Utica College is committed to the development of its students, both graduate and undergraduate, as you enter a world of interesting people, engaging ideas, and stimulating activities. Getting involved in campus life outside of the classroom is an important aspect of student life, including for graduate students. Programming and support is provided through a number of the following offices.
Office of Graduate Studies
The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) is designed specifically to support the day-to-day needs of campus-based graduate students while enhancing the experience and success of all graduate students. The mission of OGS is to provide a quality, streamlined graduate experience by supporting graduate students and faculty, administering effective and consistent policies and procedures, and connecting graduate students to each other and Utica College. The office supports students, staff, and faculty and looks for ways to improve communication among all graduate students. OGS is available to assist with questions when answers are not easily found, connecting students with the appropriate office as needed. Located in 124 White Hall, they can be reached at (315) 792-3335 or online at www.utica.edu/ogs.
School of Online and Extended Studies
The School of Online and Extended Studies (OES) offers support services, student success initiatives, and innovation for Utica College’s suite of online and non-traditional programs. The mission of OES is to provide Utica College students, faculty, and staff with a broad range of services, and help lead the way for future development in both the online and non-traditional learning space. They can be reached at (315) 792-3001 or online at www.utica.edu/oes.
Student Conduct & Community Standards
Students at Utica College have enrolled freely and are expected toconduct themselves in a manner supportive of the educationalmission of the institution. Integrity, respect for the person andproperty of others, and a commitment to intellectual and personalgrowth in a diverse population are values deemed fundamental tomembership in this College community.
As members of the Utica College community, students are assumed to be responsible for their actions. Students areexpected to conduct themselves in accordance with the UticaCollege Code of Student Conduct, which is outlined in detail on the Utica College website at http://www.utica.edu/student/conduct.
If a student is charged with violating the Code of Student Conduct,that student will have charges addressed through the student conduct process. It is Utica College’s policy under ordinary circumstances that, pending disciplinary action, the status ofstudents will not be altered or their rights to be present on campus and to attend classes suspended. However, the College reserves the right to immediately alter a student’s status and deny access to campus whenever the behavior in question is egregious or adversely affects the academic environment or the safety of students, faculty, staff, or property. In such cases, students may face interim restrictions or suspension while the case is adjudicated.
Campus Dining Services
Campus Dining Services operates several dining and beverage facilities across campus. Located in the Strebel Student Center, the Strebel Dining Commons is an all-you-can-eat dining hall; the Pioneer Pub provides classic grill favorites; Subway is known for their freshly prepared subs, wraps, and salads. Le Bistro is located in the Gordon Science Center and serves Starbucks Coffee, ready-made deli sandwiches, and gourmet desserts. Common Grounds, located in Gannett Library, has a variety of coffee, tea, and smoothies. For menus and hours, visit uticadiningservices.com.
The Office of Campus Safety is dedicated to ensuring the personal safety and well-being of Utica College’s students, employees, and guests. Safety officers are responsible for maintaining order and safety both within campus buildings and throughout the campus grounds, and for providing protection from theft, misuse, and vandalism of personal and campus property. Students living off campus must register their vehicles with the Office of Campus Safety at no charge to receive their campus Parking Permit.
Safety officers are also responsible for enforcing the College’s safety rules and regulations. Officers conduct themselves with the highest degree of professionalism, and are committed to maintaining good campus and community relations. Each year the Office of Campus Safety publishes a safety awareness brochure that contains campus safety policies and resources as well as statistics on campus crime as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view a copy of this publication, or for more information about Campus Safety, visit www.utica.edu/safety.
Student Health Center
The Student Health Center is located on the second floor of Strebel Center. When college is in session during the fall and spring semesters, all registered full and part time students are eligible to receive medical care at the Student Health Center. Service is free unless otherwise noted. In order to receive services, the student must turn in a completed health form and immunization records. The Student Health Center provides medical care for students with acute short term illnesses.
The Student Health Center is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the academic year. All student records are confidential. No information will be released to anyone, including parents or legal guardians, without a signed release from the student. If medical care is needed after hours, there are two urgent care centers and two emergency rooms in the immediate area. The cost of these services is the responsibility of the student.
For more information on student health please visit http://www.utica.edu/student/health/
All full time on-ground graduate and undergraduate students must carry Health Insurance. Utica College offers a health insurance plan for students who do not have health insurance. All full time students are charged for the insurance plan. Students with comparable health insurance coverage may go online and complete a waiver each year to have the charge removed.
