2013 - 2014
Undergraduate Catalogue

Student Life and Services


Loyola University Maryland, as a Jesuit institution, looks upon student services as a complement to the student's academic program, and the primary aim of the student services program is, therefore, necessarily educational. The University concerns itself with all aspects of student life, including the spiritual, disciplinary, social, and extracurricular. Members of the University who staff the areas of housing and welfare, health, counseling, athletics, career development and placement, and new student orientation are available for whatever assistance they can give in helping the students achieve the greatest possible personal development during their stay at Loyola.

BUCKLEY AMENDMENT

Loyola University Maryland has a commitment to protect the confidentiality of student records. The University makes every effort to release information only to those individuals who have established a legitimate educational need for the information. Documents submitted to the University by the student or other authorized person or agency for the purpose of admission to the University become the property of Loyola University Maryland and cannot be released (originals or copies) to another party by request.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes is inaccurate. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  4. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

    A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    If nondirectory information is needed to address a disaster or other health or safety emergency, school officials may disclose that information to appropriate parties, without consent, if the University determines that knowledge of that information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

  5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Loyola University Maryland to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
  6. Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605

FERPA requires that Loyola University Maryland, with certain exceptions, obtain the student's written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the student's education records. However, the University may disclose appropriately designated directory information without written consent, unless the student has advised the University to the contrary in accordance with University procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the University to include this type of information from the student's education records in certain institutional publications. Examples include the annual yearbook, Dean's List or other recognition lists, graduation programs; and directory information. Directory information is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a student's prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.

Loyola University Maryland considers the following information to be directory information which can be released without the written consent of the student: name; photo; home, dorm, local, and e-mail address; home, dorm, local phone number; voice mailbox; class year; enrollment status; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; and weight and height of members of athletic teams. Every student has the right to file a written request with the University (Records Office) to restrict the listing of directory information in the electronic address directory. If a student does not want the University to disclose directory information from the student's education records without the student's prior written consent, the student must notify the University annually, in writing, within the first week of classes: Records Office, 4501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210-2699. Students should be aware that instructing the University not to release directory information could impact disclosures to potential employers, lending institutions, health insurance carriers, etc.

The University may disclose educational records to the parents of a dependent student, as defined in Title 26 USCSS 152 of the Internal Revenue Code. Proof of dependency must be on record with the University or provided to the office responsible for maintaining records prior to disclosure of the records. Students may also sign an Authorization to Disclose Education Records to Parents, available in the Records Office (Maryland Hall 141) and online, www.catalogue.loyola.edu/records.

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Loyola University Maryland is committed to standards promoting speech and expression that foster an open exchange of ideas and opinions.

All members of the Loyola academic community, which includes students, faculty, staff, and administrators, enjoy the right to freedom of speech and expression. This freedom includes the right to express points of view on the widest range of public and private concerns, and to engage in the robust expression of ideas. The University encourages a balanced approach in all communications and the inclusion of contrary points of view.

As is true with the society at large, the right to free speech and expression is subject to reasonable restrictions of time, place, and manner and does not include unlawful activity. Obviously, and in all events, the use of the University forum shall not imply acceptance of or endorsement by the University of the views expressed.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

It is expected that students will conform to all regulations and policies of the University and classes in which they are registered (see Academic Conduct), including those concerning procedure and conduct in the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. Students are responsible for honoring all University standards of classroom civility, academic integrity, and general campus conduct, including in-class use of technology, as published in the current Loyola University Maryland Community Standards, and as communicated by the course instructor. Students must also abide by all international, federal, state, and local laws. The Office of Student Life is the proponent of approved policies and rules of the Student Code of Conduct.

Violations are reported by students, faculty, campus police, or any member of the Loyola community. These reports are directed to the Office of Student Life. The director of student life or designee shall then hear the case or refer the case to a hearing officer or panel. The appeal process for such decisions is published in the Community Standards.

Warnings, restrictions on social and other activities, fines, suspensions, and dismissals are used in cases involving violations of University regulations. Students who are placed on disciplinary suspension by the University will not be granted transfer credit for courses taken at other institutions during the suspension period. Particulars concerning violations, the conduct process, and sanctions that may be imposed, can be found in the Community Standards.

