Apr 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Student Services, Activities, and Information


Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides student support that goes beyond the classroom, meets individuals where they are and helps them achieve academic and personal goals. It is designed to equip students with the necessary tools for success.  The ARC offers a variety of academic support services and work closely with students, faculty, and staff, offering writing assistance, subject tutoring, academic recovery plans, disabilities services, and other resources. The ARC houses the Writing Center, Student Disability Services, Subject Tutoring, New Student Programs, Peer Mentoring, Retention Specialists, and the Academic Recovery Programs.

Auxiliary Services and University Housing

The Office of Auxiliary Services and University Housing provide support and service to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests of the Governors State University campus. Auxiliary Services and University Housing is responsible for the programs and services associated with:

University Housing: www.govst.edu/housing; GovState Bookstore: www.govst.edu/bookstore; Campus Dining, Vending and Catering: www.govst.edu/dining; and myONECARD: www.govst.edu/myONECARD.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services assists students and alumni with all facets of their career development. The office offers individual advising appointments and workshops where students can receive assistance with skills identification, career exploration, developing a job search strategy, resumes, interviewing, networking, negotiating offers, employer research and writing job search correspondence. Career Services maintains the Jobs for Jaguars, job and internship database, which houses postings from local employers and on campus student employment opportunities. The office hosts a fall student employment and part time job fair, a spring career and internship fair and collaborates with the College of Business for the fall business career and internship fair during the academic year.  For students in online degree programs, services are further provided through telephone appointments, zoom appointments and email correspondence. The Career Services website at www.govst.edu/careerservices also provides a wealth of career-related resources for all students and alumni.

Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs (CSEIP)

Located on the second floor of the A Building, this area has been designed to bring students together through a variety of programs and services. The Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs (CSEIP) includes the Jaguar Den, which houses a television lounge, student computers, study areas, and Student Row. Student Row includes the Student Senate Office which houses the Board of Trustees and IBHE Student Representatives.  Staff offices, Civic Engagement and Community Service Center, Greek Life, Interfaith/Meditation Room, Student Activities Council suite and two conference rooms are also located in the CSEIP. It is the place to meet with friends, watch television, use the computers, or just relax. The GovState Student Food Pantry is located in A1115.

Student in the lounge

Jaguar Den

Located in the CSEIP, (A2140), the Jaguar Den is the place to meet with friends, use computers, do your homework, watch television, or just relax. Clubs can use this area as a meeting space when necessary.

Student Conference Rooms

Located in the CSEIP A2131 and A2110, Students and clubs can use this area for activities by contacting CSEIP or stopping by Suite A2100 to request a reservation.

Student Gaming Lounge

Billiards and table tennis are located in the A-Wing North Study Hall. Cues, balls, and paddles are available for check out at the Recreation and Fitness Center service counter (A1105). A valid GovState student or employee ID card is required for equipment check out.

  • Television
  • Pool Tables
  • Table Tennis
  • Vending Machines
  • Seating Area
  • Foosball Table

Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs (CSEIP) Events

CSEIP strives to empower students through interaction in self-initiated or planned activities with fellow students, faculty members and staff. Grounded on the principles of Student Development Theory, CSEIP seeks to sustain a campus climate that respects the rights of individuals and groups, encourages student success and ensures outlets for personal and professional development. Traditional events sponsored by CSEIP include the following:

Welcome Week  

Latino Heritage Month

LGBTQA History Month

Homecoming Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Black History Month

Women’s History Month


Grad Celebration Week

Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs (CSEIP) Special Events

CSEIP is dedicated to creating student centered programming to create experiential learning opportunities for the student population. Lectures, concerts, or other special events are offered to the university community each semester. CSEIP also collaborates with the Student Activities Council, Center for Performing Arts, GovState Library, and the academic colleges to present special events.

