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Graduate Bulletin 1999-2001

STUDENT LIFE

Student life at Loyola is based on the philosophy that education occurs in the context of total human development. Development of the whole person involves not only the intellectual development of the student but also the moral, social, cultural, and physical development of the individual. Programs and services exist which provide opportunities for this total educational experience.

COUNSELING AND CAREER SERVICES CENTER

The Counseling and Career Services Center offers services for students wishing counseling for personal or social concerns, assistance in identifying appropriate career goals, and seeking employment opportunities in the field of their choice. These services are provided by a well-qualified professional staff. Confidentiality of information shared between counselor and student is respected at all times.

Students face transitions throughout the college years. Personal challenges, changes in relationships, and finding a career focus are opportunities to consult with a professional who specializes in working with university students. Assessment of career interests and abilities can aid in choosing a major, career choice, or graduate school. Students seeking internships or employment during and after college are aided by job search training and guidance. Potential jobs are called in daily and an active on-campus recruiting program brings employers to Loyola throughout the year.

SPIRITUAL LIFE

Loyola University is a Catholic, Jesuit university. Toward this end, Campus Ministry strives for the complete integration of Catholic and Jesuit spirituality within the entire university community. Members of this staff strive for total availability and a person-centered rather than a project-centered ministry. They are available at all times to guide, counsel and advise.

STUDENT HOUSING

Loyola operates three residence halls, Biever Hall which houses undergraduate men a women, Budding Hall which houses undergraduate women, and Cabra Hall on Broadway campus which houses Law/graduate and upperclass men and women. All residence hall buildings are accessible to students who are physically disabled and each hall has resident rooms to meet the special needs of these students. The Office of Commuter Services provides a listing of off-campus apartments. There are no accommodations for married students on campus.

Cabra Hall is a five story residence hall housing 215 students, 54 per living floor, in 6 (eight-person) suites and 1 (seven-person) suite. The hall is centrally heated and air conditioned. All rooms are double occupancy and are furnished with two closets, two single beds, two chests of drawers, two desks and local telephone service. Cabra Hall facilities include a Kitchen with a microwave oven, sundeck, vending services, storage room, 3 laundry rooms, ice machine, computer room, T.V. lounge, basic cable service, etc. A convenient transportation system links the Broadway campus with the main campus, located approximately two blocks away.

Residents of residence halls are subject to the housing policies which are promulgated in the Student Handbook and Resident Register. Full-time professionally trained personnel are provided in all the residence halls to aid students in achieving personal and educational goals. Resident assistants, located in each floor, help provide a well-balanced social and educational atmosphere. Residence halls have live-in resident counselors who are Jesuit priests, Catholic sisters or lay individuals who have training and experience in the areas of human development.

Requests for accommodations should be forwarded directly to the Office of Residential Life following notification of acceptance to the university. Reservations are confirmed only after receipt of a signed contract and a $ 100 application fee, which is 50% refundable in the event the student cancels prior to July 1. Students must present proof of adequate accident/sickness insurance coverage. Housing contracts are for both the fall and spring semesters.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE

Loyola’s health service is for both resident and nonresident, full-time and part-time students who have provided the health service with a completed medical history form. The Student Health Service is directed by an administrative director under the direction of a medical director (physician). The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Trained student health assistants are available on campus for night, weekend and holiday emergency medical referral service. Each week a physician is available during designated hours to see students. The health service also maintains extensive lists of off-campus medical specialists for students requiring special care. Treatments by health center personnel are provided at no charge to the student. Medicines, referrals to off-campus medical specialists, laboratory tests, and hospitalization are at the student’s expense. All services provided and communications with medical personnel are confidential as dictated by the medical code of ethics.

For good cause, the university may require a physical or psychiatric examination while a student is in attendance. Results of these examinations may be used to determine a student’s suitability to continue in attendance at the university.

HEALTH INSURANCE

The university sponsored health insurance program covering sickness and accident is strongly recommended for all students, especially those students who are from out-of-town. Resident students and international students are required to present proof of personal health insurance coverage or they must enroll in the university endorsed health insurance plan. The group plan covers a student for 12 months for a yearly premium. Plans for married students and their families are also available. Students desiring health insurance information should contact the Student Health Service.

IMMUNIZATION POLICY

Effective January 1991, Louisiana Law, (Section 1. R.S. 17:170) requires all students entering the university for the first time to show proof of immunization for tetanus/diphtheria (within the past 10 years) and show proof of a TB test (within the past year). Failure to show proof of these immunizations and test will require the students to receive the immunizations from a private physician or Student Health Service at the student’s expense prior to registering for classes. In addition, all students born after 1956 and entering the university for the first time must show proof of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella (two doses). Failure to show proof of these immunizations will require the student to receive the immunizations from a private physician or Student Health Service at the student’s expense prior to registering for classes.

