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 (CSCU) governed by the Board of Regents for Higher Education. CSCU is comprised of the four Connecticut State Universities, the 12 Connecticut Community Colleges, and Charter Oak State College.
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.
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.
A Model University
Southern Connecticut State University, a student-centered institution, will become nationally recognized as a model center for teaching and learning where faculty engage in outstanding research and creative activity and challenge students to reach their full potential. Our students will be empowered with the academic skills, intellectual tools, practical experiences, and extracurricular programs for success in their chosen fields of study and their life's work. Keys to their success will be excellence in critical thinking, problem-solving, technological literacy, oral and written communication, cross-cultural competence, global awareness, and collaborative, ethical leadership. We will expand our use of e-learning technologies to provide broader educational access and to introduce our students to technology as a tool for ongoing, interactive learning. Southern will employ best practices in energy conservation, the preservation of nature, and environmental responsibility to reflect our respect for the planet and future generations.
Building on Our Strengths
Southern takes great pride in being the second largest institution of higher education in Connecticut and the leading graduate center in ConnSCU. The institution will foster and promote the important synergies between undergraduate and graduate programs. One of our hallmarks is the unique ways in which graduate programs enrich undergraduate programs and the ways in which the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences provide a foundation for more specialized study. Through careful assessments of our fiscal, human, physical, and technological resources, we will strive to meet the workforce needs of the state and nation, especially in the fields of education, nursing, social/public services, business and STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). At the same time, we will strengthen our liberal arts core and cultivate interdisciplinary programs.
Engagement with Our Community
Through a variety of curricular and extracurricular programs, Southern will become widely known for its contributions to the intellectual, artistic, cultural, and economic growth and vitality of the region. In collaboration with other organizations, we will make significant contributions to closing educational achievement gaps, reducing health disparities, achieving social justice, and preserving our environment. The University will prepare students for social responsibility and global citizenship through the provision of exciting opportunities for community internships, service learning, and expanded international education programs. Southern will also demonstrate itself to be a visible and invaluable resource to the Greater New Haven community and the region, through educational partnerships, professional development opportunities, and community service.
- Excellence: The University values exemplary and distinguished performance in all aspects of University life by all members of the University community, especially in the areas of teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.
- Access: The University values its responsibility to provide opportunities for individuals with potential and motivation to become productive members of the University community and demonstrates that value by eliminating barriers that hinder full participation.
- Diversity: The University values an educational and work environment in which individuals and cultures are celebrated and respected for the unique talents, insights, and perspective that they contribute.
- Student Success: The University values all students, believes in their potential to achieve, and commits to challenging, supporting, and empowering them to transform their lives.
- Life-Long Learning: The University values the pursuit of knowledge and provides an environment for all individuals to intentionally learn and develop throughout the various phases of their lives.
- Community Involvement: The University values community service, civic engagement, and social responsibility by all University members and encourages the integration of these principles in the learning experience of students, invites community participation in university affairs, and promotes local, regional, national, and international collaborations.
The Core Values express the campus ideals, those concepts that we believe to be the essential pillars that support the work of Southern Connecticut State University. To sustain these ideals, all members of the campus community must take ownership in and apply these values. It is the principle of shared governance that provides for the unique and specific roles and responsibilities of faculty, staff, administrators, and students in the operation of the University. Embracing this principle makes Southern a community rather than a mere collection of individuals.
MISSION STATEMENT FOR THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES, RESEARCH, AND INNOVATION
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, Research, and Innovation 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, Research, and Innovation
The vision for the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation 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.
The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation 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, Research, and Innovation is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, and the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals.
In Fall 2015, the University served 10,473 students. Of those, 8,106 were undergraduate students and 2,367 were graduate students. Over 2,600 students live on campus. Nearly 85 percent of the students are in the 18-29 age group, with more than 45 percent falling in the 20-24 age bracket. More than 59 percent of the University's students classify themselves as Caucasian, 16 percent as African-American, 9.3 percent as Hispanic, 3 percent as Asian, and over 2 percent are multi-racial. (Approximately 9 percent chose not to identify their ethnicity.) More than 63 percent of the students are female and 96 percent are Connecticut residents. SCSU has students from virtually every town in Connecticut, 30 other states, and 5 countries. SCSU serves a diverse student population, half of whom are the first in their families to graduate from college, and over 29 percent are students of color. The University also provides a range of educational support services to 668 students with disabilities, one of the largest such populations at any Connecticut campus, and SCSU's regionally-known Disabilities Resource Center attracts both in-state and out-of-state students.
