Jul 05, 2020  
CURRENT 2019-2020 Graduate Catalogue 
    
CURRENT 2019-2020 Graduate Catalogue

Student Life



ADA & 504 Compliance

UNCW provides access and reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability in its programs, services, and activities.  The ADA / 504 Compliance Officer coordinates and monitors campus compliance with requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-112), as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336), as amended.

Current and prospective students with disabilities who need accommodations or who have questions about accessibility may contact the Disability Resource Center.

Inquiries concerning UNCW policy and compliance with federal and state laws and regulations concerning discrimination in education and employment programs and activities may be directed to:

Brian Victor, Ph.D.
ADA / 504 Compliance Officer
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
DePaolo Hall 2015
Wilmington, NC  28403-5985

Phone:    910-962-7771
Fax:        910-962-2284
Email:     ADA-504-Coordinator@uncw.edu

Inquiries may also be directed to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the applicable North Carolina state agency.

Art Exhibitions

Monthly exhibitions of painting, sculpture and the graphic arts are held in a variety of spaces on campus including: Randall Library, Cultural Arts Building, Warwick Center, and the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery. Student art is often featured. Campus Life also features its permanent art collection of student artwork on display year round in the Fisher Student Center and Fisher University Union. All exhibitions are open to the public without charge.

Association for Campus Entertainment

The Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE) coordinates many of the events that take place on campus including the Friday and Saturday night film series, open mic nights, concerts and comedy shows, and a series of homecoming events. This student run organization is made up of the following committees: Concerts, Spirit, Special Events, Boseman Art Gallery and Films. Over 150 students participate in the coordination of ACE events and learn skills such as contract negotiation, marketing, delegation, time management, and program planning. If you are interested in more information about events or joining a committee, stop by the ACE office in the Campus Activities Involvement Center in the Fisher Student Center – Room 2029.

Campus Activities & Involvement Center

The Campus Activities Involvement Center is your gateway to entertainment and involvement on campus. As part of the Division of Student Affairs, we are “creating experiences for life” by providing opportunities for students to participate actively, grow personally and explore new ideas and interests through a variety of entertainment and involvement experiences. Our staff, and the students with whom we work, are committed to creating a vibrant campus community filled with diverse activities for all students. Activities produced by the center include UNCWelcome, UNCWelcome Back, UNCWeekends, and the Involvement Carnival. Check out the web calendar to find out ways of getting involved in the UNCW Community. The calendar can be accessed at https://events.uncw.edu/MasterCalendar/MasterCalendar.aspx

Campus Dining 

UNCW Campus Dining is committed to providing culinary options to satisfy diverse tastes. We deliver fresh and healthy food while also providing a high quality experience prepared by professionally trained staff and award-winning chefs. Campus Dining locations are open to meet the schedules of students, staff and faculty. 

Wagoner Dining Hall serves a variety of choices in an all you care to eat venue including robust vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Dub’s Café, located at the front of campus in Warwick Center, is also an all you care to eat venue with a new locally inspired menu highlighting a host of locally grown and produced specialties. The Hawk’s Nest Food Court, located in Fisher University Union, features Jole Mole, Opa!, Green Spot, Smoked, and Flatz flatbread pizza. Also in the Fisher University Union is a full-service Subway and Chick-fil-a. 

Campus Dining features four convenience/grocery stores on campus: POD (Provisions on Demand) Market at The HUB, POD Market at Fisher Union, POD Market at Shops at the Crossing, and Market Place located in Seahawk Landing which supply necessities, local products and food, smoothies, milkshakes and more. In addition, several Food Trucks visit the campus during lunch hours, such as PT’s Grill, Poor Piggy’s and UNCW’s very own Food Wagon. Campus Dining also provides concessions and partners with local restaurants to enhance UNCW student experiences.

Enjoy more national brands at Einstein Bros Bagels located in the Fisher Student Center, Starbucks and MOOYAH located in The HUB, Dunkin’ Donuts located in the Shops at Seahawk Crossing and a Wilmington local favorite Port City Java located in Randall Library.

