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NICHOLS COLLEGE Family Reference Guide 2012–2013

This publication provides information concerning programs at Nichols College and does not constitute a contract with the student or parent. The policies and procedures contained in the 2012-2013 Nichols College Family Reference Guide will remain in effect until June 30, 2013. Nichols College reserves the right to change at any time the rules governing admission, tuition, fees, courses, the granting of degrees, or any other regulations affecting the campus community. Such changes are to take effect

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Table of Contents President’s Message My Student’s Contact Information Campus Office Hours Campus Phone Numbers Academic Calendar

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Transition Making the Transition What Every Student Needs To Know A Guide to Communicating With Your Student

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Academics Academic Regulations Enrollment Verification Rights and Responsibilities of the Student Degree Programs Academic Advising Academic Resource Center Conant Library Learning Services

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Student Life Athletics Office of Career Services Dining Services Fischer Policy and Cultural Institute Office of Housing & Residence Life Information Technology Services Merrill Health Center Professional Development Seminar Program Department of Public Safety Student Activities & Involvement Opportunities

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Finances Business Office Financial Aid

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Off Campus Resources Accommodations in the Nichols College Area Transportation in the Nichols College Area Area Restaurants

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Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s): On behalf of the Nichols College community, welcome to the Nichols family. As a parent of two college graduates, I truly understand one’s need for information about the community in which a son or daughter is continuing his or her learning. To this end, we have designed this Parent Reference Guide with you in mind. We encourage you to review this guide; it will provide you with information about the College, contact numbers, “most frequently asked questions,” and references to other College publications that outline policies and procedures at Nichols. At Nichols, we consider parents or guardians as partners in their son or daughter’s contained in this guide helpful as you and your student begin this new and exciting experience together. We also encourage you to enjoy the spirit of Nichols, to see and feel what sets us apart from other colleges, and invite you to visit your son or daughter on campus and witness all the other exciting and innovative ways our students are preparing for their future. As with any college, from year-to-year, the names and contact information as well as dates for campus events change. To keep up-to-date on changes at Nichols, we encourage you to visit the Student Life section of our website (www.nichols.edu) at the beginning of each new academic year, and print out the most current version of our Parent Reference Guide. Congratulations on reaching this major milestone in your student’s life. We thank you for the opportunity to provide your son or daughter with the academic and co-curricular experience that will assist them in their future endeavors. Best Wishes,

Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D. President

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MY STUDENT’S CONTACT INFORMATION Campus Telephone Number: Nichols College Email Address: Building and Room Number: Mailing Address:

___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ (Name) Unit # ________ Nichols College PO Box 5000, Dudley, MA 01571

CAMPUS OFFICE HOURS

Regular office hours during the academic year for all administrative offices are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm unless otherwise posted. Summer office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Friday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

CAMPUS PHONE NUMBERS

ACADEMIC DEAN’S OFFICE ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER ADVISING CENTER ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT BOOK STORE BUSINESS OFFICE CAREER SERVICES CENTER FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT COUNSELING SERVICES DEAN OF STUDENTS FINANCIAL AID MERRILL HEALTH CENTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LEARNING SERVICES PUBLIC SAFETY REGISTRAR’S OFFICE RESIDENCE LIFE

508-213-2201 508-213-2200 508-213-2431 508-213-2281 508-213-2408 508-213-2288 508-213-2489 508-213-2112 508-213-2108 508-213-2216 508-213-2378 508-213-2238 508-213-2206 508-213-2293 508-213-2298 508-213-2290 508-213-2480

OFFICIAL NICHOLS COLLEGE SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nichols.college Twitter: http://twitter.com/nichols_college

PARENT ACCESS TO MYNICHOLS

myNichols is a single sign-on portal for Nichols students to access their email, course information, announcements, Moodle classes, and campus events. In addition, parents may wish to log into myNichols to access public information such as student handbook, billing and financial aid. The generic "parent" login is: URL: http://my.nichols.edu, Username: nicholsparent, Password: Bison2012. 4


Fall Semester, 2012 Saturday, September 1

2012-2013 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Monday, September 3 Tuesday, September 4 Monday, September 10 Saturday, September 22 Monday, October 8 Tuesday, October 9 Sunday, October 14 Friday, October 19 Sunday, November 4 Sunday, November 11 Tuesday, November 13 Tuesday, November 20 Wednesday, November 21 Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23 Sunday, November 25 Monday, November 26 Saturday, December 1 Saturday, December 15 Sunday, December 16 Wednesday, December 19 Thursday, December 20 Friday, December 21 Spring Semester, 2013 Monday, January 21 Tuesday, January 22 Monday, January 28 Monday, February 18 Friday, March 8 Saturday, March 2 Friday, March 15 Sunday, March 24 Monday, March 25 Monday, April 1 Tuesday, April 2 Saturday, April 6 Tuesday, April 9 Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 12,13, & 14 Sunday, April 27 Thursday, May 2 Friday, May 3 Thursday, May 9 Thursday, May 9 (evening) & Friday, May 10 Friday, May 10 Saturday, May 11

New Students Arrive; Residence Halls Open for New Students -- Opening & Check-in Returning Students Arrive; Residence Halls Open for Returning Students -- Opening & Check-in Day Division Classes Begin Add/Drop Ends; Late Registration Ends Family Weekend & Homecoming Columbus Day Holiday -- No Classes All College Meeting (Staff & Faculty) -- No Classes Fall Open House I Mid-semester Reports Due Fall Open House II Day Student Registration for Spring 2013 Last Day to Withdraw from Day Division Classes without Penalty Thanksgiving Holiday Begins after Last Class -- Day and Evening; Residence Halls Close @ 6:00 p.m. No Classes -- Offices Open Until Noon Thanksgiving Holiday -- College Closed Residence Halls Open @ 12:00 noon Classes Resume Decision Day Program (afternoon) Two-hour Block Exam Option Two-hour Block Exam Option Classes End Two-hour Block Exam Option Residence Halls Close @ 6:00 p.m. Snow Date for Exams (if needed) Martin Luther King Day -- No Classes Residence Halls Open @ 12:00 noon; Opening & Check-in for New and Returning Students Day Division Classes Begin Add/Drop Ends; Late Registration Ends Presidents’ Day -- No Classes Mid-semester Reports Due Young Business Professionals' Roundtable Spring Vacation Begins after Last Class -- Day Only; Residence Halls Close @ 6:00 p.m. Residence Halls Open @ 12:00 noon Classes Resume Day Student Registration for Fall 2013 Last Day to Withdraw from Day Division Classes Without Penalty President's Accepted Student Reception I Academic Awards Ceremony Spring Weekend President's Accepted Student Reception II Classes End; Quiet Hours Begin @ 6:00 p.m. Final Exams Begin Final Exams End; Residence Halls Close @ 6:00 p.m. Senior Day Senior Reception @ 5:30 p.m. Commencement @ 10:30 a.m. 5


Transition MAKING THE TRANSITION

We all know that students must adjust to life in a college environment, but we often forget that parents of new students must make adjustments as well. As you prepare to send your student to Nichols College we’d like to suggest some ways to ease this transition. Although some of you have had a student leave home and attend college in the past, it is important to remember that the changes and adjustments you face with this student will be unique. Consider the following tips as your family makes the transition:

Ask Questions (But Not Too Many!) and Listen Most first-year college students want to know that there is someone who is physically removed from their day-to-day life who is interested in how they are doing. They want that person to listen to their joys and frustrations, and be someone on whom to unload their burdens so they can go back to their daily routines. They may ask for advice, but many times they just want to be heard. Be patient with those late night frantic phone calls or emails that sound like everything is going wrong. You’re providing a real support as an advisor, sympathetic ear, or sounding board, whichever the case may be. Visit (But Not Too Often or Unexpectedly) Students do enjoy visits by family members. Don’t be discouraged if the student doesn’t seem excited by the prospect of having the family come by; that is usually a smoke screen. Part of the first-year student syndrome is to appear disinterested in the family because they no longer live at home. Although they may not admit to liking family visits, it gives the student a chance to introduce the people that matter most to them, both at home and school, to each other. Of course, getting the chance to go out to dinner somewhere besides the dining hall is always appreciated as well. Spur-of-moment “surprises” are usually not well received by the student. These unexpected visits may mean a change in weekend plans, and that may even cause the student to be resentful of, rather than excited by, the visit. Make sure they know you are coming and when you will arrive; you don’t want to arrive too early on a Saturday.

Expect Change Your student will change, either drastically within the first few months, slowly over four years, or somewhere in between that pace. Your student will be basically the same person you sent away to school, aside from surface changes and temporary personality revisions in that quest to discover who they are. It’s natural, inevitable, and it can be wonderful. Often though, it’s a pain in the neck. You may never understand it, but it is within your power (and to you and your student’s advantage) to accept it.

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Write Often (and Send Care Packages) Although new students are typically eager to experience all the newfound independence they can in the first few weeks of school, most are still anxious for family ties and the security those ties bring. For many, there is nothing worse than the weeks of no voicemail, empty campus mailboxes, or no email from home. But don’t expect a reply from every communication you initiate. Students aren’t always quick to respond, not because they don’t care, but sometimes because of distractions or because they haven’t gotten into a pattern of behavior yet. Just about every student likes to receive care packages. Getting items from home can brighten up anyone’s day. The most well received care package items include food (particularly homemade goodies), money, pictures from home, newspaper clippings, and notes from all members of the family.

