Apr 16, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Student Life

The University of New Orleans (UNO) recognizes the important educational role that involvement in student life provides for students. There is a commitment to focus on the development of the whole student by extending the classroom experience through co-curricular activities. By becoming involved on campus, students have an opportunity to develop intellectual, social, leadership, communication and recreational skills. These skills can assist students personally and professionally. Student Affairs is committed to sponsoring and promoting activities that complement the educational experience. The following information is only a sampling of the offerings available. We encourage all students to explore all aspects of student life at the University of New Orleans.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services offers problem assessment and short-term personal (mental health) counseling to currently-enrolled UNO students. These services are focused on the resolution of students’ current personal concerns and problems which might interfere with academic functioning. The Counseling Services staff can also assist students with referrals for longer-term or specialized treatment, if needed. Additionally, Counseling Services offers career testing and counseling to assist undecided students in choosing a career path which corresponds to personality traits and their current interests and skills. For additional information, please visit http://counserv.uno.edu.

Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports

The Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports (RIS) offers a variety of programs and services for UNO Students.

Recreation and Fitness Center

A very popular service for students is the UNO Recreation and Fitness Center. This facility serves students who are interested in participating in a variety of fitness and recreational activities. The Recreation and Fitness Center has 3 basketball courts, an indoor running track, 2 racquetball courts, an indoor swimming pool, 2 group exercise rooms , weight equipment, and an extensive amount of cardio-vascular equipment which includes: treadmills, elliptical cross trainer machines, upright and recumbent bikes, rowing machines, AMT cross trainers, and much more. A variety of Group Exercise classes are offered each semester. Personal Training, swim lessons and Fitness Assessments are also available.

Intramural and Club Sports

A variety of intramural sports are offered each semester including, but not limited to: flag football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, table tennis and more. Club Sports are also offered and provide competitive, recreational and/or instructional aspects to participants. Clubs are open to all UNO students. All clubs are co-ed unless otherwise specified. A new club sport can be created based on student interest.

Summer Sports Day Camp

The Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports Summer Day Camp provides a variety of fun activities for children ages 5-11. The program is held during the months of June and July. For more information, please visit the RIS web site at http://ris.uno.edu/ and click the summer camp link or call (504)280-6009.

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of New Orleans Intercollegiate Athletics is a member of NCAA Division I and the Southland Conference.

UNO will field teams in seven men’s sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and tennis) and seven women’s sports (basketball, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, tennis, indoor volleyball and beach volleyball). The men’s and women’s basketball teams host home games at UNO Lakefront Arena. The baseball team plays home games at Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark. The volleyball team plays home matches at the Human Performance Center. The men’s and women’s tennis teams play home matches at the UNO Tennis Center.

Contact the UNO Athletic Department at (504) 280-6102 for more information or visit http://www.UNOPrivateers.com/.

Students with a valid student identification card are admitted free to all home athletic events.

For up-to-date information on game times and locations, check the Privateers’ official website at: http://www.UNOPrivateers.com/. The Athletic Department can be followed on Twitter at @UNOPrivateers, Instagram at @UNOPRIVATEERS or on Facebook/UNOPRIVATEERS.

Office of Student Accountability and Disability Services

Disability Services

The University of New Orleans is committed to providing an environment where all students have an equal opportunity to participate in the academic experience, including students with disabilities. Students with disabilities have rights as determined by federal and state laws.

The office can provide reasonable academic accommodations for students who have documented disabilities.

Academic accommodations include, but are not limited to, extended test taking time, course materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, recording devices for lectures, and the provision of some assistive listening devices.

This office can assist in the coordination of accommodations for campus tours and other events with advance notice.

The Director serves as the Section 504 Compliance Officer. Please direct questions to Office of Disability Services | The University of New Orleans (uno.edu) by calling (504) 280-6222.

Student Accountability

A student’s education is a process of honest inquiry. Success, by its very nature, depends on the integrity of the experience. The basic philosophy of the UNO Student Code of Conduct is one of education. The University encourages student growth and development of the individual. The University is committed to protecting student rights and the rights of others. If a member of the UNO community believes that a student has violated a policy or part of the UNO Student Code of Conduct, they are encouraged to report this in writing to The Office of Student Accountability. Policies and expectations for students are outlined in the UNO Student Handbook and other official publications.

