Jul 07, 2022  
Mansfield University 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Student Life

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Residence Hall Living

The community living environment, provided through our traditional residence halls and new, suite/semi-suite living options, enables students to gain invaluable educational and personal experiences. While residence hall living presents many opportunities and conveniences, it also challenges students to demonstrate appropriate behaviors and live within university and societal expectations.

We can accommodate approximately 1,700 students in our residence halls. To meet the interests of our diverse student body, a variety of housing options are available, including single sex, co-educational, wellness floors, and special interest housing. Students may reside in our new, air conditioned suite and semi-suite accommodations with private bathrooms in Oak or Hickory Manors, or in standard double and single roomin the traditional residence halls . To help ensure a positive living environment, each hall is operated by a full-time, live-in professional staff member who is assisted by student staff members who live on each residence hall floor. All residence halls are smoke free.

Since our residence halls are homes away from home for our students, each is furnished and equipped to meet student needs. In addition to furniture, each room is equipped with cable TV hookup and computer network access for each student. Each residence hall has free laundry facilities, kitchenettes, study lounges, and comfortably furnished lounges for informal gatherings. You can also opt to rent a microwave/refrigerator combination units. Our halls are the focal point for a variety of educational, recreational and social programs and activities on campus, and provide numerous leadership and work opportunities.

Comprehensive information about residence hall living, on-campus residency requirements, costs, dining options and room assignments is available on-line on the Residence Life page. Additional information can be found in the university student handbook (the Mountie Manual), and the residence living handbook. All students in the first two years of study are required to live and dine on campus unless they meet commuting or other criteria specifically delineated on the site: http://mansfield.edu/residence-life/media/files/Mountie-Manual.pdf.

Student Life

To facilitate the personal and professional development of students by providing resources and opportunities that resuilt in a successful learning environment is the mission of the Student Life Office, recognizing that the university experience involves learning both in and outside of the classroom. To ensure a positive out-of-class educational experience, we offer a wide range of activities to supplement the in-class learning, to provide you with opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience and to strengthen interpersonal skills. The Student Life Office coordinates a variety of social, cultural, and recreational programs. A comprehensive listing of campus activities can be found on the Calendar of Events on our web site.

Student Organizations

Mansfield University has over 100 active clubs/organizations and a wide variety of music ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, that provide outlets for student interests as well as opportunities for students to sharpen personal skills and strengthen both leadership and organizational skills. Many of the activities planned by these organizations are funded by student activity fees.

Although participation in student organizations provides opportunities for having fun, developing personal skills and gaining hands-on experiences, a practical advantage for students can be to enhance your personal portfolio which could be very valuable when entering the job market. The university encourages students to selectively become involved in these opportunities.

Student Center

The Alumni Hall Student Center is a campus focal point for students to gather and relax. The Center contains space for a wide range of organized activities as well as informal gatherings. The Center houses the bookstore, a food court, game room, the Martin Luther King Jr. Resource Center, meeting rooms, organization mailboxes, TV lounge, multi-purpose room, and offices for the Student Government Association, and College Community Services, Inc.

Student Government Association

Student opinion and input into the operations of Mansfield University are valued and fostered. Our Student Government Association (SGA) provides a forum for discussion and an avenue for students to make change.

Under the umbrella of SGA, students serve on the Executive Board, Student Senate, and a wide range of university committees. At Mansfield, in cooperation with faculty, staff and trustees, they are part of the decision-making processes of the university.

Athletics and Recreation

Mansfield University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and our 14 intercollegiate teams play at the Division II level.

Women’s programs include soccer, field hockey, basketball, cross-country, swimming, softball, indoor track and track. Men’s programs include football, cross-country, basketball, baseball, indoor track and track. Sprint football is not an NCAA sport but provide special opportunities for intercollegiate competition.

Our recreational sports program is for students who value athletic participation but at a less competitive and more social level. We provide a broad range of opportunities in men’s, women’s and coed events as well as multiple groups involved in aerobics. In addition, we have both indoor and outdoor facilities for organized as well as individual students participation. The Kelchner Fitness Center provides facilities for basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor soccer, aerobics, racquetball and dance, and includes a well-equipped fitness room. Additionally a new Rock Climbing Wall was recently added providing students with extensive casual and technical climbing experiences. Students may use the facilities individually, in groups, or as part of our recreational sports program.