Trust Your Student Finding oneself is a difficult enough process without feeling that the people whose opinions you respect most are second-guessing your decisions. Your new student is beginning to develop his/her own life and make important career (academic major) decisions. Some students prefer a reference source, not a dictator. The “I-have-a-right-to-know” questions are perhaps better left unsaid. However, honest inquiries and other “between friends” communication and discussion will do much to further the family/new student relationship.

WHAT EVERY STUDENT NEEDS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING COLLEGE

Based on a combination of many years experience and feedback from our students, the Advising Center has compiled a list of everyday activities that first-year students should not only be aware of but should also discuss and practice with family members prior to arriving at Nichols College. • Maintaining a clean and healthy living environment. Understanding how to do laundry, clean a bathroom, keep up with dirty dishes, change bed sheets, etc. • Telephoning a professor, teaching assistant, advisor, or administrator and making an appointment to meet. What is an appropriate way to leave a voicemail/email message? • Negotiating roommate conflict. • Understanding that students are responsible for their own learning. • Managing money, balancing a checkbook, living within a budget, the hazards of credit card debt, and the accessibility of credit. • Learning, living, and working with people from different backgrounds. • Choosing foods, either at the grocery store or in the dining hall, which will provide a healthy, balanced diet. • Living by the basic rules of life: pick up after yourself and treat others as you would want them to treat you. • Understanding that college students are held responsible for their behavior. 7


SO HOW ARE THINGS GOING AT SCHOOL? – A GUIDE TO COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR STUDENT

The objective of this calendar is to provide you with an instrument to promote open discussion with your student. These questions address some practical topics and issues with which many parents are unfamiliar. Keep in mind that by taking the risk to ask these questions, you may receive responses that are not exactly what you expected to hear. Hopefully, this will serve as a step toward healthy communication and an opportunity for you to support and assist your student.

September Have you met with your academic advisor? Have you visited the Academic Resource Center to schedule a tutoring appointment? What are you doing in your free time? How much have you had? Have you stayed after class and introduced yourself to your professors? How are things going with your roommate (or commute)? Of the clubs and organizations on campus, which one(s) do you want to join? Did you attend the Club Fair? (September 15th) Have you attended any residence hall or Campus Activities Board events? Would you like me/us to come for Family Day? (Saturday, October 1st) October Are you coming home for Columbus Day Weekend? (No classes Monday and Tuesday, October 10th and 11th) When are your midterms? Where and when do you study? Do you need extra help in your classes? Do you know where to get the help you need? How many cultural programs have you attended so far? November Have you decided what classes to take next semester? Do you know how and when to register for classes? When is your advising appointment? How are you doing on the meal plan? Do you have any Bison Bucks left? How are you getting home for Thanksgiving Break? (The residence halls close Tuesday, November 22nd at 6 p.m. and re-open Sunday, November 27th at noon) Tell me about your relationship with your roommate/floor/RA? December How many finals will you have? Are they cumulative? When is your last final exam? What have you been doing to relax? Do you have a quiet place to study? Do you know you need to be out of your residence hall 4 hours after your last final? How and when are you coming home? Do you have plans for how you want to spend the time off from school? 8


January When do you have to return to school? (Students must check-in on Monday, January 16th. Classes begin on Tuesday, January 17th.) How much are your books? Did any of your friends not return to school? Why? Are you finding it difficult motivating yourself after having such a long winter break? How are you getting along? Have you met your new professors? Do you think you will need any extra help in any of your classes this semester? February Have you met with your academic advisor yet? Have you attended any residence hall programs? What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Do you have plans for Spring Break? (Friday, March 9th - Sunday, March 18th) Do you think this semester will be the same or different than last semester? When is the renewal FAFSA form due? (March 1st) Have you thought about who you want to live with next year and where? Have you considered applying for any leadership positions for next year? (Resident Assistant, Teacher Assistant, Tutor, CAB Chairs) March When are your midterms scheduled? Have you talked to your professors? Have you thought about what classes to take next year? Have you thought more about a major or minor? Have you scheduled an appointment with your advisor to discuss fall classes? How is your checkbook/ATM balance? When is your housing deposit due for next year? How much is it? Have you attended your housing lottery information session? Have you thought about your plans for the summer? April Will you participate in Spring Weekend Activities? (Friday, April 13th – Sunday, April 15th) Do you know your finals schedule? How many cultural credits do you have for the year? Have you participated in the room selection process? What sporting events have you attended? May What are you doing now to prepare for final exams? What day do you have to move out of your residence hall? Do you know the steps for checking out of your residence hall? Will you need me/us to provide transportation? Are your summer plans in order? Do you know when classes start in the fall?

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Academics ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

Registration Incoming first-year and transfer students who attend an orientation program in June will be asked to select courses they wish to take during their first semester at Nichols. They will be academically advised by a professional advisor during this process. All final official transcripts should be received by the College in order for students to be appropriately advised. Instructions on how to utilize the WebAdvisor system will also be given to students so that they will be able to register for courses during the orientation program. Students unable to attend orientation will have a schedule made for them. Those students who attend the one-day orientation program in July will have an opportunity to adjust their schedule during this program if they so choose. Once a student is enrolled at Nichols, the registration process occurs during the latter part of each semester. Pre-registration advising by an assigned advisor is required of all students before registration is allowed (See ACADEMIC ADVISING). All students are assigned an online course registration start time based on earned credit. They can register on or after but not before their assigned day and time. All course sections have an enrollment limit specified by the Registrar. Limits are determined by several factors: student-to-instructor ratios as deemed appropriate by each department for each course, instructor availability, and classroom availability and capacity. Once the established limit is reached, the course is considered “closed� and no further enrollments are allowed. At the beginning of each semester, students can adjust their schedules by adding or dropping courses in the Office of the Registrar. Courses may be added or dropped without penalty during the first five days of classes. If a course is dropped, the student should add another to her/his schedule to maintain an appropriate number of credits. Once the add/drop period has ended, students cannot add a class and can only withdraw from a class by completing the appropriate course withdrawal paperwork (see Withdrawal from a Course). 10


Unit of Credit The unit of credit is the semester hour, also known as the credit-hour. The credit-hour normally represents the amount of class time required for each course per week for a semester. A weekly double period lab is required for one semester hour of credit in a lab science course. Course Load The normal course load for full-time day students is 14-17 credit-hours. No freshman student may exceed that limit. Sophomores whose GPA is 3.0 or above, juniors with a 2.7, and seniors with a 2.4 may take up to 18 credit-hours. (Under special circumstances, seniors with GPA’s under 2.4 may be permitted to take 18 credit-hours of work with special permission from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Registrar.) Transfer Courses Students enrolled at Nichols must receive written approval from the Registrar before registering for a course(s) at another institution for transfer of credits to Nichols. Approved courses taken at another institution where a grade of “C” or higher was earned will be accepted for transfer credit. The grade for such courses will not be applied to the GPA; however, credits earned will be applied to the corresponding course requirement. Attendance Class attendance is a matter of first importance at Nichols College. Each faculty member is required to put in writing a complete statement of their attendance policy and the effect of absences on the course grade and class enrollment. This policy must be read at the first class meeting of the course. Up-to-date copies of these statements must be filed with the Office of Academic Affairs. All faculty members are required to keep daily records of attendance and must report a summary total of all absences to the Office of the Registrar at mid-semester and at the end of the semester. It is important for the student to read and adhere to the specific class attendance policies for each course as determined by the instructor. Absence policies may outline specific consequences for presenting late for class; for example, excessive lateness can equal an absence. Once the student goes beyond the allowed number of absences for a class, their grade is adversely affected. Some instructors send “Excessive Absence” notices to both the student and the advisor to notify them that the student’s grade may be in jeopardy. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to be on time for class, to respond to any absence notices sent by the professor, to meet with the professor regarding their attendance record and class status, and to seek the help they may need to make up any missed course work as soon as possible. 11


Withdrawal from a Course Students are permitted to withdraw from a course without penalty during the first 10 weeks of a semester with a grade of “W” (a “W” grade designation has no impact on the GPA or the number of credit-hours attempted or earned). Students exercising this option should consult with their academic advisor and should bear in mind that full-time students are not allowed to carry less than 12 credits. Withdrawal from a course may impact the student’s date of graduation. The “W” grade designation allows flexibility up to the 10th week but not after it. Withdrawal from the College Full-time day students who elect to leave Nichols College for reasons other than graduation must officially withdraw from the institution. Official withdrawal requires the student to meet with staff from any of the following departments to complete the necessary withdrawal paperwork: Advising Services, Business Office, Dean of Students Office, Residence Life, or the Office of the Registrar. Students who withdraw from the college prior to the completion of a semester must do so by the last day of class for that semester. A “W” will appear on the student transcript for any class that was not completed. Students who plan to withdraw from the college after a semester has ended must do so prior to the start of the next semester.

Course Repeat Policy A student may elect to repeat any course as long as it is not sequential. Upon completion of the repeated course the student’s transcript will be amended to indicate that a course has been retaken. The most recent grade earned will be considered the official grade for the course and the student’s cumulative grade point average will be recalculated to reflect this performance. This policy does not apply to the “WF” grade. Transcripts Transcripts are furnished upon written request to the Office of the Registrar. Each transcript costs $10.00.