All first time students shall be required to comply with these provisions unless the student submits a written statement from a physician stating that the procedure cannot be done because of medical reasons, a written dissent from a parent of guardian, or a written statement from a clergy stating that the procedure cannot be done for religious reasons. In the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease, the university may exclude from attendance all nonimmunized students until the appropriate disease incubation has expired or the student presents proof of immunization.

IDENTIFICATION CARD (Loyola Express Card)

The student identification card at Loyola University is referred to as the Loyola Express Card. Loyola Express cards for new students are free during the registration period. After the start of classes all cards cost $15 each. Only one express card is allowed per student, all others must be turned in to the Loyola Express Card office. The cards are used for admittance to the Recreational Sports and Athletics Complex, campus events, and for other activities. They are required for use of campus library facilities.

Students must obtain their Loyola Express Cards from the Loyola Express Card office and have them on their persons at all times to present to university officials on demand. Loan of the card to anyone is prohibited. Use of another’s card subjects the user, and the loaner, to a fine and/or disciplinary action. Lost or stolen cards must be reported immediately to the Loyola Express Card office and/or Office of Public Safety. There is a $15 charge for replacement cards. Loyola Express Cards are used for the full term of enrollment at Loyola. Cards must be validated at the beginning of each semester in the Loyola Express Card office located on the lower level of the Danna Center on the main campus.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS

The Office of International Student Affairs serves the more than 200 international students currently at Loyola. International students include students with F-1, J-1 or other non-immigrant visas, students who are not citizens of the United States, students whose first language is not English, and students who do not reside within the continental United States.

The primary function is to provide international students with whatever assistance is needed in adjusting to life here in the U.S. and at Loyola, where it involves cultural, linguistic, academic, financial, immigration or personal questions. The office coordinates all university programs for international students. In addition, it serves as the liaison between international students and the various university administrative and departmental offices, agencies of the United States government, foreign governments, and private organizations. All student and exchange visitor immigration matters are handled through this office.

Through a wide variety of programs, the office encourages interaction between international students and the university and local communities. Through this interaction, all participants develop an appreciation of other cultures and of their own and maximize their social, cultural and academic experience.

The director serves as advisor to the International Student Association, a social and cultural organization. In addition, a file is maintained of study abroad materials for all Loyola students interested in studying in another country. The Loyola University-sponsored health insurance is a requirement for all non-immigrant students. Each admitted student will receive the application and information about this insurance prior to their attendance at Loyola.

LOYOLA INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM

Loyola Intensive English is a non-credit program specifically designed for persons who wish to learn English as a second language. It is intended to help those who need to learn, improve, or perfect English skills for academic reasons, for job-related reasons, or for personal enrichment. The emphasis is on speaking, aural comprehension, reading and writing, but Loyola’s special interest is in the integration of these different skills into fluency and competence in English. Loyola’s program is compact and personal. Classes are never larger than 15 students, and most classes are considerably smaller. As a result every student receives a great deal of individual attention.

Loyola’s Intensive English offers courses for four hours per day, Monday through Friday. These 20 hours a week of formal classes are supplemented by other language-learning activities, such as the tutorial program, language labs, computer lab, lectures, and special activities. Students are individually tested and evaluated at the beginning of each course to determine their present competency in English and to place them at an appropriate ESL level. Along with evaluations of language performance, the Intensive English Program provides career counseling and advice about admissions procedures to colleges and universities.

Acceptance to the Intensive English Program does not guarantee further admission to Loyola’s regular degree-granting courses of study. Some students may qualify to take regular academic courses along with their Intensive English courses, but must submit applications for admission as regular academic students with their applications for admission to Intensive English.

A unique feature of Loyola’s Intensive English is the tutor program. Tutors are advanced Loyola students, all native speakers of English, who receive special training in ESL and cross-cultural issues at LIEP. Students meet with tutors for a minimum of three hours per week. Tutors will develop formal and informal relationships with small groups of Intensive English students and will provide the opportunity for extended conversation and practice in English. The program is coordinated by the Office of International Student Affairs.

COMMUTER SERVICES

The Office of Student Activities also serves as a communication link between the off-campus student population and university programs and services. Commuters comprise 65 percent of the undergraduates and about 96% of the graduate students. The university recognizes its responsibility for responding to the unique needs of its commuter population. This office, therefore, provides a computerized apartment listing service, locker rentals, and literature on campus programs and services.