For more information please refer to the following website Student Accountability | The University of New Orleans (uno.edu).

Office of International Students and Scholars

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides support to approximately 600 international students, faculty, and staff from more than 75 countries. Specifically, OISS assists international students, faculty, and staff in maintaining their legal status under U.S. immigration law. In addition, the staff provides support on such matters as cross-cultural adjustment, personal and financial issues, and academic problems. Programs offered by OISS include new student orientation and educational workshops. OISS produces a regular newsletter, maintains an e-mail listserv, and co-sponsors cultural events such as International Night. Specific information about OISS programs is available at the following web address: https://www.uno.edu/oiss.

Service Learning

Service Learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service projects with academic studies to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen the communities in which we live and work. The Office of Service Learning aims to create innovative solutions to challenges and achieve sustainable outcomes that benefit our partners as well as create a legacy of engagement with the communities we serve. UNO provides an academic environment that cultivates and graduates leaders ready to continue their service in communities within southeast Louisiana, throughout the United States and across the world.

We invite students from all backgrounds and all levels of experience to enroll in service learning courses where there are guaranteed opportunities to put to work the philosophies, skills and theories learned in the classroom.

For more information, please contact the Office of Service Learning at servicelearning@uno.edu or visit our office in Room 1006I in the Administration Building to speak with a program manager. Additional information is available on our website: Service Learning at UNO | The University of New Orleans.

Ochsner Health Center-UNO

Ochsner Health Center-UNO is committed to providing the highest quality health care to the UNO community. Health Services offers evaluation and treatment of illness and injury, as well as health promotion and illness prevention. Primary care is provided to students, by appointment. Various injections, immunizations, and advice on travel vaccines are available to students as well as comprehensive physical evaluation and diagnostic laboratory testing.

New or re-entering students are subject to a State legislated pre-matriculation immunization statute which requires students to provide UNO with their immunization status regarding measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and diphtheria, tetanus diphtheria (TD) or tetanus toxoid reduced diphtheria a cellular pertussis (Tdap). Additionally, two meningococcal immunizations are required. The meningococcal vaccinations should be separated by at least eight weeks. Student Health Services can provide immunizations for students who have been admitted but may not have paid fees or attended classes. There is a fee associated with these immunizations. Students are encouraged to visit Campus Health Services | The University of New Orleans (uno.edu) to learn more about immunization compliance and waiving of rights. Students who waive immunizations may be required to leave school if there is a disease outbreak on campus.

Ochsner Health Center-UNO is in the University Center room 238. Clinic hours Monday - Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. Please visit the website http://www.uno.edu/student-health/ for more information.

Student Health Plan

The University negotiates a moderately priced blanket student health plan. Students not covered by another insurance policy are strongly encouraged to enroll in this plan as medical costs can be high and jeopardize a student’s education. The plan includes savings realized by Ochsner Health Center-UNO acting as the primary care giver. Additional savings are provided through the use of a preferred provider organization. Dependents can also be covered on this policy.

The policy is an optional service offered to students. The University of New Orleans neither receives money from this service nor adjudicates claims on students’ behalf. Policy information is available on our website, http://www.uno.edu/student-health/.

International Students are required to have health insurance. This policy meets the minimum requirements of the law and is cost effective. However, International Students may purchase other policies or bring one from their country that meets the minimum requirements.

Residential Life

University of Louisiana System policy requires all unmarried, full-time undergraduate students regardless of age or emancipation status, live in campus residence halls as long as space is available. All first year students are required to live on campus. Under certain circumstances, housing exemptions are granted. Click for more information regarding the on capus housing requirement can be found here: On-Campus Housing Requirement | The University of New Orleans (uno.edu).

