Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011
The University Bookstore, operated by Barnes and Noble,
Inc., is located in the Student Center. In addition to carrying the largest
selection of new and used course textbooks, the University Bookstore maintains
an inventory of school supplies; dormitory accessories; CCSU gift items; a wide
variety of CCSU clothing, health and beauty aids, reference materials, greeting
cards, and gift cards; and a large selection of drinks, snacks, grocery items,
and ice cream. Feel free to shop the bookstore website that is open 24/7 at www.ccsubookstore.com
Students can reserve textbooks on-line and will save more in shopping early.
Cancellation of Classes or
Final Examinations Due to Inclement Weather
Classes may be cancelled or delayed because of inclement
The most accurate cancellation and
delay information for Central Connecticut State University will be made available
on the Snow Phone: 860-832-3333 and on the web at www.ccsu.edu/cancellation.
These services will be updated as weather conditions warrant. Additionally, the
University may choose to use its Emergency Notification System to alert
registered users of weather cancellations.
If the University is forced to
close or delay during the final examination period because of storm conditions,
this information will be made available on the Snow Phone and the web. These
services will also carry information once the affected exams are rescheduled.
The University will notify the
broadcast media of cancellations or delays affecting regular classes or exams.
WTIC-AM 1080 is the principal radio outlet. WFSB-TV 3, WTNH-TV 8, and WVIT-TV 30 are the principal television outlets.
Since radio and television stations are geared heavily toward broadcasting
delay and closing announcements for public elementary and secondary schools, we
recommend using the web or Snow Phone services
for the most accurate information about CCSU's closings or delays.
The Early Learning Program, Inc., a state-licensed child
care facility, is available adjacent to campus at 1285 East Street for
toilet-trained children from ages 3-5. The program operates during the CCSU
academic year (September through May), with a summer session pending
enrollment. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Attendance options include nursery school, part-time care, and full-time care.
For information, call 860-827-7018.
All students are required to obtain an identification card,
called the Blue Chip Card, after registering for at least one class. The Blue
Chip Card is required to take books out from Burritt Library and to access the microcomputer
lab. The Blue Chip Card can be used as a debit card to make purchases from
vending machines and public-use copiers, as well as at dining locations in the
Student Center and Memorial Hall. There are many off-campus locations that
accept the Blue Chip Card; additional information is available at the Card
Office or on the Card Office website, www.cardoffice.ccsu.edu. Only the
Blue Chip Card is accepted for copying, printing, and laundry services
In order to use the card as a debit
card, money must first be deposited on account. The Card Office and Cashier's
Office accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards (except American
Express). Credit card transactions can also be made over the phone by calling
the Card Office (860-832-2140), as well as through CentralPipeline.
Instructions on making a web deposit can be found at www.cardoffice.ccsu.edu. Cash can
also be deposited instantly at six Card Value Centers, located at the library, Student
Technology Center, Student Center (2), Barrows Hall, and Gallaudet Hall.
The Card Office is located in the
campus Barnes and Noble bookstore, at the Student Center. During the semester,
Card Office hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday
from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with extended hours during
the first two weeks of school. Lost cards should be reported to the Card Office
during their regular hours of operation. When the Card Office is closed, lost
cards should be reported to the police department (860-832-2375); a temporary
ID will be issued and a "hold" will be placed to deactivate the account.
Students can also put a "hold" on their cards at www.bluechip.ccsu.edu.
All full- and part-time students must obtain decals for
student parking by presenting their Blue Chip cards at the University Police or
Card Office. Students may park in any campus lot or parking garage except those
designated for administration, faculty, or staff. Vehicles without decals or
improperly parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed at the owner's expense. You
are urged to learn and follow the campus parking regulations. Additional
information regarding parking regulations is available on the University Police
Permission for Photos of
Several offices of the University, principally the office of
Institutional Advancement, provide information to news organizations about CCSU
students' accomplishments and activities while they are at the University and
at the time of graduation. Additionally, CCSU supplies photographs and other
visual images of students and corollary text in response to requests from news
organizations. As a regular practice, photographs of students, faculty, staff,
and visitors to campus are used in publications produced by the University for
recruitment and general information. Any student who does not wish to appear in
any photos used for these purposes must notify the office of Institutional
Advancement immediately upon matriculation. It is, however, not possible to
practice these restraints with respect to the use of photography (where groups
of students appear) of scenes, events, or classes in session.
With the exception of animals used to aid persons with
disabilities, animals used in University laboratories, and fish in residence
hall rooms, animals are prohibited in campus buildings.
