Campus Life and Student Success

Your college experience is full of excitement and challenge! Our goal at Stetson is to prepare you to be a lifelong learner ready to go into the job market or graduate school having clarified your values and gained skills that will assist you in identifying and achieving your goals. Inside and outside of the classroom you will develop strength in critical competencies necessary to achieve success in our complex and changing world such as problem solving, professionalism, teamwork, communication, digital literacy, leadership, and intercultural engagement.

Campus Life and Student Success (CLaSS) offers you resources, information and services to empower you to achieve success and significance at Stetson and beyond.  The Campus Life and Student Success umbrella includes a set of offices: Career and Professional Development, Residential Living and Learning, Diversity and Inclusion, Public Safety, Health Service, Student Development and Campus Vibrancy, Religious and Spiritual Life, Community Standards, Dining Services, Wellness and Recreation, Title IX, Student Counseling Services, Community Engagement, and Academic Success. Below is a list of some of the ways you can engage with CLaSS.  

  • Success: CLaSS supports you in your ability to succeed in the classroom, participate in a community of learning, and prepare for your future career or further educational pursuits. Success coaches, tutors, and SPIs (Stetson Peer Instructors) work with you individually and in groups on topics ranging from broad academic skill building to course specific content knowledge acquisition. In addition to the faculty advisor who helps guide you through your chosen area of study, you receive supplemental advising support as you transition into Stetson and if you are in the Discovery program, you are provided with many resources to help you determine your curricular path. All students also receive support with their career and professional development through mock interviews, site visits, career fairs, and internships. Should your behavior fall outside of the standards expected of all students, you will engage with a student conduct process designed to be both educational and developmental.
  • Inclusion: CLaSS promotes an inclusive campus climate in which students from all identity groups and backgrounds are able to feel a sense of belongingness and be their authentic selves. The Tri-C (Cross Cultural Center) serves as a fantastic gathering place for you and for the organizations focused on inclusive excellence under the Multicultural Student Council. Your spiritual development is supported by three chaplains of different faith traditions as well as various educational and social interfaith programs. Differing abilities are viewed as an important element of human diversity at Stetson and CLaSS works with you to facilitate accommodations and provide accessibility related guidance. Gender-based misconduct is addressed through the Title IX process and outreach is conducted by CLaSS to raise awareness and provide education in an effort to eliminate sexual violence.
  • Engagement: You have access to a tremendous amount of opportunities through which to engage with the members of the campus community and beyond. CLaSS promotes leadership through a series of programs, leadership roles, and learning opportunities and facilitates service within the community through connections with local non-profit organizations. Additionally, you may pursue the Certificate in Community Engagement in addition to your major. The Carlton Union Building (CUB) serves as the hub of student life with the Student Lounge acting as the living room of campus and the Collaboratorium facilitating your coming together to work creatively with other students. Your residence halls also provide opportunities for you to connect with each other through educational and social programming coordinated by the peer staff member RAs (Resident Assistants) who live in the residential communities. You may select to join from over 100 student organizations including fraternities and sororities, as well as organizations based on academics, culture, faith, identity, and hobbies, or you can create your own group. If you have an interest in more physical activities, you can participate in intramural sports, join a club sport, and participate in outdoor recreational adventures.
  • Wellness: The Hollis Center and Griffith Hall serve as the hub of holistic wellness on the DeLand campus. Students receive quality healthcare in partnership with Florida Hospital to support your physical health, and may participate in one-on-one and group counseling to support your mental health. Stetson’s counselors are experts in the experience of college students as well as overall mental health. Group exercise classes are offered in addition to your access to the fitness facilities. CLaSS provides a variety of learning opportunities for you focusing on important issues including alcohol, drug use, sexual health, nutrition, and stress. The Commons, Hat Rack, and Coffee Shop are located nearby in the CUB, providing a variety of dining options for you and accommodating a range of dietary needs. If you are unable to complete the semester due to professionally documented medical concerns you may also seek a medical withdrawal.

Navigating the college experience can pose different challenges for students. CLaSS is happy to assist you with any issues that may arise and will reach out to you if you have been repeatedly absent in class or are struggling academically to suggest a success coaching appointment or offer other appropriate assistance.

Public Safety

Public Safety works to ensure the safety of the entire campus community; they are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.  They also provide a full range of services, like routine patrol, parking enforcement, safety inspections, and after-hour escort services.  It is Public Safety’s recommendation that everyone at Stetson makes sure to have Public Safety’s phone number programmed in their phones: 386-822-7300.