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Division of Academic Affairs
Graduate Catalog 2010-2011

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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/).

Student Affairs Assessment, Research and Retention

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Student Affairs Assessment, Research and Retention (SAARR) champions a culture of evidence and improvement within the Division of Student Affairs in support of student learning, development, and success. SAARR provides leadership to increase the institution’s knowledge about students, the educational environment, and institutional effectiveness to continuously improve student programs and services, and does so through service in support of outcomes-based assessment, data-driven decision-making, strategic planning, student-focused research, and professional education. (www.ecu.edu/studentaffairs/saassessment).

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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Off-Campus Student Services provides “one stop shop” forum through which students can find affordable housing in a safe and healthy living environment. The department works with students and the surrounding community to promote positive university/community relations. We accomplish this by encouraging open communication and developing educational programs and services in order to empower students to become personally responsible and active members of their neighborhoods and their communities. This office can help students and their parents find suitable off campus housing through an online searchable database of available housing at: (www.ecu.edu/offcampus/).

The Career Center provides current information about the job market, facilitates career exploration, and provides access to practical work experience opportunities. We coordinate one on one career coaching sessions, career fairs, trainings, and employer events. 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/career).

Student Affairs Marketing and Communication

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The Office of Student Affairs Marketing and Communication collaborates with Student Affairs units and personnel as well as other university constituents to help you raise awareness and interest in student-centered programs and services, as well as increase attendance and participation. In addition, the office assists divisional units with market research, develops marketing frameworks, enhances social media presence and identifies opportunities to track and assess communication and marketing for program and/or event effectiveness. The services available include, but are not limited to graphic design, website development, videography, photography, marketing framework/planning, press releases and related training.

Student Health Services

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This comprehensive medical facility is conveniently located on campus and is available for the student’s health care needs while at ECU. Routine illness, injury or other non-urgent issues are seen by appointment. Students requiring more immediate medical attention can be evaluated in the Triage Care. Student Health also offers pharmacy, x-ray services, health and nutrition education, immunization services, massage therapy, laboratory and an allergy shot administration clinic. Visit the Student Health Web site for more information about services, hours of operation, insurance information 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 Transitions and First Year Programs

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The Office of Student Transitions and First Year Programs provides a coordinated, comprehensive approach to enhancing first year student success, and beyond, by achieving four fundamental goals: developing a sense of belonging, collaborating with academic affairs, serving as a liaison for parents, and maintaining a sense of progression during the first year of college and beyond. These goals are accomplished through the following areas: New Student Orientation, Transfer Student Orientation, Freshman Seminar, Plunge Into Purple (Weeks of Welcome), Student Convocation, Parents Services & Diversity Outreach and Transfer Student Services.

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/).

Center for Counseling and Student Development

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A student’s social and emotional development is important to the university. Students who find themselves experiencing significant levels of anxiety, depressed feelings, and/or who are stressed should consider seeing a counselor at the counseling center. This service is free and confidential. The “Self Help” section of the web site provides valuable tips on managing one's adjustment to college and dealing with issues such as: relationships, sex, alcohol/substance use and abuse, eating disorders, and identity. The counseling center also provides ongoing outreach services to classes, residence halls, and other campus gatherings to encourage greater awareness of issues surrounding mental and emotional health of college students. (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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Outstanding facilities, an extensive variety of programs, and a focus on customer services make Campus Recreation & Wellness a one-stop shop for the development of a healthy lifestyle.

Facilities - The 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 a climbing wall; an indoor pool and outdoor pool with a lounging area; a 10,300 square-foot fitness area with free weights, selectorized equipment and cardiovascular machines; a running track; three exercise studios, the Wellness Center, the Adventure Center, basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts. Outdoor adventure trips, group fitness classes, yoga, martial arts, water sports and lacrosse are among the many opportunities students can find at Campus Recreation and Wellness. In addition, a 1,900 square foot fitness facility is available on the first floor of Jones Residence Hall. When recreational interests move outside, the department provides several exceptional venues for participation. The Blount Recreational Sports Complex includes 10 flag football and soccer fields and five softball fields in addition to restrooms and parking. The Blount complex is also adjacent to a Challenge Course and 50-foot Alpine Tower used for a variety of team building and leadership programs. The North Recreational Complex opened in the Fall of 2009 with eight multi-sport fields, a six acre lake, and a field house. Phase 2 of the project will be available in Fall 2011 and will add jogging trails, a beach area with sand volleyball courts, a boathouse, horseshoe pits, outdoor fitness equipment, an Odyssey Challenge Course, and an 18-hole disc golf course.

Programs – The Intramural Sports program offers over 30 different team and individual/dual activities in several skill levels while approximately 40 Club Sports are available for those seeking a more intensive experience in a particular sports. Physical Activity & Fitness features a number of ways to stay in shape including group fitness classes, personal/partner/group training, incentive programs, educational workshops, and instructional programs such as several styles of yoga, dance, and sport-oriented classes to satisfy a particular interest. For those of you looking to explore the great outdoors, the Adventure Program offers a selection of trips, educational workshops, a 27 foot climbing wall, and equipment rental while Leadership & Team Training serves over 100 groups annually through customized group initiative games, challenge course experiences, other active team building activities. The department also offers programming in Adapted Recreation for people with disabilities, Aquatics, Special Events, Member Services, Safety Services, Volunteers, and Youth & Family. Wellness is the focus as the department works to support and encourage balanced and healthful lifestyles for the ECU community through a variety of physical as well as educational programs. (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 Living

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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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ECU Student Transit provides a comprehensive, safe transit service to ECU students, faculty and staff. There is no fare; all students ride free with a valid ECU 1 Card. Buses operate on fixed schedules throughout the academic year and both summer sessions to provide service to both on- and off-campus housing and commuter park-and-ride lots to make getting to class easy. Every student needs a break, so several shopping, service and entertainment venues around Greenville are also served. Additionally, a point-to-point van service called SafeRide operates to supplement night time bus service. All the latest route maps, schedules and other service information can also be found online at (www.ecu.edu/transit/).