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Southern Connecticut State University, a comprehensive, metropolitan, public university, was founded in 1893 as the New Haven Normal School. Today, Southern is a fully accredited institution of higher education authorized by the Connecticut General Assembly to offer courses and programs leading to bachelor's and master's degrees in the arts and sciences and in various professional fields. Southern also offers a sixth year diploma in several specialized areas and two doctorate in education degrees (Ed.D.).

Located in New Haven, Southern functions first as a regional institution involved in the economic and social development of the southern part of the state, offering quality academic offerings, public service efforts, continuing education programs, research and grant projects, and cooperative community projects. The institution serves the entire state by providing educational activities and programs for all citizens of Connecticut.

CONNECTICUT STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Southern Connecticut State University is one of 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU) governed by the Board of Regents for Higher Education. ConnSCU is comprised of the four Connecticut State Universities, the 12 Connecticut Community Colleges, and Charter Oak State College.

GENERAL REGULATIONS

Southern Connecticut State University provides an equal opportunity for higher education for all qualified students. The university affirms the basic right of all members of the university community to free inquiry, responsible discussion, and the uninterrupted pursuit of all activities normally associated with the operation of Southern Connecticut State University.

Detailed university regulations are printed in a number of university publications that supplement this catalog, e.g., the "Student Handbook," Southern News (the student newspaper), and bulletins distributed by administrative offices. Students who ignore these public announcements or who fail to act in accordance with them are liable to appropriate penalties, such as extra fees, fines, disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion from the university.

The Student Bill of Rights and the Student Code of Conduct are available online in the "Student Handbook" to help students understand their rights and responsibilities as members of the university community. The Student Code of Conduct does not replace or relieve the requirements of civil or criminal laws.

All students are expected to maintain acceptable standards of conduct while on the university campus, on property controlled by the university or university affiliates, and in connection with off-campus university activities.

The Connecticut State University System has certain self-defining institutional values. Principal among these is respect for the dignity, rights, and individuality of each member of our university community. All members of our university community are expected to govern their social and academic interactions with tolerance and mutual respect.

All members of the university community must carry on their person an official university identification card, and must present it on request by a university official or Campus Police officer. Those who cannot produce university identification cards on request may be asked to substantiate their reason for being on campus. Any person not a member of the university student body, faculty, or staff who participates in behavior contributing to the disruption or obstruction of the activities and operation of the university may be subject to exclusion from the campus and/or to civil arrest. All university regulations apply to part-time as well as full-time students, faculty, and staff. All others also are expected to abide by all university regulations. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct in the Southern Connecticut State University "Student Handbook" for further information.

PURPOSE AND NATURE OF GRADUATE STUDY

The purpose of graduate studies is to provide for advanced and specialized learning under the direction of scholars and practitioners in full command of their disciplines. Concentrated, in-depth, graduate study not only provides the trained manpower for society's special needs but contributes to the essential knowledge base for addressing and solving society's problems. Graduate study is also a commitment to intellectual freedom, to personal integrity, and to respect for the freedom and integrity of others.

The university strives to maintain a high standard of excellence in its programs and seeks to instill in its students a desire for continuing self education and self development. Each school of the university has developed its graduate programs in accordance with the highest national standards of their respective fields.

Graduate programs are designed to develop the depth of education, the sensibilities, the skills, and the creative independence that prepare graduates to practice and contribute to their profession. This is accomplished by requiring students to demonstrate an understanding of specified subject matter areas, apply the theory and methodology of their fields, use appropriate bibliographic techniques, and be aware of the role of research and methods by which research is conducted.

UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT

Southern Connecticut State University provides exemplary graduate and undergraduate education in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. As an intentionally diverse and comprehensive university, Southern is committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good.

Fulfilling the Mission: "Pursuing Excellence, Fostering Leadership, Empowering Communities"

As a student-centered institution, Southern regards student success as its highest priority. We seek to instill in all of our students the value of the liberal arts and sciences as a foundation for professional development and lifelong learning. Our students receive exemplary professional training and are inspired by the research, scholarship, and creative activity of our teacher-scholars.

Through tradition and innovation, Southern strives to empower every undergraduate and graduate student with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives essential for active participation and impassioned, ethical leadership in our rapidly changing global society. Within the Connecticut State University System, Southern leads the way in graduate education and produces the largest number of graduates in Health/Life Sciences, Education, and Social/Public Services.

MISSION STATEMENT FOR THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

Southern Connecticut State University graduate programs empower students with the knowledge, values, and skills to be continuous learners and practitioners who can, in turn, provide visionary leadership in addressing current and future challenges in their diverse fields of study. The School of Graduate Studies provides students with access and the opportunity to pursue their personal aspirations and to achieve their professional goals.

Vision Statement for the School of Graduate Studies

The vision for the School of Graduate Studies at Southern Connecticut State University is to advance an agenda of excellence in the quest to be a nationally and internationally acknowledged leader in graduate education in the areas of teaching, research and public service.

