Student Handbook

This Student Handbook is the University's official notification of its policies, rules, regulations, and standards of conduct and applies to all students including those visiting or auditing courses. The Student Handbook also contains student rights and responsibilities along with campus services and resources. Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the contents of this handbook, enrollment is considered as acceptance of all conditions specified in this handbook.

The policies, rules, regulations, and standards of conduct are under continual examination and revision and the University reserves the right to change them at any time as may be necessary in the interest of the University. This handbook merely presents the information in effect at the time of publication; it is not a contract and does not guarantee that the materials contained within it will not change. The University also reserves the right to modify or discontinue any of the services, programs, or activities described in this handbook. Changes to the handbook apply to prospective students and students currently enrolled.

This handbook remains in force and effect in between terms of the academic year and during holidays and other periods of the academic year when classes are not in session.

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About Arcadia

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Academic Guide for Graduate Students

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Academic Honors

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Awards and Scholarships

Awards and Scholarships

E. Jane Carlin Award in Physical Therapy: awarded to a member of the graduating class who has achieved academic excellence and shows outstanding clinical promise.

Adeline W. Gomberg Award: awarded to an outstanding graduate student in the education program who has exhibited excellence in the field of reading.

Adeline W. Gomberg Scholarship in Reading: awarded to a graduate student matriculated in the reading program who shows promise of becoming a leader in literacy education.

Norman A. Miller Scholarship in Educational Leadership: awarded to the graduate student matriculated in the educational leadership program whose scholarship, interpersonal skills, writing ability, dedication and leadership exemplify the goals and objectives of the educational leadership program.

Hortense T. Moss Graduate Scholarship in Health Sciences: awarded to a graduate student upon completion of his/her first year in a full-time graduate health-related program.

Gretchen M. Paruch Humanitarian Service Award: awarded to a Physician Assistant student who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership among his or her peers, professionalism in both the classroom and clinical setting and service to the community and to the profession.

A. Richard Polis Graduate Scholarship: awarded to a student in a full-time program who is listed on the Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Honor List and whose service to the University and to the academic program distinguishes him/her from all other students in the cohort. Students must be nominated by faculty, administrators, and/or other students. To qualify, nominees must write an essay summarizing their service to the University and to the specific department.

Fredric Rieders Forensic Science Award of Excellence: awarded to a graduating Forensic Science student who has demonstrated academic and individual excellence and leadership in the course of his or her professional education.

Molly Haas Valentine Award: awarded to a graduating student who is completing a graduate degree with distinction and whose dedication to his or her studies has required extraordinary determination to overcome obstacles in the pursuit of excellence.

The Wallace E. Young Community Service Public Health Award: awarded to a graduate student in Public Health/Health Education who exemplifies the spirit of community public health outreach in under-served and high-risk minority communities, and who has engaged in significant health promotion and disease prevention activities through direct service to education.

Refer to specific programs for program-related awards.

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Graduate Dean's Honors List

The Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Honor List, issued twice yearly, recognizes graduate students who have completed a minimum of 15 graduate semester hours and have attained a grade point average in the upper 10 percent of their programs. Eligibility for the Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Honor is determined at the completion of each fall and spring semester.

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Graduate Honor Societies

Alpha Epsilon Lambda Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies sponsors the Phi Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the national honor society for the promotion of academic excellence for graduate students and students at professional schools. The mission of the organization is to confer distinction for high achievement, promote scholarly leadership development, promote scholarship and encourage intellectual development, enrich the intellectual environment of graduate institutions, and encourage high standards of ethical behavior. Graduate students seeking membership must have completed a minimum of 15 graduate semester hours and have been placed on the Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Honor List for the previous semester. In addition to attaining a grade point average in the upper 10 percent of their program, students must provide a record of leadership and service to the campus and the community. For further details, contact the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. Phi Delta Kappa The Education Department sponsors a chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the professional education fraternity for the promotion of quality education to be accomplished through the genuine acceptance, continuing interpretation, and appropriate implementation of the ideal of high-quality leadership through research, teaching, and other publicly supported and universally available education. Graduate students seeking membership must have completed a minimum of 15 graduate semester hours and must be preparing for a career in educational service. For further details, contact the Education Department at 215-572-2156.

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Graduation Honors

Students are recognized at Commencement and honored by the University for having achieved academic excellence in their degree programs. Latin honors are not used in graduate study; instead students receive “With Distinction” on their records and diploma. Requirements for distinction are as follows:

A cumulative grade point average of 3.9 to 4.0 is required for programs in Business Administration, Creative Writing, Counseling, Education, English, Forensic Science, Health Education, Humanities, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Public Health, the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, and the Doctor of Education.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.7 to 4.0 is required in the Doctor of Physical Therapy, the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling, and the Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant) degree programs. Transfer credit is not calculated for eligibility for distinction.

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Academic Policies

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Advising

Advising

The letter of acceptance into a degree program in Business Administration, Counseling, Creative Writing, Education, English, Health Education, and Public Health includes the name of the faculty adviser. Students are required to make an appointment or see their adviser upon admission to a program. At their conference, the student and adviser prepare a plan for the student’s entire program. The adviser will provide the student with a copy of the approved program; a copy will be retained in the adviser’s file. While students are welcome to consult with advisers as frequently as they wish, it is necessary to do so only in the following circumstances: when changes in the program are contemplated and when the student has completed the credits required to apply for admission to degree candidacy.. At the discretion of the adviser, changes in the program can be implemented by correspondence.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 6 graduate credits earned at another institution may be considered for transfer at the time of admission into Arcadia University master’s degree programs in Counseling, Creative Writing, Education, English, Health Education,and Public Health. Transfer credit is not accepted for the following programs; doctoral degrees in Education and Physical Therapy and master’s degrees in Business Administration, Forensic Science, Genetic Counseling, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Medical Science (Physician Assistant). Transfer credits that are less than 10 years old at the time of degree completion may be counted as part of the degree. A grade of “B” or higher must have been earned; the student’s adviser must judge the courses to be relevant to the present program; and the institution that granted the credit must accept the course toward its own degree. Only 3-credit courses or multiples of 3 (i.e., 3 or 6) will be accepted. One-credit courses are not accepted under any circumstances. The student is responsible for supplying official descriptions of courses and any other supporting information requested by the adviser. Also, course credit previously used to fulfill graduate or undergraduate degree requirements may not be considered for transfer into any master’s degree program at Arcadia University. Submit completed transfer credit forms to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for approval. 

Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions After Admission

After admission, matriculated students must petition to enroll in a course at another institution with the intention of transferring the credits earned to their Arcadia University program. Students must provide their adviser with a full description of the course and the reasons for enrolling in it. Once the petition form is signed by the adviser, it is sent to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for a policy review. Approval is not usually granted for courses that are also offered at Arcadia University. Under no circumstances will more than 6 credits be accepted in transfer to an Arcadia University degree program. Forms are available on the following Web sites: www.arcadia.edu/gsforms, www.arcadia.edu/registrar, and http://my.arcadia.edu. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office (Taylor Hall, Room 103).

 
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Attendance

Attendance at Classes

Because instructional methods, expected class participation and the nature of the courses vary, no fixed number of absences is applicable to all situations. Each instructor is responsible for making clear to the class at the beginning of the semester his or her policies and procedures in regard to class attendance and the reasons for them. It is expected that the instructor’s policies in this regard will be consistent with the conduct and the objectives of the course, including the emphasis placed on student contributions to the class sessions.

You are responsible for work missed because of absence. In the event of illness, it is the student’s responsibility to contact appropriate faculty. With the student’s permission Student Health Services will confirm illness via telephone if contacted by faculty.

Absence from class because of University-approved events (e.g., varsity athletic events, conferences) must be approved by the faculty member teaching the class. If students wish to miss class in order to participate in an approved event, they have the following responsibilities:

  • Contact faculty at the earliest possible time to discuss anticipated class absences and to request permission to be excused from class
  • If permission is given, arrange in advance to make up or compensate for work that will be missed.

In cases of prolonged absence from classes because of illness or other emergencies, the likelihood that you will be able to make up the work satisfactorily shall be determined through consultation among the instructors involved. It is your responsibility to report extended absences to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

Absences Before and After Vacations

Classes meet at the regularly scheduled hours immediately before and immediately after vacation periods, and you are expected to be present. Each instructor is responsible for holding class meetings before and after vacations, as at other times, and for setting whatever penalty he or she deems necessary for unexcused absences.

Religious Holidays

Arcadia University recognizes individual student choice in observing religious holidays that occur during regularly scheduled classes. You are encouraged to make arrangements with your instructors to make up work missed as a result of a religious observance, and instructors are asked to make every reasonable effort to accommodate such requests.

Field Trips

Field trips should be scheduled whenever possible during hours when conflicts with other classes are not involved. Participation under these circumstances may be required. (Advance notice must be given if an evening field trip is required.)

However, the scheduling of certain field trips is dictated by the time the experience is available. When such trips conflict with your classes, participation is voluntary. Consult with your instructors as to the advisability of missing classes for a field trip in terms of your academic programs.

Faculty members shall not be under any pressure from other faculty members to excuse students from classes for field trips. Faculty members shall not exert pressure on any students to absent themselves from other classes.

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Code of Academic Responsibility

The life of any community depends on the integrity and personal honesty of its members. An academic community must pay special attention to the values which define the nature of the academic life. Historically, these have included the right to freedom of inquiry, a commitment to truth, and respect for the freedom of inquiry of others.

A distinguishing characteristic of an academic community is the way it combines competitive and cooperative values. On the one hand, education is a shared task and progress comes through cooperative efforts. Toward that end, Arcadia University encourages peer review—discussing ideas with peers, reading drafts of their work, and so on.

On the other hand, new ideas are the currency of the community, and it is important to acknowledge the individual ownership of ideas. It is a serious violation of the norms of the academic community to appropriate the ideas of other people without credit or permission, and it is important to learn to discriminate between exploitation and the legitimate use of the ideas of others.

The most general rule is that any use of another person’s ideas—whether the source is published or not—should be acknowledged fully and in detail. Since disciplines show some differences on how this should be done, instructors should be consulted as to the form and nature of the acknowledgments required by each field.

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Degree Status

Admission to Degree Candidacy

Upon completion of 15 semester hours of credit, students enrolled in a part-time graduate degree program must submit an application of degree candidacy. Degree Candidacy is the academic program plan for the degree and must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies at the time of Degree Completion. Students admitted to Arcadia University with transfer credits accepted toward the degree must make this application after completing 15 semester hours of Arcadia University credit. (The application form is available online at www.arcadia.edu/gsforms and in the Registrar’s Office.) In addition to being in good academic standing, students must obtain their adviser’s signature and submit the application to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Students in Creative Writing, Forensic Science, Genetic Counseling, Medical Science (Physician Assistant), Physical Therapy Master of Business Administration, International Peace & Conflict Resolution and the Doctor of Education programs are not required to apply for degree candidacy.

Changes in Degree Requirements

In an effort to keep Arcadia graduate programs current, changes in degree requirements may occur after students have begun their program of studies. In this case, students would be expected to fulfill the new requirements unless doing so causes undue hardship, that is, postpones graduation, requires credits beyond those required for a specified program, or prevents enrollment in a course especially needed by the student. Changes and updates are available at www.arcadia.edu/catalog.

Transfer to a New Degree Program or Concentration

A change of concentration in a Master of Education (M.Ed.) program or a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) program does not require re-application. A Change of Status form must be submitted to the Associate Dean for approval. Forms are available at www.arcadia.edu/gsforms and in the Registrar’s Office. Any change of status must be approved by the Associate Dean. Students in the Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Creative Writing, Master of Arts in English, Master of Arts in Humanities, Master of Science in Health Education and Master of Public Health who want to change their program of study must provide additional application materials as required for the desired program. When all required materials have been received, the file will be sent to the appropriate department for review. An application fee is not required if the student is currently enrolled. Credits earned in the original program may apply to the new program if, in the opinion of the faculty adviser, they are appropriate to the new degree. Change of Status does not apply to master’s programs in Business Administration, Forensic Science, Genetic Counseling, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Medical Science (Physician Assistant); or to doctoral programs in Physical Therapy and Special Education.

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Enrollment Status

Continuous Enrollment

Students admitted to a degree program are expected to enroll continuously until the program is complete. For students in Counseling, Education, English, Health Education,  and Public Health programs, continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in both semesters of the regular academic year, or one semester of the academic year and one summer session, or both regular summer sessions.

Leave of Absence

A student who is unable to register for courses because of a serious illness, personal/professional reasons, extraordinary job requirements or military service may be granted a leave of absence without penalty. The leave of absence is normally limited to one year. The student must inform the academic adviser in writing of his/her intention. A leave of absence must be approved by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Students with an absence of one year without an approved leave of absence or who extend leave beyond one year will be governed by new departmental/program guidelines upon their return to the program.

Re-Admission

A student may apply for re-admission if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Stopped attending within two years
  • Withdrew from a program within two years
  • The student left the University in poor academic standing but was not dismissed

A student who was in good academic and social standing at the time of withdrawal is usually re-admitted to the University. A student who has attended another college in the interim must submit an official transcript of course work undertaken. In cases of withdrawal for reasons of health, a full report from the physician(s) who treated the student must be sent to the University Student Health Services.

Application forms for re-admission may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar and submitted to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.  The Associate Dean forwards that request to the appropriate departmental admissions committee, which will communicate its decision to the student. In some cases, a student may be asked to submit materials updating the original application, including documentation of any additional academic work. If the withdrawal was granted contingent upon some action(s) on the part of the student, the student also will be required to demonstrate that the recommended steps have been taken.

If more than two years have elapsed, a new application must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Management. Please refer to program listings for program-specific requirements.
 
Withdrawal from the University

A student who has withdrawn from a program for personal reasons, (that is, other than dismissal for academic or ethical reasons) may reapply within two years of that withdrawal by sending a letter requesting reinstatement to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. The Associate Dean forwards that request to the appropriate departmental admissions committee, which will communicate its decision to the student. In some cases, a student may be asked to submit materials updating the original application, including documentation of any additional academic work. If the withdrawal was granted contingent upon some action(s) on the part of the student, the student also will be required to demonstrate that the recommended steps have been taken.
 
If more than two years have elapsed, a new application must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Management. Please refer to program listings for program-specific requirements.
 
Dismissal
 
Students are expected to abide by the regulations set forth by Arcadia University and the written policies and procedures of their respective departments. The University reserves the right to dismiss a student at any time for unsatisfactory academic performance or for conduct detrimental to the University or to the welfare of other students. Departments also reserve the right to dismiss a student if it is determined that a student’s conduct is unprofessional or is not consistent with the code of ethics of their intended profession. A student may be dismissed from a program for the following reasons:

  1. A grade below “C” in a didactic course.
  2. A grade of “U” or below “C” in a clinical education experience.
  3. A grade below “B” in an Education Practicum.
  4. Conduct detrimental to the University or to the welfare of other students.
  5. Conduct that violates the code of academic and/or professional ethics.
  6. Unsatisfactory GPA (see Academic Standing)
  7. In addition to GPA, students also must be making adequate progress toward the degree to have satisfactory academic standing. Therefore, students who have an excessive number of course withdrawals for two consecutive semesters will have their records reviewed by the Committee on Academic Standing and Petition. Excessive number of course withdrawals is defined as 50 percent or greater of the student’s course load. After review, a student may be dismissed from the University if it is determined that he or she is not making adequate progress.

A student has the right to appeal a dismissal within one calendar year of the dismissal.  Appeals should be submitted to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and are reviewed by the Graduate Academic Standing and Petitions Committee.

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Exceptions to Academic Policies

Petitions

Petitions for change of grades or any other course-related grievance will not be accepted after one calendar year from the time of the start of the course(s) in question, or after the completion of the program in which the student is matriculated, whichever date comes first.

Exemptions to Policies, Regulations, or Requirements

Students requesting exceptions to policies, regulations or requirements must write a clear and concise statement describing the requested exception, including evidence supported by a rationale. This request must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Taylor Hall, Room 105) along with an “Exception to Policy” form signed by the student and the student’s faculty adviser. 

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Grade Information

Grade Review

The Grade Appeal process applies only to the final grade of a course. If a student believes that a final grade has been incorrectly determined, the student may appeal their grade, according to the following process.

The student should try to resolve the situation with the course instructor, within ten working days of receiving the final grade.   If the dispute cannot be resolved, the student should file an appeal with the department chair or program director (if applicable), indicating in writing the grounds for the appeal; this appeal must be filed within ten working days of the course instructor’s decision.  The program director or department chair will review relevant materials from the student and instructor, make a decision, and notify the student and instructor of the decision. If the dispute remains unresolved, the student should file an appeal with the dean of the college or school, indicating in writing the grounds for the appeal; this appeal must be filed within ten working days of the program director’s or department chair’s decision. The dean will review relevant materials from the student and instructor, as well as any additional information from the program director or department chair.  The dean will then make a decision and notify the student, instructor, and department chair or program director of the decision.

Generally, the decision of the dean will be final.  However, the student may choose to appeal to the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, if and only if, s/he is able to present substantial new evidence to support a claim of academic injustice.  The student initiates the review by submitting a Request for Grade Review Form (available on the Graduate Forms Page) within ten working days of the dean’s decision.  The Associate Dean for Graduate Studies will refer the request to the Graduate Academic Standing and Appeal Committee, which is chaired by the Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, for review.  The committee will consider all relevant materials in its review. Once the committee has met and made its determination, the student will be informed of its decision. The decision of the Graduate Academic Standing and Appeal Committee is final and there are no further steps for appeal.

Grade System

A letter grade system with pluses and minuses is used. The numerical values assigned are as follows:

  Excellent Very Good Good Passing Failing
Letter A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
Value 4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.0
  • NR = Ongoing: a grade of NR in practica must be converted to an earned grade one year from the date of registration. After one year, the NR becomes a W and the student must register again and pay full tuition.
  • S = Satisfactory
  • U = Unsatisfactory
  • W = Withdrawal prior to seventh week of class
  • WP = Withdraw passing—after the seventh week of class
  • WF = Withdraw failing—after the seventh week of class

A cumulative grade point average of “B” (3.00) is required for admission to degree candidacy and for graduation in the following graduate programs: Business Administration, Counseling, Creative Writing, Education, English, Forensic Science, Health Education,  International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Public Health. A cumulative grade point average of “B–” (2.70) is required for graduation in the following programs: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling and Medical Science (Physician Assistant).

A grade below “C” may not be applied toward a degree. Only 6 credits of “C” will count toward a degree in the following programs: Business Administration, Counseling , Education, English, Health Education, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Public Health. A student must petition to repeat a course; however, the original grade remains on the transcript.

If a failing grade is received (“C–” or below), the course may be repeated one time only with the adviser’s permission.

A grade below “B–” is not permitted for graduate education courses required for PA Teacher Certification, and students must obtain permission from their adviser to retake a certification course.

A grade of “B” or above is required to meet PA Certification standards for the following courses:

  • ED 470 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum, Early Childhood PreK-4
  • ED 471 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum, Secondary
  • ED 474 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum, Art Education
  • ED 583 Fieldwork for Special Education
  • ED 583B Fieldwork
  • ED 583E Special Education K-8
  • ED 583S Special Education 7-12
  • ED 590 Fieldwork in Inclusive Education
  • ED 592 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum: PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8
  • ED 595 Literacy Seminar/Language and Literacy Project
  • ED 600 Practicum: Supervision
  • ED 639 Practicum: Principalship
  • ED 649 Practicum: The Superintendency

NOTE: These policies also apply to non-degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in PA Certification programs.

Incomplete Grades

In circumstances such as illness or personal emergency, a grade of “I” (Incomplete) may be approved by the Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies if the student is unable to finish the course requirements by the end of the term but is passing the course. Students who have received an Incomplete grade must meet the conditions for its removal the semester following the original course enrollment or the date indicated on the official Incomplete card. If the Incomplete is not removed by the specified date, the default grade indicated on the Incomplete card will be recorded for the course. No more than two Incomplete grades may be received in a given semester, one of which must be removed before the student is allowed to enroll in more courses. Instructors must obtain an “Incomplete Grade Request” form from the Office of Graduate Studies and return it to the Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies for approval.

Academic Standing

To continue in good academic standing, students in Business Administration, Counseling, Creative Writing, Education, English, Forensic Science, Health Education,  International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Public Health are expected to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. If the cumulative average falls below 3.0, the student is placed on probation and notified by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, in writing, of the conditions that must be met in order to be removed from probation and continue in the program. If the cumulative average falls below 2.7, or if a student in good standing receives a grade of “C–” to “F,” the student may be dismissed from the program.

A student must be in good academic standing with a 3.0 cumulative average in order to apply for admission to degree candidacy. If, after admission to degree candidacy, the average falls below 3.0, but no lower than 2.75, the student may be placed on probation. If the average falls below 2.75, the student may be dismissed from the program.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for degree conferral in Business Administration, Counseling, Creative Writing, Education, English, Forensic Science, Health Education, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Public Health, and Doctor of Education.  Please refer to individual programs for additional policies on academic standing. Students in Genetic Counseling, Medical Science (Physician Assistant), and Physical Therapy are required to have a 2.7 cumulative grade point average for degree conferral.

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Graduate Forms

All required forms are available on the following Web sites:

Forms also are available in the Registrar’s Office (Taylor Hall, Room 103).

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Graduate Registration Procedures

Auditing

During the fall and spring semesters, graduate students carrying 9 or more credit hours may audit, without fee, one additional course with the approval of their adviser and permission of the instructor.

Graduate students carrying up to 6 credit hours and non-matriculated students may audit courses with the necessary approvals and fees. Students must obtain the approval of their adviser and permission of the instructor; non-matriculated students must obtain the permission of the instructor and the chair of the department offering the course. It is understood that auditing is permitted on a non-participatory basis. No auditing is permitted during the summer sessions.

Withdrawal from Courses

To withdraw from a course, students must complete the appropriate form available in the Registrar’s Office and at www.arcadia.edu/registrar, signifying their intention to withdraw. Refund of tuition is calculated on the basis of the date on which written notification is received in the Registrar’s Office. (See the refund policy outlined below.) Withdrawal after the seventh week of classes requires written approval from the course instructor and assignment of a grade of “WP” if the student is passing and “WF” if the student is failing at the time of withdrawal. If no official notice of withdrawal is given, the student is not eligible for a refund and a grade of “F” for the course is recorded.

Drop/Add Period

The “course changes – drop/add” timeline appears in semester schedules and the Academic Calendar.

Spring and Fall Semesters: Graduate students may add or substitute courses before the second class session. They may not enroll in a class after its second session has met without the approval of the instructor or the appropriate department chair.
Summer Sessions: During the first two days of each session, students may substitute or add courses. They may not enroll in a class after its second session.
Summer Workshops: After the first day, students are not admitted to a workshop.

Course Abandonment

Course inactivity, non-attendance, or failure to make or complete payment does not constitute a course drop or withdrawal. Students remain financially responsible for a course registration unless the student notifies the Registrar's Office in writing to drop or withdraw from the course. Fees are assessed according to the current refund policy. Neglecting to drop or withdraw officially will result in a failing grade on the transcript.

Refunds

The refund policy applies only to tuition charges; fees are not refundable. During the fall and spring semesters, students who formally withdraw from one or more courses within the first five weeks of classes are entitled to a refund according to the schedule listed below. Refunds are calculated on the basis of the date on which notification was received by the Registrar’s Office.

Withdrawal within time periods and percent tuition paid by the student

1st week – 10%
2nd week – 20%
3rd week – 40%
4th week – 60%
5th week – 80%
After 5th week No Refund

For Summer Session I, a refund of 50 percent is allowed for withdrawal within the first week of class. For Summer II, III and workshops, the refund allowed is 50 percent before the third class meeting.

Students considering withdrawal after the seventh week of a semester are encouraged to contact the Student Service Center in order to obtain a detailed estimate of the financial implications of their withdrawal. This is extremely relevant when a student loan is involved.

Substitutions for Required Courses

Another graduate course may be substituted for a course required for a degree if, in the judgment of the department offering the degree, the student has sufficient knowledge of the required course content to fulfill degree requirements. Before allowing the substitution, an examination covering the course content may be given in order to determine the student’s level of competence. No course credit is earned by passing the examination.

Course Loads

During the fall and spring semesters, the normal load for full-time, non-cohort, students is 9 to 12 credit hours per semester. For students who are employed full-time, it is recommended that students enroll in no more than 6 credits per semester. The maximum course load for the summer sessions is 6 credit hours for Summer Sessions I and II, and 3 credit hours for Summer Session III. Students participating in a summer workshop may not schedule any other course concurrently.

Course Numbers

Numbers from the 500 to 900 levels designate graduate courses. Certain upper-level undergraduate courses numbered 400 are approved by the Graduate Academic Programs Committee for graduate credit. If a 400-level course not approved for graduate credit would enhance the student’s professional preparation or current or anticipated teaching assignments, the student must present a written request to have the course accepted for the master’s degree. The request must be approved by the student’s adviser and sent to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Procedures for Special Status Students

Non-matriculated students may enroll in courses as Special Status students. Six graduate credits may be taken as a non-matriculated student in an Arcadia certificate program. Up to 9 graduate credits earned as a Special Status student can be accepted toward a degree, if the courses are appropriate for the program to which the student later applies. It is wise for Special Status students who are interested in pursuing a degree program to apply promptly, before accumulating inappropriate courses. Enrollment as a Special Status student does not ensure admission to a degree program. Special Status application forms are available on MyArcadia (http://my.arcadia.edu)  and in the Registrar’s Office. A registration hold will be placed on anyone who has earned 9 graduate credits and has not been accepted into a graduate program,. Special status is not permitted in the following: doctoral programs in Education and Physical Therapy, and master’s programs in Business Administration, Forensic Science, Genetic Counseling, International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Medical Science (Physician Assistant).

Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses

Arcadia University undergraduate students who are within a few credits of meeting the requirements for the bachelor’s degree may, with the permission of the department chair, faculty adviser and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, enroll in a limited number of graduate courses (500-level courses). Credit may be awarded either toward the bachelor’s or the master’s degree, but not both.

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Transcripts

Requests for transcripts (copy of permanent record) must be made in writing. Forms for this purpose are available in the Office of the Registrar. Official transcripts (bearing the seal of the University) may be issued to you, but remain official only if unopened. Official transcripts may also be sent directly to another college, employer, etc., at your request. You may request an unofficial transcript for your records or print one from Self Service. More information about transcripts.

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Graduate Information

Student-Faculty Committees

In order to provide student participation in the decision-making process of the University and channels for communication among the various sectors of the University community, students are recommended by their department chairs.

Graduate Programs and Departments

Contact the Department of Graduate Studies

Mary Kate McNulty. M.Ed.
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
Certification Officer, Teacher Preparation Programs
Arcadia University
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, Pennsylvania 19038
Location:
Taylor Hall, Room 105
Phone: 215-572-2877
E-mail: mcnulty@arcadia.edu

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Culminating Activity

The culminating activity provides a means of synthesizing the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program. This requirement may take a variety of forms, depending on the degree or concentration within the degree: a comprehensive examination (oral or written), fieldwork or internship, practicum, clinical experience, research and thesis, final seminar, master’s paper, or professional portfolio. The culminating activity is arranged in consultation with the adviser at the time of completing the degree candidacy application.

Note:  Master’s degrees in  Education do not permit a student teaching practicum or fieldwork to serve as the culminating activity for that degree.

A grade of “B” or above is required for the culminating activity for any graduate degree.  
 
Thesis

Only matriculated students may register for independent research or for thesis. Up to 9 credits of a combination of independent research and thesis may be applied toward a degree.

Students in the master’s programs may elect to write a thesis for 6 credits toward the degree. Students should consult with their advisers to determine whether a thesis is required for their program.

To register for thesis, students must submit an approved copy of the thesis proposal with their registration form.

Students who do not complete the thesis or master’s project at the end of their coursework, or at the end of the semester or session in which they are enrolled in a departmental thesis or culminating project course, are required to enroll in an ongoing non-credit thesis writing course until all work is completed and approved. A fee equivalent to 1 graduate credit for a 3-credit culminating master’s project and 2 graduate credits for a 6-credit culminating thesis will be assessed for each semester or part thereof during which the thesis or capstone project is incomplete. (For these purposes, all the summer sessions together will count as one semester.)

Independent Research

Most departments offer a 3-credit course titled “589/689 Independent Research” that offers matriculated students an opportunity to undertake an individual project supervised by a faculty member. Students must have had formal coursework and/or experience in the area of study, have completed at least two graduate courses in the department at Arcadia University, and have a definite topic or project in mind. Students may ask a faculty member in the department to supervise the study or ask the department chair to suggest an appropriate faculty member. The independent research form must be signed by the chair of the department and contain the name of the supervising faculty member.

No more than two independent studies, each on a different topic, are allowed in a student’s degree program.

To register for independent research, students must present a copy of the approved Independent Research Application to the Registrar’s Office at the time of registration. Students may register for only one independent research or other individual project in any given semester or summer session.

NOTE: Students may not enroll for independent research in order to cover the subject matter of a regular course. Credit for independent research is given only for work completed as described above. In special circumstances, with the written permission of the adviser, the department chair and the instructor, students may register for a graduate course and take it on an independent basis.

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Degree Completion

Conferring of Degrees

Degrees are conferred on August 31st, December 31st and at the formal Commencement exercise in May. All students completing their degrees are invited to participate and will receive information regarding the Commencement ceremony. Information also is available online at www.arcadia.edu in early March. Attendance at Commencement is not mandatory. All program requirements must be met before a graduate degree can be conferred.

 Notification of Expected Completion of Degree Requirements

The student is responsible for notifying the Graduate Studies Office of his or her expected date for completion of degree requirements. The Notification of Degree Completion form is available online at www.arcadia.edu/gsforms. Forms also are available in the Registrar’s Office (Taylor Hall, Room 103).

 Fulfillment of Degree Requirements

Students should work with their faculty adviser and program director to ensure that they are making appropriate progress toward their degree. . Procedures have been developed to check progress toward the degree. However, it is the student’s responsibility to know the requirements for his or her degree and to fulfill them.  

In addition to, or independent of, a master’s degree, students may prepare for teacher certification granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  See Teacher Certification for more information.

Degree Completion for Cohort/Full-Time Graduate Programs

  • Doctor of Education in Special Education—three years plus extension for dissertation
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy—two and one half years
  • Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution—two years; three years for part-time track
  • Master of Business Administration—18 months
  • Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant)—two years; three years for dual degree and three-year track
  • Master of Science in Forensic Science—two years
  • Master of Science in Genetic Counseling—two years

Degree Completion for Graduate Programs with Rolling Admission Six years from the first enrollment in coursework relating to the degree:

  • Certificate of Advanced Study
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science in Health Education
  • Master of Public Health
  • Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

In all of the above programs, students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis; if they do not want to pursue a degree or certification, they may request permission to enroll as Special Status students.

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Arcadia University's Graduate Commencement

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Our 2019 Graduate Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 16. The ceremony will be available for on-demand viewing.

View Commencement Live Stream

Academic Attire

Commencement attire includes a cap, gown, hood and tassel. Academic hoods reflect Arcadia University colors of scarlet and gray and are trimmed in velvet with the color of the degree discipline. Caps are one size fits all and are mortarboards for masters' degrees and tams for doctoral degrees. Tassels are black for master's and gold for doctoral.

The attire ordering process will be available on March 1, 2019.  Orders must be placed by March 29, 2019.   

Sashes

Arcadia has a tradition of recognizing the international academic experiences of graduating students by allowing them to wear a colorful sash over their graduation robe. Complete the 2019 Commencement International Sash Order Form  to order an international sash. 

Questions?  Contact Allison DeNoble, Office of International Programs at denoblea@arcadia.edu.  DEADLINE:  No orders will be accepted after March 18, 2019.

Cords

If you are eligible for a cord, please complete this form. Those eligible are:

  • If you are graduating with a dual degree in Public Health
  • If you are graduating with a dual degree in the Arts
  • If you are a Veteran
  • If you are in the Peace Corps.

You may keep your academic attire after Commencement or recycle it in the boxes in the Commons Great Room following the ceremony.

Instructions for Pick-up
  • All MMS and Dual Degree MMS/MPH students (Glenside and Christiana campuses): Academic Attire will be available for pickup beginning Wednesday, May 1st at the PA department in Glenside at Brubaker Hall 101.
  • Graduate students in all other programs: Academic Attire can be picked up Wednesday, May 1, in the Commons Great Room, from 2 to 6 p.m.  Someone else may pick up attire for you.  To make other arrangements contact Lindsay McGann at mcgannl@arcadia.edu.