The University awarded 2,428 degrees in 2014-2015, including 1,577 bachelor's degrees, 636 master's degrees, 203 sixth year diplomas, and 12 doctoral degrees. Among the largest majors at SCSU are business administration, nursing, interdisciplinary studies, psychology, social work, education, exercise science, biology, public health, special education, communication, and communication disorders.
The University employs a primarily unionized workforce of approximately 975 individuals full-time, including 65 business and financial operations employees; 43 community service, legal, arts and media staff; 26 computer, engineering and science employees; 9 healthcare practitioners; 21 librarians and library technicians; 49 management employees; 27 natural resources, construction and maintenance staff; 123 administrative support employees; 51 instructional support staff; and 9 production, transportation, and material moving employees. The 440 full-time and 512 part-time teaching faculty are all represented by the American Association of University Professors.
Southern Connecticut State University, a fully accredited institution of higher education, is 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 special areas and two doctorates in education. One of 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) governed by the Board of Regents for Higher Education, Southern receives its major support from legislative appropriations.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
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.
Southern's 171-acre campus consists of a variety of buildings and recreational and learning centers including the following
Academic Science and Laboratory Building
The Academic Science and Laboratory Building features Connecticut's only center for nanotechnology and training labs for high performance computing, astronomy, cancer research, and molecular biology. It is also home to the Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies.
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, the campus' modern, main contract food service facility, is equipped to prepare quality meals daily.
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.
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.
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.
Finis E. Engleman Hall, houses the departments of English, Psychology, Mathematics, Political Science, Sociology, History, Women's Studies and World Languages and 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.
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.
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 and a specially equipped gymnasium for gymnastics. Classrooms for instruction in health, physical education, and recreation are located in both facilities.
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.
The Temporary Building houses the Department of Educational Leadership.
The Wintergreen Building houses student enrollment services, including the Registrar, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Career Services, and Academic Advisement. It also houses many of the university's administrative offices.
The University has established special centers to conduct multidisciplinary research or teaching. These centers, formally recognized by CSCU, also serve to extend the University's mission beyond its campus through public and community service.
Center for Adaptive Technology
The Center for Adaptive Technology (CAT), located in Engleman Hall B17, provides assistive technology services to students, faculty, and staff with disabilities, as well as to the community at large. The services include providing assistive technology hardware, software, and training for members of Southern's community and presentations, training sessions, and open houses for the community at large. Assistive technology is any equipment that enables individuals with disabilities to accomplish tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. Such technology includes screen magnifiers for individuals with visual disabilities. The center often serves individuals with multiple disabilities who need complex technology combinations to achieve their goals. For more information, call the CAT at (203) 392-5799.
Center for Communication Disorders
The Center for Communication Disorders (CCD) offers supervised clinical training opportunities for students in speech-language pathology through the provision of speech, language, hearing, and augmentative communication services to children and adults in the greater New Haven area. Facilities include sound treated suites and electro-acoustic equipment for hearing assessments and hearing aid fittings, speech science instrumentation for measuring and treating voice and speech disorders, and specially-designed rooms and materials for diagnosing and treating a wide variety of communication disorders. Evaluation and therapy services are provided by graduate students in speech-language pathology under the supervision of licensed and certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.These services are offered free of charge to current students and faculty of the University and at minimal costs to the general public. Availability of services may vary with student enrollment. The center is located in Davis Hall 012, and its director, Kevin M. McNamara, can be contacted at (203) 392-5955, or by email: mcnamarak2@SouthernCT.edu.