Residential Life Facilities

Pontchartrain Halls

Pontchartrain Halls are the University of New Orleans newest housing accommodations, offering a convenient, safe and supportive home for Privateers. Residents will have their choice of a private room with bath, a two- bedroom unit with one bath or a four bedroom unit with two baths. Each bedroom is furnished with a bed, student desk, chair, chest of drawers and built in closet. In addition, two and four bedroom units have furnished common lounge areas perfect for study groups, gaming tournaments and more. High-speed wi-fi is included. Pontchartrain Halls feature card access, security cameras, a small convenience store, and an activity area with billiard tables and computers, which is open 24/7 for students. Social areas which to accommodate a variety of programs for residents, study areas, 2 residents’ kitchens and free of charge laundry facilities are also included in Pontchartrain Halls. Students may also enjoy an outdoor furnished patio area.

Residence Hall rates include all utilities, furnishings, and internet. Residency in Pontchartrain Hall requires mandatory participation in the Pontchartrain Hall Campus Dining program. Residents of Pontchartrain Halls are encouraged to participate in events and programs held in their halls, including hall wide social events, meet and greets with faculty and staff and events designed to enhance students’ learning and living experience.

Please note that admission to the University does not guarantee on-campus housing accommodation. Students must apply separately for housing and accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a student is officially accepted for admission to the University.

For more information, please contact the Office of Residential Life at (504) 280-6402 or e-mail studenthousing@uno.edu.

Lafitte Village

The mission of Lafitte Village is to provide housing to married students, single-parent students, and couples in domestic partnerships at an affordable cost. Staff and faculty members are allowed to live in the complex if space is available. This housing opportunity gives non-traditional students the ability to still pursue their education while also raising a family. Lafitte Village is conveniently located on the edge of UNO’s campus, providing a calm and quiet atmosphere.

Recently renovated, it offers one and two bedroom units, which all include stainless steel refrigerators and stoves, utilities, internet and basic cable television. Wi-Fi is available throughout the complex. A laundry facility is located onsite, free of charge, for residents’ use. The brand-new playground and courtyard are perfect places for children to play and provide a convenient study area.

Safety features of Lafitte Village include key access gates surrounding the community and surveillance cameras throughout the grounds and parking area.

Please note that admission to the University does not guarantee on-campus housing accommodations. Students must apply separately for housing and accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a student is officially accepted for admission to the University.

For more information, please contact the Office of Residential Life at (504) 280-6402 or e-mail studenthousing@uno.edu.

Privateer Place

Privateer Place is an apartment-style community located on the campus of the University of New Orleans. Students are a short walk to classes and campus events. Privateer Place strives to create a “Place to Live, Learn, and Grow: Facilitating a fun, friendly, vibrant, and diverse community while supporting residents’ academic success and encouraging personal growth and empowerment”.

Privateer Place offers apartment style living with three floor plans, both private and semi-private:2 bedroom/2bathroom (furnished), 4 bedroom/2bathroom (furnished) and efficiency style apartments (unfurnished). Students can select an academic (9 month) or full year (12 month) lease agreement. All apartments come with an “all inclusive” package which includes fully equipped kitchens, utilities (electricity, water, and internet), free parking and our unique Go Explore program (14 days at any of our other participating villages). Homer Hitt scholarships are accepted and Financial Aid Deferment is offered at Privateer Place!

Furnished units include a bed, student desk, desk chair, nightstand, and chest of drawers in each bedroom. Each common living area includes a couch, matching chair, coffee table, end table, and built-in dining table with chairs. On-site amenities include electronic key fobs, on-site laundry facilities, swimming pool/spa, sand volleyball court, basketball court, meeting room, barbecue picnic pavilion, clubhouse with Wi-Fi and 24/7 staff and maintenance on call.

Privateer Place is open during academic breaks, and residents are able to stay in apartments throughout the lease term. For leasing information please visit us at www.privateerplaceUNO.com or call our office at (504) 282-5670.

Living in Privateer Place also satisfies the UL System on Campus Residency requirement for first year students.

Student Media

Driftwood has offered a student’s-eye view of the University of New Orleans (UNO) since 1959. Published weekly during the fall and spring semesters, Driftwood contains general news, features and other articles of interest to the university population. The newspaper is run and staffed entirely by UNO students. Staff members gain practical experience in interviewing techniques, layout and design, photography, AP style and writing on deadline. Paid positions and internships for college credit are available, or students may submit articles and photos on a freelance basis. For more information, contact: driftwoodeditor@uno.edu

The annually published literary magazine, Ellipsis, includes stories, poems, photographs and drawings by members of the UNO community and publishes award-winning work by UNO students.