Please Note:

  • If you are unable to attend Commencement after you have ordered your academic attire, you must notify Mary Kate McNulty at 215-572-2877 or by e-mail at mcnulty@arcadia.edu immediately in order to receive your degree in absentia. Please provide the address where your diploma should be mailed. Any questions about Commencement may also be directed to Mary Kate.

Graduate Commencement Day Schedule

Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • 3 p.m. Student Check-In, Commons Great Room; graduate students only, no family members. Refreshments will be available.
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Graduate Commencement, Haber Green. In case of severe weather, Alumni Gymnasium, Kuch Center.

Commencement begins promptly at 5 p.m. Graduates are to check-in beginning at 3 p.m. in the Commons, Great Room. ONLY graduates should be in The Commons before Commencement. Please direct family and friends to seating areas.

If you are a graduating student who required special accommodations to participate in the commencement ceremony, please contact Lindsay McGann at mcgannl@arcadia.edu.

Diplomas

Diplomas for students whose degree will be conferred on May 16, 2019 can be picked up after the Commencement Ceremony in the Great Room of the Commons.

Parking

One-way traffic patterns will be enforced to accommodate the large number of cars on campus. Traffic will enter from Easton Road and Church Road (Rte. 73) and will move counterclockwise until reaching the parking areas. When you arrive on campus, you will be directed to a parking area immediately. Once parked, you will not be permitted to drive on campus or exit until the ceremony is under way.

Guests with disability parking passes will be directed to special parking areas after entering campus. Golf carts will be available to take guests to seating area if needed.

Seating/Tickets

Family members and guests can arrive on campus beginning at 3:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be held on Haber Green. In case of severe weather, the ceremony will be held in the Kuch Center Alumni Gymnasium. The decision regarding location may be made as late as the day of the ceremony.  Please check www.arcadia.edu/commencement for updates. 

The University is using an online ticketing agency for Commencement. Graduates will receive email notification and instructions when the site becomes available in April.

All graduates are allotted five tickets for indoor seating. Tickets are not needed for outdoor seating. In case of severe weather, the ceremony will be held indoors in Kuch Gymnasium. Only those guests with tickets will be granted entrance to the gym. Those without tickets can watch a simulcast of the ceremony in various locations on campus.  The final decision regarding location will be made mid-day of the ceremony and posted on Arcadia's homepage.

Tickets for Guests with Special Needs

Guests with special needs require special seating. Students should order special seating tickets instead of regular seating tickets to allow guests to sit together. Special seating for indoors will be on the upper level of the Kuch Center and is limited to four tickets.  Special seating for outdoors is not required.  

Guests with special needs can be dropped off at the Walk of Pride where they can await transport by golf cart to the ceremony site.  Disability parking passes are available for your guests with special needs – please email Mary Kate McNulty at mcnulty@arcadia.edu.

Beverages

No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the Commencement ceremony. All students will have a water bottle placed under their chair for the ceremony. Water stations for guests will be placed around the perimeter of the seating areas.

Photography

Professional photographers from Island Photography will photograph graduates on the stage. The studio will mail proofs directly to the address on the photo request card that will be available when you pick up academic attire. You are under no obligation to order prints. Videotapes also are made available for purchase.

Flowers & Gifts

To pre-order flowers or gifts for the big day please visit:  https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/arcadia/

Additional Participation

LAVENDER CEREMONY (Information to come)

The 17th Annual ALANA and INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RECOGNITION CEREMONY

for December 2018 and May 2019 Graduates
May 11, 2019 at 1pm

The Commons Great Room

"The annual ALANA and International Student Recognition Ceremony is one in which Arcadia University recognizes and celebrates its graduates of African, Latino, Asian, Native American (ALANA) descent and those of International status and their journeys toward earning their college degree (both at the undergraduate and graduate levels).  Such recognition is of utmost importance for ALANA and International students, especially at predominantly and historically white institutions where their names and faces may often go unnoticed, and their stories and histories may go untold.  Student participation in this ceremony is optional and each is presented with a stole representative of their nationality or racial or ethnic heritage."   - Judith Dalton, Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity

Returning Academic Attire/Receiving Diploma

Graduates are encouarged to keep their academic attire after the ceremony.  If interested in recycling your regalia, there will be collection boxes in the Great Room following the ceremony.

Diplomas for students who graduate on May 16 will be distributed after the ceremony in the Commons Great Room.

Please make sure all required paperwork for the degree is completed. Degree Completion form is required to order your diploma and have your degree conferred. August/December 2018 graduates have already met these requirements.

 

 

Honorary Degree Recipient

HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT (Information to be released soon)

 Previous Honorary Degree Recipients

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Academic Honors

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Deans Honors List

The Dean’s Distinguished Honor List and Dean’s Honor List, calculated twice yearly, recognize students who have attained high GPAs during the previous term. (“Term” is defined as a semester for full-time students (12 earned credits or more) and the previous 12-month period (including summer) for part-time students. Part-time students must have earned 12 credits during the previous 12 month period to qualify for either Honor List.) Students are placed on the Dean’s Distinguished Honor List with a GPA of 3.9 or higher. The Dean’s Honor List consists of students with a term GPA of 3.67 to 3.89.

 

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Graduation Honors

The following graduation honors are given on the basis of your undergraduate cumulative GPA:

cum laude -- 3.67
magna cum laude -- 3.78
summa cum laude -- 3.90

All of your Undergraduate Arcadia University course work is included in consideration for graduation honors. All transfer students with 60 Arcadia University credits or more are eligible for honors.

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Honors and Professional Societies

Phi Kappa Phi

The primary objective of the national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi is to recognize and encourage superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society, not an honorary society or fraternity. Membership is earned by meeting criteria established by the national organization. Undergraduate students may be considered for election to Phi Kappa Phi if they have senior status, have a minimum of 24 graded semester hours at Arcadia University, and are in the upper 10 percent of their class, or if they are in their junior year and are scholastically in the upper 7.5 percent of their class.

Arcadia University also has established chapters of the following professional honor societies that elect to membership students with exceptional interest and achievement in special fields:

  • Kappa Delta Pi (Education)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (History)
  • Phi Beta Delta (International Studies)
  • Pi Delta Phi (French)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
  • Psi Chi (Psychology)
  • Sigma Beta Delta (Business Administration)
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English)
  • Sigma Zeta (Computer Science and Mathematics)
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Prizes and Awards

Undergraduate and Graduate students are recognized for academic excellence at Honors Convocation, an annual academic event held each spring. Special awards and prizes are awarded to students in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement.

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Online Courses

Online Courses While Studying Abroad: Arcadia students are required to pursue a minimum of 12 U.S. credits in the study abroad country. In cases where the host institution requires a student to pursue more than 12 U.S. credits, this requirement will supersede the Arcadia minimum. Students can also choose to pursue between 2-4 U.S.credits online as long as the total credit load does not exceed 18 U.S. credits. 

Online Courses for Residential Students: First semester first-year students may not take any courses on-line. Second semester first-year residential students and sophomores may take a maximum of one on-line course per semester, not including the two credit Global Connections and Reflection course. Residential juniors and seniors may take a maximum of two on-line courses per semester, not including the two credit Global Connections and Reflection course, with no more than half of the total number of courses taken in a semester being on-line.

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Academic Policies

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Academic Advisers

A faculty member will be your academic adviser if you have selected a major. Undeclared students will be advised by a professional adviser within the Undergraduate Studies Office. You and your adviser will discuss the various programs and opportunities available within your interests and objectives and will approve the final selection of your courses each semester. First-Year students are assigned an adviser for the year based on their tentative choice of major. A student may select, or the department chair can assign, an adviser at the time of official declaration of major early in the sophomore year. You are encouraged to make appointments with your academic adviser to talk about your academic concerns. Office hours for advisers are typically posted outside faculty offices.

 Resource or Special Interest Advisers

  • ACT 101/Gateway Program Advisers – Cristina Cintron-Marsh, Angela McNeil
  • Learning Resource Network – Linda Pizzi, Kathryn Duffy, Jessica Holdren
  • Professional Advisers – Cristina Cintron-Marsh, Kay Greene, Bruce Keller, Jaime Maltese
  • International Student Adviser – Emily Maher
  • Honors Program – Helene Klein
  • Global Connections Options - Joanne Lucena
  • Forensic Science – Heather Harris
  • Law and Public Policy – Chris Cerski
  • Pre-Med – Sheryl Smith
  • Pre-Nursing – Sarah Cooper
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Studies – Renee Lansgstaff
  • Pre-Physical Therapy – Ann Harrington
  • Pre-Vet – Sheryl Smith
  • Study Abroad Programs – Office of Study Away
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Academic Bankruptcy

A student may petition the Committee on Academic Standing not to count one semester’s work in the cumulative GPA.  The grades and courses taken during that semester would remain on the transcript.  No credits earned during the discounted semester would apply toward the number of credits required for graduation.  However, if a student passes any courses fulfilling AUC requirements during the discounted semester, those AUC requirements will be applied.  A student would be able to apply for bankruptcy after completing at least one semester in good academic standing.  A student can only be granted “academic bankruptcy” once in his/her academic career at Arcadia.

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Academic Honesty

Code of Academic Responsibility

The life of any community depends on the integrity and personal honesty of its members. An academic community must pay special attention to the values which define the nature of the academic life. Historically, these have included the right to freedom of inquiry, a commitment to truth, and respect for the freedom of inquiry of others.

A distinguishing characteristic of an academic community is the way it combines competitive and cooperative values. On the one hand, education is a shared task and progress comes through cooperative efforts. Toward that end, Arcadia University encourages peer review—discussing ideas with peers, reading drafts of their work, and so on.

On the other hand, new ideas are the currency of the community, and it is important to acknowledge the individual ownership of ideas. It is a serious violation of the norms of the academic community to appropriate the ideas of other people without credit or permission, and it is important to learn to discriminate between exploitation and the legitimate use of the ideas of others.

The most general rule is that any use of another person’s ideas—whether the source is published or not—should be acknowledged fully and in detail. Since disciplines show some differences on how this should be done, instructors should be consulted as to the form and nature of the acknowledgments required by each field.

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Attendance

A student must be registered for a course by the end of the drop/add period in order to attend the class.

Attendance at Classes Because instructional methods, expected class participation and the nature of the courses vary, no fixed number of absences is applicable to all situations. Each instructor is responsible for making clear to the class at the beginning of the semester his or her policies and procedures in regard to class attendance and the reasons for them. It is expected that the instructor’s policies in this regard will be consistent with the conduct and the objectives of the course, including the emphasis placed on student contributions to the class sessions. You are responsible for work missed because of absence. In the event of illness, it is the student’s responsibility to contact appropriate faculty. With the student’s permission Student Health Services will confirm illness via telephone if contacted by faculty. Absence from class because of University-approved events (e.g., varsity athletic events, conferences) must be approved by the faculty member teaching the class. If students wish to miss class in order to participate in an approved event, they have the following responsibilities:

  • Contact faculty at the earliest possible time to discuss anticipated class absences and to request permission to be excused from class
  • If permission is given, arrange in advance to make up or compensate for work that will be missed.

In cases of prolonged absence from classes because of illness or other emergencies, the likelihood that you will be able to make up the work satisfactorily shall be determined through consultation among the instructors involved. It is your responsibility to report extended absences to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Absences Before and After Vacations Classes meet at the regularly scheduled hours immediately before and immediately after vacation periods, and you are expected to be present. Each instructor is responsible for holding class meetings before and after vacations, as at other times, and for setting whatever penalty he or she deems necessary for unexcused absences. Religious Holidays Arcadia University recognizes individual student choice in observing religious holidays that occur during regularly scheduled classes. You are encouraged to make arrangements with your instructors to make up work missed as a result of a religious observance, and instructors are asked to make every reasonable effort to accommodate such requests. Field Trips Field trips should be scheduled whenever possible during hours when conflicts with other classes are not involved. Participation under these circumstances may be required. (Advance notice must be given if an evening field trip is required.) However, the scheduling of certain field trips is dictated by the time the experience is available. When such trips conflict with your classes, participation is voluntary. Consult with your instructors as to the advisability of missing classes for a field trip in terms of your academic programs. Faculty members shall not be under any pressure from other faculty members to excuse students from classes for field trips. Faculty members shall not exert pressure on any students to absent themselves from other classes.

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Classification of Students

A day program student with normal progress will have accumulated the following credits:

  • End of freshman year – 32 credits
  • End of sophomore year – 64 credits
  • End of junior year – 96 credits

However, for financial aid purposes, students who have earned between 27-56 credits will be classified as sophomores; those who have earned between 57-86 credits will be classified as juniors. For senior status, 87 credits are required. A total of 128 credits is required for graduation in day programs and 120 credits for degree completion programs.

Leave of Absence Policy

A full-time or part-time undergraduate student or graduate student who encounters unforeseen emergency circumstances, may apply for a leave of absence during the current semester, provided the leave period is 15 weekdays or less. Students who need to request a leave of absence should complete the Request for Leave of Absence Form (“LOA Form”) available on the Registrar’s webpage. Service members called to active duty should use a Petition for Exception to LOA Policy.

Students granted a leave of absence continue to be charged the regular tuition rate and any financial aid, as originally allocated, will remain the same (for information about other fees please contact the business office). Should the student not return within the specified period indicated on the LOA Form, they will be required to officially withdraw from the University and should immediately contact the Registrar’s Office to complete a withdrawal form. In cases of withdrawal, tuition charges and applied aid will be determined according to the University’s regular refund policy for withdrawing students.

Meeting individually with professors and completing missed coursework due to a leave of absence is solely the responsibility of the student. An approved leave of absence does not guarantee that a student will be able to continue and satisfactorily complete an enrolled course as according to the criteria of individual faculty or course policies as indicated by the course syllabus. Undergraduate students who experience difficulty contacting their faculty members should contact the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and Graduate students should contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.  Students must consult with their financial aid counselor regarding any possible impact on satisfactory academic progress and loan repayment/grace periods in advance of beginning an approved leave of absence. 

The Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies and the Dean of Students, or their designees, will review the LOA Form and will either accept or deny it, based on the individual circumstances of the student and the predicted likelihood that the student will return to classes at the end of the approved leave period.

Withdrawal from the University

If you wish to withdraw from the University, you need to notify the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and complete the appropriate forms. For purposes of refunding payment for board, the official withdrawal date is the date you leave the residence hall and submit the withdrawal form. See the undergraduate catalog for the refund schedule.

If you intend to withdraw at the end of a semester, obtain a withdrawal form from the Registrar and return it as soon as your plans are definite.

The University may, upon recommendation of the University professional staff, request a student to withdraw for medical or psychological reasons.

Dismissal from the University

The University reserves the right to dismiss a student any time for unsatisfactory academic performance or for conduct detrimental to the University or to the welfare of other students.

Re-admission

Application forms for re-admission may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar and submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The form will then be submitted to the committee for review. A student is required to complete the re-admission procedure if they meet either of the following criteria:

  • The student has not been enrolled during the last semester or
  • The student left the University in poor academic standing (less than a 2.0). This includes both matriculated and non-matriculated students.

A student who was in good academic and social standing at the time of withdrawal is usually re-admitted to the University. A student who has attended another college in the interim must submit an official transcript of course work undertaken. In cases of withdrawal for reasons of health, a full report from the physician(s) who treated the student must be sent to the University Student Health Services.

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Declaration of Major

You are asked to make a formal declaration of your major field in the fall of your sophomore year. Forms for this purpose and for declaring a second major are provided by the Registrar’s Office.

If you wish to change your major, secure the appropriate form from the Registrar's Office. The change must be approved by the chairs of the departments concerned and by the Registrar. A change made later than the beginning of the junior year might mean that additional courses would be required.

Note that some programs, such as Education, Science Illustration and Fine Arts, have specific requirements that should be taken in the first year. Students interested in Pre-Health programs such as Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling, and Physician Assistant, must also carefully plan their schedules. If you are considering these programs, you are urged to check for further information concerning requirements and to meet with your adviser as early as possible to plan your schedule.

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Examinations and Make Ups

Regularly Scheduled Examinations

Instructors are expected to announce the date of hourly tests and mid-term examinations well in advance. The policy of the University regarding final examinations is as follows:

The semester does not officially end until the last examination is completed. Do not schedule conflicting off-campus commitments until after that date.

Examinations are to be taken as scheduled except for illness or other unavoidable reasons. Final critiques in Art are considered to be examinations and are scheduled during the examination week. Exceptions may be made only by petition to the Committee on Academic Standing and Petitions no later than the Wednesday after the mid-semester date, for the fall semester; no later than the Wednesday after spring vacation, for spring semester.

Request for Changing Date and/or Time for a Final Examination

The semester does not officially end until the last examination is completed. Examinations must be taken as scheduled except in cases of illness or other unavoidable reasons. Final critiques in art are considered examinations and are scheduled during examination week. Exceptions may be made only by petition to the Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies; the student must provide the approval of the course instructor as well as other required signatures.  This petition must be submitted no later than seven weekdays before final exams begin.  Unexcused absence from an examination or critique results in failure of the examination.

Make-up Examinations

Permission to make up hourly tests from which you have been absent is at the discretion of the instructor.

If you are unable to appear for a final examination, inform the instructor in advance if possible or as soon after the examination as practicable. If you cannot reach the instructor, notify the appropriate Dean. If notification has not been given, you will not be permitted to make up the examination, and the grade on the examination will be F.

If a final examination or other work to be made up cannot be completed within the scheduled examination period or before final grades are due, an incomplete grade may be sent and the usual procedures for the incomplete grades followed.

Arrangements for taking make-up examinations may be made through the instructor, Department Chair, or Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

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Exceptions to Academic Policies

Unless otherwise noted, exceptions to academic policies may be made only with the approval of the appropriate Dean. If you wish to petition for exception, obtain the appropriate form in the Registrar’s Office, have it signed by your adviser and department chair, and submit it to Dr. Nancy Rosoff, Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, in Taylor Hall, Room 112.

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Global Study Options

With over 60 years of experience in the field of international education, Arcadia has many study abroad opportunities, of various length, you can take advantage of as an undergraduate.

These include:

  1. Preview two-credit courses in each spring semester.  This signature program is offered to eligible first year and new transfer students in Spring, 2019. Watch for publicity about Preview’s kick-off Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 5.00pm on Haber Green.  Students can meet with faculty and staff leaders of the 12 spring courses.  
  2. Study abroad for a year, semester, or summer with The College of Global Studies or an exchange partner. Starting sophomore year, these include internships, field research, service learning as well as major/minor course options.  Select students may be invited to the First year study semester abroad experience (FYSAE), a semester in the UK.  
  3. Short-term global field study (GFS) courses.  These are four credit domestic and international  courses that are offered in spring and fall semesters with an off-campus component of 7-28 days.   www.arcadia.edu/academics/registrar/course-listings.   The cost of each course varies, but can range from $2000 - $4000 on average and will include transportation, some meals, housing, in-country travel, and activities that are required for the course.  

Spring Preview

The Office of International Programs (OIP) manages the Spring Preview programs.

Who is eligible?

  • Matriculated first-year and new transfer students who enter the University with less than 32 credits are eligible to participate in these Spring semester two-credit courses that include international field study during spring break.
  • To participate, first year students must complete the fall semester with a GPA of greater than 1.74, and be passing the Preview course prior to departure. Students on disciplinary probation at the time of departure will not be allowed to participate. Full-time transfer students are also eligible to participate in spring Preview after their first semester on the Glenside campus for $595 (March 2019). Eligibility conditions for transfer students vary slightly from first-year students and will be communicated at the time of program application.

How can I find out more? 

  • Field study locations are tied to course themes and will be announced at the Preview kick-off September 20, 2018.  Eligible students will be invited to apply for a Preview course in September and will be notified of their acceptance status in November.
  • Each course meets weekly beginning in January and ends in April with the Global Expo presentations. 

How much does a Preview cost? 

  • The cost for the travel portion of the course is $595 (in March 2019) which includes airfare, transportation, accommodation and programming. Those entering the University as Honors students pay $300 in 2019; an additional service fee may be added.  

Year-long, Semester, and Summer Study Abroad

If you are interested in studying abroad for a year, semester, or summer, consult your academic adviser along with the Office of Study Away, Taylor Hall. The office of Study Away provides major-based advising to help support you with selecting a program, starting an application, getting courses approved, scholarships, along with a Pre-Departure Orientation and support once you return from your study abroad experience. We can connect you with a STAMP (study abroad peer mentors) to hear first-hand what study abroad is all about.  Like everything else that is worth doing, study abroad works best when it is well planned. We suggest meeting with a study abroad adviser 6-12 months in advance of your planned experience.  Start researching your program options today.

Eligibility for study abroad includes:

  • A minimum of 12 credits in the semester prior to studying abroad. 
  • A minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5 (various by program). 
  • Being in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing prior to departure. 
  • Endorsement from your academic and study abroad adviser.
  • Mandatory attendance at a pre-departure orientation in Glenside. 

Global Field Study Courses 

A variety of four-credit field study courses are offered each year, dependent upon faculty, research and study interests. These classes explore a topic of international or global interest which combines a theoretical perspective with an integrative approach. Courses are open to juniors/seniors and graduate students in Glenside and continue in an off-campus destination. This could be within the U.S. or outside the U.S. The overseas component occurs in early January, or May/June, typically for 7 – 28  days. A separate course fee is levied for each course for the off-campus portion of the course. The cost of each course can range from $2000 - $4000 on average and will include transportation, housing, in-country travel, and activities that are required for the course. Courses are announced during pre-registration for the fall and spring semester.  https://www.arcadia.edu/global/global-programs/global-field-study

Here is a selection of courses that ran in 2017-18:

  • Exploring National Identity in Central Europe (Poland/Hungary and Austria)
  • Promoting Youth Leadership Development in the USA and South Africa
  • Spain’s Pilgrimage:  the Camino
  • Inspired by the View:  Beauty and Boldness of Ireland
  • Baroque Art (Italy)
  • Biodesign Atacama (Peru)
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Academic Policies

Final Grades

Grades are reported to the Office of the Registrar and become immediately available through Self Service. Responsibility for the grade given rests exclusively with the instructor and the department concerned with the instruction. If all financial obligations to the University have not been met, you may not be able to view your grades on Self Service, your transcript will not be released, and your degree may not be granted.

Sixth week evaluations are reported for all new students in all academic course work. These sixth week evaluations are for counseling purposes only and do not become part of your permanent record.

After the first year, you will be advised at the sixth week reporting time only if your work is below C quality or if there are any negative comments from the instructor in any course.

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Registration Procedures

Registration for Courses

Each student plans course selection in consultation with an adviser who is a member of the teaching faculty. The adviser outlines the various programs and opportunities available within the objectives and interests of the student and must approve the final selection of courses each semester.

A student must be registered for a course by the end of the drop/add period in order to attend the class.

Current students register in April and November for the succeeding semester. Students in the Honors Program, or any student receiving Veteran's Administration education benefits, as well as any student who self-identifies as a veteran or any student majoring in any of Arcadia's 2+2, 3+2, 3+3 or three-year degree programs are allowed to register for courses on the first day of priority registration. Students identified by the Department of Athletics as being a student-athlete will be scheduled as thou 32 credits have been added to their already completed credits in order to determine their first day of priority registration.  Student-athletes should contact the Department of Athletics or the Registrar’s Office for more information.  Students who would like to request priority registration due to a disability or medical condition, can contact Disability Support Services at 215-572-4033 for more information.

New full-time students entering the University in the fall term are expected to attend a summer placement and registration day as well as the Orientation program. Full-time students entering in the middle of the year are invited to an Orientation program a few days before classes start. The placement inventories are given in English, Modern Languages and Mathematics.

New and transferring, part-time students entering the University at any point during the academic year are expected to meet with the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies. The Associate Director will oversee all necessary placement inventories, as well as the registration process. An overview of the campus and general student information also will be provided to all part-time students.

Adding or Dropping a Course

If you need to make a change in course registration after your initial registration, secure a drop/add form for this purpose from the Office of the Registrar. Your faculty adviser must approve the change. The completed form must be returned within the drop/add period stated in the current University catalog and academic calendar. Courses may not be added after the drop/add period. A student must be registered for a course by the end of the drop/add period in order to attend the class. 

Withdrawing from a Course after the Drop/Add Period

With the approval of your adviser, you may withdraw from a course any time during the first ten weeks of the semester without academic penalty. Use the drop/add form available in the Office of the Registrar. After the  first ten weeks of the semester  your academic adviser, the department chair, the course instructor and the appropriate Dean must also approve withdrawal from a course by using the “Petition for Exception to Academic Policy” withdrawal from course request form available from the Registrar’s Office. Notice of withdrawal will be accompanied by a passing or failing notation (WP/WF) that will be included on your grade report. A grade of F is recorded if you stop attending a course without approval or without completing the official procedures for withdrawal from school. Petition forms are available in the Registrar’s Office. 

Course Abandonment

Course inactivity, non-attendance, or failure to make or complete payment does not constitute a course drop or withdrawal. Students remain financially responsible for a course registration unless the student notifies the Registrar's Office in writing to drop or withdraw from the course. Fees are assessed according to the current refund policy. Neglecting to drop or withdraw officially will result in a failing grade on the transcript.

Auditing

If you are a full-time student, you can audit courses with the approval of your faculty adviser and permission of the instructor. The course is recorded on your permanent record and the instructor assigns a final grade of “AU”. Part-time students may request to audit one or two courses on a non-participatory basis during the regular semesters for a fee (one credit). Auditing is not typically permitted during Summer session.

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Transcripts

Requests for transcripts (copy of permanent record) must be made in writing. Forms for this purpose are available in the Office of the Registrar. Official transcripts (bearing the seal of the University) may be issued to you, but remain official only if unopened. Official transcripts may also be sent directly to another college, employer, etc., at your request. You may request an unofficial transcript for your records or print one from Self Service.

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Graduation

Information concerning graduate Commencement exercises is distributed through the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies . Information about Commencement is posted on the University Web site beginning in February at www.arcadia.edu/commencement. Commencement announcements may be purchased in April in the University Bookstore.

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Special Programs

Domestic Global Connections Options The Washington Semester 

In cooperation with The American University, Arcadia University participates in The Washington Semester Programs that are designed to give selected undergraduates a better understanding of national and international affairs through a study of government in action. Students spend one semester at The American University during their junior or senior year and register for one of several formal programs: The Washington Semester in National Government, The American Politics: Public Law Semester, The Foreign Policy Semester, The Peace and Conflict Resolution Semester, The Economic Policy Semester, The Washington Journalism Semester, The Criminal Justice Semester or The Art and Architecture Semester. The programs combine seminars, internships and research in a full semester of academic work in Washington, D.C. The student’s enrollment remains at Arcadia University and financial aid is available.

Global Connections, Experience, Reflection 

There are many ways to fulfill the Global Connections Experience – as close by as the Won Buddhist Temple in Glenside or as far away as Capetown, South Africa. In each case, students are engaged in a sustained, semester-long cross-cultural experience and are involved in ongoing reflection during the experience (typically through enrolling in GCR 101). Although many students fulfill the Global Connections Experience by studying abroad, there are several domestic exchange options that also fulfill this requirement: For each of the exchange options listed below, students continue to pay Arcadia tuition and fees during the semester they are away rather than paying the institution they are visiting.

Butler University Exchange: Participate in the Center for Urban Ecology, learning about local/global sustainability issues as part of the NACU Consortium. Located a mere 5 miles from downtown Indianapolis, Butler offers a residential campus in the midst of the 14th largest city in the United States.
Drury University Exchange: Experience Drury’s unique location, cosmopolitan but nestled in and tied by their mission to the natural beauty of the Missouri Ozarks. As part of the NACU Consortium, have a unequalled living/learning experience if you are interested in environmental sciences and advocacy by participating in the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions, a home for applied environmental research and policy
Ithaca College Exchange: Participate in a Washington, DC Semester. The Washington semester emphasizes the integration of academic and experiential learning and civic engagement as part of the NACU Consortium.
North Central College Exchange: Participate in a Chicago Term, exploring the social, historical and cultural dimensions of this great American city as part of the NACU consortium, (Fall only)
Wagner College Exchange: Participate in a New York Semester, exploring the social, historical, and cultural dimensions of this great American city as part of the NACU consortium. (Spring only)

In addition to these domestic exchange possibilities, students can participate in courses on the Glenside campus that have an experiential component in order to fulfill the Global Connections Experience. If a student participates in a course-based experience, he or she is expected to complete 15 additional experiential hours either in the same community as the course-based experience or in a context or organization that addresses the same issue or topic the student is exploring. Most of these experiences also include the Global Connections Reflection (GCR) within the course. Some of the courses currently available that include this experiential component include:

  • ID 228: Shakespeare with Seniors 
  • ID 330: Inside Out Prison Exchange Program 
  • ID 325: Artist in the Community
  • ID 226: Teen UpRise Mentoring Experience
  • RE 114: Living Religions of the World

The University also has opportunities that combine short-term study away with a local or online semester-long sustained experience. Some of these have included GFS and Preview courses that include short-term travel to Dominica, Ecuador, Chile, Ghana, and Los Angeles.

GCR 101 - Global Connections Reflection (2 credits, fall, spring, summer): This course is the companion course to the Global Connections Experience (unless the GCR reflection component is embedded in a 4-credit course and coded as "GR" on the course schedule). This is a key Curricular Experience in Arcadia’s Undergraduate Curriculum. All students complete this course while engaging in an experience in a cultural context different from the one in which they grew up (locally, nationally or internationally). This course assists students in reflecting on the interconnections, interdependence, and inequality they encounter during the experience in working to understand the world and their place in it. This course should be completed before student's second semester of their senior year. International students are expected to complete GCR 101 by the end of their first year at Arcadia. Their Arcadia experience is their study abroad. If students fail GCR 101 they must take the class again with a different international or local experience. Students cannot complete GCR 101 retroactively. 

Co-requisites: While taking this course, students must be involved in an approved Global Connections Experience. There are no prerequisites. For further questions about any of the domestic global course offerings or options, please contact the Director of Global Learning. 

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Student Services and Facilities

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Art Gallery

Arcadia University Art Gallery
Spruance Fine Arts Center
215-572-2131
Web Site 

Located on campus in the Spruance Art Center, the Arcadia University Art Gallery offers six exhibitions each year featuring prominent national and international artists, as well as shows with local significance including annual student and faculty exhibitions. Gallery activities include one person and group exhibitions, lectures by visiting artists, recitations, panel discussions, gallery talks, and video and film presentations. For more information, call 215-572-2131.

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Art Research Collaboration (ARC) Exhibition Program

215-572-2629

Consisting of three exhibition spaces located in the University Commons and the Landman Library, the ARC Exhibition Program presents exhibitions focusing on the creative and intellectual endeavors of the greater University community, including work by students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The Harrison and Rosedale Galleries focus on exhibitions that present cross-disciplinary efforts between the campus art community and other university departments, as well as with other academic institutions, both local and international.

The Judith Taylor Gallery in the Landman Library presents exhibitions generated by Arcadia students.

Activities sponsored by the ARC Exhibition Program include artist lectures, panel discussions, gallery talks, and live performances. For more information, call 215-572-2629.

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Copy Machine

Print Shop
Dining Complex, Ground Floor
215-572-2164
Web Site

Student clubs and organizations should use the copy machine in the Office of Student Engagement in the Commons. Clubs and organizations requiring more than 100 copies of any material are requested to use the Print Shop on campus.

Two coin-operated copy machines are available on campus. A color copier is located in the basement of the library and an additional black and white copier is located on the second floor of the library. You must observe all copyright laws when making copies of any material.

Additionally, any copy or print requests can be hand delivered to the Mail & Print Shop next to the campus bookstore or emailed to mailandprint@arcadia.edu. Print services include: copying, printing, scanning, folding, binding, laminating, and large format printing.

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Kuch Recreation and Athletic Center

Kuch Recreation and
Athletic Center
215-572-2955
Website

Opened in January of 1993, the Harry G. and Catherine M. Kuch Recreation and Athletic Center includes a gymnasium with seating for 1500, an indoor jogging track, a fitness center, a strength training room, an aerobics/dance studio, locker rooms, and a six-lane indoor pool. Hours are posted in the building and on the Athletics Web site. Students, faculty, and staff are required to present ID to access the Kuch Center and related athletic facilities.

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Library

Landman Library
Library Circulation Desk
215-572-2975

Library Website

Landman Library is the large, white, modern building on Haber Green opposite Grey Towers Castle. The library is home to five faculty librarians and a suite of services designed to support learning and research at Arcadia. The building contains several private study rooms, a sprawling, light-filled study area on the second floor with a view of the campus and the Castle, two computer labs / classrooms, as well as the largest open-access computer space on campus with over 60 stations and access to printing.

