Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center
The Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center is the hub of information and research at Mount Saint Mary College. Located on the first two floors of the Dominican Center, the library plays an integral role in the academic experience of every student.
The newly designed library space, which opened in January 2014, offers a wide variety of seating and workspace options where students can work together or individually on all aspects of their projects and assignments. In addition to designated quiet study areas in the stacks, the library offers space for discussion and collaborative work. There are also six study/presentation rooms equipped with the latest in presentation and collaboration technology, where students can practice presentations, work on group projects, or study in solitude. These rooms can be reserved in advance or used on a drop-in basis.
Library faculty and staff offer Mount students expert assistance with research and information technology. Librarians teach information literacy skills through the First Year Experience program, course-integrated instruction, individual assistance at the Information Desk, and in-depth, one-to-one research consultations tailored to a student’s specific needs.
The library collection includes close to 80,000 books, more than 8,000 videos/DVDs, and 200+ current journal subscriptions. In addition, the library web page (http://www.msmc.edu/library) provides access to approximately 75 online research databases, 11,000+ e-books, and 50,000+ full-text journals, newspapers, and magazines. The site also guides students through the research process and helps them prepare bibliographies, evaluate information sources, and avoid plagiarism. The library web page serves as a portal to many library services, including the online library catalog, electronic reserves, online interlibrary loan requests, and research assistance via email.
The Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center supports student learning by providing a technology-rich learning environment, as well as traditional research resources and services, within a comfortable space specifically tailored to the needs of today’s students. There are more than 70 internet workstations located throughout the library, as well as five high-volume, high-speed printers.
The Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) is located on the first floor of the library. It provides print, electronic, and media resources to support the curriculum and instructional activities of the MSMC education program. The emphasis of the CMC is on practical materials that can be used for curriculum planning, lesson preparation and teaching, and pupil assessment. The collection of nearly 9,000 items includes books for children and young adults, textbooks, educational games, models, mathematics and science manipulatives, assessment tools, and New York State curriculum guides. Computer workstations in the CMC permit students to do research as well as use specialized educational software.
Kaplan Library is open until midnight five nights/week when classes are in session and until 2:00 a.m. during exam periods. The south wing of the library (including the computer lab, café seating, and other seating areas) is open to all students 24 hours a day during the regular spring and fall semesters. The complete schedule of hours can be found on the library web page. The library can also be reached by phone at 845-569-3600.
A valid MSMC ID card is required to borrow books and other items. As an incentive for the timely return of library materials, and in recognition of the library as a shared resource for the entire campus, fines are charged for overdue and lost materials, including reserve items. Theft of or damage to library materials may result in disciplinary action. Students are expected to comply with all library policies in order to retain library borrowing privileges
The Writing Center
The Writing Center offers free, one-on-one tutoring and writing-related guidance to all Mount students in any stage of the writing process. Students can schedule a 50-minute appointment with one of the Writing Center’s specially trained tutors in order to discuss their writing and writing assignments. During a writing consultation, students will work with a Writing Center tutor to discuss any concerns about their writing, read through their draft (or discuss strategies for getting started if there is no draft), and identify strategies for improvement that they can apply to all their future writing assignments.
Students can make an appointment at the Writing Center by visiting the Writing Center site on the my.msmc.edu portal, which also houses lots of writing resources. Students are also encouraged to follow the Writing Center on social media for ongoing writing tips and updates.
In addition to providing free writing help through our writing consultations, the Writing Center strives to be the home for writing on campus. The center sponsors on-campus events, celebrates good writing, and collaborates with all members of the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) to make Mount Saint Mary College a place where writing is a part of our shared culture.
The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Dominican Center (suite 118) and can be reached by phone: 845-569-3413 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Dunn Memorial School
Bishop Dunn Memorial School is an elementary school on campus where education students participate in observing and teaching. Individually guided programs, in pre-kindergarten, primary and middle levels, are conducted here, as are classes for children with learning disabilities.
Delta Mu Delta is the national honor society for Accounting and Business Administration students. The Epsilon Iota Chapter was established at Mount Saint Mary College in 1990.
