Throughout the year, there may be changes to the information contained in the Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available on the University website: www.newhaven.edu/studenthandbook
Throughout the year, there may be changes to the information contained in the Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available on the University website: www.newhaven.edu/studenthandbook
I am pleased to welcome you to the 2023–24 academic year! Whether you are new to our community or nearing the completion of your degree, I hope you are excited about the opportunities that await you.
Your college years are a time to learn new skills, make new connections, and step out of your comfort zone. Our academic programs and cocurricular opportunities are designed to be immersive and innovative, enabling you to become leaders in the careers of the future.
Be engaged. Meet your classmates and build relationships with your professors and the many people across the University who are here to support you. Take part in experiences such as study abroad, internships, and research. Get involved on campus, take on leadership roles, and volunteer in the Greater New Haven and West Haven communities.
Most of all, always treat everyone with respect. As members of an institution of higher learning, we have an important responsibility one we must continually embrace to engage in productive dialogue and meaningful action that embody the ideals of the diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community we are proud to be a part of.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at OfficeOfThePresident@newhaven.edu with ideas or concerns you may have. I look forward to serving you.
Sincerely,Sheahon Zenger, Ph.D. Interim President
The Office of the Dean of Students at the University of New Haven would like to welcome you to a new academic year! The University of New Haven's commitment is students' first and their holistic development, intellectual, mental, physical, emotional, and social abilities, which is vital for student success.
If you are a new student, I welcome you to the Charger family! Returning undergraduate and graduate students welcome back! The University faculty and staff have been preparing for your arrival. I want to remind you of the many opportunities and resources available to you on campus to be a successful student this year one of those resources available to you is the Student Handbook.
The Student Handbook is your guide to critical information that you should know as a student. It includes the resources and information that you will need to navigate and enhance your college experience as a student. Joining the Charger family entails both rights and responsibilities. The University of New Haven has a substantial obligation to develop a community of learners based on mutual trust, integrity, respect, kindness, care, and empathy. As a result, the Student Handbook policies are designed to assist individuals in respecting the rights of others and creating a supportive and inclusive community that fosters learning and growth. Please familiarize yourself with the different policies and procedures that will affect your experience inside and outside the classroom.
As you continue to embark on your academic journey, I encourage all of you to take advantage of your college experience. Explore who you are through the many different co-curricular programs and experiences to find your passion and enhance your skill sets.
Most of all, know your social commitment and responsibility as a student, promote open dialogue with others, and make responsible personal choices now and always. College is a journey, not a destination. I wish you great success in your academic journey.Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D. Dean of Students
The Student Handbook is a resource guide for the University of New Haven; one that you can refer to whenever you need it. For example, you may not be concerned now with graduation procedures, financial aid, or Library hours, but when you need information on these or other topics, this Handbook is one of the first places to check.
The Handbook is a source of accurate information about the University of New Haven, its services, activities, procedures for getting things done, and people on campus who can assist you.
It is the responsibility of all University of New Haven students to become familiar with the contents of this Handbook. The University Policies section, for instance, contains important University policies covering such concerns as grading, the student conduct system procedures, and much more. The Residential Life section contains information specific to resident students and their guests.
The University of New Haven is more than classes, labs, and exams. It is residence halls, educational programs, social and athletic events, and many club and organization activities. It is people growing, working, talking, and playing together. In short, the University of New Haven is a community your community. While its primary function is educating students, it has, like any community, many other functions: housing, governing, and supporting students and maintaining their health and safety.
As a community, the University of New Haven offers you many alternatives. You have your choice of many academic majors, activities, and careers. It’s your choice, too, whether you want to spend a free hour studying at the library, playing basketball, or just relaxing under a tree. University of New Haven’s faculty, administrators, and staff are here to assist you in any way we can. Your success starts here!
Note: The University reserves the right to make, at any time, whatever changes it deems necessary to the contents of this handbook.
The University of New Haven was founded in 1920 as the New Haven YMCA Junior College, a division of Northeastern University. The College offered instruction in business and engineering to local students. The College also owed much to Yale University, for the use of its buildings and laboratories and for the assistance of its faculty and graduate students for nearly forty years.
Because of the growing student demand for day as well as evening courses, the University first built a modern classroom building near East Rock in New Haven in 1958; in the same year it also received state authorization to offer Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering and business.
Outgrowing even its new building, the University acquired the former New Haven County Orphanage complex (now known as Maxcy Hall) in West Haven in 1960. The University continued to grow on its new campus.
The University of New Haven not only added new buildings; it enlarged the scope of its academic degrees into the arts and sciences, public safety, hotel and restaurant administration, and graduate education. Since the 1970s both the undergraduate and graduate student populations have included significant numbers of international students attracted by the University’s career-oriented programs in the colleges of Business, Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. A number of the University’s undergraduate degree programs have been nationally recognized, most notably the nationally accredited engineering programs, forensic science, and music and sound recording. University of New Haven currently offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Faculty have come to University of New Haven with degrees from prestigious American and international universities and have established an impressive record of research and publication
On July 1, 2004, Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D., became the sixth president of the University of New Haven, launching a new era of expansion and advancement for the University. Through the leadership of University officers, the Board of Governors, and the faculty, the University of New Haven continues to evolve as it frequently reassesses its mission, its programs, and its campus. The University of New Haven stands apart from other institutions of higher learning because of its commitment to the concept of experiential learning bringing practice into the classroom to educate its students and show them the world ahead. With the skills we teach and the foundation we build, our students go on to choose jobs or to further study in business, law, education, and more
The University has five undergraduate colleges and schools the College of Arts and Sciences, Pompea College of Business, Tagliatela College of Engineering, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences. Each College is led by a Dean responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the school’s academic programs. Most degree programs are offered by academic departments administered by a Department Chair.
Under the direction of the Dean, the faculty within a school make decisions that affect you: they determine which courses will be offered and when; the course content, grading standards, and requirements for the majors offered; and the advising system.
The educational efforts of the faculty are complemented by other units within the University.
In addition to classroom teaching and advising, University of New Haven faculty members fill several other roles: as researchers and consultants both inside and outside the University, advisors to student groups, and members of committees that develop educational policies or advise the administration on University matters.
When not in the classroom, faculty may be keeping up with new developments, discovering new information, or developing new methods of disseminating knowledge. Their goal is to translate these efforts into course materials and presentations that provide you with the most up-to-date education.
Your faculty advisor can help you design a program to meet your goals, select your courses, and satisfy all of your academic needs. All students have assigned faculty advisors. If you’re not sure who your advisor is, or if you are looking for a new one, check with your department office.
You should meet with your advisor at least once per semester for preregistration to review your selection of courses. Your advisor approves your course choices as well as course changes made through the Add/Drop procedure.
It is the student’s responsibility to select courses in accordance with prerequisites, the advisor’s recommendations, the departmental plan of study (if required), and the requirements for the degree. Students needing further explanation of program requirements or course sequencing should request academic advisement. Advisement sessions are held prior to each semester Graduate students should consult their program director
Student Success Advisors in the Center for Student Success are eager to work one-on-one with students to help set personal and academic goals that will contribute to their success. Success Advisors motivate students to reach their full academic potential. By working individually with one of the advisors, students can develop skills and strategies to overcome academic challenges if and when they arise. You can make an appointment to see a Success Advisor through Navigate. Please see the Navigate section for information on downloading the Navigate app.
General Help/Circulation/Course Reserve: 203 932 7197 | email@example.com
Reference/Research Help: 203 932 7189 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Interlibrary Loan: 203 932 7194 | email@example.com
Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Peterson Library provides students with a variety of learning spaces including a quiet study floor, collaborative group space, and study rooms as well as access to both Mac and PC computers, printers, and scanners. The library stacks have both reference and circulating book collections which support the university curriculum.
Professional reference librarians provide student support in a variety of formats. Students can schedule one-on-one research consultations, held in person or via zoom with a subject specific liaison librarian. Consultations can be scheduled through Navigate, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the subject specific library liaison https://libguides.newhaven.edu/liaisons.The library’s information literacy program provides in-class instruction on research techniques
The library’s homepage, www.newhaven.edu/library, has the library’s operating hours, a description of library services and a link to the university library catalog which allows searching of library holdings. The library provides 24/7 access to electronic databases, full-text e-journal holdings, e-books and other digital collections. The library is a U.S. Government Depository library and selects and adds documents that support many university programs.
Library Guides as well as instructional support resource materials are prepared by our librarians and are posted at http://libguides.newhaven.edu/welcome. Students can learn more about using library resources by reviewing the guides, many of which include short video clips to help with learning.
To borrow materials, students need a current University of New Haven ID card. Most materials are loaned out for one month and can be renewed, either in-person, by calling 203.932.7197, or online. Exceptions are the materials that professors place on course reserve for you to read in the library. Books labeled “Closed Reserve” and “Reference,” as well as periodicals and newspapers, may not be taken from the building. If an item is not owned by the University of New Haven, it can usually be retrieved from another library via an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request Journal articles or book chapters are usually provided as PDFs. Forms to request articles or books are available online or in the library
Students who are Connecticut residents may use the extensive public library system, which includes New Haven and West Haven, but must secure a library card from the Connecticut town that they list as their permanent address. Nonresidents can obtain a library card at the West Haven Public Library with a current University of New Haven ID and this semester’s course list and a temporary West Haven Public Library card will be issued to you until the end of the current semester. For more information regarding the use of other libraries, please contact the Peterson Library at 203 932 7189.
Echlin Hall • 203.932.7055
The Office of Information Technology is under the direction of the University’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). The department coordinates all computing, networking, and telecommunication services for all University of New Haven community members. The department is organized into several sub-components in order to provide service-specific assistance.
Echlin Hall • Room 107
The Director of Educational Technology provides and maintains the Campus Card Office. The department is dedicated to assisting all community members with their academic and educational technology needs.
Information Technology provides for the computing needs of both academic and administrative users by maintaining a number of computer labs. The largest installation of general use computers and printers is in the Marvin K. Peterson Library. Installed software includes web browsers, Microsoft Office, SPSS, and other university-standard software. There are Apple iMacs in the Library, Bartels Hall Lobby, and in the Beckerman Recreation Center on the 2nd floor. Additional labs are located throughout the campus and are discipline-specific and used primarily for instruction.
Special-purpose computing facilities include the Industrial Engineering CAD/CAM lab in Buckman Hall, the Electrical Engineering lab in Buckman 203, the System Engineering lab in Buckman Hall, the Graphic Arts labs in Dodds Hall 203 and 207, the Mechanical Engineering Instrumentation lab in Buckman 223, the
Math and Physics Department lab in Maxcy Hall, the Hospitality and Tourism lab in Harugari Hall 114, and the Environmental Science lab in Charger Plaza. For availability of these labs, contact the given department’s administrative staff.
For more information on the various computer labs on campus, go to www.newhaven.edu/computerlabs
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F • Student Support Website
Information Technology provides complete service for student-owned computers with no charge for labor. The Student Technical Support Office is in the Campus Bookstore and provides hardware and software support for PC and Macs including hardware repair* and software installation. Please note that the Support Office does not sell, stock, or provide parts. Students needing replacement parts will need to obtain the replacement parts which the office will then install. The office will help students obtain warranty replacement parts when appropriate. To contact Student Technical Support please email email@example.com or call 203.932.8324 option 3.
*OIT only replaces “accessible” components i.e., hard drives, memory, etc. OIT cannot replace screens, or any part deemed too invasive to install.
The Student Technical Support office also administers the campus software licensing program. The University has a licensing agreement with Microsoft which provides low-cost and free software under the Volume Licensing Program. All students may download a free copy of Microsoft Office via their university email, and use is allowed on up to 5 devices including tablets and smart phones. OIT also has a variety of software, including Adobe, available at a discounted student price. Software can be purchased and downloaded via the myCharger portal at http://mycharger.newhaven.edu on the Information TechnologyIT Information for Students page.
All registered students receive a University of New Haven network account. The account name and password are automatically generated within 3–5 days of registration.
The account name is: First Initial, Last Name (first 4 characters) lowest available numeral
For example, first-year student John Smith registering in the Fall of 2020 has the network account name jsmit1. Conflicting names will be assigned a sequentially higher number that will follow the last name instead of 1. A letter is provided at Orientation or mailed to students indicating the account name, password, and instructions on how to access the account.
Student Network Accounts are active perpetually for access to records and email. However, other network-based resources will no longer be available upon graduation or leaving school.
This account will provide students access to the following services:
• Every student network account includes an email mailbox. The University has partnered with Microsoft to provide every student a perpetual email account at Microsoft.
• Email addresses are as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Students registered in future off-campus programs may be assigned an account with a different suffix.
• Student email accounts are accessible via the Outlook application, the web at https://mycharger.newhaven.edu or the University of New Haven homepage. Students are responsible for maintaining their email account, including staying within University mailbox size limits and policies.
• The University will use this medium as the preferred method of communication.
The network account allows students to log in to any of the computers on campus (e.g., the Computer Labs) as well as gain access to other network resources (e.g., accessing Library resources). This login is the same username and password you use to login to other systems (such as Canvas or Banner). Students will be required to download the Duo MFA app to their smartphone to verify their identity after logging into https://myCharger.newhaven.edu. More information can be found at https://studentsupport.newhaven.edu/duo
The network account will allow students to log in to Canvas. Specific instructions on logging into Canvas are provided in the student account letter sent to every student. Canvas can be accessed through the myCharger Portal at http://mycharger.newhaven.edu and selecting Canvas on the right. Specific instructions on logging into Canvas are provided in the account letter provided to each student. Support information can be found in the Information Technology Information for Students section of myCharger.
Wireless networking is provided in almost every area of the University and continues to expand. Students may connect to the wireless network with their University of New Haven network account. Instructions and details can be found at https://studentsupport.newhaven.edu The Office of Information Technology will always make its best effort to notify students before any changes to network access are made.
All users of the University network are required to have antivirus protection on their computer. The University may, at its discretion, require students to allow an agent that verifies security compliance access to their computer.
Students experiencing issues connecting to the network should contact the Student Technical Support Office immediately.
Students are not permitted to connect personal network equipment to the University network, including but not limited to wireless routers and switches. If additional connectivity is required in your residence hall, please contact the Student Support Office.
The Center for Student Success and the Center for Learning Resources are committed to student success at the University of New Haven. Our goal is to provide students with the necessary resources to successfully complete their degrees. staff members collaborate with the Academic and Student Affairs divisions of the University to focus its student success efforts on serving the whole student in a holistic manner.
Maxcy Hall, 106 • 203.479.4584
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Center for Student Success (CSS) works with all undergraduate and graduate students to provide a seamless continuation of support services throughout a student’s time at the University. Success Advisors advocate for students as they seek to resolve issues and concerns related to their academic careers. They challenge and support students to explore all avenues available to them to get the most out of their education.
Success Advisors use an appreciative advising philosophy that focuses on student strengths and empowers students to rise to their full potential. They work collaboratively with faculty to identify students who are experiencing challenges in their coursework and assist students on success plans to address these challenges.
Academic Peer Mentors (APMs) support CSS staff through their work in the residence halls. Commuter APM works to assist commuter students. APMs assist students with academic strategies and connect them to campus resources. The APM Program is co-administered by the Office of Residential Life, the Center for Student Success, and the Center for Student Leadership, Engagement and Orientation
In addition, the CSS staff collaborates with other University resources to offer programs and services that promote student achievement and degree completion. They provide information to students on their
academic programs, as well as tips on study skills, time-management, and other academic success strategies. During the registration process, Success Advisors work with students to prepare them for their advising appointments with faculty advisors and assist with registering for classes.
CSS staff teach the Foundations for Success, Strategies for Success, and Career and Life Planning courses.
CSS Sponsors the Sophomore Year Experience program where students are provided with opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations and activities to help them find, define and expand their purpose, both in education and life.
Navigate is a mobile app that provides necessary information about the university that will help get you from orientation to graduation. The app can help you explore the right major, navigate resources from financial aid to dining halls, and stay on top of important dates and deadlines all in the palm of your hand. Through Navigate, you will be able to:
• View campus resources and calendars in one location
• Access your class schedule
• Receive push notifications with important updates and happenings
• View reminders and registration hold information
• Opt-in to find study buddies in your classes
• Receive alerts from instructors when you are struggling in classes and Kudos when you are doing well. Alerts and kudos are coordinated through the Center for Student Success Care Team.
• Message your advisor
• Schedule appointments with offices on campus as well as faculty instructors and advisors. The Navigate app can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store and Google Play; just search for “Navigate Student.” You will also be able to access the Navigate desktop platform by visiting http://newhaven.navigate.eab.com
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
**Limited hours are available during the summer in certain divisions.
The Center for Learning Resources (CLR) provides students with the academic content and skills support they need for success. The CLR offers students free tutoring by peers and professional staff in a variety of courses. Most subject-specific tutoring is geared toward under-classmen, although tutoring is offered for upper-classmen and graduate students in high-demand subject areas. Computer Lab support is available for all students. The CLR uses a metacognitive approach that engages students in the learning process and promotes independent learning strategies to ensure the best possible change of student success.
The Math, Science, and Business Lab tutors assist students in math, hard and theoretical science, engineering, and business courses. Staff primarily provide small to mid-size group support.
The Computer Lab offers students access to computers equipped with the latest version of MS Office Suite as well as course-based software such as PHStat, SPSS, and Excel for classes. The Lab is staffed by students who provide support in the aforementioned programs and some programming languages.
The Peer Tutoring Program (Undergraduate and Graduate) consists of student tutors supporting major- and minor-based courses ranging from accounting to physics, chemistry, engineering, dental hygiene, and more. Peer tutors are often housed in areas affiliated with the department they support.
The Learning Assistant Program aims to help students by placing Learning Assistants directly in select Math, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering courses. Learning Assistants are undergraduates who have already taken the course(s) they are supporting. In addition to meeting every week with their lead faculty members, LAs also attends a weekly one-credit pedagogy course. They work in the classroom under faculty supervision to help students working in small active learning teams, and they also work in the CLR as Peer Tutors for those students who need help outside of class.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a focused service combining the best of the worlds of tutoring and extended classroom support. SI leaders work in conjunction with faculty for a particular course to answer questions about subject material and expand on areas in which faculty identify students as needing additional assistance. Sessions range from small to larger groups and allow students to ask questions and solidify their understanding of material in a non-judgmental and engaging format.
Multi-Campus Support: The CLR offers tutoring support at Orange and our Yale-New Haven campuses. Online tutoring for students on the Prato campus is also offered on an ad-hoc basis.
Students are encouraged to make appointments via our EAB Navigate and are also welcome on a drop-in basis as tutors are available. To learn more, visit our website at www.newhaven.edu/academics/CLR
Marvin K. Peterson Library, Lower Level
Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The mission of the University of New Haven Writing Center (an expansion of the Writer-to-Writer peertutoring program) is to provide high-quality tutoring to undergraduate and graduate students as they write for a wide range of purposes and audiences. Tutors are undergraduate students studying Biology, Communications, Criminal Justice, National Security, Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Legal Studies, Marine Biology, Music, Nutrition, and Psychology. We are here to work with you at any stage in the writing process; just bring in your assignment, your ideas, and any writing you've done so far.
North Hall 106
Math Zone is a part of the Department of Math & Physics. It is located in North Hall, directly adjacent to Echlin Hall.
Math Zone is an innovation in learning mathematics, providing a student-centered educational experience. In addition to the guidance provided by dedicated faculty, student mastery is supplemented by a learning platform that provides ample opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery of topics.
The goal is student success. The faculty will provide students with active lectures and lab support through guided practice and assistance with navigating their learning. They will monitor students' progress and guide them in the mathematics learning process.
Tutors are available to work one-on-one with students to help them master the details of mathematical problem solving, with the aim of bringing each student to a level of performance in math that allows them to master more advanced math classes.
In short, Math Zone really embodies an "it takes a village" philosophy. Although you will meet your instructor for at least 115 minutes per week, the lab is open for you for 50 hours per week. With a staff of 10 instructors and 10 tutors, on average, you are destined to find someone whose style of explanation matches your needs.
The Office of Academic Service-Learning supports the mission of the University of New Haven by incorporating community service, civic engagement, social awareness, and responsibility into the curriculum to enhance student learning and to respond to the need of the surrounding community. Through academic service-learning, students become socially responsible and active citizens who lead purposeful and fulfilling lives
Academic service-learning is a form of experiential education where students participate in community service projects that enhance what is taught in the classroom within a graded, credit-bearing course. Students participate in community service projects at local nonprofit and public organizations to address a defined need mutually agreed upon by the partner and the instructor. The service is comparable to classroom readings, discussions, and assignments and the work of the partnership should equally benefit both the student and the community. Service-learning courses can be found by looking for the ‘S’ designation on the course number.
Reflection is an essential component of service-learning as it provides students with a venue to understand how their experience connects with academic course content. Appropriate reflection activities will direct the student’s attention to new interpretations of events, allowing for an examination of critical issues related to the community service project. Students are encouraged to find personal relevance in the service provided to enhance the development of civic learning.
The Service-Learning Office provides the framework for students to become socially responsible through the following civic learning objectives:
Leadership Students will apply their leadership with or without a formal position.
Social Responsibility Students will identify as a member of the community and will take action to address public problems and issues.
Cognitive Examination Students will apply their academic knowledge and personal experience to address public problems and issues.
Learning About Self and Others Students will identify personal strengths, values, and goals.
Community Engagement Students will contribute to their community by advancing its quality of life.
Maxcy Hall 109 • 203.932.7175
The University of New Haven offers study abroad, study away, and virtual “study abroad” opportunities domestically and internationally. (“Study away” includes some opportunities within the United States for which most processes for study abroad will apply.) Through study abroad/away or virtual “study abroad” programs, students discover diversity beyond home borders. Students are challenged to critically examine both host cultures and their own, in almost every way, including social relations, resource use, and political systems you name it! It’s an exciting journey that can lead to intellectual growth and new confidence and independence.
The Study Abroad Office can introduce students to a variety of programs. These programs vary in duration, and some are led and taught by our faculty, while others are exchange programs with partner universities. Still, some programs are arranged through affiliate organizations that provide their campuses abroad or help integrate students into foreign universities. One example of an affiliate organization is CEA (Cultural Experiences Abroad, Inc.). The University of New Haven is the “School of Record” for “CEA Global Education,” which means that all faculty and courses at CEA’s eight “CEA Study Centers” in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Paris (France), Dublin (Ireland), Prague (Czech Republic), Florence and Rome (Italy), and Barcelona and Seville (Spain) are approved by a faculty committee appointed for that purpose. University of New Haven students can study abroad through CEA at any of their campuses. Another affiliate organization is Verto Education. The University of New Haven enrolls students from around the world in partnership with Verto Education which provides the study abroad experience in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Spain, and Italy.
Studying abroad/away is available to all University of New Haven students in good academic standing, with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0, no pending disciplinary actions, and no financial holds. Some programs require a higher G.P.A. or pre-requisite courses. Students have access to their federal financial aid on all semester programs, except for their work-study. For the Tuscany Campus (Prato) and exchange programs, students maintain access to their institutional aid, such as scholarships and grants.
Students interested in starting their application to any program type can go here.
The University of New Haven works with students to maintain an environment where students can develop holistically. Our goal is to create a living and learning environment that supports healthy choices and
lifestyles which enable students to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives. Students are supported in making informed, responsible decisions in accordance with the host country/countries and University policies.
The following policies seek to apply the University of New Haven institution policies in overseas settings where U.S. law cannot be enforced. These policies are in addition to the policies outlined in the student handbook for each study abroad program. In compliance with all federal, state and local laws, the University of New Haven prohibits the possession, manufacture, sale, distribution, and unlawful use/abuse of any and all controlled substances and drugs. Additionally, the University of New Haven recognizes all laws and regulations of any host countries for study abroad students. University of New Haven students are expected to comply with these laws and regulations as well as the University policies. Any appeals or issues with the policies listed below must be directed to the University of New Haven Dean of Students Office.
1. The University of New Haven has a zero-tolerance policy regarding the purchase, sale, possession or consumption of drugs other than those permitted in the program’s host country and prescribed by a physician. Students found to be in possession of or who have purchased, sold, or consumed any illegal drugs or to have misused any prescribed drugs, will be removed from the program at the student’s expense and without any refund. In addition, the student may face removal from the University of New Haven and other disciplinary action.
2. Alcohol misuse is defined as alcohol consumption that is harmful or potentially harmful to the program participant or others. Alcohol abuse is misuse that is consistent and systematic. Alcohol misuse may include but is not limited to any of the following behaviors caused by alcohol consumption:
a. Absence from academic activities or events
b. Illness or incapacitation
c. Loud, abusive, inappropriate or disrespectful behaviors
d. Destruction of property
e. Disobeying the host countries’ laws and regulations
f. The presence, possession or use of common source containers of alcoholic beverages (including but not limited to kegs, beer balls, other bulk containers requiring a tapping device or spigot, punch bowls, trash cans, or other containers used as punch bowls) by individuals or groups is prohibited. Wine bottles are not considered common source containers.
g. Intoxication is defined as the point where the quantity of alcohol a person consumes exceeds the individual’s tolerance for alcohol and impairs behavioral or physical abilities.
3. Alcohol misuse or abuse will not be tolerated and may lead to expulsion from the study abroad program at the student’s expense and without any refund. In addition, the student may face
removal from the University of New Haven and other disciplinary action.
4. Students are expected to abide by the alcohol and drug laws of the country or countries where they are studying or traveling. It is the responsibility of students to learn and understand the laws and regulations of their host country or countries. Regulatory information for various countries is available at the U.S. State Department’s “Consular Information Sheets”
5. In contracting with in-country providers for meal services or other activities, program directors should avoid including any alcohol with those services. If a student is able to purchase alcohol on their own during a program activity, that purchase should only be allowed if the participant is legally eligible. Directors should also ensure that other options are available besides alcoholic beverages.
a. Any provision of alcoholic beverages by a meal service at a program sanctioned activity requires prior approval by the Senior Associate Dean of Students.
b. The University requires that non-alcoholic beverages and food be served at all events where alcohol is present and encourages entertainment where appropriate.
6. Even when the program has not contracted for services directly, directors should avoid encouraging students to visit locales or establishments where excessive drinking is known to be common or encouraged. With regard to the University of New Haven Tuscany Campus, the Meal Plan vouchers must not be exchanged for alcohol. Should any directors find that establishments are providing alcohol to students in exchange for vouchers or are serving excessive amounts of alcohol, thus not acting in agreement with the University of New Haven alcohol policy, they should cancel their arrangements with said businesses immediately.
7. Program directors, site directors, and faculty members should not provide alcohol to or purchase alcohol for any students participating in any University of New Haven study abroad program. Any provision of alcoholic beverages by a program director, site director or faculty member at a program sanctioned activity requires prior approval by the Senior Associate Dean of Students.
8. Although not directly responsible for students’ decisions to consume alcohol, directors should monitor students’ consumption and remind them of possible consequences for misuse or abuse. Students involved in substance policy violations will be referred to the University Conduct System and may be subject to additional consequences within their study abroad program.
9. Because the directors and faculty members are role models and their behavior sets the standard for the program, when participation in program functions, directors and faculty members should take particular care to avoid any appearance of excessive alcohol consumption.
The University of New Haven’s international campus is located in the historical city of Prato, just 20 minutes from Florence, Italy. The city is your campus where you will live, learn, explore, and grow as you immerse yourself in the culture and language of Italy.
The Prato Campus offers a wide range of core and elective courses every semester, and students also benefit from unique experiential opportunities such as interning at the city police headquarters or volunteering in local schools and charities, while making local friends at the weekly conversation exchange. Being in Europe means students can also explore cities like Rome, Venice, Barcelona, Dublin, and Paris on the weekends or during longer semester breaks!
Students are advised to visit the Study Abroad Office for program advisement, and students should consult with their academic advisor to select the optimal time to study abroad, select courses, and determine how courses will be treated upon return to campus. Through good planning, studying abroad may meet major, core, or elective course requirements. Visit the website for updated program options, forms, and procedures.
Student Affairs departments and programs support student learning both in and out of the classroom through programs which focus on student engagement and success, diversity and inclusion, campus life, career development, and wellness. The more students invest in the University and its opportunities, the more successful and rewarding their learning experience will be.
Students will be faced with a wide variety of challenges during their tenure at the University for which support or assistance is required. Students are encouraged to actively seek out a Student Affairs staff member with questions or concerns. Our mission is to assist students in their intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development. In addition, Resident Assistants, Orientation and Transition Leaders, Wellness Peer Educators, Diversity Peer Educators, Academic Peer Mentors and other student leaders are selected and trained to support student success. Our goal is to help students succeed and maximize their learning while at the University.
Bartels Hall, Level 4 • 203.932.7238
The Dean of Students Office provides support and advocacy for students. We answer questions; provide information about and referrals to campus resources; assist in students’ adjustment to the University; promote programs which address student needs, concerns and interests; and help students in resolving problems of all types.
We challenge students to conduct themselves with integrity in both personal and academic matters and we hold them accountable for their decisions and actions. Our goal is to foster a community of mutual respect where students are actively engaged members of the University community.
205 South Campus Hall • 203.931.6040
The Office of Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry provides students, faculty and staff with opportunities for the development and expression of religious ideas and values and the work that flows from them.
The office serves as a clearinghouse on matters of religious services, programs, and enrichment opportunities that are available in the communities surrounding our campus.
The University of New Haven Meditation and Spirituality Center, located at 15 Ruden Street on the ground level, was created to fill a need in our community. In the Fall of 2013, this space was opened to provide students with a place to enrich their spiritual development. The Meditation and Spirituality Center has a dedicated space for students of the Muslim faith. There are separate prayer rooms for men and women and foot-washing stations for convenient ritual washing.
Bartels Hall, Level 4 • 203.479.4582
The mission of the Civic Engagement (Previously known as the Office of Community Service) program is to foster relationships between the University of New Haven community and the Greater New Haven community. The office is part of the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation and organizes community service activities on campus; promotes community service opportunities to members of the University community; houses a database of community agencies and programs needing volunteer assistance; develops programs, forums, and workshops which focus on community service issues; and coordinates programs such as Alternative Spring Break, and the Allingtown Clean-Up. All members of the University of New Haven community are encouraged to use the services of the office.
Charger Plaza • 203.932.7333
The mission of CAPS is to foster the mental health of the campus community. We do this by offering wellness opportunities and outreach; free and confidential individual and group therapy; and referrals to community providers. We work with a community provider (Shoreline Wellness Center) to provide medication management to students.
Additional information can be found on the above website which includes how to reach us to schedule an appointment, hours of service, and a link to our staff directory. Students experiencing crisis can contact
us at 203-932-7333 for support 24/7. If after hours, students will be directed to an answering service who will connect them to the on-call clinician.
Bartels Hall, Level 1 • 203.932.7185
The University Dining Services consists of the Marketplace Food Court, Jazzman’s Brew & Bakery, The Charger Café, Bucknall Family Café, Re-Charge (C-Store), Smooth Haven, WOW Café, FöD, (Food on Demand) and University Catering. You can find our facilities all around campus. Please feel free to call us and visit when you are in Bartels Student Center. We always welcome comments and suggestions. The Marketplace (Bartels Campus Center)
• Deli Favorites
• Beach Grill
• Salad Bar
• Simple Serving (Allergy Free)
• Pizza, Pasta and More
• TexMex Station
• Vegan/Vegetarian Station
• Charger Sauté
• My Zone (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Jazzman’s Brew & Bakery (Bartels Campus Center)
• Gourmet Coffee, Cappuccino and Espresso
• Fresh-baked Muffins, Scones and Pastries
• Sandwiches, Salads and Snacks
• Fruit Smoothies and Cold Beverages
The Charger Café (Peterson Library)
• Starbucks Coffee, Tea and Espresso
• Fruit Smoothies
• Baked Goods
• Salad and Sandwiches
Moe’s Southwest Grill (Bergami Hall)
• Rice Bowls
Re-Charge (C-Store) (Sheffield Hall)
• Groceries/Snacks/Frozen Food
• Health and Beauty Items
Smooth Haven (Recreation Center)
• Fruit Smoothies
• Meal Replacement Shakes
• Acai bowls
WOW Café (Bergami Hall)
FöD Food on Demand (Westside Hall)
• Appetizers (Made to Order)
• Entrees (Made to Order)
• Hand-crafted Sandwiches
Please call or visit us. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Our office is conveniently located on the lower level of the Bartels Campus Center or contact us at DiningServices@newhaven.edu
Sheffield Hall, Ground Level, Rear of the Building • 203.932.7332
The Accessibility Resources Center (ARC) is responsible for and committed to providing services and support that promote access and educational equity for students with disabilities. The Center provides assistance with and information about issues of access and full participation for students with disabilities, individuals with chronic health-related disorders and/or military service-related conditions. Any University of New Haven student with a documented disability can benefit from the services of the Center.
ARC is staffed by a Director, an Assistant Director, an Accessibility Specialist, an Accessibility Services Coordinator, eight Graduate Learning Assistants, and an Administrative Secretary. The Center provides the coordination of all classroom accommodations; coordination of Modified Housing requests including specific rooms, modifications to dining, and emotional support animals; weekly learning assistance appointments for limited tutoring and executive function support; exam proctoring services; accessible van service; temporary medical conditions accommodations; assistive technology loans and assistive technology training. Our professional staff serve as advocates and liaisons to ensure access to all offerings of the University including, but not limited to, academic, cultural, and recreational offerings. Staff are available to answer questions or provide assistance when the need arises.
Complaints arising from matters related to disability should be brought to the attention of the Director of the Accessibility Resources Center and/or the Dean of Students.
The Accessible Van Service is a free service available to students, faculty, staff and the general public. The service provides safe and timely campus transportation. Our accessible van is equipped with a manual wheelchair ramp and our drivers are trained in the use of this vehicle and the requirements for safe wheelchair accessibility.
