2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Student Services

Kevin Harmon, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Student affairs staff are involved in many areas of student services and student development. Areas of involvement pertaining to students are: admissions, housing (on-campus, off-campus, married student, apartment, and summer workshops), career planning and placement, university policy and procedures pertaining to students, Student Government Association, student health and development,  veterans services and general student policies. The staff serve on several committees on behalf of students and because of their varied responsibilities, can help students with almost any type of problem. Questions should be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students on the lower level of the Administration Building or to the specific office providing the service.

Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL)

CETL is committed to providing MSU students with an engaging and successful student experience at Minot State University. CETL provides a number of programs to assist with the success of MSU students, including first-year experience learning communities, engaged teaching and advising support for faculty and staff, campus and community engagement opportunities for students, and peer mentoring and peer tutoring services.

For more information on any of these programs, visit the CETL website at http://www.minotstateu.edu/cetl/index.shtml, visit us at our office located in Old Main 101, or call us at 701-858-4040.

TRANSITIONS is Part II of the orientation experience at Minot State University. This mandatory experience introduces first-year students to campus and community resources that are vital to their success. TRANSITIONS starts on the MSU campus where students discover student success services and will be introduced to campus culture by a current MSU student (Transitions Leader). After exploring the MSU campus, students participate in an off-campus activity, where each student will make a difference in our regional community through service. New Minot State University students will be able to engage with the community, meet fellow students, and learn essential student success information all while participating in this fun half-day program.

First-Year Experience (FYE)
The First-Year Experience at Minot State University is an opportunity for first-year students to participate in a powerful learning experience that will inspire the transition to university life and learning through participation in unique learning communities, peer mentor interactions, and opportunities to engage with the campus and larger community.

As part of an FYE, students work with talented, engaging faculty and staff members who care about students, are focused on student success, and provide learning experiences that are unique, challenging, and relevant. Students also receive the assistance of a peer mentor, an upper-class student trained to provide support and guidance to first-year students.
Peer Mentoring Program
The Peer Mentoring program is designed to assist in the personal, social and academic acclimation of first-year students to MSU through cultivating relationships with outstanding upperclassman mentors as part of the First-Year Experience. In addition to providing support, mentors can connect students to resources, clubs, organizations, and other academic and co-curricular activities.
The objectives of the Peer Mentoring Program
      To develop and enhance a sense of student identity,
      To become effectively integrated into the school, faculty and campus as a whole,
      To articulate a sense of purpose about being at MSU and about pursuing their particular program of study
      To acquire the necessary skills to become independent and life-long learners.

What is a Peer Mentor?
A peer mentor is an exceptional student chosen to serve as a co-instructor in a FYE class. Peer Mentors are former students of the First-Year Experience who have been recommended by faculty and selected through an application and interview process based on their academic success, involvement in campus organizations and knowledge of the Minot State campus. Peer mentors are not simply teaching assistants; rather, they are co-instructors, taking responsibility for leading class discussions, planning activities and working one-on-one with each student.

The Peer Tutoring Program
The Peer Tutoring Program is aimed at providing students with the essential learning tools and resources integral to their academic success. Through the use of highly qualified and trained tutors, the CETL Peer Tutoring Program seeks to empower the students being served in their pursuit of becoming independent learners. All peer tutors hired by CETL have been highly successful in the courses they tutor. Currently, CETL offers Drop-in Tutoring.  Visit CETL (Old Main 101/103) or the website for a schedule.

The Peer Tutoring Program at Minot State University is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program. This allows MSU to train and certify tutors at Level I of the ITTPC program. Level I requires 25 hours of actual compensated tutoring and participation in 10 hours of training experiences.

Engagement Honor Roll
Undergraduate students who complete a minimum of 50 hours, verified by supervisors, in any combination of engagement activities will be recognized on the Engagement Honor Roll. The honor will show on the student's transcript for the semester it was earned.

Academic Advising
The focus of academic advising in CETL is to provide advising services to students in the Enhanced Success Program (ESP) and students pursuing the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree. CETL’s advising program places an emphasis on serving as a student advocate, demonstrating a caring attitude, listening to the needs of advisees, assisting students with making connections to appropriate university resources, facilitating the course selection process, supporting advisees in setting short and long term goals, and guiding students in making career and academic decisions based on their personal goals. The academic advising unit also serves as a resource to advisors campus wide, providing support and guidance to faculty and staff advisors. The CETL advising program assists with academic advisement and registration at CONNECT/Orientation sessions, creates and maintains the Academic Advisor Handbook, advising website, and advising newsletters, and coordinates advisor development workshops/trainings.

