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Undergraduate Catalog 2006-07


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Vision

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The Division of Student Life will be recognized for creating an exemplary learning environment that leads to student success.

Mission

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Student Life supports the academic mission of the university by providing programs and services that inspire the holistic growth and development of students, preparing them to enter the global community as responsible, contributing citizens.

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 (www.ecu.edu/studentlife/scr).

Student Handbook

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The East Carolina University Student Handbook is available online at www.ecu.edu/studenthandbook. The handbook includes information on 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.

Student Life Services

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Student Life services and programs include Campus Living, Dining Services, and Student Transit; Campus Recreation & Wellness; Dean of Students Office, Center for Counseling and Student Development, Student Health Service including Health and Nutrition Education, Disability Support Services, Office of the Victim Advocate, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, The Center for Off-Campus & Community Living including Student Neighborhood Relations and Off-Campus Housing and Special Programs; Mendenhall Student Center including University Unions/Student Experiences, Student Union Programming Board, MSC Event Planning and Conference Services, MSC Recreation, and Student Media; Cultural Opportunities including Central Ticket Office, Cultural Awareness, and the Arts; Student Involvement; Student Organization Center including Greek Life, Student Government Association, SGA Student Legal Services and Campus Ministers Association; Office of Intercultural Student Affairs including Ledonia Wright Cultural Center; the Career Center; Divisional Marketing; and the Police Department.

Campus Living and Dining

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Housing

Campus Living is committed to offering personal and affordable services, supporting the academic mission of the university, and providing opportunities for individual growth within a comfortable environment and caring community. The ECU campus provides a supportive atmosphere in which a student can explore new academic ideas and social experiences. Campus Living means meeting new people, some of whom will become good friends for life; living in an environment conducive to studying, where academic assistance is readily available; and taking advantage of numerous benefits, such as proximity to classes and campus activities, neighborhood, and lifestyle options that suit ones’ personality.

A variety of living and dining options are available. ECU has both suite style and traditional residence halls located in three neighborhoods on the campus. College Hill, Central, and West neighborhoods offer the convenience of living near classrooms, the library, recreational facilities, campus activities, and campus facilities. The university currently maintains fifteen residence halls that over 5,500 students call home. Residence hall amenities include cable, high speed internet, free online music services, laundry, and a wide range of educational and social programs, at no additional cost.

Information regarding university housing is available at Campus Living, Office Suite 100, Jones Residence Hall. Detailed information is available through Campus Living; 252-ECU-HOME (328-4663); or the ECU home page at www.ecu.edu/ campusliving.

Dining Services

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From state-of-of-the-art dining halls to food courts and snack bars to even convenience stores, Dining Services has locations where students can get a full meal, a snack, a latte or just hang out with their friends [or laptop] anytime, from 7 a.m.–2 a.m. The time saved will be perfect for relaxing or spending a little quality time with friends. And for variety, Dining Services has just what students are looking for. Whether it’s vegetarian, low-calorie, low-fat, or meat and potatoes (or even a little junk food from time to time), Dining Services has it.

Students have enough to worry about on campus: classes, studying, work and extracurricular activities. They shouldn’t have to stress about eating too. Having a meal plan lets them grab a meal with friends, when they want it and where they want it. Having a meal plan also means never worrying about cooking, doing dishes, or rummaging for spare change when it’s time to eat. Customers also save sales tax whenever they use their plan.

In addition to great food, convenient locations and flexible meal plans, ECU Campus Dining hosts an array of special events throughout the year, giving students the change to enjoy great food, get together and make new friends. The Jam® Rewards Program is available free to all ECU students. Jam gives students the opportunity to earn points with every dining purchase. Points can be cashed in for free items, including gift cards and electronics, or points may be donated to America’s Second Harvest Food Bank. More information is available at www.jamrewards.com.

A staff nutritionist monitors all dining menus and is available to assist students with special dietary needs. More information about ECU Campus Dining is available at the ECU Dining Services office in Jones Residence hall, by telephone – 252.ECU. FOOD (328-3663) or visit online at www.ecu.edu/dining.