The Accessible Van Service gives priority to those passengers with temporary or permanent disabilities. Student passengers with permanent disabilities or temporary medical conditions must register through
the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC). Employee passengers with permanent disabilities or temporary medical conditions must register through the Human Resources Office. All passengers must provide adequate documentation as required by either ARC or HR to use this service. Once registered, those requesting a pick-up must call University Police Dispatch at 203.932.7014.
The accessible van will be available to individuals with disabilities on an as-needed basis. Once registered, there are two ways for passengers to arrange for pick-ups: You may either forward a list of pick-ups that will repeat on a weekly basis to Julie Carbonella, Public Safety Director of Operations via email at email@example.com or you can call University Police Dispatch at 203 932 7014 to request a pick-up as needed during normal service hours. Pick-ups are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please contact the University Police Department for hours of operation 203 932 7014
If a passenger does not show up at a pick-up location within five minutes of the designated time, the pickup is designated a “No-Show” and the AVS Van will leave for its next pick-up. If you then call needing a ride, please keep in mind that the van may not be able to return immediately.
If a student passenger consistently No-Shows (two times or more in a week), the student will be referred to the Dean of Students which may result in suspension of van privileges.
As a courtesy, please inform our dispatcher if you will not be needing any of your scheduled pick-ups, as it may prevent a fellow passenger from obtaining one.
Drivers are expected to be polite and courteous to passengers and the same expectation applies to passengers utilizing this service. If you ever have any complaints about a driver’s behavior, please contact Julie Carbonella, Public Safety Director of Operations via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Van drivers are required to remain in the vehicle at all times and are only able to exit the van in order to open vehicle doors and deploy/retract the manual ramp for wheelchair passengers. Van drivers are not able to assist in loading persons or personal items onto the vehicle so please plan accordingly.
Van drivers are required to wear seatbelts. Cellphone use and the use of tobacco products are strictly prohibited.
If you have any questions about the service, please feel free to contact Julie Carbonella, Public Safety Director of Operations, via email at email@example.com.
Sheffield Hall, Ground Level, Facing the Bixler/Gerber Quad • 203.932.7079
Academic Year Only:
Tuesday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Unless otherwise posted
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Health Services provides initial care and diagnosis for minor injuries and illnesses and referral and followup care for more serious conditions. The office, in most cases, is the primary provider of on-campus medical care for students. Health Services also provides care and counseling in health-related matters. Health Services is open to ALL University students without charge.
Staffing includes registered nurses, a full-time administrative assistant, office coordinator, and nurse practitioners, as well as a physician We provide a daily medical clinic with a prescribing clinician.
Appointments are required
We strongly recommend that students obtain their Annual Flu Vaccine early in the season. Contact your Primary Medical Office, Local Pharmacy, Local Urgent Care Center to obtain the vaccine, you may also contact Health Services to inquire about clinics.
In the event that the office is closed or on the weekend, there are several walk-in clinics/urgent care centers that may be utilized. Please contact the individual office concerning daily and weekend hours. Offices include:
Stony Creek Urgent Care
Orange 236 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT 203.815.1054
(evening and weekend hours available)
DOCS Urgent Care
109 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT 203.298.4599
(evening and weekend hours available)
DOCS Urgent Care
636 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 203.691.1584
(evening and weekend hours available)
Milford Walk-in Center
831 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT 203.876.4101
(evening and weekend hours available)
NorthEast Medical Group
500 Elm Street West Haven, CT 203.479.3600
COS ORTHO Walk-in
330 Boston Post Rd. Orange, CT 203.795.4784
(evening and weekend hours available)
309 Main Street, West Haven, CT 203.933.4001
Internal Medicine of West Haven
Dr. S. Gottiparthy
764 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 203.931.0034
345 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 203.503.0450
Hospital Emergency Departments for acute health problems that cannot wait until morning.
Yale New Haven Hospital 20 York St., New Haven, CT 203.688.2222
Yale New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael’s Campus
1450 Chapel St., New Haven, CT
300 Seaside Ave., Milford, CT 203.876.4000
If dental care is needed, please contact Health Services during regular business hours at which time a listing of local dentists can be obtained or visit the University of New Haven Dental Center.
There are several local pharmacies near the University including:
Campbell Ave., West Haven CT 203.931.1190
Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 203.932.9311
Boston Post Road, Orange, CT 203.795.6001
Stop and Shop
Elm Street, West Haven, CT 203.931.9478
Elm Street, West Haven, CT 203.933.5260
Transportation to any of the urgent care centers is the responsibility of the student. Students may utilize private car, Connecticut Transit (public bus), or taxi (203.777.7777). If an ambulance is necessary for the transport due to severity of an illness or injury, patients will be taken directly to the emergency room. The University of New Haven Police will not transport any student for medical attention.
It is required that all full-time undergraduate and full-time international students have some form of health care coverage. Full-time domestic undergraduate students can opt out of University insurance by showing proof of insurance coverage. Before declining the University’s insurance, we ask that any out-of-state students check with their insurance carriers to ensure they are covered in Connecticut. International students cannot opt out of University insurance. Further information about the University-provided
medical insurance and opt-out options can be found on the Bursar’s Office webpage at newhaven.edu/bursar.
All students are required to show proof of the following immunizations prior to entering the University:
a. Proof of two (2) MMR’s = measles/mumps/ rubella. The first injection after your first birthday (if it is after 1/1/69 or thereafter) and a booster injection, or proof of immunity by blood test.
b. Varicella (chickenpox): (1) two valid doses of injection or (2) date of disease or (3) blood test proving immunity.
c. Blood Test providing proof of immunity is also acceptable.
d. All students living in campus housing must also provide documentation of a valid meningitis vaccine. Students will not be permitted to move into residence halls without providing proof of vaccination to Health Services. Note! Any meningitis vaccine given more than 5 years prior to arrival on campus, will require students to obtain a meningitis booster.
e. A meningitis vaccination is also required of all University of New Haven athletes (even if they are not living on campus).
f. Athletes must also show Sickle Cell Testing Results according to compliancy with the NCAA
Health Services maintains all medical records, which are confidential and cannot be released without the consent of the student.
Students who are graduating or who leave the University may want to request their medical records. State law requires that the University keep medical files for a period of seven (7) years after a student has left the institution.
After that time period, all records are destroyed. Please contact Health Services for further information regarding your medical records.
Health Services does not routinely issue medical excuses/absence notes for confirmation of illness. The medical staff will provide a medical excuse/absence note only if the student was treated in the Health Services Office, and the student must have been absent from class for three (3) or more days for medical reasons.
A student who is absent from class fewer than three (3) days for medical reasons should discuss the issue with their instructor or professor. If the instructor or professor requires a note for medical absence of fewer than 3 days, the instructor or professor must submit a written request on University letterhead to Health Services.
The Health Services medical staff will not provide an absence note for illnesses or problems for which it never provided care. Students who received care for an illness or injury from a private physician, emergency room or clinic in the community, should request an excuse note from that medical provider. A copy of that note should also be provided to Health Services for filing purposes.
Should you become ill and will be out of classes for several days – Complete the online Student Illness Notification Form – (www.newhaven.edu/illnessnotification). This form will be sent to Health Services to notify us of your illness or injury and our department will touch base with you to obtain additional information.
In the event of a long-term illness, a family emergency, death in the family, hospitalization, etc., students should contact the office. A staff member will then notify instructors/professors.
One Stop Office, Bergami Hall • 203.932.7475
The Office of University Immigration Services (UIS) provides document services and visa advising to the University’s diverse international student and scholar population, which includes enrolled graduate and undergraduate students as well as graduated international students for up to three years of OPT and STEM OPT, J-1 exchange students, and J-1 visiting scholars. UIS services the visa and immigration needs of these F-1 and J-1 students and scholars, their dependents, as well as other non-immigrant visaholders who seek advice.
UIS maintains institutional compliance with the various federal agencies related to F-1 certification and J-1 program designation while supporting individual international students and scholars in their compliance with federal regulations with regard to visa acquisition, employment authorization, maintaining visa status, and the various SEVIS record actions required during their visa life cycle.
UIS serves as a resource for faculty and staff when advising students at the intersection of academic life and visa status, and/or with the impact of federal regulations related to online study and full-time enrollment. International students should consult with UIS with any questions about employment to avoid inadvertently violating their visa status. Find answers about CPT and many other topics on our blue button menu at International Services - myCharger
Gerber Hall, Level 1 • 203.932.7427
The Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion assists the University in promoting cultural diversity, awareness, and sensitivity throughout the campus community. Its programs, services, and activities promote cultural identity and understanding within a multicultural environment.
Staff members can assist students with finding information about scholarships, internships, student leadership conferences, and other events that may be of interest to specific populations of students (i.e., women, students of color, members of the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) community.
The Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion presents activities and workshops and co-sponsors programs with departments such as the International Services Office, the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership, and Orientation, the Office of Residential Life, and various recognized student organizations. Workshop opportunities include the University of No Hate workshop series and Safe Zone 101. Faculty department chairs are also welcome to email the Director directly to ask about workshops on culturally competent faculty, microaggressions and implicit bias in the classroom, and many other topics. If there’s a specific event you would like to see, please let us know!
Leadership opportunities within the office include services as Diversity Peer Educators and student office assistants. The mission of the Diversity Peer Educators program is to generate a comfortable campus climate where students can accept themselves while discovering similarities and embracing differences within the community. They strive to serve as role models who challenge stereotypes and reject prejudices through advocacy, education and community building. Office assistants work with the Director to create and execute educational and social programming; work closely and cooperatively with staff, students and organizations toward the development of the office; and serve as informational resources for students.
Gatehouse, Room 100 • 203.479.4570
Visit our MyCharger Page under the Student Life Tab for more information
The Office of Graduate and International Student Life at The University of New Haven is the main hub for all Graduate and International Student needs, engagement, support, and services. We work to foster
an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure every student has a positive and enriching experience during their time with us. Formally known as The Office of Graduate Student Services and The International Students Office, our new office structure as of Summer 2021 will only strengthen and expand the services and engagement opportunities for all graduate and international students.
In addition, The Office of Graduate and International Student Life has numerous student leadership positions and opportunities for students to get involved on campus. Every year the office selects a diverse group of graduate students to serve as “Go-Getters” on the Graduate Engagement Team. There are also opportunities for students to be involved as a Graduate Student Orientation Leader or to get involved with one of the many positions available on the Graduate Student Council (GSC) which includes executive board positions, senate positions, or graduate student committees. You can also apply to be a peer mentor through the Campus Connections Program that pairs new students with current students to help with their transition to The University of New Haven.
Bartels Student Activity Center, 103 • 203.479.4858
The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services, resources, programs, and coaching to educate and support students on potential major and career options, connecting with resources to learn about careers, preparing students for experiential opportunities, helping students learn from and leverage their experiences into marketable skills, and guiding them through the internship, job, and graduate school application process. If it’s job or internship related, we can help!
The best way to connect with us is via our myCharger page, where you can make an appointment (online or in-person), see our schedule of workshops and events, and find our Resource Guides for resumes, cover letters, interviewing, LinkedIn, Job Searching, Internship Searching, International Student Resources, DEI Resources, and more.
Make an Appointment: Visit our myCharger page to access our Appointment Request Form to make an online (zoom) or in-person appointment for all of your career development, internship, and job searching needs. You are also welcome to drop into the office anytime!
Need a job? Access ChargerLink for full time, part time, on-campus, work study, and community work study positions. On-campus jobs are all posted in ChargerLink so check regularly for openings.
Internships: Visit ChargerLink to search internship postings, and to document your internship for registration. Once on your profile, click the gray ‘Internships’ button and fill out the online form. Once submitted, the form is routed to your faculty advisor to approve or decline for registration.
Resume/Cover Letter Review: Make an appointment and/or submit your documents for review via ChargerLink
Interview Training: Check out Big Interview, our video-based mock interview service where you can record your answers to interview questions and review for quality. You can even send the video to CDC staff, faculty, friends, or colleagues for a review. We also provide in-person mock interviews and interview training via appointments.
Career Fairs & Networking Events: We host four major career fairs every year, as well as a number of networking events, employer info sessions, on-campus interviews, and ‘Employers in Residence” to connect you to opportunity. Our large fairs include the Fall Career Expo, STEM Career Fair, Criminal Justice Industry Career Fair, and Healthcare Industry Fair. All events are posted to our ChargerLink calendar and shared via university email.
RSO Presentations & Collaborations: The CDC provides targeted workshops, seminars, and related programming for Recognized Student Organizations. Simply email us to request a collaboration and we can plan the event together.
Class Presentations: Chances are good you will see us in one or more of your classes for resume workshops, LinkedIn overviews, interview training, graduate school information, internship search strategies, and more. We partner with over 60 academic programs for in-class presentations.
This is just a sample of all we do to help you become career ready. If you have other questions about salary, benefits, job offer negotiation, labor market trends, skills employers seek, how to figure out what career is right for you, or anything else related to your post graduate success, reach out to us!
Bixler Hall, First Floor • 203.932.7076
The Office of Residential Life strives to create safe, supportive, inclusive, and engaged learning environments that enhance a student’s holistic development. It provides opportunities for students to create a community and implement a vision for their future.
The Office of Residential Life is committed to co-creating a student-centered environment that values curiosity and discovery, thoughtful and creative expression, authentic and equitable relationships, a sense of belonging and pride, and advocacy for self and others.
Bartels Hall, Level 4 • 203.479.4582
The Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation is responsible for initiating programs, activities, and services which serve the educational, social, and cultural needs of the University community. The office works cooperatively with the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA), Graduate Student Council (GSC), and other Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) to coordinate and plan such programs and serves as the primary administrative liaison and advisor to the USGA, medias, and Greek organizations. Many student programs as well as major University programs are also coordinated through this office, annual events such as Charge In, Welcome Week, Homecoming, Family Day, Spring Weekend, Senior Week, Commencement Ball, orientation programs, and the annual Awards Ceremony, at which the University recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the University community. CSELO is responsible for coordinating all undergraduate orientation programs. The office also coordinates Take Charge: the leadership development program.
As a student at the University of New Haven, you have the opportunity to enhance your University experience by participating in or leading a student organization. With a variety of interest areas, you can choose an already existing organization or start your own; the possibilities are endless. If you are interested in learning more about the Recognized Student Organizations, check out the CSELO website at www.newhaven.edu/cselo
You can access all the RSO Policies by visiting Charger Connection and opening the “RSO Handbook” under Campus Links.
• In the RSO Handbook, you will find policies for all Recognized Student Organizations to assist in guiding your RSO. The contract is in the RSO handbook
Ruden Street Building 19, Room 005
The University of New Haven cares about its students. In response to the national trend of food insecurity amongst college students and the direct impact it has on our students, staff from the University of New Haven recognized the need and developed a plan to meet that need head on. The goal of these two campus resources is to provide support to current students in need of professional clothing, nonperishable food, and health & wellness products
The Student Employment Office (SEO) is located in Bergami Hall to the left of Dunkin Donuts. We offer services to students who are seeking on-campus employment opportunities while attending the University or have already acquired an on-campus position. Our mission is to exude attentive, knowledgeable and courteous customer service while providing an efficient employment process for the campus community. For more information, please see https://mycharger.newhaven.edu/web/mycharger/student-employment
Our primary responsibilities are:
• to equip students and supervisors with student employment guidelines and procedures
• promote employment opportunities for students
• verify employment eligibility
• regulate student employment practices
• monitor compliance with federal and state employment regulations
Charger Gymnasium • 203.932.7016
The University of New Haven has one of the most respected and successful NCAA Division II athletic programs in the country, with Charger teams combining to make over 135 post-season tournament appearances. The University is a member of the Northeast 10 Conference, one of the most prestigious and celebrated athletic conferences in the nation. Student-athletes have won numerous conferences, regional, and national awards, both athletically and academically. The University offers 17 varsity sports: baseball, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, football, men’s soccer, men’s indoor and outdoor track and field; women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s field hockey, women’s lacrosse,
women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and women’s volleyball.
In 2019-20, prior to spring athletic seasons being cut short, Charger athletics put together strong seasons in their fall and winter sports Football closed out the season with four straight wins to finish tied for best record in the NE10 Conference. Volleyball advanced to the NCAA East Regionals for the 14th consecutive season. Men’s Soccer beat rival Southern Connecticut for the first time since 1984. Women’s Soccer received the Platinum Team Ethics and Sportsmanship award, one of only five teams in the country. Field Hockey set a new program record for wins in a season. Cross Country had two student-athletes earn allconference honors. Women’s Basketball finished the year with 18 wins and advanced to the NE10 tournament quarterfinals. Men’s Basketball made an incredible run through the NE10 tournament and advanced the championship game for the second straight season. For more information about all the Charger Athletic programs, follow us on Twitter (@UNHChargers) and Instagram (@unhchargers).
Charger Gymnasium is located on the North Campus and is home to the University of New Haven men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs. It also serves as a practice facility for University of New Haven’s other varsity athletic teams and as a gathering place for large University-wide events. The Charger Athletics Center includes a full-size basketball court with seating for 1,000, which saw the installation of a brand-new floor and new bleachers during the summer of 2019. The building also houses the varsity athletic weight room, equipment room, administrative offices, and sports medicine facilities. Adjacent to the gymnasium are newly renovated tennis courts, a varsity softball field, Frank Vieira Field (baseball), and Kayo Field at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium, a multi-purpose field which is home to the Charger football and field hockey programs. The stadium includes newly installed blue and gold turf and a cutting-edge video display scoreboard.
Kathy Zolad Stadium is located on the Main Campus, adjacent to the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center. In the summer of 2007, the field underwent a $1.3 million transformation which saw the installation of a synthetic turf surface, new scoreboard, bleachers, press box, and fencing. In 2019, the field was replaced with new turf and an updated Chargers logo at midfield. The field is home to the men’s and women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse programs and serves as a practice facility for all of the Chargers’ varsity athletic programs as well as Club Sports and RECSports.
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center/Main Campus
ChargerREC’s mission is to engage the University of New Haven community in lifelong wellness, development, physical activity, and learning opportunities by providing comprehensive recreational programs, services, and facilities. ChargerREC encompasses the following programs and services: Intramural Sports, GroupX Classes, Club Sports, Adventure Recreation, Massage Therapy, Personal Training, and Special Events and Programs.
The home of ChargerREC is the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center; a 56,600-square-foot student recreation center that features multi-purpose group fitness studios; weight room & fitness center; racquetball courts; hardwood activity courts (for basketball, volleyball, and badminton); a multi-activity court (for basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, floor/roller hockey & various other activities); jogging track; juice bar; locker rooms (men’s, women’s & individual use) and lounge areas. In addition to the Beckerman Recreation Center, students have access to two turf fields (DellaCamera Stadium and Zolad Stadium) and the University of New Haven Tennis Courts.
During the academic year, the Beckerman Recreation Center membership fee for all current full-time and part-time University of New Haven students is included in their tuition package. University of New Haven faculty, staff, alumni, and family members are eligible to purchase memberships.
For more program information, hours, and policies, please visit our MyCharger Page at https://mycharger.newhaven.edu/web/mycharger/chargerrec
An Automated Teller Machine located near the Campus Bookstore and maintained by Wells Fargo Bank offers on-campus banking services.
There are a number of banks in the New Haven area, and each has several locations. The banks have similar policies regarding cashing or bouncing checks. They cash checks only for people who have accounts with them. If you write a check without sufficient funds to cover it, you will be charged a fee. Some banks require a minimum balance in a checking account; others charge a fee for each check written. You will be charged the printing costs for checks imprinted with your name and local address.
As an integral part of the One Stop Student Financial and Registrar Services Office, the Bursar's Office is responsible for all aspects of tuition billing, payment processing, and refunds.
The University of New Haven bills tuition, fees, and room and board charges by the semester. All bills are posted online in ePay, the University’s online billing and payment suite. Each time a new bill is available, students are notified through their university email account. Parents and families will only be emailed if they are set up as an Authorized User.
It is the responsibility of all University of New Haven students to pay their tuition and fee bills by the published due date. If payment is not received by the designated due date, students may be assessed a late fee as well as having a financial hold placed on their student account. Should a bill remain outstanding for an extended period of time, the account may be referred to an outside collection agency. Information regarding the University’s late payment policy can be found here.
Tuition may be refunded in full when a class is closed, full, canceled or when the university rejects the enrollment application. If a student chooses to drop out or withdraw from a course, tuition and other institutional charges will be refunded in accordance with the University’s refund policy.
The University may change, modify, cancel, or suspend its programs and operations in the University’s sole discretion in the event of causes beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to those relating to, arising from, or in connection with fire, floods, embargoes, war, acts of war, terrorism, acts of civil or military authority, insurrections, riots, demonstrations, strikes, lockouts or other labor disturbances, acts of God, natural disasters, epidemics, pandemics, disease outbreaks, public health crises, or acts, regulations, orders, decrees, or laws of any local, state, or federal government (each a “Force Majeure Event”). The decision to change, modify, cancel, or suspend its programs and operations shall be made at the discretion and judgment of the University. If a Force Majeure Event occurs, the University shall not be held liable or responsible, nor be deemed to be have defaulted under or breached any contractual obligations, for failing or delaying in fulfilling or performing any services or contractual duty, and students will not be entitled to a refund of tuition, fees, or any other costs in the event the University’s programs or operations, including but not limited to in-person classes and activities, are modified to provide alternative modes or methods of operation, suspended, cancelled, interrupted, or changed.
Main Campus • 203.932.7030
The Campus Bookstore, located near the Campus Center, is the main source for purchasing required course textbooks and academic supplies. Operated by Follett Higher Education Group, the Campus Bookstore also provides a full line of University of New Haven-imprinted clothing and merchandise,
greeting cards, candy, stamps, gifts, and school and residence hall supplies. Information regarding the return of books is posted in the Campus Bookstore. Hours are posted on the website at: https://www.bkstr.com/newhavenstore/home
One Stop Office, Bergami Hall • 203.932.7315
As an integral part of the One Stop Student Financial and Registrar Services Office, the Financial Aid Office is responsible for awarding federal, state, and institutional financial aid and advising students and families regarding their options for financing their education.
To be considered for financial aid, all students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, students may be required to submit appropriate tax documents as part of their application. Information on all sources and types of financial assistance, including grants and scholarships, loans, graduate assistantships, and work study programs, is available directly through the office and on the University website.
All students must reapply for financial aid each year. No aid sources are automatically renewed, and most require that application forms be submitted by January 1 for consideration for the following academic year.
It is the University of New Haven’s policy to award the most accurate financial aid package possible. The student is responsible for notifying the Financial Aid Office of any changes to his or her financial aid application. In addition, other University departments may provide information to the Financial Aid Office indicating a change. Please be advised that these changes may yield an adjustment to the student’s award. A revised award supersedes any previous award received. Some common reasons for revisions are:
• We determine that inaccurate information was reported on the FAFSA
• There are corrections or updates to the FAFSA following the completion of the Verification process
• You have a change in Housing Status (for example, on-campus to living off-campus)
• You change your Academic Status (for example, full-time to part-time)
• You have a change in major, enrollment, credits taken, or have Satisfactory Academic Progress deficiencies (More information regarding academic progress is in the next section.).
• You receive aid from other sources (for example, through local civic groups, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, State Scholarship Programs, Employee Tuition Remission, etc.)
NOTE: The University makes every effort to fit your Outside Scholarships into your financial aid package. Outside Scholarships do NOT include tuition exchange scholarships, any tuition remission benefits, vocational rehabilitation benefits, etc. These types of awards will be substituted dollar-for-dollar from any institutional grant, including merit scholarships.
Families who experience a significant change in income, marital status, loss of job, or encounter special circumstances that are affecting their current financial situation must submit a Special Circumstances Appeal Form and provide a detailed explanation of the situation along with supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Office. Further information on this process can be found here.
When students are entitled to a refund as a result of withdrawal from courses, refunds of charges and financial aid will be based on the institutional refund policy and on the Return of Title IV Funds calculation as required by Section 484B of the Higher Education Act. Federal regulations require that any unearned Title IV aid be returned to the program(s) that provided the funds. Please review the policy regarding the return of Title IV funds which is located on the financial aid website.
In accordance with federal regulations, all financial aid recipients are required to make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) towards their degree and be in good academic standing in order to remain eligible to receive federal and state financial aid each year. More information regarding the SAP policy can be found here.
Campus Bookstore, Lower Level
University of New Haven Emergency: 203.932.7070
Fire Department: 911
West Haven Police Emergency: 911
The University of New Haven Police Department is a fully sworn, accredited police department and is responsible for providing 24/7/365 police services to help ensure the personal safety of all University students, faculty, staff, and guests.
The department provides law enforcement protection on the campus and enforces local, state, and federal laws. Criminal incidents are investigated when reported or discovered. You are encouraged to report any incidents to the University of New Haven Police Department as soon as they occur.
The University of New Haven Police Department responds to emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, disputes, criminal complaints and personal injury accidents.
All members of the campus community are encouraged to download the LiveSafe App associated with the University of New Haven. With the LiveSafe app, you have a fast and direct connection to the University of New Haven Police Department, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Not just for emergencies, the app can help you and us be more pro-active in keeping everyone in our community safer.
Please note: LiveSafe replaces all previous public safety apps for the University of New Haven, and is available to both students and family members, as well as employees.
1. Download the app on your iPhone or Android.
2. Select "University of New Haven, Main Campus” as your affiliation.
3. Fill in your user profile.
4. You're set! Start using the app to stay safe every day.
Emergency telephone call boxes and blue phones are installed at key locations on campus for student safety. They may be found in parking lots including the Dental Hygiene and Echlin Hall lots, adjacent to the residence halls, at the North Campus, and elsewhere on campus. Students should familiarize themselves with their locations in the event that they need to use an emergency telephone.
In case of emergency, the emergency telephone may be activated by pressing the button on the front. A connection will be made to the University of New Haven Police Department. Once the phone is activated, there is a two-way connection which remains active, allowing the individual to speak with the dispatcher or monitor activity around the telephone to be monitored by the University of New Haven Police Department. In addition, when activated, a blue strobe light will continually flash to further identify the location of the emergency and an officer will respond to the location of the emergency telephone.
False activation of an emergency telephone has serious implications for student safety. Anyone involved in tampering with or falsely activating an emergency telephone will be subject to disciplinary action, a fine, possible expulsion from the University, and full prosecution under the laws of the State of Connecticut. Should a student witness a false activation of an emergency telephone, he or she should contact the University of New Haven Police immediately.
Immediate first aid is available to members of the University community and their guests by contacting the University Police Department or by calling 911.
If you find items of value in the buildings or on the grounds, please turn them in immediately to the University of New Haven Police Department. Students are urged to put their names on personal property, including textbooks. Serial numbers of items of value should also be recorded.
Employees or students who obtain protective or restraining orders against another individual listing campus locations as protected areas, must provide a copy of the order to the University of New Haven Police Department and Human Resources.
In keeping with state and federal laws concerning campus safety and security, the University maintains information related to campus crime statistics and security measures and these are provided annually to all current students and employees. The data is also available upon request to all prospective students and their families. This information is available on the University of New Haven website, and a hard copy may be obtained free of charge at the University of New Haven Police Department
One Stop office, Bergami Hall 143 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Posted on Campus Card Website
All students are issued a University of New Haven Campus Card. The card includes the following features: picture ID, 16-digit ISO number, proximity chip, access to online and in-house University of
New Haven library services, and optional paid access to dining, vending, and third-party vendor services. All students are required to have a current Campus Card and must keep the card with them when on campus to identify themselves as a member of the University of New Haven community. Some events may require ID to be displayed to gain entry. Once issued, the card is valid for 4 years or until you leave the University.
Your card is issued at no charge; however, the lost/damaged card replacement cost is $20. Lost cards will be replaced by the Campus Card Office in the Bergami One Stop. You can make lost/damaged card payment using Credit/Debit Card to pay for a replacement card
Your card should be treated as a debit card if you lose secure possession of the card, report it immediately. The University is not responsible for funds lost due to your card. If the card is lost, login to the LMS and deactivate your card immediately using the eAccounts module or report the loss to the Campus Card office during business hours at 203.932.7062.
Charger Cash can be used to make purchases at the University of New Haven Bookstore, on-campus vending machines, and several local businesses including Subway, CVS, 7-Eleven, Dunkin Donuts and other locations.
There are three ways to add money to the Charger Cash account on your card. (This account works at all locations that take the card, including Dining Services.) You may add money to your card online. You must log in eAccounts (we recommend using the mobile app (info found on our support site)) to use this method and pay with a credit or debit card (Visa/MasterCard). Your parents can also make guest deposits this way. You may also add money to the card by using the add value machines (located in the Marvin K Peterson Library) These machines take 1, 5, 10, and 20-dollar bills. Deposits may also be made by check to the Bursar’s Office. Payment by check is subject to verification of available funds.
One Stop Office, Bergami Hall • 203.932.7309
As an integral part of the One Stop Student Financial and Registrar Services Office, the Registrar’s Office serves as the primary keeper of student records and is committed to preserving the academic integrity of the institution. Their office is responsible for implementing policies, procedures and systems in support of class scheduling, registration, transfer course approval, final grading, degree auditing, maintenance of academic records, and graduation.
419 Boston Post Road (next to Subway) • 203.931.6028
The University of New Haven Dental Center provides preventive dental hygiene (examination, x-rays, cleanings, patient education, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and referral for continuing care) to students, other members of the University community, and the public. Students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program, under the guidance of licensed dental hygiene educators and dentists, provide these services. University of New Haven students receive preventive dental services at a reduced rate.
Appointments may be made on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall semester and on Monday through Thursday during the spring semester and first summer session. For more information or to make an appointment, call the Dental Center at 203.931.6028.
Veteran Student Center, Lower Level, Sheffield Hall • 203.931.2907
You did your part for our country, now the University of New Haven wants to do its part for you. With the Military and Veteran Services Team at University of New Haven, you’ll have all the support you need to achieve your goals for the next phase of your life. Our programs will help you excel in the classroom, connect with other military affiliated students, and give you clear access to all the services and resources to which you are entitled.
The Veteran Center offers a place for military affiliated students to gather between classes, use a computer and free printer, and learn about the plentiful resources available to veterans on campus and within the community. The Connecticut Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the New Haven Vet Center are available to meet students on campus to discuss these benefits and services.
The University is approved by the State Board of Higher Education for the education of veterans, and those receiving VA educational benefits, under the provisions of United States Code 89358. University of New Haven students who are veterans or are receiving VA educational benefits, should contact the VA Certifying Official (SCO) prior to enrolling and before the beginning of each semester to confirm enrollment information. It is important that the SCO has the VA required documentation to facilitate enrollment certification. This process will expedite processing under the educational program. Please email email@example.com with if you have any questions.
Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is an engaging and immersive course of study offered at the University of New Haven. It provides unparalleled leadership training that prepares students for success in any career field. All students are encouraged to take the first-year and sophomore classes as no military obligation is required. Students who fully enroll in the program will participate in physical training, classroom instruction, leadership lab experiences, and field training exercises in order to facilitate a hands-on approach to leadership development These lessons set students apart, physically, and mentally, and develop them into confident and competent leaders. Upon completion of the program the students are prepared to commission as Second Lieutenants (2LT) in the U.S. Army. They can serve in a myriad of branches (occupational specialties) across the Active Duty Army, U.S. Army reserve, and Army National Guard.
The AFROTC (Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps) program is available to University of New Haven students at Yale University’s main campus in New Haven. Through the AFROTC program, University of New Haven students, without paying extra tuition, can pursue a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force. The first-year student and sophomore courses carry no military obligation and are open to all students. Scholarships are also available for qualified students. These scholarships pay up to full tuition and fees, as well as money for books and a monthly tax-free stipend.
A full listing of academic policies and procedures can be found in the academic catalogs No one expects you to memorize every policy, but you should be familiar with what is here. You may run into a situation in which you’ll need to follow procedures outlined in this section.
In considering the role of students in institutional governance, the University is guided by one overriding principle namely, that individuals who are directly affected by decisions should have the opportunity to participate appropriately in making those decisions.
At the University of New Haven, students are represented on all major committees of governance. In addition, opportunities for collective expression are available through the Undergraduate Student Government Association, Evening Student Council, Graduate Student Council, and residence hall councils.
The University may, at its’ discretion, alter the method classes are delivered for any reason at any time. This amended delivery can include, but is not limited to, online classes, hybrid classes, and on ground classes.
The University of New Haven complies with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This act affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. All academic
records are stored in the Office of the Registrar. Financial Aid records are stored in the Office of Financial Aid. Students who may wish to review their records must request to do so in writing. The student’s current contact information must be provided in the written request.
A student’s permanent academic record includes official grades and transcripts. Other academic records include, but are not limited to admission application, transcripts from high schools or other institutions, exam scores, supporting documentation, and correspondence from other offices. Relevant documents are scanned to the student’s record in Banner and destroyed when they no longer have immediate administrative use.
More information about FERPA can be found on the website here: https://www.newhaven.edu/about/departments/registrar/ferpa/index.php
In accordance with federal regulations, the University of New Haven will follow all guidelines to determine a student’s location throughout their enrollment. The addresses that students enter on their formal application to the University will be the initial determinant of a student’s location.
Thereafter, the University will require all students to verify both a current local address of where the student will be physically located during the current year, and a permanent home address.
Students who subsequently relocate or change addresses must update their student record with the new location information within 10 days of the change of address. Please follow directions below to update information.
Important note if relocating during the course of a program: Students who are matriculated in an academic program that may allow them to pursue professional licensure or certification should keep in mind that licensing and certification requirements vary by state and that relocating during the course of a program to another state could impact whether that student can meet the eligibility requirements of that state. If students are considering relocating, they should contact their program advisor or department chair to check for licensure or certification eligibility requirements.
If you change your permanent home address, the following instructions should be followed:
Step 1: Log into MyCharger and click on the SSB icon.
Step 2: Click on Personal Information
Step 3: Click on Update Address and Phones
Step 4: Click on the “Current” link and update your information. Then, click Submit. To create a new address, click on the down arrow in the box located next to “Type of Address to Insert” and select type of new address.
