WSSU extends equal educational and employment rights to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, disability, ancestry, national origin, union membership, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, age, or sex. Contact the Office of Human Resources at 336-750-2830 for more information.
Provides important information and deadlines for the academic semester including: course registration, drop/add period, withdrawal deadline, and graduation.
Students are required to earn and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) to be in good academic standing (GAS). If a student fails to maintain the minimum required GPA, their academic standing will be impacted. For additional information refer to the WSSU Undergraduate Catalog.
WSSU students are expected to adhere to a code of honor in regard to all academic work that is submitted. Work submitted in your name must be your own. Each student is expected to read and adhere to the Academic Integrity Policy that is found in the Selected Policies Governing Students section of this handbook.
Academic Success Counselors serve as “one-stop shop” to assist students in their college experience; monitors student academic progress utilizing all available data, and, when necessary, intervenes with solutions that will improve student success; works with students to overcome challenges that hinder his/her academic progress by providing support, developing strategies, and helping students to obtain the necessary resources and tools needed to achieve their academic goals. For more information on academic advising services at WSSU, contact UCaLL Advising Services at 336-750-2634.
There is one ATM machine located on the first floor of the Cleon F. Thompson, Jr. Student Services Center & one located in Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center at the Food Court. There are also several ATM machines located within close proximity to campus. See “Banks” in this section for a list of locations.
If you are going to be absent from class for any reason, be sure to contact your professors to make arrangements to get notes and make up any work that will be missed. For absences due to personal or family emergencies or crisis, please access and complete the Class Absence Request form or contact the Offce of the Dean of Students at 336-750-3356.
You may check your grades on-line at “Banner RAMS ONLINE.” If you have general questions about your academic record, go to the Offce of the Registrar, Suite 202 in the Thompson Center. Questions about a particular grade should be addressed to the faculty member or dean who is responsible for the course.
All students are strongly encouraged to report both their local and permanent addresses to the Registrar’s office. Any address change within an academic year should also be reported. Failure to do so may result in personal mail being sent to the wrong address. Address changes must be in writing and include the signature of the student.
Winston-Salem State University prohibits the possession, use, and/or consumption of any alcohol while on the campus grounds. WSSU adheres to all North Carolina laws and ordinances in regard to the use and possession of alcoholic beverages and alcohol paraphernalia on campus. Each student is expected to read and adhere to all alcohol and other drug policies. Please refer to the Selected Policies Governing Students section of this handbook for more information, or call 336-750-3356.
WSSU is a NCAA institution Division II, and has a variety of competitive sports for both men and women. WSSU enjoys a proud legacy of championships in several sports. Ram Pride is alive and well. For more information, call the Department of Athletics at 336-750-2141.
Banks within close proximity to WSSU include:
- Mechanics and Farmers Bank
770 MLK, Jr. Drive
- Wells Fargo Bank
701 MLK, Jr. Drive
- Winston-Salem Federal Credit Union
711 Salem Avenue
- State Employees' Credit Union
2924 Waughtown Street
Students have an opportunity to sell books back to the university at the end of the academic year. For more information, contact the WSSU Bookstore at 336-750-2780.
Special telephone boxes are located throughout the WSSU campus beneath blue-colored lights. These telephones should only be used in case of an emergency. When the box is opened and the receiver is picked up, a call is automatically made to a campus Police and Public Safety dispatcher regardless of whether the caller speaks. A police officer will be sent to that location. Campus Police and Public Safety can be reached at 336-750-2900.
WSSU provides bus service from parking lots to designated stops on-campus. Contact WSSU Parking & Transportation in the Anderson Center Modular Unit for a schedule 336-750-2905.
If you need help deciding your career path, or if you would like to participate in an internship or experiential learning opportunity, sharpen your interviewing skills or look for jobs on the web, contact the Office of Career Development Services at 336-750-3240.