Student Transit

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The Student Transit Authority, a student-owned and operated system, is funded by student activity fees and provides safe, reliable and efficient transit services to students, staff, faculty and visitors. An extensive network of bus routes offers timely service to, from, and around the campus community, including parking lots, off-campus housing, and several shopping/service areas each day during the academic sessions. Bus schedules, route maps and other important information is available online at www.transit.ecu.edu, onboard the bus or at Mendenhall Student Center, Joyner Library, Neighborhood Services Offices, and Parking and Traffic Services. For information, please contact ECUSTA, 252-328-4724.

Campus Recreation and Wellness

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The Department of Campus Recreation & Wellness is located in the Student Recreation Center and provides a broad and diverse program of recreational and wellness-oriented activities to all students, faculty, and staff. Campus Recreation & Wellness strives to enhance positive recreation and wellness lifestyles of the university community and to foster a lifelong commitment to learning skills associated with physical, emotional, and mental well-being. To receive more information on these programs, telephone 252-328-6387 or visit the web site at www.ecu.edu/cs-studentlife/crw. Recreational opportunities are available in the following program areas:

Adventure: The adventure program offers both single-day and multi-day trips every semester, such as sea kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, whitewater rafting, caving, and surfing. The adventure program also provides workshops on a variety of outdoor skills, such as outdoor cooking, kayak roll sessions, and trip preparation. Outdoor equipment can be rented at the Adventure Center in the Student Recreation Center. In addition, the adventure program operates a team building and leadership development course through the Team Training Center.

Aquatics: The aquatics program provides group and private swimming lessons for adults and children as well as training and certification in community first aid and safety, CPR for the professional rescuer, and lifeguard training.

ARISE: An adapted recreation program provides opportunities in recreational activities for individuals with disabilities. ARISE offers adapted wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, hand cycling, rock climbing, and a number of unique special events. In addition, ARISE will assist in providing reasonable accommodations to allow participation in all other program offerings of the department.

Campus Wellness: Campus wellness assists students and faculty/staff in making healthy lifestyle decisions by learning knowledge and skills necessary to achieve optimal health for personal and academic success. Campus wellness is a resource for the ECU community providing health and wellness education through individual consultation, outreach programming, awareness events, and health resources. Health education professionals are also available to answer questions about health-related matters, to work out individualized plans to enhance health, and to make referrals. A resource library of books, brochures, CD’s, videos, and models are available for loan.

Club Sports: The club sports program combines recreational opportunities with instruction and competition in a variety of sports-related activities. Clubs are developed and organized by students, with administrative and financial support provided by Campus Recreation and Wellness. Participants have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they become involved in the day-to-day operation and management of their club. Active clubs include the following:

Badminton Skiing/Snowboarding
Men’s Baseball Soccer (Men & Women)
Basketball (Men & Women) Women's Softball
Billiards Surfing
Cycling Swimming
Equestrian Tennis (Men & Women)
Fencing Women’s Volleyball
Field Hockey Water Polo (Men & Women)
Figure Skating Water Ski/Wakeboarding
Frisbee (Men & Women) Martial Arts
Golf Budo Taijutsu
Men’s Ice Hockey Isshinryu
Lacrosse (Men & Women) Tae Kwon Do
Rugby (Men & Women) Tai Chi
Scuba/Diving

Fitness: The fitness program provides quality personal training, group fitness classes, seminars, workshops, and lifestyle enhancement classes designed to provide education about a variety of healthy lifestyle options. Personal trainers are nationally certified and can provide new exercise techniques and motivation. Group fitness classes are offered in a variety of class formats, including cycling, kickboxing, step, multi-impact, aqua, and muscle strengthening. Lifestyle enhancement classes include yoga, tai chi, shag dancing, ballroom dancing, and self-defense.

Intramural Sports: Intramural Sports offers a wide variety of competitive and recreational opportunities encompassing team, individual/dual, and special event activities for both men and women. Participation is open to all currently enrolled students and presently employed faculty and staff. Individuals or teams wishing to participate in an intramural sport need to attend the registration meeting for their selected sport. Registration meeting dates and times are published in a program guide available at the Student Recreation Center.

Volunteers: Volunteers are a critical work force within many areas of CRW. Whether you are looking to complete volunteer hours for a course, seeking to accumulate service hours, or just want to help, there are a number of opportunities to get involved in a setting that is recreational and fun.

Student Employment: Campus Recreation and Wellness employs over two hundred students annually. Jobs are available in all program areas, and an application is available online. Campus Recreation and Wellness also offers several graduate assistantships and internships.