Each Campus Dining facility strives to encourage healthy choices. Our students require fresh, quality ingredients that nourish and promote wellness. Our chefs and their teams work to provide great-tasting and healthy options every day, from snacks to desserts that include options for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and allergen-free diets. Email campusdining@uncw.edu with any special dietary needs, questions, or to hear about all of our options!

Information about On-Campus Required and On-Campus Voluntary/Off Campus Meal Plans is available at the Auxiliary Services One Card Office in Warwick Center. Contact us at 910.962.3560 or mealplans@uncw.edu or see http://uncw.edu/studentmealplans for more information.

Campus Life Arts & Programs

Campus Life Arts & Programs coordinates a wide range of campus and cultural programs for students and the university community. Our programming areas include: Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE); Ann Flack Boseman Gallery; Arts in Action Performance Series; Leadership Lectures Series; Lumina Theater; and Sharky’s Game Room. Enjoy live entertainment, performing arts, lectures, art exhibits, film screenings, game tournaments, and more, all free or at reduced rates for students. For event information or to get involved with programming, visit our website at www.uncw.edu/presents or stop by our office in the Fisher University Union, Room 2041.

Campus Life Facilities

Student life is enriched at UNCW by a broad spectrum of activities, many of which occur in or around the Campus Life facilities which include the Fisher Student Center, Fisher University Union, Burney Center and Warwick Center. The Fisher Student Center houses student organization offices in the Campus Activities & Involvement Center, meeting rooms, lounges, study areas, the University Bookstore, a 360-seat movie theater, Sharky’s Game Room, and The Varsity Café, featuring Einstein’s Bros. Bagels and views of the Campus Commons.

The Fisher University Union re-opened in spring 2008 following a major renovation. The changes include an expansion of the Hawk’s Nest to include more food concepts and dining space. The services in this facility also include the post office, the passport office, and Provisions on Demand (a convenience store). Many student offices, including the Career Center, Transition Programs, the Upperman African American Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, Centro Hispano, LGBTQIA Resource Center, the Multicultural Affairs Office, the Campus Life Administrative and Student Media are all located in the this facility. In addition, the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery is located on the second floor of the Fisher University Union with art on exhibit throughout the year.  ATMs are located in the FUU for the convenience of the UNCW community and its guests.

The Burney Center also re-opened in spring 2008. It now houses the largest multipurpose space on campus. The Campus Life Reservation and Event Services office, which is located in the Fisher Student Union, will be happy to talk to you about this and other reservable spaces in any of these facilities.

The Warwick Center houses a large multi-purpose room which can be divided into as many as three smaller spaces. Areas of the multi-purpose room are available to the university community and the community at large for meetings, conference proceedings, etc. Dub’s Café, an all-you-care-to-eat venue, is also located in the Warwick Center.

Campus Life Facilities and Campus Commons are student-oriented facilities in the center of campus that are welcoming, adaptable, well-maintained, safe and accessible. These facilities are intentionally designed to be inviting and to encourage interaction within the community.

Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation organizes and administers a variety of structured or self-directed recreational services that enhance the overall wellness of the university community. Our primary goal is to provide quality recreational experiences directed toward positive change in the physical, cognitive and social domains of the university community, thus enhancing the overall educational experience. This goal is accomplished by offering a wide variety of recreational activities, conducting educational workshops and providing professional training for employees. The Department of Campus Recreation provides a multifaceted program which includes: aquatics, group exercise/fitness programs, intramural sports, Seahawk Adventures, sport clubs and special events. Campus Recreation at UNCW takes a “something for everyone” approach to programming.

CARE: UNCW Collaboration for Assault Response & Education

CARE: Collaboration for Assault Response & Education is the UNCW department dedicated to relationship education, violence prevention and response to those impacted by interpersonal violence. CARE educates the UNCW community about relationship issues and violence prevention, including prevention programs related to relationship abuse, sexual assault, stalking and harassment. We offer confidential consultations, crisis support and advocacy to students, staff and faculty who have been victims, as well as staff, faculty or students that are concerned about someone else that has been affected by abuse or violence. CARE Advocates are available through our 24-hour hotline at 910-512-4821 and can respond in person, by phone, or by text message 24 hours a day or in-person during business hours in the office on the second floor of DePaolo Hall. CARE also partners with other campus offices and with off-campus agencies in order to offer educational outreach and to provide crisis response to the UNCW community.

