THE VULCAN ADVENTURE

THE VULCAN ADVENTURE
California University
of Pennsylvania
THE VULCAN ADVENTURE
STUDENT HANDBOOK 2014 • 2015
A Student’s Guide to
California University of Pennsylvania
INTRODUCTION
This handbook offers Cal U students a quick and easy guide to university programs,
activities and services. While not always encyclopedic in its descriptions, it does tell
you where to go for information, help with problems, and what have you. In
addition, it describes and tells you where to find the university catalog and other
useful and more-detailed publications.
The handbook’s main entries are alphabetized—with cross-references in LARGE
AND SMALL CAPITALS—so you should have no trouble finding what you want.
University telephone numbers are listed as four-digit extensions; off-campus
numbers are given in full. (All university prefixes are 938.) California’s area code is
724.
Note: California University of Pennsylvania and the Student Association, Incorporated are not liable or responsible for inaccuracies or omissions in
this handbook. The university and the Student Association, Inc. reserve the right to repeal, change or amend the rules and regulations contained in
this publication at any time.
CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MISSION STATEMENT
IDENTITY
California University of Pennsylvania, a comprehensive regional institution of higher education and a member of the Pennsylvania State System of
Higher Education, is a diverse, caring and scholarly learning community dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts, science and technology, and
professional studies that is devoted to building character and careers, broadly defined. The University is inspired by its core values of integrity, civility,
and responsibility and is guided by its bill of rights and responsibilities: We have the right to safety and security, we have the responsibility to ensure
the safety and security of others; We have the right to be treated with respect, we have the responsibility to treat others with respect; We have the right
to expect the best, we have the responsibility to give our best; We have the right to be treated fairly, we have the responsibility to treat others fairly.
MISSION: BUILDING CHARACTER AND CAREERS
To advance its ultimate mission of building the character and careers of students, the University shall focus its efforts on three goals: student
achievement and success, institutional excellence, and community service. These interrelated ends will be facilitated by the following means: high
quality faculty, students, programs, and facilities. These means, in turn, will be funded through an energetic program of resource acquisition and
stewardship.
Be recognized as the best comprehensive public university in America.
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VISION
What does this mean?
Offer an exceptional, one-of-a-kind character and career-building experience;
Focus character-building on the University’s three core values and four rights and responsibilities;
Define career-building broadly to include life-wide (multiple life roles) and life-long (legacy) aspects;
Recruit and retain a distinguished faculty who challenge and mentor students to attain their fullest potential;
Recruit and retain a talented, diverse, and highly motivated student body;
Maintain an administrative staff dedicated to the highest professional standards and service;
Maintain a learning community known for its academic excellence, intellectual rigor, and civil discourse;
Instill not just learning but the love of learning;
Be widely known as a center for thought, inquiry, dialogue, and action in matters of character and leadership;
Maintain a campus of natural and architectural beauty featuring state-of-the-art facilities and equipment;
Reflect a special mission in science and technology through programs in science, technology, and applied engineering, as well as through
emphasis on technology and information literacy across the curriculum;
Be widely known for high quality undergraduate and selected masters level graduate programs;
Foster increasingly higher admissions criteria, academic quality, and scholarly expectations;
Incorporate continuous improvement into all programs and activities to ensure competitive excellence;
Prepare students for the world of work or further education from multiple locations through multiple technologies in order to meet the
ever changing needs of the Commonwealth and the larger world;
Sustain a reputation for the University’s academic excellence, its daring and entrepreneurial spirit, and the integrity, success, and loyalty of
its graduates;
Instill a culture of philanthropy among students, faculty, staff, and alumni;
Create an ever larger community of supporters and an endowment that will perpetuate the work of the University and enable constant
innovation and renewal.
LEGACY
Founded in 1852, and now in its second 150 years of service, the University is committed above all to academic excellence and intellectual rigor in the
context of personal and institutional integrity, civility, and responsibility.
Adopted by the Council of Trustees of California University of Pennsylvania
on June 4, 2003.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
*For the most current information go to www.calu.edu
CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MISSION STATEMENT................................. 2
QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE FOR EMERGENCIES .......................................................................... 4
CAL U FROM A TO Z ........................................................................................................................... 11
SECTIONS
SECTION 1: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES/STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT ..................... 28
SECTION 2: ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG/DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY .......................... 37
SECTION 3: LIVING THE SUITE LIFE/RESIDENCE LIFE.............................................................. 42
APPENDICES
I. VULCAN SPIRIT ....................................................................................................................... 49
II. HISTORY OF THE STUDENT ASSOCIATION, INC. ............................................................. 50
III. BYLAWS OF THE STUDENT ASSOC., INC. .......................................................................... 52
IV. STUDENT GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTION ........................................................................ 54
V. SEXUAL ASSAULT PROTOCOL............................................................................................. 59
VI. MISSING STUDENT POLICY .................................................................................................. 63
VII. ACADEMIC ADVISING ............................................................................................................ 65
VIII. IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS............................................................................................ 69
IX. GETTING INVOLVED:
THE CULTURE OF STUDENT PHILANTHROPY ................................................................. 71
X.
KEEPING INVOLVED:
CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ............................................ 71
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CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE FOR EMERGENCIES
This guide is to assist faculty, staff and students in responding to a variety of emergency situations, which they may encounter at California
University (Cal U) while working, attending classes or events, or living on campus.
Please become familiar with the contents of this guide. In the event of an emergency, it is designed to serve as a quick reference for effective action.
New employees and students should be made aware of this guide during orientation. If there are any questions or comments regarding this guide,
please contact the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety at 724-938-4411.
In order to protect yourself and others, each Cal U faculty, staff and student should know what to do in an emergency. Your response to
any incident must focus on minimizing injury and loss of life. Do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others to protect the physical
assets of the University.
California University Police/Fire
(724) 938-4299
Ambulance
911
DECLARATION OF A CAMPUS STATE OF EMERGENCY (EOP Section 1.7.4.A)
The authority to declare a campus state of emergency rests with the University President or EAD after an evaluation of the emergency and the
current state of the University.
However, the Emergency Operations Coordinator (EOC) may also declare a state of emergency if an incident requires an immediate response for
the security and control of the incident site.
University Notification System (EOP Section 1.6)
The Cal U Alerts is the text messaging system used to quickly notify registered users of campus emergencies, per the University’s Integrated
Communications Plan.
When an alert is issued, the Cal U website will provide detailed information regarding the emergency.
Other communication tools are available for use in emergencies and are detailed in the Integrated Communications Plan.
CAMPUS RESPONSIBILITY DURING AN EMERGENCY OR DISASTER:
Emergency Administrative Director (EAD): (Vice President for Administration and Finance — 724-938-4432) The EAD assumes overall direction
during an emergency and is responsible for employing the guidelines within the Emergency Operations Plan.
Emergency Operations Coordinator (EOC): (Director of California University Police — 724-938-4299). As the EOC, the Director of California
University Police is responsible for overall coordination of the university’s response to an emergency.
Emergency Command Team (ECT): The ECT provides overall leadership and guidance to the University community during an emergency or
disaster.
Campus Emergency Resource Team (CERT): The ECT notifies the members of the Campus emergency resource team (CERT).
Media Relations: (Director of Public Affairs: 724-938-5492) The Office of Public Affairs will coordinate media relations and act as the link between
the University and the public. The Director of Public Affairs will serve as the University’s media contact for all details regarding the event, e.g.
specifics on the threat, California University’s response to the threat, extent of injuries, etc.
Emergency Operations Levels (EOP Section 1.7.3)
TIER 1 (Yellow):
Any incident, potential or actual, which will not seriously affect the overall functioning of the University.
TIER 2 (Orange):
Any incident, potential or actual, which affects an entire building or buildings, and which will disrupt the overall operations of
the University. Outside emergency services may be required, as well as significant efforts from campus support services.
TIER 3 (Red):
Any event or occurrence that has taken place and has seriously impaired or halted the operations of the University. In some
cases, mass personnel casualties and severe property damage may be sustained. A coordinated effort of all campus-wide
resources is required to effectively control the situation. Outside emergency support services will be required.
SPECIFIC EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDELINES
The following guidelines are only highlights of the detailed response procedures located in the applicable section of the Cal U Emergency Operations
Plan (EOP)
I.
Reporting Incidents, Emergencies, or Disasters (EOP Section 3.2)
1.
From a safe location, report all emergencies to the Office of California University Police by dialing “HELP” from a campus phone, “*1”
from a campus public pay phone or 724-938-4299 from a cellular phone.
2.
In case of an emergency off campus, Dial: 911.
3.
When calling, stay calm and carefully explain the problem and location to the officer.
II.
Evacuation Procedures (EOP Section 3.3)
The main assembly areas in case of an emergency are:
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B parking lot (across from Dixon Hall)
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Parking lot behind Residence Halls A & B
Building Evacuation
1.
When building evacuation alarm sounds and/or upon notification by California University Police during an emergency, leave by the
nearest marked exit or in accordance with the posted evacuation plan and alert others to do the same.
2.
Stay Calm. Do Not Panic
3.
If safe to do so, assist the disabled in exiting the building.
4.
Once outside, proceed to a clear area that is at least 300 feet away from the affected building.
5.
DO NOT return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by California University Police personnel.
Building Evacuation for Disabled Individuals
1.
As soon as the alarm sounds, proceed to an enclosed stairwell, if possible.
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3.
If an enclosed stairwell is not available, go into a room just off the hallway or corridor and close the door.
Once inside the room, open a window and drape some article of clothing outside as a signal that someone is waiting for help. If a
phone is available contact California University Police at ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299.
4.
On the way to the “safe area” the physically impaired person should ask a non-impaired person for aid in notifying response personnel
of the impaired person’s location
Campus Evacuation
1.
Evacuation of all or part of the campus grounds will be announced by California University Police.
2.
All persons (students and employees) are to immediately vacate the area in question and relocate to the designated main assembly areas.
3.
DO NOT return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by California University Police personnel.
Shelter in Place
When the Department of California University Police advises to shelter in place:
1.
A staff member should lock the exits to prevent unauthorized persons from entry into the space
2.
Staff should account for all students and staff and report anyone missing
3.
When appropriate the University Department of Physical Plant will shut down HVAC equipment to prevent outside contaminated air
from being introduced into the facility.
III.
Biological, Chemical, or Radiation Incident (EOP Section 3.4)
1.
Any suspicious package received should be left untouched.
2.
The location in which the package is located should be evacuated and California University Police notified immediately at ext. 4299 or
(724) 938-4299.
3.
It is important for anyone who comes in contact with the suspicious package not to be in contact with other people if at all possible.
These individuals should remain isolated until cleared by California University Police.
4.
Any exposure to a hazardous biological, chemical, or radioactive material must be reported immediately to California University Police
at ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299.
5.
When reporting, be specific about the nature of the involved material and exact location.
6.
The key person on site should vacate the affected area at once, and seal if off to prevent further contamination of other areas until the
arrival of California University Police/Health & Safety personnel.
SPILL RESPONSE PROCEDURE
1.
Immediately alert fellow workers, supervisor, and California University Police (ext 4299 or (724-938-4299).
2.
Follow detailed spill response procedures located in the EOP, Section 3.4.L.
3.
Report all but minor spills to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety ext 4411 or (724-938-4411) as there are DEP and EPA
regulations which require reporting of certain quantities of certain spilled materials.
4.
Reporting to regulatory agencies is only to be done by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
IV.
Bomb Threat (EOP Section 3.5)
1.
If a suspicious object or potential bomb is observed, do not handle the object. Call California University Police at extension 4299.
Clear the area immediately according to the building evacuation instructions listed below.
2.
If you receive a written bomb threat, set it aside and call California University Police at ext 4299 or (724) 938-4299. Do not handle the
note or the letter further.
3.
If you receive a telephone bomb threat, be calm, courteous, listen, and do not interrupt the caller. Try to notify a person nearby of the
bomb threat so that California University Police (ext 4299 or (724) 938-4299) can be notified as soon as possible.
4.
The individual receiving the bomb threat is responsible for carefully recording the information and then immediately notifying their
supervisor and the California University Police Department.
5.
Keep the caller on the line as long as possible and ask the caller the following:
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When is the bomb going to explode?
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Where is the bomb located?
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What kind of bomb is it?
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Background noise
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What does the bomb look like?
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Keep the caller on the line as long as possible and ask the caller the following:
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Age and gender of caller –male, female, adult, juvenile
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Voice of caller – loud, soft, high-pitched, deep, raspy
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Accent of caller – local, not local, foreign, nationality
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Speech of caller – fast, slow, distorted, stutter, nasal, lisp
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Manner of caller – calm, angry, rational, irrational, coherent, incoherent, deliberate, emotional, righteous, laughing, intoxicated
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Background noises – office machines, factory machines, trains, airplanes, animals, music, silence, voices, traffic, party
7.
Call the Office of California University Police at (724) 938-4299 (if they have not been notified) and provide all the information you
have obtained to the police, along with your name and location.
BUILDING EVACUATION PROCEDURE IF THERE IS A SUSPICION OF A BOMB IN THE BUILDING
1.
Employees, faculty, and students should not search on their own. Opening and closing doors, drawers, and cabinets or turning off lights
may activate the bomb.
2.
The building should be cleared as quickly as possible but do not activate the fire alarm system as this may activate the bomb.
3.
Elevators should not be used as this may activate the bomb.
4.
Once outside, persons should move at least 500 feet away from the affected building and stay clear of walkways and streets that may be
used by emergency vehicles and crews.
5.
Do not return to an evacuated building unless permitted to do so by a California University Police Officer.
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HOSTAGE SITUATION
If you are taken hostage:
1.
Be patient. Time is on your side. Avoid drastic action.
2.
Follow instructions, be alert, and stay alive.
3.
Don’t speak unless spoken to and then only when necessary.
4.
Try to rest. Avoid speculating. Comply with instructions as best you can. Avoid arguments; expect the unexpected.
5.
Be observant.
6.
Be prepared to answer the California University Police on the phone. If medications, first aid, or restroom privileges are needed, say so.
V.
Civil Disturbance, Strikes or Demonstrations (EOP Section 3.6)
Peaceful and Non-Obstructive Demonstrations
1.
Peaceful and non-obstructive demonstrations will not be disrupted unless one or more of the following conditions exists as a result of
the demonstration:
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Interference with the normal operations of the University
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Prevention of access to offices, buildings or other University facilities.
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Threat of physical harm to persons or damage to University facilities
2.
If any of the above conditions exist, call the Office of California University Police at (724) 938-4299.
Non-Violent Disruptive Demonstrations
1.
Non-violent disruptive demonstrators will be asked to terminate the disruptive activity by one of Cal U’s Vice Presidents or his/her
designee.
2.
If demonstrators persist in the disruptive activity, they will be informed that continuing the disruptive activity could result in suspension,
disciplinary actions and/or possible arrest.
3.
Efforts should be made to secure positive identification of demonstrators in violation of the termination request, including photographs.
Violent Disruptive Demonstrations
In the event of a violent demonstration, the Cal U President and appropriate Vice-President or their designee will be notified.
DURING BUSINESS HOURS
1.
The appropriate Vice-president will notify California University Police.
2.
California University Police will contact the Pennsylvania State Police and the Cal U University Public Affairs Director.
3.
The President, in consultation with the appropriate Vice President and the Director of California University Police, will determine the
possible need for an injunction
4.
California University Police will provide an officer with a radio for communication between the university and the State Police as
needed.
AFTER BUSINESS HOURS
1.
California University Police should be notified immediately of the disturbance.
2.
California University Police will investigate the disruption and notify the Director of California University Police who will report to the
appropriate Vice Presidents and the President of the situation.
3.
The Director of California University Police or designee reserves the right to call for police assistance without counsel from others if it
is deemed to be of paramount importance to the safety of persons involved.
VI.
Terrorism (EOP Section 3.7)
If you suspect a credible terrorist threat exists based on your own observations or conversations that you have overheard, contact the Office
of California University Police at (724) 938-4299 or the local office of the FBI in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at (412) 432-4000
The following are examples of items that should be considered a potentially legitimate threat. This list is NOT meant to be all-inclusive.
1.
An individual(s) makes a specific threat (says they have a device with a contaminant that they intend to, or have, disperse(d) into the area
or into food/water being consumed.)
2.
An individual(s) in an area intentionally disperses something into the air using a mechanical device (with or without any communication
or threat)
3.
A package or other article is discovered that has specific wording or other identification on it: identification of bomb or contaminate
within; has threats or threatening wording on it; hate, or anti-American sentiments on it (e.g., Anthrax, explosives, “you will die . . .,”
etc.). An abandoned package is discovered that is ticking or leaking a suspicious substance.
4.
People in an area begin to complain of similar symptoms that have come on them suddenly (may be a potential chemical assault or
accidental release of chemical irritant).
5.
Telephoned threat of a chemical or biological assault. [This should be handled the same as a bomb threat and will not constitute an
immediate evacuation of the building – follow bomb threat procedures and call Office of California University Police – unless other
indicators are present as well (i.e., coincides with one or more of the other conditions previously identified.)]
Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage
unattended. Unusual behavior, suspicious packages, and strange devices should be promptly reported to the Office of California University
Police at (724) 938-4299.
VII.
Violent or Criminal Behavior (EOP Section 3.8)
WITNESS TO CRIMINAL OR VIOLENT BEHAVIOR
If you are a victim or a witness to any on-campus offense:
1.
AVOID RISKS!
2.
Promptly notify California University Police at (724) 938-4299 and report the incident, including the following information:
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Nature of the incident
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Location of the incident
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Description of person(s) involved.
Description of property involved.
VIII.
Explosion on Campus (EOP Section 3.9)
1.
Immediately take cover under tables, desks and other objects that will give protection against falling glass or debris.
2.
After the effects of the explosion and/or fire have subsided, notify the California University Police Department at (724) 938-4299. Give
your name and describe the location and nature of the emergency.
IX.
Fire (EOP Section 3.10)
1.
If a fire is discovered, activate a pull station.
2.
Immediately notify California University Police by phone at (724) 938-4299.
3.
If the fire is in the very early stages and you have attended fire extinguisher training AND you feel confident that you can extinguish the
fire without endangering yourself and others, fight the fire with a fire extinguisher from a position where you can escape. Small fires can
often be extinguished.
4.
A fire that is large or spreading cannot usually be extinguished successfully. If possible, shut down any equipment which may add fuel
to the fire.
5.
Leave the fire area and prevent its spread by closing the doors behind you.
6.
Evacuate the building by the closest marked exit and await the arrival of California University Police. Be prepared to inform them of
the exact location, details of the fire, and any chemicals that are stored or used in the area.
7.
Once outside, move to a clear area at least 300 feet away from the affected building.
8.
If your clothes catch fire, drop to the floor and roll to smother the flame. If a fellow coworker’s clothing catches fire, knock the person
to the floor and roll him/her to smother the flames.
9.
Do NOT return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by California University Police Officer.
NOTE: If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the
window as a marker for rescue crews. If there is no window, stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic. Shout at regular
intervals to alert emergency crews of your location. Do not panic.
X.
Earthquake (EOP Section 3.11)
Remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below.
1.
If indoors, seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment.
2.
If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures. Caution: Always avoid power or utility lines, as they
may be energized. Know your assembly points.
3.
If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits, but
stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.
4.
Evaluate the situation and, if emergency help is necessary, call the Office of California University Police at (724) 938-4299.
5.
Damaged facilities should be reported to the Office of California University Police and the Physical Plant Department.
XI.
Floods (EOP Section 3.12)
If flooding occurs, or the conditions exist that could cause flooding to occur, observe the following:
1.
Listen to the radio or watch television weather broadcasts to keep appraised of weather watches or warnings.
2.
Listen to National Weather Service/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radio broadcasts if a weather radio is
available. Washington/Fayette NOAA weather can be found at 162.550 MHz.
3.
Go online to track the storm and be aware of weather alerts/warnings at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr
4.
If a flood watch or warning occurs for the area you are in, move to higher ground immediately. Do not delay if a warning is posted.
5.
If you are in a campus building that begins to flood notify California University Police immediately at ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299 on a
cell phone.
6.
Then leave the building for a facility that is not flooding.
7.
When traveling do not drive through flooded roadways.
8.
If a vehicle stalls in water, leave the vehicle immediately and move to higher ground.
9.
Be extra cautious when driving at night, for it is more difficult to recognize flood signs, or the depth of water.
10. During heavy rains or flood alerts, etc., do not park a vehicle near any streams, rivers, or flash flood areas.
11. If caught outdoors, climb to a high ground and stay there.
12. Do not walk through or drink flood water.
13. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
14. DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless told to do so by California University Police.
XII.
Tornado (EOP Section 3.13)
If a tornado is reported within a 15 mile radius of California, a Cal U Alert text message will be issued by the University to registered students,
staff and faculty.
The best protection is an underground shelter or basement, or a substantial steel-framed or reinforced concrete building. (If none are
available, take refuge in other parts as indicated below.)
1.
In any facility always go to the lowest floor possible.
2.
If your residence has no basement, take cover under heavy furniture on the ground floor in the center of the building, or in a small
room on the ground floor that is away from outside walls and windows.
3.
Stay away from windows to avoid flying debris.
4.
If you are outside in open country, drive away from the tornado’s path, at a right angle to it. If there isn’t time to do this – or if you are
walking – take cover and lie flat in the nearest depression, such as a ditch, culvert, excavation, or ravine.
5.
If the school building is a good steel framed or a reinforced concrete building, stay inside away from the windows and remain near an
inside wall on the lower floors, if possible. The large brick buildings on the Cal U campus are of reinforced construction and should
provide adequate shelter. If in a smaller facility go to the basement or nearest brick facility.
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Avoid auditoriums and gymnasiums or large metal buildings with large, poorly supported roofs.
Office buildings – go to an interior hallway on the lowest floor or to a designated shelter area. Stay away from windows.
Many times, restrooms in lower levels are safety shelters in buildings
XIII.
Inclement Weather (EOP Section 3.14)
The University President, or his designee, is solely responsible for authorizing the closing of the University when severe weather and/or
emergency conditions warrant either a partial or full day closing.
1.
When road and sidewalk conditions become hazardous due to severe weather condition, the California University Police Dispatcher
shall call out Physical Plant Grounds Crew and notify both the Director of California University Police and the Director of Physical
Plant.
2.
The Director of California University Police shall notify the Vice President for Administration and Finance of weather and road
conditions surrounding the University. The Vice President for Administration and Finance recommends a course of action to the
President.
3.
Once the decision to close or delay is made, the President, or his designee, notifies the Vice Presidents who in turn activate their
respective plans for notification of personnel in their respective areas. Essential employees shall be advised of their status and when to
report to work. Non-essential personnel will be instructed not to report to work.
4.
Under the direction of the Vice President for University Advancement, the Public Affairs Office will notify both radio and television
media of the full-day closing or delayed opening.
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As a minimum, the following media shall air the closing information: both the University radio and television stations, radio
stations WASP, WESA, and KDKA, and television stations KDKA, WTAE, and WPXI. California University Police will
revise the message tape on the switchboard answering machine with up-to-date information. Employees may call the
University’s toll-free number 800-422-5639 for closing information.
5.
All employees are advised to evaluate road conditions in their respective areas to determine if roads are passable.
6.
The university will be closed when the Governor declares a state-wide State of Emergency.
XIV.
Medical Emergency (EOP Section 3.15)
1.
If serious injury or illness occurs on campus, immediately dial ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299. Give your name, describe the nature and
severity of the medical problem, and give the campus location of the victim.
2.
In case of minor injury or illness report to the Wellness Center for evaluation.
3.
In case of serious injury or illness, ONLY certified or appropriately trained personnel should quickly perform the following steps:
1.
Keep the victim still and comfortable. DO NOT MOVE THE VICTIM.
2.
Ask the victim, ''Are you okay?" and ''What is wrong?"
3.
Check victim's breathing and begin artificial respiration, if necessary. Send someone to get help.
4.
Control serious bleeding by direct pressure on the wound.
5.
Continue to assist the victim until help arrives.
6.
Look for emergency medical I.D.
7.
Give all information to the medical response team.
XV.
Psychological Emergency (EOP Section 3.16)
A psychological crisis exists when an individual is threatening harm to himself/herself or to others, or is out of touch with reality due to
severe drug reactions or a psychotic break. A psychotic break may be manifested by hallucinations, uncontrollable behavior, etc.
1.
Never try to handle a situation you believe is dangerous without appropriately trained assistance.
2.
Notify Office of California University Police of the situation at ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299 on a cell phone.
3.
When contacting the Office of California University Police state the following:
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Clearly state that you need IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE.
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Give your name.
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Your location.
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A brief description of the situation.
XVI.
Student Death, Serious Injury or Illness (EOP Section 3.17)
In the event of a death, serious injury, or illness to a student the following guidelines should be implemented to initiate an effective response
and/or course of action on the part of the university.
1.
The individual making the discovery of a student who is seriously injured, ill or dead should immediately contact the Office of California
University Police at ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299 and the University Health Center at ext 4232 or (724) 938-4232.
2.
The Vice President for Student Affairs will be notified by any University representative who becomes aware of the death, serious injury,
or illness of a student.
3.
The Vice President for Student Affairs will:

Inform the University President, the Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Director of Public Affairs.

Assemble a crisis management team to assist in handling the situation.

Attempt to provide appropriate notification of the situation to the family.
XVII. Utility Failure (EOP Section 3.19)
In the event of a utility failure, you should do the following:
1.
During regular working hours (8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday), immediately notify the Physical Plant Department
at ext. 4409 or (724) 938-4409.
2.
If there is potential danger to building occupants, or if the utility failure occurs after hours, weekends, or holidays, notify California
University Police at ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299.
3.
If an emergency exists, evacuate the building.
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4.
DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless told to do so by California University Police.
Elevator Failure
If you are trapped in the elevator, use the emergency call or phone button in the elevator to alert others that you are trapped. If you hear or
observe someone trapped in an elevator, immediately contact California University Police at ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299 for help.
Plumbing Failure/Flooding
Cease using all electrical equipment. Immediately notify California University Police at ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299. If necessary, evacuate the
area.
Gas Leak
Cease all operations and immediately vacate the area. Do not switch lights or any electrical equipment on or off. Extinguish all open flames,
including cigarettes. Notify California University Police at ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299 from a telephone outside the area affected by the gas
leak.
Steam Line Failure
Immediately notify Physical Plant at ext. 4409 or (724) 938-4409 or California University Police at ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299, and if
necessary, vacate the area. Keep clear to avoid burns.
Ventilation Problem
If smoke odors come from the ventilation system, immediately notify California University Police at ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299, and, if
necessary, cease all operations and vacate the area.
XVIII. Active Shooter Response Guidelines (EOP Section 3.20)
This situation is a barricaded suspect(s) or an outdoor movement situation where the suspect(s) is actively discharging a firearm at Public and/or
randomly firing into an area where it is reasonably expected that persons could be struck by the suspect(s) fire. These situations leave little or no time
for proper planning and normally require first arriving Law Enforcement units to take immediate action to end the danger.
IF YOU ARE INDOORS AND IN DANGER:
1.
EVACUATE, if you can do so safely. Notify anyone you encounter to leave the building immediately. Evacuate to a safe area away from
the danger and take protective cover. Stay there until emergency responders provide instructions.
2.
When there is an active shooter, DO NOT activate the fire alarm to evacuate a building.
3.
All persons NOT immediately impacted by the situation should take protective cover indoors, staying away from windows and doors.
Follow the guidelines listed below.
4.
If you cannot safely evacuate the building, the following guidelines are recommended:

Go to the nearest room or office.

Lock and barricade doors.

If the door has no lock and the door opens in, a heavy door wedge can be jammed between the bottom edge of the door and the
floor, otherwise look for heavy furniture to barricade the door.

Turn off lights.

Close blinds and stay away from windows.

Cover windows, including windows on the door.

Turn off radios and computer monitors.

Stay calm, quiet, and out of sight.

Take adequate cover/protection i.e. concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets (cover may protect you from bullets).

Silence cell phones.

Place signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons.

Do not open the door- it may be the shooter.

Remember, the shooter will usually not stop until they are engaged by an outside force.