Campus Recreation and Wellness Facilities

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The Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness manages a number of outstanding facilities that are available for use by students and other members of the ECU community.

Student Recreation Center: The 150,000 square foot Student Recreation Center, located next to Mendenhall Student Center, houses six multi-sports courts, one squash and six racquetball courts, a twenty-seven foot climbing wall, a one- seventh mile track, indoor/outdoor pool with lounging area, Center Court juice bar, three exercise studios, 10,000 square foot cardiovascular and weight training area, and outdoor adventure center, as well as locker rooms and administrative offices. Currently enrolled students who have paid activity fees are automatically members of the Student Recreation Center, and may use it by presenting a valid ECU One Card. Distance education students, faculty, staff, ECU alumni, spouses of ECU faculty, staff, and alumni, and student spouses are eligible to purchase memberships to the Student Recreation Center. Guest and dependent day passes are also available for purchase. Dependents/guests are admitted for free on Saturdays, up to three per ID, and when accompanied by a member.

“Fitness Pointe” Weight Room: Housed in Jones Residence Hall this 1,900 square foot cardiovascular and weight training fitness facility is conveniently located for students who live on College Hill Drive.

Blount Recreational Sports Complex: This outdoor field complex, located off of Charles Boulevard behind the Belk Building, has eighteen acres of sport fields for flag football, soccer, softball, and club sports activities. These fields are used for intramural and club sports and can be reserved for use by campus groups with advance notice.

Team Training Center: Located in a wooded area adjacent to the Blount Recreational Sports Complex, this Challenge Course facility includes a variety of both high and low elements that are used to facilitate groups through initiative games and team building exercises. Numerous campus and community groups complete courses that can be individually tailored to meet the specific objectives of their organization. In the summer of 2006, the fifty-foot Alpine Tower was added, which provides a variety of high element challenges.

Frisbee Golf Course: The only eighteen-hole Frisbee Disc Golf Course in the UNC system is located adjacent to the ECU Baseball/Softball field complex, off of Charles Boulevard. No reservations are needed to use the course. Frisbee discs may be checked out from the customer services desk at the Student Recreation Center.

North Recreational Complex: In spring 2006, a groundbreaking was conducted for the Phase 1 development of a 129-acre multi-sport field complex and park, which is anticipated to be completed by spring 2008. Phase 1 includes development of approximately sixty-five acres to include eight lighted multi-sport activity fields, a six acre lake, field house and separate maintenance facility, roads and parking, and suitable landscaping.

Wellness Center: Opened in spring 2007, the Wellness Center is available to all students, faculty, and staff free of charge. Operated by Campus Wellness Education Leaders (CWELs), the center offers materials to check out, such as books and videos, free health screenings, educational packets, nutrition diet analysis and more.

Dean of Students Office

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The Dean of Students Office at East Carolina University is the central campus resource for addressing and responding to student issues and concerns. Staff within the dean’s office often serves as liaisons between students, faculty, staff and administrators. The dean’s office provides assistance to students, and family members who are navigating their way through various campus procedures. Staff in the dean’s office often helps develop, articulate, disseminate and enforce university rules, regulations, and policies.

The Dean of Students Office works directly with students to help solve problems, to assist in individual and group crisis management, and to advocate for students when appropriate. Students are encouraged to visit staff in the Dean’s Office to discuss ideas, personal issues, or general concerns about student life at East Carolina University.

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.

The Dean of Students Office administratively oversees the following areas: Center for Counseling & Student Development, Center for Off-Campus and Community Living Disability Support Services, Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, Office of Victim Services and Student Health Services.

Committed to teaching civic engagement, the Dean of Students Office cultivates a caring environment that values personal and academic integrity, respect for all people, and responsible citizenship that holds students accountable for their behavior. In collaboration with the university, the Dean of Students’ staff is invested in serving students in a safe and healthy environment. Students are encouraged to call 252-328-9297 for an appointment or to consult with the dean’s staff. The web page may be accessed at www.ecu.edu/studentlife/dos.