Police: CCSU has maintained its own police department
since 1976. With the same statutory mandate and authority conferred upon
municipal police departments, the approximately 23 officers of the CCSU police department
provide the campus community with a full range of protective and investigative
police services around the clock. The police department is also a member of a
regional mutual aid compact that ensures the availability of additional public
safety resources to meet unusual needs. State-of-the-art emergency telephones, strategically
located throughout the campus, are connected to the dispatch center at the headquarters
of the CCSU police department. This center not only dispatches police officers
but also monitors the University's growing system of security technology, including
electronic access control systems, CCTV to monitor areas of the campus, and the
mass notification systems. Additionally, E-911 service is now available through
the city of New Britain Public Safety Dispatch Center. While routing police calls
to the CCSU police, the dispatch center can direct fire and emergency medical services
to any emergency on campus.
Escorts: Police officers or
other employees of the CCSU police department provide either a ride or a
walking escort for students.
Emergency Notification Systems:
Connecticut State University has an Emergency Notification System to alert the
campus about situations that may pose a substantial threat to our community.
The system will provide information via telephone, email, text messaging, and
voice mail. This system requires student participation by providing contact
information through the following website: http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=596.
Alerts will also be broadcast via Whelen outdoor loudspeakers.
Campus Security Report:
Central Connecticut State University is proud of its efforts to maintain a safe
and secure environment for students, employees, and visitors. CCSU is,
therefore, pleased to make available its annual "security report." This report
is a requirement of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus
Crime Statistics Act, a federal law requiring colleges and universities to
disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The report
outlines the role and authority of the CCSU police department and institutional
policies concerning the security of the campus, as well as policies concerning
alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual
assault, and other matters. It also cites statistics for the previous three years
concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings
owned or controlled by CCSU, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent
to and accessible from, the campus. This report may be viewed at http://www.ccsu.edu/police/
or send a written request to: Central Connecticut State University, Police
Department, P.O. Box 4010, New Britain, CT 06050-4010.
Information on University housing is forwarded shortly after
official notification of acceptance from the office of Recruitment and
Admissions. Applications for rooms, on the forms provided by the University,
are considered in the order of acceptance. Because of the demand for on-campus
housing, students are urged to return housing applications and pay housing fees
promptly by the due dates indicated.
The office of Residence Life
(860-832-1660), in Mildred Barrows Hall, assists students in University housing
matters. Limited information on off-campus apartments is also available. The
Living Guide brochure details residence hall policies.
The full-time undergraduate students of CCSU make up the
membership of the Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA Senate is the
representative body of the SGA. Its members, the executive officers and senators
of the SGA, are democratically elected by the full-time undergraduates of CCSU.
The SGA Senate is responsible for
acting as the voice of the student body. It promotes student participation in
various projects, committees, and organizations at the university and at state
and national levels that help shape the university and education in
Connecticut. The SGA Senate allocates the SGA portion of the Student Activity
Fee, which is paid by all full-time undergraduate students and used to promote
and fund student clubs, activities, services, and issues, which benefit
students and their educational opportunities.
The SGA office is located in the
Student Center (860-832-3740).
Clubs and organizations provide students with opportunities
for social interaction, recreation, leadership training, and enhancement of
academic interests. For most students, involvement in organizations is an
important aspect of their education. Information about clubs can be obtained at
the Club Drive or on the website http://clubs.ccsu.edu. For more information on student
organizations, contact the Department of Student Activities/Leadership
Development. The following is a list of organizations.
Accounting Society, American Marketing Association, Art
Club, Athletic Trainers Association, Biology Club, Caducean Club, Chemistry
Club, Communication Club, Computer Club, Construction Management Club, Criminal
Justice Club, Economics Club, Education Club, Exercise Science Club, Finance
Association, Geography & Tourism Club, History Club, International
Association of Business Communicators, Management Information Systems Club,
Mathematics Club, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Physical
Education & Health Fitness Club, Physics & Earth Sciences Club,
Psychology Club, Social Work Club, World Business Affairs Club
Cultural and International
Africana Student Organization, Albanian Student
Organization, Asian Pop Culture Club, Black Student Union, Chinese Student
Association, CIAO-Central's Italian American Organization, French Club,
International Relations Club, Japanese American Cultural Club, Latin American
Student Organization (LASO), Mosaic Center Committee, Muslim Student
Association, NAACP-CCSU Chapter, Polish Club, PRIDE, South Asian Student
Association, Spanish Club, United Caribbean Club, Wambli Tokoda-Native American
Fraternities and Sororities
Hermandad Sigma Iota Alpha Sorority, Lambda Alpha Upsilon
Fraternity, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity, Phi
Beta Sigma Fraternity, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority
Central Activities Network, Graduate Student Association,
Inter-Greek Council, Inter Residence Council, Media Board, Senior Class
Committee, Student Government Association, Student Union Board of Governors
Honors and Professional
*Alpha Lambda Delta (first year students), *Alpha Mu Gamma (foreign
language), American Choral Directors Association, American Society of Civil
Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Beta Beta Beta (biology),
*Delta Mu Delta (business), *Delta Pi Epsilon (business education), *Epsilon Pi
Tau (industrial arts & vocational-industrial education), *Eta Kappa Nu (engineering),
*Gamma Theta Upsilon (geography), Golden Key International Honor Society,
*Kappa Delta Pi (education), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),
National Association of Industrial Technology, NSBE (National Society of Black
Engineers), *Omicron Delta Epsilon (international economics), *Phi Alpha Theta
(history), *Pi Sigma Alpha (political science), *Psi Chi (psychology), Society
of Automotive Engineers: Formula, Society of Manufacturing Engineers,
Technology Education Collegiate Association (TECA), *Upsilon Pi Epsilon (computer
*These organizations are adjunct to University
departments and are not advised by the Department of Student
Activities/Leadership Development (SA/LD). Contact the department chairperson
for more information.