Library Website

The Landman Library website is your springboard to our library catalog and our subscribed online resources. Also located here are our operating hours, access and circulation policies, contact information for our librarians, and subject and research guides to help you get you going.

Library Resources

Landman offers on and off campus access to over 50 online databases and other resources, accessed using your Arcadia login information. These resources range from traditional article databases to online image collections. The library also holds access to over 250,000 ebooks, contains over 150,000 print books and other materials, and has 45 print periodicals including daily copies of regional and national newspapers. There is also a collection of over 200 popular publications through our McNaughton book series.

Interlibrary Loan

If we don’t have it, someone does! Materials that are not held in our library collection can be obtained through Tipasa, our interlibrary loan (ILL) service. This service allows us to obtain books and journal articles from other libraries. Most items are usually received in three to five working days, at which time you will be notified via your Arcadia email account. More information about ILL and access to your patron portal can be found here.

Library Faculty & Staff

Five faculty librarians are ready to assist you during any stage of the research process. Librarians are available for one-on-one research consultations by appointment, as well as walk-ins and via email. The library also has an Archivist & Cataloging Manager and a Library Assistant for Technical Services, who oversees acquisitions, serials, cataloging, and interlibrary loan, along with a dedicated staff of student workers and graduate assistants.

Hours

Because our hours are adjusted based on the time of the semester, we recommend you check the library website. You must use your student ID to access the library after 5:00 pm and at any time on the weekends.  Please refer to the Library’s Access Policy for more information.

Open-Access Computers

Over 60 computers are located throughout the library. Many students use the open-access computers to access their courses on Canvas, conduct research, catch up on news, check social media or email between classes, or print out assignments, articles or research papers.

Lower Level

The lower level of the library houses the University Writing Center, the Judith Taylor Art Gallery - Arcadia's student art gallery, vending machines, and a large area with flexible seating for individual or collaborative work. Three classrooms and the University Archives are also located on the lower level.

Circulation Policies: Checking Out, Returning and Everything in Between

Books are checked out for a four-week period. You must present your valid Arcadia University ID card when borrowing materials. Periodicals, microforms, reference books and certain reserve materials must be used in the library. The library’s online catalog is accessible on the landing page of the library website.

Overdue Library Materials

Any library material that is overdue will be subject to fines. When the library is closed, books may be returned in the book depository to the left of the front doors. Note: If, by the end of any given semester, you have not returned borrowed materials or have not paid overdue fines, your grades or transcripts may be withheld by the Registrar’s Office.

Reserves

Your instructor may place items on Reserve at the library. Academic reserve materials are available at the Circulation Desk. Students should ask for the items they need by course number. These items are identified as “On Reserve” in the online catalog.

University Archives & Special Collections

University Archives and Special Collections, which is available by appointment, is located on the lower level and houses historical documents related to the history of the university, as well as rare books and manuscripts, including the Fendley and Bates collections of historic children's literature.

Digital Repository

ScholarWorks@Arcadia is the University’s institutional repository, which collects, preserves, and provides open access to scholarship produced by Arcadia students and faculty, as well as university archival documents. Submission of undergraduate and graduate research papers and projects are welcome, and can be made by going to http://scholarworks.arcadia.edu/. ScholarWorks can accept projects in many different formats, including visual works. ScholarWorks is a great place to archive and share your work. Your work will be preserved, it will gain exposure beyond the Arcadia Community, and it will be discoverable in Google Scholar and other online databases. A faculty member must sponsor all student papers or projects for inclusion, so please talk your instructor or advisor before submitting.

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Lounges

Commuter Lounge
Heinz Hall, Ground Floor
commuterassistants@arcadia.edu

The Commuter Lounge is located on the garden level of Heinz Hall. Students are welcomed to hang out between classes, fix a quick meal, meet other commuter students, and attend an array of commuter focused events.

Services and Amenities

Within the Commuter Lounge, students will find the following amenities and resources:

  • A kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, Keurig, sink, and some kitchen accoutrements;
  • A designated area for quiet study;
  • Lockers for storage;
  • A relaxing gathering and gaming space;
  • Bulletin boards filled with useful campus information and resources;
  • The Commuter Assistant Staff and Staff Office.

Hours of Operation

The Commuter Lounge is available to all commuter students. Students must use their Knight Card to access the lounge via a Heinz Hall entrance. A wheelchair accessible entrance is located in the rear of the building, facing Knight Hall and Taylor Hall.

Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Closed.

Commuter Life Locker Program

All commuter students are welcomed to reserve a locker within the Commuter Lounge for the academic year. To do so, complete the Locker Request Form. Lockers will be reserved on a first-come, first get basis. Once received, the Commuter Assistants will be in contact with you to assign you a locker number. Students are required to provide their own lock. Commuter Life is not responsible for damaged or stolen items stored in lockers. Students are encouraged to purchase property insurance in the event they become victims of theft. (link to renters and property insurance page). 

For more information about the lounge, e-mail commuterassistants@arcadia.edu

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Mail Services

Campus Post Office
Dining Complex, Ground Floor
215-572-2164
 

The Campus Post Office is located on the ground floor of the Dining Hall Complex next to the Bookstore. Arcadia students, faculty members and staff can purchase stamps, envelopes and mail packages during the window hours—weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students have a choice to pay for these services using cash or by charging to their student ID. Student ID charges must have a minimum $5.00 purchase.

All resident students will be assigned a campus mailbox. Mail sent to a resident student at Arcadia University should be addressed as follows:

John Smith – Student
Arcadia University
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

Commuter students will receive a mailbox upon request. Do NOT instruct the sender to put your mailbox number on your mail and please avoid using nicknames. This will create delays or possible non-delivery from the Post Office. Students will not have the same mailbox every year. Each academic year, any returning student will have a different mailbox than the one from the previous year. Students can pick up their new assignment at Mail and Print Services each September.

Students will be notified via e-mail when a package has arrived for them. The contents of the e-mail will have the student’s name, time package arrived, package carrier (UPS, FedEx, Amazon and USPS), and sender of the package. (Please note that some places like Amazon consider a package delivered when it reaches the Glenside Post Office. They will send you an email stating that your package was delivered even though the Arcadia mailroom will not pick up that package until the following morning at 9am. Once the package is scanned in you will receive the email from mailandprint@arcadia.edu )

Mail and Print Services cannot forward mail to a student’s home address. After the academic year is over, we suggest that students change their address back to their home address for any mail they want to continue to receive during the summer (Netflix, credit card statements etc.). Students can request a summer mailbox at the end of the year if they plan to stay on campus. All first class mail and packages will be returned to the sender if mail is unclaimed or a summer box is not requested. The USPS prohibits mail to be forwarded from a temporary address (Arcadia) to a permanent address (home).

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Observatory

Located atop Boyer Hall, the observatory contains a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with extensive astrophotography capabilities. The facility is used primarily in astronomy/physics courses and is also open to the campus community.

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Office of Engagement & New Student Programs

Office of Engagement & New Student Programs
Office of Engagement and New Student Programs, University Commons, 215-517-2481
studentengagement@arcadia.edu  

 
The Office of Engagement and New Student Programs (ENSP) supports integrative learning, growth, and development through student organizations, leadership initiatives, and social, educational, and cultural programming for new and current students.  Through fulfilling our mission, students develop five core competencies:

  • Personal development involves an understanding of oneself and is the first step toward personal success and fulfillment. Students will build resiliency and develop an awareness of self, assessing personal strengths and identifying areas of growth for continued development.
  • Interpersonal networks is the development of deep personal connections with others based upon reciprocal honest and direct communication, sincerity, and mutual respect for others. Students will interact effectively with a variety of individuals and groups to create meaningful relationships and communities.
  • Leadership development involves a spectrum of skills and character qualities that result in a well-rounded student prepared to influence positive change on the community. Students will understand that leadership is a lifelong process, is relationship-oriented, and situational in nature.
  • Developing social responsibility and civility require students to demonstrate ethical behavior, take action against injustice, be informed, and be an active, engaged community member. Through these interactions, students will gain an appreciation of diversity, respect for others, and acquire essential skills for their life after college.
  • Students experience professional development which enhances effective leadership, employability, and lifelong learning while fostering intellectual curiosity and an ability to relate knowledge to daily life and larger contexts. Students will create a professional identity by fully integrating and utilizing learning that happens both inside and outside of the classroom.

The Office of Engagement and New Student Programs is located on the first floor of the University Commons. The Student Government Organization (SGO) and Student Programming Board (SPB) also have offices in the University Commons on the second floor, and space is available for all student groups to meet, work on projects, conduct business, and create programming related to their organization. The University Commons also serves as the living room of campus, a place for students to study, unwind, and relax. Housed in the University Commons includes The Chat, Game Room, and Great Room.

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University Bookstore

Templeton Campus Store

Located in the Dining Complex
Tel: 215-572-2971 -  Fax 267.620.4125
Email:  williamsr_01@arcadia.edu or 1723mgr@follett.com
website: www.shoparcadiastore.com
 
As your Campus Store, we do more than sell textbooks. We drive student success and savings by providing convenient access to a wide selection of school supplies, trade books, technology, fan gear and of course, cost-saving textbook options. We're helping make college more affordable with huge inventories of used and rental textbooks as well as year-round buyback and price match programs.

Products, Services and Policies

  • Textbooks. We carry many cost-saving options in textbooks such as New, Used, Rental and Digital. Save up to 80%.
  • Price Match Program. If you find an identical in-stock textbook for rent or purchase priced lower elsewhere (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or a local competitor), tell us—We’ll match it, right at the register!  Excludes peer-to-peer marketplaces, Amazon’s warehouse deals (Gold Box), aggregator sites, digital books and publisher-direct prices.Buyback Program. The Bookstore will buy back your used books that you are no longer using. Get the best rates when you sell during finals. Receive up to 50% back on the purchase price. Buyback is available all year around.
  • Rental Program. When renting textbooks you can save up to 80% off of the new book prices.  A valid state issued ID, Credit Card and email  are required  to participate in the campus store Rent – A – Text Program.
  • Clothing & Gifts. Show off your school spirit with an Arcadia Nike t-shirt, a hat, a Kate Spade coffee mug, a North Face Backpack or a key chain. We have a large variety of apparel and gifts.
  • Supplies. We have you covered with notebooks, pencils, binders, pens and calculators.
  • Electronics. Stay connected with ear phones/buds, flash drives, external hard drives, voice recorders and printers.
  • Convenience. Stay refreshed with a variety of beverages, snacks, candy, chips, and health and beauty products.
  • Special Orders. Custom gifts, supplies and clothing can be special ordered (Lead times are required). Please contact the Bookstore for a quote.
  • Textbook Refund Policy. Textbooks can be fully refunded or exchanged within 7 days of the first day of yourclasses.  After the first 7 days of classes, textbooks can be fully refunded or exchanged  within 2 days of the date purchase.During these time periods,  textbooks are fully refundable when returned in the same condition as purchased with the original receipt. Refunds will only be issued for textbooks during finals for textbooks purchased for a future term.. 
  • Payment Methods. Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Gift Cards, Personal Checks and Student Accounts are all valid forms of payment.  A valid state issued ID is required to use a personal check as a form of payment.
  • Store Hours.  During the Fall and Spring terms the campus store is open Monday – Thursday 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.  During the Summer term the campus store is open Monday – Thursday 9am–3pm  and Friday 9am-1pm.  Please stop by our website www.shoparcadiastore.com for extended back to school and special event hours.
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Academic Support

If you are having difficulty in a course or have questions not answered in the classroom, the instructor is the best person to approach. Full-time faculty hold office hours during which time you are free to seek whatever academic help you need. You can also email them to schedule an appointment. Your adviser is also helpful regarding academic concerns, curriculum and major requirements. If you are a new student (first-year or transfer), you may meet with staff of Undergraduate Studies: Kay Greene, Assistant Dean, Jaime Maltese, Associate Director, or Cristina Cintron-Marsh, Assistant Director, to discuss any concerns you may have. If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, contact Bruce Keller, Associate Dean.  The Learning Resource Network in Knight Hall, 215-572-4033 offers individual and group tutoring for all undergraduate students. Students may request a tutor, study at the LRN, consult our resources, or use the computer lab. Students who wish to improve their academic performance may consult with the Assistant Dean of Academic Development, Linda Pizzi, on reading and study strategies for their courses. The Writing Center in Landman Library provides individual consultations by appointment or on a drop-in basis for students working on writing projects.

Contact Bruce Keller, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Taylor Hall 108A, 215-572-2922; Kay Greene Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Taylor Hall 114B, 215-517-2313; Jaime Maltese, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Taylor Hall 114A, 215-517-2539; Cristina Cintron-Marsh, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, Taylor Hall 107A, 215-572-4045; Learning Resource Network (LRN), Knight Hall, 215-572-4033 Website

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Athletics

Athletics and Recreation
Kuch Center
215-572-2955
Website 

Arcadia is an NCAA Division III institution and a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). Our sport schedules are challenging and include contests against schools encompassing a wide geographic area. Nineteen (19) varsity sports are sponsored: nine men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball) and ten women's sports (basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball).

To participate in varsity sports, students must be enrolled full time and be in good academic standing with the University.

All team uniforms and equipment are issued with the stipulation that all articles must be returned to the Department of Athletics and Recreation within one week of the date of the last scheduled contest. If this is not done, you will be billed through the Business Office for the replacement cost of the article.

The intramural and recreation program allows students the opportunity to participate in activities that include basketball, dodgeball, flag football, floor hockey, softball, game room tournaments, laser tag, mat ball, ping pong, soccer, volleyball, Wiffle ball, yard game tournaments, and more. Information regarding intramural sports and recreational events are posted throughout the academic year. For more information, contact Coordinator of Campus Recreation Tobin Adams at 267-620-4868. 

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Cable Television

Residence Life
University Commons 202
Student Affairs Suite
215-572-4026
Housing@arcadia.edu

One cable TV outlet is provided in each residence hall room and one in each living room in apartment-style housing. To receive cable TV, you must have a cable-ready television set and a coaxial cable to plug into both the cable TV outlet and your television set. Basic cable service is provided at no additional charge and consists of all of the local Philadelphia stations and a variety of cable stations in HD, including HBO, Showtime, and multiple ESPN channels. A listing of all of the channels will be available each semester. 

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Career Education

Office of Career Education
Knight Hall,
Suite 133
215-572-2939
Web Site
FAQ 

EXPLORE, ENGAGE, EMBARK

THE MISSION OF THE OFFICE OF CAREER EDUCATION (OCE) IS TO EDUCATE AND CREATE CONNECTIONS FOR THE ARCADIA UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE HOLISTIC CAREER DEVELOPMENT OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, GRADUATE STUDENTS, AND ALUMNI.

EXPLORE

Career Advising: Individual career advising is available by appointment on topics such as career exploration, identification, and preparation. We assist students at every step in the career development process. Whether you want to explore your career interests, navigate the job search process, or apply to graduate school, our Career Educators will help. Additionally, we will help you hone your professional resume, build interview techniques, and create your LinkedIn profile. Appointments may be scheduled through our online career hub, Handshake. We offer daily Express Advising (no appointment needed) during the academic year.

Career Assessments: Interest and personality assessments such as TypeFocus, Strong Interest Inventory, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) are used to help in selecting a major and career. Ask your Career Educator which assessment is right for you or visit www.arcadia.edu/typefocus to get started.

Career Mentoring: The Alumni Career Mentor Program matches students with alumni mentors. A trusted alumni mentor can offer professional insights, expand your areas of interest, and help you build professional contacts.  Register in Handshake for a mentor.
 
ENGAGE

Online Career Hub: Handshake serves as the online hub for Arcadia students and alumni, connecting you to jobs and internships from our employer partners. Apply for internships and jobs, share your resume with employers, and even sign up for on-campus interviews, meetings with Career Educators, the Alumni Mentor program and career events all through Handshake. https://arcadia.joinhandshake.com

Career Events: We deliver distinct career events to support Arcadia students and alumni in their career and professional  development each semester. Our ever-popular career events include our Resume Revival program, The Knights Networking Series, Spring Internship and Career Fair, and The Super Intern Expo, to name a few. Register for all career events through Handshake.

Practice Interviews: Improve your ability to discuss your skills in a professional setting through a practice interview with a Career Educator or industry expert. We offer resume-based, behavioral, and industry specific simulations for you to gain experience and hone your interviewing skills. Additionally, we offer online interview simulations at https://quinncia.io/ through Quinncia.
 
EMBARK

Internships: The OCE serves as a resource for students seeking to gain practical experience through internships. Internships are essential to the Arcadia experience and are consistently rated among the top criteria employers seek in recent college graduates. Most Arcadia undergraduate students complete at least one internship prior to graduation. The OCE supports students in finding and successfully obtaining internships across a diverse range of industries.

Employer and Career Connections: A variety of employers visit campus to share industry-specific information, employment, and internship opportunities. We facilitate employer connections through presentations in the classroom, networking events, career fairs, and on-campus interviews.

Career Resources: A wealth of career and professional advice and resources can be found online at www.arcadia.edu/oce.

The Office of Career Education is located in Knight Hall, Suite 100, and can be contacted at 215-572-2939 or careerhelp@arcadia.edu

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Commuter Assistants

Student Affairs
University Commons 202
Student Affairs Suite
215-572-2933

Commuter Assistants help make the Commuter Lounge your home away from home. They plan social and educational events/programs designed to build community and promote campus resources. They also team with Resident Assistants (RAs) on events/programs to create a vibrant campus life for all students.

CAs are undergraduate students selected for their interpersonal skills and their willingness to aid commuter students. They go through extensive training to serve as resources for you. The CAs are important conduits of information and work as your liaison to the Student Affairs Office. They have posted hours during which they will be in the Commuter Lounge, but they can also be seen in the Library, the Commons and the Easton Café. The Commuter Assistants are supervised by the Area Coordinator of Heinz, Knight, and Commuter Life, whose office is one floor above the Commuter Lounge in the lobby of Heinz Hall. 

For more information, contact Brad Veach, Area Coordinator for Heinz, Knight and Commuter Life, at Veachb@arcadia.edu or 267-620-4126.

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Counseling

Bruce Keller
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Taylor Hall 108A
215-572-2922

Amy Henning, M.Ed.
Director of Counseling Services and AOD Program 
Counseling Services
Heinz Hall, Ground Floor
215-572-2967
Website

Arcadia University provides a variety of services for students who would like academic and personal support. If you are experiencing personal or academic difficulties or have concerns you wish to discuss with someone, a number of individuals are available to provide assistance.

For academic concerns, make an appointment to talk with your academic adviser or Bruce Keller, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Taylor Hall 108A, 215-572-2922 or MaryKate McNulty, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Taylor Hall, Room 105, 215-572-2877. The times at which faculty members are available are posted outside their offices.

For concerns of a more personal nature, you are encouraged to talk with a counselor from Counseling Services. You can make an appointment by calling 215-572-2967. Services provided are confidential and free to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Part-time students are eligible for services at a low cost fee per session. Counseling Services is open Monday to Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm and Thursday's until 7:00pm (by appointment).

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Disability Services Policy

Arcadia University is fully committed to providing equal opportunity to all students, including students with disabilities. Disability Support Services provides services and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Please refer the University’s DSS Policy for Students and procedures as well as our website for more detailed information.

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Emergency Notification System

Public Safety Office
Dilworth Hall 215-572-2800
Web Site

Student Affairs
University Commons 215-572-2933

Arcadia’s Emergency Notification System, SendWordNow, is used for campus emergency announcements, including weather-related closings or delays. Text, Arcadia e-mail and voicemail messages will be sent simultaneously to all recipients enrolled in the system. Once a semester, you will be reminded automatically to review your contact information. You can update your information at any time from any computer or mobile device by going to http://contactinfo.arcadia.edu. Detailed information about emergency procedures can be found at www.arcadia.edu/emergency.

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Financial Aid

Kistler Hall, Main Desk in Room #5
215-572-2980
Web Site
FAQ

Information concerning financial aid, scholarships, loans and grants is available in the Office of Enrollment Management, located in Kistler Hall, Main Desk in Room #5.  Every effort is made to ensure that students demonstrating financial need and academic progress are awarded aid. If you encounter unexpected financial difficulties after aid is granted or during the school year, you are urged to discuss your problems with the Office of Enrollment Management, 215-572-2980 or via e-mail at finaid@arcadia.edu. Students can also view their up-to-date financial aid information, including their current awards and required documents via the Financial Aid Portal at http://finaid.arcadia.edu. Online Financial Literacy resources regarding financial health and education are available at www.arcadia.edu/commoncents.

Students should be aware that Arcadia University is required by federal regulation to monitor student progression toward completion of his/her degree. This Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard includes both a quantitative and qualitative measure of progress. Students can view detailed information regarding Arcadia's Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic progress policies at www.arcadia.edu/sapug.

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Food Service

Dining Services
Dining Complex, 2nd Floor
215-572-2096

Catering 
215-517-2556
Website

The University Dining Services are operated by Metz Culinary Management. If you are a resident student, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night meal exchange are provided on weekdays, and brunch, dinner, and late night meal exchange on weekends. Meal hours are posted at the beginning of the semester, and you are required to present a valid ID. Meal plan options are distributed with Residence Life material.

For commuter students, Dining Services offers a selection of meal options. Information is available in the Dining Hall and on the Dining Services Website. Commuter students not on a meal plan and guests of resident students may pay for individual meals. Students may purchase flex dollars by visiting the Dining Services Office in the Dining Complex.

If your classes conflict with meal hours, or you must be off-campus during a meal, you may make arrangements to pick up a box lunch from the Dining Hall (usually at breakfast). Dining Services may require confirmation of class conflicts from the Registrar.

A valid ID must be presented to the cashiers in the Dining Hall, Chat, and Easton Cafe. Only one meal may be used per meal period in the Dining Hall or The Chat for meal exchange. Meals may not be shared.

The Dining Hall offers an array of dining options, a robust salad bar, deli grill, pizza, and home style meals. The Dining Hall is open Monday-Friday for Lunch and Dinner and on weekends for brunch and Dinner.

The Chat, Located in the Commons, offers sandwiches, grill items, pizza, smoothies Up For Grabs items, desserts, milkshakes, and beverages. The Chat is open Monday-Friday for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Late Night Meal Exchange and on weekends for Light Lunch, Dinner, and Late Night Meal Exchange.

Easton Hall Cafe, located by the water feature in Easton Hall, offers a variety of Starbucks and Seattle's Best Coffee, Tea and Beverages as well as a wide selection of Up For Grabs products and snacks. Easton Café accepts Meal Plan Points cash and credit or debit card for payment. The Cafe is open Monday-Friday. 

Contact Dining Services at 215-572-2096 or visit the Dining Services Office to discuss any dietary restrictions, food allergies, special meal arrangements and questions regarding how meal plans work. 

For special functions and catering needs please contact the Catering Director, 215-517-2556.

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Health Insurance

  • Student Health Services, Heinz Hall, Ground Floor, 215-572-2966, 215-881-8787 (fax), Web Site
  • RCMD: Tim Cummons, 1-800-346-4075, ext. 1452, Arcadia@rcmd.com

The University requires that all full-time students have health insurance. All students are required to submit copies of their insurance cards (front and back) to Student Health Services.

International Students are required to participate in Arcadia University’s International Accident and Sickness Program unless they are already covered by another insurance policy.

Arcadia University selected a student injury and sickness insurance plan underwritten by United Healthcare.

To waive or purchase the student health insurance through United Healthcare, please go to www.firststudent.com.  Any student that does not take action to waive out will automatically be enrolled in United Healthcare coverage. The link to waive coverage will be active on July 1st.

Questions? Please contact RCM&D at 1-800-346-4075 ext. 1452 or at Arcadia@rcmd.com.

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Identification Cards

Public Safety
215-572-2800
Web Site

All students are issued an Arcadia Identification Card (KnightCard) when they become a student at the University. This card, when properly validated, entitles you to use the Library, to access University buildings, and to participate in specifically announced activities. For full-time students, it allows you to vote in student elections, and to make charges at the University Bookstore and in Dining Services. 

Identification cards are available in the Public Safety Office. There is a $15 replacement fee for lost, stolen or abused ID cards. For more information on times that IDs will be taken, contact the Public Safety Department at 215-572-2800.

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Information Technology

IT User Support (Help Desk)
Dilworth Hall
215-572-2898

Technology is a team effort here at Arcadia. Professionals across the University support all aspects of a student's access to information.  

We provide and support high-speed Internet and wireless networks, email accounts through Gmail, web portals, instructional/academic technology tools, access to online services and service desk support.

Arcadia's campus-wide wireless network provides full coverage in all academic buildings, residence halls and administrative areas as well as areas in which students congregate; such as the Walk of Pride and gathering spaces outside of the Spruance Fine Arts Center and Landman Library.

We serve the needs of the Arcadia University community, both domestic and abroad, striving to provide customer-focus service, secure systems, and solutions in an ever-advancing technology environment.

We are actively working to pursue innovations and welcome your ideas and feedback.  At Arcadia, we know we are stronger together!

MyArcadia, the campus web portal

MyArcadia is the campus portal website, acting as a gateway to sources of information. MyArcadia gives students access to online course information, e-mail, library online resources, and campus department websites. The site is also the main source for campus announcements and event listings. It also provides a quick link to student information which includes online registration, online access to grades and online payments. If you have difficulty connecting to MyArcadia, please contact the Service Desk.

Where are computer labs located on campus?

Computer labs are located in Boyer Hall, Brubaker Hall, and Landman Library. The following labs are open for student computing: Boyer Hall 19; Brubaker Hall 304, 305, 307, Library 1st floor; and the two labs on the lower level of the Landman Library. The labs in Landman Library are open 7 days a week, and the labs in Brubaker Hall and Boyer Hall are open Monday – Friday. The Boyer and Brubaker labs are unavailable when classes are scheduled in the spaces.

Learning Management System

Canvas is used as Arcadia’s new learning management system.  This system provides supportive materials (syllabi, course materials and assignments, and allows online communication between faculty and students.

Electronic Portfolios

An Electronic Portfolio allows you to collect digital projects to an online space for submission or display. As an Arcadia student you will automatically have access to this resource through Canvas. Even if you are not required use this technology for your program or a course, you may create a professional portfolio or archive selected work that you may share via a web browser.

Where do I go to get help?

24/7 Phone: 215-572-2898
Email: it.works@arcadia.edu
Dilworth Hall Service Desk - Monday -Friday 8:30a-5:00p

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Leadership Training and Development Opportunities

Office of Engagement & New Student Programs 

University Commons
215-517-2481
studentengagement@arcadia.edu

The Arcadia University Leadership Education and Development (AU LEAD) program is a comprehensive leadership development experience that provides students with opportunities to grow into a strong, well-prepared leaders ready to make a positive impact on local, national, and global communities. 

Developing leadership skills is important. AU LEAD fosters growth and development of critical leadership skills. By participating in AU LEAD, students will engage in an in-depth exploration of leadership, based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. AU LEAD is designed for everyone, regardless of previous leadership experience. 

AU LEAD components include:

  • Leadership Workshop Series: Attend your choice of workshops from the AU LEAD Leadership Workshop Series. With 12-15 workshops offered each semester, students are sure to find one that interests you. You can find the schedule of workshops on KnightLife or on the AU LEAD calendar displayed on the first floor of the Commons.
  • Student Leadership Conference: The 4th annual Student Leadership Conference will be on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Come explore how you can empower others, build community, and think beyond the title. Registration opens on November 1, 2018 on KnightLife
  • Knight Leadership Program: The Knight Leadership Program (KLP) is an in-depth opportunity for you to grow your leadership skills. It is a sequential leadership experience consisting of three unique and dynamic tiers: Scarlet, Grey, and Knight. Participants in the KLP will go through the program sequentially together. By working within a cohort, students will meet new people, learn together, and lead toward a common goal. 

Additional details about specific program offerings can be found on the AU LEAD website. Please do not hesitate to contact the program at AULEAD@arcadia.edu

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Lost and Found

Public Safety
Dilworth Hall
215-572-2800

Registrar
Taylor Hall 103
215-572-2100

Personal items lost on campus are stored in the Public Safety Office in Dilworth Hall. Any found items turned in to any campus departments shall be turned over to the Public Safety Department by end of business. Individuals attempting to locate lost items can call during normal business hours to check for missing items.

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Motor Vehicles and Parking Regulations

Public Safety
Dilworth Hall
215-572-2800
Website

 
Any motor vehicle that you operate on University property, either regularly or temporarily, must be registered and is subject to the driving and parking regulations issued by the University. The University is not responsible for any car on campus, property in a vehicle, damage caused by accidents, or for mechanical problems.

Registration

If you plan to park a car on campus, you must purchase a parking decal from the Department of Public Safety at the beginning of the year or the spring semester. All registered vehicles must display a Parking Decal. Parking Decals expire on August 31st of each year. Part-time evening and weekend students may receive their parking decal from Public Safety within Dilworth Hall. All vendors are to check in with Public Safety for a temporary permit for any prolonged parking on campus.

First-Year resident students are not permitted to have cars on campus during the first year. Questions or requests for permission regarding this policy should be referred in writing to the Department of Public Safety, Dilworth Hall, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside PA 19038. Please feel free to call with questions at 215-572-2800.

To acquire a parking decal, an application must be completed at the Public Safety Office or online. The office is located on the ground floor of Dilworth Hall. Students will need a valid vehicle registration and operator’s license when completing the application. During the first two weeks of the semester, Public Safety Office relocates to Taylor Hall. Students may obtain parking permits within Taylor Hall during these extended hours of operation.

Parking decals are non-transferable; in other words, students may not register the vehicle of another student, share a decal or give their parking decal to another person. Temporary parking permits are available at the Public Safety Office, Dilworth Hall ground floor, for those occasions when it is necessary to have a vehicle on campus for a very short period of time. Guests generally do not need a temporary parking permit when parking between 5pm Friday through 7am Monday.

Student Parking

All parking lots are specifically marked. Arcadia has Student parking lots, Faculty/Staff parking lots. All parking lots require a parking permit (either a vinyl parking decal or a cardboard temporary parking permit). The temporary parking permits can be used for a maximum of 3 consecutive days. A guest is someone who comes to campus to visit a student. A visitor is someone who is here to conduct business with faculty or staff.

Parking Penalties

Penalties are assessed for motor vehicle and parking violations. Specific fines are posted in Public Safety's Parking on Campus Web page on the University Web site. Vehicles are not authorized to park next to curbs on the main drive unless designated by a sign. Vehicles parked in areas posted as booted or tow away zones will be booted or towed at the owner’s expense without warning! Vehicles parked in fire zones and handicapped spaces are also subject to citations issued by the Cheltenham Police Department. All fines are to be paid by cash, check, or placed on a student account, within five business days of being issued a citation, at the One Stop Shop or Public Safety. After the 5 business days there will be a $15 fee added to the fine. Fines must be paid prior to grades being released or before a student will be able to register for future classes. All appeals must be made within 5 business days of citation date unless the University is officially closed, then a citation appeal should be received during the next business day. No appeals will be processed if received after this period.

Visitor Parking

If you have a visitor on campus with a vehicle, you need to obtain a temporary parking permit from the Public Safety Office in Dilworth Hall (215-572-2800) or by the Desk Receptionist within Kistler, Heinz or Thomas Halls. It is your responsibility to inform the visitor of the regulations. NOTE: temporary parking permits are generally not required for visitor parking between 5pm Fridays through 7am Monday.

Motorcycles, Motorbikes and Scooters

If you have a motorcycle, motorbike or scooter on campus, you must adhere to the same “moving” and parking regulations that apply to all vehicles. Parking inside buildings is strictly prohibited at all times. All motorcycles, motorbikes and scooters need to be registered.

Bicycles

Bicycles are not to be stored in corridors, lobbies, or under steps. Bike storage racks are located throughout campus outside administrative buildings and residence halls. At the end of the academic year, Public Safety will remove any bikes left abandoned on campus bike racks. Contact the Student Affairs Office at 215-572-2933 for appropriate locations for parking or storing your bicycle.

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New Student Orientation

Engagement & New Student Programs, University Commons, 215-517-2481,
orientation@arcadia.edu

 
The Orientation Planning Executive Committee (OPEC), consisting of professional staff and four students, coordinates the planning and implementation of the orientation program for new students. Upperclass student Orientation Leaders (OLs) are selected and trained to mentor and guide new students. More information about the New Student Orientation program is available at www.arcadia.edu/orientation.

