The Pilot - Academic Affairs

Student Handbook

The Pilot - Academic Affairs


Academic degrees are offered from the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Technology, the College of Business, the College of Education, and the School of Graduate Studies.

The deans of these areas, along with their telephone numbers, are listed below. For further information, contact the dean of the respective college/school. More detailed information can be found in the Bloomsburg University Undergraduate Catalog at http://www.bloomu.edu/academics.

Academic Advisement

In keeping with its overall mission, Bloomsburg University wants to make certain that every entering freshman receives the appropriate information. This section is intended to explain academic advisement at Bloomsburg University and the specific role of the student in this educational process. Careful review of this introduction to the university can save a great deal of time and frustration.

Planning, organizing and participating are all very important aspects of the university experience. It is critical for students to become actively involved in this process so they may achieve the highest level of success and satisfaction possible. Students with a declared major should contact their academic department. Undeclared students should contact the Academic Advisement Center, Room 216, Warren Student Services Center, 389-4271.

Student’s Rights and Responsibilities

Every undergraduate student has the right to knowledgeable and effective academic advisement from a faculty member in his/her major area. The most significant purpose of the advisement may be to plan the overall academic program such as general education requirements, major requirements, etc.

However, it should also assist the student in making decisions about graduate study and career goals. It is the student’s responsibility to know and observe the academic policies and regulations of the university. While some are covered in this section, all are completely explained in the University Catalog by referring to http://www.bloomu.edu/catalog. It is also the student’s responsibility to cooperate with the academic advisor to gain the maximum benefit from the process. To facilitate this process, students are expected to:

  • Arrange advising sessions which are convenient to both the student and advisor;
  • Meet with advisor on a regular basis for periodic evaluations;
  • Be actively involved in the decisions;
  • Be aware of academic deadlines and academic policy changes;
  • Make effective use of the resources available;
  • Follow through on suggestions and/or recommendations made by the advisor.

Each new student will be assigned a faculty advisor. The advisor is an important contact with the university and can help as a general reference for non-academic issues as well. A student always has the right to request a change of advisor through the chairperson of the department. Any questions or problems with this should be handled through the Academic Advisement Center, Room 216, Warren Student Services Center, 389-4271.

Undeclared Students

Many students entering the university are uncertain as to which course of study they should pursue. This may be due to several factors such as: (1) more complex curricula; (2) a greatly fluctuating job market; (3) not being accepted directly into major of choice; and/or (4) not having a clear understanding of which direction to take. Although the reasons may vary, the problems encountered by undeclared students are often quite similar. Academic Advisement in this situation is perhaps even more critical and should be utilized to the greatest extent possible.

It is important to point out that an undeclared student may make normal progress toward a degree, even while being undeclared. However, it is equally important that course selection in this case is extremely sensitive and critical, so as not to reduce future options for a major.

A. Requirements for entry to various programs

In general, students are allowed to select the major of their choice. However, due to high demands and space availability, certain areas have established minimum entrance requirements. Further information is available at the Academic Advisement Center, Room 216, Warren Student Services Center, 389-4271 or by checking the website at http://www.bloomu.edu/documents/advisement.pdf

B. Selection of Major

The selection of a major needs to be a priority to all undeclared students. Students should declare a major by the time they earn 45 credits. The sooner the student makes this decision, the sooner he/she can become involved in the development of that major and career area. Several important factors should be considered in making this decision.

First, the student should examine a potential major in realistic terms as to whether or not he/she can successfully complete it. Secondly, he/she should examine the projected trends in the profession. Are the prospects for the future bright or are they on the decline?

It is also important to consider one’s attitude and aptitude toward a given area. Is this a profession one would want to work in for several years?

Clearly, the decision to choose a major is not to be taken lightly. Above all, students should carefully discuss the options with their academic advisor before making the final choice.

When a major is chosen, it must be officially declared in the Registrar Office, 150 Warren Student Services Center, 389 - 5207.

Tuition and Fees

Invoices for tuition and fees will be sent by the Business Office in late July for the Fall semester and in early December for the Spring semester. If applicable, your invoice will also include on campus housing and meal plan charges. Payment is due prior to the start of each semester.

The fees assessed by Bloomsburg University are used to support our academic programs and student services. A complete listing of fees and the programs supported can be found on our website at www.bloomu.edu/fees.

Refunds

The refund guidelines established by the PA State System of Higher Education Board of Governors Policy 1983-19-A: Refund of Tuition and Fees are as follows:

A. Policy

Each university shall establish a refund policy in accordance with Board policy.