Academic Conduct

Loyola University Maryland is dedicated not only to learning and the advancement of knowledge but also to the development of ethically sensitive, socially responsible people. The University seeks to accomplish these goals through a sound educational program and its policies for encouraging maturity, independence, and appropriate conduct among its students and faculty within the University community. It is the responsibility of faculty and students alike to maintain the academic integrity of the University in all respects.

The faculty is responsible for establishing the rules for all work in a course, for the conduct of examinations, and for the security of tests, papers, and laboratories associated with courses and programs of the University. Faculty will remind students at the first meeting of each class of the standards of behavior and conduct for the class. The instructor will also make every effort to discourage dishonesty in any form. Faculty members are encouraged to make use of the Honor Code pledge on all scheduled tests, papers, and other assignments and are strongly encouraged to include a statement indicating support for the Honor Code on the course syllabus.

To ensure an effective and productive teaching and learning environment for all, the University expects every student to behave with integrity in all matters relating to both the academic and social aspects of the University community. This includes maintaining respect for classroom and other learning communities, appropriate participation in the learning process, upholding the Honor Code, and ensuring the rights of others in all campus settings. Refer to the Community Standards for additional information.

Honor Code

The Honor Code states that all undergraduate students of the Loyola community will conduct themselves honestly on all academic matters. The goal of the Code is to foster a suitable atmosphere for learning. In order to achieve this goal, every student must be committed to the pursuit of academic honor and its responsibilities. Students who are truthful on all academic matters and who submit academic work that is the product of their own minds demonstrate respect for themselves and the community in which they study, as well as a commitment to Jesuit education. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the Code which is published in the Community Standards.

Faculty members witnessing a breach of the Code must inform the student in a timely manner of the alleged infraction and assign any academic sanctions they deem appropriate for the offense. Following this, and no later than 30 days after informing the student of the alleged violation, faculty must report the infraction in writing, using the Honor Code Violation Report form, to the Dean of First-Year Students and Academic Services. Students who witness a violation of the Honor Code also must report the alleged infraction to the Dean of First-Year Students and Academic Services.

Students found in violation of the Honor Code will be appropriately reprimanded in the belief that they will, with the support of their peers, learn from the mistake. In most instances, a first violation of the Honor Code results in an academic sanction, such as failure of the course, and may also include an educational sanction determined by a hearing council of the student’s peers. For exceptionally serious cases, however, the hearing council may recommend stronger sanctions. A subsequent violation of the Code usually results in suspension or dismissal from the University.

The Honor Council is an elected body of Loyola students entrusted with the tasks of educating the campus community on the importance of honor and hearing cases that involve an alleged violation of the Honor Code. More information on the Honor Code can be found on the University's website, www.loyola.edu/academic/honorcode.

Intellectual Honesty

Students assume a duty to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher learning. Their first obligation is to pursue conscientiously the academic objectives which they have set. This means that students will do their own work and avoid any possibility of misrepresenting anyone else's work as their own. "The act of appropriating the literary composition of another, or parts, or passages of his writing, of the ideas, or the language of the same, and passing them off as the product of one's own mind" (Black's Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition) constitutes "plagiarism." Although academic disciplines may differ in the manner in which sources are cited, some principles apply across disciplines. In general, any ideas, words, or phrases that appear in another source must be acknowledged at the point at which they are incorporated into a student's work.

The student's second obligation is not to engage in acts of cheating. "Cheating" is using unauthorized assistance or material or giving unauthorized assistance or material for the use of another in such a way that work or knowledge which is not the student's own is represented as being so. Avoiding cheating involves refusing to give or receive assistance from other students, books, notes (unless specifically permitted by the instructor) on course tests, papers, laboratory reports or computer programs. Particulars concerning the kinds of violations, review procedures, and sanctions that may be imposed, may be found in the Honor Code section of the Community Standards or on the University's website, www.loyola.edu/academic/honorcode.

Alcoholic Beverages

All purchasing and consumption of any alcoholic beverage is regulated by the Maryland state law to persons of 21 years of age or older. Loyola University Maryland complies with this state law.