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Grading System Letter grades are awarded in all courses as follows: Grade Grade Points per Credit-Hour A 4.0 A3.7 B+ 3.3 B 3.0 B2.7 C+ 2.3 C 2.0 C1.7 D+ 1.3 D 1.0 D0.7 F 0.0 AU Only with the permission of the Registrar during Add/Drop. W Withdrawn within the first 10 weeks of a semester. WF Grade is awarded in instances of academic dishonesty. I Indicates coursework not completed. A grade of “I” must be removed within seven weeks of the grade being issued or the Registrar will change the grade to “F.” P Pass (Courses on Pass/Fail basis; See the Registrar for regulations governing Pass/Fail courses). Grade Point Average (GPA) The point value for each grade received is multiplied by the number of credit-hours for that course. A total of the grade points for the semester’s courses is then divided by the overall credit-hours attempted to determine the semester grade point average. A perfect average would be 4.0 (“A”). The semester grade point average includes only grades received in a given semester. The cumulative grade point average is a measure of the student’s total coursework attempted at Nichols College. To figure the cumulative grade point average, the total number of grade points (the sum of all course grades multiplied by their grade point values) is divided by the total number of credit-hours attempted. Grades of “AU,” “W” have no effect on number of hours attempted or earned. A grade of “P” is counted toward hours earned but does not have a quality point value. Grades “WF” and “F” are included in hours attempted but represent no earned hours and 0.0 grade points.

Grade Reports Grade reports are available to all students online at the end of each semester and also at mid-semester to first-year students. Deficiency grade (below “C-”) reports are also available online to all students at mid-semester. Appeal Procedure for Contesting a Grade The appeal procedure may not be used to challenge a grade which results from a faculty 13


member exercising usual and customary professional judgment in the evaluation of student work. No grade may be appealed after six months from the issuance of the grade. 1.

A student who believes an error has been made in his/her grade in any class should attempt to resolve the issue informally with the instructor.

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In the event that an informal resolution does not occur, the student should promptly (within two weeks of speaking with the instructor) submit the grievance in writing, with supporting evidence, to the instructor’s Associate Dean and request a meeting with that person. The Associate Dean should then arrange a meeting with the student within two weeks, review the grievance and supporting evidence, meet with the instructor, and resolve the problem, providing the student with written notification.

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If the student remains dissatisfied with the Associate Dean’s decision, he/she may submit a written appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, within two weeks of receiving written notification from the Associate Dean, and request a meeting. Following this meeting, the Vice President would make a binding decision, thereby concluding the matter.

Requirements for Degrees An appropriate degree is awarded to each student who fulfills the following requirements: 1. 2.

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Completion of all admissions requirements. Successful completion of one of the programs of study in the catalog in effect at the time of the student’s matriculation. For full-time students, the program must be completed within ten semesters, not necessarily consecutive. Part-time bachelor’s degree candidates shall complete all degree requirements within ten calendar years. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Achievement of a grade point average of 2.0 in the specialization (professional concentration) or the major area of study. Satisfactory completion of the Cultural Enrichment Program requirement.

Dean’s List The Dean’s List gives recognition to those students who achieve high grades during a single semester. In order to be included in the Dean’s List a student must have a minimum average of 3.2 for at least 12 credit-hours and must have received no grades below C+ during the semester. Students on the Dean’s List whose semester average is 3.6 or higher will receive Dean’s High Honors. Commencement Honors High scholastic achievement during the entire college career is recognized at Commencement. Outstanding scholars are awarded degrees with three levels of distinction. In order to be eligible for Commencement Honors a student must have earned at least 60 credits at Nichols College and must have achieved the following cumulative averages:

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Honors Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Summa Cum Laude

Required Average 3.2 - 3.59 3.6 - 3.79 3.8 - 4.0

In order to be recognized as valedictorian or salutatorian a student must have earned at least 90 credits at Nichols College.

NICHOLS HONORS SCHOLAR PROGRAM

The Honors Scholar Program offers highly motivated and academically promising fulltime students in the baccalaureate degree programs at Nichols the opportunity to develop their intellectual potential to the fullest and to receive special recognition for outstanding academic achievement. It is an alternative and additional means for talented students to be recognized for their intellectual initiative and success beyond that associated with the traditional graduation honors. Honors Scholar candidates have the opportunity and challenge of working closely with leading members of the faculty as they pursue a specially designed, rigorous, and rewarding educational experience.

The Honors Curriculum Seven special Honors (H) courses compose the Honors Scholar Program. Six courses will be completed – one per semester – over the first three years of study. Four lead-in level I & II Honors courses offered in the first and second year of study will enhance academic skills and awareness of key issues prior to undertaking two advanced electives (level III) during the third year of study. In the fall of the fourth year, Honors Scholar candidates will prepare and submit a portfolio of their learning experiences and success so far in the Program prior to consideration for admission to the seventh, and final, course – the capstone interdisciplinary Honors Seminar offered in the spring semester. Students who have maintained a 3.2 quality point average overall and a 3.2 quality point average in Honors courses will be eligible to enroll in the Honors seminar. Honors courses should be taken in the approximate sequence in which they are offered. That is, level I courses should be taken prior to level II; and, level III electives should be undertaken after the completion of levels I & II and prior to the submissions of the portfolio for admission to the Honors Seminar. The fall semester of the fourth year of study is used for portfolio preparation and, normally, no honors course is scheduled. This permits scheduling flexibility for students attempting to complete level III electives.

Commencement Recognition At graduation, students who have successfully completed the Honors Scholar Program, with the required 3.2 quality point average will be recognized. Their diploma and official College academic transcript will reflect the designation of Nichols Honors Scholar. Special activities for Honors Candidates A program of special activities and co-curricular events will complement the academic aspects of the Honors Scholar program. On-campus social events and special guests will highlight the academic year, as will off-campus field trips and visits to sites of cultural

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interest as well as business and government institutions. During spring vacation of the third year, Honors candidates will have an opportunity to volunteer to participate in an enriching special travel and cultural experience supported by the College. Led by members of the faculty, this feature of the Honors experience will highlight a significant cultural, intellectual, or professional theme that will change from year to year.

How to Enroll Students with high academic promise should declare Honors Scholar candidacy during summer orientations for new students or during the Add/Drop periods at the beginning of the first, second, or at the latest, third semesters of study. Honors Scholar program candidacy must be declared prior to, or at the beginning of, the second year of study so that the required Honors course sequence can be completed on schedule. New students attending summer orientations should speak to a member of the Honors Steering Committee prior to declaring candidacy. Students are individually responsible for completing and filing officially the Honors Candidacy Declaration form, available through the Registrar’s Office, and enrolling in their first Honors course. Throughout the program experience, all Honors candidates are required to maintain high standards of academic work and personal integrity, as well as to meet all academic performance requirements. Schedule of Honors Courses FALL

SPRING

LEVEL I (1st Year)

ENGL 212 Analytical Writing Dr. Halprin

PHIL 324 Ethics, Morality, & Institution Dr. Warren

LEVEL II (2nd Year)

ECON 221 Principles of Microeconomics Dr. Despain

ESCI 243 Physical World Dr. Pelto

LSB 227 Business Law I Dr. Barnes

ENGL 321 Professional Writing Dr. K. Deys

LEVEL III (3rd Year)

LEVEL IV (4th Year)

BCOM 470/ITM 470/MKTG 470: Techonology @ the Speed of Marketing Dr. Barnes and Prof. Harmon Honors Portfolio Preparation; No Honors Course Scheduled

SEM 480 Honors Seminar Dr. Despain

Summary: Honors Course/Credit Sequence 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year TOTAL COURSES/CREDITS REQUIRED

2 courses (6 Honors credits) 2 courses (6 Honors credits 2 courses (6 Honors credits) 1 course (3 Honors credits) 7 courses / 21 Honors credits required

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Academic Probation A student permitted to re-enroll would fall into the category “Academic Probation.” No student on academic probation may hold office in any College organization, participate in any intercollegiate event or program, including athletics, or otherwise represent the College publicly. A student on academic probation is expected to attend all classes. The student is not excluded from membership in student organizations or from intramural athletics. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is also subject to the regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and other athletic associations in which the College holds membership. In cases where a student’s overall GPA is 2.0 or above, academic probation does not prohibit participation in co-curricular activities, as previously described. Students who are on “Academic Probation” and are suspended again are not eligible for readmission until a period of at least five months has elapsed.

Transfer Students Transfer students, in their first semester at Nichols College, must achieve a GPA of 1.75. Students who do not meet this requirement will be placed on “Academic Probation.” Thereafter, they must follow the previously stated GPA guidelines. Readmission Students who attended the College previously and have left or withdrawn (not including the summer session) are required to file an application for readmission with the Office of Admission. If the student has attempted academic work at other institutions since leaving Nichols, official transcripts must be submitted. If the student has been suspended for academic reasons or if the Office of Admission believes that a student’s work at Nichols College prior to leaving should be reviewed by the Academic Review Committee, the application for readmission must be considered by the College’s Academic Review Committee prior to the student being granted readmission. This Committee normally meets in January and in June for the purpose of considering these requests. When necessary, the Committee will meet in August prior to the opening of the school year. Letters requesting readmission must be received by the Registrar at least ten days prior to the meeting date of the Academic Review Committee. Readmission After Long-term Suspension Students who were suspended for academic reasons and have been separated from Nichols College for a period of five years or longer may petition the Office of the Registrar for re-entry to the academic program on a full- or part-time basis. Normally such students will not be required to go before the Academic Review Committee and their standing and academic program status will be determined after readmission.

ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION

At the beginning of a new academic year, legitimate agencies, such as lending institutions and health insurance companies, sometimes require verification of a student’s enrollment status. Students can print verification of full-time enrollment using their WebAdvisor account.