CSEIP Services

Student Senate

Student Activities Council

Kaleidoscope Community Service Council

Greek Life

Clubs and Organizations

Student Newspaper

Student Travel/Conference Fund

CSEIP provides reimbursement of funds for students to attend and/or present at conferences. Student travel is designed to enhance the student educational experience here at Governors State University. Students are reimbursed for conference travel by completing a request form on the Jaguar Connection website. Students who seek funding for conference travel must be in academic good standing, be recommended, and complete all required forms. Funding is applied via reimbursement at a maximum $500 per fiscal year. Applications are submitted via the Jaguar Connection portal two months in advance; awards are subject to availability of funds. Contact CSEIP at 708.235.7362 or email cseip@govst.edu.

Center for Performing Arts

The 1,170-seat Center for Performing Arts is dedicated to providing a wide array of quality arts, popular, educational, and family programming to the immediate community and its surrounding metropolitan region. Major star attractions are featured, as well as a variety of Illinois artists and performing arts companies. The Arts in Education Program at the Center serves over 40,000 area children with professional performances, performing arts camps, and master classes. The Center is also a meeting place for area businesses, organizations, and community events. For information and tickets, call 708.235.2222 or see the Center website at www.centertickets.net.

Chicago Southland International Film Festival (CSIFF)

Presented by Governors State University (https://www.govst.edu/csiff/) offers year-round film programming featuring local, regional, national, and international short and feature films produced by high school, college, and professional filmmakers. Students have an opportunity to watch incredible films, meet the independent filmmakers who made them, and learn more about the filmmaking process.

Child Care and Preschool

The Family Development Center, located across from the main campus, makes use of light, space, and natural elements to enhance the sense of community central to child-centered programming. Educational research and models of effective teaching practices played a key role in the development of the center’s program philosophies. Center programs provide field sites for university instruction, and offer services to GovState students, faculty, and surrounding community members. Programs are available by registration with program staff, and include the following: 1) State licensed childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years; 2) State funded preschool for children 3-5 years; 3) after school enrichment for children ages 5 to 12; 4) birth to age 5 parenting support for families with infants, toddlers, and preschool children; and 5) parent and child play groups with home visits. Specific program information is available at 708.235.7300, or www.govst.edu/children.

Civic Engagement and Intercultural Education

Civic Engagement and Intercultural Education (CEIE) are central to the Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs (CSEIP). Located in A2130, CEIE is designed to be a one-stop-shop for students, faculty and community members focusing on social jus­tice, community service and civic responsibility. Students interested in service opportunities, faculty interested in incorporating service and civic engagement activities in their classes, and community partners interested in recruiting volunteers, will be able to bridge resources through this office. For more information, please email Civic Engagement at civicengagement@govst.edu.

Community Service Officers

Community Service Officers provide students, staff, and visitors safe conduct to their cars, especially late at night. Services are available seven days a week. Community Service Officers help motorists with battery problems, frozen locks, empty gas tanks, and tires that are low on air. If a motorist is locked out of his or her car, personnel from the Department of Public Safety will assist in unlocking it. A Community Service Officer can be contacted by dialing the Department of Public Safety at 708.534.4900.

Computer Connection Central (C3 - The Cube)

The Cube provides computer facilities for students, faculty, and staff. The Cube complex is comprised of nine classrooms and an open lab. All computers are connected to the Internet. Hardware and software are updated on a regular basis. Details are included in The Cube webpages. Printing can be done at Pay-to-Print stations in Print Central. Students enrolled at Governors State and holding a valid student I.D. card may use The Cube facilities. The Cube is located on the second floor of the D Wing, just past the library. The Cube is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday (fall/spring), Noon - 5 p.m.; and Sunday (summer), closed. Student lab aides are available to answer questions and assist users. For current information about The Cube, please visit https://www.govst.edu/TheCube/.

Counseling and Wellness Center

The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC), in partnership with Advocate Health Care, offers comprehensive medical, mental health, and case management services. The CWC includes the GSU4U and A.C.E. (Achieving Completion with Excellence) Program. GSU4U connects students facing personal difficulties, such as food and housing insecurity, to campus and community resources, and A.C.E. provide learning equity at the postsecondary level for youth who have experienced alternative care through financial, housing, academic, social, emotional, and mentoring support.

