As we begin the 2013-14 academic year, it’s a pleasure to greet and remind you that The Student Handbook now is accessible only in electronic format. Responses to a survey influenced this decision some time ago and the benefits have been clear. In particular, the information that follows will be as current as possible since revisions and new policies will be included more quickly. Also, copies of the popular Calendar/Planner for 2013-14 will be distributed and/or available for pickup during Welcome Back Week.
The expectations of all in the community are stated clearly in The Student Handbook and you are encouraged to read the policies and regulations carefully. All students - undergraduate and graduate, full and part-time - should know, understand and follow the guidelines developed collaboratively by students, faculty and staff to assure that all behavior influences the community positively and enables all to achieve their individual goals.
Close attention to the varied learning, leadership development and service opportunities available also is recommended. As you clarify your goals and plans, include time to become involved and ultimately a leader in some aspect of life on campus. Active participation in a few of the clubs and organizations, community service, performance and publication groups, athletic teams, honor societies, etc. described at: www.marywood.edu/studentactivities/clubs/ will serve you well. Students who are engaged tend to achieve at a higher level academically and their talents, skills and interests often are developed more fully through involvement in campus life. Furthermore, the long-term outcomes, the values and life-skills developed, should be of lasting benefit as you begin a career and accept service and leadership opportunities in your future communities.
Information about cultural, social, athletic and other programs of interest on and off-campus is updated regularly at: www.marywood.edu/studentactivities and weekly listings of similar programs will be distributed via email by the Dean of Students. Check these resources regularly to learn more about events of interest on campus, in the city and across the region.
Best wishes for a challenging and rewarding year!
Raymond P. Heath, Ph. D.
Vice President for Student Life