Advising Definition
Academic advising is a personalized, interactive, and intentional process in which the advisor helps the student set and achieve academic, career, and personal goals. The advising process will incorporate respect for and engagement with all cultures, people, and points of view. The student will acquire relevant information and services to make responsible decisions consistent with interests, goals, abilities, and degree requirements. The desired result is that the student will feel a connection with the advisor and a sense of guidance, while realizing personal responsibility for exploring options and making decisions.

Mission Statement
Academic advising at Minot State University is committed to student success and promoting growth and development of all students through life-long learning, engagement, and advancement of knowledge.

Advising Outcomes
Through the academic advising experiences at Minot State University students will,

  • Develop an educational plan to successfully achieve their academic, career, and personal goals
  • Understand university policies and procedures
  • Determine and utilize the necessary resources and services to support their goals
  • Demonstrate knowledge in using Campus Connection
  • Understand the value of General Education Requirements
  • Exhibit an understanding of their degree requirements
  • Select courses each semester to progress toward completing their educational plan
  • Demonstrate the ability to make effective decisions, enhance problem-solving skills, and communicate effectively
  • Understand the relationship between classroom experiences and their academic, career, and personal goals
  • Understand the importance of including experiences outside of the classroom in their educational plan
  • Graduate in a timely manner based on their educational plan

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Serve as a student advocate
  • Exhibit a caring attitude
  • Be aware of current university resources and provide students with necessary referrals
  • Be available to students through posted office hours, email, and appointment times
  • Provide guidance to students as they set academic, career, and personal goals
  • Be a responsive listener
  • Understand and communicate curriculum, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures
  • Assist students in understanding degree requirements
  • Assist students in selecting courses based on individual interests and abilities
  • Monitor progress toward career and educational goals by maintaining accurate and up-to-date advising files
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records
  • Assist students in enhancing decision-making, problem-solving, and communication skills
  • Participate in advisor training sessions to keep informed and current

Advisee Responsibilities

  •       Review and understand university policies and procedures, General Education Requirements, graduation requirements, and the MSU Undergraduate Catalog
  •       Read MSU email account on a regular basis
  •       Learn to access and navigate Campus Connection
  •       Be aware of academic dates and deadlines
  •       Explore resources to assist in making career and academic decisions
  •       Schedule and attend advising appointments
  •       Arrive on time for appointments
  •       Prepare for advising sessions and bring relevant materials to appointment
  •       Bring a list of questions to appointments and ask questions if a topic is not understood
  •       Communicate openly with advisor by clarifying personal values, abilities, goals, and needs
  •       Be familiar with requirements of selected major(s)/minor(s) and schedule courses in accordance with those requirements
  •       Recognize that advising is a shared responsibility; however, students must accept final responsibility for all decisions

More information about academic advising can be found at www.minotstateu.edu/advising or by contacting the Center for Engaged Teaching & Learning in Old Main, Room 101 or via phone at 701-858-3265.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore

The University Bookstore, located on the lower level of the Student Center, is operated by Barnes and Noble. The Bookstore is an integral part of the University and functions as a link between students, faculty, and staff by providing high quality educational products and service to enhance the educational experiences at Minot State University.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center (SSC) provides programs and services to students to aid in the development and implementation of their educational plans and goals. Through the SSC's programs and services, our goal is to assist students from the beginning to the end - beginning with new student orientation and ending with the final stages of the job search process. We provide new and current students, as well as alumni, with the support they need to be successful.

The Student Success Center is responsible for the following areas - career services, CONNECT (orientation/registration), Early Alert, and student programs and workshops.

Career Services

Services and programs are provided to help students explore career options, clarify their career goals, and link those goals to appropriate academic paths. A variety of career assessment and decision-making resources are available in the major and career exploration process. Browse through a variety of resources that provide detailed descriptions of different occupations, labor market information and the certification and education requirements necessary to enter the world-of work for specific careers.