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RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE STUDENT

FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are: 1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean or head of the academic department (or appropriate official) written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The College 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 College 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 or misleading. Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College 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 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. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is defined as a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; 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. Upon request, the College discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks to enroll. 4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-4605 In compliance with FERPA, Nichols College maintains the following procedures:

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• All correspondence regarding academic honors and/or discipline is sent directly to the student at the legal home, permanent mailing address that each student lists with the office of the Registrar. • Parents can only gain access to student grades if their son or daughter completes a FERPA form. A FERPA form needs to be completed before each academic year and can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. Once an updated FERPA form is on file, parents will be mailed their students’ grades. Directory Information Nichols College designates the following items as “directory information”: student name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent previous school attended and photograph and similar information. The College may disclose any of these items without prior written consent, unless notified in writing to the contrary by the second week after the start of a term.

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Nichols offers two undergraduate bachelor degrees – a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specializations in 12 business areas, and a Bachelor of Arts. Students may work in a number of specialization areas within the undergraduate degree programs, as follows:

Business Administration with a specialization in: Human Resource Management Accounting Information Technology Management Business Communication International Business Criminal Justice Management Management Economics Marketing Finance Sport Management General Business (Concentration) Hospitality Management Liberal Arts with a major in: Economics English History

Mathematics Psychology

Teacher Preparation Middle School Secondary School Business Administration Business students at Nichols College must complete approximately 50% of their credits in liberal arts courses, in addition to the business core courses and required specialization courses. Nichols College business students are provided a solid background in a variety of business careers and enter the work force as well-rounded graduates, competent communicators, and results-oriented professionals.

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Liberal Arts Nichols College has combined coursework required of all Nichols students with carefully selected courses in the liberal disciplines of social sciences, history and government, and the arts and humanities. The college’s program in liberal studies is designed to produce graduates who are capable of critical and logical thinking, have knowledge of scientific, historical and social phenomena, have an appreciation of aesthetic and ethical aspects of life, and are capable of lifelong learning. Teacher Preparation Nichols students can qualify for an initial teaching license in the state of Massachusetts by completing the Nichols College Middle or Secondary School Teacher Preparation program in Business, History, English, or Mathematics and passing all parts of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure. Each of these programs has a list of required courses and an official admissions process. Declaration of Major Students must declare their intended major or area of specialization by the end of the sophomore year. For some majors, it is important to declare the major during the first year in order to complete the necessary sequential courses during the recommended time frame. Students must complete and submit a “Declaration of Major” form to the Office of the Registrar to officially declare a major. It is suggested that students begin to discuss their interests in areas of study early on during advising sessions with their advisor.

Minor in Business A student pursuing a minor in business must complete four courses in any one of the 12 areas listed below. Minor courses may satisfy FREE ELECTIVE requirements only. A student must complete and submit a “Declaration of Minor” form to the Office of the Registrar to officially declare a minor. International Business Information Technology Management Leadership Management Marketing Sport Management

Accounting Business Communication Criminal Justice Management Economics Finance Human Resource Management

Minor in Liberal Arts Minors in Liberal Arts may be selected from the five areas listed below. Minor courses may satisfy FREE ELECTIVE requirements only. A student must complete and submit a “Declaration of Minor” form to the Office of the Registrar to officially declare a minor. Education English History

Mathematics Psychology

For additional information, please visit our web site at www.nichols.edu and refer to Academics for our on-line catalog – 2011-2013 catalog.

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ACADEMIC ADVISING

Some students come to college with an idea of what they want to pursue as a major and what kind of career they want to have after graduation. However, there are more students who do not yet know which direction to follow. It is important for students to remember that help is available from academic advisors. Advisors serve as resources for information and assistance throughout students’ academic careers at Nichols College. Academic Advisors Academic advisors can assist a student in a number of ways. They are here to help monitor the student’s progress throughout completion of classes and to keep the student on track to fulfill degree requirements. Students should discuss any issues or concerns about their transition to the campus with their academic advisor. In addition, advisors provide necessary information regarding college policies and procedures so the student can make well informed decisions. Advisors do not make decisions for students, but work with them to help them develop their own decision-making skills. Each student needs to be an active participant in his/her own education and must assume full responsibility for his/her own choices. Like any other resource on campus, an advisor can only help students who actively seek that help. When both advisors and advisees work together as a team, the advising relationship can be very rewarding. • Advisors for first-year students: Students who are new to college will be assigned a first-year advisor. These advisors are part of a team made up of professional academic advisors who are trained to assist students through their first year. At the end of the first year, students will be reassigned to a faculty advisor based on their specialization/major. • Advisors for transfer students: Students who transfer to Nichols College are assigned a member of the faculty as an academic advisor based on their specialization/major. Faculty advisors serve as a resource for students and provide accurate information about academic requirements for the student’s major. They are also available to assist students in identifying career goals. Student Advisee Responsibilities Students are ultimately responsible for keeping current on academic policies, procedures and requirements. They need to review the college Bulletin and course registration documents, all of which are available online. Each student should meet with his/her advisor on a regular basis. It is important for a student to accept responsibility for his/her academic choices and maintain personal copies of tentative academic plans and program evaluations. In order for the advising process to work, students should come to advising sessions prepared. 21


Why Students Should See Their Academic Advisor • To find out what courses are appropriate to take the following semester • To discuss making academic and career choices or to receive more information about a particular major or minor • To better understand the college’s academic policies • To discuss strategies to improve their academic performance • To address an academic problem or concern • To discuss non-academic problems when they are uncertain about where else to go for help • To review general education requirements and prerequisites for classes When/How Often Students Should See Their Academic Advisor • At the beginning of each semester to discuss goals, academic concerns, ask questions, and develop a good working relationship with the advisor • During mid-semester prior to registration to discuss course selection for the following semester. • Whenever they have a question or concern What Students Should Ask Their Academic Advisor • How can I pursue a secondary area of study (double major, minor, etc.)? • How many credits should I take? • Am I on track for graduation? • Should I drop or add a course? • How can I find out more information about internships, graduate school, and career possibilities? • What options do I have if I want to change my major?

ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Nichols College offers tutoring services for Nichols students. The ARC is designed to assist and challenge students in building skills necessary for successful, independent learning. The ARC offers help in writing, math, and accounting, as well as many other core courses offered by the college. Staffed by certified peer tutors, the Center is students' resource whether they need help with a paper, are preparing for an exam, or prefer ongoing support. Tutors can work with students on a one-to-one basis and in group settings. Tutors and staff are also available to help students improve their study skills, work habits, and test-taking strategies. The ARC's goal is to help students become more competent, independent learners. ARC Services • Individual Tutoring Services: The ARC offers appointment-based sessions in most core courses offered by the college. These sessions are 50-minutes long and should be scheduled ahead of time. Students can make an appointment up to two weeks in advance. Some of our available subjects are Financial Accounting, College Math, Intermediate Accounting, Microeconomics, Expository Writing, 22


Current Issues Symposium, and other core courses. • Group Tutoring Appointments: If students prefer to work with a group of friends or classmates in the same course they may request a group session. Group tutoring sessions should consist of no more than 4 students. All students must be enrolled in the same section of the same course. • Weekly Appointments: Students who are particularly concerned about a certain course may sign up for weekly tutoring. This allows the student to meet with the same tutor at the same day and time for the duration of the semester. The benefits to weekly tutoring are numerous, especially since the tutor is able to track progress and often has contact with the faculty member so that the student is receiving attentive, individualized support. This program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and availability is limited. • Block Appointments: A series of three (3) appointments are scheduled during a two to three week period to help with an exam, writing assignment or project preparation. At the conclusion of the three sessions, students may then revert to appointment tutoring, reserve another block (based on the availability of the tutor), or switch to weekly tutoring. • Review Sessions: Review sessions are coordinated between the ARC and faculty members. Upon request or need, tutors will organize review sessions before exams or can also arange weekly review sessions. Each semester we also offer weekly review sessions for College Math, run by a Mahematics professor and a veteran tutor. Although we strive to meet all students needs, we do not guarantee tutoring in all subject areas nor do we guarantee that students may be tutored at any time. Certain disciplines may fill up early or during exam times. Please advise your student to contact the ARC as soon as possible and to keep his/her appointment. Hours of Operation The ARC’s hours are as follows: Sunday: 6:00 – 9:00PM Monday – Thursday: 9:00AM – 9:00PM Friday: 9:00AM – 12:00PM Tutoring Staff The ARC tutors are prevalent in the classroom as well as the Center. Working with a 23


number of faculty members, they often make in-class presentations and participate in school activities. The ARC peer tutors are all Nichols College undergraduates who have been successful in their studies and welcome the opportunity to help your student succeed. They have all been recommended by faculty members, have achieved academic excellence in the courses for which they tutor and must have an overall GPA of at least 3.3. Additionally, all tutors receive training toward international certification by the College Reading & Learning Association. Throughout their time at the ARC, tutors must maintain at least Level I certification (a minimum of 10 hours of training and 25 hours of one-to-one tutoring). Contact Information ARC Main Office: 508.213.2200 Director of the ARC, Marissa Loon: 508.213.2232; marissa.loon@nichols.edu

CONANT LIBRARY

An integral part of the Nichols learning community, the Library provides access to a wide array of academic resources (many available online 24/7), experienced information specialists committed to helping users find the information they need, the latest research tools and technology, and a facility conducive to individual and/or group work. Service to students is our top priority at Conant Library. Please encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of the information, resources, technology, and research support described here.

