Aug 07, 2020  
2006-2008 Graduate Catalog 
2006-2008 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

The student life staff believes that each student is a person of dignity, worth and responsibility who has elected to attend the university for the purpose 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.

In order to provide those activities and services which will help each student achieve optimum personal development, the student life division has professional staff assigned to the following areas, which are coordinated and supervised by the vice president: Aebersold Student Recreation Center, Athletics, Counseling, Auxiliary Student Services (Dining Services), Health Services, Intercultural Programs, Residence Life, Student Transition Activities, Student Organizations and Leadership, Student Standards, University Police, University Union, and Women’s Center.

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Graduate Student Advisory Committee


The Graduate Student Advisory Committee actively functions to represent the interests and concerns of graduate students. The committee meets on a regular basis throughout the academic year. One student from each graduate department is recommended for committee membership by the faculty graduate coordinator. The committee sends one student representative to the monthly graduate council meetings and the business meetings of the University Curriculum Committee. It is an honor to represent your program and serve on this important graduate student committee. For further information, please contact Graduate Studies at 724-738-2051.

Student Services


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.

Career Services


The professional staff members in the Office of Career Services, located in Maltby Center, offer services to assist students in planning and securing a satisfying career. These services include: career counseling, career interest inventory assessment, on-campus professional interviewing, on-campus and off-campus job fairs, SRU Resume Database access, and job vacancy listings. In addition we provide information concerning job search preparation and strategies, video-taped mock interviews, coordination of standardized testing including PRAXIS, GRE and MAT, and resource information regarding summer, professional and overseas employment.

A technology-based career resource center is equipped with 11 computers, two laser printers and supporting software. DISCOVER, a computerized vocational guidance program and GRE Power Prep are available to assist students to engage in career assessment and exploration. Students are able to respond to internship and employment opportunities advertised in the World Wide Web, to access employer information, and to develop quality cover letters and resumes in printed form or for electronic transmission.

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.

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. These include 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, report on necessary forms, 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: 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.



Graduate students are eligible to live on campus in the university residence hall system. A limited number of rooms are reserved for graduate and upper class students, some as single rooms for an additional fee. Graduate students are also eligible to live in the university sponsored Rock Apartments on campus. On-campus housing for graduate students is not guaranteed. Applicants are advised to contact the housing office early in their planning to determine availability and contract information.

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 Office of Residence Life website. Students who live off campus may contract to eat in the university dining facilities.

The Director 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.

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 7:00 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 breakers, 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.

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-owned 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.

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.

Aebersold Recreation Center


Nicknamed the “ARC” by students, this new 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

The Athletic Program


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 20 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 of 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).

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.

Intercultural Programs


The Office of Intercultural Programs is a comprehensive office that assists with the educational, cultural, social and personal needs of ethnic minority students. The primary focus of the office is to develop leaders and scholars. It encourages exposure to the cultural richness found within color, gender, national origin, creed, lifestyle and sexual orientation. The staff advocates educational growth and development of ethnic minority students. Retention and personal enhancement programs are instituted for ethnic minority students 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 that 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, students connect intellect, classroom experiences, and interpersonal and personal passion that may add value to their lives. For additional information call 724-738-2414.

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 the charge nurse at 724-738-2052.

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 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.

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 set goals for themselves. Through the process of counseling, students may increase their knowledge and understanding of themselves, their relationships with others, and their environment. Psychologists and professional counselors are available to talk with students on a confidential basis regarding personal matters in the student counseling center, located in 008 Old Main. Twenty-four hour emergency counseling services are also available by contacting either the McLachlan Student Health Center or University Police

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.

Computing Facilities


The university provides extensive computing facilities for use by all students, regardless of their academic majors. There is no charge for the use of these resources, and there is no limit on the amount of usage. All students are encouraged to utilize the computers to facilitate their studies. The computing facilities that are available include several microcomputer laboratories with over 500 IBM-compatible and Apple Macintosh computers. Small computer laboratories are also provided in several academic departments, and in each of the residence halls. All of these computers are attached to the campus computer network and the university’s mainframe computer system. This attachment provides access to the library’s on-line card catalog, The Search Bank (for full text of journals), and several reference indices, the campus e-mail system, and connections to the Internet global network. Network connections are available in all residence hall rooms. Students interested in connecting personally-owned computers to the campus network from a university residence hall room are to contact the Office of Housing at 724-738-4480, for current information.

Writing Center


The university’s Writing Center, located on the third floor of Spotts World Culture Building, is an integral part of the academic resources at Slippery Rock University. Under the direction of the Department of English, the Writing Center offers full tutorial services for all students of the university. Department of English graduate students, who staff the center, offer students the opportunity for tutorial instruction with any aspect of the writing process from generating ideas, to organizing information, to refining sentence structure, to editing techniques. Diagnostic services are also available for students who want to discover and remedy their writing weaknesses.

The Writing Center is also equipped with personal computers and printers. In addition to selected writing instruction taught in this facility, tutorial instruction on word processors is available. From freshman to graduate student, the university’s Writing Center provides a full range of individualized services without charge. For further information please call 724-738-2654.

Technology Support


The User Services Department provides support services to the university through the provision of personal computer support with training, service and repair. There is also multimedia support for cable television, video, graphics and photography. Please call 724-738-2054 for assistance.



Bailey Library is a member of the Keystone Library Network (KLN), which was developed by the State System of Higher Education to help meet the information and learning needs of its students and the citizens of the Commonwealth. KLN provides an easy to use database for the 14 State System universities allowing access to full-text journal and periodical articles. Students, faculty, or staff at any of the 14 System Universities, or any citizen of the Commonwealth, can initiate a search of the KLN catalog.

Bailey Library offers a full range of resources and services. There are formal and informal study areas for serious scholarship and recreational reading. Information Services Librarians are available to assist with any kind of reference inquiry and for group instruction. Through online databases, inter-library loan and document delivery services, Bailey Library serves as a gateway to many other information providers.

With total collections of more than two million items, Bailey Library ranks as one of the larger libraries in western Pennsylvania and in the entire Commonwealth. Print collections include approximately 500,000 books plus thousands of bound periodicals. As a government documents partial depository the library houses over 370,000 U.S. and state documents. Supplementing the print collections are thousands of microfilm and fiche as well as 90,000 audio-visual items in the Instructional Materials Center, including video cassettes, CDs, slides, kits, and computer software. The library subscribes to over 525 print periodicals and newspapers from around the world. The newest version of the library online system allows simultaneous searching of the library catalog, any or all of 20,000 full text journals, online indexes and citation databases, and the internet. All online resources are available from the library’s 100 public access computers, campus computer labs, dorm rooms, and offices. Students may borrow one of 36 laptop computers for use on the library wireless network. For assistance please call 724-738-2058.