This is an archived copy of the 2012-13 Catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.wvu.edu.

Support Services

West Virginia University has a variety of support programs, services, and information available to students. On this page you will find information on University Housing, Information Technology, University Libraries, Social Justice, Disability Services, divisional campuses, and the city of Morgantown.

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Clinical Education Facilities

The West Virginia University Health Sciences Center includes a diverse group of health care facilities, providing a training ground for patient care and research for students in the health professions. West Virginia University Hospitals, the Physician Office Center, the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, the Eye Institute, Health Works Rehab and Fitness, and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are modern facilities that advance medical research and accommodate the demands of contemporary medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy care.

WVU Hospitals entered a new era in 1988 with the opening of a 376-bed tertiary teaching facility, Ruby Memorial, the primary teaching hospital for the Health Sciences Center. It is equipped and staffed to provide the most comprehensive and advanced care available in West Virginia, thus making it a superb clinical education site for students. Ruby also houses the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center and WVU Children’s Hospital with their specialized care units.

The Physician Office Center, the Health Sciences Center’s outpatient facility for education and patient care, accommodates the largest multi-specialty group practice in West Virginia, with 60 primary and specialty care areas. Dental facilities, the eye center, and the outpatient pharmacy are integral parts of the Physician Office Center.

Chestnut Ridge Hospital, a 70-bed psychiatric hospital, is also part of the WVU Hospitals. It is staffed clinically by faculty from the School of Medicine and is the focal point of education in the behavioral and psychiatric sciences.

Health South Regional Rehabilitation Hospital provides unique educational opportunities for students in neurological disease, trauma rehabilitation, and physical and occupational therapy. Many WVU students experience part of their clinical training at the Charleston Division of the Health Sciences Center, which is affiliated with Charleston Area Medical Center. In addition, WVU students train at off-campus sites where they learn the demands of rural health care firsthand.

The School of Dentistry dental student clinic accepts patients who have particular problems of teaching value. Faculty members closely supervise those students assigned to clinic patients. The students get invaluable experience and several thousand patients receive a much-needed service.

Commitment to Social Justice

West Virginia University’s role as the doctoral degree-granting, research, land-grant University gives the institution a special responsibility as a leader in the area of social justice. The pursuit of truth underlying the University’s mission focuses attention on issues of diversity, power, and perspective, so that students, faculty, and staff may study and work in a climate of academic freedom and social responsibility, developing the skills, knowledge, and self-esteem necessary for participation as world citizens.

Equal opportunity is a fundamental goal in a democratic society, and WVU shares the responsibility for achieving that equity. The institution is committed, therefore, to ensuring that all persons, including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and persons of different religions, sexual orientations, ages, and international, ethnic, and economic backgrounds benefit from the many opportunities the institution provides.

In keeping with this responsibility, members of the academic community are expected to demonstrate civility and mutual respect for all persons, understanding and appreciation for all persons, to express that perspective in every dimension of the institution’s life and mission, and to work cooperatively, representing not only the interests of their own groups but also those of the wider community.

Individuals believing they may have been illegally discriminated against by West Virginia University may file a complaint with the President’s Office for Social Justice, B 1 Stewart Hall. Additional information is also available on the WVU website http://socialjustice.wvu.edu .

The importance of WVU’s social justice program goes beyond the benefits that accrue to any one person or group to strengthening the University itself and enhancing its ability to accomplish the missions entrusted to it by the people and the State of West Virginia.

  Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services is located at G30 Mountainlair, phone (304) 293-6700, http://disabilityservices.wvu.edu/ . The office provides accommodations to qualified students with documented permanent or temporary disabilities as they pursue their academic careers at WVU. Its services and accommodations are in keeping with the WVU commitment to provide both architectural and programmatic accessibility. Accommodations vary from student to student, are based on the functional limitations of each individual student, and are provided free of charge.

Accommodations may include:

  • Priority preregistration,
  • Arranging for classroom accommodations,
  • Alternative testing accommodations such as extended time and/or a separate testing environment,
  • Class materials in accessible formats,
  • Providing accessible transportation to and from class,
  • Providing referrals for assistive technology, and numerous other services.