Individual students are prohibited from bringing any alcoholic beverages into any buildings on campus other than exceptions which are noted in the Community Standards. University organizations, approved by the Office of Student Activities, may dispense beer or wine at scheduled events in certain designated areas.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

New student orientation assists first-year and transfer students to make a successful transition into the academic and social life of the University. The orientation staff (known as Evergreens) sponsors a variety of programs and events throughout the summer and fall semester which assist new students in developing the following: a better understanding of the value of a Jesuit, liberal arts education; the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the classroom; an appreciation for the learning which takes place from participation in cocurricular programs and activities; and meaningful relationships with other students and members of the faculty, staff, and administration.

All first-year students entering in the fall semester are highly encouraged to participate in one of the orientation programs offered during the summer months. Parents of new students are also encouraged to attend these summer sessions to help them better understand the Loyola experience. First-year students attend fall orientation just prior to the first week of classes, and they receive ongoing support from the Evergreens, a group of peer leaders, throughout the fall semester.

Students who transfer to Loyola, whether in the fall or in January, also attend an orientation prior to the start of classes. This program is a condensed, one-day program with helpful sessions and a chance to meet other transfer students. Questions about orientation should be directed to the Office of Leadership and New Student Programs, 410-617-2032.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SGA)

The members of the SGA provide leadership within the student body, provide social and academic services for students, and represent the student body outside the University. The SGA is committed to enriching students' sense of community by encouraging interaction and individual development. The Executive Cabinet of the SGA consists of the president, two vice-presidents, four elected class presidents, and eleven appointed members. The Assembly is comprised of 36 student leaders and is responsible for all legislative matters within the SGA. The Senate oversees policy initiatives and issues that have an impact on the student body. Offices are located in the Office of Student Activities (Student Center East, Room 311).

Green Books

A custom-made examination book called the Green Book was created by the SGA in 1991 as a service to the Loyola community. The use of these books bearing the University seal and its motto, Strong Truths Well Lived, emphasizes respect for honesty in academics. Green Books are individually numbered and are unavailable to students prior to their distribution at the exam. Questions regarding the Green Books should be referred to the SGA director of academic affairs.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Loyola University Maryland encourages cocurricular activities which contribute to the academic, social, cultural, spiritual, and recreational growth and development of the student. These activities are an integral part of the life of the collegiate community. They should contribute to its objectives and goals but remain subordinate to them. All students are urged to participate in one or several activities, but are advised to participate only to the extent that their academic progress is not impeded.

Loyola University Maryland does not recognize or approve, as pertaining to the University, any organized activity of its students to which a faculty or administrator moderator has not been appointed. Loyola University Maryland does not give official recognition to social sororities and fraternities. Students who may wish to join private associations take on the responsibility of insuring that Loyola University Maryland not be identified with such groups in any way. Such students are advised that they must take full responsibility, including financial and legal liability, should such liability be involved.

The Office of Student Activities offers several traditional activities for students, including the following: "Late Night," a program offering social, cultural and athletic programs for students on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; and "Best of Baltimore," a program for first-year students meant to introduce them to the Baltimore area's finest cultural and sporting events. Student activities oversees OPTIONS, a student organization that plans weekend social events, and SuperFans, a student organization charged with promoting school spirit related to University athletic events. Student activities also coordinates Family Weekend, an annual tradition offering a weekend of special events for Loyola undergraduate students and their family members.

The Office of Student Activities (Student Center East, Room 311) is a valuable source of information concerning student events and organizations, and a resource for students involved in clubs and organizations. For more information about student activities, visit www.loyola.edu/studentactivities.

EVERGREEN PLAYERS PRODUCTIONS

Evergreen Players Productions are designed and directed by the Fine Arts Department faculty and theatre professionals. Three productions are presented in McManus Theatre or the department's black box theatre each season. Recent productions include Measure for Measure, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Titus Andronicus, and Waiting for Godot. Auditions for all productions are open to the entire College community. For those who seek experience behind the scenes, the theatre program offers opportunities to participate in stage crew, set construction, lighting, sound, publicity, costumes, and makeup.