The University of New Haven respects the right of its students to observe religious holidays that may necessitate their absence from class or from other required University-sponsored activities.
Students who wish to observe such holidays should not be penalized for their absence although, in academic courses, they are responsible for making up missed work. If a class, an assignment due date, or exam interferes with the observance of such a religious holiday, it is the student’s responsibility to notify their instructor, preferably at the beginning of the term, but otherwise at least two weeks before the holiday. In a similar vein, students who will not participate in other required activities due to religious observance should notify the staff or faculty member who oversees the program with the same lead-time. Although this policy appears in the Student Handbook, you may find a link in your syllabus to the religious policy. Should a student feel their right to observe a religious holiday was violated, the student has a right to appeal through the student grievance procedure which is found in the Student Handbook. There should no prejudicially effect for a student who avails themselves of the policy.
Please refer to the University catalog here: https://catalog.newhaven.edu/content.php?catoid=24&navoid=1615#attendance
Matters dealing with course grades should be handled between the student and their instructor. Occasionally students are confronted with classroom situations that may cause concern. Resolution of most problems may be achieved by discussing the matter with the instructor directly, which the student should do first. If the issue is not resolved at this level, please refer to “How to File a Grievance” in the University Policies section of this handbook.
Matters related to classroom disruptions should first be handled between the student and the faculty member. If issues cannot be resolved after an appropriate and timely dialogue, concerns may be forwarded to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary review.
Academic class standing is determined by the total number of credits successfully completed (including transfer credit awarded) as follows:
1–26 hours First Year
27–56 hours Sophomore
87+ hours Senior
Please refer to the University catalog here: https://catalog.newhaven.edu/content.php?catoid=25&navoid=1679#leave-of-absence
All students receiving financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office, and residential students should contact the Residential Life Office, before taking a leave of absence.
Please refer to the University catalog here: https://catalog.newhaven.edu/content.php?catoid=24&navoid=1615#withdrawal_from_the_university
The educational process is ideally conducted in an environment that encourages reasoned discourse, intellectual honesty, openness to constructive change, and respect for the rights of all individuals. The Student Code of Conduct is designed for the promotion and protection of such an environment at the University of New Haven.
As a University community, there are values and expectations that we all share which provide the framework for how we interact as individual members of the community and speak to who we are and what we stand for as a community.
As a Member of the University of New Haven Community:
1. I will strive for academic excellence. Striving for academic excellence means developing ways to motivate myself to reach my full academic potential, taking full advantage of University resources, and seeking experiential education opportunities to maximize my learning.
2. I will assume responsibility for my words, actions, and inaction. Assuming responsibility for my words, actions and inactions means considering consequences before acting, resolving issues in a non-violent manner, holding myself and others accountable for choices made and reflecting on my mistakes.
3. I will respect the dignity, rights, and property of all persons. Respecting the dignity, rights and property of all persons means ensuring that my actions reflect an appreciation for the uniqueness of all community members as well as a respect for individual and community property.
4. I will strive to appreciate, respect, and learn from others whose experiences and opinions are different from mine. Striving to appreciate and learn from others whose experiences and opinions are different from mine means actively seeking opportunities to exchange ideas and personal histories with others.
5. I will conduct my academic and personal life with integrity. Conducting my academic and personal life with integrity means authentically representing myself through my words and actions.
6. I will strive to contribute positively to the campus, local and global communities. Striving to contribute positively to the campus, local and global community means committing to being a proactive contributor whose community engagement reflects the goal of creating a better present and future for all.
The University embraces the philosophy that personal and academic freedom must be preserved and recognizes that the exercise of individual rights must be accompanied by an equal responsibility to assure that the same rights are not denied to others. By accepting membership in the University community, a student acquires the rights as well as the responsibilities of that community.
The University’s approach to student discipline is an educative and proactive one, to ensure the safety and security of all University community members. Discipline is the concern of the entire University community: student body, faculty, administration, and staff. Acting in the belief that representative student groups should share responsibility with other University personnel for administering campus policies and regulations, the University allows provisions in its disciplinary process for student involvement in the resolution of student conduct matters.
University students are recognized as being both citizens in the larger community and members of an academic community. In their roles as citizens, students are free to exercise their fundamental constitutional rights. Rights and responsibilities under local, state, and federal laws are neither abridged nor extended by status as a student at the University of New Haven. However, as members of the academic community, students are expected to fulfill all responsibilities which accompany their membership. When the educational purpose of the institution is affected by the conduct of students, the University must exercise its disciplinary responsibilities in accordance with the authority of the Board of Governors of the University of New Haven and local, state, and federal laws.
The administration of discipline for all students at the University is under the leadership of the Dean of Students or an appointed designee, who shall:
1. Determine the composition of Student Conduct Boards and Appeals Review Boards.
2. Determine whether the Student Conduct Board or Appeals Review Board should review cases.
3. Develop policies for the administration of the student conduct system and procedural rules for Student Conduct Board Hearings and Appeal Review Board proceedings that are consistent with provisions outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
Decisions made by the Student Conduct Board and/or Student Conduct Administrator shall be final, pending the appeal process. In the case of an appeal, the decision of the Appeals Review Board shall be final.
The University of New Haven Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on University premises, at University-sponsored activities, online, and off-campus. Each student shall be responsible for their conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, including without limitation conduct that may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment, and conduct that is not discovered until after a degree is awarded. The Student Code of Conduct shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending.
When students are alleged to have violated a law of the local community, state, or nation, the University will not request special consideration for those individuals because of their status as members of the University community. The office of the Dean of Students is available to inform students of sources of legal and other appropriate assistance. It should be noted that unlawful acts, civil or criminal, committed off or on campus are inconsistent with University standards and educational goals.
Students who are alleged to have committed, or have been convicted of committing, such acts may be subject to suspension, dismissal, and/or other sanctions at the discretion of the Dean of Students or designee. In the case of serious circumstances, when it has been determined that a clear and present danger to the University community exists, a decision may be made by the University without a hearing. There will be no appeal for this decision.
Students are responsible for the actions of their guests at all times, including at University-sponsored events on and off campus.
Prosecution of a student by federal, state, or local authorities will not preclude disciplinary action by the University. University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law, which is also a violation of the Code of Conduct. Certain proceedings under this Code of Conduct may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus, even if the student is cleared of such charges.
Effective with its publication, the material contained in this document shall serve as the official description of the student disciplinary system for the University of New Haven.
References to this disciplinary system contained in such other publications as the catalog, the Residential Life section of the Student Handbook, and the Housing Agreement shall be derived solely from this source.
In case of any conflicts or inconsistencies with any other rules, regulations, policies, and directives now existing, this Code of Conduct shall govern and shall be enforced by the University. The most current copy of University regulations will be found on the University’s website.
The following selected terms are defined to assist in the interpretation and understanding of the University’s Student Code of Conduct. This list is not intended to be a complete list of terms referenced in the Student Code of Conduct that might require interpretation or clarification. The Dean of Students or designee shall make the final determination on the definition of any terms found in the Student Code of Conduct.
“University” refers to the University of New Haven and all related campuses including all land, buildings, facilities, and other property owned, used, leased, or under the control of the University.
“Student” means all persons taking courses through the University, both full-time and part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies, and any online courses. Graduate students who serve as assistants or otherwise, and all other students employed part-time, are classified as students rather than as faculty or other University employees for the purposes of the Student Code of Conduct. The University/College retains conduct jurisdiction over students who choose to take a leave of absence, withdraw, or have graduated for any misconduct that occurred prior to the leave, withdrawal, or graduation. If sanctioned, a hold may be placed on the student’s ability to re-enroll [and/or obtain official transcripts and/or graduate] and all sanctions must be satisfied prior to re-enrollment eligibility. A person shall be considered a student during the period while the student is under suspension from the institution. The Student Code of Conduct applies at all locations where the University offers its educational programs.
“Faculty Member” means any person hired by the University to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the University to be a member of its faculty.
“University Official” includes any person employed or retained by the University and performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
“Member of the University community” refers to any person who is a student, faculty member, University official or any other person employed or retained by the University. The Dean of Students or designee shall provide the final determination of a person’s affiliation with the University.
“University Premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the University, including but not limited to off-campus facilities and adjacent streets and sidewalks
“University property” refers to all real and personal property owned or used by the University, including and without limitation to all such property in the possession of or subject to the control of the University.
“Group” refers to three (3) or more individuals who are associated with each other and who have not complied with University requirements for registration as an organization.
“Recognized Student Organization” means a group or association of students, which has complied with the requirements of recognition as enumerated by the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership, and Orientation.
“University-Sponsored Activity” means any activity, on or off campus, which is initiated, aided, authorized, participated in, or supervised by the University.
“Student Conduct Board” refers to person or persons authorized by the Dean of Students or designee to serve on the Board to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a rules violation has been committed.
“Student Conduct Administrator” means a University official authorized by the Dean of Students or designee to impose sanctions upon students found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct. The Dean may authorize a Student Conduct Administrator to serve simultaneously as a Student Conduct Administrator and the sole member or one of the members of the Student Conduct Board. The Dean may authorize the same Student Conduct Administrator to impose sanctions in all cases.
“Appeals Review Board” refers to any person or persons authorized by the Dean of Students or designee to consider an appeal from a student conduct determination as to whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct or from the sanctions imposed by the Student Conduct Administrator.
“Shall” is used in the imperative sense.
“May” is used in the permissive sense.
“Dean of Students” refers to any person designated by the University President to be responsible for the administration of the Student Code of Conduct.
“Policy” means the written regulations of the University as found in, but not limited to, the Student Code of Conduct, Student Handbook, University web page and computer use policy, and Graduate/Undergraduate Catalogs.
“Complainant” means any person who submits a charge alleging that a student violated this Student Code of Conduct. When a student believes that they have been a victim of another student’s misconduct, the student who believes they have been a victim will have the same rights under this Code as are provided to the Complainant, even if another member of the University community submitted the charge itself.
“Respondent” means any student accused of violating this Student Code of Conduct.
“Witness” refers to any person, any individual who has direct knowledge of an incident. Character witnesses are not part of the Student Conduct process. VII. Proscribed Conduct
Students are required to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects credit upon the University community and to model good citizenship in any community. Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article VII. Students who witness violations of University policy or procedures that are potentially harmful to the safety and well-being of other students may be charged with a violation or violations if they fail to remove themselves from such situations and/or report the incident to proper authorities. The following are examples of misconduct but are not intended to be an exhaustive listing:
1. Violation of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy
a. Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
b. Unauthorized Collaboration/Collusion
c. Plagiarism: Representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise or resubmitting one’s own work under false pretenses.
d. Fabrication: Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise
e. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this Policy, or otherwise facilitating academic dishonesty.
2. Actual or threatened abuse, physical assault, injury to persons or damage to property.
3. Violation of the Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy.
4. Harassment is the severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another individual that has the effect of:
a. Causing physical or emotional harm to the individual or damage to the individual’s property; and/or
b. Placing the individual in reasonable fear of harm to the individual and/or the individual’s property; and/or
c. Infringing on the rights of other University community members to fully participate in the programs, activities, and mission of the University.
d. Harassment or intimidation of persons involved in a University disciplinary hearing or of persons in authority who are in the process of discharging their responsibilities.
e. In determining whether an act constitutes harassment, the Student Conduct Administrator will consider the full context of the conduct, giving due consideration to the protection of University climate, individual rights, freedom of speech, academic freedom, and advocacy. Not every act that might be offensive to an individual or a group constitutes harassment and/or a violation of The Student Code of Conduct.
5. Violation of the University’s Hazing Policy.
6. Detaining anyone on University property in a room, building, or other area by force, threat, or intimidation or in any other way restricting their freedom of movement.
7. Disorderly conduct including behavior that causes inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, and/or any action which can reasonably be expected to disturb academic pursuits or to interfere with or infringe upon the privacy, rights, health, or safety of the University community.
8. Improper use of any electronic devices that causes disruption in the classroom, library, or any University-owned or University-operated facilities.
9. Disruption or obstruction of the teaching, research, or administrative functions, of the University.
10. Violation of the Substance Use Policy;
a. Use or possession of alcoholic beverages and the sale, delivery, or service to individuals under the age of 21 is prohibited by the University and Connecticut state law.
b. The presence, possession, or use of common source containers of alcoholic beverages (including but not limited to kegs, beer balls, other bulk containers requiring a tapping device or spigot, punch bowls, trash cans, or other containers used as punch bowls) by individuals or groups is prohibited. This includes common source containers at tailgate events on campus;
c. The consumption of alcohol or possession of an open container (i.e., bottles, cans, cups, squeeze bottles, etc.) is not permitted on University grounds and in public areas such as hallways, lobbies, stairwells, elevators, common areas, etc. with the exception of approved University sponsored events on campus. A closed container is defined as having the manufacturing seal intact;
d. The use or possession of alcohol stronger than 80 proof is prohibited;
e. Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is prohibited and subject to University and civil action
f. The manufacture, distribution, possession, sale, or misuse of any narcotic, cannabis, or controlled substance, including prescription drugs, is a violation of University regulations;
11. Violation of published University policies, rules, or regulations, including but not limited to policies published in the Student Handbook and on the MyCharger student portal.
12. Behaviors or activities that are reasonably deemed to endanger and/or jeopardize the health,
safety and/or well-being of self or others
13. Violation of fire, health, and safety regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, failure to comply with administrative building or residence hall evacuation procedures, tampering with fire protection apparatus, causing false fire alarms, arson, and unauthorized possession and/or use of prohibited items.
14. False reporting of emergency. This includes, but is not limited to the false reporting of a bomb, fire, or other emergency in any building, structure, or facility by means of activating a fire alarm or emergency telephone or in any other manner.
15. Destruction, vandalism, abuse, misuse, of other’s personal property including University property or facilities.
16. Theft includes, but is not limited to, attempted or actual theft of personal or University property, including goods, services and other valuables.
17. Unauthorized entry and/or presence in any University-owned building, facility, or property. This includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized possession, duplication, or misuse of keys/cards to any University premises.
18. Falsification, forgery, misuse, or modification of any University document, record, or instrument of identification. This includes, but is not limited to, transcripts, registration materials, withdrawal forms, grade reports, identification cards, timecards, absence excuses, applications, contracts, and agreements. It also includes furnishing false information to a University official, office, or disciplinary body.
19. Violation of local, state, or federal laws as stated in Article IV.
20. Interference or failure to comply with firefighters, police officers, student patrol, residential life staff, or other University employees engaged in the performance of their official duties.
21. Abuse of the disciplinary system, including but not limited to:
a. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Student Conduct Board;
b. Interruption of a disciplinary proceeding knowingly without cause;
c. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the disciplinary system;
d. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Student Conduct Board prior to and/or during the course of a disciplinary proceeding;
e. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the disciplinary system;
f. Failure to comply with sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code of Conduct.
22. Assisting and/or permitting another student or group to commit a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Students who are present and/or witness violations of the Student Code of Conduct may be held responsible, even if they are not directly involved in the violation itself, when they could reasonably remove themselves and/or report the situation.
23. Unauthorized use of the name or insignia of the University of New Haven.
24. Holding a raffle or lottery on campus property without proper University and other approval.
25. Violation of the University policy on solicitation or sale of material on campus.
26. Possession of any animal on University property, including residence halls, is prohibited. Exceptions include service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, approved University Police k9 animals, animals involved in approved research studies, pet fish in accordance with Residential Life policy, or University approved emotional support animals.
27. Retaliation against any University community member attempting to engage in an otherwise protected activity. Protected activity includes, but is not limited to, the following:
a. Full participation in the student conduct process, including reporting an incident that may implicate University policy, assisting in providing information relevant to the student conduct process, and/or acting in good faith to oppose conduct that constitutes a violation of University Policy.
b. The filing of or the participation in the review of a complaint related to the University Policy, whether or not such complaint is determined to be valid.
1. A complaint regarding an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct may be brought by any member of the University community or by a University official on behalf of the University.
2. Complaints must be prepared in writing and contain the following: Name(s) of the individual(s) involved, Alleged misconduct/behavior, and, Specific date(s), time(s), and location(s) of the alleged incident(s).
3. Complaints cannot be anonymous and must include the name(s), current contact information, and a local address of the individual(s) filing the complaint.
4. Complaints should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within 14 days, but generally must be filed no later than 90 days from the date of the incident to one of the following offices: Dean of Students, Residential Life, or University Police. Alleged violations of the Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy may be reported at any time and should comply with the
The respondent(s), shall each have the right to:
a. Review the completed investigation report, which includes all supporting documentation;
b. Be accompanied by an advisor during the portions of the hearing where the student is participating. An advisor must be a member of the University community, including but not limited to fellow students, faculty, or staff, who is not a lawyer or attorney. Advisors will not be appointed and will only be assigned to a party upon their request.
c. Respond to statements and other information present at the hearing.
d. Request a delay of hearing a due to extenuating circumstances. The decision to grant or deny any such request is at the discretion of the Dean of Students or designee.
e. Be notified of the information to be presented and to know the identity of witnesses who have been called by the hearing body to speak at the hearing.
f. Propose witnesses for the hearing in accordance with procedures
A University Hearing Officer will meet one-on-one with all respondents, and in some instances complainants and witnesses, to review matters involving alleged misconduct.
1. The hearing officer will provide the respondent with written notice of the charge(s) and a summary of the alleged behavior.
2. The respondent will be given a minimum of 48 hours from receipt of the written notice of charges to request a rescheduling of the hearing. Failure to attend the hearing will result in a decision being rendered in the matter, without the benefit of the student’s input. Student conduct communication is sent through the University of New Haven student email system. Students are responsible for checking their email regularly and are responsible for the content of these communications.
1. A fair and impartial investigation will be conducted by the hearing officer(s). The respondent and the reporting party, if applicable, may provide information in person and/or in writing to the Hearing Officer(s) such as names of relevant witnesses, witness statements and any documentation that may be relevant to the facts of the incident. The hearing officer will make reasonable efforts to obtain supporting documentation regarding the incident from other University entities or other resources.
2. At the meeting, the respondent(s) will have an opportunity to be heard and share their perspective of the alleged misconduct. At this time, the hearing officer will review available documentation/
evidence, including police reports, which are pertinent to the student conduct matter with the student.
3. After reviewing and analyzing all available relevant information, the hearing officer will make a determination on responsibility for violation(s) of the Student Code of Conduct by applying a preponderance of the evidence standard. Hearing officers may delay a decision if they are actively attempting to obtain information regarding the incident(s).
4. If the respondent is found responsible, the hearing officer may impose a disciplinary status (i.e., warning, probation, suspension, or expulsion) and/or administrative or educational sanction(s). When determining an appropriate outcome, the hearing officer will consider the nature of the incident and violation, prior disciplinary findings and outcomes, and any other relevant mitigating and/or aggravating factors
5. Findings resulting in a “warning” disciplinary status will not be referred to the Student Conduct Board, unless granted by the Dean of Students or designee. Students will maintain all appeal rights regardless of disciplinary status.
The Student Conduct Board hears cases that have either resulted in or have the potential to result in a status of Disciplinary Probation or higher. Members of the Student Conduct Board determine responsibility based on the preponderance of the evidence standard. For cases that result in a finding of responsibility, the Student Conduct Board will recommend sanctions. Sanctions can either be approved or modified by the Dean of Students or designee.
The Student Conduct Board consists of faculty, staff, and students. The Board has a maximum of five participating members, and must always maintain a student majority. The minimum quorum required to hold a hearing is three members. The Student Conduct Administrator or designee will serve as the nonvoting chairperson. The Student Conduct Board may appoint a student member to serve as chairperson during the hearing proceedings if appropriate.
1. Involved parties will be notified of the hearing no less than five (5) days and no more than fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled hearing.
2. The respondent(s) and the reporting party, if applicable, will receive written notification of the charges, time, and location of hearing, and participating Student Conduct Board members. All student conduct communication will be sent through the University of New Haven student email systems. Students are responsible for regularly checking their email and understanding the contents of the email.
Requests to postpone the Student Conduct Board Hearing must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled hearing date. The decision to grant or deny any such request is at the discretion of the Dean of Students or designee.
1. Formal rules of process, procedure, and/or technical rules of evidence, that are applied in criminal or civil court, are not used in these proceedings.
2. A hearing shall be conducted in private.
3. Admission of any person into the hearing proceedings shall be at the discretion of the hearing body, the Student Conduct Board. The hearing body shall have the authority to discharge or to remove any person whose presence is deemed unnecessary or disruptive to proceedings.
4. When a hearing involves more than one respondent, the Dean of Students or designee, at their discretion, may permit the Student Conduct Board Hearing regarding each student to be conducted either separately or jointly.
5. If a respondent and/or witness, after receiving notification, does not appear for a hearing, the hearing will proceed without the student(s).
6. Except as directed by the hearing body, the Advisor’s role in a hearing shall be limited to that of a consultant to the respondent. Communication between the advisor and student should not disturb hearing proceedings.
7. The identity of any witnesses, along with a summary of information expected to be provided by the witness, must be provided to the hearing body at least two business days before the hearing. The hearing body may elect not to permit one or more witnesses to participate in the hearing if the information they are expected to provide is not relevant to any material issue; is deemed unnecessarily redundant of information already in the record; and/or they were interviewed in connection with the investigation and the information they are expected to provide is already captured in the investigation report. The party proposing a witness is responsible for any communication with the witness regarding attendance at the hearing. University community members who serve as witnesses may receive official communication via University email and are responsible for regularly checking and understanding the contents of the email. The hearing body may request the attendance of witnesses not proposed by the parties. The hearing body cannot compel the attendance of witnesses at the hearing. Witness participation is limited, and witnesses will only be permitted to participate in designated portions of the hearing proceedings.
8. The respondent, hearing officer, and any witnesses will provide information to and answer questions from the hearing body. Questions will be directed to the Student Conduct Board Chair, and in conjunction with the Student Conduct Administrator, will determine whether the question is permissible. This method is used to preserve the educational tone of the hearing and to avoid the creation of an adversarial environment. The Chair and/or Student Conduct Administrator will make the final determination regarding the relevancy and appropriateness of a question.
9. Pertinent records, written statements, and information such as recordings images, and other relevant documents should be provided during the investigation stage of the process. Any additional information may be accepted for consideration by the hearing body at its discretion if such information was provided in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Information presented by a student during a hearing that indicates a potential violation of the Student Code of Conduct may be investigated at a future time.
10. The hearing body will review the final investigation report to determine whether: the investigation was conducted in a fair, impartial, and reliable manner; the information is sufficient to support the factual findings; and there is a rational basis, applying a preponderance of the evidence standard for the recommended findings regarding a potential violation of the Student Code of Conduct. In conducting this hearing, the hearing body may accept or reject the investigating Hearing Officer’s findings in whole or in part.
11. When a student respondent has been found responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct, the hearing body shall review the student conduct history, hear impact statements by the respondent, complainant (if applicable), and recommend appropriate sanction(s). Character references and/or letters of support are not accepted.
12. Following the hearing, the hearing body shall provide a recommendation to the Dean of Students or designee in writing, of its determination and of the sanction(s) imposed, if any. The Respondent(s) will receive a final determination in writing from the Student Conduct Administrator within five (5) business days of the conclusion of the hearing.
1. Introductions and Explanation of Hearing Proceedings
2. Reading of the Charges
3. Questions to Student Conduct Administrator
a. May include hearing logistics, case materials, and other procedural questions
4. Respondent Opening Statement
5. Questions from the Student Conduct Board, asked in the following order:
a. Questions for the Hearing Officer
b. Questions for the Reporting Party, if applicable
c. Questions for the Respondent(s)
d. Questions for the Witness(es)
6. Closing Statements, presented in the following order:
a. Respondent Closing/Impact Statement (optional)
Following closing statements, the hearing body will adjourn into a private deliberation to determine if the respondent(s) is responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct. If it is determined by the hearing body that there is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, then sanctions and disciplinary action may be imposed.
The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code:
1. Warning: A written notification signifying that a student has been found responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct and that additional violations of the University’s Student Code of Conduct may result in more severe disciplinary action.
2. Probation: Probation is a written notification that for a designated and specific amount of time a student must show a positive change in behavior and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found responsible for violating any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period. A disciplinary probation status may involve restrictions, conditions, or terms imposed for a definite period of time which may include, but are not limited to, ineligibility to participate in University activities or events, periodic contact or counseling with a designated member of the University community, restrictions on access to University facilities and/or housing areas, and change of housing assignment.
3. Loss of Privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time. Such action includes, but is not limited to, use of a specific University facility, campus motor vehicle parking and operating privileges, and social privileges. The Hearing Officer/Student Conduct Board must specify the date after which the student may regain these privileges.
4. Fines: Previously established and published fines may be imposed.
5. Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
6. Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, essays, service to the University, or other related discretionary assignments. A work project or special assignment imposed by a Student Conduct Board. Failure to complete a discretionary sanction by the date set by the Student Conduct Board will result in further disciplinary action and a hold being placed on the student’s account.
7. Parental/Guardian Notification: Notification to a student’s parents and/or guardians that the student has been involved in a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
8. Residence Hall Probation: Notification that a student’s behavior is unacceptable and has reached a level where removal from University housing is possible. Any further violations of University policy may result in immediate suspension from University operated residential facilities. Further violations of the Student Code of Conduct may result in suspension OR removal from the
9. Residence Hall Suspension: Prohibition of the student from living in or accessing the residence halls for a specified period of time. The student may not reapply for a residential room until the suspension has concluded. This sanction can include such measures as suspension from the halls for specified time periods, such as weekends.
10. Residence Hall Expulsion: Permanent prohibition of the student from living in or accessing the residence halls.
11. University Suspension: Separation of the student from the University for a definite period of time during which the student is excluded from classes, residence on campus, and all privileges and activities of the University. During a period of suspension, a student is not permitted on University property without the written permission of the Dean of Students. Suspension is recorded on the student’s academic record for the period of the suspension and removed upon completion of the suspension period. Upon termination of the suspension period, the student may petition the Dean of Students for reinstatement to their former student status; the Dean must approve readmission/reinstatement. The University reserves the right to readmit or deny readmission to a student following a period of suspension.
12. University Expulsion: Permanent termination of student status without the possibility of readmission to the University. An expelled student is not permitted on University property. A sanction of expulsion must be reviewed and approved by the Dean of Students and the President of the University before it becomes effective. Expulsion is recorded on the student’s academic record.
13. Revocation of Admission and/or Degree: Admission to or a degree awarded from the University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of University standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
14. Withholding of Degree: The University may withhold awarding of a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in this Student Code of Conduct, including completion of any sanctions imposed.
15. Sanctions Applicable to Student Clubs, Groups, and Organizations. If a recognized student organization violates a policy or regulation of the University or local, state, or federal law, one or more of the following sanctions may be imposed.
a. Those sanctions listed above in Article VII (B) 1–6.
b. Loss of selected rights and privileges for a specified period of time.
c. Deactivation, defined as the loss of all privileges, including University recognition, for a specified period of time.
16. Failure to Complete Sanctions. Failing to complete a student conduct sanction will result in a hold being placed on the student’s University record until the sanction as outlined by the student conduct administrator is completed. More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any
In each case where the determination has been made that a student and/or group or organization has violated the Student Code, the sanction(s) shall be determined and imposed by the Student Conduct Administrator. In cases in which persons other than, or in addition to, the Student Conduct Administrator have been authorized to serve as the Student Conduct Board, the recommendation of the Student Conduct Board shall be considered by the Student Conduct Administrator in determining and imposing sanctions. The Student Conduct Administrator is not limited to sanctions recommended by members of the Student Conduct Board. The Dean of Students or designee reserves the right to review and modify sanctions imposed by a Student Conduct Administrator or Student Conduct Board. Following the Student Conduct Board Hearing, the Student Conduct Board and the Student Conduct Administrator shall advise the Accused Student, group and/or organization (and a complaining student who believes they were the victim of another student’s violent conduct including sexual assault) in writing of its determination and of the sanction(s) imposed, if any.
Individuals found to be in violation of the specific conditions of their suspension or expulsion may be subject to further disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.
The Dean of Students or designee has the authority to determine when and by what means to notify parents or guardians when students under the age of 21 are found to have committed serious or repeated violations of University policies related to the possession, use, or distribution of alcohol or drugs. The Dean of Students or University Police may also notify parents or guardians of student health or safety emergencies. If University personnel perceive that a student is engaging in behavior that is a risk to themselves or others, the student may be transported to an emergency room for evaluation.
It is impossible to anticipate every circumstance under which the disciplinary authority of the University must be exercised. Also, it is possible that compelling circumstances may require that certain procedures normally afforded students be suspended by the University. Students who pose a serious risk of imminent harm (e.g., threats of violent acts against students and/or staff) may be expelled immediately. Additional information on Emergency Removals as it relates to the Sexual Misconduct Policy can be found here: Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy For All Faculty, Students, Employees, and Third-Parties (newhaven.edu)
1. In certain circumstances, the Dean of Students, or a designee, may impose an interim University or residence hall suspension prior to a Student Conduct Board Hearing. Interim suspension may be imposed only:
a. To ensure the safety and well-being of members of the University community or preservation of University property;
b. To ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or
c. When a student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the University.
2. The interim suspension may be imposed immediately, and the accused student shall have the opportunity for a preliminary hearing as soon as possible before the Dean of Students or designee. The preliminary hearing shall be concerned solely with:
a. Discussion of the nature of the charges.
b. Establishment of a date for a formal hearing which shall be scheduled within five (5) working days of the effective date of the interim suspension unless circumstances prevent, in which case a date will be established as soon as possible.
c. Whether the conduct and surrounding circumstances reasonably indicate that the continued presence of the student on the University premises poses a substantial and immediate threat to himself or herself or to others or the stability and continuance of normal University functions.
d. Provision of an opportunity for the student to show cause(s) why they should not be suspended.
3. During the interim suspension, a student shall be denied access to the residence halls and/or to the campus (including classes) and/or all other University activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Dean of Students or the Student Conduct Administrator may determine to be appropriate.
4. The interim suspension does not replace the regular process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule, up to and through a Student Conduct Board Hearing, if required.
5. Unless modified by the Dean, the student’s activities during the interim suspension are subject to the same restrictions and conditions set forth under regular suspension. Interim suspension shall continue until a hearing result in the reinstatement, suspension, or expulsion of the student.
6. If the Student Conduct Board recommends suspension or expulsion, the interim suspension shall continue during any period of appellate review.
7. If the Student Conduct Board recommends disciplinary action less severe than suspension, the period of interim suspension shall be lifted.
8. Unless the student is suspended or expelled from the University due to the hearing process, they will be assisted by the Provost’s Office in making up academic requirements, to the extent feasible. Students who violate the terms of any interim suspension shall be subject to further disciplinary action and possible arrest. The University reserves the right to continue the interim suspension of a student without a hearing in cases where off-campus legal action is pending against that student. The interim suspension
will continue until such time as the matter has been resolved through off-campus proceedings and a hearing before the Dean of Students or designee.
Students under interim suspension from the University and/ or residence halls pending a disciplinary hearing are not entitled to reimbursement of their tuition, housing, and other fees for the period of interim suspension.
If after six months, or within 30 days of the final disposition of a criminal case, there is no change in the status of interim suspension or interim residence hall suspension, the suspension shall become permanent and result in expulsion from the University or the residence halls. A student may apply for one or more extensions for periods of 90 days for good cause as determined by the University. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Dean of Students regarding any circumstances affecting their status.
A student under an interim suspension who withdraws prior to a disciplinary case being heard will not be permitted to return to the institution as a student in the future. A Permanent Administrative Withdrawal will be noted on the student’s transcript.
The respondent(s) may appeal, in writing, any student conduct outcome resulting in disciplinary action. Appeals must be submitted within five (5) business days of notification of the student conduct outcome. Violations of the Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy follow the grievance and appeal procedures set forth within that policy; please refer to that policy for more information. If no appeal is made within the prescribed time period, the original decision of the Hearing Officer or Student Conduct Board shall be final, conclusive, and effective immediately. Appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Student Conduct Administrator or their designee.
Appeals for Informal Hearings will be submitted and reviewed by the Dean of Students or designee.
Appeals will only be considered and reviewed based on the following grounds:
Procedural Error – A substantial procedural error by the University, Hearing Officer, or Student Conduct Board that is sufficient enough that it may have affected the outcome and findings of the original Hearing Officer and/or Board. Deviations from designated procedures will not be a basis for sustaining an appeal unless the appeal review determines that significant prejudice resulted from such deviation.
Insufficient Evidence/Information – There was a finding and/or outcome rendered without sufficient evidence or information to support a violation of the Student Code of Conduct occurred.
Severity of Sanction(s) Imposed – The sanction(s) imposed are not appropriate and/or consistent with similar violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
New Evidence/Information – There is relevant new evidence or information that was not reasonably available for the original Hearing Officer and may ultimately alter the original findings and outcomes imposed by the Hearing Officer.
If an appeal is granted, the Dean of Students or designee may exercise any of the following options:
• Accept, reject, or alter any and all parts of the original outcome;
• Request the Appeals Review Board to receive the appeal; or,
• Allow the initial Hearing Officer or Student Conduct Board to reconsider the original findings/outcomes;
If an appeal is denied, the matter shall be considered final, and all outcomes and sanctions are binding.
The board will only review the disciplinary outcome on the grounds as written in the submitted appeal, using the student’s conduct file, original hearing recording, and the appeal submission. The review board may recommend a change in the original decision to the Dean of Students. If an appeal is denied, the matter shall be considered final and binding upon all involved.
All records of disciplinary action are maintained confidentially in the Dean of Students Office. In cases that involve suspension or expulsion from the institution, the necessary academic and administrative departments are notified. Action involving expulsion from the University shall be recorded on the academic transcript. No one outside of the institution shall have access to a student’s disciplinary record, nor will the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students or designee disclose any information in these records without the written consent of the student involved except as may be provided in the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (described elsewhere in the Student Handbook) or as otherwise required by law. Unless otherwise defined by the student on the student permission form, access shall be defined as the ability to review records in the presence of a Student Conduct Administrator.