The Center for Counseling and Student Development

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The Center for Counseling and Student Development helps students make the most of their opportunities for personal and academic development while enrolled in the university. The center offers counseling in the following areas: personal/adjustment issues, academic, career, and alcohol and other drug abuse. Psychiatry services are also offered through the office. In addition to individual counseling, group sessions are conducted for those students who wish to focus on various problems or personal concerns that arise from the stress of university life and interpersonal relations. The center’s staff provides educational outreach programs and workshops on a wide variety of subjects to the campus community. When necessary, tests and inventories are used to help students ascertain their areas of interest and/or to gain insight into their personal adjustment. Enrolled students are entitled to the services provided by the center free of charge.

The Center for Counseling and Student Development is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Students are encouraged to call 252-328-6661 for an appointment or to consult about emergency services. The web page can be accessed at: www.ecu.edu/cs-studentlife/counselingcenter.

Student Health Services

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The Student Health Service (SHS) provides individualized high quality health care and nutrition education for currently enrolled, fee-paying, ECU students. The outpatient clinic provides health care through appointments for students’ convenience and through an urgent care clinic during operating hours. Services include, but are not limited to, routine health care (illness, accidents, physicals, wellness, etc) mental health, massage therapy, sports medicine, health and wellness education, pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray, allergy vaccine clinic, self-care medication clinic, health insurance and more. An after-hours nurse line is available to students twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week including holidays and weekends, to assist students in making medical decisions. The nurse will assess the needs, provide self-care instructions when appropriate, and provide phone numbers to local urgent care facilities as needed. Students may access this line by calling the main number (252-328-6841) and following the prompts in the recorded message.

The Student Health Service does not issue official university excuses for illness or injury. If requested, at the time of service, the Student Health Service will confirm in writing that the student received medical care on that date. If a faculty member needs additional information regarding visit dates or the nature and/or scope of illness or injury, the student must authorize release of the information by signing a release of information form at the Student Health Service.

The telephone numbers for the Student Health Services are as follows: main switchboard 252-328-6841; pharmacy 252- 328-6841, ext. 608.

Health and Nutrition Education

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The Health and Nutrition Education department assists students in making healthy lifestyle decisions by learning knowledge and skills necessary to achieve optimal health for personal and academic success. Health and Nutrition Education is a resource for students, providing health and nutrition education through individual consultation, outreach programming, awareness events, and health resources. Health and Nutrition Education professionals are also available to answer questions students have about health-related matters, to work out individualized plans to enhance health and to make referrals. A resource library of books, brochures, CDs and videos, and models are available for loan. Registered dieticians are available for nutrition consultation with students, as well as for nutritional programs and presentations.

The Health and Nutrition Education department is located in the Student Health Service Building. For more information, call 252-328-6794 or visit our website. www.ecu.edu/wellnessed.

Disability Support Services

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The Department for Disability Support Services works in collaboration with faculty, staff, and departments throughout the university to fulfill the institution’s commitment to accessibility. Services and accommodations are designed to meet the individual needs of all students and encompass all aspects of university life. The staff assists students with freshman and transfer transition issues, academic accommodations, academic counseling, and referrals for attendant care and mobility training. Additional program information is available by telephone at 252-737-1016 and online at www.ecu.edu/dss.

Office of Victim Advocate

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The Office of the Victim Advocate at East Carolina University is a one-stop resource to receive advocacy and support services. The program has a number of goals, and offers programs and services to address the special challenges students encounter related to their personal safety. One goal is to educate students year-round in classrooms, residence halls, student groups about their rights should they become a victim of a crime on- and off-campus. Another goal is to continuously improve East Carolina’s preventative rape education, and to promote responsible choices concerning healthy relationships. Throughout the year, students will assist the victim advocates’ office in raising awareness about other social issues, by hosting several activities such as “Take Back the Night” and Sexual Assault Awareness Week for a “Campus Free of Sexual Assault”. These goals are a way to empower students to make the right decisions when they are faced with options that could have a lasting effect on them.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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This office works to promote personal and academic integrity and a safe learning environment for all East Carolina University students, faculty, and staff. The office administers the Student Code of Conduct, which defines behaviors that are inappropriate for ECU students. The code applies to behavior both on- and off-campus, and can be found on the office web page. Students accused of violating the Code of Conduct begin the resolution process by meeting with the departmental staff. Additional information about Student Rights and Responsibilities may be obtained by calling 252-328-6824 or visiting www.ecu.edu/ studentlife/scr.

