Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 
    Mar 26, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Affairs

Mount Saint Mary College recognizes each student’s right to an education that extends beyond the classroom into all areas of experience. The College provides a rich opportunity for positive growth, personal enjoyment, and individual fulfillment.

Student Affairs

Each person’s college experience involves learning to think, explore, question, understand, and cope. Programs and services within the Office of Student Affairs have been designed to support the personal growth and development of every student, and to enhance and complement the academic programs of the institution.

Those who are responsible for providing support services and activities attempt to:

  • assist each student to reach his/her potential;
  • provide services necessary to enable students to pursue their academic programs;
  • work closely with faculty and other personnel to develop an atmosphere conducive to intellectual growth;
  • coordinate an active extracurricular program that provides ample opportunities for involvement by students of diverse interests; and
  • implement a student development program that will enable students to develop interpersonal and leadership skills.

The Dean of Student Affairs assumes responsibility for the overall management of the Student Affairs program and its staff. Often, the Dean serves as an advisor to students on an individual and group basis. The Dean works with student leaders and other College officials to develop appropriate student life policies and procedures.

The Dean of Student Affairs also works to strengthen collaborative efforts between student development and academic affairs by designing and implementing retention programs targeted to the social and academic needs of students. The Dean cultivates the student leadership pool through curriculum infusion of both ethical and principled leadership development opportunities on campus, as well as service leadership activities off-campus.

Student Government

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the legislative body for student life. It can recommend policy changes to the Dean of Student Affairs and the President of the College. The Director and Assistant Director of Student Activities can advise the SGA and Student Activities program. Student representatives sit on major faculty committees and participate in ad hoc committees formed during the year.

Student Activities

Student Activities assists students in developing a well-balanced extracurricular experience while implementing a wide variety of social, cultural, diverse, educational, and spiritual programs. The office welcomes input and involvement from all commuter and residential students. Through the SGA, the Mount provides opportunities for students to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities such as Broadway shows, lectures, and museum trips. The student activity fee, administered by SGA, makes it possible for the 30-plus clubs and Student Activities Council to offer events at reduced rates or free of charge. Because of this, all events are open to all full-time undergraduate students.

The College provides a shuttle to transport students to local shopping areas and the Beacon train station. The shuttle is a free service, available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a Mount identification card. Students may access the shuttle schedule by dialing the Student Activities Hotline (845-569-3117). 

Involvement in extracurricular activities provides students with an opportunity to put classroom theory in practice, thus contributing to a well-rounded education. Students have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in and contribute to all aspects of campus life.


The College sponsors sports for men in soccer, cross country, track and field, basketball, swimming, baseball, tennis, lacrosse, and golf. Women’s teams include soccer, volleyball, cross country, track and field, tennis, basketball, swimming, softball, cheerleading, and lacrosse. Information regarding our intercollegiate teams and other athletic programs may be found at www.msmcknights.com.

The Elaine and William Kaplan Recreation Center is the official home of Mount Saint Mary College athletics. The center includes a 1,200 seat gymnasium with NCAA-regulation size basketball and volleyball courts, a swimming pool, an elevated running track, fitness centers, and a dance/aerobics studio. Additionally, Kaplan Field is a synthetic turf field for men’s and women’s soccer, as well as men’s and women’s lacrosse. There are six regulation tennis courts and a practice/intramural field for college community use.The College also provides an extensive intramural and recreation program for the enjoyment of students, staff, and alumni, such as basketball, dodge-ball, soccer, aerobics, and cardio-kick boxing. 

Sports and recreational activities are a vital component of the educational process. The intercollegiate athletics and recreation program is mindful of the students’ academic life, physical health, and social maturity. Academic success is of the highest priorities. Athletes, per NCAA rules, must be in good academic standing and be enrolled in a minimum course load of full-time studies. They must be making satisfactory progress toward a degree. A student athlete on academic probation is not eligible to compete on a team during the time period of probation.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry is at the service of all faculty, staff, and students. The offices are located in Hudson Hall. Rooted in our rich Catholic tradition, Campus Ministry helps to build a community of faith through prayer, community, and service, helping all to realize that as children of God, we are called to create a culture of justice, peace, and charity. Campus Ministry offers a variety of activities such as prayer services, retreats, and service programs. 

Campus Ministry collaborates with other departments on campus both within and outside of Student Affairs. In keeping with the Dominican heritage of Mount Saint Mary College, there are a variety of programs that help the students come to know and appreciate the Mount’s history and mission. The sacramental life of the Catholic Church is offered to all through Mass, Sacrament of Reconciliation, and an available RICA, Rite of Initiation of Christian Adults program.