Arcadia’s orientation program is designed to support new student transition to college life. In particular, orientation involves:

  • Taking placement tests for certain subjects to determine the appropriate course level
  • Selecting classes
  • Getting to know your new classmates
  • Meeting members of the Arcadia staff who will advise and support you
  • Answering questions about everything from housing to studying abroad
  • Including your parents, family, and friends in the process of beginning your Arcadia journey

Summer and Spring Orientation are one-day events where new students take placement tests and select classes. FallOrientation takes place the five days before fall classes begin. First-year students participate all five days, while transfer students can choose to attend either the five-day or a condensed one-day option.

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Notary Public

Gail Jasper
University Advancement
2550 Church Road
215-572- 8513

Jennifer McCaffery
One-Stop Shop
Taylor Hall
215-517-2332

Daniel Yannuzzi
One-Stop Shop
Taylor Hall 
215-517-2351 

Any forms pertaining to Arcadia University official business (such as financial aid forms) are notarized free of charge. Notaries are currently available in the One-Stop Shop (Taylor Hall), and University Advancement (Blankley Hall). Please contact the notaries directly for availability or to make an appointment.

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Off-Campus Housing

Residence and Commuter Life, University Commons 202, Student Affairs Suite, 215-572-4026, housing@arcadia.edu

Residence and Commuter Life maintains an off-campus housing list, updated periodically. The list contains information directly from landlords regarding private homes and apartments available in the area. The University assumes no responsibility regarding any facilities included in the listing. Students interested in off-campus housing are encouraged to review information available on the Commuter Life website before making the decision to move off-campus. There, students will find helpful check-lists, things to consider when looking for an off-campus housing option, and other useful information.  
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PNC Bank

BankMobile & PNC Bank
One-Stop Shop, Taylor Hall, Suite 100, 215-517-2339

BankMobile is Arcadia’s banking partner and offers the following services:

E-Refund through BankMobile Payment Portal, an online tool that administers payments and refunds from the school directly to the student’s account for faster delivery.

 PNC Bank is Arcadia’s banking partner and offers the following services:

  • Two on-campus ATMs; one located in the lower level of the Kuch Center and the other located in the lower level of the Dining Complex.
  • Free checking for students, one free incoming wire transfer per monthly statement cycle and one free courtesy overdraft waiver in the first 12 months after account opening.
  • PNC Auto Alerts via e-mail and/or text message to help students monitor their spending and account balances.
  • Customized Web sites, hosted by PNC, where students can complete account applications, manage their finances and find financial and educational information.

Arcadia students are not required to use BankMobile or PNC for their banking services. For more information about PNC’s Student Banking Program with Arcadia visit PNC's Web site at www.pnc.com (search "Arcadia").

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Part-time Employment

Graduate Student Employment A number of graduate assistantships are available to graduate students in degree programs. Appointment is on a semester-to-semester basis. Any person who has been admitted into the graduate program and is taking at least 9 graduate credits in a semester (or 6 credits throughout the summer session) at Arcadia University is eligible to apply for a Graduate Assistantship position.

Applications are available in the Registrar’s Office or online at www.arcadia.edu/gsforms. Please attach a neatly typed resume to the application and deliver it to the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, which is located in Taylor Hall, Room 112.

Applications will be placed in a file for selection by faculty members or administrators. In order to receive payment, GAs must complete a W9 form and submit it to their supervisor. GAs will be will awarded a stipend for the work they complete, which will be paid monthly, over the course of the semester. 

GAs typically work an average of 4 to 8 hours a week during the academic semester. GAs cannot work more than 32 hours a week at any time. The exact role the individual Graduate Assistant will play depends on the requirements of the specific professor with whom he or she is placed.

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Public Safety Department

Welcome to the Public Safety Department!

Public Safety
Dilworth Hall

Emergency Calls    
215-572-2999    
2999 from on-campus phone

Non Emergency Calls    
215-572-2900 (Switchboard)    
215-572-2800 (Office)

Web Site

The Public Safety Department patrols all University properties 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via vehicle, bike and foot patrol for the protection of the Arcadia University community. Public Safety personnel, in conjunction with federal, state and local agencies enforce laws, statutes and ordinances along with University rules and regulations. The department also provides services for the betterment of the University community. All faculty, staff and students are required to have in their possession at all times their Arcadia University photo identification card and upon request shall present the card to Public Safety personnel. Public Safety may be contacted at 215-572-2800 (ext. 2800 on campus) or 215-572-2999 (ext. 2999 on campus) for emergencies.

Department Services We are committed to service to the University community. If you have any feedback for us, please contact us either online, in person or by phone at 215-572-2800. We want to hear from you. Members of the Public Safety Department work to provide a safe living, learning environment for students, faculty and staff. Special services aid in helping us fulfill that responsibility. Services include:

  • Anonymous crime reporting hotline
  • Identification cards
  • Parking permits/temporary parking permits
  • Community service
  • Investigative services
  • Fie and intrusion alarm monitoring and response
  • Lost and found
  • Operation identification
  • Parking office
  • Safety escorts
  • RAD self defense program
  • SAFE self defense program
  • Special events requests
  • Proactive patrols of all buildings and grounds on campus, and any off-campus properties
  • Response to medical and other emergencies
  • Courtesy vehicle jump-starts

If the University experiences any telephone problems, the Public Safety Department is equipped with non-University telephones for such situations. If the normal telephone numbers do not work, call 215-290-9700. If you have an emergency and cannot reach us by any of these numbers, call 911 immediately.

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Public Transportation

Student Affairs 
University Commons, Student Affairs Suite 202 
215-572-2933
 
Public Transportation

SEPTA

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority known as SEPTA, manages all of the busses and Regional Rail trains in the local area. 3 trains stop by the Glenside train station a short distance from campus providing quick and easy access to the local area and Center City Philadelphia. Also stopping by our campus are two of the local Busses with stops right outside of campus on Limekiln Road! For the latest schedules and more information please Visit: http://www.septa.org/

SEPTA Regional Rail to local stops and Center City

3 Regional Rail trains stop at the Glenside station: the Airport Line Regional Rail, the Warminster Line Regional Rail, and the Lansdale/Doylestown Line Regional Rail.

SEPTA Busses

2 Bus lines stop at Arcadia right outside of campus on Limekiln Road: the 22 from Warminster to the Olney Transportation Center and the 77 from Roosevelt-St. Vincent to Chestnut Hill.

Amtrak

Amtrak trains stop at the 30th Street Station that is a short regional rail ride to center city from the Glenside station. For more information and schedules please visit https://www.amtrak.com/home

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Publicity

University Relations
16 Forsythe Avenue
215-572-2969  

On Campus

The Arcadia newsletter is published weekly throughout the academic year by University Relations and highlights news from around campus, which is updated daily on the Arcadia website (arcadia.edu/news).  

To submit a news tip or story idea, complete the form on the News section of the website.

Off Campus

The University Relations Office coordinates all off-campus publicity and has the following responsibilities:

  1. University Relations provides a flow of newsworthy information from faculty, students, staff, trustees, alumni, and donors to the news media. Any off-campus publicity must be cleared through this office. The University Relations staff can assist with publicity for certain kinds of student activities. Students should contact the news team at least 4 weeks in advance of an event to discuss publicity options. For the protection of each student as well as the University, students must notify the University Relations Office when they are contacted by the news media, including radio, television, newspapers and magazines. Individual contact information for the office can be found at arcadia.edu/news.
  2. University Relations also produces Arcadia, the University’s magazine for alumni and friends, in addition to flyers, brochures, posters, and newsletters. University Relations also manages and maintains the University’s official social media channels, although individual departments should manage their own accounts and are encouraged to do so.
  3. University Relations coordinates and promotes major University events, including Commencement and Honors Convocation, and special community events sponsored or supported by the University.

Please remember that, as members of the Arcadia University community, you are representing the University and serving as an ambassador whenever you are publicly identified with Arcadia University. For further information, contact University Relations, 215-572-2969.

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Reserving Space On Campus

Conference Services
Thomas Hall
215-572-2998

Any events and programs at the University must be sponsored by academic departments, administrative offices, or recognized student organizations to be considered University events. All space for events (except academic classes) are able to be reserved by making a request via Arcadia's Event Management System (EMS).

Once a request for a space reservation is made in EMS, Conference Services staff will review and send a confirmation to the requesting party if the space reservation is approved. Room set-ups, catering and A/V needs can also be requested when submitting a space request in EMS. The sponsoring organization is responsible for the condition of the space used and will be held responsible for any damages or difficulties that may occur as a result of the event.

Publicity for University events must include the name of the sponsoring organization. Posters and other event marketing information may not advertise the distribution of alcoholic beverages and other controlled substances. 

For guidelines and assistance with using EMS to reserve space on campus, please contact Conference Services at 215-572-2998 or via email to conferenceservices@arcadia.edu .

Visit the Conference Services & Guest Housing website on MyArcadia for more information.

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Smoking Policy

Student Affairs
University Commons 202
Student Affairs Suite
215-572-2933

Purpose

Arcadia University is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe learning, working and living environment for all members and guests of our community. The smoking policy is designed to minimize the negative effects of secondhand smoke; improve fire safety; and to encourage a more sustainable environment.

Scope

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.

Definitions

“Smoking” means (1) lighting or burning any type of matter or substance that contains tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, beedies, kreteks, water pipes, bongs, and hookahs; (2) lighting or burning of non-tobacco plants or marijuana; and (3) using electronic cigarettes.

“Campus Property” means any property owned, leased, occupied, operated or otherwise controlled by Arcadia University, including but not limited to academic and auxiliary buildings, classrooms, laboratories, residences, residence halls, elevators, stairwells, restrooms, meeting rooms, hallways, lobbies and other common areas, conference facilities, and athletic complexes and facilities.

“Tobacco Products” means all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, beedies, kreteks, water pipes, bongs, and hookahs, electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco and any non-FDA approved nicotine delivery device or product.

Policy

The University prohibits smoking (including the use of smokeless tobacco) in all campus properties, including but not limited to all classrooms, residences, laboratories, common or lounge areas, conference or meeting rooms, hallways, dining facilities, library and restrooms. In addition, smoking is prohibited within twenty (20) feet of any entrance to a University facility or building. Smoking is ONLY permitted in outdoor locations at least (20) feet away from doorways, open windows and ventilation systems to prevent smoke from entering University buildings and facilities. Smokers are responsible for disposing of waste in proper receptacles.

Procedures

Notice of this policy is to be provided to all students, faculty, staff and contractors through established communication channels. This policy relies on the thoughtfulness and consideration of smokers and non-smokers. All members of the university community and guests of the University are responsible for observing this policy.

Exceptions such as Ceremonial smoking or smoking research subject to advance approval by the Dean of Students or his/her designee.

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Snow and Emergency Closing Announcement

Public Safety Office
Dilworth Hall
215-572-2800
Web Site

Arcadia University (Glenside Campus), (Delaware Campus)

If Arcadia University closes because of snow, local radio stations will announce the emergency closing of the University by number, rather than name. Arcadia University has been assigned number 338 for courses scheduled before 4 p.m. For late afternoon, evening and weekend courses, Arcadia University has been assigned the number 2338. Closing information is also available on local TV stations and on our Web site (www.arcadia.edu). Public Safety also uses the University emergency notification system, Send Word Now, to identify the University community of campus closures.

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Student Health Services

Student Health Services
Heinz Hall, Ground Floor
215-572-2966
Web Site 

The mission of Student Health Services, is to provide ambulatory medical services and healthy lifestyle promotion to students in the Arcadia community. SHS professional staff includes two certified Nurse Practitioners.

All full-time students must submit a completed health record prior to their appointment Part-time students may receive medical care for a fee only if they have submitted a completed health record; otherwise, only emergency care is provided. Care provided by SHS includes:

  1. Acute sick visits
  2. Women's Health
  3. Laboratory testing, utilizing LabCorp
  4. STD testing
  5. Immunizations
  6. Physical examinations for work, study abroad or other clearances
  7. Travel medicine (including malaria and yellow fever protection)
  8. Prescription renewal (except psychiatric medications)

Student Health Services hours are Monday and Thursday 8:30am to 7:00pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30am to 4:30pm, and Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. SHS operates by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled through Patient Portal (found on the My Arcadia homepage). SHS is closed for lunch daily at 11:45-12:30. Physicians’ hours are Mondays from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm and Thursdays from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Confidentiality: Strict confidentiality will be maintained in all health matters. No information will be released without student consent (this includes parents). 
For further information contact Theresa Smith, CRNP, Director of Student Health Services, 215-572- 2323.

Health Regulations

The following regulations are consistent with Arcadia University’s policy of preventive health care and are made in the interests of your health and the health of the University community as a whole.

  1. In the event of illness or emergency when Student Health Services is not open, contact your Resident Assistant, Area Coordinator, the staff member on duty, or Public Safety at X 2999
  2. In case of emergencies during Student Health Services hours, contact the staff in Student Health Services. The Area Coordinator or the Resident Assistant should be notified as soon as possible. If an ambulance is required, Student Health Services or Public Safety personnel will notify the Cheltenham Police. Transportation to and from the hospital (other than in extreme emergencies) is the responsibility of the student; Student Health Services will assist students in finding suitable transportation.
  3. If you miss more than three days of classes due to illness or emergencies, contact the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Bruce Keller, 215-572-2922, who will notify the appropriate faculty.
  4. All requests from the family physician for medical treatment to be carried out by Student Health Services must be in writing and signed by your family physician. If you have medication on campus prescribed by a family physician, bring a copy of the prescription to Student Health Services to be included in your medical file.
  5. In the event of illness, it is the student’s responsibility to contact appropriate faculty. Student Health Services does not give excuses for missed classes. 
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Student Payroll

Student Payroll
One-Stop Shop
Taylor Hall, Suite 100
215-517-2339
Web Site

Undergraduate Students If students work on campus; on-line time sheets must be submitted through MyArcadia according to the biweekly student pay schedule; supervisors approve student hours through the on-line time sheet system. Students are paid biweekly on Fridays. Students may pick up their paychecks at the One-Stop Shop (checks not picked up in one week will be mailed to the address included on the student's payroll documents). Students may also sign up for direct deposit of their paychecks.

Required Payroll Forms Include: W-4, Local Earned Income Tax Residency Certification Form, I-9, Employee's Statement of NonResidence in Pennsylvania and Authorization to Withhold other State's Income Tax (if applicable). Payroll forms must be completed and submitted to the One-Stop Shop along with: 1) A U.S. passport, Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, Permanent Resident Card with photograph or unexpired Employment Authorization Document with a photograph OR 2) A Driver’s license or federal, state or locally issued ID; School ID with photograph, or U.S Military card AND a U.S. Social Security card, original or certified copy of birth certificate, ID Card for Resident Citizens, or an unexpired Employment Authorization Document. Original documents are required for photocopying. All forms must be on file before a check can be issued. Students who fail to provide documentation may be prohibited from working.

Optional (Recommended) Payroll Forms Include: Local Service Tax Exemption (LST)*, and Direct Deposit Form. *LST – Employees expecting to earn less than $12,000 in any tax year may be exempt and must sign an affidavit to avoid paying this tax.

Any student receiving a Federally or Departmentally funded award will be responsible for monitoring how much of their work study allocation they have used throughout the academic year. Students can review their allocation information through the on-line time sheet system. Once a student has earned up to his/her allocation, he or she will no longer be permitted to work for the remainder of the academic year. Permission to continue working will only be granted through the student's supervisor and VP/Dean of their department. Please note that hours worked during summer break and will not count against a student’s annual work-study award but will be paid through the Departmental Work Study budget.

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Tutoring

Learning Resource Network
Knight Hall
215-572-4033
Web Site

Writing Center
Landman Library (Lower Level)
215-572-4051 Web Site

Free tutoring is available through the Learning Resource Network, Knight Hall, 215-572-4033 for most subject areas including Modern Languages, Biology, Psychology, English/Communications, History, ID Science, Math, Business, etc. Tutoring is provided on a one-to-one or group basis. For more information on how to get a tutor or how to become a tutor, check the LRN web page at www.arcadia.edu/lrn or send e-mail to tutor@arcadia.edu. Assistance for writing for all courses is available in the Writing Center, 215-572-4051. 

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Writing Center

Writing Center
Daniel Schall, Director
Landman Library (Lower Level)
215-572-4051

Web Site

Located in the Lower Level of the Landman Library, the Writing Center offers assistance for students and faculty for any written assignment, and at any stage of the writing process. Consultants can help with analyzing assignments, discovering paper ideas, organization, clarity, revising, documenting final drafts, and much more. Consultants are trained in critical reading, writing and analysis, and provide structured, collaborative conversations to help students in any discipline understand their own personal writing process more fully.

The Writing Center is open Monday through Friday, during posted hours.
Though walk-in consultations are usually possible, at busy times of the semester it is best to make an appointment by registering at arcadia.mywconline.com. Students may also contact the Writing Center via e-mail at writingcenter@arcadia.edu or by calling 215-572-4051

Students interested in becoming paid consultants should contact the Director of the Writing Center for prerequisites.

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Student Government Organization and Student Organizations

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Student Government Organization

Student Government Organization
Second floor of the Commons,
sgo@arcadia.edu
 
Arcadia University’s Student Government Organization (SGO) is dedicated to serving Arcadia’s undergraduate population and providing an outlet for student voice. SGO encourages active participation within the university community and also promotes self-advocacy for all students. All full-time and part-time undergraduate students of Arcadia University are represented by the SGO. The purpose of the SGO is to enhance and strengthen student life at Arcadia University, maintain student rights and responsibilities, and foster communication throughout the University community. SGO is also responsible for the allocation of all budgets to recognized Arcadia University student organizations.

SGO meetings are held bi-weekly and are open to the entire University community. SGO officers and Senators represent resident and commuter students and are elected annually. The SGO Senate is comprised of four committees, each with a focus on a specific aspect of student life at Arcadia: Academic Services, Budgetary, Facilities, and Student Services committees. The Senate possesses legislative responsibilities for all matters within the purview of the SGO and acts as a coordinating agency for various out-of-class activities, including the allocation of funds for student events. The House of Representatives consists of student organization members who contribute ideas and information at meetings.

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Student Organizations

Office of Student Engagement & New Student Programs

University Commons
215-572-2481
studentengagement@arcadia.edu

Knight Life

Stay connected with KnightLife, the main hub for all things student organizations and campus involvement. You can find campus events, become a member of a student organization, register for leadership and professional development opportunities, and more with just the click of a button. Download the KnightLife mobile app so you can check out campus events, on the go! 

Getting Involved in Student Organizations

Any undergraduate student may participate in student organizations.  A comprehensive list of student organizations is available HERE.

In order to serve as an officer of a recognized student organization, as a class officer, or as a Student Government Organization (SGO) executive board member or Senator, students must be full-time and in good academic and conduct standings with the University. These standards must be maintained throughout the term of office. In order to serve as an executive officer of the SGO, students must have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

Starting a Student Organization

If you are interested in starting an organization that we do not currently offer, please contact us at ENSP-GACA@arcadia.edu. An overview of the student organization creation/reactivation process can be found HERE.

Helpful Information for Existing Student Organizations

Student organizations at Arcadia University serve as the backbone to many campus traditions and are an integral and vibrant component of the student experience. Over 60 student organizations plan social, educational, and service-related events and programs for the campus community.  Recognized student organizations are able to reserve space; participate in the bi-annual Activities Fair and other student organization fairs, including Family Weekend and Spring Fling; have access to Engagement and New Student Programs staff; and are eligible for a budget from the Student Government Organization (SGO).  

The Student Organization Handbook  serves as an important resource for members and officers as they build and sustain a successful student organization.  Included in this document are important policies and procedures, helpful tips on how to work with your advisor and liaison, and guiding regulations for how to facilitate a high functioning student organization.  Please take time to read the entire handbook and refer to it as needed.

Solicitation and Fundraising

No individual student or student organization, whether affiliated with Arcadia University or not, may sponsor activities on campus that have the express purpose of making converts of, or soliciting members of Arcadia University’s community. Arcadia University reserves the right to restrict or prohibit the on-campus activities of any individual or organization whose purposes are contrary to Arcadia University’s values and mission.

  • Individuals and organizations not affiliated with the University are not permitted to solicit the community in order to raise funds for an individual, organization, or cause.
  • As an individual student, you are not permitted to solicit the Arcadia community to benefit an individual, organization, or cause.
  • A student organization to which you belong may sponsor activities for the benefit of an outside organization or cause as long as the organization obtains permission from the Office of Engagement and New Student Programs.
  • To conduct a fundraiser, student organizations must submit the Fundraising Authorization Form at least two weeks prior to any anticipated fundraiser. Requests are reviewed and approved by the Office of Engagement and New Student Programs. Failure to complete the form two weeks in advance may result in the fundraiser not being approved. Fundraising is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Fundraising Authorization Form details specifics about the fundraiser, including anticipated date(s) and time(s), permissible saleable items, and any approved images and designs. After approval is given, any changes must be submitted via a new Fundraising Authorization Form. Questions should be directed to your ENSP liaison or e-mailed to studentengagement@arcadia.edu

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University Regulations and Policies

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Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Adult Children of Alcoholics

Counseling Services
Heinz Hall, Ground Floor
215-572-2967
Web Site 

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs) have special strengths. In many cases they are real “survivors” from difficult home lives. One of every eight children in this country grew to adulthood in a household directed by one or more alcoholic parents. Research is indicating a genetic vulnerability that predisposes some individuals to alcoholism. Environmental contributors are important as well. Some 10 million Americans suffer from the disease of addiction to alcohol.
Children of alcoholics learned to live with chaos, trauma, confusion and pain. Their emotional scars can run deep. Often it is in close relationships where trouble surfaces. It is often here that these individuals seek help to work things out.

Help for ACOAs is available such as self-help books, ACOA peer support groups and personal therapy. If you identify as an ACOA, decide what is best for you. Such help is available on campus, along with resources, and in the community.

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Alcohol and Other Drug Education

There are numerous consequences related to alcohol use and abuse including: accidents, violence, alcohol poisoning, poor academic or athletic performance, sexual assault, date rape, sexually-transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancy, etc. Through education, the members of the University community attempt to prevent these outcomes. When policy violations occur, University staff members assist students in looking at the choices they have made, and assist them in making healthier choices. Through disciplinary sanctions, a student is held accountable for his or her actions. Through education and counseling, University staff members provide a free opportunity for a student to examine his or her choices related to substance use, and provide assistance in changing behavior. Students are annually provided with additional information regarding the alcohol and other drug education efforts on campus.

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Arcadia University Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

The University follows the laws of Pennsylvania. Consistent with Pennsylvania State Law, Arcadia University:

a. permits the responsible and low-risk use of alcohol by students who are 21 years old or older;

b. does not permit individuals under 21 to use alcohol;

c. does not permit the use of illegal drugs*

* As applied throughout this document, “illegal drugs” are controlled substances as defined by federal, state and local laws. Only those drugs which are properly prescribed, in the original container, for the person prescribed, and used in the manner prescribed are permitted.

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Disciplinary Consequences

Penalties on campus for violations of campus policies may range from warnings to restriction of access to campus facilities or events. Additional sanctions including service to the community or penalties imposed by the Judicial Board may be imposed on students found in violation of the Code of Conduct or campus policies.

The following sanctions may be imposed through the campus disciplinary process for violations of campus policies: reprimands, fines, community service requirements, and/or denial of privileges for use of facilities. The disciplinary process includes administrative actions and judicial board actions when appropriate.

For a full list of sanctions available to hearing officers and/or the Judicial Board, please see Disciplinary Procedures

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Drugs at a Glance

1. Alcohol

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely. Low to moderate doses also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental function, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than others of becoming alcoholics.

2. Cannabis

Use of cannabis is often accompanied by sleepiness, wandering mind, craving for sweets, increased appetite, and time and space distortion. Sometimes a panic attack or paranoia occurs. It may impair short-term memory and comprehension. It also reduces ability to perform tasks requiring coordination and concentration such as driving a car. It is very irritating to the lungs and contains more cancer-causing agents than tobacco. Use during pregnancy can lead to low birth weight and damage to fetus.

Long-term users may develop an addiction to marijuana and require more of the drug to get high. In the case of heavy users, it becomes the center of their lives.

3. Inhalants

The immediate negative effects of inhalants include nausea, sneezing, coughing, nosebleeds, fatigue, lack of coordination, and loss of appetite. Solvents and aerosol sprays also decrease the heart and respiratory rates and impair judgment. Amyl and Butyl nitrate cause rapid pulse, headaches, and involuntary passing of urine and feces. Long-term use may result in hepatitis or brain damage.

Deeply inhaling the vapors, or using large amounts over a short time, may result in disorientation, violent behavior, unconsciousness, or death. High concentrations of inhalants can cause suffocation by displacing the oxygen in the lungs or by depressing the central nervous system to the point that breathing stops.

Long-term use causes weight loss, fatigue, electrolyte imbalance, and muscle fatigue. Repeated sniffing of concentrated vapors over time can permanently damage the nervous system.

4. Cocaine

Cocaine stimulates the central nervous system. Its immediate effects include dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature. Occasional use can cause a stuffy or runny nose. Chronic use can ulcerate the mucous membrane of the nose. Injecting cocaine with contaminated equipment can cause AIDS, hepatitis, and other diseases. Cocaine can produce psychological and physical dependency, a feeling that the user cannot function without the drug. This often happens rapidly. Crack or free base rock is extremely addictive, and its effects are felt within 10 seconds. Physical effects include: dilated pupils, increased pulse rate, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, tactile hallucination, paranoia and seizures. The use of cocaine can cause death by cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.

5. Other Stimulants

Stimulants can cause increased heart and respiratory rates, elevated blood pressure, dilated pupils, and decreased appetite. In addition, users may experience sweating, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, sleeplessness, and anxiety. Extremely high doses can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors, loss of coordination, and even physical collapse. Users report feelings of restlessness, anxiety and mood swings. Persons who use large amounts of amphetamines over a long period of time can develop an amphetamine psychosis that includes hallucinations, delusions and paranoia. These symptoms usually disappear when drug use ceases.

6. Depressants

The effects are similar to alcohol. Small amounts can produce calmness and relaxed muscles, but larger doses can cause slurred speech, staggering gait and altered perception. Very large doses cause respiratory depression, coma and death. The combination of depressants and alcohol can multiply the effects of the drugs, thereby multiplying the risks. The use of depressants can cause both physical and psychological dependence. Regular use over time may result in a tolerance to the drug, leading the user to increase the quantity consumed. When regular users suddenly stop taking large doses, they may develop withdrawal symptoms ranging from restlessness, insomnia, and anxiety to convulsions and death. Babies born to mothers who abuse depressants during pregnancy may be physically dependent on the drugs and show withdrawal symptoms shortly after they are born. Birth defects and behavioral problems also may result.

7. Hallucinogens

Phencyclidine (PCP) interrupts the functions of the neocortex, the section of the brain that controls the intellect and keeps instinct in check. Because the drug blocks pain receptions, violent PCP episodes may result in self-inflicted injuries. The effects of PCP vary, but users frequently report a sense of distance and estrangement. Time and body movement are slowed down. Muscular coordination worsens and senses are dulled. Speech is blocked and incoherent. Chronic users of PCP report persistent memory problems and speech difficulties. Some of these effects may last 6 months to a year following prolonged daily use. Mood disorders—depression, anxiety and violent behavior—also occur. In later stages of chronic use, users often exhibit paranoid and violent behavior and experience hallucinations. Large doses may produce convulsions and coma, as well as heart and lung failure.

Lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations. The physical effects may include dilated pupils, elevated body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, and tremors. Sensations and feelings may change rapidly. It is common to have a bad psychological reaction to LSD, mescaline and psilocybin.

The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety and loss of control. Delayed effects or flashbacks can occur even after use has ceased.

Some depressants that produce amnesia, such as Rohypnol or GHB, may be involved in rape cases.

8. Narcotics

Narcotics initially produce a feeling of euphoria that often is followed by drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. Users also may experience constricted pupils, watery eyes, and itching. An overdose may produce slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death. Tolerance to narcotics develops rapidly and dependence is likely. The use of contaminated syringes may result in diseases such as AIDS, endocarditis, and hepatitis. Addiction in pregnant women can lead to premature, stillborn or addicted infants who experience severe withdrawal symptoms.

9. Designer Drugs

Illegal drugs are defined in terms of their chemical formulas. To circumvent these legal restrictions, underground chemists modify the molecular structure of certain illegal drugs to produce analogues known as designer drugs. These drugs can be several hundred times stronger than the drugs they are designed to imitate.

Many of the so-called designer drugs are related to amphetamines and have mild stimulant properties but are mostly euphoriant. They can produce severe neurochemical damage to the brain.

The narcotic analogues can cause symptoms such as those seen in Parkinson’s disease; uncontrollable tremors, drooling, impaired speech, paralysis and irreversible brain damage. Analogues of amphetamines and methamphetamine cause nausea, blurred vision, chills or sweating, and faintness. Psychological effects include anxiety, depression and paranoia. As little as one dose can cause brain damage. The analogues of phencyclidine cause illusions, hallucinations and impaired perception.

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How the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and Code of Conduct Intersect

Any violation of the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) policy is a violation of the Code of Conduct and is therefore subject to disciplinary action. While the AOD policy designates suggested sanctions for violations, sanctions can be substituted or added should the violation be especially egregious. Due to the effects of the use and/or abuse of alcohol and other drugs, it is not unusual for a violation of the Code of Conduct to occur at the same time that an AOD policy violation occurs (for example, vandalism, violence, failure to comply with the directions of staff). These violations will be adjudicated in conjunction with the violation of the AOD policy.

It is important to note that graduate schools and some employers (particularly governmental agencies and schools) can legally request information regarding a student’s disciplinary record. An alcohol or other drug violation noted on a disciplinary record can negatively affect one’s chances to be admitted to some graduate programs and/or to be hired for certain jobs.

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Laws Regulating Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Drug-Related Federal and State Laws

Federal and state laws prohibit the possession, use and distribution and manufacture of controlled substances. (The term “controlled substance” means those substances included in Schedule I through IV of Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act and as further defined by regulation at 21 CFR 1300.11 through 1300.15 and by Pennsylvania law 204 PA Code 303.1-303.9.) Sanctions upon conviction range from fines to probation to imprisonment. Amounts of fines, terms of probation, or years of imprisonment are generally contingent upon the circumstances and amounts of drugs in possession, sold, distributed or made.

Financial Aid Implications of Drug Offenses

Effective July 1, 2000, a conviction in a state of federal court for a drug-related offense will result in a student losing eligibility for federal financial aid.

Applicable Legal Sanctions under Pennsylvania State Law

(This is a summary only and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone wishing legal advice should consult a lawyer.)

Drug Offenses

1. Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances 35 P.S. 780-113

Offense: Possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana or less than 8 grams of hashish.
Sanction: Misdemeanor; maximum jail sentence 30 day and/or fine of $500.

Offense: Possession of cocaine, PCP, methamphetamine, heroin, designer drugs, LSD, phenobarbital, mescaline, peyote, psilocybin and all other controlled substances and over 30 grams of marijuana or over 8 grams of hashish.
Sanction: Misdemeanor; one-year maximum jail sentence and/or $5,000 fine for the first offense. Three-year maximum jail sentence and/or $25,000 fine for second and subsequent offenses.

2. Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver Controlled Substances 35. P.S. 780-113

Offense: Manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver heroin and other narcotics classified as Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances and designer drugs.
Sanction: Felony; maximum jail sentence of 15 years and/or $250,000 fine.

Offense: Manufacture, delivery, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver cocaine, methamphetamine, phencyclidine and marijuana in excess of 1,000 pounds.
Sanction: Felony; maximum jail sentence of 10 years and/or $100,000 fine.

Offense: Manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana (less than 1,000 pounds), mescaline, peyote, LSD, Psilocybin and all other Schedule I, II and III controlled substances.
Sanction: Felony; maximum jail sentence of three years and/or $10,000 fine.

3. Trafficking Drugs to Minors 18 PA C.S.A.6314

A person over 18 years of age who distributes or possesses with intent to distribute a controlled substance to a minor shall be sentenced to a minimum of one year in jail. An additional two years is added to the mandatory one-year jail sentence if the offense was intended to engage a minor in drug trafficking or habitual use, or was committed within 1,000 feet of a school.

4. Drug Paraphernalia 35 P.S. 780-113

Offense: Possession, delivery or advertisement of drug paraphernalia.
Sanction: Misdemeanor. Maximum jail sentence of one year and/or $2,500 fine.