ADMINISTRATION

The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies has primary responsibility for administering the policies and procedures relating to graduate study at the university. Graduate School policy is made by the Graduate Faculty, acting through its representative body, the Graduate Council. Although the Graduate Dean and the Graduate Council exercise general responsibility for the development and recommendation of policies, procedures, requirements and standards of graduate study, the operation of individual programs and the advisement of students are the primary responsibilities of the respective academic and professional departments and schools.

The School of Graduate Studies is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, and the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals.

ACCREDITATION

Southern Connecticut State University is a fully accredited institution, having met the standards of the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Connecticut State Board of Education.

Southern Connecticut State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730-1433, (781) 271-0022, E-Mail: cihe@neasc.org.

The University is also accredited by:

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Counseling Association Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of School Psychology
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION POLICY

It is the policy of Southern Connecticut State University to prohibit discrimination based on all protected classes including but not limited to race, color, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.

Discrimination includes harassment on any basis mentioned above, and sexual harassment as defined in the Connecticut General Statutes, U.S. EEOC Guidelines of Sexual Harassment, and in Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Discrimination or harassment will not be tolerated at Southern Connecticut State University, whether by faculty, students or staff, or by others while on property owned by or under control of the University.

Inquiries regarding the university's compliance with state and federal laws regarding discrimination may be directed to the Office of Diversity and Equity Programs, (203)392-5899 at Southern Connecticut State University; the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, 21 Grand Street, Hartford, CT 06106; or the Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Education, Region I, John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse, Room 222, Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109.

RESEARCH PROTECTION PROGRAM (RPP)

The university requires moral and ethical behavior, and integrity in all research performed by its faculty, students and staff. The RPP is accountable for assuring conformity with both federal and university research protection policies and procedures. The following RPP divisions promote and maintain appropriate management and oversight of SCSU research activities according to federal codes and institutional requirements.

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) advances and monitors the responsible conduct of research for all SCSU research projects. The office acts on substantive allegations of research misconduct and serves as the Office of The Research Integrity Officer (RIO).

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) safeguards the rights and welfare of human participants in research. Investigators engaging in human participant research must submit a project proposal which will be examined for requisite compliance and assigned a disposition. Recruitment of human participants for research cannot proceed without IRB approval or exemption.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for tending to the care and welfare of vertebrate animals used in research. Investigators engaging in vertebrate animal research must submit a project proposal which will be examined for requisite compliance and assigned a disposition. Animal research may not be initiated without IACUC approval.

The Educational Resources Division provides information on a wide variety of research protection and responsible research conduct information. Text books, pertinent articles, federal codes and guidance, The Nuremberg Code, The Belmont Report, The Helsinki Declaration, conference and workshop proceedings, audio and video CDs, newsletters, and PowerPoint presentations are among some of the resources available.

You may access information regarding The Research Protection Program, and interactive forms for IRB and IACUC proposal submissions from SouthernCT.edu/grad. Click on "Research."

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

The University may disclose, without consent, "directory" information. Southern Connecticut State University identifies directory information in its 2014 –2015 University Catalog to include: student's name, address, telephone number, dates of attendance, class standing, academic major and degree (s) earned. Additional information that is also considered directory information includes participation in officially recognized activities and sports, the weight and height of members of an athletic team and any awards received.

SCSU eligible students have the right to inspect and review their education records maintained by the school. The University is not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for eligible students to review the records. The University may charge a fee for copies.

Eligible students have the right to request that a school correct a record that they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

Generally, the University must have written permission from the eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows the University to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR 99.31):

  • University officials with legitimate educational interest. University officials include but are not limited to people employed by the University in administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff positions; people or companies, such as attorneys, auditors, collection agencies or the National Student Clearinghouse, with whom the University has contracted; members of the System Office of Connecticut State Universities; university volunteers; students serving on an official committee or assisting another university official in performing tasks. A university official has a legitimate education interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill professional responsibilities.
  • Other institutions to which a student is transferring.
  • Accrediting organizations.
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies.
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

GRADUATE FACULTY

The university's most distinctive feature is its faculty. Prepared in recognized universities in the United States and throughout the world, each faculty member is selected on the basis of scholarly competence in a specialized field. In those academic areas where the doctorate is generally considered a meaningful requisite to competent performance, faculty members are expected to attain this highest degree to be retained or promoted in their position. Textbooks, professional journal articles, and other scholarly publications written by Southern faculty members are found in colleges and libraries throughout the United States and around the world. Through participation in scholastic societies and educational organizations as officers and presenters at conferences, these scholar- teachers have brought distinction to the university and inspiration to their students.

THE CAMPUS

Southern's 171-acre campus consists of a variety of buildings and recreational and learning centers including the following

Buley Library

Hilton C. Buley Library is the center of learning activity on campus. The library currently holds close to 400,000 monograph volumes, nearly 60,000 bound periodical volumes, 11,100 non-print media items, 3,000 electronic books and approximately 100,000 volume equivalents in micro-format. Current periodical subscriptions include 1,374 individual journal titles. In addition, the library provides subscription access to over 48,000 full text electronic journals, 169 web-based indexes and databases and over 13,000 e-book titles. The Buley Library building also houses the academic computing labs and offices; and faculty offices of the Department of Information and Library Science.