Information Resources • Access to millions of full-text articles and citations, company profiles, and other reference sources, available 24/7 through the library’s website. • A print collection, including journals, newspapers, and general and reference books, supporting the curriculum of the college. • Copies of many (but not all) textbooks, available for two-hour in-house use. Technology Tools • 41 computers with Internet access, Microsoft Office programs, and more • Group study rooms with 37" monitors • 4 laser printers • 2 scanners • Wireless access throughout the facility • Laptop/Kindle loan program Quiet, Comfortable Spaces for Individual Study and Group Work Research Support • A friendly and helpful Reference Librarian is on duty during days (Monday-Friday) as 24


well as evenings (Sunday-Thursday). • We provide assistance with all aspects of the research process, computing and technology, and more. • If needed information is not readily available through Conant Library, we can obtain it quickly through our Document Delivery Service.

Contact Information Jim Douglas, Library Director 508-213-2333 jim.douglas@nichols.edu Matthew Haggard, Instructional Services/ Reference Librarian 508-213-2437 matthew.haggard@nichols.edu Conant Library (Ph) 508-213-2334, 877-266-2681, (Fax) 508-213-2323

OFFICE FOR LEARNING SERVICES

Our mission is to help students with learning differences reach their academic potential. If students choose to tell us about a learning difference, we ask them to submit their intelligence test scores along with other appropriate tests and letters from qualified medical professionals. Most students already have these documents. Please note: testing should be current within three years of acceptance into Nichols.

How We Can Help We meet with students for academic mentoring. We coach students with tips on study skills and learning styles. We coordinate with faculty for student accommodations. Individualized Accommodations • extended time on exams • alternative testing format • testing outside of class • use of computer • other help as appropriate For More Information Please contact our professional staff: Dr. Edward Kolek Jr., Assistant Dean for Learning Services 508-213-2293HGZDUGNROHN#QLFKROVHGX  Susan Wayman, Director for Academic Support Services 508-213-2381VXVDQZD\PDQ#QLFKROVHGX 25


FAX 508-213-2448 Academy 101 Nichols College, PO Box 5000, Dudley, MA 01571-5000

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Student Life ATHLETICS

Nichols College is a Division III institution governed by the NCAA and conference policies and procedures. Our fall teams consist of the following: field hockey, football, golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s tennis. Our winter teams include: men’s and women’s basketball and ice hockey. Spring teams include: baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s tennis. Fall pre-season start dates: Football – Friday, August 10; Field Hockey, Men's & Women’s Soccer & Women’s Tennis – Sunday, August 19. Details about pre-season athletics will be distributed during Orientation or mailed to student-athletes during the summer. Organizational team meetings will be held the 2nd week of classes for winter & spring teams. Student-athletes must provide the athletics department with an updated and completed Health Record along with proof of insurance. (A copy of the completed Health Record for the College will be shared with the Athletics Department.)

DIII = Discover, Develop, Dedicate Student-athletes will discover the competitive opportunities while developing and balancing their academic and athletics schedules. As a dedicated Nichols College student-athlete, there is a commitment to time management which assists in a successful first year. Student-athletes must maintain 12 credits per semester with a minimum of a 1.5 GPA to be eligible to compete. Student-athletes are issued practice clothing and game uniforms. A student-athlete agreement is signed by all team members noting department policies dealing with academics, conduct, alcohol, drugs, hazing, equipment, medical care, etc. Student-athletes must travel to away contests on transportation provided by the department. They are only allowed to leave an away contest with their parent or their guardian as noted by the head coach. Teams potentially will be involved in fundraising projects to help offset the costs of team trips taken during semester breaks. Student-athletes will be encouraged to participate in team community service projects and special department events. We are always looking for game workers to help with timing, scoring, videotaping, etc.

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OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES

Recruitment • Road to Success: Our online database where employers regularly post internships and full time career opportunities. • On-campus recruiting and annual Career Fair. The 2012 Career and Internship Fair brought over 70 employers to campus. Our next fair will be held on March 5, 2013. • Nichols College students are invited to attend several Colleges of Worcester Consortium (COWC) related events, including career fairs at member schools and the large COWC sponsored fair held at the Beechwood Inn in March. • Technology in quiet space available for Skype or other video interviews. Career Counseling • Students can schedule 1:1 appointments with a career counselor for assistance with a variety of issues: Exploration of majors, development of an internship/job search strategy, resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviews, graduate school advising, etc. • Internship Program • Internships can be Academic (for credit) or Experiential (non-credit), paid and unpaid. Web-Based Resources Accessible by all Nichols College Students • Interview Stream: The leading practice interview system that allows students the opportunity to see & hear themselves online as they prepare for an interview. • Optimal Resume: An online tool that guides students step-by-step through the resume and professional letter writing process. • Focus 2 Assessment Program: An online, self-guided, interactive career and education planning system that can help students select their college major and map out career plans based on a series of five assessments. Contact Information • Liz Horgan, Director of Career Services, (508) 213-2289, liz.horgan@nichols.edu • Lori Smith, Associate Director of Career Services, (508) 213-2389, lori.smith@ nichols.edu • Cheryl Alderman, Employer Relations Coordinator, (508) 213-2482, cheryl. alderman@nichols.edu • Brienne Langlois, Administrative Assistant, (508) 213-2489, brienne.langlois@ nichols.edu

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DINING SERVICES

www.nicholsdining.com www.bisonbucks.com Campus Dining Meal Plan(s): Underclassmen & Sophomores This Meal Plan consists of 15 meals per week in the Dining Hall and $150.00 per semester in “Bison Bucks!” Juniors & Seniors There are four meal plan options for this group of students: • • • •

The nineteen meal plan which consists of nineteen meals per week in the Lombard Dining Hall with no Bison Bucks. The fifteen meal plan which consists of fifteen meals per week in the Dining Hall and $150.00 in Bison Bucks per semester. The ten meal plan which consists of ten meals per week in the Dining Hall and $250.00 in Bison Bucks per semester. If you live in either of the Copper Beach residence halls, you also have the option of the CB meal plan which consists of a block of 90 meals per semester and $300.00 in Bison Bucks.

NOTE: Juniors & Seniors have until the “add/ drop end date” to change meal plans. The Bison Bucks (loaded onto your ID Card) can be used on campus for purchases in Davis Café located in Davis Hall as well as Becker Market (located in the Copper Beech residence hall). In addition, Bison Bucks can also be used for purchases at businesses in the Dudley/Webster area. For more information on Bison Bucks, please visit the website: www.bisonbucks.com (managed by Off Campus Solutions).

FAQ’s Q: What happens to meal points if they are not used by the end of the first semester? A: Meal points remaining at the end of the first semester can be carried over to the spring semester. Points remaining at the end of the school year are forfeited. Q: What if all Bison Bucks are used up prior to the end of each semester? A: Students or parents can contact the company Off Campus Solutions in order to put additional money on their student ID cards using a credit card. You can either visit www.bisonbucks.com or call 1.800.345.6126. You will need your student ID number when calling. Q: What if a student loses an ID card or it is stolen and it is not reported? A: If the card is found by someone and the points are used, those points will be lost from the student’s account because it was not reported. Nichols College is not responsible for lost or stolen cards or Bison Bucks.

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Lost ID Lost or stolen IDs can be replaced. Should this happen, the student will need to contact the Department of Public Safety at extension 5555. The ID card will be placed on “lost status” in order to protect the Bison Bucks account until the ID card is either found, or a new/ replacement ID Card is issued. Commuter Student Meal Plan Information Dining Services offers two options for Commuter Students: • You can purchase a commuter meal plan which consists of 30 meals per semester in the Lombard Dining Hall and $100 in Bison Bucks. • Commuter students can also just add Bison Bucks to their ID and use it like a debit card. For more information on both options, please visit www. nicholsdining.com and www.bisonbucks.com.

FISCHER POLICY AND CULTURAL INSTITUTE

The Robert C. Fischer Policy and Cultural Institute offers two major areas of co-curricular activity designed to help students broaden their perspective on a variety of public policy, social and cultural issues; stretch and grow intellectually and interpersonally; and interact with prominent experts from a variety of fields. The two areas include: • The Nichols College Cultural Enrichment Program • The Nichols College Study Abroad and Washington Internship Program

The Cultural Enrichment Program This program offers students the opportunity to extend their intellectual and cultural experience beyond the classroom. The schedule of programs each semester includes speakers of great merit covering public policy and business issues as well as popular current events. The Fischer Institute also offers performing and fine arts events featuring renowned musicians, poets, artists, and dancers, as well as selected films. Student initiated community service activities are offered as part of the cultural enrichment program. By working closely with its advisory board and the Nichols College faculty and staff, the Fischer Institute strives to deliver programs that are relevant to coursework and that provide context to policy, social, and cultural experiences students will encounter throughout their lives. Ultimately, the intent of the Cultural Enrichment Program is to enhance the learning environment, provide opportunities for students to examine and respond to current affairs, and encourage exploration of cultural activities students may not have considered otherwise.

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Participation in the Cultural Enrichment Program is a graduation requirement. During their four years at Nichols, undergraduate day students must attend at least 16 cultural programs for credit. Each semester, the Fischer Institute offers a variety of program opportunities to earn credit. It is up to individual students to plan around their own class, work, and internship schedules to attend programs on campus. The calendar of programs is available to students each semester and is also posted on MyNichols event calendar and on the Nichols College website at www.nichols.edu.

The Study Abroad Program and Washington Internship Programs Nichols College offers an array of study abroad options for its students including Regent's College in London, European University in Barcelona, Munich and Montreux, Academic Programs International in France, Italy, Spain, South America and Asia, Semester at Sea and the Washington Center Internship. The study abroad experience provides a unique and unsurpassed opportunity for personal growth, and individual revelation and maturity, as well as a practical understanding of an interconnected global economy and society. The study abroad program is competitive and participation is limited. Requirements for study abroad include maintaining a 3.0 Grade Point Average, strong recommendations from two faculty members and an easy essay stating why you want to study abroad and how you feel this experience will enhance your life and career. Students can participate in the Nichols College study abroad program entering their third year of academic study. Because of the lead times and planning involved for program participation, we encourage students to inquire about study abroad opportunities in their first year of study. This program is highly recommended for all international business majors and others interested in global relations.

