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Student Responsibilities

Please read the following student responsibilities outlined in this section.


Blackboard is the virtual classroom. Students are required to login to class on the designated first day. This is comparable to having a seat the first day of a traditional class. If a student is unable to attend the first day, he or she must contact the professor.


Zagmail is the official avenue for correspondence at Gonzaga University. We require all official correspondence be sent through this system. Although there is a forwarding option, we have found e-mail is often bounced back or is undeliverable. It is imperative that we be able to contact our distance students via email in a timely fashion. As such, we require that students not forward their email account and to check Zagmail on a frequent basis. Additionally we ask that students log into their account as soon as their login information is received to ensure the logins are working correctly. Zagmail should be checked at least 3x/week in order to stay current with the university’s communications.

Castle Branch (Certified Background)

Castle Branch is the third party company that Gonzaga University’s Nursing Department uses to verify that students have completed all necessary vaccinations and background checks prior to starting practicum courses. All students are required to complete this process before they can begin their practicums.  There is a fee associated with verification of these requirements, payable to Castle Branch; you will be prompted to pay the fee as you complete the initial log-in process.


Questions regarding Castle Branch you can contact:

Molly Wood,

Having difficulty navigating the Castle Branch system, please contact Castle Branch directly:

Monday-Friday 8am-8pm & Sunday 10am- 6:30pm EST

888-914-7279 or

Student Accounts

Gonzaga has a team dedicated to our students’ success – from Student Service Coordinators to Financial Aid Counselors to Student Accounts. It is very important to understand payment expectations.

Payment is due on or before the first day of class.

If a student is receiving Financial Aid, in addition to working with Financial Aid, a student must also send an email to The email must include the student’s name, 8 digit GONZAGA student ID number (or SSN) and intention to pay with financial aid in the body of the message.

Payment plans can also can be an option throughout the year (no matter when a student starts his or her studies). Our payment options are located: plan arrangements must be made no later than the first day of class.

For questions about the student accounts process, call or email:

Danielle Loparco

Equal Opportunity Policy

Gonzaga University is an equal opportunity, Affirmative Action University. The University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, or any other non-merit factor in employment, educational programs, or activities that it operates.

All University policies, practices, and procedures are consistent with Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic identity and Mission Statement, and comply with federal and state regulations, including Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

To inquire about the University’s non-discrimination policy or to file a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, or gender-based discrimination, please contact one of the University’s Title IX Coordinators:

Christine Purviance
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer
Human Resources Office
Office: 509.313.5858

Heather Gores
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Athletics
Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator
McCarthey Athletic Center, Room 315
Office: 509.313.3599

Kathy Shearer
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Director, Disability Access and ADA Coordinator
Foley Library, Second Floor
Office: 509.313.4093

Code of Academic Honesty

The University’s Mission statement expresses Gonzaga’s self-understanding in terms of humanist, Catholic, and Jesuit traditions. The Statement also explains Gonzaga’s educational mission in terms of the ideals of creativity, intelligence, self-knowledge, desire for the truth, mature concern for others, and a thirst for justice. The Statement makes these traditions and ideals become concrete and practical by relating them to academic programs whose goals are to teach professional expertise and the mastery of a particular body of knowledge. Honesty is an essential part of these traditions, ideals, and practical goals. Gonzaga’s Mission Statement promises, and therefore must, maintain high standards of academic honesty.

Without honesty the humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit traditions could not continue; knowledge would neither be taught nor learned. Even the less obviously ethical and educational principles in the Mission Statement require honesty. Creativity without honesty becomes self-indulgence, intelligence without honesty degenerates into mere mental power. Self-knowledge without honesty cannot rise above self-deception, and the desire for truth becomes a craving for the rewards of those who have honestly found the truth. Without honesty, a concern for others may easily serve as a disguise for manipulation. The commitment to justice requires honesty, for to cheat, to fabricate, or to plagiarize is to act unjustly. Professional expertise requires honesty: cheating or plagiarizing denies the essence of what it means to be a professional in any field.

Because honesty is so essential to the traditions, ideals, and goals which define its kind of education, Gonzaga is committed to protecting academic honesty. This commitment entails practical consequences. To be fair to all members of the University, the University must explain clearly what these practical consequences of its commitment to academic honesty are.

Gonzaga’s Code of Academic Honesty includes the following:

  1. Academic Honesty consists of truth-telling and truthful representations in all academic contexts.
  2. Academic Dishonesty consists of any of the following activities: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty is an attempt to deceive, to distort someone’s perception of reality in order to gain a record of academic accomplishment greater than deserved. Academic dishonesty is not limited to the conduct illustrated here, because it is not possible to illustrate all the possible ways of being dishonest academically. A student in doubt about whether a particular course of conduct might violate Gonzaga’s standards of academic honesty should talk with the course instructor before engaging in that conduct.
  3. Penalties for academic dishonesty will be imposed through the Academic Honesty Policy, which all faculty and students are expected to understand and uphold. The complete description of the Academic Honesty Policy can be found online and in the offices of the Academic Vice President or Academic Advising and Assistance. Instructors are strongly encouraged to inform each of their classes about the Academic Honesty Policy.

Disability Accommodations

The law reads in pertinent part that, “No Student shall on the basis of a disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination under any University program or activity.” Gonzaga University is committed to providing qualified students with a disability an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights and privileges of its services, programs and activities, in an accessible setting appropriate to students’ needs, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Washington State Laws. Consistent with themes of justice, respect, and dignity in its mission, the University strives to provide an inclusive community for students with disabilities.

The Disability Access department provides access services to Gonzaga University’s programs, services, activities, and facilities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with federal and state laws.

Disability Access may arrange or provide academic adjustments, accommodations, auxiliary aids, assistive technology, advocacy and other types of assistance for students with disabilities.

Gonzaga University students who require access or accommodation due to a disability must must complete the Disability Access process for acquiring accommodations. Both permanent and temporary conditions can qualify for accommodation.

  • Students seeking treatment for a condition must ask their treating professional to send documentation to Disability Access. An optional Medical Documentation Form is available on the Disability Access website at
  • If students are unsure whether or not they have a medical condition that qualifies for disability accommodations, please call the Disability Access office and request an inquiry appointment.
  • Disability Access can take up to 10 business days to review documentation. Once we have reviewed the documentation, we will make contact to schedule an intake appointment.
  • After the intake appointment a student will have a copy of his or her disability accommodation letter. It is the student’s responsibility to deliver this letter to his or her professors and request accommodation.

For problems requesting accommodations or a request for an accommodation plan to be revised, contact the Disability Access office and request an appointment.

Contact Disability Access:
Kathy Shearer, M.A., C.R.C.
Department Director
502 E. Boone Ave., AD Box 19
Spokane, WA 99258-0019
Office: 509-313-4134

Student Handbook

Students are responsible for the information contained within this document.

The following link provides a student access to the Student Handbook:

The program will provide degree specific handbooks detailing program policies and procedures. These handbooks are posted in Blackboard under Blackboard>Department Information>Information>Policies & Procedures>Handbooks.

Contact Student Services

Available: 7 days a week
M-F 6am-8pm PST
Sat-Sun 7am-4pm PST
Call or Text: (509) 313-3573
Toll Free: (866) 380-5323
Fax: (509) 313-6232
Upcoming Events

Dates & Deadlines

  • 10/24: Fall B Session Courses Begin
  • 11/23 – 11/24: Thanksgiving Holiday (Offices Closed)
  • 11/7: Spring Registration Opens
  • 12/15: Last day Fall B classes
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