The center is staffed by a diverse and collaborative team including, a psychologist, licensed counselors, social worker, doctoral externs, a certified family nurse practitioner, a medical assistant, and support staff. The CWC medical and behavioral health team works with currently enrolled GovState students and provides 24/7/365 confidential and compas­sionate counseling services, and crisis support with the goal of improving academic experiences through facilitating physical, emotional, social, and spiritual growth.

The Counseling and Wellness Center is located in A-1120. In-person or virtual counseling appointments can be scheduled through the MyGSU portal or by contacting 708.235.7334. Walk-in (no appointment needed) sessions are available Monday-Friday 11:00 A.M. -1:00 P.M. For more information regarding the services provided, visit the website at: https://www.govst.edu/counselingcenter/.

Diversity Equity Inclusion Council

Governors State University (GovState) has established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEIC) of 20 - 25 students and employees, who act on behalf of the organization to launch and support the diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) process. The committee is a critical driver in fostering real organizational change, establishing a dedicated focus on diversity and inclusion priorities, and promoting DEI practices. The DEIC Chair (Chief Diversity Officer) works closely with senior leaders to ensure tight alignment with the organization’s overall business strategy and to accelerate DEI goals.  For more information visit the DEI website.

The GovState DEI Council strives to create an organizational culture and climate in which all students and employees are valued, have a sense of belonging and connection with one another and the organization, and feel empowered to do their best work.

DEIC is charged with researching, developing, and proposing mechanisms to help create a supportive, positive, and inclusive work environment for all students and employees of GovState.

The purpose of Governors State University’s (GovState’s) DEI Council is to help provide support, guidance, and direction for the university’s mission and vision toward creating, implementing, and sustaining strategic DEI goals:

  • Develop, share, and systematically implement a GovState DEI Strategic Plan that will drive the goals and initiatives to support organizational change and sustainability.
  • Promote and Celebrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism among GovState students and employees through a variety of mechanisms including but not limited to professional development, discussions, social gatherings, and cultural events.
  • Create spaces that foster respectful, inclusive, and equitable communication practices throughout and among all levels of staff of the organization and promote best practices engagement and belongingness.
  • Recommend tools and resources to learn about, discuss, and ask questions about issues and topics related to DEI including continuous training, guest presentations, and other educational and inspirational resources.
  • Facilitate communication between all GovState students, faculty, and staff to share ideas and recommendations and assist in finding consensus when it comes to our DE&I needs, goals, policies, and intentions.
  • Coordinator with key leaders to increase accessibility, acceptance, retention, persistence, completion, and success of GovState students.

Diversity Office - Bias and Discrimination

The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) offers information and assistance to students who believe that they have been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, citizenship, unfavorable discharge from military service, or veteran status.  

Any student who believes that he or she has been unlawfully discriminated against or has been a victim of sexual harassment may file a grievance with the Chief Diversity Officer. Also, the CDO will investigate reports and/or complaints regarding Title IX, harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, and/or retaliation. Sexual misconduct investigations will also include sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, sexual exploitation, or relationship violence involving students, faculty, staff or third parties.

Disability Services

The Office of Student Disability Services also known as Access Services for Students with Disabilities (ASSD) assists in providing an inclusive, accessible environment and equality of educational opportunities for students with documented disabilities. The ASSD office operates under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Legally mandated access and accommodations are available to all qualified students who self-identify with ASSD. Students must provide documentation by a qualified professional who can verify the functional impact of the disability as well as provide recommendations for reasonable and appropriate accommodations. The information provided by students is voluntary and confidential.  To arrange for reasonable and appropriate accommodations, contact ASSD at 708.235.3968 or ASSD@govst.edu or view their website at https://www.govst.edu/disability-services/. 

Diversity and Social Justice Programs

Governors State University is recognized as one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in the State of Illinois. Consequently, we are committed to campus-wide efforts that affirm the diversity represented within the University community and the value and vitality that pluralism brings to our individual and collective experience. The Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs provides support for affinity clubs and organizations, special events, workshops, and thematic programs that recognize the ethnic and cultural diversity of the campus as community strength.