Community Service

Students have many opportunities to engage in volunteer service work and social outreach activities. Habit for Humanity members have gone to Mississippi and South Carolina to build homes. Locally, students tutor in after-school programs, work at Habitat for Humanity sites; work as Big Brothers and Big Sisters; and conduct food, clothing, and toy drives.

Commuter Life

Almost half of the student body consists of commuting students. There is a Commuter Council elected by the commuting students. Student activities, health services, and counseling are available to all students, and commuting students participate in all programs and extracurricular activities.


The Counseling Center offers time-limited, confidential counseling sessions with qualified mental health professionals to matriculated students of Mount Saint Mary College enrolled during the current semester. Students who are determined to require long-term, intensive treatment and/or who present with issues that require services beyond the scope of our office will be referred to appropriate treatment services off-campus. Referrals are also provided for students who opt not to utilize the Counseling Center services. 

The Counseling Center is available for consultation to College faculty, administration, and departments for issues related to mental health, counseling, and performance. Counseling Center staff members are also available to make presentations and provide training on a wide variety of topics. 

To schedule an appointment or obtain more information about the Counseling Center services, please call 845-569-3115 or email the Counseling Center at counseling@msmc.edu. In the case of an after hours emergency, contact the Campus Safety and Security Office at 845-569-3200. 

General Policies and Regulations

Students are expected to abide by the regulations stated in this catalog, the Student Handbook, and any other College publications. A campus-wide judicial system exists to deal with violations of College regulations. Violations of College regulations may result in penalties up to and including suspension or dismissal from the College.

Health Services

Mount Saint Mary College has a Health Services and Wellness Center located in Guzman Hall that is open during the day on weekdays and available to all full-time undergraduate students. Staffing includes registered nurses, two on-call consulting physicians, per diem nurse practitioners, and an administrative assistant. The physicians also hold office hours on Friday afternoons. No appointment is necessary for routine care. 

Health Services maintains student health records for all students. The MSMC Health Form, sent to all newly accepted students who have paid deposits, should be completed and returned to Health Services before they register for classes. The College requires full-time students to submit documentation of a current physical and PPD (TB test), which can be recorded on the health form. Students must also submit an official immunization record from their health care provider or complete a MSMC Immunization Record. The immunization record must be signed and stamped by the student’s health care provider. New York State Public Health laws require that all students born on or after January 1, 1957, who wish to enroll for six or more credits in any one semester, provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). In addition, all students, regardless of age, must sign and return the Meningitis Information Response Form stating that they either have had or wish to waive the Meningococcal vaccine. These records must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester or session. Students who do not comply may be subject to withdrawal from the College. 

All full-time undergraduate students pay a Health Services fee and an Accident Insurance fee. The Health Services fee covers all routine in-office care provided by the nurses or physicians, as well as over-the-counter medications. Laboratory tests (strep test, mono test, PPD, urinalysis) and many prescription medications are also available, and have a minimal co-pay which is billed to the student’s account. In some circumstances, a referral may be made to an appropriate off-campus medical facility. In this case, costs are the responsibility of the student or guardian. The College is located within four blocks of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, where students can receive care during the hours that the Health Services clinic is closed. 

The Accident Insurance fee covers loss resulting from accidental bodily injuries sustained during the policy period. The insurance plan provides coverage 24 hours a day, whether the student is in College activities, vacationing, or traveling.  

Wellness programs are offered throughout the year and encourage learning about healthy lifestyles and practices. Topics include stress management, smoking cessation, healthy eating, and exercise, among others. This information is provided through individual student visits, bi-monthly wellness tables, and an annual Health Fair. For more information about Health Services, call 845-569-3152, or email healthservices@msmc.edu.

The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a comprehensive academic support program designed for students from academically and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Students must be New York State residents to be eligible. HEOP is funded by New York State and Mount Saint Mary College.

HEOP students are matriculated with the same responsibilities and benefits of all students attending Mount Saint Mary College. Students in this program must demonstrate potential and motivation for successful completion of undergraduate studies.

Supportive services for all HEOP students include a mandatory, pre-freshman summer program designed to strengthen academic skills and pave the way for a smoother transition to the College.

During the academic year, students receive ongoing tutorial and counseling services. In addition, the program offers cultural enrichment programs, leadership training, developmental workshops and more.

Residence Life

The Mount offers a variety of residence life settings. The College’s residence halls include Guzman Hall, Sakac Hall, the College Courts, and the top three floors of the Dominican Center. Specific buildings are reserved for freshmen. Freshmen must abide by the regulations consistent with their living arrangements; these emphasize learning to adjust to group living away from home and to accept the responsibilities of being a college student. The Director of Residence Life and staff are responsible for the development of the residential living program. They plan, implement, and enforce rules pertaining to life on campus. Please note: Residence life policies include a three-year residency requirement for students. 