Offense: The delivery of drug paraphernalia to a person under 18 years of age, who was three or more years younger than the deliverer.
Sanction: Second degree misdemeanor, maximum jail sentence of two years and/or fine of $5,000.

Alcohol-Related Offenses

Underage drinking

Offense: Purchase, consumption or possession of alcohol beverage by a person under 21 years old.
Offense: Misrepresentation of age to purchase alcohol.
Offense: Possession of a false ID card.
Sanction: First Offense: $300 fine and suspension of driving privileges for 90 days. Subsequent Offense: $500 and suspension of driving privileges for one year (2nd violation); or two years (3 or more violations).

Offense: Altering, selling or manufacturing false identification.
Sanction: First Offense: $1,000 fine and suspension of driving privileges for 90 days. Subsequent Offenses: $2,500 fine. Maximum penalties are $5,000 in fines and two years in prison.

Offense: Selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to those under 21 years old. Furnish is defined as follows: to supply, give or provide to, or allow a minor to possess on premises or property owned or controlled by the person charged.
Sanction: First Offense: $1,000 fine. Subsequent Offenses: $2,500 fine. Maximum penalties are $2,500 in fines and one-year imprisonment.

Offense: Driving under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or both, to a degree that renders the person incapable of driving.

If over 21, Pennsylvania State Law says that a person is intoxicated when their Blood Alcohol Level reaches 0.08 percent. If under 21, a person is considered DWI if the BAC is .02 (the equiv. of one drink). Driving ability is affected as early as .03 percent (which is the equivalent of one can of beer in a 150 lb. man).

When you receive your driver’s license, you have given your consent to submit to one or more chemical tests of breath, blood or urine for the purpose of determining your Blood Alcohol Level or the presence of a controlled substance. Refusal results in a 12-month suspension of your driver’s license.

Sanction: First Offense: may be eligible for ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition.) This is a special form of probation for a period of time with requirements to be met. If person not eligible for ARD, there are fines, a minimum of 48 hours in jail and other requirements to be met. Subsequent Offenses: higher penalties

Offense: Public Drunkenness
Sanction: Maximum fine of $300 and/or up to 90 days in jail.

Offense: Open container in a car.
Sanction: Fine

Pennsylvania has no state law to prohibit open containers of alcohol in public. Many local governments, however, have enacted such ordinances.

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Legal Use of Alcohol on Campus

Recognizing that alcohol plays a role in today’s society, University policy permits responsible alcohol use in the following situations:

In student rooms, suites or apartments where at least one resident is 21 or older. In this situation:

  • only residents and guests 21 or older may consume alcohol
  • no open containers may leave the room, suite or apartment
  • alcohol is prohibited from balconies and patios
  • doors to public spaces must be closed
  • hosts are responsible for ensuring that guests know and follow the policies of the University.

At functions such as dances, concerts, and receptions where the host has fulfilled necessary requirements to hold such an event. Only those 21 or older can be served (proof of age required). Intoxicated individuals cannot enter or participate in the event and therefore cannot be served and may be asked to leave the event. No alcohol may enter or leave the event.

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Medical Amnesty

Philosophy

  • The health and safety of Arcadia University community members is of the highest significance.
  • Students must seek immediate medical attention for themselves or others when their health and/or safety are at risk.
  • Students may be reluctant to seek assistance for themselves or someone else for fear of disciplinary action.
  • Arcadia University seeks to remove barriers that prevent students from seeking the medical attention they may need.

Policy

Note: This policy only provides amnesty from violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct for students who seek immediate medical attention for themselves or individuals in a life threatening drug/alcohol related condition. The student reporting the incident must state his/her name and remain with the individual in need of medical assistance until help arrives. The policy does not grant amnesty from criminal, civil, or legal consequences for violations of Federal, State, or Local law.

a. Students who seek emergency medical attention for themselves due to consumption or use of drugs or alcohol will not be charged with applicable violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct provided that the student completes an assessment at Arcadia University Counseling Services and completes any recommended treatment plan within a reasonable time frame to be determined by Student Affairs.

b. Students who seek emergency medical attention for someone else due to consumption or use of drugs or alcohol who are likewise engaged in violations of University policy will not be charged with violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct provided that the student completes an assessment at Arcadia University Counseling Services and completes any recommended treatment plan within a reasonable time frame to be determined by Student Affairs.

c. Students who seek emergency medical attention for someone else due to consumption or use of drugs or alcohol who are not engaged in violations of University policy will be required to meet with a member of the Student Affairs staff to discuss the incident.

d. This policy applies only to those students who seek emergency medical assistance for an alcohol or drug-related medical emergency. This policy does not apply to individuals who are found to be under the influence by University employees (i.e. Public Safety, Faculty, Administrative Staff, Residence and Commuter Life Staff including Commuter or Resident Assistants).

e. The Arcadia University Medical Amnesty Policy is not intended to shield or protect those students that repeatedly violate the Code of Conduct. In egregious cases, or where repeated violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct occur, the University reserves the right to take disciplinary action on a case by case basis regardless of the manner in which the incident was reported.

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On-Campus Support

Counseling Services Alcohol and Other Drug Program
Location: Counseling Center, Ground Floor of Heinz Hall, 215-572-2967
Services include:

  • Confidential counseling for self-referred students
  • Assessment and education to mandated students
  • Consultations with faculty and staff
  • Educational outreach on campus
  • Referrals to off-campus resources when necessary
  • Maintains a library of materials to borrow
  • Collaborates with other campus departments to review AOD Policy and procedures; design and implement prevention and intervention strategies
  • Work with regional colleges and universities and local organizations to unify approaches for substance abuse prevention among college students

Any contact made with this office is held in strictest confidence. No information can be released without the individual’s consent. The service the office provides can include one session to on- going sessions throughout the year. Appointments are easy to make by calling Counseling Services at 215-572-2967.

Other Campus Resources (the last four digits can be dialed if calling on-campus)

  • Counseling Services and AOD Program, 215-572-2967
  • Andrew Goretsky, Dean of Students, 215-572-2934
  • Dian Taylor-Alleyne, Associate Dean of Students, 215-572-2932
  • Breann Donnelly, Assistant Dean of Students for Residence and Commuter Life, 215-572-4853
  • Residence Life Staff in each building

Off-Campus Support

  • Alcoholics Anonymous - self-help group for those who would like to stop drinking 215-923-7900 or www.aa.org
  • Al-Anon - self-help group for families and friends of alcohol –215-222-5244 or www.al-anon.org
  • Children of Alcoholics - self-help group derived from Al-Anon; for children who grew up around addiction; often helpful for those who have grown up in dysfunctional families – 215-333-0444 or www.adultchildren.org
  • Nar-Non - family and friends of drug addicted people – 215-446-8452
  • Narcotics Anonymous – 215-440-8400 Overeaters Anonymous – 215-674-4418
  • Gamblers Anonymous –1-888-442-7085 Contact (Crisis Hotline) – 215-879-4402
  • Outpatient Treatment Facilities

Aldersgate Youth Services, Willow Grove, Montgomery County, 215-657-4545

Inpatient Treatment Facilities

Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment 215-877- 2000 
Horsham Clinic, 215-643-7800

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Planning an Event Where Alcohol Will be Served

The following procedures and guidelines are provided to encourage responsible use of alcohol when it is provided at events. The University reserves the right to prohibit consumption of alcohol at certain events and in certain facilities. It further reserves the right to limit the days and hours of social events, the way alcohol is served and the amounts of alcohol that may be made available at a given event. Conversely, the University may stipulate areas where such beverages may be consumed under special and unique circumstances.

Initial Planning

Members of the sponsoring organization must meet with the Dean of Students at least ten days in advance of the event to discuss all aspects of the event. The meeting should occur before any commitments for purchases or contracts need to be made. (Those expected to attend must be indicated.)

Responsible Hosts

Sponsoring student groups must provide between 5 and 8 trained individuals for every 100 guests expected in attendance. Training will be held at least twice each semester. Individuals who are responsible for monitoring the entrance, checking IDs, supplying refreshments or generally hosting the events are responsible for all aspects of the event, including controlling the entrance and exits, refreshments and the condition of the facility following the events.

Distribution of Alcohol

  1. It is essential that every effort be made to assure that no one under 21 is served alcohol. Wristbands or hand stamps will be used to designate individuals who have provided proof that they are at least 21.
  2. Only those individuals with proper wristbands or hand stamps can be served alcohol.
  3. Alcohol should be directly handed to individuals who have the appropriate wristband or hand stamps.
  4. No alcohol can be consumed by those behind the bar or serving.
  5. No one should be served alcohol to or beyond the point of intoxication.
  6. Only one beverage per person is to be served at a time.
  7. The bar should close at least a half hour before the ending time of the event. Other refreshments must continue to be available.
  8. Alcohol should never be the main attraction.
  9. Adequate supply of food other than snacks must be provided along with alternative beverages.
  10. Alcohol cannot be sold without a liquor license.

Advertising

In publicity of events alcohol cannot be specifically referred to by words, symbols or designs.

Host, Hostess and Bartender Liability

Pennsylvania courts have held that if a person is furnished alcohol illegally to the point of intoxication, and as a result, injures himself or someone else, the person furnishing the alcohol can be held liable for the injury. Involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges have been successfully filed against establishments and individuals that have served visibly intoxicated minors who were injured or killed in alcohol-related incidents.

Managing Legal Risks

Social hosts, servers or organizations risk being sued each time they hold a social function. Damages for alcohol-related injuries and deaths have ranged from a few thousand dollars to over $21 million. Even if the lawsuit is unsuccessful, legal fees can still pose a substantial financial burden for the defendant.

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Reason for Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

The primary mission of Arcadia University faculty and staff is to educate students, in and out of the classroom, to prepare them for life in a rapidly changing global society. We recognize that alcohol and other drugs are a part of this global society and therefore approach the issue of substance use in a way that educates while holding students accountable for their actions and for the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We also know that alcohol and other drug abuse can interfere with a student’s ability to fully participate in the educational mission of the University and that alcohol and other drug abuse is the number one health problem on college campuses. Our primary appeal to students who choose to drink is that they make legal and low-risk choices that do not interfere with their overall health or their ability to take full advantage of the opportunities offered to them at the University.

Arcadia University staff and faculty value personal accountability, care for oneself and respect for others in the community; therefore, in compliance with the Drug Free Workplace act of 1988(P.L. 100-690) and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989(P.O. 101-206), the University community recommends that all students read and understand the following information. This information applies to all members of the University community. University employees must adhere to the guidelines found in the Faculty Handbook and the Staff Handbook. All visitors are expected to comply with this policy.

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Searches

The University has a responsibility to protect its buildings and property. The University may conduct a search in a residence hall or apartment for inspection, repair, and insurance of compliance with federal, state and local criminal laws as well as University policies where there is reason to believe that a violation has occurred. In such instances, students are expected to cooperate with University personnel as they perform their duties.

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Suggested Minimum Sanctions for Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Violations

 

Alcohol and Other Drug Offenses

In keeping with the educational mission of the University and its commitment to personal accountability, a student who violates the policy for the first time is usually given sanctions that are intended to inform his or her decisions about use of alcohol and other drugs. However, significant violations, even for a first-time violator, may be assigned sanctions that fall under AOD II or III. Examples include marijuana possession, use, or distribution.

Alcohol and Other Drug I

This sanction is generally issued for a first offense, unless the severity of the offense dictates that AOD II or III would be more appropriate.

Alcohol and Other Drug II

Significant violations (violations that result in hospitalization, involvement of law enforcement, and other offenses deemed significant by Student Affairs) require assessment via the Counseling Services staff. As the Counseling Center schedule permits, requirements must be met within thirty (30) days from the receipt of the sanction.

Alcohol and Other Drug III

Students whose behavior is significantly disruptive to the community, or that undermines community standards may be sanctioned to AOD III. Off-campus assessment by an external agency is required. The off-campus provider should be given permission to communicate with the conduct officer recommendations.

Additional Sanctions 

Additional sanctions may include one or a combination of the following at any level of the Alcohol and Other Drug program, based upon the violation.

  • Disciplinary probation;
  • Mandated assessment at a facility approved by the hearing officer. The facility must provide the hearing officer with a report following the assessment. The hearing officer may set a time limit in which this assessment must occur. The assessment will be at the expense of the student;
  • Parental notification. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), institutions may reveal information about violations of University policies related to alcohol and other drugs;
  • Suspension or removal from University Housing; restriction from residence halls or university events.

A student who continues to violate the University AOD policy may be referred to the University Judicial Board and face possible suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the University.

Non-Compliance

Students are provided step-by-step instructions and rationale for sanctions in conduct hearings, via sanction letters, and in follow-up discussions with conduct officers. Failure to complete sanctions in the allotted time indicates apathy toward our community standards and philosophy of accountability. Therefore, failure to comply with sanctions may result in fines or additional sanctions as appropriate. Below are typical guidelines; however, additional sanctions are at the discretion of the conduct officer and may include items not listed below.

Failure to Comply

AOD I Failure to Comply:

  • Failure to attend AOD I Session or complete assigned AOD I homework:  
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
  • Subsequent absence at AOD I session or incomplete homework:
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
  • Meeting with a conduct officer:
    • Disciplinary probation, restriction from events, housing, removal from housing are all potential consequences.

AOD II Failure to Comply:

  • Failure to attend both mandated appointments with Counselor:
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
    • Consistent non-compliance could result in extended disciplinary probation, removal from housing, restriction from housing, and restriction from campus events.

AOD III Failure to Comply:

  • Failure to produce documentation of off-campus mandated assessment in a timely manner, failure to attend follow-up with Counseling Services, and any other AOD III sanctions:
    • Removal/restriction from housing
    • Restriction from campus events
    • Extended disciplinary probation
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.

Quick Checklist 

AOD 1 

  • Prior to your appointment, you must complete both the e-CHUG and the e-TOKE assessments, and print out your results (a total of about 18 pages). Bring your printed results to your session.
  • Schedule and complete a one-session assessment with Dr. Nicole Young, AOD Coordinator.
    • You need to be 10 minutes early, to complete paperwork. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be turned away and you may be fined.
    • Sign a release of confidentiality form to grant permission for Counseling Services to give completed attendance and counseling recommendations to Student Affairs.
    • Sessions last for 30 minutes.
  • $100 fine for non-compliance of homework completion or attendance.

AOD 2

  • Payment of a $100 fine.
  • Schedule and complete a two-session assessment with Dr. Nicole Young, AOD Coordinator.
    • You need to be 10 minutes early, to complete paperwork. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be turned away and you may be fined.
    • Sign a release of confidentiality form to grant permission for Counseling Services to give completed attendance and counseling recommendations to Student Affairs.
    • Sessions last for 45-50 minutes each.
  • Additional $100 fine for each missed session.
  • Completion of any additional sanctions assigned by the hearing officer.

AOD 3

  • Payment of a $200 fine.
  • Disciplinary probation possible.
  • Removal from housing.
  • Required off campus counseling assessment. See Resources page for provider recommendations.
  • Schedule and complete a one-session follow-up with Dr. Nicole Young, AOD Coordinator, to review off-campus assessment treatment recommendations.
    • You need to be 10 minutes early, to complete paperwork. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be turned away and you may be fined.
    • Sign a release of confidentiality form to grant permission for Counseling Services to give completed attendance and counseling recommendations to Student Affairs.
    • Session lasts for 45-50 minutes.
    • Additional $100 fine for each missed session.
  • Parental notification.
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Violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

Please note: Violations are accrued over a student’s career at the University. A student who violates University policy or the law will be subject to University disciplinary actions and may be subject to criminal prosecution. Ignorance of the law or policy is not an excuse for any violations.

Violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug policy include:

  1. The possession, consumption, purchase, attempt to purchase, or transportation of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age.
  2. The furnishing of any alcoholic beverage to those under 21 years of age.
  3. The sale, possession, production, purchase, use, or being under the influence of any illegal drugs on University premises, at University-sponsored activities, or the possession of paraphernalia that can be used with illegal drugs.
  4. Regardless of age, the reckless use of alcohol resulting in disorderly, intoxicated, or offensive behavior.
  5. The consumption of alcohol in public places or buildings on University grounds. A public place is defined as all space other than individual rooms, suites, apartments, or private offices.
  6. The distribution of alcohol at a University sponsored event without following the appropriate notification procedures through the Student Affairs Office.
  7. Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  8. The possession or use of grain alcohol, beer kegs or beer balls on property owned or operated by the University including residence halls or at any campus events for which alcohol has not been approved.
  9. The participation in, or sponsorship of, activities which cause rapid intake of alcohol including drinking games, use of funnels, possession of paraphernalia that supports these activities including beer pong tables, funnels, etc. and securing party buses or other high occupancy vehicles to transport students to events at locations whose primary purpose is to serve alcohol.
  10. Any display of empty alcohol containers by students under the age of 21 or the public display of empty alcohol containers by students aged 21 or over.
  11. Coercing another to drink or to use illegal drugs.
  12. Becoming injured or in need of medical care due to excessive drinking or other drug use.
  13. The witnessing of policy violations.

Note: Students who are in a situation in which laws or policies are being violated may receive a warning or a sanction from a hearing officer depending on circumstances. Students in these situations should make good decisions regarding their continued participation in any activity in which laws or policies are being violated.

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Code of Academic Responsibility

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Code of Academic Responsibility

Code of Academic Responsibility

The life of any community depends on the integrity and personal honesty of its members. An academic community must pay special attention to the values which define the nature of the academic life. Historically, these have included the right to freedom of inquiry, a commitment to truth, and respect for the freedom of inquiry of others.

A distinguishing characteristic of an academic community is the way it combines competitive and cooperative values. On the one hand, education is a shared task and progress comes through cooperative efforts. Toward that end, Arcadia University encourages peer review—discussing ideas with peers, reading drafts of their work, and so on.

On the other hand, new ideas are the currency of the community, and it is important to acknowledge the individual ownership of ideas. It is a serious violation of the norms of the academic community to appropriate the ideas of other people without credit or permission, and it is important to learn to discriminate between exploitation and the legitimate use of the ideas of others.

The most general rule is that any use of another person’s ideas—whether the source is published or not—should be acknowledged fully and in detail. Since disciplines show some differences on how this should be done, instructors should be consulted as to the form and nature of the acknowledgments required by each field.

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Code-related Procedures

Procedures For Taking Examinations, Tests and Quizzes:

  1. To eliminate suspicious behavior during any type of examination all books, notes, note cards, papers, materials and instruments are to be left in a designated location away from the testing area, except for those materials previously specified by the faculty member.
  2. The faculty member may remain in the room. If the faculty member leaves the room after the initial questions have been asked, he/she must remain accessible and may return to answer questions that arise during the examination.
  3. Requests for clarification of questions must be directed only to the faculty member.
  4. Silence is to be maintained in the exam room.
  5. If possible, students should occupy every other seat.
  6. You are not to leave the test area unless an emergency arises, or by grant of permission. Faculty members’ policies on leaving the testing area should be specified beforehand. If you do leave the room, your test paper must be left behind.
  7. In fairness to all students, you must finish the examination by the end of the examination period. You may request another student to discontinue writing at the end of the allotted time. The examination time can be lengthened only if granted at the beginning of the period and only if the extension applies to all students.

Procedures for Papers, Reports, and Other Written Work

  1. When preparing all written work, take great care to fully acknowledge the source or sources of all ideas, language, diagrams, charts, or images (including but not limited to drawings, designs or photographs) etc., which are not your own. If you intentionally appropriate the ideas, images or language of another person and present them without attribution, you are committing plagiarism. This includes the purchase or acquisition of papers from any source. For specific questions consult with the faculty member, but the following rules must be observed:
  • Any sequence of words appearing in your essay which are not your own must be enclosed in quotation marks and the source identified in a manner designated by the instructor.
  • A paraphrase should not be enclosed in quotation marks, but should be footnoted and the source given.
  • An interpretation based on an identifiable source must be so attributed.

      2. If you wish to seek assistance from another student (i.e., proofreading for typographical errors), consult your instructor to determine if such assistance is permissible. If permitted, such assistance should be acknowledged in             the written work.

Procedures for Laboratory Work

Unless otherwise directed, you are expected to make all necessary measurements, drawings and calculations independently, based on your own work. Observations, including numerical data for working out results, are to be collected and used independently.

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Violations of the Code of Academic Responsibility

It is the responsibility of all students to understand the standards and methods of proper attribution and to clarify with each instructor the standards, expectation, and reference techniques appropriate to the subject area and class requirements, including group work and internet use. Students are encouraged to seek out information about these methods from instructors and other resources and to apply this information in all submissions of academic work. Each of the following constitutes a violation of the Code of Academic Responsibility:

I. Plagiarism: A. Appropriating the ideas, concepts, images (including but not limited to drawings, designs, or photographs) or language of another person and presenting them without attribution, constitutes plagiarism. Great care should be taken in academic work to acknowledge fully the source or sources of all ideas, language, diagrams, charts, etc. For specific questions the faculty member should be consulted, but the following rules must be observed:

Any sequence of words which are taken verbatim from another source must be enclosed in quotation marks and the source identified in the manner designated by the instructor.
Paraphrases and interpretations from a source should have the source identified.
Unless otherwise directed, students doing laboratory work are expected to make all necessary measurements, drawings and calculations independently, based on their own work. Observations, including numerical data, are to be collected independently.
Borrowing various words, ideas, phrases, or data from original sources and blending them with one's own requires acknowledging the sources.
If instructors permit seeking assistance of other students on academic work, the exact nature of the assistance must be acknowledged in detail. This includes papers, laboratory work, and computer programs.
Any use of a commercial writing service is forbidden.

II. Other Academic Misconduct: A. Submitting the same work for credit in more than one course without permission of each instructor involved. B. Attempting to give or to receive unauthorized assistance on academic work, and attempting to hinder others in their academic work. C. Furnishing false information to University officials on matters relating to academic work. This is to include but not be limited to:

False information provided for the purpose of obtaining special consideration (for example, postponement of examinations or of deadlines for written work).
Fraudulent registration for classes.
Signing the name of an absent person to an attendance sheet.
Reporting the results of experiments or surveys not performed.

D. Attempting to gain unauthorized access to exams or tests. E. Cheating during examinations, which includes:

Attempting to look at another student’s exam.
Attempting to communicate concerning the content of the exam with another student.
Attempting to use any materials (such as notebooks, notes, textbooks) not specifically authorized by the faculty member.

F. Failure to follow any of the procedures outlined above in regard to taking examinations, tests and quizzes. G. Failure to sign a book or periodical out of the Library or from other consortium libraries. 

Procedures for Reporting Violations

  1. A student who has violated academic regulations, may self report to the faculty member involved within 36 hours of the infraction.
  2. A student who suspects that a violation has occurred, may submit to the instructor of the course a written, dated and signed report of the suspected violation within 14 days of witnessing or discovering the violation. Persons who have knowledge of the violation may be summoned by the faculty member to be questioned, or may be called to give testimony before the Judicial Board.
  3. Charges against students which cannot be resolved by the end of the semester may be continued to the next semester.

Procedures for Determining Level of Responsibility for Violations and Penalties 

After a violation has been alleged, one of the two following procedures must be followed: I. The student who is accused of the violation and the faculty member involved may choose to have the faculty member decide the case and assess the penalties as he or she determines. There will be no appeal process for cases decided in this fashion.

  1. A faculty member who suspects a student of violating academic regulations will notify the student of the allegation, within seven days of the discovery by the faculty member, and of the grounds for suspicion.
  2. Within seven days of this notification, the student must sign a Statement of the Charges form agreeing to abide by the decision of the faculty member.
  3. Should the faculty member find the student to be responsible for the infraction, the faculty member must submit the Statement of the Charges form to the Dean of Students describing the violation and the penalties applied within one week of the resolution of the case. A copy of this form must be sent to the student. The form will be kept in the student’s file in the Student Affairs Office for a period of five years.
  4. Should the Dean of Students find upon receipt of the form that the student has previous violations, the Dean of Students shall promptly consult the Chairperson of the Judicial Board for purposes of convening a hearing before the Board to determine the sanctions to be imposed. The Board shall follow the procedures set down for pre-hearing notification of the accused student, for the conduct of the hearing to determine the sanctions, and for the post-hearing.
  5. If, within a reasonable period of time after a decision is rendered, new evidence becomes available or extraordinary circumstances are revealed, a student may request the Judicial Board to reconsider the case. Such a request must be made in a letter addressed to the Dean of Students, who will then consult with the Chairperson of the Judicial Board as called for in the pre-hearing procedures to decide whether to grant the request.

II. The student accused of the violation, or the faculty member involved, may choose to have the case heard directly by the Judicial Board.

  1. In this instance, the party so choosing must present to the Dean of Students a written, dated and signed statement of the reasons for the hearing within 15 days of discovery of the violation.
  2. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the Chairperson of the Judicial Board, will initiate the pre-hearing procedures followed by the Board, and, if warranted, the hearing, sanction, and post-hearing procedures.
  3. Should the Dean of Students be aware of previous violations by the student, or be made so aware examining the student’s file, such information must be withheld from every member of the Judicial Board until such time as the accused student may be found responsible for the violations under consideration. After such a determination of the level of responsibility, the Board will consult with the Dean of Students to learn of any previous violations and will use such knowledge in determining the sanctions.
  4. The faculty member involved must await the results of the Board’s procedures before assessing any penalties in the course.
  5. If the student is found responsible for the infraction, the Board must submit a letter to the Dean of Students describing the violation and the penalties applied.
  6. This letter will be kept in the student’s file for five years. A copy must be sent to the student and to the faculty member involved.
  7. In every case concerning academic integrity, the faculty member has the final authority for determining penalties to be applied within the course. Sanctions as called for in the procedures of the Judicial Board involving course grades are only advisory to the faculty member involved. The Judicial Board has authority to determine administrative sanctions.

Please direct all questions to the Student Affairs Office in Knight Hall, 215-572-2933.

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Disciplinary Procedures

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Administrative Action

The Dean of Students (or designee) may impose administrative sanctions such as warning, reprimands, fines or restitution, educational workshops, censure, probation and denial of privileges in the use of facilities whenever this becomes necessary to operate and protect property of the University properly. Alleged violations that are serious enough to warrant possible suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the University will be referred to the Judicial Board (see section on Judicial Board).  In addition, students who are on Disciplinary Probation may be referred to the Judicial Board for alleged minor violations of University policy.  Alleged violations of the Code of Academic Responsibility and of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking are not managed through Administrative Action, there are specific procedures for resolution of those complaints (see Sexual Misconduct policy).

Adjudication of violations of University housing policies and the University Housing Agreement are entirely within the jurisdiction of the Student Affairs Office. Sanctions involving suspension, dismissal and expulsion from University housing may be appealed to the Dean of Students (or designee). The decision of the Dean of Students on these matters is final, but in some instances, by request of the Dean of Students, in consultation with the Board chair, a case may be heard by the Judicial Board.

Persons accused of violations of other University Policies that would likely not result in suspension or dismissal, will have the matter dealt with through an administrative hearing. Typically only cases that could result in suspension, dismissal or expulsion are reviewed by the Judicial Board.  At the Dean of Student’s (or designee’s) discretion a Judicial Board hearing can be requested in situations that would likely not result in suspension, dismissal or expulsion.  This request would be made in situations when an impartial administrative hearing officer could not be obtained to hear the case.

Determinations of responsibility made through an administrative hearing can be appealed to the Dean of Students (or designee as outlined in the notification of outcome letter).  In cases where the Dean of Students serves as the hearing officer then the determination can be appealed to the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (or designee).  Determination of responsibility made through a Judicial Board can be appealed to the Appellate Board (see section on Appellate Board).  The only grounds for appeal are:

  • New evidence that was not available at the time of the original adjudication or investigation that could significantly impact the outcome of the original adjudication; and/or
  • A substantive or procedural error(s) occurred at the time of the adjudication that had a material impact on the outcome of the adjudication.
  • Dissatisfaction with the outcome of the hearing is not grounds for an appeal.

The appeal request shall consist of a plain, concise, and complete written statement outlining the ground(s) for the appeal and all relevant information to substantiate the basis for the appeal.  The Appellate Officer (e.g. Dean of Students, Vice President of EMSA, or designee) will consider the merits of the appeal only on the basis of the two grounds for appeal and the supporting information provided in the written request.  The Appellate Officer can:

  • Affirm the decision of the original adjudication, denying the appeal;
  • Grant the appeal and alter the findings, and/or alter the outcomes, depending on the basis of the requested appeal.
  • Grant the appeal because of new evidence, request that the case be reconsidered by the original hearing officer to consider the new evidence.

We value education as an important tool in helping students take a look at their decision-making. Follow up and further care will be determined on an individual basis. If necessary, outside referral or concurrent therapy with the Counseling Center staff or the Alcohol and other Drugs Educator/Counselor may be required. Additional information on these procedures and sanctions are explained in New Student Orientation, Residence Hall meetings and policy discussions, and through Commuter Assistants.

Interim Action – 

The university reserves the right to take prompt, interim, necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community. Interim action may be imposed by the Dean of Students or designee on a student who is suspected of violating the Student Code of Conduct, any rules, regulations, or procedures of the university, or otherwise poses a safety risk to the campus. Interim action can be taken until there is a resolution to student conduct, disciplinary action, or a hearing can be completed. This action assumes no determination of responsibility and the student conduct process will be held as soon as possible. Interim action may include, but not limited to No Contact Directives, academic accommodations, housing accommodations, etc.

 

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Administrative Hearing

Administrative Hearings are conduct hearings led by Hearing Officers.

After a report regarding an incident is submitted to Student Affairs, contact is initiated with the student in alleged violation of policy. All contact will be made via Arcadia e-mail. All Arcadia University students are expected to check their Arcadia e-mail on a regular basis. Failure to do so is not a valid excuse for failing to receive this notification. The student is instructed to make an appointment with a hearing officer (usually an Area Coordinator) as soon as possible and no later than the timeframe outlined in the notice of hearing communication. This communication generally goes out within five business days of receipt of the report.  However, this time period could be delayed depending on the time of year and other priorities within Student Affairs.

During the meeting, the student has an opportunity to describe the alleged incident. Decisions are not made at the time of the meeting. Possible sanctions are discussed. If appropriate, a letter is sent via Arcadia e-mail which includes the charges of violations and the determined sanctions. Appeals are only valid in cases where a violation in hearing procedures are alleged to have occurred which directly affect the outcome of the case or new evidence which was not available during the hearing becomes available.  Generally, appeals will not be granted if the appeal request is submitted outside the appeal timeline that is outlined in the hearing outcome letter. In appropriate cases, appeals may be submitted within 48 hours of the receipt of the decision letter.  If new evidence or sufficient procedural discrepancies exist an appeal may be granted.

 

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Administrative Hearing Procedures

Administrative Hearing Procedures

The following are the procedures for an administrative hearing to determine individual responsibility of alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct that do not involve violations of the Code of Academic Responsibility; Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking (see separate sections of handbook for process related to these violations).  While there may be disciplinary sanctions and remedies imposed following an administrative hearing the purpose is to be educational, corrective, and developmental.  An Administrative Hearings will not be utilized in cases where the student could be suspended or dismissed from the institution.  In those situations the case will be referred to a Judicial Board.

Following the receipt of information regarding alleged violations of university policy by the Student Affairs office the case will be assigned to a hearing officer.  The student will receive a hearing notice from the hearing officer and it will outline the alleged charges and procedures for meeting with the hearing officer.

In general, hearing notifications will be sent to the student within 5 business days of receipt of information regarding the alleged violation.  The time for distribution of a hearing notice may be extended as necessary.  However, all efforts will be made to deliver hearing notices as soon as possible.  Reasons for a delay in distribution of a hearing notice include, but are not limited to, longer period of time needed to investigate allegation, other situations are prioritized over the alleged violation due to the severity of other situations, etc.

A student in receipt of a hearing notice is required to respond to the hearing notice as outlined in the letter.  Typically students are expected to respond within 24 hours of receipt of a hearing notice to schedule a time to meet with the hearing officer.  All hearing notifications will be sent via Arcadia University email and it is expected that students will be checking their Arcadia email daily.  Failure to respond to the hearing office may result in decisions being made regarding a student’s involvement in an alleged violation without their input.