First Generation Center

At the First-Generation Center (FGC) we envision a future where every first-generation student at Governors State University thrives, excels, and achieves their highest potential. Our center is committed to empowering and supporting first-generation students throughout their educational journey while ensuring equitable access to opportunities and resources that promote academic success, personal growth, and professional development.

We strive to foster an environment that values first-generation students’ distinctive identities, experiences, barriers, and talents. Our goal is to help students feel a part of a community where they may interact with peers, mentors, and role models who are aware of their unique requirements and goals.

We strive to empower them to become leaders, change-makers, and advocates within their communities, inspiring future generations to pursue their own educational goals.

We serve all current GovState students whose parents or legal guardians have not earned at least a Bachelor’s Degree.

We offer:

Peer-to-peer support through mentoring

Leading Legacies -A support group offering for GovState students who are first-generation.  Our objective is to help first-generation students thrive at GovState and be ready for life after graduation by offering them resources and support.

Programming to promote the success of first-generation college students at GovState.

Guaranteed Graduate Admissions Pathway (GPATH) 

The path to your dream career is here at Governors State University. From your undergraduate program, to your graduate degree, and into the professional world, we are here to lead you towards success in your desired career field. Check out the list below to find the profession of your interest and how you will get there with the guidance of our exceptional academic programs.

If you are a freshman enrolled in our Honors Program, during your second semester, you will have the opportunity to enter the Guaranteed Graduate Admissions Pathway (GPATH). If you meet and maintain graduate program-specific GPA and coursework requirements, pass discipline-specific exams, and maintain full-time student status, you will be guaranteed a space in a competitive GovState graduate program of your choice.

If you are a transfer student, during your first semester no later than 90 hours earned, you will have the opportunity to enter the Guaranteed Graduate Admissions Pathway.  If you meet and maintain graduate program-specific GPA and coursework requirements, pass discipline-specific exams, and complete within 4 years, you will be guaranteed a space in a competitive GovState graduate program of your choice. Please see your advisor for additional information.  

The graduate programs participating in GPATH include Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Chemistry, Communication Disorder, Health Informatics, Human Resources, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. 

For additional information, please speak with the Acting Dean of the Crawford Honors College, Dr. David Rhea at drhea@govst.edu.


GSU4U is an initiative to strengthen support for student success. GSU4U connects students facing personal difficulties, such as food and housing insecurity, to campus and community resources. We are dedicated to assisting all students, no matter how serious or small the situation may seem.  To learn more about the program please visit: www.govst.edu/GSU4U  

Honor Societies

Alpha Alpha Alpha (Tri-Alpha) (First Generation Students Honor Society)

The purpose of Tri-Alpha recognizes academic achievements in first-generation college students, create enthusiasm for scholarship, to promote leadership, and to provide support networks for first-generation students within and across college chapters.  Contact Hajja Yamini at FirstGen@govst.edu

Alpha Eta (Allied Health Profession Honor Society)

This organization is dedicated to the promotion and recognition of significant scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the Allied Health Professions. It fosters high standards of education for those majoring in Communication Disorders, Physical Therapy, Community Health, or Addiction Studies. GovState Contact: Dr. Ivonne Kanko, ikanko@govst.edu.

Alpha Iota Sigma (Honor Society for Interdisciplinary Work)

Promotes the benefits of interdisciplinary work and provides a forum to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among students, faculty, and community members. GovState Contact: Dr. Benjamin Almassi, balmassi@govst.edu.

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD)

Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society was founded in 1924 to recognize the high academic achievement of first-year college students and is present on over 280 campuses across the United States. Contact New Student Programs at nsp@govst.edu.

Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) membership is the highest honor that a business student, attending an AACSB accredited institution can achieve. Members are all over the world and currently reside in over 160 countries. BGS members serve in a wide array of industries and are not focused on one specific professional area. This allows unique opportunities for our mem­bers to network with a variety of other business professionals from all walks of life. GovState Contact: Anne Frosh at afrosh@govst.edu.

Chi Sigma Iota

An international honor society for students, professional counselors, and counselor educators dedicated to scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in coun -seling, and to recognizing achievements in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in counseling. Contact CSEIP.

