Graduate Catalog 2010-12

General Information

BOOKSTORE
The University Bookstore, operated by Barnes and Noble, Inc., is located in the Student Center and offers a suite of services to meet students' educational needs. New, used, and digital textbooks are available and now can be rented for less than half the price. The Bookstore maintains an inventory of CCSU apparel, office and school supplies, assorted trade books, CCSU gift items, health and beauty aids, greeting cards, soda, snacks, and ice cream. Students are invited to shop via the web at www.ccsubookstore.com. The Bookstore also offers a year-round book buy-back service. For additional information, call Jack O’Leary, director of the University Bookstore, at 860-832-BOOK (2665) or email olearyj@ccsu.edu.

CANCELLATION OF CLASSES OR FINAL EXAMINATIONS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
When classes are cancelled or delayed because of inclement weather conditions, 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 twice daily: 6 a.m. for the day schedule and 2 p.m. for the evening schedule. More frequent updates will occur as weather conditions warrant. If the University is forced to close or delay during the final examination period because of storm conditions, this information will also be made available on the Snow Phone and the web. These services will also carry information from the Registrar’s Office once the affected exams are rescheduled.

CANCELLATION OF COURSES
The University reserves the right to cancel courses which have insufficient registration, and to change the schedule of courses or instruction as necessary.

CCSU FOUNDATION
The CCSU Foundation, Inc., was created in 1971, at the request of the University, as a vehicle to obtain private contributions to sup-port educational programs and research at Central Connecticut State University. Incorporated under the laws of the State of Connecticut, the non-profit, eleemosynary organization is governed by an independent Board of Directors which includes members of the faculty, the student body, the alumni, and the general public. The President of Central Connecticut State University is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. For information on the audited financial statements of the CCSU Foundation, Inc.,visit www.ccsu.edu/foundation/.

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS
Any change in name or address should be reported immediately to the Registrar’s Office. Students may obtain copies of the form at www.ccsu.edu/Registrar. If the University’s name and address files are not updated, there will be delays in communication.

CHILDCARE
The Early Learning Program, Inc., a state-licensed, NAEYC-accredited childcare facility for preschool and school age children between the ages of three to fourteen, is available just off Paul J. Manafort Drive at 1285 East Street, New Britain. The program is available year round. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and up to 8:00 p.m. upon request. Attendance options include nursery school, part- and full-time, before and after school care. Priority enrollment goes to the children of CCSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. If room allows, enrollment is open to the greater New Britain community through our School Readiness Program and others. For information, contact Program Director Talhaht Mannan at 860-827-7018.

FOOD SERVICE
On-campus meals, for students on a meal plan, are served in Memorial Hall. Meal plans are optional of graduate students, although they are required for any student who is living in on-campus housing. Meal Plan information is available here. Additional retail food services are available in the Student Center’s Devil’s Den Food Court, as well as at the Jazzman’s Café located on the second floor of the Elihu Burritt Library. All-you-can-eat meals can also be purchased on a cash basis in the Memorial Hall Cafeteria. A20% discount is given on food purchased with a Blue Chip Card at on-campus venues.

GRADE REPORTS
Students may retrieve their grades on the web via CentralPipeline, following the posting of grades at the conclusion of each academic semester and, for all summer courses, at the end of each Summer Session.

HEALTH INSURANCE
Health insurance coverage (accident and sickness) is mandatory for all full-time students. Chickering, a division of AETNA Student Health, provides a health insurance plan that can be purchased each semester or year through the University. All questions regarding the health insurance plan should be addressed to AETNA Student Health Chickering (see below for contact information). 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, and the insurance coverage is through AETNA Student Health Chickering, AETNA. 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. Part-time students may elect the combined accident/sickness insurance through AETNA Student Health Insurance Plan by contacting and paying AETNA directly. A dental plan is also available through AETNA Student Health. See their website for details. Brochures are available in the University Health Service. For information regarding details of the policy, please visit www.aetnastudenthealth.com or call AETNA Student Health at 877-375-4244.

IDENTIFICATION CARDS (Blue Chip ID Card)
All students are required to obtain a photo identification card; students must be registered for at least one class before a card can be issued to them. The Blue Chip Card is required to check out resources from the library and for access to the Computer Lab, as well as Welte and Vance parking garages and all dormitories on campus. In addition to serving as a student’s photo identification, the Blue Chip Card may be used as a debit card. Charges for laser printing at the Computer Lab and for copying on public copiers must be paid with the Blue Chip Card or by purchasing a Guest Card at a Card Value Center; there are no cash transactions. Students also use the Blue Chip Card in conjunction with any meal plans in Memorial Hall in which they participate. Meals purchased using the Blue Chip Card on campus at Devil’s Den, Jazzman’s, Nutmeg Room, and Memorial Hall will be discounted 20%. Up-to-date information about the Card Office or the Blue Chip program (including participating off-campus vendors) can be found online at www.cardoffice.ccsu.edu. Detailed information about activity on Blue Chip accounts can be viewed at www.bluechip.ccsu.edu after logging on with a Bluenet ID and password.