MUSIC ENSEMBLES

The Fine Arts Department offers a number of music ensembles that are open by audition to all Loyola students. Vocalists may participate in several choral groups (the Loyola Singers and the madrigal Repertory Choir), or enroll in Scenes for Singers. Instrumentalists may elect ensembles in classical guitar, jazz, a smaller jazz combo, steel pan, or chamber music. Ensembles meet weekly and perform concerts each semester. All students may receive credit for these courses (two semesters of an ensemble is equal to one, three-credit course), and participation in one or more ensembles is required of music majors and minors.

INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

Loyola is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and competes on the NCAA Division I level. The University fields teams in 18 intercollegiate sports: men's and women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis; men's golf; women's indoor and outdoor track and field; and women's volleyball. Beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year, Loyola will be a member of the Patriot League in all sports.

The intercollegiate athletics program at Loyola provides a climate where student-athletes are encouraged to achieve their full academic potential while developing excellent athletic skills in highly-competitive sports. Each year, the teams win or compete for conference championships, and student-athletes consistently receive athletic and academic recognition at the national, regional, and conference levels.

Athletic facilities at Loyola include the 2,000-seat Reitz Arena, home to the Greyhounds basketball and volleyball teams. The arena is housed within the DeChiaro College Center. The Rev. Harold Ridley, S.J., Athletic Complex is home to the men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer teams. The 6,000-seat, state-of-the-art facility opened in March 2010 and is one of the finest of its type in the nation. The swimming and diving programs take advantage of an Olympic-size pool in the Mangione Aquatic Center within the Fitness and Aquatic Center (FAC), while tennis courts complete the comprehensive athletic facilities. The track and field team trains and competes at the Johns Hopkins/Loyola Track and Field Complex near the Baltimore Campus.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS

The Department of Recreational Sports is an essential component of the Division of Student Development and the overall mission of the University. The primary emphasis is grounded in the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis (care of the whole person). The department is committed to cultivating the whole person by providing an array of recreation opportunities in an educational, social, and supportive environment. To this end, it offers quality programs and service-oriented facility operations which foster healthy lifestyles for the Loyola community.

The Fitness and Aquatic Center (FAC) is a state-of-the-art, 115,000 square-foot recreational facility located just one block north of the Charles Street Bridge. The facility features:

  • Mangione Aquatic Center housing an eight-lane, 25-yard-long swim course, shallow lane, and diving well, as well as an on-deck sauna and whirlpool;
  • 6,000 square-foot weight room housing the latest in strength training and cardiovascular conditioning equipment, a three-lane track measuring a tenth of a mile, and a designated core strength/stretching area;
  • three-court gymnasium, including a multiactivity court (MAC);
  • equipment room;
  • outdoor adventure center;
  • indoor rock climbing wall;
  • four racquetball and two squash courts;
  • elevated walking and jogging track;
  • two group exercise studios offering a variety of free classes;
  • core strength and stretching area;
  • outdoor grass field;
  • full-service locker rooms;
  • classrooms, conference rooms, and the department's administrative offices.

All full-time, undergraduate students are members and only need to present their valid Loyola ID card upon entrance to the facility. Hours during the fall and spring semesters are:

Monday - Thursday6 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. 
Friday6 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
Saturday9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
Sunday1 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. 

The FAC also offers programs in aquatics, club sports, fitness, intramural sports, and outdoor adventures, as well as noncredit instructional classes and student employment opportunities. Detailed program descriptions are available online, and employment applications are available at the Welcome Desk. For more information on Recreational Sports or the FAC, call 410-617-5453 or visit www.loyola.edu/recsports.

SERVICES

Academic Advising and Support Center

The Academic Advising and Support Center (Maryland Hall 043) helps undergraduate students progress academically in a variety of ways. The center's administrators are responsible for the initial registration of first-year and transfer students. They also support the core and major advisors who work with students throughout their undergraduate career. The center supplements the information and assistance provided by the core or major advisor.

The center facilitates the declaration of major, course registration, and course withdrawal processes. The center's administrators monitor academic status and graduation clearance for seniors. The center also develops and maintains degree audits for each student as a tool for course planning and selection. In addition, guidance is provided for part-time and transfer students, students with learning disabilities, and students on academic probation. For more information, visit www.loyola.edu/aasc.

Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for the quality of all academic programs at Loyola University Maryland. Academic excellence is instilled in the programs through an excellent faculty and the curricula developed by these faculty. The Office of Academic Affairs hires the faculty, facilitates program development, and encourages the delivery of a rigorous, diverse, and intellectual curriculum as prescribed by the Jesuit tradition.

Diversity

The University’s academic diversity initiatives are coordinated by the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity. The office assists the Vice President for Academic Affairs in faculty recruitment and development, faculty retention, and diversity activities, generally. Specifically, the office provides leadership by offering workshops; coordinating informative and challenging speakers series; and by working closely with deans, faculty, and staff "to challenge students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world." As part of the office's efforts to support curricular change and professional development for faculty, the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity works closely with faculty to manage the development of courses that meet the undergraduate diversity course graduation requirement.

Administrative Office Hours

Administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some offices have hours which begin earlier and/or close later. Check the department's schedule prior to coming on campus. If necessary, appointments may be arranged at other times.

ALANA Services

The Department of ALANA Services and others on campus offer services to enhance the educational experience for African, Asian, Latin, and Native American students, as well as helping women and international students to have a successful experience at Loyola. The department works with Admission, academic departments, and Human Resources to assist in the recruitment of students, faculty, administrators, and staff who are African, Asian, Latin, and Native American. In addition, the department sponsors research to evaluate the progress made in increasing the diversity of the student body.

Alcohol and Drug Education and Support Services

Alcohol and Drug Education and Support Services (ADESS) works closely with, but is separate from, the University's Counseling Center. It is located on the west side of campus in Seton Court, STC02B; voice: 410-617-2928; fax: 410-617-5307; director's e-mail: jwilliams@loyola.edu. For online information regarding drug and alcohol dependence, adult children of alcoholics, alcohol poisoning, and other useful links, visit www.loyola.edu/campuslife/healthservices/adess.

Support Services: ADESS offers individual and group supportive counseling services to students with problems relating to their own alcohol or other drug use, or such use by persons close to them. All services are free to registered Loyola undergraduate and graduate students. All counseling services are confidential.

Counseling support groups are available to help students in recovery from alcohol or other drug dependence and students from families with alcoholism or other problems, sometimes called "Adult Children of Alcoholics" (ACOAs) or "Adult Children from Dysfunctional Families" (ACDFs).

An Outpatient Treatment Program is available to any student with a diagnosis of alcohol or other drug abuse or dependence. If clinically appropriate, this service is intended to give the student the opportunity for treatment without interruption of academic pursuits. The program is certified by the state of Maryland, and includes involvement in 12-step support groups. Any student interested in talking about any of these services may call ADESS at 410-617-2928 for information or to make an appointment, or e-mail the director, jwilliams@loyola.edu.

Prevention Education: Alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and harm reduction education programs are presented throughout the school year. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Team (ADAPT) is a group of peer educators involved in development and presentation of educational programs. Any student interested in becoming a peer educator may contact ADESS at 410-617-2928 or aapearlmansax@loyola.edu.

First-Year Student Online Education: AlcoholEdu is a three-hour, on-line education course that uses the latest prevention techniques and science-based research to educate students about the impact of alcohol on the mind and body. The University considers completion of this course to be so important that all first-year students are required to complete the course during the summer before they enter the residence halls in the fall. Information about the course and the completion deadlines is distributed to first-year students and their parents at the new student summer orientation sessions and by e-mail throughout the summer. For further information, contact ADESS at 410-617-2928 or aapearlmansax@loyola.edu.

Substance Free Housing: Housing for students choosing to live in an alcohol and other drug free environment is available to students willing to make such a commitment. This housing option is not limited to students in recovery. For further information, call the associate director of student life, 410-617-5081.

Bookstore

The Baltimore Campus bookstore (410-617-2291) is located on the second floor of the Andrew White Student Center. In addition to new and used textbooks, the bookstore offers rentals and e-books. The store has a wide selection of Loyola clothing and gifts, general reading books, school supplies, greeting cards, health and beauty aids, and snacks. The store also offers special orders for any book in print, the latest software titles at academic prices, and custom gifts. Students may sell their textbooks back to the bookstore for cash at any time, the best time being during finals week. For updated information, visit www.loyola.bncollege.com.

