Feb 24, 2020  
2004-2006 Undergraduate Catalog 
2004-2006 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

Each student is a person of dignity, worth and responsibility who has elected to attend the university for the purposes of attaining an education and to grow and mature through additional learning experiences outside of the classroom.

The goal of the student life staff is to assist in the total development of each student by providing appropriate, life-centered educational programs and services. Primary concerns of the staff focus on helping students to develop leadership skills, decision-making competencies, self-discipline, respect for others, skills of self-evaluation, and the learning and development of social responsibility and human relations skills.

Entries appear in alphabetical order. Click on a link to be taken to the entry below.


Academic Honor Societies


Alpha Psi Omega encourages excellence in dramatics on campus. Requirements for membership include active participation in technical work and acting. Invitation for membership is determined by the accumulation of points in the above areas.

Blue Key Honor Society recognizes primarily juniors and seniors for scholarhip, leadership and service to their campus and community. Students may be in any major course of study to be invited to join, but must have a 3.0 or higher QPA.

Delta Alpha Chi is an academic/professoinal organizton dedicated to the support and enhancement of the Student Personnel Master’s Degree program. Membership is open to graduate students in the Student Personnel program.

Gamma Sigma Alpha exists to recognize the academic achievement of fraternity and sorority members at Slippery Rock University. Members of social fraternities and sororities who are juniors or seniors with a 3.5 or higher QPA may become initiated members.

Golden Key is an internationally recognized academic honor society dedicated to excellence. The society’s goals are to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement and excellence in all undergraduate fields of study, to unite faculty and administrators in developing and maintaining high standards of education, to provide economic assistance to outstanding members by means of both undergraduate and graduate scholarships and to promote scholastic achievement and voluntary service. Membership is by invitation to juniors and seniors (in all fields) who have achieved a minimum 3.40 QPA.

Lambda Epsilon Delta recognizes outstanding elementary education majors. Students are required to have a 3.000 overall QPA after completing 60 semester credits in order to be eligible for membership.

Lambda Pi Eta recognizes currently enrolled full-time students in good standing majoring in communications. Students are required to have completed 45 credits with a QPA of 3.000 and nine credits in communication courses with a 3.250 QPA.

Lambda Sigma honors sophomore students who have enriched campus life. The honorary is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service. Active members are chosen according to an election system approved by the national board and are initiated in the spring.

Mu Phi Epsilon is an international, professional music fraternity whose purpose is scholarship, musicianship and the promotion of friendship. The fraternity is open to music majors who have a minimum QPA of 2.500 with a minimum QPA of 3.000 in music subjects. Members serve the department by ushering, sponsoring concerts, and participating in community outreach programs.

Order of Omega recognizes students who have attained a high standard of leadership in InterGreek activities. It strives to bring together the most representative fraternity and sorority members with faculty, staff and alumni of the institution.

Omicron Delta Epsilon is the international honor society in economics and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. ODE promotes excellence in academic study by restriction of membership to upper division undergraduates who have a B average and at least 12 credit hours of economics with an average grade of at least a B. ODE also publishes The American Economist, a journal that accepts manuscripts from graduate and undergraduate students majoring in economics.

Phi Alpha Theta is dedicated to promotion of research, instruction, publication, and exchange of experiences among historians. Students maintaining high academic standards in history and general studies are eligible to become members. The RHO IOTA Slippery Rock Chapter has been selected best chapter in Division III for 1989-90 and 1990-91 school years.

Phi Epsilon Kappa recognizes outstanding health and physical education majors. Fraternity objectives are to elevate the standards, ideals, and ethics of those engaged in the teaching of physical education. Membership requirements include a minimum overall QPA of 2.750 and a 3.000 QPA in all major courses.

Phi Eta Sigma, invites all freshman men and women (from any field of study) who have a 3.500 cumulative average and have been enrolled for at least 14 credits to join the Alpha Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma. The honor society accepts for membership freshman students with superior scholastic achievement. All members of the society become lifetime members.

Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, recently extended an invitation of membership to Slippery Rock University following a yearlong evaluation. SRU accepted and will initiate a chapter in the fall of 2004.
Founded in 1897, the Phi Kappa Phi society stresses academic excellence and strength of character. Membership in the society is by invitation. Invitations are extended to the top 7.5% of juniors and the top 10% of seniors, as well as outstanding members of the university’s faculty, staff and administration.

Phi Sigma Pi is a national, coeducational honor society for all majors. Slippery rock University’s Mu chapter was established in 1930, on the three ideals of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. With this tripod the society strives to make all three ideals dynamic in the lives of its members. Consideration for membership requires the maintenance of a 3.000 QPA, and completion of twelve credits.