The hearing is meant to be educational, corrective, and developmental and therefore is a conversation between the student and the hearing officer.  In general, no other individuals are allowed to be present during the hearing.  During the meeting, the hearing officer will present the information they have regarding the situation with accompanying evidence. The student will then have the opportunity to present their side of the situation and either take responsibility or not take responsibility for the alleged violation.  Decisions are not made at the time of the meeting.  Possible sanctions will be discussed. Generally, only one meeting will be necessary for the hearing officer to make a decision.  However in some circumstances (e.g. incidents that involve multiple students), new information may present itself during the process of adjudication of the full incident.  In cases when new information is presented to the hearing officer following a student’s individual hearing and before a decision has been made it is possible that the hearing officer will request an additional meeting.  A decision will not be made about any new information without giving the student an opportunity to respond to that information.  

Appeal information can be found in the section on Administrative Actions.

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Appellate Board

The Appellate Board shall consider timely appeals of decisions made by the Judicial Board pertaining to violations of the Code of Academic Responsibility. Appeals can be made during the appeal time frame only on the grounds that an error was made in the pre-hearing or hearing procedure which affected the outcome of the hearing. Plus, when there is new evidence which was not previously available. The Appellate Board shall automatically review the sanction(s) imposed in cases where the decision of the Judicial Board involves recommendation of suspension, dismissal or expulsion. When an action requires suspension, dismissal, or expulsion, students who wish to appeal the findings of the Appellate Board may submit an appeal in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  The Appellate Board does not apply to cases heard through a hearing process or for violations of Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking.  Please see that policy for more information about the appeal process in those cases.

Membership

  1. The Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies or designee, who shall be Chairperson in cases of Academic Dishonesty, or the Dean of Students or designee who shall be Chairperson in all other cases.
  2. One member of the faculty appointed by the Provost and not currently serving on the Judicial Board.
  3. The President of the Student Government Organization or designee.
  4. If a member of the Appellate Board should disqualify himself or herself from serving on the Board, or is unable to serve, the Provost of the University shall appoint a comparable replacement.

Procedures

  1. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost or the Dean of Students shall forward a copy of the letter requesting an appeal to the members of the Appellate Board, and shall convene the members.
  2. The Student Affairs Office will forward all records of the case being appealed.
  3. The Appellate Board shall review the letter, the case records from the Student Affairs Office, and the grounds upon which the appeal is based, and decide whether or not sufficient grounds exist to hear the appeal.
  4. The Appellate Board shall formulate its decision based upon the official records of the hearing from the Student Affairs Office and the appealing person’s written statement. If, however, the Appellate Board decides that the appeal is of such magnitude that it warrants a new hearing, it shall conduct such a hearing based upon the guidelines of the Judicial Board.
  5. After reviewing an appeal, the Appellate Board may decide as follows:
  • To deny the appeal, in which case the original decision shall stand/be in effect.
  • To rule in favor of the appeal, in which case the original decision may be modified, reduced or dismissed.
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Interim Suspension

A student who is facing a charge of a serious offense, even before the adjudication of that charge by the appropriate hearing body, may be suspended temporarily from participation in University activities if, in the judgment of the President of the University or the President's designee, the student is a danger to themself, or to the safety of persons or property on University premises, or poses a threat of immediate disruptive interference with the normal conduct of University activities. Subject to the emergency nature of the situation, the President or designee shall afford the student the opportunity to challenge the evidence and shall make every effort to have the hearing at the earliest practicable time.

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Judicial Board

The Judicial Board is responsible for adjudicating alleged violations of any University regulations and student-made regulations. It has jurisdiction over alleged violations of the Code of Academic Responsibility when the violation is not the first offense or when either the accused student or the instructor concerned so requests. Alleged violations of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking that reach a Board level are not managed through this process, there are specific Board procedures for resolution of those complaints (see policy).

Since many violations of University regulations are traditionally and properly subject to administrative action, generally only those offenses which are serious, subject to serious penalties, or offenses involving misconduct not already customarily dealt with by some specific department of the University shall call for Judicial Board action. Decisions about whether a case is properly in the domain of Judicial Board shall be made jointly by the Dean of Students and the Judicial Board Chairperson, subject to review by Judicial Board as a whole. (See Administrative Action.)

I. The membership of the Board shall be constituted as follows:

A. At least three members of the faculty appointed by the President on recommendation by the Faculty Senate. One of these faculty members shall be Chairperson and shall vote only in the case of a tie. The Chairperson should be someone who has previously served as a member of the Board.

B. At least two students selected by the appropriate student government body.

C. A quorum for a hearing of the Judicial Board is defined as two student members and two faculty members (excluding the chair person).

II. Pre-hearing

A. The following pre-hearing procedures will be coordinated through the Student Affairs Office, in the order listed below:

  1. Any person or persons who witness or who have knowledge of any violation of University regulations or student regulations shall submit a written, dated and signed report of the alleged violation to the Student Affairs Office within 14 days of the discovery of the violation.  This period of time may be extended at the discretion of the Dean of Students (or designee).
  2. If the alleged violation is of the Code of Academic Responsibility, then the involvement of Judicial Board may be initiated in two ways:  

    A student accused of violating the Code, or the instructor concerned, may request a hearing by the Board. In that case, either the student or the faculty member must present to the Dean of Students a written, dated, and signed statement of the reasons for the hearing within 15 days of the violation or its discovery.  

    A faculty member who has chosen to deal with a violation of the Code himself or herself notifies the Dean of Students of the action taken in the case, and if it is determined that this is not the student’s first offense. In that event, the Dean of Students notifies the student that a Judicial Board hearing will be held for the purposes of determining a sanction for the offense.

  3. The Dean of Students or his or her designee shall promptly inform the Chairperson of the Judicial Board of the charges.
  4. As soon as possible after receiving the written report, the Dean of Students or his or her designee, in consultation with the Chairperson of the Judicial Board, will assess whether there is sufficient evidence to bring a case before the Board. If a case is to be brought, the Dean of Students or his or her designee will formulate the charges against the accused student(s), in consultation with the Chairperson of the Board and the person(s) reporting the violation. If no case is to be presented, the Dean of Students or his or her designee will inform the person(s) reporting the alleged violation as to why charges are not being brought to the Board.
  5. The Dean of Students (or designee) and the Chairperson of Judicial Board will set a date and time for the hearing. The hearing should be set at least seven days, but no more than fourteen days, after written statement of the charges is received by the accused. The right to seven days’ notice of a hearing, and the right to have a hearing within fourteen days may be waived by the accused student, but it must be done so in a signed, dated statement. At the end of a semester, a hearing may be held within 7 days of receipt of the charges by the accused, provided the accused waives his or her right to have at least 7 days’ notice and provided it is possible to convene the Judicial Board. Otherwise, the hearing will take place within 3 weeks of the beginning of the following semester. The timetable for adjudication may be accelerated for students graduating from the University in order to complete the process prior to graduation ceremonies.
  6. The accused student shall be given a written statement of charges being brought against him/her/hir. The statement shall describe the charges with sufficient particularity to enable the student to prepare a defense. The student is to be notified of the date, time and place of the hearing, of the right to choose an advisor from among the faculty or staff of the University, of the right to submit any pertinent evidence and to call witnesses. (A student may have a member of the faculty/staff as an advisor, who will be present during the hearing, although the student may also, in writing, waive the right to an advisor. Although students may choose any member of the University faculty/staff as advisor, the Provost will designate two members of the faculty, who are familiar with the procedures of the Judicial Board, as advisors. The names of these faculty members will be given as suggested advisors to students appearing before the Board. Students may, if they wish, consult an attorney, but the attorney may not be present at the hearing.)
  7. The Dean of Students (or designee) will notify the members of the Board of the date, time, and place of the hearing.
  8. The Dean of Students (or designee), will investigate the charges and will present the case against the accused.

 

III. Hearing

A. The hearing shall be held on the Arcadia University campus, but it shall be closed to all except the following: members of the Judicial Board, specified witnesses and advisors, the accused student, person(s) reporting the case, and members of the Arcadia University community whose special knowledge is deemed important to the full consideration of the case by the Board and who may be invited to the hearing for advice and information at the request of the Chairperson.

B. The accused student shall be required to appear in person and to present his or her defense, if any, to the Judicial Board. If without just cause a student fails to appear, an additional charge of contempt of the Board may be entered, and the Chair of the Judicial Board may determine whether to proceed with the hearing.

C. A tape recording of the proceedings should be made. The accused is to be informed of the existence of these summary records, which will be kept on file in the Student Affairs Office for five years, and of his or her right to have access to these records in the case of an appeal.

D. The hearing shall begin with a review of the hearing procedures with the accused. This review is to be made a part of the record.

E. The hearing coordinator will next read the charges.

F. The Chairperson shall ask the accused to respond to the charges as read. Should the accused admit the charges, or if the hearing is due to a second (or succeeding) violation of the Code of Academic Responsibility, the Board will then proceed with the hearing for the purpose of determining the sanction to be imposed. Should the accused not admit to the charges, the Board proceeds to hear evidence as to the level of responsibility of the accused.

G. The Judicial Board shall not be bound by the technical rules of evidence, but may hear or receive any testimony or evidence which is relevant and material to the issue presented by the charges and which will contribute to a full and fair consideration of the charges.

H. The accused will not be considered responsible unless or until allegations are admitted to or proven in the hearing. The standard of proving one responsible shall be the preponderance of evidence.

I. If at issue in the hearing is the level of responsibility of the accused student, and should the Dean of Students (or designee) be aware of previous violations by the student, such information must be withheld from every member of Judicial Board until the student is found responsible for the violation of the charges under consideration.

J. The Dean of Students (or designee) will present the case, bringing appropriate witnesses and evidence before the Board.

K. The accused is then given the opportunity to challenge or refute the charges in whole or in part, to call the present witnesses, and to submit other pertinent evidence.

L. With the exception of charges of sexual assault and related sex offenses (see separate policy for Board Hearing process for violation of the Sexual Misconduct policy) both the accuser and the accused shall be present during these presentations and shall have the opportunity at reasonable times to question witnesses or to ask for clarification of any testimony or evidence. The Chair has the responsibility to ensure that all questioning of witnesses and of parties must be specifically related to the charges presented. Submission of written reports in lieu of the presence of a witness will be permitted in situations where it is unreasonable for a witness to appear or at the discretion of the Dean of Students (or designee). If either party challenges the fairness of such documentation, the Chair will decide, based upon (1) the relevance and substantiality of the evidence so presented and (2) the importance of the principle that accused persons have the right to confront witnesses.

M. During the entire presentation, members of the Board have the right to ask questions at reasonable time of those presenting testimony or evidence.

N. The Chairperson of the Board, at the end of the presentations, shall summarize the presentations of both sides.

O. The accused, accuser(s) and any advisors and witnesses will be dismissed while the members of the Board deliberate on the case in private to decide whether the accused student is responsible and/or sanctions. Decisions shall be made by majority vote of the members of the Board present at the hearing. The Board shall consider only the evidence that results from the hearing, and that which is pertinent to the case in question.

IV. Sanctions

A. If a student is found responsible for a violation of a University regulation, the Judicial Board shall impose one or a combination of the following sanctions or alternative sanctions when they seem appropriate. In every case concerning academic integrity, the faculty member has the final authority for determining penalties to be applied within the course. Sanctions applied by the Judicial Board that involve grades are advisory to the faculty member concerned. But violations of the Code of Academic Responsibility are also liable to the other sanctions. After the Board has made a finding of responsibility, the Board will consult with the Dean of Students to learn of any previous violations, and will use such knowledge to determine the sanctions appropriate to the case. Students reporting their own violation shall be given special consideration in the determination of penalty. 

V. Post-hearing

A. Once a decision has been reached, the accused student shall be informed of the decision and sanctions, if any, in person or by telephone by the Judicial Board Chairperson.

B. The decision and the sanctions, if any, shall be communicated to the person in writing within 48 hours of the decision by the Dean of Students (or designee). This letter shall include a statement of the student’s right to appeal the decision to the Appellate Board, on procedural grounds, and the procedure for doing so.

C. In the case of a violation of the Code of Academic Responsibility, a copy of the letter shall also be sent to the faculty member involved. If the sanction decided upon by the Judicial Board involves a grade, the Board’s decision is only advisory to the faculty member. The faculty member shall forward a reply to the Chairperson of the Board, indicating the action taken. This action will be kept on file with the other records of the case.

D. If the sanction decided upon by the Board involves suspension, dismissal, or expulsion, this recommendation will be reviewed automatically by the Appellate Board. In these cases, the Chairperson of the Judicial Board will send a copy of the Board’s recommendation, together with all records of the case, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost or the Dean of Students, as appropriate.

E. A copy of the record and tape recordings of the hearing, and a copy of the letter to the accused student relating the decision shall be kept on file in the Student Affairs Office for five years. The record and tape recordings of the hearing are property of the University and may be reviewed, but not copied, by the accused, accuser(s) and any advisors to those individuals. In cases where the Judicial Board only recommends a sanction and does not have final approval, a record of the final action taken will be maintained with the other records from the case. All reports will be destroyed after five years. The only actions recorded on a student’s permanent file are suspension, dismissal and expulsion, unless the Judicial Board has specifically instructed such a recording to be made and has so informed the student.

F. If, within a reasonable period after a decision is made, new evidence becomes available, or other extraordinary circumstances are revealed, the Judicial Board may be asked to reconsider the case. Such a request must be made in a letter addressed to the Dean of Students, who will then consult with the Chairperson of the Judicial Board as called for in the pre-hearing procedures to decide whether to grant the request.

G. In addition to automatic review by the Appellate Board of decisions involving suspension, dismissal, and expulsion, any party in a case who wishes to appeal a disciplinary action or a decision shall present, within one week of the receipt of the decision, his or her request in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost or the Dean of Students, as Chairperson of the Appellate Board. Appeals to the Appellate Board may be made only on the grounds that an error was made in the pre-hearing or hearing procedures which affected the outcome of the hearing. The letter requesting a hearing by the Appellate Board shall state the basis or reasons for the appeal. Any action assessed by the Judicial Board shall be held in suspension until acted upon by the Appellate Board.

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Student Conduct Board

A Student Conduct Board may be convened to review minor University housing violations such as offenses involving noise, vandalism and other violations of community standards referred by the Assistant Dean of Students for Residence and Commuter Life or his or her designee. Trained resident students would be utilized in building a peer review system for offenses to the residential community. This board would allow students to be directly involved in positively influencing the quality of life in University housing. Coordinated by the Associate Dean of Students, and approved by the Dean of Students, procedures would allow for a panel of not less than five (5) resident students to deliberate on cases within University housing.

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Hazing Policy

Hazing is a violation of University policy and Pennsylvania state law. Hazing includes but is not limited to behaviors occurring on or off campus that are physically, emotionally, or psychologically humiliating or abusive, or endanger the health or safety of an individual or selected group of individuals as part of the process of gaining entrance or acceptance into an established group, team, or organization. Any activity as described in this definition upon which the initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, or continued membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be "forced" activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.

Hazing includes but is not limited to subjecting an individual to extreme mental stress or encouraging or requiring willful destruction or removal of public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition of continued membership in any organization. The term "hazing" shall also include, but not be limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance, or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health and safety of the individual, and includes activities subjecting persons to extreme mental stress, including sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual.

ANTI HAZING REPORT

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Sexual Misconduct Policy

What is Title IX?

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

As an equal opportunity educational institution and employer, Arcadia University is committed to providing learning, living and working environments that are free from discrimination on the basis of sex for students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. The University provides guidance for students, faculty and staff according to Arcadia’s Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking.

Nora Nelle serves as the University's Title IX Coordinator.  Her contact information is as follows:
Nora Nelle, Title IX Coordinator, nellen@arcadia.edu, 782 Limekiln Pike, 215-517-2659

Where Can I Find Help?

The following campus resource offices also are available to assist members of Arcadia’s community and visitors to the campus and provide information regarding options for support and counseling as well as options for where to file a grievance or complaint. Regardless of where or when an incident of sexual misconduct occurred, there are people in place to inform any individual about the resources, supports and options available.

  • Emergency Situations: Contact Public Safety and/or law enforcement if you are in any immediate danger.
  • Arcadia University Department of Public Safety
  • Phone: 215-572-2999 or Extension 2999 from any campus phone
  • Cheltenham Township Police Department
  • Emergency: 911
  • Phone: 215-885-1600
  • Location: 8230 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA  19027

Confidential Resources

While all individuals are encouraged to make a prompt report to law enforcement and to Arcadia, the University recognizes that an individual who has experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or stalking may choose to seek only confidential support and resources. Confidential resources will not share information with the University nor will speaking with a confidential resource trigger action by the University unless there is an immediate threat to self or others, or if a minor is involved.  Those resources include the following:

Medical Attention

Abington Memorial Hospital

  • Phone: 215-481-2000 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) 
  • Location: 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001
  • Abington Memorial Hospital can conduct a medical exam through a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE). You are encouraged to bring a support person to accompany you during the exam. Public Safety is also available to transport you to a medical exam. A medical exam will treat any injury or trauma and address concerns about sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. If you choose to have a forensic medical exam, you should not bath, douche, brush your teeth or hair, drink, eat, change your clothing or wash your bedding to preserve evidence. If you need to change your clothing, you should place them in a paper bag.
  • Student Health Services
  • Phone: 215-572-2966 or x2966 from any campus phone 
  • Location: Heinz Hall, Ground floor
  • Medical staff hours (academic year business hours)
  • Student Health Services (SHS) is staffed by certified nurse practitioners, part-time physicians and secretarial support. Students are assessed and treated for illness and injuries by nurse practitioners with physician consultation and referral when necessary. Sexual health information and/or counseling and birth control options are available through SHS.
  • Emergencies are seen immediately during our hours of operation. After-hour emergencies or those which cannot be handled at Student Health Services are sent to area hospitals using private transportation or ambulance as necessary.

Counseling

  • Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Inc.
  • 24 hour Crisis Hotline: 888-521-0983
  • VSC provides advocacy and counseling for all who have been affected by sexual violence and other crimes against the person.

Arcadia Counseling Services (academic year business hours)

  • Phone: 215- 572-2967 or x2967 from any campus phone
  • Counseling staff hours
  • Emergencies are seen immediately during regular counseling hours. If a psychological emergency occurs outside of regular counseling hours, please contact Public Safety (x2999) who can connect you with resources and contact the Student Affairs Administrator on call.

Requests for Confidentiality

  • Conversations with the Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputies are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators if the University needs to take action for reasons of community safety. In all cases, the wishes of the person initiating the conversation are given full consideration.

Talk with a Title IX Team Member

The Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinators, Dean of Students, Director of Public Safety and Assistant Vice President for Human Resources are available to assist you and help review your options for immediate assistance, next steps, and resources. The Title IX Team will ensure that they take all reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure the safety and well being of individuals and the community. We encourage any individual with concerns or questions to seek the supports and resources within the Arcadia and greater community.

Title IX Coordinator

Arcadia University’s Title IX obligations are overseen by Nora Nelle, Title IX Coordinator.

  • Phone: 215-517-2659
  • Email: nellen@arcadia.edu
  • Office: 782 Limekiln Pike, Ground Floor
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Title IX Coordinator has the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee overall Title IX compliance
  • Support Deputy Title IX Coordinators
  • Ensure prompt and equitable resolutions
  • Oversee a centralized process for all sexual misconduct allegations on campus
  • Track and monitor reports of sexual misconduct and evaluate for pattern or systemic issues
  • Coordinate training, education and prevention efforts

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Arcadia Deputy Title IX Coordinators support the University’s Title IX efforts. They are trained in how to receive a Title IX report, knowledgeable about the University’s procedures, and can provide information about resources and support. They are available during regular business hours.

Rights of Complainants and Respondents

Persons who make a complaint and those who are responding to complaints have the following rights:

  • The option to notify law enforcement;
  • The option to have an advisor present during interviews that are part of a University-initiated investigation;
  • To be notified of counseling and support services available;
  • To be notified of options to change academic, living, or work arrangements.

Policy Against Retaliation

  • University policy expressly prohibits retaliation against faculty, staff, or students who in good faith make reports of violations of this policy. In addition, knowingly and intentionally making a false report of a violation of this policy is prohibited. Members of the Arcadia community who take adverse action against someone who reports a violation of this policy, intimidates, threatens or otherwise engages in retaliation is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of their employment or expulsion from the University.

Additional Information

Clery Act / VAWA

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Student Code of Conduct

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Code of Conduct

1. Code of Conduct

A. Preamble Arcadia University is dedicated to personal and academic excellence. Choosing to join Arcadia University’s community obligates each member to a code of civilized and ethical behavior. Each student of Arcadia University is required to practice personal and academic integrity; respect the dignity of all persons; respect the rights and property of others; discourage bigotry; and demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their needs for conditions which support their work and development. Students are required to engage in responsible and ethical social conduct that reflects the principles of Arcadia University and each student must refrain from and discourage behavior which threatens the freedom and respect that every individual deserves.

B. Definitions

  • The term “University” means Arcadia University.
  • The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at Arcadia University either full-time or part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional studies. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code of Conduct, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with Arcadia University or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered “students” as are persons who are living in Arcadia University’s residence halls, although not enrolled in this institution. This Student Code of Conduct applies to all locations of Arcadia University.
  • The term “faculty member” means any person hired by Arcadia University to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by Arcadia University to be a member of its faculty.
  • The term “staff” includes any full-time and part-time employee of Arcadia University who holds managerial, administrative, clerical, technical, skilled craft, service or other positions designated by Arcadia University to be subject to these rules, policies, procedures and benefits.
  • The term “Arcadia University official” includes any person employed by Arcadia University, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
  • The term “member of Arcadia University’s community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, Arcadia University official or any other person employed or contracted by Arcadia University. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the President.
  • The term “Arcadia University’s premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by Arcadia University.
  • The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for Arcadia University’s recognition or registration.
  • The term “policy” means the written regulations of Arcadia University as found but not limited to, the Student Code of Conduct, Residence Life Handbook, Arcadia University’s website, Computer Use Policy, and Graduate/Undergraduate Catalogs.
  • The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (3) acquisition, without permission, of tests of other academic material belonging to a member of Arcadia University’s faculty, students or staff; (4) engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.
  • The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

C. Proscribed Conduct

  1. Jurisdiction of the Student Code of Conduct Arcadia University’s Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on Arcadia University’s premises, at Arcadia University sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects Arcadia University’s Community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Student Code shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from the school while a disciplinary matter is pending. The Dean of Students shall decide whether the Student Code shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis, in his/her sole discretion.
  2. Conduct – Rules and Regulations Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion:
  • Violation of any federal, state, and local laws or ordinances.
  • Disruption or obstruction, or attempting to disrupt or obstruct, any lawful activity of Arcadia University.
  • Violation of the Code of Academic Responsibility, including cheating, forgery, bribery/threats, fabrication, plagiarism, and/or facilitating academic dishonesty.
  • Non-academic dishonesty, including but not limited to lying, falsifying information, forgery, furnishing false information to any Arcadia University official, faculty member, or office, withholding information or misrepresentation in any transaction with Arcadia University or with whom Arcadia University is acting in accord with to perform the academic mission of Arcadia University, and alterations or intentional misuse of Arcadia University’s documents, records or identification, including but not limited to, electronic software, data, and records.
  • Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other Arcadia University activities, including its public services functions on or off Arcadia University’s premises, or of other authorized activities.
  • Threats, intimidation, physical contact, physical abuse, harassment, coercion and any other conduct which threatens, disgraces, degrades, or endangers any person.
  • Attempted or actual theft, unauthorized possession, and/or attempted or actual damage to property of Arcadia University, any person, or any other entity.
  • Unauthorized or improper use of, or entry to, Arcadia University’s facilities or premises.
  • Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, indecent, or constitutes a breach of peace or causes material inconvenience, annoyance or alarm. Disorderly conduct includes, but is not limited to, any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on Arcadia University’s premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress.
  • Participating in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of Arcadia University and/or infringes on the rights of other members of Arcadia University’s community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area.
  • Violations of the Arcadia University’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy. Discrimination, including harassment, against another community member, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, administrators, and independent contractors, on political grounds, or for reasons of race, religion, sex, age, disability, and any other basis prohibited by state, federal, and/or local law, or for other arbitrary or personal reasons. Where actions are found to have occurred that violate this standard, Arcadia University will take prompt action to cease the offending conduct, prevent its recurrence and discipline those responsibilities.
  • Harassment of any person, including, but not limited to, violation of the Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.
  • Smoking in unauthorized areas.
  • Initiating, causing, contributing, or knowingly reporting false alarms or report to Arcadia University and/or law enforcement. Tampering with fire equipment or engaging in behavior that presents a fire hazard.
  • Failure to comply with the directions of Arcadia University officials or agents, including law enforcement or security officers, acting in good faith and in the performance of their duties, including the failure to identify oneself to one of these persons when requested to do so.
  • Interfering with any Arcadia University disciplinary process, including but not limited to tampering with evidence, providing false information, withholding information, or inducing a witness to engage in such conduct.
  • Gambling as prohibited by law.
  • Use, possession, manufacturing, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia. Illegal drugs, as referred to in this policy, include drugs that are not legally obtainable, as well as drugs that are legally obtainable but used for illegal or unauthorized purposes.
  • Violation of safety rules and policies.
  • Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except where expressly permitted by Arcadia University’s regulations), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstances, be used by, possessed by or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Possession or use on Arcadia University’s premises of any weapon (i.e. firearms and dangerous knives), dangerous instruments, explosive devices, fireworks, or dangerous chemicals.
  • Engaging in, supporting, or promoting hazing or violating Arcadia University’s rules governing hazing, or Pennsylvania’s Anti-Hazing Law.
  • Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of identification cards and/or keys to any Arcadia University’s premises or unauthorized entry to or use of Arcadia University’s premises.

 

  • Theft, abuse, and/or misuse of computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to:
  • Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change contents, or for any other purpose.
  • Unauthorized transfer of a file.
  • Use of another individual’s identification and/or password.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or Arcadia University official.
  • Use of computing facilities to and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operation of Arcadia University’s computing system.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
  • Any violation of Arcadia University’s Computer Use Policy.
  • Unauthorized use of Arcadia University’s name, logo, or symbols.
  • Violations of other published university policies in hard copy or available on Arcadia University’s website, including but not limited to, Arcadia University’s Academic Catalog, policies relating to discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, computer use, and residence halls.
  • Violation of the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed for an earlier violation of the Student Code of Conduct or other Arcadia University policies and regulations.
  • Aiding and abetting others to commit any of the acts prohibits herein.
  • Violation of Whistleblower Policy.
  • Failure or refusal to cooperate in or interference with an investigation by Arcadia University, including any hearings or proceedings that occur.
  • Violation of the Non-Solicitation Policy: No individual student or student organization, whether affiliated with Arcadia University or not, may sponsor activities on campus that have the express purpose of making converts of members of Arcadia University’s community to join a particular faith, church or religious affiliation. Arcadia University reserves the right to restrict or prohibit the on-campus activities of any individual or organization whose purposes are contrary to Arcadia University’s stated religious values or purposes. This policy does not discourage discussions between Arcadia University community members about their religious faith and beliefs, the free association of community members of the same faith, or appropriate teaching and educational efforts about religious beliefs and organizations. In addition, the posting of written notices on Arcadia University’s bulletin boards is restricted. If you have a message of interest to Arcadia University, you must submit it to the Dean of Students for approval and posting.

D. Removal From the Institution for Violations of the Code of Conduct

In addition to any other disciplinary measures imposed, violation of any of the above provisions may result in a student being declared persona non grata and removed from Arcadia University in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedure.

Persona non grata is defined as a person whose behavior has violated the Code of Conduct in such a manner that Arcadia University cannot allow them to remain at Arcadia University any longer. This status shall be determined in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedure at the time of the adjudication of the conduct in question. Considerations shall include, but are not limited to whether the student poses a threat to themselves, others or Arcadia University’s property. In some cases declaration of persona non grata status may be an interim step taken before the final adjudication of a matter.

If a student has been declared persona non grata, he or she may appeal this determination (and the underlying disciplinary action) in accordance with the procedure set forth in the Student Disciplinary Procedure. In some cases declaration of persona non grata status may be an interim step taken before the final adjudication of the matter.

The President retains the right to declare a student who has been dismissed from Arcadia University persona non grata.

Once a student has been declared persona non grata¸ he or she may not return to campus without express written authorization from the President. If a student who has been declared persona non grata is found on Arcadia University property, then he or she shall be considered to be unlawfully trespassing and may be removed by the appropriate law enforcement officials. Arcadia University reserves the right to take any necessary legal action against any student who is declared persona non grata and is found trespassing on Arcadia University property.

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Assemblies and Demonstrations

2. Assemblies and Demonstrations

Arcadia University believes that students and student organizations should be free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. They should always be free to support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular and essential operations of the institution. At the same time it should be made clear to the academic and the larger community that, in their public expressions or demonstrations, students or student organizations speak only for themselves.

As multiple opportunities, both formal and informal, are available for communication among the various groups in the University community, and as students have considerable opportunity to participate in the formulation of University policy, it is hoped these channels will be used to present ideas, suggestions and grievances thus making a disruption of the orderly business of the University unnecessary.

If the campus is to be truly free, legitimate exchanges of dialogue must proceed without obstruction or coercion from any quarter.

The Conduct of Demonstrations or Special Rallies

  1. Campus demonstrations will be permitted, provided the following standards are observed:

    - They are confined to the outside of University buildings, in which case it is recommended that the Dean of Students be informed of demonstration plans
    - They are conducted in an orderly manner
    - They permit the free flow of traffic
    - They do not interfere with classes, other educational activities, or the normal business of the University
    - They do not involve unauthorized use of University buildings (authorization for the use of University buildings must be secured from the Conference Services Office)
    - They must not involve physical abuse or detention of any person on University-owned or -controlled property or at any University sponsored or supervised function
    - They must not be conducted in a way, which endangers the health or safety of any persons
    - They must not result in any theft or damage to property of the University or of a member of the University community, or the property of a visitor to the University.

  2. Counter-demonstrators will observe the same standards as set forth above. Demonstrations may not be interfered with by other than duly constituted authorities.
  3. An Arbitration Committee will be formed to mediate in the case of any form of campus disruption. The composition of this committee is to be: President of the University (or the President’s designated representative), President of the Student Government Organization, President of the Senior Class, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dean of Students, and three members of the Faculty Council.
  4. If or when, in the judgment of the President of the University, the Dean of Students, or their designated representative, a demonstration has passed out of the control of its organizers to the extent that freedom of movement on the campus or the normal conduct of University affairs is threatened, or property is being damaged, a verbal attempt will be made to persuade demonstrators to desist from practices in violation of these standards. The Chairperson of the Arbitration Committee, or the Chairperson’s duly authorized delegate, will then provide a prompt opportunity for the leaders of the demonstration to meet with the committee.
  5. It is the policy of Arcadia University to resolve its problems within the confines of the University community. In the event the demonstrators do not accede to an arbitration meeting, the University President, or the President’s appropriate representative, will warn them of the consequences and give them a reasonable time to desist.
  6. After the expiration of a reasonable period of time, the names of those who do not observe the above standards will be requested by the University President or the President’s appropriate representative. The names of such persons may be obtained by such means, short of force, as repeated demands or any other reasonable procedure or technique designed to elicit such information. Evidence used for identification shall become the exclusive property of the appropriate University judicial bodies and shall remain confidential, unless the University is under legal compulsion to release such evidence to outside authorities.
  7. If persuasion and warning fail, the University Public Safety Personnel Safety may be requested to put an end to any violation.
  8. If, in the judgment of the President of the University, the Dean of Students, or their designated representative, the University Public Safety personnel seem unable to cope successfully with the situation, then these same authorities may request outside assistance.
  9. In the case of violent disruption causing physical abuse to any person or damage to University property, or serious threat of such occurrences, the University reserves the right to take all necessary steps, including assistance from the appropriate outside authorities, without following the procedures set forth above.
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Grievance Procedures for Cases of Discrimination or Harassment

3. Grievance Procedures for Cases of Discrimination or Harassment

Members of the Arcadia University community who feel they have experienced discrimination, disciplinary action, or harassment based upon ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, race, color, religion, creed, gender, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, age, disability, or gender identity have rights to grievance procedures which should both address their complaints and see that misbehavior or errant practices are corrected. These procedures cover student to student complaints*. It is desirable that complaints about mistreatment be resolved through informal channels if at all possible. The Student Affairs staff is available to facilitate informal resolution if chosen with the mutual consent of the parties to the grievance. The formal grievance mechanism exists for those complainants who feel that informal discussions cannot resolve a problem or for whom other channels are inappropriate or unavailable. The University also reserves the right to remove an individual from the campus pending the completion of complaint procedures in any situation where it is believed necessary to do so.