Media and Publications
Helix (literary magazine), Off-Center Magazine, The Recorder
(newspaper), WFCS FM-107.7 (radio)
A Cappella Society, Central Capoeira Club, Central
Connecticut Circus Arts Club, Club Hip Hop, COLADA (Central Organization of
Latin American Dance Awareness), DanCentral, Dance Club, Ebony Choral Ensemble,
Pep Squad, Theatre Unlimited
Christian Students at Central (CSAC), Elohim Bible Study
Group, Hillel Jewish Student Organization, Newman Club, Revival
Best Buddies, Central Car Club, Central Gaming Group,
College Democrats, College Republicans, Engineers without Borders, Friends of
Earth, Habitat for Humanity, Human Powered Vehicle Club, Progressive Student
Alliance, Social Work Club, Society of Paranormal Investigations, Veterans
Appreciation Organization (VAO), WIN-Woman Involved Now, Youth for Socialist
Sports and Recreation
Aikido Club, Central Disc Club, Central Triathlon Club,
Chess Club, Equestrian Club, Fencing Club, Ice Hockey Club, Karate Club,
Lacrosse Club, Lady Hooligans Women's Rugby, Men's Rugby Club, Paintball Club,
Riflery & Marksmanship Club, Volleyball Club
University Health Service
The University Health Service (UHS) provides medical
services by appointment for the maintenance of health and the evaluation and
treatment of illnesses and injuries to all students.
Many services are provided at no
cost to patients. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
Evaluation and treatment of illnesses and
injuries, including referrals to appropriate specialty consultants as needed;
Certain laboratory tests for blood sugar or
Evaluation of sexually transmitted diseases; and
A health education resource center for
information on medical issues and concerns.
Treatments requiring a nominal fee include:
Additional laboratory and diagnostic
Pregnancy testing and referral;
Immunizations required for school, employment or
Low cost prescriptions - in-house pharmacy for
medications ordered by the physician.
Full-time students are required to submit a completed health
form (medical history, physical exam, and up-to-date immunization record) one
week prior to registration at the University. Part-time students are required
by the University to have up-to-date immunization records for measles and
rubella consistent with state of Connecticut Department of Public Health
guidelines. Failure to submit the required medical information may result in
the withholding of registration schedules, grades, or housing assignments until
the obligations have been met. The health form is available online at www.ccsu.edu/healthservice
(click on "forms") in the University Health Service, Marcus White Annex
Students do not need to have
elected the University insurance plan to be seen as a patient in the University
The University Health Service is
open Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For
more information, visit www.ccsu.edu/healthservice.
Health insurance coverage (accident and sickness) is
mandatory for all full-time students. Students can purchase the sickness
insurance plan through the University or elect alternative coverage through an
outside carrier. The University provides accident insurance coverage for all
full-time students; the premium is included in the general fee on the tuition
bill. This accident coverage is not the primary insurance carrier unless there
is no other insurance held by the student. A combined sickness/accident policy is
available for part-time students, as well as their dependents. Brochures are
available at the Enrollment Center/Registrar's Office and UHS. For information
regarding the details of the policy, please check the web site at www.student-health-insurance.com.
Medical Excuse Policy
The University Health Service will forward a medical excuse
to a student's professors only in those cases in which a student was seen in
UHS and the medical recovery or contagiousness of the patient/student warrants
an absence from classes.
Those students who are out of class
for more than five days and who have not been seen as patients in the UHS for
the evaluation of their illness should direct the notification of their absences
from their physicians to the office of Student Affairs. The verification of
their absences will be relayed to the appropriate professors.
Regardless of which town in Connecticut is the place of
residence, voter registration can be done on campus. Students can register to
vote in the Student Activities office within the Student Center. Students with
disabilities may register as voters at Student Disability Services in
Copernicus, Room 241. All students are urged to take advantage of this
convenient service and exercise their rights and duties as citizens by becoming