The Center for Off-Campus and Community Living

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The Center for Off-Campus and Community Living addresses the unique needs of East Carolina University students who live off-campus, whether they reside in a house within walking distance of campus, live in an apartment complex, or commute to campus.

The Center for Off-Campus and Community Living promotes and encourages a diverse environment that supports the personal and academic development of students. We empower students to become model citizens of the university, their community or neighborhood, and of Greenville.

Student Neighborhood Relations

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The office of Student Neighborhood Relations works to enhance the quality of life for students and their neighbors in the city of Greenville. This office is an advocate for the university’s off-campus population. This office serves to facilitator between students, the city, law enforcement, university officials, landlords, and permanent residents. By educating and empowering students on good citizenship and having these students taking personal responsibility for their actions, students can become active community members that promote safe, clean, and healthy neighborhoods within our university area.

Working closely with students, neighborhood associations, and landlords, the Student Neighborhood Relations Facilitator is an advocate for the students. The primary focus of this office is educating students on aspects of becoming an ideal citizen of their community. The Facilitator works to resolve town and gown issues and helps create viable solutions to various forms of conflict. Some of this education covers topics on city ordinances, zoning, safety, how to have a responsible party off-campus, and how to be a good neighbor. Contact 252-328-2847 or www.ecu.edu/studentlife/offcampus for more information.

Off-Campus Housing and Special Programs

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The office of Off-Campus Housing works to enhance the quality of living for students around East Carolina University. This office assists students with leases and landlords, and promotes healthy, clean and safe living environments. This office can provide students with landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities. This office has a database of available housing, from which students can easily search for suitable off-campus living. Students who seek to live in houses/apartments off-campus or just want to find out more information about off-campus housing options may contact this office at 252-328-2847, or go to www.ecu/offcampushousing.

The office also provides programs for commuter students and adults re-entering college, by providing information about available campus, community, and regional programs and services. These programs provide opportunities for adult and commuter students to interact socially with students in similar circumstances and to feel more connected to campus life. The office sponsors an off-campus living fair during the fall semester and provides off-campus housing information on its web site. For additional information regarding special programs for adult and commuter students, contact 252-328-2847.

Mendenhall Student Center

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Mendenhall Student Center is East Carolina University’s Student Union. The 120,000 square foot facility provides meeting rooms, lounges, study areas, a coffee kiosk, an 800-seat theater, a bowling alley, a billiards area, and the Central Ticket Office. Offices for the University Unions/Student Experiences, Student Union, Cultural Outreach, MSC Recreation, the Student Government Association and other student government organizations, Greek Life, and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities may all be found in Mendenhall.

University Unions/Student Experiences

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The Department of University Unions/Student Experiences offers a wide variety of programs, services, and facilities dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the campus community. The department is housed, for the most part, in Mendenhall Student Center. The Department of University Unions/Student Experiences encompasses Greek Life, Student Activities and Major Events, Student Organization Center, Student Involvement, Student Leadership, Student Government Association, Graduate Student Association, Student Legal Services, Student Union Programming Board, Student Media, MSC Recreation, the Office of Cultural Outreach and Co-Curricular Programming, Event Planning & Conference Services, the Central Ticket Office, and Wright Auditorium. Through a broad range of co-curricular, cultural, educational, developmental, recreational, and social programs, the department complements the academic programs of the university by providing programs which enhance the educational and cultural experience of students, by providing facilities which serve as laboratories where theoretical and experiential experiences are integrated, and through guidance by a professional staff that assists students to further develop their intellectual capabilities, creative abilities, leadership potential, and citizenship skills. The Department of University Unions/Student Experiences seems to serve all constituents of the university as a unifying force in the life of East Carolina University, cultivating enduring regard for and loyalty to the university.

The Student Union Programming Board

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Student volunteers organize and present programs that complement academics. Students are encouraged to volunteer to serve on the following committees:

Barefoot: Develops events and programs for this day-long celebration of spring.
Films: Selects blockbuster Hollywood hits and presents them free of charge on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in Hendrix Theater.
Popular Entertainment Committee: Presents programs by artists from the world of jazz, folk, rhythm and blues, rock, and popular entertainment.
Spectrum: Presents programs of high interest and high entertainment value, including: lecturers, hypnotists, mimes, and comedians.
Visual Arts: Presents art exhibits in the Mendenhall Gallery and sponsors the annual ILLUMINA Student Art Competition.
Cultural Awareness: Brings diverse offerings of music, arts, speakers, and exhibits from around the world, including minority films, the International Festival, the Black Arts Festival, and Handicapped Awareness Week programs.
Marketing: Publicizes and promotes Student Union events.
Annual New York Adventure: Arranges bus trips for students, faculty, and staff to the Big Apple during the Thanksgiving break.