Phi Sigma Tau, the Pennsylvania Upsilon chapter of the philosophy honorary was established at Slippery Rock University in February 1984. The aims are expressed in the Greek motto “Philounton Sophian Time,” meaning the “honor of those who love wisdom.” The goals are to honor academic excellence and philosophical concern. Any student with a cumulative average of 3.000 in at least nine credits of philosophy courses and an overall cumulative average of 3.000 or better is eligible for membership.

Pi Delta Phi aims to recognize excellence in French studies. Members communicate French language and culture to others by tutoring and sponsoring French cultural presentations. To be eligible to join, students must have completed one French course at the 300 level, have a B average in all French courses taken and a 2.900 overall QPA.

Psi Chi aims to provide academic prestige to members by high standards for eligibility, to offer a congenial climate for professional growth, and to make active attempts at nourishing and stimulating that growth. Basis for membership: (1) completion of twelve or more credits in psychology; (2) registration for major or minor standing in psychology or related program; (3) high standards in psychology or related program; (4) good academic standing; and (5) three-fourths vote of approval for membership at a regular meeting of the chapter.

Psi Chi (Graduate Division) Graduate students are eligible to join Psi Chi after completing 18 semester credits in the counseling program, achieving degree candidacy, and obtaining a QPA of not less than 3.500.

Rho Phi Lambda honors students who have made outstanding contributions to the field of parks and recreation. Initiates must have completed 45 credits with a 3.000 QPA and nine credits of parks and recreation courses with a 3.200 QPA.

Sigma Delta Pi honors those who seek excellence in the study of Spanish language and literature. To become an active member, a student must have completed at least two Spanish courses at the 300 level and have a 3.000 QPA in Spanish and a 2.750 QPA overall.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon is an honorary scientific society devoted to the earth sciences. Delta Tau Chapter holds regular meetings, sponsors field trips, lectures and community service in the earth sciences.

Sigma Rho Delta, the dance honorary, was founded in 1967 and established at SRU in 1998. The goals are to offer service to the department, university, and community; promote unity within the department and between departments; and to further dance and art awareness.

Sigma Sigma Kappa was established in 1981 to foster academic excellence in sociology, anthropology, and social work and to encourage community service. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed nine hours in SASW courses and have achieved a 3.000 QPA. In addition, students must complete ten hours of volunteer service in the community.

Aebersold Student Recreation Center



Nicknamed the “ARC” by students, the 82,000 square foot facility provides many opportunities for students to “Rock and Recreate.” The facility has been designed to accommodate a variety of sports and activities while promoting positive physical, mental and spiritual health. Highlights of the “ARC” include:

  • A 44-foot-high climbing wall leading into the main skylight. Students challenge their abilities, build trust and teamwork as they ascend to new heights.
  • The Aebersold Student Recreation Center is the home of the Russell Wright Fitness Center offering numerous fitness and wellness avenues for students to enhance their physical well being. Equipment to develop cardiovascular fitness as well as enhance muscular strength and muscular endurance is available in the 7,714-square-foot facility.
  • Gym A, with four wood-floor courts, is a fun haven for basketball and volleyball. No longer do students need to wait until the late-night hours to access a gym for intramural sports, volleyball or basketball pick-up games.
  • Enthusiasts of aerobics and floor hockey can step, funk, hip-hop and break away to Gym B. This gym has contoured corners for deck hockey and a special wood floor for aerobicizers.
  • The Aquatic Center, with a pool ranging in depth from 3 to 9-feet, offers enticing and exciting water space for lap swimming, aqua-aerobics, water basketball, polo, and even “Dive In” movies. Plus, when the warm weather hits “The Rock,” students can “catch some rays” on the 2,700-square-foot sun deck.
  • Students can run, walk or jog their way to a healthier lifestyle on the indoor 200-meter track. A warm-up stretching area accompanies the artificial surface track on the mezzanine. Let your mind wander when you exercise while you enjoy a scenic outdoor view.
  • The student recreation center includes a lounge area for socializing as well as men’s and women’s locker rooms.
  • The Rock Pride Mezzanine (RPM room) is a multipurpose area that hosts cycle aerobics, health and safety classes and golf.

Athletic Programs



Always a strength at Slippery Rock University, the athletic program offers broad-based opportunities for students to participate. The belief that sports and physical fitness help to expand the scope of today’s education has led to a strong institutional commitment to athletics. Three types of athletic activities flourish: Intramural activities attract students who want to participate in athletic competition with other students on campus. Seasonal schedules, tournaments, and special events are held between residence halls, fraternities, sororities, clubs, faculty, and commuting students. Intramural sports are provided for men and women separately, as well as together in coeducational activities. Approximately 28 sports are currently offered as intramural activities, and some sports have more than 1,500 students participating. Slippery Rock University has one of the most extensive intramural programs in the country for a school its size.