For more information, call 962-CARE, stop by our office in DePaolo Hall, or visit our website: www.uncw.edu/care. The CARE responder may be contacted 24/7 by calling (910) 512-4821.

Career Center

The central purpose of the Career Center is to prepare students for academic and career success. The center assists with self-assessment, values clarification and occupational data to help students make informed career choices. The Career Center also provides opportunities for internships, and discovering the relationship of skills acquired to the broader work world. The Career Center helps graduating students translate their academic achievements, co-curricular activities and work experiences into successful job campaigns or additional graduate school applications. For more information visit the Career Center on the internet at: www.uncw.edu/career.

Center for Leadership Education and Service

The Center for Leadership Education and Service provides a venue for student-centered leadership and service projects in local, regional and global communities. By providing students with intentional service leadership experiences in an environment dedicated to innovation and quality, our students learn to lead with conviction, integrity and discernment. The center cultivates a dynamic and experiential learning environment that provides students opportunities for leadership development and civic engagement.

Counseling Center

 The staff of the Counseling Center believes that a student’s successful progress towards their degree is affected by a number of personal, social and academic factors. We offer a variety of services to support a student’s academic and personal success including individual personal counseling, group counseling and personal development workshops. In addition, consultation services and outreach programs are offered for student organizations, as well as other campus departments and offices. An important role of the Counseling Center is working with students to develop the skills and awareness to successfully meet their college life demands.


The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed counseling professionals and advanced trainees including counselors, social workers and psychologists, who have specific interests and skills in working within a university setting. Some common student concerns addressed at the Counseling Center include loneliness, depression, anxiety, homesickness, relationships, coming out, family issues and grief. Assistance is also available for students with concerns related to sexual assault, substance abuse and body image. The transition to college can be particularly trying for students managing previously diagnosed conditions or on-going psychological concerns. The Counseling Center can assist students and families with identifying local providers who can keep support structures intact.


Enrolled students are eligible for counseling services, which are confidential and accessible. Intake interviews and counseling appointments are available weekdays and an on-call counselor is available for students with urgent needs or a crisis. When seeking services, students meet with a counselor who will assess the student’s needs and determine the services that will best meet those needs. If a student’s needs require attention that is beyond the Counseling Center’s scope of practice, the counselor will work to connect the student with appropriate off-campus services. Students are encouraged to come and talk with a counselor about any concerns that are hindering their academic or personal success. After-hours and on weekends, an on-call counselor is available for crisis consultation through the University Police (910) 962-2222.


For additional information about the services and programs offered by the Counseling Center, please call (910) 962-3746, come by our offices on the second floor of DePaolo Hall, or visit our Web site: www.uncw.edu/counseling

Crossroads: Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Education Program

Crossroads, UNCW’s Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Education Program, located in the Hundley Health Education Center in the Student Recreation Center, has extensive and up-to-date resource materials available about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and their effects; as well as information about how to help you, a friend, or someone else who may have a problem with substance use or abuse. Crossroads is dedicated to the advancement of thoughtful and healthy decision-making regarding the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Crossroads professional prevention staff and peer educators offer programs on basic facts, health risks, decision-making, high-risk alcohol and other drug use, smoking cessation, low-risk party planning, and recovery. Crossroads is also the home for the CRC Hawks, UNCW’s recovery community. Whether you have questions about alcohol or other drugs for personal reasons, academic assignments, or a group project, your interest will be handled in a confidential and nonjudgmental manner.

There are resources including brochures and handouts on alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and recovery, as well as books, magazines, and DVDs available for loan. Resident Assistants, professors, and organizations can request a program through our website. Crossroads is also responsible for delivering the educational programs for the conduct system. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call 910-962-4135 or visit us on the web at https://uncw.edu/crossroads/.