Connecticut Hall

Connecticut Hall, the campus' modern, main contract food service facility, is equipped to prepare quality meals daily.

Davis Hall

Dorothy Davis Hall is a comprehensive facility which houses the School of Education, including the Departments of Elementary Education, Special Education, and Counseling and School Psychology. It also houses the Departments of Communication Disorders and Marriage and Family Therapy in the School of Health and Human Services. Combined diagnostic and treatment areas composed of 12 therapy rooms for individual and small-group sessions, each with closed-circuit television, a two-way auditory communication system, and one-way vision mirrors for observation are located in Davis Hall. There are two specially-designed classrooms for large group therapy sessions and for working with the hearing impaired. The audiology and speech science suites are equipped with three soundproof rooms for testing and research. The upper levels include classrooms, two lecture halls, conference rooms, seminar rooms, and a complete language laboratory facility.

Dow Field

This multi purpose athletic facility is the first full-size, artificially surfaced field in Connecticut, accommodating football, soccer, field hockey, and track as well as physical education classes, recreational activities, and intramurals. The lighted outdoor complex seats 6,000 and has a synthetic playing surface and track.

Earl Hall

Ralph Earl Hall provides outstanding instructional facilities for the fine arts. Studios are specially equipped for drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, graphic arts, metal working, crafts, and design. A music center consists of a large choral room with a stereophonic sound system, a band and instrumental music unit with practice rooms, a music library, and a music listening laboratory.

Engleman Hall

Finis E. Engleman Hall, houses the departments of English, Psychology, Mathematics, Political Science, Sociology, History, Women's Studies and World Languages & Literatures and has laboratory facilities for world languages and psychology, as well as general multipurpose classrooms.

Granoff Student Health Center

The Granoff Student Health Center on the West Campus is a modern, one-story facility, located in the residence complex off Wintergreen Avenue. The building is divided by two long corridors, off which are various labs and treatment rooms. It contains diagnostic, treatment, and psychiatric areas, as well as staff and administrative offices. The University Police Office is also located in the Granoff Center.

Jennings Hall

Manson Van B. Jennings Hall houses the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Nursing and Physics. Providing more than 92,000 square feet of usable space, Jennings Hall has 66 laboratories, a large amphitheater, a library, and classrooms. The university's Academic Computer Center also is in Jennings Hall.

John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

Lyman Center features a 3/4 thrust stage as the focal point for its 1,568-seat theater. Semicircular in design, Lyman Center provides the setting for both university and public entertainment, as well as for meetings, conferences, and cultural activities. Robert Kendall Drama Lab serves as the center for the Theatre Department's instructional program and offers an excellent space for experimental plays and other events.

Moore Fieldhouse and Pelz Gymnasium

These two major sites offer facilities for preparing students specializing in health, physical education, and recreation. Both buildings also provide the setting for comprehensive programs in intercollegiate and intramural athletics. James Moore Fieldhouse features a large gymnasium surrounded by a 220-yard track. Areas are set aside for basketball and gymnastics, and a third multipurpose area is used for activities such as badminton, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and indoor baseball. Adjoining the fieldhouse is an eight-lane swimming pool. Other major facilities in the fieldhouse are a physiological development laboratory and a weight room. Irma Pelz Gym houses a general purpose gymnasium, a specially equipped gymnasium for gymnastics, and a six-lane swimming pool. Classrooms for instruction in health, physical education, and recreation are located in both facilities.

Morrill Hall

Arthur Morrill Hall houses general classrooms and laboratories. The Departments of Geography, Environmental and Science Education, and Computer Science as well as laboratories and two lecture halls occupy the first floor. The second floor provides offices, special laboratories and classrooms for geology, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy and environmental and earth science. In addition, the building houses a planetarium and an astrodome observatory.

Nursing Classroom Building

Houses the main Department of Nursing office, faculty offices, and classroom and laboratory areas with simulation capabilities.

OB 1 – Office Building

Houses the Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies, School Health Education program and the Office of Information Technology.

Orlando Public Health Building

The Rocco Orlando Public Health Building houses the Public Health department faculty offices.

Michael J. Adanti Student Center

The Michael J. Adanti Student Center is a 125,000 square foot, modern multi-purpose facility that stands on the corner of Crescent and Fitch streets. The student center provides educational, cultural, social, and recreational programs that complement education outside the classroom. The center houses a state of the art fitness center, fireplace lounge, ballroom, copy center, Federal Credit Union, Barnes and Noble college bookstore, Dunkin Donuts and three dining establishments. The center has multiple lounges, meeting rooms, a gameroom, a 200-seat movie theatre, campus police office, computer labs, as well as club and organization office space. In addition, the Adanti Student Center offers a resource/information center as well as access to e-mail terminals, wireless services. For more information please call (203) 392-5500.

School of Business

The School of Business building is a 23,000 square foot facility housing office space for faculty and staff, two seminar/classrooms, and a trading/ seminar room.

Temporary Building

Houses the Department of Educational Leadership.

