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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 Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU), Southern leads the way in graduate education and produces the largest number of graduates in health/ life sciences, education, and social public services.

VISION STATEMENT

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.

CORE VALUES

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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, email: cihe@neasc.org.

Selected University programs are accredited by

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Library Association
  • 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 for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of School Psychology
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

UNIVERSITY OVERVIEW

In Fall 2014, the University served 10,825 students. Of those, 8,133 were undergraduate students and 2,692 were graduate students. Over 2,500 students live on campus. Nearly 80 percent of the students are in the 18-29 age group, with more than 43 percent falling in the 20-24 age bracket. More than 61 percent of the University’s students classify themselves as Caucasian, 14.2 percent as African-American, 10.3 percent as Hispanic, 2.5 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, 31 other states, and 14 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 660 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 2,396 degrees in 2013-2014, including 1,667 bachelor’s degrees, 588 master’s degrees, 133 sixth year diplomas, and eight doctoral degrees. Among the largest majors at SCSU are nursing, business administration, psychology, social work, education, interdisciplinary studies, exercise science, special education, biology, public health, communication, and educational leadership.

The University employs a primarily unionized workforce of approximately 952 individuals full-time, including 67 business and financial operations  employees; 42 community service, legal, arts and media staff; 35 computer, engineering and science employees; 9 healthcare practitioners; 21 librarians and library technicians; 49 management employees; 34 natural resources, construction and maintenance staff; 119 administrative support employees; 37 instructional support staff; and 9 production, transportation, and material moving employees. The 439 full-time and 561 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 (ConnSCU) governed by the Board of Regents for Higher Education, Southern receives its major support from legislative appropriations.

HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1893 as the New Haven State Normal School, Southern became a four-year college with degree granting powers in 1937. Ten years later, Southern joined with Yale University’s department of education to offer a graduate program leading to a master of arts degree. In 1954, with Southern changing and growing to meet the needs of its students, the State Board of Education authorized the institution — then known as the New Haven State Teachers College — to assume complete responsibility for its graduate program. As a result, Southern made its name during the 1950s and 1960s preparing teachers in virtually every major scholastic area.

In 1959, six years after the institution had moved to its present campus, state legislation expanded Southern’s offerings to include liberal arts curricula leading to bachelor’s degrees in the arts and sciences, as well as career-oriented degree programs in fields such as nursing, social work, business, and computer science.The expanded curricular offerings also resulted in the legislature changing the institution’s name to Southern Connecticut State College.

Since then, Southern has continued its growth as a modern, diversified center of higher learning, expanding both its undergraduate and graduate programs and opening up entirely new fields of study and research. In March 1983 Southern became a university, completing its evolution. Today, the University is composed of five academic schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Health and Human Services, and the School of Graduate Studies. In 2002, the University introduced the Doctor of Education degree program, and its first Ed.D. degree was conferred at the 2006 commencement. With its strong and healthy identity intact and its fine traditions for support, Southern can look to a future as varied, dynamic, responsive, and responsible as its past.

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.

CAMPUS

Southern’s 171-acre campus consists of a variety of buildings and recreational centers. Among these are:

Adanti Student Center

The Michael J. Adanti Student Center, opened in January 2006, is a 125,000 square foot, modern multi-purpose facility located on the corner of Crescent and Fitch Streets. The center provides educational, cultural, social, and recreational programs that complement education outside the classroom. The center is the home of a state-of-the-art fitness center, fireplace lounge, ballroom, Barnes and Noble College Bookstore, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee house, Wepawaug Flagg Credit Union banking services, ATM machine, and four dining establishments. The center has multiple lounges, meeting rooms, a game room, a 200-seat movie theatre, university police, computer labs, as well as office space for clubs and organizations. In addition, the Adanti Center offers a resource/information center, as well as access to email terminals and wireless services. For more information call (203) 392-5500.

Buley Library

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 over 500,000 print and media volumes, 5,400 electronic books and access to more than 197 electronic databases to serve study, teaching, and research needs. In addition, there are over 26,200 volumes in the curricular and juvenile collections. 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, and the Internet. Buley Library subscribes to 1,239 current print periodical titles and houses over 62,000 bound periodical volumes and 44,000 reference volumes. 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.