Club sports provide the opportunity for competition with teams from other colleges and organizations but at a less formal level than the intercollegiate athletic program. Each club sport is under the supervision of a qualified faculty and staff member. Included in the present club sport offerings for men and women are cycling, lacrosse, judo, rugby, weightlifting and ice hockey. Volleyball is available for men and equestrian is available for women.

Intercollegiate athletics include a varied array of sports and make an important and meaningful contribution to the total educational objectives of the university. The strength of the SRU intercollegiate athletic program is its academic accountability, as well as its desire for excellence in all 23 of the university’s varsity teams. The list of competitive, intercollegiate teams for women include cross country, tennis, volleyball, soccer and field hockey in the fall; basketball, swimming, and indoor track in the winter; water polo, softball, and track & field in the spring. The men’s sports include football, soccer, water polo and cross country in the fall; basketball, wrestling, swimming, and indoor track in the winter; and baseball, tennis, golf and track & field in the spring. Slippery Rock University is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II (Wrestling, Division I).

Counseling Center



Counseling is a collaborative learning experience between the counselor and the student. It encourages the students to utilize the processes of self-exploration and problem-solving to identify their strengths and needs, place needs in priority order, and to set goals for themselves. Through the process of counseling, students may increase their knowledge and understanding of themselves, their relationships with others, and with their environment. Psychologists and professional counselors are available to talk with students in a confidential manner about personal matters in the student counseling center, located in 008 Old Main. Twenty-four hour emergency services are also available by contacting either the McLachlan Student Health Center or University Police.

Dining Accommodations



The dining program at Slippery Rock University offers a variety of services throughout the campus for students and their guests. Meal service is available somewhere on campus from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight (Sunday through Thursday) and 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday).

Weisenfluh Dining Hall , located across from North Hall parking lot, features a food court with a variety of food stations. This all-you-care-to-eat facility offers something for everyone: hot entrees and ethnic foods, sandwich selection from the cold deli or hot grille area, pizza, vegetarian entrees, pasta and entrée salads made-to-order. Also available is a soup/salad bar, fresh baked breads, desserts including ice cream and frozen yogurt, and a variety of beverages. The Marketplace at Weisenfluh is a convenience store located in the lobby. Students may use cash, flex funds or Rock Dollars to make purchases from a large selection of pre-packaged foods, snacks, boxed lunches, beverages, and pastries/desserts.

Boozel Dining Hall , located on the lower end of campus beside the University Union, provides a variety of menu options in a traditional dining atmosphere. The menu selection includes: homestyle and international entrees, vegetarian and healthy choice options, deli and grille sandwiches, pizza and pasta, specialty bars, soup/salad, and a variety of desserts and beverages. This all-you-care-to-eat facility also features take-out, special meals, holiday dinners, monotony beakers, and prize giveaways.

Taylor & Byrnes , a coffee shop located in the lobby of the University Union, offers hot and cold beverages, smoothies, bakery treats, and gourmet chocolates. A Taylor & Byrnes kiosk offers limited service in the lounge of Bailey Library.

Rocky’s Grille, located on the lower level of the University Union, is an a la carte snack bar featuring grille and deli sandwiches, pizza, salads and other grab-n-go items, desserts, and beverages. This operation also provides a delivery service to students who have contracted for a meal plan.

There are a number of meal plan options available to Slippery Rock University students. Students residing in a state-operated residence hall sign a housing/food service contract. Once signed, these become binding contracts. The only reason for exemption from the meal contract will be suspension or withdrawal from the university. Meal contracts are optional for off-campus/commuter students.

Fraternities and Sororities



Slippery Rock University’s national fraternities and sororities provide opportunities for fun, friendship, and learning. The primary purposes of these organizations are 1) educational excellence, 2) campus and community service, 3) leadership development, and 4) developing a friendship network. The Greek system at Slippery Rock University has played a positive role on the campus since 1961. For more information about fraternities and sororities call 724-738-2719.