The Office of Community Standards & Civility seeks and strives to promote ethical conduct through personal responsibility, encouraging civility and integrity, and a sense of community amongst WSSU students. The Office of Community Standards & Civility strives to promote campus safety and harmony by maintaining an environment consistent with WSSU educational purposes and operations.
The WSSU Student Code of Conduct (The Code) provides the principles and procedures for ensuring a campus environment that is conducive to peaceful and productive living and learning. It enforces both civil law and university rules and regulations. Students are responsible for knowing and observing all aspects of The Code, and are also expected to become familiar with all federal, state, and local laws. The Code is administered by the Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs & the Associate Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students.
For in-person assistance please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 336-750-3356.
A description of each individual course can be found in the WSSU Undergraduate Catalog.
The WSSU Undergraduate Catalog contains valuable information about academic choices and related matters. Whether you are searching for prerequisites for a specific course or for course requirements in your major field of study, the WSSU Undergraduate Catalog should be utilized as the starting point.
For information on how to change your major, please visit the Office of the Registrar for the appropriate form and process.
Remember that you will need to apply for graduation at the beginning of your senior year. Check with the senior class advisor or Registrar (336-750-3330) for more information.
Students do not have to live on campus or have a meal plan to utilize WSSU’s dining services. You may pay for meals with a meal plan, RAMCard, or credit/debit card. For more information about dining services on campus, contact the Campus Dining Office at 336-750-2787 or Business & Auxiliary Services at 336-750-2770.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) extends federal civil rights protection in several areas to people who are considered “disabled.” Built upon a body of existing legislation, particularly the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the act states its purpose as “providing a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.”
As required by law, WSSU will make every effort to provide reasonable services to students who require such assistance. Certain standards must be met for individuals to qualify for the act’s protection. To be considered “disabled” under ADA, individuals must have a condition that impairs a major life activity or have a history of such a condition, or be regarded as having such a condition. For more information contact the Department of Disability Services at 336-750-8658 or 336-750-8759.
WSSU directory assistance is available at 336-750-2000, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
E, F & G
To request enrollment verification to defer a student loan, bring the signed deferment form from your loan agency to the Registrar’s office. For all other verifications, students must complete and sign a release in the Registrar’s office. For more information, call 336-750-3330.
As a citizen of Forsyth County, students are expected to abide by all county ordinances, laws and regulations of the city of Winston-Salem and the state of North Carolina, in addition to the rules of the university. For a listing of applicable laws and regulations, contact the campus Police & Public Safety office at 336-750-2900.
Graduate School personnel, located in the A. H. Anderson Conference Center, can be contacted at 336-750-2102 with questions regarding graduate studies and research.
Evacuation procedures in cases of emergency can be obtained in the Office of Housing & Residence Life and the campus Police & Public Safety office. Other emergency procedures can be found on the main page of the WSSU website. The university utilizes the RAMAlert system to communicate with the campus community in the event of a campus emergency or threat. For more information contact the Office of Emergency Management at 336-750-2896.
Hazing in any form is unacceptable at WSSU. Each student is responsible for reading and adhering to the hazing policy (see Selected Policies Governing Students section of this handbook). Questions regarding the policy should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students at 336-750-3356.
Residing on-campus is a unique experience that allows students to be close to all the university has to offer academically and socially. Eight residence facilities are home to over 40% of WSSU students. Students who reside in residence halls have entered into a housing contract for the fall and spring semesters. If on-campus housing is desired, contact the Offce of Housing & Residence Life at 336-750-3400.
The Forever Red Homecoming Week is the time when former students, friends of the university and the entire university community come together to celebrate the rich heritage of WSSU. During the Forever Red Homecoming Week, families and friends are invited to campus and are given an opportunity to see the university in a different light. Decorations and vendors abound and a spirit of festivity permeates the campus. Alumni return to reconnect and reminisce at various activities that take place. Information about the Forever Red Homecoming week will be available on the WSSU Homecoming web page.