Campus Ministry

The mission of Campus Ministry is to invite and foster both explicit and implicit awareness of the University’s Catholic spiritual heritage and Jesuit mission among all members of the Loyola community, focusing in a special way on the undergraduate population. In carrying out this mission, we draw on our faith, presence, skills, and experience to engage people through word and example in caring, conversation, collaboration, and community building. Our programs offer diverse opportunities for prayer, meditation, worship, reflection, sharing and discussion on experiences of faith, spirituality, belief in God and Jesus Christ, and the deeper levels of life’s meaning. The office, located in Cohn Hall, is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff members are available during these hours as well as evenings and weekends, when needed; informal drop-ins are welcomed and encouraged. For the most current information on Campus Ministry hours, programs, worship schedule, and activities, visit www.loyola.edu/campusministry.

The Career Center

The Career Center helps students and alumni discover their career passion by integrating the Jesuit core values and introducing a process of personal discovery and discernment. Various services and programs are provided to assist students in all aspects of the career development process: choice of major, career options, full- and part-time job/internship seeking, and graduate school planning. The center is located in the DeChiaro College Center, Room W002; phone: 410-617-2232; e-mail: thecareercenter@loyola.edu; website: www.loyola.edu/thecareercenter. For further information, see this heading under Academic Programs and Career Opportunities.

Center for Community Service and Justice

The Center for Community Service and Justice seeks to engage all members of the Loyola community in education through direct service experiences--particularly with persons experiencing material poverty--and through reflection and a variety of on-campus, educational activities. This mission flows from the heart of the educational and spiritual traditions of both the Society of Jesus and the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Service opportunities are available throughout the year and are open to all students, faculty, staff and administrators. Individuals may participate in service on a monthly or weekly basis, through a weekend or week-long immersion program, or a one-time event. Participants are encouraged to consider carefully the time they have available for service and the specific population with whom they would like to work. Both full-time and student staff are available to assist persons in finding the right "fit" for them. Each experience includes preparation prior to and reflection/critical analysis following the service. For information on how to get involved in service, call 410-617-2380 or visit www.loyola.edu/ccsj.

Service-Learning

Through its Office of Service-Learning, the Center for Community Service and Justice helps faculty integrate service-learning into their courses. Service-learning refers to experiential learning within academic courses that is gained through structured reflection on community-based service. In most courses, service-learning is combined with more traditional modes of teaching and learning. Essential components of service-learning include learning and service which enhance one another, reciprocal partnership with the community, and meaningful, structured reflection. Service-learning courses intentionally contribute to those undergraduate educational aims which promote justice, diversity, leadership and social responsibility. These values are central to the Jesuit educational mission of Loyola University Maryland and of all Jesuit colleges and universities.

Service-learning may be optional or required of all students in a course, depending on the preferences and needs of the instructor, department, and community partners involved. Service-learning combines academic study and community service in ways that enhance students’ learning. Designated courses typically require a minimum of 20 hours of community-based service. They offer students the exciting opportunity to learn about almost any subject in the arts, business, the humanities, and the social and natural sciences by engaging in service as part of their normal coursework. Service-learning challenges students to learn firsthand about community, democracy, diversity, justice, civil society, social responsibility, leadership and critical thinking. It also offers students opportunities for personal growth, faith development, improved social and communication skills, job training, and exposure to an array of diverse perspectives that exist beyond the confines of campus life. Through service-learning, students learn about themselves and the world around them at the same time.

Service-learning courses are offered each semester in a variety of disciplines. Courses are identified on WebAdvisor (select service-learning or service optional under course types) and the service-learning website, www.loyola.edu/service-learning. For more information on service-learning courses, call 410-617-2909.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center supports the academic mission of the University by providing services and programs that help students achieve their educational goals. College students are challenged to manage academic stress as well as a number of developmental issues during their academic careers. In addition, some students experience personal or family crises that interfere with their ability to achieve academically. It is the center's goal to offer a range of services to enable students to attain their educational, personal, and career goals.