Communication is further enhanced by the publication of Loyola After Dark, an information brochure listing resources and hours of various university services, and Commuter Connections, printed twice a semester. Theses publications are used to keep commuters in touch with Loyola life. This office also acts as an advocate for commuter concerns and needs to the university administration.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Loyola University complies with Louisiana R.S. 17-3351(c) and the Federal Campus Security Act of 1990 by annually publishing crime statistics and other required information. Following is a synopsis of some of the information required under these acts.

The Reporting of Criminal Actions

The Loyola University Police Department (LUPD) is a fully-authorized police department open seven days a week, 24 hours a day throughout the year. LUPD responds is handled in accordance with the guidelines and laws set forth by local, state, and federal criminal justice systems. Crimes or suspicious activity may be reported in person at the department’s headquarters located in Biever Hall on the main campus. LUPD can also be reached through any campus telephone by dialing extension 3434. Emergencies should be reported by dialing 911 from any campus telephone, or from the emergency telephones located on the campus grounds and all floors of the parking garages.

The Loyola University Police Department (LUPD) routinely issues warnings to the campus community of potentially dangerous campus and/or neighborhood situations. In addition, a monthly campus crime statistical report is distributed, and the university annually publishes its campus crime statistics. Copies of the pamphlet outlining the university’s Security Policies and Crime Statistics may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or the Loyola University Police Department headquarters. This information is also published each semester in the course schedule, which can be obtained from the Office of Student Records.

Campus Law Enforcement

All uniformed officers at Loyola University are P.O.S.T. certified and commissioned by the State of Louisiana as university police officers. Under the authority of Louisiana Revised Statute R.S. 17:1805, officers are empowered to enforce all local and state laws and have the power of arrest while executing their duties in connection with campus crime. They are also authorized to obtain and execute search warrants and arrest warrants, both on and off campus, for all crimes committed on campus. All commissioned officers are authorized to carry firearms and must meet the minimum qualifications for firearms training set forth by the Louisiana P.O.S.T. Council.

LUPD has cultivated and benefits from a positive and open working relationship with local and state police agencies, a relationship in which all agencies work very closely together to control campus crime and address specific problem areas, as needed.

The administrative office responsible for university police service is the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

University Police Personnel

FULL-TIME

1 director 3 corporals
1 investigator lieutenant 16 officers
1 crime prevention sergeant 3 dispatchers
1 administrative assistant 3 shuttle drivers
3 shift sergeants

PART-TIME

6 student marshals—patrol, clerical and parking enforcement

Access to Campus Facilities

Students, faculty, and employees at Loyola have access to academic, recreational, and administrative facilities on campus. Access to the residence halls is limited to resident students and their guests and is a controlled access system. Access to residence halls by university employees is on an “as needed” basis, and incorporates strict key and/or card control procedures. The general public may attend cultural and recreational events on campus; however, their access is limited to parking lots and the facilities in which these events are held. LUPD officers patrol these areas on a 24-hour basis, as well as other areas of the campus community.

Firearms

The possession of firearms, chemicals, fireworks, explosives, knives, weapon replicas of any type, or other instruments used as weapons except as explicitly authorized by the university is prohibited upon the land owned by the university. Violation of this regulation is cause for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the university. In addition, criminal prosecution and penalties may be applicable under federal, state, and/or city law.

Monitoring Criminal Activities of Off-campus Student Organizations

The Loyola University Police Department has an excellent working relationship with the Second District of the New Orleans Police Department, and the neighboring Tulane University Police Department. This positive relationship and communications link permits us to keep track of criminal activity off-campus, in areas where some of our students may live or frequent.

Loyola University Police requests annual crime statistics from New Orleans Police regarding off-campus property owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by Loyola. In addition, the chosen officers of these organizations are required to report specific crimes, as mandated by federal law, to the Loyola University Police within forty-eight (48) hours of occurrence.

Alcohol and Drugs

The possession, consumption, and sale of alcoholic beverages on the Loyola University campus is permitted within the limits prescribed by state and federal laws, and in accordance with the specific regulations that have been established by the university. These rules and regulations can be found in the Student Handbook.

The misuse of marijuana and other drugs in this context includes barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine, tranquilizers, LSD compounds, and any and all substances so defined by state criminal law and is a violation of federal, state, and municipal laws. Loyola University cannot and will not protect students from prosecution under federal, state, and municipal laws.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education Programs

The Loyola University Alcohol and Drug Education Program offers education, information, and assistance for individuals and groups concerned about substance abuse issues. Counseling, assessment, and referral services are available for individuals. An education group is available for students who have been referred to the program because of disciplinary incidents involving alcohol and drugs. A resource library has been created for students, faculty, and staff which contains books, pamphlets, and videotapes addressing a variety of substance abuse issues.