WSSU and the State of North Carolina require documentation from new freshmen and transfer students of immunization dates for the following vaccines: measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B (HepB), tetanus-toxoid, diphtheria, polio, and pertussis (if 17 and under). Please visit the Student Health Center website accessible from the WSSU webpage www.wssu.edu and follow the tabs for Campus Life and Wellness Center for information on how to submit your immunization records to be in compliance with this enrollment requirement. There are different requirements for international students. For more information, contact the Student Health Center at 336-750-3301.
It is required that all students have medical insurance. Check with your family to find out what type of health
insurance you have. It is wise to carry your insurance card with you at all times. Questions about medical
insurance and coverage should be directed to Business & Auxiliary Services at 336-750-2772.
Found in the Offce of Career Development Services, internships and experiential learning initiatives provide an excellent opportunity for students to receive supervised work experience and gain academic credit toward a degree, in addition to enhancing a resume. For more information call 750-3240, refer to the WSSU Undergraduate Catalog, or contact your academic department/advisor.
There may be times when, for safety and security reasons, a student is separated from the university for a period of time. Please refer to the specific policy in the Policies section of this handbook.
Students may find it necessary to withdraw from courses or the university after the university’s course adjustment period (Registration/Add/Drop) each semester. A student may terminate enrollment in a course but continue enrollment in other courses within the timeframes outlined in the University Calendar. For more information about the withdrawal of courses and the impact on your satisfactory progress, please refer to the university’s policy on Undergraduate Withdrawals.
The Offce of International Programs is located in Suite 224 of Hill Hall, otherwise known as the Student Success Center. The program promotes international awareness and oversees all international education. Call 750-3345 for more information.
Every year hundreds of members of WSSU community participate in Intramural Sports. Intramural Sports are open to all students, faculty and staff. We offer men’s, women’s and co-rec leagues, tournaments and special events at the recreational and competitive levels. Not only does participation in Intramural sports enhance the college experience, but it also adds to a healthy and fun lifestyle! For more information contact University Recreation at 336-750-8044.
Whether you are looking for competition or just to have fun, University Recreation has just what you want!
Laundry facilities are located in all residence halls. Some machines are coin-operated and others use a card reader. Always read the tag! If it reads "dry clean only", do not attempt to wash it. Warm and hot water temperatures tend to fade clothing. Wash bright colors in cold water only.
The C.G. O’Kelly library is open 101 hours per week, as follows:
Sunday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Variations to the schedule are posted at the library entrance. A professional staff is available to provide face to face, telephone, and e-mail assistance to all local and distant students with their research needs.
See Disability Services.
If you lose an item or find one, contact Campus Police at 750-2900.
M, N & O
Students may get a P.O. Box from the Post Office located in the Cleon F. Thompson, Jr. Student Services Center, located on the ground floor.
Information on various meal plans may be obtained by contacting the Business & Auxiliary Services located in Eller Hall, room 109 or via phone at 336-750-2770.
Want to get more involved in campus activities, but aren't interested in any of the organizations already recognized? Then maybe you would be interested in starting your own organization. To start the process, contact University Student Activities and Engagement at 336-750-3082 with questions and to obtain the necessary forms.
A list of all available majors can be found in the WSSU Undergraduate Catalog.
If your name changes due to marriage or a court order, you must bring your marriage certificate or court order and your new social security card to the Office of the Registrar, 203 Cleon F. Thompson, Jr. Student Services Center.
A complete listing of all recognized student organizations can be found online on the RamSync Student organizations web page.
All persons desiring to park a vehicle on the WSSU campus must register for a parking permit. University parking regulations are strictly enforced 24 hours a day. Parking regulations are available in the WSSU Parking & Transportation. If you have any questions concerning parking, contact 336-750-2905.
Programs related to sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, personal safety, and Title IX among others are presented throughout each semester by various offices including the Office of Interpersonal Violence Prevention and the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. To schedule a presentation please contact the Office of Interpersonal Violence Prevention at 336-750-3313. Other presentations related to the topics about drugs, alcohol, personal safety, prevention
of vandalism, theft, and related issues are presented throughout each semester by various university offices, including Campus Police. If you are interested in coordinating a presentation on this topic, call the Office of Student Conduct at 750-3463 or Campus Police at 750-2900 to arrange a time and place.