Disability Resource Center

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local requirements of nondiscrimination. However, the University aspires to go beyond only legal obligations, and asserts the value of, and respect for, diversity as a purpose and practice. To this end, UNCW supports the rights of enrolled students to a full and equal educational opportunity, and is committed to reasonable accommodations and proactive practices which allow individuals with disabilities to derive all of the benefits of campus life. Disability Resource Center (DRC) serves as a full-time advocate for students with disabilities, as well as a resource for faculty, staff and administration who engage with these individuals. Students with questions or accommodation needs should contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC@uncw.edu; 910.962.7555). Accepted UNCW students with disabilities seeking to initiate services should visit: www.uncw.edu/disability, follow the link to the Student Portal, complete the Online Intake, submitting appropriate documentation for initial review.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) serves as the student government association representing all graduate student organizations at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The purpose of the organization is to encourage, recognize, and assist all graduate students academically and socially, as well as to promote the interests and welfare of graduate students within the University. (http://student.uncw.edu/org/gsa/)

Housing and Residence Life

The Office of Housing and Residence Life is responsible for the development of educational, cultural and social programs to enhance student life on campus. The goal of the Housing and Residence Life program is to create an environment conducive to academic pursuits and the personal growth of resident students. More than 107 Residence Life staff are responsible for the supervision of resident students in the residence halls, on-campus apartments, and suite-style buildings.

The university has residence hall facilities for over 4,000 students in eight modern, conveniently located residence halls, 26 apartment buildings, and eleven suite-style buildings. All rooms are air-conditioned and furnished. Ethernet computer networking, which allows student computers to access university software, has been installed in all residential facilities. Laundry facilities are available. The Residence Life program offers opportunities for student employment and leadership positions through hall governance. Students residing in residence halls, apartments (A-M), and suites (O-U) are required to participate in the university dining hall program. Seahawk Village, Seahawk Landing, and Seahawk Crossing residents will not be required to have a university meal plan.

Immunization & Medical History Forms

North Carolina General Statute 130A-155.1 establishes specific immunization requirements for all students enrolled in North Carolina colleges or universities. It is the responsibility of the Student Health Center to monitor the immunization record of each student to ensure compliance with state law and university requirements.

All students are required to submit a completed “Immunization and Medical History Form.” The form can be downloaded at http://uncw.edu/healthservices/shc_records.html.

There are three parts to the form:

  • Immunization Record: Students can have their doctor’s office complete and sign the form, or attach a copy of an official immunization record.
  • Physical Examination:  A Physical Examination is not required for admission. If a student is taking a physical education course and has a medical condition that may affect participation then a student will be asked for documentation of a physical within the past 14 months or required to get one done.
  • Report of Medical History: All students must complete these two pages. Students under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian sign the form.

Immunizations that are REQUIRED pursuant to NC state law (current as of March 1, 2019):

College/University Vaccine Requirements and Number of Doses

Diphtheria, Tetanus And Pertussis1

Polio2

Measles3

Mumps4

Rubella5

Hepatitis B6

3

3

2

2

1

3


Footnote1 - Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine: Three doses are required for individuals entering college or university. Individuals entering college or university for the first time on or after July 1, 2008 must have had three doses of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid, one of which must be tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis.

Footnote2 – Polio vaccine: Three doses are required for individuals entering college or university. An individual attending school that has attained his or her 18th birthday is not required to receive polio vaccine.

Footnote3 - Measles vaccine: Two doses at least 28 days apart are required for individuals entering college or university. The requirement for a second dose does not apply to individuals who entered school, college or university for the first time before July 1, 1994. A person who has been diagnosed prior to January 1, 1994 by a physician (or designee, such as a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) as having measles (rubeola), or an individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against measles, is not required to receive measles vaccine. Individuals born before 1957 are not required to receive measles vaccine except in measles outbreak situations.

Footnote4 - Mumps vaccine is not required if any of the following occur: An individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against mumps; An individual born prior to 1957; or Enrolled in college or university for the first time before July 1, 1994. An individual entering college or university prior to July 1, 2008 is not required to receive a second dose of mumps vaccine.

Footnote5 - Rubella vaccine is not required if any of the following occur: An individual who has been documented by serological testing to have a protective antibody titer against rubella; 50 years of age or older; An individual who entered college or university after their 30th birthday and before February 1, 1989.