Health Services

Primary medical care is provided at our clinic located on campus in Maple B. There is no additional cost for basic care beyond the health fee paid each semester. There is a fee, however, for specialized services such as tests and x-rays. The University police are trained to deal with medical emergencies and are assisted as necessary by the residence hall staff. Community ambulance service is available on a 24-hour basis to transport students with serious emergency medical problems to local hospitals as required.

Identification Cards (One Card)

A University identification card that contains a photo (also known as “One Card”) is issued to students, faculty, and staff. All students, including those off-campus, must have an MU One card. One Cards are available at the CCSI office (College Community Services, Inc.), at 203 Alumni Student Center. Regular office hours are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Extended hours are available during the first two weeks of classes but vary each semester; therefore students should contact the CCSI office at (570) 662-4929 for specific information.

The One Card enables the students to check out library materials and receive discounts on many cultural and entertainment productions. In addition, cards are used to access the Library website from off-campus and may be used for the printers and copy machines in North Hall Library and various locations on campus. Student One Cards must be carried at all times and shown to authorized personnel upon request. One Cards are examined at the library, at athletic events, and at various campus activities. They also serve as meal cards and can be used as cash debit cards. The cost of the One card is $5 for new students. Replacement cards are $15.

Each student enrolled in an online program will receive a letter containing their Library Access bar code. The online student also has the option of receiving an actual One card by submitting a picture (equivalent to a passport/drivers license photo) and a front/back copy of an official government ID (i.e., driver’s license, military ID), along with $5.00, to the office of One Card Administration, 136 Alumni Hall. For questions, please call 570-662-4074. 

Police and Safety Services

The University Police Department is located in Doane Center and is open 24 hours each day of the year. The Department staff includes 11 commissioned police officers, including the Director, 3 security officers and up to 6 student staff. The Department has responsibility for parking enforcement and parking permit issuance, crime prevention, criminal investigations and other related police functions, and student weapons storage.

Student Policies


Educational Records Confidentiality Policy

We collect and maintain data and information about students for designated periods of time and for the express purpose of facilitating their educational development. We recognize the privacy rights of individuals, as guaranteed by the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law of 1957. We attempt to balance those rights with the institution’s need for information relevant to the fulfillment of its educational missions. As such, the university has an approved policy on the confidentiality of student records which outlines all procedures that apply to the collection, maintenance and release of such records. (See University Polices section of this catalog regarding Family Education Rights and Privacy Act).

Smoking/Tobacco Policy

The Mansfield University policy on smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco is consistent with both the Pennsylvania Clean Air Act and policies established by the Board of Governors for the Pennyslvania State System of Higher Education. Concerns with this policy or reports of violation of this policy should be directed to the Vice President for Administration and Finance.

  1. Smoking or the use of smokeless tobacco products is not permitted in Mansfield University buildings, except in an area or individual office that have been designated as smoking areas. Classrooms, laboratories, reception areas, common areas, conference rooms or other places where classes, committees, or other public groups may convene are not to be designated as smoking areas. Entrances to buildings will be appropriately signed to indicate that smoking is permitted in designated areas.
  2. The use of smokeless tobacco is only permitted in smoking areas. Users of smokeless tobacco products are to discard expectorant in toilets and not in common ash trays or common waste containers.
  3. The Vice President for Administration and Finance is responsible for the designation of smoking areas within buildings other than residence halls. Requests to (a) designate a new or additional smoking area or (b) to delete the designation of an area for smoking should be addressed to the Vice President who shall make decisions on smoking area designations consistent with this policy after consulting, where appropriate, with other cabinet members and the Administrative Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate.
  4. Consistent with this policy, smoking is also prohibited in all residence halls.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Mansfield University is an active member of the Network of Colleges and Universities Committed to the Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. The standards of the network have also been adopted by the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education as policy for all state universities.

We have the responsibility to provide a drug free environment where the use of alcohol and other drugs do not interfere with learning. For this reason, the possession, distribution, and/or use of alcohol and other drugs on the Mansfield University campus is prohibited. Persons violating this prohibition will face university disciplinary sanction, and/or arrest by university police. University disciplinary actions will include an educational component to encourage the individual’s acceptance of the responsibility for his/her own choices and behavior.

Mansfield University will educate and provide information to the campus community for the purpose of preventing the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. The university will also provide counseling and referrals for persons with alcohol or other drug problems.

Motor Vehicle Registration

Regulations pertaining to parking and vehicle use are available at the University Police Department, Doane Center, or online at www.mnsfld.edu/~police/Parking and are also distributed when registering your vehicle. All students, employees, and visitors who operate a vehicle on campus must register their vehicles and display the appropriate decal or tag.