Kappa Gamma Pi is a National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society. It was founded in 1926 in Kentucky to honor graduate students. Students may apply for the KGP Cornaro Scholarship ($2,000). For more information, students should contact their Graduate Program Coordinator.
Sigma Tau is a chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in Education; it was established at the Mount in 1992. Kappa Delta Pi promotes excellence in, and recognizes outstanding contributions to, education. The society endeavors to maintain a high degree of professional fellowship among its members, quicken professional growth, and honor achievement in educational work. Active membership in the society is open to students enrolled in graduate programs in Education who have completed at least 12 credits with a Grade Point Average of 3.25 or better. Membership is open to Mount alumni and faculty.
Mu Epsilon is a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, nursing’s international honor society; it was established at the Mount in 1990. The purposes of Sigma Theta Tau International are to:
- Recognize superior achievement and scholarship;
- Recognize the development of leadership qualities;
- Foster high professional standards;
- Encourage creative work;
- Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.
Candidates for membership shall have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement, evidence of leadership potential and/or marked achievement in the field of Nursing.
Graduate students who have completed one-fourth of the master’s program (12 credits) with a GPA of 3.5 or better may be invited to membership in Mu Epsilon.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Within the Education Amendments Act of 1974 was an amendment sponsored by Senator James Buckley of New York titled the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which became effective in November 1974.
In summary, the Buckley Amendment governs access to, and release of, records maintained by certain educational institutions and agencies. Educational records may not be released to third parties (with some exceptions) without the student’s prior written permission (for the purpose of releasing educational records to third parties, such as parents/guardians, the Academic Records FERPA Release form is available from the Registrar’s Office). Eligible Mount Saint Mary College students who have been in attendance have access to their educational records.
Educational records are defined broadly to include records, files, documents, and other materials that contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by this College or by a person acting for this College. The following educational records are maintained by the Office of the Registrar as indicated. (Those marked with an asterisk are retained for only five years after the date of last attendance; all others are a permanent part of the academic record):
|*Academic Probation and Dismissal Letters
|*Acceptance, Letters of
|*Appeal and Re-admission Letters
|*Computer Data forms
|Grade Change Forms
|*Incomplete Grade Requests
|*Independent Study Requests
|*Transfer Credit Evaluations and Supporting Transcripts
|*Veterans’ Administration Forms
The Office of Student Affairs maintains medical records and disciplinary records. The Career Center maintains student and alumni placement files.
Upon request, a student may obtain an unofficial transcript of courses. No official transcript will be issued to a proper authority without the expressed written consent of the student. A student’s academic advisor may request an evaluation of transfer credits for advisory purposes. Reports of proficiency examinations, advanced placement tests and college-level examinations are also evaluated by the division chair.
Access to Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar, Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA), chair of the division or school, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The college official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his/her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605
The right of access shall include:
- List of records kept by the college that are directly related to the student.
- Right of inspection and review.
- Right to obtain copies but at the individual’s own expense (cost of reproduction - $3 per unofficial transcript, 10 cents per page for other educational records).
- Right to reasonable explanation of records.
- Right to hearing to challenge the content of records.
Eligible students do not have a right of access in the following cases:
- Financial records of parents.
- Confidential materials or recommendations submitted before January 1, 1975.
- Where there has been a waiver concerning confidential recommendations, such as admissions, employment, and honor awards.
Challenges to the Contents of Records
Eligible students shall have the right to a hearing to ensure that records are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise violate privacy. Opportunity to correct or delete information where appropriate shall be provided. In addition, an opportunity to submit a written explanation when deemed necessary by the challenger will be afforded.
Student/Alumni Directory Information
Student Directory Information is standard information that the College may release for public consumption without prior authorization. It includes: student’s name, address, telephone listing, college email address, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.
Students may request that directory information not be released without his/her written consent by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Graduates of Mount Saint Mary College may likewise request a ban of release of directory information in the Alumni Directory before publication by sending a written request to the Office of Alumni Affairs.