Footnote6 - Hepatitis B Vaccine is not required if born before July 1, 1994.

Immunization requirements taken directly from www.immunizenc.com/college.htm

International Students and/or non-US Citizens: Vaccines are required as noted above. Additionally, international students are required to have a Tb skin test (PPD, TST, or QuantiFERON Gold) that has been administered and read at an appropriate medical facility within 12 months prior to the first day of class. (Chest x-ray required if test is positive.)

Meningitis Vaccinations: All students must inform the Student Health Center whether or not they received the meningococcal vaccine, and if so, type of vaccine, and the month, date and year of the vaccination.

Notes:

a.     Immunization records must bear either the administering provider’s signature, name, address and phone number or the official stamp of the health care facility at which the immunizations were administered. Immunization records printed from a state registry are also an acceptable form of proof.

b.     Laboratory proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, or Rubella (German Measles) is acceptable.

Failure to comply with North Carolina immunization requirements will result in administrative withdrawal from the university.

Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to advocacy and education centered on student growth and self-responsibility by serving as a central resource for UNCW students, faculty and staff. Through collaboration with the University and the Wilmington community, we provide assistance to members of the UNCW community by: educating students about their rights and responsibilities as members of our community; assisting students, faculty and staff with interpretation of campus policies, including the Code of Student Life and the Student Academic Honor Code; training and educating faculty, staff and students on community standards and conflict resolution; establishing grievance and conflict resolution procedures; referring students to myriad resources to increase the likelihood of their success; assisting in the coordination of 24 hour emergency and crisis response; and providing resources and education for special populations including off campus students, non-traditional students and graduate student life. Our mission is to foster a respectful and dynamic community that affirms the value and contributions of each individual, and which harbors and elevates democracy, civility, and diversity as paramount values.

The following services and programs are coordinated and managed through the Office of the Dean of Students: The Perch (off-campus, non-traditional and graduate student life programming); Alternative Dispute Resolution (peer mediation); Cornerstone Community Standards; Student Conduct; Student Academic Honor Code and Case Management (student behavioral intervention/resource referral). Student rights and responsibilities are communicated through the Code of Student Life, and we adjudicate academic and behavioral violations through the campus conduct system. Our staff is vested in the success of each and every student, and we invite you to access us as partners in assisting you in your roles as students, faculty and staff at UNCW. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (910) 962-3119, by e-mail at deanofstudents@uncw.edu. Our website is www.uncw.edu/odos.

Seahawk Mail 

Seahawk Mail is a full-service U.S. Postal Service contract station serving UNCW students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Seahawk Mail provides on-campus student mail services, including mailboxes and package pickup. Located in the Fisher University Union, Seahawk Mail is your one-stop shop for postage, money orders, mailing supplies, FAX services, and notary services. Seahawk Mail is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. with package pickup service until 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Mail is distributed by 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Forms of payment accepted at Seahawk Mail are Cash, Check (with valid identification), Seahawk Buck$, and Credit Cards (Visa, American Express, and MasterCard. There is a required minimum purchase of $3.00 for credit cards).

All students may request a mailbox assignment if desiring to receive mail or packages at Seahawk Mail. Package pickup service includes all carriers, such as U.S.P.S., UPS, Fed Ex and floral delivery. Students are asked to check their boxes regularly. Students are responsible for providing a forwarding address when they move or leave the university. Please visit our website at www.uncw.edu/mail for more information.

Student Government Association: Representing the Voice and Vision of UNCW Students

The Student Government Association is a democratic organization, permitting expression of student opinion, working for the best interest of the university and upholding a high standard of morals and conduct. Student activity fee money supports the Student Government Association in its objectives and activities. Officers, class representatives, and at-large representatives are elected by the student body.

Services such as Legal Services, campus entertainment, and student organization funding are primary components of the comprehensive SGA program. The Student Government Association is a member of the North Carolina Association of Student Governments.