MSC Event Planning and Conference Services

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The Event Planning Office is available to help plan meetings or events and to reserve any necessary space in Mendenhall Student Center and Wright Auditorium. Mendenhall Student Center’s facilities are available for student organization, university department, and general public use.

MSC Recreation

MSC Recreation, located on the lower level of MSC, features the Outer Limitz and the Pirate Underground/Billiards. Outer Limitz has eight regulation bowling lanes equipped with automatic scoring and bumpers. Pirate Underground/Billiards has nine nine-foot pool tables, three butterfly table tennis tables, electronic and board games. MSC Recreation sponsors bowling and billiards leagues, Playstation tournaments, and ACUI qualifying tournaments for regional competitors. Recognized student organizations, clubs, campus departments, and student groups can reserve these areas.

Student Media

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The East Carolinian, the university’s student newspaper, is published three times weekly by the students. It carries university and alumni news, and is designed to furnish an outlet for student expression on all matters pertaining to student educational and social development. The paper is available online at http://www.theeastcarolinian.com.

Expressions, a periodic magazine, is published by the students. It includes campus news, much of which is of particular interest to minority students. Expressions may be accessed at www.expressions.ecu.edu.

The Rebel is the university literary magazine published by the students.

WZMB-FM is the student radio station offering news and a variety of musical programs of interest to all segments of the university community.

The Buccaneer is the university official yearbook. Student staff work year-round to produce a historical document of university life.

Cultural Opportunities

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Central Ticket Office

Located on the main floor of Mendenhall Student Center, the Central Ticket Office provides tickets to a variety of campus wide programs and events, including programs by the Student Union Programming Board, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series, Travel-Adventure Film Series, Family Fare Series, Arts Smart Series, School of Music, School of Theatre and Dance, Family Weekend, rentals for Wright Auditorium, Student Organization programs, and more. Tickets to home games for football and basketball are also distributed at the Central Ticket Office. Students are required to present an ECU One Card to secure complimentary and discount tickets.

Cultural Awareness

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Presenting programs that emphasize minority cultures and interests is the responsibility of the Student Union Programming Board Cultural Awareness Committee. The committee annually sponsors minority films, a Jewish and International Festival, a Black Arts Festival, and handicapped awareness week programs.

The Arts

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East Carolina University Poetry Forum
The East Carolina University Poetry Forum conducts an informal workshop in poetry that meets in the Mendenhall Student Center at 8 p.m., the first and third Thursday during the months of the academic year. The forum sponsors the visits of established poets. Robert Creely, Patricia Goedicke, William Stafford, James Dickey, Carolyn Kizer, Lucille Clifton, Fred Chappell, and Louis Simpson are among the poets who have read on the ECU campus.

S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series
Culture isn’t only about experiments in a Petri dish or a strand of pearls. Rather, culture is about having the opportunity to attend concerts by some of the greatest artists and performers that the world has to offer. The ECU S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series presents an annual season of nine of the world’s best performers and performances of classical, opera, modern dance, ballet, Broadway, jazz, and more, in Wright Auditorium at modest prices. A component of the College of Fine Arts & Communication, the series has served the university and regional community for more than forty years with cultural arts programming. The series also offers dynamic pre-show dinner/panel programs to help audiences learn more about the performances and the performers. For those who desire an extended opportunity to be involved, the series offers graduate assistantships, marketing internships, and office assistantships.

Family Fare Series/Arts Smart Series
Dedicated to providing culturally-enriching programs for young audiences, the Family Fare Series offers wholesome, curriculum related plays and concerts for family audiences on Saturday afternoons at Wright Auditorium. Arts Smart, a companion program,offers these performances to school children ages K-6, who are bused to campus from twenty-one eastern NC counties.