Wintergreen Building

The Wintergreen Building houses student enrollment services, including the Registrar, Bursar, Financial Aid, Career Services, and Academic Advisement. It also houses many of the university's administrative offices.

STUDENT SERVICES/SPECIAL FACILITIES

Center for Adaptive Technology

The Center for Adaptive Technology (CAT) helps students with disabilities gain access to the same technology other students use to achieve their educational goals. The CAT assesses students' technology needs and trains them to use adaptive hardware and software. Students may then use this technology at the CAT or in other locations on campus. The CAT also arranges for accommodations when access is needed for courses requiring the use of technology in the classroom. The CAT, located in Engleman Hall, room B-17, is open Monday through Friday. CAT Coordinator: Bogdan Zamfir. Telephone: (203) 392-5799.

Center for Career Services

The Center for Career Services, located in the Wintergreen Building, offers comprehensive career resources for all students and alumni. Innovative programs are offered which enable students to explore, define, prepare for, and realize their career objectives. Job opportunities are available to students for full-time and part-time positions during their college tenure. All on-campus student employment is coordinated through the Center for Career Services. National and regional employers representing all fields actively recruit students through JOBSs (Job Opportunities Benefiting Southern students), an online job board available 24/7 to students and alumni looking for full- and part-time positions, internships and on campus student employment.

Career development programs include career counseling, individual consultation regarding career options, resume writing, cover letters, and job search strategies with professional staff; workshops on all career related topics; and speakers from various businesses and organizations discussing their career fields, occupation, industry, and career opportunities. FOCUS is a Web-based assessment tool that can help students find out more about majors and careers that suit their interests and skills. A career fair is held during the spring semester and attracts approximately 100 employers representing all fields seeking students and graduates for full-time, part-time, and internship positions.

The Career Resource Computer Lab offers comprehensive technical resources to all stu- dents for resume creation, career exploration, company information, and job search via the Internet. A collection of printed and multimedia resources on career related topics are available in the library in the Career Services Office. For additional information, visit the Career Services Web site at careers.SouthernCT.edu. Associate Director: Patricia K. Whelan, the Wintergreen Building. Telephone: (203) 392-6536.

Center for Communication Disorders

The center, located in the lower level of Davis Hall, provides extensive facilities for clinical experience in audiology and speech language pathology. It contains sound-treated rooms and electro-acoustic equipment for the testing of hearing, fitting of hearing aids, auditory training, and experimental phonetics; a variety of speech and voice instrumentation; and specially equipped rooms for providing services to people with communication disorders. A major aspect of the clinic is its work with children, infancy through adolescence, and adults who have communication problems. The center is staffed by faculty and clinical supervisors from the Department of Communication Disorders. All are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the Connecticut State Department of Health in speech-language pathology or audiology. Faculty and clinical supervisors are responsible for the supervision of evaluation and treatment services that are provided by graduate students in the department. To make an appointment, students may call (203) 392-5955, come in person to Davis Hall room 012B, or email the director, Kevin McNamara at mcnamarak2@SouthernCT.edu.

Counseling Services

University Counseling Services, located in Engleman B 219, provides free, confidential, time-limited group and individual counseling for enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Its primary goal is to provide psychological and emotional therapy and support as students pursue their academic, social, and personal goals and work to enhance the quality of their experience at SCSU. The office is staffed by a psychologist, a social worker, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, professional counselors, and advanced graduate student interns.  Staff are trained to help college students address barriers to success and happiness and to build their skills in negotiating and preparing for life.

Meetings with clinical staff are by appointment.  Students in crises should present directly at Counseling Services during the day, and contact University Police after hours.  The office also offers referrals to counselors and mental health services off-campus, mental health screenings, skill-building workshops, and educational programming on wellness, stress-management, and mindfulness. More information and announcements about current groups and programs can be found at www.SouthernCT.edu/counseling or by calling the center at (203) 392-5475.

Disability Resource Center

Southern is committed to the full inclusion and equal educational opportunity for all persons with disabilities. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides services and support that promote educational equity for students with disabilities. Assistance includes arranging accommodations and auxiliary aids necessary for students with disabilities to pursue their academic careers, both in and outside of the classroom.

The DRC serves all students with documented disabilities that substantially impact them in educational settings. Students with documented disabilities, visible or hidden, qualify to apply for services. Categories of disabilities include, but are not limited to the following: mobility/orthopedic disabilities; learning disabilities; attention deficit disorders; visual, deaf and hard of hearing; acquired head injuries; psychological disabilities; autism spectrum disorders and chronic health-related disabilities.

DRC services include: arrangement of course and testing accommodations; accessibility information; provision of sign language interpreters, readers and/or note-takers; help with recruitment of personal assistants; development of compensatory skills, such as time management, organization and study skills, access to assistive technology, alternate text formats; self-advocacy skills.

Students interested in obtaining more information should contact the DRC by stopping by the office located in Engleman Hall–Room C105 or calling (203) 392-6828, 392-6131 TTY, 392-6829 FAX or visit our Web site at: SouthernCT.edu/drc.