Honors Program Student Council (HPSC)

This council is committed to providing an effective communication bridge between the faculty/staff and honor program students. We seek to model exceptional leadership, enhance learning experiences, develop innovative initiatives, and promote connections in and out of the classroom in order to engage honor students in the GovState, local, and global communi­ties. GovState Contact: Dr. David Rhea, drhea@govst.edu.

Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is an International Honor Society of Education focused on leadership, scholarship, and service. Membership in KDP is a lifelong connection to an international network of exceptional educators working in various levels of education, all with a common aspiration. Our mission is to advance quality education by inspiring teachers to prepare all learners for future challenges. GovState Contact: Dr. Katie Hisrich, khisrich@govst.edu.

Lambda Pi Eta - Kappa Kappa Chapter

Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). GovState Contact: Michelle Sebasco, msebasco@govst.edu.

National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)

The society is the nation’s largest leadership honors society. GovState Contact CSEIP.

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The society invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. Members support each other, promote humanitarian goals and ideals, and foster high standards of education for social workers. Advisor: Lydia Falconnier, lfalconnier@govst.edu.

Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society

The society is committed to encouraging and recognizing outstanding accomplishments in public affairs and administration, while fostering integrity, professionalism, and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities. GovState Contact: Dr. Mary Bruce, mclark@govst.edu.

Psi Chi Psychology National Honor Society

The society’s mission is to produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general. GovState Contact: psichi@govst.edu.

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, the premier honor society for student veterans! Your membership symbolizes the commitment to recognizing and encouraging the academic success of student veterans at your institution. Contact veterans@govst.edu.

Sigma Theta Tau

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Advisor: Shirley Comer, scomer@govst.edu.

Sigma Tau Delta

An International English Honors Society to confer distinction for high achievement in English Language and Literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Advisor: Dr. Christopher White, cwhite@govst.edu.

Tau Sigma National Honor Society-Delta Delta Chapter

Tau Sigma Honor Society is a national honor society designed exclusively for transfer students. Contact: tausigma@govst.edu.

Upsilon Phi Delta

Upsilon Phi Delta is an honor society, recognizing the academic excellence of Healthcare Administration students. Advisor: Dr. Ning Lu, nlu@govst.edu.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

UPE is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Computing and Information Disciplines. UPE is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Advisor: Steve Hyzny, shyzny@govst.edu


The Illinois College Student Immunization Act (110-ILCS 20) requires all admitted students born on or after January 1, 1957 and enrolled in six or more credit hours of on campus classes to provide proof of immunity for tetanus/diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella. Immunization records must be signed and dated by a nurse or physician and must include a tetanus/diphtheria booster within the past ten years, and two MMRs’ (measles, mumps, rubella) after the first birthday. International students born outside of the United States must provide proof of three DTs and two MMRs. If records are not in English, they must be accompanied by a certified translation. Information and further instruction for meeting the stated immunization requirements can be obtained from the Immunization website at: http://www.govst.edu/immunizations/ or by calling 708.235.7154.

Information and Records

 Information concerning student enrollment, grade reports, certification for graduation, diplomas, commencement, and transcripts can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. This office also processes changes of address, name, and residence classification.

Latinx Resource Center

The mission of the Latinx Resources Center (LRC) is to intentionally serve Latinx students by creating an intersectional and empowering space where they are supported, appreciated, and culturally represented.

The LRC fulfills its mission and builds “confianza” with students and communities by:

• Promoting an inclusive environment through the development of educational, social, intersectional, professional, and cultural programming.
• Mentoring Latinx students to achieve academic and professional success.
• Educating high school Latinx students and their families about college enrollment, financial aid, and support programs.
• Supporting Undocumented, DACA, and students from mixed-status families.

Location: C-2340 | Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Phone: 708-235-8528 | Email: lrc@govst.edu. Please contact the Director, Emmanuel Lopez to learn more elopez6@govst.edu or 708-235-8528.

GovState and SIU School of Law or NIU School of Law 3+3 Joint Degree Option

Governors State University students from Anthropology-Sociology, Criminal Justice, English, History, Political Science or Psychology programs and the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Law or Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Law offer a joint degree allowing students to earn both a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) and a law degree (J.D.) in six years instead of the more typical seven. Students in the joint degree program save both time and money on their undergraduate and professional studies.

