University Colleges Frequently asked question's

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  1. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF UNIVERSITY COLLEGE?
  2. WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE?
  3. WHAT IS A LEARNING COMMUNITY AND HOW DO I JOIN?
  4. WHEN WILL I BE PLACED IN A LEARNING COMMUNITY?
  5. HOW IS MY CLASS SCHEDULE DETERMINED?
  6. HOW DO I CALCULATE MY GPA?
  7. WHERE CAN I FIND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS?
  8. WHAT ARE GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
  9. WHAT DEGREE PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED AT CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY?
  10. WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICES OR RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO ME AT CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY?
  11. WHERE DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ACADEMIC OFFERINGS AT CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY?
  12. HOW DO I DECLARE A MAJOR?
  13. HOW DO I GET A TUTOR OR OTHER ACADEMIC SUPPORT?
  14. HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?
  15. WHAT IS GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING?
  16. HOW AM I CLASSIFIED AS A STUDENT?
  17. HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO SEE MY ADVISOR?
  18. HOW DO I GET MY STUDENT ID?
  19. HOW DO I SET UP MY WOLFMAIL ACCOUNT?
  20. WHAT IS FERPA?
  21. WHAT IS THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER & WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
  22. WHAT SERVICES ARE OFFERED IN THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER?
  23. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I REPORT TO THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER?
  24. WHEN SHOULD I GO TO THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER AND HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO GO?
  25. WHAT CAN I EXPECT BY GOING TO THE WRITING CENTER & WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
  26. WILL THE WRITING CENTER CONSULTANTS AUTOMATICALLY FIX EVERY ERROR IN MY PAPER?
  27. MAY I RECEIVE HELP ON A GRADUATE SCHOOL ESSAY OR ANOTHER PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENT NOT ASSIGNED IN CLASS?
  28. HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS?
  29. HOW DO I GET MY COURSE SYLLABUS BEFORE CLASS STARTS?
  30. ARE THE TUTORIALS IN ADDITION TO GOING TO CLASS?
  31. WHAT EVIDENCE WILL I GET FROM ATTENDING TUTORIALS?
  32. WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN'T ATTEND (NUMBER OF HOURS) TUTORIALS PER WEEK?
  33. WHEN WILL I TAKE CLASSES IN MY MAJOR?
  34. HOW MANY CLASSES DO I HAVE TO TAKE?
  35. WHAT IS FRESHMAN SEMINAR?
  36. DO I HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET TO CLASS?
  37. HOW DO I CLEAR A "STOP" FROM MY ACCOUNT?
  38. HOW DO I GET MY USER-NAME AND PASSWORD TO SIGN INTO EMAIL AND D2L?
  39. I REALLY NEED TO GET INTO A CLOSED CLASS.  CAN MY ACADEMIC ADVISOR ENROLL ME?
  40. IF I FAIL A CLASS, IS IT BEST TO TAKE IT OVER THE SUMMER AT A COMMUNITY COLLEGE?
  41. CAN I INCREASE MY GPA OVER THE SUMMER BY GOING TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE?
  42. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN "AW" AND A "WC"?
  43. WHAT DO I DO IF I NEED TO TALK TO MY PROFESSOR?
  44. MY BOOK VOUCHER/FINANCIAL AID ARE NOT IN YET, HOW DO I GET MY BOOKS?
  45. HOW DO I KNOW WHAT CLASSES ARE REQUIRED FOR MY MAJOR?
  46. HOW DO I KNOW MY GRADES?
  47. HOW DO I GET MY CLASS SCHEDULE?
  48. WHEN IS THE ADD/DROP DEADLINE AND WHAT THING SHOULD I CONSIDER?
  49. WHAT DOES "CONDITIONALLY" ACCEPTED MEAN AND WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
  50. WHAT IS THE SEEK PROGRAM?  
  51. SHOULD I SUBMIT MY CONCERNS ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY DIRECTLY TO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OR IS THERE AN EMAIL?
  52. WHY AM I BEING CHARGED FOR DAMAGES I DID NOT DO?
  53. IF OUR CAMPUS SECURITY IS A SERIOUS CONCERN THEN WHY WAS OUR STUDENT PARKING MOVED TO THE TOP OF THE HILL?
  54. WHY DO I PAY A HEALTH FEE, WHAT HEALTH SERVICES ARE BEING PROVIDED?