Student Involvement

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Student Involvement provides a variety of leadership programs for students and student organizations. By taking part, students will learn important leadership practices that are necessary to being exemplary leaders. These programs include the Emerging Leaders Program, the ELITE Pirate, Walter Williams Leadership Scholars, SGA Shipmates, and LeaderShape, Inc.

Student Organization Center

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The Student Organization Center offers a wide variety of programs, service and resources designed to assist and support student organizations and to develop leadership skills among students. These skills will not only help students become successful student leaders at ECU, but can also help them stand out in their professional careers. The Student Organization Center offers opportunities to become an active member of the ECU community while filling resumes with great experiences. Student organizations are listed in the student organization directory according to their interest. Categories include:

  • Allied Health Sciences (organizations supporting the School of Allied Health Sciences and the allied health professions)
  • Art (organizations support the School of Art and Design and student groups with an interest in art)
  • Arts and Sciences (organizations supporting the College of Arts and Sciences, professions, and interests within the disciplines of the college)
  • Business (organizations supporting the College of Business, professions, and interests within the disciplines of the school)
  • Education (organizations supporting the College of Education, professions, and interests within the disciplines of the school)
  • Graduate School Organization (organizations specifically supporting graduate student interests)
  • Health and Human Performance (organizations supporting the student interests and professions within the disciplines of the school)
  • Honorary and Honor Societies (Societies that expect high standards in scholastics, personal service, and/or but not limited to co-curricular endeavors)
  • Human Ecology (organizations supporting the student interests within the disciplines of the college)
  • International and Ethnic (organizations that provide a variety of support for international students and ethnic minorities; to create awareness of international ethnic minority cultures)
  • Media and Publications (media programs and publications led by university students)
  • Medical (organizations supporting the student interests and professions within the disciplines of the school)
  • Military (organizations supporting the student interests pertaining to the military and/or ROTC programs)
  • Music and Dance (organizations supporting the student interests of music and dance)
  • Nursing (organizations supporting the student interests and professions within the disciplines of the school)
  • Political and/or Social Action (organizations supporting the student interest pertaining to political viewpoints and/or social issues)
  • Recreation (sports clubs primarily located within the Department of Recreational Services)
  • Religious (organizations that support the spiritual needs of students)
  • Service (organizations whose primary purpose is to provide community service)
  • Social Fraternity (men’s Greek letter organizations promoting brotherhood)
  • Social Sororities (women’s Greek letter organizations promoting sisterhood)
  • Special interest (organizations supporting a variety of interests and/or hobbies)
  • Student and Community Government (the student governing bodies, including the Student Government Association, and the Residence Hall Association and its hall councils)
  • Technology and Computer Science (organizations supporting the student interests and professions within the disciplines of the college)
A listing of organizations currently recognized may be found at www.ecu.edu/studentleadership.

Greek Life

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The Office of Greek Life works with fraternities and sororities that are members or the National Panhellenic Association, the National Pan-Hellenic Conference, and the Interfraternity Council. The office promotes diversity, life-long learning, friendship, and service – recognizing that sorority and fraternity membership is enhanced through the development of leadership, networking, and ethical decision-making and career-life skills. The office coordinates new member recruitment and assists members with academic, risk management, and social activities.

Student Government Association

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All East Carolina University students are members of the Student Government Association (SGA), the official representative governing body for students. SGA has three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. Together, they provide an official voice for expressing student opinion within the campus, to the University of North Carolina, and at local, state, and national levels.

Executive Branch: The executive branch of SGA consists of the student body president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. All four of the executive officers are elected annually by a majority of those voting in the student body elections. The executive branch represents the student body in working with the faculty, administration, official guests, and students from other schools. The president of SGA serves as an ex-officio trustee.

Legislative Branch: The legislative branch of SGA, also known as the Student Senate, a collective group of ECU students who strive to enhance the student experience at East Carolina University by serving as a forum for student views and by protecting the rights and privileges of the student body. The senate, with the approval of the executive branch, distributes student fees to registered campus organizations, which allows students to engage in programming, attend relevant conferences and conventions, and sponsor recreational and service activities.

Judicial Branch: Student members of the Judicial Boards hear cases arising out of alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Attorney General also rules on SGA constitutional issues.

SGA Student Legal Services

A student who is facing legal situations may contact Student Legal Services, which is funded by SGA to answer legal questions and give legal advice. There is no charge to the student for this service. The attorney will not represent the student, but may refer to another attorney. Call the SGA office, 252-328-4726, for a confidential referral.

