Albion College Student Handbook 2013-14
The purpose of the Albion College Student Handbook is twofold. It informs students of opportunities for involvement—with people, special programs, and issues—that are available at Albion College. It describes programs and services that will help increase the quality of every student’s educational experience. The handbook also informs the College community of many of the policies governing students while at Albion College.
Residential Philosophy Statement Albion College is committed to providing a coherent, interconnected, and empowering learning-centered liberal arts college experience. A student’s residential environment is an integral component of her or his education; as such, Albion College is a residential campus. The residential experience complements the academic mission by providing a dynamic environment where living and learning interconnect. Furthermore, students are progressively empowered through nurturing, supporting, and challenging opportunities during their tenure at Albion College. We recognize students’ variety of backgrounds and experiences and their value and importance to the College community. Our community is enhanced by a safe living environment with access to professional staff and services. As a member of this community, students are exposed to opportunities allowing them greater access to campus connections, further development of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, and are encouraged to become increasingly mature and self-reliant world citizens. Campus Communications Campus Mail System The campus mail system is a service to aid in the communication among College community members. Official College mailings (e.g., administrative mailings that deal with a person’s enrollment or status as a student); individually addressed interoffice mail to faculty, staff and students; or individually addressed U.S. mail are handled by the Campus Post Office. Correspondence to students must be addressed with the person’s full name and campus mailbox number and sent in care of the College. For example: Jane Briton 1234 Kellogg Center Albion College Albion, MI 49224-0000 Individuals on campus and recognized groups also may use the campus mail system for all-campus mailings to faculty and staff. Written communication with campus residents, faculty, or staff from individuals or groups not affiliated with the College must be sent through the U.S. mail. The Campus Post Office, located on the main floor of the Kellogg Center, has the following window hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Campus mail or outgoing U.S. mail may be dropped off at the Campus Post Office. Services provided at the Campus Post Office include: • Postage stamps; • Metered postage; • Overnight or express service including U. S. Express Mail, Federal Express, and/or DHL. Students should report all lost mailbox keys to the Campus Post Office. The first replacement key costs $30.00, and the second replacement key costs $42.00. Please note that student mail is not forwarded to permanent home addresses over winter and spring breaks. For further information, contact the Campus Post Office, ext. 0201. Student Electronic Mail Notification Policy Students, faculty, staff, and administration at Albion College increasingly rely on electronic communication, motivated by its convenience, speed, cost-effectiveness, and environmental advantages. Because of its general acceptance, use, and availability, the College considers e-mail to be one of the official means of communication within the Albion College community. Accordingly, the College 29