Students must select one of the above majors.  Admission into the dual GovState B.A./J.D. program is done with an academic advisor and must add the pre-law minor. Students interested in entering the joint degree program will complete the undergraduate curriculum as described at SIU Law School 3+3 Program or NIU Law School 3+3 program.

Students will apply to the SIU School of Law or NIU College of Law during their junior year. Applicants need a cumulative undergraduate GPA and a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score equal to or greater than the median for the previous year’s cohort.  GovState suggesting a minimum LSAT of 154 (60th percentile) and 3.4 cumulative GPA. The School of Law will notify applicants of an admissions decision in a timely fashion to allow for scheduling senior year courses.

University Library


The Governors State University Library’s mission is to support the scholarship of teaching and learning in the University’s academic programs, as well as the wider University community. Designated a Government Depository Library for Federal and State documents, the Library offers a rich collection and expert services to support faculty, staff, and students. Faculty librarians are assigned to specific programs within each college to provide research expertise. Library research may be conducted on site and through the library’s website 24/7. Library hours of service vary by semester. Please check the library’s website, www.govst.edu/library, and the library’s portal page on mygsu.govst.edu for hours of operation, special programs, and research guides.

Research Help and Information

Online Catalog

The University Library’s online catalog provides access to the library’s physical and digital collections. Books, journals, and videos are available in print and electronic formats.The GovState Library Catalog is part of the I-Share union catalog of more than ninety member libraries of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois. By accessing I-Share through the University Library’s catalog, library users can also initiate interlibrary loan requests from the other ninety I-Share member libraries. Requested materials will be delivered to the Governors State University Library or to any I-Share library for retrieval. In addition, the Governors State Library has cooperative agreements with other academic libraries which allows for students to have access to their collections using their current GovState myONECARD.

Digital Resources and Research Guides

With subscriptions to more than ninety electronic databases available, users can locate full-text books and journal articles, as well as citations to articles, books, and other materials in a variety of subject areas related to the curriculum. The library’s online Research Guides and A-Z List are gateways to accessing these resources via the Internet. The library’s digital repository, OPUS (Open Portal to University Scholarship), archives and publishes faculty and student scholarly work, as well as materials of importance to the University’s history and regional engagement. The repository is located on the Internet at http://opus.govst.edu.

Library Resources

Resources include test and assessment files which contain sample materials used for psychological and educational testing and measurement, selected K-12 textbooks, and juvenile literature which support the teacher education program, and reserve materials assigned by faculty to support current courses. 

Research Help and Information Desks

Information and library research help is available in person, by phone, by Live Help chat, or by email during hours of operation.

Tenure-track library faculty provide subject specific research assistance upon request or appointment. Library professional staff members are also prepared to provide expert assistance with library research questions.

Library Facilities and Services


Library facilities include private and group study and lounge areas, wireless network access for personal laptop computers, and computer workstations for library research. A shared student computing lab and printing center hosts printing, faxing, and photocopying services. There is a charge for photocopies, printing, and faxing.


Library staff members are available to give tours of the library, and library faculty members provide library instruction to individuals and groups upon request. Library Faculty provide library research instruction upon request both on site and through the Blackboard learning platform, upon request. Tutorials on how to use library resources are published on the Library Research Guides platform. Workshops and training are offered to students, faculty, staff, and community members. 

For more information about library services, and a list of library faculty subject liaisons, visit the library website, www.govst.edu/library, the Library portal page. You may contact the Library by email at library@govst.edu, or by calling the Library at 708.534.4111.