Any student who requires accommodations must contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible, as it takes time to submit and review documentation as well as provide accommodations. Students are responsible for providing appropriate documentation of their disabilities, which usually comes from a physician, psychologist, or other licensed professional. The documentation must clearly state a current diagnosis and specific functional limitations, and provide test data that substantiates a “significant impairment” in functioning.

All information provided about a student’s disability is confidential and is stored separately from other records. Information about a student’s disability will not be disclosed without the written authorization of the student unless required by law or a need-to-know basis.

Prospective students with disabilities should also contact WVU Admissions, (304) 293-2121, and the program of interest for specific information concerning application procedures and admission requirements. All students admitted to WVU must meet current admission requirements.

Divisional Campuses

Potomac State College of West Virginia University

Potomac State College of West Virginia University, situated in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle in the town of Keyser, offers over 50 associate degrees, eight two-year, fast-track career and technical programs and provides students with undergraduate liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional studies. Additionally, the college offers two four-year degrees in business management and criminal justice. See http://www.potomacstatecollege.edu for more information.

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

The West Virginia University Institute of Technology is WVU’s southernmost campus. Located in Montgomery, WVU Tech serves the region and the state by preparing students at the associates’ and baccalaureate levels for careers in the basic and applied sciences. WVUIT addresses the statewide and regional needs for delivery of engineering and technical programs through extension offerings, continuing education, and consultative activities of the faculty. WVU Tech currently offers certificates and associate’s degrees in 15 fields, and baccalaureate degrees in 26 fields. See http://www.wvutech.edu for more information.

Morgantown Area

Greater Morgantown has 28,000 permanent residents; Monongalia County, 84,000. WVU is the largest single employer in the county. On the east bank of the Monongahela River, which flows north to Pittsburgh, Morgantown is situated on rugged terrain in the Appalachian highlands. The altitude varies from 960 feet above sea level in Morgantown to 2,100 feet at nearby Cooper’s Rock. The area’s temperate climate has four distinct seasons of about equal length. Morgantown averages 40 inches of precipitation a year. Autumn is beautiful when the leaves turn red, orange, and yellow. A north-south interstate highway (I-79) is one mile west of Morgantown. U.S. 19 and U.S. 119 pass through Morgantown in a north-south direction. Interstate 68, an east-west highway, links I-79 at Morgantown to I-81 and I-70 in the Cumberland/Hagerstown, Maryland, region.

Because of WVU’s resources, the Morgantown area is a major research center in the Appalachian region. Five federal agencies have research facilities in the area. The Department of Health and Human Services (Appalachian Laboratory for Occupational Safety and Health), The Forest Service (Forestry Sciences Laboratory), the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the Department of Energy, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (West Virginia headquarters), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Frequently Contacted Offices

Academic Programs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6203
Morgantown, WV 26506-6203
Phone: (304) 293-5701
FAX: (304) 293-7554
http://provost.wvu.edu/

Office of Admissions

West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6009
Phone: (304) 293-2121 or 1-800-344-WVU1
FAX: (304) 293-8832
http://adm.wvu.edu/

Office of the University Registrar

West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6878
Morgantown, WV 26505-6009
Phone: (304) 293-5355
FAX: (304) 293-8991
http://registrar.wvu.edu

Graduate Programs

Office of Graduate Education and Life
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6897
Morgantown, WV 26506-6897
Phone: (304) 293-7173
FAX: (304) 293-8657
http://grad.wvu.edu/

Housing and University Apartments

West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6430
Morgantown, WV 26506-6430
Phone: (304) 293-4491
FAX: (304) 293-4825
http://housing.wvu.edu

Scholarships, Work-Study, and Veterans Educational Assistance

Student Financial Aid Office
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6004
Morgantown, WV 26506-6004
Financial Aid
Phone: (304) 293-5242
FAX: (304) 293-4890
Scholarships
Phone: (304) 293-4126
FAX: (304) 293-4544
http://www.finaid.wvu.edu