If you are trapped with the gunmen and he is not shooting, DO NOT draw attention to yourself with sudden body movements,
statements, comments or hostile looks.
1.
2.
IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE
If you are outdoors and hear gunfire, stay alert and move away from the gunfire.
Look for appropriate cover locations. Brick walls, large trees, retaining walls, parked vehicles and any other object which may stop
bullets, should be used as cover.
CONTACTING THE OFFICE OF CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY POLICE
1.
Notify the Office of California University Police as soon as it is safe to do so by dialing Ext. 4299 or (724) 938-4299
2.
Provide the following information:

Your specific location- building name and office/room number

Number of people at your specific location

Injuries- number injured, types of injuries

Assailant(s)-location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons(long gun or hand
gun), backpack, shooters identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc.
WHEN POLICE ARRIVE
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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
When police officers arrive on scene, move toward any police vehicle when it is safe to do so while keeping your hands on top of your
head. Do not carry anything in your hands that could be mistaken for a weapon. Do exactly and immediately what the police tell you to
do.
If you are still inside the building, DO NOT RUN. Drop to the floor, place your hands behind your head and remain still. Make no
sudden moves that may be interpreted as hostile or threatening.
Wait for instructions and obey all commands.
Do not be upset, resist, or argue if a rescuer isn't sure whether you are the shooter or a victim.
Even if you are handcuffed and searched, DO NOT resist. Wait for the confusion to clear.
You will be taken to a safe area, where proper identification and status will be determined.
XIX.
Suspicious Mail Procedure (EOP Section 3.21)
BASIC PROCEDURES FOR RESPONDING TO SUSPICIOUS MAIL AND PACKAGES
1.
Stay Calm
2.
Do not open the letter or package (or open any further), do not shake it, do not show it to others, or empty its contents.
3.
Leave the letter or package where it is or gently place it on the nearest flat surface.
4.
If possible, gently cover the letter (use a trash can, article of clothing, etc.)
5.
Shut off any fans or equipment in the area that may circulate the material.
6.
Alert others nearby to relocate to an area away from the site of the suspicious item. Take essential belongings, like cell phones, keys,
purse, etc. with you in case return to your location is delayed.
7.
Contact the California University Police immediately at 724.938.4299.
8.
Leave and close the door to the space containing the suspicious letter or package.
9.
To prevent spreading any powder or hazardous substance to your face, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
10. Stay close to the area until instructed otherwise by the police. The Police will arrange appropriate follow-up procedures as necessary.
XX.
Threat Response, Assessment, and Intervention (EOP Section 3.22)
THREATENING BEHAVIOR INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:
1.
Physical actions short of actual contact/injury (i.e., moving closer aggressively, waving arms or fists, yelling in an aggressive or
threatening manner),
2.
General oral or written threats to people or property (i.e., “you better watch your back” or “I’ll get you”),
3.
Threats made in a “joking” manner,
4.
Stalking behavior,
5.
Hate speech, or
6.
Implicit threats (i.e., “you’ll be sorry” or “this isn’t over yet”).
VIOLENT BEHAVIOR INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:
1.
Any physical assault, with or without weapons,
2.
Behavior that a reasonable person would interpret as being potentially violent (i.e., throwing things, destroying property),
3.
Specific threats to inflict harm (i.e., a threat to shoot a named individual), or
4.
Use of any object to attack or intimidate another person.
Procedures for the Campus Community
All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to be alert to the possibility of violence. Any report of violence or threatening behavior will be
handled in a confidential manner, with information released only on a need-to-know basis. Those who act in good faith by reporting real or
implied violent or threatening behavior will not be retaliated against or subjected to harassment. Deliberately false or misleading reports of
violent or threatening behavior under this policy will be handled as incidents of unacceptable personal conduct and those making such false or
misleading reports will be subject to disciplinary action.
A. Imminent Threat
For crimes in progress, violent incidents, or specific threats of imminent violence, California University Police must be notified immediately at
724-938-4299. Examples of imminent threat include, but are not limited to, observing a person with a weapon or observing violent behavior.
B. Disturbing or Threatening Behavior
When disturbing or threatening behavior that does not pose an imminent threat is observed, any member of the Threat Response,
Assessment, and Intervention Team should be notified as soon as possible. The Team’s chairperson is the Associate Vice President for
Student Affairs and can be contacted at 724-938-1603.
Emergency Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities: Persons with disabilities or persons who provide assistance to persons with disabilities should
contact the Director of Environmental Health and Safety to discuss building evacuation procedures. Preparedness is critical and should include
emergency evacuation routes, refuge locations and/or individuals to provide assistance in times of emergency.
Any questions related to this Quick Reference Guide should be referred to the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety or the Director of California
University Police.
Please keep this document readily available at all times!
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ABSENCES See ATTENDANCE, CANCELLATION OF CLASSES, MEDICAL EXCUSE POLICY
ACADEMIC ADVISING See APPENDIX VII.
ACADEMIC POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS A complete listing of California University’s policies and requirements can be found online at
http://www.calu.edu/
ACADEMIC SCHEDULING CENTER The Scheduling Center, in Noss 210, serves to coordinate schedule development for all first-time and
transfer students, pre-registration in developmental courses, and the monitoring of successful completion of such work. The Scheduling Center also
serves as the area responsible for all students who have not declared a major, who are on academic probation or who need assistance with basic
academic skills. The Academic Scheduling Center does not replace faculty advising but helps to coordinate and supplement it.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS, OFFICE OF: The staff of the Office of Academic Success serves to implement components of a five-part retention
strategy. Integral to the University's retention strategy is implementation of First-Year Seminar, Academic Scheduling and Placement-testing, Four
Year Graduation Plan, Peer-Mentoring, Academic Support Programs, Mid-Term Grade Reports, Outcomes Assessment of student learning, and
Student Ombudsperson. For more information, call (724) 938-1523 or visit our website at www.calu.edu and search Student Retention.
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP) California University provides numerous Information Technology Resources for use by the University’s
students, faculty, and staff. The term Information Technology Resources includes, but is not limited to, all University computing equipment, personal
data assistants, cellular phones, storage devices, and any electronic device issued by the University and intended for business purposes, as well as
software, systems, and networks. These resources are provided to support the University’s mission and institutional goals. The use of these systems is a
privilege and all users are expected to act responsibly and to follow the University’s policies and any applicable local, state and federal laws (e.g.,
copyright, criminal use of a communication device, harassment, etc.) related to the use of these resources.
The complete Acceptable Use Policy can be found by searching for the phrase “Acceptable Use Policy” on the www.calu.edu website.
ACTIVITIES TRANSCRIPT The Activities Transcript is an official record of the co-curricular activities, accomplishments and learning
experiences of California University of Pennsylvania students. This free program is part of the OrgSync software, and can be managed by logging in to
the Cal U portal at sai.orgsync.com and navigating to the Tools > Involvement link.
ACCIDENTS If you have an accident on campus that results in bodily injury, report immediately to the Wellness Center for treatment. This policy
applies to students, visitors, faculty, and staff. When an accident involves a non-employee of the Commonwealth, the university employee who is
most directly involved must submit an Incident/Accident report to the University's Insurance Coordinator within 24 hours of the accident.
Incident/Accident forms can be obtained from the Department of Administrative Services located on the lower level of Dixon Hall, room 025. This
policy also pertains to accidents occurring during off-campus, university-sponsored excursions or field trips.
Students are required to provide their own accident/health insurance. If you are not insured under a health and accident plan, information
concerning the availability and costs of such insurance may be obtained by contacting the Wellness Center, Carter Hall, extension 4056.
ADA/504 COMPLIANCE OFFICE The mission of the ADA/504 Compliance Office is to provide high quality service to students with disabilities
by ensuring the university’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended).
Inherent to the mission is to provide an avenue for the resolution of issues of non-compliance as they relate to ADA and Section 504.
ADA/504 APPEAL PROCESS
 If a student with a disability considers that she/he has made a request for academic adjustment/reasonable accommodation that has not been
granted or that has been responded to inappropriately, she/he should immediately discuss the matter with the Director of the Office for
Students with Disabilities (OSD), Azorsky Hall, Room 105, Telephone (724) 938-5781.
 If a student is not satisfied with the result of the conference with the OSD director, she/he should contact the 504/ADA Compliance Office.
The Compliance Office is located in Carter Hall, Room G52. The telephone number of the Compliance Office is: (724) 938-1603,
[email protected]
 If the student does not reach accord at the Compliance Office level, the student may appeal to the Office of Social Equity within 30 days.
The Office of Social Equity has an established process to investigate and address any complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability.
AOD PREVENTION An Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Specialist works with the entire campus and local communities in the creation and
execution of a comprehensive strategy to reduce underage and dangerous drinking as well as other drug use. Options @ Cal U and the Cal Alcohol
and Other Drug Coalition are just two ways the goals are carried out. Options @ Cal U is a group of volunteer peer educators who educate and
challenge their peers regarding the decisions they make. The Cal Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition is comprised of members from the university and
local communities who combine resources and knowledge in an effort to change the culture regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. To be a part
of either of these programs or for questions regarding AOD prevention at California University of Pennsylvania, contact Bob Mehalik, AOD
Prevention Specialist at [email protected] or 724-938-5515.
AMBULANCE SERVICE The Brownsville Ambulance Service, Inc. (BASI) provides Advanced Life Support and Emergency Medical Services to
the California University of Pennsylvania campus and surrounding community. In the event of an emergency contact the University Police
Department (724-938-4299) on campus and dial 9-1-1 off campus. For business related issues please contact BASI at 724-785-6558.
ATTENDANCE, CLASS Policy: Regular class attendance is a prerequisite to successful class performance. University policy permits class absence
for cause but places an obligation for successful completion of course work on the student. Faculty members may establish their particular policies for
absences subject to the following university provisions: Class absences are excused for officially sanctioned University activities, where the student’s
attendance is mandatory and which have been pre-approved by the appropriate Vice-President or designee. University activities appropriate to be
considered as an excused absence include, but are not limited to scheduled NCAA athletic events and academic competitions in which the student is a
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mandatory participant. Other appropriate situations include military duties, auto accidents, impassable roads, death in the immediate family, and/or
medical emergencies. Verification of such absences may be required by the instructor.
Procedure(s): The student must, in all cases, arrange to make up examinations or other work missed because of absence, according to terms and a
schedule agreeable to the professors. Except in cases of emergency, it is the students’ responsibility to inform professors of the cause of any absence in
advance. Students should notify the Dean of Students concerning lengthy absences due to illness or other causes, and appropriate documentation is
required in such cases. The Dean will in turn notify the professors concerned. The Health Center does not issue medical excuses. Under certain
circumstances the Health Center will notify professors about students’ absences (or other failure to fulfill academic obligations) due to medical
conditions; on the basis of this notification, individual professors in turn will determine whether or not to excuse the absences.
http://www.calu.edu/academics/academic-affairs/academic-policies/undergraduate/Attendance.pdf
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BANKING SERVICES Banking/Financial Services
On-campus banking services are offered to students, faculty and staff through the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) in
conjunction with the CalCard. Students can elect to have their CalCard activated for use as an ATM card associated with their account. The PSECU eCenter is located on the lower level of the Natali Student Center. ATMs are located at the Natali Student Center, Dixon Hall, and the Convocation
Center.
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students) BASICS is a preventive intervention program to reduce drinking and
enhance awareness about alcohol-related issues. BASICS targets students who are considered at risk because of heavy drinking behaviors. The brief
intervention relies primarily on a motivational interview to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and insight into the consequences of drinking.
BEING BLUNT Like BASICS, Being Blunt is also a preventive intervention program. The main goals are to reduce student use of marijuana and
educate about marijuana-related issues, including tips for quitting. The format is also motivational interviewing, which gives students a safe place to
examine what role marijuana plays in their lives, consequences, and personal desire for change.
Participation in BASICS and/or Being Blunt is open to any Cal U student, while those who have been cited by the University Judicial Officer for
violations of the Student Code of Conduct involving the use of alcohol and other drugs are required to participate.
Students who express and/or demonstrate greater difficulty in coping with alcohol or other drug use/abuse are referred to the Cal U Counseling
Center to consult with an alcohol and other drug certified counselor. Students may also schedule a voluntary appointment to speak with the alcohol
and other drug certified counselor. Please note that alcohol and other drug certified counselor may refer a student to an outside alcohol and other drug
treatment agency as Cal U does not maintain a treatment facility. For more information on BASICS or Being Blunt call 724-938-5515. To schedule
an appointment to speak with an alcohol and other drug certified counselor, call 724.938.4056.
Note: If you seek voluntary treatment for possible chemical dependency, you will not be penalized in the University judicial system and will be
welcomed back to the university community after completing treatment. See POLICY, STANDARD OF CONDUCT & PROGRAMS.
Note: If you assist a peer in obtaining treatment in the event he/she demonstrates a threat or potential harm to their well being as a result of overuse
of alcohol or other drugs, you will not be penalized in the University judicial system. Do not forsake a peer’s well being in any such instance. Contact
California University Police immediately at 724.938.HELP (4357) or the Wellness Center at 724.938.4056. Please refer to PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAL
AMNESTY LAW for legal information.
BILLS for tuition, fees, on-campus room, and board are generated on a single statement that is issued by the Bursar's Office. The initial statement
for each semester will include detailed instructions for payment options. Billing information is also available on line. Credit/debit card and electronic
check payments can be made on line by logging into your student account at https://vip.calu.edu. Electronic check payments remain free of charge;
there is a 2.75 percent convenience fee for processing credit card payments. Check and money order payments may be made by USPS mail. Check,
money order and cash payments will be accepted in person at the Bursar’s Office in Dixon Hall Room 118. For more information on tuition, fees, and
payment policies, consult the Undergraduate Catalog. Only the first billing each term will be a paper bill mailed to the student’s permanent address.
Other monthly bills will be electronic bills with email notifications sent to the student’s Cal U email address.
BOOKSTORE The Cal U Student Bookstore, located on the first level of the Natali Student Center, offers varied services to all students, faculty and
staff. A full line of merchandise is available at the bookstore including textbooks, school supplies, books for leisure reading, giftware, clothing, Cal U
imprinted merchandise, and variety of other items. The bookstore also offers online service at www.calupa.bkstr.com. For additional information, you
can contact the Cal U Bookstore at 724-938-4324.
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CABLE TELEVISION Basic cable television service is provided at no charge to all California University residence hall students, both on campus
and at the Vulcan Village Apartment complex. Basic service includes over 60 channels of your favorite local broadcast and cable channels.
CAL ALLIES (FORMERLY KNOWN AS SAFE ZONE) is a network of Cal U employees and students working to provide a supportive environment
for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Ally (LGBTQA) community. For more information or to schedule an ally
workshop for your class or organization, contact Sheleta Webb, extension 5758 or [email protected] .
CALCARD—THE UNIVERSITY IDENTIFICATION CARD
The CalCard is both a campus identification card and a convenient way to make purchases and use services on campus. The CalCard is available to all
California University of Pennsylvania students, faculty, staff and eligible guests. The CalCard comes ready to use, pre-programmed with basic services,
and then enhanced based on your needs.
CalCard Services
Access - Students who reside on campus use their CalCard to access their residence halls.
Entertainment* - Cal U students receive free admission to most entertainment events sponsored by the Student Association, Inc.
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Fitness Center* - Cal U students receive unlimited access to the Fitness Center. Faculty, staff, and alumni who have purchased a membership
use their CalCard to gain admission to the fitness center.
Manderino Library - The CalCard is used to check out materials and access the library’s PILOT system.
Tickets* - Cal U students receive free admission to all home, regular-season intercollegiate sporting events. Tickets for other events can be
purchased using Shop Dollars at the Information Center.
*Students who are not matriculating at the main campus must pay the Student Association, Inc. fee or purchase tickets for recreational
and entertainment events on campus.
CalCard Accounts
CalCard accounts work like a debit account; you deposit funds in advance and your account is debited each time you make a purchase.
Meal - Everyone enrolled in a meal plan will use the CalCard to pay for meals. When purchasing a meal, just give your CalCard to the cashier.
Your meal account will be automatically reduced by one meal. Everyone enrolled in a meal plan will automatically receive a Dine Account.
Dine - Opening a declining balance Dine Account is as simple as making a deposit via credit card on the web at
https://calcard.blackboard.com. Your Dine Account can be used to pay for food at all food service locations.
Shop - The CalCard Shop Account is the master debit account for on-campus use. Just make an initial deposit by using cash at one of the
Value Transfer Stations located in the Natali Student Center or Manderino Library. Deposits can also be made via credit card on the web at
https://calcard.blackboard.com . Your Shop Dollars can be used to make purchases at all food service locations, Cal U Student Bookstore,
vending machines, laundry facilities, Manderino Library for photocopies and overdue book fines, and at the Natali Information Center for
CalCard services, tickets, and stamps. Shop dollars are carried over on your account from semester to semester.
Lost Cards
Report a lost CalCard to the CalCard Office during regular business hours.
https://calcard.blackboard.com.
CalCards can also be suspended via the CalCard website at
Additional Information
For additional information, stop by the Information Desk in the Natali Student Center, call the CalCard Office at 724-938-4300 or e-mail
[email protected]
CAL U FOR LIFE The Cal U for Life program celebrates the life long relationship between you and your alma mater. The University will provide
you with opportunities to build that relationship while you’re a student here, and continue it for the rest of your life. It’s all part of our mission to build
character and careers.
CAL U'S SOUTHPOINTE CENTER is located at 135 Technology Drive in Canonsburg, just off I-79 in the Southpointe Technology Park.
Home of the Cal U Center for Innovation, the Southpointe Center is a key point of connection between the University and the Washington County
business community.
CANCELLATION OF CLASSES The Provost may authorize or suggest the cancellation of classes to enable you to attend important university
functions or the appearance on campus of noteworthy speakers, etc. To determine if a class has been canceled, consult your course instructor.
In the event of severe weather or other emergencies, classes may be canceled or delayed. In such an event, an announcement will be made only if the
University’s regular operation is disrupted. If changes in schedule must be made before 8 a.m., the announcement will be made before 6 a.m.; if during
the day, as soon as conditions warrant; if before evening classes, by 3 p.m. Announcements will not be made saying the university is open. If classes are
delayed, the schedule will begin at 10 a.m. for Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. for Tuesday and Thursday. You may also check the Cal U
website for updates.
Severe weather or emergency announcements will be made over the following broadcast stations: WCAL-FM (91.9), FROGGY Radio (94.9, 103.5
and 104.3 FM), KDKA-AM (1020), WJPS (93.5 FM and 1450 AM), KQV (1410 FM) WMBS (590 AM) KDKA-TV (2), WTAE-TV (4), WPXI-TV
(11), CUTV (39, 52). Information about emergency class cancellations is also available 24 hours a day at (724) 983-4507 or 1-800-422-5639. You may
also sign up for text alerts via the Cal U homepage under quick links. See also SNOW.
CANDLE USE POLICY The use of candles and incense in University buildings is prohibited. Any exceptions to this prohibition require the
approval of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. For more information, call extension 4411.
CAREER ADVANTAGE is a four-step individualized plan (DISCOVER, EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE and IMPLEMENT) to help students to
discover and prepare for the career path that is a perfect fit for their skills, interests and values. Students who participate in Career Advantage
beginning freshman year have a better chance of graduating within the traditional four-year time frame. Career Advantage is introduced in First-Year
Seminar for students who take the class and is available online through the career services web page at www.calu.edu/careers. Students can meet with
their Career Adviser in Career Services to begin their Career Advantage plan.
CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER, THE assists students in gaining a Career Advantage! Students typically visit the
Career & Professional Development Center to obtain information and guidance in choosing a major or career by accessing the computerized guidance
system FOCUS, locating sources of career, educational, and employer information; shadowing alumni in a career area via the Job Shadow Experience
program, enrolling in the Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) -- paid, career-related experience, “fine-tuning” a resume, developing effective
interviewing skills by doing a mock interview, planning an effective job search, and discussing graduate school plans. The Career & Professional
Development Center also arranges on-campus interviews with prospective employers, hosts job-fairs, posts announcements of job opportunities
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online, and conducts workshops and presentations for classes and clubs. For more information, call extension 4413 or visit the website
at www.calu.edu/careers.
CATALOG The University Undergraduate Catalog includes detailed descriptions of programs, course offerings and the like. Both the Undergraduate
and Graduate catalogs may be viewed online at http://www.calu.edu. Students are free to print out relevant portions of the catalog as needed. Go to
http://www.calu.edu/academics/academic-affairs/ for the most up-to-date academic policies.
CIVILITY See UNIVERSITY CORE VALUES.
CLASS ATTENDANCE See ATTENDANCE, CLASS.
CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES A large array of clubs and other activities are offered through academic departments and the
Student Association, Inc. A complete list of SAI-funded activities may be found online at www.calu.edu (type Clubs & Organizations in the search
field).
CODE OF CONDUCT See STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT.
COLLEGE-LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP) AND DANTES SUBJECT STANDARDIZED TESTS (DSST) The University
offers the opportunity to earn undergraduate credit through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized
Tests (DSST).
The CLEP Program is comprised of General and Subject Examinations. The General Examinations are a series of tests in four separate areas:
English Composition, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities, and Social Sciences/History.
The Subject Examinations comprehensively test a single subject, such as General Psychology, Microeconomics, etc. A student who passes one of
these examinations is awarded credit for a comparable course at the university.
The DSST Program offers over 30 different examinations on a single subject, such as Principles of Statistics and Fundamentals of College Algebra.
A student who passes one of these examinations is awarded credit for a comparable course at the university.
The CLEP and DSST Programs are administered by the Placement-Testing Center. A maximum of thirty (30) credits can be earned through CLEP
and/or DSST. In addition to the test fee, there is a one-time fee of $25.00 for evaluation and recording of the examination results on a student’s
transcript. For additional information please call (724) 938-5779.
COMMUTER COUNCIL Membership provides opportunities to enhance your leadership skills and broaden your social life. The Commuter
Council also welcomes the involvement of non-traditional students (see Non-traditional Student Services). Stop by COMMUTER SERVICES, located on
the first level of the Natali Student Center, to inquire. For more information, contact Sheleta Webb at extension 4021.
COMMUTER SERVICES offers assistance to commuting students, including non-traditional students, with a student affairs staff member as a full
time advocate for commuter student needs. Staff office is located on the first level of the Natali Student Center near popular commuter lounge areas.
Assisting with alternate forms of transportation, helping with parking issues, alerting students of available housing options, and helping commuter
student connect to campus are just some of the services offered to our commuting population. For more information, contact Commuter Services at
extension 4021.
COMPUTER LABS Both PC and Macintosh computers offering access to the Internet, e-mail accounts, and desktop publishing facilities can be
found in various campus locations. Larger labs include the INSTRUCTIONAL COMPUTING FACILITY (ICF) (Second Floor, Noss Hall,
extension 5911- option 2), the Teacher Education Computer Lab (400 Keystone, extension 4225), the English Department Computer Lab (Manderino
Library 230), and the Multimedia Access Center (first level, Student Center, extension 4515). Except for the ICF area, most of the computer labs have
a specialized purpose and use of them outside of classroom time should be scheduled with the appropriate department. See ACCEPTABLE USE
POLICY.
CONFIDENTIALITY, STUDENT WELLNESS CENTER Our legal obligation insures that all areas of the center operate under strict rules of
confidentiality. All medical records are absolutely confidential. Medical information will only be released when authorized in writing by the student, by
court-ordered subpoena, or by appropriate University officials in an emergency.
CONTINUING EDUCATION, OFFICE OF The Office of Continuing Education includes the Degree completion programs (Science and
Technology, and Liberal Studies), Adult program (60+ CAP), Personal/Professional Development (non-degree), Trade Adjustment Act (TAA),
Workforce Investment Act (WIA), fall and spring visiting students, and High School Early Admit. For more information, call 724-938-4491 or 724938-5084, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (Co-op) is a program that assists students in finding paid career-related experience while still in school. Co-op is
coordinated through Career Services and open to all majors. To be eligible for Co-op students must first complete thirty-two credits (6 credits for
Master’s degree students) and maintain a 2.0 Q.P.A. (3.0 for Master’s degree students.) Co-op students may be employed part or full time and can work
during the fall, spring and or the summer semester. Graduate students, in all academic majors are encouraged to participate provided they meet the
eligibility requirements.
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Three Ways to Fit Co-op into an Academic Program:
Work part-time while still enrolled full time in classes.
Work full time with no classes scheduled for the semester.
Work full time or part-time in the summer.
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Students can work locally, nationwide, or abroad.
The Co-op staff also assists students in developing Co-op sites in any location.
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How does Co-op Differ from Internships?
Co-op positions are paid
Co-op is coordinated through Career Services
Students do not receive credit for Co-op (Co-op is
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Internship positions can be paid or unpaid.
Internships are administered through the Internship Department with approval of faculty
Internships are for credit, and students pay tuition.
Students receive notation on their transcript for the Co-op experience. Co-op positions are posted on College Central Network, Cal U’s job posting
website: www.collegecentral.com/calu.
COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES Commonwealth legislative action requires that one member of the University’s Council of Trustees be chosen from the
student body, as per the selection process determined by the University. An announcement and position description is made public when the imminent
graduation of the current student trustee opens the position.
COUNSELING CENTER services are available for students seeking confidential help for personal as well as interpersonal difficulties. Services are
free of charge to Cal U enrolled students. The Center, located in the Wellness Center (Ground Floor, Carter Hall), provides the following services to
students: consultation, evaluation, brief therapy – typically up to eight sessions, and crisis intervention. Students requiring specialized care that is not
provided at the Center will be referred to appropriate professionals on and off campus. All therapists working in the Counseling Center adhere to
federal and state ethical and legal standards and laws concerning confidentiality. Enrolled students can make an appointment by calling 724-938-4056,
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when school is in session. Evening sessions may be available by special appointment. After-hours and
weekend crisis intervention is facilitated through the California University Health Center (724) 938-4232 and or University Police Department at 724938-4299.
CUTV provides learning opportunities for students and local television coverage of news, sports, as well as cultural, contemporary, and educational
events. The multi-award winning station features a weekly live newscast and a variety of other station-produced programs, many conceived and
directed by students. CUTV also produces a complete line-up of university and regional sports action. A full schedule can be found on our website.
CUTV is seen on campus and in nearly 100,000 homes through several regional cable systems, as well as in over a million homes via Comcast OnDemand. To get involved with CUTV or for information, call (724) 938-5823 or visit our website at http://cutv.calu.edu.
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DAILY EVENTS CALENDAR lists all campus events in one accessible location. For upcoming events, check the home page of Cal U’s website,
www.calu.edu. Click on “Events” at the bottom of the homepage.
DINING SERVICES The goal of University Dining Services is to provide a quality, cost effective, innovative dining program for students living on
and off campus. The university encourages student involvement and awareness to help provide quality, nutritious meals at a reasonable cost. Dining
locations provide an important environment for student interaction and socialization. Students living in the residence hall, as well as commuters, may
choose from a variety of meal plans. All students who live in a university residence hall must participate in the meal plan program. A detailed dining
services brochure may be obtained at the Information Desk located in the Natali Student Center, 724-938-4300.
DISCIPLINARY AUTHORITY See STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT, STUDENT JUDICIAL SYSTEM, UNIVERSITY JUDICIAL BOARD.
DISABILITIES: OFFICE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (OSD)
California University welcomes otherwise qualified students with disabilities. The University recognizes its responsibility to these students as guided by
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. Reasonable accommodations that
maintain fundamental university standards are available to insure access and participation. Requests for accommodation should be submitted to OSD
and must adhere to established OSD accommodation procedures.
For information and/or assistance, contact OSD:
Location: Azorsky Hall – Room 105
Phone: (724) 938-5781
Email: [email protected]
Parking spaces for persons with disabilities are marked as such on campus. These spaces are solely for the use of persons who have the required
state DOT issued ADA parking credentials displayed.
Persons who need a temporary disabled permit (six weeks or less) must submit appropriate documentation from their doctor specifying the duration
of the temporary need (no more than six weeks) to the Department of Parking & Transportation (724) 938-4677.
Persons with disabilities needing to obtain require DOT issued credentials can make application to the respective State Department of
Transportation in which the vehicle is licensed.
Additional information regarding parking on campus can be found at www.calu.edu/parking
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD This is the oldest award presented annually to outstanding senior status students through Student
Government Association nomination. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in university service, community service and academic
achievement. A selection committee screens nomination entrees to verify candidate eligibility and to determine final selection of the award.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY California University is committed to providing a substance-free campus. In fact, the University prohibits the
possession, use or sale of alcohol and other mind-altering substances on campus. See ALCOHOL AND DRUG EDUCATION, STUDENT CODE OF
CONDUCT.
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E-MAIL Student e-mail accounts are named using the first three digits of your last name followed by four randomly generated numbers followed
by @calu.edu. For example, [email protected] might be the email address for Mike California. To access e-mail off campus, open your web
browser and go to http://owamail.calu.edu and enter your logon information. Students may access their email on campus in any of the computer labs.
Handouts are available in Noss 219 in the ICF area to help you get your email account name and log into the system. See ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY.
EMERGENCIES, CAMPUS See AMBULANCE SERVICE, CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY POLICE.
EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM The Emerging Leaders Program fosters ethical leadership development and encourages involvement in
leadership opportunities to enhance a student's capacities for dealing effectively with complex problems, real life leadership situations, and crosscultural issues. Programs are designed to promote an understanding of leadership theory and research, skills, and competencies that support leadership
effectiveness, a more fully developed code of personal ethics, and an enhanced sense of lifelong commitment to social responsibility and citizenship.
The Emerging Leaders Program equips potential student leaders with skills, including public speaking, team building, goal setting, and event planning.
This program primarily focuses on first-year students and is offered during the fall semester. Workshops are offered each week for ten weeks
throughout the semester and focus on a particular area of leadership development. For more information, contact Melissa Dunn at (724) 938-4269 or
email at [email protected]
EMPLOYMENT Students who need help to cover university expenses may be eligible for employment through Federal and Institutional WorkStudy programs. Students typically work eight hours per week during the academic year. Students in both programs are paid at the federal minimum
wage rate. During the summer sessions, full-time employment opportunities are available to qualified students. Students interested in employment for
the academic year/summer must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form on line at http://www.fafsa.gov. Further
information may be obtained on the financial aid website at http://www.calu.edu/financial-aid.
END V (Violence) CENTER The End V (Violence) Center works proactively to raise awareness and provide prevention education for the campus
community on the issues of sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking. In addition, the Center works reactively to offer survivors and
secondary victim’s advocacy, crisis intervention, supportive services and outreach. The End V Center is located in G45 Carter Hall. For more
information, please contact 724-938-5707 or e-mail [email protected]
EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY California University of Pennsylvania is committed to Equal Employment and Educational
Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age,
national origin, veteran status, and/or physical or mental disability.
California University of Pennsylvania endeavors to provide an environment that respects, encourages and promotes the talents and contributions of
all. The University values a community with a shared sense of purpose where people demonstrate mutual respect and appreciation. California
University of Pennsylvania values diversity that honors and includes all persons regardless of age, creed, disability, ethnic heritage, gender, gender
identity, race, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status in academic and extracurricular endeavor, in the working environment and in the
daily life of the University community.
The University is an equal opportunity employer that complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws, statutes, orders and regulations
prohibiting discrimination and sexual harassment and discrimination against people with disabilities.
EVALUATIONS, STUDENT The APSCUF contract mandates periodic student evaluation of faculty. The college deans are responsible for this
process and may be contacted for specific information.
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FAMILY DAY is an opportunity for family and friends of Cal U students to experience University life. The day offers a chance to meet other
students’ families and participate in a variety of University activities. Join us for a variety of programs, athletic events, tours and the Cal U Vulcan
football game.
Additional activities and fun will be added to the day. Keep up-to-date at www.calu.edu (type Family Weekend in the search field) or call 724-9384269.
FIRE In the event of a fire in any on-campus building:
1. Sound the alarm. If you discover or suspect a fire, sound the building fire alarm. Warn other occupants by knocking on doors and shouting as
you leave. If you are in a residence hall, take your room key in case you are unable to leave by the corridor or stairs and must return to your room.
2. Leave the building. Move to a meeting place away from the building and out of the path of the fire department and emergency personnel. Stay
outside the building until fire and/or university officials tell you it is safe to go in again.
3. Call California University Police at extension 4299 to summon the fire department. Give the name, floor and room number of the building,
and indicate the nature of the fire.
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR and INTRO TO UNIVERSITY STUDIES: First Year Seminar and Intro to University Studies provide the
foundation for learning how to achieve academic success in college. These courses introduce topics that will enhance students’ overall college
experience, such as time management, career exploration, effective use of library resources and extra-curricular opportunities. Students also learn to
develop and apply essential academic success skills and enhance critical thinking and communication skills. Overall, this course is the first step to
student academic success.
First Year Seminar or Intro to University studies is a one-credit course that all freshmen are required to complete as a component of the General
Education menu. Transfer students are not required to complete FYS if they transfer a course equivalent to UNI 100, FYS, or if they transfer a total
of 24 or more credits. Transfer students desiring to enroll in UNI 100 should contact the Office of Academic Success (724) 938-1523.
FITNESS CENTER is located in the newly renovated Herron Hall serving the university community. Students are admitted upon presentation of
their valid Cal Card. Students may purchase memberships for their spouse and/or children (age 16 or older) for an annual fee. The center offers a lap
pool, steam room, whirlpool, men’s and women’s saunas, weight training equipment, fitness classes, cardiovascular equipment, two gymnasiums,
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climbing wall, indoor walking track and a variety of exercise machines. For more information call the Director of Recreational Services at extension
5925 ([email protected]).
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GENERAL CODE OF CONDUCT See STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT.
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HAZING California University of Pennsylvania adheres to local, state, and federal guidelines in all hazing matters. Its position on hazing is consistent
with state prohibition on hazing activities, which prohibits all forms of hazing. Any infraction of local, state, or federal guidelines reported to a Greek
advisor or to the Office of Student Affairs will be dealt with accordingly. Cal U recognizes the dignity of every individual and has expressed strong
opposition to all forms of hazing. For more information, call Student Affairs at extension 4439.
HEALTH CENTER (see WELLNESS (HEALTH) CENTER)
HEALTH AND WELLNESS EDUCATION CENTER The Health and Wellness Education Center provides health education awareness
programming and services to promote a healthier campus community. The office currently employs graduate assistants and work study undergraduate
students who, under the direction of the Nurse Practitioner/Education Specialist, bring awareness to the campus community about Health and
Wellness. One of the key components of health and wellness education is the student-run organization known as H.E.A.R.T. (Health Education
Awareness Resource Team). The volunteer educators of H.E.A.R.T. offer a variety of interactive educational activities and programs for the campus,
sororities and fraternities, and sports teams. Some of the major services and programs offered include but are not limited to: monthly nutritionist visits,
monthly STD testing, drug and alcohol, stress management, smoking cessation, body image, and cardiovascular health and fitness. The Health and
Wellness Education Center is located on the ground floor of Carter Hall, G-82 and can be reached at ext. 5922. If you are interested in joining
H.E.A.R.T. or you would like to schedule a presentation, contact Fran Fayish at [email protected]
HEALTH INSURANCE, UNIVERSITY Part of the mission at California University is to involve students in a process of self-directed, lifelong
learning which will free them to think clearly and creatively. Good health and access to adequate medical care is an essential component of a student’s
academic success and is essential for the continuance of the lifelong learning process. Although the University Health Center offers a variety of free
health care services, it is unable to offer comprehensive health care particularly pertaining to trauma and chronic or severe illnesses, as well as certain
diagnostic testing or specialist services.
It is recommended that all students have medical insurance while in attendance at California University of Pennsylvania. All students will have the
option of enrolling in the endorsed voluntary student insurance plan offered by Consolidated Health Plans (CHP) or utilize their present group
medical insurance company. Please note: Insurance coverage is MANDATORY for NCAA Student Athlete and F-1 Visa International Students.
The University endorsed program offered by Consolidated Health Plans is as follows :
 To Enroll or for more information go to www.chpstudent.com
Students MAY CHOOSE to find their own carrier to meet their Insurance needs.
HOMECOMING is a special time at California University and is celebrated in October. It is a chance for students to associate with Cal U alumni
while enjoying a special week of activities, events, and sharing. The Homecoming Day activities include a parade, football game, halftime crowning
ceremonies for the royal court and other surprises. Keep up-to-date at www.calu.edu (type Homecoming 2014 in the search field) or call the Student
Association, Inc. at extension 4303, or e-mail [email protected]
HOUSING (LOWER AND UPPER CAMPUS) See VULCAN VILLAGE, RESIDENCE LIFE.
HOUSING (OFF-CAMPUS) Our on-going objective is to work with students, landlords, and borough officials to educate and promote the safety
and welfare of all students residing in off-campus facilities. Useful phone numbers and information concerning leases and other information related to
off-campus living is available at the Cal U Website. For more information contact the Office of Commuter Services ([email protected])
(724-938-4021).
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IDENTIFICATION CARDS See CALCARD.
INFORMATION DESK in the lobby of the Student Center (938-KNOW) has the answers to your questions concerning university or Student
Association, Inc. (SAI) activities. You may pick up your CalCard there as well.
INTEGRITY See UNIVERSITY CORE VALUES.
INSTRUCTIONAL COMPUTING FACILITY Student instructional labs on the second floor of Noss Hall (extension 5911- option 2) are
available for use at least 80 hours each week during the fall and spring semesters. Registered students automatically receive instructional computer
accounts, which give them access to the library’s on-line catalog, e-mail, and the Internet. Handouts are available in Noss Hall 219 in the Instructional
Computing Facility area to help you log into and use the system. While printing is currently at no charge in the ICF, there are certain policies that
students should be aware of:
- Printouts cannot promote any type of business being conducted on or off campus.
- Obscenities may not be printed from lab computers
- Printouts that are a ploy for free paper will be discarded. This includes pages that contain a single character or marking.
A complete printed policy may be picked up in Noss Hall room 219.
Campus personal computing network support is located in Noss Hall room 219, (extension 5911- option 2). See COMPUTER LABS, ACCEPTABLE
USE POLICY, E-MAIL.
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES / OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING California University of Pennsylvania
welcomes international students from many countries each academic year. International students provide cultural diversity and bring a new perspective
to the institution and the surrounding community. A dedicated staff works to meet the needs of enrolled students and to provide each with a sense of
belonging. In addition, the Office of International Programming strives to provide opportunities for the international student to experience not only
American culture, but other cultures represented on campus as well. Information on the services provided to international students or how to become
involved with activities can be obtained by visiting 104 Noss Hall or by calling 724-938-1599. Log-on to the Office of International Programming
website at http://www.calu.edu/current-students/student-services/international-programming/.
INTERNSHIP CENTER the Internship Center is a resource for university students seeking a for-credit internship. Through an academic
internship, you will study and experience professional career interests outside the classroom but under the supervision of California University of
Pennsylvania. We can assist you in identifying or developing an appropriate internship site, keeping you up-to-date on available resources and
deadlines, assisting with your professional development and preparation for an internship, and helping you navigate the university system. For
additional information contact the Internship Center at 1578.
INTRAMURALS The Intramural Program is designed to provide students with a flexible, yet structured, environment in which to participate in a
variety of athletic-type activities. The program is operated in league format with various divisions including men’s, women’s, open, and co-recreational
teams. Individuals and teams must register to participate. The program is open to all students, faculty, and staff. For information, call Recreational
Services at extension 5456, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.imleagues.com.
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JENNIE CARTER MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION CENTER Located on the first level of Carter Hall, the Multicultural Education Center
is the campus home to the International Club, the Hispanic Student Association, the Rainbow Alliance, Lambda Bridges, the Black Student Union and
the Young and Gifted Gospel Choir. In addition to providing services for international students and conducting student exchange, this area provides
programs and support services that celebrate social and cultural diversity in support of the university’s mission to enhance the educational, personal,
cultural and social development of our students. For more information, contact LaMont Coleman at extension 5697.
JUDICIAL AFFAIRS See STUDENT JUDICIAL SYSTEM.
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LAMBDA BRIDGES The Lambda Bridges LGBTQA Program Office strives to build connections through Service, Support and Advocacy for the
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Asexual Community. Lambda Bridges serves the campus and broader community by promoting a
welcoming and inclusive environment for all, through education, advocacy and empowerment. For more information, contact Sheleta Webb at 724938-5758 or [email protected] .
LOUIS L. MANDERINO LIBRARY is committed to providing the resources needed to support the research needs of Cal U students. This
includes a substantial collection of electronic and print journals, books (including e-books), online research databases, audiovisual materials (DVDs,
CDs, streaming digital video), and U.S. and Pennsylvania government documents. In addition to our collections, the library provides both individual
and collaborative study areas, including private rooms for group use. To help reduce the stress of studying, the library has vending machines with
drinks and snacks, a collection of popular DVDs, a graphic novel collection, and a selection of popular reading books.
Electronic Resources: Computerized information retrieval has made library research faster, more thorough, and more efficient. Using the library's
online catalog, students can quickly locate books, audiovisual materials or government documents in the library's collection. Cal U students have access
to an impressive collection of online, full-text periodical titles. We also offer online books and reference resources. All of the library's electronic
resources are accessible from on- and off-campus locations. This allows students to do research from anywhere they have Internet access. Since the
library is constantly working to provide the best resources for our students, please visit the library's Web site at http://www.library.calu.edu for the
most current list and descriptions of our electronic resources.
Research Services and Library Instruction: With so many resources and so much content available, it can be daunting to know where to begin
one’s research, or how to find appropriate information efficiently. Research Librarians are available (in the library or by telephone, e-mail, chat or text)
to help guide students in their research. Cal U librarians are faculty members and work with classroom professors to provide students with instruction
regarding the effective use of library resources in their coursework. Students can also seek additional research help by scheduling an individual
appointment with a librarian.
Shared Library Resources and Interlibrary Loan: Beyond our own collections, Cal U participates in several resource sharing programs that offer
students a wealth of additional resources. The Course Reserves system allows Cal U professors to make books and other materials available for student
use in the library. When Manderino Library does not have the book a student needs, the online E-ZBorrow system allows students to request books
from scores of academic libraries in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and New York. This system is both fast and free. If the book is not in an
E-ZBorrow library, or if a student needs an article not available in our resources, they can be requested through our Interlibrary Loan Office.
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MAIL See RESIDENCE LIFE.
MATH LAB provides students with a FREE tutorial service, providing support in math and math-related courses, including help with math and
statistics courses on MyMathLab. Additionally, we offer one-on-one peer tutoring, assistance for those students experiencing math anxiety and as