 

 

 

  1. What is the purpose of University College?

    The purpose of the University College is to ensure excellence and accessibility for all Cheyney University undergraduate students by improving, expanding, and making more accessible all student academic support services.  The University College focuses on success at all levels; however emphasis is placed on the first and second years.

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  2. What services are available through University College?

    *   New Student Orientation
    *   Student Engagement activities
    *   Learning Communities
    *   Internships
    *   Tutoring - free of charge
    *   Peer mentors to guide you towards graduation
    *   College success workshops
    *   Educational opportunities
    *   Referrals to other campus resources

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  3. What is a Learning Community and how do I join?

    A Learning Community is a cohort-based interest group of students and faculty who share common academic interest, and are actively engaged in learning together, and from on another.  During Orientation each student completes a self-assessment and a career exploration assessment to determine learning community placement.

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  4. When will I be placed in a Learning Community?

    Students will be placed in a Learning Community within the first two weeks of classes.  Each new student will be placed in a learning community and assigned a Peer Mentor by the University College staff.

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  5. How is my class schedule determined?

    Class schedules are based on a number of factors including placement test scores, class availability, Discovery self-assessment survey & transfer credits

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  6. How do I calculate my GPA?

    To calculate your GPA you need to multiply the number of credits in each course by the numerical equivalent of the letter grade.  This number will give you your Quality Points:
     
    A=4
    (x)
    3 credit hours
    =
    12 quality points
    B=3
    (x)
    3 credit hours
    =
    9    quality points
    C=2
    (x)
    2 credit hours
    =
    4    quality points
    D=1
    (x)
    1 credit hour
    =
    1    quality point
    F=0
    (x)
    4 credit hours
    =
    0    quality points
     

    Add the Quality Points for all the courses taken (e.g. 12+9+4+1+0=26).  Next add the total credit hours attempted (e.g. 3+3+2+1+4=13).  Divide the Total Quality Points (26) by the total number of credit hours attempted (13) including any failed courses:  26/13=2.00

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  7. Where can I find course descriptions?

    Course descriptions can be located in the Undergraduate & Graduate Academic Catalog as well as on PowerCAMPUS Self-Service.

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  8. What are General Education requirements?

    General Education requirements are a common set of courses all students must satisfy prior to graduating from the university. 

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  9. What degree programs are offered at Cheyney University?

    *   Humanities & Communication Arts (7)
    *   Natural & Applied Sciences (6)
    *   Social & Behavioral Sciences (6)
    *   Education & Leadership Studies (6)
    *   Professional Studies (2)
    *   Hospitality, Tourism, & Leisure Management (2)

    More information can be found at:  http://www.cheyney.edu/academics/degree-programs.cfm

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  10. Where do I find information about the services or resources available to me at Cheyney University?

    Students should consult the Student Handbook.  It contains information regarding campus services, departments, resources, policies, and the Student Code of Conduct. 

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  11. Where do I find out more about the academic offerings at Cheyney University?

    Students should consult the Academic Catalog or Academics Homepage.  It provides information on academic policies & procedures, degree requirements, course descriptions, and other pertinent information. 

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  12. How do I declare a major?

    Students must complete a "declaration/change of major form" housed in the Registrar's Office and maintained in each department.  The form should either be returned to the department secretary or assigned advisor for processing.

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  13. How do I get a tutor or other academic support?

    All students seeking a tutor or needing academic support should set up appointments with the Academic Success Center located on the 2nd floor of the Vaux-Logan building.

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  14. How do I register for classes?

    Students can register for classes using PowerCAMPUS Self-Service when the registration period for the following semester opens.  Students will need to contact their advisor for authorization.