Recognized Student Greek Organizations are:

North American Interfraternity
Conference Fraternities
  National Pan-Hellenic Council
Fraternities and Sororities
Pi Kappa Alpha   Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Alpha Sigma Phi   Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Pi Kappa Phi   Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Theta Xi   Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

National Panhellenic
Conference Sororities

Alpha Omicron Pi    
Alpha Sigma Tau    
Alpha Xi Delta    
Delta Zeta    
Phi Sigma Sigma    
Sigma Sigma Sigma    

Health Services



Located along Campus Drive in Rhoads Hall, the McLachlan Student Health Center supports the university’s mission by removing health related barriers to learning and promoting an optional level of wellness. A cost-effective, comprehensive, and holistic approach to health care is provided in a confidential setting. Primary care is provided by certified registered nurse practitioners in collaboration with a licensed physician. The health center is staffed by registered nurses, 7 days/week, 24 hours/day during the academic year (except scheduled break periods). Van transportation is provided when needed.

The facility includes an outpatient clinic, inpatient facilities, a health promotion department with educational resources, and a self care center. The student health fee covers routine care, which may include referral to the staff physician, medication, flu vaccine, in-patient care, educational material and the self-care center. The student is responsible for all additional medical expenses that may be required, such as lab tests, x-rays, referral to specialists or dentists, hospitalization and non-formulary medications. Specific questions can be addressed by calling 24-738-2052.

Absence Slips and Notification

The Student Health Center will provide written verification when a student is confined to his/her residence or the health center for 24 hours or longer. Written verification will be provided when a student is hospitalized if the health center is aware of the situation. The health center does not routinely issue statements verifying a brief student visit to the health center. No confidential information about the student’s health status can be released without the student’s permission.

Health Insurance

All students are encouraged to be covered by health and accident insurance. While it is not mandatory to carry insurance, it is advisable. (Note: International students are required to carry health insurance and must make acceptable arrangements with the Office of International Initiatives.) Students may already have benefits through their family plan, an independent source, or elect to purchase student accident and sickness insurance made available through the University.

Students will receive a mailing regarding the purchase of accident and sickness insurance, or information can be obtained by visiting the Student Health Center or online at www.sru.edu/pages/366.asp. Coverage periods are available on an annual basis and per semester.

Insurance information should be included on the Health History form and submitted to the Student Health Center as part of the student’s record.

HOPE Peer Education Program (Healthy Outreach through Peer Education)

The HOPE program is one prevention method used by the Student Health Center to educate the student body on issues related to student health. Students are trained to provide educational programs for fellow students on issues such as high-risk alcohol consumption, date rape, stress management, healthy relationships, sexually transmitted infections, and communication skills. Students interested in becoming a peer educator should contact the Coordinator for Health Promotion at 724-738-2670.

Protection Connection

Developed in 1998 in response to student suggestions, the Protection Connection offers a variety of safer sex supplies to the student population. The purpose of this service is to encourage sexually active students to realize the importance of the use of barrier protection to reduce their risk of contracting infection. Supplies are available to students at cost. The Protection Connection is staffed by HOPE Peer Educators, trained students who are knowledgeable about sexually transmitted infections and risk reduction. The Protection Connection is located in the Student Health Center. Hours vary by semester.

ID Cards



The SRU One Card is your official Slippery Rock University photo identification card and more! It offers you a convenient, easy, and safe way to make purchases and utilize campus services. The SRU One Card is your meal card; library card and activity card all rolled into one. For those students living in a residence hall, it provides access to your building. Money deposited in a Rock Dollars account (pre-paid debit account) is accessible with your ID card. When a debit account is activated, the SRU One Card works similar to a checking account in that the funds deposited into your account are debited each time you make a purchase. Rock Dollars may be used to purchase items/services in a number of locations throughout campus; SGA Bookstore, dining facilities, selected vending machines, residence hall laundry machines, selected public-access copiers, ticket purchases, and parking fees/fines. The ID card is also used as identification for cashing checks at the SGA Bookstore or in town and to withdraw materials from the library.

Intercultural Programs



The Office of Intercultural Programs is a comprehensive office that assists with the educational and holistic development of students from a diverse population. The primary focus of the office is to assist in the development of students who are able to compete in a diverse environment. It encourages exposure to the cultural richness found within color, gender, national origin, creed, lifestyle and sexual orientation. Retention and personal enhancement programs are instituted to promote academic success and professional development. For additional information call 724-738-2700.

Institute for Community Service Learning, and Nonprofit Leadership


Slippery Rock University students, joined by faculty, staff and others lead the way to make a difference. SRU’s national recognized Institute for Community, Service-learning, and Nonprofit Leadership operates a system for leveraging prepares young people, in partnership with their communities, to use personal strengths, academic preparation, and community resources to address pressing social needs. As a result of their interaction with the Institute’s Care Break Program which offers a series of community service projects in cities across the United States, students connect intellect, classroom experiences, as well as interpersonal and personal passion to purposeful action that adds value to their lives. For additional information call 724-738-2414.