Students wishing to review their disciplinary records may do so by making a written request to the Dean of Students Office. Records will be made available within one (1) working day from the date of the request.
Students who believe that their disciplinary records contain information that is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of privacy or other rights should follow procedures described in the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 in order to correct them.
Disciplinary records shall be retained for a minimum period of seven (7) years from the date the student leaves the University. Records of suspension or expulsion shall be retained indefinitely.
1. Any question of interpretation or application of the Student Code shall be referred to the Dean of Students or his or her designee for final determination.
2. The Student Code shall be reviewed every two years under the direction of the Student Conduct Administrator.
University policies and procedures provide both a guideline and system of accountability to aid in establishing and maintaining personal and community standards.
The University will recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to individual’s sex, sexual orientation, race, color, personal appearance, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, marital status, ethnicity/national origin, ancestry, religion, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability (including but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of intellectual disorder, physical disability or learning disability) or any other conditions prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.
The University will ensure that promotional decisions are in accordance and consistent with principles of equal employment opportunity by imposing only valid requirements for opportunities. The University will ensure that all personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoff, company-sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, and social and recreational programs will be administered without regard to individual’s sex, sexual orientation, race, color, personal appearance, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, marital status, civil union status, ethnicity/national origin, ancestry, religion, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability (including but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history or intellectual disorder, physical disability or learning disability) or any other conditions prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.
If you have questions or concerns in regard to this policy contact Barbara Lawrence, Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Chief Diversity Officer, and Title IX Coordinator at 203.932.7269.
This policy applies to all members of the University community and provides information to University visitors, prospective students, and prospective employees. Furthermore, this Policy extends jurisdiction to all University locations, which function in an educational capacity, including, but not limited to, all indoor and outdoor areas on all University. This policy applies to any individual on campus property, including but not limited to students, employees, contractors, subcontractors, volunteers, visitors, and members of the public, and is applicable twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.
The University’s Gender Identity/Expression Policy delineates the policies and procedures regarding gender identity and gender expression. The University, and this policy, support an inclusive educational
environment, which respects individual identities and the right of an individual to express themselves within the University community.
This policy is intended to inform the University community of policies and procedures that support the freedom of expression for an individual’s gender identity. This policy provides chosen name protocols and outlines the circumstances where an individual’s legal name, or name of record, is still required.
For purposes of this policy, the following terms are defined below:
1. Gender Identity – One’s internal sense of being male, female, neither of these, nor other gender(s).i
2. Gender Expression – The physical manifestation of one’s gender identity through clothing, hairstyle, voice, body shape, etc. (typically referred to as masculine or feminine). Many transgender people seek to make their gender expression (how they look) match their gender identity (who they are), rather than their sex assigned at birth. Someone with a gender nonconforming gender expression may or may not be transgender.i
3. Assigned Sex at Birth (ASAB) – The assignment and classification of people as male, female, intersex, or another sex assigned at birth often based on physical anatomy at birth and/or karyotyping.i
4. Chosen Name – Chosen name is a name that a person chooses to use in place of their legal name or official name of record.i
5. Legal Name or Official Name of Record – is the name that identifies a person for legal, administrative, and other official purposes. A person's first legal name generally is the name of the person that was given for the purpose of registration of the birth, and which then appears on a birth certificate (see birth name) but may change subsequently.ii
6. University community member – includes any person who is a student, faculty member, or University official, and any other person employed or retained by the University.
7. University property – Please refer to the University’s Clery Act: Campus Safety & Security Policy (Policy 8601) for the definition of University property, specifically on-campus property, non-campus locations, and University controlled properties.
University community members are permitted to access University facilities that align with their gender identity. Access to campus facilities includes, but is not limited to, restrooms, locker rooms, and residence halls.
Incoming students may choose to identify a chosen first name on their application materials, as provided by the Admissions. Current students, upon matriculation, may notify the Registrar’s Office of a request to add a chosen first name to their University records. Similarly, University employees may request to add a chosen name to their University records through the Human Resources Department.
Chosen name forms are available in the Registrar’s Office and the Human Resources Department for students and employees, respectively. Chosen first names will replace or co-exist with legal first names in the following University information systems:
1. University issued identification cards (see procedure below)
2. Admissions and Recruiting
3. Student Information System, which includes:
a. Online Course Rosters
b. Unofficial Academic Transcripts
c. Student Listing Report
d. Housing and Disciplinary Reports
4. Blackboard Transact & Learn Systems
5. Degree Audit System
6. Display name for University email address
The University will periodically review the chosen name protocols with its information systems to ensure compliance with this policy. Changes will be made as necessary due to updates or modifications in regulation, costs, technical feasibility, or other factors.
The University has the right to reject the use of a chosen name if it is deemed incendiary or otherwise inappropriate.
The University of New Haven ID is for University identification only and cannot be used as a legal identification document. The University ID Card will feature an individual’s chosen name upon request. Students who request a new card to accommodate a change in chosen name must make a request in writing to the Dean of Students Office. To facilitate this request; students will then go to the Campus Card Office, to have their new ID card printed. The Dean of Students and Campus Card Offices will maintain a list of campus community members for whom a new ID card has been issued under this policy. Requests for information regarding who has been issued an ID Card under this policy must be made to the Dean of Student’s Office.
Employees who wish to obtain a new University ID card with a chosen name will follow the same procedure as above, however the initial request must be made to the Human Resources Department.
There are certain on-campus offices, and circumstances, which require the use of an individual’s legal name. The following offices, and circumstances, are listed below:
• Financial Aid Office, including Federal Work Study
• Student Employment Office, for all student workers
• Payroll Office
• Bursar’s Office, including the ePay system
• Registrar’s Office, including federal documentation and official academic transcripts
• Health Services, including health insurance
• Beckerman Recreation Center, specifically the contractual service agreement
• Campus Police, specifically any documentation that must be processed by the Police Department for the legal/court system and/or documentation related to parking, arrest paperwork, misdemeanor summonses, and/or infraction complaints.
• International Services Office, specifically immigration paperwork such as I-9 forms
• Residential Life, specifically any documents that constitute a legal contract or agreement
• Human Resources Office, including employment contracts, insurance documentation, etc.
University community members may use their chosen name within the following on-campus offices:
• Admissions and Recruiting
• Athletics, excluding medical documentation
• Beckerman Recreation Center, including intramural sign-up and participation
• Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation
• Counseling and Psychological Services
• Dean of Students Office
• Degree Audit Systems
• Health Services, specifically when requesting appointments/service within the office
• Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion
• Office of Alumni Relations (After Graduation)
• Online Course Rosters
• Register’s Office, specifically when requesting a preferred name on the diploma
• Residential Life, specifically when requesting gender-inclusive housing, or day to day business
• Student Information Services
• Student Mailroom
• University Email Display Name
• Unofficial Academic Transcripts
The University recognizes that to support its community members, it must coordinate many policies and procedures related to the expression of an individual’s identities within the community. Thus, the following is a collection of relevant documents and policies that are critical to the University’s efforts to minimize discrimination and encourage the freedom of expression on its campus:
a. Non-Discrimination Policy
b. Harassment and Bias-Motivated Offenses Policy
c. Freedom of Expression Policy
The University of New Haven is an academic community based on the principles of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Academic integrity is a core University value which ensures respect for the academic reputation of the University, its students, faculty and staff, and the degrees it confers.
The University expects that all students, graduate and undergraduate, will learn in an environment where they work independently in the pursuit of knowledge, conduct themselves in an honest and ethical manner and respect the intellectual work of others. Each member of the University community has a responsibility to be familiar with the definitions contained in, and adhere to, the Academic Integrity Policy.
The policy and procedures to follow apply to all University of New Haven students.
Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy include, but are not limited to, the following examples:
Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.” Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
1. Having unauthorized notes during an exam or quiz, or communication of information by any means concerning the content of an examination during or after the testing period to anyone who has not yet taken the examination. The only materials permitted during an exam are those that an instructor explicitly instructs students they may use.
2. Copying the work of another during a test or quiz.
3. Use of translation software such as Google Translate without instructor permission.
4. Obtaining or providing unauthorized prior knowledge of exam or quiz content.
5. Using another student’s work for an academic exercise or presenting the work of another as one’s own.
Use of generative artificial intelligence without instructor permission.
1. Using unauthorized materials or information from others for a take-home exam. It is expected that students do independent work for exams whether they are take-home or in class. Students are expected to comply with the guidelines set by the instructor.
2. Seeking, receiving, or giving aid during examinations through electronic means (e.g., use of web browsers, cell/smart phone/watch, email, text messaging, Bluetooth communications).
3. Purchasing papers, research, reports, etc. from commercial services or other individuals for use in any manner other than research for which the source of information is appropriately referenced in the student’s work.
1. Nonpermitted Collaboration. In some instances, instructors may indicate permitted forms of collaboration with other students. If the instructor does not indicate that collaboration is permitted, it should be understood that none is permitted. Students are encouraged to seek clarification from their instructors regarding the acceptable parameters for collaboration should they be in doubt regarding assignments that require group work. Acknowledgement of collaboration is required when presenting authorship of student work.
2. Study Groups and Tutoring. Academic integrity standards do not prohibit students from studying together or from tutoring each other if done in conformance with other provisions of this policy.
“Representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise or resubmitting one’s own work under false pretenses.”
1. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to:
a. Copying without proper citation from another student’s paper(s) partially or entirely or from any source, such as a book, article, notebook, video, or other source material, whether published or unpublished.
b. Purchasing or securing academic content from any source, to include term-paper vendors, generative artificial intelligence, and internet sources, and submitting that paper or specific portions of the paper as one’s own work.
c. Inserting a passage from the internet or any digital source into one’s paper without proper citation.
d. Copying data from another source without a proper citation.
e. Appropriating another person’s computer programming work for submission as an assignment.
f. Failing to attribute material that comes from other media sources or failing to obtain proper permission for the use of such material when creating a web page, film, musical composition, or other forms of presentation or artistic expression as a course assignment.
g. Any other appropriation of another’s intellectual property without proper attribution.
h. Submitting an assignment that was written during a prior semester or submitting the same assignment for more than one class simultaneously, including resubmitting all or substantial portions of previously written work for a current assignment, unless instructors in multiple courses are informed of and approve of the submission. Students should consult their instructors if they are unsure of what work of their own they may use in preparing an assignment. The student should assume that, unless the instructor specifically permits it, the use of work from one previous or simultaneous course to satisfy the expectations of another course will be perceived as deceptive, and in addition, the work so used fails to qualify as original work for the assignment.
i. Citing sources improperly, which includes, but is not limited to, failure to use quotation marks or other appropriate notation for direct quotes or for an author’s distinctive phrases, and following an author’s structure of writing and ideas, but rephrasing the sentences partially to give the impression that the whole passage reflects the student’s structure and ideas.
2. Guidance on proper citation may be found below or through other designated resources indicated by your academic department.
Resources on Proper Citation of Sources:
American Psychological Association. (2010)
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Author.
Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.).(2010) Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Gibaldi, J. (2009) MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. (7th ed.), New York: Modern Language Association.
Sources online (http://www.newhaven.edu/library/research-tools.php/)
Strunk, W., and E.B. White (2000). The Elements of Style (4th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Turabian, K.L. (2013) A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations (8th ed.), Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
“Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.” Fabrication includes:
1. Furnishing false information, distorting data, or failing to provide all necessary required information to the University’s advisor, registrar, admissions counselor, instructor, etc., for any academically related purpose.
2. Forging a signature to certify completion of a course assignment or a recommendation to graduate school or to employers, internship sponsors, or other sponsors of on or off-campus engagements.
3. Fabricating data in support of laboratory or field work, whether for course-related assignments or for non-course-related internally- or externally-funded, extracurricular, or co-curricular projects.
4. Misrepresenting one’s academic accomplishments.
5. Fabricating or falsifying a bibliography.
Knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this Policy,iv or otherwise facilitating academic dishonesty.
1. Examples include but are not limited to:
a. Providing to other students one’s own work or that of others with the reasonable expectation that these will be used for the purpose of cheating or plagiarism.
b. Maintaining a file of academic content with the reasonable expectation that these will be used for the purpose of cheating or plagiarism.
c. Unfairly advancing one’s academic position by hoarding, stealing, or damaging library materials.
d. Theft of other students’ academic content or textbooks for academic gain.
e. Placing another person’s academic content on the internet without his or her permission for academic gain.
2. The use of any electronic means to assist another without authorization is strictly prohibited. Copyright infringements shall be considered violations of the academic integrity policy. More information on copyright issues and copyright law can be found at: www.newhaven.edu/library/services/faculty/copyright.php.
1. Faculty are responsible for creating an educational environment where academic integrity is defined and understood, perhaps by referencing the University’s policy on academic integrity in their course syllabi and explaining, modeling, and reinforcing expectations for academic integrity and the consequences for violations.
2. Departments and/or instructors may choose to implement standards more stringent than those contained in this policy, provided they are clearly communicated to students.
1. Students are responsible for the completion of their own academic work and for encouraging their peers to act with integrity in all academic matters by:
a. Acting with honesty and integrity in all academic matters.
b. Learning the principles of ethical conduct and being familiar with and abiding by the definitions contained in the policy on academic integrity and any other policies established by their instructors, departments, and Colleges.
c. Informing the instructor or the Dean of Students if they become aware that any form of academic dishonesty has occurred.
d. Clarifying with the instructor/supervisor what their expectations are regarding proper conduct in the completion of assignments (e.g., collaboration, citations, use of study aids on examinations, etc.).
2. Individual students may report a violation of academic integrity to the Dean of Students who will forward the report to the appropriate academic department for investigation.
For instances of dishonesty in the context of non-course related research and other co-curricular academic projects (e.g., grant-funded research, internship placements, summer research fellowships, work study assignments in laboratory settings), the term “supervisor” may be substituted for the term “instructor” in the procedures to follow. For this policy, “supervisor” is defined as research supervisor, administrative supervisor, or a University official as defined in the Student Handbook.
Similarly, reference to a University official (e.g., Provost, Dean of Students) is interpreted to include “or designee” such that the policy or procedure being described may be applied to or carried out by the official’s designee.
The procedures below outline the process for adjudicating academic integrity violations only, and are unique to this process. Non-academic Code of Conduct violations follow the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook.
When an instructor or supervisor suspects, or receives an allegation, that a student has engaged in an act of academic dishonesty:
1. The instructor is encouraged to consult with his or her program coordinator, director, or chair regarding the alleged violation. This consultation is suggested so as to allow the instructor to clarify issues of procedure if necessary, and may provide a second opinion regarding the suspected violation.
2. The instructor and department chairperson together will speak with the student, if possible, and inform the student of the alleged violation and to gather more information, as necessary. The student will be provided with the option of accepting responsibility for the violation and the sanction, accepting responsibility but not the sanction, or not accepting responsibility. The instructor will then complete the Academic Integrity Online Submission Form and indicate the student’s decision in the narrative section. [If the student is not available for a conference or does not accept responsibility for the violation, this step may be skipped at this point, and will be addressed by the Dean of Students or the Student Conduct Administrator, per IV.B.3 below.] For violations reported to an instructor/ supervisor by others, the instructor will investigate the reported violation and its circumstances, documenting the findings, and then attempt to meet with the accused student to discuss the alleged violation.
3. The instructor and department chairperson will determine whether a violation has occurred and proceed as outlined in Section IV.B below. The student should be advised by the instructor/supervisor of the availability of an appeals procedure, as described below.
4. The instructor will report the violation to the Dean of Students, through the Academic Integrity Online Submission Form. Any supporting documentation will be electronically attached to the online form. Alternatively, a description of the violation and supporting documentation, if any (e.g., a copy of the assignment with plagiarized passages identified), must be provided to the Dean of Students by office mail or email. Notation should be made regarding what effort was made at remedial education with the accused student, and how the student was informed of the violation.
5. Time Limit. Note that violations discovered by an instructor/supervisor more than one year after the time of the alleged violations might not be subject to formal proceedings. Refer to section D.1.b. for guidance.
1. Instructors may choose to handle violations of academic integrity with the student at their own discretion, and report the outcome to the Dean of Students, preferably through the Academic Integrity Online Submission Form, accompanied by supporting documentation. The student will be notified of the placement of the form in the file by the Dean of Students if and when this occurs. (If a grade of “F” is given for a course, the instructor may notify the Registrar immediately, or may proceed normally to do so through on-line end-of-term grading.)
2. The first finding of a violation of academic integrity will result only in an academic penalty. It will be recorded as written warning, but not a code of conduct violation. Subsequent violations will be recorded in the student’s conduct record.
3. As necessary, the Dean of Students will consult with the instructor/supervisor who reported the violation to gather information about the events, the sanctions imposed by the instructor/supervisor, and the rationale for the sanctions. The Dean of Students may suggest alternative or additional courses of action to the instructor/supervisor, recognizing that the decision regarding the sanction remains the prerogative of the instructor/supervisor except in circumstances described in IV.E.3, IV.F.3, and IV.F.4 of this policy. If not completed previously by the reporting instructor/supervisor, the Dean will solicit the information required to complete Academic Integrity Online Submission Form.
4. The Dean of Students will consult the records of the student to determine if prior violations have been reported, and will notify the student in writing that a meeting with the Dean is necessary in order to discuss the reported violation with the student. If not done previously, the student will indicate whether they accept responsibility for the violation and/or sanction.
5. The Dean of Students will counsel the student on the consequences of the violation. If no sanction has been imposed by the instructor/supervisor, the Dean may determine what consequences are appropriate, in light of the consultations in steps 2 and 3 above and the student’s record. Generally, the sanction imposed by the instructor/ supervisor will be supported.
6. However, if the student a) does not accept responsibility for the violation, b) requests that the sanction imposed be reviewed, or c) requests that the Dean’s actions or other elements of the disciplinary procedure be reviewed, the Dean will counsel the student on the availability of further recourse through the Academic Integrity Board, as described below in section IV.D.1.
7. A student found responsible for their first violation of academic integrity will be required by the Dean of Students to participate in a training session and satisfactorily complete an educational module on Academic Integrity. Students who fail to complete the educational module will have a hold placed on their subsequent course registrations until the module is completed.
8. If, when the case is sent to the Dean of Students, it is determined that the student has a prior record of academic integrity policy violations, the Dean of Students will forward the case to the Academic Integrity Board for a hearing in order to determine whether additional consequences are appropriate.
9. If the case is closed following the Dean’s actions, the Dean will communicate as appropriate to the instructor/supervisor, the student, the Student Conduct Administrator, and other staff regarding the outcomes of the case, and will retain necessary records in the student’s conduct file.
a. The voting membership of the Academic Integrity Board will comprise seven (7) individuals from the University community:
• four (4) tenured or tenure track faculty members appointed by the Chair of the Faculty Senate for staggered two-year terms;
• one (1) administrative staff member appointed by the Dean of Students;
• and two (2) students in good academic standing (one  of graduate status appointed by the Graduate Student Council and one  of junior or senior status appointed by the Undergraduate Student Government Association).
b. The Student Conduct Administrator shall serve as the non-voting Chair of the Board. A pool of alternate members in each of the three categories above may be called upon by the Conduct Administrator in order to address temporary absences or issues of conflict of interest affecting specific cases. Judgments regarding conflict of interest are at the discretion of the Student Conduct Administrator.
2. Quorum. The necessary quorum for the AIB to hear cases and conduct its business shall be 4 of the 7 voting members, and will include at least 1 student member and at least 2 of the faculty members. In all cases, the number of faculty members must be greater than the number of student members student members may be dismissed by the Conduct Administrator as necessary to maintain a faculty majority. The Student Conduct Administrator must be present, in addition to the membership quorum defined above.
1. Submitting Appeals to the Academic Integrity Board
a. Format. An appeal brought to the AIB as indicated above in IV.B.6 must be prepared in writing through the Academic Integrity Online Submission Form. Appeals must contain (a) the name(s) of the individual(s) involved; (b) the circumstances of the complaint; and (c) supporting documentation if available, including specific dates, times, and locations. The student requesting the appeal (“student appellant”) will prepare a letter addressed to the AIB explaining the reasons for the appeal and the resolution sought. The Dean of Students is expected to determine that the materials assembled are ready for AIB review.
b. Timing. Appeals should be forwarded by the Dean of Students as soon as possible after the conference with the student (IV.B.5, preferably within 5 days.
Discoveries of violations a year or more after the date of the alleged violation typically will not be addressed formally through this procedure. In extraordinary circumstances, complaints may be accepted beyond this period, but reasons for doing so must be explained in the complaint. The Dean of Students will determine if a reported violation warrants an exception to the oneyear limit. Instructors/supervisors are encouraged to report violations upon discovery, regardless of their latency. Students so reported will be called by the Dean of Students to respond to the allegations described in the Academic Integrity Online Submission Form. The record of the reported violation will remain in the student’s file.
c. Scope of hearing. If the student appellant does not admit to the violation, the hearing will result in a finding regarding whether a violation has occurred. If the student appellant admits to the violation but disagrees with the sanction or with elements of procedure, the hearing will result in a recommendation regarding these issues alone. If the case is referred to the Board by the Dean of Students because of multiple violations, the hearing will result in a recommendation to the Dean regarding appropriate sanctions.
d. Notification. The student will be notified in writing that the appeal has been received by the Academic Integrity Board. A time shall be set for an Academic Integrity Board Hearing, not less than five nor more than thirty working days after the student has been notified. Maximum time limits for scheduling of Academic Integrity Board Hearings may be extended at the discretion of the Student Conduct Administrator.
e. Notice of hearing. The student appellant and instructor shall be notified of the date, time, and location of the hearing by electronic mail (delivered to the student’s and instructor’s University of New Haven email addresses of record,) at least 5 working days prior to the scheduled hearing. Both will be advised that the case file may be reviewed prior to the hearing in the Dean of Student’s office in the presence of the Dean.
f. Access to records. The student appellant shall have access to the evidence that may be used against him/ her. Access shall be defined as the ability to review records to be used in the hearing, and in the presence of a Student Conduct Administrator in the Dean of Students’ Office.
g. Hearing procedure. Academic Integrity Board Hearings shall be conducted according to the following guidelines:
i. Confidentiality. Academic Integrity Board Hearings normally shall be conducted in private. Findings and recommendations issued by, and discussions of, the AIB will be kept confidential.
ii. Attendance. The instructor, student appellant, and their advisors, if any (see “4” below), shall be allowed to attend the entire portion of the AIB hearing at which information is received (excluding deliberations). Admission of any other person to the AIB hearing shall be at the discretion of the Board and/or its Student Conduct Administrator.
iii. Multiple respondents. In AIB hearings involving more than one student appellant, the Student Conduct Administrator, in his or her discretion, may permit the Academic Integrity Board hearings concerning each student to be conducted either separately or jointly.
iv. Right to an advisor. The instructor/supervisor and the student appellant have the right to be assisted by an advisor they choose from among a pool of trained advisors as described below who is a full-time staff member of the University community, is not a faculty member, and is not an attorney. Each party is responsible for presenting his or her own information, and therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any AIB Hearing.
a. The advisory pool. The office of the Dean of Students will train and maintain a pool of approximately 5–10 full-time University of New Haven staff members to be available for service as advisors to those involved in AIB hearings. The advisors will be trained regarding this AI policy, the AIB hearing process, the role and conduct of advisors in the administration of this AI policy, protecting confidentiality, and related skills.
b. Selecting an advisor. The office of the Dean of Students will present the student or instructor/ supervisor, upon request, with the full list of available advisors, from which the student or instructor/supervisor will choose one. A student should select as an advisor a person whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the hearing because delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor. The Dean of Students office will contact the chosen advisor to arrange for their participation and to assure that no conflict of interest exists regarding their service as an advisor. If the chosen advisor is unavailable or unsuitable, the student or instructor/supervisor may choose another from the list following the same procedure.
v. Role of witnesses. The instructor/supervisor, the student appellant, and the Academic Integrity Board may arrange for witnesses to present pertinent information to the Board. Witnesses will provide information to and answer questions from the AIB. Questions may be asked by the student appellant and/or instructor/supervisor to be answered by each other or by other witnesses. Deviations from this procedure will be at the discretion of the Student Conduct Administrator. Questions of whether potentially relevant information and evidence will be received shall be resolved by the Student Conduct Administrator.
vi. Evidence. Pertinent records, exhibits, and written statements (including student impact statements) may be accepted as information for consideration by the Academic Integrity Board at the discretion of the Student Conduct Administrator.
vii. Rulings on hearing procedure. All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the Student Conduct Administrator.
viii. Majority decision. After that portion of the AIB Hearing concludes during which all available pertinent information has been received, the Board shall determine by majority vote the Board’s findings and recommendations regarding those elements of the appeal
in its scope as determined at IV.D.c above.
ix. Standard of proof. The Academic Integrity Board’s findings shall be made on the basis of a preponderance of evidence that the student appellant violated the Academic Integrity Policy.
x. Rules of evidence. Formal rules of process, procedure, and/or technical rules of evidence, such as are applied in criminal or civil court, are not used in Academic Integrity proceedings.
xi. Absence of parties. Absence of parties. If a student appellant, having been duly notified of a hearing, does not appear before the AIB for a scheduled hearing, the hearing may proceed or be rescheduled, depending on the Board’s judgment regarding the circumstances surrounding the failed appearance. Hearings may proceed without the instructor/supervisor in attendance. The student and instructor are expected to indicate to the Board, through a response to the notification at IV.D.e above, whether s/he intends to appear at the hearing.
xii. Participation in absentia. In exceptional circumstances, the Student Conduct Administrator shall consider allowing the use of technological means to allow the student to participate in the hearing. The Academic Integrity Board may accommodate concerns for the personal safety, well-being, and/or fears of confrontation of the instructor/supervisor, student appellant, and/or other witness during the hearing by providing separate facilities, by using a visual screen, and/or by permitting participation by telephone, videophone, closed circuit television, video conferencing, videotape, audiotape, written statement, or other means, where and as determined in the sole judgment of the Student Conduct Administrator to be appropriate.
There shall be a single verbatim record, such as a tape recording, of all Academic Integrity Board Hearings before an Academic Integrity Board (not including deliberations). Deliberations shall not be recorded.
The record shall be the property of the University and retained in the custody of the Student Conduct Administrator. No other recordings are permitted.
All findings of student responsibility for violations will be based only on the information presented before the hearing body, but previous action taken against students for violations of academic integrity will be used in the consideration of the recommended sanction in a given appeal, and in recommending sanctions to the Dean of Students in cases recommended to the Board by the Dean involving multiple sanctions, as required in IV.B.7.
The Student Conduct Administrator will so notify the parties to the case and to the Dean of Students. The decision of the Academic Integrity Board is advisory in nature; the AIB is not
authorized to impose sanctions.
If the Academic Integrity Board recommends changes to the faculty member’s sanctions, the faculty member will notify the Student Conduct Administrator of the faculty member’s decision regarding the recommendation within five (5) working days. The Student Conduct Administrator will so notify the parties to the case and the Dean of Students.
a. Student appeal of AI process or outcomes: appellants have the right to appeal to the Provost regarding negative findings or recommendations of the Academic Integrity Board or notice of the faculty member’s declining any Academic Integrity Board recommended change in sanctions within five (5) working days of receipt of the notice of the faculty member’s response. (See Section IV.F below)
b. Access to General Grievance Committee (GGC): The GGC does not serve as a forum for appeal of AI procedures or outcomes. Students retain their rights to pursue the grievance process, for reasons not related to the academic integrity issue, separate from the AI process. However, the AI process must be completed, including any appeal of the AI process under IV.D.6.a above, before any grievance may be pursued.
a. Generally, students may continue in their student status until the conclusion of academic integrity proceedings, defined as the final notification of sanctions or the outcome of the student’s appeal. Judgments regarding a student’s permission to remain enrolled, to continue registration for subsequent terms, or other elements of a student’s academic status are made by the Dean of Students in consultation with the Provost, the reporting instructor/supervisor, and others as appropriate.
b. Withdrawal from a course in which a student has been accused of an academic integrity violation does not protect a student from receiving an F in the course or from other sanctions, nor will a withdrawal stop further academic dishonesty proceedings. Withdrawal from the University or declaring a change of major likewise will not prevent the disciplinary proceedings or entry of violations in the student’s permanent record.
1. Sanctions. Dependent on the seriousness of the violation and the student’s record, sanctions for academic integrity violations may include the following:
a. From the instructor/supervisor: course-specific penalties including but not limited to grade penalties or failure for the entire course, or termination of the student’s employment in the University position in question.
b. From the Dean of Students and the Provost: range from disciplinary probation through expulsion or revocation of a degree/earned credential; termination of participation in research or the project in question, University support in research, change in course grade, and restitution for any stipends, research funds, or financial support.
2. The minimum sanctions for academic integrity violations will include participation in a training session and satisfactory completion of an educational module on Academic Integrity.
3. Sanctions for subsequent violations. Students found responsible for a second or subsequent violation will receive a minimum sanction of an F in a course (or termination from a co- or extracurricular project). Other sanctions also may be applied.
4. Additional penalties. Other penalties may be imposed by the University to include loss of membership in student organizations and honor societies; ineligibility to participate in study abroad, athletics, or other programs; and/or ineligibility to hold office in a student organization that receives University funds or uses University facilities. (Infractions of this policy that relate to research or other co- or extracurricular activity also may expose the student to civil or criminal proceedings.)
5. Allegations following withdrawal. Violations relating to course-specific performance reported after a student withdraws from the University or after a grade has been given for a course will result in the grade reverting to a “Grade Not Submitted” (GNS). A notation will be placed on the student’s academic record that an academic dishonesty case is pending. The student will have the right to a hearing before the Academic Integrity Board as outlined in this policy. Refer to section D.1.b on time limits.
6. Revocation of degree. Violations reported within a year of graduation may result in revocation of the student’s diploma. The grade given for the course in which the allegation has been made will revert to a “Grade Not Submitted” (GNS), and a notation will be placed on the student’s academic record that an academic dishonesty case is pending. The student will have the right to a hearing before the Academic Integrity Board as outlined in this policy.
7. Right to Appeal. Findings and recommendations reached by the Academic Integrity Board may be appealed to the Provost by the student or by the reporting instructor/supervisor. Appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Dean of Students’ Office within five (5) working days of the date of receipt of the original notification of sanction by the Dean. In extraordinary cases, the Provost may extend this time limit. Either party to the case is limited to one appeal to the Provost, within which all elements of the case will be reviewed, including a) whether the violation occurred, b) whether appropriate process was followed, and c) whether an appropriate sanction is to be applied.
8. Criteria for appeal. Appeals of findings and recommendations issued by the Academic Integrity Board shall be limited to a review of the actions taken by the Dean of Students and/or Conduct Administrator and to the verbatim record of the Academic Integrity Board Hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:
a. Fair process. To determine whether the AIB hearing was conducted fairly in light of the nature of the reported violation and information presented, and in conformity with the expectation that a reasonable opportunity will be afforded for the reporting instructor to prepare and to present information that the Academic Integrity Policy was violated, and giving the student appellant a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a response to the report. Deviations from designated procedures will not be a basis per se for sustaining an appeal unless the Provost determines that significant prejudice resulted from such deviation.
b. Factual basis. To determine whether the findings and recommendations issued regarding the student’s case were based on substantial information, that is, whether there were facts in the case that, if believed by the fact finder, were sufficient to establish that a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy occurred.
c. Appropriateness of sanction. To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed by the instructor/supervisor or the Dean of Students, or those supported by the Academic Integrity Board, were appropriate for the violation of the Academic Integrity Policy that the student was found to have committed.
d. New evidence. To consider new information or other relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing, sufficient to alter a finding, because such information and/or facts were not known or available to the appealing party at the time of the original AIB hearing.
9. Acting on an appeal Upon review of an appeal submitted by the student or instructor/supervisor and following consultation with the instructor/supervisor and staff as appropriate, the Provost will render a final decision on the case and act to implement the decision. No further appeals are possible. To the greatest extent possible, the Provost will honor the academic freedom and authority of the faculty member. The Provost will notify the parties to the case, the Student Conduct Administrator, the Dean of Students, and others, as necessary.
10. Provost’s discretion to intervene. Provost’s discretion to intervene. It is not necessary for either party to a case to submit an appeal to the Provost in order for the Provost to intervene in a case. While such unsolicited intervention is expected to be very rare, this discretion is necessary in order to protect the interests of the University and its constituents. A written rationale will be provided by the Provost for such action.
Records of academic dishonesty cases will be considered disciplinary (conduct) records after the first documented incident and will be maintained in the Office of the Dean of Students. All academic dishonesty records will be kept on file for a minimum period of seven (7) years from the date the student leaves the University. Records of suspension or expulsion shall be retained indefinitely.
This policy has been adapted from the Code of Academic Integrity and Acknowledging the Work of Others, prepared by the Office of the Dean of Faculty, Cornell University and used with permission;
Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures at Sacred Heart University, WPI, William Patterson College; and A Model Code of Academic Integrity by Gary Pavela.
I Pavela, G. (1997) Applying the power of association on campus: A model code of academic integrity. Journal of College and University Law, 24(1), pp 9 et seq. [journal online] available from www.jpo.umd.edu/docs/toomuch2_ wrk.pdf; Internet; accessed 30 January 2007.]
ii Based on Pavela, page 11. Note that Pavela’s qualifiers “intentionally and knowingly” have been dropped from the definition adopted for the University of New Haven policy.
iii Pavela, page 10. Note that the qualifier “intentionally” has been dropped from the definition adopted for the University of New Haven policy.
iv Pavela, page 10. Note that the qualifier “intentionally” has been dropped from the definition adopted for the University of New Haven policy.
v As defined in the Code of Conduct found in the Student Handbook
vi For purposes of this policy, “attorney” is defined as: a) an attorney who is admitted to practice law in Connecticut or in any other jurisdiction, regardless of whether the attorney is on active or inactive status, or b) an individual with a law degree, including without limitation a Juris Doctor or Master of Laws (L.L.M.), but who is not licensed or admitted to practice law. This definition has been drafted broadly to protect the University from any liability that could result from allegations that it condoned the unlawful practice of law by unlicensed attorneys, which is forbidden by Connecticut General Statutes § 51–88(a), and punishable under Connecticut General Statutes § 51–88(b), and Connecticut Practice Book § 2–44. Relatedly, the CT Professional Rule of Conduct § 1.18 addresses the obligations of attorneys regarding confidentiality that are relevant to the participation of attorneys in a University hearing process.
