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Academic Affairs
Graduate Catalog 2008-09


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Vision

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Enriching the lives of our students by enhancing the learning environment of the university. www.ecu.edu/studentaffairs/vmv/

Mission

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Student Affairs actively contributes to the mission of the university by providing programs and services designed to enhance the intellectual, social, ethical, physical, cultural, and spiritual development of our students. Student Affairs seeks to enrich students' lives by creating an inclusive and welcoming environment that fosters an appreciation for life-long learning, individual responsibility, and human diversity. www.ecu.edu/studentaffairs/vmv/

Students enrolled in East Carolina University are expected to uphold, at all times, standards of academic integrity and personal behavior that will reflect credit upon themselves, their families, and East Carolina University. Students are also expected to behave with propriety, and to respect the rights and privileges of others. They are expected to abide by the laws of the city, state, and nation, and by all rules and regulations of East Carolina University. Failure to do so may result in sanctions or separation from the university.

Registration at the university implies the student’s acceptance of the published academic regulations and all other rules found in any official publication or announcement. University rules and regulations apply to all students. Conduct regulations, including the academic integrity policy, are described in the East Carolina University Student Handbook.

Student Handbook

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The East Carolina University Student Handbook is available online at www.ecu.edu/policyhub/handbook.cfm. The handbook includes information about university policies and procedures, including drug and weapon policies, the student code of conduct, the judicial system process, and bylaws of the Student Government Association. Also included are the university sexual harassment, discrimination, conflict of interest policies, and the student grievance procedures involving equal opportunity complaints.

A copy of Safety and You, the university publication that includes crime statistics in compliance with federal regulations, is also in the handbook.

East Carolina Creed

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In the pursuit of educational excellence, responsible stewardship, and intellectual freedom, the community of scholars at East Carolina University is committed to learning at the highest level. Founded in the tradition of service and leadership, members of our academic society exemplify high standards of professional and personal conduct at all times.

As an East Carolinian:
  • I will carry out personal and academic integrity.
  • I will respect and appreciate the diversity of our people, ideas, and opinions.
  • I will be thoughtful and responsible in my words and actions.
  • I will engage in purposeful citizenship by serving as a positive role model.

Adherence to these moral principles is the obligation of every student on and off campus. In doing so, individual freedom to learn and a pledge to serve will be preserved.

Student Affairs

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Student Affairs offices include Dean of Students consisting of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Health Services, Counseling Center, Career Center, Student Employment Office, Off-Campus Student Services, Disability Services, Student and Parent Services, Student Government Association, Greek Life, and Student Legal Services; Student Life consisting of Student Activities and Organizations, Campus Recreation and Wellness, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, Campus Housing, and Campus Dining; Communication and Advancement consisting of Strategic Planning and Assessment, Public Relations and Resource Development, Emerging Media, Marketing, Student Media, Staff and Organizational Development, and Technology; Campus Safety consisting of Campus Police Department, Crime Prevention, Emergency Response and Preparedness and Victim Advocate; and Business Operations consisting of Finance and Administration, Human Resources, and Student Transit (www.ecu.edu/studentaffairs/).

Dean of Students Office

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The Dean of Students Office is the central campus resource for addressing and responding to student issues and concerns. By connecting with other university departments and offices, the office supports the needs of students and student communities and identifies resources to respond to those needs (www.ecu.edu/deanofstudents/).

Off-Campus Student Services

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Many students live off campus and in response to the needs of this population, Off-Campus Student Services was established. Use this center to address conflict in the community, to learn about safe and healthy living, and to find out about the policies and ordinances associated with living in Greenville. The office publishes an extensive list of all the rental units available in Greenville (www.ecu.edu/offcampus/).

Student Health Services

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This comprehensive medical facility is available for the student’s health care needs while at ECU. Access to a pharmacy, x-ray services, health and nutrition education, immunization services, massage therapy, laboratory and an allergy shot clinic are here on campus. Routine illness, injury or other non-urgent issues are seen by appointment. Students requiring more immediate medical attention can be evaluated in the Urgent Care area. Visit the Student Health Web site for more information about services, hours of operation and how to access care (www.ecu.edu/studenthealth/).

Disability Support Services

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Disability Support Services (DSS) determines reasonable accommodation and provides services for people with disabilities. Students who had an IEP or a 504 plan in high school might qualify for help from DSS. Students using DSS have disabilities such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disability, or visual impairment (www.ecu.edu/dss/).

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities promotes personal and academic integrity and a safe learning environment. The empowerment of students to make ethical decisions and to become personally responsible citizens are the goals of this office (www.ecu.edu/judicialaffairs/).

Student and Parent Services

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ECU has an office designed specifically to answer parent and guardian’s questions and concerns. Parents and guardians can call the Help Line toll free number at 1-866-552-3957. The office also offers services to students (www.ecu.edu/cs-studentlife/parents/).

Student Government Association

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One benefit of being a full time student at East Carolina University is membership in the Student Government Association (SGA) - the official representative governing body for ECU students. Here the student can voice opinions and gain experience and training in responsible political participation (www.ecu.edu/sga/).

Greek Life

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Commitment to a Greek community offers life long friendships, a chance to devote time to philanthropy, and the experience of learning firsthand how to be a leader. Sorority and fraternity membership is a great way to network with others and serve the community (www.ecu.edu/greeklife/).

SGA Student Legal Services

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Student Legal Services is a legal advisory service for students. Some of the common issues Student Legal Services addresses are lease contracts, city and county code violations, traffic or alcohol violations, domestic abuse, and victim’s rights (www.ecu.edu/legalservices/).