Director: Goldie Adele, Engleman Hall C105. Telephone: (203) 392-6828 (Voice), (203) 392-6131 (TTY).

Granoff Student Health and Wellness Center

The student Health and Wellness Center is located in Granoff Hall on Wintergreen Avenue and is staffed by a physician, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, graduate intern, and support personnel. Student Health Services provide clinical health care to students by appointment; urgent care is available on a walk-in basis. Referrals in emergency situations can be done expeditiously to hospitals or specialists in the area. Wellness Services is a non-judgmental, confidential area for the University community to come for information, conversation, and referrals about topics related to health. Wellness Services collaborates with other offices on campus and in the community to provide educational workshops and programs on campus. Students desiring guidance in any health problem should feel free to consult the Student Health and Wellness Center staff. The Wellness Services' telephone number is (203) 392-6526. The Health Services' telephone number is (203) 392-6300. If anyone requiring medical assistance is unable to reach a staff member at this number, they should call University Police at (203) 392-5375, or 911 in an emergency. Additional information is available by visiting the center's website at SouthernCT.edu/healthservices/.

All full-time and part-time graduate students are required to have properly completed health forms on file at Student Health Services prior to registration. The Connecticut State University Student Health Services Form and requirements can be found at SouthernCT.edu/student-life/health/healthservices/healthforms/.

The university reserves the right to deny registration and campus housing to any student not in compliance.

Student Health Insurance

SCSU requires that all full-time students maintain health insurance coverage. Therefore, all full-time students will initially be eligible for enrollment and billed under the University sponsored plan. Students who satisfy the insurance requirements through another comparable plan may opt to waive the sickness portion of the insurance coverage and receive credit on their bill statement. The accident portion of the insurance may not be waived and is built into the University General Fee.

To file a claim for an accident, obtain an estimation of benefits (EOB) from your primary insurance and submit the documentation with an accident claim form and send to:

Aetna Student Health
PO Box 981106
El Paso, TX 79998-1106

If you have any questions concerning the student health insurance plan, accident insurance claims, or to dispute a declined sickness insurance waiver application, please contact Aetna Student Health toll-free at 877-375-4244 or visit the Aetna Student Health Website, Director: Diane Morgenthaler, M.D.

International Students

The International Student Adviser 's Office serves as a center for promoting international friendship and understanding by welcoming and assisting students from all countries. It deals with questions pertaining to visas, employment, immigration, and related matters. International students are encouraged to call this office for other information, for answers to questions relating to their studies or everyday living, or for sociability. They are referred to other academic and personnel offices as necessary. Interaction with American students is greatly encouraged for mutual benefit and student organizations welcome international members.

International students are required to provide, upon arrival at the campus, passport and other information to the International Student Adviser. Adviser: Aliya Amin, International Student Services, Engleman Hall, Room B116. Telephone: (203) 392-6821, or (203) 392-6947, FAX: 203-392-8846.

Language Laboratory

The Language Laboratory is a resource center operated by the Department of World Languages and Literatures. Audio-visual materials and computers supporting the teaching of over ten foreign languages are available for use by students and faculty. Engleman Hall D162, D164 and B131. Telephone: (203) 392-6795.

Learning Resources Center

Located in Buley Library, the Learning Resource Center is composed of the Production Lab and the Curriculum Collection. Services in the Production Lab include slide, transparency, color poster production, lamination, audio and video tape, CD and DVD duplication, and video to DVD transfers. The Center has a shape cutter for making displays and bulletin boards. There is a small charge for some of these services.

The Curriculum Collection contains elementary and secondary textbooks, curriculum guides, and teaching aids to assist students and faculty in the field of education. Lesson planning and activity guides, along with thematic unit booklets, are available in the collection. A limited number of Curriculum CD-ROMs are also available for use within the lab. (203) 392-5719. Web site: http://libguides.southernct.edu/lrc

Library Services

The Hilton C. Buley Library, Southern Connecticut State University's center of research, plays an indispensable part in the academic experience of every student. Buley Library provides nearly 600,000 print and media volumes and access to more than 130 electronic databases to serve study, teaching, and research needs. An online catalog shared with the Eastern, Central, and Western CSU libraries and the Connecticut State Library, expands available print and media resources to more than two million volumes. Interlibrary loan services and other consortial arrangements further supplement these holdings.

A broad range of library services support and enhance the access and use of information resources in all formats. The main floor of Buley Library features a professionally staffed Reference Desk where librarians provide research assistance in utilizing the Connecticut State University Library System online catalog (CONSULS), online research databases, the Internet, and the 40,000-volume reference collection. Buley Library subscribes to 2,060 current periodical titles and houses 60,500 bound periodical volumes and 43,400 reference volumes. All DVDs, videos and CDs are located near the Circulation Desk. Instructional services meet a range of needs — basic orientations, library tours, and course-integrated instruction sessions arranged by teaching faculty. Presentations are offered on search strategies and selection of appropriate research information using both print and online resources. General orientation tours of Buley Library are offered at the beginning of each semester. Individual research appointments with a librarian can also be arranged. Individualized Instruction/Research Consultation Request Forms are available at the Reference Desk.

