Student Affairs

Our Mission

Grounded in the mission of Canisius College, the Division of Student Affairs designs programs and delivers services that engage students, promote their success, and support their wellness and development.

Our Values 

The values of the Canisius College Division of Student Affairs support the College’s mission. In all that we do, we emphasize the following: 

  • Cura Personalis
    • Create a culture of fostering care for the whole person
  • Community
    • Engage students in meaningful collaboration and connection both on campus and in our community
  • Leadership
    • Provide a transformative experience for the leaders of tomorrow
  • Inclusion
    • Welcome all students into a community of support and respect
  • Magis
    • Encourage student growth and desire for greatness
  • Social Justice
    • Develop students to become Griffs for and with others

The vice president for student affairs and dean of students leads the Division of Student Affairs and determines student affairs policies and procedures, subject to the approval of the president.

The Division of Student Affairs is comprised of the following areas:

Student Life

ALANA Student Center

(ALANA = African American, Latino/a American, Asian American, Native American students) A genuine, pluralistic campus fosters racial equity, embraces intersectionality, and appreciates the differences that each student brings to the campus community. The college aims for all individuals to feel a sense of inclusion in the college’s mission and activities, particularly those who have been historically marginalized in America primarily due to the color of their skin.

The ALANA Student Center develops initiatives that promote the personal and academic success of African American, Latinx, Asian, and Native American students while engaging the entire student body in opportunities to cultivate skills to be people for and with others. 

Although primarily co-curricular focused, the ALANA Student Center also serves students as a referral and support unit with respect to other collegiate matters. The Center provides a place for students to share and discuss cross-cultural experiences and to interpret those experiences. By way of this service, and other support services campus-wide, Canisius College provides students with tools essential for their success in school and in the greater community.


Canisius College conducts an extensive NCAA Division I athletics program for both men and women and is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  and the Atlantic Hockey Conference.

Men’s Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country/indoor/outdoor track
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving

Women’s Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross-country/indoor/outdoor track
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Volleyball

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry supports the spiritual and religious life of the campus with activities open to students and staff of all faiths. Campus Ministry seeks to empower students, faculty, administrators, staff and alumni as persons of faith “for and with others” in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition.

In addition to providing for a vital Roman Catholic liturgical and sacramental life, the campus ministry team:

  • offers opportunities for spiritual retreats
  • organizes opportunities for prayer and small faith communities
  • promotes opportunities for service to those in need, both locally and through domestic and international service immersion trips
  • promotes ethical values and educates and organizes around issues of social justice and peace
  • provides pastoral counseling and spiritual direction

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is committed to developing the personal and academic potential of Canisius College students by supporting their emotional well-being through mental health services and wellness education. Professional counseling services are available to all registered students to address concerns that interfere with a student’s functioning, well-being and academic success.  In addition to individual and group counseling, counselors are available during and after college business hours for crisis intervention and mental health emergencies. Counselors are also available for consultation and referrals to community resources.

Students who access counseling services are assured confidentiality, unless it is apparent that a student may do harm to self or others. No information about participation in counseling becomes part of any official record. The Counseling Center is located in Bosch Hall Room 105, directly off the lobby of Bosch Hall.

Refer to the Counseling Center website for the most current information on programs, services and scheduling appointments.

The Griff Center for Student Success



International Student Programs

Whether you are an international student who will study on an F-1 student visa, a visiting student who will be studying abroad for one semester, or an incoming student who did not grow up in the United States, the Office of International Student Programs is here to support you. The Office of International Student Programs (ISP) at Canisius College supports the needs and development of the global student community through advisement and cultural support, in order to assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and professional goals. Other services for international students include an extensive orientation for new students, assistance understanding immigration regulations and workshops on practical training benefits. Global Horizons, a student organization for American and international students, plans additional activities to promote cultural awareness on campus. An example of this is Global Fest, an annual event celebrating different cultures through food tasting, music, performances and crafts from around the world! International students are required to complete an online semester SEVIS registration form at the start of each semester. This form ensures that ISP properly registers them for the semester in the SEVIS (Student Exchange and Visitor Information System). All international students studying on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required by the college to purchase a health insurance plan offered by Canisius College. 

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety, located in the basement of the Bosch Residence Hall, is open 24 hours a day, providing around the clock protection and services to the campus community. The department was established to protect the educational environment of Canisius College, keeping the environment free from the threat of physical harm, property damage and disruptive activity. Departmental objectives include aiding in the enforcement of federal, state and local laws; preventing crime; regulating non-criminal conduct and preserving the peace. Uniformed Public Safety Officers, all of whom are sworn peace officers, are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Their primary responsibilities include patrolling the campus area on foot, on bicycles and in vehicles; security services; emergency response; and requests for assistance involving members of the campus community.