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  15. What is "Good Academic Standing"?

    To be in "Good Academic Standing" students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA by the end of their second full-time semester (or 24 semester hours for part-time students).  Students who fall below a 2.0 GPA are first sent a letter of "notification".  Student's previously on notification and fall below a 2.0 are placed on "warning".  Students previously on warning below a 2.0 GPA will then be placed on "probation" and no longer considered in "Good Academic Standing".  Students previously on probation below a 2.0 GPA will be dismissed from the University. 
     
    Academic Standing
    Good Standing
    An undergraduate is considered to be in good academic standing if the student’s cumulative GPA is greater than or equal to 2.000
    Notification
    An undergraduate who fails to obtain a cumulative GPA of less than 2.000 will be placed on “Notification”.
    Warning
    An undergraduate who is or has previously been on Notification and has a cumulative GPA less than 2.000 will be placed on academic warning.
    Probation
    An undergraduate who is or has previously been on academic warning and has a cumulative GPA less than 2.000 will be placed on academic probation.
    Dismissal
    An undergraduate who is or has previously been on academic probation and has a cumulative GPA less than 2.000 will be dismissed from the University.

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  16. How am I classified as a student?

    Students are classified according to the number of semester hours they have completed with passing grades:


    Semester Hours                     
    Minimum Cum GPA Average
    Classification
    0-29
    2.0
    Freshman
    30-59
    2.0
    Sophomore
    60-89
    2.0
    Junior
    90 +
    2.0
    Senior

    *   Credits earned for developmental/remedial courses do not count towards the 120 credits required for graduation

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  17. How often do I need to see my advisor?

    Students should see their advisor as often as needed.  It is recommended that students see their advisor at least 3 times a semester.  First within the first 2 weeks of classes to discuss how classes are going and to make sure they are taking the right classes.  The second time after the 7th week mark to discuss midterm grades and discuss necessary steps in order to improve grades.  Lastly, students should meet with their advisor within the last 2 weeks of the semester to discuss finals and plans for next semester.

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  18. How do I get my student ID?

    Each student who is officially registered will receive a Cheyney University ID card at no cost.  ID cards are available to the Office of Information Technology located on the 1st floor of the Vaux-Logan building room 29.

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  19. How do I set up my WolfMail account?

    All students who are officially registered will have a user account setup for Network & Email access the beginning of each semester by the Office of Information Technology.  More information can be found at:  http://www.cheyney.edu/information-technology/Wolfmail-Login-and-Instructions.cfm 

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  20. What is FERPA?

    FERPA stands for the Federal Educational Rights to Privacy Act.  It limits the access of educational records to outside sources.

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  21. What is the Academic Success Center & where is it located?

    The Academic Success Center provides an opportunity for you to receive assistance with your academic endeavors.  The goal is to assist you in becoming a more efficient and effective learner.  Opportunities are provided for you to participate in individual or group academic support sessions and workshops, all in an environment to promote success.  To get more information visit the Academic Success Center located in the Vaux-Logan building 2nd floor.

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  22. What services are offered in the Academic Success Center?

    The Academic Success Center offers:
         *   Tutoring
         *   Computer labs
         *   Student work areas
         *   Quiet study areas
         *   Skill building workshops

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  23. What happens when I report to the Academic Success Center?

    You will be asked to complete a(n) (academic) profile.  With this information the Academic Success Center will develop a success plan for you and may include recommendations for tutoring, study hours, attendance at workshops, and/or counseling sessions.

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  24. When should I go to the Academic Success Center and how long do I have to go?

    You should go tot he Academic Success Center at the first signs of academic difficulty.  There is no set time period in which you have to go to the Academic Success Center.  It is recommended that you speak with the instructor and counselor first though.

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  25. What can I expect by going to the Writing Center & where is it located?