always, we welcome walk-in students. The tutors in the math lab are ready to help you with all aspects of understanding including: PRAXIS
preparation and math placement test tutorials, mathematics, statistics, computer science, computer information systems, computer engineering
technology, natural science, and electrical engineering courses. If you suffer from anxiety or are math-anxious — headaches or stomachaches during
math classes, feel free to stop by the Math Lab and let us help you develop a few skills and strategies to manage your fears and become a successful
student. For further information, or to schedule an appointment, visit the Math Lab located in 115 Noss Hall or call (724) 938-5893.
MEDICAL ABSENCES Students who are unable to attend classes because of illness should contact their professors, explain their absences, and
arrange for completion of any work that may have been missed. The Student Wellness Center does issue confinement slips to students to give to their
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professors when the student visits the Student Wellness Center and consults with a RN/physician or SRNP who determines if the student has
significant medical reason not to attend class. A confinement slip is not given to students who have been absent from class for less than three days. If
the student has consulted a private physician who has determined that the student had significant reason not to attend class, the student must have an
excuse provided by the physician to give to their professors or have the physician’s office fax the Student Wellness Center an excuse so that a
confinement slip can be issued to the student. If the student has missed more than three days of class due to an illness or surgery, the Student
Wellness Center will send written excuses to the student’s professors. The notification of illness only notifies professors of the student’s absence from
class. Each professor has his or her own attendance policy about excused or not excused absence.
A professor may call the nurse supervisor of the Student Wellness Center for verification of a student’s visit, but a visit can be verified only if a
student was actually seen by a health professional.
MOVIES (on campus). See VULCAN THEATRE.
MULTICULTURAL STUDENT PROGRAMMING This area provides programs and services that celebrate social and cultural diversity in
support of the university’s mission to enhance the educational, personal, cultural, and social development of all Cal U students, staff and faculty. For
more information, contact LaMont Coleman at extension 5697.
MULTIMEDIA ACCESS CENTER Located on the first level of the Natali Student Center, the Multimedia Access Center houses an Apple
computer lab that gives students access to the latest multimedia software applications, audio/video equipment, and color printing, including largeformat printing. There is also a large, collaborative work area for group projects. The lab employs a variety of student experts who are available to
answer your questions. The lab is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Evening hours are Monday – Thursday, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The
Student Association, Inc. supports and maintains the computer lab.
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NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE (NSE) / OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING Students can exchange to other NSE
member campuses located throughout the U.S. and its territories without having to pay the high cost for out-of-state tuition. Since its establishment in
1968, NSE has grown to nearly 200 member campuses. A student may study at the NSE member institution of their choice for up to a full academic
year, undertaking courses approved for application to their degree program at Cal U through approval of their academic advisor. Students have the
choice to pay either California University tuition/fees or in-state tuition/fees at the institution to which they exchange. For further information, visit
104 Noss Hall or contact the National Student Exchange Coordinator at 724-938-1599. Log-on to the NSE website at www.nse.org.
NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT California University of Pennsylvania is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is
free of unlawful discrimination. California University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer.
A copy of the University’s Policy Statements and Compliance Procedures on Campus Equal Education and Employment Opportunity and Social
Equity and the Gender-Based/Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) Policy can be found on the Cal U Office of Social Equity’s web page via the following
web link: http://www.calu.edu/faculty-staff/administration/social-equity/policies/index.htm.
The Cal U Office of Social Equity assists all members of the campus community to resolve concerns and complaints about equal opportunity, sexual
and other forms of harassment, discrimination, and disability. You may file a complaint online by completing the online Complaint Form via the
following web link: https://www.calu.edu/faculty-staff/administration/social-equity/complaint/index.aspx , or by contacting the Office of Social
Equity either by calling 724-938-4014, or by visiting South Hall 112 (Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), or by sending an e-mail to
[email protected]
California University of Pennsylvania is an academic community dedicated to the ideals of justice, fairness, and equal opportunity for all. In compliance with federal and state
laws, the University is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age,
disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. The University will not tolerate racial, ethnic, or sexual discrimination. Sexual
harassment is considered by law to be a form of sexual discrimination and is, therefore, unacceptable. Direct equal opportunity, affirmative action or Title IX inquiries or
complaints to the Special Assistant to the President for Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity (EEEO), Office of Social Equity, South Hall 112, 724-938-4014.
Direct inquiries regarding services or facilities accessibility to the ADA/504 Compliance Officer, Office of Student Affairs and Services, G-52 Carter Hall, 724-938-4056.
NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT SERVICES Student Affairs recognizes students seeking a degree after a hiatus from schooling, seeking a
second degree, seeking career skills enhancement, or taking non-degree or continuing education courses. COMMUTER SERVICES provides services for
commuters (see COMMUTER SERVICES) and opens avenues to the pleasures and benefits of university life for those whose time on campus is subject
to the constraints of off-campus responsibilities. Non-traditional students frequent COMMUTER SERVICES (see COMMUTER SERVICES) and are also
active members of the Commuter Council (see COMMUTER COUNCIL). For more information, contact Sheleta Webb at (724) 938-4021or visit
www.calu.edu (type Commuter in the search field).
NOTARY SERVICES (LIMITED) are available at the Information Desk, Natali Student Center, and are free to students.
NURSE PRACTITIONER/EDUCATION SPECIALIST The Wellness (Health) Center employs one full-time NP. Current hours of service are
Monday – Friday and range from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and are posted along with the Physician’s hours of service on the website. A NP is an advanced
practice nurse that can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication. Our NP, Fran Fayish, is available in the Health Center as well as for private
consultation. Fran can be reached at 724-938-5922 (office) or at 724-938-4232 (Health Center), or by email at [email protected] The nurse practitioner
also directs Health and Wellness Education. More information on Health and Wellness Education can be found at
http://sai.calu.edu/sai/clubs/heart/index.html.
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[email protected] U – ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG PREVENTION: Cal U has a comprehensive alcohol and other drug prevention plan
coordinated by an Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Specialist, Donna George. One of many key components of the plan is a peer education
program called [email protected] U. Peer educators present to students in various settings. An emphasis is placed on making the presentations interactive
as well as interesting. If you are interested in joining [email protected] U or you would like to schedule a presentation contact [email protected] or 724938-5515.
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ORGSYNC OrgSync is a whole new way to connect and get involved on campus. Students using OrgSync can manage their involvement (Activities
Transcript) and their organization memberships. They can also discover events, new organizations, and service opportunities. Get in sync with what's
happening at Cal U! Log in at sai.orgsync.com using your campus email username and password to begin.
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PARKING California University of Pa has a managed parking system which requires anyone who will have a vehicle here on campus needs to register
their vehicle and purchase a parking permit.
The exception is for those individuals who have determined that due to the limited number of hours or days they are on campus they can use the
pay by hour garage.
New students must register for parking using their parking accounts located at the parking webpage at www.calu.edu/parking. Incoming freshman
can purchase a permit for LOT 24 immediately once they receive their Cal U email address and password. Permits are the property of the University
and must be returned once the student is no longer paying to park on campus.
Handicapped parking is available on campus those students requiring handicapped parking must have a valid DOT issued handicapped hang tag or
license plate and a Cal U parking permit. Any person using a state issued hang tag must also carry the proper I.D. to validate the state issued tag. Using
an unauthorized handicapped hang tag is a serious offense and will result in loss of parking privileges on campus.
VULCAN GARAGE The Vulcan Garage is open to any student, or guest who maybe on campus a few hours a day or a few days per week.
The hourly rates and more information regarding the garage can be found at www.calu.edu/parking.
PARKING ENFORCEMENT Parking is strictly enforced 24/7 seven days per week on all university controlled parking areas. To avoid
citations please follow the rules, and properly display your permit at all times while on campus. As a reminder manipulation or using a
fraudulent and or expired permit will result in citations and the vehicle being booted and can result in parking privileges being revoked.
CITATIONS If you receive a citation you can pay your citation on line. If you wish to appeal your citation you may do so on line only first
paying the fine and submitting an appeal form within 72 hours of the citation date. Detailed directions on how to appeal your citation can be
found on the back of the citation. You have 72 hours to appeal a citation and if your appeal is accepted you are refunded the fine amount.
VULCAN FLYER SERVICES The University has its own fleet of transit style buses. The Vulcan Flyers are free and run Monday – Friday
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. with stops at Vulcan Village, and various locations
on campus as well as an hourly run to Wal-Mart in West Brownsville Monday – Saturday from 1:00pm. – 7:00 p.m. Route maps and additional
information about the Vulcan Flyers are located at our webpage at www.calu.edu/parking.
ON CAMPUS SHUTTLES On Campus shuttles run from Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Shuttle vehicles circle main campus via the
loop road. The service is free to students, staff and guests on campus. For more information regarding our on campus shuttle services please
visit our web page at www.calu.edu/parking. All of the transit buses are handicapped accessible.
MID MON VALLEY TRANSIT Is the Public Transit provider for the local area and has specific routes to assist students the Cal
Commuter, Valley 2 and Commuter A routes can make connections into Pittsburgh to Greyhound, Amtrak and Megabus. For more
information and schedules visit www.mmvta.com. Students can ride FREE with a Cal Card I.D.
For the most up-to-date information visit www.calu.edu (type Parking in the search field) and watch campus wide announcements for
important information about permit renewal periods, and other transportation information.
PEER MENTORING PROGRAM The peer mentoring program is designed to help new students with their transition into Cal U. The peer
mentoring program assigns first semester freshmen and transfer students to upper-class volunteer peer mentors, usually in the same major.. The peer
mentor serves as a support and resource person who provides information, encouragement, and guidance during the student‘s first year at Cal U. For
more information on peer mentoring, contact the University-Wide Mentoring Program at ext. 1682 or [email protected] Visit www.calu.edu and
enter ―”Peer Mentoring” in the search field for additional information.
PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAL AMNESTY LAW Enacted in September 2011, the Medical Amnesty Law allows underage drinkers to call 911,
police or another emergency service to get immediate medical attention for someone with a life-threatening, alcohol-related condition in exchange for
legal amnesty; in other words, they won't face any alcohol-related legal charges. The caller must reasonably believe he or she was the first person to call
for emergency services, provide his or her name and stay with the person in trouble until help arrives.
PLACEMENT TESTING CENTER At California University student success is the priority. Ensuring that students are scheduled in classes of
sufficient but not excessive challenge is a key to academic success. All new freshmen (students attending a post-secondary institution for the first time)
and transfer students have the opportunity to take placement tests before their first registration at California University to determine their levels of
ability in mathematics and writing. The Placement Testing Center serves to coordinate placement-testing for developmental courses. The Center also
provides retesting opportunities for students after waiting a period of 30 days.
Students who do not achieve predetermined scores on these tests must enroll in appropriate developmental courses. These courses, ENG 100
English Language Skills, and DMA 092, Introductory Algebra, are described in the course listings in the University Catalog. Because these
developmental courses are preparatory to a university academic experience, the credits awarded in them do not count toward the fulfillment of the
number of credits for graduation, nor may they be used in fulfillment of General Education requirements. However, the grades achieved in these
courses are used in establishing a student’s grade point average, class standing, eligibility for financial aid, and eligibility for participation in cocurricular activities. Moreover, students who do well in preparatory courses also do well in college-level classes. Remember, student success is our
priority.
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PROPERTY INSURANCE The University does not insure student personal possessions. The University cannot replace any property loss due to
theft, fire, water, etc. Therefore, the student whose family does not have a homeowner’s insurance policy with a student provision may wish to
purchase a policy that offers this protection.
CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY POLICE The University Police at California University is a fully recognized law enforcement agency granted full
police authority. Students, faculty, and staff in need of law enforcement assistance should contact The California University Police (Pollock
Maintenance Building, extension 4299), or dial H.E.L.P. in cases of emergencies. The department is open 24 hours a day.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) provides public bus service to the community of California and
California University of Pennsylvania. Just present your valid CalCard (free to all students & staff/faculty with valid CalCards) and you can ride any of
the MMVTA bus routes free of charge. Direct bus service in California and at Cal U consists of the Cal Commuter Weekday service to and from
Downtown Pittsburgh and the University via Toll 43 and the Large Park and Ride Lot located off of Route 51 and the Valley 2 traveling from Vulcan
Village, California University, West Brownsville WalMart, downtown California with stops in Charleroi for transfers and continuing to the shopping
centers in Belle Vernon. In Charleroi, transfers are available to Downtown Pittsburgh on Commuter A. Other bus routes are also available to take
travelers to other Mid Mon Valley communities. To obtain copies of schedules, free park & ride services and information, contact the MMVTA at
(724) 489-0880, e-mail: [email protected] or visit MMVTA on the web at www.mmvta.com. Schedules are also available on campus at
the Natali Student Center, California University Police Office, Manderino Library and at the Vulcan Village Clubhouse.
RADIO STATION, UNIVERSITY See WCAL.
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READING CLINIC The Reading Clinic offers free one-hour sessions to all students. The Clinic is staffed by a faculty member and two work study
students. Techniques are taught to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary. Help is also available in identifying main ideas, making inferences,
drawing conclusions, understanding concepts and facts and test-taking skills. Emphasis is placed on transferring these skills to college text reading. In
addition, the Reading Clinic assists students in the PAPA reading preparation which is the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment for
Pennsylvania certification of teachers. Also, the Reading Clinic administers reading rates and gives tips on how to increase reading speed while still
comprehending material. Students can make appointments to work privately or schedule an independent lab session that is staff-directed. The Reading
Clinic is housed in Noss 118. The Reading Clinic Director, Dr. Patricia Johnson works from both Noss 118 and Manderino 430 individually with
students. For more information, please call (724) 938-4364 or (724) 938-4469. You may also email [email protected] The Reading Clinic is open
Monday through Friday.
RECREATIONAL SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF
Student Association’s Department of Recreational Services, located in Herron Recreation and Fitness Center, is responsible for the programming
and scheduling of informal recreation (fitness center), intramurals, extramurals, sports clubs, fitness, and wellness. For more information, call extension
5925 or [email protected]
The Department of Recreational Services at California University of Pennsylvania, offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities to all
California University of Pennsylvania Students, Faculty Staff and Alumni.
The Department of Recreational Services offices are located in Herron Recreation and Fitness Center.
Whether you’re interested in Informal Recreation (HRFC), Intramural Sports, Extramural Sports, Fitness, Wellness or Sports Clubs --- the
Department of Recreational Services can provide you with information to get you started!
The mission of the Department of Recreational Services is to provide recreational facilities, programs, and developmental opportunities
for the university community. Recreational Services provides exposure to a variety of activities that contribute to individual physical
fitness. The Department also creates opportunities for cooperative and competitive play in the game form. Recreational Services instills
in participants a lifelong appreciation for physical activity as well as enhancing the social, psychological and physiological development of
the university community members it serves.
Recreational Services is comprised of six service areas: informal recreation, intramural sports, extramural, fitness, wellness, and sports
clubs.
Informal recreation programming provides a self-directed approach to participation. This program area accommodates the desire to participate in
sport for fitness and fun, often with no pre-determined goals except that of participation. ([email protected] ext.5925)
Intramural sports programming provides structured contests, meets, tournaments and leagues limiting participation to individual members of the
university community. ([email protected] ext.5456)
Extramural sports programming provides structured tournaments, contests and meets between participants from different institutions. The
champions from intramural events are the teams or individuals competing in these programs. ([email protected] ext.5456)
Fitness programming provides opportunities and assistance to participants who wish to be involved in a personal exercise program. This voluntary
program is designed to motivate individuals, assess their level of fitness, and influence their decision to maintain a positive fitness lifestyle.
([email protected] ext.5471)
Wellness programming promotes health and wellness and is dedicated to educating, motivating and empowering members of the California
University of PA community to make healthy lifestyle choices that improve their overall quality of life. ([email protected] ext.5471)
Sports Clubs serve student sport related interests while providing athletic competition with off-campus rivals. It should be emphasized that the
program is for and by the students; each club is student initiated and sustained. ([email protected] ext.5826).
RESIDENCE LIFE JUDICIAL BOARD See RESIDENCE LIFE SECTION.
RESPONSIBILITY See UNIVERSITY CORE VALUES.
ROADMAN PARK George H. Roadman University Park, a 98-acre area located one mile from campus on Route 88 South, is owned by SAI. In
January 2009, SAI leased the land to the University who is responsible for the development and maintenance of the property. Facilities include tennis
courts, intramural fields, soccer, rugby, baseball, and picnic areas. For more information, visit www.calu.edu and enter Roadman Park in the search
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SCHOLARSHIPS Many scholarships are available to California University students. It is most important to remember that each scholarship
program has particular requirements, which must be met by all applicants. It is wise for those interested in scholarship programs to inquire within
their academic department and with the Financial Aid Office to discover potential opportunities and to receive information about scholarship
requirements. For a complete listing of university scholarships, consult the financial aid website at http://www.calu.edu/financial-aid.
SEXUAL ASSAULT PROTOCOL See APPENDIX V.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT Sexual harassment violates basic human rights as well as state and federal law. Furthermore, retaliation against the
accuser, witnesses or other persons involved is prohibited. The University also recognizes that accusations of sexual harassment have serious
consequences and the University will take the necessary precautions to protect students, faculty, staff and managers from false accusations.
SMOKING REGULATIONS California University of Pennsylvania is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is prohibited in university buildings.
SNOW The University will remain open, classes will be held, and services will be provided during periods of severe winter weather. Only on those
rare occasions when it is impossible to reasonably accommodate students and others due to weather-related conditions on campus will consideration
be given to adjusting class schedules and/or employee work shifts or authorizing a partial- or full-day closing. Check the Cal U homepage,
www.calu.edu, for information about delays or closings, or call 724-938-4507 for information.
SOCIAL EQUITY The Office of Social Equity, under the direction of the Special Assistant to the President for Equal Employment and Educational
Opportunity (EEEO), is here to ensure that State and Federal laws are followed and enforced regarding the right for all to receive an education and to
work, as well as advance in employment on the basis of merit, ability, and potential without fear of discrimination. This office also creates, maintains,
and updates the university's Affirmative Action Plan, conducts investigations, performs university wide training classes, in addition to assisting with
policies and procedures regarding discrimination prevention, Title IX, and faculty searches.
All members of the University community including staff, management, faculty, and/or students who feel they have been discriminated against may
contact the Office of Social Equity by calling (724) 938-4014, or by visiting South Hall 112 (Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), or by
sending an e-mail to [email protected]
STUDENT ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMMING, OFFICE OF oversees the development of the activities calendar, including contemporary,
cultural, community and social events such as coffee houses, comedy shows, novelty events, and celebrations such as Homecoming and Family
weekend. The office staff advises the Student Activities Board (SAB), The Underground Cafe and the Homecoming Committee. Students are
encouraged to get involved and participate in these activities and are invited to help determine which activities take place by participating in SAB. For
information, call extension 4269 or email [email protected]
STUDENT AMBASSADORS/ORIENTATION LEADERS Students assist in various University activities such as: special events for the
President’s Office, campus tours, special interest tours, spring, summer and fall registration/orientation, recruitment receptions, Open House
programs, Discovery Day programs, Honors programs, Pre-Senior Open House programs, and any additional special event where the Ambassadors
are requested to participate. Must be a full-time undergraduate student with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA. Students must also undergo an extensive
interview process. For more information, contact the Office of Student Orientation Programs/University Welcome Center at extension 1626 or email
Kevin Eggleston at [email protected]
STUDENT ASSOCIATION FEE The Student Association, Incorporated (SAI) is a nonprofit corporation which supports the mission, goals and
objectives of the University and exists solely for the purpose of the University and its students. SAI, having served and supported the University and
its programs, faculty, staff, and students continuously since 1937, manages and operates programs and facilities which enhance the educational
experience at the University. All students attending class on the main campus are required to pay the Student Association Fee.. Annually, students
determine the allocation of the fee to all recognized clubs and organizations on campus and SAI through the Student Congress budget process. The
Student Congress and the Student Association Inc. Board of Directors determine programs provided by SAI. The fees are collected, budgeted,
disbursed, and accounted for by SAI with the concurrence of California University’s president. SAI coordinates a large and widely varied number of
extracurricular programs as well as the activities of recognized student clubs and organizations. For information, call extension 4303. See APPENDICES
II and III.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT See STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS Please refer to STUDY ABROAD for information on study abroad opportunities or NATIONAL
STUDENT EXCHANGE (NSE) for domestic (U.S. and Canada) exchange opportunities.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION is California University’s official student governing body. It represents and serves the entire student
population. It provides for a student forum, establishes channels for the communication of students’ concerns to appropriate administrative and
university personnel, implements programs and activities that enrich campus life, and creates opportunities for students to exercise and develop
leadership skills. For more information call advisor Melissa Dunn at extension 4269. See APPENDIX IV.
STUDENT AFFAIRS Inherent in the university’s mission is a commitment to the total development of all students. Student Affairs, under the
direction of the Vice President for Student Affairs, is administratively responsible for implementing this commitment. The central focus of the
program is personalization of the university experience, with concern for personal, social, and physical development as well as individual intellectual
development. Opportunities for work-study jobs, graduate assistantships, internships, and volunteer work assignments are available for qualified
students. Check with the various Student Affairs offices or departments to inquire about openings. For general information, call 4439.
STUDY ABROAD / OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING We invite you to consider a study abroad experience as part of
YOUR Cal U education. Our students have studied in Australia, Costa Rica, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Madagascar and other locations
around the world. Options exist for one- to two-week programs, several weeks in the summer, or a traditional full semester abroad. The Office of
International Programming works with Cal U students to find the right program in terms of academics, budget and personal interests. For further
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information, visit 103 Noss Hall or contact the Director of International Programming at 724-938-5217. Log-on to the Office of International
Programming website at http://www.calu.edu/current-students/student-services/international-programming/.
STUDENT CONDUCT SYSTEM The Office of Student Conduct is part of Student Affairs and is responsible for taking and investigating reports
of possible violations of university regulations, conducting preliminary interviews with students charged with violating university regulations occurring
on or off campus, determining responsibility for violations, providing remedies to victims, imposing educational sanctions, maintaining disciplinary
records, and serving as a resource for faculty, staff, and students for disciplinary matters. Student Conduct also offers alternative conflict resolution
options such as mediation, restorative justice practices, and conflict coaching that can be used to resolve some issues outside the normal disciplinary
system. The Associate Dean for Student Conduct heads the office. Alleged violations may be resolved through administrative or board hearings. For
more information, call extension 4439. See Student Code of Conduct.
STUDENT OMBUDSPERSON, THE Office of Academic Success is available to students who need information, general assistance, or who
encounter difficulties with processes, procedures, or personalities on campus. Established means of dealing with such concerns are used (i.e., students
are informed of the appropriate processes or procedures to follow and are expected to use these). The Office of Academic Success monitors the
concern(s) and becomes directly involved only if established means do not resolve the issue(s). For more information, call (724) 938-1523 or visit our
website at www.calu.edu and search Ombudsperson.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES See STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT.
STUDY ABROAD / OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING We invite you to consider a study abroad experience as part of
YOUR Cal U education. Our students have studied in Australia, Costa Rica, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Madagascar and other locations
around the world. Options exist for one- to two-week programs, several weeks in the summer, or a traditional full semester abroad. The Office of
International Programming works with Cal U students to find the right program in terms of academics, budget and personal interests. For further
information, visit 103 Noss Hall or contact the Director of International Programming at 724-938-5217. Log-on to the Office of International
Programming website at http://www.calu.edu/current-students/student-services/international-programming/.
STUDY AROUND THE WORLD PROGRAM: See CULTURAL EXPERIENCES ABROAD.
TELEVISION STATION, STUDENT See CUTV.
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THE UNDERGROUND operates a weekly coffeehouse “The Underground Cafe” in various locations around
Midnight, showcasing the talents of local musicians, nationally touring performers, as well as the talent of Cal
associated with B.A.C.C.H.U.S (Boost Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students), a
provides non-alcoholic entertainment as an alternative to dangerous behaviors on a college campus. For more
extension 4269.
campus Thursdays from 9 p.m. to
U students. The Underground is
national student organization, and
information, call Melissa Dunn at
TIMES California University’s student newspaper, published weekly (excluding holidays and school recesses), has its office on the first level of the
Natali Student Center, Room 180. Any member of the university community may submit articles, editorials, columns, letters, reviews, photographs or
drawings for consideration. A complete statement of Times policies appear in the Times each week. University students are always welcome,
experienced or not, to help with the production of the newspaper. For information, call extension 4321 or e-mail us at [email protected] or view our
editions at http://www.caltimes.org.
T.R.A.I.T. THREAT, RESPONSE, ASSESSMENT, AND INTERVENTION TEAM The creation of this team is a proactive way to coordinate and plan an
appropriate approach to deal with the complexities often involved with threats and violence. Key objectives of this team are to identify, assess,
manage, and reduce potential threats to the University community and to educate faculty, staff and students about the dangers of interpersonal
violence. If you are concerned about a person’s odd behavior, call Tim Susick, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at extension 1603, e-mail
[email protected] or through the University website www.calu.edu. For immediate concern of threat or act of violence call University Police at (724)
948-4357 (HELP).
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UNDECIDED ABOUT YOUR MAJOR? As an undecided student you are one of many students who have taken a period of time to explore your
options before choosing a major program of study. California University believes that a general education is essential for all students, regardless of the
profession for which they may be preparing. The general education requirements are common to all majors and make up approximately half of all the
educational requirements for a baccalaureate degree. The goals, objectives, and courses that comprise our General Education Program are designed to
provide students with the knowledge, understanding, and skill they will need to pursue their careers and lead productive and rewarding lives. Our hope
is that through the classes that are required in the General Education program you will develop some areas of interest that will lead you to choose a
major. Furthermore, students in first-year seminar explore career options through the use of the FOCUS II Career Assessment and the development
of Career Advantage Plans through the Office of Career Services. A special course, XCP 194, career planning, is offered to help students to confirm or
clarify career objectives. For further information, contact the Office of Academic Success visit our website at www.calu.edu and search student success
or call our office (724) 938-1523.
UNIVERSITY CONDUCT BOARD is composed of students, faculty, and staff members and provides a formal resolution means for alleged
violations of university rules and regulations. The Associate Dean for Student Conduct advises the board and supervises its operation and training,
including acting as chair for meetings or appointing a designee if appropriate.
UNIVERSITY CORE VALUES Civility. Civility is a concept that encompasses manners as well as moral conduct. Stephen L. Carter asserts in
Civility that the word means different things to different people. “Others think of proper standards of moral conduct, or a set of standards for
conducting public argument. Still others think of willing participation in the institutions that enable our democracy to thrive, what has come to be
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known as the movement for civic renewal.” Carter insists that all of these views are correct, but they are “different parts of the same animal.”
Therefore, he argues that civility “is the sum of the many sacrifices we are called to make for the sake of living together” (p. 11). According to Carter,
these forfeitures should not be self-serving. “We should make sacrifices for others not simply because doing so makes social life easier (although it
does), but as a signal of respect for our fellow citizens, marking them as full equals, both before the law and before God” (p. 11). Integrity. In his
book Integrity, Carter writes that there are three steps that comprise the actual nature of integrity: “(1) discerning what is right and what is wrong; (2)
acting on what you have discerned, even at personal cost; and (3) saying openly that you are acting on your understanding of right from wrong.” He
continues to explain that step one requires “a degree of moral reflectiveness” and two “brings in the ideal of an integral person as steadfast, which
includes the sense of keeping commitments.” The final criterion “reminds us that a person of integrity is unashamed of doing the right” (p. 7).
Responsibility. Responsibility is the active form of respect. It is an obligation to do something on behalf of others. “It means orienting toward others,
paying attention to them, actively responding to their needs. Responsibility emphasizes our positive obligations to care for each other” (Lickona, 1991,
44). In addition, responsibility means “being dependable, not letting others down” (p. 45). It is morality put into action. “It includes taking care of self
and others, fulfilling our obligations, contributing to our communities, alleviating suffering, and building a better world” (p. 68).
UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINARY AUTHORITY California University has authority under Pennsylvania state law to establish, enforce and maintain
rules and regulations for its students in an effort to develop an appropriate educational environment. The university has the right to address behavior
that is deemed damaging, disrupting or unsafe for members of the university community, to university or affiliates’ property, or which threaten the
accomplishment of the university’s mission. Students’ behavior, whether on or off campus, is expected to support the university’s Bill of Rights and
Responsibilities through abiding by established rules and regulations and local, state, and federal laws. University disciplinary authority focuses on
enforcing university rules and regulations, providing remedies to victims and assisting students in understanding their role in creating an appropriate
environment. It is separate from any civil and/or criminal proceedings and does not supersede or replace those proceedings. Students may be subject
to civil and/or criminal charges as well as university conduct proceedings for incidents that violate both laws and university rules and regulations. See
Student Code of Conduct, University Conduct Board, and Residence Life.
UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS See STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY SERVICES is located the basement of Manderino Library (extension 4030), where staff offices are open Monday
through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Student instructional labs on the second floor of Noss Hall (extension 5911- option 2) are available for use at
least 80 hours each week during the fall and spring semesters. Registered students automatically receive instructional computer accounts, which give
them access to the library’s on-line catalog, e-mail, and the Internet. Handouts are available in Noss Hall 219 in the Instructional Computing Facility
area to help you log into and use the system. See COMPUTER LABS, ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY, E-MAIL.
UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY SERVICES HELP DESK
Everything You Need to Know About University Technology Services
Cal U’s University Technology Services office assists students, faculty and staff with the University’s network and other technical services. Visit
http://www.calu.edu/ithelpdesk/ for detailed information about connecting to Cal U’s network.
All residence hall rooms have at least two connections for computer hook-up to the network. There is no need to use a modem or contract with an
outside Internet provider while on campus. This service is provided at no additional cost.
Recommended Minimums
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10/100 BaseT network card required (Card must be installed and working properly. It can be obtained and installed at most computer
stores. The University does not provide or install the network card.)
Windows XP or MAC OS X
1.4 GHz Pentium 4 PC or Intel based Mac
2.0 GB of memory
Students should bring a CAT 5 network cable with them if they plan on using wired connections. Windows systems must also be current on their
Windows updates and have approved antivirus software with up-to-date definitions.
User is responsible for having legal copies of all software and drivers. It is recommended that operating system discs and driver discs be brought with
the computer, as these cannot be provided by the university.
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VETERANS AFFAIRS All Active Duty Service-members, veterans, reservists, National Guard personnel and eligible dependants applying for
entrance to the university should contact this office at an early date so that the necessary VA paperwork can be processed to assure timely payments of
educational benefits. The Office of Veterans Affairs, located in 316-317 Manderino, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Requests
for appointments after normal business hours can be made by contacting the Office of Veterans Affairs. Undergraduate veterans are also advised to
take advantage of the university’s program to award college credits for military service schools & experience. For more information, call 4076 or e-mail
[email protected]
VETERANS CLUB In addition to offering activities, social gatherings, and intramural activities, the on-campus Veterans Club sponsors the Colonel
Arthur L. Bakewell Veterans’ Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to eligible undergraduate and/or graduate veterans. Affiliation with the National
Association of Veterans Program Administrators, Student Veterans of America and Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America help assure that
the Veterans Club members participate in statewide and national events. For more information contact the Veterans Office at 4076, or visit the office
in 316-317 Manderino.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS AND SERVICE LEARNING – The Center serves as a catalyst for students to connect with, build, and sustain
meaningful service initiatives in partnership with communities surrounding California University. Students enhance their learning and leadership
development by engaging in educationally purposeful and diverse co-curricular experiences through volunteer opportunities. For more information,
contact Diane Hasbrouck at 724-938-4794 or email [email protected]
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VULCAN, the Cal U sports mascot, was the Roman name for the Greek Hephaestus, god of smithies and metalworking. The Vulcan was selected
because of Cal U’s early mission in industrial arts and continues to reflect its current special mission in science and technology. In the fall of 2003,
Blaze, the new name and face for our mascot was unveiled.
VULCAN THEATRE The Vulcan Theatre is a fully furnished movie theatre in the Natali Student Center. It features recent movie releases and
occasional special showings at no charge. A new weekly movie begins every Friday and is played daily at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.; 4 p.m. showings are also
available on certain days. Schedules are subject to change and can be located at the Information Desk in the Student Center or on the Vulcan Theatre
marquis. For more information, please visit the Student Activities Board website at www.calu.edu and search SAI.
VULCAN VILLAGE is located one mile from the lower campus and next to the university's sports complex. The property has ten three-story
buildings that primarily houses 768 upper-class students in 199 separate apartment units. Vulcan Village offers a variety of apartment configurations to
meet your needs, including four-bedroom apartments with a private bath for each resident (4x4), four private bedrooms and two shared baths
(4x2), and two private bedrooms with private baths (2x2). Each resident is responsible for their own individual lease. Vulcan Village is staffed by four
full-time office staff, including two live-in professionals, student community assistants, and three full-time maintenance staff. The staff is available to
attend to the needs of the residents, which includes responding to maintenance requests and developing social and educational opportunities for
residents to attend.
Each apartment has a full-size stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and washer and dryer. High-speed wireless internet (as
well as hard-wired ethernet) and cable TV service are all included in the rent and are available in each bedroom and the common area / living
room. All other utilities are included with the rent as well (i.e. water, sewer, electric, garbage). Each unit is equipped with inter-connected smoke
detectors and a sprinkler system. There is a fully equipped fitness center on the property along with a computer lab. Additionally, the clubhouse
includes a recreation room with a large screen TV, pool table, table tennis, expanded digital cable, and a study / conference room. Other amenities
include outdoor volleyball and basketball courts as well as an outdoor, saltwater swimming pool. There is also a convenience store ("Flatz
Express") located in the clubhouse. Parking is free for residents with an issued permit and regular bus service is provided by campus and the Mid Mon
Valley Transit Authority to the lower campus. The bus service is available at no charge with a valid CalCard. Vulcan Village also hosts a Leadership
Living-Learning Community (LLC) in which selected students participate in activities related to leadership development and community service
opportunities. For more information about Vulcan Village, call 724-938-8990 or visit the property website at http://www.vulcanvillage.com.
Information regarding the Leadership Living-Learning Community (LLC) program can be found at http://www.vulcanvillageleaders.com.
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WCAL is a 3,000-watt FM radio station with a frequency of 91.9. The station is entirely student staffed and provides learning opportunities for all Cal
students interested in radio. Power 92 plays an Active Rock format, comprised of new music in various rock genres mixed with familiar classics. During
other hours and on weekends, you will hear a variety of specialty shows including hip-hop, metal, top 40 and gospel. WCAL also carries a full line-up
of regional and University athletic events. To become a member of WCAL or for more information, call 724-938-5823 or visit our website at
http://wcal.calu.edu.
WELLNESS (HEALTH) CENTER the Student Wellness Center is available to students 24 hours/Monday - Friday, 12 hours 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday while the university is in session. Summer hours are: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. A full-time staff of registered
nurses is on duty during all hours of operation. The university physician conducts regular posted hours Monday – Friday (no appointment necessary).
A Certified Nurse Practitioner is also on staff at the Health Service Department Monday – Friday. Women’s Health Clinic with OBGYN is held
Mondays only from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., by appointment only. The University Health Form must be completed by your family doctor and returned
to the Wellness Center. For physician’s hours or further information regarding Student Health Services call extension 4232 or go to www.calu.edu.
Your privacy is guaranteed. All students are required to complete a Student Health Form. The Center is considered an outpatient facility. The
physician, CRNP (Certified Nurse Practitioner), or registered nurses may refer students to local hospitals in emergencies and for other treatment
beyond the capabilities of the Center. In case of emergency, students will be taken to a hospital for emergency care. The final decision in hospital
selection is the student’s decision unless condition warrants transportation to nearest hospital. Students are responsible for all medical expenses and
treatment beyond that provided by the student health services. It is mandatory that all F-I VISA international students and all NCAA athletes must
show proof of health insurance. The Student Health Services administration will assume responsibility for notifying family in cases of serious illness,
injury or circumstances in which the student’s condition warrants family notification.
Confidentiality, Student Wellness Center our legal obligation insures that all areas of the Center operate under strict rules of confidentiality. All medical
records are absolutely confidential. Medical information will only be released when authorized in writing by the student, by court-ordered subpoena, or
by appropriate university officials in an emergency.
WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES honors students who have excelled in academics and shown outstanding
service to the university and community. Each semester, faculty, staff, and students may nominate candidates for inclusion and candidates may
nominate themselves. Information and application forms are available in the Office of Student Activities and Programming or on OrgSync.
WOMEN'S CENTER The Women's Center works to create a community that promotes and nurtures the contributions and experiences of women.
The Center offers services and programs for the campus community, advocates for greater equity, and provides an atmosphere to empower student’s
to maximize their development of personal, academic and professional success. The Center, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., serves
as a gathering place and resource center. The Center is located in G45 Carter Hall. For more information, please contact 724-938-5857 or e-mail
[email protected]
WORLD WIDE WEB Tour campus, access information, and explore the world of cyberspace using California University’s Home Page as a starting
point. The web site is constantly changing and growing. Check in often to see what’s new. The URL is http://www.calu.edu.
WRITING CENTER provides free writing assistance for undergraduate and graduate student writers in all academic majors and programs. Trained
undergraduate and graduate student writing consultants work one-to-one with students, providing feedback on a variety of academic writing tasks,
including essays, research papers, and reports. Through dialogue, reflection, and feedback, writing consultants work with writers in planning their
papers; creating first drafts; revising for content, clarity, and style; editing; and properly formatting their final work. The Writing Center also offers a
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writing resource library, informative handouts about writing, and a Writer’s Hotline at 724-938-4336 for brief questions about writing. Face-to-face
and online appointments can be made at calu.mywconline.com. Walk-ins are also welcome. The Writing Center is located in room 110 of Noss Hall
and is open Monday through Friday. The hours of operation vary. For more information call extension 4336 or email [email protected]
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SECTIONS
SECTION 1: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES/STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT ..................... 28
SECTION 2: ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG/DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY .......................... 37
SECTION 3: LIVING THE SUITE LIFE/RESIDENCE LIFE.............................................................. 42
APPENDICES
I. VULCAN SPIRIT ....................................................................................................................... 49
II. HISTORY OF THE STUDENT ASSOCIATION, INC. ............................................................. 50
III. BYLAWS OF THE STUDENT ASSOC., INC. .......................................................................... 52
IV. STUDENT GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTION ........................................................................ 54
V. SEXUAL ASSAULT PROTOCOL............................................................................................. 59
VI. MISSING STUDENT POLICY .................................................................................................. 63
VII. ACADEMIC ADVISING ............................................................................................................ 65
VIII. IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS............................................................................................ 69
IX. GETTING INVOLVED:
THE CULTURE OF STUDENT PHILANTHROPY ................................................................. 71
X.
KEEPING INVOLVED:
CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ............................................ 71
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SECTION 1
STATEMENT OF STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
2014-2015
California University works to achieve its mission of Building Character and Careers by fostering an environment that encourages learning, both in
and out of the classroom. The adoption of the Core Values of Civility, Integrity and Responsibility is an effort to achieve an educationally-supportive
environment by your voluntary commitment to live by these values. In addition to the Core Values, the University has adopted a bill of Rights and
Responsibilities for members of the university community that describes the commitments we should make with each other as members of the
University Community:
We have the right to safety and security;
We have the responsibility to ensure the safety and security of others.
We have the right to be treated with respect;
We have the responsibility to treat others with respect.
We have the right to expect the best;
We have the responsibility to give our best.
We have the right to be treated fairly;
We have the responsibility to treat others fairly.
It is hoped students will reflect on these Rights and Responsibilities and how to incorporate them into their lives. Experiences at the University
will challenge students and provide opportunities for personal growth as part of Building Character.
The Student Code of Conduct identifies behaviors which are aligned with the Rights and Responsibilities and those which are not in order to
assist students in learning what behaviors are appropriate in a university environment. Compliance with the Student Code of Conduct is not voluntary.
Behavior that violates the Rights and Responsibilities as defined below will be considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in
disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct.
I. DEFINITIONS
The term University shall refer to the community of faculty, staff, and students at California University of Pennsylvania.
The term student shall mean an admitted student, graduate or undergraduate, registered for classed whether full time or part time. Student status will
continue as long as the relationship is maintained and is not dependent on when classes are in session.
The term faculty member shall mean any person employed by the University who holds academic rank or performs teaching or research duties.
The term staff member/administrator shall mean any person employed by the University or the Student Association, Inc. or other affiliated entity
not considered faculty.
The term University premises, campus, and/or facilities shall mean all buildings or grounds owned, leased, operated, controlled or supervised by
the University or the Student Association, Inc.
The term off-campus violation shall mean a violation of a Behavioral Expectation which occurs in locations other than university or affiliates
property or facilities.
The term organization shall mean a group of students who have complied with University and/or Student Association, Inc. requirements for
registration or recognition.
The term hearing officer shall mean a Residence Director, the Greek Life Advisor, and Associate Dean for Student Conduct, Associate Vice