New Student Programs: First Year and Transfer/Graduate Student Orientation

Completing the required ROAR orientation helps students transition to a new educational institution. Orientation programs provide students with the information and services necessary to be a successful student at Governors State University. Upon completion, a first year and transfer student will be directed to their advisor to schedule an appointment for registration. Additionally, first year students will attend Governors State University’s Jaguar Journey Days to prepare them with essential tools for the first day of class. For dates on Jaguar Journey Days, students can visit www.govst.edu/orientation or contact the Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Center at 708.235.6819 or NSP@govst.edu

Public Act 96-574

Governors State University is in compliance with and enforces the Public Act 96-574 as it pertains to sexual harassment in higher education. Definitions, details, and enforcement of this Public Act are included in University Policy 78  - Title IX and Sexual Misconduct, the Student Code of Conduct, and the Title IX and Sexual Misconduct webpages. Students and employees are encouraged to contact the Title IX Officer with any related complaints or questions.

Public Safety

Police, public safety, and emergency medical services in cooperation with the University Park Fire Department are available at all times from the university’s Department of Public Safety at 708.534.4900. Complete details regarding all aspects of Campus Safety are found here.

Recreation/Fitness Center

The Recreation/Fitness Center includes a 167,000 gallon indoor-heated swimming pool, a cardiovascular resistance-training fitness room, a gymnasium, a racquetball court, and shower and locker facilities. The Recreation/Fitness Center is open seven days a week during the fall and spring semesters; it is closed Sundays during the summer session. Recreation/Fitness Center community memberships may be purchased through the sales office. For a facility tour, membership information, fitness classes, or general inquiries, visit Room A1106 or call 708.534.4556.

Retention Support

Students experiencing challenges in pursuit of their degree can connect with ARC Retention support staff to obtain the tools needed to succeed. ARC retention support staff assist students in creating a plan that allows them to address any obstacles impeding on their academic and personal success.  ARC retention support staff are equipped to administer services focused on time management, effective study skills, academic coaching and more. ARC retention support staff are also knowledgeable of campus resources and can refer students to the appropriate resources when necessary as well. For more information regarding Student Retention, please feel free to contact Kara Lester, Retention Coordinator, at klester2@govst.edu or 708/235-7413. 

Shuttle Service

The Department of Public Safety operates scheduled daily shuttle services to the Metra Station from early morning to late evening at selected times based on Metra train scheduling and ridership demands. Visit http://www.govst.edu/ShuttleSchedule/ for the most up to date schedule of the GSUXpress Shuttle.

Student Senate

The university is governed by three senates representing the faculty, civil service, and students. The Student Senate is charged with the responsibility of representing student inter­ests in all policies governing the university. A student is also elected to be a representative to the GovState Board of Trustees. A student and an alternate are elected to represent the uni­versity on the Student Advisory Committee to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Positions are open to all students in academic good standing. Elections are held twice a year to fill the student senate positions. Visit Student Senate at www.govst.edu/studentsenate or e-mail studentsenate@govst.edu.

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook provides students with information on policies, community standards, student services, emergency medical leaves, grievance procedures, etc., as well as an administrative overview. Student Handbooks can be found at the GovState website at www.govst.edu/studenthandbook.

Student Identification Card (myONECARD)

The myONECARD is the official GovState student identification card and must be used to access the resources of the GovState Library, the Recreation and Fitness Center, and for access to STUDENT ONLY activities. In addition, the myONECARD can be used in the Library and ACS lab for “Pay for Print” stations, for purchases at the GovState Bookstore and in the GovState Café, and the Prairie Place C-store.

Residents of Prairie Place also use their myONECARD to access the Laundry Services available in Prairie Place and the electronic doors in Prairie Place.

The myONECARD is issued to all registered students and employees at the Office of Auxiliary Services & University Housing (C1330) or at the Welcome Center (D Building, Main Entrance). Students/employees must show a valid driver’s license, state ID, military ID or passport when requesting a myONECARD. For more information see the myONECARD website at www.govst.edu/myonecard.

Student Media

Student Newspaper

The student newspaper, The Phoenix is run by students under the direction of a faculty advisor. The Phoenix is dedicated to ensuring that GovState’s student news is up-to-date and timely. There are opportunities for students with all skill levels, from writing to display advertising to get involved. Call 708.534,4517 or e-mail us to join our staff.

Student Organizations

Students may take advantage of more than 60 student and university organizations, including the Student Senate, which exists at GovState. These organizations provide students with the opportunity to meet others with the same majors or interests. The majority of organizations are related to academic programs, while others support a variety of social and special interests.

