Aug 07, 2020  
2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2012 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.

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Academic Honor Societies


Blue Key Honor Society recognizes primarily juniors and seniors for scholarship, 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/professional organization 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 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


The Office of Campus Recreation is responsible for the programming and operation of the Aebersold Student Recreation center (nicknamed the ARC), Intramural Recreational Sports Complex, Ski Lodge, Campground, ARC Outfitter and ropes course. The programs and facility have been designed to promote positive physical, mental and spiritual health.

The ARC is an 82,000 square foot, state of the art recreation facility that includes an aquatic center, 45 foot climbing wall, indoor track, five multipurpose sport courts, Rock Pride Mezzanine (RPM) multipurpose room and a lounge area complete with a computer, vending machines and TV. The ARC’s Russell Wright Fitness Center (RWFC) is equipped with cardiovascular, free weight and selectorized equipment as well as a fitness lab.

Campus Recreation offers a variety of lifetime sports and fitness activities that provide exciting opportunities to “Rock’n Recreate.” Within each of the program areas there Perk Programs which are provided free of charge to SRU students and ARC card holders and Pay to Play Programs requiring a program fee. Program areas consist of:

Aquatics: A variety of Perk and Pay to Play Programs offer education and fun activities. Primary programs offered include swim instructions, aquatic fun nights, aquacise, arthritic stretch and water polo.

Climbing Wall Programs: Introductory and advanced climbing clinics are offered as well as intramural and extramural bouldering competitions.

Cycle Aerobics: Students and ARC Members are invited to bring their bikes to the ARC RPM room where they can enjoy cycling year round. Bikes are hooked up to a cat-eye system and participants follow a videotape for a fun and enjoyable workout at your own pace in a group setting. This is a seasonal program.

Group Exercise: Throughout the academic year, these classes are conducted by nationally certified instructors. Classes include Zumba, Step, Boot Camp and more.

Informal Recreation: Opportunities for pick up games of basketball, volleyball, soccer, deck hockey or badminton as well as lap swimming, running/walking on the indoor track, fitness workouts or scaling the ROCK wall offer unstructured recreation at one’s own convenience and leisure.

Intramural Sports: Team, individual and dual Intramural Sport leagues are offered throughout the academic year. Participants organize their own teams and compete for the coveted Intramural Championship Mugs. There are no prerequisites for experience; so all skill levels are encouraged to participate. In addition, intramural sports participation affords a fine opportunity to develop the essential qualities of leadership, cooperation, self-reliance, and sense of fair play and to form warm friendships that will endure throughout the years. Each and every SRU student is invited to participate in as many activities as he/she desires.

Kayak Roll Clinics: Offered throughout the academic year, in the Aquatic Center.

Outdoor Adventures: This program is designed to provide outdoor recreation services and educational experiences to the Slippery Rock University campus and community. The Outdoor Program trips and clinics offer opportunities to increase outdoor recreation skills, leadership development and environmental awareness.

Safety Certifications: Certification programs are offered throughout the year. Earn a certificate for life guarding, CPR, first aid or Water Safety Instruction (WSI) and increase your employment opportunities and earning power!

RWFC Programs: A number of programs aimed at preparing and enhancing participant’s use of the fitness center. Included in these offerings are fitness assessments, equipment orientations, personal training, cross training classes, Rock personal training and Wright personal training.

Sport Clubs: These clubs provide opportunities for students with similar interests to participate in various sport and recreational activities. Sport Clubs bridge the gap between intramural and intercollegiate athletics by providing competition at specialized levels, participation in tournaments and opportunities to practice. New clubs can follow the procedure to become a recognized Slippery Rock University organization registering with the Center for Student Leadership, located in the University Union.

Athletic Programs


Always a strength at Slippery Rock University, 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 15 of the university’s varsity teams. The list of competitive, intercollegiate teams for women includes cross country, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and field hockey in the fall; basketball and indoor track in the winter; lacrosse, softball and track & field in the spring. The men’s sports include football, soccer, and cross country in the fall; basketball and indoor track in the winter; and baseball 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.

Counseling Center



Counseling is a collaborative learning experience between the counselor and the student. It encourages  students to utilize the processes of self-exploration and problem-solving to identify their strengths and challenges, prioritize challenges, and to set realistic goals. Through the process of counseling, students may increase their knowledge and understanding of themselves, their relationships with others, and with their environment. Psychologists, professional counselors, and interns are available to speak confidentially in the Student Counseling Center, located in Rhoads Hall. Emergency services are  available by contacting either the McLachlan Student Health Center (ext. 2052) or University Police (ext. 3333).

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 9:30 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, and pasta. Also available is a soup/salad bar, fresh baked breads, desserts including ice cream and frozen yogurt, and a variety of beverages. The C-Zone at Weisenfluh is a convenience store located in the lobby. Students may use cash, debit credit cards, 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 restaurant-style atmosphere. Food stations with open kitchens offer made-to-order items including: home-style and international entrees, vegetarian and healthy choice options, deli and grille sandwiches, pizza and pasta, soup/salad, and a variety of desserts and beverages. A food tolerance line provides specialty items for those customers with food allergies/intolerances. This all-you-care-to-eat facility also features Boozel Xpress a take-out option located in the lobby, special meals, holiday dinners, monotony beakers, and prize giveaways.

Coffee Shops:

  • Union Cafe, located in the lobby of the University Union, offers hot and cold beverages, smoothies, bagels and bakery treats, and other grab-n-go items.
  • T&B naturally, located in Bailey Library, features organic and fair-trade products, pastries and a variety of grab-n-go items. A walk-up window provides quick service for those students hurrying through the quad.
  • Taylor & Byrnes @ Watson, located in the residential village, offers hot and cold beverages, smoothies, and grab-n-go products.