Leadership - Student


Center for Student Leadership


The newly established Center for Student Leadership, located in the University Union, serves as a resource to students who want to get involved in campus life and who wish to develop and enhance their leadership skills. The Center offers a resource library (SOAR); a variety of student organization services (SOS); leadership conferences; SRU LEADS (Leadership Education and Development Seminars); co-curricular transcripts; and information about campus-wide leadership involvement opportunities. For more information regarding the Center for Student Leadership call 724-738-4986.

Freshmen Leader Scholar Program


The Freshmen Leader Scholar Program (FLSP) is an opportunity for first year students to jump start their involvement in student organizations by providing a series of seminars, retreats, and experiences that improve the participants leadership skills, and increases their visibility as emerging student-leaders on campus. Activities are structured to be interesting and fun. The program provides the students with a stipend of $250.00 for successfully completing the program.

Dr. Helen “Susie” Knierim Leadership Institute, Reach Program


REACH is a program at Slippery Rock University which gives students and student organizations experiential learning, team building and leadership development opportunities on a ropes course consisting of both high (30 ft.) and low (ground level) challenges. This program is free to student organizations, academic classes and varsity athletic teams. For additional information call 724-738-2883.

Musical Organizations


In conjunction with the regularly scheduled student and faculty recitals, the university maintains the following well-developed musical organizations, which contribute to the wealth of fine music on the campus:

University Choir. Some 60 to 70 men and women, chosen by audition, study and perform the great choral literature from the Renaissance to the present. Concerts are presented on campus and on tours.

Symphonic Choir. This is a large ensemble, chosen by audition, which studies and performs the great choral literature.

Chamber Singers. This is a small ensemble of well-blended voices selected and trained for the performance of madrigals and other chamber vocal music.

Marching Rocket Band. The band performs during the half time at football games, both home and away, and for other special events. Much of its music is especially arranged.

Concert Band. The Concert Band members are carefully selected to provide a balanced instrumentation of the best players. Music written for the concert band is the main repertoire. Concerts are given by this group on campus and on tour.

Jazz-Rock Ensemble. The Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble performs jazz literature from all eras of jazz history including big band, bop, hard bop, fusion and contemporary. This ensemble often performs with guest artists of national and international stature, both on and off campus. Membership in this ensemble requires an audition. Four and one-half hours of rehearsal per week.

Orchestra. The Orchestra is a symphonic-sized ensemble comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. All string players are eligible. Woodwind, brass and percussion players are to consult with the director prior to registering.

Chamber String Ensemble. The selected members of the Chamber String Ensemble study and perform chamber music written for strings.

Brass Ensemble. The Brass Ensemble studies and performs music for brass from all historic periods. Members are selected after auditions.

Woodwind Ensemble. The Woodwind Ensemble is a small, selected group of students who study and perform music for woodwind.

Gospel Choir. The Gospel Choir is made up of students who enjoy singing Gospel music. The group sings on campus and goes on tour.

Outdoor Adventures



The outdoor adventures office is located in the Aebersold Recreation Center. Outdoor adventures sponsors a variety of outdoor programs throughout the year. Including, rock climbing, rappelling, canoeing, white water rafting, camping and mountain biking. Also available is the rental of outdoor equipment, such as cross country skis, tents, and backpacking equipment, all at affordable prices. Programs and services are open to students, faculty and staff of SRU. For additional information call 724-738-2620 or 724-738-2883.

Preschool Child Care Center


The SRU/SGA Preschool and Child Care Center is a state-licensed, nationally accredited non-profit facility owned by Student Government Association, Inc. of Slippery Rock University. Services are available for children ages three to five of students, faculty, staff, and members of the Slippery Rock community. Children through age 12 are welcome for after-school care and for summer programs.

The Center is located at 007 McKay Education Building, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Service is provided year round.

Since the center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, all staff members are required to meet state regulations regarding training and experience. In addition to a professional staff, the center provides a rich variety of learning experiences that promote the physical, social, and intellectual development of each child. The staff seeks to provide each child with a safe, secure, happy environment and to provide parents with the knowledge and security that their children are being given excellent care. To contact the Center personnel, please call 724-738-2102.



Ginger Hill, which is one of the oldest and most distinguished American college literary journals, provides students with the experience of producing a high quality magazine.

Participating undergraduates solicit contributions of fiction, poetry, art, and photography; select and edit works for publication; and help develop layout, design, and typography for printing. Issued annually, Ginger Hill is funded by the Student Government Association.