Pets (with the exception of owner-accompanied guide dogs) are not permitted in any campus buildings.
It is highly recommended that you obtain a copy of parking regulations from WSSU Parking & Transportation. Familiarize yourself with parking regulations to avoid receiving tickets. You may pay for parking tickets in the WSSU Parking & Transportation office at Anderson Center Modular Unit.
If you are interested in an opportunity that will give you leadership experience, as well as provide you with an opportunity to meet new people, becoming a peer helper might be perfect for you. For more information, contact the University Counseling Center at 750-3270; University College at 750-2260; Office of Career Development Services at 750-3240; Office of Housing & Residence Life at 750-3400; or the Student Health Center at 336-750-3301.
There is an official United States Post Office located on campus on the ground floor of the Cleon F. Thompson, Jr. Student Services Center that provides all postal services, including mailboxes for residential students. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Winston-Salem State University RAMCard is used by all university students as their official university identification. The RAMCard is also used as a pre-paid card for campus business services such as copying and printing (on a limited basis and limited locations); ARAMARK meal plans and remote campus dining locations; vending machines; access to athletic events, University Recreation Center (UREC); and summer camps. The card can be used for all meal plans and to access selected buildings and services. For more information, call the RAMCard office at 750-3110 or visit them at the Cleon Thompson Center, room 203.
The Registrar is the official keeper of academic records and provides information on registration procedures. For more information, contact the office at 750-3331.
All students may make schedule changes in accordance with university policies governing such changes. Consult appropriate academic success counselors/academic deans prior to making changes.
All questions regarding the scheduling of rooms or other university facilities should be directed to the Office of Conferences & Institutes. All students who wish to reserve space in the Cleon F. Thompson, Jr. Student Services Center or the Donald Julian Reaves Student Activity Center should email email@example.com.
Students who have questions about scholarships that are available at WSSU should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 750-3296.
Permission must be granted for all on-campus solicitation. Individuals or businesses that would like to solicit on-campus must contact the Office of Business Services prior to coming to WSSU at 750-2770. Refer to the Policies section of this handbook for more information.
If you would like to know about scheduled student activities, contact the Office of University Student Activities and Engagement. All student activities must be approved by the Assistant Dean of Campus Life, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the representative student body at WSSU. Participation in university governance, university policies and student advocacy are the primary concerns of this organization. Get involved and make a difference. For more information, contact the SGA President at email@example.com.
All student injuries that occur on campus should be reported to the Student Health Center. Other injuries that may cause a student to miss class should be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students.
If you are interested in doing coursework or research in another country, contact the Office of International Programs in Hill Hall, Suite 224, or at 750-3345.
Each instructor should provide a course syllabus during the first class meeting of each semester. The syllabus should provide the following information: office location of instructor, telephone number, office hours, e-mail address, and general guide about the nature of the course and the instruction schedule.
All signs and posters to be posted on campus by students and visitors must be approved in the Office of University Student Activities and Engagement. Refer to the Policies section of this handbook for more information.
WSSU has a tremendous sports reputation. If you would like to follow the road to championships and support the Rams, or just find out the status of the last contest, contact the Department of Athletics Media Relations at 750-2143.
This Division of Student Affairs and staff support students with their total educational, social, spiritual, and personal development. Services provided by the 12 offices within the division include: Counseling, Interpersonal Violence Prevention, Career Development Services, University Student Activities and Engagement, Community Standards and Civility, Campus Life, Housing and Residence Life, Wellness Center, Pharmacy, Student Health Services, Dean of Students, and Student Union/Centers. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at 750-3200.