The Student Success Center staff provides assistance to students and alumni in defining career and employment goals and assists in their search for employment opportunities. In addition, the SSC staff offers guidance on job search strategies, including resume preparation, cover letter writing, and interviewing techniques.

The office also coordinates activities such as on campus interviews, specialized career workshops, and an annual job fair and etiquette luncheon.

CONNECT (Orientation and Registration)

New Minot State University freshmen and transfer students are required to complete CONNECT (orientation and registration) prior to starting classes. To facilitate completion of this requirement, the campus will hold CONNECT events during the summer prior to fall semester, and again before the start of spring semester. These events will introduce students to the University through information sessions, campus tours, and academic advising and will conclude with the student registering for classes. A virtual CONNECT option is available for distance education students. Information about CONNECT events are sent electronically to all students who have been admitted to the University.


TRANSITIONS is Part II of the orientation experience at Minot State University. This mandatory experience introduces first-year students to campus and community resources that are vital to their success. TRANSITIONS will start on the MSU campus: students will discover student success services and will be introduced to campus culture by a current MSU student (Transitions Leader). After exploring the MSU campus, students will then participate in an off-campus activity, where each student will make a difference in our regional community through service. New Minot State University students will be able to engage with the community, meet fellow students, and learn essential student success information all while participating in this fun half-day program.

Star Fish Early Alert

The Star Fish Early Alert Program provides assistance to aid in the detection of students are struggling, chronically absent from class, or having other kinds of issues that affect academic performance.


The Student Success Center, along with the POWER Center, provides a variety of programs designed to enhance student success from entrance to the university and throughout the university experience. Topics include: time management, career exploration, study skills, money management, writing for college coursework, and stress techniques.

POWER Center (Providing Opportunities With Enhanced Resources)

The POWER Center serves students that are either the first in their family to earn a four year degree and/or students who fall within specified income guidelines (taxable income within 150% of poverty level) or have a documented disability. Opportunities and enhanced resources are provided to these 310 participants to assist them in achieving success while completing their post-secondary education. POWER provides a variety of services including free tutoring, additional academic advising, career planning, financial aid counseling, study skill tips, workshops, and extra resources to help students make the most of their MSU experience.

POWER is funded by TRiO Student Support Services grants from the U.S. Department of Education serves U.S. citizens working on their first Bachelor’s degree.

The Office of International Programs provides advising for admitted and enrolled international students on federal F-1 student and J-1 exchange visitors regulations, academic and cultural adjustment, health insurance and other matters.

For additional information regarding international student services, admission requirements, or federal F-1 regulations, please refer to the International Student Admissions section in the front of the catalog, or visit our website at: http://www.minotstateu.edu/international.

The Student Health & Development Center (SHDC) is located on the lower level of Lura Manor. Elevator access is available at the northwest door.

Student Health Center

The goal of the Student Health Center is to improve the status of health and ultimately the quality of life of MSU students while they are on campus and as they plan for the future. Focus is on health promotion, risk reduction through surveillance and control of health hazards, health education, and referral to other campus or community services as needs are identified.

The Student Health Center is staffed by a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and a licensed practical nurse, with a referral service to Minot Center for Family Medicine as needed. These providers diagnose and treat a variety of acute health problems in an ambulatory clinic setting and make referrals as indicated by the health care needs of students. Student health care is intended to supplement private health care. It is not intended to provide comprehensive medical care.

At the discretion of the Student Health Center staff, assistance provided may include, but is not limited to:

  • Immunizations
  • Allergy injections
  • Women’s healthcare
  • STD education and testing
  • Preparation and maintenance of medical records
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Routine urinalysis
  • General health needs
  • Health education/promotion programs
  • General sick care
  • Prescriptions as necessary
  • Tuberculosis testing
  • Reporting required illness to public safety agencies
  • Reporting required injuries/crimes to public safety agencies
  • Sports and employment physicals

It is the responsibility of each student to maintain his/her own immunization record and to provide copies to employers and to schools to which they may transfer. Do NOT turn in your original immunization record, but submit a copy.

Student Development Center

The Student Development Center offers a variety of services including: individual counseling, disability services, learning services, and testing services (for entrance into college and graduate school, and professional exams).

