In the first week of classes, you may add or drop classes or otherwise change your schedule. New transfer students should go to the Griff Center (OM 013) for assistance with this process and the appropriate PIN. After the first week, you may withdraw from a class, with some caveats: to withdraw from a class, you will need signatures from the instructor, the advisor, and in many cases, financial aid. Athletes will need additional signatures. In addition, the course will remain on your transcript with a W, indicating that you have withdrawn from the course at some point in the semester.
Set up an appointment with a career coach in the Griff Center. They have several tools that can help you to determine areas of interest and majors that may match those interests. You can call 716.888.2170 to set up an appointment.
Meet with your academic advisor. Academic advisors can help you select classes and programs to match your interests while fulfilling the Core and major requirements. Check with the Griff Center to find out who your advisor is.
Meet with a professor from a program you are interested in. You should ask plenty of questions and keep in mind how long it may take to finish a new degree program based on credits already completed. This consideration is most important for transfer students who have already brought a number of credits with them.
Student Life, located in the lower level of Dugan Hall, is a campus events office that coordinates a host of programs designed to enhance the Canisius experience. Student Life offers such activities as leadership workshops, Welcome Week, Senior Week, and Family Night. They also sponsor more than 100 student-run clubs and organizations. Student Life will assist you with establishing new clubs to address student interests.
Events are publicized: in MyCanisius under “Grifflink,” fliers posted throughout the tunnels and other public areas of the campus, and in the “Stall Street Journal” in the rest rooms.
Service Opportunities: Campus Ministry lists the variety of retreats and volunteer opportunities. The Office of Service Learning connects students with opportunities to serve in the Buffalo area with fellow Canisius Students. A number of courses are designated as “Service Learning,” making service some part of the course requirements.
Commuter Students: The Commuter Student Association in the Student Center sponsors activities, events, and resources to assist commuter students. There is a lounge in the Student Center’s lower level that is dedicated to commuters, and there are lockers available for storing personal belongings while you are attending classes, meetings, or in the library. You can request a locker through the Events office in the Student Center.
Meet with the instructor. Professors want all their students to do well, and when struggling students meet with them, they see students who are actively engaged with their learning. Instructors can give you strategies for preparing for tests, projects, and class room activities.
Visit the Tutoring Center: The center offers assistance in a variety of academic disciplines with both peer and professional faculty tutors.
Academic Mentoring: Academic mentors assist students with time management, work-load management, and study skills. Contact the Griff Center for more information—Old Main 317 or 716.888.2170.
The Helpdesk is located in the tunnel-level of Horan-O’Donnell. You may call 716.888.8340 to reach them by phone during regular business hours, or you can stop in person with your laptop or other personal devices. You may also email the Helpdesk with questions, and their website offers solutions to common technology issues.
The Student Records and Financial Services Center emails students who have accepted Work Study with instructions for accessing the listings of open positions. Contact the Center 716.888.2600 if you have any questions.
Contact Student Records and Financial Services Center 716.888.2600 for an explanation of charges, payments plans, and other bill-related resources. They are located in Bagen Hall.
Contact a Financial Aid Counselor for answers to questions about financial aid and to explore more loan and aid options. They are located in the Student Records and Financial Services Center located in Bagen Hall 106.
Accepted transfer students are automatically evaluated for an academic merit scholarship. Click here for more information. Other scholarship opportunities can be found on the web at “mapping your future.org.”
The Griff Center provides academic and non-academic accommodations for students with both permanent and temporary disabilities. Their mission is to see that no student is excluded or discriminated against in participating in any Canisius College program, function, or activity while maintaining the highest level of academic integrity. Students must register and meet with a professional in the office to receive services; needs are evaluated on a case-by-case, course-by-course basis. The office is located in the Accessibility Services Center in Old Main 317, phone: 716.888.2170.
Contact your professors immediately by email or telephone to let them know you have missed (or will miss) class, and ask for resources you will need to make up the work.
Contact the Student Health Center in the event that the illness becomes severe. There are medical professionals who see students in a clinic on campus (below Frisch Hall).
In the case of a long-term illness or hospitalization: Contact Jennifer Herrmann in the Griff Center 716.888.2524 or firstname.lastname@example.org). She will contact the necessary administrators and professors with specifics and expected recovery time.
Contact your professors immediately by email or telephone to let them know you will miss class, and ask for resources you will need to make up any missed work. You may be asked to provide documentation. Also, consider contacting the Griff Center 716.888.2170 who will also contact your professors.
The Counseling Center is located in Bosch Hall, 105. They are committed to developing the personal and academic potential of Canisius College Students by providing comprehensive counseling services and outreach education to support the emotional and mental health of our students. They can be reached at 716.888.2620.