Comprehensive services are designed to address a range of issues including adjustment to college, stress management, public speaking anxiety, test anxiety, coping with loss and grief, effective communication skills, and various mental health concerns. Students may talk privately with a counselor, participate in a group, and/or attend educational workshops. The staff is also a resource to the Loyola community and will provide consultations, classroom programs, and skill-building workshops on a range of topics including assertiveness, stress management, and group dynamics. The center's website (www.loyola.edu/counselingcenter) contains information on a range of topics related to specific counseling issues, relaxation resources, and training opportunities, and is updated with timely information for the community as needed.

The center is staffed by licensed clinicians with specialized training in college student issues, counseling, and psychology. A part-time psychiatrist is also available. Individual counseling is short-term; however, students can be referred to outside resources for longer-term therapy. Students are encouraged to participate in the many confidential groups offered regularly.

Students are encouraged to visit the center in the event of a personal crisis or simply to discuss questions or issues with a counselor. Information disclosed by the student is considered private and confidential. The center is located in the Humanities Center, Room 150. Appointments may be made by calling, 410-617-CARE (2273). The center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Dining Services

Primo's, the New College Market, combines excellence in food quality with a variety of meal options for the campus community. Its market atmosphere allows students to choose from a carving station, grill, deli, brick-oven pizza, freshly made pasta, international selections, wraps, gourmet salads, and sushi. All foods are prepared as needed before the customer which allows them to be served hot and fresh. The different stations are complemented by a fresh grab-and-go area, salad bar, and home replacement meals. Convenience store items such as snack foods, canned goods, frozen foods, and bottled beverages are also available. Primo's is located in Newman Towers.

Housed in the Andrew White Student Center, Boulder Garden Cafe features the Sky Ranch Grill, Rappz & Stacks, Pete's Arena (pizza), a salad bar, and soup. McGuire Hall houses both Salsa Rico and Surf'n Joe, the latter featuring gourmet coffee as well as a selection of pastries and assorted treats.

The Sellinger School of Business and Management houses Cafe Ala Cart. The cart features gourmet coffee, salads, wraps, fruit, snacks, and fresh baked goods.

For more information about dining services, call 410-617-2985 or visit www.loyola.edu/dining.

Disability Support Services

The Disability Support Services (DSS) office ensures students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fulfill Loyola’s mission of learning, leading, and serving in a diverse and changing world. DSS provides students with disabilities access to the University’s services and programs by coordinating accommodations and supports. On a case-by-case basis, DSS reviews documentation of disability, recommends classroom and/or residential accommodations, and coordinates supports. Examples of common accommodations include alternative arrangements for tests, note-takers, reading material in alternative format, flexibility with class attendance, sign language interpreters, adaptive equipment, housing modifications, and parking assistance.

A student must self-identify and register with DSS by completing a DSS registration form, providing documentation of disability, and attending an intake meeting. Documentation must meet the University's guidelines, and information is confidentially housed in the DSS office.

DSS is located in Newman Towers West, Room 107. To schedule an appointment, students may call 410-617-2062/5137/2750 or e-mail mwiedefeld@loyola.edu or mmhenry@loyola.edu. For more information, visit www.loyola.edu/dss.

Loyola/Notre Dame Library

Students are encouraged to make extensive use of the library and its resources. The library catalogue is shared by four other academic libraries, providing ready access to over one million volumes, including more than 384,000 e-books. Books in the catalogue not owned by Loyola/Notre Dame may be requested online and shipped within two days. Current and bound periodicals, DVDs, and other media are also available at the library.

The library's website (www.loyola.edu/library) serves as a gateway to a variety of resources. A discovery service called Seeker enables students to find books, articles, and other resources on a topic with a single search. Students have access to numerous databases, including Literature Resource Center, Lexis-Nexis Academic, PsycINFO, Business Source Premier, Philosopher's Index, ATLA (religion), ERIC (education), Academic Search Complete, ScienceDirect, and JSTOR. There is electronic access to full-text articles from over 55,000 periodicals. Research guides to a wide range of disciplines and topics provide students with links to many online resources and help guides. Students can connect with these resources from any computer on Loyola's campus network, including library workstations. Databases can be accessed from off-campus computers by current students who are registered library users. The library is wireless-enabled and provides in-house loans of laptops.