Abrons Student Health Center (SHC)

The mission of the UNCW Abrons Student Health Center (SHC) is to provide student centered, affordable, quality health and preventive services to the students of our university. Services include confidential diagnosis and treatment of general and acute medical problems, psychiatric medication management, nutrition services, allergy injections, immunizations, laboratory services, women’s health care, contraception services, men’s health assessments and preventive services. The health fee is included in student fees and entitles students taking six or more credit hours to unlimited visits. There are additional charges for services such as lab tests, immunizations, administration of allergy shots, and annual exams and physicals. Students taking less than six hours will be entitled to health services upon payment of the health fee. The Abrons Student Health Center does not routinely issue excuses for class absences due to illness. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call 910-962-3280 or visit us on the web at Student Health Center.

All students are required to submit a completed “Immunization and Medical History Form” upon being admitted to UNCW. For more information refer to the Immunization and Medical History section of this catalogue.

Student Health Insurance

All graduate students taking one or more credits per semester will be required to have health insurance to attend UNCW, except extension and distance education students. Those unable to show proof of existing coverage will automatically be enrolled in the university-sponsored insurance plan. Details are available on the Abrons Student Health Center website: https://uncw.edu/healthservices/shc_studentins.html

Health Promotion

Health Promotion, located in the Hundley Health Education Center in the Student Recreation Center, is UNCW’s central resource for health education programs and services. The staff and peer educators develop and implement campus-wide programs designed to encourage healthy attitudes, practices, and behaviors among college students.

Staffed by a health educator, a registered dietitian and a group of peer educators, the office offers programs on nutrition, sexual health, cold/flu prevention, stress management and other health topics. The registered dietitian also provides individual counseling and programs for weight management, disease prevention/management, sports nutrition, disordered eating, vegetarian and vegan diets, and other nutrition concerns. All requests for information or consultation are handled confidentially, whether for personal interest, for a friend, or for a class assignment.

There are resources including brochures and handouts on various health topics, as well as books, magazines, and DVDs available for loan. Resident Assistants, professors, and organizations can request a program through our website. For more information, please call 910-962-4135 or visit us on the web at www.uncw.edu/healthpromo.

Pharmacy

The UNCW Pharmacy is located in DePaolo Hall within the Abrons Student Health Center suite. Students can fill prescriptions written by UNCW providers as well as off-campus providers and may purchase over 100 over-the-counter medications and products. Crutches are also available for purchase. For more information, please call 910-962-3016 or visit us on the web at Student Health Center.

Student Media

Founded in 1948, The Seahawk, the student newspaper, publishes a daily online edition (www.theseahawk.org) throughout the calendar year and a monthly news magazine in print during the fall and spring semesters. The paper is supported by student fees and advertising sales. Its staff is composed entirely of students interested in journalism, multimedia, marketing, and computer-assisted design. Three times a year, Atlantis, the student magazine founded in 1971, publishes literature and art created by student writers and artists from colleges and universities across the state. The magazine is funded by student fees and advertising, and sponsors public readings and art exhibits. TealTV is a student-run production unit that provides students hands-on experience in script writing, video production, broadcast journalism, digital-video editing, announcing, marketing, and reporting. Founded in 1999, TealTV produces several original programs including “Seahawk Central News,” a program of campus news and information. TealTV’s programs air regionally on Time Warner Cable channel 5, on the UNCW’s closed-circuit CHWK channel, and on their YouTube channel. Together, The Seahawk and “Seahawk Central News” play valuable roles in UNCW’s interdisciplinary Journalism Minor. UNCW Student Media Sales & Marketing provides the program’s student publications with advertising and underwriting sales and marketing services and provides training for students interested in the business of media. UNCW Student Media also serves as home to other student organizations interested in mass media, such as Hawkstream Radio (http://www.hawkstream.org/), and Flicker Film Society (https://www.flickerfilm.org/), which produces original student films and sponsors the annual Reel Teal Festival.