Individual Counseling

Individualized, short term confidential counseling is offered to students with personal, social, and academic needs. Referrals
to university and community resources will be made as appropriate. Educational prevention programming and activities are provided throughout the year for the general student body. For more information, please contact the Student Development Center at 701-858-3371. While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are preferred.

Disability Services

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any MSU student with a disability is eligible for services. Written documentation of the disability, usually in the form of a diagnostic report, should be provided by the student to the Disability Services (DS) coordinator prior to receiving any accommodations. Also, students who suspect they have a disability should meet with the DS coordinator to discuss his/her concerns. If appropriate, a referral for formal evaluation will be made. Referrals are made to professionals or agencies in the community who do diagnostic work in the specific area of disability. For more information on DS, please call 701-858-3371 or go to www.minotstateu.edu/disability_services.

Testing Services (Paper-based)

The Student Development Center serves as a test center for ACT (American College Testing), LSAT (Law School Admissions Test), GRE Subject (Graduate Record Exam-Subject), MAT (Miller Analogies Test), TEAS (Tests of Essential Academic Skills) for Nursing, SSAT (Secondary School Aptitude Test), and other tests upon request. There are fees for these tests, and most have registration deadlines.

Veteran Educational Benefits

The Minot State University Veteran Center serves as a guide for active duty, transitioning active duty, National Guard, Reserves, veterans, dependents and spouses into the university education system.  The Center's office strives to ensure VA educational benefited individuals who are able to put their earned benefits to use in a quality education here at Minot State University, while providing referrals to academic and financial assistance as well as to physical and mental health well being. They provide veterans and their families’ answers to the questions about their educational benefits regarding VA policies and procedures while outlining opportunities to put those benefits to work. To learn more about the benefits related to active duty, veterans, dependents and spouses, go to http://www.minotstateu.edu/veterans/ and click the appropriate link related to your service.

Students who wish to be certified to use VA educational benefits at Minot State University  must complete a worksheet at the beginning of each term. The worksheet is available on line at http://www.minotstateu.edu/veterans/va-certification-worksheets.shtml

Student veterans and dependents using VA benefits should have submitted an application for benefits and have their Certificate of Eligibility and supporting documentation. Transfer students must complete a request for change of place of training (DD 22-1995) prior to the beginning of their first term at MSU.

Benefit recipients wishing to receive advance payment should contact the veterans center at least 45 days in advance of the term for which they plan to register, as a separate form is required for advance payment. 

Graduate students are also required to submit a degree plan to the school certifying official before their enrollment can be certified to the VA.

Students should contact the VA certifying official with questions about full-time status. Training time is determined from the start of the term, to its end. Generally speaking, in order to be considered full-time, benefit recipients must be enrolled in at least 12 credits (fall or spring), 6 credits per 8 week term (summer). Exceptions to this guideline occur when a student is enrolled in courses during a non-standard term that meet for less than the regular 16 or 8 week semester. Your instructor will be contacted if you receive a falling grade.

It is important to remember that the VA pays you for class attendance and you will be charged back for any and all course work not completed or dropped after the last day to drop for that term.  The VA will not pay for audited courses. The VA will only pay for repeated courses if you are repeating a class that requires a higher grade for your program. Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 recipients must verify their enrollment monthly (online Via W.A.V.E.) or by phone at 888-442-4551.

All student veterans and dependents receiving subsistence allowances under the Montgomery GI Bill or Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance program are required by law to report promptly to the Minot State University Veteran Center any changes in their enrollment which may affect the amount of money they receive. Failure to notify the Veteran Center of changes to your schedule may result in an overpayment of benefits which the recipient will be responsible to pay back to the VA.

More detailed information on the VA educational benefits is located on the Veteran Center website, http://www.minotstateu.edu/veterans, or the GI Bill website www.gibill.va.gov or by calling 888-442-4551.

The Native American Cultural Center is located on the third floor of the Student Center, and the Multicultural Center is located on the first floor of the Student Center. Both centers provide supportive services to diverse student populations and international students at MSU.

The student must obtain approval from Vocational Rehabilitation which specifies in detail the funds that will be provided for tuition, fees, and other expenses. This approval should be obtained well in advance of the beginning of classes. Vocational Rehabilitation will provide written authorization to the MSU Business Office.