President for Student Affairs or other administrator designated by the Vice President for Student Affairs to serve as an administrative hearing officer.
The term charges shall mean the specific rule or policy a student is alleged to have violated.
The term Associate Dean for Student Conduct shall mean the administrator appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs to oversee the
university conduct system.
The term University sponsored activity shall mean any activity on or off campus, which is authorized or supervised by the University.
The term responsible for a violation shall mean the student(s) or organization has been determined to have violated Behavioral Expectations either
through admission or by a decision of the hearing officer or board.
The term referred student shall mean any student against whom a complaint has been filed alleging a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
The term Behavioral Expectation(s) shall mean the manner in which the University expects students to act as outlined in the Student Code of
Conduct, the Residence Life Rules and Regulations, the Greek Life Guidelines and other established and posted rules, procedures and guidelines.
The term board hearing shall mean a meeting with a designated conduct board operating in accordance with the hearing procedures in this document
to adjudicate allegations of violations of behavioral expectations.
The term administrative hearing shall mean a meeting with a designated hearing officer during which student(s) alleged to have violated behavior
expectations and the hearing officer agree on responsibility for the action(s) and sanction(s) without conducting a board hearing.
The term preponderance of evidence shall mean the majority of the information presented during either an administrative or board hearing
convinced the hearing officer or board to conclude that the student was more likely than not to have violated the behavioral expectations as a student.
The term violent acts shall mean any behavior proscribed by the Student Code of Conduct directed towards another university community member
that placed him/her in jeopardy, such as assault, sexual misconduct, hazing, etc.
II. JURISDICTION
The President of California University of Pennsylvania, with the approval of the Council of Trustees, is authorized under Act 188 - which created
the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education of which this University is a part - to create rules of student conduct. These rules and procedures
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apply to all students and are applicable to behavior occurring both on and off university property. All recognized student organizations are expected to
abide by the same regulations as individual students.
This Student Code of Conduct supersedes all previous versions of student codes of conduct and is effective as of August 19, 2013 (pending final
approval). The Vice President for Student Affairs or designee is responsible for implementing and managing the Student Conduct System including
interpreting any ambiguities or decide any questions about the application of this code.
The conduct process is an administrative function of the university and is separate and independent from all legal proceedings. Students are
expected to obey all local, state and federal laws. Both university disciplinary and legal proceedings may be used to address actions that violate both
university policy and any law. The university does not waive taking disciplinary action due to criminal or civil proceedings or view disciplinary action as
a substitute for legal proceedings.
Specific rules for the use of university resources or participation in university functions may be developed in addition to this code of conduct.
These rules, such as the Residence Life Rules and Regulations and the Greek Life Guidelines, may be dealt with by the offices in charge of the resources or
functions or referred to the Office of Student Conduct as deemed appropriate by the university based on the nature of the action.
III. RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
All students, as defined in this document, are expected to meet the following behavioral expectations. Failure to abide by these expectations may
be considered a violation of the student core of conduct and result in disciplinary action. These expectations apply to all students, regardless of age,
residency or other designation and to student behavior occurring both on and off campus. Students are responsible for ensuring appropriate behavior
of their guests on university or affiliate’s property and informing them of university rules, policies and procedures.
A. Ensuring the Safety and Security of Self and Others would require one NOT engage in the following:
1. Actual or threatened physical assault.
2. Endangering behavior that intentionally or recklessly causes injury, or endangers oneself, other persons or property. This includes the
creation of unsafe or unsanitary conditions.
3. Sexual Misconduct – any intentional sexual touching or intercourse by a student of another student or other person without consent or
under threat; or sexual coercion which occurs when a student takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his or
her own advantage or benefit or the advantage or benefit of another. Consent means positive cooperation in act, behavior or words,
without any coercion or threat of coercion. Consent is clear, knowing and voluntary. Both parties must understand the nature of the
activity. Consent cannot be implied if either participant is unable to provide positive cooperation or state his/her wishes due to
unconsciousness or injury, mental incompetence, age, or intoxication and this fact is known or reasonably should have been known
by the person committing the act. Also a lack of protest or previous cooperation does not imply consent. Consent can be withdrawn
at any time during an interaction. (See California University’s Gender-Biased/Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) Policy and Sexual Assault Protocol
for additional information.)
4. Stalking – engaging in a course of conduct directed at another student or other person that would cause a reasonable person to (a) fear
for his or her safety or the safety of others or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress.
5. Dating/Intimate Partner Violence – commission of a crime of violence by one student against another student or other person where
the individuals are or have been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.
6. Domestic Violence – committing a crime of violence against a student or other person entitling that person to protection from abuse
under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
7. Forcible entry or unauthorized presence in any university or affiliate’s building or other premises including the use of unauthorized
entrances or exits, or means to enter or exit.
8. Possession of weapons or dangerous items which may be used to inflict harm on others or property such as firearms, BB guns, paintball
guns, slingshots, knives, fireworks, or chemicals when not authorized on university or affiliate’s property or without proper license on
or off campus.
9. Creating fire hazards through starting fires, explosions, or possessing items designated as fire hazards such as candles, incense, space
heaters, halogen lamps, flammable chemicals, firecrackers or other explosives without authorization.
10. Tampering with fire or other safety equipment such as blocking emergency exits, removing or discharging fire extinguishers, activating
fire alarm pull station or heat/smoke sensors without cause.
11. Failing to exit a building or area when a fire alarm sounds or requested to do so for emergency or safety reasons.
12. Smoking in areas designated as nonsmoking including all buildings.
13. Hazing defined as any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a
student, or which requires, encourages, or permits violation of any federal, state or local statute or college policy, for the purpose of
initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, or membership in any organization recognized by, or affiliated with the university.
14. Irresponsible alcohol use including, but not limited to:
i. Consuming or possessing alcohol, regardless of age, or paraphernalia relating to alcohol use such as taps, bongs, empty
containers, etc., on university or affiliate’s property.
ii. Being overly intoxicated whereas actions create a negative atmosphere for oneself or others.
iii. Providing alcohol to persons less than 21 years of age.
iv. Possessing alcohol when under 21 years of age on or off campus, including knowingly being in the presence of alcohol.
v. Consuming alcohol when under 21 years of age on or off campus.
vi. Violating this code or laws while under the influence of alcohol whether on or off campus.
vii. Advertising events involving the serving or consumption of alcohol on university property or at university authorized events
without permission.
15. Misuse of drugs, on or off campus, including, but not limited to:
i. Using or possessing narcotics, hallucinogens or other controlled substances without a valid medical prescription.
ii. Using common or legal substances in a manner inconsistent with the product’s intended use with the purpose of achieving an
altered mental or physical state.
iii. Possessing paraphernalia relating to drug use such as bongs, pipes, or other items used or modified to facilitate drug use.
iv. Violating this code or laws while under the influence of drugs whether on or off campus.
v. Selling, purchasing, delivering or transferring drugs in any manner.
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B. Giving One’s Best would require one NOT engage in the following:
1. Academic misconduct including all forms of cheating and plagiarism. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, providing or
receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation
including papers, projects, and examinations; and presenting, as one’s own, the ideas or works of another person or persons for
academic evaluation. Cases of allegations of academic misconduct will be referred to the Provost’s Office.
2. Use of University documents or resources in a manner other than their official, designated use.
3. Knowingly making false statements or presenting false information, including making false reports of emergencies, crimes or violations
of university policies.
4. Theft, meaning the unauthorized use or possession of another’s personal, university or affiliate’s property.
5. Vandalism, meaning the damage, destruction or defacement of personal, university or affiliate’s property.
6. Illegal gambling in any forms as defined by law.
7. Misuse of University Information Technology Resources including, but not limited to:
i. Providing false or misleading information to obtain a university computing account, or hiding or disguising one’s identity to
avoid responsibility for behavior in the use of information technologies;
ii. Unauthorized use of another user’s account, to include account sharing;
iii. Attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized access to university information technology resources, or to the files of another;
iv. Performing any act(s) that impede the normal operation of or interfere with the proper functioning of university information
technology resources;
v. Interfering with the security mechanisms or integrity of the university’s information technology resources;
vi. Use of the university information technology resources to transmit abusive, threatening, or harassing material, chain letters,
spam, or other communications prohibited by state or federal law;
vii. Copyright infringement, including illegal file sharing of video, audio, software or data;
viii. Excessive use that overburdens the information technology resources to the exclusion of other users;
ix. Use of the university information technology resources for personal profit, commercial reasons, non-university fundraising,
political campaigns or any illegal purpose;
x. Non-authorized solicitations on behalf of individuals, groups, or organizations;
xi. Intentionally or knowingly installing, executing, or providing to another, a program or file, on any of the university’s
information technology resources that could result in the damage to any file, system, or network.
xii. Other actions which violate the university’s Acceptable Use Policy available on the university’s website.
8. Violating any of the restrictions, conditions or terms of a sanction resulting from prior disciplinary action imposed by a hearing officer or
university official.
9. Refusing to comply with reasonable requests of university or affiliate’s employees acting in the performance of their duties.
10. Violation of established university policies, rules and regulations that are contained in other university publications but not specified in
this code or that are announced to the university community following this publication.
11. Unauthorized use of the University’s name, insignia, or other emblem.
12. Violation of federal, state or local law that reflects negatively on the university or endangers university community members, whether
occurring on or off university property.
13. Actions that encourage, facilitate or support violation of university policies, procedures or regulations.
C. Treating Others Fairly would require one NOT engage in the following:
1. Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination and the University is obligated to address unwelcome actions and behaviors by a
student toward another student or other person based on sex that is sufficiently severe or persistent so as to interfere with that
student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s programs.
2. Harassing behavior, meaning repeated, severe or pervasive actions directed toward specific individual(s) with the intent to harass or
alarm including actual, attempted or threatened physical contact, and/or acts that serve no legitimate purpose.
3. Disrupting behavior, meaning conduct that is substantially disorderly, unnecessarily disruptive to others, and/or disruptive to the normal
practices, processes and functions of the university or local municipalities. This includes actions which prevent activities - such as
teaching, research, administration - from continuing and/or repeated disruptions after being asked to refrain; using technology,
without appropriate prior notice or consent, to create, display or distribute an audio, video or digital file or image of people, places or
things where the location reflected is a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy(such as bedrooms,
restrooms, or locker rooms); interfering with entry into or exit from buildings, offices or other areas requiring free movement of
people.
4. Interfering with the freedom of any person to express his/her views as long as the expression is within legal limits.
5. Conduct that constitutes unlawful discrimination based on another person’s race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age,
disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
6. Retaliating against any person who initiates a complaint, acts as a witness, assists with, or participates in the conduct process in any way.
Retaliating behaviors include, but are not limited to, actions meant to interfere with another’s participation in the conduct process or
threaten after the fact due to such participation.
IV. PROCEDURES
A. Referrals
1. Making a Referral
Any member of the University community, guest, visitor or other interested party may make a report of an alleged violation of
university rules against a student. Complaints must be in writing and submitted to the Office of Student Conduct within a reasonable
amount of time from the incident. This deadline may be extended up to one calendar year by the Vice President for Student Affairs
or designee based on unique circumstances.
Referrals will be forwarded to the appropriate hearing officer to review the report to determine if a violation of university rules was
likely to have occurred based on the report. If so, the hearing officer will determine specific charges and initiate the conduct process.
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If a complainant decides not to participate in conduct proceedings or have his/her name released after filing the initial report, the
university may continue investigating the allegation and may continue the conduct process. If no other witnesses or information are
available to support a complaint, the report will be maintained and no action will be taken.
2. Organizations
Recognized student organizations have the same rights and responsibilities as individual students. A complaint may be viewed
as the action of any organization if a significant number of students involved belong to an organization, planning and leadership for
an action came from organization members or if an organization authorized or funded the action. The officers will act on behalf of
the organization in conduct proceedings with the same participation rights and privileges as individual students outlines.
3. Investigation
Complaints will be forwarded to a designated hearing officer to review. If the hearing officer believes sufficient evidence exists
to support the complaint, an investigation will be conducted. The scope of the investigation will be determined by the nature and
complexity of the complaint. The referred student will be called in for a preliminary meeting by the hearing officer once sufficient
information has been gathered. The hearing officer will share the complaint and any other pertinent information at the preliminary
meeting with the student and allow the student to respond.
4. Withdrawals
If a student withdraws from the university prior to completion of the conduct process through either hearing option, the
process may be restarted at, or as a condition for, re-enrollment at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Student Conduct. A
registration hold will be placed on the student’s account until the process is restarted or completed.
5. Limited Immunity
A student who admits to the code violations of Irresponsible Alcohol Use or Misuse of Drugs in the course of reporting the
occurrence of physical assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking or endangering behavior may be
entitled to immunity for those code violations whether reporting as a victim, witness or Samaritan. Limited immunity may be given to
students admitting to other violations in these circumstances at the sole discretion of the Associate Dean for Student Conduct. The
university may follow up on such admissions in an informal manner.
6. Alternative Dispute Resolution Options
Alternative resolution options - such as mediation, restorative justice conferencing, and other processes - may be available in
certain situations. These options can be requested by any directly-involved party or suggested by a hearing officer. These options may
be used to avoid escalation of minor conflicts or in place of the conduct process in certain situations with the agreement of all
involved parties and the Associate Dean’s approval. If an agreement is not reached, the case will be referred back for adjudication.
This option is not intended for use where significant incidents of violence or sexual misconduct have occurred and is not available
where a student has been interimly suspended, or where there is a pending criminal or civil action arising out of the facts and
circumstances of the code violations. Use in such circumstances requires the consent of the Vice President of Student Affairs.
B. Hearing Options
Students accused of violating university rules may request either an administrative or University Conduct Board hearing. The
University reserves the right and may in its sole discretion determine whether an administrative hearing may be held. Administrative
hearings are not intended to adjudicate conduct code violations that involve serious allegations of misconduct that affected other students
significantly. In other words, while a student is entitled to request a board hearing and is not required to consent to an administrative
remedy, a student is not entitled to an administrative hearing in all cases.
1. Administrative Hearing
This hearing option allows a resolution of the complaint between the referred student and a designated hearing officer, usually during
the preliminary meeting. In this option, the student accepts the determination of responsibility for violations and the sanctions
offered by the hearing officer, allowing the complaint to be resolved. No recording or transcript of these proceedings will be created
or maintained. The student waives the right to a University Conduct Board hearing and the ability to appeal in accepting the hearing
officer’s decision.
2. Conduct Board Hearing
If a student and hearing officer are unable to agree on whether the student is responsible for violating university rules or what
sanctions are appropriate or if a student requests a board hearing, the Office of Student Conduct will convene a conduct board
hearing. The University Conduct Board will operate to adjudicate violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The University
Conduct Board will be composed of student, faculty and staff representatives and a minimum of one representative from each area
will sit on any given hearing board. The Associate Dean for Student Conduct will act as advisor and normally chair board meetings.
Chair responsibilities will be delegated to a designated board member in cases where the Associate Dean has conducted the
investigation or otherwise has a conflict of interest. Faculty and staff representatives will be appointed by the President while student
members will be appointed by the Vice-President for Student Affairs. All terms will be for one year with reappointments possible.
The University Conduct Board will consist of eight (8) members plus the chair as a non-voting member except in cases of tie votes. A
minimum of four (4) members plus the chair are required to establish quorum for a hearing.
C. Board Hearing Procedures
University Conduct Board hearings shall be conducted in a fair and impartial manner. Strict rules of evidence will not apply since
conduct proceedings are administrative in nature. All board hearings will be recorded on audiotape or other reliable means at the discretion
of the Associate Dean for Student Conduct. This recording (or other reliable means) will be the sole and official record of the hearing and
will be maintained in the Office of Student Affairs until after all appeal procedures are exhausted. The University Conduct Board will
follow the suggested order below. Other conduct boards established for adjudicating violations of specific rules (such as Residence Life
and Greek Life) will follow similar procedures.
1. Introductions
2. Introduction of charges and student’s response of responsible, not responsible or no plea.
3. Information in support of charges by complainant or department filing the complaint including statements of witnesses.
4. Information in support of the referred student including statements of witness.
5. Private deliberation of the board members to determine responsibility for violations and sanctions if appropriate. Such determination will
be by majority vote. The Chair does not vote.
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6. Announcement of the board’s determinations (may not be immediate depending on circumstances)
D. Conduct Policies
 Complaints will be assigned to a designated hearing officer to investigate. Following an investigation, a preliminary meeting will be held
with the referred student to review the complaint and other information gathered. During the preliminary meeting, the student may
normally be allowed to request an administrative or board hearing.
 If a student fails to attend a preliminary meeting after reasonable attempts by the university to provide notification, the university
reserves the right to adjudicate the complaint based on the information available through an administrative hearing.
 If a student fails to appear for a scheduled hearing without providing notice, the hearing officer or conduct board may precede in his/her
absence. Only information then available will be considered in determining responsibility and sanctions. Failure to participate will not
be used to determine responsibility for a violation by itself and will not be grounds for an appeal.
 Referred students and complainants shall be provided written notification of the time, place and date of a board hearing at least three (3)
calendar days in advance following a preliminary meeting. The notice shall include the charges to be adjudicated and other pertinent
information about the hearing. The student can request a postponement of the hearing which will be reviewed and decided on by the
Associate Dean for Student Conduct.
 Referred students and complainants have the right to an advisor of his/her choice present at an administrative or board hearing. An
advisor may provide support and advice but not actively participate in a hearing. Attorneys may act as advisors, but may not argue a
case or attempt to introduce legal procedures.
 Confidentiality - Hearings, both administrative and board, will be closed to the public. All participants are expected to provide honest
answers, follow established procedures and maintain confidentiality. The University reserves the right to determine which individuals
may attend hearings based on their involvement with the incident. The University will only release information regarding the conduct
proceeding as outlined in Subsection E below or that it is required to release by law.
 Prospective witnesses, other than the complainant and referred student, may at the discretion of the chair be excluded from a board
hearing during statements by other participants.
 Oral and/or written statements may be considered at the discretion of the chair or hearing officer and will be weighed as deemed
appropriate by the hearing authority. Referred students and complainants are responsible for ensuring witnesses or documents are
available at the time of the hearing. Witnesses are voluntary participants and will not be compelled to make statements or provide
information by others involved in the conduct process.
 Referred students and complainants will be afforded an opportunity to hear and respond to all information presented including asking
relevant questions of each other and witnesses. The chair will have discretion to decide relevance of questions.
 Referred students and complainants may request the removal of any board member they feel may be biased against them. Removal for
bias will be at the chair’s discretion. Board members with a conflict of interest or bias may excuse him/herself from a hearing. A
hearing officer may request a case be assigned to another hearing officer due to a conflict of interest.
 Hearings will be conducted in a civil manner with any participant disrupting the conduct process being excluded from the remainder of
the meeting. The chair is responsible for ensuring civility during a hearing.
 Pending resolution of a complaint, student status may only be altered to protect university interests and/or the safety and security of
individual members of the university community. Such actions may include interim suspensions, restriction of privileges including
access to certain areas of campus and no contact directives. The Associate Dean for Student Conduct is responsible for determining
if such actions are necessary and implementation.
 Determination of responsibility for violating any university rules will be based on the standard of preponderance of the evidence in both
administrative and board hearings.
 Conduct records, including reports of violations and official correspondence, will be maintained minimally for a period of two (2) years
from graduation or separation of a student from the university, except for suspension or expulsions. Records from cases involving
suspension or expulsion will be kept indefinitely. Conduct records will be housed in the Office of the Vice President for Student
Affairs.
E. Notification
Written notification of the outcome of a hearing including the reasons for the decision, findings of fact and an explanation of the
sanctions will be sent within a reasonable timeframe from the conclusion of the conduct proceedings by either the hearing officer or the
chair of a conduct board. Written notification of the outcome of a proceeding that adjudicates allegations of sexual misconduct,
dating/intimate partner violence, domestic violence, stalking or other violent acts will be provided to both the complainant and the referred
student simultaneously. Other notifications may be sent in order for the University to comply with applicable victim notification laws for
reporting the results of disciplinary proceedings. Parents or guardians will be notified of violations of the university’s drug and/or alcohols
policies as outlined in Section III above. Notification will be coordinated by the Associate Dean for Student Conduct following completion
of conduct proceedings, including the time period allowed for appeals. Students may request an exception from notification to the
Associate Dean for extenuating circumstances.
V. SANCTIONS
The following sanctions comprise a range of official action that may be imposed for violation of regulations by individuals or groups. One or
more sanctions may be imposed at the discretion of the hearing officer or board in an effort to promote behavioral change. This list does not limit the
actions available to a hearing officer or board and is not inclusive of all possible actions that could be taken as a result of a violation of university
policy. Students found responsible for violations will receive a minimum of disciplinary warning with expulsion being the maximum sanction.
Sanctions attempt to teach alternative behaviors; increase personal and social skills; increase a student’s awareness of obligations to others; demonstrate
implications of actions; and explain rationale behind regulations. However, when a determination is made by either a court of law or through
University disciplinary process that a student has sexually assaulted another student or has engaged in stalking or domestic/intimate partner or dating
violence, the University may impose sanctions and take additional measures to protect students such as University housing or class accommodations,
no contact directives, bans from campus and suspension or expulsion.
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Disciplinary Warning. This action is taken when the individual’s conduct or involvement merits an official admonition that can be either verbal or
written. The student is warned that further misconduct may result in more severe disciplinary action. A disciplinary warning is intended to promote
reflection on the decisions and behavior leading up to a violation and promotes an increased awareness of the university’s behavioral expectations.
Disciplinary Probation. This action is designed to assist students in developing behavior appropriate to the university community through placing
them on a warning status. These are three types of probation listed below which may be imposed depending on the type and severity of the violation.
1. Residence Hall Probation - A change in student status for violating Residence Life Rules and Regulations involving written notice of the
probation, its terms, and time limit as established by the Hearing Officer or Residence Life Conduct Board. Privileges of residents,
including visitation, may be revoked for all or part of the time the resident is on probation. The resident is also informed that further
violations may result in greater levels of sanctions. This level of probation is intended to provide the student an opportunity to reflect on
and learn from their behavior while increasing their awareness of the impact of their behavior on themselves and others and of the
university’s behavioral expectations. The importance of making mature decisions is stressed while a student is on probation.
2. University Probation Level I – A change in student status involving written notice of the probation, its terms, and time limit as established
by the Hearing Officer or University Conduct Board. The student is notified that further infractions of any University regulation may result
in more stringent restrictions being placed on his/her actions. This level of probation is intended to provide the student an opportunity to
reflect on and learn from their behavior while increasing their awareness of the impact of their behavior on themselves and others and of
the university’s behavioral expectations. The importance of making mature decisions is stressed while a student is on probation.
3. University Probation Level II - The most serious level of conduct sanction short of suspension from the University during which the
student is considered not in good standing. The student remains enrolled at the University under circumstances defined by Hearing Officer
or University Conduct Board and may not represent the University in any official capacity or hold office in any student organizations
including, but not limited to, varsity or non-varsity intercollegiate athletic events or teams, recognized student organizations, theater groups
or productions, musical organizations, or SAI Senator or Officer positions. This probation level indicates to the student that further
violation(s) of University regulations will result in more stringent conduct action, including but not limited to suspension or expulsion from
the University. This level of probation is intended to promote reflection on the student’s behavior and decisions while stressing making
mature decisions, engaging in critical thinking and developing more appropriate behavior as a member of the university community.
Behavior Contract. A student and hearing officer may reach a written agreement concerning expectations for future behavior and decisions to assist
in preventing inappropriate behavior from recurring.
Residence Hall Reassignment or Removal. This action is an involuntary reassignment to another hall or removal from on-campus housing
altogether for a designated period of time and may include restricted visitation privileges. Usually, a student is given forty-eight hours to remove all
belongings from an assigned space and reimbursement of room charges will be based on the official university refund schedule for removals. This
sanction is imposed to protect the welfare of a residence hall or floor community and students having this sanction imposed should reflect on the
behavior necessary for an individual to be part of a residential community by respecting others, developing critical thinking skills and mature decisionmaking skills.
Restriction of Privileges. This action consists of an effort to assist students in developing an awareness of the responsibilities that go along with
privileges and increase an awareness of appropriate behavior and how decisions impact themselves and others. Under this sanction, student may be
restricted from entering certain buildings, attending certain events or using specific programs due to their behavior. Residence hall students may have
their visitation privileges restricted or revoked for a certain time period or specific guests may not be allowed into a residence hall. Participation in
university organizations or holding office in organizations or other privileges can also be included under this sanction as deemed appropriate by the
hearing officer or board based on the incident.
No Contact Directive. This action is implemented at the discretion of a hearing officer directing a student to avoid initiating contact with another
member of the university community and may include limiting access to areas to avoid incidental contact. A no contact directive may be imposed at a
student’s request without conducting proceedings if it does not involve any accommodation changes. Contact includes direct interactions in person or
though technology as well as the use of third parties to interact.
Suspension of Group Recognition. This action consists of the withdrawal of all or part of the official recognition of a group for a stated period of
time and will include conditions for reinstatement of recognition. This sanction is intended to assist groups in developing a stronger sense of the
responsibilities which goes along with the privileges of university recognition and a commitment to be a positive part of the university community.
Revocation of Group Recognition. This action is permanent cancellation of the official University recognition and privileges of a group found in
violation of University regulations.
Restitution Fines. A student of organization may be required to make payment to the University or to another specified person(s) or group(s) for
damages incurred as a result of a violation of behavioral expectations. Restitution fines may be imposed by the University in addition to any other
sanction to promote responsibility for actions and an awareness of the consequences for behavior.
Restitution Service. As part of the sanctioning process, students can be required to perform service to assist in developing increased awareness of the
impact of their decisions and strengthen critical thinking abilities to identify appropriate behavior. These services can include performing assigned
duties, sponsoring programs, etc.
Educational Activity. A student or organization may be required to complete an educational activity or project relating to the violation to assist in
their developing increased awareness of the impact of their decisions, strengthen critical thinking abilities to identify appropriate behavior and an
increased sense of responsibility, integrity and civility.
Conduct Referrals. Hearing officers may refer students found responsible for violations to campus resources to assist, educate or monitor them in
the development of appropriate behavior, critical thinking skills, mature decision-making skills, etc. These referrals are mandatory and failure to
complete a referral could result in additional conduct action. Referrals may include the campus alcohol & drug education programs, the Counseling
Center, etc., and could include drug testing for violations related to drug use.
Registration Hold. A hold may be placed on a student’s registration if the student has failed to complete a sanction or withdraws prior to official
conduct on an allegation. Holds ate intended to be temporary until either the sanction or conduct process is complete. Registration holds may also be
used during periods of interim suspension, suspension or expulsion.
Interim suspension. The President or his/her designee may suspend a student for an interim period pending full conduct proceedings whenever
there is evidence that the continued presence of the student at the University poses a substantial threat to the safety and/or well-being of any member
of the university community or university or private property. An interim suspension may be effective immediately without prior notice; however the
decision may be appealed to either the Associate Dean for Student Conduct, Associate Vice President or Vice President for Student Affairs and will be
handled as outlined in the Appeal Procedures except that the time lines will not apply. The student shall be given an opportunity to appear personally
before a hearing officer or board within 10 class days from the effective date of the interim suspension unless extenuating circumstances warrant an
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extension, in which case a hearing will be provided at the earliest possible date. Both the student(s) and the university must agree to an extension that
may be left open ended. By agreeing to an extension, the student accepts the decision of interim suspension and any conditions imposed as part of it.
During an interim suspension, the student will be barred from all or part of the University’s premises, as designated by the hearing officer. A student
under interim suspension who returns to the portion of campus from which s/he was barred without permission from the Vice President for Student
Affairs will be subject to dismissal and/or arrest for trespassing.
Suspension. This action is an involuntary separation of a student from the University for a designated period of time after which s/he is eligible to
return. The Associate Dean for Student Conduct or Associate Vice President for Student Affairs may establish requirements for reinstatement, which
must be fulfilled to his/her satisfaction. The student may not participate in any University sponsored activity and may be barred from University
premises during suspension. Reimbursement of university charges or fees for students removed from the university due to conduct action will follow
the official refund schedule for withdrawals. This action is designed to protect members of the university community and their property, promote
critical thinking and mature decision making skills, self-reflection on behavior and the impact it had on the student and others.
Expulsion. This action is one of involuntary and permanent separation from the University. The student will be barred from all University activities
and property following expulsion. Reimbursement of university charges or fees for students removed from the university due to conduct action will
follow the official refund schedule for withdrawals.
VI. APPEALS
The decision of the University Conduct Board may be appealed by the referred student except where the proceeding involves the adjudication of
allegations of sexual misconduct, stalking, dating violence, domestic/intimate partner violence or other violent acts both the referred student and the
complainant may appeal. Appeals must be based on at least one of the following reasons to be considered:
1. Procedural errors in the operation of the conduct process substantial enough to have effectively denied the student a fair hearing.
2. Availability of new and significant evidence which was not available at the original hearing in spite of diligent efforts by the student to
collect information.
3. Lack of substantial information presented at the hearing to support the decision on responsibility for a violation.
4. Severity of the sanctions does not match the severity of the violation.
Except where the appeal is based on availability of new and significant evidence (See # 2 above), a consideration of an appeal will be based on
records and documents on file when the original determination was made. The response to an appeal could be (a) denial of the appeal, (b) granting a
new hearing, (c) modification of the sanctions (sanctions may be increased only in case of an appeal by a survivor of a sexual misconduct or other
violent act), or (d) reversal or modification of the findings.
Appeals are to be in writing and submitted to the Office of Student Conduct within five (5) class days of receipt of the written notice of the
decision. The original determinations of the board will be considered final and conclusive if an appeal is not received within the five day time limit.
Appeals from the University Conduct Board will be heard by the Vice President for Student Affairs or his or her designee and, except for the
sanction of expulsion, no further appeal may be made. The Office of Student Conduct will notify the student of the response to the appeal within ten
(10) work days from the date of the receipt of the appeal. If a new administrative hearing is granted, the student will receive at least two (2) days notice
of the time, place and date of the hearing to prepare.
Appeals from the Vice President of Student Affairs or his or her designee of a sanction of expulsion may be made to the University President. Any
such appeal must be submitted to the Office of the President within five (5) class days of receipt of written notice of the decision of the Vice President
of Student Affairs or his or her designee. The University President shall respond to an accused student in writing regarding the appeal of an expulsion
decision within ten (10) class days.
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Incident Report Flowchart
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Hearing & Appeals Flowchart
Report of alleged violation of
University rules filed.
Assistant Dean for Student Conduct
or designee reviews report and
forwards it to appropriate hearing
officer.
Code of Conduct
violations are
investigated by
Assistant Dean for
Student Conduct or
designee.
Administrative
hearing option by
investigator.
Residence Life
Rules &
Regulations
violations are
investigated by
Residence Hall
Director.
Administrative
hearing option by
investigator.
Greek Life violations
are investigated by
Greek Life Advisor.
Administrative
hearing option by
investigator.
Board Hearing
option to the
University Conduct
Board.
Board Hearing
option to the
Residence Life
Conduct Board.
Board Hearing
option to the Greek
Judicial Board.
Appeal of board
hearing to the VicePresident of Student
Affairs.
Appeal of board hearing
to the Assistant Dean for
Student Conduct or
designee.
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SECTION 2
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS
Every student is encouraged to review the information contained in this section. The use or abuse of alcohol and/or other drugs can pose a serious
threat to your well-being and of others. Information included provides overviews of:
 Cal U’s policy and standard of conduct with regard to alcohol and other drug use
 Cal U’s alcohol and other drug intervention, education and prevention programs
 Health risks associated with various drugs
 Alcohol and the law
 Some local resources for assistance with alcohol and other drug issues
POLICY AND STANDARD OF CONDUCT Cal U is committed to providing a substance-free campus. In fact, the University prohibits the
possession, use or sale of alcohol and other mind-altering substances on campus. California University of Pennsylvania, as required by the Drug-Free
School and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public law 101-226), hereby declares that the unlawful manufacture, possession, use or
distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees is prohibited at any university activity. Students violating this policy will be subject
to the penalties and procedures prescribed in “Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Student Code of Conduct” promulgated in 1998. In
response to issues and concerns associated with students, California University provides intervention through the BASICS program and University
Counseling Center and education and prevention are provided jointly by the Health and Wellness Education Center and the AOD Prevention
Specialist.
Note: If you assist a peer in obtaining treatment in the event he/she demonstrates a threat or potential harm to their well being as a result of overuse
of alcohol or other drugs, you will not be penalized in the University judicial system. Do not forsake a peer’s well being in any such instance. Contact
California University Police immediately at 724.938.HELP (4357) or the Wellness Center at 724.938.4056. Please refer to PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAL
AMNESTY LAW for legal information.
Note: The Pennsylvania Medical Amnesty Law, enacted in September 2011, allows underage drinkers to call 911, police or another emergency service
to get immediate medical attention for someone with a life-threatening, alcohol-related condition in exchange for legal amnesty; in other words, they
won't face criminal charges. The caller must reasonably believe he or she was the first person to call for emergency services, provide his or her name
and stay with the person in trouble until help arrives.
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG (AOD) PROGRAMS Cal U’s AOD programs are based within in the Wellness Center (also known as the
health center), located on the Ground Floor of Carter Hall. Cal U’s AOD programs strive to comply with Drug-Free Schools and Campuses
Regulations as set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. Intervention, education and prevention comprise the operational components of Cal
U’s AOD Programs. Intervention is provided by the BASICS and Being Blunt programs. Education and prevention are provided jointly by the Health
and Wellness Education Center and the AOD Prevention Specialist. See BASICS, Health and Wellness Education Center and AOD Prevention.
HEALTH RISKS
Alcohol
Addiction, liver disease, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, higher normal rates of peptic ulcers, pneumonia, cancer of the digestive and respiratory tracts, heart
and artery diseases, accidents.
Cocaine
Addiction, heart seizures, stroke, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia and anxiety.
Marijuana
Impaired short-term memory, psychological addiction, paranoia, increased heart rate, lung cancer, affects respiratory and reproductive systems, and
suppresses the immune system.
Hallucinogens (LSD, PCP, Ecstasy, Special K)
Dependence, unpredictable behavior, flashbacks, psychoses, affects heart rate and respiratory system.
Depressants
Addiction, muscle rigidity, possible overdose (barbiturates), interferes with REM phase of sleep.
Stimulants
Addiction, paranoia, depression, confusion, possible hallucinations, weight loss, dehydration, psychiatric problems, and higher rate of liver and heart
disease.
Narcotics
Addiction, lethargy, weight loss, depressed central nervous system, heart and lung abnormalities, hepatitis, AIDS (non-sterile needles), reduction of
visual activity, and constriction of pupils.
Inhalants
Affects coordination, unconsciousness, suffocation, damage to brain and central nervous system, sudden death, respiratory depression.
Steroids
Increased blood pressure, baldness, skin problems, liver toxicity and cancer, arteriosclerosis, insomnia, loss of elasticity in tendons and ligaments,
shrinkage of testicles, decreased sperm count, fluid retention, pore enlargement, and increased aggressiveness.
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ALCOHOL AND THE LAW California University is concerned for the well-being and safety of its students and those they interact with and
believes that they should be informed of the consequences that may confront them when using alcohol and other drugs. The following information is
not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to alcohol use as it may relate to the law.
PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS
Section 5505 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)
A person is guilty of a summary offense if he appears in any public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol... to the degree that he may
endanger himself or other persons or property, or annoy persons in his vicinity.
Penalty 1st Offense
2nd Offense and subsequent offenses
Fine
0-$500
Jail
0-90 days
0-$1000
MISREPRESENTATION OF AGE
TO PURCHASE LIQUOR OR MALT OR BREWED BEVERAGES
Section 6307 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)
A person is guilty of a summary offense for a first violation and a misdemeanor of the third degree for any subsequent violations if he/she being under
the age of 21 years, knowingly and falsely represents himself to be 21 years of age or older to any licensed dealer, distributor or other person, for the
purpose of procuring or having furnished to him, any liquor or malt or brewed beverages.
Subsequent
Penalty
1st Offense
2nd Offense
Offenses
Fine
0-$300
0-$500
0-$500
Jail
0-90 days
1 year
1 year
License Suspension
90 days
1 year
2 years
PURCHASE, CONSUMPTION, POSSESSION OR TRANSPORTATION OF LIQUOR OR MALT OR BREWED BEVERAGES BY A
MINOR
Section 6308 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)
A person commits a summary offense if he/she, being less than 21 years of age, attempts to purchase, purchases, consumes, possesses or knowingly
and intentionally transports any liquor or malt or brewed beverages.
Subsequent
Penalty
1st Offense
2nd Offense
Offenses
Fine
0-$500
0-$1000
0-$1000
Jail
0-90 days
0-90 days
0-90 days
License Suspension
90 days
1 year
2 years
REPRESENTING TO LIQUOR DEALERS THAT A MINOR IS OF AGE
Section 6309 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)
A person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree if he/she knowingly, willfully and falsely represents to any licensed dealer or other person, any
minor to be of full age, for the purpose of inducing [that] person to sell or furnish any liquor or malt or brewed beverages.
Penalty
Fine
$300-$2500
Jail
0-1 year
INDUCEMENT OF MINORS
TO BUY LIQUOR OR MALT OR BREWED BEVERAGES
Section 6310 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)
A person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree if he/she hires or requests or induces any minor to purchase, or offer to purchase, liquors or
malt or brewed beverages....from a duly licensed dealer for any purpose.
Penalty
Fine
$300-$2500
Jail
0-1 year
SELLING OR FURNISHING LIQUOR OR MALT OR BREWED BEVERAGES TO MINORS
Section 6310.1 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)
A person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree if he/she intentionally and knowingly sells or... furnishes or purchases with the intent to sell or
furnish any liquor or malt or brewed beverages to persons less than 21 years of age.
This section does not apply to any religious service or ceremony which may be conducted in a private home or a place of worship where the amount
of wine served does not exceed the amount reasonable, customarily and traditionally required as an integral part of the service or ceremony.
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Penalty
1st Offense
2nd Offense and
Subsequent Offenses
Fine
$1000-$2500
$2500
Jail
0-1 year
0-1 year
MANUFACTURE OR SALE OF FALSE IDENTIFICATION CARD
Section 6310.2 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)
A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if he intentionally, knowingly or recklessly manufactures, makes, alters, sells or attempts to sell
an identification card falsely representing the identity, birth date or age of another.
2nd Offense and
Penalty
1st Offense
Subsequent Offenses
Fine
$1000-$2500
$2500 - $5000
Jail
0-2 years
0-2 years
CARRYING A FALSE IDENTIFICATION CARD
Section 6310.3 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)
A person commits a summary offense for a first violation and a misdemeanor of the third degree for subsequent violations if he/she, being under 21,
possesses an identification card falsely identifying that person by name, age, date of birth or photograph as being 21 years or age or older or obtains or
attempts to obtain liquor or malt or brewed beverages by using the identification card of another or by using an identification card that has not been
lawfully issued to or in the name of that person who possesses the card.
Penalty
1st Offense
2nd Offense
Subsequent
Offenses
Fine
0-$300
0-$500
0-$500
Jail
0-90 days
0-1 year
0-1 year
License Suspension
90 days
1 year
2 years
Parental Notification.
SELLING OR FURNISHING NONALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
TO PERSONS UNDER 21
Section 6310.7 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)
A person commits a summary offense if he intentionally and knowingly sells or furnishes nonalcoholic beverages to any person less than 21 years of
age.
As used in this section, the term “nonalcoholic beverage” means any beverage intended to be marketed or sold as nonalcoholic beer, wine or liquor
having some alcohol content but not containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume.
Penalty
Fine
0-$300
Jail
0-90 days
RESTRICTION ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Section 7513 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)
It is unlawful for any person who is an operator or an occupant in any motor vehicle to be in possession of an open alcoholic beverage container or to
consume any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance… in a motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is located on any highway in this
commonwealth.
This section does not prohibit possession or consumption by passengers in the passenger areas of a motor vehicle designed, maintained or used
primarily for the lawful transportation of persons for compensation, including buses, taxis and limousines, or persons in the living quarters of a house
coach or house trailer.
Any person who violates this section commits a summary offense.
Penalty
Fine
0-$300
Jail
0-90 days
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
Section 3802 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code
Pennsylvania has set .08% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) as the legal limit for Driving
Under the Influence (DUI) convictions. This law became effective September 30, 2003.
Information concerning driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is
available through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board web site at www.lcb.state.pa.us
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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to drinking and driving.
For more information, please contact your local District Attorney’s Office or a private attorney.
A person shall not drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of any vehicle:
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While under the influence of alcohol to a degree which renders the person incapable of safe driving;