Center for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Education
The Center for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Education (formerly the Center for the Environment) has as its mission to provide opportunities to enhance student learning (K-16) and engagement in the areas of science, sustainability and environmental studies. The Center provides guidance, support and coordination of educational and community initiatives to help address Connecticut's need for an environmentally literate populous committed to living a more sustainable lifestyle. Through the Center, SCSU and ConnSCU provide educational experiences aligned with environmental and sustainability education, promoting cross-disciplinary initiatives; engaging in community outreach, and collaboration. The Center is responsible for coordinating educational activities for K-16 teachers and students and the public on the SCSU campus and Outer Island, in Branford, CT. On the SCSU campus, the Center coordinates Plant It Forward activities at SCSU. Students, faculty or members of the public interest in learning more about the Center should contact Susan Cusato at (203) 392-6610 or cusatos1@SouthernCT.edu. For those interested in scheduling an educational visit to Outer Island, please contact Vincent Brelsin at breslinv1@SouthernCT.edu. Visit the Outer Island Research and Education website at: www.outerisland.org.
Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a recently established multi-disciplinary Center. The center focuses on researching and developing best practice training models for educators and related service providers; coordinating and disseminating resources; collaborating with multiple agencies and organizations to streamline efforts; promoting a unified network throughout the state sharing practices critical for ensuring children and youth with ASD receive an appropriate education that meets their individual needs. The Center is a response to the rapid rise in prevalence of ASD in Connecticut. Located on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University and administratively housed within the largest teacher education program in Connecticut, the Center provides technical assistance to PK-12 teachers, other school personnel, families, and community service providers. To support these trainings and technical assistance, the Center conducts innovative research and translates research into evidence-based instructional practices. For more information, contact Ruth Eren at (203) 392-5947.
Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science
The Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science fosters outstanding teaching and research in the various fields of mathematics and science through the enhancement of existing campus initiatives and through effective collaborations among math and science faculty in K-16, with the goal of increasing the number and quality of students pursuing careers in math and science. The center enhances the facilities and infrastructure for conducting research and research training in science disciplines through coordinated grant-writing activities for intramural and extramural funding, creates a forum for interdisciplinary math/science collaboration in teaching and research, strengthens the capacity of K-12 institutions in the greater New Haven community to effectively teach mathematics and science to all students, increases the impact of math and science on students through the General Education Program, and develops programs to specifically increase the number of women and members of underrepresented groups pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For more information, contact Maria Diamantis at (203) 392-6143.
Center for Nanotechnology
The mission of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) Center for Nanotechnology is to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research, and educational initiatives/programs in microtechnology and nanotechnology with the goal of enhancing Connecticut's workforce competitiveness in nanotechnology and materials science. The Center for Nanotechnology builds upon existing collaborations with Yale University, University of Connecticut, and the Connecticut community colleges to create programs enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education for the CSCU community and beyond.
Research Center on Values in Emerging Science and Technology
The Research Center on Values in Emerging Science and Technology (RC-VEST) focuses on issues located at the intersection of science and values as implemented in emerging technologies. RC-VEST, comprised of faculty members from SCSU, meets regularly to discuss cutting edge issues that arise in technology, medicine, and science. One important purpose of the center is to bring together scientific information and ethical implications, as efforts to bring ethical based discussions into scientific classrooms have begun. Additionally, RC-VEST hosts an annual roundtable discussion focused on one particular topic as well as an annual speaker series, in an effort to bring scholars together to discuss and advance the issues. Research done by the members of the center focus on topics such as computer ethics and biomedical ethics. Future projects of RC-VEST will include active participation of faculty members from a number of disciplines at SCSU and other Connecticut universities. Please visit the center's website to learn more about the center, its members, and more information about these important topics.
Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies
The Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies enhances student and faculty engagement in coastal and marine environmental/ecological research and education. It provides undergraduate students with opportunities to engage in independent scholarship with faculty guidance. The center supports state-of-the-art models for science education and promotes cross-disciplinary collaboration in the sciences among students and faculty. The center enhances education at the University by fostering collaborative research and pedagogical initiatives among faculty across traditional academic departments in different disciplines.The interdisciplinary nature of coastal marine research provides students with opportunities to learn science by doing science. The University is located centrally along the heavily urbanized Connecticut coastline proximate to a variety of diverse natural habitats. This setting provides excellent opportunities for research and education focused on the pressures of human development and the need for the preservation of these natural habitats. For more information, contact Vincent Breslin at (203) 392-6602.
