5 NSU STUDENT HANDBOOK 2023-24 Welcome to Northern State University! You will quickly discover that Northern is a special place where dedicated faculty and staff are committed to helping you on your higher education journey. You are part of the Wolf Pack Membership in this academic community imparts both privileges and responsibilities. This handbook will help you understand these rights and responsibilities and serve as a resource to help you navigate the important things you need to know, including location of offices, services, and the tasks you need to complete (paying your bill, getting a parking pass, etc.). You are joining a caring community where we look out for one another and make responsible choices. If you see a fellow wolf in distress, offer a helping hand, a kind word, or share your concern with a faculty or staff member. Be a part of Campus Life Students who fully engage in campus life are more successful in the classroom, graduate sooner, and enjoy their college experience more. This handbook, along with the NSU website, contains resources to help you find activities that will connect you to other students with whom you share common interests. These activities and experiences will introduce you to life-long friends, new hobbies, academic interests, and leadership skills. The lessons you learn outside of the classroom may even help you land a job upon graduation! Ask for Help The pursuit of a college degree requires hard work, determination, creativity, and tenacity. Your admission to Northern means that we believe you are up to the task and that we are prepared to help. Successful students seek out resources and support whenever the need arises. We are here to help you along this journey. If you do not know where else to go, please come see Student Affairs in the Avera Student Center for assistance. Be Curious We encourage you to actively engage with professors and fellow students in this endeavor of learning. Do not be afraid to ask big questions, explore different classes and majors, and step out of your comfort zone occasionally. Get involved and participate in the many cultural, recreational and educational opportunities that make this campus community vibrant and exciting. Finally, be proud of the legacy and tradition of excellence that a NSU education provides. Go Wolves! Sean S. Blackburn Dean of Students LETTER FROM DEAN OF STUDENTS