1. Advance deposits credited toward the basic fee shall be non-refundable. Other amounts paid and credited toward the basic fee shall be refundable in full for students who withdraw for approved reasons prior to the first class day.
2. Students who reduce their credit hour load so as to qualify for billing as part-time students shall be eligible for a refund in the amount paid which exceeds the part-time rate. After the drop period, refunds for the basic fee shall be made only for full semester withdrawal.

B. Procedure

1. The refunds for tuition (the basic fee) will be based on the following schedule for all university sessions, including summer and winter sessions, adjusted to the nearest whole number of days.

Refund Period Refund % Duration
(% of enrollment (illustration of
period completed) estimated weeks
in typical semester)
0-8.50% 100% Through “drop period”
8.51-12.50% 80% Through week 2
12.51-19.44% 60% Through week 3
19.45-26.39% 50% Through week 4
26.40-33.33% 40% Through week 5
>33.33% 0%

2. Each university is responsible for notifying all students of its refund policy.
3. Full-time students who are currently enrolled in both the regular session and late-starting sessions will be treated as regular session students for the purposes of this policy. If the student drops a late-starting course prior to the beginning of the course, refund for the course will be provided in accordance with the university’s registration policy.
4. Full refund of tuition shall be granted to students of State System universities who are military reservists or members of the National Guard and are ordered to active military service by the President of the United States or the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
5. University refund policies shall address the refund of university-based mandatory student fees. If university policies require the refund of mandatory student fees, the refund will be determined by the tuition refund schedule.
6. Refunds on student activity fees shall be within those regulations and procedures established by the student organization, as approved by the president. All approved student activity fee refunds will be determined by the tuition refund schedule.
7. Each president may approve refunds of amounts paid and credited toward room and board, special fees, and other fees, in accordance with the university’s refund policy. If special and other fees are to be refunded, the refund will be determined by the tuition refund schedule.
8. A student is eligible for consideration for a refund for any reason approved by the president or his/her designee.

C. Effective Date

Fall semester 2009.
http://www.bloomu.edu/fees/refund This policy can also be found here.

Bloomsburg University’s mandatory fees will follow the PASSHE tuition and fees refund policy #1983-19-A listed above.  Refunds will only be granted for a full withdrawal.  No refunds will be granted if a student drops from full time to part time after the drop/add period.

Weather Related Delays/Cancellations

When the class schedule is disrupted by inclement weather conditions, it is understood commuting students, facing hazardous driving conditions, should be excused from attendance without academic penalty. When faculty are unable to meet classes due to hazardous conditions, they should either notify students directly, or have an understanding with the class that the class will not be held. Status of off-campus classes is at the discretion of the professor.

Weather Related Information Outlets

Outlets for information regarding status of classes/administrative offices during severe weather conditions.
University web site www.bloomu.edu

Twitter@BloomsburgU
Facebook - www.facebook.com/bloomuniversity
Emergency Notification System - receive text alerts on weather announcements - www.bloomu.edu/bualert

Television

  • WNEP – TV (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) Channel 16
  • WBRE-TV (Wilkes-Barre) Channel 28
  • WYOU-TV (Wilkes-Barre) Channel 22
  • WNEP.com
    Radio
    • WHLM (Bloomsburg) AM 930
    • WKOK (Sunbury) AM 1070

    Guidelines for Mental/Physical Health Withdrawals

    Upon occasion students engage in behavior that represents a danger to themselves, others, or property in a university environment. In such cases the welfare of the student and the university may dictate withdrawal from the university and professional treatment for the student prior to readmission.

    Voluntary Withdrawal

    1. Students contemplating withdrawing from the university for mental/physical reasons should begin the process by meeting with a psychological counselor or a health care provider. The purpose of the meeting is to help the student make a decision to either remain or withdraw from the university.
    2. Students are then referred to the Registrar’s Office to complete the withdrawal process.

    Involuntary Withdrawal

    A student may be required to involuntarily withdraw from the university for mental/physical reasons if the student engages or threatens to engage in behavior which:

    (1) poses a danger of causing physical harm to self or others;
    (2) would cause property damage;
    (3) impedes the day-to-day activity of others or the educational process of the University.

    Students placed on involuntary withdrawal will be informed, in writing, of the steps necessary to be readmitted to the university.

    Guidelines and Procedures

    At any time during this process, the student may decide to initiate the voluntary withdrawal procedure.

    1. In the event of an emergency, the Vice President for Student Affairs, in consultation with the appropriate members of the Student Response Team, may place a student on interim involuntary withdrawal for not more than one semester.

    The Student Response Team will be comprised of:

    • Director of the Center for Counseling and Human Development
    • Director of the Student Health Center
    • Director of Dean of Students
    • Representative from BUPD
    • Assistant Vice President for Student Life
    • Other members as deemed appropriate by the Student Response Team and the Vice President for Student Affairs.