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is committed to providing programs and opportunities through which students may become meaningfully involved in campus life. These programs and initiatives include leadership development, organizational involvement, campus wide entertainment, cultural and educational programs, volunteer service, and recognition. The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership strives to create opportunities so that students can achieve academically and socially in ways that will facilitate their transition into the world as responsible citizens. Areas falling under the purview of The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership include leadership development and advisement of student organizations, Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, the Leadership Cabinet, Greek Life, and the Service Coalition. For more information, please refer to www.sil.uno.edu.

Fraternity and Sorority Life Greek Life

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL) provides advisory support and guidance to the university’s ten fraternities and sororities. The department offers various programs and services, including active oversight of chapter events, planning and implementation of leadership retreats and workshops, monitoring of academic performance of fraternity and sorority members, and recognition of the positive achievements of the organizations. In partnership with faculty, staff, alumni, and inter/national fraternal organizations, the office challenges and educates students in the areas of leadership, cultural awareness, personal and group development, scholarship, and civic responsibility. More information is available at www.greeklife.uno.edu.

Leadership Cabinet

The UNO Leadership Cabinet has served the University of New Orleans for over 30 years and has provided leadership opportunities for all students on campus regardless of their leadership experience. Members of the Leadership Cabinet plan and execute UNO leadership programs, including retreats, conferences, and the annual student leadership award ceremony.

Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center is an opportunity for students to collaborate with non-profits and community service providers to improve long-term environmental and social problems in the New Orleans area. The Volunteer Center plans monthly service days and coordinates alternative break programs. The Volunteer Center tracks students service hours and reports them to the University.

Student Activities Council

The Student Activities Council (SAC) is the university’s official student programming board. The purpose of SAC is to provide educational, cultural, social, and entertaining activities for the UNO community. The Council is responsible for the planning and implementation of major activities on campus such as the Welcome Back Block Party, Cultural Conversation Hours, the Drive-in Movie, Homecoming Week Festivities, the end of the year crawfish boil, and much more. With student input, SAC offers new, fresh events every year.

Student Government Association

All regularly enrolled students are members of Student Government Association (SGA), which provides an opportunity for each student to participate in the general community affairs of the University. Student Government Association members assume the responsibilities of self-government consistent with the responsibilities and policies of the University administration. In addition, the Student Government Association maintains a variety of services such as forums for students to express ideas and concerns with administration. SGA also funds other activities and services on campus such as student organization programs, legal services, and limited academic travel funds for undergraduate and graduate students. Student Government Association | The University of New Orleans (uno.edu)

Student Organizations

Student organizations are a vital part of undergraduate and graduate experiences at the University of New Orleans. With over 150 registered student organizations at UNO, students are able to take advantage of the many opportunities outside the classroom. As a member of a UNO organization, students develop leadership and interpersonal skills, build friendships, and serve the campus community. Types of groups include: professional, honors, political, religious, service, social, Greek, special interest, and departmental. (www.sil.uno.edu). The list of all recognized student organizations can be found at: SIL Student Organizations.

UNO Career Services

UNO Career Services provides a range of career development services for current UNO students and alumni to explore career options, plan and prepare for the job search, and pursue their career goals. Services include résumé review, cover letters, job search, mock interviews, career preparation workshops, career assessments, self-assessment of work values/ethics, business etiquette/communication, career advising, majors and career pathways, networking and recruitment events, career fairs, and the coordination of internships and experiential educational opportunities. Career Services also manages the Career Compass job database, which lists updated part-time and full-time job postings, as well as internships/co-ops and volunteer opportunities. Once registered in the database, students receive notifications regarding jobs and internships, career fairs, career workshops and other career related events and activities. For additional information, please visit www.career.uno.edu and/or follow us on social media: Twitter@UNOCareer or Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn at: UNO Career Services.

Veterans’ Service Center

The Veterans’ Service Center provides information on educational benefits for veterans, dependents and military students attending UNO. Students eligible for educational benefits are urged to establish contact with this office when they arrive on campus. For further information call (504)280-6992, email veteransservices@uno.edu, or visit the office at 105 Earl K Long Library, Privateer Enrollment Center.