Rocky’s Grille, located on the lower level of the University Union, is an a la carte snack bar featuring grille and deli sandwiches, wraps, pizza and pasta, 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 university-managed 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 The Center for Student Involvement & Leadership at 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  
Pi Kappa Phi   Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Theta Xi   Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Sigma Tau Gamma   Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Kappa Sigma    
Kappa Delta Rho (colony)     

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 Services supports the university’s mission by enhancing the educational process by providing quality health care and promoting an optimal level of health and wellness among the student body. A cost-effective, comprehensive, and holistic approach to health care is provided in a confidential setting. Health 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 as available.

The facility includes an outpatient clinic, inpatient facilities, a health promotion department with educational resources, and a cold 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 724-738-2052.

Medical Visit Verification

Student Health Services (SHS) will issue a Medical Visit Verification form to student who request written documentation of SHS utilization. The verification form is designed to provide the date, time and duration of treatment. It is the student’s responsibility to forward the Medical Visit Verification form to their professor/employer.

Absence policies are determined by the individual professors. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of these and do their part to meet the class requirements. Student Health Services does not have the authority to excuse students from class attendance.

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 Services.) 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. Coverage periods are available on an annual basis and per semester.

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

HOPE Peer Education Program (Healthy Outreach through Peer Education)

The HOPE program is one health promotion method used by Student Health Services 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 dangerous alcohol consumption, rape, stress management, nutrition, flu illness prevention, safer sex, sexually transmitted infections, and leading a healthy lifestyle. Students interested in becoming a peer educator should contact the Coordinator for Health Promotion at 724-738-4206.

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 a sexually transmitted 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. Students who have questions or are interested in purchasing safer sex supplies can contact the Protection Connection at 724-738-4888.

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.

Multicultural Development


The Office of Multicultural Development 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.

Leadership - Student


Center for Student Involvement & Leadership

The Center for Student Involvement & 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. Their mission is to create valuable developmental and educational opportunities through activities, programs, student organizations, special events, services, and leadership training. The CSIL staff empowers students to be leaders that affect positive change on the campus and in their communities. The Center offers a resource library; a variety of student organization services; leadership workshops, community service opportunities, alternative spring break trips, seminars, and conferences; co-curricular experience transcripts; and information about campus-wide leadership involvement opportunities. The Center provides advisement and support for the University Program Board; fraternities, sororities, and the Greek governance councils; the First Year Leader Scholar Program; Student Ambassadors; and all student organizations and advisors. For more information regarding the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership call 724-738-2092.

First Year Leader Scholar Program

The First Year 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, and experiences that improve the participants’ leadership skills and increase their visibility as emerging student-leaders on campus. Activities are structured to be interesting and fun. Applications are accepted from first-year students each September. Successful applicants begin the program in October and continue with program activities through April of their first academic year.

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.


SLAB (formerly 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.

The Rocket named the “Most Outstanding College Newspaper” by the American Scholastic Press Association is the weekly campus newspaper. Its staff is made up of student reporters and editors who write on a wide variety of matters, which directly concern the students and the university community. The paper serves as an outlet for student opinion, through the editorial and letter-to-the-editor features. This publication provides an excellent experience for students whose career goals are in the areas of journalism, advertising, layout and design, and general newspaper management.


Radio and Television

WSRU RADIO - 88.1 FM is a university radio station, which is a student-operated, network 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. WSRU 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, was recently relocated to 101 Vincent Science Hall. The newly remodeled facility has a control room, audio 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.

Residence Life


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 Assistant Directors of Residence Life supervise the on-campus residence halls. These Assistant Directors 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 staff members are full time students who have been selected for their skills and ability to be academic and personal role models.

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 eight are co-educational by room, floor, or wing. Apartments and suites are single sex.

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 and recreation areas 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.

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, current students submit housing agreements for the following year. These materials are provided to all residence hall students

Slippery Rock University has a diverse student population 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 and exceptional opportunities for student development.

The Office of Residence Life provides nine living learning communities for residence hall students. These communities offer an opportunity for students to apply to live with other students who share similar interests and majors. Information regarding the living learning communities is provided along with housing agreement materials.

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.

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 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 Assistant Vice President for Student Development serves as a liaison in landlord-tenant concerns for students living off campus. Students desiring assistance should contact the Assistant Vice President for Student Development’s office at 724-738-2525 to schedule an appointment. 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 provide excellent opportunities for self-development and self-expression. However, 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 140 organizations, activities, and club sports, 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 the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership at 724-738-2092.

Judicial Programs


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 online or in the Office of Judicial Programs (008 Old Main). For information call 724-738-4985.

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 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 five specialized committees and an executive position, all occupied by students, who provide variety of entertainment programming for the campus community. The five committees are: Concerts, University Events, Cultural Arts, Speakers, and Marketing. 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 mission of the Slippery Rock University Union is to serve as a gathering place for the campus community. The services, programs, activities, and opportunities that the Union provides are designed to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and visitors and foster a sense of community and campus loyalty. Through their involvement with the University Union, students develop skills in leadership, citizenship, diversity awareness, and professionalism.  The following are located in the University Union: Center for Student Involvement & Leadership (leadership programs, campus activities, Greek affairs, student organization services), Office of Multicultural Development, Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Development,  University Union Operations (scheduling), Cooperative Activities, Student Government Association (SGA), Cultural and Commuter Center, WSRU Radio station, University Program Board (UPB), Taylor & Byrnes coffee shop, Rocky’s Grille and Cyber Fresh, SGA Bookstore and Copy Corner, PNC Bank,  Rocky’s Den (indoor recreation area/TV lounge), and computer lab. For additional information stop by the Union Information Desk or call 724-738-4926.

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.