Research misconduct transcends honest errors and errors caused through negligence. The practices of making up data or results (fabrication), changing or misreporting data or results (falsification), and using the ideas or words of another person (plagiarism) all represent deception. These acts of misconduct not only undermine progress but the entire set of values on which the scientific enterprise rests1. RCR is applicable across all academic disciplines and areas of study.
Responsible conduct in research specifically prohibits the following:2
• Using another’s work for a research assignment or presenting the work of another as one’s own.
• Using unauthorized materials for a research assignment.
• Copying data from another source without a proper citation.
• Any other appropriation of another's intellectual property without proper attribution.
1 RCR tutorial created by the Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (at www.responsibleresearch.org/ accessed 10/16/2011) with the support of the National Science Foundation
2 University of New Haven Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures Effective 5/10/12
The IRB’s major role is to safeguard the rights and welfare of all human subjects who participate in research projects conducted by employees and students of the University of New Haven. All research projects involving human subjects or human material must be reviewed and approved by the IRB. All biomedical, social, and behavioral research projects are subject to the IRB.
The overall criteria for IRB approval are:
• The risks to subjects are minimized as much as possible.
• The risks to subjects are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits.
• The informed consent is adequate.
• Where appropriate, the research plan makes provisions for the safety of the subjects during the data collection process.
• Where appropriate, there are adequate provisions to protect the privacy of subjects and maintain confidentiality of data.
• Appropriate safeguards are included within the study to protect the rights and welfare of the vulnerable subjects.
• Unauthorized experiments are prohibited.
In order to comply with federal law, including the 1996 Animal Welfare Act, research facilities are required to maintain an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to oversee the use of live animals. The use of live non-human vertebrate animals requires approval by the University of New Haven IACUC. Use of live vertebrate animals by students for independent research requires the approval of both the project supervisor and the University of New Haven Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee prior to the start of research activities.
Overall criteria for IACUC approval are:
• The use of animals has scientific or educational merit and there is no suitable non-animal alternative.
• Proper housing for the animals is available and will be utilized.
• The animals will be treated humanely, with appropriate practices in place.
• Animals that are sacrificed at the conclusion of the use will be euthanized in an appropriate manner and the organisms disposed of appropriately.
• Preserved specimens and non-vertebrate animals do not require specific approval unless Department rules state otherwise.
Violations of RCR policy will be adjudicated in accordance with the relevant Academic Integrity policy.
All students who receive University or external support or credit for research projects will be required to take specialized RCR training before initiating the projects.
1RCR tutorial created by the Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (at http://www.responsibleresearch.org/ accessed 10/16/2011) with the support of the National Science Foundation DMR #0120967.
2University of New Haven Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures Effective 8/27/07.
Students may be employed by the University under a variety of circumstances administrative assistants, teaching assistants, tutors, research assistants, resident directors, coaches, work study positions, and others and also may serve on numerous committees that expose students to confidential or sensitive information. Student employment and participation on committees and other governance entities benefit both the student and the University. From an organizational perspective, the University’s reputation and effectiveness depend on the ability and intention of all employees to manage our data and records with care and discretion.
Managing the affairs of a University requires a wealth of information, which must be free to flow efficiently among those who need it to fulfill their responsibilities.
Student employees are accountable for safeguarding the privacy of all University employees, students, and external constituents. Regardless of its form (electronic, oral, written), information must be handled according to standards that are legal, ethical, and responsible.
For example, University employees are subject to provisions of these federal laws:
• Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
• Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)
• Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
• Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
There are additional regulations at the state level, as well as rules that govern educational institutions, financial aid administrators, student athletics administrators, personnel administrators, and so on.
Violations of these provisions by student employees endanger both the student and the University. More fundamentally, using information for unintended purposes, or publicizing information carelessly or maliciously, is simply wrong; such acts violate the trust we place in our employees to conduct themselves professionally and responsibly.
These general guidelines apply to the release of data and personally identifying information, regardless of its form:
1. Data regarding students, employees, finances, and operations should not be provided to nonUniversity employees without your supervisor’s permission. Some data are routinely provided to non-University of New Haven constituents your supervisor will instruct you on the proper handling of such information.
2. Data regarding students or employees should not be provided to the students or employees themselves, without authorization from one’s supervisor. Some information is provided routinely — your supervisor will instruct you on the proper handling of such information.
3. Information regarding a student can be revealed to specific individuals within the University (including other students) only on a strict “need-to-know basis” and should not be provided to the student’s parents or guardians or to any other individual outside the University without the student’s signed “Student Release – University Records and Information Form.” Your supervisor will instruct you on how to safeguard the privacy of student information as governed by university and government policy.
4. Information available to student employees or committee members through their University positions may not be used for personal gain, to provide ‘favors’ for friends or others, or for any other unintended use.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of types of information that may be governed by statute or by University policy, or that could be sensitive if mishandled:
• Any records from the University’s computer programs concerning students, faculty, and staff
• Student and employee disciplinary records
• Financial Aid records
• Employment records and other data maintained by Human Resources or Payroll
• Student and employee health records
• Telephone messages
• Home or cell telephone numbers
• Employee or student addresses
• Social Security numbers or other personally identifying data
• Student visa status or other immigration information
• Employee electronic calendars or contact information
• Email addresses
• Minutes or other records of confidential bodies (e.g., grievance or disciplinary committees of which students are members)
• Private conversations conducted in one’s office area
1. Unattended Machines – Desktop computers left unattended for more than a few minutes should be locked down, so that a password log-in is required for their continued use. Computers should be locked down or turned off at the end of the day.
2. Secure Access – Password access to computers or campus systems should be provided to students with great discretion, and on a “need-to-know” basis.
3. Setting Passwords – Passwords used to access University computers or systems should be set by office supervisors and should not be changed by others. Any required changes in passwords must be approved by the supervisor.
4. Remote Access – Access to the University’s systems and computers from remote locations (home, classrooms, dorms, etc.) by student employees should not occur, except with the explicit instruction by supervisors. Such access will be exceedingly rare, and will be in response to extraordinary need.
5. Personal Use of University Machines – University computers and technology provided to student employees to perform their jobs should not be used for personal use. Installation of non-University of New Haven applications and hardware is strictly forbidden.
1. Removal of Files – Student employees should not remove paper files, printouts, compact discs, DVDs, flash drives, or other records from the office where they are used without explicit instruction from the supervisor.
2. Offloading files – Files should not be downloaded to the student’s laptop, PDA, or other mobile device without instruction to do so. All files transported off of University systems should be password protected and/or properly encrypted.
1. Access “After Hours” – Student employees are not to enter University offices during hours the offices are not open, unless specifically instructed to do so by their supervisor. Campus Police
must be notified in writing if students will have access to offices without supervision.
2. Access by Non-Employees – Students who are not employed in a given office are not permitted in secure areas of that office without permission by the office supervisor. Students not employed in the office should not be permitted by computer or other file locations where sensitive information may be seen.
Seeking Guidance on Proper Procedure – Each office will have information relevant to its duties on the proper handling of sensitive data and other information. Further guidance is available on our website regarding our computer systems. The rule of thumb in all cases, however, is simple if you are in doubt, ask your supervisor for guidance
1. Reports by Students It is important that violations of this information management policy are addressed. If you witness others acting in a way that is contrary to this policy, you are to report your suspicion to your supervisor. If the suspected violation occurs in an office other than your own, you may report your suspicion to the supervisor of that office.
2. Failing to Report Witnessed Violations Failure to report violations you have witnessed may be interpreted as a willful violation of the policy of your own. Student employees may not aid another student employee in policy violation.
3. Supervisor’s Obligation to Report Violations Supervisors must report to the Dean of Students the nature of violations of this policy and the disciplinary action taken by the supervisor. The Dean of Students will counsel the supervisor on appropriate further action, if any.
1. Sanctions Violations of published information management policies may result in verbal reprimand and corrective counseling, written reprimand, or suspension/termination from University employment, at the discretion of the supervisor. The supervisor may take guidance from applicable statutes or other rules governing the information in question, as well as managerial judgment. Consultation with the Dean of Students is strongly encouraged (see B.3. above). In those cases wherein student conduct actions are anticipated, the student typically will be suspended from their University positions pending the outcome of the case in the student conduct system.
2. Records Violations are entered on the student’s conduct record and are subject to conduct procedures managed by the Dean of Students. Violations may be subject also to civil penalties as dictated by relevant statute. Prior violations are also recorded in the student’s file maintained by the Student Employment Office, and will be taken into account in the process of application to work in other University of New Haven offices.
The acceptable use policy governs the use of computers and networks on University of New Haven campuses. All users of the university network agree to adhere to the Acceptable Usage Policy by accessing our network.
Upon acceptance to the University, each student is assigned a University of New Haven network account. This login is used for a variety of purposes including Canvas, the University’s central record-keeping platform, email distribution lists, emergency warning notification systems, and others. Consistent with the goals of providing timely information and limiting the use of paper-based communication, the University deems its email system to be an official means of notification to staff and students, equivalent to registered mail. Students must review their University of New Haven email on a consistent and regular basis. The student may not establish a non-University of New Haven email address as their principal address for receipt of email from University of New Haven faculty, staff, or system-wide communication unless a given mechanism specifically encourages or provides for the use of non-University of New Haven addresses. Forwarding of mail from the student’s University of New Haven account to one’s commercial account is acceptable.
The campus network has been established to provide students of the University of New Haven free access to the Internet and email. It is a privilege, not a right, and should be used for academic purposes only. It is assumed that students will read and understand the guidelines for usage of the student email network. Ignorance of the guidelines set forth is no excuse.
The University residential network and email system may not be used for any of the following purposes. Violations may lead to loss of the student’s email account and further disciplinary action.
Individual’s network use is not to interfere with others’ use of the network. Users will not violate the network policies of any network accessed through their account. Network use at the University of New Haven will comply with all Federal and State laws, all University of New Haven policies, and all University of New Haven contracts. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
The network may not be used for illegal or unlawful purposes, including, but not limited to, copyright infringement, obscenity, libel, slander, fraud, defamation, plagiarism, harassment, intimidation, forgery, impersonation, illegal gambling, soliciting for illegal pyramid schemes, and computer tampering (i.e., spreading computer viruses).
Individuals using the network are not permitted to copy, transfer, rename, add, or delete information or programs belonging to others unless given express permission to do so by the owner. Failure to observe copyright or license agreements may result in disciplinary action by the University and/or legal action by the copyright owner. Please refer to the Office of Information Technology Copyrights and License Agreements Policy for more information.
Individuals should limit their personal use of the network. The University of New Haven allows limited personal use for communication with family and friends, independent learning, and public service. The University of New Haven prohibits use of network resources for mass unsolicited mailings, access for non-employees to University of New Haven resources or network facilities, commercial activity unless pre-approved by the University of New Haven and the dissemination of chain letters.
Individuals may not view, copy alter, or destroy data, software, documentation, or data communications belonging to the University of New Haven or another individual without authorized permission.
In the interest of maintaining network performance, users should limit the size of electronic mail attachments.
The network is not to be used for downloading personal applications or files, including but not limited to, music files, movies, games and any other file types deemed inappropriate by the University.
As stated in the Email Usage and Retention Policy #7010, “all messages and attachments, created, sent, or retrieved over the network are the property of the university and may be regarded as public information. The University of New Haven reserves the right to access the contents of any messages sent over its facilities if the university believes, in its sole judgment, that it has a business need to do so. All communications, including text and images, can be disclosed to law enforcement or other third parties without prior consent of the sender or the receiver.”
It is currently illegal to download or share copyrighted material (i.e., text, audio, or video) on the Internet without the copyright owner’s permission. The University of New Haven does not at this time block the usage of applications that may be used for this purpose. Any person using the University of New Haven network for illegal activity is responsible for any and all legal repercussions of such activity. The University reserves the right to block or disable any illegal user or any application being used for illegal purposes. Users may have their network access revoked if improper/illegal behavior does not cease.
As the University of New Haven network’s primary purpose is for educational uses, those applications receive highest bandwidth priority. Download/File Sharing applications and gaming applications receive lowest priority on the network.
Cell phones can be very disruptive to classes, presentations, productions, and other public events. As a matter of courtesy, the University of New Haven requests that all communication devices be turned off or disabled during all classes or public events. Individual discretion should be used in determining when exceptions should be made related to emergency personnel or situations.
The computers in the library are primarily to be used by the University of New Haven community for library research and study. Each computer has the Microsoft Office Suite, SPSS, and Internet connectivity to the campus network. Anyone using the library computers for other purposes may be asked to give up the workstation to someone waiting to do research. Library staff provide basic assistance with printing, word processing and other software programs such as MS Word, Excel, Canvas, and Blackboard that are available on library workstations. However, our primary service focus is on assistance with academic and library research. The computer labs at Echlin Hall, Buckman Hall, the Center for Learning Resources, and elsewhere on campus provide more expert assistance with computer software.
University of New Haven currently registered students, faculty, and staff members have priority in using library computer workstations. You will need to log onto the computer with your University of New Haven network account name and password. You may be asked to show a current University of New Haven ID card.
Alumni and other patrons 18 years of age and over may use the workstations to access U.S. Government Federal Depository Library materials on the Internet. We also provide on-site users access to the databases provided by the State, through researchIT CT. Please ask the Librarian at the Information Desk for assistance in logging onto the computer. Please be prepared to show a current picture ID card, such as a driver’s license, valid school ID, or passport. You will be asked to complete a sign-in sheet. As long as a computer is not needed by a University of New Haven student, faculty, or staff member, alumni and other patrons will be accommodated.
Currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff of the University of New Haven will need to swipe their University of New Haven ID card to release printouts at the computer dedicated to the print management system.
We encourage downloading information onto flash drives or emailing results to your accounts.
Headphones to use with the computers are available at the Circulation Desk.
All files are automatically deleted from the system and network hard drives of the library computers every night after closing. Computers automatically shut down 5 minutes prior to the Library’s closing time.
The Library reserves the right to impose time limitations on the use of Library computing resources.
Because of the high demand for computers in the MKP Library, we ask all users who wish to leave for more than 15 minutes to log off the computers to make them available for others. Any computer left logged in and vacant for more than 15 minutes may be rebooted.
Please do not leave personal belongings unattended at any time.
The Library assumes no responsibility for damages arising from the use of its computer and network operations.
The mission of the Marvin K. Peterson Library is to provide the University of New Haven community with state-of-the-art informational, research, and instructional materials, as well as services and facilities. Supporting scholarly endeavors and informational needs of our students and faculty and preserving library collections in those subject areas for use by future generations of scholars is necessary. The Library staff values and will maintain safe and comfortable conditions for library users and staff alike and create an environment conducive to serious intellectual work. In order to fulfill this mission for all members of the University community, we ask that those using the Library observe the following courtesies:
The Library environment must be conducive to research and study. Since cellular phones are commonplace, we expect cell phone users to be respectful of the rights of others and to help maintain a quiet environment while in the Library.
Owners of cell phones are expected to turn their cell phone ringers off or to turn the ringer to the lowest possible volume level or put them on vibrate, so as not to disturb others.
When using their cell phone, patrons are expected to move to a location away from fellow patrons so their conversations will not disturb those around them. Please move to the phone foyer at the entrance of the Library, to the Library Cafe, or to the lower level for your quiet, brief cell phone conversations. Cell phone users should talk softly and in a conversational tone.
The third-level reading room, Library Information Commons, all stairwells, stairwell landings, and all book stacks are off-limits for cell phone use
The Library environment must be conducive to research and study.
The Lower Level of the Marvin K. Peterson Library is designated as an area where discussion and group work are allowed at a normal conversational level not disruptive to others.
The Upper Level is designated as a “Quiet Study Floor” where no talking is permitted.
While working at any of the computers in the Library Information Commons on the Main Level, quiet conversations should not disturb others.
Other areas of the Library, such as the book and journal stacks, are areas where quiet conversations should not disturb others.
When necessary, please ask Library Staff for assistance.
Food and drink are allowed only in the Library Cafe located on the Main Level of the Library.
Beverages in closed containers are allowed throughout the Library.
Food in all other parts of the building is not permitted. The main reason is that spilled food and beverages can damage books, computers, journals, carpeting, and furniture. The crumbs and spills that are left behind attract ants, roaches, and mice, which are a serious health concern. We ask for your cooperation with this.
Patrons and staff alike are expected to treat each other with dignity and respect. Cordiality and collegiality are the accepted standard.
Some examples of behaviors that are NOT acceptable in the Library include:
• Raised voices
• Verbal abuse
• Becoming argumentative, belligerent, or disruptive
• Not leaving the Library at announced closing times whether planned or emergency in nature
• Entering posted staff areas without express permission of Library Staff
• Using emergency doors, exits, and stairwells in non-emergency situations
• Not following requests by Library Staff to cease disruptive and inappropriate behaviors.
Those who fail to follow the above policies will be asked by Library Staff either to comply or leave the library. A University of New Haven ID or another photo ID may be requested. Additional sanctions, including loss of library privileges and/or referral for disciplinary action to the Dean of Students, may be imposed on repeat offenders. Non-University of New Haven offenders may be barred from the library entirely. University of New Haven Police Department will be called whenever necessary.
This policy delineates the standard procedures and policies regarding all posting materials including but not limited to posters, flyers, yard signs, table tents, electronic communications, napkin holders, window clings and promotional materials.
1. This policy applies to all University and non-University groups using University facilities or grounds.
2. Construction/safety postings distributed by the Office of Facilities and or Campus Police are exempt from this policy.
The purpose of this policy is to manage the physical posting and advertising of materials on campus.
Postings include but are not limited to posters, flyers, yard signs, table tents, electronic communications, napkin holders, window clings and promotional materials.
All faculty, staff, students, Recognized Student Organizations, and non-University groups’ postings must first be stamped and approved by the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation prior to copying and posting.
1. Posters, flyers, promotional materials, and other forms of public announcement from private individuals or student organizations advertising private parties shall not be permitted on campus or in any campus publication.
2. Materials containing references or logos promoting the sale or consumption of alcohol are prohibited on campus and in any campus publication.
3. Materials containing references to violence or weapons, including but not limited to guns and knives.
4. Materials containing nudity, offensive language, or graphics.
5. Material from other Universities and college admission offices.
6. Outside vendors or advertisers are not permitted to post information in the Residence Halls.
Postings are permitted for a maximum of two weeks prior to the event and must be removed within 48 hours of event date.
Under no circumstances may postings be affixed on University or city signs, lamp posts, trees, buildings, walls, doors, fences, elevators, vehicles, or any location where the posting may impair safety or cause damage to University property (see Approved Locations 3031.3).
• Window postings need approval from the Executive Director, Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation in consultation with the Director of Campus Space Management. No decals, stickers or tape are permitted on windows, only window clings are permitted.
• Use only tacks on bulletin boards and painter’s tape on non-tackable boards.
• Approved flyers are only permitted on bulletin boards in locations listed below; materials cannot be posted on windows without permission from the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation.
• Flyers posted in places other than bulletin boards will be removed and sponsoring group will be notified of the violation.
• Yard signs are only permitted on grassy areas on campus with a maximum of 10-yard signs per event.
• Requests to hang banners should be noted within your EMS event request or by contacting the Facilities Operations Office. RSO banner content must be approved by the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation prior to posting.
Approved locations for Postings on University property are listed below:
1. Kaplan Hall – 2 total; 2 on 2nd floor
2. Bartels Campus Center – 3 total; 1 on back of each white board (1 by Information Desk, 1 by Dining Hall entrance), 1 on bulletin board stairwell
3. Bartels Campus Center Windows – Major special events may be advertised on the windows of this building using approved washable paint and permission from the CSELO.
4. Maxcy Hall – 3 total; 1 on 2nd floor 2 on 1st floor
5. Dodd’s Hall – 2 total; 2 on 2nd floor (by the doors)
6. Maxcy Quad – yard signs only
7. Residential Quad – yard signs only
8. Residence Halls (September-April), please bring 75 stamped copies to the Office of Residential Life located on the first floor of Bixler Hall (building #20 on the campus map) for approval/distribution
9. Bucknall Theater boxes (theater/gallery promo only)
10. Department boards must be maintained in accordance with these policy guidelines
11. Banner for Bartels Marketplace – hung off the railing on the mezzanine
12. Outdoor locked display cases – 2
Violations and Enforcement
Individuals, departments, Recognized Student Organizations and off-campus businesses or groups that violate the above policy will be notified of the posting violation via email, the second offense will result in loss of privileges for one month and a third offense will result in complete loss of posting privileges for one semester. The University will bill for any damage that occurs as a result of improper posting.
The Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation will be responsible for enforcement of this policy for Registered Student Organizations, Students or Outside Entities and Facilities Management will be responsible for enforcement with on campus departments (to include conference services groups).
The health and safety of all community members is the primary concern of the University of New Haven. The University is committed to encouraging all community members to call for medical assistance for themselves or others who may be require immediate medical attention due to the consumption of alcohol, drugs, or other medical emergencies
No student seeking medical treatment for alcohol or other drug use will be subject to University disciplinary action for the sole violation of using alcohol or other drugs. Educational interventions appropriate for the circumstances may be imposed. This policy shall also extend to a student seeking help for another student.
The University of New Haven works with students to maintain an environment where students can develop holistically. Our goal is to create a living and learning environment that supports healthy choices and lifestyles which enable students to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives. Students are supported in making informed, responsible decisions in accordance with CT State Law and University policies.
The University provides opportunities for students to:
• Become responsible citizens who make intentional decisions related to substance use.
• Reduce the effects of substance use that impact student success both in and out of the classroom.
• Empower individuals who can serve as advocates for reducing high-risk substance abuse on campus.
• Encourage social responsibility.
• Sponsor alternative substance free social events and programs.
• Teach intervention skills which focus on the responsibility to intervene when others are engaging in high-risk behaviors.
• Promote and publicize substance abuse intervention policies and education programs.
• Build relationships with student organizations and their leadership relative to their engagement of substance abuse issues on campus.
• Provide resources that will assist students who have substance abuse issues in developing a recovery plan.
• Find it acceptable to choose not to use substances.
• Refuse to condone excessive drinking or intoxication.
• Understand that intoxication or substance abuse is not an excuse for misconduct or infringing on the rights of others.
Students will work with the University community to:
• Encourage fellow students to make safe and healthy choices regarding alcohol use.
• Discourage substance use which negatively impacts the University community.
• Plan and implement substance free events on and off-campus.
• Respect and appreciate the decisions of peers not to use substances.
• Promote and advocate for a safe and caring environment where an individual can live and learn.
• Assume responsibility for their well-being and the well-being of their peers.
• Communicate that actions and inactions in regards to substance use will have a direct effect on their relationship with others and the University.
• Demonstrate responsible behavior.
Effective June 1, 2015, the West Haven and Orange Campuses are tobacco free, smoke free, and vape free
The University supports the idea that students, parent(s) or legal guardian(s), and the University are partners with responsibilities for the promotion of a healthy and positive educational experience for students. University disciplinary policies and procedures are designed to promote an environment conducive to student learning and growth while protecting the University community. It is the belief of the University that students benefit from discussions with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) about the effects of alcohol or use of controlled substances on their educational experience.
The University may notify parents/guardians of students, under the age of 21, who have been found in violation of the Substance Use Policy. Notification of parents/guardians will occur when, in the opinion of the Dean of Students or his/ her designee, violation is significant enough to indicate a greater level of care may be necessary to support the student.
It is our general practice to encourage a student to contact his or her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) prior to the University’s notification, however, there may be circumstances when contact will be initiated more rapidly.
University policies and procedures provide both a guideline and system of accountability to aid in establishing and maintaining personal and community standards.
In compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, the University of New Haven prohibits the possession, manufacture, sale, distribution, and unlawful use/abuse of any and all controlled substances and drugs. The University also abides by and enforces Connecticut State laws regarding alcohol (sec. 30-89, 30-89a) which state that only persons 21 years of age or older may buy, deliver, consume, possess, or transport alcoholic beverages, and outlines legal obligations for persons exercising dominion over dwelling units. The possession, sale, or use of powdered alcohol is a violation of Connecticut state law regardless of age effective October 1, 2015.
1. Use or possession of alcoholic beverages and the sale, delivery, or service to individuals under the age of 21 is prohibited by the University and Connecticut state law.
2. Any public or private use of alcohol by students that leads to intoxication, intrusive, destructive, or violent behavior is unacceptable to the University community and will be treated as a conduct matter. Intoxication is defined as the point where the quantity of alcohol a person consumes exceeds the individual’s tolerance for alcohol and impairs behavioral or physical abilities.
3. All students are responsible for discouraging alcohol-related behavior that is abusive to themselves or to others. Any effort to induce or force a student to drink against their expressed desire is prohibited. Students will be held accountable for their behavior at all times to include:
a. Instances when they themselves are under the influence of alcohol.
b. Instances when they are involved with an individual who is under the influence of alcohol.
4. Alcohol is not permitted in first-year residence halls or in rooms, suites, or apartments in which all residents are underage students.
5. Students and their guests who are 21 years of age or older may have alcohol in their living unit within the residence halls/apartments provided that:
a. The student of legal drinking age ensures that those residents of the living unit who are not of legal drinking age do not possess, consume, or serve alcohol.
b. Intoxicated individuals are not served.
c. There is no appearance of underage consumption.
d. Failure to enforce the above guidelines makes the host liable under the law, not only for serving alcohol illegally, but also for actions which the individual under the influence might take after leaving a room/apartment. Additionally, students involved will be referred to the University Conduct System for substance policy violations.
6. The consumption of alcohol or possession of an open container (i.e. bottles, cans, cups, squeeze bottles, etc.) is not permitted on University grounds and in public areas such as hallways, lobbies, stairwells, elevators, common areas, etc. with the exception of approved University sponsored
events on campus. A closed container is defined as having the manufacturing seal intact.
7. The presence, possession, or use of common source containers of alcoholic beverages (including but not limited to kegs, beer balls, other bulk containers requiring a tapping device or spigot, punch bowls, trash cans, or other containers used as punch bowls) by individuals or groups is prohibited. This includes common source containers at tailgate events on campus.
8. Contests (drinking games) involving the consumption of alcohol and possession of any paraphernalia related to such contests are prohibited and will be confiscated if found.
9. The use or possession of funnels to consume alcohol is prohibited.
10. The use or possession of alcohol stronger than 80 proof is prohibited.
11. Alcohol is prohibited on any athletic field and at all athletic events, with the exception of Universitysponsored receptions
12. Receptions held in academic buildings are the responsibility of the academic departments sponsoring the event and must be in compliance with all state laws and University regulations.
13. Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is prohibited and subject to University and civil action.
14. Violations of the Substance Use Policy posted on the internet (Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc.) may be subject to disciplinary action.
15. Violations of the Substance Use Policy will be referred to the University Conduct System.
16. Questions that involve employees’ use or abuse of alcohol should be directed to the Human Resources Office.
1. While alcoholic beverages are generally not permitted at student events, special requests from student groups, clubs, and organizations for alcohol service (beer and wine only) at a campus event must be made in writing to the Senior Associate Dean of Students at least three (3) weeks in advance of the event. There will be no exceptions to the three (3) weeks in advance requirement.
2. The Registered Student Organization must submit a Web Request through the Event Management System (EMS) to facilitate a special request to serve alcohol at an event
3. An approved request to serve alcohol within the EMS reservation constitutes an agreement between the sponsoring group hosting the event and the University. Any deviation from the terms outlined in the agreement will result in immediate termination of the event.
4. The group’s faculty or administrative adviser must be present during the entire event to ensure that the sponsoring group adheres to State and Federal law and University regulations.
5. The sale of alcohol is prohibited on campus except in the case of approved special events where the sale and service of alcohol is being conducted by the University Dining Services in accordance
with State law and University policy.
6. All alcohol served on campus shall be dispensed by the University Dining Services, with the exception of events held in the lower level German Club Bar.
7. Event planners must make provisions to check identification and to prevent the interaction between those using alcohol legally and underage persons by having a separate serving/consuming area. The serving and subsequent consumption of alcohol at registered events must be limited to a single defined area. Alcoholic beverages cannot be taken from the defined area. Sufficient space shall be designated for the service area to avoid congestion and related disruption.
8. Positive proof of age (a valid State issued photo I.D.) is required at any event at which alcohol is served and/or consumed.
9. The University requires that non-alcoholic beverages and food be served at all events where alcohol is present and encourages entertainment where appropriate.
10. There must be established time limits for the serving of alcohol at any event. It is advised that alcohol service/sale end one (1) hour prior to the end of the event. The Senior Associate Dean of Students and University Police may place limitations on the amount of alcohol permitted at any event. Any violation of limitations or restrictions on the amount of alcohol permitted at any event will be treated as a disciplinary matter in accordance with University conduct procedures.
11. Alcoholic beverages may not be offered as a prize, award, gift certificate or incentive by an individual, group, club, or organization.
12. No social event shall include any form of “drinking contest” in its activities or promotion.
13. Undergraduate Student Government Activity Fees may not be used for the purchase of alcohol.
14. University of New Haven students will be held responsible for the behavior of their guests at all University events.
15. Campus chapters of international and national organizations may have regulations that go beyond the University’s policy. The policies and procedures contained herein are the minimum requirements applicable to these organizations.
1. Vendor must agree in writing to cash sales only, collected by the vendor during the function. Open bars are prohibited.
2. Alcohol cannot be purchased with chapter funds (this includes USGA funds, chapter dues and offcampus bank accounts).
3. All off campus events with alcohol require that the organization uses buses to provide transportation to and from the venue, all students MUST take the buses as the only means of transportation.
4. A guest list must be submitted to the Office of Student Activities two (2) days prior to the event.
5. All organizations must complete an off-campus form through EMS and also complete a hold harmless form.
6. A University of New Haven advisor must be present at the event for the duration of the entire event.
7. The organization is highly encouraged to use party monitors. Party monitors are members of the organization (18 years or older) who are 100% alcohol free during the social event and hours leading up to the social event. They will help organize the logistics of the event such as: loading and unloading the buses, monitoring the event, and ensuring safety, and any other duties that are necessary during the event.
1. Posters, flyers, promotional materials, and other forms of public announcement from private individuals or student organizations advertising private parties shall not be permitted on campus or in any campus publication.
2. Posters, flyers, advertisements, announcements, and any other materials containing references or logos promoting the sale or consumption of alcohol or use of cannabis are prohibited on campus and in any campus publication.
The manufacture, distribution, possession, sale, or misuse of any narcotic, cannabis, or controlled substance, including prescription drugs, is a violation of University regulations. Intentionally or recklessly inhaling or ingesting substances that will alter a student's mental state is also prohibited. Cannabis products that contain THC are illegal under federal law and prohibited by University Policy. Cannabis products that do not contain any trace of THC such as CBD oil are permitted. A Connecticut Medical Marijuana card does not allow the use of cannabis on any University property. If students are in a location where others are using illegal drugs, they may be held responsible for the violation as well. Students who are suspected to have violated these regulations will be subject to University disciplinary action. In addition, the student may be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution in these matters according to federal, state and/or local criminal codes that pertain to illegal or controlled substances.
The University reserves the right to inspect student rooms and property if reasonable suspicion of illegal activity exists. Reasonable suspicion may be generated by, but is not limited to, observable substances or drug paraphernalia and/or the evidence of substance usage including the odor of marijuana.
To preserve the academic integrity and mission of the University of New Haven, University personnel will vigorously pursue investigations and enforcement of these policies. The University has developed this policy in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.
The University distributes a drug and alcohol policy statement to all members of the University community on a yearly basis. Copies are available from the Office of the Dean of Students, Human Resources policies and procedures intranet site, in course registration books, and in this Handbook.
BASICS Group: The BASICS Group is a two-session intervention intended to help those students who have reported incidences of underage, heavy alcohol use or cannabis use. The focus of the group is to help students reduce alcohol/cannabis consumption and problems that are caused and exacerbated by alcohol/cannabis use.
BASICS Individual: Students are assigned to meet individually with a therapist at the University of New Haven Counseling and Psychological Services Office. Referrals are intended for those students who have had repeated alcohol/substance use violations, and/or for students who are at great risk for future problems.
As of June 1, 2015, the University of New Haven will be Tobacco-Free, Smoke-Free, and Vape Free Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes, vapes and unregulated products will not be permitted on any property, building or space occupied by the University of New Haven including but not limited to that which is owned, leased, or managed on the Main Campus, North Campus, and Orange Campus.
This decision is based on the results of a 2014 survey of the University of New Haven community and the goal to create a healthier learning and work environment for our students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.
Research shows that tobacco is the number one cause of avoidable death in the United States, and by establishing a Tobacco-Free/Smoke-Free/Vape Free Campus we will reduce exposure to carcinogens and asthma triggers. This is important for many reasons, including the fact that the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act requires us to maintain an accessible campus which provides accommodation for students and employees with medical conditions, such as asthma, that are triggered by second-hand smoke. This decision also will eliminate the litter caused by improper disposal of cigarette butts and allow facilities staff to focus their efforts on other areas of campus.
Smoking and tobacco product use are prohibited in all facilities and areas of the University of New Haven campus. This includes but is not limited to all indoor and outdoor areas on the Main, North, Sawmill and Orange Campuses. This policy applies to any individual on campus property, including but not limited to: students, employees, contractors, subcontractors, volunteers, visitors, and members of the public, and is applicable twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.