The Alexander H. Ray Student Health Services Center provides a variety of quality healthcare services to the student population. Student Health Services should be your first stop for all healthcare needs as we serve as a medical home for WSSU students. The center provides confidential episodic illness evaluation, treatment, health maintenance, and laboratory services at minimal or no cost. All students enrolled at WSSU are eligible to use the Student Health Services Center. Appointments are required and same day appointments are available, please call 750-3301 to make an appointment or use the Medicat patient portal to schedule. Student Health Services also provides peer education and health promotion opportunities. Hours of operation are 8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed Saturday and Sunday. After hours call 750-3301 for general information or after-hour “non-emergency” care. For “emergencies” contact Campus Police at 750-2911. COVID-19 and other current health alert information is available on the Ram Re-connect web pages. Masking on campus is now optional but is strongly encouraged. COVID self-testing kits will be available to students with a focus to test only if having symptoms or if known exposure to a person positive for COVID. Students are encouraged to isolate or quarantine at home.
Presentations on various topics are also available to student groups and academic classes on a variety of topics. To request a presentation contact the center at 336-750-3301.
The Donald J. Reaves Student Activity Center is a gathering place on campus for students, faculty, and staff. It is equipped with meeting rooms and a multipurpose ballroom, a game room, indoor recreational areas (basketball courts), three floors of fitness equipment, fitness classrooms, an indoor walking trail, and a comprehensive food court.
The Cleon F. Thompson, Jr. Student Services Center is a comprehensive student services complex. It is equipped with lounge space, Kennedy Dining Hall, University Bookstore, meeting rooms, and a large multipurpose room. The Thompson Center also contains student services offices on each floor.
You may obtain information on various on-campus support groups by contacting the University Counseling Center.
T - Z
You may obtain an official academic transcript by filling out a Transcript Request Form in the Office of the Registrar. There are three methods to request an academic transcript: online via the Office of the Registrar website; stop by the office and complete the appropriate form, or you may also mail a request or fax the necessary form and information. Remember to include your full legal name, dates you attended WSSU, last 4 digits of your social security number or WSSU ID, address and daytime phone number, number of copies needed, address(es) to which the copies will be sent, and your written signature, to the Office of the Registrar, Suite 202 Cleon F. Thompson Jr., Student Services Center. There is a $5.00 fee for each transcript requested. For more information, call the office at 750-3330.
The purpose of the University Counseling Center is to assist students cope with issues related but not limited to: relationships, family functioning, emergencies and crisis situations, adjustment issues, decision making, academics, anxiety, and depression. In addition, counseling, workshops, seminars, and other outreach activities are provided to promote personal and social growth and enhance the quality of life.
Students may request service or they may be referred. Many services are delivered through individual and group counseling sessions. The center is located in the Alexander H. Ray Student Health Center. Students may call the center at 750-3270. Presentations on various topics are also available to student groups and academic classes on a variety of topics. To request a presentation contact the Counseling Center.
Contact the Office of the Registrar at 750-3330 or visit their webpage.
For information regarding the cancellation of classes and the delay of services due to inclement or adverse weather, refer to the Inclement Weather Policy in the Policies and Procedures section of this handbook. Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to sign up to receive the RamAlert messages used during any campus emergency including weather alerts. For more information visit the RamAlert webpage.
Students who qualify for federal work study should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 750-3296 for questions about accepting the award. For a list of job placement locations visit the Career Development Services website and select RamTrak to search for on campus work-study positions. Work study is only available to students who have completed a current FASFA form and is available based on certain qualifications of your financial need.
If you need help with a certain course, contact University College and Lifelong Learning (UCaLL), Hill Hall, 1st floor, 750-8604.
Vending machines are located on the ground or first floors of most campus buildings.
Students, faculty and staff may vote in the A.H. Anderson Conference Center. Students, faculty and staff must visit the Board of Elections website to verify their precinct. Register and exercise your right to vote!
If you need to interrupt your studies and leave the University for medical or personal reasons, you must process a “total university withdrawal.” Consult your academic success counselor to discuss options and, if necessary, begin the withdrawal process. Refer to the university Undergraduate Withdrawals Policy.
The zip code on campus is 27110.