A valid Southern student identification card (Hoot Loot card) serves as a library card. Students who are enrolled in courses or conducting research for a thesis at the university are eligible to borrow library materials. Students are responsible for all materials checked out on their cards.

All library fees for lost or overdue books must be paid as they occur or a block will be placed on registration and transcripts.

The library staff is readily available to help students use information resources. Consult the student handbook for additional information regarding library use and regulations. For information and hours, call (203) 392-5750. The library's home page is: library.SouthernCT.edu. Director of Library Services, Dr. Christina D. Baum. Telephone: (230) 392-5760.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic

The Marriage and Family Therapy Department provides individual, group, couple, and family therapy as part of its training program. The clinic also operates a supervised visitation program, an anger management program and parenting classes. Clients may be referred by clinicians, state or municipal agencies, or they may be self-referred. An elaborate viewing and sound system preserves privacy while affording graduate students the opportunity to view ongoing therapy and profit from the supervisory experience of others.

Director: Dr. Suzanne Carroll, Davis Hall 020. Clinic Coordinator's Telephone: (203) 392-6411.

Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center under the Office of Multicultural Affairs serves as a resource for the university and the community in promoting an awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity. It offers educational programs and services to assist in the recruitment and retention of students. The center also sponsors outreach programs with area schools, conducts art exhibitions, film programs, lectures, and conferences and houses a book and video library. The Multicultural Center is located in the Michael J. Adanti Student Center.

Office of Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology (OIT), located in OB1, provides academic and administrative information technology services for the University. OIT operates four service centers spread across the campus. The main Help Desk is located in OB1. Additional Service Centers are located in Davis 220A, Jennings Hall 130, and Buley Library 410. Help Desk and Service Center hours are available on the OIT Web site at SouthernCT.edu/oit.

There are over 1,000 computers available for student use. The computers are spread across 40 public and departmental computer labs. The two primary general-purpose computer labs are located in Jennings Hall 130 and Buley Library 410. All labs are equipped with a variety of resources, including Windows and Macintosh computers, printers (including color), scanners, and a diverse library of software. Hours of operation for computing labs and printing fee schedule will be posted on the OIT Web site at SouthernCT.edu/oit

In addition, wireless network access is available throughout much of the campus. Access requirements are as follows:

  • A Hoot Loot card is required for printing.
  • A Windows Network account is required to use campus computers or to access the campus wireless network.
  • A MySCSU account is required to access most academic services, including the MySCSU portal (MySCSU.SouthernCT.edu), BannerWeb (student information system), and Blackboard (learning management system), and student email services.

Literacy Lab

The Literacy Lab in Davis Hall houses an extensive collection of specialized reading material, software, and equipment. In addition to serving as a laboratory for students in all reading courses, it contributes to the life of the community by offering diagnostic and remedial services for area elementary and secondary students who have difficulties in reading and writing. It also acts as a resource center for area teachers, reading consultants, and administrators. Davis Hall 204. Telephone (203) 392-6400.

Office of Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life provides on-campus housing for full-time, matriculated graduate students and with special exception part -time graduate students enrolled in fewer than 9 credits. Graduate students are placed in the North Campus Townhouses and Midrise. These communities offer a safe and supportive living environment with other graduate students and upper-class undergraduate students. All residences are fully furnished apartments with two double occupancy bedrooms, two bathrooms, and full kitchens. All apartments include carpeting, window curtains or blinds, air conditioning, free internet access for each resident, digital cable, garbage disposals, and dishwashers.

Apartment staff members include a live-in professional staff member who supervise undergraduate staff, advises the Hall Council, provides educational and social programming, mediates roommate and community concerns, and makes referrals to campus resources. The North Campus communities are a short walk to academic buildings, dining, the library, athletic fields, the Adanti Student Center, and the Fitness Center.

Live-in residence life paraprofessional staff members also provide personal and academic support for students and report maintenance and custodial concerns. Students living on campus have easy access to academic and student support.

The North Campus Townhouses and Midrise offer a social lounge, computer lab, a 24-hour service desk, vending machines, laundry facilities, recreation areas, trash disposal, mail service, a convenience store, volleyball courts, and an ATM. Free parking is provided through a first come/first serve request through University Police.

Applications for on campus housing are available after admission to a graduate program. Assignments are made in the order that the non-refundable housing deposits are received. For more information and for instructions on how to apply for housing, please visit our Web site at SouthernCT.edu/residencelife. Contact the Office of Residence Life at 203-392-5870 or e-mail at reslife@SouthernCT.edu.

Sexuality and Gender Equality (SAGE) Center

The Sexuality and Gender Equality Center (SAGE) Center, Southern's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and allies (LGBTIQQA) center provides positive academic and cultural support for all people of sexual diversity including students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae and university guests. To achieve that goal, the Center provides a safe communal space, personal support, resource information, relevant programming, and positive acknowledgement of the LGBTIQQA community and its equality in the world today. The SAGE Center works to create a campus atmosphere of tolerance and understanding that is open and accepting—and free from the oppressive forces of homophobia, heterosexism, and gender bias. Programming events include lectures, discussions, social events, films, and other presentations throughout the academic year. The SAGE Center is located in the Adanti Student Center, Room 238. For more information, please call (203) 392-8989.