Smoking and or Vaping. Inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying, or possessing any lighted or vaporized tobacco product, including cigarettes, vapes, cigars, pipe tobacco or any other lit tobacco products.
Tobacco Products. All forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigarillos, vaping devices, cigars, shisha, pipes, herbal cigarettes, water pipes (hookahs), electronic cigarettes (vaporizers), electronic hookahs, and all forms of smokeless tobacco including but not limited to:
• Chew: Tobacco placed between the cheek and gum or upper lip teeth
• Orbs: Nicotine-infused orbs consumed like breath mints
• Snuff: Fine-ground tobacco inhaled through the nose
• Snus: Ground tobacco in a tea bag-like sack kept between the cheek and teeth
• Sticks: Nicotine-infused sticks chewed like a toothpick
• Strips: Nicotine-infused strips that dissolve on the tongue
Tobacco Use. Personal use of any tobacco product, whether intended to be lit or not, which includes smoking and or vaping (as defined above) as well as the use of electronic cigarettes, vaping devices or any other device intended to simulate smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco, including snuff; chewing tobacco; smokeless tobacco; smokeless pouches; and other forms of loose-leaf tobacco, smokeless tobacco; and the use of unlit cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah or other devices using smoke and/or vaporizing products. This also includes use of any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contain tobacco flavoring, or deliver nicotine for any purpose other than cessation.
University of New Haven Controlled Properties. Any property, building or space occupied by the University of New Haven including but not limited to that which is owned, leased or managed.
Tobacco Free/Vape Free Areas. All common areas, classrooms, residence halls, elevators, hallways, University-owned and University-leased vehicles, personal vehicles while on University properties, restrooms, dining areas, conference and meeting rooms, all other enclosed areas on campus, garages, parking lots, outdoor grounds, quads, athletic fields, entrance and exit ways, and any other areas of the University campus.
For educational purposes, research involving tobacco or tobacco products may be approved as an exception to this policy. Permission must be granted by the Institutional Review Board and Health Services Office, prior to conducting any research. This is to ensure the health and safety of any participants. Theatrical performances that require smoking to keep the integrity of the production may also be an exception. Permission for such performances must be granted by the Dean of Students Office, University of New Haven Police Department, and the Campus Fire Marshall.
The responsibility for the enforcement and communication of this policy rests with all members of the University community. This policy applies equally to students, employees, and visitors. Those who violate the policy may be subject to disciplinary action through the Office of Human Resources or the Office of the Dean of Students.
Supervisors and managers on campus are responsible for leading by example and respectfully communicating the policy to employees, students, volunteers, and visitors.
Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors who observe individuals using tobacco product on University controlled property are encouraged and empowered to respectfully explain that its use is prohibited at University of New Haven and report the individual, if known, to Human Resources or the Office of the Dean of Students.
Installation of signage will be placed at appropriately designated entrances and exits of Main Campus, North Campus, and Orange Campus. Additional signage will be posted on entrances and exits to campus buildings and University owned and or leased vehicles.
All University of New Haven students, employees, contractors, subcontractors, volunteers, visitors, and members of the public are required to adhere to this policy.
Violations by students should be brought to the attention of the Office of the Dean of Students (203.932.7432), which will take appropriate educational or disciplinary action.
Violations by employees should be brought to the attention of the employee’s supervisor or the Office of Human Resources (203.932.7297), which will take appropriate action as necessary.
The University of New Haven generally endorses the use of progressive discipline, which is normally a four-step process. University management may elect to skip any of these steps depending on the severity of the violation. The four steps are:
1. Counseling with a verbal warning
2. Counseling with a written warning
3. Time off/Suspension
Violations by students in the ELS Center Program, in Charger Plaza, will be addressed by the ELS Center Director. Consequences for policy violations are explained in the ELS Handbook.
Violations by visitors/guest of the University should be brought to the attention of the hosting department/organization or University of New Haven Police Department (203.932.7014). The hosting department/organization and University of New Haven Police Department reserve the right to ask the visitor/guest to leave campus immediately.
Violations by vendors should be brought to the attention of the hosting department/organization or the Purchasing Department (203.932.7129).
The University of New Haven is committed to supporting all employees and students who wish to stop using tobacco or nicotine products. Assistance for faculty and staff to overcome tobacco or nicotine addiction is available through the University of New Haven health plan or the resources listed below. Student assistance is available through the Health Services Office, located on the ground level of Sheffield Hall.
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The University of New Haven is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all community members.
This policy applies to employees, students, contractors, vendors, and any visitors. This policy applies to any University of New Haven premise, and/or in any building under University control including branch campuses, satellite locations (including University of New Haven non-U.S. locations), and vehicles located on University of New Haven property.
All members of the University of New Haven community, including faculty, staff, and students, as well as visitors, are prohibited from possessing, using, or attempting to use firearms, explosives or weapons (hereafter collectively referred to as “weapons”) on the premises of the University or in any building under University control or at any University-sponsored event without the explicit authorization of the University
of New Haven’s Associate Vice President of Public Safety and Administrative Services, whether or not a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor.
Any device that shoots a bullet, pellet, flare, tranquilizer, spear dart, paintball, or other projectile, whether loaded or unloaded, including those powered by CO2. This includes, but is not limited to, guns, air guns, dart guns, pistols, revolvers, rifles, cannons, etc., and any ammunition for any such device.
A weapon is any object or substance which under the circumstances in which it is used is capable of causing injury, including without limitation, all firearms, facsimile firearms, ammunition, firearms accessories, empty holsters and magazines, electronic defense weapons, martial arts weapons, paintball guns, air guns, switchblade knives, or any knives with blades four or more inches in length, swords, bows and arrows, hand grenades, brass knuckles, sling shots, dangerous materials and chemicals such as “mace” or teargas, but excluding normally available over- the-counter oleoresin capsicum (pepper based) deterrents.
Any chemical compound or mechanical mixture that contains any oxidizing and combustible units, or other ingredients, in such proportion, quantities or packing that an ignition by fire, friction, concussion, percussion, or detonator, or any part of the compound or mixture, may cause a sudden generation of highly heated gases that results in gaseous pressures capable of producing destructive efforts on contiguous objects or of destroying life or limb. This includes, but is not limited to, fireworks, firecrackers, black powder, dynamite, etc. as well as detonating devices such as detonators, blasting caps, timers, incendiary wire, and the like.
It is prohibited to possess weapons on property owned or controlled by The University of New Haven or at any University-sponsored event without the explicit authorization of the AVP of Public Safety, whether or not a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor.
The only exceptions to this policy are as follows:
1. All Connecticut police officers and sworn members of other agencies, including Federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA, and ATF in compliance with their professional designation who are actively employed by a law enforcement agency that has a work-related off-duty firearm carry requirement. All officers falling within this exception must also carry their department identification card as well as their department badge/shield.
2. Persons in the military in performance of their official duties to the extent they are legally permitted to possess weapons and with proper display of badge/authority.
3. Licensed faculty or staff who will be using weapons for training purposes. Such use must have received prior written approval by their College Dean, Provost, and Associate Vice President of Public Safety and Administrative Services.
4. University sanctioned groups or events where a particular weapon(s) is a required part of the curriculum or activity, i.e. martial arts classes/clubs; fencing classes/clubs; theatrical events, etc. Such use must have received prior written approval by their College Dean, Provost, and Associate Vice President of Public Safety and Administrative Services.
All University community members should immediately report unauthorized weapons to the University of New Haven Police Department at 203-932-7070.
Anyone possessing a weapon other than those in the exception categories will be asked to remove them from the campus or event immediately. They may also be subject to arrest and/or disciplinary action as discussed below. Exceptions to this policy may be requested in writing to the Associate Vice President of Public Safety and Administrative Services. Only under the most unusual circumstance would an exception be granted. Questions about the applicability of this policy to specific items may also be directed to the AVP of Public Safety.
Any student, faculty, or staff member violating this policy shall be subject to the disciplinary policies and procedures applicable to students, faculty, or staff. These measures may include up to and including termination from employment and/or expulsion from the University.
Additionally, possession of unlicensed firearms or weapons may lead to criminal prosecution by the appropriate jurisdiction.
The University of New Haven policy on hazing is applicable to all members of the University community and their guests.
Hazing is any action taken or situation created which produces mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. The University of New Haven policy on hazing is applicable to all members of the University community and their guests.
The University encourages students to form bonds, build a cohesive community and engage in activities that nurture and encourage friendship, tradition, positive self-esteem, and University pride. The term hazing is often misunderstood, and it is not always clear what activities constitute hazing. Hazing is an activity that is a perceived, suggested or forced condition of joining or maintaining membership in an organization. When in doubt it is in the best interest of the group to consult the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation, the Dean of Students Office, University Police, Athletics, their organization advisor, or other University officials to seek clarification. Please note that consent to
activities that constitute hazing is not a valid justification for the act. The University of New Haven policy on hazing is in compliance with Connecticut Statues, Section 53-23A
Activities that Violate the Hazing Policy:
Many behaviors and activities fall in the category of hazing; hazing can range from minor to severe forms of behavior and activities. Examples of hazing during the membership intake/new member process includes, but are not limited to:
1. Wearing matching uniforms for non-ritual activities
2. Marching/death marching/cutting corners/surfacing
3. Lining-up/locking-up in situations other than new member presentations
4. Social isolation/social probation/social restriction
5. Physical and or psychological shocks
6. Required to shave your head or other part of your body
7. Performing acts of servitude
8. Required to possess or carry certain items at all times
9. Depriving privileges granted to other members
10. Requiring/suggesting/asking new members to live together for the duration of their membership intake/ new member process
11. Food restrictions, consumption of alcohol/drugs or consumption of excessive amounts of liquid or food
12. Giving new members unreasonable time restrictions upon which they must complete a task or assigning menial tasks and assignments
13. Scavenger hunts, drop-offs, kidnappings
14. The use of blindfolds in activities other than the ritual ceremonies
15. Forced to undergo tattooing, piercing, or branding
16. Engaging in or simulating sexual acts
17. Engaging in sexually violent or sexually harassing behavior
18. Threatening or causing physical restraint or abuse (including but not limited to being held down, tied up, paddled, taped, or confined to a small space)
19. Being nude in a public or private space
20. Damaging, destroying, or stealing property
21. Acts that ridicule, embarrass, or humiliate a person whether in private or public
22. Any activity that would subject the person to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation
23. Participating in membership intake/new member activities past 11:45 p.m. that interfere with scholastic activities
Before engaging in any act, ask yourself these questions:
1. Did the incident involve physical abuse, sleep deprivation, physical strain, hitting / slapping?
2. Was alcohol consumed? Drugs?
3. Would I be willing to describe or share information about the event to University officials?
4. Would active or current members of the group refuse to participate in this activity with the new members and do exactly the same activity?
5. Would I object to this activity being photographed for the school newspaper or filmed by the local TV news crew?
6. Would I feel comfortable participating in this activity if my parents, professor, coach, or University official were watching?
7. Would we get in trouble if a University official walked by?
8. Was I being asked to keep non-ritual activities a secret?
9. Was I doing anything illegal?
10. Did participation violate my values, my organizations values, or the RSO Student and Advisor Handbook?
11. Did this activity cause emotional distress or stress of any kind to myself or others?
12. If someone was injured, would I feel comfortable being investigated by the police or insurance carrier?
Any member of the University community can report an act of hazing. Reports can be made to the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation, University Police, the Dean of Students Office, or the Athletic Department.
All allegations of hazing will be investigated by an appropriate University official. The investigation will consist of the gathering of information to determine whether the act of hazing has occurred. Once an allegation is made, the organization will be suspended from participating in all activities on campus,
representing the University in any capacity or organizing/hosting/co-hosting events on or off campus pending the conclusion of the investigation.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the University official will produce a finding as to if the policy was violated, and if so, impose a sanction, based on information gathered. If the investigation results in a sanction, several factors will be considered:
1. Nature of the offense
2. Severity of the harm or damage
3. The role of the organization/individual in the act & disciplinary history of the organization/individual
4. Truthfulness of the organization/individual during the investigation
The University also reserves the right to report the act to a law enforcement agency if necessary. Individual students found responsible for violating the hazing policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions as severe as suspension or expulsion from the University.
Any organization found responsible for violating the University policies on hazing will be subject to immediate disciplinary action. An organization desiring recognition after the specified period of time shall reapply for recognition through the established campus procedures.
If a student affiliated with an organization acts on behalf of the organization to commit an act of hazing, both the student and the organization shall be held liable for the action, and appropriate sanctions shall be imposed. For those organizations which hold national charters, any violations of this policy will result in notification to the national office by the Dean of Students Office.
At the University of New Haven, there is an expectation that all community members are committed to creating and supporting a climate which promotes civility, mutual respect, and open-mindedness. There also exists an understanding that along with the freedom of expression comes the responsibility to support community members’ right to live and work in an environment free from harassment and fear.
The University of New Haven community does not tolerate harassment directed toward any person or group, including students, employees, and visitors. It is expected that all members of the University will engage in anti-bias behavior and refrain from actions that intimidate, humiliate, or demean persons or groups or that undermine their security or self-esteem.
The University strictly prohibits making submission to harassment either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, performance appraisal, or evaluation of academic performance. The University also forbids harassment that has the effect of interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. All members of the University community are responsible for the maintenance of a social environment in which people are free to work and learn without fear of discrimination and abuse.
Anti-bias describes an active commitment to challenging stereotyping and forms of prejudice such as racism, religious bigotry, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and ableism.
Bias is an inclination or preference either for or against an individual or group that interferes with impartial judgment and is based on traits related to race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, or physical or mental ability, including learning and/or developmental disabilities and past/present history of a mental disorder or other category protected by state or federal law.
A bias-motivated incident is a behavior which involves an expression of hostility against the person or property of others because of traits related to their race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, or physical or mental ability, including learning and/or developmental disabilities and past/present history of a mental disorder or other category protected by state or federal law. Examples may include hate mail; threatening phone calls, voicemails, emails, instant messages, text messages; and the use of verbal or written slurs (including vandalism and information posted on social networking websites).
Harassment consists of abusive behavior directed toward an individual or group because of race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, or physical or mental ability, including learning and/or developmental disabilities and past/present history of a mental disorder or other category protected by state or federal law.
A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, ethnic group/ country of origin, religion, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, or physical or mental ability or other category protected by state or federal law. If the crime represents a threat to the safety of students or employees, the University will give a timely warning to the community, in accordance with the Clery Act (1990).
Hate speech is speech which is intended to intimidate, humiliate, demean, or incite violence or prejudicial action against persons or groups based on their race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, or other category protected by state or federal law.
Prejudice is having a preference for or an opinion about a particular subject, person, or group of people without having sufficient knowledge to justify that preference or opinion.
The University of New Haven will not tolerate harassment or bias-motivated incidents on the University’s campus.
Any person who believes that she or he is being harassed or otherwise subjected to discrimination as specified above is encouraged to immediately seek support from one of the following offices: Dean of Students, Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion, International Services, Accessibility Resources Center, University of New Haven Police Department, Campus Ministry, or Residential Life. Students are encouraged to file a report. Incidents will be referred to the Dean of Students Office where a written record of the report will be maintained.
To the extent possible, the University will treat all reports confidentially. A person who in good faith reports harassment or a bias-motivated incident shall not suffer retaliation. If, having made a report, a person subsequently believes that he or she has been subjected to retaliation, the person should immediately report it to any of the offices designated above.
The Student Conduct Administrator will investigate the incident, review the circumstances, and make a final determination of the case. If there is sufficient proof or documentation to identify the responsible party, he or she will be contacted by the Student Conduct Administrator as part of the investigation.
If it is determined that the motivation of the act is biased, discriminatory, or hate-driven, including behavior which injures persons or damages property, the Student Conduct Board will consider enhanced sanctions up to and including suspension or dismissal from the University. Additionally, if the act is judged to be criminal in nature, the incident is subject to police investigation and possible prosecution pursuant to Connecticut general statutes. Such acts will not be tolerated on the University of New Haven campus.
University of New Haven reserves the right to separate from the University anyone who is charged with or convicted of a hate crime, regardless of whether the underlying events occurred off campus.
The Charger Compact, the University of New Haven statement of our community values, states:
As a member of the University of New Haven community, I will strive for academic excellence, I will assume responsibility for my words, actions and inaction, I will respect the dignity, rights and property of all persons, I will strive to appreciate, respect and learn from others whose experiences and opinions are different from mine, I will conduct my academic and personal life with integrity and I will strive to contribute positively to the campus, local and global communities.
These values and expectations provide the framework for how we interact as individuals and speak to what we stand for as a University community.
Because the University of New Haven is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters, it guarantees all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn. Except insofar as limitations on that freedom are necessary to the functioning of the University of New Haven, the University fully respects and supports the freedom of all members of the University of New Haven community to discuss any problem that presents itself.
Of course, the ideas of different members of the University of New Haven community will often and quite naturally conflict. A foundation of the educational process is to provide students the opportunity to be exposed to diverse ideas and opinions. The University of New Haven greatly values civility, and all members of the University community share in the responsibility for maintaining a climate of mutual respect.
The University of New Haven’s fundamental commitment is to the principle that debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive or unsubstantiated. It is for the individual members of the University of New Haven community, not for the University of New Haven as an institution, to make those judgments for themselves, and to act on those judgments not by seeking to suppress speech, but by openly and vigorously contesting the ideas that they oppose. Indeed, fostering the ability of members of the University of New Haven community to engage in such debate and deliberation in an effective and responsible manner is an essential part of the University’s educational mission.
The freedom to debate and discuss the merits of competing ideas does not, of course, mean that individuals may say whatever they wish, wherever they wish. The University of New Haven may restrict expression that violates the law that falsely defames a specific individual that constitutes a genuine threat or harassment, that unjustifiably invades substantial privacy or confidentiality interests, or that is otherwise directly incompatible with the functioning of the University of New Haven. In addition, the University of New Haven may reasonably regulate the time, place, and manner of expression to ensure that it does not disrupt the ordinary activities of the University of New Haven. (See Student Demonstration and Protest Policy). However, these are narrow exceptions to the general principle of freedom of expression, and it is vitally important that these exceptions never be used in a manner that is inconsistent with the University of New Haven’s commitment to free and open discussion of ideas.
The University of New Haven would like to recognize the University of Chicago policy statement and the FIRE Model Freedom of Expression Resolution Based on the University of Chicago Statement which were used with permission in the creation of this policy. 3/22/17
The policies below are developed to assure clarity in management of how requests are approved for Recognized Student Organizations pertaining to certain events or public art on campus. All approved areas for flags, murals, and rocks are carefully vetted to address any safety concerns and to ensure we as a University community are inclusive of all populations wishing to have some symbolic representation on campus.
We believe that all approved flags, murals, and rocks are representative of University values.
Questions regarding these policies can be directed to the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation (CSELO@newhaven.edu), the Dean of Students Office (DeanOfStudents@newhaven.edu), or the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusions (CDI@newhaven.edu).
To submit a request for approval, please complete this form in a timely manner.
All Recognized Student Organizations and other University approved events may fly their flags in accordance with the following guidelines and policies.
Approved Groups for Flag Raising Ceremonies
• Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) which have a faculty/staff member as an advisor.
• Faculty/staff led initiatives with approval from the Facilities Management Office or the Dean of Students Office.
• The flag must be a professionally produced, commercially available flag which as been outfitted to fly on a flagpole (i.e., grommeted and reinforced).
• The sponsoring organization must provide, at its own cost, the flag to be flown.
• The flag can be no smaller than 4x6’ and no larger than 8x10’
• All flag raising will be done at the flagpole located near the Marvin K. Peterson Library or can be flown at the German Club with special permission by the approving parties.
• One or two RSO flags may fly in the same month on the same flagpole if permission is not granted for another location.
• An RSO may fly their flag up to one month per academic year.
• Extraordinary events (i.e. a college day of mourning) may preclude an organization’s flag rising ceremony date and time.
• If the flagpole also features specific flags, the RSO-provided affinity flag cannot be flown higher than those flags. These flags are not limited to the American flag, State flag, approved international flags, or the University of New Haven flag.
• The sponsoring Recognized Student Organization must submit a written request through Charger Connection to the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion/Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation at least 10 business days before the date they wish to fly their flag. The request must include a short rationale giving a brief outline of the reasons why the group would like to fly their flag on the designated date or month.
• Upon approval by the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion/Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation, the sponsoring organization must contact Facilities Management to arrange for the flag-raising and flag-lowering on approved dates. At least two representatives of the organization must be present for BOTH the raising and the lowering of their flag to assist Facilities Management.
• Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion/Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation MUST examine the flag to ensure it has the correct specifications.
• Flying the flag over the University of New Haven campus should be the result of a celebration sponsored by, or the commemoration of, an event pertinent to a group.
• Typical examples of a request could be a Greek organization celebrating its Founder’s Day; an international students’ group celebrating the Independence Day of a foreign nation represented within the group; or a group celebrating the kick-off or the conclusions of its Awareness Week, Black Lives Matter, Hispanic Heritage Month, LGBTQ+ History Month, Indigenous Day, etc. Other requests are welcome; a request does not guarantee approval.
• The celebration, commemoration, and the flag flown should be germane to the sponsoring group.
• Flags that are incongruent with the values of the University, such as those of hate groups/organizations, will not be approved.
The opportunity to paint murals within certain University areas affords students opportunities for creative expression and has the potential to improve the appearance of campus facilities. To enhance the positive potential of the creation of murals, the following shall be put in place.
Student-created murals can be placed within the Bartels Campus Center and certain office spaces such as the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Bartels Student Activity Center. In the Bartels Campus Center, the location will be identified by Facilities Management in consultation with the Facilities
Planning Committee, the University Cabinet, and the Dean of Students Office. Locations in other office spaces will be identified by a representative or representatives of the Users Group chosen by that group.
Proposals for murals in Bartels Campus Center and other areas listed above are to be submitted via email to DeanOfStudents@newhaven.edu Parties involved in approving all mural include Facilities Management, Facilities Planning Committee, the University Cabinet, the Dean of Students Office, the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership, and Orientation.
• Proposals shall include a detailed sketch of what is being created, a timeline for completion of the project, identification of the artist(s), Recognized Student Organization (RSO) contact information, and a brief narrative describing what the mural’s intended value is to the Charger community.
• Approvals will be based on the apparent artistic quality of the project and satisfactory completion of guidelines in this policy including the impact it will have on the Charger community.
• Proposal denial must be accompanied by a stated reason and include recommendations for a path for approval by the approving parties.
• Murals should be pained on Hard-Board panels affixed to the walls so that the artwork can be moved from one location to another, returned to the RSO upon request, or taken down at the conclusion of the approval period of display. Facilities staff will provide a cost estimate for affixing, maintaining, and removal of the Hardi-Board panels.
• Facilities must be paid in advance for these costs before the project can proceed. The University’s Sustainability Coordinator must approve the materials being used. Restoration work on damaged murals will be the responsibility of the sponsoring RSO group and failure to undertake such work could result in the removal of the mural.
• Murals will be displayed for one year. A mural may be displayed for two years upon request after the first year of its display. The approving parties identified above must approve the additional year. An additional year of display will not be granted if another mural has been approved for the same space or based on the decision by the University Cabinet.
• Murals are the property of the RSO group. At the time the mural is removed, it will be returned to the RSO group. Disposal of the mural will occur if the RSO group is not interested in receiving the mural back or cannot be contacted. Before disposing of a mural, at least three attempts to reach the RSO group should be made.
• Should the number of requests for murals exceed the available space, an attempt will be made to identify additional locations based on the process identified above. This is not guaranteed.
This policy is intended to provide opportunities for students to create murals. Non-student members of the University community may assist students (alumni, faculty, and staff) in the creation of murals, but the execution of the application process for the murals should be largely left to students.
The University of New Haven has a long-standing tradition of larger rocks being painted to celebrate Recognized Student Organizations. The work “Rock” as it refers to organizations recognized by the University of New Haven shall be defined as any painted large rocks structure or stand-alone boulders. This will include all natural and man-made formations. All rocks are considered and shall remain the property of the University of New Haven. All access to rocks is solely at the permission of the University. Any organization wishing to pain or otherwise alter the state of any rock on campus after approval (this includes repainting a rock your organization already has or was once owned by another RSO) must apply to the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation prior to ANY actions. Organizations may not “tag” rocks prior to consulting with the Center for Student Leadership, Engagement and Orientation. Each organization must complete a form detailing the use of the requested rock and how the rock will be altered. All alterations must be in keeping with the values articulated in the Charger Compact and the University Student Conduct Code. Designs/working must not be derogatory to groups or individuals.
Rocks may not be moved from their existing location. In the event a rock is moved due to University construction, it is the responsibility of the organization to continue to maintain the rock.
• By April 15 and October 1 of each year, rocks must be cleaned by the various Recognized Student Organization (no paint chips and RSO’s name is clearly visible).
• All designs for rocks must be submitted to the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation via email one week before the rock is painted and approved by the Dean of Students Office and Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation.
• Once permission is given to an organization, the rock requested should be pained (not tagged) within 30 days.
• Students have the opportunity to contact the University’s Sustainability Coordinator regarding recommendations on sustainable materials used on the rock.
• Failure to paint the newly approved rock within 30 days of approval will result in the loss of approval.
• Any organization wishing to alter any rock on campus, or it’s environment, must be in good standing with the University and the Undergraduate Student Government Association, as appropriate.
• Rocks that are not maintained or are otherwise unidentifiable will be reclaimed by the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation and made available to other groups
• Organizations will only be allowed to alter rocks on campus after a representative from the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation has approved the request for the rock in question. If the rock is eligible to be altered, the organization may proceed based on the aforementioned policies.
• Rocks assigned to Recognized Student Organizations that have lost their charter by removal by the University of National Organizations shall become immediate available to other organizations.
• The University, represented by the Dean of Students Office and the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation, reserves the right to prohibit certain rocks from being altered either because of their aesthetic qualities or history. Their decision shall be final in all such matters. Any organization violating this policy will be subject to the loss of University privileges and status as determined the Dean of Students Office
• If a Recognized Student Organization loses rock privileges or becomes unrecognized, the next oldest Recognized Student Organization on campus will have the opportunity to manage that rock.
• If a Recognized Student Organization does not want to manage the rock, it will go to the next oldest Recognized Student Organization.
• The determining factor of the next oldest Recognized Student Organization will be the recognition list in the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) states: "No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance". Title IX is a federal civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. The University of New Haven does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, and its actions and policies are consistent with the requirements of Title IX, which prohibits the institution from discriminating on the basis of sex. The University of New Haven adheres to the philosophy that all community members should enjoy an environment free from sexual misconduct of any kind.
Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can also include sexual harassment which is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
1. An employee of the University conditioning the provision of education benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (i.e., quid pro quo); or
2. Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the institution’s education
3. Sexual assault (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number, electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address listed for the Title IX Coordinator. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and/or laws: Barbara Lawrence, Title IX Coordinator; 300 Boston Post Road, Office of Human Resources, West Haven, CT 06516; 203.932.7040; firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of New Haven’s Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy and Procedure (www.newhaven.edu/titleix and www.newhaven.edu/sexualmisconduct) provide information on the University’s grievance procedures and grievance process, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, and how the University will respond.
Inquiries about the application of Title IX and this part to such recipient may be referred the University’s Title IX Coordinator, or to the Office of Civil Rights. The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights is the federal agency charged with enforcing institutional compliance with Title IX regulations. Anyone may contact them directly for more information regarding Title IX or to issue a complaint at: Office of Civil Rights, email@example.com; 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20202-1100; Customer Service Hotline: 800.421.3481; website: www.ed.gov/ocr
Title IX prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. Title IX also prohibits the University from applying any rule related to a student’s parental, family, or marital status that treats students differently based on their sex.
Students seeking reasonable accommodations for their pregnancy, related conditions, or parenting may contact the Accessibility Resources Center at (203) 932.7332 to schedule an appointment. Students may also contact Dr. Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer, at (203) 932.7176 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The procedure for investigating formal grievances against faculty members is governed by the General Grievance Committee, empowered by the Faculty Constitution. This committee is accessible to all students at the University of New Haven, and its policies apply to all instructors at the University of New Haven. Its jurisdiction extends to all grievances involving faculty except for allegations of racial/sexual harassment (a separate committee addresses those issues) and cases handled by the student discipline system.
A student who wishes to initiate a grievance against an instructor can obtain a copy of the complete statement of the Committee’s Policies and Procedures, as well as the form required to document the grievance, from the offices of the Dean of Students, the Faculty Senate, or the Provost or from the Committee Chair. There is a limit of one year between the time the grievous event happens and the time the student must first contact the Grievance Committee.
Student grievances against an instructor demand a sincere effort towards resolution, from both the student and the instructor before they reach the committee. The student should first speak with the instructor regarding the complaint. If the issue is not resolved, consult with the chair of the department which employs the instructor. Normally, complaints can be resolved at this level. If the issue is not resolved, consult with the dean of the school which employs the instructor and then the Office of the Provost. The form used to initiate a grievance against a faculty member provides space for each of these individuals to document what was accomplished at each of those levels. This important information allows the committee to fully understand the student’s complaint and to decide how to resolve the complaint effectively.
In those instances where the instructor’s superiors cannot resolve the complaint, the grievance is forwarded to the Grievance Committee. The committee follows a formal procedure for gathering evidence and scheduling hearings, as necessary. Both the instructor and the student have special rights and obligations during this process, so it is important to obtain a copy of the statement of Policies and Procedures. All of the committee’s actions are kept confidential. The conclusions of the committee are binding and are reported to the Provost for implementation.
The University of New Haven has established grievance procedures for students who have a concern or complaint regarding administrative issues. Individual offices and non-academic programs have developed grievance procedures for their respective office or program. Please refer to the individual department grievance procedures outlined within this handbook, or on the department’s website.
If students are not satisfied with the outcome of a fully exhausted institutional grievance procedure, the following organizations may be contacted for assistance:
Connecticut Office of Higher Education
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510
Hartford, CT 06103-1841
Purpose and Scope:
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 were enacted to protect individuals with disabilities against discrimination in areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, education, transportation, telecommunication, health services, and access to public services. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by recipients of federal funds. In accordance with these laws, the University of New Haven strictly prohibits discrimination in all of its programs, services, and employment on the basis of disability. The purpose of these procedures is to provide the process for addressing student disability discrimination grievances at the level where they occur and in a timely manner. They are means to help students understand methods available to them in the event a problem should arise regarding issues relating to the ADAAA or Section 504 and to ensure that all complaints of discrimination based on disability are thoroughly and fairly investigated. The University of New Haven will conduct a fair and impartial investigation of all allegations of discrimination, with due regard for the rights of all parties.
Faculty grievances are not within the scope of these procedures and should be submitted pursuant to the faculty grievance procedures set forth in the Faculty Handbook. Employee grievances are also not within the scope of these procedures and should be submitted pursuant to the separate Employee Conflict Resolution Protocol relating to complaints under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These procedures do not replace any other University policies or procedures.
The University of New Haven is committed to providing equal access to its programs, services, and employment opportunities for all persons regardless of disability. We affirm our commitment that no qualified student with a disability will be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program, service, or activity sponsored by the University of New Haven. The University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs and services or employment against any individual on account of the individual’s disability.
Complaints arising from a matter regarding disability should be brought to the attention of the Director of Accessibility Resources Center and/or the Dean of Students.
1. Grievance: Grievance means a complaint alleging any policy, procedure or practice which would be prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
2. Grievant: Grievant means a student who submits a grievance relevant to the ADAAA or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
3. Respondent: Respondent means any University officer, administrator, faculty, or staff member acting in their official capacity and alleged to be responsible for the violation(s) alleged in a grievance. The term may be used to designate persons with direct responsibility for a particular action or those persons with supervisory responsibility for procedures and policies in those areas covered in the grievance.
4. Investigator: Investigator means the Director of Accessibility Resources Center or the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students who when acting in their official capacity is charged with the responsibility to hear, investigate, and make recommendations regarding alleged violations of the ADAAA or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Although a grievant is not required to utilize the informal procedure prior to initiating the formal grievance procedure, the grievant is strongly encouraged to attempt to resolve complaints informally if possible before filing a formal grievance. The necessary first step toward an informal solution is for the grievant to attempt to personally resolve the complaint by meeting with the person or persons alleged to be directly responsible for the possible violation and/or with persons with immediate supervisory authority related to the complaint. Other appropriate University officials who may have knowledge of the complaint or who may assist in its resolution may also be consulted (e.g. a faculty member, department chair, the Dean of Students, the Director of Accessibility Resources Center, the student ombudsman, the Director of Financial Aid, or the University Registrar).
The appropriate University official will make every attempt to resolve the matter. This process should not exceed thirty (30) days. If the complaint cannot be resolved informally at this level, any student, who is not satisfied with this attempt at resolution, may file, in writing, a formal grievance as described below.
A student who is not satisfied with the results of the informal process should initiate a formal grievance through the following procedure:
The student shall submit a formal grievance to the Director of Accessibility Resources Center unless the grievance is against the Director of Accessibility Resources Center or other staff of the department. In this case, grievances should be submitted to the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity. All grievances should be conducted in person and shall provide the following information in writing:
1. Name, address, and telephone number of grievant(s);
2. Nature, date, and full description of the alleged violations including any relevant facts such as the complaining party’s disability, name(s) of the person or persons responsible for the alleged violation(s), and identification of any witnesses who have knowledge related to the complaint;
3. A summary of the steps the student has already taken in attempt to resolve the problem; including names of persons involved;
4. A statement of the requested resolution for corrective action and the student’s rationale for any requested accommodations, if any;
5. Any background information and/or supporting documentation the grievant believes to be relevant;
6. Signature of the person initiating the complaint.
Time Limit for Grievance Filing:
1. The grievance must be filed within (180) days of the alleged violation or within ten (10) days after the conclusion of the informal process if the student has chosen to utilize it, whichever comes first.