Stone House Review is a journal of history and folklore dealing primarily with the western Pennsylvania region but also including other areas of interest. It is a student publication supported by university and student government funds. Although faculty members assist in editing and selecting works for publication, the history honorary, Phi Alpha Theta, is in charge of the annual publication. Contributors submit papers, book reviews, cartoons, artwork, or photographs, student editors arrange for publication and set up the final proof copy.

History of Education Quarterly is a renowned forty-three-year-old scholarly journal of the History of Education Society, which maintains an international scope and readership. It has been published in cooperation with the College of Education since 1997. Its editor and staff, as well as many reviewers, are members of the SRU and SSHE communities. Contributors from all parts of the world submit article-length manuscripts, symposia, roundtables, essay reviews, book reviews, and book notes. It appears in both print form, through individual and institutional subscriptions, as well as in a digital format through History Cooperative and JSTOR (Journal STORage).

Radio and Television


WRSK RADIO - 88.1 FM is a student-operated university radio station serving the campus community. Its format consists of popular contemporary artists, rock and roll, progressive rock, music and concert news, special features and local, national and international news and sports. WRSK operates at 100 watts serving the Slippery Rock area throughout the academic year and broadcasts from 8 a.m. to midnight when classes are in session.

Television Production Studio - The all-digital Television Studio, a three-camera color facility, located at 101 Vincent Science Hall, is a newly remodeled facility with a control room, audio production booth, and the studio. The television news: studio production, television news: field production, and the broadcast announcing classes use the facility as a component of the broadcast journalism curriculum. The offices of the student production organization, WSRU-TV, are also located at the facility. This student organization produces news and interview programs for distribution on the campus cable network.

Religious Organizations and Places of Worship


Students may find worship, fellowship and other religious experience opportunities through the following groups:

Local Churches   Latter Day Saints Branch
All Saints Lutheran Church   Newman Center (Roman Catholic)
Center United Presbyterian Church   St. Peter’s Church (Roman Catholic)
Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal)   Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Slippery Rock
Church of the Nazarene   Slippery Rock Baptist Church
Congregation B’Nai Abraham (Jewish)   United Methodist Church of Slippery Rock
Grace Tabernacle (Assembly of God)   Zion Baptist Church
Highland Presbyterian Church    
Mount Olive Baptist Church of Grove City    
Campus Organizations    
All Saints Fellowship    
Campus Crusade for Christ    
Coalition for Christian Outreach    
Fellowship of Christian Athletes    
Newman Club    
Send Jud’ah First    
SRU Gospel Choir    
Christian Bible Rap Sessions    

A directory of these and other area worship congregations is available courtesy of the Newman Center at 724-794-8459.

Catholic Campus Ministry at SRU is operated through the Newman Center, located at 342 Normal Avenue (across from Old Main), which is owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. An outreach center to the university community, the Newman Center offers open hospitality, including rooms for study, relaxation, meetings, worship and programming. It aims to be a place of education, of fellowship, or prayer and of faith formation. While welcoming individuals regardless of religious affiliation, Catholic Campus Ministry particularly seeks to support and nourish SRU’s Catholic students, faculty and staff as they strive to live their faith in the context of university life. The Newman Center is currently staffed by Rev. James L. Armstrong, D.Min (Director), Mrs. Diane Magliocca (Campus Minister). For more information regarding Mass schedules and ministry programs, call 724-794-8459.

Residence Life



Residence Life supports student growth and development in the residence halls. The philosophy of university residence halls at Slippery Rock University is educational and intended for student development that maintains that residence halls are not merely places to eat and sleep, but rather, communities in which students grow and develop. This development occurs in out-of-class learning experiences through participation in various activities assisting development at a personal, social and academic level. To achieve these objectives, the Residence Life staff offers varied programs that provide residence hall students opportunities to meet a wide variety of needs. Full-time professional staff members known as Residence Life Coordinators (RLC) supervise the on-campus residence halls. Residence Life Coordinators have a master’s degree in college student personnel, counseling or related field. Additionally, each residence hall floor has a community assistant available to provide educational and social programs assist in the operation of the facility, offer support for the residents, and be available for emergency purposes. These persons are full time students who have been selected for their skills and ability to be academic and personal role models.

The Office of Residence Life provides ten living learning communities for residence hall students. The communites referred to as Resident Commons (academic oriented) and Residential Interest Floor (personal interest) offer an opportunity for students to apply to live in a designated community with other students who share similar interests and majors. Information regarding the living learning communities is provided when students submit their housing agreement materials.