The Student Media Board is UNCW Student Media’s governing body. The SMB advises student publications and works to ensure their First Amendment rights. Comprised of students, faculty, university staff and community professionals, the SMB allocates budgets and provides financial oversight. Applications for two student-at-large positions, appointed to the board annually, are accepted in the spring semester. More information about UNCW Student Media is available online at http://www.uncw.edu/stuaff/studentmedia/index.html

Student Organizations

There are nearly 300 student organizations registered with the Campus Activities & Involvement Center. These organizations include: political, professional, academic, ethnic and religious organizations, Greek letter organizations, sport clubs, service clubs, honoraries, governing, graduate, special interest groups, and student media. All of these organizations help to develop the UNCW community through the activities and affiliations that they create. Many of the clubs are showcased during the fall Involvement Carnival held in late August/early September. You can find out information about these organizations in the Campus Activities and Involvement Center in the Fisher Student Center, Room 2029 or on our Web site developed for this purpose: www.uncw.edu/activities.

UNCW One Card

The UNCW One Card is the UNCW student ID and official form of identification on campus. It allows the use of campus facilities, and provides safe, easy access to student housing, campus facilities, and student labs. With a valid UNCW One Card, students can check out materials at Randall library, ride the Seahawk Shuttle WAVE transit buses at no cost, and much more, including receiving a discount at local merchants through the Seahawk Savings Program. Students also have three accounts they can utilize on the One Card: Seahawk Buck$, Bookstore Dollars, and their Meal Plan. For more information on these accounts, please visit http://www.uncw.edu/onecard.

Seahawk Buck$ is the debit account feature of the UNCW One Card. With prepaid funds, students can make purchases at all food service locations, UNCW Bookstore, vending machines, student copiers, health center, pharmacy, Seahawk Mail, iPrint locations, iPrint Business Center, and more. Deposits may be made either  online using the UNCW One Card Online Management Center, at the UNCW One Card Office located in Warwick Center, or at kiosks located in Randall library and the Fisher University Union. 

Students can track UNCW One Card balances (Food Dollars, Seahawk Buck$, and Bookstore Dollars) at the UNCW One Card Online Management Center or on the smartphone/tablet App called “Blackboard Transact Mobile eAccounts”. For more information, visit the UNCW One Card office in the Warwick Center or www.uncw.edu/onecard/.

UNCW Bookstore

Located in the Fisher Student Center, the UNCW Bookstore offers everything students need for their time at UNCW. They have all course related materials including textbook rentals, new and used textbooks, and digital textbooks. You can shop with confidence at the UNCW Bookstore as they offer a Price Match Program* to Amazon.com and BN.com to help students get the best price possible. They also carry a variety of school supplies, laptops, printers, tablets, apparel and snacks. In addition, the UNCW Bookstore offers the largest inventory of Seahawk apparel and gifts, as well as a selection of trade books. They are also home to Dub City Brew Café proudly brewing Starbucks Coffee where students may use their One Card funds including Bookstore Dollars, Seahawk Buck$, and the Food Dollar portion of their Meal Plans along with cash and credit/debit cards. Forms of payment accepted at the bookstore include Seahawk Buck$, cash, check, credit, debit, Barnes & Noble gift cards, and Bookstore Dollars.

Can’t make it in to the bookstore? Have no fear! All of your textbooks and favorite UNCW Gear are available online at https://www.ShopUNCW.com. Simply place an online order, and we’ll notify you when it is ready! Our website accepts credit, debit, Paypal, Barnes & Noble gift cards and Bookstore Dollars.

Contact the UNCW Bookstore at 910.962.3188 or, at www.uncw.edu/bookstore for more information on bookstore services.

*Some exclusions and restrictions apply to the Price Match Program. For full details please visit the UNCW Bookstore website or ask one of our Booksellers.

Bookstore Dollars – this is an optional account on the UNCW One Card that provides students with the ability to get their books and supplies without waiting for a financial aid refund by charging the selected funds to their student account. Bookstore Dollars offer the following benefits: students are able to get their books earlier, and book charges can be included on the student’s initial E-Bill or TealPay payment plan. Funds on the Bookstore Dollars account do not expire – they roll over from semester to semester and are continually available to use for any item in the bookstore, including clothing items, Dub City Brew café items, textbooks, technology items, and so much more! Please visit http://uncw.edu/onecard/bookstoredollars.html for more information.