The Learning Resource Center on the third floor supports viewing/listening equipment and a Production Lab for having posters and educational materials made, and for media duplication.

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: http://library.SouthernCT.edu/. Director of Library Services, Dr. Christina D. Baum. Telephone: (203) 392-5760.

Jess Dow Field

Southern’s multi-purpose athletic facility is the first full-size playing field in Connecticut to be constructed with an artificial surface. Dow Field seats 6,000 people and accommodates football, soccer, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, and track as well as exercise science classes, recreational activities, and intramural. The lighted outdoor complex features a synthetic playing surface and track.

John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

The John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts features an open-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. The Robert Kendall Drama Lab, located inside the center, houses 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 structures provide facilities for preparing health, exercise science, and recreation specialists as well as for comprehensive programs in intercollegiate and intramural athletics. Moore Fieldhouse contains an unusually large gymnasium surrounded by a 200-meter track. Areas in the gymnasium are set aside for basketball and gymnastics, and a third multipurpose area is used for a variety of activities, such as badminton, tennis, track and field events, volleyball, and indoor baseball practice. Adjoining the fieldhouse is the Bruce Hutchinson Natatorium, an eight-lane swimming pool complex. Other major facilities in the fieldhouse are a physiological development laboratory, a comprehensive athletic training room, and a fully equipped 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, exercise science, and recreation are located in both facilities.

SPECIALIZED CENTERS

The University has established special centers to conduct multidisciplinary research or teaching.These centers, formally recognized by CSUS, 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.

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.

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 Community and School Action Research

The Center Community and School Action Research (CCSAR) is a research, evaluation, and training center housed in the School of Education, Davis Hall, 110. This collaborative enterprise involves faculty, staff, and students from various departments at SCSU and various community agencies and school districts throughout Connecticut. The center assists private and public entities to inform and improve educational practices, policies, and community interventions that impact children and the communities in which they live. Since its inception in 1998, CCSAR has received more than $1.6 million to conduct research and evaluation on programs and initiatives related to children’s literacy and language development, school climate, math and science partnerships, youth violence, and drugs/alcohol prevention and education. Its primary focus in the School of Education is to evaluate the professional educator preparation programs at SCSU: undergraduate, graduate, and sixth year programs. CCSAR is a "Center of Excellence" within ConnSCU. Director Norris M. Haynes, Ph.D. may be contacted at 203-392-6439 or by email at haynesn1@SouthernCT.edu.

Research Center on Computing and Society

The Research Center on Computing and Society studies the social and ethical impacts of information and computing technology. It is dedicated to the advancement and preservation of human values in the face of today’s "information revolution." On Southern’s campus, the center organized and hosted the world’s first international computer ethics conference and created a world-class Website, RCCS.SouthernCT.edu, that receives millions of hits per year from more than 120 countries. In addition, the center provides, to Southern students, a computer ethics course recognized as a national model by the NSF-funded SENCER Project. Other activities of the research center have included invitational round-table mini-conferences for Southern’s faculty; international computer ethics conferences in England, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Sweden, Japan and, China; and model curriculum materials that have been disseminated to hundreds of universities worldwide. The Research Center is located in Engleman D220, and its director, Terrell Ward Bynum, can be contacted at 203-392-6790, email: bynumt2@ SouthernCT.edu.

Center for the 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 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.

SCSU FOUNDATION

The SCSU Foundation, chartered in 1972 as a Connecticut non-stock corporation for charitable purposes, is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The foundation operates exclusively to promote the educational, scientific, literary, and cultural objectives of the University. As the primary fundraising vehicle to solicit, receive, and administer private gifts and grants that will enhance Southern’s mission, the SCSU Foundation supports the University’s pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and public service. The offices of Development and Alumni Relations work in partnership with the SCSU Foundation in support of its endeavors. Executive Director’s office: Engleman A215, (203) 392-6900.

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 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.

Southern Alumni Magazine, sent triannually to alumni and friends of Southern Connecticut State University, reflects the progressive and dynamic nature of the University, its alumni, and students. Director: Michelle Rocheford Johnston, Wintergreen 170, (203) 392-6500.

COMPLIANCE STATEMENT

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.

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.

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.

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.

Information regarding the Research Protection Program, and interactive forms for IRB and IACUC proposal submissions are available at www.SouthernCT.edu/academics/graduate/research/rpp/.