LOCATION
Central Connecticut State University is situated approximately two hour’s driving time from Boston, New York City, and southern Vermont. The campus, just 15minutes from downtown Hartford, can be reached from state Routes 9, 71, 72, and175, and Interstates 84 and 91. It is approximately 25 miles south of Bradley International Airport, which serves Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts.

MEDICAL EXCUSE POLICY
University Health Services (UHS) will e-mail a medical excuse to faculty only in those cases in which a student was seen in our office and the student’s medical recovery or contagious nature of the illness warrants an absence from classes for more than one day.  Students are also responsible for contacting their individual instructors.  When possible, students should then remain in contact with their instructors throughout their absence.  A student who is out of class for more than five days should contact the Office of Student Affairs.  Please call 860-832-1605 for additional information.

OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND ASSESSMENT
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment provides information about student success, including rates of retention and graduation, licensure passage rates, and a range of other measures. For institutional information required to be disclosed under the Higher Education Opportunity Act and the Student-Right-to-Know Act, click here.

PARKING
All full- and part-time students must obtain parking decals from the University Card Office or Police. Students may park in any campus lot or parking garage except those designated for administration, faculty, or staff. See the campus map linked here for details. Vehicles without decals, or improperly parked vehicles, may be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense. Students are urged to learn and follow the campus parking regulations; additional information is available on the University Police webpage, accessible through the University website at www.ccsu.edu, or in the Parking Guide, available at the CCSU Police Department,170 Manafort Drive.

PERMISSION FOR PHOTOS OF STUDENTS
Several offices of the University, principally those of Institutional Advancement, provide information to news organizations about CCSU’s 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.

PET POLICY
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.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS
In accordance with appropriate federal and state laws, the University has designated certain types of student information as public or “directory” information. The University respects the student's right to privacy and will do its best to protect that privacy.
    The University may, or—under the Freedom of Information Act—may be required to, disclose, without consent, directory information.  Central Connecticut State University identifies directory information in its University Catalog to include: student's name, address, telephone number, dates of attendance, class standing, photographs, academic major, minor and concentration, degree candidacy, degree(s) earned and any awards received.  Additional information that is also considered directory information includes participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and the weight and height of members of an athletic team.
    Currently-enrolled students have the right to request that the University not release address and phone information to individuals or organizations outside the University (although we are required to provide information to organizations which have provided the student any type of financial aid, including loans). A student who wishes to have his/her address and phone number restricted should complete the FERPA Student Request to Prevent Release of Directory Information form at www.ccsu.edu/registrar or contact the Office of Registrar. Such protection is provided for currently enrolled students only and must be renewed each academic year. 
    The University assumes that failure on the part of any student to specifically request withholding of certain directory information indicates approval of disclosure.

PUBLIC SAFETY
The University Police Department, located at 170 Manafort Drive, provides the campus community with a full range of protective and investigative police services around the clock. Also, the professional police officers of the department coordinate an escort service for students and are available to educate students in protecting themselves and their property.
    Through an on-campus dispatch center, which is linked to other regional emergency services, officers are able to respond rapidly to any emergency. State-of-the-art emergency telephones, connected to the dispatch center, are strategically located throughout the campus.
    Emergency Notification Systems: Central 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: www.ccsu.edu/ens. Alerts will also be broadcast via Whelen outdoor loudspeakers.
    Central Connecticut State University is proud of its efforts to maintain a safe and secure place to live, study, and work. CCSU is, therefore, pleased to make available its annual “security report” on the role and authority of the University Police Department and the 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. This report 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 campus. This report is available at www.ccsu.edu/police/. Those without access to the Internet may obtain a copy by sending a written request to: Central Connecticut State University, Police Department, P.O. Box 4010, New Britain, CT 06050-4010.


TRANSCRIPTS
A University transcript is a complete, unabridged academic record, without deletions or omissions, which includes the signature of an authorized official and bears the legal seal of the University. Central Connecticut State issues only official transcripts.
   Transcripts may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office, Davidson 115. The cost, which is subject to change, is $5. All requests for transcripts must be in writing and include payment in advance. A copy of the form maybe obtained at www.ccsu.edu/Registrar. Please see the Transcript Policy section for information on official sealing of transcripts.
    To retrieve an unofficial copy of your transcript at no cost, follow the directions on our Unofficial Transcript Guide (PDF) at www.ccsu.edu/registrar.
    If your record is archived and not online, you will need to request it through the Records Office by mail or fax as instructed above.


VOTER REGISTRATION
Regardless of which town in Connecticut a student has as a place of residence, voter registration can be done on campus. Students can register to vote at either the Student Center Information Desk or at the checkout counter in the Burritt Library. All students are urged to take advantage of this convenient service, if they are not currently registered to vote, and to then exercise their rights and duties as citizens by becoming voters.


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