Student Services

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Creating a life for yourself outside of class starts with the resources of Midwestern University's Office of Student Services. We're here to nurture, enhance, and promote your growth and development in cultural and social settings, as we also support your intellectual, physical, and emotional well-being. Through the sense of respect, appreciation, and community you find among the Colleges of Midwestern University, you carry into your professional life an awareness, understanding, and acceptance of all individuals in our diverse world.

On the Downers Grove campus, Student Services includes the Office of the Dean, Student Activities, Residence Life, Campus Recreation, and the Wellness Center. We coordinate student support service functions within the University and support all Colleges.

Student Services develops and supports programs and services to enrich your experiences on campus, such as Student Government, Student Tutoring Program, social and recreational activities, orientation, study skills and time management seminars, multicultural and diversity programming, personal and academic counseling, disability services and support, community outreach, and other extracurricular activities. Our doors are always open, and our staff is available to offer the support, advice, and encouragement you need to handle your concerns and meet your challenges.

Contact Us

Office of Student Services
551 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
630/515-6470 phone
630/515-6174 fax

Teresa Dombrowski, Ph.D., Dean


Student Counseling

The counseling office is located in the Wellness Center. Our office is available to Midwestern Students to provide information on to Special Programs, Study Skills & Time Management, Resources & Referrals both on and off campus, mental health information, and other related services. Please feel free to stop by our office or contact us by phone or e-mail with any questions. All inquiries are treated in a confidential manner.  Please check out Frequently Asked Questions or other helpful information relating to Counseling Services.  If you have additional questions which are not posted, please contact our office directly.

To schedule an appointment, please call Carrie Torgerson at 630-515-7142 ,,  or stop by her office in Student Services/Commons in person.

MWU Student Tutor Program

Midwestern University offers student peer-tutoring services through the Office of Student Services.  Tutoring is available during all academic years and is designed to help enhance test-taking skills, modify study habits, and/or focus on critical material and content.  The Counseling office also offers presentations, as well as individual sessions, designed to help you enhance test-taking skills, modify study habits, and/or focus on critical material and content.

All requests for tutoring must be approved and must originate in the Office of Student Services.  The Office of Student Services will then obtain the appropriate college administrative approval.  Any student who is in academic difficulty in a course will be given priority in the program.  Academic difficulty is defined by the college.  Students participating in the program should understand that priority is given to students in academic difficulty, and they may not be eligible or may lose eligibility to receive a tutor in order to accommodate other students in more serious academic difficulty.  Students requesting a tutor must be registered in the Office of Student Services in order to benefit from tutoring services.

  Guidelines for Using Tutors 

All requests to become a tutor must be approved and must originate in the Office of Student Services.  The Office of Student Services will then obtain the appropriate college administrative approval for that student.  Students must be able to communicate effectively, have mastered the course material, and be in good academic standing.  Tutors receive an hourly honorarium for their services.  Student tutors must have registered in the Office of Student Services in advance of services in order to be eligible for reimbursement.  Applications to tutor and requests for tutoring services are available in the Office of Student Services.

Guidelines for Tutors

Tutor Application

Tutor Program Request for Payment

Student Health

To protect MWU students and patients, Midwestern University requires you to submit documented proof of immunity against certain diseases prior to and during enrollment. Students on the Downers Grove Campus can find basic health care services at the Wellness Center in Recreation/Wellness Hall. You can receive immunizations, acute care, screening, lab work, breathing treatments, weight loss support, wellness programming, and a variety of other educational services.  For additional information, see the Campus Wellness Center Webpage.

All students are required to carry health insurance.  The University offers a student health plan through Aetna Student Health.  Information on the current plan is available at under Midwestern University - Illinois.

Americans With Disabilities Act Policy

It is the policy of Midwestern University to ensure that no qualified student with a disability is excluded from participation in or subjected to discrimination in any University program, activity, or event. Midwestern University makes reasonable accommodations to the physical and mental limitations of students to the extent that such accommodation does not impose an undue hardship on the conduct of its business. Disabled students' rights are protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and its amendments (2008). Section 504 prohibits any program or activity, which receives federal funding from discriminating against qualified persons with disabilities in employment as well as all other activities. The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (42 U.S.C. d12101 et seq.) was developed "to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities".  Midwestern University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Toward this end, Midwestern University policies and procedures ensure that students with a disability will not, on the basis of that disability, be denied full and equal access to academic and co-curricular programs or activities or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under programs offered by the University.

Midwestern University Disability Policy

Harrassment/Hostile Working Environment

Midwestern University believes in the dignity and worth of its students, faculty, staff, interns, and residents and will not tolerate unacceptable conduct or behavior that has the effect of substantially interfering with the individual's performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning/working environment. Members of the MWU community have a right to be free from harassment. This policy/procedure establishes a protocol whereby those who believe they have been harassed may obtain redress promptly and equitably through the formal and informal procedures of the University.

It is the policy of MWU to provide an environment that is free from harassment because such conduct seriously undermines the atmosphere of trust and respect that is essential to a healthy work and academic environment. The conduct prohibited by this policy includes all unwelcome conduct (whether verbal, physical, visual, or written) based on an individual's protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, or other protected group status as defined by law. Among the types of conduct prohibited by this policy are teasing, jokes, slurs, epithets, and negative stereotyping based on another person's protected status. Even where the conduct is not sufficiently severe or pervasive to rise to the level of a legal violation, MWU discourages any such conduct in the workplace and/or any of our related educational settings and reserves the right to the take remedial action for all the conduct it deems inappropriate.

This policy applies to all members of the University community, each of whom is encouraged to promptly report complaints about harassment. Anyone found to be in violation of this harassment policy shall be subject to disciplinary warning, disciplinary probation, demotion, transfer, suspension, or dismissal.

No action shall be taken against anyone who submits a complaint that he or she believes to be valid, regardless of the outcome of the investigation. However, anyone found to be intentionally dishonest in making the allegations or to have made them maliciously is subject to University discipline.

Sexual Harrassment

Sexual harassment may involve the behavior of a person of either sex against a person of the opposite or same sex, and occurs when such behavior constitutes unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature where:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's education or employment;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting the individual's welfare; or
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's welfare, academic or work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or demeaning educational or work environment.

A third party may also file a complaint under this policy if the sexual conduct of others in the educational or work environment has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the third party's welfare, academic, or work performance.

Crime Statistics

Illinois - Midwestern University Annual Security Report