Contacts Director of the Fischer Institute: Blanche Milligan 508-213-2230, blanche.milligan@nichols.edu Assistant to the Director of the Fischer Institute: Kathy Sandstrom 508-213-2330, kathy. sandstrom@nichols.edu

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OFFICE OF HOUSING & RESIDENCE LIFE

The Office of Housing & Residence Life is located in the Student Services Building at 130 Center Road. The website that you will find useful is http://www.nichols.edu/student_life/ living_on_campus/. Staff can be contacted at reslife@nichols.edu if you have any questions or suggestions for improving our website. While in the Student Services building, you will find the Director, Assistant Director, and Administrative Assistant for Residence Life. There are three Resident Directors (RD’s), full-time, professional staff members, who live and work in the residence halls. These staff members are responsible for supervising the 31 student Resident Assistants (RA’s) housed throughout campus. They are also responsible for following up on any reported maintenance concerns, facilitating the judicial process and are on-call in the evenings to provide emergency services to our students. The Remillard staff office is located in the lobby of Remillard Hall. The Shamie staff office is located on the third floor of Shamie Hall. The Budleigh, North and Center Halls staff office is located in Budleigh Hall. The Copper Beech I & II Apartments, Olsen and Kuppenheimer Halls staff office is located in the Copper Beech I lobby. The RA’s on staff live among the resident students and are trained throughout the year to address a wide number of issues that our students face. Consistent with the professional staff, they are also trained in CPR/Basic First Aid and rotate on-call responsibilities in the evening. The Residence Life Staff work with the RA’s to support our students with issues such as homesickness, alcohol abuse, roommate conflicts, eating disorders and study skills.

Residence Hall Options There are 9 residence halls on campus – Budleigh, Center, Copper Beech I & II Apartments, Kuppenheimer, North, Olsen, Remillard, Shamie Hall. Budleigh, Center, North and Olsen are traditional residence halls with community bathrooms. Students are housed primarily in doubles in these buildings. Kuppenheimer and Remillard Halls primarily house upper-class students in a suite-style setting. Each suite includes a private bathroom as well. The Copper Beech I & II Apartments houses 124 students total in an apartment setting with living rooms and kitchens. Shamie Hall, which houses the majority of our first-year students, houses students in triple rooms with private bathrooms. The third floor includes a Quiet Lifestyle Wing and Wellness Wing for students that choose. Residence Room Options Recently the campus has gone away from any traditional land lines for our telephone service. Each hall is equipped with one public telephone in a main location of the hall. Students wishing to have a "room phone" are encouraged to purchase a Magic Jack type of 32


device that allows you to connect via a data line. All residence hall rooms are equipped with cable TV access, several data ports, as well as wireless computer connectivity; new this year will see students having access to ResLife Cinema, with several new release movies to choose from each month!

Other amenities include: Free washers and dryers available for student use, a wardrobe, desk and twin XL bed per resident, hall study and recreational spaces, 24-hour card-only access to each building and, in several buildings, in-hall work-out equipment. What To/Not To Bring To Campus Incoming students should wait until they have received their official room assignments before doing any major shopping for their rooms. It is recommended that roommates contact each other to discuss what they will bring so that they don’t arrive with multiples of everything in the room. Students will receive their fall room and roommate assignments in July and that official letter will include contact information for their assigned roommates. As a reminder, the following items are not permitted in the Residence Halls at Nichols: • Cooking appliances with open heating elements such as: toaster, toaster oven, electric burner (George Foreman type grills are allowed) • Space Heater • Air Conditioner (window or floor models) • Ceiling Fan • Extension Cord (surge protectors are allowed) • Candles or Incense • Halogen Light Bulbs • Pets (except fish) Important Additional Information/Helpful Hints • The College does not carry personal property insurance. If belongings are not included in the parents’ homeowner’s policy, students are advised to purchase it. We will provide students with a brochure for personal insurance with a competitive rate for our students. Families are in no way required to use this company and may search for their own provider if they so choose. • When making travel plans, please be aware of the exact dates/times that residence halls close during the year (See ACADEMIC CALENDAR). We close all buildings during the Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Breaks. Arrangements cannot be made for students to live on campus during these times. The campus calendar, outlining these dates, can be found on the Nichols website. • If your student encounters a maintenance problem, please refer them to their RA or RD so that he/she may ask specific questions regarding their problem to best resolve the issue. RAs and RD’s actually submit work requests so if a problem is not resolved, he/she would be the best person to contact for follow up. • Encourage your student to discuss roommate concerns with their roommate rather than allowing the issue to fester. Although the Housing & Residence Life Staff certainly allow and facilitate room changes, they may require students to work through their issues as well. This helps to prepare students for life outside Nichols when confronting any situation that they have concerns about.

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• Students are ultimately responsible for meeting all deadlines (i.e., housing deposits, judicial hearing deadlines) so please encourage your student to promptly respond to any written correspondence, emails or voicemails left for them by faculty or staff. • If your student is concerned about anything, including something that is occurring in their residence hall or room, please encourage them to find an RA or their Resident Director so that they can help. The Housing & Residence Life Staff are dedicated and trained in a number of areas but they may also be able to refer your student to a variety of other professional resources on campus as needed.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

Computer System Requirements Every year, Nichols College selects the best computers on the market with the specific curricular needs and interests of our students in mind. For more information on a Nichols recommended system, please log onto... http://www.nichols.edu/it/ student. Should a student choose to bring a non-Nichols recommended personal computer to Nichols College, the minimum recommended configuration is as follows: Pentium Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB RAM, CDRW and/or DVD-ROM Drive, Ethernet Card, USB Memory Key, Windows 7, MS Office 2010 Professional and up-to-date antivirus software. (See below for details regarding Office and anti-virus software.) *Please note: Nichols College strongly recommends that students insure their computers for fire and theft on their or their parent’s homeowners insurance. Software and Printing In order to log onto the Nichols network in the residence halls, up-to-date antivirus software is required (available as a free download to Nichols students). Microsoft Office 2010 Professional, which is also available for purchase from the Nichols Bookstore at a significant discount from the standard store prices, is the desired software for compatibility with all computers on campus. While students are able to bring their own deskjet or laser printers on campus, networked laser printers are also available in Conant Library for student printing. Network, Phone, Cable TV, VoiceMail and E-mail Every residence hall room has a connection for cable TV and internet. Students are required to supply their own coax TV, and CAT5e network patch cables, if they choose to use these services. Coax and CAT5e patch cables are available for purchase at the Nichols Bookstore. All residence hall rooms have wireless networking capabilities. 34


In addition, every student is given an e-mail address which consists of Firstname. Lastname@nichols.edu.

Help Desk System Nichols College provides a Help Desk System where answers to commonly asked questions and problems can be found. Questions include issues involving computer, networking, e-mail, and cable TV. This Help Desk System can be accessed from both on and off campus by logging onto http://help.nichols.edu. On-Site IT Services Onsite computer technicians are available in the IT Department (located on the bottom floor of Conant Library) during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30). Students can contact a technician by dialing 508-213-2206, or e-mailing helpdesk@nichols.edu. Limited support will be provided for any non-Nichols recommended computer system, in which primary support is typically provided through the personal computer’s manufacturer.

MERRILL HEALTH CENTER

Health Services is available to help meet the student’s needs during minor illnesses and injury as well as to promote optimum health and wellness. Services include physician evaluation, limited testing for strep, mono, pregnancy, urinalysis, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. The Health Services Staff provides some over-the-counter medications. Any student requiring medication by injection may contact the Health Services Staff to determine availability to provide. Follow-up care as ordered by a student’s Primary Care Physician will be provided if possible. The College Physician is available daily in her office located approximately 8.5 miles from campus. She is also here on campus for limited time on Tuesday and Thursday. Students who need to see a physician must contact Health Services to have an appointment scheduled. We can be reached at 508-213-2238 or extension #2238. Students will be referred to Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, MA or the Hubbard Campus in Webster for any diagnostics tests or lab work determined to be medically necessary. The student’s health insurance will be billed directly for services rendered outside of campus Health Services. All services provided at Nichols College Merrill Health Center are free of cost to full-time day students. If a student requires medical attention after hours or on weekends they are advised to go to Hubbard Regional Hospital or Harrington Memorial Hospital. If they need immediate assistance and are calling from campus, they should contact Public Safety at ext. #5555 or 508-213-2298. Health Services staff are located in South Hall. A Registered Nurse is available Monday-Friday during daytime hours and can be reached at ext. #2238 if dialing on campus, or at 508-213-2238 if dialing from off campus. The fax number to Health Services is 508-213-2134. Our mission in Mental Health Services is to provide professional, confidential, fee-free counseling services to students in a supportive, caring and respectful environment. Our services are available to all full-time, undergraduate day students. We are dedicated to

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helping students enrich their college experience by assisting with problem-solving around feelings, choices and concerns. We help facilitate self-growth, self-esteem, and foster the student’s ability to cope with a wide range of life’s challenges. We can provide assistance for a variety of issues to your child. Services include individual counseling designed to help with personal problems. We can help students find the resources they need. It should be noted that students with primary and significant drug and alcohol abuse issues and students seeking court-referred treatment will not be seen on campus, however, they will be given an appropriate referral to an area facility if needed. We are located within Health Services in South Hall. We can be reached at (508) 213-2108 or (508) 213-2338. For more information, please see our webpage at: http://www.nichols. edu/student_life/student_life/offices_health_services/.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR PROGRAM (PDS) The Professional Development Seminar (PDS) program was created by Nichols College, in recognition of the need to teach students the professional skills required in the interview process and in the workplace. Faculty and staff custom-designed a program that cultivates “real life” skills needed in the professional arena while supporting the mission: “Nichols College strives to develop tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business education.”