University Information Center

The Information Center, conveniently located on the first floor of the Fisher Student Center, provides a variety of information about campus, student and community activities, as well as campus telephone numbers. The center also provides free laptop computer check out, and umbrella checkout. The Information Center also serves as the campus Lost and Found. All ticket sales, Safe Ride vouchers, and event tickets are now handled at Sharky’s Box Office (Room 1002A) adjacent to Sharky’s Game Room in the Fisher Student Center. Contact the Information Center at (910) 962-3841.

University Learning Center

The University Learning Center is committed to being a vital part of UNCW students’ education. Our academic support services are based on the principle that quality learning takes place when peers work collaboratively to develop knowledge and build skills. The University Learning Center provides students a learning environment and experience that differs from the classroom; we focus on high-quality individual, small-group and large-group student-centered and student-lead learning.

Our services support students as they develop independent learning strategies, personal responsibility, intellectual maturity, transferable skills, and a respect for diverse learning experiences. Additionally, we provide our student tutors with a valuable pre-professional experience.

Each of our academic support services is free to all UNCW students:

  • Academic Achievement Services
  • Math Services
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Tutoring Services
  • Writing Services

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for tutoring or mentoring positions at the University Learning Center. Learn more at https://uncw.edu/ulc/about/student.html.

Call 962-7857 or e-mail ulc@uncw.edu with questions. Also see our website for more detailed information: www.uncw.edu/ulc.

Learn more about the academic support available for graduate students below:

Academic Achievement Services

In keeping with the University Learning Center’s mission to foster independent learning and transferable skills, Academic Achievement Services provides students with training and support for skills such as time management, note-taking, and test preparation so that students can make the most of what UNCW has to offer. Learn more at https://uncw.edu/ulc/academic/study-skills-mentoring.html.

Writing Services

The Writing Center provides assistance for all UNCW students as they develop and improve their writing skills. We employ many graduate students who have written graduate level papers and can support UNCW’s graduate population. Writing tutors can also help with personal statements and sections of longer theses. Short papers or sections of papers (ten pages or less) can be submitted online for response. Students can also drop in at the Writing Lab for quick help with their writing. Additional information is available at www.uncw.edu/ulc/writing.

University Testing Services

University Testing Services (UTS) provides secure computer-based and paper-based testing and test proctoring services for UNCW and the surrounding communities. The staff strives to provide a quality testing experience that is fair, efficient, and accessible in a professionally monitored facility. Admissions and certification testing programs as well as proctoring services for online courses are available through UTS.  Other proctoring services may be provided on a space-available basis. Please contact us at: testingservices@uncw.edu to inquire about availability or for additional information about testing and proctoring services and online scheduling.

Testing programs coordinated by or administered in UTS include: CLEP, ACCUPLACER, DSST, GRE, LSAT, MAT, all PRAXIS exams, TEAS and TOEFL. Each national program has testing dates, eligibility, registration and payment requirements that are determined by the testing companies. This information can be found in registration materials or on their respective Web sites.  Links to local appointment, payment and scheduling information can be found on our website http://www.uncw.edu/testingservices.

Accommodated testing for candidates with disabilities or for Title IX compliance is available; however, candidates must follow the requirements for submission of requested documentation for review and approval either to the national companies (for major testing programs/ETS) or to the Disability Resource Center or the Title IX/Cleary Office (for smaller or campus-based programs), if not already registered with the DRC or if not referred by the Title IX/Cleary Office. University Testing does not determine a candidate’s eligibility for accommodations or accommodations available for the candidate. To avoid delays, please discuss your needs with Testing Services staff prior to appearing for your testing appointment.  Also, be reminded that not all testing programs are administered in the DePaolo Hall Testing Center; check the confirmation or admissions information received when registering for your test for the specific reporting location.

Generally, services provided in the Testing Center are by appointment and require payment in advance. Appointments for national testing (ETS programs) are determined by contacting the relevant company either by phone or online. For the remaining programs or proctoring services, available appointments may be viewed through an online registration and payment system, RegisterBlast, accessible on the UTS homepage. Valid (unexpired) government-issued photo identification with a signature (Driver’s License, passport, Military ID, etc.) is always required for testing. For additional information or to make an appointment, please call (910) 962-7444, come by our offices in DePaolo Hall, Room 1021, or visit our Web site at http://www.uncw.edu/testingservices.