Public Safety also provides a variety of support services that are tailored to meet the needs of the campus community. These services include conducting crime prevention and personal safety programs, dispatching the campus shuttle system, providing Canisius ID cards, and providing assistance to campus motorists experiencing minor mechanical problems.

For a comprehensive summary of the activities and services provided by Public Safety, visit the Department of Public Safety website.

Crime Statistics

Canisius College complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act by providing available information on campus security and personal safety. This information includes crime prevention, public safety, law-enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other important matters regarding campus security. Statistics are available from the three previous calendar years on reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Canisius College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. Upon request, the Canisius College Advisory Committee on Campus Safety will provide all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. This information is available on the Public Safety website. A printed copy may be obtained by calling the office of student affairs at 716-888-2130.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center  is staffed by a doctor, a physician assistant and registered nurses to  provide on campus care for all  Canisius students.Clinic is open Monday through Friday on the days when undergraduate classes are session from August through May.

Appointments are required. Students can select either a virtual visit over the computer or a face-to-face visit. In some cases, Student Health may recommend one visit type over the other based on the student’s health needs.  Appontments can be made by calling Student Health or self scheduling at myCanisiusHealth.

Afterhours, students can select from one of the urgent care centers located near campus or use the Catholic Health System virtual providers available at CH Care on A list of urgent care centers is available at myCanisiusHealth.

In the event of a medical emergency on campus, students should contact Public Safety or dial 911.

Due to COVID 19, masks must be worn in Student Health. Visitors and friends are not allowed to accompany a student into clinic but can wait in the area outside Student Health.  

MyCanisiusHealth is a web based confidential health portal designed specifically for Canisius students. A link to the health portal is found under student services on the student portal page.  The portal provides students 24/7 access to Student Health.  From the portal, students can  schedule an appointment, upload documents, print immunizations and update health insurance information, Students can access a copy of their visit summary after their appointment and all  health education materials recommended by our providers. The portal also has self care tips for common illnesses and injuries, and a list health care provider and services both on and off campus including afterhours care providers.

Student Health does not write medical notes for missed classes or work.  After a visit, Student Health sends appointment verifications via college email from noreply@medicat.   It is recommended students share the email verification notice with faculty or employers, if proof of a doctor’s appointment is needed.

Although there is no charge for a visit to Student Health, students should bring copy of their health insurance card to their appointment.

The Student Health Center web site provides detailed information about Student Health services, hours, staff, location, health requirements, health insurance, medical notes and more.

Health Insurance

Canisius College requires all full time undergraduate students to have health insurance and submit proof of that health insurance to the college annually.  Students will be billed for the student health insurance plan offered by the college, if they do not have insurance or fail to submit the required proof of insurance.

International students, studying on a F1 Visa, are required to purchase the international health insurance plan designed specifically for them.

Immunization Requirements for Class Attendance


New York State law requires all students taking six or more credits, attending any classes on campus, and born on or after January 1, 1957 to provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella to the Student Health Center prior to class attendance. Students must submit proof of two doses of measles (rubeola) vaccine, one dose of rubella (German measles) vaccine and one dose of mumps vaccine, given on or after their first birthday and after 1967.


All students registered for 6 or more credits and attending class on campus, regardless of birth date, are required to receive information about the risk of meningococcal disease and the benefit of vaccination. Students are required to read the information and either obtain the meningitis vaccine or sign a vaccine refusal statement within thirty days of first class attendance.


Immunization records, must be submitted by July 31 for fall attendance and January 1 for spring attendance. Summer students must submit records before their first day of class.  Non-compliance with health requirements results in registration cancellation, removal from college housing, and inability to register with the college for future semesters.  If registration is cancelled, a student will be reinstated once the health forms are submitted and deemed complete. Canisius College charges an immunization reinstatement fee.  Compliance with New York State health requirements is strictly enforced across the campus. 

Students taking online courses only are generally exempt from these requirements; however some online programs have established stricter immunization requirements.  On line students should discuss health requirements with Admissions or their program directors.

The Student Health Center website has detailed information about health requirements and links to the required forms.

Students enrolled in the Physician Assistant Studies program have additional immunization requirements.  Information about those requirements and deadine for submission to Student Health  is available in the Physician Assistant Program Handbook.

Physical Examination Requirement

All full time undergraduates and all international students ( graduate and undergraduate) studying on an F1 Visa  are required to submit a complete physical examination form to Student Health by July 31 for fall attendance and January 1 for spring attendance. 