STUDENT SERVICES/SPECIAL FACILITIES
Alcohol and Drug Services
Alcohol and Drug Services, located in Engleman Hall B219, offers confidential screenings and assessments by a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, as well as referrals to community treatment providers for students seeking assistance and support for a substance abuse problem. Brief intervention and education programs are also provided to students which aim to assist a student in reducing harmful consumption and negative consequences associated with high risk drinking and drug use. Presentations are available for classes, residence life staff, and athletic teams which provide information about alcohol and drug services and supports within the community. Twelve-step support groups are offered on campus for students in recovery and for students impacted by a family member's substance use. For more information about services, please call (203) 392-5087.
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 Academic and Career Advising
The Center for Academic and Career Advising, 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 Academic and Career Advising. 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 students 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. For additional information, visit the Center in the Wintergreen Building or the website at careers.SouthernCT.edu. Director: Frank LaDore. 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.
Computer Labs and Services
Information Technology (IT) provides multiple computing facilities for students, as well as equipment and technical support for faculty and academic area staff. Over 1,000 Windows-based and Macintosh computers are available for student use. A valid username and password are required to log-in to the computing equipment, and students are required to use their SCSU Hoot Loot ID Card to print in these facilities. Wireless access points supporting mobile devices are widely available across campus. Additional computer lab rooms and computer classrooms are supported by IT but are made available to the students by academic departments. Computer lab rooms and locations are as follows:
- Buley Library, Main Floor (public computer lab)
- Adanti Student Center, Room 202 (public computer lab)
- North Campus, Room 111 (residence hall lab)
- West Campus, Room 245 (residence hall lab)
Please visit the IT website for more information about IT services and support. For personal service, IT's User Services operates the Help Desk where one can raise technology related questions by visiting the IT offices in Buley Library, via email to email@example.com, or by phone at (203) 392-5123.
Counseling ServicesUniversity 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, professional counselors, a social worker, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, 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.
Students may access services by presenting at "walk-in" hours from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every weekday. Additional appointments may be scheduled by contacting the center. 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. For more information, please contact Counseling Services at (203) 392-5475 or visit the Counseling Services website.
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.
To help students balance the demands between their studies and parenthood, the University has two lactation rooms. One lactation room is located in the Women's Lounge in Connecticut Hall on the first floor, and the second lactation room is located on the first floor of the Hilton C. Buley Library, Room 117. Students who need a quiet, welcoming space in which to pump breast milk may use either lactation room with advance notice. For more information or to reserve a lactation room, please visit the Lactation Room website.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 International Education
The Office of International Education (OIE) is a hub for students and faculty members—domestic and international alike—who seek to integrate international study, research, or teaching into their academic program. As well, the OIE works with degree-seeking international students, exchange students, and visiting scholars on matters related to visas, employment, immigration, and more; the office works with domestic students interested in studying abroad either on an SCSU faculty-led summer program, on one of SCSU's reciprocal exchange programs (semester or full year), or through an approved study abroad organization (semester or full year); and finally, the OIE offers Fulbright Program assistance for both students and faculty. Perhaps most importantly, the OIE is a place where international students and faculty can come to discuss matters related to their studies and American academic culture, as well as everyday life, social interaction, and communication in the United States. The OIE is located in Engleman Hall B B 129 (Study Abroad, Fulbright) and EN B 116 (F-1). For more information, please call (203) 392-6756.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Assistance with university writing assignments is available to undergraduate and graduate students at no cost in the Writing Center, a part of the Academic Success Center (ASC) on the third floor of Buley Library. The Writing Center offers help with any writing assigned at the university in addition to writing related to academic pursuits such as scholarship applications, application to graduate school, etc. In addition to undergraduate tutors who assist undergraduate students, graduate student tutors work with graduate and undergraduate students and specially trained ESL tutors to work with any student with ESL needs. It is recommended that students make an appointment but a limited number of drop in appointments are also available. Please visit the Academic Success Center website to make an appointment.
Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, Director of the Writing Center/WAC and Assistant Professor of English with any questions.
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 Partial Reimbursement Program
The SCSU Division of Student Affairs recognizes the unique difficulties for many students who are also parents with young children. To help students who are struggling financially during the semester due to child care/babysitting expenses for their child(ren) under 12 years old while they are taking classes, the SCSU Office of Student Affairs sponsors a Child Care Partial Reimbursement Program that offers a limited number of partial reimbursements to students who meet all of the eligibility requirements. Priority is based on financial need. For more information, please contact the website of the Division of Student Affairs.
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.
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.
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.
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, Research, and Innovation 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.
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.
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.