    2. When a non-emergency incident occurs involving the possibility of an involuntary withdrawal, the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs or the Director of the Health Center will arrange a meeting with the Student Response Team.

    • After the Director has met with the Student Response Team, the student may be referred for evaluation by a licensed physician/psychologist or psychiatrist chosen by the institution.
    • If the Student Response Team requests a medical/psychological evaluation and the student refuses, the Student Response Team may recommend to the Vice President for Student Affairs that the student be summarily suspended until he/she complies with the request.

    3. The student will be given the opportunity to have a meeting with the Student Response Team.
    4. Procedure for the meeting will be as follows:

    • The student will be notified in writing no less than three class days prior to the meeting and will be informed of the reasons for the meeting.
    • The meeting shall be conversational and non adversarial.
    • The student may choose to be accompanied at the meeting by family member(s), faculty, or other advocate. Those accompanying the student will be permitted to participate in the discussion. Students may not be represented by legal counsel at the meeting.
    • The meeting may be conducted in the absence of a student who fails to appear after proper notice.
    • The Student Response Team may request the university official and/or the medical/mental health professional who is involved with the case to appear at the meeting to discuss the case providing the student has signed a consent form.
    • A written recommendation shall be rendered by the Student Response Team to the Vice President for Student Affairs within five class days after completion of the meeting. The letter will contain a statement of reasons for any recommendation leading to involuntary withdrawal. The Student Response Team will also recommend when a petition for reinstatement could be considered, along with any conditions for reinstatement.
    • The Vice President for Student Affairs will make the final decision including the length of time of the withdrawal and any conditions for reinstatement.

    5. The student may request reconsideration of the findings if new information has become available which might change the nature of the decision. The request must be filed with the Vice President for Student Affairs within three class days of receipt of the written decision. If appropriate, the Vice President for Student Affairs will reconvene the Student Response Team to consider the new information.

    6. The Vice President will make a final and conclusive decision based on the Student Response Team’s evaluation of the new information.

    University Testing Services

    Office Location: 102 Monty’s
    Upper Campus
    Contact: Ms. Kathy Kollar- Valovage
    Phone: 570-389-4112
    Email: testing@bloomu.edu
    Website: www.bloomu.edu/testing

    BU's Office of University Testing Services supports the university's educational mission by providing national, graduate, professional certification and distance-education examinations to students and other examinees in a professional, secure, and accessible environment.

    All tests are administered with high quality customer service under standardized conditions that are efficient, fair, and secure. We uphold that standards set forth by the National Collegiate Testing Association (NCTA).

    Valid photo ID required - Current Driver's License or Passport required. Those who arrive without a valid photo ID will not me tested.

    Visit our department website www.bloomu.edu/testing for the current list of exams administered on campus, test dates, reporting locations, and registration information.

    A Note to Seniors

    All students who graduate in December 2012, May 2013, and August 2013 are considered members of the Class of 2013. Graduating seniors are provided The 2013 Obiter as a graduation gift from the Community Government Association.

    A senior portrait will appear in the yearbook if your picture is taken during the photo sessions in the fall and spring. There is no charge for the portrait sitting on campus. Notice of the photo sessions are announced on campus. Seniors must schedule an appointment.

    Students wishing to be identified with a class of a different year must contact The Obiter (570-389-4465) editor prior to February of the year of graduation.
    Enjoy your senior year!

    Technology Support Services

    Computers on Campus

    There are nearly 900 computers for student use throughout campus; most of these are in classrooms and labs. The largest general access areas are in the Kehr Union Games Room and the Andruss Library. The computers are normally available when these buildings are open. Open times for the computer classrooms and labs are posted by the door of the room. Computers in classrooms and labs are connected to the campus network and laser printers.

    What software is available?

    Some of the more common software programs that are available on all of the computers are:

    • Adobe Creative Suites
    • Firefox
    • Internet Explorer
    • Microsoft Office
    • SPSS
    • Visual Studio

    There are many other specialized programs that can be found in the Specialized Software Folder under the Start menu.

    Student Support

    Student lab consultants are available in many of the computer areas during much of the day, evening and weekend. They can be helpful with basic questions you might have about using the computers in those areas. Please understand that they are not experts in all programs and may not be able to answer every question or solve every problem.

    Help Desk is open 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Monday –Thursday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Friday and is located in Ben Franklin Hall. It is the place to go when you have trouble with your email account, disk, virus problems, general questions or other technology issues. The phone number is 389-HELP (4357).

    Student Help Desk is located in Northumberland Hall and provides computer assistance for students in the Residence Halls. Computers can be brought to the ResComp Help Desk between the hours of 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

    HuskyID Account Information

    Undergraduate degree students will have a HuskyID account created when they apply. Those who pay their tuition deposit for their first year of attendance will have a network and email account linked to their HuskyID. They will be notified what their Husky ID is and how to use it (including the initial password) in the application-acknowledgement letter they receive from the Admissions Office.