Student Life

Dean of Students
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6411
Morgantown, WV 26506-6411
Phone: (304) 293-5611
FAX: (304) 293-7028
http://studentlife.wvu.edu

  Housing and University Apartments

The University owns and operates 16 residence halls with a capacity of approximately 5,500. All single, first-year students (including transfer students with freshman class status) are required to live in University housing. Exceptions include students living at home with parents within a 50 mile radius of WVU, students age 21 or older, married students, and students with children. After the first year, students have the option to live on campus and receive priority in room selection. Accessible housing is available. The Assignments Office, M63 Brooke Tower, (304) 293-2811, provides information about on-campus, undergraduate housing.

The Office of Housing and University Apartments also operates apartment complexes. The Medical Center Apartments offers housing to graduate students, professional students, non-traditional students, married students, and students with dependents. Vandalia Hall offers housing  for undergraduate (with the exception of first time freshman students), graduate, professional, and non-traditional students. Information about University-owned apartments is available by calling the Medical Center Apartments at (304) 293-5840 or Vandalia Hall at (304) 293-0543.

More information on University operated housing may be obtained online at http://housing.wvu.edu .

Instructional Technology Resource Center

The Instructional Technology Resource Center (http://itrc.wvu.edu ) increases the extent to which technology enhances the quality of teaching and learning at WVU. Our mission is to support, promote, and enhance teaching effectiveness at the University through instructional strategies and faculty development. We promote methods that enable the University to achieve its goals of providing a student-centered, technology-enhanced educational experience for all students. To accomplish this mission we engage in the following activities:

  • Provide resources so that faculty can broaden their pedagogical exploration and reflection.
  • Provide assistance with course development and integration of technologies into the course curriculum.
  • Design, promote, and host faculty development opportunities through collaborative projects, training, and consulting services.

University Libraries

The West Virginia University Libraries include the Downtown Campus Library; the Charles C. Wise Jr. Library; the Evansdale Library; the Health Sciences Library, located in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center; and the Law Library, located in the Law School.

The WVU Libraries provide access to electronic resources 24 hours a day at http://www.libraries.wvu.edu . These resources include the online catalog, eBooks, journals, and databases. The WVU Libraries’ collections parallel the University’s academic offerings. Books, periodicals, electronic resources, microforms, government publications, databases, maps, manuscripts, media, and access to information via the Internet provide a major academic resource for students and faculty. Also, library staff members provide a wide range of in-person and online services including reference assistance, circulation, interlibrary loan, and library instruction.

The WVU Libraries' onsite collections include over 2.1 million books and more than 48,000 current journal subscriptions. In keeping with WVU’s mission of technological excellence, the WVU Libraries offer students  electronic access to more than 246 networked databases, more than 30,000 eBook, and more than 45,700 online electronic journals. Macs and PCs enable students to create multi-media presentations for class. Whether in the library, in class, or at home, students can use their smartphones to access the Libraries’ mobile website, http://m.lib.wvu.edu/ .

Through the Libraries’ membership in the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, WVU students and faculty have access to over 36 million books in 75 member libraries. The West Virginia and Regional History Collection houses manuscripts, folk music, newspapers, photographs, and public records, and is the foremost historical library and archive in the state. The Libraries’ Appalachian Collection is one of the nation’s best resources for Appalachian regional culture. The WVU Libraries are a depository library for U.S. government publications, and the Evansdale Library is a patent depository for U.S. patents

The WVU Libraries are innovators in identifying, acquiring, and making accessible a broad range of electronic library resources. The Libraries constantly update technology and add resources to provide the most current and convenient information resources and services to its users. The Libraries were pioneers in the management of electronic theses and dissertations and in electronic course reserves.

Library hours vary with the academic term and are available online.

The WVU Health Sciences Library serves the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center institutes, specialized care facilities, and programs, including the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy; the Allied Health and graduate biomedical programs; WVU faculty, staff, and students; the West Virginia University Hospitals, and University Health Associates. The Health Sciences Library also supports the center’s activities in the Eastern and Charleston Divisions and at the Oman Medical College.