University Bookstore

The University's Barnes and Noble Bookstore provides both new and used textbooks as well as a rental program and many titles in digital format. The bookstore also provides school supplies, including recycled products, laptops and related computer peripherals, emblematic clothing and gifts, reference books, discounted bestsellers, bargain books, residence hall supplies, backpacks, health and beauty aids and a wide assortment of snacks and beverages.

Hours are extended during the beginning of each semester and are reduced for summer sessions. The bookstore accepts cash, personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express and the SCSU Hoot Loot card. Textbooks may be returned for a full refund within the first week of classes (two days from the start of class during the summer session). The bookstore conducts book buyback everyday, however, the best time to sell books back is during finals. The bookstore will pay up to 50 percent of the selling price if the book is being used again the following semester.

The bookstore is located on the first floor of the Michael J. Adanti Student Center. Contact the bookstore by calling at (203) 392-5270. The website is bookstore.SouthernCT.edu and the e-mail address is bkssouthctst@bncollege.com.

Veterans' Office

The Veterans' Office provides a place to talk; academic advisement; assistance with GI Bill, CT War Veterans Tuition Waiver, and National Guard Tuition Waiver Certifications; and liaison with other campus offices and local, state, and federal agencies.  It also houses our Veterans Drop-In Center.  Coordinator:  Jack Mordente, Engleman Hall, Room B018. Telephone: (203) 392-6822.

The Women's Center

The Women's Center is a place for women and men to gather to explore and celebrate the richness and diversity of their lives. The center provides information, educational programming, training, referrals, advocacy, and services to facilitate education, safety and equity on issues related to feminism, women, men, and gender.

The center organizes events of interest to women and men such as discussion groups, speaker series, workshops, conferences, festivals and films. The center also maintains a resource room with information on sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, healthy relationships, sexual harassment, body image, eating disorders, and women's health. The Women's Center is located in Schwartz Hall. For further information call (203) 392-6946 or visit the web site at SouthernCT.edu/womenscenter.

Child Care Reimbursement Program

The Division of Student and University Affairs sponsors a child care reimbursement program for a limited number of both undergraduate and graduate student parents. The program offers a modest reimbursement up to $500 per family per semester to help student parents cover child care expenses, whether the services are provided through a licensed daycare center or through babysitting services. The reimbursements are awarded to those students who meet all of the eligibility requirements with priority based upon financial need. All applications will be reviewed by the SCSU Child Care Reimbursement Program Committee. Please visit the Women's Center web site at SouthernCT.edu/womenscenter and click on Work-Life Balance for details, or call (203) 392-6946.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AND ALUMNI RELATIONS OFFICE

Founded in 1925, the Alumni Association provides programs for more than 80,000 alumni of Southern Connecticut State University. The charge of the Alumni Association is to support the development and overall mission of the University. The Association promotes a spirit of loyalty among a diverse body of former and current students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends which is accomplished through an on-going effort of alumni program expansion, solicitation of active involvement, opportunities for professional, social and intellectual growth and an increased connection with campus and community matters.

Among the programs conducted by the Alumni Association in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, its largest single effort is the Association's Scholarship Program. In collaboration with the SCSU Foundation, the program annually awards over 180 academic scholarships to outstanding Southern students. Additional programming includes coordinating class reunions, regional and business networking events and Homecoming Weekend. Distinguished and outstanding alumni, selected in recognition of their exemplary achievements and significant contributions to local, state and national issues are also honored annually.

SCSU FOUNDATION AND INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT OFFICE

Chartered in 1972 as a Connecticut non-stock corporation for charitable purposes, the SCSU Foundation is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Operating exclusively to promote the educational, cultural, recreational, and research facilities and activities of the university, the Foundation supports the university's pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and public service primarily through raising and managing funds which benefit the students and programs of the university. The Offices of Development and Alumni Relations work in partnership with the Foundation in support of its endeavors. Vice President's Office for Institutional Advancement: Engleman Hall, Room A 215. Telephone: (203) 392-6192.

GRADUATE STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC) is responsible for developing and maintaining procedures for the use of all student activity funds collected from full-time graduate students. Through its activities, GSAC supports educational, social, and cultural activities directed toward enriching the experiences of graduate students. GSAC is actively engaged in developing and supporting services for graduate students in the critical areas of research, professional development, and community service. The following services are offered for graduate students: lectures, workshops, research awards, conference funding, speaker honoraria for graduate courses, graduate club funding, and special projects. Coordinator: Arlene Lucibello, John Lyman Center. Telephone: (203) 392-6165.

IDENTIFICATION CARDS

The Southern Hoot Loot ID card is the primary university identification card, mandatory for all students. In addition, the card provides access to residence halls, meal plans, computer labs and also functions as a library card. The card also contains each student's unique eight digit university identification number.