Notification of Respondent(s):
Upon receipt of the formal grievance, the Director of Accessibility Resources Center or the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity will conduct an investigation of the matters set forth in the written grievance. In conducting this investigation, the Investigator may forward a copy of the grievant(s) statement to the person(s) whose actions (or inactions) are the subject of the grievance and may request a written response from the appropriate individuals in the University within (20) workdays. Respondents will be specifically warned not to retaliate against the grievant in any way. Retaliation may subject the respondent to disciplinary action. The Investigator may also choose to interview witnesses, to meet with concerned parties, to receive oral or written statements, and to make appropriate inquiries. The investigation shall generally, but may not always, be completed within thirty (30) workdays. If the investigation cannot be completed within thirty (30) workdays, the Director/VP shall keep the complainant informed of the status of the investigation.
Within ten (10) workdays after completing the investigation, the Investigator will transmit a written copy of its findings and recommendation(s) to the parties and to the appropriate University official who is charged with making a final decision concerning whether to accept, reject or modify the investigator’s recommendations. Either party may also submit to the individual designated to make the final decision, within 10 workdays of receiving the investigator’s recommendations, written arguments in favor of or opposed to the adoption, modification, or rejection of the investigator’s recommendations; or explaining why they believe they have been treated arbitrarily, capriciously, inequitably or in an unfair, unlawful or discriminatory manner. The the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, who has been designated as the 504/ADA Coordinator or designee will make the final decision, and in the case of academic matters, will do so in consult with the Office of the Provost. The Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity or designee shall transmit the final decision in writing to both parties within ten (10)
workdays. If a decision cannot be reached within ten (10) workdays, the Vice President or designee will keep the complainant informed of the status of the decision-making process.
Maintenance of Written Grievance Records:
1. Records shall be kept of each grievance process for a period of seven (7) years. These shall include, at a minimum: the written grievance complaint filed by the grievant, the written response filed by the respondent, and the written finding(s) and/or recommendations of the Investigator. A file of these records shall be maintained in the office of the 504/ADA Coordinator. For purposes of the dissemination of grievance precedents, separate file records and statistics may be kept by the coordinator which indicates only the subject matter of each grievance, the resolution of each grievance and the date of the resolution. These records shall not refer to any specific individuals and shall be treated as confidential unless their disclosure is required by law.
1. No person shall be subjected to retaliation for having utilized or having assisted others in the utilization of this grievance process. Retaliation against any individual who has filed a complaint of discrimination, or who has cooperated in the investigation of such a complaint, or opposes a discriminatory educational practice is unlawful under federal and state law, and is in violation of University of New Haven policy
1. Nothing in these procedures is intended to prevent the grievant and respondent from resolving their grievance amicably by signing a written statement of agreement and submitting it for review and approval by the Investigator. If the agreement is approved, the pending grievance shall be deemed dismissed.
The right of a person to a prompt and equitable resolution of a complaint submitted thereunder shall not be impaired by the person’s pursuit of other external remedies such as filing of a 504/ADA complaint with the responsible state or federal agency nor shall the use of this internal grievance procedure be a prerequisite to other external remedies.
These rules shall be construed to protect the substantive rights of interested persons to meet appropriate due process standards, and to assure that the University of New Haven complies with Section 504, the ADAAA and implementing regulations.
The Director of Accessibility Resources Center is located in the Accessibility Resources office suite, ground floor, rear of Sheffield Hall and can be reached at 203.932.7332. The Dean of Students Office is located in Bartels Hall Campus Center, Room 205, and can be reached at 203.932.7432. Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity's office is located in Maxcy Hall, 226C, and can be reached at 203 932 7269.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the freedom to pursue academic and career objectives are maintained at the University of New Haven.
The University of New Haven is a community where ideas and opinions are formulated and exchanged in a manner congruent with the values espoused in our Charger Compact. Each community member has the right of free expression, to pursue their academic and career objectives without unreasonable obstruction or hindrance, and, to communicate their views on current issues, by peaceful, lawful demonstration and protest.
Individuals who choose to exercise their rights of freedom of speech and public assembly must understand that these rights come with expectations for behavior. When an individual or group’s conduct endangers the safety of others or disrupts University operations, it loses constitutional protection and may become a violation of law or the Student Code of Conduct.
The use of University premises to share ideas and opinions does not imply acceptance or endorsement by the University of the views expressed.
It is the responsibility of the event organizers to communicate these policy guidelines and expectations for behavior to all participants prior to the event.
In an effort to ensure the safety of the campus community and promote an environment conducive to study, individuals or groups affiliated with the University are required to make an advanced reservation for gatherings and/or demonstrations that are:
• organized and/or promoted in advance,
• sponsored by a student organization, or
• an assembly of one or more community members with a common intent or cause.
A member of the University of New Haven community must be designated organizer/liaison for the event and must meet with the Dean of Students or designee and the University Police Chief or designee to coordinate and set parameters for the event at least 48 hours prior to the event.
The individual or group hosting such an event must reserve the location where the event will occur in accordance with the normal facilities use policy of the Office of the Associate Vice President for Facilities.
The University recognizes there may be occasions that do not permit the submission of a reservation 48 hours in advance of a demonstration or assembly. Such spontaneous demonstrations or assemblies in
response to emergent situations where advance planning is not possible are permitted, but are limited in location to:
• Maxcy Quad Circle
• Bixler/Gerber Quad in compliance with quiet hour guidelines
Any individual, group or organization calling for or organizing such a demonstration or assembly must notify the Office of the Dean of Students and University Police immediately, and comply with the guidelines and expectations set forth in this policy.
Orderly, nonviolent, and non-disruptive picketing and other forms of peaceful protest are permitted on University premises.
Demonstrators do not have the right to deprive others of the opportunity to speak or be heard, physically obstruct the movement of others, intimidate by physical proximity, or otherwise disrupt the educational or institutional processes in a way that interferes with the safety or freedom of others.
Noise levels shall not disrupt ongoing University activities that are within the proximity of the event.
If an event is disrupted by an expressive group or individual, the University Police Chief or designee may request the action to stop or ask the person or group to leave the event and move to another location for the purposes of protest.
Placards, banners, and signs are permitted but shall not be utilized in a manner that endangers the safety of or impedes the participation or free movement of others or, disrupts University operations.
Behaviors which violate the Student Code of Conduct may be referred for disciplinary action. Such behaviors may also result in criminal charges.
Individuals and organizations engaged in expressive activity on campus may be required to relocate to another area by the Dean of Students or designee, or when immediate action is necessary by the University police department, under the following circumstances:
• the location does not safely accommodate the number of participants,
• the number of individuals participating in or attending the activity creates unsafe conditions for vehicular or pedestrian traffic, parking, or blocks the ingress or egress to buildings or official University activities,
• noise levels are deemed to be disruptive to ongoing University activities which are within the proximity of the event,
• severe weather is predicted or taking place that would endanger the safety of the participants,
• the activity creates a health or welfare hazard, such as interfering with fire, police, or emergency services.
A protest, demonstration, or event on campus may invite another form of protest. When such occasions arise, the right to peaceful expression of all parties is important. A separate protest area may be designated by University authorities such as the Dean of Students or designee or University Police for those persons with views that differ from the views held by event organizers. Appropriate measures may be taken by University officials to ensure the safety of all participants.
Regulations pertaining to the use of automobiles and other motor vehicles shall be established and enforced by the appropriate officials as designated by the President of the University.
All provisions of the Vehicle Code of the State of Connecticut, as supplemented by University regulations, will be strictly enforced on the West Haven campus of the University of New Haven. All persons operating a vehicle on campus must have a valid operator’s license, and all vehicles must be properly registered.
Continued violations of parking regulations and abuse of parking personnel may result in University disciplinary action.
Complete information on Motor Vehicle and Campus Parking regulations can be found at www.newhaven.edu/parking.
1. Posters, flyers, advertisements, electronic communications, announcements, and any other materials containing references or logos promoting the sale or consumption of alcohol are prohibited on campus and/ or in any campus publication.
2. Posters, flyers, electronic communications, promotional materials, and other forms of public announcement from private individuals or student organizations advertising private parties shall not be permitted on campus and/or in any campus publication.
3. Advertisements from other University and college admissions offices are not permitted in any campus publication.
4. All posters, flyers, and advertisements must be approved and stamped by the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation prior to copying and posting.
The University of New Haven restricts the number and type of student-run sales and solicitation activities (fund-raising projects) that may be directed to students and other members of the University of New
Haven community. Only recognized student organizations and department-sponsored student groups may engage in fund-raising projects. Requirements for student organization fund-raising are outlined under the chapter on student organization policies in this handbook.
• Individual students may not conduct sales or solicitations on the campus for any purpose.
• Sales and/or solicitations may be conducted on campus by recognized student organizations in order to raise money for a philanthropic/charitable project or raise money for organizational operating expenses.
• Sales and solicitations must be registered with and approved by the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation prior to their occurrence.
Questions regarding organization sales and solicitation activities should be directed to the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation.
Solicitation on behalf of candidates for political office is not permitted except in the case of candidates for major political office (i.e., President, Governor, and University-invited speakers).
Off-campus organizations are not permitted to advertise on campus in any manner (e.g., via email, flyers, word of mouth, etc.) or in the student newspaper for student participation in human subject research trials.
The University is not responsible for the loss or theft of personal property. Therefore, students are encouraged to engrave valuable personal belongings with their name and driver’s license number. Students are urged to make a list that includes a description of the item, model number or name, size, color, approximate value, special characteristics or features, and serial number. An engraving tool shall be made available by the University Police Department for student use. Matters involving disagreement over personal property between roommates should be handled independently between those students who are involved.
Students should record all serial and credit card numbers and keep the record in a safe place.
The unauthorized possession of any University key is prohibited.
Possession of dogs, cats, or other animals on University property is prohibited. Exceptions include service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, approved Campus Police k9
animals, animals involved in approved research studies, pet fish in accordance with Residential Life policy, or approved emotional support animals.
Effective January 1, 2016, Self-balancing scooters, more popularly known as hoverboards will not be allowed to be charged, operated, or stored inside of any building or on a property owned or controlled by the University of New Haven. This policy is intended to minimize the risk associated with hoverboards overheating, catching fire, or exploding while charging or riding.
This policy applies to all members of the university community, including but not limited to employees, students, clubs, organizations, vendors, and any other individuals who may wish to operate a drone, as part of their employment or any university-related research or activity. Any person operating a drone on any university owned or controlled property is personally responsible for complying with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, and any other local, state and federal laws and University of New Haven policies.
This policy has been enacted in order to protect and safeguard the safety, security, and privacy of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and all other individuals that may come to the campuses of University of New Haven, or to any other property, owned or controlled by the University of New Haven. Exceptions may be made for official University of New Haven institutional use, or for University sponsored research and/or teaching use. Those exceptions will be delineated by the Department of Public Safety and Administrative Services, and approval will be granted on an individual basis by the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Public Safety and Administrative Services. Drone usage on the University of New Haven property, if approved, must comply with all FAA rules and regulations, all local, state and federal laws, and all current University of New Haven policies.
For the safety, security and privacy of all University of New Haven students, faculty, staff, and any visitors or contractors on any University of New Haven campus, this policy establishes requirements and prohibitions for the safe operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), hereinafter to be referred to as a drone on any property owned or controlled by the University of New haven and has been implemented to insure compliance with any and all local, municipal, state, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) laws, and any University of New Haven policies
1. Drone: For the purposes of this policy, the term drone is an unmanned aircraft (UA) or unmanned vehicle, unmanned remote control and free flight helicopters, airplanes, mechanically propelled or propellant guided balloons and rockets, of any size and weight along with all of the associated support equipment, control station, data links, telemetry, communication and navigation equipment, etc. necessary to operate any of the foregoing objects.
2. Federal Aviation Administration (FFA): The FAA is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. Roles include:
• Regulating civil aviation to promote safety
• Encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology
• Developing and operating a system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft
• Researching and developing the National Airspace System and civil aeronautics
• Developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation
• Regulating U.S. commercial space transportation
Prohibitions include, but are not limited to, the following
The use of drones on, or in, any University of New Haven property is strictly prohibited unless it has been determined that said use is for research, teaching, or legitimate business operations. Any representative of an organization planning to use a drone on University of New Haven property must contact and gain written approval from the AVP of Public Safety and Administrative Services, prior to activation.
When operating a drone for purposes of recording or transmitting visual images, operators must take all reasonable measures to avoid operation within areas normally considered private.
• A drone shall not be used to monitor or record areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in accordance with accepted case law and social norms. These areas include, but are not limited to restrooms, locker rooms, individual residential rooms, or in close proximity to windows, changing or dressing rooms.
• A drone shall not be used to monitor or record sensitive institutional or personal information which may be found, for example, on an individual's workspace, or on a computer or other electronic displays.
• A drone shall not be flown over people, except for those directly involved in the flight, and may not be operated above public open air events, including crowds or sporting events, or above thoroughfares.
The above prohibitions should not be considered an exhaustive list, but should serve as examples.
Any student-published printed matter bearing the name of the University of New Haven must be produced by a recognized student organization.
Student organizations that publish, sell, or distribute printed materials on the campus shall be responsible to the appropriate authorities or individuals for the content of those materials in the areas of libel, invasion of privacy, and obscenity. The standards of the University in the areas of libel, invasion of privacy, and obscenity shall conform to the principles of civil law and the canons of responsible journalism.
Altering of any University logo is not permitted. Any Recognized Student Organization that wishes to order products for events, advertisement purposes and/or give-a-ways must abide by the policies outlined in the Recognized Student Organization and Handbook which can be found online on the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation page on myCharger.
The University radio station, WNHU, is a non-commercial educational FM radio station and is licensed to the University of New Haven. The station must conform to all federal communications regulations and broadcasting codes. All visitors to WNHU facilities must obtain a pass from the general manager prior to entering the station.
The University of New Haven (the “University”) is committed to preserving the safety, security and wellbeing of students and all members of the University community. When a student engages in behavior that is disruptive to the University’s commitments, including behavior that poses a direct threat to members of the University community, the University may require the student to take an involuntary leave of absence. As used in this Policy, “student” means any person who is enrolled in one or more classes offered by the University.
An involuntary leave of absence is not intended to replace disciplinary actions that are taken in response to violations of the Student Code of Conduct, nor does it preclude the suspension or dismissal of students from the University as a result of such violations. It also does not affect any action taken by law enforcement personnel in connection with the violations.
Whenever appropriate, before an involuntary leave of absence is invoked, the University may evaluate reasonable options to reduce the risk to the University community and accommodate the student, and the student will also be permitted to take a voluntary leave of absence from the University. In the event that the risks remain, and the student does not take a voluntary leave of absence, the procedures outlined in this Policy will be implemented.
When a member of the Dean of Students staff is made aware of a student’s behavior by a member(s) of the campus community, the assigned staff member or designee will:
1. Evaluate accessible information and consult with appropriate University personnel who may include staff from the Dean of Students Office, Residential Life, Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Accessibility Resources Center, and University Police. Other campus personnel may be consulted at the discretion of the DOS.
2. Notify the student that an involuntary leave of absence is being considered.
3. Contact the student’s parents or guardians if deemed appropriate.
4. The Dean of Students staff member assigned the case will provide an opportunity for the student to meet to discuss the implications of and procedures relating to an involuntary leave of absence.
5. Whenever appropriate, the Dean of Students staff member assigned the case will encourage the student to take a voluntary leave of absence, thus eliminating the need to invoke an involuntary leave.
6. The Dean of Students staff member assigned the case may require that the student undergo a psychological or physical evaluation if he/ she believes it will facilitate a more informed decision. In such event, the Dean of Students staff member assigned the case may require the student to provide a report from their treating physician, and the University also reserves the right to have the student undergo an examination by a physician of its choice, which would include a review of the student’s medical records. The Dean of Students staff member assigned the case may stay any pending disciplinary action until the evaluation process is completed. If the student fails to initiate the required evaluation or refuses to undergo an evaluation within the time period set by the Dean of Students staff member assigned the case, the student will be placed on an involuntary leave of absence from the University.
7. The student shall sign a release authorizing the results of the evaluation to be provided to the University representatives who are involved in the decision-making process, as identified by the Dean of Students staff member assigned the case. Evaluations will be maintained in strict confidence in accordance with the University’s privacy policies and applicable laws relating to confidentiality.
8. Upon consultation with University officials and review of information provided by evaluators, if requested, the Dean of Students staff member assigned the case will make a decision regarding the involuntary leave of absence and provide the student with written notice of the decision. The decision may include continued enrollment with no conditions, continued enrollment with conditions, or an involuntary leave of absence.
9. If the student withdraws from the University, or leaves the University prior to participating in the evaluation, they will be prohibited from re-enrolling until the Dean of Students staff member assigned the case has received and evaluated documents from a qualified professional which expressly state that the student does not pose a risk of harm to the health, safety, or property of others, or of disruption, or threatened disruption to the normal operations and activities of the University, its students, faculty, or staff.
10. A letter of notification regarding the decision will be sent to the student within five (5) business days of the receipt of all pertinent information and will specify the terms of the decision and conditions for reinstatement, if applicable.
11. At any time before a final determination is made, the student may initiate the procedures for
withdrawal or voluntary leave from the University by calling the Registrar’s Office. The Dean of Students staff member assigned the case will provide the student with information on the relevant procedures.
If the University decides to implement an involuntary student leave of absence, such leave will become effective immediately. The Dean of Students staff member assigned the case will inform the student in writing of the decision and the specific requirements for reinstatement by electronic mail:
1. The specific length of time that the student will be on an involuntary leave of absence from the University will be determined on a case-by-case basis
2. The Dean of Students staff member assigned the case reserves the right to notify the student’s parent, guardian, or other appropriate person of the involuntary leave of absence, if such notification is deemed appropriate.
3. The student’s transcript will reflect a grade of “W” or “I” as determined by each professor for each course in which the student was enrolled that semester and was unable to complete regardless of whether the involuntary leave of absence occurred within the University’s specified class withdrawal period. A notation of “Leave of Absence” may be noted on the student’s transcript.
4. The Registrar will be notified by the Dean of Students staff member assigned the case that the student may not be reinstated without authorization from the Dean of Students staff member assigned the case.
5. Following implementation of the involuntary student leave of absence, the student will not be permitted on the University’s campus or to attend any off-campus University activities, unless and until the student receives express written permission from the Dean of Students staff member assigned the case and/or is reinstated at the University.
6. The student must return their Campus Card (identification card) to the Dean of Students staff member assigned the case. If a resident student, the residence hall room or apartment must be vacated immediately and the keys returned to the Office of Residential Life
1. The student may appeal this decision to the Dean of Students.
2. Appeals shall be in writing and must be received within five calendar days from the date of receipt of the written notification of the involuntary student leave of absence.
3. The decision to invoke an involuntary student leave of absence will be final and conclusive if the student fails to file a request within the specified time.
4. The student will remain on involuntary leave during the pendency of the appeal process.
5. The Dean of Students or designee will notify the student in writing of his/ her decision regarding the appeal. Generally, appeals will be heard within ten (10) business days, unless circumstances
prevent, in which case the appellant will be informed of the status of the appeal. The decision of the Dean of Students or designee will be final.
6. To the extent feasible, the student will be assisted by the Provost’s Office in the making up of academic requirements.
1. A student who has been placed on an involuntary leave of absence who wishes to be reinstated must submit a formal request for reinstatement to the Dean of Students Office.
2. The student must present evidence that they have satisfied all conditions of reinstatement that were established at the time the involuntary student leave of absence was instituted
3. The decision to approve or deny reinstatement will be made at the sole discretion of the Dean of Students or designee.
4. In approving a request for reinstatement, the Dean of Students or designee may impose additional conditions under which the student will be permitted to return to the University.
5. The student will be notified in writing within 10 business days of the decision regarding their request for reinstatement, including any conditions and/or requirements under which the student will be permitted to return to the University.
1. In unusual circumstances, it may be necessary for the University to remove a student from classes and/or from campus while the processes set forth in this Policy are followed.
2. The Dean of Students or designee may impose an interim immediate involuntary leave of absence pending a determination about an involuntary student leave of absence if, in the opinion of the Dean of Students or designee, the student’s behavior poses a direct threat to the safety, security and wellbeing of the University community.
3. The Dean of Students or designee will notify the student in writing by electronic mail to their University email account of the interim immediate involuntary leave and provide the student with an opportunity to discuss the interim immediate involuntary leave of absence and the process for determining an involuntary leave of absence.
International students will be advised that an Involuntary Leave of Absence will likely affect their student visa status and that they should consult with the International Services Office for more information.
Students who are funded with Federal monies should consult the Financial Aid Office regarding the impact of an involuntary leave of absence on their eligibility for aid.
Student athletes should consult with the Athletic Department regarding the impact of an involuntary leave of absence on their eligibility for athletics.
1. Event Accessibility and Accommodation Policy: The purpose of the facilities at the University of New Haven is to support the educational mission and strategic goals of the University. The facilities are available primarily for programs offered by and intended for the campus community. As a private institution, the University of New Haven also seeks to reach out and be accessible to the larger community. To the extent that space is available, the University welcomes community groups and organizations to utilize campus facilities for purposes compatible with the University’s mission and strategic goals. The purpose of this policy is to set priorities for facilities usage, define scheduling procedures and policies, provide direction for maximization of space, and establish charges associated with event management and facility usage. Activities shall in no way violate the purposes, property, policies, procedures, or regulations of the University or federal and state laws. All organizations are expected to follow the rules and regulations governing the particular facility or grounds being used.
2. Click here for The University Policy on Event Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation
3. The University Events Policy may be found online at www.newhaven.edu/events/policies-andfees.php. Please refer to this site for the most up-to-date version.
According to University policy, animals, including pets of any kind (excepting fish in small tanks of five (5) gallons or less) are not permitted on University of New Haven campuses or in university housing facilities with the exception of Service Animals.
However, the University is committed to providing access to its programs and services, as such, the University permits qualified students with disabilities to have an Emotional Support Animal (hereafter referred to as an ESA) as a reasonable accommodation in university residence halls. An ESA will be permitted to live in a student’s personal residence provided it is in compliance with the University's policies regarding such animals.
The University of New Haven will accept and consider requests for reasonable accommodation in University housing at any time; however, requests for Modified Housing are reviewed on a monthly basis. Individuals wishing to make a request for an ESA accommodation should complete the Modified Housing application including the Disability Verification Form (ESAs) and submit it to the Accessibility Resources Center as soon as practicably possible before moving into University housing. However, if the request for accommodation is not made by the stated monthly deadlines or is made fewer than 60 days before the individual intends to move into University housing, the University of New Haven cannot guarantee that it
will be able to meet the individual’s accommodation needs during the first semester or term of occupancy.
If the need for the ESA accommodation arises when an individual already resides in University housing, the student should contact the Accessibility Resources Center and complete the Modified Housing application as soon as is reasonably possible. The University cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet the accommodation need during the semester or term in which the request is received.
Emotional Support Animal. Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are animals that provide emotional support which alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of an individual’s existing disability. To be considered an accommodation, an ESA must be required by an individual with a disability, in their residence, in order for the individual to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their residence/dwelling.
Dangerous, poisonous, illegal, or any other animals that pose a direct threat to the health and/or safety of the campus community will not be permitted as ESAs. Size restrictions may also apply. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support are Emotional Support Animals, not Service Animals. This policy does not apply to Service Animals on campus. For policies applicable to Service Animals, consult the University of New Haven Guidelines for Service Animals on Campus found in the student handbook.
Approved ESA. Approved Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are animals that have been permitted in designated areas of student housing as a reasonable accommodation under this policy.
Pet. A pet is an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. A pet is not considered an Emotional Support Animal nor a Service Animal. Individuals are not permitted to keep or bring pets on university property or in university housing except as stated above.
Owner. The Owner is the resident student who has an approved Emotional Support Animal (ESA) in university housing under this policy.
University Housing. Any facility owned or operated by the University for the purpose of housing residential students, whether leased or owned.
A student seeking to keep an ESA in university housing must make a formal request through Accessibility Resources Center. To do so, students must complete and submit a Request for Modifications to Housing –ESA application including appropriate documentation from a qualified professional provider. This Request must be submitted to the Accessibility Resources Center by the stated deadlines (the first of the month in which a committee meeting will be held), and not less than 60 days before the student intends to move onto campus. Documentation submitted to the Accessibility Resources Center must be recent, must be from a reliable third party who is a qualified professional with whom the student has an established therapeutic relationship (treating physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or other mental health or healthcare professional). The qualified professional must not be a family member and must be from
the state of the student’s residence or from the state of the University’s campus the student attends. Documentation must include a statement identifying a diagnosed mental health disability and the reason (for what functional limitation) the ESA is required. There must be an identifiable and clearly established relationship between the individual's disability and the assistance the animal provides.
If the third party/qualified professional returns the Disability Verification Form without sufficient information for the 504/ADA/FHA Committee to determine whether an accommodation is necessary, the Accessibility Resources Center will inform the individual of the verification’s insufficiency and may request additional information, including speaking directly with the individual supplying the third-party verification of disability.
Once an application for Modified Housing has been received, it will be reviewed at a regularly scheduled meeting of the 504/ADA/FHA Committee for approval or denial. Generally, the presence of only one ESA will be approved for a student, in order to fulfill the intent of the FHA requirements in providing support to the student with a disability affecting mental health. The 504/ADA/FHA Committee will consider any and all relevant city, state, and local ordinances when approving or denying any ESA request. The University may consider the following factors, among others, as evidence in determining whether the presence of the animal is reasonable, renewing requests, or in determining housing assignments for individuals with Emotional Support Animals:
a. The size of the animal is too large for available assigned housing space;
b. The animal's presence would force another individual from individual housing (e.g. serious allergies);
c. The animal's presence otherwise violates individuals' right to peace and quiet enjoyment;
d. The animal is not housebroken or is unable to live with others in a reasonable manner;
e. The animal's vaccinations are not up-to-date;
f. The animal poses or has posed in the past a direct threat to the safety or health of the individual or others such as aggressive behavior towards or injuring the individual or others, potential transmission of zoonotic diseases; or
g. The animal causes or has caused excessive damage to housing beyond reasonable wear and tear;
h. There is already an approved ESA in your assigned housing space (suite, room or apartment). (Only one approved ESA per housing space will be permitted)
Once the 504/ADA/FHA Committee has reviewed the request, the student will be notified of the Committee’s decision in writing. After notification of approval, the student is required to meet with the Accessibility Services Coordinator in ARC to discuss and determine an appropriate approved animal. In the event that one or more prospective roommates or suitemates do not approve, or have a health or safety related concern regarding exposure to the Approved ESA, general university policies regarding roommate or suitemate disagreements will be followed to enable either the Owner and the Approved
ESA or the non-approving roommate(s) or suitemate(s) to be moved to a different location. Written acknowledgement from a parent is required for roommates or suitemates under age 18. The Accessibility Resources Center and Office of Residence Life and Housing staff will collaborate, as necessary, to resolve conflicts related to an Approved ESA. Staff members will consider the needs and/or accommodations of all resident students involved.
The student with an approved ESA must complete an ESA Registration form including a clear photo of the student and animal, must meet with the Accessibility Services Coordinator to review and sign this Policy for ESAs in Residential Housing and any policy addendums. Students must submit appropriate documentation of the animal’s vaccinations and/or health. Copies of the animal’s registration form and health documents will be kept on file in the Accessibility Resources Center, the Office of Residential Life and Housing, University Police, and the Facilities Department.
While applications submitted after stated Modified Housing deadlines may be accepted, they will not be reviewed until the next scheduled meeting of the 504/ADA/FHA Committee. Late applicants risk delay or possible denial of their requested accommodation; given the high demand for University housing it is unlikely the University will have sufficient vacancies to accommodate late applicants. Any approval under this policy is valid for one academic year. Students must notify the Accessibility Resources Center of their desire to continue utilizing this accommodation for each subsequent year by completing Modified Housing Renewal form by the February 3 deadline.
The requesting student may grieve denial of an ESA accommodation in accordance with the grievance policy contained in this policy.
No proposed ESA may be kept in University housing at any time prior to the individual receiving approval as a reasonable accommodation pursuant to this Policy. Any student found to have an animal on campus prior to it being approved as an ESA is in violation of the University’s Conduct Policy and will receive a minimum of a written warning and will be required to remove the animal from campus immediately. Subsequent violations will be adjudicated as Code of Conduct violations.
Resident students with medical conditions who may be affected by an Approved ESA (e.g., respiratory diseases, asthma, severe allergies) may inform the Office of Residential Life of their concerns. The Accessibility Resources Center and Office of Residence Life and Housing staff will collaborate, as necessary, to resolve conflicts related to an Approved ESA. Staff members will consider the needs and/or accommodations of all resident students involved.
All roommate(s) or suitemates of a student who has an approved ESA must sign an agreement to live in residence with the ESA.
The Owner must comply with the following provisions regarding behavior and care of Approved ESAs:
Vaccination. In accordance with local ordinances and regulations, the Approved ESA must receive all required and/or recommended immunizations against diseases. Local licensing requirements must be followed. The University may request an updated verification regarding an Approved ESA’s vaccinations at any time during the ESA’s residency, but verification will at a minimum be required at the start of each year the animal is in residence.
Health. Approved ESAs must be in good health as documented annually by a licensed veterinarian. The University has authority to direct that the Approved ESA receive veterinary attention in appropriate circumstances.
Control. The Owner must be in full control of the Approved ESA at all times. No Owner shall permit the animal to go loose or run at large. If an animal is found running at large, the animal is subject to capture and confinement and immediate removal from University housing. The ESA must remain in the Owner’s residence hall room/suite at all times and be on a leash, harness, or other tether, or in an appropriate crate when being transported to and from the student’s residence hall room. The ESA must remain within the confines of the Owner’s residence hall room/suite except for transport or natural relief.
Cleanliness. It is the Owner’s responsibility to remove and properly dispose of the Approved ESA’s waste (e.g. urine, excrement, fur, cage shavings, etc.), which must be placed in a sturdy plastic bag before disposal and must be disposed of in an outside trash receptacle. An Approved ESA must be clean and well groomed, and measures should be taken at all times for flea, tick, or other infestations and odor control. The Owner will be held responsible for any room damages, including excess cleaning and/or replacement of any carpeting or furnishings.
• The Owner is responsible for assuring that the Approved ESA does not unduly interfere or adversely affect the routine activities of university housing or other residents. In addition, the Approved ESA must not pose a threat to the health, safety, or property of anyone in the University of New Haven's community
• The care and supervision of the Approved ESA is solely the responsibility of the Owner. The Owner is responsible for ensuring the safety of an Approved ESA and the University community. If it is suspected that an ESA is being neglected, mistreated, or has been abandoned, the University may contact the animal control division of the West Haven Police Department. The animal may be removed without warning if removal is warranted due to safety concerns.
• The Owner is financially responsible for all costs associated with the Approved ESA, including for any bodily injury or property damage caused by the Approved ESA. The Owner’s financial responsibility may include medical costs, replacement of furniture, carpet, window, wall covering, and costs of damage to other University owned property. The Owner is expected to cover property damage costs at the time of repair and/or move-out.
• The Owner must notify the Accessibility Resources Center and the Office of Residential Life and Housing in writing if the Approved ESA is no longer needed or is no longer in residence. To
replace an Approved ESA, the Owner must submit a new written request to Accessibility Resources Center for review by an appropriate staff member and/or the 504/ADA/FHA Committee.
• The Owner agrees to abide by all other University policies, including all university housing policies. Any violation of this policy may result in immediate removal of the Approved ESA from the University. Reported violations will be reviewed by the Office of the Dean of Students.
• Approved ESAs may not be left overnight in student housing without the Owner being present. Approved ESAs must be taken with the Owner if the Owner leaves campus overnight. Violations will be adjudicated through the University’s disciplinary system. The Owner must make proper arrangements for the care of an ESA while the residence halls are closed for breaks. The need to care for an Approved ESA is not on its own a valid reason for permission to stay on campus over a break or any other period when university housing is closed.
• Approved ESAs (caged or uncaged) must be in a crate or cage when the Owner is absent from the room (i.e. to attend class, while at a dining location, attending events or other on campus activities) and/or when university personnel are present in the room to complete work orders.
• Approved ESAs are not permitted to display behaviors or create noises that are deemed disruptive to others (e.g. excessive barking, growling, biting, hissing, scratching, sniffing), unless said noises/behaviors are part of the needed disability service to the Owner. If an ESA becomes disruptive of the residence community, a Residential Life and/or ARC staff member will work to assist the owner with working towards a resolution. Subsequent violations may be forwarded to the Dean of Students Office for adjudication as a Code of Conduct violation.
• The University may require an Owner to remove his or her Approved ESA when it is out of control and the Owner does not take action to control it, when it is not housebroken, or when it poses a threat to health and safety. Should the ESA be removed from the premises for any reason, the Owner is expected to fulfill their housing obligations for the remainder of the housing contract.
• The University may prohibit the use of Approved ESAs in certain locations due to health or safety hazards, where ESAs may be endangered, or where their use may compromise or fundamentally alter the nature of a program or activity. (For example, dining facilities located within the residential facility).
• From time to time, the University may use pesticides, pest control devices, de-icing materials, cleaning supplies, and other materials for the maintenance and operation of university housing. The University is not responsible/liable for harm to an Approved ESA permitted to reside with an Owner in university housing. The university may make an effort to notify students in advance so that if the student feels the need to remove or otherwise protect their ESA, they may do so.
• The Owner will provide emergency contact information for an individual should the Owner be unable to care for the ESA at any time. A current University student or University personnel (unless the university personnel are the parents/guardians of the student) are not appropriate choices for an emergency contact and will not be permitted. ESAs must be removed within 24 hours of an emergency. After that time, the animal may be placed with West Haven Animal Control.