Any group of students can form new student organizations. A minimum of seven students can seek chartering as a student club or organization through the CSEIP. Students can se­lect their advisor in cooperation with the CSEIP and the College. All organizations must renew their charters each academic year. For information or assistance, contact the Director of the Center for Student Engagement and Intercultural Programs or visit the Student Clubs and Organizations portal, Jaguar Connection.

Television and Media Production

The Department of Digital Learning and Media Design houses two television studios and multiple video, audio and multimedia production suites. DLMD also co-operates The Educator, a full-time cable channel available in most communities in the region on Comcast channel 16. The Department provides opportunities for students to learn in functioning broadcast facilities and to work on professional productions with national distribution.

Testing Center

Industry-recognized professional certification exam testing is offered through CLEP, DSST, Pearson, Prometric, and PSI exam partners at Governors State University’s Testing Center.  GovState’s Testing Center provides a secure and professional testing environment for the local community and students of our campus.  Details on testing services and hours can be found on the Testing Center website https://www.govst.edu/testing-center/.

TRIO Educational Opportunity Center

The Educational Opportunity Centers program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process. The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions. To learn more about the program please visit: www.govst.edu/Trioeoc

The Educational Opportunity Centers program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process. The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions. To learn more about the program please visit: www.govst.edu/Trioeoc


Tutoring services are offered for students free of charge. The following subjects are tutored: mathematics, accounting, economics, finance, computer science, statistics, and some science courses depending on tutor availability. For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Tutoring and Academic Assistance at 708.235.3962 or visit the Student Success Commons/Academic Resource Center website at www.govst.edu/arc.

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center

The Undergraduate Academic Advising Center (UAAC) at Governors State University located in C-3385 houses the undergraduate academic advisors. The professional advising staff is available to assist students with major planning, internship information, graduation requirements and other support services to assist from initial registration to post-graduation. For more information, please contact the UAAC at 708.534.8043, via e-mail at advising@govst.edu or visit the website at www.govst.edu/advising.

Auxiliary Services and University Housing

The Office of Auxiliary Services and University Housing provides support and service to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests of the Governors State University campus through programs and services such as University Housing: www.govst.edu/housing; GovState Bookstore: www.govst.edu/bookstore  ; Campus Dining, Vending and Catering: www.govst.edu/dining; and student’s identification card called the myONECARD: www.govst.edu/myONECARD.

Governors State University opened its first on-campus residence, Prairie Place, in the fall of 2014. The facility accommodates 290 students and offers both suite and apartment style units. The building was designed to accommodate students of all class levels, first year through graduate. Students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours each semester or three credit hours in the summer session in or-der to be eligible to live in Prairie Place. For more information about on campus housing, please visit our website at www.govst.edu/housing. 

Veterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center, located in the Goodman-Malamuth Technology building (GMT 105), provides a common area for veterans to interact, study, and receive updates on veteran resources and programs. The Program Director for Veterans and Military Personnel serves as ombudsperson to veterans, active-duty military, and their families. The Program Director is available to assist incoming students with the application process, registration, transcript evaluation, and navigation of the university and its website. The Program Director will also refer students to resources within the university such as financial aid, student services, career services, and state and federal veterans’ representatives. For more information contact: Veterans Resource Center, veterans@govst.edu, 708.235.7597, or go to http://www.govst.edu/veterans/ for more details.

Writing Center

The goal of the Writing Center is to provide writing and research help for students where and when they most need it. Students can get intensive help with writing at the Writing Center, located in the Student Success Commons/Academic Resource Center, B1215. To schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation, please visit MyWCOnline scheduling system at govst.mywconline.com. The Online Writing Center offers both help with papers and resources for documentation, planning, grammar and style at www.govst.edu/owl. Also, a paper may be emailed to a consultant who will help identify possible problems and offer revision suggestions. In addition, links to a template that will format APA papers and other documentation help are provided on the online Writing Center website. For more information visit the website at www.govst.edu/owl. For additional information, please visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Commons, Room B1215, or call 708.534.4090.