The PDS program is a sequence of four one-credit required courses designed to meet the unique developmental needs of our students from freshman through senior year. The students are also required to develop a professional portfolio documenting the skills gained in their four years at Nichols. The portfolio is a collection of their best work and learning experiences including an introductory statement, resume, goals, qualitative and quantitative academic work, internship and work experience as well as other developed skills. Required categories include: • Career and Professional Planning and Growth • Teamwork/Leadership Skills • Communication Skills • Analytical/Problem Solving Skills • Technology Related Skills • Other Skills/Experiences

Courses By Year First-Year PDS is designed to set a framework for a successful beginning of the college years by • Offering the Nichols College first-year student information and support to help make a smooth transition to college • Providing students with the necessary tools and skills to achieve success, both academically and personally • Sharing information about the services of the college • Helping students make an informed choice about their major and career options The heart of the course is the dissemination of information about the resources and programs of the College, knowledge of the staff available to assist students, and individual learning on topics such as time management and study skills. Sophomore PDS is designed to set a framework for accomplishing the critical goals of the middle years of college. The course focuses on self-exploration while covering topics such as the role of education, selecting a major, and creating resumes and cover letters. The course focuses on the needs of a sophomore student within the framework of career development. While some long-term goals are considered, the main focus is on the “here and now” of sophomore year and developing skills to reach the next level, such as exploring the various majors available and preparing for an internship. Students enter the beginning stage of their student portfolio development. Their portfolios will include a collection of each student’s accomplishments in academics, employment, extra-curricular activities and community involvement. Students, while beginning their portfolio in the sophomore year, will 37


continue its development through the junior year PDS course. Junior PDS is designed to refine interview skills. A major focus of the course is gaining interview experience through four weeks of mock interviews both as an interviewer and interviewee. Additionally, the class includes other relevant career topics such as presenting oneself professionally and the development of effective communication skills. The early stages of the job search process begin at the end of this course. The main product of this course is the complete development of the student portfolio. Emphasis in the junior year course is placed on refinement – refinement of skills, talents and achievements. Once the students understand their special skills and are able to focus on these strengths, they are then prepared to begin the job search process early in the senior year. The Senior PDS course is designed to assist the senior in beginning the career search process, to provide the opportunity to solidify interview skills, to gain knowledge regarding options available after graduation, and how to identify and accept the emotions and issues regarding transitioning out of college. Additionally, the class includes other relevant career topics such as personal financial planning, recruiting, post-graduate options, and business etiquette.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

The Nichols College Department of Public Safety is comprised of a team of dedicated and professional security officers. All officers are trained in basic first aid, CPR, and in the use of Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Each Public Safety vehicle used on campus is equipped with an AED. Training and development in areas involving the protection of life and properties is ongoing. The Public Safety Department is staffed around the clock throughout the year. Our mission is three-fold: 1) To provide protection of life and property to the Nichols College Community. 2) To provide educational programs throughout the campus in assisting students with their living styles and habits within the college community. 3) To enforce all laws, policies and procedures on campus. Safety is everyone’s concern on a college campus. You should become familiar with the Student Code of Conduct (available online at the Nichols College Portal) and other materials that outline the college’s policies and procedures.

Parking The Department of Public Safety also serves as the administrator for the on-campus parking program. Each registered student’s account will automatically be billed for their parking privileges. Parking fees may be waived by completing a Parking Fee Waiver Request form. Parking Fee Waiver Request forms may be obtained in person at the Public Safety Office or online at the Nichols College Portal by the the Business Office Forms site. Parking Fee Waiver forms must be received by August 15, 2012. Forms received after September 18, 2012 will result in the student acount being billed for parking fees for the entire semester. Spring Parking Fee Waiver forms received after February 6, 2013 will result in the student account being billed for parking fees for the entire Spring semester. Students may waive both semesters by checking both the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 boxes during the Fall semester.

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Massachusetts General Law requires any/all vehicles that are parked on a college campus to be properly registered with their respective campus parking administrator. A color coded decal is provided to each properly registered vehicle. The decal must be properly affixed and displayed in the prescribed location to avoid receiving parking violations. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles requires every nonresident (of Massachusetts) enrolled as a student at a college in the Commonwealth who operates a vehicle registered in another state or country during the school year to display a sticker on the upper center of the windshield of the vehicle with information prescribed by the Registrar. The sticker will be issued by the Nichols College Department of Public Safety. The paperwork will be sent to nonresident students during August 2012. Parking registration information is sent out to each registered student via U.S. Mail in August. It is required for the student to review the information and return the completed forms in the self-addressed envelope as soon as possible. Parking rules and regulations are strictly enforced and all violations are subject to fines and/or penalties. Parking violations may be appealed through the Campus Parking Appeals Board. All violations that are not appealed will automatically be billed to the student’s account.

Identification Cards Public Safety also provides all Nichols College students, faculty and staff with photo identification cards. All students are required to carry their college ID with them at all times while on campus property. The college ID card also serves as the exterior door entrance key to the student's residence hall, student’s meal card for the dining hall, Davis Cafe, and Bison Bucks Program. Each student is issued an initial ID card free of charge. The cost for a replacement ID card (lost or stolen) is $25.00 for the first replacement card, $50.00 for each additional replacement card, this amount is billed to the student’s account. ID photos for incoming students will be taken during the summer student orientation program. ID cards will be issued to incoming students at fall semester check-in. Replacement ID cards may be obtained at the Public Safety Office Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We would like to once again remind all of our community that the Department of Public Safety can be reached from any campus phone by dialing x5555 or from a cell phone by dialing 508-949-0737. Remember, safety on campus should be everyone’s concern!

THE CENTER FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

The Center for Student Involvement is responsible for advising student clubs and organizations, working with the Campus Activities Board to create campus wide events, running the Bison’s Den, working with the Student Government Association and Class Councils, and for putting on the New Student Orientation program. The Center for Student Involvement also offers many different leadership development opportunities, along with various ways to become involved with community service and service learning including an alternative spring break program. All students at Nichols are urged to get involved. The Center for Student Involvement strives to make that as easy as possible for students; if we don’t offer something, we encourage students to create it themselves! For more

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information about involvement opportunities at Nichols, students can visit the Center for Student Involvement in the Bison’s Den (Underneath the Daniels Auditorium), email us at Involvement@Nichols.edu, follow us on Twitter @NC_BisonBeat or ‘like’ us on Facebook at facebook.com/NCBisonBeat

Student Organizations The Center for Student Involvement and Nichols College offer a variety of active clubs and organizations. There is something for almost everyone; if your student sees something missing, we encourage your student to create a new organization on campus. The following clubs and organizations are offered at Nichols College: Accounting Club, Campus Activities Board, Commuter Council, Concert Benefit Club, Criminal Justice Management, Dance Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, History Club, Hospitality Management Club, Human Resource/Management Club, Investment Club, The Ledger Yearbook, Marketing/Communication Club, Men’s Ice Hockey Club, Nichols Cares for Animals, Paintball Club, Psychology Club, Racquetball Club, Men’s Rugby Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, Soccer Club, Sport Management Club, Student Alumni Society, Student Athlete Advisory Council, Student Government Association, Track & Field, Windfall (Literary Magazine), WNRC (Radio).

Campus Events The Center for Student Involvement along with the Campus Activities Board offers a variety of social events each week at Nichols College. Events have included comedians including Greg Berendt and Johnny Cardinale, Casino Nights, Concerts including Moufy and Rachel Platten, Movie Nights, Bingo Nights including Big Prize Bingo and Bison Pride Bingo, Speakers including Marc Elliott and Matt Glowacki, off campus trips to locations including New York City, Boston and Six flags and much more. Nearly all of the events offered are free to Nichols students. Upon arrival in August, all students will receive a complete list of events for the semester. Family Day 2012 – Save the Date! On Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 parents and family members of Nichols College students are invited to attend a day of activities on campus. The schedule includes coffee with the Dean of Students, sporting events including the Homecoming football game, an entertaining family dinner and evening entertainment. Registration materials for Family Day 2012 will be mailed in August. We hope you will be able to join us!

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Finances BUSINESS OFFICE

This outline is intended to make the “business” side of the college experience as easy as possible. Please review the key points that have been summarized below. Complete policies, forms and links are available on the myNichols portal in the Financial Services section. Costs: Basic Undergraduate Day Student Costs: Fall 2012 Term Spring 2013 Term Total Yearly 1 Tuition $15,720 $15,720 $31,440 SGA Fee $150 $150 $300 1 Standard Room $2,900 $2,900 $5,800 $2,450 $2,450 $4,900 Standard Meal Plan1 Parking Fee1 $125 $125 $250 Total $21,345 $21,345 $42,690 Health Insurance Fee2

$1,788

0

June 2012 August 1, 2012

December 2012 January 2, 2013

$1,788

(May be Waived)

First Billing Statement: Approximate Due Date: (Subject to Change) 1

Additional fees/requirements may apply. 2 Please refer to Health and Accident Insurance section.

Special Note: The statement that you have received is for the Fall term only (1/2 year). You will be billed in December for the second term. When applying for loans and other programs, you will be asked for YEARLY costs.