The Resident Living Council (RLC) is a student group that acts as a liaison between residents and Residence Life. Members of RLC participate in policy and program planning. RLC acts as liaison with the residents and is composed of elected students from the residential community. 

Most rooms in the residence halls are double and triple occupancy rooms. Single rooms are available, on a limited basis, to upper-class students. The College has both co-ed and single-gender housing. Residents are required to sign a housing agreement before occupancy. 

Resident students can access the campus-wide computer network, online library resources, email, and the Internet from residence halls and other areas of the campus via the Wireless Academic Network. Participation in the WAN requires a compatible personal computer and a wireless network card, available through the Campus Store.

Please note the following Requirements for Residency:

1. Housing Deposit: To reserve a room on campus, a nonrefundable $300 room deposit must be paid. Returning resident students will be asked to pay this each spring, before room selections. New incoming freshmen and transfers will pay this deposit as part of the $450 admissions fee. June 1 is the deadline for special housing requests related to medical issues for all incoming freshmen and transfers.

2. Three-Year Housing Requirement: All traditional full-time students with less than ninety (90) credits are required to live in campus housing for three years, unless they live and reside at their permanent home address, which must fall within one of the seven local counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster. With proper documentation, exceptions to the residence requirement will be considered only in highly selective situations such as those stated in section A-3 of the occupancy agreement and as College enrollment allows. Requests for exceptions must be submitted in writing to the Director of Residence Life. Students requesting an exception due to a change in financial circumstances will be asked to submit a special circumstances waiver through the Office of Financial Aid before the request will be reviewed by the Residence Life. Appeals hearings are conducted by a three (3) person panel made up of staff from the College, designated by the Office of Student Affairs. The chair of the panel is the Director of Residence Life or the designee. Decisions of the appeals board are final. You can review the Residence Life Policies, Housing Agreement, Drug & Alcohol Policy, and other information in the Mount Saint Mary College 2015 -2016 Student Handbook.

3. Credit Requirements: To live on campus, students must be registered as full-time students (12 credits minimum). Anyone dropping below 12 credits must apply to the Director of Residence Life for a waiver of this requirement. Only students in good standing will be considered. Students considering dropping below full-time status are advised to first meet with the Office of Financial Aid Office regarding loans, insurance coverage and other aid.

Security and Safety

Mount Saint Mary College is committed to providing a safe campus for the college community. We employ our own licensed, professional Security and Safety force that patrols the campus 24 hours a day. The Office of Security and Safety distributes a campus security report that outlines campus security and safety services and policies, offers safety advice, and provides campus crime statistics.

The College maintains an Advisory Committee on Campus Safety that meets regularly to review campus security policy and to make recommendations. The Advisory Committee on Campus Safety will provide upon request all campus crimes statistics as reported to the US Department of Education. These statistics are also available on the Department of Education’s website: http://ope.ed.gov/security. For further information, contact the Office of Security and Safety at 845-569-3597.

Sexual Assault

Rape or any sex offense, and any form of sexual harassment are serious offenses that have no place in our society. The College is concerned about the personal safety and welfare of its entire community and strongly urges the reporting of any such cases.

Rape and other sex offenses are illegal in New York State under Sections 130.00-130.96 of the Penal Law and may be prosecuted in a court of law. Those who feel that they are victims of a sex offense may file a complaint with the City of Newburgh police or other appropriate law enforcement agency and are encouraged to inform the College.

 Sexual Harassment Policy

Mount Saint Mary College seeks to maintain a learning and work environment free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is an unacceptable impediment to the educational and scholarly purposes of the College. It subverts the mission of the College and threatens the careers, educational experiences, and well-being of students, faculty, administration, and staff.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended (42 U.S.C., section 2000e-2). It is also a violation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972. Sexual harassment of students can be seen as a violation of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Behaviors that inappropriately assert sexuality as relevant to employee or student performance are damaging to the College environment and will not be tolerated in the college community.

Sexual harassment is especially serious when it threatens relationships between teacher and student or supervisor and subordinate. In such situations, sexual harassment unfairly exploits the power inherent in a faculty member’s or supervisor’s position.

While sexual harassment often takes place in situations of a power differential between the persons involved, the College recognizes that sexual harassment may also occur between persons of the same college status. The College will not tolerate behavior between or among any members of the college community that constitutes sexual harassment, as defined in the following paragraph.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

The determination of what constitutes sexual harassment will vary with the particular circumstances. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: 1. submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment, grade or education; 2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment, grade or education decisions affecting an individual; 3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, demeaning, or offensive working or educational environment.

Individuals seeking additional information on the College’s sexual harassment policy should refer to the student, faculty, and employee handbooks.