Campus Ministers Association

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This interfaith organization promotes moral values and service to others, and assists in personal and faith development. It serves as a bridge between the campus and the community, and sponsors interfaith activities. The association maintains a Prayer Request Box, located at the Wright Place. Student religious organizations represent diverse religious faiths.

Office of Intercultural Student Affairs

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The mission of the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs is to assist in creating an environment that is supportive and conducive to meeting the educational, intellectual, and social needs of multiethnic students on the East Carolina University campus. This is achieved through efforts such as freshman outreach activities, social justice programming, leadership development opportunities for student organizations, and by providing administrative assistance to student organizations. Additionally, the director is involved in campus retention and community recruitment initiatives and participates in research to enhance those areas. For additional information, call 252-328-4350 or visit www.ecu.edu/studentlife/icsa/.

Ledonia Wright Cultural Center

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The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center conducts activities that parallel the University’s mission to increase awareness and promote cultural understanding.

The staff of the center works in conjunction with university departments and colleges to produce academic support programs and assist with orientation, transition programs, retention, and graduation activities. The center also helps promote the principles of cultural competence among the entire university.

The cultural center is the heartbeat of East Carolina University’s multicultural activity. Educational resources at the center include: a reading room/library computer workstations, tutorial services, health and career information, genealogy research tools, space for meetings, tours, and art exhibitions.

The multicultural programming sponsored by the cultural center includes several ongoing programs and observances such as Dialogue on Diversity, Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Deaf Heritage Week, Multicultural Holiday Celebration, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, and other special recognitions.

The cultural center hosts receptions and provides meeting facilities for students, staff, and faculty. A kitchen and other spaces are available for students to relax between classes. For more information, please contact Ledonia Wright Cultural Center at 252-328-6495 or visit www.ecu.edu/lwcc.

Career Center

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The Career Center provides workshops, programs, services and opportunities for students that facilitate career exploration, practical work experience, and professional development. Comprehensive technology and resources enable the Career Center to provide quality offerings in a variety of delivery methods to coincide with your needs. You can develop a resume and have it critiqued, participate in a mock interview, engage your peers at an etiquette dinner, and attend the largest career fairs in the state.

The Career Center is located at 701 E. 5th Street (corner of 5th & Jarvis) or online at www.ecu.edu/e3careers. The Career Center is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and can be reached at 252-328-6050.

Divisional Marketing

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The Division of Student Life Marketing Department is focused on providing out-of-the-box thinking to improve daily communications that promote programs and services offered by divisional departments. Through a team-oriented, proactive approach, the marketing team utilizes a multi-media, advertising agency concept to delivery all aspects of client needs and marketing objectives.

Police Department

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The East Carolina University Police Department is responsible for maintaining a safe and pleasant environment in which to live and learn. The department is made up of two divisions: Operations Division, and the Support Services Division. Officers with the department are charged with the responsibility of protecting life and property, detecting crime on campus, and providing essential services to the university community. Concerned with the protection of life and property, the officers enforce both the laws of the state of North Carolina and the regulations of the university.

The East Carolina University Police Department is a full-service police organization that operates twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. The department consists of fifty-six certified officers, ten auxiliary officers, twenty-five to thirty student patrol officers, ten to fifteen SAFE Ride drivers, twelve telecommunicators and seven full-time support service personnel.

Each member of the university community is responsible for campus safety. To assist in this endeavor, the Campus Safety Section of the Operations Division promotes a safe environment through prevention, awareness and educational programs. The department collaborates with the Student Neighborhood Relations Facilitator in promoting a healthy and safe environment for students living off-campus.

Information about crime prevention and criminal activity on the ECU campus, streets and sidewalks adjacent to campus and in non-campus properties controlled by recognized student organizations is available at www.ecu.edu/police. That site provides crime statistics for the previous three years and information about the security of campus facilities, including residence halls; crime prevention information; information about services and counseling for victims of violence, including sexual assault and domestic violations, and the substance abuse policy; a link to information about registered sex offenders; and a listing of lost and found items turned into the department.

The department non-emergency telephone number is 252-328-6787. A 911 call placed from any campus telephone will reach the ECU Police Department.