All fully online students may opt in and obtain student health insurance through Utica College; the Student Health Center can provide contact information for the health insurance carrier. for more information visit the Student Financial Services Office at http://www.utica.edu/finance/sfs/index.cfm
Proof of Immunization
All full and part-time graduate and undergraduate students must comply with New York State Public Health Law #2165 and #2167, including students who have residencies or take classes on campus. Students must provide the Student Health Center with proof of immunization for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella or proof of immunity as demonstrated by positive titers for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. All students must show proof of vaccination against meningitis or sign a waiver form declining the vaccination. The immunization form is the last page of the health form. Students’ have 30 days from the start of classes to comply with this law, failure to comply will result in the students’ registration being dropped and the student will be barred from attendance in classes. Call the Student Health Center at (315) 792-3094 for more information.
The Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library provides a physical and virtual (http://www.utica.edu/library) focal point for learning, teaching, and research. The Utica College identification card serves as a library card and is required for many library services. Computer workstations and laptops, networked print stations, photocopiers, a flatbed scanner, and microform readers are available in the library. Group study rooms are outfitted with computers and large screen monitors. The Media Center houses the VHS, DVD, and audio recordings that are used in classes. The Media Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. when classes are in session. Students can get research help by contacting a librarian by email, phone, or by filling out a Web form, and can also request in-depth help by scheduling a research appointment. Appointments can be conducted by phone for commuters and distance students. Additionally, the library offers 24/7 virtual reference service, staffed by librarians at Utica College and around the world, whereby reference questions are answered via real-time chat.
Interlibrary loan plays a key role in expanding access to library collections throughout the state, across the country, and internationally. Students who need resources that the Gannett Library does not own may request them through the Interlibrary loan service, free of charge.
For more information about the Gannett Library’s resources, services, and hours of operation, visit www.utica.edu/library or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Utica College offers some different types of housing for Graduate Students, whether it is college owned housing or listings of off-campus facilities rented to our graduate students.
For more information, visit www.utica.edu/reslife.
The Office of Student Activities provides student ID cards, organizes campus-wide programming, and maintains a list of interest and affinity groups created by students for students. One of these organizations is the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), which serves as a liaison and advocate to the College administration on behalf of the campus-based and online graduate students.
Get more detailed information about student life by checking out the official Student Handbook online at www.utica.edu/student/media/handbook..pdf.
Office of Student Success
Utica College is committed to fostering student success by offering confidential, goaloirented counseling services, Student Success staff members are trained to help students address a variety of academic and personal concerns. For more information please visit http://www.utica.edu/student/development/success/
Counseling services are designed to help students regain a sense of control over events that inhibit their success as students. While personal counseling is available through the Center, referral to off-campus agencies and/or counseling services is also obtainable through the counseling staff. For more information visit http://www.utica.edu/student/development/counseling/index.cfm
Office of Learning Services
The Office of Learning Services provides advisement, advocacy, and academic support to students who identify themselves as having a disability and to students who are experiencing academic difficulties. The staff works with students in a variety of ways to promote self-awareness, self-determination, and self-advocacy for our students with disabilities. The staff also acts as a resource for all memebers of the Utica College community to promote accessibility for learning.
For more information about the offices within the Academic Support Services Center and their services, visit www.utica.edu/student/development.
Career Services, located in room 206 of the Strebel Student Center, assists students in preparing for or furthering a career based on their interests, skills, values, personality, and goals. Its services are available to all students and alumni within 5 years of graduation. Career Services offers a full range of services designed to help students explore their professional interests, understand the importance of proper planning and preparation in goal setting, and assist in the successful transition from academic to professional life. Individualized assistance is provided in developing and critiquing resume and cover letters as well as interview preparation. Students also may request up to 20 complimentary business cards and 10 free sheets of resume paper.
For more information, visit www.utica.edu/careerservices.
The Writing Center
The Writing Center, located in Gannett Library, provides support for writers in process through peer tutoring, online resources, and access to a writer’s library. Devoted to “serious conversation about writing,” the Writing Center can help writers in the process of understanding a writing task, generating and arranging ideas, crafting language, and preparing finished work. Hours vary during each semester and are posted on the door of the center. For information regarding the Center staff, services, hours, and related links, see www.utica.edu/writingcenter.
Utica College Alumni Society
Graduates of Utica College automatically become members of the Utica College Alumni Society upon graduation. The Alumni Society is represented by an elected body called the Utica College Alumni Council (UCAC). The alumni members of the UCAC have distinguished themselves through their professional or community work and their service to Utica College. With the assistance of the UCAC, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations coordinates services and activities for alumni and students, including: alumni regional events, volunteer opportunities, the annual fall Homecoming events, and the various alumni awards. Other volunteer opportunities in which graduates may become involved include assisting Admissions, career and networking events, being mentors to students, and the Annual Fund campaign. The Pioneer, Utica College’s alumni magazine, is sent to all alumni to keep them informed about the Utica College community. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is located in Champlin House. Information about services and events is available at www.utica.edu/alumni.