As the West Virginia state resource library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the Health Sciences Library also supports the biomedical information needs of health professionals throughout the state, offering advanced information retrieval services and access to a collection of over 200,000 volumes, extensive holdings of multimedia materials, approximately 350 current print journal subscriptions, and health-related government documents. The library offers electronic access to biomedical literature through the Internet and locally mounted databases. MEDLINE (PubMed) and other National Library of Medicine databases, Web of Science, Clinical Pharmacology, CINAHL (Nursing and Allied Health), International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA), MD Consult, HAPI (Health and Psychosocial Instruments), Health Source: Nursing Academic Edition, Health Source: Consumer Edition, the Cochrane Library, RefWorks, Up-To-Date, and numerous other electronic resources are available. The Health Sciences Library now provides access to over 5,100 electronic journals related to health and biological sciences. University-wide, the e-journal collection numbers over 35,000 titles.

The library is open an average of 96 hours per week for most of the year. Additional library services are available through the WVU Libraries system, a network of general and specialized libraries within a two-mile radius of the Health Sciences Library, from the Health Sciences Library located at the Charleston Division, and through interlibrary loan and the E-Z Borrow service.

The Health Sciences Library maintains a web presence at http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/library where library users can access many electronic resources, request online reference assistance (Ask A Librarian), document delivery (ILLiad), or other services, and keep up-to-date on new library materials and services.

The Office of the Chief Information Officer & Office of Information Technology

The Office of the Chief Information Officer and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) are committed to the land-grant mission of West Virginia University.

The Office of Information Technology’s mission is to provide a secure, reliable, and robust information technology infrastructure that supports innovation and discovery, pedagogy, public service, and maintain essential production services and systems. The goals of OIT are to be customer focused and a performance driven organization that empowers the University community through the use of information technology, to enrich the academic experience for students, and to strengthen the ability of faculty and staff to teach, learn, conduct research, and to provide public service throughout West Virginia, the nation, and beyond.

OIT endeavors to be the state, regional, and national leader in information technology and to be recognized for its expertise and best practices in the delivery of secure and reliable technology services and solutions.

OIT supports University computing facilities, high technology classrooms (http://oit.wvu.edu/ctec/ ), paid printing services, and test and survey scanning services. OIT provides a Help Desk that offers a broad range of technical support. A listing of Help Desk services is available at http:/oit.wvu.edu/helpdesk/ . In addition, OIT offers free Wi-Fi network access (encrypted and unencrypted) at various locations on campus (http://oit.wvu.edu/wireless/ ), instructional technology software and services (http://oit.wvu.edu/slic/ ), and training workshops (http://oit.wvu.edu/tss/ ).

A comprehensive list of technology resources can be found at http://oit.wvu.edu/services/ .

Office of Social Justice

West Virginia University’s role as the doctoral degree-granting, research, land-grant University gives the institution a special responsibility as a leader in the area of social justice. The pursuit of truth underlying the University’s mission focuses attention on issues of diversity, power, and perspective, so that students, faculty, and staff may study and work in a climate of academic freedom and social responsibility, developing the skills, knowledge, and self-esteem necessary for participation as world citizens.

Equal opportunity is a fundamental goal in a democratic society, and WVU shares the responsibility for achieving that equity. The institution is committed, therefore, to ensuring that all persons, including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and persons of different religions, sexual orientations, ages, and international, ethnic, and economic backgrounds benefit from the many opportunities the institution provides.

In keeping with this responsibility, members of the academic community are expected to demonstrate civility and mutual respect for all persons, understanding and appreciation for all persons, to express that perspective in every dimension of the institution’s life and mission, and to work cooperatively, representing not only the interests of their own groups but also those of the wider community.

Individuals believing they may have been illegally discriminated against by West Virginia University may file a complaint with the President’s Office for Social Justice, B 1 Stewart Hall. Additional information is also available on the WVU website http://socialjustice.wvu.edu/ .

The importance of WVU’s social justice program goes beyond the benefits that accrue to any one person or group to strengthening the University itself and enhancing its ability to accomplish the missions entrusted to it by the people and the State of West Virginia.