Students currently registered (or paying the continuous enrollment fee) may obtain the Southern Hoot Loot ID card by visiting the University Card Office, located in the Adanti Student Center. Students should bring proof of registration or enrollment (a current bill) and another form of picture ID for verification. The normal hours of operation are Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Southern Hoot Loot ID card can also function as an optional campus debit card, allowing additional privileges and services at Southern. With use of this campus debit account, students can deposit money into a Hoot Loot account to make purchases at various locations on and off campus. Students may also enjoy the convenience of purchasing from the Southern Barnes and Noble Bookstore, on campus snack and beverage machines, laundry services for residents, bus trips and other campus activities, and participating local stores and restaurants.

For additional information about Hoot Loot or to add money to the card from the university's secure Web site, visit: hootloot.SouthernCT.edu. Report lost or stolen cards to the University Card Office during normal business hours by calling (203) 392-7077. After business hours, please report lost or stolen cards to the University Police Department at (203) 392-5375.

BANNER WEB

BannerWeb offers you access to your academic records, registration, student accounts, and financial aid. You will use this tool to access your information for planning upcoming semesters with your adviser. To access your information, login to MySCSU.SouthernCT.edu and click on BannerWeb.

E-MAIL ACCOUNTS

Graduate students at Southern Connecticut State University have access to the university's student e-mail system and can access e-mails at: outlook.com.

For the latest information on how to activate and access student e-mail accounts, please go to: login.microsoftonline.com.

The system is used to disseminate important information such as registration dates, graduate information, billing, and financial aid to students. It also provides students with email, a calendar, groups, personalized announcements, and course materials.

The School of Graduate Studies uses e-mails as well as written correspondence as an official method of communication with graduate students. If you have a problem logging in, contact the Help Desk at (203) 392-5123.

UNIVERSITY POLICE

The University Police Department is located in Granoff Hall. Police officers are responsible for the safety and protection of the campus and its personnel as well as for enforcing parking regulations and conducting investigations. Students should promptly report thefts or other incidents on campus directly to the university Police Department, which is open 24 hours a day. The police department telephone number is (203) 392-5375. The police department is also responsible for shuttle bus services provided by the university.

Individuals can report a medical or fire emergency by dialing 911. All other types of emergencies, hazardous conditions, or everyday incidents may be reported to University Police by dialing 25375 from any in-house telephone. Individuals who want to contact university police and provide information regarding a crime or a police case but want to remain anonymous can do so online by visiting the Southern Web site at www.SouthernCT.edu. Once on the Southern Web site, just click on Faculty/Staff/, then click on university police, then silent witness. Type in the information that you want to relay and it will remain anonymous.

Blue light emergency telephones are strategically located at various campus sites and may be activated by simply pushing the red button. The dispatcher will take the necessary information and quickly dispatch a police officer or other emergency services personnel to the caller's exact location.

The University Police Department provides a 24-hour walking escort service to accompany students, faculty, and staff to parking lots, residence halls, and other on-campus locations. Individuals may call (203) 392-5375 for this service. In addition, the University Police provides lost and found services for the entire campus.

In accordance with Public Act 90-259, Southern Connecticut State University publishes reports annually on campus crime and security. These reports are available upon request from the University Police Department and on the University Police website: SouthernCT.edu/universitypolice.

PARKING AND TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

All students who desire to park on campus must properly display a campus parking decal on their vehicle. Limited campus parking facilities require strict compliance with assigned areas. Vehicles parked in violation of the Traffic and Parking Regulations are subject to a fine and/or a State motor vehicle infraction and towing at the owner's expense. In order to facilitate better use of existing parking areas and to enhance personal safety, the University offers a shuttle service during day and evening hours.

Copies of the University's Parking and Traffic Regulations can be found in the Student Handbook and can also be accessed on the University Police website at SouthernCT.edu/universitypolice.

CLOSING OF THE UNIVERSITY

When a decision is made to delay opening the university, to cancel classes, or to close the university due to inclement weather or other campus emergencies, the first and most accurate information is posted on Southern's WeatherCheck message line, (203) 392-SNOW. The university also uses local radio and television stations to convey this information. A text message will also be sent to those registered for the Southern Alert Notification System: SouthernCT.edu/southernalert.

TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS

Effective August 25, 2015, smoking and tobacco use are prohibited in all facilities and areas of the Southern Connecticut State University campus with no exception. This includes, but is not limited to all indoor and outdoor areas and properties. Indoor areas and properties include, but are not limited to: all common areas, classrooms, residence halls, elevators, hallways, university-owned or -leased vehicles, garages, restrooms, dining areas, employee lounges, conference and meeting rooms, and all other enclosed areas on the campus. Outdoor areas include, but are not limited to: parking lots, grounds, courtyards, entrance and exit ways, and any other areas of the university campus. This policy applies to any individual on campus property, including but not limited to: students, faculty, staff, other employees, contractors, subcontractors, volunteers, visitors, and members of the public, and is applicable twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.

For the entire SCSU Tobacco Policy Statement, visit the website at www.southernct.edu/tobaccofree/policy.