Crime Prevention

The Loyola University Police Department has an ongoing Crime Prevention Program designed to inform all students, faculty, and staff members of services and protection offered. These programs include lectures during orientations, residence hall meetings, and special events (spring break, Christmas, Mardi Gras, etc.). There is an ongoing dedication to educating the campus community on personal safety, not only while on campus, but also while living and traveling in the local community.

Security Lighting and Maintenance

Loyola University maintains a high level of dedication for a safe environment by ensuring proper lighting of the campus at nighttime, along with the trimming of trees and implementation to reduce risks and add to this safe environment during the construction and maintenance of new or existing buildings.

Other Specialized Services

As support to help provide the Loyola community with a safe and secure campus, Loyola’s University Police Department offers specialized services. These services include 24-hour safety escorts, shuttle runs between the two campuses, Provide-a-Ride (a late night off-campus safety shuttle service), security alarm and parking garages closed circuit television (CCTV) monitoring, first aid and CPR, self-defense training for women, free fingerprinting, motorist assistance, lost and found, free bicycle registration, use of property ID engravers, and parking and traffic enforcement.

CAMPUS PARKING

Students may park on campus by purchasing a parking permit from the Loyola Express Card/Parking Services office located on the lower level of the Danna Center. Visitors may park in the Freret Street Parking Garage by paying an hourly rate or at a paid parking meter. Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours every day, weekends and holidays included. Please refer to the Loyola University parking and traffic regulations brochure, available at the Loyola Express Card/Parking Services office or Loyola University Police Headquarters, for a complete listing of parking regulations.

For further information about on-campus parking, please contact the Loyola Express Card office at (504) 865-3000.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

There are approximately 110 student organizations recognized and active on the Loyola campus. They are classified in the following categories: academic and professional societies, cultural/ethnic organizations, service organizations, athletic/recreational clubs, social fraternities, honorary fraternities and organizations, social sororities, special interest organizations, and student communications media. A complete listing of all recognized organizations is available in the Student Activities office.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

The Student Government Association consists of elected members representing the four colleges and the School of Law. The SGA acts as the voice of the student body to the university. Through this body, students act as members on most of the university committees in an effort to insure input in areas of student concern. The SGA sponsors programs and services as well as funding student organizations of the university. Meetings of the SGA are held once a week and are open to all students and members of the university community.

THE UNIVERSITY CENTER AND STUDENT ACTIVITIES

The Joseph A. Danna Center is the university center for Loyola University. Its mission is to provide services, facilities and programs for the entire university community. Objectives established for the university center by the Danna Center Advisory Board aim at making it a campus center where all members of the university can meet, formally and informally; provide services and facilities to the university; complementing the educational goals of Loyola by providing cultural, social and recreational programs; and maintaining the center as an open forum where all sides of issues may be discussed.

The University Programming Board is the campus-wide programming entity responsible for delivering the cultural, social and recreational programs for the university. This organization, whose membership consists of student volunteers, establishes a vital link to quality out-of-classroom experiences.

The facilities of the Joseph A. Danna Center provide the environment for the University Programming Board, the Student Government Association, and student organizational activities. In addition to containing food services, a bookstore, lounges, Student Affairs offices, meeting rooms, student organization offices, an art gallery, a service mall and recreational areas are located in the center.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS

The Department of Recreational Sports provides opportunities for Loyola students, employees and alumni to participate in competitive and noncompetitive, organized and informal sports and fitness activities. It is the express purpose of Recreational Sports to meet the diverse needs of the university community with a broad-based, comprehensive program including intramural sports, extramural sports, club sports, noncredit instructional programs, open recreation and special interest programs. Students participating in all sports are responsible for ensuring that they are medically able to withstand the rigors of the physical activity in which they plan to engage. Likewise, all students should have sufficient personal injury insurance in the event of an accident.

The Recreational Sports Complex is a multipurpose sports facility which includes: courts for basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, soccer and floor hockey; racquetball courts; an Olympic-style natatorium for swimming and diving; a whirlpool; a suspended jogging track; a weight-lifting/conditioning area, and the Loyola Athletic Hall of Fame. It also has locker rooms, each with a sauna and steam room. Students are admitted free with their university ID card and may purchase memberships for immediate family members.

INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

The Loyola Wolfpack intercollegiate athletic program competes in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), Division I, as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Loyola currently fields teams in the following sports: men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, cross country, baseball, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. By a student referendum conducted in 1991, the program is financially supported by a student fee dedicated to the intercollegiate athletic program. Loyola does not offer athletic scholarships to its athletes.


1999-2001 Graduate Bulletin

Posted online on October 19, 2001