Graduate students enrolled in the  Physician Assistant Studies Program have an annual physical examination requirement.  Information about that requirement and deadline for submission to Student Health  can be found in that program’s hand book.

Study Abroad Programs

Canisius College students who study abroad say it is a life-changing experience which significantly expands their personal and professional horizons. The college offers diverse study abroad opportunities in 13 countries and 21 cities. While several Canisius majors require an international experience, students of all majors should consider study abroad.

Students who study abroad:

  • Get jobs. They acquire marketable skills which are sought by potential employers in this global economy. According to an article in the Huffington Post, four out of five business leaders say that if similar candidates were before them and one had study abroad experience and one didn’t, they’d almost always hire the one with study abroad experience.
  • Become more fluent in a foreign language when they immerse themselves in the culture and live among native speakers (however, some locations have no language requirement).
  • Develop valuable life skills such as independence, flexibility, cross-cultural awareness/communication and problem-solving.
  • Enhance their knowledge of global relations and deepen their knowledge of cultural and societal differences.
  • Travel and meet new people and gain confidence.

Additional information about Study Abroad and other international experiences is available at the Global Opportunities website.

Student Life (Student Involvement)

Campus Programming encourages and promotes involvement and enhances student learning through co-curricular programming opportunities. To help achieve this mission, Campus Programming allows students the opportunity to get involved on campus. Students may choose from a variety of clubs and organizations, including the Undergraduate Student Association (USA) which is comprised of the entire student body and is represented by an elected group, the Student Senate. The purpose of the Senate is to assist, finance and integrate all student organizations and to represent the views of the student body to the college administration. The Commuter Student Association (CSA) represents all of the commuter students, and the Residence Hall Association (RHA) is the student governing body for the resident students at Canisius. Additionally, there are over 90 student clubs and organizations at Canisius. These organizations provide students with an opportunity to explore an academic subject informally yet deeply, gain familiarity with the arts or with differing cultures, provide service to the college or to the community, develop a wide range of leadership skills, or simply socialize with other students. Various honor societies give recognition to student excellence in numerous areas, and the student-run media on campus, such as the college newspaper (The Griffin) and the campus radio station (WCCG), provide students with opportunities to explore communications media while keeping the college community informed and entertained.

Club Sports and Intramurals

The currently active club sports are listed below. Additional club sports can be added based on student interest. Club sports are played at a more competitive level than intramurals and often involve team travel. Students are responsible for additional fees associated with most club sports.

Co-ed club sports

  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading and Dance
  • Field hockey
  • IHSA (Equestrian)
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Rifle
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Men’s club sports

  • Men’s Rugby
  • Men’s Soccer
  • Men’s Volleyball
  • Men’s Ice Hockey
  • Men's Crew

Women’s club sports

  • Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Volleyball
  • Women's Rugby


All intramural sports are currently co-ed and provide an opportunity for students to engage recreationally for fun, health, and wellness. Current intramural sports:

  • Basketball-open
  • Volleyball
  • Floor Hockey
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Outdoor Soccer
  • Flag Football
  • Dodgeball
  • Whiffle ball

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is the beginning of the journey for new students that provide a welcoming, informative, and incredibly fun start to their academic careers at Canisius. The program highlights a variety of academic supports and campus resources through informational sessions and activities.

Office of Event Services

Members of the Canisius Community or the public looking to reserve non-classroom space (including athletic facilities) for meetings and events should contact the Office of Event Services. Office staff will assist with room selection, securing appropriate technology, and facilitating connections with Chartwells food service when requested.

Student Life (Housing)

Student Life promotes the personal growth of resident students as they adjust to college life and interact with others in the residence halls and the college community.

Canisius College believes that the experience of living on-campus contributes to the development of a well-rounded individual. Student Life creates an environment where students can live, learn and develop leadership skills, and become men and women for and with others.

There are several housing options available to resident students. Bosch and Frisch halls are traditional residence halls for freshman students. They include single and double rooms, 2 person and 4 person suites along with social lounges and kitchens on each floor. Dugan Hall, also a traditional residence hall, is home to upper-level students in 2 person suites. Each floor also includes a social lounge a kitchen and coin-free laundry. The Delavan Townhouses feature one-, two-, three-, four-, and five-person apartments with single bedrooms. These apartments have living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and air conditioning. The Village Townhouses feature two and three person apartments. These apartments are equipped with single bedrooms, kitchens bathrooms, and air conditioning. Additional information including virtual tours, pictures, floor plans, cost and the application process can be found on the Student Life webpages.