    Graduate degree students and non-degree undergraduate students, (no tuition deposit required for these students) will have a HuskyID account created when they have at least one course scheduled. They will be notified what their HuskyID is and how to use it (including the initial password) by the respective office.

    Your Student HuskyID is your single sign-on account for all university related systems. Your HuskyID will give you access to public computers across campus in computer labs, student email, ISIS portal, BOLT, Wireless connections, Dorm computer registration, MyHousing, HuskyGold, Print Balance page, Web Print Service, Rescomp ticket page, Remote Access Service, Student Worker eTime, and any resource that is protected by HuskyID Single Sign-On.

    Residence Hall Computing

    All of our residence halls are connected to the campus network and the internet via Ethernet. It’s particularly important that you are aware that we regulate usage of the network so that everyone gets a fair share of access and academic needs are met. All on campus students will be required to register their computer prior to connecting to our network. In addition, your computer will need to be compliant with the University’s network standards to have access to the campus network.   To expedite the registration process, have your HuskyID and password available. You also MUST have an up to date virus scanner(VIPRE or AVG only). If you do not own a registered version of a virus scanner, the University will provide you with a licensed copy upon your arrival. Please note, trial versions will not be accepted by the registration process.  You must have a fully functional virus scanner to continue with registration.  Furthermore, Windows must have all critical updates and service packs installed.  You cannot gain access to the campus network until all steps of the registration process are accomplished.

    Residence halls – Bloomsburg University’s Residential Computing is the department in charge of maintaining computer connectivity within the Residence Halls. Assistance may be requested for network problems by entering a job on the Student Service Request System found on the Residence Hall Support page (rescomp.bloomu.edu).

    Policies

    You need to know the University’s Computer & Network Use Policy. The policy states, in part, “Access to the University’s computing facilities and resources is a privilege granted solely to Bloomsburg faculty, staff and registered students and those with special accounts. All users of the computing facilities must act responsibly and maintain the integrity of these resources.” You will want to read the entire policy document, which is found in the Pilot and on the Office of Technology web site www.bloomu.edu/technology. You will find additional material associated with the policy, FAQs and examples, which will provide you with a more detailed understanding of the policy.

    Copyright infringement is the copying, distribution, and downloading of materials through the Internet or campus network without permission of the copyright holder. Examples of copyrighted materials are books, music, movies, artwork, photographs, and other types of intellectual property. Programs that facilitate copying material across the network include KaZaa, Aimster, and Gnutella. The use of University resources to duplicate or distribute unauthorized copies of copyrighted materials is strictly prohibited. Copyright infringement is in direct violation of the University’s Computer & Network Use Policy and the U.S. Copyright Act. Students found to be in violation are subject to procedures and penalties under other University policies, rules, code of conduct as well as local, state and federal laws.

    Additional policies that can be found on the ot.bloomu.edu page include the Student Email and Student Printer Paper Use policies.

    Information resources
    • The Office of Technology web page (www.bloomu.edu/technology) is the official online site for technology support at BU. This site provides a wealth of information about technology support services for the University including sections on “Computer Labs” and “Student Support”.
    • Residential computing web page (rescomp.bloomu.edu) provides you with the online service request form that you must complete to get technical help in the residence halls plus additional useful information about residential computing.
    • BU web page (www.bloomu.edu) is a very important page for you to be familiar with. It’s your gateway to a tremendous amount of information about the University.
    Media Services

    Media Services is located on the first floor of the McCormick Center for Human Services and provides a wide variety of audio/video equipment, facilities and services to students for media projects or productions that are directly related to their approved class assignments. These include camcorders, audio tape recorders, television studios, receive-only satellite programming, video and audiotape duplication services and international standards conversion videocassette recorders. Special permission and arrangements for use of the facilities by students must be made in advance with the IMS staff by calling 389-4653, and by calling 389-4231 for equipment.

    Additionally, IMS creates, acquires and schedules daily television programs, which are distributed over local cable channel 8 in Bloomsburg. Students who wish to have their original programs aired must submit them to the media specialist for approval.

    The staff is available to provide basic tutorials relating to the operation of equipment or facilities that students need to complete class projects. Arrangements for these services must be made in advance by calling the IMSoffice at 389-4653.

    A wide array of equipment, facilities and services is also provided to faculty and staff of the university. These include laptops, projectors, digital cameras, DVD players, projection screens, and easels.

    The professional staff offers consultations in the evaluation, specification and purchase of media technologies used in the delivery of instruction.