Checklist for Fall Term:

Description

When

Financial Aid: Complete all paperwork in a timely manner.

As received

Outside scholarships: Submit copies of outside scholarships to the Business Office or the Office of Financial Assistance.

Now

Health insurance fee: Accept or Waive the fee.

Now

Parking Fee: Complete the waiver if you will not have a car on campus..

Now

Determine how you will pay for any balance due after financial aid and outside scholarships have been applied. Refer to the payment options section.

Now

Contact Information: • Business Office Phone: 508-213-2288 • Cashier/Payments: 508-213-2284 • Fax: 508-213-2088 • Email: businessoffice@nichols.edu 41


Additional information, complete policies and payment option details are available at my.nichols.edu in the Financial Services section.

Health and Accident Insurance/Health Insurance Premium:5 • State law requires all students enrolled in nine or more credit hours in a semester to be covered by health and accident insurance. The health insurance premium will be added automatically to all students meeting the credit requirements each semester during the open enrollment periods. The health insurance fee for the 2012-2013 year will be $1,788. • The premium charged is not refundable after the waiver deadline despite the existence of other coverage. • The Health Waiver certifies that a student’s family health insurance policy is comparable to the one offered by the College. Late Payment Fee: • The $250 late payment fee will be assessed once each semester on every account that does not have a Plan-in-Place (PIP) for settling the semester’s financial obligations by the due date. • Refer to the reverse side of the initial statement for detailed information. Miscellaneous Matters: • Books: Books are a separate purchase.  Bookstore Vouchers: Vouchers are available upon request. Vouchers are available up to the amount of credit that the student has on his/her account. Credit balances due to estimated TMS payment plans cannot be used to obtain vouchers.  Bookstore: The bookstore is run by Barnes & Noble. Barnes & Noble gift cards are accepted. • Refunds: Applicable credit balances will be refunded to the student. Refunds cannot be issued until all financial aid has been received. Payment Options: • Financial Aid/Loans: Items listed on the statements under the heading of “Pending Financial Aid” are estimated financial aid amounts and will be replaced with actual values as funds are received. • Methods of Payment: Nichols accepts Credit Cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express), personal checks, bank checks, and cash (please do not mail cash). There is a $50 returned funds fee. • Online Payments: Credit card payments may be made online. (Uses the WebAdvisor section of the portal which only students can access.) • Outside Scholarships: Students must forward to the Office of Financial Assistance or the Business Office valid documentation for every outside scholarship that they would like to have entered on the student account. • Payment Plan: Nichols uses an outside company, Tuition Management Systems (TMS), to administer a monthly payment plan.

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Withdrawal Policy and Refunds Overview: • Full Refund (except Advance Deposit) if withdrawn by the Add/Drop Date. • No Refund after Add/Drop date for Room Charges, all Fees (Student Government Fee, Parking Fee, Lab Fees), and the Health Insurance premium. • Partial Refund of tuition and /or meal plan after the add/drop date as per schedule listed in the withdrawal policy.

FINANCIAL AID

There are a variety of financial aid programs available to families. The first step in determining your eligibility for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA. You may file the FAFSA on-line and request a pin number (used as your electronic signature) at www.fafsa.gov. Both the student and the parent of a dependent student must each have their own pin numbers. After you have submitted your FAFSA, the federal processor will electronically transmit your information to all colleges listed on the form. If you have included the Nichols College school code, then we will automatically receive a summary of the information you reported on the FAFSA. The Nichols school code for the FAFSA is #002197. From this, we can determine your eligibility for all forms of financial aid. Nichols will then generate an award letter, which lists the types and amounts of aid you can expect to receive. Students must apply for financial aid annually (See Application Deadlines). Nichols College practices need-blind admissions.

Application Deadlines It is important to meet college deadlines for submitting your FAFSA form since it can sometimes affect the amount of financial aid you will receive. Late applicants may miss opportunities for state or other sources of aid. Nichols’ deadline for mailing the FAFSA each year is March 1st for fall enrollment. We also have a second deadline of June 1st for submitting all necessary paperwork; i.e. loan applications, verification documents and any other requested items. Nichols will send letters to notify families if items are still needed to complete the file. Meeting these deadlines helps to ensure that your expected financial aid appears on your billing statement and that funds from all sources arrive in time to help meet your financial obligations.

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Scholarship and Grant Programs Scholarships and Grants are free monies that are awarded to students. These funds do not have to be repaid. Nichols College has generous scholarship and grant programs available to all qualified applicants. Full-time day students who demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit may qualify. Students may also qualify for other scholarships and grants through private sources or federal and state programs. Nichols College offers both merit scholarships and need-based grants. Many students receive a combination of both merit and need-based grants, which assist in meeting their educational costs. The following scholarship programs are merit based. These scholarships are awarded for academic achievement, leadership and other qualities and are renewable for up to four years, as long as the student maintains a 2.0 grade point average: • • • •

Honors Scholarship President Achievement Scholarship Trustee’s Achievement Scholarship Dean’s Achievement Scholarship

For more information on merit scholarships, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800470-3379. The following grants are not based on academic achievement. They are designed to assist in meeting some of the student’s unmet financial need: • Nichols Opportunity Grant • Women in Enterprise Grant • Nichols Access Grant • Merrill Leadership Grant • Nichols Legacy Grant • Conant Leadership Grant The above grant programs are subject to change and are limited. If there is a change in family income or a correction to FAFSA data, the grants may increase or decrease. The Nichols Access Grant is given to high-need, non-Massachusetts resident students.

Student Employment Job opportunities for students exist both on and off-campus. Students who have been awarded Federal Work Study (FWS) are given first consideration for most jobs on campus, but employment is not guaranteed. Jobs are posted in the Office of Career Services. A FAFSA form is required for FWS consideration. Those who do not qualify for FWS still have limited on-campus employment opportunities. Students receive a paycheck for any hours worked and are paid the Massachusetts minimum wage. Jobs are posted on Road to Success. Private Scholarship Resources It is not advisable to pay any company to assist you with scholarship searches or assistance with completion of financial aid applications. These services can usually be obtained free of charge. Free searches for third party scholarships are available on the Internet. This is the fastest way to get information about numerous scholarships.

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Off Campus Resources ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE NICHOLS COLLEGE AREA Auburn, MA 15-18 miles from Campus Holiday Inn Express 10 Johnston St. Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 832-25000 Comfort Inn and Suites 426 Southbridge St Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 832-8300

Fairfield Inn & Suites 718 Southbridge St Auburn, MA 01501 (508) 832-9500

Hampton Inn Sturbridge 328 Main St Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-6466

Sturbridge, MA 10-15 miles from Campus

Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center 14 Mechanic St Sturbridge, MA 01550 (508) 765-8000

Comfort Inn and Suites Colonial 215 Charlton Road, US20 Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-3306

TRANSPORTATION IN THE AREA Located out of Union Station in Worcester, MA Greyhound Bus lines Union Station 2 Washington Sq Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 754-1102 Peter Pan Bus lines Union Station

2 Washington Sq Worcester, MA 01608 (800) 343-9999

Worcester, MA 01608 MBTA (Commuter Rail) 800-392-61000

Train Services Amtrak Trains 800-872-7245 Nearby Terminals Union Station 2 Washington Sq

Limousine Service Worcester Airport Limousine (800) 660-0992 or (508) 835-6436

Banks Webster Five Cents Savings Bank 208 West Main St Dudley, MA 01571 (508) 943-9091 Sovereign Bank 206 Main St Webster, MA 01570 (508) 943-0755

First Niagara Bank 115 East Main St Webster, MA 01570 (508) 949-2221

Harrington Memorial Hospital 100 South St Southbridge, MA (508) 765-9771

Hospitals

Day Kimball Healthcare 320 Pomfret St Putnam, CT 06260 (860) 928-6541

Hubbard Regional Hospital 240 Thompson Road Webster, MA (508) 943-2600

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Umass Memorial Medical Center 119 Belmont St Worcester, MA (508) 334-1000


AREA RESTAURANTS Jimmy’s Pizza 185 W. Main St. Dudley, MA (508) 949-0722 Dudley House of Pizza 203 W. Main St. Dudley, MA (508) 949-0436 Yummy Restaurant 3 Center Rd. Dudley, MA (508) 949-7888 4 Corners Pub & Rest. 142 Old Turnpike Rd. Quinebaug, CT (860) 935-5771 Giant Pizza 11 E. Main St. Webster, MA (508) 949-2593

The Lic‘s Family Restaurant 51 Thompson Rd. Webster, MA (508) 943-2285 Wind Tiki Polynesian Restaurant 154 Thompson Rd. Webster, MA (508) 943-6996 The Colonial Club 290 Thompson Rd. Webster, MA (508) 943-4040 Point Breeze Seafood Restaurant 114 Point Breeze Rd. Webster, MA (508) 943-015

Empire Wok 11 Worcester Rd. Webster, MA (508) 943-8888 Main St. Chinese Restaurant 140 Main St. Webster, MA (508) 949-2300 Lake Pizza and Restaurant 39 Thompson Rd. Webster, MA (508) 943-3684

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The Chowder Bowl 144 Gore Rd. Webster, MA (508) 949-7227 The Lodge Restaurant Rte. 16 Webster, MA (508) 949-0000 Eighty Ates Bar & Grille 8 Airport Rd. Dudley, MA 01571 (508) 949-8888 JC's Pizza 1097 Thompson Road Thompson, CT (860) 935-4440 Sully's Dog Shack 184 W. Main Street Dudley, MA (508) 943-6471

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