Counseling Center

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A student’s social and emotional development is important to the university. Students who feel anxious, depressed, and stressed should consider seeing a therapist at the Counseling Center. This service is free. The “Self Help” section of the Web site provides valuable tips on managing the adjustment to college, and dealing with issues about relationships, sex, alcohol use, eating disorders, and study skills (www.ecu.edu/counselingcenter/).

Career Center

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The Career Center provides current information about the job market and facilitates career exploration and provides practical work experience opportunities through numerous programs and workshops. Services are available to incoming students, current students, and alumni. Full- and part-time opportunities are available in the public, private, governmental, and corporate sectors (www.ecu.edu/careercenter).

Student Employment Office

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Students who are looking for a part-time job can check out the Student Employment Office located in 100-C Fletcher Residence Hall. The “Career Connections” online database can be used to search for on-campus jobs, off-campus jobs, Federal Work-Study jobs, graduate assistantships, and undergraduate assistantships (www.ecu.edu/studentemployment).

Student Activities and Organizations

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Attendance at events such as Pirate Palooza, Barefoot on the Mall, and Family Weekend are opportunities for students to connect with other students. There are hundreds of student organizations available on campus. The Student Organization Center is located in Mendenhall Student Center and is a resource for locating a group of interest to join (www.ecu.edu/studentorganizations/).

Campus Recreation and Wellness

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Adventure trips, intramural sports, club sports, aquatics, adapted recreation, group fitness, wellness center, and a team training center are available for ECU students.

The university’s Student Recreation Center is the campus health club—convenient, accessible, and filled with activities to keep the mind, body, and spirit in prime condition. Special features include an indoor climbing wall; an outdoor pool with a lounging area; a 10,800 square-foot exercise area with weight machines; an indoor track; three aerobics rooms, cycling studio; and racquetball courts. Outdoor adventure trips, group fitness classes, yoga, tai chi, water sports and lacrosse are among the many opportunities students can find at Campus Recreation and Wellness.

An extensive offering of club sports and intramural teams provide plenty of opportunities for those who want some competition. There are also programs for individuals with disabilities (ARISE) and for youth and family.

Campus Recreation and Wellness also offers a challenge course and a 50-foot alpine tower; an 18-hole Frisbee golf course; the Blount Recreational Sports Complex with 10 flag football and soccer fields and five softball fields; and the North Recreational Complex, which includes eight multisport fields, a six-acre lake, and a field house (www.ecu.edu/crw/).

Ledonia Wright Cultural Center

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The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center provides comprehensive, culture-specific programming that serves students, faculty, staff, and the community. Special resources available include computer workstations, a reading room, tutoring in math, access to a permanent art collection, and a chance to volunteer with the cultural center’s programming efforts (www.ecu.edu/lwcc/).

The Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement

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The Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement provides a location for student opportunities and leadership experiences. Programs focus on global citizenry, diversity, leadership skills, and civic engagement. The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to provide first year students with leadership skills (www.ecu.edu/studentleadership/).

Campus Housing and Residential Development

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Living on campus offers students easy access to everything ECU has to offer without monthly rent payments and utility bills. Students enjoy free laundry facilities, convenient access to dining services, as well as more time to explore and enjoy the myriad of activities available on campus. Living on campus means being right in the middle of the action and close to classes (www.ecu.edu/studentlife/campusliving/).

Campus Dining

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When it comes to eating on campus, there are many convenient choices. Dining halls are located near the residential areas of campus and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, food courts, coffee and juice bars, and convenience stores are located across campus. There are several different meal plans available, including three plans exclusively for commuter students. Each meal plan includes a Pirate Bucks account—a declining-balance account that is used like cash to supplement meals (www.ecu.edu/dining).

Student Media

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Staying up-to-date on campus news, events, and activities, as well as local, regional, national, and international, happenings is made possible with The East Carolinian, Campus 31, and WZMB 91.3 FM, the student newspaper, television and radio station. These mainstays of campus information are complemented by the student literary and visual arts magazines, The Rebel, and Expressions (www.ecu.edu/studentmedia/).

Campus Safety

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One of ECU’s most important priorities is making sure that students stay safe. The campus safety division, housed in the ECU Police Department, promotes a safe environment through awareness and educational programs. ECU uses state-of-the-art security and safety technology to enhance its efforts. Sworn officers patrol the campus on foot, on bicycles, and in marked and unmarked patrol vehicles (www.ecu.edu/police/).

Emergency Response and Preparedness

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Collaborating with the university’s administration, technical services and support, Police Department, and emergency management, the Office of Emergency Response and Preparedness provides a unified command of all public safety and emergency resources or weather-related conditions, ensures effective and timely communications between all safety units, and serves as the university’s single point of contact and management for emergency and crisis situations (www.ecu.edu/police/erp/).

Victim Advocate

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Victim Advocate at East Carolina University was established in 2005 to provide victim advocacy services to those individuals whose life has been affected by crime. The primary mission of the advocacy program is to safeguard the constitutional rights of and provide for the emotional needs of victims during a very difficult time (www.ecu.edu/studentlife/victimservices/).

Student Transit

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The East Carolina University Student Transit Authority provides transit service to ECU students, faculty, and staff. There is no fare; all that is needed to ride is a valid ECU 1 Card.

Buses operate on fixed schedules and provide service to off-campus housing, campus housing, commuter park-and-ride lots, and shopping/service areas during the daytime, evening, and late-night hours. ECU Transit operates during the academic year, beginning on the first day of class each semester and during the summer school sessions. Bus schedules are available on the bus, at the Transit Office, Mendenhall Student Center, Parking and Traffic, and Neighborhood Service offices. Route maps, schedules, and up-to-date transit information can also be found online (www.ecu.edu/transit/).