While the amount of alcohol by weight in the blood of the person who is an adult is 0.08% or greater or a minor is 0.02% or greater.
While under the influence of any controlled substance . . . to a degree which renders the person of incapable of safe driving;
While under the combined influence of alcohol and any controlled substance to a degree which renders the person incapable of safe
driving; or
It is considered prima facie evidence if an adult has 0.08%, a minor has 0.02% or anyone operating a commercial vehicle has 0.04% or more by weight
of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving, operating or being in actual physical control of the movement of said vehicle. For the purpose of
this section, the chemical test of the sample of the person’s breath, blood or urine shall be from a sample obtained within two hours after the person
drove, operated or was in actual physical control of the vehicle.
In some cases, first time DUI offenders may be eligible for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. Offenders may not be
eligible for the ARD Program if they:
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Have been convicted of a DUI within the past ten (10) years
Have seriously injured or killed someone as the result of a DUI crash or
Have been charged at the time of a DUI with other specific serious vehicle violations.
In addition, the District Attorney may have other requirements that may disqualify someone from ARD.
The ARD program consists of the following:
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up to 12-month license suspension
community service
restitution
6-month court supervision
attendance at Alcohol Highway Safety School and its costs
CRN evaluation
court and administrative costs
treatment and other conditions that a judge may impose
OPERATION IN SAFE MANNER
Section 7726 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code
No person shall operate a snowmobile or an ATV in any of the following ways:

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
At a rate of speed that is unreasonable or improper under existing conditions or in excess of the maximum limits posted for vehicular
traffic
In any careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another
While under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance.
No owner or other person having charge or control of a snowmobile or ATV shall knowingly authorize or permit the operation of the snowmobile or
ATV by any person who is incapable to do so by reason of age, physical or mental disability, or who is under the influence of alcohol or any controlled
substance.
Penalty
1st Offense
Subsequent Offenses
Fine
$50-$200
$100-$300
TREATMENT RESOURCES Cal U provides intervention, education and prevention services in an introductory capacity. Students who must cope
with advanced issues relating to alcohol and other drug abuse are encouraged to contact an agency listed below, consult with a licensed private
professional or seek the assistance of Cal U’s Counseling Center. Those resources listed below that are community agencies do not comprise a
comprehensive listing of off campus resources.
BASICS (Cal U)
724-938-5506 or 5507
Intervention, education, prevention, assessment, referrals
Counseling Center (Cal U)
724-938-4056
Confidential Individual and Group Counseling
Health and Wellness
Education Center (Cal U)
Health services and referrals
724-938-4232
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AL-ANON
800-425-2666
Support for friends and family of alcoholics
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
724-489-0740
Peer support in dealing with alcoholism
GATEWAY
800-472-1177
Substance abuse and addiction treatment and free evaluation
GREENBRIAR
800-637-4673
Substance abuse and addiction treatment
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS
412-391-5247
Peer support in dealing with drug abuse
S.W. PA HEALTH SERVICES
724-489-9100
Alcohol and other drug treatment services
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SECTION 3
University Housing and Residence Life
University Housing offers a variety of options for students, all designed to fit your lifestyle from the first year of college through graduate school.
University housing was designed with significant input from students, resulting in facilities and services tailored to your changing needs. Six suite-style
residence halls on campus house 1,499 students who are primarily freshmen, but also include a mix of upper-class students to promote community
development and sharing campus traditions. Since the first year of college typically involves numerous academic, personal and social transitions, our
staff’s emphasis is on support and building community so you feel connected to Cal U, adjust to your new home and succeed academically. As you
mature and want to branch out on your own to more independent living, our apartment complex, Vulcan Village, is the place for you. Fully-equipped
apartments that house 770 students just 1.4 miles from campus give you the increased freedom and independence you’re ready for. Staff is still
available to assist you, but take a less proactive role as transitional issues have generally been resolved by this time. Because of the emphasis on firstyear student support, adjustment and success, the information that follows in this section applies specifically to university housing on campus.
Information about living at Vulcan Village is available from the community office (724.938.8990/[email protected]) as well as in the lease.
Questions regarding housing on campus should be directed to the University Housing and Residence Life Office at 724.938.4444 or at
[email protected]
RESIDENCE LIFE ON CAMPUS
The on-campus residence life program at California University serves your needs as a residential student, and is designed to create a stable living and
learning environment based on the university’s core values of Integrity, Civility and Responsibility and Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Here, the halls
are more than a place to sleep; they are a learning experience. For many of you, coming to college is your first opportunity to be away from parents,
siblings, and life-long friends. Residential living encourages you to develop a sense of independence and to build new relationships with a variety of
people, often resulting in long-lasting friendships.
Each semester, our staff works with you to plan activities and programs that promote learning outside the classroom and help create a sense of
community within the halls. In addition, hall living can also be a cultural learning experience because you will be living and interacting closely with a
wide variety of students. This interaction helps to dispel myths and stereotypes about people and their backgrounds.
The university has six co-ed residence halls, all of which are completely smoke free and are made up of suites in various configurations. Fully airconditioned and carpeted, our halls provide the most popular amenities students requested during construction planning. Each residence hall has a
computer lab, community room, TV area with large screen TV, a kitchen, vending and recycling area, full CalCard use and digital video cameras. Each
floor also has lounge and study rooms, and a laundry room, while each suite provides free cable TV and high-speed internet connection (wired and
wireless). Telephone service is activated upon request and charges may apply. There are many opportunities for student governance, including Hall
Council, Inter-Residence Hall Council, and Residence Life Conduct Board.
If you take advantage of the full experience offered by residence hall living, you will learn about yourself as you gain hands-on experience in applying
what you learn in class, develop your communication and leadership skills, and create life-long friendships.
Each student accepted into the residence halls is assigned a space. However, this space remains the property of the university and regulations apply
for its use. These regulations are discussed later in this section, and you are expected to abide by them. Throughout the year, student committees and
the university may publish additional rules. Failure to abide by set regulations may result in disciplinary action. If your behavior indicates that you are
not suitable for the residence hall environment, the university has the authority to take possession of a given space at any time, without refunding
fees.
University Core Values in Residence Life
The Department of Residence Life supports the university’s core values of Integrity, Civility and Responsibility. You are expected to act consistently
with these values by treating other residents, staff members, and guests with civility; accepting responsibility for your actions, as well as those of your
guests; and acting with integrity when making decisions. Using these values as a basis for behavior means taking others’ needs and comfort into
consideration, realizing how your actions can affect others, and respecting the opinions, attitudes and decisions of others. We aspire to create residence
hall communities that consist of residents who respect and attempt to live by these values.
Expectations for Learning in Residence Life
Residence Life is committed to creating and enhancing learning opportunities, particularly by helping you make connections between what you learn
in the classroom and what you learn in the residence halls and through co-curricular activities. Residence hall services and activities are structured to
have an impact in the areas of values, morals and ethics; purpose and vocational competence; self-awareness; interpersonal development; physical
development; preparation for lifelong learning; and leadership and citizenship.
Your Suite
As you move in and begin to personalize your suite, it takes on your character and becomes your home away from home. Standard suites are
equipped with desks, chairs, extra-long twin size mattresses, dressers, closets, telephone jack, basic TV cable service, computer jacks, carpeting, air
conditioning and window treatments. Bathrooms include a counter with sink, toilet, shower and shelves. Suites with expanded living areas add living
room furniture including a sofa, arm chairs, coffee table, bookcase and TV stand. You provide the rest.
When you move in, you and your roommate(s) must review and sign a room condition report. The condition and contents of your suite must be the
same at the end of the semester. If there are any damages, you and your roommate(s) will assume financial responsibility for the repairs. Although we
encourage you to personalize your space, all furniture must stay in the suite and no permanent changes to the area are allowed.
You are strongly encouraged to purchase renter’s insurance or determine if you are covered under your parents’ or guardian’s homeowners policy.
The university is not liable for any claims for personal or property damage. You and/or your roommate(s) will be held liable for all damages arising
from accidental or purposeful discharge of the fire suppression system (sprinklers).
You and your roommate(s) are responsible for general cleaning in your suite, including the bathroom. You must follow university recycling policies
in disposing of your trash in the trash room located on each wing. The hall custodial staff is responsible for general cleaning in common areas and for
moving trash to the outdoor disposal areas.
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Your Key and CalCard
The residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, making your key and CalCard extremely important. You are responsible for both. Your key will open
your wing, suite and bedroom doors, computer labs, and the residence hall front door when the CalCard system is deactivated. If you lose your key,
report it to the residence hall office or staff member on-call as soon as possible. If you lose your CalCard, report it to the CalCard Office at the
Student Center Information Desk, or to California University Police when the Information Desk is closed. You may also be issued a means of
identification that you must show to the desk attendant when entering the building to verify your residency. Lock your door at all times and always
carry your key and CalCard so you don’t lock yourself out of your suite or hall. There is a significant charge for lost keys due to replacement and/or recoring expenses, and there is also a charge for lost CalCards.
Your Mail
You will receive a combination for your mailbox. Mail is delivered to the residence halls Monday through Friday when school is in session, with the
exclusion of national holidays. Outgoing mail service and stamps are available at the Student Center Information Desk. UPS and FedEx deliveries are
made to the campus mailroom and you will have to sign for them there. Correspondence from the university is also sent to your campus mailbox, so
you should check your mail regularly.
Your mailing address is:
Your Proper Name
Building and Room Number or Box Number
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419
Your correspondence must include your complete proper name (no nicknames) and the building, room number or box number. If the sender does
not include your proper name, room number or box number, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your mail. If you change rooms, you should
notify anyone from whom you receive mail.
Over the semester break, first class mail only will be forwarded to the permanent address on record, so please make sure your permanent address is
listed correctly with Academic Records and on your online account. If your permanent address changes when you are on campus, you need to notify
Academic Records and update your online account.
Specialty Housing
Residence Life offers you the opportunity to live in a community of students who share interests or concerns for similar issues. Themed housing
options vary each year depending on student interests and demand, but examples include wellness, substance free and music. Groups who share
common interests and would like to live together should contact University Housing and Residence Life to discuss special interest housing options.
The Honors Program The Honors Program provides an opportunity for an enhanced educational experience. Students admitted into the Honors
Program can request to live together in Residence Hall A, which includes the Honors Program Office, a resource/study room, computer lab and
classroom for Honors students. This environment allows you to explore and participate in scholarly, professional, and artistic experiences outside the
classroom.
Living with a Roommate
Living with another person can be one of the most rewarding and demanding experiences of your time at Cal U. We believe that learning to identify
your values, communicate clearly, compromise and problem-solve to build and maintain a respectful, mature relationship with your roommate(s) is one
of the most valuable experiences you can have in the residence hall. We will provide you with the tools and coaching to succeed and believe that when
conflict inevitably arises, room changes are not the automatic answer. We will help you develop an approach to communicating about problems or
mediate a discussion if agreed on by both/all roommates, but our role is not to artificially “solve” a problem by approaching a roommate or arranging
for a room change. Becoming a mature person means having the integrity to acknowledge differences and deal with your roommate(s) honestly and
openly, accepting responsibility for your actions and role in the relationship, and conducting disagreements in a civil manner.
To help you begin the communication and compromise you will need to build a successful relationship with your roommate(s), your Community
Assistant will guide you through the Roommate Agreement packet after the first floor meeting. After reviewing our statement of Roommate Rights
and Responsibilities, you will complete a short Roommate Survey and then work with your roommate(s) to complete a Roommate Agreement that can
be renegotiated at any time.
Room changes are made only in extreme cases when all other options have been exhausted and if space is available. The Residence Hall Director
must approve all moves before they happen. All housing assignments are made and room changes approved at the discretion of the university through
the Resident Directors.
Living in Community
To give you responsibility for creating a community that meets your needs, we operate the residence halls by a community standards model. Beyond
the broad parameters of university and residence hall safety and management policies, you and your fellow residents are free to agree upon basic
principles that will guide your community. You are responsible with them for determining the social contract that will govern your relationships with
one another and for holding one another accountable for adhering to it. The staff person’s role is that of a facilitator who is accountable to Residence
Life administrators for ensuring health, safety and minimum behavior standards. He or she facilitates community development by taking a leadership
role in terms of communication, programming and acting as a resource person, not by being the person designated to “fix” problems or deal with
misbehavior. Your CA will coordinate a meeting early in the semester and facilitate a discussion that will result in a Community Agreement that all
residents agree upon. In a healthy and productive community this contract is not a static one, but will continue to evolve as you and your community
learn and mature. Whenever residents find difficulties with the current Agreement, they should call for a floor meeting to discuss the issues and revise
the Agreement.
Staff and Services
Residence Hall Directors (RDs) are the university employees responsible for overall supervision of each residence hall. RDs are specialized
professionals with a master's degree in a field related to education and student development and live in one of the halls they supervise. Ensuring that
your living and learning experience is comfortable, productive and safe is their primary responsibility and includes such things as advising students and
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student groups, encouraging community development, promoting academic involvement and success, handling hall student conduct issues, supervising
student staff and acting as the liaison for facilities issues. Residence hall offices are open from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with
additional evening hours that vary by semester.
Community Assistants (CAs) are students (either graduate or undergraduate) who live on designated floors in the residence hall, assisting the RD in
its overall operation. As leaders and facilitators for their floor communities, CAs dedicate considerable time and effort to developing community
within the hall. As resources to you, they will help you understand and comply with university and residence hall rules, work with you to plan programs
and activities to meet your needs, and help you make the most of your residence hall and university experience. CAs are available through an on-call
system 24 hours a day, with schedules and contact information posted throughout the building.
Graduate level CAs also serve as assistants to the professional RDs. They live in the residence hall and assist the RD with community development,
programming, advising hall government, operating the front desk and supervising CAs. As student leaders, they are a resource for you and are available
at the hall office as well as the on-call system.
Desk Assistants (DAs) are student employees who work scheduled hours at the front desk of each residence hall. They carry out administrative
duties, assure that sign-in and escort procedures are followed, and assist in emergencies and hall evacuations.
Custodians are university employees responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of all public hall areas such as restrooms, laundry rooms, recreation
rooms, lounges, vending areas, offices, hallways, and stairways. You are responsible for cleaning your own suite, including bathrooms, and must follow
the university recycling policy by properly disposing of all trash in central recycling areas. We remind you to be considerate of custodians when
disposing of trash or using residence hall common areas.
Hall Organizations
Residence Hall Councils exist in each building to promote a positive hall atmosphere, provide activities, work closely with the hall staff, and serve as
the voice for residence hall students. Each hall council meets regularly and is composed of officers and residents from each floor. We encourage you
to become involved in your hall by attending hall council meetings.
Inter-Residence Hall Council is a group that represents the interests of students who live on the lower campus. With elected officers and funding
from the Student Association, Inc. (SAI) the Council provides a forum for residence life issues and makes policy recommendations to improve campus
living. Its members plan and provide an extensive variety of residence hall activities and services for residents, including its annual tradition of
sponsoring a campus spring semi-formal on the Gateway Clipper. All campus residents are urged to take an active part in the Inter-Residence Hall
Council.
The Residence Life Conduct Board is a body of residence hall students who assist university officials in the conduct process. The board's function is
to sanction and educate fellow residents who have difficulties with or who have violated residence hall rules and regulations. After meeting with their
Residence Hall Director concerning violations or problems with policies, residents have the option of accepting the hall director's decision on
responsibility and sanction or request a conduct board hearing. The Board will decide appropriate educational measures and sanctions to aid in
adjusting to hall living. If you’re interested in helping with this process, contact your RD.
Community Safety
Staff and residents share the responsibility for building security. You should report all accidents, incidents, thefts, lost keys, or suspicious individuals
to hall staff.
A state-of-the-art fire suppression and smoke detection system ensures prompt response to fire emergencies. When the fire alarm sounds, you must
exit the building immediately according to the evacuation plan in each room and assemble where directed by staff. Failure to leave the building will
result in fines and/or disciplinary action. You may not reenter the building until told to do so by the fire department, California University Police
personnel or the Residence Life staff. Smoke and heat sensors, sprinklers, pull stations, and fire extinguishers are located in each residence hall.
Tampering with or activating any fire equipment in the absence of an actual fire will result in disciplinary and possible legal action.
A digital video camera system is used at lobbies, exit doors, and computer lab areas. Recordings may be reviewed by Residence Life staff or
California University Police for investigation of alleged Code of Conduct or legal violations, and may be used as evidence.
Use of entrances/exits other than the main one is prohibited except in emergencies. The residence halls are locked at all times. Only residents or
staff using their CalCards have unrestricted access. Guests must call a resident for entrance, be signed in and be escorted at all times. It is your
responsibility to make sure that the door latches and that unauthorized people do not follow you into the building. Do not let non-residents into the
building and do not prop the doors open. Doing so compromises the safety of your entire community.
Always take your key and lock your door when you leave your suite, even for a few minutes, and keep your room locked when sleeping. Do not lend
your key to anyone. Your key is for your personal use only, and should not be loaned or given to anyone else.
Your CalCard ID is for your personal use only, and is valid only for the currently enrolled term. Falsification or transfer of the card to anyone else is
prohibited. Any person on university premises or in buildings supervised by the university is required to produce identification at the request of a
university staff member.
When you enter your residence hall, you are required to swipe your CalCard and/or show other identification issued to you to verify your hall of
residence to the front desk attendant. Particularly when you enter the hall in a group, doing so allows you to verify your residence in the hall and
confirms that you do not need to be signed in and escorted by a resident.
Residence Hall Rules, Regulations and Policies
As a student, you are a representative of the university and are expected to model our core values of Integrity, Civility and Responsibility and act in
accordance with the Rights and Responsibilities. Harassment or uncooperativeness towards staff or other students will result in disciplinary action. If
you participate in any disruptive conduct you are subject to legal action by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the local government and to
disciplinary action by the university.
In addition to the university Rights and Responsibilities and general behavioral standards applicable across campus (see Student Code of Conduct),
the following rules and policies apply in the residence halls in order to maintain a safe environment that promotes education and personal
development. Any questions about these items should be directed to a member of the Residence Life staff.
Students alleged to have violated residence hall rules or regulations will meet with their Residence Hall Director concerning possible violations. At
this meeting, residents have the option of accepting the hall director's decision on responsibility and sanction or may request a conduct board hearing.
Visitation Policy
Guests are allowed in the residence halls 24 hours a day, subject to these provisions:
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Residents may host up to three guests at one time.
Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests.
All residence hall guests, regardless of gender, must be signed into and out of the residence hall by the resident they are visiting.
All residence hall guests, regardless of gender, must be escorted at all times by the resident they are visiting.
The same guest is not permitted to stay overnight in the residence hall for more than three days during a seven-day period. Those who
violate this policy may be billed, removed and/or banned from the residence hall.
Any non-University guest under the age of 18 must provide written parental permission and contact information to visit in the residence
halls.
All guests, regardless of gender, who wish to use common area facilities (laundry, vending, TV room, study room, etc.) must be escorted by
a resident.
The University does not condone or permit cohabitation.
Roommates must agree to the presence of guests in the room. The rights of the resident who does not wish to have a guest take
precedence.
Guests may be asked to leave and residents may lose visitation privileges if guests are disruptive or violate policies.
Residence Life staff may temporarily suspend visitation privileges from any suite, floor or area to ensure the safety, security
or well-being of residents or in response to policy violations.
Lockout Policy
You are expected to lock your door and carry your key whenever you leave your suite. As an emergency service, if Community Assistants are
available they can access a master key to open your suite. This service is offered as a courtesy only, and you will be charged for lock-out service beyond
three requests a year. Access will be given only to the certified resident of a particular suite, or bedroom within a suite. You may be asked to provide
your CalCard to verify your identity.
Room Privacy and Search Guidelines
University Housing and Residence Life is committed to ensuring the privacy and security of its residents and their belongings. The department,
however, reserves the right to enter occupied rooms under certain conditions in order to promote a safe, well-maintained and orderly community. In
light of this, the following circumstances must be present and procedures must be followed in order for Residence Life staff members to enter and/or
search an occupied room. Entrance by Facilities Management, University Police and other University personnel must adhere to the established,
applicable procedure for their department. Third parties not covered below will not be permitted to enter occupied rooms without the
residents’ permission.
Circumstances appropriate for keying into a suite/room
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Request by a resident of the room who is locked out.
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In order to conduct a health or safety inspection of the room or if reasonable suspicion exists that a hazard is present in the room.
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In order to ensure compliance with required evacuation procedures during a fire alarm or drill or in response to a potential life-threatening
situation.
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In response to a nuisance complaint from other residents such as excessive noise, on-going alarm sounding, offensive odors, etc.
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While escorting Facilities Management personnel in order to conduct repairs or to assess potential physical problems.
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In order to ensure compliance with break or semester closing instructions such as unplugging appliances and closing windows.
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In order to ascertain location of resident due to extenuating circumstances such as request by parent or university official who has not been
able to locate resident for a period of time.
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If a reasonable suspicion exists that a code of conduct violation is occurring at that time and the residents refuse to cooperate and open the
door, and the exigency of the circumstance is such that time does not exist for obtaining of administrative search authorization or criminal
warrant.
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Following the issuing of an administrative search authorization by the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee.
Staff members will make every effort to knock, announce themselves and warn that a room is being opened before keying in. A reasonable effort
shall be made to have a witness present when a room is keyed into, except where emergency conditions make this inadvisable.
Room Searches
Occupied rooms may be searched only under narrow circumstances, and an effort will be made to enter rooms for extenuating circumstances when
at least one resident is available. Banned or illegal items observed in plain view by a staff member while in a room under one of the legitimate reasons
above may be used to file an incident report concerning the situation. Staff members may also file incident reports on code violations observed
through an open door or if invited into room.
Administrative search authorizations may be issued if there is reasonable suspicion that items in, or actions occurring in, a residence hall room are in
violation of the code of conduct. Search authorizations may be requested from the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee on the appropriate
form outlining the reasons for the request, names of the proposed searchers and the area to be searched. These authorizations will be valid for a
specific period of time indicated on the form and the searches should be conducted with at least one resident present. Searches may be conducted
without administrative search authorizations with consent of the residents or if it is believed that the delay in searching to request the authorization
would result in the items being removed or the actions are being stopped. Any violations found during an appropriate search may be used, without
limitation, in university conduct proceedings or in providing information to University Police to obtain a search warrant.
Searches of personal items or areas in which they are stored such as refrigerators, footlockers, boxes, closets, or desks may be conducted only with
the consent of the resident owning the items or pursuant to warrant or appropriate administrative search authorization where facts exist establishing
probable cause for such a search. Residence Life staff may also be present and serve as witnesses for searches conducted by University Police officers
under consent or warrant.
Room Inspections
Residence Life staff will conduct periodic inspections of suites and bedrooms to ensure compliance with health and safety guidelines. They also will
inspect units at hall closing for break periods to ensure that all closing instructions were followed.
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Residency Period and Breaks
The residence halls close at times when classes are not in session, including Thanksgiving, winter, spring and Easter breaks. You must check out of
the residence hall during these periods. Requests for exceptions for students participating in sanctioned university events or international students must
be made to the Residence Hall Director before the break begins. Details and deadlines will be included on the break posting. There will be a daily
charge to anyone granted permission to stay in the residence hall during times it is officially closed.
There is a finals week at the end of each semester, and you are required to vacate the residence hall after completing your last exam.
University Housing Residency Policy
All first-time freshmen who continue enrollment are required by the university to reside in university housing (either on campus halls or Vulcan
Village) for the first four semesters at Cal U, with the following general exceptions:
 Students commuting from the residence of their parents or legal guardians, which is within 50 miles of California University
 Married students
 Students who are 21 or older by the date of registration
You must complete a housing contract for on campus housing or a lease for Vulcan Village to be placed at either location to fulfill the residency
requirement. Both of these agreements commit you financially for the specified time period (an academic year on campus and 10 or 12 months at
Vulcan Village).
University Housing Residency Policy Appeal Process
Any request for exemption from the residency policy must be submitted to the University Housing and Residence Life Office, where it will be
considered on an individual basis. Unless you receive written approval for exemption from the residency requirement, you will be held financially
responsible for all charges. The request and appeal process is:
Request Made
You must submit a Request for Exemption from the University Housing Residency Policy with supporting documentation, if necessary, to request
an exemption to the residency policy to the Director for Residential Facilities, who will investigate the request.
Administrative Decision
The Director for Residential Facilities will send a written response via email to your request. If it is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision.
You must file a written appeal with the Housing Director within five (5) working days of your denial. If you do not appeal within 5 days, the initial
decision is final.
Stage One Appeal
Appeals filed with the Housing Director within 5 days of the original notification will be considered. Upon the Housing Director’s reevaluation of
the recommendation of the Director for Residential Facilities, you will be informed in writing of the decision. If your request is denied, you have the
right to appeal the decision to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. If you do not appeal within 5 days, the decision of the Housing
Director is final.
Stage Two Appeal
The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs will review all previous recommendations and inform you of his/her decision in writing. The
decision of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs is final.
*This appeal process is not applicable if you have a signed housing contract. The housing contract commits the student to a financial obligation for the
length of the contract and may not be broken.
Room Personalization Policy
Your suite is your home-away-from-home. Arranging the décor of your space is an extension of your desire to express yourself and to make yourself
and/or your room comfortable. We allow you to decorate or individualize your rooms so long as you adhere to university guidelines, do not create a
fire hazard, damage university property or make periodic maintenance impossible. Residents of the suite are responsible for any damage caused by
such things as nails, tacks, tape, etc. Marker boards, if used, must be removed upon your departure. Any damage caused by its removal or damage
caused by the marker will result in a bill to the resident(s). Damage to any residential space will be dealt with through the residence hall conduct system
and/or the Residence Life Office and the responsible student(s) will be billed accordingly. You remain responsible for all original furniture in your
suite. Space limitations prohibit furniture storage outside your suite. No items can obstruct the proper functioning of such items as doors, smoke
sensors and sprinkler heads.
Holiday Decoration Policy
All electrical decorations should bear the UL label. All decorations should be located so as not to obstruct exits, fire hoses, fire extinguishers, fire alarm
pull stations, sprinkler heads, or any heating device. Make sure there is a clear path to the door of your suite from your bedroom or sleeping area at all
times. Central hallways and doorways must also be clear. No decorations of any kind shall be suspended from heat pipes, fire or electrical systems.
Doors shall not be gift-wrapped. Because they can constitute a fire hazard, the university does not permit cut Christmas trees in the residence halls.
Approval for Posting Signs and Flyers
Bulletin boards on residential floors are reserved for the exclusive use of the Residence Life staff. Any other signs may be posted on designated
bulletin boards, generally in lobby areas, after approval by Residence Life staff. All postings without stamped approval or hung in unauthorized
locations will be removed. Postings may not promote or advertise parties, alcohol/drug use or contain obscene language or graphic content.
Directory Information Policy
Residence Life personnel follow these guidelines when they are asked for directory information:
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Directory information is defined as home address, residence hall, room number, and residence hall telephone number.
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This information will be given out only in response to specific requests (i.e., asking for a specific person’s address, room number, or
telephone number).
You have the right to request that directory information not be released to non-university personnel. This request may be made at any
time, and should be directed to the Residence Hall Director. In addition, phone numbers or rooms, depending on availability, may be
changed to avoid problems arising from information being given out.
Chemical Substances
Consuming or possessing alcohol on state-owned property (which includes the entire campus as well as the residence halls) is prohibited even if a
person is of legal age. Using or possessing narcotics, hallucinogens or other controlled substances except with a medical prescription is prohibited on
campus. Smoking is not permitted in the residence halls, the breezeway or within 30 feet of the buildings.
Paraphernalia connected with drug or alcohol use (beer tap, bar, pipes, bong, empty containers, etc.) is prohibited in the residence halls.
No event that includes the serving or consumption of alcohol may be advertised in the residence halls.
Violation of any drug or alcohol policy may result in, but not be limited to, referral to alcohol/drug screening and assessment, mandatory
participation in alcohol education, probation, movement to another residence hall, dismissal from the residence halls without refund of fees, and
possible legal action.
Alcohol or drug use can also lead to interpersonal violence, noise violations or vandalism, which increase residence hall costs. All of these activities
also merit sanctions and/or legal action.
Noise
Both courtesy and quiet hours ensure a resident’s right to be able to sleep or study at any time without undue interference from noise. Courtesy
hours are in effect at all times in the residence halls and we expect you to be considerate of others’ needs or requests.
Quiet hours are set with your participation as a part of the Community Standards process and posted for each community area. We encourage you
to help create the atmosphere necessary for your academic success. During quiet hours, noise (music, conversation, TV, etc.) from your room should
not be able to be heard in the hallways, rooms above, below or beside you, or outside the building. Guests as well as residents must follow the policies
in effect in each residential community. Guests who violate quiet hours will be asked to leave, and continued problems from a resident may result in
being moved to another area.
Damages
Students are responsible for the condition of their rooms/suites and all university furnishings. The room condition report completed by staff and
that you sign at check-in will be used as the basis for all damage billing. Damage assessments will be done when you move out of your room/suite or
when it is noted by staff. Residence Life staff periodically conduct informal room inspections for health and safety and will address any damage noted.
Damages to common areas (lounge areas, hallways, etc.) will be billed to those responsible for the damage. If responsibility is not determined,
charges will be distributed among all members of the appropriate community (wing, floor, or building).
Prohibited Actions
The following activities are not allowed in the residence halls:
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Gambling in any form
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Playing sports
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Riding any kind of vehicle
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Rollerblading/skateboarding
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Splicing or tampering with TV cable
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Solicitation
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Moving furniture from your room or lounges
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Throwing or hanging objects out the window, including Homecoming banners
Prohibited Items
The following items are not allowed in the residence halls:
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Firearms, knives, or other weapons, including BB guns, pellets guns and paintball guns
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Antennas that extend outside the suite
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Metal tip darts and dart board
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Motorcycles
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Anything that produces an open flame or explosion, such candles, incense, and fireworks
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Any electrical appliance involving hot oil or open elements, such as deep fryers, oil popcorn poppers, stoves, hot plates, and indoor grills
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Tubular halogen desk or torchiere lamps
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RESIDENCE LIFE TECH SUPPORT
Residence Hall Computer Labs
California University provides a computer lab with a printer in each residence hall for residents’ use. The labs are fully integrated into the
university’s network. You have access to any of the network services on campus, including Manderino Library, other State System libraries, students’
email and web space, the Internet, and other services. All labs are available 24 hours a day during the school term and are accessed by using your room
key. The residence hall labs are available for you and your guests with a valid ID (residents have priority). Rules posted by Residence Life staff must be
followed. Each lab has a laser printer, but you must supply your own paper.
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Personal Computers
If you bring your own computer or mobile device, all residence hall rooms provide Cat-6 network connections. To use our wired connections, you
will need an Ethernet cable and an installed and operable 10BaseT Ethernet card. (The university does not provide or install the Ethernet card or
cable.) In addition, wireless is available in all Cal U academic buildings and residence halls, as well as in the Natali Student Union, Manderino Library,
Convocation Center and all other facilities. Coverage extends to outdoor areas including the Quad, Roadman Park, Adamson football stadium, the
Phillipsburg soccer complex and even the campus parking lots.
You must have your computer scanned for the proper antivirus software and operating system updates and review and accept the Acceptable Use
Policy (AUP) in order to access the network. For more information, visit http://www.calu.edu and enter Tech Support in the search window, or call
Tech Support at (724) 938-1575.
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Appendix I
VULCAN SPIRIT
VULCAN: THE MASCOT After a semester-long search for a mascot, the student body and newspaper staff in 1933, of what was then
California State Teachers College, chose Vulcans as the nickname for the school’s athletic teams.
The Roman god of fire and volcanoes, a rough equivalent of the Greek god of smithies and ironworking, was perceived as a particularly apt symbol
of the school’s new Department of Industrial Arts.
The February 15, 1933, issue of the California News declared, “We are proud of California and therefore we want her to have a nickname that will
spontaneously roll off the tongues of industrious sports reporters and enthusiastic students.”
Since adopting a mascot in 1933, the Vulcan has undergone a number of changes. One logo that survived into the ‘50s was simply a silhouette of a
smith at his forge. In the late ‘60s appeared a full-faced Vulcan, who looked not unlike Zeus prepared for a Hollywood screen test. The late ‘70s
featured a hammer-wielding cartoon version of the god. In 2003, a lively mascot named Blaze joined Cal U’s cheerleaders.
The Cal Vulcan, by the way, is no kin of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock.
Alma Mater
California, Alma Mater,
Now we sing to thee.
California, dear forever
In our memory.
With our voices loudly ringing
Of thy fame we’re ever singing.
California, alma mater,
Hail! All hail to thee.
For the friends and joys you gave us
We give thanks to thee.
All thy knowledge we’ll make worthy
For posterity.
May thy reign be ever prosperous
And thy fame be ever glorious.
California, alma mater,
Hail! All hail to thee.
Philip Rossi, ‘37
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Appendix II
HISTORY OF THE STUDENT ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED (SAI)
Since California State Teacher’s College was located on a small campus, a search began in 1930 for additional space to accommodate activities that
could not be carried out satisfactorily on the restricted campus. The Women’s Athletic Association set out to earn money to build or purchase a cabin
that would be used for overnight hikes, weekends or any other purpose suited for women’s activities.
Accordingly, the organization sponsored the W.A.A. Bazaar. This Bazaar took much the form of a county fair. It was planned far in advance and
created a great deal of interest. Booths were set up and the activities continued for two or three days. The students paid an admission fee to the various
booths and purchased articles that were for sale. Over a period of time, the W.A.A. accumulated close to $2000.
The Thomas Lilley Farm, a tract of approximately 82 acres, containing two large, stone buildings, was available for purchase. This had once been a
flourishing farm property in the area of California and was located less than two miles from the campus. The farm could be bought for $5000. In order
to make the purchase, the W.A.A. funds were used as a down payment. A mortgage was taken for the balance. It was considered best to develop a
corporation in order to facilitate and to manage this property. The non-profit corporation known as the Student Activities Association was formed in
1937. This provided as incorporators, the president of the Board of Trustees, the president of the college, three members chosen from the Women’s
Athletic Association and two members of the general student body. This non-profit corporation was able to receive gifts for the improvement of the
property or the retiring of the mortgage. The Student Congress and other organizations turned over the unused balances of the accounts to the
corporation at the end of the year. In addition, there were a number of “dead” accounts that existed in the banks of California, leaving balances in the
accounts of defunct organizations, class councils and others whose books had been lost or the officers did not provide suitable records for turning
over balances to succeeding treasurers. Many of these accounts were of long standing and about to be escheat to the State Treasury. Under the new
system of unified direction of activities, Student Congress approved to put all accounts into one single account and deposits made through the
business office. The defunct accounts were made available to the corporation and applied to the mortgage. The college bookstore also contributed