Residence Life is responsible for housing students who select to live in a university-owned residence hall. All freshmen, except those who live with their parents or legal guardians within a reasonable commuting distance, are required to live on campus. While the University provides housing for non-traditional students, freshmen over the age of 21 may request permission to live off campus. All such requests must be sent in writing to the Office of Residence Life when the advanced tuition deposit is submitted. The Housing Appeals Committee will review all requests. During the month of January, residence hall room request cards for the following academic year are given to all students residing on campus.

Slippery Rock University has students representing many creeds, races and ethnic groups living in university residences. Therefore, in compliance with the Pennsylvania Fair Education Practice Act, all residence assignments are made without regard to race, religion, color or national origin. Having accepted the Act, the university believes that a cross section of cultures provides a pluralistic community environment.

There are eight university-owned residence halls and one apartment complex, housing approximately 2,800 men and women. Currently, one hall is assigned to women, and seven are co-educational by floor or wing. Apartments are single sex. Because of limited space, students cannot be guaranteed housing on campus for their full four years.

Residence hall rooms and apartments are furnished with beds, chairs, desks, and window covers (shades). The beds are supplied with a mattress only. Students furnish their own blankets, pillows, towels, bedspreads, dresser covers, pillowcases, and sheets. Students may bring their own drapes and other accessories to personalize their living environment. Self-service laundries are available in each apartment building and residence hall. Lounges, recreation areas, TV lounges, and computer labs are available in each hall. All residence halls have microwaves available for students to cook snacks and all have kitchen facilities for use by occupants of the building.

Campus residence halls will be closed to all students during university vacation periods and also between summer sessions and semesters. All students will be expected to leave the residence halls no later than 24 hours after their last examination. A designated residence hall will be open for summer sessions.

Students who reside in university-owned residence halls must contract to eat in the university dining facilities. No extensive cooking is permitted in the residence halls.

Policy for Withdrawals

Students must vacate their rooms within 12 hours of withdrawal from the university, unless written permission is received to remain for a longer time period.

Housing, Off-Campus

Off-campus housing is available in privately owned residence halls, apartments, rooming houses and mobile homes. The University does not inspect or approve off-campus housing. Housing within the borough of Slippery Rock must comply with the housing code for property maintenance of the borough, which sets legal standards for safety (sanitation, freedom of hazards, etc.) and livability (water, ventilation, heat, etc.). Housing in the township does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Slippery Rock Borough zoning laws, but it must meet minimal health standards as determined by Butler County.

In addition to this housing, a number of rooms and apartments are available in the community. Off-campus housing lists are available on the Residence Life website. Students who live off campus may contract to eat in the university dining facilities.

The Office of Residence Life serves as a mediator in landlord-tenant problems for students living off campus. Students desiring assistance should contact the housing office at 724-738-2082 to schedule an appointment with the director. The Student Government Association also retains an attorney to assist students with various concerns.

Student Government Association



All students, by virtue of their undergraduate registration and payment of fees, are members of the Student Government Association. The Student Senate is the central representative and legislative organization of the university Student Government Association. The Student Senate recommends to the university the recognition of student organizations, allocation of the General Service (Activities) Fee money, and carries out other responsibilities as included in the Student Government Association constitution.

The role of the SGA is to act as an advocacy group for the students of SRU in order to ensure a healthy academic and social environment and to provide such services to the student body.

Student Organizations



Student organizations at Slippery Rock University are viewed as opportunities for self-development and self-expression. Therefore, the success of student activities rests largely with the students. Students are encouraged to become involved in organizations as their time and interest warrant. There are more than 125 organizations, activities, and teams, which have been created from student interest. The scope of the organizations includes athletics, drama, music, service, social, scholastic interest, the media, academic honoraries, governance and special interest groups. A variety of resources and workshops are available to assist student organization members with developing and enhancing their leadership skills. For more information about student organizations call 724-738-2719.

Student Standards



Slippery Rock University is an academic community in which there is mutual respect and trust of the persons who learn, teach, and work within it. Students of Slippery Rock University are entitled to certain rights and privileges which must be protected through fair and orderly processes and which are best safeguarded when each student acts responsibly. All students of the university community are equally entitled to the protection of the code of conduct. Students are expected to be familiar with the provisions of the Code of Conduct. Copies of the code are available in the Office of Student Life (B-105 University Union). For information call 724-738-2092.

Theatre Productions


The Department of Theatre sponsors an active co-curricular program, partially funded by student activity fees. Each year it presents a season of faculty-directed productions: a balance of Broadway hits, new plays, classics of the world theatre, and, occasionally, a musical.

Participation in the program is open to any interested student and is not confined to theatre majors. A chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national collegiate dramatics honorary, selects its members based on commitment and achievement in the theatre.