Informal resolution of complaints

  1. Persons who believe themselves to have been mistreated should first communicate directly to the person they hold accountable for the mistreatment, declaring the practice to be unwelcome and asking that it cease.
  2. Persons making such approaches should keep careful records of the transaction, should more formal procedures become necessary. While informal resolution is encouraged, it is recognized that certain types of conduct are so serious as to make this step inappropriate.

Should such initial discussions prove unsatisfactory, the complainant may wish to have the matter resolved informally with the assistance of a member of the Student Affairs staff. Students should contact the Dean of Students (215-572-2933) to discuss options and appropriate staff to address the situation. The Associate Dean of Students will address any situations in the absence of the Dean of Students or if there is a potential conflict of interest. All administrators dealing with these matters shall keep their knowledge of the alleged misconduct strictly confidential.

  1. A meeting of the complainant and the accused, with the appropriate Student Affairs administrator, must be scheduled within ten (10) working days, unless during break periods, of the complainant’s notification to the Dean of Students.
  2. This meeting must be held in private, and its results kept strictly confidential.
  3. If the Dean of Students or his or her designee determines discrimination or harassment to have occurred, he/she must write a report of the proceedings, stating the facts of the incident and the action(s) taken. It should be placed in the student’s disciplinary file.

Formal Grievance Procedures

A formal grievance involving faculty or staff should be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer (215-572-2790)*. Student complaints against another student should be directed to the Dean of Students (215-572-2933). A student may request a formal grievance hearing when a matter has not been resolved satisfactorily during efforts at informal resolution, where the student does not wish to resolve a dispute informally, or where the conduct complained of was so serious that informal resolution is not appropriate.

  1. The person so desiring must present a written request for a hearing to the Dean of Students within twenty (20) working days of the alleged infraction, or ten (10) working days of an unsuccessful attempt to handle the matter informally. This request should state the specific violations being alleged, the details of the case as the complainant understands them, and what, if anything, has been done to resolve the matter informally.
  2. The Dean of Students or his or her designee (hereafter referred to as the “hearing officer”) should meet to discuss the case with the complainant within one week of receiving a request, and should determine whether the facts warrant a formal administrative hearing or a Judicial Board Hearing following appropriate hearing protocol as described in the Code of Conduct. At the discretion of the Dean of Students, the timetables in this policy may be modified for incidents occurring at or near break periods.
  • If warranted, a Judicial Board hearing must be held within the time frame outlined in the Judicial Board procedures and an administrative hearing must be held within ten (10) working days of the meeting with the complainant.
  • With regard to the time period stated here, or any similar time period mentioned in these or related disciplinary procedures, should such a period extend beyond the period in which participants could be expected to be present (such as for instance, the end of the semester) the periods may be accelerated by mutual consent of the parties, or the case may be held over until the start of the subsequent semester.
  • There may be exceptions to these time limits if good cause is shown for coming forward at a later date within two (2) years of the alleged incident.
  • Among such causes might be an accuser’s reluctance to confront someone who has authority or strong influence of the accuser’s future prospects, or the discovery of new evidence or corroboratory witnesses.
  • In such instances of substantial delay after the alleged incident, the hearing officer or board should take into account the effect of the time lapse on the parties’ abilities to prepare their cases.

The intent of these procedures is to provide a fair and orderly method of finding facts and resolving disputes in matters involving discrimination, affirmative action, or harassment. The Judicial Board or hearing officer, with sound discretion, may approve deviations from the hearing procedures outlined herein, consistent with the desire of the University to provide a fair procedure and to protect the rights of all parties to the proceeding.

* Complaints involving employees of the University should be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer (215-572-2790) and are not covered in this policy. However, the Dean of Students or a member of the Student Affairs staff can serve as a resource to students in these cases. Click here to view the University Affirmative Action Policy.

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Technology

4. Technology

Acceptable Use Policy
All members of the community are responsible for adhering to all University policies including the University’s Acceptable Use Policy that outlines the acceptable use of all technology resources at the University.

Copyright
It is the policy of the University that all members of the community adhere to the provisions of United States copyright law. A copyright grants to its owner the right to control an intellectual or artistic creation, to prohibit others from using the work in specific ways without permission, and to profit from the sale and performance of the work. Copyright protection extends beyond copies of the written word and recordings of sound to include visual and animated images, and encompasses "hard copy" and electronic use and duplication of protected works. Each member of the University community must take some individual responsibility for copyright compliance. The University has developed extensive guidelines to assist and direct faculty, students, and staff in their compliance obligations (see the University’s Interim Technology Policy (Section P Copyright and Intellectual Property).  Conforming to this policy may in some cases result in additional costs to the student for course materials and some additional inconvenience and time delay in the preparation procedure of those materials. Members of the University community who willfully disregard the copyright policy do so at their own risk.

Whatever gray areas there may be in copyright law, offering for sharing over the network a recording, movie, text, software, graphic image, or other work without the authorization of the owner of that work's copyright is unambiguously offering to "distribute" that work and subjects one to serious legal consequences. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (See Section L Interim Information Technology Policy) and other statutes require the University to cooperate in eliminating such activity.
Users must protect themselves and the University by not making copyrighted materials available over the Internet without the owner's authorization. Students must ensure that their computers are not offering to share copyrighted works. Faculty and staff may not use their University-owned computers to run file-sharing programs.

Federal Penalties for Copyright Infringement
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages set at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorney’s fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
It is also the policy of the University that users are prohibited from using Arcadia’s computer network to illegally download or share copyrighted materials, including music, games, movies and videos.  Such activity is illegal and may subject you to a variety of serious penalties.  It may also inadvertently expose your confidential information and/or make your computer insecure.

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, is against the law and may subject students to civil and criminal liabilities (See Interim Technology Policy Section CC).  Peer-to-peer file sharing refers to the use of software that allows computer users to connect in to a peer-to-peer network to search for shared files on the computers of other users connected to the network. These programs include, but may not be limited to, KaZaA, Morpheus, iMesh, Gnutella, LimeWire, Grokster, and other descendants of Napster.

Authorized users of the University’s technology resources are prohibited from attempting to circumvent, bypass, defeat, or disrupt any device, method, or technology implemented by the University to prevent the use of peer-to-peer file sharing programs and applications for the unauthorized acquisition or distribution of copyrighted or licensed material on any University computer or the University network.
Legal alternatives to illegal file sharing practices include the use of services such as Apple iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play Store, etc.

Sharing protected works by unauthorized copying is not only a violation of copyright law but also a violation of the University's Acceptable Use Policy, which forbids use of the network if it  "Violates the rights of any party or property protected by copyright, patent, or similar laws or regulations including, but not limited to, the unauthorized copying of copyrighted material including, digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books, or other copyrighted sources, copyrighted music, Bit Torrent and other forms of Peer-to-Peer sharing of copyrighted information and the installation of any copyrighted software for which the University or the end user does not have an active license”.
 
Agents of copyright owners have become increasingly aggressive in pursuing violators on university networks, filing suits seeking tens of thousands of dollars in damages from some students and other users. This ban seeks to protect users from exposure to such liability, to adhere to the copyright laws, and to protect network capacity for educational uses.
 
Public Performance of Copyrighted Works – Showing Movies or Games
The copyright law protects audiovisual works such as films, videos, and DVDs and controls the showing of movies to any public group. Among the rights of a copyright holder is the right to authorize public performance (showing) of videotape or DVD copies of films subject to “fair use.” Showing of copyrighted films, videotapes, or DVDs generally is permissible in conjunction with teaching activities.

If a videotape or DVD is labeled “For Home Use Only,” the showing must fall under the face-to-face classroom teaching exemption, be licensed, or be permissible as “fair use.” Unless a license is acquired, most performances (showings) of films, videotapes, or DVDs in a public room, or in a university building (including public areas of university housing), for entertainment, whether a fee is charged or not, is an infringement.

If a performance license is needed, the University’s library will assist you in seeking permission by helping you locate the address of the producer’s permissions department.

Audio/Video Recording of Classes
Students may not make audio or video recordings of classes without the advance written permission of the instructor. Students may use such recordings only for course purposes, may not distribute them outside the class, and are expected to destroy the recordings at the conclusion of the course term. 

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Violations of the Code of Conduct

5. Violations of the Code of Conduct

The maintenance of harmonious community standards requires that behavior that interferes with or threatens the welfare of others or the University community be prevented. To list all the acts that might constitute unacceptable conduct is impossible. However, participation in any of the actions listed below constitutes a violation of University regulations. Any student, athletic team or student organization found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion:

  • Violation of any federal, state, and local laws or ordinances.
  • Disruption or obstruction, or attempting to disrupt or obstruct, any lawful activity of Arcadia University.
  • Violation of the Code of Academic Responsibility, including cheating, forgery, bribery/threats, fabrication, plagiarism, and/or facilitating academic dishonesty.
  • Non-academic dishonesty, including but not limited to lying, falsifying information, forgery, furnishing false information to any Arcadia University official, faculty member, or office, withholding information or misrepresentation in any transaction with Arcadia University or with whom Arcadia University is acting in accord with to perform the academic mission of Arcadia University, and alterations or intentional misuse of Arcadia University’s documents, records or identification, including but not limited to, electronic software, data, and records.
  • Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other Arcadia University activities, including its public services functions on or off Arcadia University’s premises, or of other authorized activities.
  • Threats, intimidation, physical contact, physical abuse, harassment, coercion and any other conduct which threatens, disgraces, degrades, or endangers any person.
  • Attempted or actual theft, unauthorized possession, and/or attempted or actual damage to property of Arcadia University, any person, or any other entity.
  • Unauthorized or improper use of, or entry to, Arcadia University’s facilities or premises.
  • Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, indecent, or constitutes a breach of peace or causes material inconvenience, annoyance or alarm. Disorderly conduct includes, but is not limited to, any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on Arcadia University’s premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress.
  • Participating in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of Arcadia University and/or infringes on the rights of other members of Arcadia University’s community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area.
  • Violations of the Arcadia University’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy. Discrimination, including harassment, against another community member, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, administrators, and independent contractors, on political grounds, or for reasons of race, religion, sex, age, disability, and any other basis prohibited by state, federal, and/or local law, or for other arbitrary or personal reasons. Where actions are found to have occurred that violate this standard, Arcadia University will take prompt action to cease the offending conduct, prevent its recurrence and discipline those responsibilities.
  • Harassment of any person, including, but not limited to, violation of the Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.
  • Smoking in unauthorized areas.
  • Initiating, causing, contributing, or knowingly reporting false alarms or report to Arcadia University and/or law enforcement. Tampering with fire equipment or engaging in behavior that presents a fire hazard.
  • Failure to comply with the directions of Arcadia University officials or agents, including law enforcement or security officers, acting in good faith and in the performance of their duties, including the failure to identify oneself to one of these persons when requested to do so.
  • Interfering with any Arcadia University disciplinary process, including but not limited to tampering with evidence, providing false information, withholding information, or inducing a witness to engage in such conduct.
  • Gambling as prohibited by law.
  • Use, possession, manufacturing, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia. Illegal drugs, as referred to in this policy, include drugs that are not legally obtainable, as well as drugs that are legally obtainable but used for illegal or unauthorized purposes.
  • Violation of safety rules and policies.
  • Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except where expressly permitted by Arcadia University’s regulations), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstances, be used by, possessed by or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Possession or use on Arcadia University’s premises of any weapon (i.e. firearms and dangerous knives), dangerous instruments, explosive devices, fireworks, or dangerous chemicals.
  • Engaging in, supporting, or promoting hazing or violating Arcadia University’s rules governing hazing, or Pennsylvania’s Anti-Hazing Law.
  • Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of identification cards and/or keys to any Arcadia University’s premises or unauthorized entry to or use of Arcadia University’s premises.
  • Theft, abuse, and/or misuse of computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to:
  • Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change contents, or for any other purpose.
  • Unauthorized transfer of a file.
  • Use of another individual’s identification and/or password.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or Arcadia University official.
  • Use of computing facilities to and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operation of Arcadia University’s computing system.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
  • Any violation of Arcadia University’s Computer Use Policy.
  • Unauthorized use of Arcadia University’s name, logo, or symbols.
  • Violations of other published university policies in hard copy or available on Arcadia University’s website, including but not limited to, Arcadia University’s Academic Catalog, policies relating to discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, computer use, and residence halls.
  • Violation of the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed for an earlier violation of the Student Code of Conduct or other Arcadia University policies and regulations.
  • Aiding and abetting others to commit any of the acts prohibits herein.
  • Violation of Whistleblower Policy.
  • Failure or refusal to cooperate in or interference with an investigation by Arcadia University, including any hearings or proceedings that occur.
  • Violation of the Non-Solicitation Policy: No individual student or student organization, whether affiliated with Arcadia University or not, may sponsor activities on campus that have the express purpose of making converts of members of Arcadia University’s community to join a particular faith, church or religious affiliation. Arcadia University reserves the right to restrict or prohibit the on-campus activities of any individual or organization whose purposes are contrary to Arcadia University’s stated religious values or purposes. This policy does not discourage discussions between Arcadia University community members about their religious faith and beliefs, the free association of community members of the same faith, or appropriate teaching and educational efforts about religious beliefs and organizations. In addition, the posting of written notices on Arcadia University’s bulletin boards is restricted. If you have a message of interest to Arcadia University, you must submit it to the Dean of Students for approval and posting.

Arcadia University’s Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on Arcadia University’s premises, at Arcadia University sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects Arcadia University’s Community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Student Code shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from the school while a disciplinary matter is pending. The Dean of Students shall decide whether the Student Code shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis, in his/her sole discretion.  

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University Regulations

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Address and Biographical Data

You are responsible for providing the University with accurate address and biographical information, which is solicited initially as a part of the admission and registration process. Changes which occur during the semester in local address, home address, persons to notify in cases of emergency, marital status and name must be updated in the Registrar’s Office, Taylor Hall, Room 103.

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Disclosure of Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law that provides that a covered educational institution will maintain the confidentiality of student records. In accordance with the Act, no one outside Arcadia University shall have access to, nor will the University disclose any information from your education records without your written consent, except to personnel within the University, to officials of other institutions in which you seek to enroll, to persons or organizations providing you with financial aid, to accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function, to persons in compliance with a judicial order, and to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of yourself or other persons.

At its discretion, Arcadia University may provide Directory information in accordance with the provisions of the Act to include: student name, address, telephone number, program, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and University honors received. Currently student addresses and telephone numbers are not included as directory information but are included in lists of undergraduate commuters for internal use on campus.

You may withhold either all or any part of the above information by notifying the Registrar in writing no later that one week after the first day of class for each semester. The law provides you with the right to inspect and review information contained in your education records, to have a hearing if the outcome of the challenge is unsatisfactory, and to submit explanatory statements for inclusion in your file if you feel the decision of the hearing panel to be unacceptable.

The Registrar at Arcadia University has been designated to coordinate the inspection and review procedures of student education records, which include admissions, disciplinary, academic, financial, cooperative education and placement files. If you wish to review your education records, make a written request to the Registrar, listing the item or items of interest. Records covered by the Act will be made available within 45 days of the request. You may have copies made of such records with the following exceptions: a copy of the academic record for which a financial “hold” exists, or a transcript of an original or source document which exists elsewhere. Copies will be made at your expense at the appropriate rate. Educational records do not include records of instructional, administrative and educational personnel which are the sole possession of the maker and are not accessible or revealed to any individual except a temporary substitute; records of the security unit; student health records; employment records; or alumni records. Health records, however, may be reviewed by physicians of your choosing.

You may not inspect or review the following as outlined by the Act: financial records of your parents or any information contained therein; materials to which you have waived your right of inspection and review, including confidential letters and recommendations associated with admission, employment or job placement; or education records containing information about more than one student, in which case the University will permit access only to that part of the record which pertains to the inquiring student.

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HIV Policy

I. Purpose and Scope of Guidelines and Procedures

As concern about the dangers of infection of human immune deficiency virus (HIV) increases, Arcadia University recognizes its responsibility to clarify its position on this issue to employees as well as students. The current guidelines and procedures apply directly to Arcadia University students, faculty and all other staff employed by the University.

References herein to “AIDS” are meant to include any of (1) those who are currently healthy but have evidence of exposure to HIV; (2) those who have one of the lesser manifestations of HIV infection;(3) or those who have been diagnosed as having actual cases of AIDS. AIDS is a life threatening, infectious disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus that inhibits the body’s immune system, exposing the person to opportunistic infections. Since medical knowledge indicates that HIV is not spread through casual contact, these guidelines emphasize protection of the rights of persons infected with HIV within the limitations of their medical condition.

The Arcadia University AIDS Task Force based its response to HIV/AIDS on the recommendations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and most notably from the American College Health Association (ACHA, 1986). Specifically, Arcadia University will adopt the guidelines proposed by the ACHA in dealing with HIV positive cases. The University will base (and revise if necessary) its HIV guidelines/procedures on the latest medical and legal information, and on the professional research recommendations of such organizations as the ACHA, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. (Complete ACHA guidelines can be found in “AIDS on the College Campus,” an ACHA Special Report. Copies are located in Student Health Services, Landman Library, and the Student Affairs Office.)

The ACHA recommends “that institutions not adopt blanket policies concerning people with HIV/AIDS or HIV/AIDS-related conditions, but instead follow flexible guidelines that derive from the best currently available medical facts about HIV/AIDS.” Institutions are advised to “analyze and respond to each case as required by its own particular facts.” Therefore, the principal philosophy that will guide the University’s response to these issues is that each situation or concern must be addressed individually, on a case-by-case basis as determined by the medical facts involved.

II. Guidelines

A. Civil Rights (Title V of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504).

Consideration of the existence of HIV infection shall not be part of the initial admission/employment decision for applicants to Arcadia University.

There shall be no routine requirement that current students or employees be asked to respond to questions about the existence of HIV infection. The University will not engage in mandatory HIV antibody screening of current students and/or employees. Information and/or referral regarding testing sites is available through the University’s Health Services.

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits discrimination based on physical or mental handicap or perception of a handicap. Under both Federal and Pennsylvania law, a person with AIDS is considered “handicapped” and is entitled to protection.

B. Confidentiality

The number of people in the University who are aware of the existence and/or identity of persons with HIV shall be kept to an absolute minimum. This will be done in order to protect the confidentiality and privacy of the infected individual and to avoid unnecessary fear and anxiety among other members of the University community.

No specific or detailed information concerning complaints or diagnosis shall be provided to faculty, students, administrators, and/or parents without the written permission of the person affected in each particular case. (Buckley amendment to the Family Education and Rights to Privacy Act, 1974).

Confidentiality will be maintained under these guidelines unless there are compelling reasons to disclose information to particular individuals. Such compelling reasons may include cases in which the University learns that an infected individual is knowingly and willingly engaging in activities which pose health risks to others.

C. Housing

Housing arrangements will be looked at on a case-by-case basis with an eye to protecting the rights for all concerned. It is recommended that housing arrangements not be altered by an HIV diagnosis, except when the individual infected decides that it is in his/her best interest, or other exceptional circumstances exist.

D. Access to Campus Facilities and Activities

Unless medical risks exist, people with HIV will not be denied access to any campus facility or activity. These include, but are not limited to, class attendance, athletic events, student organization events, health services facilities and dining facilities.

E. Universal Precautions

Universal Precautions (safety guidelines for handling blood and body fluids) as outlined in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service Centers for Disease Control, MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, August 21, 1987, 36, [25] shall be standard procedure in all settings, both educational and clinical, because the existence and identity of people with HIV must be considered as unknown.

All laboratory experiences shall be conducted in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Recommended procedures for the decontamination of environmental surfaces and objects soiled by blood or bodily fluids shall be followed at all times.

No student shall be required to obtain or process the blood of another person.

F. Health Care

Medical records are confidential and may be released only with the student’s or employee’s written consent. Medical information provided by an employee may be placed in the employee’s personal records, e.g. for purposes of determining disability benefits.

Students with HIV will have full access to Student Health Services. Student Health Services will function as a liaison with the student’s personal physician. Confidentiality between students and physicians will continue to be observed at Student Health Services. To protect the person infected with HIV special precautions to protect the health of immunologically compromised individuals should be considered during periods of prevalence of contagious diseases.

In accordance with University policy, if necessary, a withdrawal from classes may be provided for the student with HIV. Student Health Services and the treating physician will work collaborately on practices and procedures regarding HIV and AIDS.

G. Education

A major objective of this policy is to provide the general University community with accurate and updated information regarding HIV infection. Student Health Services, in conjunction with Student Affairs and other University offices provide educational programs on an on-going basis. The ultimate goal is to achieve responsible behavior by all members of the University community including resident and commuter students, faculty and other employees of the University.

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Health Insurance

Arcadia University requires every full-time undergraduate and graduate student to have health insurance and charges the cost of the university health insurance plan to student accounts.  The 2018-2019 insurance premium is $1699.00 for 12 months of coverage. This charge can only be reversed by completing the online waiver form. To waive or enroll in the University student health insurance plan, please go to www.firststudent.com, select "Arcadia University" from the drop down menu, click on the "enroll now" or "waive your school's insurance" tab and follow the instructions. If you waive the University health insurance plan, the premium charge will be removed from your bill within ten business days. If there are any problems with enrollment or the waiver process, please contact the University's student health insurance broker, RCM&D at 1-800-346-4075, ext 1452 to speak with Timothy Cummons. Mr. Cummons may also be reached via email at Arcadia@rcmd.com. Student Health Services does NOT answer questions/issues that are associated with RCM&D, firststudent.com, or the enrollment or waiver process.

**All students will be required to provide a copy (front and back) of their insurance card if they waive out of the university insurance plan.

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Loss or Damage

Arcadia University is not responsible for the loss of your property due to fire, theft, water damage, or other cause. It is suggested that you obtain insurance against loss by fire, theft or other causes before attending, and/or living in University housing.

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Missing Student Protocol

Arcadia University requests that every student annually provide, on a voluntary basis, emergency contact information in the event that you are reported missing. This emergency contact information may be the same as or distinct from the contact information you provide in the event of a medical emergency. If members of our community suspect that an Arcadia University student living in University housing is missing from campus, please immediately contact a staff member in one of the following offices:

  • Public Safety: 215-572-2800 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Student Affairs: 215-572-2933 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday)

Members of Public Safety and Student Affairs will investigate all reports of missing students they receive. There is no waiting period for reporting a missing person. In order to develop a thorough investigation plan, staff may utilize the following possible investigation steps including, but not limited to:

  • use of phone, e-mail, text and social media to attempt to reach the student;
  • contact known friends, roommates, faculty, campus employers and others who may have had contact with the student in previous days;
  • explore and verify any use of student ID card activities to enter buildings or make purchases on campus; and
  • consult with other campus authorities who may know the student or specific circumstances or events pertinent to the student and the possible disappearance.

Particular care will be exercised in instances involving those who may be mentally or physically impaired or other who are insufficiently prepared to care for themselves. If the investigation determines that the student’s whereabouts have been unknown for twenty-four (24) hours, the University will:

  • Notify the individual identified as your missing person contact
  • Notify a parent or guardian and the appropriate law enforcement agency

The Arcadia University Public Safety Department will notify the Cheltenham Police Department within 24 hours of determining that an on-campus resident student has been missing for 24 hours. Reports of students missing from off-campus will be referred to the police department having jurisdiction over the student's local residence, if known, or the student's permanent residence if a local residence cannot be determined. If you wish to provide the University with contact information in the event you are reported missing, please access the Emergency Contact Form on MyArcadia. Registration in the database is voluntary, but is strongly encouraged. The information provided is confidential and will only be used by university officials and local police to aid in locating a student who has been reported missing or where disclosure is legally required by a search warrant or subpoena. If such student is under the age of 18 and is unemancipated, the University will also notify the student's parent or legal guardian within the 24 hour period after Public Safety has determined that the student is missing.

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Scheduling Events on Campus and Reserving Campus Facilities

Conference Services, Thomas Hall 
215-572-2998
 

Any events and programs at the University must be sponsored by academic departments, administrative offices, or recognized student organizations to be considered University events. All space for events (except academic classes) are able to be reserved by requesting a reservation for a venue on campus via Arcadia's Event Management System (EMS) program. This is an online reservation system found on MyArcadia at https://www.arcadia.edu/university/offices-facilities/conference-service.... Once a request for a space reservation is made in EMS, Conference Services staff will review and send a confirmation to the requesting party if the space reservation is approved. Set up requests, catering orders and A/V assistance (if needed) can also be booked with a space reservation in EMS. The sponsoring organization is responsible for the condition of the space used and will be held responsible for any damages or difficulties that may occur as a result of the event.

Publicity for University events must include the name of the sponsoring organization. Posters and other event marketing information may not advertise the distribution of alcoholic beverages and other controlled substances. 

For guidelines and assistance with using EMS to reserve space on campus, please contact Conference Services & Guest Housing at 215-572-2998 or via email to conferenceservices@arcadia.edu .

Visit the Conference Services & Guest Housing website on MyArcadia for more information.

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Fundraising

No individual student or student organization, whether affiliated with Arcadia University or not, may sponsor activities on campus that have the express purpose of making converts of, or soliciting members of Arcadia University’s community. Arcadia University reserves the right to restrict or prohibit the on-campus activities of any individual or organization whose purposes are contrary to Arcadia University’s values and mission.

  • Individuals and organizations not affiliated with the University are not permitted to solicit the community in order to raise funds for an individual, organization, or cause.
  • As an individual student, you are not permitted to solicit the Arcadia community to benefit an individual, organization, or cause.
  • A student organization to which you belong may sponsor activities for the benefit of an outside organization or cause as long as the organization obtains permission from the Office of Engagement and New Student Programs.
  • To conduct a fundraiser, student organizations must submit the Fundraising Authorization Form at least two weeks prior to any anticipated fundraiser. Requests are reviewed and approved by the Office of Engagement and New Student Programs. Failure to complete the form two weeks in advance may result in the fundraiser not being approved. Fundraising is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Fundraising Authorization Form details specifics about the fundraiser, including anticipated date(s) and time(s), permissible saleable items, and any approved images and designs. After approval is given, any changes must be submitted via a new Fundraising Authorization Form. Questions should be directed to your ENSP liaison or e-mailed to studentengagement@arcadia.edu

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Residence & Commuter Life Policies & Procedures

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For Resident Students

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Accommodations

Our residence halls house more than 1,200 students. Though the rooms are primarily doubles and triples, there are also singles, quadruples and quintuplets.

Traditional first-year students are housed in Kistler, Thomas, Dilworth, Heinz and Knight Halls. The Castle is the only residence hall that houses first-year students exclusively. Non-traditional first-year students and upperclassmen may elect to reside in an apartment-style or suite-style residence hall. They are Oak Summit Apartments and Knight Hall (suite-style). With the exception of first-year students that reside in the Live, Learn, and Lead community in Knight Hall, only students with particular experiences are placed in apartment-style housing. Our office will work with these students to identify housing for which they are eligible and that will meet their needs.

The Castle spaces accommodate two to seven students, while Knight Hall offers living for groups of five to eight students. Apartment-style housing may accommodate two to four students per unit.

Thomas, Heinz, Castle and Kistler are co-ed by either floor or wing; bathrooms are single gender and are determined by the floor’s residents. (e.g. the bathroom on a female wing or floor must be female only).Dilworth Hall is co-ed by wing on the first floor, but co-ed by room on the second and third floor; one bathroom for men only and one for women only exist on each co-ed by room floor in Dilworth Hall. Knight Hall and Oak Summit Apartments are coed by room, suite, or apartment respectively. Knight Hall suites and apartment-style housing all feature private bathrooms.

Thomas Hall, named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Morgan Thomas, was built in 1956. Three other residence halls were completed in 1962: Kistler Hall, Heinz Hall, and Dilworth Hall, named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Raymon M. Kistler, Mrs. Vira L. Heinz, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Dilworth, respectively. Knight Hall opened in January 1997 and the University began housing students in apartment-style housing in September 2001.

If you are interested in living off campus, see Off-Campus Housing.

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Cable Television

One cable TV outlet is provided in each room. In apartment-style housing, one cable TV outlet is provided in the living room. To receive cable TV, you or your roommate must have a cable ready television set and a coaxial cable to plug into both the cable TV outlet and your television set. These cables are generally available in department stores, Best Buy, and any store that sells consumer electronics. Basic cable service is provided at no additional charge. Basic cable service consists of all of the local Philadelphia stations and a variety of cable stations. A listing of all of the channels will be available each semester on the Residence and Commuter Life Blackboard Community. 

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Keys

All residential students are issued a room key upon check-in to University housing. In addition, your Knight card activates the front door of the building in which you live. Students are encouraged to keep their ID and keys with them at all times.

Lost keys pose a significant safety issue. As a result, if you lose your key during the year, a lock change must occur. There are fees associated with a lock-change that range from $85 to $180. Despite the cost, students that have missing keys are expected to notify the Housing Assistant immediately by calling 215-572-4026. Duplication of any University key is strictly prohibited. Students will be held disciplinarily responsible for violations.

Upon vacating the room (due to an assignment change or at closing) you are required to follow proper check-out procedures designated by Residence and Commuter Life to return your key. If you fail to do so, you will be fined a $75 improper check-out fee in addition to the appropriate lock-change fee.

 
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Laundry Rooms

Laundry rooms are located on the ground floor of Heinz, Dilworth and Kistler Halls, Grey Towers Castle, and on each residential floor of Knight Hall. Individual Oak Summit apartments are equipped with a washer and dryer. There is no charge to use washers and dryers.

If a machine is broken, notify your Resident Assistant. Due to the limited number of laundry machines in each residence hall, only resident students may use these facilities.

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Painting Rooms

Students are not permitted to paint residential rooms, suites or apartments. The University Facilities Management Department operates on a rotating schedule that allows for all residential areas to be painted on a regular basis. Unauthorized painting of residential areas will  result in charges for repainting the area; student conduct fines may be incurred.

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Residence Hall Council (RHC)

RHC is comprised of elected student representatives from each residence hall or apartment complex. They take an active role in advancing the welfare of the students living in University housing. RHC provides social and educational programs for residents and assists in formulating housing procedures and regulations. If you are interested in joining RHC, contact RHC@arcadia.edu.

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Room Assignment and Selection

Housing is guaranteed to all full-time undergraduate students that submit a housing deposit by the appropriate deadline and complete a housing application via the Housing Portal. First-year students may be assigned to the Castle,Traditional Residence Halls, or Knight Hall. Transfer students may be assigned to Knight Hall, or apartment-style housing.

Room selection for returning students takes place late in the spring semester. Returning students who want to reside on campus for the following year must pay a deposit via Housing Portal. Students who pay by the Priority Deposit Deadline are assigned a housing selection time based upon full-time semesters enrolled, semesters in residence and previous study abroad experience. This housing selection time designates when a student or group select their space via the Online Housing Portal. Students that deposit before the Participation Deadlineare assigned a housing selection time at random. Students who deposit after the Participation Deadline are placed on a wait list and housed as spaces become available throughout the spring and summer. 

While an effort will be made to honor a student's preferences, the University reserves the exclusive right to assign rooms and alter room assignments with or without notice to the student and without consideration of the room type or room rate.  While an effort will be made to communicate room assignment changes to a student in a timely manner, the University reserves the exclusive right to fill any vacant space at any time, and to consolidate students in partially filled rooms/suites/apartments.

 

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Room Changes

If you are experiencing a roommate conflict the first step is to discuss the situation with your roommate in order to come to a compromise together. Your RA may be able to help you and your roommate(s) resolve your differences through a mediation process if speaking with your roommate directly is a challenge. If, after this mediation, a room change seems desirable, you must speak with your Area Coordinator. The Area Coordinator may recommend a different way of managing the conflict or may recommend a room change to the Assistant Director of Residence and Commuter Life. The Assistant Director, in concert with the Housing Assistant, must authorize all changes. Please note that room changes are not possible until after the third week of each semester, and then only as space permits. Residents may not relocate to a new space until they have received written approval to do so from professional staff in Residence and Commuter Life.

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Residence & Commuter Life

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Communication with Resident and Commuter Students

The Residence and Commuter Life staff maintains a residence and Commuter Life Group in Canvas where important information pertaining to housing and student life will be posted. In addition, announcements and materials of interest to all resident students will be sent to the student's Arcadia email account. Letters to individual students will also be sent via e-mail to the individual student (this includes letters related to the disciplinary process). It is the responsibility of the student to regularly check his or her campus mailbox and campus e-mail. Failure to do so will not be an acceptable excuse for missing deadlines. 

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Guest Rooms

Guest rooms are available for use by commuter students or resident students hosting a visitor. All guests are expected to adhere to the University Housing Agreement.

