff are available to support their residents as needed. In support of the Wittenberg community, our goal as a Residence Life staff is to strive to create and maintain secure, comfortable, cohesive, residential communities conducive to academic success and personal growth.
Contact: Residents and their RAs stay in touch via phone, text, and e-mail, and students are also encouraged to stop by their RA's room with questions. Hall offices are staffed each night from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. In addition, our student staff conduct rounds of the building each hour throughout the evening. Hall offices are also open during the day at specified hours. The RA on duty can be reached by calling Wittenberg Police & Security (937-327-6231).
Primary responsibility for the management of Wittenberg's residence halls lies with our three Area Coordinators (ACs). Area Coordinators are on-campus, live-in professionals who are dedicated to student growth and development outside of the classroom. As members of the Student Development staff, they recognize that living on campus is an integral part of the learning experience at Wittenberg. The Area Coordinator is a role model, a facilitator, a leader, and an essential person in the effective operation of the residence life program. Wittenberg's Area Coordinators hold their Master's Degrees in Higher Education Administration or related fields and bring significant learning and experience to their positions. Some key expectations and responsibilities of the AC position include outreach to students, supervising the RA staff, developing programs to support residential students, enforcing campus regulations in a developmentally appropriate context, and counseling and crisis intervention.
Contact in Emergencies: The three Area Coordinators serve on the AC Duty Rotation. One of the ACs is on-call 24 hours a day throughout the academic year and serves as the first point of contact for RAs on-duty and for the Department of Police & Security when there is an emergency involving a student who lives in a residence hall. The AC on-duty can be reached through the campus switchboard at Police & Security (937-327-6363). More info.
In addition to the AC on-duty, there is also a Dean on-duty 24 hours a day throughout the year. Five Deans and Directors within the Student Development Division serve in the Deans Duty Rotation. Their role is to respond to emergencies involving students who live in student rental properties or who commute to campus. The Deans also support the Residence Life On-Call professional in addressing critical situations pertaining to student health and well-being. The Dean on-duty is contacted through the campus switchboard at Police & Security (937-327-6363).
The mission of the Health & Counseling Center is to diagnose and treat illness, promote healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices through ongoing education and to prepare students to be their own health advocates. The Health Center recognizes the interconnection of physical and psychological health, hence services are provided in both areas, and referral and consultation between the medical service and counseling service is emphasized. Services include triage, education in self-care, basic treatment for uncomplicated and short-term problems and referral to specialists for complex conditions. In addition, through consultation with the faculty and staff, the Health Center assists the university in maintaining an environment that supports health. The center is staffed by a board-certified physician, a licensed counselor and a team of nurses. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Counseling appointments are also available on selected evenings.
The ACs and Deans on-duty respond to student physical and mental health emergencies in consultation with the Director of Student Counseling. When necessary, students are transported to the Springfield Regional Medical Center emergency room, located at 100 Medical Center Drive, where they have access to a full range of medical and psychological treatment services. Mental Health Services of Clark County. located at 474 N. Yellow Springs Street, also serves students who are in crisis. More info.
The Wittenberg Police and Security Department is a full service police and security agency that takes a proactive approach in progressive campus policing. The Department, located in the Recitation Annex, works diligently to develop partnerships with the Wittenberg campus, local police agencies and the broader Clark County community. By working together we can keep the Wittenberg community a wonderful and safe place to live, attend classes, work and visit. Officers are on patrol in the University District, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. Services provided by the department include parking enforcement, emergency medical response, building access, vehicle registration, vehicle assists, and the student-run escort service. Wittenberg Police & Security may be reached by calling their emergency (937-327-6363) and non-emergency (937-327-6231) numbers. Officers and Dispatchers work closely with on-call staff to support students in any type of situation. More info.
Academic Services provides a variety of services to promote academic achievement and enrich student learning. In partnership with faculty, students, and staff, the office supports many of the critical student transitions, which are associated with each of the four undergraduate years. This includes summer orientation programs, major declaration assistance, work with faculty to facilitate student success in the classroom, services for students with disabilities, assistance to students on academic warning or probation, programs that recognize academic achievement, and support to students seeking specialized post-graduation scholarships and fellowships. Academic Services facilitates the procedures of the Board of Academic Standards (BAS) and oversees the operations of the Writing Center, Math Workshop, Foreign Language Learning Center, and the Oral Communications Center. More info.
The Student Care Team is comprised of individuals from throughout the campus community, for the purpose of identifying and providing a coordinated program of support to students identified as at risk, emotionally and academically. The team meets weekly to review emerging information and determine appropriate responses. Concerns about Wittenberg students may be reported using the Early Alerts feature on MyWitt or via direct communication with Student Care Team members.
Team members include faculty, coaches, the campus counselor, campus pastors, and student development staff. A sub-set of this larger group may meet to strategize and intervene with specific students whose behaviors rise to a level of concern of possible threat to harm others.