University Police


All university community members have the responsibility to create and maintain a safe environment to live, work, and learn. The university police department has the responsibility to enforce the law and university policies to maintain campus safety. In addition to the enforcement of law and university policy, the university police department performs other functions such as investigations (criminal, traffic, and accidents), open and secure buildings, provide emergency first aid, monitor and respond to fire and intrusion alarms, provide a communication desk for information and emergency purposes, patrol grounds, provide escorts, and other responsibilities as determined by the administration.

The department has a complement of 16 commissioned officers that provide 24-hour, year round coverage. All university police officers are commissioned by the Governor of Pennsylvania and carry full police powers pursuant to the provisions of the Act of April 9, 1929, P.O. 177 known as “The Administrative Code of 1929” as amended. This includes, but is not limited to, the authority to arrest and issue citations. All officers have completed basic municipal police training as administered by the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission.

Officers receive additional training through mandated updates and special training seminars. They are re-certified, as required, in first aid and CPR. The officers must qualify with their side arms and auxiliary weapons three times each year.

The department has conformed with uniform crime reporting procedures since 1970, submitting monthly reports to both federal and state governments. For a more complete analysis of the reports submitted, see “Crime in the United States” published by the U.S. Department of Justice. We also conform to “CLEARY” and “Security Policies and Procedures” mandated by Federal and State Legislation. Please see our web site: www.sru.edu/pages/4668.asp or contact us for a brochure.

All criminal or suspicious activity should be reported to a law enforcement agency. Slippery Rock University police department is the law enforcement agency of record for the campus.

Federal regulations require an official of the institution who has significant responsibility for student activities, but does not have significant counseling responsibilities, to report criminal offenses to law enforcement authorities.

University police routinely report maintenance problems regarding safety and security. They also suggest improvements pertinent to crime prevention.

The university police department has developed programs addressing personal and property safety for students and staff. Some of these programs or parts of them have been incorporated into student and staff orientations. Individuals or groups seeking information concerning the availability of literature or presentations are urged to contact the University Police Department.

As a fully authorized police force, an ability to assist neighboring police departments exists. Continued liaison with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies promotes the exchange of information concerning criminal activity at on and off campus sites. This sharing of information greatly enhances the ability of law enforcement agencies to perform more efficiently in an effort to provide a safe community.

All vehicles parked on university property must be registered and display a current and properly mounted parking permit. All students are permitted to have vehicles on campus provided the vehicles are registered and have the proper decals and assuming the operators maintain good standing with regard to their parking privileges. Failure to comply with parking regulations is dealt with in accordance with the procedures contained in the University Parking and Traffic Regulations. To contact the University Police, please call 724-738-3333.

University Program Board



The University Program Board (UPB) is the major co-curricular sponsor of student activity events. It consists of seven specialized committees and an executive position, all occupied by students, who provide varity of entertainment programming for the campus community. The seven committees are: Arts and Entertainment, Major Events, University Events, Cultural Diversity, Lectures, Public Relations and Weekend Events. The University Program Board invites you to enjoy their many events. Most events are free of charge for SRU students. All students are encouraged to become a part of this exciting student organization and help create campus entertainment. For additional information, call 724-738-2729/2723 or visit the office located in B-122 on the main level in the University Union.

University Union



The University Union is the center of the campus community. It functions as the “living room” of the campus where students, faculty and staff can meet and talk informally. The Union provides services, facilities, educational and recreational programs, and cultural and social opportunities that enhance the quality of life on campus. The following are located in the University Union: Center for Student Leadership (leadership programs, campus activities, Greek affairs, student organization services), Office of Intercultural Programs, Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Development, Judicial Affairs, University Union Operations (scheduling), Cooperative Activities, Student Government Association (SGA), Cultural Center, WRSK Radio station, University Program Board (UPB), Taylor & Byrnes coffee shop, Rocky’s Grille, SGA Bookstore and Copy Corner, Rocky’s Den (indoor recreation area/lounge), commuter lounge, computer lab. For additional information call 724-738-2644.

Women’s Center



The Women’s Center, located at 007E Strain Behavioral Science Building (BSB), is an on-campus resource center that exists to promote equality and respect for women. The Women’s Center serves students, staff, faculty, and community members by providing information, referrals, and programming on issues related to the empowerment of women. In addition, the Women’s Center offers women and men a safe, comfortable environment in which to study, talk, or to simply relax between classes. The Women’s Center also serves as the meeting place for various student organizations and support groups. It is the home of the Bridge Project, a grant funded program to address issues of violence against women on campus.