  • Use of the guest rooms is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Each Arcadia University student may submit a request for one reservation per week.
  • In accordance with our guest policy, Guest Rooms may not be utilized for more than two consecutive days in a seven-day period.
  • No deposit is necessary. However, if the guest room key is not returned on time a $20 fee will be assessed to the host student’s account or, the commuter student using the guest room. If the guest room key is lost, the host student or commuter student using the guest room will be charged a fee for the lock change.
  • The University provides no linens for guest rooms.
  • When outside of the guest room, any guest of a resident student must be escorted by their host student at all times.

Guest Room Locations

The guest rooms are located in Dilworth, Heinz and Kistler Halls.

Requesting a Reservation

Any student wishing to reserve a guest room should complete the Guest Room Reservation Form which can be found on either the "Commuter Students" or "Residence Life" Blackboard community. This form should be submitted a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Completing the form does not automatically generate a reservation. You will receive further information about space availability in regards to your reservation via e-mail from one of the Area Coordinators. To make a request less than 48 hours in advance, please visit the Residence Life Staff Offices in Kistler or Heinz Halls (across from the lobby) after 5:00pm and request the RA on Duty.

Obtaining the Guest Room Key

After 5:00pm on the day of your reservation, please go to the Area Office for your guest space. If your space is in Kistler or Dilworth Halls, the Area Office is located across from the Kistler lobby. If your space is in Heinz Hall, the Area Office is located across from the Heinz lobby.

Once you arrive, use the campus phone provided on the wall to dial the extension of the RA on duty for that area on that day. The RA on duty will have you complete all of your paperwork and will present you with the key to your space. They can also answer any questions about guest room policies and procedures.

Returning the Guest Room Key

The guest room key to the space you utilized should be returned to the Key Drop Box outside the Area Office where you obtained the key. You should return your key and remove all belongings from the space before 12:00 noon at the end of your reservation. Failure to return the key and associated ID (if applicable) may result in a charge to re-key the space.

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Off-Campus Housing

You may choose to live off campus, but the University does not assume responsibility for these arrangements. Residence and Commuter Life maintains an off-campus housing list, updated periodically. The list contains information regarding private homes and apartments available in the area. The University assumes no responsibility regarding any facilities included in the listing.

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Residence & Commuter Life Staff

The Assistant Dean of Students for Residence and Commuter Life is responsible for the planning, implementation and administration of the entire residence and commuter life program. This includes the selection and training of the professional and student staff, the development of residence hall policies and procedures, and the assignment of housing space to new students. Additionally, the Assistant Dean and the members of their staff serve as hearing officers for policy violations that occur in the residence halls.

The Director of Residence and Commuter Life oversees the Assistant Director of Residence and Commuter Life and the Housing Assistant, while working closely with the Assistant Dean of Residence and Commuter Life on the planning, implementation and administration of the Residence and Commuter Life program.

The Assistant Director of Residence and Commuter Life oversees the Area Coordinators and assists students with general questions about residence and commuter life. They take a leadership role with the Campus Life Staff, including leading the recruitment, selection, and training of all Resident and Commuter Assistants

The Housing Assistant is the primary contact for all housing questions. Contact the Housing Assistant about meal plans, housing options and assignments, and off-campus housing options.

The Area Coordinators, or ACs, are responsible for the smooth functioning of the residence halls and apartment-style housing. Their work includes programming, mediation, discipline and coordinating the general operations of their particular area. The Area Coordinators supervise the Resident Assistant staff of the building and provide assistance in the planning and implementation of programs. Area Coordinators are on call for emergencies on a rotating basis for the entire campus.

The Resident Assistants, or RAs, are selected upper-class students who are trained to serve as members of the Campus Life Staff. Resident Assistants are assigned to a residence hall floor where they serve as mediators, an information resource, and support system for resident students. RAs also organize hall activities and act as student representatives in relaying information to and from the Residence and Commuter Life office.

The Commuter Assistants, or CAs, are undergraduate students who are selected for their interpersonal skills and their willingness to aid commuter students. Like the RAs, the CAs serve as resources and a support system for the commuter population. The CAs have posted office hours outside of the Commuter Lounge, located on the ground floor of Heinz Hall.

The Desk Receptionists are undergraduate students who play a vital role in maintaining security within each residence hall during peak traffic times. Desk Receptionists monitor and register guests coming in and out of the residence halls.

The Commuter Lounge Assistants are undergraduate students who play a vital role in maintaining security within the commuter lounge. CLAs monitor and register guests coming in and out of the Commuter Lounge, and offer an additional resource to Commuter Students.

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Residence and Commuter Life Mission Statement

We are a dedicated staff that works to create a safe, clean, inclusive environment that contributes to the academic success and personal development of a diverse student body. We accomplish this through a strong network of student and professional staff members who maximize learning moments and advocate for the specific needs of residential and commuter students.
To fulfill our mission and promote the vision of Student Affairs, we:

  • Promote opportunities for residential and commuter students to connect to the campus community
  • Guarantee housing to all undergraduates that desire to live on campus
  • Provide a well-trained, supportive, accessible, and responsive professional and student staff
  • Create social and educational programs that engage a diverse population
  • Encourage appropriate decision making while holding students accountable for their actions
  • Educate students about the University Civility Statement and challenge them to adhere to its standards
  • Cultivate an affinity for Arcadia University
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Residence Hall Policies

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About Residence Hall Policies

Community living imposes certain obligations and restrictions concerning individual behavior. Within our residential system, certain regulations and policies do restrict behavior; however, a great deal of freedom based on personal responsibility is available. In any case, certain regulations are necessary to protect your health, safety and comfort. Some are imposed by fire laws or health regulations; others, which are self-imposed, are based on common sense and courtesy.

The primary purpose of the following general provisions for student occupancy is to safeguard the rights of all residents and to prevent any abridgement of those rights by the careless or malicious acts of others.

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Alcohol Policy

The University follows the laws of Pennsylvania. Consistent with Pennsylvania State Law, Arcadia University:

  • permits the responsible and low-risk use of alcohol by students who are 21 years old or older;
  • does not permit individuals under 21 to use alcohol;
  • does not permit the use of illegal drugs*

* As applied throughout this document, “illegal drugs” are controlled substances as defined by federal, state and local laws. Only those drugs which are properly prescribed, in the original container, for the person prescribed, and used in the manner prescribed are permitted.

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Building Security

For the protection of all residents of each building and their personal property, you are expected to cooperate with the security program. The following are security regulations enforced by Public Safety and Residence & Commuter Life. It is our expectation that all residential students follow these regulations:

  1. Keep exit doors closed and locked at all times.
  2. Refrain from lending out or duplicating your key.
  3. Do not give your Knight Card to anyone for building access.
  4. Register guests with the Desk Receptionist and escort all guests at all times.
  5. Show your Arcadia University Knight Card to the Desk Receptionist upon entry into a Residence Hall.
  6. Keep your room door locked at all times (even while inside the room).
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Common Areas

Each residence hall offers students spaces to gather, cook, or study. These spaces are referred to as common areas. Examples of common areas are lounges, hallways, and bathrooms. In apartment and suite-style residence halls, there are additional common areas like living rooms and bathrooms contained within an apartment or suite. Additionally, patios, balconies, and courtyards in Oak Summit are considered common areas.

Amenities available in a given common area vary among residence halls. University-provided common area furniture and microwave ovens in lounges and common areas are for the use of all residents. Furniture may not be taken into your room. There is a $100 fine for private use of common area furniture. When direct responsibility cannot be determined for damage to common areas, lounges, hallways, bathrooms, etc., the cost of the repair and replacement of damaged items is shared on a prorated basis by all students living in and using these areas.

 

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Fire Regulations

Tampering with fire-fighting equipment or alarm systems is considered a serious offense. Offenses such as the reckless discharging of a fire extinguisher or not vacating the building when the alarm sounds, even though an offender may have playful rather than malicious motives, will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action and fines.

To ensure the safety and protection of the entire University community, the following precautions and standards must be observed:

  1. Candles, incense, and candle warmers/wax melters are prohibited in students’ rooms.
  2. Smoking is not permitted in any residence hall room or public area within University housing.
  3. Fire doors are doors that close automatically within the residence halls (including suite doors of Knight Hall and hallway doors in Oak Summit). These doors may not be propped open.
  4. Materials may not be placed over exit signs, fire doors, or any electrical light fixture, including those in student rooms.
  5. Displays and/or decorations of paper, dried vegetation, corrugated cardboard, or light plastics are prohibited.
  6. Stairwell and exit lights must be on at all times.
  7. Decorations for various holidays must meet the standards of safety published by Residence & Commuter Life.
  8. When the fire alarm sounds, everyone must evacuate the building. Residence & Commuter Life and Public Safety coordinate fire drills each semester. Fire alarm boxes are located on each corridor.
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Fire Safety Alarm Procedures

All residence halls are equipped with a fire alarm system. Fire Drills are conducted to practice Emergency Preparedness such as escape routes & evacuation plans. Unannounced drills are conducted two times during the academic year  and once during the summer for all residence buildings and academic buildings. This joint effort involves Residence Life, Public Safety, and Facilities Management departments.

Process:

  1. Alarm is pulled by Facilities Management/Public Safety;
  2. Evacuation assistance and movement to designated assembly area by Public Safety;
  3. Facilities and Public Safety representatives check for proper operation of alarm horns, exit and stairwell lights, fire doors and presence of fire extinguishers;
  4. Public Safety headquarters check to insure alarm relay is working properly;
  5. Residence Life Coordinator and Public Safety selects random block of rooms to insure evacuation occurred; fire safety violations and other violations in plain view are documented;
  6. Evacuation maintained until Public Safety, Residence Life and Facilities sounds "all clear";
  7. Public Safety, Facilities and Residence Life Staff follow-up as required.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures Before a fire:

  • Students should know the location and route for their first and second means of egress.
  • Students should keep fire doors closed.
  • Students should know the location of all fire extinguishers in their area. (Note: Do not attempt to extinguish a fire unless you have been trained or the fire is between you and the exit.)

Whether you sense a fire or the building fire alarm system is activated, put the evacuation procedures into action. Never Ignore A Fire Alarm! When a fire alarm sounds, you must evacuate the building. If you are not in the vicinity of your room when the alarm sounds, do not return to your room, but leave the building immediately. In the event of a fire alarm or if a student suspects a fire, you are to follow these steps before evacuating the building:

  1. Activate the building alarm. (Pull the alarm on your way out of the building if the alarm horn is not already suspended.)
  2. Call Public Safety (215) 572-2999 …give as much information as possible. Your first action should be to grab your room keys and proceed to the nearest exit. Be sure to alert any other occupants in the room.
  3. Close the door behind you and lock the door.
  4. If the hallway is clear of smoke, walk to the nearest fire exit and evacuate the building.
    • Never use elevators!! Elevators will stop during a fire.
    • Follow the evacuation plan established for this building.
    • Do not re-enter this building until instructed by Public Safety and/or Fire Department.
    • Report to the gathering location for your building as designated by Residence & Commuter Life and Public Safety.  The Castle, Heinz, Thomas, Dilworth, and Kistler building gathering point locations is The Walk of Pride, Knight Hall gathering is in behind the building towards the Library.
    • Return to the building quietly when a University official gives permission.
    • Tampering with or misuse of fire safety equipment is illegal. Violators are subject to appropriate sanctions and prosecution.

Leave the firefighting to the professionals.

  1. Feel the door from top to bottom-if it is hot, do not open. Keep calm. If trapped in a room, do the following if possible.
    • Place towels or clothing, preferably wet under the door to keep smoke out.
    • Clear the window of blinds, attract attention. If you have a phone available contact Public Safety at 2999 or 215-572-2999 and tell the dispatcher that you are trapped, give your name and room number.
    • Stay low; breathe fresh air near the ground.
    • Stay calm and await help.
  2. If the door is cool, crouch low and open door slowly. Close door quickly if smoke or fire is present.
  3. If it is clear, exit via nearest stairwell. Stay low if smoke conditions exist. Report to your designated evacuation area.
  4. If you encounter heavy smoke in a stairwell, go back and use an alternate route.

All persons present in the residence hall are to evacuate the building whenever the alarm sounds. If you fail to participate in fire drills, you will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, a $50 fine. Students shall be subject to other disciplinary action for any violation of Fire Safety. Specific procedures to follow in case of fire are posted on public bulletin boards in each residence hall. Please make sure to take note of these regulations and familiarize yourself with the emergency exits in every building. Prevention and Educational Efforts

  • Residents are told NOT to bring: hot plates, toaster ovens, space heaters, any appliance with open heating element, candles, incense and potpourri burners.
  • All appliances and cords must be UL approved.
  • The Department of Public Safety provides information and safety brochures for Campus Fire Safety.
  • Floor plans, evacuation routes, evacuation assembly locations, drill procedures and fire safety policies are reviewed by RAs at floor meetings.
  • Floor plans with exit locations are publicly posted on each floor of each residence hall.
  • The University celebrates Fire Prevention Week to promote Campus Fire Safety
  • Hands on fire extinguish training is offered each semester where employees and students are offered an opportunity to extinguish a fire.

Equipment

  • Comprehensive alarm system installed in every building.
  • Facilities Management checks and tests fire alarm systems, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers.
  • Buildings are zoned with smoke detectors that sound alarm for smoke or fumes.
  • Alarms sound within the building and at the Public Safety department headquarters which are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Annunciator panel within the buildings identify the locations of tripped detector or pull box.
  • Strobe light at top of each building alerts fire department to correct building.
  • Sprinklers are an important part of the fire protection system. All residential living areas are equipped with sprinkler systems in student rooms and common areas.
  • All Arcadia residence halls are equipped with fast-acting smoke detectors that sound fire alarm when triggered.
  • All hallways are equipped with fire extinguishers
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Guest Policy

Guests of resident students are welcome on campus providing they conduct themselves in the same manner expected of all Arcadia University students. It is the responsibility of the resident host or hostess to familiarize guests with the University's expectations and regulations.
Resident students are responsible for:

  • the conduct of their visitors
  • any charge that may result from their visitor’s stay on campus
  • assuring that guests are properly registered at the main desk in the residence halls
  • escorting their guests at all times
  • assuring the housing of a guest does not infringe upon the rights of others, including residents of the floor, and particularly roommate(s).

In the event a resident hosts a guest, it is the responsibility of the resident to monitor their guest’s behavior. Staff reserves the right to ask guests to leave if the guest is disruptive to the community. The host student will be held disciplinarily responsible for his/her guest’s behavior, including violations of the Code of Conduct.

Residents may not host more than three (3) guests at any one time in University housing. The University reserves the right to deny access to any guest if it is reasonably determined that such person has disturbed, or is likely to disturb or disrupt other students residing in campus housing. Guests may not utilize campus-housing facilities for more than two nights in any seven-day period without the permission of the appropriate Area Coordinator and other residents of the space.

Children under the age of 12 years old may visit University housing for up to three (3) hours. For overnight visits or longer visits, the appropriate Area Coordinator must be given advance notice and authorize access for the child. This includes identifying the person who is responsible for the child.

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Guidelines for Gatherings

As the Guest Policy states, each resident of a room or apartment may host up to three guests at a time. For example, a three-person apartment in Oak Summit may host nine guests (for a total occupancy of 12 people if all residents are present). If you choose to host a gathering, you do not need to inform the Area Coordinator, but you must follow residence hall regulations and be considerate of the other residents living on the floor. Individuals who are not 21 years of age or older are not permitted to consume, possess, or transport alcohol on campus.

Gatherings must end by the beginning of Quiet Hours, but, with cause, gatherings may be ended prior to quiet hours by the University staff. No gatherings are permitted during final exam periods.

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Interim Felony Conviction Policy

DISCLOSURE OF CRIMINAL CONVICTION

The Student must notify the Office of Residence and Commuter Life in writing if he/she has ever been convicted of a felony, (the term conviction will be interpreted broadly and will include pleas of no contest, deferred adjudications, withheld judgments and similar dispositions). The Student must provide the Office of Residence and Commuter Life a statement with a complete description of his/her/hir actions and full details of the charges/conviction/sanctions against him/her/hir. Failure to notify the Office of Residence and Commuter Life of a felony conviction, prior to University housing occupancy or immediately upon conviction of a felony during University housing occupancy may be grounds for denial of, or immediate removal from, University housing.  For new students it is the student's responsibility to inform the Office of Residence and Commuter Life, separately from the admissions application.  Once the Office of Residence and Commuter Life has been notified by a Student that he/she has been convicted of a felony, the matter will be reviewed. The University shall at all times have the right to determine residency eligibility.

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Liability

The University shall not be liable, either directly or indirectly, for any loss by theft of property belonging to you or your guests, or for any damage or destruction of such property by fire, water or any other cause. You are urged to ensure that you are covered under a homeowner’s insurance policy and to make arrangements for additional insurance coverage if necessary.

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Lock Out Procedures

  1. Attempt to locate your roommates.
  2. Try to locate your RA.
  3. Try to locate another RA in your area. Students residing in traditional or suite-style housing should contact the RA on duty between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m Residents in apartment-style housing should contact the RA on duty between 6:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. and Public Safety between 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  4. Contact Public Safety at 215-572-2900.

* RAs and Public Safety should only be contacted after you have exhausted other means.

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Quiet Hours

Whatever other functions a university or residence hall may serve, its essential role is to provide an atmosphere conducive to study. The University requires that students demonstrate the mutual respect and consideration that neighbors or members of any community owe to one another. It is important to remember that a residence hall, by its very nature, breeds noise to a certain extent. No one expects residents to remain silent in their own “home” at Arcadia University. However, standards of common courtesy and respect for the rights of others are more essential here, perhaps, than anywhere else. Residents are asked to refrain from yelling out of windows and down hallways, blasting stereos or having loud gatherings in their rooms. The playing of sports or activities in the hallway that disturb others is not permitted.

Minimum Quiet Hours, established by the University, are 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be a 24-hour quiet period during the week preceding and throughout finals week. Quiet Hours means no loud talking in the hallways and lounges, and no sound to be heard outside your room during the entire time period. It is the responsibility of all residents to hold one another accountable for maintaining quiet hours.

In addition, although Quiet Hours have been established, it does not mean that you may ignore your neighbors’ rights during other hours, which are commonly referred to as courtesy hours.

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Room Assignments

While an effort will be made to comply with a resident’s personal preferences, the University reserves the exclusive right to make assignments and reassignments of a room. Change in room assignments may be made only with the written permission of the Assistant Director of Residence and Commuter Life, or his or her designee, and on recommendation of the appropriate Area Coordinator. If a resident permanently vacates his/her room during the academic year, the remaining resident(s) agrees to accept another roommate as assigned, or if required by Residence and Commuter Life, to transfer to another room.

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Search and/or Inspection of Student Rooms

Residents have the right to be secure with respect to their person and possessions. Residents’ right to privacy will be respected. However, the University’s responsibility to protect its buildings and property necessitates a right to enter your room. The University may conduct a search of your room in a residence hall for, among other things, the purpose of inspection or repair; and to ensure compliance with federal, state, local criminal law and University policies, where there is cause to believe that a violation has occurred or is taking place.

Note: Your room will be inspected mid-way through the first semester, at the beginning of each holiday break, and before the termination of your period of occupancy.

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University Housing Agreement

If you live in University housing, you are required to sign the University Housing Agreement which sets forth the terms and conditions under which you may occupy a room. In taking occupancy and/or signing a statement of agreement, you agree to abide by whatever regulations have been or may be established by the University, Residence Hall Council, and/or local, state and federal authorities. If your conduct does not meet the standards established by the University, you may be denied the privilege of campus residence. Take special note of the following procedures and policies. If you need a copy of the University Housing Agreement, please go to the Student Affairs Office in The Commons. A copy is also available on the Residence and Commuter Life Blackboard Community. 

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Vacation Periods

Residence hall rooms may not be occupied during vacation periods. Only students living in apartment-style housing may request an exception to this policy. The University reserves the right to assign students who need special permission to stay to other rooms during scheduled vacation periods.

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For Your Information

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Campus Contacts

Academic Problems Taylor 108A Taylor 114B Taylor 114A Knight 131 Taylor 105 (Graduate Students) Bruce Keller Kay Greene Jaime Maltese Linda Pizzi MaryKate McNulty 2922 2313 2539 4086 2877
Act 101 Taylor Hall Cristina Cintron-Marsh 4045
Address/Telephone Change Registrar’s Office, Taylor 103 Staff 2100
Alcohol Policy/Notification Student Affairs Office, Commons Suite 202 Staff 2933
Art Gallery Kistler 13 Richard Torchia 2131
Art Supplies University Bookstore, Dining Complex Staff 2971
Athletics Kuch Center 41 Brian Granata 2194
Audio Visual Services 2053 Church Road Matt Pellegrini 2322
Bills One Stop Shop, Taylor Hall, Rm. 100 Staff 2339
Car Registration Public Safety, Dilworth Hall Staff 2801
Career Information Career Education, Knight 100 2939
College of Global Studies  1601 Church Rd Staff 2901
Check Cashing and Charges University Bookstore, Dining Complex Staff 2971
Clubs and Organizations Office of Student Engagement and New Student Programs, Commons, 1st Flr. Staff 2481
Commencement Grad. & Undergrad. Office, Taylor 1st flr. University Relations, 16 Forsythe Ave MaryKate McNulty  Lisa Stephens 2877 2579
Commuter Life Area Coordinator Office, Heinz Hall, Rm 38 Brad Veach 4126
Counseling Center (Personal and Drug & Alcohol) Heinz Hall, Ground Floor MaryAlice DiFilipp 

2968 

Degree Completion - Graduate Degree Completion - Undergrad Grad. & Undergrad. Office, Taylor 105 Registrar's Office, Taylor Hall Helena Market     
 
2101
Disability Accommodations Knight 131 Kathryn Duffy 2122
Emergencies Public Safety, Dilworth Hall Staff 2999
Faculty Secretary Easton Hall, Rm. 231 Anita Washington 2180
Financial Aid Castle One Stop Shop (SSC), Taylor Hall Staff 2980 2339
Graduate Program – Arcadia University Graduate Programs – Other Institutions Office of Graduate & Undergraduate Studies, Taylor Hall Career Education, Knight 100 Staff Staff 2929 2939
Honors Convocation University Relations, 16 Forsythe Ave Donna Whitlock 2395
Housing Student Affairs Office, University Commons 202
Student Affairs Suite
TBD 4026
I.D. Cards Public Safety, Dilworth Hall TBD 2801
Illness or Injury Student Health Services, Heinz Hall Staff 2966
Interlibrary Loan Landman Library Jay Slott 2141
Information Technology Helpdesk, Dilworth Hall Staff 2898
Institutional Diversity Taylor Hall Judy Dalton 4088
International Student Advisor Easton 244 Janice Finn 4112
Intramurals Kuch Center 16 Michael Hebenstreit 4737
Jobs – Off Campus Jobs – On Campus Career Education, Knight 100 One Stop Shop, Taylor Hall Staff 2929 2339
Judicial Affairs Student Affairs Office, Commons Suite 202 Andrew Goretsky 2934
Learning Disabilities Knight Hall, Rm. 143 Kathryn Duffy 2122
Lockers (Commuters) Commuter Lounge, Heinz Hall Commuter Assistants 2890
Lost and Found Public Safety, Dilworth Hall TBD 2801
Maintenance and Repairs Facilities Management Office, Dilworth Hall TBD 2992
Notaries One Stop Shop, Taylor Hall, Rm. 100 University Advancement, Blankley Hall Caron Dessoye Gail Jasper 2336 8513
Parking Public Safety, Dilworth Hall TBD 2801
Payroll (Student) One Stop Shop, Taylor Hall, Rm. 100 Caron Dessoye 2336
Public Safety Dilworth Hall, Lower Level TBD 2801
Reservation of Campus Facilities Conference Services, Forsythe Staff 2998
Residence Life Student Affairs Office, Commons Suite 202 Staff 4026
Room Key Replacement Student Affairs Office, Commons Suite 202 TBD 4026
Sexual Harassment Policy Provost's Office, Commons 2nd Floor Nora Nelle 2659
Student Engagement & New Student Programs  Commons, 1st Floor Staff 2481
Study Abroad Advisor Easton 244 Janice Finn 4112
Switchboard Dilworth Liz Crawford 2800
Teacher Certification Office of Graduate & Undergraduate Studies, Taylor 105 MaryKate McNulty 2877
Transcripts Registrar’s Office, Taylor 103 Staff 2100
Tutoring Knight Hall, Rm. 131 Linda Pizzi 4086
Withdrawal from Classes Taylor 108A Bruce Keller 2922
Withdrawal from University Taylor 108A or Registrar, Taylor Hall, Rm. 103 Bruce Keller Bill Elnick 2922 2172
Work Study Program One Stop Shop, Taylor Hall, Rm. 100 Staff 2339
Writing Assistance Writing Center, Landman Library Learning Resource Network, Knight Hall Consultants Tutors 4051 4033
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Campus Phone Numbers

Emergency Numbers

Public Safety Emergency – ext.2999 or 215-572-2999
Campus Switchboard – 0 or 215-572-2800
Student Health Services – ext. 2966 or 215-572-2966
Police and Fire – 911

Dilworth Hall
Area Coordinator: Jessica Sillaman (Kistler Office) – 267-620-4127

Grey Towers Castle
Area Coordinator: Jessica Sillaman (Kistler Office) – 267-620-4127

Heinz Hall
Area Coordinator: Brad Veach (Heinz office) – 267-620-4126

Kistler Hall
Area Coordinator: Jessica Sillaman (Kistler Office) – 267-620-4127

Knight Hall
Area Coordinator: Brad Veach (Heinz Office) – 267-620-4126

Thomas Hall Area Coordinator: Jessica Sillaman (Kistler Office) – 267-620-4127 

Oak Summit Apartments
Area Coordinator: Jason Guernsey (Oak Summit Office) – 215-572-8621

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Health and Counseling Services

For Mental Health Resources Including:
Off-campus mental health treatment providers and general mental health resources
LGBT support
Suicide prevention and emergency resources
Men and women’s support groups
Sexual and domestic violence resources
Please refer to the Counseling Services website- http://www.arcadia.edu/counseling

For Alcohol and Other Drug Resources Including:
Off-campus AOD treatment centers and resources
Twelve Step Meetings
Please refer to the Alcohol and Other Drug website-http://www.arcadia.edu/AOD 

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Local Resources

Banks

  • Bank of America. 259 S. Easton Rd., Glenside. 215-885-9300
  • Citizens Bank. 139 S. Easton Rd., Glenside. 215-576-6504
  • PNC Bank. 101 S. Easton Rd., Glenside. 215-572-8644
  • Wells Fargo. 161 S. Easton Rd.., Glenside. 215-885-4302

Bookstores

  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore. 102 Park Ave., Willow Grove, PA, 215-659-1001

Drug Stores

  • CVS. 2622 Jenkintown Rd., Glenside. 215-887-6122 or 835 Old York Rd., Jenkintown, PA. 215-886-2923 or 1600 East Wadsworth Avenue, Philadelphia. 215-836-1323.
  • Walgreens. 901 Old York Rd., Jenkintown, PA 215-886-8763 or 1 Yorktown Plaza, Elkins Park. 215-481-9562 or 2727 West Cheltenham Avenue., Wyncote, PA. 215-866-7399

Places of Worship Baptist

  • United Ghanaian Community Church. Waverly Rd., Glenside. 215-887-1585

Bible Fellowship

  • Maple Glen Bible Fellowship Church. 700 Welsh Rd., Maple Glen. 215-646-1220

Catholic

  • St. Luke the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. 2316 Fairhill Ave., Glenside. 215-572-0128
  • St. David’s Church. 316 N. Easton Rd., Willow Grove. 215-657-0252

Church of God

  • Mt. Airy Church of God. 6401 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia. 215-276-2960

Episcopal

  • Episcopal Church of Our Savior. 821 Homestead Rd., Jenkintown. 215-887-0500
  • St. Peter’s Church. 654 N. Easton Rd., Glenside. 215-887-1765
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church. 1309 Old Welsh Rd., Huntington Valley. 215-947-3212

Independent

  • Glenside Bible Church. 447 Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-887-2289

Lutheran

  • St. Paul’s Evangelical Church. 120 N. Easton Rd. & Mt. Carmel Ave., Glenside. 215-884-3005

Masjid

  • Masjidullah, Inc. 7401 Limeklin Pike Philadelphia. 215-424-8022

Presbyterian – Orthodox

  • Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church. 734 Willow Grove Ave., Glenside. 215-884-0912
  • New Life Presbyterian Church. 467 N. Easton Rd.. Glenside. 215-576-0892

Presbyterian – Reformed

  • Calvary Presbyterian Church. 217 Fernbrook Ave., Wyncote 215-884-5119

Presbyterian – United

  • Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church. 100 Edge Hill Rd., Glenside. 215-887-1074

Quaker

  • Abington Friends Meeting. 520 Meetinghouse Rd. & Greenwood Ave., Jenkintown. 215-884-2865
  • Germantown Friends Meeting. 47 W. Coulter Rd., Philadelphia. 215-951-2235

Synagogues – Conservative

  • Adath Jeshurun. 7763 Old York Rd Elkins Park 215-635-6611
  • Beth Shalom. 8231 Old York Rd., Elkins Park. 215-887-1342

Synagogues – Reformed

  • Keneseth Israel Reform Congregation. 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park. 215-887-8700
  • Old York Road Temple Beth Am. 971 Old York Rd., Abington. 215-886-8000

Unitarian

  • Bux-Mont Unitarian Fellowship. 2040 West Street Road, Warrington. 215-343-0406
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration. 6900 Stenton Ave.., Philadelphia. 215-247-2561

United Methodist

  • Lighthouse Fellowship United. 137 N. Easton Rd., Glenside. 215-884-5251

Shopping Areas

Cedarbrook Plaza. 1000 Easton Rd., Wyncote. (Wal-Mart)
Cheltenham Square Mall. 2385 W. Cheltenham Ave. (#6 bus or walk)
Chestnut Hill. Germantown Pike, Chestnut Hill.
King of Prussia Mall. 160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia
Manayunk. Main Street, Manayunk
Montgomery Mall. Rt. 309 past Rt. 202, North Wales, 230 Montgomery Mall, North Wales, PA 19454
Plymouth Meeting Mall. 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Willow Grove Park Mall. Easton, Moreland & Old Welsh Roads, Willow Grove. (#22 bus N. on Easton Rd. 7 miles from Arcadia) 2500 W. Moreland Road 19090

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Recreational Resources

Movie Theaters

Local Pizza Places

  • Apollo's Pizza. 112 S. Easton Rd., Glenside. 215-885-4771
  • Domino’s Pizza. 538 Mt. Carmel Ave., Glenside. 215-886-1300
  • Luigi's Pizza. 3005 Mt. Carmel Ave., Glenside. 215-885-2814
  • Papa John’s. 1843 Easton Rd, Willow Grove. 215-657-3100 
  • Pizza Box. 43 Limekiln Pike, Glenside. 215-576-5255
  • Rocky’s Deli Style Restaurant. 22 E. Glenside Ave., Glenside. 215-887-3866
  • Trevi Pizza Pasta BYOB. 21 E. Glenside Ave., Glenside, 215-884-9100

Philadelphia and Area Resources

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Transportation Guide

Airlines

Zipcar

  • Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! Arcadia has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. When you’re done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up. Learn more and get started at www.zipcar.com/arcadia

Taxi Cabs

  • Montco Suburban Taxicab Co., Serves local areas, 215-572-6100
  • Yellow Cab Co., Serves Philadelphia area , 215-333-3333

Public Transportation Routes, Schedules and Information - www.septa.org or 215-580-7800 Buses

  • Local #22 This bus stops in front of Arcadia on Easton Rd. and can be taken to Willow Grove or to the bus terminal at Cheltenham and Ogontz Aves.
  • #77 This bus stops in front of Arcadia on Easton Rd. and can be taken to the Northeast to Roosevelt Blvd.
  • C Bus This bus can take you to Center city along Broad St., and can be caught at Cheltenham and Ogontz Aves.
  • Cultural Loop Catch this bus at 5th and Market Sts. and go as far as the zoo with twelve stops along the way at points of interest.

Trains With just a fifteen-minute walk into Glenside, a train (R1, R2, R5) can be taken from the Glenside Station to Center City Philadelphia. If you have questions about how to get somewhere by public transportation, call SEPTA at 215-580-7800. Schedules are available in the Student Affairs office (Knight Hall 110).

Amtrak is available at 30th Street Station in Center City Philadelphia.

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