grants to the corporation. The farm was under the general direction of the original incorporators. The mortgage was paid and improvements were
made.
Over the years the Student Activities Association expanded to encompass all student organizations and activities. It was responsible for not only the
college farm, but for all college clubs and campus programs, the campus radio station, WCAL, the California Times newspaper and special events.
These increased functions and responsibilities brought about a need for a central facility that would be operated by the association. The board of
directors, recognizing this need, worked with the college president and board of trustees to make arrangements with the state to build a student center
on the campus.
Under the terms of this agreement, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was to erect and to maintain the 42,000 sq. ft. building. In return, each
student would pay a ten dollar building fee each semester.
The California Memorial Union was completed in 1971 and dedicated to those who had contributed to the “intellectual, cultural, social and aesthetic
growth of the community.” In 1979, forty-two years after its inception, the corporation changed its name to the Student Association Incorporated
(SAI). In the early to mid 1980’s the university was feeling the effects of a fitness craze that was sweeping the nation. The demand for additional
recreation and fitness facilities rose dramatically. The student body approved the use of $500,000 of the Student Association’s capital base to renovate
the Herron Gymnasium into a fitness center. The student body further agreed to pay a fifteen-dollar fitness center fee each semester. This fee would
be used to repay the Student Association and to cover operating costs of the center. In 1986, the Student Association opened the Herron Recreation &
Fitness Center. The center featured racquetball courts, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, an aerobic room, a stationary bike room, swimming pool, a
basketball court, volleyball court, whirlpool and steam room, men and women’s saunas, along with a professional health and fitness staff. The center
also included the Patio Restaurant, which featured green house and outdoor seating.
In 1986, The Student Association renamed the college farm the George H. Roadman Park in honor of the former California State College president
from 1968-1976.
In 1987, the Student Association celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and rededicated itself to the “intellectual, cultural, social and aesthetic growth of
the university and surrounding communities.”
In 1988, the Student Association purchased a 10-acre tract of land adjacent to the Roadman Park at a cost of $55,000. The board of directors
adopted a long range Roadman Park development plan. This plan calls for additional playing and practice fields, distribution of water throughout the
complex, additional restroom facilities.
From 1971 to 1988, the Student Activities Association continued to grow and expand. Auxiliary services such as food service, laundry service,
vending machines, pay telephone; Channel 29 (CUTV); the Fayette County Head Start Program; and computer sales, became the responsibility of the
association. Increased emphasis on Greek affairs, commuter services and off campus housing also contributed to the association’s rapid growth.
These increased functions and responsibilities along with a steady increase in enrollment brought about a need for additional space in the student
union. The Vice President for Student Affairs, recognizing this need, established a planning committee to study the feasibility of expanding the student
union. The results of the feasibility study confirmed the need for additional space in the student union.
In 1989, the student body approved to proceed with an $8,000,000 student union addition. The SAI Board of Directors, Student Congress, the
Board of Trustees, Commuter Council, the Graduate Student Association, the Inter-Residence Hall Council and other student groups also approved
the plan.
Under the terms of this agreement, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania erected a 42,000 sq. ft. addition. In return, each student will pay an
additional sixty-five dollar building fee each semester. Grand opening was fall of 1992. The award-winning Elmo Natali Student Center offers the Cal
U Student Bookstore, the Washington Food Court, the Vulcan Movie Theatre, and meeting and recreational spaces. The Student Center houses a
number of organizational offices that you should get to know.
By 1999, the University’s housing stock was dated. The typical double occupancy residence hall rooms with gang shower facilities did not meet the
needs of the students. Modern, private, air conditioned student housing was in demand. In 1999, the Association began design work on a garden style
apartment complex. The complex included 108 units, each with four private bedrooms with private baths, full kitchen, and living room. Each airconditioned apartment would be fully furnished including full size beds, washer and dryer, refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, and garbage disposal.
The complex would include a clubhouse, which featured rental offices, a recreation room, fitness center, study rooms, and a computer lab. A
swimming pool, basketball court and sand volleyball court would also be located within the apartment complex. In 2000, the Association selected JPI,
a Texas firm to design and construct the $16 million project on a portion of Roadman Park. Construction began in August 2000. The project was
completed in August of 2001, and the apartment complex opened with 100 percent occupancy.
In 2002, the university and the association partnered in an aggressive multiple phase project to replace all the on-campus residence halls. In the
spring of 2003, the University leased land to the Association. McCloskey Hall and Johnson Halls were demolished, and three new residence halls were
constructed near the student center. The 705-bed project opened in August of 2004 with 100 percent occupancy.
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During this same period, the Association completed construction of an additional four garden style apartment buildings at its’ Vulcan Village
location near Roadman Park. The expansion included a mix of four bedrooms and two bedroom apartments, each with two baths, full kitchen, and
living room. Each air-conditioned apartment is fully furnished including full size beds, washer and dryer, refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, and
garbage disposal.
In the fall of 2004, the University and the Association began planning for the next phase of the on-campus residence hall replacement project.
Under this phase, Clyde Hall, Stanley Hall were demolished, and two new residence halls were erected near the Student Center. The next phase of the
project which began in 2006 eliminated the last remaining traditional halls, Longanecker and Binns and the Student Health Center. The new hall open
for occupancy in August 2007 also houses, the University Health Center, Counseling Center, Women’s Center and Multicultural Offices.
In an effort to drastically increase recreational and meeting space at California University of Pennsylvania, the Student Association, Inc. (SAI)
continues its legacy with the purchase of a 94 acre farm near Roadman Park, now known as the SAI Farm, in May 2010. The SAI Farm purchase
increases the overall size of California University Campus by 50 percent.
In order to maximize the recreational potential of the property, SAI partnered with MacLachlan Cornelius & Filoni to develop a Master Plan that
will include many student and academic amenities implemented in phases over approximately 15 years.
In addition to the vast open space, the property also has an existing stone farmhouse, springhouse and barn. The farmhouse completed renovations
in Spring 2011and includes three smart conference rooms, lounge space, a new and a 1,200 SqFt. rustic style banquet addition capable of hosting
approx. 60 guests. The springhouse will serve as a bar style beverage serving station to the patio just off of the banquet hall addition. The lower section
of the barn, formerly used as milking station for dairy cows, is being transformed to accommodate brief meeting space needs of various academic
programs utilizing the property.
With the acquisition of the property, a unique opportunity for garden space also presented itself. SAI has partnered with the campus food service
provider, AVI, to cultivate a local sustainable produce garden to help supplement various dining locations at the university. In time, additional gardens
plots will be offered to the university community for growing personal gardens at the SAI Farm. In line with the growing sustainability initiatives of the
university, all irrigation to the gardens will be provided by a natural spring that runs through the property.
During the summer of 2011, a the newly formed Disc Golf Club volunteered many hours and implemented a full 18 hole disc golf course
throughout the property. The course covers approx. 60 challenging acres starting near the Farmhouse to the upper elevation of the property. The
course was fully designed and implemented by the club members themselves.
The effectiveness of the organization is beyond question. California’s Student Association, Inc., was the first of its kind in the nation. Several of our
sister institutions have used our Student Association, Inc. as a model when organizing their own student activities divisions.
IT’S UP TO YOU
California offers a variety of activities to meet the needs and tastes of nearly everyone. Additionally, students can change and add to the activities
offered by participating in clubs and becoming active in Student Government.
Through student interaction and development, many of our students and alumni have gained hands-on and leadership experience, which has
enriched both their curricula and their lives.
We hope you take advantage of the opportunities available to you through the Student Association, Incorporated, and become part of our tradition
of student participation. Whether you become active in one of our many student organizations, become one of our nationally ranked athletes or
participate in the many activities we offer, we are at your service.
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Appendix III
BYLAWS OF THE
STUDENT ASSOCIATION, INC.
ARTICLE 1 – NAME
Section 1. The name of the organization shall be the Student Association, Incorporated (SAI) of California University of Pennsylvania.
ARTICLE II – OBJECTIVES
Section 1. Purposes: The purposes of SAI are as follows:
 To exist solely for the benefit of the University and its students;
 To make a financial contribution to the University or to provide similar benefits to the University on a regular basis satisfactory to the
President and Council of Trustees of the University;
 To support the mission and goals of the University as delineated in the California University of Pennsylvania Mission Statement (Copy
attached).
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP, MEETINGS AND QUORUM
Section 1. Membership: All regularly enrolled students of the University at California, Pennsylvania, carrying 12 or more semester hours of credit
and who have paid all established fees shall be members of the Corporation.
Section 2. Meetings: The annual meeting of the Corporation shall be held between the first and fifteenth day of April of each year concurrent with
the first April meeting of Student Congress which shall be open to all Corporation members. The first order of business shall be the nomination of
Student Association, Incorporated Board members. Special meetings shall be called by the President of the Corporation or by a majority of the
members of Board of Directors, or on the written request of 50 members of the Corporation.
Section 3. Quorum: A quorum for the transaction of business at any general or special meeting of the membership of the Corporation shall consist
of 25 members.
Section 4. Notice: Notice of the time and place of the annual and any special meetings of the Corporation shall be given seven days prior to the
scheduled meeting by posting the same on all student, faculty and administration bulletin boards. Such notice shall state the purpose of the meeting.
ARTICLE IV- THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. Number: The Board of Directors shall consist of 13 regular members with vote and three ex-officio members without vote.
Section 2. Qualifications: Qualifications of the classes of the several Directors shall be as follows:
Class I. Five members who are alumni with student leadership experience or retired faculty/staff of the University recommended by the
Student Association, Inc. Board of Directors and approved by the President of the University.
(Class II membership does not exist.)
Class III. One member who shall be a full-time fee paying graduate student of California University of Pennsylvania, elected annually by
the Board by a majority vote of the remaining Board members.
Class IV. Seven members who shall be members of the Corporation and members of Student Congress.
In being elected to the Board of Directors, the procedure for nominations shall remain as stated in the election procedure, but after the
nominations are held all nominees shall be screened by a Board composed of the President of California University, the Vice President for
Student Development and Services of California University of PA, the Vice President for Academic Affairs of California University and the
Dean for Student Services of California University, in order to ensure all nominees meet the requirements of the office including: having
demonstrated significant prior service to the University; having good academic and disciplinary standing; and being able to participate in
meetings either in person or by phone.
If during his/her term of office a Class IV member of the Board incurs any of the following difficulties, he shall submit a written
resignation to the President of the Corporation.
(a) Being placed on disciplinary probation, or
(b) Being unable to participate in meetings per Section 3. Absences.
Class V. In addition to the thirteen regular members of the Board, three ex-officio members who are without vote shall attend regular and
special meetings: The Vice President for Student Affairs and/or designated University Liaison, the Dean for Student Affairs, and the Chief
Financial Officer for SAI. These members shall not be subject to election by the Corporation, nor shall their presence or absence
constitute or deny a quorum.
Section 3. Absences: All members of the S.A.I. Board of Directors must have the ability to attend in person at least 75% of all academic year Board
of Directors meetings. In addition, Board members missing three or more consecutive Board meetings may be removed from the Board by a twothirds majority vote of the Directors.
Section 4. Terms: The terms of Class IV Directors shall be one fiscal year or until their successor qualify. Directors may succeed themselves. The
terms of Class I members shall be four years. They may reapply following the expiration of their current term.
Section 5. Manner of Election: Election of Directors shall be held within 30 days after candidates are nominated and will be conducted via on line
ballot.
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Section 6. Meetings, Notices: The Student Association, Inc., Board of Directors shall hold one regular meeting each month. After the election of
officers at the first meeting of the Board, the Board shall establish the fixed meeting time for that particular semester. Special meetings may
be called at the will of the President of the Student Association, Inc., Board of Directors or by a majority of the members of the Board. Notice of all
special meetings must be received at least five days prior to the meeting date. Such notices must be in writing.
Section 7. Quorum: A quorum on the Board shall consist of seven voting members.
Section 8. Duties: The Board shall exercise its authority in and over all matters and business of the Corporation, including the formation of policy,
provided, however, that the Board shall not sell or encumber any of the real property of the Corporation without approval, by resolution, of a majority
of members of the Corporation present at a regular or special meeting duly convened upon proper notice of this purpose.
Section 9. Reports: The Board of Directors shall submit a complete and accurate written report of its activities together with such recommendations
as it may deem advisable to the Corporation.
Section 10. Vacancies: For all Class I, Class III, and Class IV members, the Board shall fill all vacancies occurring on the Board by a majority vote of
the remaining Board members for the remainder of the (unexpired) term. However, Class I replacements will also require approval of the University
President.
ARTICLE V - OFFICERS
Section 1. Titles: The officers of the Corporation shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
Section 2. Election: The officers of the Corporation shall be elected by the Board of Directors at the first regular meeting of the Board after July 1.
All officers shall be members of the Corporation and members of the Board whose requirement is prerequisite to election of office.
Section 3. Vacancies: The Board shall fill all vacancies by majority vote of the Board for the remainder of the (unexpired) term
Section 4. Duties:
a. The President shall act as Chairman of the Board of Directors and its executive committee and shall call regular and special meetings of the
Corporation and of the Board.
b. The Secretary shall act in capacity for the Board and for the Corporation, keeping all minutes.
c. The Vice President shall act in the absence of the President.
d. The Treasurer shall keep a report on all financial matters for the corporation.
Section 4. Terms: The elected term of office for any member shall be for fiscal one year.
ARTICLE VI - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1. Creation: An executive committee shall consist of five members selected by a majority of the Board, one of whom, however, shall be the
President of the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Duties: It shall be the duty of the executive committee to have and exercise the powers and authority of the Board of Directors between
meetings of the Board and to submit, for authorization or ratification, its plans or acts to the Board.
Section 3. Quorum: A quorum for the transaction of business at all meetings of the executive committee shall consist of four members.
Section 4. Meetings: The executive committee shall be on call, the time and place to be designated by the chairman of the executive committee.
ARTICLE VII - MANAGEMENT OF FINANCES
Section 1. All funds of the Corporation shall be deposited and disbursed through the SAI business office of the Student Association, Inc.
Section 2. The CFO of Student Association, Inc. shall prepare and present financial statements not less than annually.
ARTICLE VIII - AMENDMENT
Section 1. The power to make, amend or repeal the bylaws shall be vested solely in the members of the Corporation. This power may be exercised by
the vote of a majority of members present at any regular or special meeting of the Corporation duly convened after proper notice of that purpose.
Section 2. Notice: Within ten (10) days of a majority vote of the Corporation to amend these bylaws, the CFO of the SAI shall notify the University
Vice President for Administration and Finance of the possible need to amend the M.O.U. between the University and SAI that is required by State
System Board of Governors’ Policy 1985-04-A.
ARTICLE IX - EFFECTIVE DATE
Section 1. These bylaws, except where otherwise provided, shall become effective immediately, upon adoption.
Section 2. These bylaws shall be offered for adoption at a meeting of the members of the Corporation called after the due notice of that purpose or
by a referendum.
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Appendix IV
STUDENT GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTION
Preamble
The Students of California University of Pennsylvania, in an effort to promote the University’s core values (civility, integrity and
responsibility), represent the interest of the students and establish a concrete and functional medium for open and civil communication among all
constituencies, have established this form of governance. This governing body or any recognized organization thereof shall not endorse any political
candidate or a federally registered Political Action Committee in any form. In the interest of establishing a non-partisan, unbiased governance structure
we respectfully adhere to the ideals set forth in this constitution.
Definitions
SAI - Shall be in reference to the non-profit corporation, the Student Association Inc. of California University of Pennsylvania.
Fee-paying student of SAI - Shall be in reference to any student who has no debts to the Student Association Incorporated.
Speaker - Shall be in reference to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
President - Shall be in reference to the elected President of Student Government who shall be the President of the Senate.
In pocket - Shall be in reference to the current number of credits which appear on certified California University of Pennsylvania transcripts. Credits
from classes currently being taken do not count until they appear on a current transcript.
Article 1: Purpose of Student Government
Section 1. Student Government shall be the representative body of the Student Association, Incorporated, and the elected representative voice of the
student body of California University of Pennsylvania.
Section 2. Student Government shall serve as the designated medium for expressing student concerns pertaining to all matters.
Section 3. The Student Government shall advance charitable, educational, leadership, and scientific endeavors, but not limited to, developing a
democratic and responsible student governance structure; acting as a liaison between and among all university constituencies; controlling the
expenditure of the student activity fee; battle apathy and develop a well-rounded program of university life and activities at California University of
Pennsylvania.
Section 4. The Student Government shall promote and adhere to the core values of California University of Pennsylvania; civility, integrity and
responsibility.
Article 2: Membership of Student Government
Section 1. Student Government shall be composed of the following:
4.The Student Senate
5.House of Representatives
6.Student Cabinet.
Section 2. In order to qualify for and maintain membership in Student Government, a student must be a fee-paying member of the Student
Association, Incorporated.
Article 3: Powers and Duties of Student Senate
Section 1. Senate shall represent the student interests and voice them in a continual effort to advocate for the students and in the best interests of
California University of Pennsylvania.
Section 2. Student Senate shall consider from the student viewpoint such matters as may be referred to it by the administration, faculty and staff of the
university.
Section 3. In the summer semester, the elected executive board of the following academic year reserves all rights and responsibilities of Student
Government business.
Section 4. To exercise the core values of Civility, Integrity and Responsibility in all settings, and branches of Student Government in any committee
meeting /events.
Section 5. All meetings of Student Senate and committees shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised.
Article 4: Purpose of Senate
Section 1. It shall be the duty of Student Senate to consider such matters of student interest as presented by the students through their recognized
organizations and representatives. All petitions or concerns at large must be submitted to the Student Government Advisor, or the President of
Student Senate, who will refer them to the appropriate governing body.
Article 5: Membership of Senate
Section 1. Senate shall be composed of sixty-eight (68) voting Senators and two (2) non-voting graduate student senators. The 2 non-voting graduate
seats may become voting members if those graduate students are a fee-paying student to SAI by paying the SAI Activity fee, with the breakdown as
follows:
5.
Fifty two (52) Senators who are full time undergraduate students. Of that number at least:
1.
Two (2) full-time graduate students shall serve as non-voting senators of Student Senate, unless they have paid the SAI Activity fee at
which time they become voting members of Student Senate.
1.Three (3) Senators shall be seniors
2.Three (3) Senators shall be juniors
3.Four (4) Senators shall be sophomores
4.Five (5) Senators shall be freshmen
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2.
Ten (10) Senators shall be appointed seats from special University interest groups.
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Officers.
One (1) Senator shall be the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Five (5) Officers will be elected positions by the student body at large in the spring each year (See Article 7 for stipulations)
If Senate exceeds the above criteria, the right to expand the Senate breakdown is reserved to the Executive Board of Senate.
1.Of that ten (10), the breakdown will be as follows:
1.Two (2) representatives for NCAA athletes.
2.One (1) representative for SAI recognized sports clubs.
3.Two (2) representatives for commuter students.
4.One (1) representative for the SAI recognized Fraternities.
5.One (1) representative for the SAI recognized Sororities.
6.Two (2) representatives for the Multi-cultural affairs.
7.One (1) representative for Inter Residence Hall Council (IRHC)
2.Appointed seats must have been nominated by their interest group then approved by the elected Student Government
Section 2. Elected and ratified members of Senate shall be referred to as "Senators."
Students wishing to become Senators must obtain 50 student signatures on a Student Senate petition; have it ratified by the Executive Board, as well as
receive a seat designation by the recording secretary. The petition must be approved at an executive board meeting and cannot be approved at the
time of the Senate meeting. Senate has the right to overrule the executive board’s approval/denial of a petition by a motion and a two-thirds (2/3)
vote at the meeting the decision is announced.
Section 4. Meetings of Senate and Cabinet shall be held weekly. Special meetings of Senate and Cabinet shall be called by the President of the Senate or
the Chair of Cabinet (Cabinet meetings only).
Section 5. One half (1/2) and one (1) of the occupied seats of the Senate meetings shall constitute quorum.
Section 6. Proxy voting, or absentee voting, shall not be considered legal or valid in the Senate or any Student Senate committees. No member shall
hold two seats simultaneously. No member of the Senate is endowed with more than one (1) vote.
Section 7. Senators may take two sabbaticals, however they cannot be consecutive. If an extreme circumstance comes up, the executive has discretion
to grant a sabbatical. A senator can only take a sabbatical after they have completed at least one semester of Senate responsibilities. Sabbatical requests
must be submitted to the Recording Secretary by the third Senate meeting of the semester. Senators on sabbatical are held to all normal
responsibilities and are only excused from Senate meetings, as outlined in the policy book.
Section 8. No member of the senate shall also be an elected officer in the House of Representatives.
Article 6: Powers and Duties of Senate
Section 1. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the Senate to:
1.
Advise the President of the University and other members of the administration of student needs, preferences, and opinions.
2.
Participate in issues of student life to the extent of ten hours per traditional academic semester..
Section 2. Student Senate, through the elections chairman (Vice President), shall organize and supervise the conduct of all elections involving the
student body. The election chairman shall determine the exact time of elections.
Section 3. Senate may refuse to seat any elected or appointed member by a two thirds (2/3) vote of Senate when just cause is shown regarding the
withholding of seating privileges.
Section 4. In the event the Vice President assumes the office of president because of resignation or impeachment, Senate shall, by two thirds (2/3)
vote, fill the vacant position. Such shall be the case for any other office as well.
Section 5. The executive board shall establish special committees and or boards, under the advisement of the Vice President, as he/she deems
necessary to carry out the mission of the Senate.
Section 6. Duties of appointed seats will be as follows:
1.Report to Student Government such matters concerning the representatives interest group as well as report back to said interest group
concerning matters of Student Government.
2.Abide by all Sections listed under Article 6 for “Powers and Duties of Senate”.
Section 7. The advisor of the Senate shall be approved by the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Article 7: Officers of Senate
Section 1. Officers of student Senate shall be elected during the second half of the spring semester, exact dates to be set by Senate. Nominations shall
be submitted to senate in writing or made from the floor of Senate at two (2) consecutive meetings of student Senate. There must be at least one
regularly scheduled Senate and Cabinet meeting between the second week of nominations and the election dates.
Section 2. The following officers shall be elected with minimum qualifications as indicated in the following order of succession:
1.
President...45 Credits, in pocket and have served one year as a senator at California University of Pennsylvania
2.
Vice President...45 Credits, in pocket and have served one year as a senator at California University of Pennsylvania
3.
Financial Secretary...45 Credits, in pocket and have served one year as a senator, and also one year on Student Cabinet at California
University of Pennsylvania
4.
Recording Secretary...15 Credits, in pocket
5.
Corresponding Secretary...15 Credits, in pocket
Section 3. The officers must have at least a cumulative 2.5 grade point average and shall retain this average throughout their terms of office.
Section 4. The officers must be in good standing with SAI and the University, and while in office they must be enrolled as a full time student.
Section 5. In the event of a vacancy in the Office of the President, the Vice President shall assume the President’s duties until an election can be held
from the Senate body.
Article 8: Powers and Duties of Elected Officers of Senate
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Section 1. President
1.
Shall preside at all regular and special meeting.
2.
Shall call all special meetings.
3.
Shall prepare the agenda of Senate.
4.
Shall, with the consent of Senate, appoint the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
1.One parliamentarian
Shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Council of Trustees.
Shall serve as an ex-officio member of all senatorial committees.
Shall appoint, with three-fifths (3/5) approval of the executive board and majority approval by the Senate, representatives to campus-wide
committees.
Shall represent California University of Pennsylvania's Student Government on the California University Forum and its Executive
Committee.
Shall attend all meetings of the Board of Student Government Presidents. Unexcused absences may be grounds for impeachment.
Section 2. Vice President
1.
Shall preside in the absence of the President or at his/her direction.
2.
Shall serve as elections chairman.
3.
Shall accept all official responsibilities and obligations deemed necessary by the Senate and/or the President of Senate.
4.
Shall oversee all standing and ad hoc committees.
Section 3. Financial Secretary
1.
Shall work with the CFO of the Student Association, Inc. and Budget and Finance Committee of the SAI Board of Directors in providing
financial statements and information concerning Senate operations and interests.
2.
Shall serve as chairman of cabinet.
Section 4. Recording Secretary
1.
2.
Shall keep the minutes of Senate.
3.
4.
5.
Shall distribute all duplicated minutes of Senate to the organizations and administrative personnel requesting same.
Shall submit all minutes to the CFO of Student Association, Inc. to be duplicated and to the Director of New Media Services to be placed
in the on-line archive.
Shall submit the minutes of Senate to a public resource for all students to see (i.e. OrgSync, Cal Times.)
Shall maintain senate roster including organization of new senator petitions, impeachments and sabbaticals.
Section 5. Corresponding Secretary
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Shall receive, record and send communications.
Shall assist the election chairman with elections.
Shall function as a liaison between all houses of Student Government and attend all meetings of both houses.
Shall manage social media accounts in partnership with the advisor to student Senate and the President of Senate.
Shall serve as coordinator of senator activities and services tracking.
Article 9: Purpose of the House of Representatives
Section 1. Shall be held monthly during the academic term, on the first Thursday of every month.
Section 2. To serve as a communication medium between the recognized clubs/organizations and their respective constituents.
Section 3. To make recommendations to the Senate regarding policy, financial matters and student interest.
Article 10: Membership of the House of Representatives
Section 1. The House of Representatives shall be composed of the following:
1. The President or student designee from each allocated club or organization. The House of Representatives designee must be
determined within the second week of each semester and should be noted on the SAI Officer Form for each club and organization. The
organization may appoint or elect a maximum of one (1) additional organization member to attend the House of Representatives meetings
in place of the President.
Article 11: Powers and Duties of the House of Representatives
Section 1. The House of Representatives shall function to keep the students at large apprised of the actions and responsibilities of the various clubs
and organizations.
Section 2. The House of Representatives shall make recommendations to the Senate or the appropriate governing body regarding the various matters
concerning the student clubs and organizations.
Section 3. In the event the Lieutenant Speaker of the House assumes the duties of the Speaker because of resignation or impeachment, the
membership of the house will vote to fill the vacant position by a 2\3 majority. No replacement Speaker can be seated without a 2\3 majority of the
House or a formal appointment from the President of the Senate.
Section 4. Only one vote per person per recognized club or organization. No one member shall have more than one vote. No one member shall
represent more than one (1) club or organization in the House of Representatives. No voting member in the House of Representatives shall also be a
voting member in the Senate.
Article 12: Officers of the House of Representatives
Section 1. The officers of the House will be elected at the first meeting of the fall semester. Nominations shall be made from the floor of the House
and only one representative from each organization can hold office \ have voting privileges.
Section 2. The following officers shall be elected from the membership of the House:
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Speaker of the House
Lieutenant Speaker of the House
Recording Secretary
Article 13: Powers and Duties of the Elected Officers of the House of Representatives
Section 1. Speaker of the House shall:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Preside over special and regular meetings of the House.
1.
2.
3.
Serve as interim-speaker of the House in the absence or vacancy of the Speaker of the House.
1.
2.
3.
Take minutes of all regular and special meetings of the House.
Shall hold a seat on Student Cabinet.
Call all meetings to order.
Prepare the agenda for all meetings.
Shall serve in office no more than one term.
Section 2. Lieutenant Speaker of the House shall:
Shall accept duties and projects charged by the Speaker of the House.
Shall hold a seat on Student Cabinet.
Section 3. Recording Secretary of the House shall:
Submit approved minutes to the Recording Secretary of student Senate to be published on a public source.
Shall hold a seat on Student Cabinet.
Article 14: Student Cabinet
Section 1. Student Cabinet shall have nineteen (19) seats. The seats are made up of the Executive Board of Student Government, members of the
Student Senate, Executive Board and members of the House of Representatives.
Section 2. Membership
1.
2.
The President, Vice President, Financial Secretary, Recording Secretary, and Corresponding Secretary shall be members of Cabinet.
3.
4.
Eight (8) representatives of Senate shall be elected by the Senate to serve on Student Cabinet during the first few weeks of the fall semester.
5.
6.
The President of the Student Association, Board of Directors or his/her student designee from Student Senate shall be a member of
Cabinet.
Two (2) representatives from the House of Representatives shall be elected by the House of Representatives to serve on the student
cabinet at the first meeting of the fall semester.
The Speaker of the House, Lieutenant Speaker, and Secretary of the House of Representatives shall serve as members of the Student
Cabinet.
Should any vacancies occur with the membership of Student Cabinet, filling those vacancies can only be done before the 13th week of the
fall semester. Any additional vacancies after the 13th of the fall semester shall be left unfilled and a reassignment of club representatives
shall occur at the discretion of the Cabinet chairman.
Section 3. Duties
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Student Cabinet shall prepare and submit to Student Senate a final budget for the Student Association, Incorporated, by the second
meeting in April.
Student Cabinet shall be responsible for the review and approval of new or existing organizations.
Student Cabinet shall present to Senate at each meeting a current financial report by the financial secretary of cabinet.
Student Cabinet shall recommend penalties for inappropriate club actions.
Cabinet members that have two (2) unexcused absences in one semester are subject to dismissal from Student Cabinet.
Section 1. Vice Chair
Article 15: Officers of Cabinet
1. Shall assume the duties of chair in his/her absence.
Section 2. Secretary
1.
2.
3.
4.
Shall keep all minutes of the meetings of cabinet.
Shall receive, record and send communications.
Shall distribute all duplicated minutes of Cabinet to the members of Student Senate and administrative personnel requesting same.
Shall submit the minutes of Cabinet to a public resource for all students to see. (i.e. OrgSync, Cal Times, etc.)
Article 16: Initiative and Referendum
Section 1. On any question concerning the general welfare of the students, a proposal can be presented to Senate requesting consideration of same.
Section 2. A student body referendum shall be initiated by a majority vote of Senate.
Article 17: Approved Organizations
Section 1. To be recognized as an approved organization, the proposed organization must follow the procedures set by the Student Association, Inc.,
business office and Student Congress, who must then refer the proposed organization to Student Cabinet and Student Senate for approval.
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Section 2. Student Cabinet must approve the proposed organization by a simple majority, designating if the organization has been approved with or
without potential for future allocation.
Section 3. Following Student Cabinet approval, Student Senate shall vote to approve the proposed organization by a simple majority.
Section 4. The charter for any organization shall be automatically revoked if it is inactive for four (4) consecutive semesters.
Article 18: Impeachment and Removal
Section 1. Any elected officer of Student Government may be impeached by a two thirds (2/3) vote of their respective body.
Section 2. Officer removal shall be accomplished by a two thirds (2/3) vote of Cabinet, serving as a trial board, and by a two thirds (2/3) vote of
Senate. Student Senate’s vote must be held at the meeting immediately following Student Cabinet’s vote.
Section 3. Senator removal shall be accomplished by a simple majority vote of Student Cabinet, serving as a trial board, and by a majority vote of
Senate at the meeting immediately following Cabinet’s vote. Senators removed by impeachment may not submit a senator petition for fifteen (15)
weeks.
Section 4. Grounds for impeachment will be defined as neglect of office, incompetence, misdemeanor and/or mismanagement of funds.
Section 5. Members of Student Government may be removed as prescribed in this article.
Section 6. Senators are eligible for impeachment if not abiding by the rules in the policy book.
Section 7. If a Senator is confirmed as eligible for impeachment, all of their duties and responsibilities within Student Government are immediately
suspended until the Student Senate votes upon the impeachment.
Section 8. If a Senator is impeached from Senate they must wait 15 academic weeks to submit another petition to the executive board.
Article 19: Power to Veto
Section 1. The President of Student Senate shall have the right to veto.
Section 2. The veto may be overridden by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of Senate.
Section 3. The President of Student Senate must exercise the veto in the meeting at which the motion was presented.
Article 20: Amendments
Section 1. Amendments to the constitution of Student Government Association shall go through a three-step process of approval.
Section 2. Student Senate will have any amendments presented at least one (1) week in advance of a vote of approval. The vote of approval must pass
by a 2/3 vote.
Section 3. Following Student Senate approval, Student Cabinet must approve the changes with a 2/3 vote. Changes may be presented and voted upon
in the same Student Cabinet meeting.
Section 4. Following Student Senate and Student Cabinet approval, the House of Representatives must approve changes with a 2/3 vote. Changes may
be presented and voted upon in the same House of Representatives meeting.
Article 21: University President Advisory Committee
Section 1. The University President Advisory Committee shall consist of the officers of Student Senate, the officers of the Student Cabinet, the
Speaker of the House of Representatives, the student officers of the SAI Board, and two (2) delegates appointed by the President of Student Senate for
a term of one (1) semester. The committee shall be formed and available to meet with the University President when requested.
Article 22: Anti-Hazing Policy
Section 1. Each member of Student Government shall adhere to the California University Anti-Hazing Policy. This prohibits all forms of hazing by all
members of Student Government. Any infraction of state, local, or federal guidelines reported to Student Cabinet will result in immediate action and
can potentially result in elimination of the Student Government.
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Appendix V
SEXUAL ASSAULT PROTOCOL
PURPOSE
The University recognizes that sexual offenses may have serious and sometimes life-threatening repercussions for survivors. For this reason, a clear
statement of policy is essential. In compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act and the Higher Education Amendments of
1992, institutional policies specific to sex offenses are as follows:
POLICY
California University of Pennsylvania seeks to provide an environment that protects the rights and well-being of everyone on campus. Therefore, the
University will not tolerate sexual offenses against any person by any member of the University community. Should there be sufficient cause to believe
a member of the University community may have committed a sexual offense, conduct action may be taken by the appropriate disciplinary body,
whether or not the case is pursued under Commonwealth criminal or civil codes. The University may impose severe penalties independent of such
Commonwealth court action.
DEFINITIONS
Consent. Defined as clear, knowing and voluntary. Consent must be obtained by the person initiating a specific sexual encounter. Silence, in and of
itself, does not constitute consent. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable clear
permission regarding willingness to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity.
Consent cannot be acquired by threat, coercion, or force. It cannot be implied if either participant is unable to provide positive cooperation or state
his/her wishes due to sleep, unconsciousness or injury, mental incompetence, age, intoxication, threat, coercion, or force and this fact is known or
reasonably should have been known by the person committing the act. Consent to any one form of sexual activity cannot automatically imply consent
of any other form of sexual activity. Previous relationships or prior consent does not imply consent to future sexual acts. Consent can also be
withdrawn at any point in sexual activity.
Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same). Defined as any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by a
man or woman upon a man or a woman that is without consent and/or by force. Sexual contact includes intentional contact with the breasts,
buttocks, groin or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body
parts; any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other
orifice.
Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same). Defined as sexual intercourse, however slight, with any object, by a man or
woman upon a man or woman that is without consent and/or by force. Intercourse includes vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger,
anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact), no matter how slight
the penetration or contact.
TIPS IF YOU ARE A SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR
• Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
• Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not wash, use the toilet, or change clothing, if you can avoid it. If you do change clothing, put all clothing
you were wearing at the time of the attack in a paper bag, not plastic if you desire to build a criminal complaint.
• Get medical attention as soon as possible. A medical examination will provide any necessary treatment and collect important evidence. Injuries
may not be immediately apparent. If you suspect you were drugged, ask that a urine sample be collected. The sample will need to be analyzed later on
by a forensic lab.
• Contact University resources. The University has a specially trained group of professional staff members who are able to help you understand your
options regarding medical attention, legal implications, and University disciplinary action. You may contact the End V (Violence) Center staff at 724938-5707. You can also contact University Police by calling 724-938-4299, local police by calling 911, or Student Wellness (Health) Center at 724-9384232. In addition to these resources, you can contact the Victim Advocate on call by dialing University Police at 724-938-4299 and asking the
dispatcher to refer you to the Advocate on call if you need assistance during the evening and/or weekend. You will not be required to give any further
information. You can also contact the University Counseling Center at 724-938-4056 or End V Center at 724-938-5707 to talk with counselors who
can maintain confidentiality.