    When you come to the Writing Center located on the 2nd floor of Bailey Hall, you will be asked to fill out a simple form asking what areas you want to work on during the visit.  The writing consultant will ask you about your assignment and what you are trying to accomplish in your paper.  You will also be asked to read your paper out loud, or the writing consultant will read if for you.  Then the writing consultant will discuss areas for revision such as organization, support for a thesis, or clarification.  The writing consultant will not rewrite papers but will work with you to help you restructure your paper, clarify wording or work on whatever areas could be improved.  If you do not have a draft yet, the writing consultant can help you brainstorm topics, narrow and focus on a topic, or prepare an outline.  They can help you at any stage of the writing process.  When you come back with a revised draft, they can help you focus on editing and locating and correcting errors.

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  26. Will the Writing Center consultants automatically fix every error in my paper?

    Writing consultants do not fix errors.  They will focus on higher order concerns first such as thesis statement, organization, and meeting assignment requirements.  Whey you bring a final draft, they will identify patterns of errors, explain how to correct the kinds of frequent errors they see in your paper and work with you to locate and correct errors.  Writing consultants do not proofread papers, so you should not expect that all errors will be corrected.  By bringing all of your final drafts to the Writing Center before turning then in, you can work on different kinds of errors and over time learn to identify and correct them yourself.  The goal of the Writing Center is to help you become a better writer, not to produce perfect papers.

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  27. May I receive help on a graduate school essay or another professional document not assigned in a class?

    Writing consultants will help you with any of your writing concerns.  You can bring in graduate school essays and personal statements, resumes, and other professional writing as well as papers from any of your classes.  You can also bring in poetry or other creative writing and discuss your work with fellow writers.  The Writing Center philosophy is that all writers at all levels of experience seek out and benefit from feedback from other writers.

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  28. How do I find out more about the Academic Engagement Sessions?

    A schedule of events is released each semester.  Feel free to go by the Academic Success Center to receive more information.

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  29. How do I get a course syllabus before class starts?

    Course syllabus may be available through Desire2Learn (D2L) or you should speak with the instructor about obtaining one.

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  30. Are the tutorials in addition to going to class?

    Yes, all students are required to attend all of their classes.

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  31. What evidence will I get from attending tutorials?

    The sign in sheet is evidence that you attended

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  32. What happens if you can't attend (number of hours) tutorials per week?

    You should make every effort to attend all recommended tutorial sessions.  If you cannot make a tutorial you should speak with the tutor to let them know you will be unable to attend.

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  33. When will I take classes in my major?

    You may take some classes in your first two years and you will take the majority in your junior and senior years

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  34. How many classes do I have to take?

    Students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours a semester (approximately 4 classes) to be considered full time.  Most students however take 15 to 18 credits a semester (5-7 classes).  You should speak with your advisor each semester to discuss your course load.

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  35. What is the Freshman Seminar?

    The Freshman Seminar is a required class for all first time college students.  At the end of the course you will have increased your self-awareness, critical thinking skills, and communication ability.  You will also possess greater knowledge of various study skills and techniques.

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  36. Do I have enough time to get to class?

    Yes, most classroom buildings are within a 3-7 minute radius of each other.  An advisor will go over your class schedule with you and review classroom locations on a campus map.  However, students are advised to leave their residence hall, dining hall, and/or social events with enough time to get to class.

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  37. How do I clear a "STOP"  from my account?

    To clear a STOP from your account you will need to log into your PowerCAMPUS Self-Service account using your ID number and password.  If you have a STOP, the STOP sign will indicate the unit or office that you will need to contact.  The unit or office will then inform you what you will need to do in order to have the stop removed.

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  38. How do I get my user-name and password to sign into email and D2L?

    Your D2L user-name and password are the same as your Financial Aid Student Self Service (FASS) login.  The user-name is your Cheyney E-mail address.  If you don't know your password, please go to the Office of Information Technology located in Vaux-Logan Building room 29 (Tel: 610-399-2043) with your Photo ID to get an initial one.

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  39. I really need to get into a CLOSED class.  Can my Academic Advisor enroll me in it?

    Each department manages enrollment in their courses.  An add/drop slip signed by the Professor/Department Chair must be completed, signed by your advisor, and delivered to the Registrar's Office.

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  40. If I fail a class, is it best to take it over the summer at a Community College?