Librarians in the Research/Instruction Department assist students in selecting and using various information sources. Students can ask questions by phone, e-mail, 24/7 chat, instant messaging, or texting. Books and articles not owned by the library can usually be acquired through interlibrary loan. Customer Services Department staff are available to assist with reserve materials and copying/printing facilities. Many reserve readings are available electronically on the library's website.

The library building features several high-tech classrooms, a digital media lab, a 96-seat auditorium, a screening room, and a variety of seating areas for individual or group study. Computer workstations are located on all four floors. Hours of operation are posted on the library's website.

Parking

All students are required to register their vehicles with the University. Students must bring a copy of their vehicle registration to Student Administrative Services and complete a parking permit application. A sticker or hang tag indicating parking lot designations is issued. Free shuttle service is available to all areas of the campus.

Resident Students

The University offers convenience and satellite parking to upper-class resident students. First-year resident students are not permitted to bring a vehicle to campus. Convenience and satellite parking is available at the residence halls on the east and west sides of campus, the North Campus lot, and the York Road lot at a cost of $375 per year. Parking is determined by seniority with a lottery.

Commuter Students

The University offers convenience and satellite parking to commuter students. Satellite parking is available at the North Campus lot at a cost of $100 per year. Convenience parking is available at the Newman Towers lot at a cost of $300 per year. Commuter convenience parking hang tags do not permit overnight parking. Any student who wishes to park overnight must purchase a student satellite parking permit at a cost of $350 per year. Parking is determined by seniority with a lottery.

Post Office

The Student Post Office is located on the first floor of the College Center. Students can purchase stamps and money orders, send faxes, and mail packages via the U.S. Postal Service or UPS. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with package pick up until 4:30 p.m. The Post Office accepts cash or Evergreen payment.

Records Office

The Records Office (Maryland Hall 141) provides services during the following hours:

Monday - Thursday7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Friday7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

For online information regarding registration, graduation, student services, course offerings, forms, calendars, and other helpful links, visit www.loyola.edu/records.

Student Administrative Services

Student Administrative Services (Maryland Hall 140) provides services Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.loyola.edu/department/financialservices/sas.

Student Health and Education Services

The Student Health Center provides outpatient care during the academic year. It is located at 4502-A Seton Court; hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. After-hours medical care is provided by Sinai Hospital, 410-583-9396.

The center also promotes many wellness programs. For information, call 410-617-5055 or visit the Student Health Services webpage at www.loyola.edu.

The Study

The Study provides academic support services, including a variety of study skills workshops in addition to a comprehensive, nationally-certified peer tutoring program for students who want to supplement their classroom learning. The Study is located on the third floor of Jenkins Hall. For more information, visit www.loyola.edu/thestudy.

Technology Services

Loyola students have access to the Student Technology Center (STC), which is responsible for the management and oversight of all student interaction with Loyola’s technology. The STC strives to maintain awareness of students’ technology needs and to stay current with the challenging and dynamic methods used to learn and to socialize in an academic environment. Students with technology questions or concerns can reach the STC by phone, 410-617-5555; e-mail, ots@loyola.edu; or in person, Knott Hall 106.

Some technology highlights include:

  • Inside.Loyola, an online campus portal for the Loyola community that offers access to student news, web-hosted software, e-mail, and campus communications.
  • Student e-mail accounts powered by Microsoft Live@Edu. Students can access Loyola e-mail using Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Web Access. Loyola e-mail features include address books, calendaring, and SPAM control.
  • Moodle, the course management system students use for their academic work.
  • Wireless internet service is available in all residence halls and in all academic buildings.
  • Cable television service is available to all residential students.
  • General purpose computer labs are located on the Baltimore Campus in various academic buildings and residence halls, as well as the Columbia and Timonium Campuses. Most labs have 24-hour access via student ID card. Labs may contain PCs, Macs, and printers.

To learn more about the technology resources available, visit www.loyola.edu/ots/newstudent.

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