• Contact someone you trust, the End V Center, a close friend or a residence life staff member to be with you and support you.
PROCEDURES
If you believe you have been assaulted, you are strongly encouraged to utilize the University resources listed below.
A. Support Resources. Free and confidential support services are available at the Counseling Center 724-938-4056 or End V Center at 724-9385707.
Support services are offered at the End V Center, by a specially trained group of professional staff members who are able to help you understand your
options regarding medical attention, legal implications, University disciplinary action, and accommodation options. Additionally, crisis intervention,
advocacy-based counseling services and support group meetings are available. The End V Center recognizes the importance of empowering victims to
make the decisions that are best for them. They will honor students’ requests to keep reports confidential to the extent permitted by law, and to the
extent consistent with the University’s obligation to investigate allegations.
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Individuals who work in the End Violence Center can generally talk to a victim without revealing any personally identifying information about an
incident to the university. A victim can seek assistance and support from these individuals without triggering an investigation that could reveal the
victim’s identity or that the victim has disclosed the incident.
While maintaining a victim’s confidentiality, these individuals or their office report the nature, date, time, and general location of an incident to the
Title IX Coordinator, Dr. John Burnett. This limited report – which includes no information that would directly or indirectly identify the victim –
helps keep the Title IX Coordinator informed of the general extent and nature of sexual violence on and off campus so the coordinator can track
patterns, evaluate the scope of the problem, and formulate appropriate campus-wide responses. Before reporting any information to the Title IX
Coordinator, these individuals will consult with the victim to ensure that no personally identifying details are shared with the Title IX Coordinator.
Students who are victims of sexual violence are encouraged to inquire about confidentiality when seeking assistance and support from this office and
other University offices that provide assistance.
B. Immediate Medical Attention. Survivors of sexual assault are strongly encouraged to go to the Student Wellness Center (G53 Carter Hall, 724938-4232; Hours of Operation: 24 hours/Monday-Friday, 7:00 P.M.-7:00 A.M. Saturday/Sunday) for treatment. After initial treatment, the Student
Wellness Center will refer you to Washington Hospital for medical attention and evidence collection. If desired, the End V Center Advocate can
accompany you.
C. Criminal Action. Complaints may be filed against the alleged actor(s) by contacting University Police at 724-938-4299. If the assault occurred off
campus, call 911 and the appropriate police agency will respond. When reporting, you may choose to be assisted by an advocate and/or family
member. You will not be charged for less serious offenses (i.e. intoxication) if you choose to report.
D. Conduct/Disciplinary Action. Complaints may be filed against the alleged violator(s) by contacting the Office of Student Conduct at 724-9384439. If a person(s) is found to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, sanctions up to suspension or expulsion from the University may
result. Both the respondent and complainant are entitled to the opportunity of having an advocate, family member, friends, attorney, and/or others
present during a campus disciplinary proceeding for support and shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings brought
forth regarding the reported sexual assault. Questions pertaining to past sexual history will be limited. You will not be charged for less serious offenses
(i.e. intoxication) if you choose to report.
E. Civil Rights Action/Title IX. Complaints may be filed against the Respondent by contacting the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. John Burnett, Office
of Social Equity, 724-938-4014, 112 South Hall, [email protected] Title IX prohibits discrimination (including sexual violence) based on sex in the
University’s education programs and activities. If desired, the End V Center Advocate can accompany you.
F. University and Community Mental Health Services. Survivors of sexual assault will be referred to the End V Center, the University’s
Counseling Center, Office of Student Affairs and/or a local rape crisis center for supportive mental health services.
G. Accommodations. Options for, and available assistance in, accommodating a student after an alleged sexual assault incident may include: change
of an on-campus student’s housing to a different on-campus location if space is available; assistance from University support staff in completing the
relocation; arranging to dissolve a housing contract and pro-rating a refund; exam (paper, assignment) rescheduling; transferring class sections;
alternative course completion options; temporary withdrawal; taking an incomplete in a class; transportation accommodations; work accommodations;
and co-curricular participation (if so requested by the victim and if such changes are reasonably available). No formal complaint, or investigation,
campus or criminal need occur before this option is available. If the End V Center is working with the victim, the End V Center will facilitate requests
by victim with appropriate University personnel.
H. Prevention. The university is committed to: 1) increasing awareness and reducing the risk of sexual assault on campus; 2) providing support and
choices for survivors; 3) decreasing the number of incidents; 4) providing a responsive protocol in the event of a sexual assault; and 5) promoting a
campus climate of zero tolerance for sexual assault. Professional staff members of the End V Center and Office of Social Equity/Title IX
Coordinator conduct programming/training.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
Educational programming is designed to: 1) increase the awareness of sexual assault; 2) develop skills and behavior that reduce the risk of sexual
assault; and 3) outline the campus protocol in the event of a sexual assault.
OPTIONS OFFERED TO ALL SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
A. See Flow Chart.
B. If survivors desire to file a conduct complaint, they should contact the Office of Student Conduct at 938-4439. They may also contact an
advocate through the End V Center (724-938-5707) who can accompany them at any time. Statements will be taken from the accused and the alleged
victim. The accused will be notified five days prior to the hearing. Formal hearing procedures may be found in the Student Code of Conduct.
C. If survivors desire to file a criminal complaint, they should contact University Police (724-938-4299). If the assault occurred off campus, call 911
and the appropriate police agency will respond.
D. If survivors desire to file a Title IX complaint, they should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. John Burnett, Office of Social Equity 724-9384014.
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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT EMERGENCY NUMBERS
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Cal U End V Center - support and advocacy for victims of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking [confidentiality assured] (724)
938-5707
Cal U Counseling Center [confidentiality assured] (724) 938-4056
Washington County S.T.T.A.R.S./CARE Rape Crisis Center [confidentiality assured] Hotline 1-888-480-7283
On-campus Emergency (724) 938-4299
Off-campus Emergency 911
Legal Advice: Washington County District Attorney, Domestic and Sex Crime Unit
(724) 223-1575
Medical Treatment: Cal U Student Health Services (724) 938-4232
Washington Hospital (724) 225-7000
Cal University Police (724) 938-4299
California Borough Police [daytime (724)-938-3233, evening 911]
Cal U Office of Student Conduct (724) 938-4439
Cal U Office of Social Equity/Tile IX Coordinator (724) 938-4014
Amendments or changes to this policy, should they be necessary, will be published in the CAL U website and TIMES.
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VICTIM’S OPTIONS FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE ON CAMPUS
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Appendix VI
POLICY: Missing Student Policy
A.
Purpose & Scope:
All colleges and universities with on-campus housing are required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 to have a written policy
addressing how reports of missing students will be handled. This policy places California University in compliance with this federal mandate by
outlining how reports of missing students, regardless of residency, will be addressed.
B.
Definition(s):
The University will consider a student missing if, s/he fails to appear as expected at a predetermined location after 24 hours, a preliminary check by the
University of the student’s residence supports the view that the student is not present and other efforts to contact the student fail. The University will
consider additional factors to determine a student is missing if appropriate depending on circumstances.
C.
Policy:
ANY PERSON WHO HAS REASON TO BELIEVE THAT A CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA STUDENT IS MISSING
SHOULD CONTACT THE UNIVERSITY POLICE AT 724-938-4357 (HELP).
When a report that a student may be missing is received, all reasonably available steps will be taken to locate the student to determine his/her state of
health and well-being. These efforts will include action by members of the University Police and the Division of Student Affairs.
The University will consider a student missing if, s/he fails to appear as expected at a predetermined location after 24 hours, a preliminary check by the
University of the student’s residence supports the view that the student is not present and other efforts to contact the student fail. The University will
consider additional factors to determine a student is missing if appropriate depending on circumstances.
If the student is not located within 24 hours of the initial report, University officials will contact the student’s designated Emergency Contact Person
or family if appropriate to notify them of the report and determine if he or she has any information that would assist in finding the student. (If the
student’s designated Emergency Contact Person or family if appropriate was involved in the initial report, University staff will inform that person of
the results of the preliminary efforts and explain any additional steps being taken.) If the student lives on campus, University Police will open an
official investigation and retain status as the primary investigative unit. If the student resides off-campus, University staff will assist the designated
Emergency Contact Person in making an official missing person report to all appropriate law enforcement agencies. University officials will assist in
any investigation as appropriate.
Students who reside in University owned/leased housing may provide a designated missing person contact to the University who will be notified in
case s/he is determined to be missing. The designation can be made through VIP, under the Housing & Dining section. The designated contact may
be a family member or any other person determined by the student. Please be aware that, if a student under 18 years of age is determined to be
missing, the University is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian in addition to any other designated contact person. If a contact person is not
designated, the student’s closest identified family member will be notified. Designated contact information provided by students will be updated
annually, will be kept confidential, will only be accessible to authorized University officials, and will not be disclosed to any third party except to law
enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.
D.
Procedure(s):
ANY PERSON WHO HAS REASON TO BELIEVE THAT A CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA STUDENT IS MISSING
SHOULD CONTACT THE UNIVERSITY POLICE AT 724-938-4357 (HELP).
Resources:
California University Police
Office of Student Affairs
Housing and Residence Life
Vulcan Village
University Wellness Center
California Borough Police
E.
911 or 724-938-4357
724-938-4439
724-938-4444
724-938-8990
724-938-4056
911 or 724-938-3233
Effective date:
Adopted: September 1, 2009 by: President’s Cabinet
Amended Date: January 21, 2014
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Appendix VII
ACADEMIC ADVISING
DEVELOPMENTAL ADVISING: A DEFINITION
“Developmental academic advising is defined as a systematic process based on a close student-advisor relationship intended to aid students in
achieving educational, career, and personal goals through the utilization of the full range of institutional and community resources. It both stimulates
and supports students in their quest for an enriched quality of life. Developmental advising relationships focus on identifying and accomplishing life
goals, acquiring skills and attitudes that promote intellectual and personal growth, and sharing concerns for each other and for the academic
community. Developmental academic advising reflects the institution’s mission of total student development and is most likely to be realized when the
academic affairs and student affairs divisions collaborate in its implementation.”
To realize the goals of developmental advising, seven principles are essential to the advising process. They are:
 Advising is a continuous process with an accumulation of personal contacts between advisor and student – these contacts have both direction and
purpose.
 Advising must concern itself with quality-of-life issues, and the advisor has a responsibility to attend to the quality of the student’s experience in
college.
 Advising is goal related. The goals should be established and owned by the student and should encompass academic, career, and personal
development areas.
 Advising requires the establishment of a caring human relationship, one in which the advisor must take primary responsibility for its initial
development.
 Advisors should be models for students to emulate, specifically demonstrating behaviors that lead to self-responsibility and self-directiveness.
 Advising should seek to integrate the services and expertise of both academic and student affairs professionals.
 Advisors should seek to utilize as many campus and community resources as possible.
Ender, S.C., Winston, R.B., Jr., and Miller, T.K. Academic Advising Reconsidered. In R.B. Winston, Jr., T.K. Miller, S.C. Ender, and T.J.
Grites (Eds.) Developmental Academic Advising, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1984.
*THE STUDENT AS AN ADVISEE: RESPONSIBILITIES
To take advantage of the opportunities offered by the advisement program, you, the student should:
 See your advisor at any time you need the advisor’s assistance.
 Think carefully about your personal, academic, and career goals so that you may plan with your advisor for achieving your educational goals.
 Ask yourself: What are my strengths? Make a list of your personal and academic strengths.
 Identify any special situations affecting you achieving your educational goals, such as limits on your time, work schedule, lack of background,
other commitments, etc.
 Become familiar with the academic policies in the Course Catalog and the “Condensed Explanation” in this manual. Your advisor will answer
questions you may have.
 Become familiar with the requirements for your course of study; these are summarized for you on an advising sheet for your area of study.
 Visit your advisor the third or fourth week of each semester to discuss your progress in your courses and to gain assistance, if you need it.
 Arrange a conference with your advisor before each early registration period.
 Discover with the advisor sources of assistance and information, as needed.
Acquire and keep material useful to you in advisement and in developing a four-year academic plan, such as a major advising sheet, suggested four-year
course sequence for your major, class schedules, scheduled adjustment forms, etc. The advisor will either supply these materials or suggest to you
where they may be obtained.
NOTE: If you do not know who your advisor is, contact the department of your major area of study for your assigned advisor.
You must also understand the role of the advisor. The list, which follows, describes the facilitating role, which your advisor assumes. He or she is not
to do all of the work for you, but is to help you learn the policies and procedures, which govern your academic experience.
*ASSISTANCE FROM THE ADVISOR: RESPONSIBILITIES
Your advisor:
 is your resource person.
 is a person to whom you can talk, a good listener.
 has knowledge of academic policies and procedures and can explain them to you, if you need assistance.
 will help you to learn to make decisions about your goals, your program of study, your course selections, and your career.
 will aid you in learning the requirements for your chosen area of study.
 will aid you in assembling materials and information, which will help you plan your four-year educational experience.
 will assist you in registering.
 will be able to refer you to other resources for assistance.
 will have office hours posted on his or her office door during which you may see him or her. For other times you may arrange an appointment by
contacting your advisor or a secretary in the department.
*Descriptions of Advisee and Advisor responsibilities were modified from those listed in the Advisor’s Manual of Coastal Georgia
Community College, Brunswick, Georgia.
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A CONDENSED EXPLANATION OF ACADEMIC POLICIES
AND PROCEDURES
Students are encouraged to read the “Academic Procedures” section of the University Catalog for a more detailed discussion of each of the following
topics. The topics, which follow, do not constitute a comprehensive list of academic rules or regulations. Only the topics most frequently encountered
are dealt with here in an abbreviated format.
Semester System: California University operates on a semester system with fall and spring semesters of sixteen (16) weeks each, which includes a
one-week final exam period. In addition, there is a ten (10) week summer session and two five-week sessions, which run from June to August, and
special sessions in May and August. In a semester system the courses usually carry 3-hours of credit, one hour for each 50 minutes of lecture per week.
Laboratories usually carry 0 or 1-hour credit for two or three hours of class per week.
Course Load: A full course load for an undergraduate student would total 12-18 credits (4-6 three-credit courses). A student is enrolled full-time if
registered for at least 12 credit hours per semester; part-time enrollment would be less than 12 credit hours per semester. To enroll for more than 18
credits requires special permission and completion of a Credit Overload Authorization form.
Course Policy Statement (Syllabus): Each faculty member should furnish a course policy statement at the beginning of the term. The statement
explains the expectations of the student in the course, grading procedure, attendance requirements, etc.
Grades: Students earn grades reflective of their command of subject matter in a given course. A grade of “A” indicates superior attainments; a grade
of “B” indicates above average; a grade of “C” indicates average performance; a grade of “D” is the lowest passing grade and is below average; a grade
of “F” is failure in the course and the student receives no credit for the course. Other grades are discussed in the appropriate section of the University
Catalog.
Quality Points: Each grade receives a number of quality points per credit hour. Grades of “A” = 4.00 quality points (QP’s), “A – ” =3.67 QP’s, “B+”
= 3.33 OP’s, “B” = 3.00 QP’s, “B– ” = 2.67 QP’s, “C+” = 2.33 QP’s, “C” = 2.00 QP’s, “C– ” = 1.67 QP’s, “D” = 1.00 QP’s, and “F” = 0.00 QP’s.
The quality points are important in determining the quality point average (QPA) also referred to as the grade point average (GPA). For example:
Dept. Code/
Course No.
MAT 100
ENG 101
ECO 201
COM 101
CSC 101
Course Title
Credit
Grade
QP
Fundamentals of Math
English Comp I
Microeconomics
Oral Communication
Personal Productivity
Software
Total
3
3
3
3
3
B+
A
CD
F
3.33/cr.
4.00/cr.
1.67/cr.
1.00/cr.
0.00/cr.
15
Credit
x QP
9.99
12.00
5.01
3.00
0.00
30.00
Each grade is assigned its number of quality points per credit hour. Multiplying by the number of credits in the course yields the number of quality
points earned. The total number of quality points earned divided by the total number of credits attempted yields the quality/grade point average. In the
example above, 30÷15 = 2.00 QPA/GPA.
Repeating Courses: A student is allowed to repeat any course at California University of Pennsylvania to improve the grade or to enhance his/her
knowledge of the subject. Undergraduate students will be limited to a maximum total of 6 repeats. A single course may be repeated for grade
improvement a maximum of three times. The most recent grade (even if it is lower) is used to calculate the QPA/GPA. Courses taken at another
college do not affect the QPA/GPA or the repeat policy. Students should not take courses elsewhere if they can repeat them at California University
of Pennsylvania to improve their GPA. Students who repeat classes should notify the Office of Academic Records to ensure that the repeated grade is
reflected in the GPA.
Good Academic Standing: The University expects a minimum Quality Point Average (QPA) or Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 and most
programs require a minimum QPA of 2.00 in order to graduate. Students who achieve the minimum- required 2.00 QPA or GPA are in good academic
standing.
Students who do not achieve the minimum QPA will be subject to Academic Probation or Academic Dismissal. Satisfactory academic progress is
required for continued eligibility for financial aid.
All earned credits, including transfer credits and other advanced standing credits that have been officially accepted, are counted in determining a
student's class rank. All Quality Hours (QHRS) at California University are used in determining a student's QPA.
Academic Assistance Programs
Academic Warning - Students whose cumulative QPA falls below a 2.00 for the first time will be placed on academic warning. Students on academic
warning will be expected to participate in Academic Healthy U and other services offered by the Office of Student Retention & Success. Students who
are on academic warning will meet one-on-one with a trained Graduate Assistant several times throughout the semester and receive weekly e-mails
with helpful hints and an offer of academic assistance. This program is designed to give students on academic warning additional support to
strengthen academic study skills
Academic Probation – Students whose cumulative QPA falls below 2.00 for the second consecutive semester are placed on academic probation.
Students on academic probation will be expected to participate in the Probationary Assistance (PASS) Program and other services offered by the
Office of Student Retention and Success.
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The PASS Program provides the additional structure and support that may be necessary for student academic success. Participation in the PASS
Program is required of students who are on first academic probation as well as students who have been dismissed for academic reasons and are
subsequently readmitted.
The goal of the Probationary Assistance (PASS) Program is to provide students on probation with the tools needed to obtain good academic
standing. PASS offers small group sessions of 8-10 students who meet weekly with faculty, staff or a graduate assistant. The program is designed to
help the student build a foundation for success through relevant information, activities and discussions. The small group sessions allow the leader to
tailor the meetings to more closely meet the needs of each group. PASS provides an opportunity for each student to create an academic/personal plan
for success based on individual goals
Data indicate that students who participate actively in PASS have a greater probability of succeeding academically than those who do not.
A student who is placed on academic probation for one semester and fails to earn the required cumulative GPA, or fails to maintain a 2.00 for the
probationary semester is subject to academic dismissal for at least one calendar year. A student may apply for readmission to the University by
contacting the Office of Student Retention and Success at (724) 938-1523 or by accessing the application on-line: at www.calu.edu, search
Readmission. Attend a community college or university, other than California University, and earn at least 12 credits with a GPA of at least 2.0.
If you are experiencing some academic difficulties, consider the following tips when registering for classes for the next semester:
 Consider limiting your course load to 12 – 16 credits.
 Repeat classes in which you received an “F” (the repeated grade(s) is/are the one(s) that will be used to calculate your GPA).
 Do not take the next course in a sequence if you failed the first course.
 Balance a schedule with reading (history, sociology) and process (math, computer science) courses.
 Where there exists confusion over the major course of study, consider enrolling in XCP 194, Career Planning, or visit the Office of Career
Services for assistance.
 Begin the next semester committed to using the academic supports available to you, e.g. Math Lab, Writing Center and Reading Clinic.
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Semester Honors (Dean’s List): Full-time students are placed on the Dean’s List according to the following semester GPA’s: Highest Honors (3.75
– 4.00), High Honors (3.50 – 3.74), Honors (3.25 – 3.49).
Withdrawal (W) from Courses--Please Note: Students may withdraw from classes during the first 10 weeks of the fall or spring semester, a “W”
grade is recorded for each course scheduled. A “W” grade carries no academic penalty and is not counted in the student’s GPA. For an official
withdrawal from a five week session, “W” grades will be recorded during the first two weeks only . To withdraw from a class a Schedule Adjustment
(drop/add) form needs to be completed and taken to the Office of Academic Records. A LATE START class option is offered during fall and spring
beginning at midterm. If you are on financial aid, make certain to check with that office before withdrawing from courses.
Withdrawal from the University: A student who decides to withdraw from the University during any academic term, regardless of the reason, is
required to report to the Office of Academic Records to obtain withdrawal forms. Please refer to the University Catalog for additional information.
Drop/Add Procedure: The procedure for dropping a course is the same for withdrawal from a course. To add a class, students must complete a
schedule adjustment form (Drop/Add Form) and obtain the necessary signatures indicated: advisor, instructor of the class or department chair, and
dean of the college offering the class. The completed form is taken to the Office of Academic Records. Keep a copy for you records.
Grades of “I”: Incomplete grades are given at the discretion of the instructor. Incompletes are usually given if the student has been making good
academic progress and for some reason beyond his or her control cannot complete the course within the semester timeframe. The student has one
year from the end of the semester in which the course was taken to complete the requirements. If the course requirements are not completed within
this timeframe, the “I” becomes an “I-F”. If the course requirements are completed, the instructor must submit a grade change to the Office of
Academic Records.
Grade Appeals and Appeals of Other Academic Decisions: If a student receives a grade, which he or she believes is not reflective of his or her
command of the subject matter and level of performance, a grade appeal may be in order. The student has a right to appeal the grade to the instructor.
If the matter is not resolved, the student then appeals within 30 working days of the beginning of the forthcoming spring or fall semester in writing to
the department chair. If the matter is not resolved at this level, appeal is made to the dean of the college in which the course is offered. Such an appeal
must be in wrting and must be filed with the dean within 15 working days from the date of the final written determination of the chairperson. The
Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs is the next level of appeal, but only if the procedure has, thus far, failed to resolve the conflict.
Students should follow these procedures only if they are convinced that arbitrary and/or capacious standards were applied. The appeal to the Provost
and Vice-President must be in writing and must be filed within 15 days from the date of the final written determination of the dean.
Appeals for other academic decisions should follow a similar process: Appeal first at the instructor level and make subsequent appeals in writing.
The order of appeal should be Instructor, Department Chair, Dean, and Provost. In matters relating to student conduct and discipline, the Vice
President for Student Development has authority to review student appeals. In matters relating to Financial Aid, review Financial Aid policies. In
matters relating to teacher certification, review College of Education & Human Services policies. In matters relating to transfer credits, contact the
Articulation & Transfer office.
Change of Major: There is a form used for a change of major. Students changing to a major under the College of Liberal Arts the Eberly College of
Science & Technology, or the College of Education should go to the office of the college responsible for the new major to initiate a change of major.
Permission to Take Courses Elsewhere: There is an approval form for taking courses at another college. Please NOTE: A student’s QPA/GPA is
not affected by courses taken at another institution. A grade of “C” or better must be obtained in order for the course to transfer. Repeating a course
will not remove the original grade from your transcript or affect your QPA. At least 30 of the 45 credits must be taken at Cal U. At leaset 50% of the
major courses must be taken at Cal U.
Pre-Graduation Checkout: This process helps you, your advisor, and the Office of the Dean to monitor your progress toward a degree. The student
must request a graduation checkout and the request should be made at least a year prior to the expected graduation date. Students should also become
familiar with Degree Works, so that they are able to monitor their own academic progress.
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Graduation Requirements: A student wishing to graduate from the University:
 Must apply for graduation.
 Should complete a graduation checkout, preferably before the final year.
 Must earn the minimum of 120 credits and complete satisfactorily all of the required courses for the specific curriculum in which enrolled.
 Must earn an overall GPA of 2.00 and meet other expectations required by the Area of Concentration.
 Must pay all bills in full.
 Must complete a minimum of 30 credits of the last 45 credits at the University.
 Must complete all records necessary for graduation.
All students who expect to complete graduation requirements are to pick up instructions from the Office of the Dean at the beginning of the semester
they intend to graduate. A more complete description of graduation requirements is found in the University Catalog.
Career Exploration: If students have questions about their majors – the kinds of careers the majors lead to, the future availability of jobs in an area,
or simply what they want to do in life – they should seek career counseling in the Career Services Center located in the Eberly Science and Technology
Building. Software packages, FOCUS, are available for student use. Also, co-op and job placement assistance can be obtained at the Center. Network
with Cal U grads and employers on the Cal U Career Network Help with resume writing, interviewing techniques, etc., is available upon request or
through workshops offered by the Center. Students should take full advantage of the Career Advantage Program offered by the University.
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Appendix VIII
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
(From off-campus, dial 724-938 and the extension listed below)
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
President of California University ............................................................................................. 4400
Special Assistant to the President for EEEO/University Ombudsperson .......................... 4014
University Forum Office ............................................................................................................. 1633
STUDENT AFFAIRS
Vice-President/Dean for Student Affairs ................................................................................. 4439
Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness/Education .................................................................... 4056
Athletics.......................................................................................................................................... 4351
Bookstore Manager....................................................................................................................... 4324
CalCard ........................................................................................................................................... 4300
Campus Ministry ........................................................................................................................... 4573
Center for Volunteer Programs and Service Learning ............................................................ 4794
Clubs and Organizations ............................................................................................................. 4303
Commuter Services ....................................................................................................................... 4021
Counseling Center......................................................................................................................... 4056
ENDV (End Violence Center) ................................................................................................... 5707
Food Service Director .................................................................................................................. 5820
Housing/Residence Life .............................................................................................................. 4444
Information Center/Student Center .......................................................................................... 4300
Vulcan Village Apartment Complex ............................................................................724-938-8990
Media/Student Publications ........................................................................................................ 4321
Multicultural Affairs/Student Programming ............................................................................ 5697
Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) ............................................................................. 5781
Recreational Services/Fitness Center ....................................................................................... 5907
Student Activities & Special Events ........................................................................................... 4303
Student Association, Inc. ............................................................................................................. 4303
Student Government .................................................................................................................... 4303
Student Health Services & Wellness Education ....................................................................... 4232
Veteran’s Affairs............................................................................................................................ 4076
Women’s Center............................................................................................................................ 5857
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Provost ........................................................................................................................................... 4407
Academic Development Services/Student Support Services ................................................. 4230
Academic Records ........................................................................................................................ 4434
Academic Success, Office of ....................................................................................................... 4230
Scheduling Center .................................................................................................................... 1608
Placement Testing Center ....................................................................................................... 5779
Office of International Programming ................................................................................... 5217
University-Wide Mentoring Office ........................................................................................ 1682
Academic Support Programs (PASS, AHU, Support for Success) ................................... 4997
Advising/ Placement-Testing Center......................................................................................... 5779
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Career Services .............................................................................................................................. 4413
College of Education and Human Services .............................................................................. 4125
Continuing Education .................................................................................................................. 4491/5084
Honors Program ........................................................................................................................... 4535
International Student Advisor ..................................................................................................... 1599
Internship Center .......................................................................................................................... 1578
Liberal Arts College ...................................................................................................................... 4240
Library Services ............................................................................................................................. 4091/4092
Math Lab ........................................................................................................................................ 5893
Psychology Clinic .......................................................................................................................... 4403
Reading Clinic................................................................................................................................ 4364
Science and Technology............................................................................................................... 4169
Student Retention ......................................................................................................................... 1523
Word Processing Center .............................................................................................................. 4082
Writing Center ............................................................................................................................... 4336
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Vice-President .............................................................................................................................. 4432
Bursar ............................................................................................................................................. 4431
Environmental Health & Safety ................................................................................................. 4411
Financial Aid ................................................................................................................................. 4415
Parking & Transportation ............................................................................................................ 4677
University Police ........................................................................................................................... 4299
Student Payroll .............................................................................................................................. 5947
UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS
Vice-President .............................................................................................................................. 5938
U-TECH SERVICES ...................................................................................................................... 5911
When in doubt about a telephone number, call the university operator at 724-938-4000.
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Appendix IX
GETTING INVOLVED:
THE CULTURE OF STUDENT PHILANTHROPY
Learning to “Pay it Forward”
Philanthropy is the act of giving something (usually money) to a worthwhile cause, for the betterment of everyone. In the case of Student
Philanthropy, the word takes on a slightly different meaning. It could mean volunteering your time, finances, talent or special skills to benefit a
worthwhile cause. It could mean offering a hand to someone who needs help finding his or her classroom on the first day of the new semester. Or it
could mean serving as a mentor or as a big brother/big sister to a young person in need. Ultimately, it’s what you can give of yourself that matters
most.
Philanthropy in the community
Your home community is one of the easiest places to find ways to get involved. Do you belong to a community group, such as Rotary, Boy Scouts,
Girl Scouts or a church group? Is there a need such as a blood drive, a volunteer fire company’s boot drive, or other fundraising activity that could use
your assistance, whether financial or physical? If you know of a place in need, jump in and help! Remember, every bit goes a long way.
Philanthropy at Cal U
There are many areas where you can help right here at Cal U. Become a Peer Mentor and help a new student navigate his or her way through the first
days as a college student. Or volunteer for Habitat For Humanity or another similar organization — Cal U’s Center for Civic Engagement can connect
you with service opportunities. Fraternities, sororities and other similar groups are also wonderful sources of philanthropic activity. Through the Cal U
for Life program, all students are encouraged to build strong ties to the University and to volunteer their time, talent and treasure when they are able.
The ultimate way to help your school is through scholarships. Each year, the cost of attending Cal U rises. This is truly an unfortunate result of
reduced funding on the state level, combined with the rising costs of maintaining the University. Regretfully, some of our best and brightest students
can’t afford the costs associated with attending Cal U. But there is a solution to this problem — scholarships. The University’s goal is to offer as much
financial assistance to our students as possible. In order to do that, we look to our alumni, the community and to our students for their support.
You don’t have to be wealthy to support a scholarship. Even very small gifts add up quickly when many people participate. It is truly an act of “paying
it forward” to establish or help to support a scholarship. How can you help? By making small donations to the scholarship of your choice, helping to
establish a new scholarship, or volunteering your time, talent and resources to raise funds for scholarships. It’s truly the way to help “pay it forward” at
Cal U.
Where Can I Go?
Have we piqued your interest? For more information on organizations on campus that could use your help, visit the Cal U website and click on
Campus Life on the menu on the left. There, you will find links to information on clubs and organizations on campus, as well as information on the
Student Activities Board and more. You will also find the names and associated contact information for each of the groups listed.
Appendix X
KEEPING INVOLVED:
CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PA
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Your bond with Cal U does not end when you receive your diploma. Upon graduation, you automatically become a member of an elite organization:
the Cal U Alumni Association.
Formed in 1883, the Alumni Association is an energetic group of alumni who strive to maintain an active link to the University and to the community
it serves through activities, mentoring, networking and more.
The Alumni Association is volunteer-driven, and its success depends on the support of Cal U graduates. Alumni chapters volunteer their time and
energy to:
 Assist in student recruitment initiatives in your area.
 Plan a reunion for your class or organization.
 Help coordinate a reception in your area.
 Serve as a mentor for a college student.
 Serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
New alumni chapters are forming all the time. Currently, Cal U has active alumni chapters in the these cities:
Pittsburgh
Harrisburg
Philadelphia
Washington, D.C.
New York City
Baltimore
Cal U alumni societies focus on areas of interest or affinity groups. These currently are active:
Athletic Training Society
African American Alumni Society
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Industrial Arts/Tech Ed Society
Social Work Society
Plans for new nationwide chapters are currently under way, so plan to join a chapter near you, or volunteer your time to help begin a chapter or
society. You will find the Alumni Association to be an invaluable resource for networking, socializing and most of all, maintaining your lifelong
relationship to Cal U.
Effective communication is essential to the Alumni Association. The Cal U Review, the University’s alumni magazine, is printed quarterly and features
information on the University, along with campus activities and announcements of interest to alumni. Electronic communications including the Under
the Towers monthly e-newsletter, an online community, and even a permanent Cal U alumni e-mail account help to keep you in touch.
As an alumnus, you also may take advantage of career planning services such as job search assistance, the Hire CalYOU job posting and resume
referral service, our Cal U Career Network on LinkedIn, cooperative education, resume/cover letter assistance, mock interviews, on-campus recruiting,
job fairs and the Career Resource Center.
But membership in the Alumni Association isn’t all business. Football tailgates, Pittsburgh Pirates games, Alumni Weekend, Homecoming activities
and more help to keep the fun times at Cal U going for our alumni.
The Cal U Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations are always looking for new ideas. If you have an idea for an alumni event or
project, feel free to share it with the Office of Alumni Relations. All ideas are welcome!
Please visit the Alumni Association website often at www.calu.edu/alumni or email at [email protected] The Office of Alumni Relations can also be
contacted by phone at 724-938-4418.
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