    No!  Cheyney has a repeat policy allowing you to repeat the class and have the lower grade recalculated to increase your GPA.

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  41. Can I increase my GPA over the summer by going to Community College?

    Classes transferred in form a Community College will not increase your GPA.  The credit hours for the class will be counted towards graduation if the class transfers as a required class for your major.  You must have permission signed by your Advisor and Academic Dean prior to taking a course at a Community College to make certain that the class is required for your major and will transfer.

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  42. What is the difference between an "AW" and a "WC"?

    An "AW" stands for Administrative Withdrawal.  Students that have not attended at least one class by the 3rd week of classes and have not contacted the instructor by that time are subject to an Administrative Withdrawal.  "WC" stands for Withdrawal of Credit.  The WC period starts the day after the Add/Drop period ends and before the end of the 10th week of classes.  When a student withdrawals credit from class the class will appear on their transcript signified by a WC as the final grade but it does not affect GPA.  However, WC does count as an attempted course.

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  43. What do I do if I need to talk to my Instructor?

    Instructors hold office hours for individual questions or specific questions not addressed in class.  Check your syllabus for assigned office hours and/or email your Instructor to arrange an individual meeting.

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  44. My Book voucher/Financial Aid are not in yet; how do I get my books?

    It is your responsibility to get all of your class materials before the first day of school.  If you are unable to get your books speak with your instructor.  Many put course books on reserve in the library.  Tutors may also have copies of the books to use during your tutorial sessions.

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  45. How do I know what classes are required for my major?

    Four-Year curriculum worksheets are available on-line at:  http://www.cheyney.edu/academics/degree-programs.cfm or at University College located in the Vaux-Logan building, Suite 105.

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  46. How do I know what my grades are?

    Both midterm and final grades are posted on the PowerCAMPUS Self Service system.  You should also communicate frequently with your instructor regarding your assignments and keep all returned assignments for your records.

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  47. How do I get my class schedule?

    Class schedules for first year students are available through the Department of Guidance & Counseling located in Druckery Social Science building room 251.  You can also print out a copy of your schedule through PowerCAMPUS Self Service.

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  48. When is the Add/Drop deadline and what things should I consider?

    The Add/Drop deadline is posted on the Academic Calendar for each semester of the Academic Year.  Students should speak with their advisor first before deciding to add or drop a course.  The advisor will discuss class load, number of credits attempted, and your academic progress among other things to consider to better assist you in the decision making process.

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  49. What does "Conditionally" accepted mean & what are the requirements?

    A student who fails to meet the full admissions requirements but show potential to be successful at the college level may be admitted on a conditional basis.  Students who are conditionally accepted must sign a contract agreeing to the following:
         *   Participation in the SEEK program and attendance of all workshops
         *   Obtain a minimum 2.0 GPA at the end of the first two semesters

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  50. What is the SEEK program?

    The SEEK programs stands for Students Eagerly Exploring Knowledge.  The program offers:
         *   Opportunities for you to receive assistance with your academic endeavors
         *   Support as you make the transition from high school to college
         *   Leadership skills
         *   Support with academic & social activities

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  51. Should I submit my concerns about the university directly to University College or is there an email?

    Submit your concerns directly to University College.

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  52. Why am I being charged for damages in the Residence Hall that I did not do?

    All students sign a housing contract that states "if it cannot be determined who who created damages in the Residence Hall, fees would be assessed the entire hall."  Please see Residence Life & Housing to review the housing contract you signed.

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  53. If our campus security is a serious concern then why was our parking moved to the top of the hill? 

    We have an open campus which means outsiders can access our campus at anytime.  At night this creates an unsafe and and uncomfortable campus for students. 

    This question will be referred to Chief Richards when he returns back to work after medical leave in February.

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  54.  Why do I pay a Health Fee, what Health services are being provided?

    Health services are offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 11AM to 7PM and on Saturdays 10AM to 3PM.  The Health Center Fees paid by the students do not cover the entire health center fee for the doctor, medications, and supplies.

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