The University will take appropriate measures, up to and including revocation of approval for an ESA and/or a specific animal if, among other reasons:
• The Owner violates any term of this policy, after notice and reasonable opportunity to cure when possible;
• The Approved ESA is no longer needed to assist with a disability;
• The University determines that the Approved ESA is a direct threat to the health, safety, or property of anyone in the University community, or that the Approved ESA is adversely affecting University’s programs and activities or
• The University discovers that false or misleading information was provided in the Owner’s application for approval or registration of an Approved ESA.
The University reserves the right to make an interim accommodation while determining appropriate measures.
The requesting student may grieve revocation of approval of a previously Approved ESA in accordance with the grievance policy.
Any student who feels they have been denied access to a requested ESA accommodation has the right to invoke the Grievance Procedure with the Vice President for Intuitional Equity and Diversity Office within five (5) business days of receiving the official decision. All grievances must be submitted in writing and sent to the ADA Coordinator at Blawrence@newhaven.edu. You may contact the Accessibility Resources Center to review the process in more detail. The Dean of Students will review the grievance based on the following grounds:
• To determine whether the 504/ADA/FHA Committee reviewed your case fairly in light of the information presented.
• To determine whether the outcome of a decision was appropriate for the accommodation requested or the situation presented.
• To consider new information sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not brought out in an original request or known prior to a decision made because such information and/or facts were not known or available at the time of the request/decision.
The Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity or designee will meet with the student to discuss the specifics of the grievance and will make a final determination and/or make appropriate referrals. The student and appropriate departments will be notified of the final decision.
The University reserves the right to amend this policy at any time as circumstances require.
In the event of an emergency in which I, the Owner, is unable to care for my ESA, the contact person stated below will be responsible for the care of my ESA
(All information is required to be completed – Please type or print.):
Name: _______________________________________ Relationship to Owner: ____________
Phone: (_____) __________________ Email: _____________________________________________
By my signature below, I verify that I have read, understand, and agree to abide by this Policy on Emotional Support Animals in University Housing. _______________________________________________________________________
Owner (Signature Required even if under 18 years old)Date:
If Owner is under 18 years old:
I, _________________________________, am the parent or legal guardian of the Owner. I have read, understand, and agree to this Policy on Emotional Support Animals in University Housing __________________________________________________________________________________
Student’s Name: ________________________________ Residence Hall/Room#: _______________
Animal’s Name: _________________________________ Type of Animal: ______________________
Breed: __________________________ Coloring/Markings: _________________________________
Age: ________ Weight: ___________ Gender: __________ Spay/Neuter: ( ) yes ( ) no
License # (if applicable) ________________ Vaccination verified _____ Date of vaccination ________
Veterinarian check-up verified _____ Date of check-up _____ Notes:
ARC Staff Signature ________________________________________________ Date ____________
cc: Residential Life & Housing, Facilities, University Police
University of New Haven is committed to providing access to its programs and services for individuals with disabilities. The University follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the most up-to-date guidance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) with regard to service animals on campus. In accordance with ADA and DOJ, the University of New Haven notes the following regarding persons with disabilities who bring service animals to campus, including University Housing.
“Service animals,” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), are dogs individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, responding to and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA guidelines.
A “Handler” is a person/student with a disability who is directly served by a service animal or a personal care attendant who handles the animal for a person/student with a disability.
1. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents use of these devices. In this case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
2. The handler is responsible for the actions of the service animal, including bodily injury and/or property damage caused by the service animal. The handler’s financial responsibility may include replacement of furniture, carpet, window, wall covering, and costs of damage to other University owned property. The handler is expected to cover these costs at the time of repair and/or move-out.
3. The cost of care (health and safety) for the service animal is the sole responsibility of the handler. In accordance with local ordinances and regulations, the service animal must receive all required and/or recommended immunizations against diseases. Local licensing requirements must be followed. The University may request an updated verification regarding a service animal’s vaccinations at any time during the service animal’s residency, but verification will at a minimum be required at the start of each year the animal is in residence. These records will be maintained in the Accessibility Resources Office and will be shared with the Office of Residential Life and Campus Police.
4. The handler is to ensure that the service animal is not disruptive or a nuisance to members of the University of New Haven community. Disruptive behavior includes loud barking or other distracting actions by the service animal unless said noises or behaviors are part of the needed service to the handler. A nuisance is defined as, but not limited to, excessive noise, physical harm to humans or
other animals, and destruction of property. To the extent possible, the handler should ensure the service dog does not approach or sniff people, dining tables, or the personal belongings of others.
5. The handler must take precautions to assure the service animal does not block any emergency exits.
6. Service animals must be housebroken. It is the handler’s responsibility to remove and properly dispose of the service animal’s waste (e.g. urine, excrement, fur, etc.), which must be placed in a sturdy plastic bag before disposal and must be disposed of in an outside trash receptacle. If the handler is not physically able to clean up after the service dog, then the handler must hire and pay someone who is physically able to perform this service. The handler should keep the animal from urinating in gardens or cultivated areas of the campus.
7. If the service animal resides in University housing, the handler will provide emergency contact information for an individual should the handler be unable to care for the service animal at any time. A current University student or University personnel (unless the University personnel are the parents/guardians of the student) are not appropriate choices for an emergency contact and will not be permitted. If a service animal resides in University housing, the Accessibility Resources Center will share a copy of the emergency contact information with the Office of Residential Life and the University of New Haven Police Department.
8. First-year students who requires the use of a service animal and choose to reside in University sponsored housing, are encouraged to notify the Accessibility Resources Center (ARC) of the intent to live in University housing so that ARC can make appropriate arrangements regarding placement, roommates/suitemates or other required accommodations. Current students who reside on campus should choose roommate(s) and/or suitemate(s) who are comfortable residing with the animal. For first year students who have not selected their own roommate, prospective roommates will be notified of the presence of a service animal in the room. All roommates or suitemates of the Owner must acknowledge in writing that the service animal will be in residence with them. In the event that one or more prospective roommates or suitemates do not approve or have a health or safety related concern regarding exposure to the service animal, general University policies regarding roommate or suitemate disagreements will be followed to enable either the handler and the service animal or the non-approving roommate(s) or suitemate(s) to be moved to a different location.
9. The service animal cannot pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others. If the service animal is deemed to pose a physical threat to others, actions will be taken to remove it from University property.
10. If it is suspected that a service animal is being neglected, mistreated, or has been abandoned, the University may contact the animal control division of the West Haven Police Department. The service animal should not be left alone for unreasonably long periods of time.
11. Routine care for the service animal is expected for health and safety reasons, and includes flea and tick prevention, de-worming, routine vaccinations, bathing, and annual examinations by a veterinarian.
Service Animals may accompany the handler throughout the University property. The University may implement certain restrictions in some areas based on health and safety. Examples may include, but are not limited to, science/research laboratories with sterile conditions, classrooms with research or demonstration animals, areas where protective clothing is necessary, custodial closets, boiler rooms, facility equipment rooms, and areas identified by state law as being inaccessible to animals.
The Residential Life staff will inspect residential facilities on a regular basis as a part of routine health and safety checks of all residential space. If fleas, ticks, or other pests are detected during inspection, the unit will be treated using fumigation methods by the University approved pest control service.
Those costs will be billed to the student/handler’s account.
Service animals may be removed from University of New Haven premises under the following circumstances:
1. The service animal is not housebroken (see #6).
2. The service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it. If improper animal behavior occurs repeatedly; the handler may be prohibited from bringing the service animal into any University facility until the handler can demonstrate that they have taken significant steps to mitigate the behavior.
3. The service animal demonstrates a direct threat. A handler may be directed to remove a service animal that University of New Haven determines to be a substantial and direct threat to the health and safety of individuals. Any service animal that displays vicious behaviors toward other students, staff, or guests, may be barred from campus.
When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, the Accessibility Resources Center will work with the student with the disability to obtain goods or services without the use of the animal.
The University reserves the right to amend these guidelines at any time as circumstances require.
All information is required to be completed – Please type or print:
Student Name: _____________________________________________________________________
Service Animal’s Name___________________
Age_______ Weight_______ Gender__________ Spay/Neuter______ ( ) yes ( ) no
License # (if applicable) ____________________
____Vaccination(s) verified. Date of vaccination(s) __________________________
____Veterinarian check-up verified. Date of check-up:________________________
Emergency Contact Information:
Relationship to Handler: ___________________________ Phone number:
ARC Staff Signature ________________________________________________ Date ____________
cc: Residential Life, Facilities, Campus Police
By my signature below, I verify that I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the Guidelines for Service Animals in University Housing.
Handler’s Signature (Required even if under 18 years old)Date
If Owner is under 18 years old:
I, _____________________________, am the parent or legal guardian of the Handler I have (Please Print) read, understand, and agree to these Guidelines for Service Animals in University Housing.
ARC Director/Assistant Director Signature Date
1. When the alarm sounds, all occupants must evacuate the building quickly and safely. If you are aware of a resident in need of assistance, please notify an RA and Public Safety officials. Students should meet in the following areas:
• The Atwood – Student Parking Area
• Bergami Hall – go to the upper parking lot;
• Bethel – the grassy area between Bethel and the Gate House;
• Bixler Hall/Gerber Hall – Quad between Bixler and Gerber Hall;
• Celentano – Quad between Celentano and Bixler;
• Dunham Hall – Quad between Celentano and Bixler;
• Forest Hills – Buildings 1and 2 should move to the north side of the complex, by the fence. Buildings 3 and 4 should assemble along the fence area on the south side of the property. These locations allow for fire vehicles to maneuver around these buildings.
• Savin Court – Rear Parking Lot at Northern Fence Line;
• Main Street Condos – Sidewalk in Front of Complex;
• Park View – Rear Parking Lot
• Sheffield Hall – Quad between Celentano and Bixler;
• Westside Hall – Westside Hall Parking Lot
• Winchester Hall – Quad between Celentano and Bixler;
2. The Fire Department will ensure that the building has been properly evacuated.
3. The Fire Department and University of New Haven Police Department will determine the cause of the alarm.
4. Any student found in their room/apartment during an alarm will be subject to disciplinary action.
5. Once the building has been evacuated, Residential Life staff members will ensure that students are staging in the appropriate location and that students do not return to the building until the proper time.
6. The Fire Department determines when it is appropriate to return to the building. Under no circumstances should you return unless told to do so by a Residential Life staff member acting for the Fire Department or by members of the Fire Department themselves.
1. If you smell smoke or see a fire, pull the alarm if not sounding, notify others as you leave the building through the nearest safe exit.
2. Before opening the door, feel it with the back of your hand to see if it is hot. If the door is hot, do not open it. Place something to block the space under the door, stay in your room near a window, and alert rescue personnel to your location. If the door is not hot, put your shoulder up against it, and open it slowly. If the hallway appears to be clear, exit the building. If you encounter smoke, seek an alternate exit, or return to your room and seek assistance from rescue personnel.
3. If you must pass through a smoke-filled corridor, cover your nose and mouth with a cloth, and stay as low to the ground as possible while evacuating the building.
4. Never use the elevator when the fire alarm is sounding.
5. Never prop open fire doors; their purpose is to hold back the fire during an emergency.
6. Students should attend fire safety training held throughout the year. Training is offered during residence hall floor meetings, twice a semester during the evening, and upon requests made to the Public Safety Department.
7. Once the Fire Department responds, the nature and location of the problem will be identified.
• DON'T IGNORE ALARMS!
• Immediately exit the building.
• Before opening a door, feel the door. If it's hot, keep the door closed and find a second way out.
• If trapped, call 911 and tell them your location. Seal the door and signal for help from your window. Open windows slightly at the top and bottom and be prepared to close if smoke rushes in.
• Call 911 from a safe location.
• Notify emergency personnel if you know or suspect someone is still inside.
• Begins before emergencies occur.
• Learn your buildings evacuation plan and the location of all exits.
• Practice using alternate means of egress and learn how the door hardware works.
• Activate alarm if not sounding by locating the nearest pull station (usually located near the exits).
• Notify others as you exit.
• Report to building muster location.
• DON'T DELAY ACTIVATING ALARMS OR CALLING 911!
• Stay low, drop to hands and knees if necessary and crawl toward exit.
• Smoke will rise.
• Breathe through your nose and use a filter such as a shirt or towel.
Trapped In Room
• Close doors and place towels under the door to prevent smoke from entering.
• Call 911 and give your location.
• Stay low as smoke will rise.
• Get to a window to signal for help.
Clothes on Fire
• STOP, DROP & ROLL (cover your face with your hands).
• Continue to roll around on the ground to smother flames.
• Call 911 to seek immediate medical attention.
• Know and practice using additional ways out.
• Ensure egress paths are passable and not blocked.
• Do not store items in exit corridors, stairs, or doorways.
• Make sure doors open as intended before an emergency occurs.
• Treat all drills as real emergencies.
• Practice using alternate exits.
• Close the door to your room as you exit
• Evacuate to buildings muster location.
• UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN IS A SMOKE FREE CAMPUS
• Do not overload circuits
• Do not pinch, tack or staple cords against walls or furniture or run under carpets.
• Only use electrical devices having a label from an independent testing agency.
• Use light bulbs with the wattage intended for appliances
• Don't use appliances that malfunction or trip breakers.
• WATCH WHAT YOU HEAT! Never leave cooking unattended.
• Cook only where permitted.
• Use only approved devices.
• Keep cooking area clean and uncluttered.
• Cook only when alert, not sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol.
• If you use electric appliances, don't overload circuits.
• If fire starts in microwave, keep door closed and unplug the unit.
• All grilling on campus must follow the University's Grilling Policy.
• Grills should be on a flat, stable surface a safe distance from combustibles.
• Maintain a 3-foot safe zone barrier around grill.
• Never leave the grill unattended. Most accidents involving grills occur when left unattended.
• Do not wear loose clothing and use long handled utensils.
• All grilling must go through EMS.
• Not permitted in residence halls or offices.
• If approved, must be on flat, stable surface where they will not accidentally overturn.
• Only use on small fires in their incipient stages.
• Have an escape route and work toward an exit
• Remember P.A.S.S.
• Pull pin
• Aim nozzle at the base of the fire
• Squeeze handle to discharge agent
• Sweep the nozzle across the base of the fire.
• If fire is too large, close door to room, activate alarm and evacuate.
• Fire Extinguishers video FEMA: https://youtu.be/BLjoWjCrDqg
• Don't hang anything from sprinkler components.
• Keep storage at least 18"below sprinkler heads.
• Notify the Facilities Department of damaged sprinkler components.
• Ensure you have working smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside sleeping areas and on every level.
• Carbon monoxide detectors should be located outside each sleeping area and on every level.
• Ensure you have two ways out of each room and building.
• Make sure windows open easily.
• Don't overload circuits, have ample electrical outlets for your devices.
• Find out when the last Fire Marshal inspection occurred (should be within past year)
• Ensure the heating system is maintained and inspected yearly.
• Make sure the building address is clearly visible from the street for emergency responders.
False fire alarms have serious implications for student safety. Anyone involved in endangering public safety and/or tampering with fire safety equipment will face disciplinary action, including possible expulsion from the University, and will be subject to full prosecution under the laws of the State of Connecticut.
Making bomb threats is a serious offense. Individuals found to be involved in this type of activity will face disciplinary action, including possible expulsion from the University, and be subject to full prosecution under the laws of the State of Connecticut.
Anyone receiving or hearing such a threat should report it immediately to a Residential Life staff member and the University of New Haven Police Department.
Office of Residential Life
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This section of the Student Handbook has been written as a guide and reference for resident students at the University of New Haven and includes information and policies specific to resident students and their guests/visitors.
The mission of the Office of Residential Life is to create a safe, supportive, inclusive and engaged learning environment that enhances students’ holistic development. We provide opportunities for students to create community and implement a vision for their future.
Our vision is for the residential community to create spirited life-long Chargers.
• Build collaborative relationships that connect students with University partners to support academic success and personal development.
• Co-create a residential environment that intentionally seeks student input and feedback by practicing open and honest dialogue.
• Immerse students in a community engagement model that prepares them to be active members of the University community and emerge as responsible global citizens.
• Foster an environment of mutual respect that promotes discovery and appreciation of self and one another.
To serve our mission, we commit to co-creating a student-centered environment that values:
• Curiosity and Discovery
• Thoughtful and create expression
• Advocacy for self and others
• Authentic and equitable relationships
• As sense of belonging and pride
The Office of Residential Life believes diversity and inclusion enriches learning and instills a sense of belonging that enhances community. We commit to co-creating an environment that supports and affirms diversity in all manifestations.
We recognize and are dedicated to our staff's continuous development to serve our community's growing needs.
In partnership with members of the University of New Haven, the Office of Residential Life will infuse diversity and inclusion into our staffing practices, community, education and programming.
Resident Assistants (RAs): Undergraduate and graduate students whose sole purpose is to foster a safe, inclusive community within their respective residential areas. Resident Assistants help reflect ORL's and the University's values to the residents on their floor. They do this by getting to know and building connections with their residents, referring them to campus resources, planning social and educational engagement opportunities, and ensuring their community's health and safety. RAs are on duty in the evenings and available to assist their community members should a concern or urgent situation arise as well as to address incidents involving University policies. RAs are a great resource if you have a question, concern, or are just looking to get more involved on campus.
Academic Peer Mentors (APMs): Student staff assigned to each first-year residence hall to provide academic support and guidance to the residential community. APMs provide programs on study skills, time management, and academic exploration to name a few and receive training and supervisions through the Center for Student Success.
Community Supervisors: Live-in professional and/or graduate-level staff members who directly supervise the Resident Assistant staff. They provide leadership and guidance for their residence hall community. Their offices are typically located within their respective residence halls.
• Residence Director (RD): Full-time graduate students employed 'part-time' to coordinate the dayto-day operations of a residential area. RDs are responsible for building relationships with their students, offering support services, ensuring the maintenance and upkeep of their area, and addressing student concerns ranging from interpersonal conflict to mental health emergencies. Depending on the residence hall, an RD may advise the Hall Council. Additionally, RDs may host social programming to build relationships and rapport with residents. They also meet with students when there are alleged violations of University policies to decide on outcomes and restore the health and safety of their communities.
• Area Coordinator (AC): Professional staff who manage one or more residential area(s). ACs directly supervise student staff and are responsible for the training, development, and evaluation of RAs. ACs manage their residential areas autonomously in accordance with department and university policies and procedures. ACs have all the responsibilities of Residence Directors in
addition to providing leadership on departmental committees and representing ORL on divisional and university-wide initiatives. ACs perform in our 24/7 on-call duty rotation, where they are responsible for responding to all campus incidents and emergencies.
Desk Assistants: Desk Assistants are undergraduate students approved for Federal Work Study funding. They are employed by the Office of Residential Life to support live-in staff members in the residence halls with guest sign in, building maintenance, and community development.
The mission of the University of New Haven’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) is to advocate and promote the interests and desires of our residential students; support, coordinate, sponsor, and fund educational and social programming for the residential community; and facilitate meaningful connections between residents within the different residential facilities maintained by the University. RHA’s general body is comprised of student representatives from individual hall councils and the overall residential student community. The general body is overseen by a student executive board and staff advisor from the Office of Residential Life.
Participating in your hall council gives you an opportunity to get involved, meet people, and have some input about your living environment. You can also gain valuable experience as a student leader. Hall Council members plan hall-wide events and serve as a voice for residential students to help develop a sense of community and positive living environment.
The Office of Residential Life partners with the University Police Department to pair a University Police Department Officer with each residential area.
The Housing License Agreement is binding for the entire academic year. Students living in University Commons are bound to their Housing License Agreement from July 15 through June 30 annually. Residents are expected to live in the room assigned to them and are responsible for its condition. Each room will be inspected by Residential Life staff prior to check-in and after check-out. Any uncleanliness, damage, theft, vandalism, or loss of University property, including loss of issued keys, will be charged to the student's account. Damage to any common areas within the residence halls and any fines levied by civil authorities (e.g., for false alarms, etc.) will be prorated among the residents of the entire building. Please refer to the Housing License Agreement for billing and cancellation procedures.
The University reserves the right to assign students to any vacant residence hall space, to increase the number of occupants in any room/suite/apartment, or to re-assign a student at any time for any reason.
It is each student's responsibility to keep any vacant space in their bedroom, suite, or apartment clean and ready to receive a new occupant at any time.
If a large number of vacancies occur in any residence hall, the Office of Residential Life reserves the right to consolidate students.
When checking into your assigned room/suite/apartment, residents receive their key(s) from a Residential Life staff member and are required to complete a Room Condition Report. The Room Condition Report should be completed accurately and in detail and with any previously damaged items indicated.
Residential Life staff will assist you if you have any questions about completing the Room Condition Report. Failure to complete it may result in your being charged unnecessarily when your room/suite/apartment is checked again when you move out.
When checking out of your assigned room/suite/apartment, you will arrange with a Residential Life staff member to return your keys and complete the check-out portion of the Room Condition Report. You will return your room/suite/apartment keys to Residential Life staff at the time of check-out, or you will be billed for the cost of a lock change. Your room/suite/apartment must also be clean and free of trash and personal items. Any items left after you move out will be discarded. Failure to complete these procedures may result in an improper check-out fee assessed to your student account. Detailed check-out information is distributed at the close of each semester. Students who fail to vacate their room/suite/apartment by the designated time will be subject to a $50 fine and will be assessed a $50 per night charge
When checking into the residence hall, each student receives a room/suite/apartment key. Mail keys for students living in University housing can be requested through the University Mail Room. Students living in University Commons can request a mail key from the Office of Residential Life.
If you have lost your key, a temporary replacement key for your room/suite/apartment will be issued at the time the lost/stolen key is reported, and your student account will reflect a lock change charge. Should the lost/stolen key be found after the lock is changed, the lock change charge will remain on your account. All students residing in a room/suite/apartment will need to go to the Office of Residential Life with their University of New Haven ID card to pick up their new key.
If you are locked out of your room/suite/apartment, the first step you should take is to contact your roommate(s)/suitemate(s) to see if they are in the room or close by to assist you. If you do not have a roommate/suitemate or they inform you that they are unable to assist, please use the following resources:
• Whenever you find that you are locked out of your room, you should check first to see if there are any RA or professional staff in your building who are holding resource hours. You can check the posted resource hours in your hall to see who may be available and visit the office/front desk in your hall to connect with staff. If there are not staff available to assist in your hall, please follow the below guidelines:
o Monday – Friday, 8:30 a m –4:30 p m :
If in-hall staff are unavailable, please call or visit the central Residential Life office in Bixler Hall to receive assistance.
o Monday – Friday, 4:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.:
If in-hall staff are unavailable, please proceed to University Police Dispatch or call them at 203-932-7014. UPD will assist in connecting you with the Residential Life staff member on call.
o Saturday – Sunday, 7:30 a m –8:00 p.m.:
If in-hall staff are unavailable, please proceed to University Police Dispatch or call them at 203-932-7014. UPD will assist in connecting you with the Residential Life staff member on call.
Please note: Resident Assistant staff is available 7 days a week after 8:00 p m to assist with lock outs. Please visit your front desk of your residence hall if you are locked out of your room after 8:00 p m on any day of the week for assistance.
If you live at Atwood, Park View, Savin Court, or Main Street and you are locked out of your room, you will need to contact/visit the Office of Residential Life during business hours (M – F, 8:30 a m – 4:30 p m ) for lock out assistance. After business hours and on the weekends, you will need to contact University Police Dispatch who will connect you with the Residential Life staff member on call.
If you are habitually locked out, the Resident Assistant can and will refuse to let you into your room. It is your responsibility to always carry your keys with you or replace your keys if you have lost them.
Leaving your door unlocked is dangerous and places you and your roommates' belongings at risk.
Please note the following expectations we have of you at the time of your lockout:
• You will never be let into a room to which you are not assigned.
• You will be required to present both your student ID card and your rooms keys at the time of lockout. Residence Life staff will use your ID to confirm they are letting you into your assigned room. After they have let you in, you will need to show them your room keys to confirm that you have not lost your keys. If you cannot produce your room keys, you will be charged for a key change and lock change.
A lock change will cost a student $115/key. If a student has a key to their apartment/suite door and a key to their bedroom door and has lost both keys, the student will be charged $230 to replace both keys.
It is imperative that students be concerned with the care and treatment of all University property, including that found in individual rooms and public areas. Residents share responsibility for ensuring that University property is not damaged or stolen. Damage charges may be assessed for any intentional or negligent damage by residents. Any damage caused by a guest will be charged to the host. Damage charges
may be assessed at any point throughout or after the academic year depending on the type and nature of the damage. Pricing for damages may vary depending on location (on campus or off campus) and are subject to change. Examples of damage that may be charged include, but are not limited to, wall repair, broken windows, replacement of screens, and vandalism. If you would like to see a full list of billable damages and charges, please contact the Office of Residential Life.
Damage includes, but is not limited to, misuse (either intentional or unintentional) resulting in the need for repairs beyond anticipated wear and tear (as evaluated by Facilities staff) as well as unauthorized alterations to the structure and/or amenities provided in University rooms/suites/apartments.
1. To avoid damaging the walls, while hanging posters, etc., it is highly recommended that you utilize products specifically designed to be removed without causing damage to walls.
2. Do not use nails, screws, push pins or thumbtacks to hang posters, etc.
3. Do not use tape, especially masking tape, which pulls off paint, and scotch tape, which cannot be easily removed.
4. Do not use a sticky, gum-like adhesive substance (Funtac or glue sticks) on any surface.
5. Do not stick decals, bum per stickers, etc. on any surface; they damage the surface they are adhered to.
6. Empty trash regularly, and do not accumulate empty cans, bottles, or other recycling.
7. Complete your Room Condition Report thoroughly, and return it to your RA immediately at check-in.
8. Return all your keys upon leaving University housing.
Students studying abroad/away, taking a leave of absence, or withdrawing from the University for the spring semester, must check out of their housing assignments by the end of the Fall semester and follow the posted check-out procedures.
Resident students who graduate mid-year and check-out of the residence hall at that time are subject to the following:
1. Assessed damages during the last semester of residence will be billed to the student's account (if applicable),
2. Room and Board for the ensuing semester will be completely refundable,
3. The Housing License Agreement is binding for students who graduate with an Associate’s/Bachelor’s degree in January and continue as full-time students for the spring semester.
4. Resident students graduating at mid-year must vacate their housing assignment at the end of the fall semester.
Residential students who are academically or administratively dismissed from the University between semesters of anticipated occupancy (i.e., fall-spring, spring-fall) shall automatically and immediately lose their room reservation for the ensuing semester. In such cases, students must reapply for housing through the established procedures, regardless of the fact that they may have been reinstated to the University through the appropriate appeals process prior to the next standard period for residence hall occupancy. The following stipulations regarding refunds will apply:
1. Assessed damages during the last semester of residence will be billed to the student's account (if applicable).
2. If an institutional delay in academic or administrative dismissal notification results in a student's improperly commencing residence, the room fee will be prorated as necessary. Residential Life staff will verify the status of any residents academically or administratively dismissed. Such residents will be required to remove their belongings and vacate the residence hall within 48 hours of notification.
The residence halls will be closed for all University break periods. You will be notified of the specific times and dates that the halls will close and reopen. Break periods include Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break.
Please note, students living only in University Commons are permitted to remain on campus during break periods as defined by their Housing License Agreement.
When you leave your room for the vacation periods, you are responsible for the following:
1. All windows must be closed and locked and all doors dead-bolted,
2. All window blinds must be drawn,
3. Clean your room/suite/apartment; empty wastebaskets, remove all perishable food from refrigerators and rooms, and take your trash to the dumpster,
4. All electrical appliances must be unplugged including Micro-fridges (with the exception of University refrigerators),
5. Take all items you will need during the break period. You will not have access to your room/suite/apartment during the break,
6. Remove all your valuable personal belongings. The University is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
A Residential Life staff member will check each room/suite/apartment to ensure that the above guidelines have been followed. Students who fail to vacate their room/suite/apartment by the designated time will be subject to a $50 fine and will be assessed a $50 per night charge.
All students requesting to remain on campus in Break Housing must have their need to stay verified and approved by the Office of Residential Life by the appropriate deadline. All students requesting Break Housing should complete a Break Housing Application on myHousing, which includes the Break Housing policies and procedures.
Unauthorized occupancy of any residence hall room/suite/apartment during a vacation period will result in an occupancy charge and disciplinary action and may result in loss of residence hall privileges.
In the event that any residence hall fees remain unpaid or overdue, the University reserves the right to withhold from the resident their registration, grades, transcripts, or diploma; to remove the student from University housing; and to refuse future housing requests.
A resident student's Housing License Agreement may be terminated by the Office of Residential Life without referral to the student conduct system for the following reasons:
1. Documented disruptive behavior which inhibits the ongoing functioning of the residence hall community.
2. Excessive damage to University property and the living environment;
3. Consistent unsanitary and unhealthful conditions in a residence hall room, suite, apartment, or communal area;
4. Failure to meet a financial obligation including, but not limited to, housing and damage fees;
5. Unauthorized occupancy of a residence hall room during a vacation period
The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to contact, in an emergency, individuals designated on file. We may also release the names and University email addresses of roommates to students assigned to a room/suite/apartment.
All room change requests must have the approval from the Office of Residential Life. The Room Change Application will be available on myHousing after the second week of the semester. Students interested in a room change should connect with their Resident Assistant and/or Community Supervisor.
The Office of Residential Life reserves the right to change room assignments for the welfare of the student or the Residential Life program.
During the first weeks of the academic year, residence hall staff facilitate Roommate Agreements for each Room/Suite. Roommate Agreements are available in all residence halls regardless of class year. Students experiencing conflicts with roommates should first try to resolve any issues with their roommates. If this is not successful, students may seek the assistance of their Resident Assistant to aid with conflict mediation. If the conflict cannot be resolved with your RA's assistance, students may contact their community supervisor for further assistance.
Authorized University personnel may enter student rooms/suites/apartments under the following circumstances:
1. Reasonable cause to believe that a violation of University rules or regulations is taking place;
2. To complete a wellness check to ensure the wellbeing of a student;
3. Repairs and maintenance;
4. Health and Safety or Closing inspections;
To the extent possible, students will be given reasonable notice. Duly authorized law enforcement authorities, following appropriate legal procedures, are entitled to enter and search residence hall rooms and residents' belongings.
The University also retains the right to inspect student rooms and property if reasonable suspicion of illegal activity exists.
It is important for students to protect their personal property (stereos, cameras, computers, furniture), as the University is not responsible for the personal property of residents. This includes, but is not limited to, items in rooms, in storage, being delivered on the student's behalf, en route or under any other circumstances. Students should have personal property insurance as the University does not provide coverage for these items.
There are several options for obtaining personal property insurance. This can be confirmed by contacting your family's insurance agent. A parent's homeowner or tenant insurance policy may provide coverage; check the language of the policy to see if you need to add a rider. Also, all residential students receive a brochure from the National Student Services, Inc. (NSSI) regarding coverage for students living oncampus and for those renting apartments off campus (1.800.256.NSSI). They can be reached online at (www.nssi.com). Brochures are also in the Office of Residential Life.
Students should keep an inventory of their property, complete with serial numbers, to prove ownership if they need to file a claim with an insurance company.
The University does not provide storage of personal items during the summer months or once a student has left the University. The University reserves the right to immediately dispose of all items left in the room/suite/apartment after the halls have closed at the end of the academic year. The University may also immediately dispose of any belongings left by students who have withdrawn from the University or have been removed from housing.
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The Room Selection Process for current students is conducted each spring for the following academic year. Based on rising class status (sophomore, junior, etc.), each eligible student is assigned a random Room Selection Number which determines the order in which the student selects a room. This process is fully explained by the Office of Residential Life before the Room Selection Process. Information is also posted at www.newhaven.edu/roomselection.
Continuing students who do not follow the deadlines of the Room Selection Process will not be permitted to participate in the Room Selection Process and will be added to the housing waiting list. Students on the housing waiting list will be assisted in finding a space on campus after the conclusion of the Room Selection Process. Students on the housing waiting list are not guaranteed placement with their preferred roommate or within their preferred residential area.
Incoming students are assigned over the summer and receive their assignments in late July. Incoming students can make roommate requests through the myHousing portal.
The University of New Haven does not discriminate based on disability and will make every effort to provide appropriate accommodations within the parameters of available resources. A formal request and documentation of the need for modified housing or modified dining accommodations are required. Students should make their needs for modified housing and/or modified dining accommodations known to the Accessibility Resources Center on the ground level of Sheffield Hall. Incoming students should make a request for accommodation by contacting the Accessibility Resources Center as soon as they have been accepted to the University and have made their decision to attend. For returning students, a request for accommodation should be made in conjunction with the process and deadlines set forth by the Accessibility Resources Center.
Any student who needs specific modifications in housing and/or dining accommodations due to a disability or a disabling medical condition should review the Modified Housing/Dining Policy and apply using this link: https://kea.accessiblelearning.com/newhaven/applicationhousing.aspx complete with the appropriate Disability Verification Form (Housing/Dining) or Disability Verification Form (ESA). Although every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate requests, late requests may result in delay, substitution, or denial of accommodations. All requests will be reviewed by the 504/ADA/FHA Committee, and students will be notified of the Committee's decisions. Students will have the right to grieve the Committee's decision by following the grievance process in the Modified Housing/Dining policy
Students with mobility, hearing, and visual disabilities should notify the Office of Residential Life and Accessibility Resources Center so that these offices can make University of New Haven Police Department, fire, and other emergency personnel aware of the rooms occupied by persons with disabilities to ensure that appropriate measures can be taken when responding in the event of an emergency.
If students wish to participate in a Study Abroad program for spring semester, they may pay their $500 Room Deposit before leaving at the end of the fall semester. This will enable a student to participate in the Room Selection Process with a group of current University of New Haven students during the Room Selection Process taking place during the spring semester.
If students are going abroad for the fall semester, they may pay their $500 Room Deposit during spring semester. Students will be placed in an available room for January before returning to the University of New Haven.
Please note, if you are a continuing student studying abroad in the fall semester, the Office of Residential Life is unable to hold an assignment for you for spring that you might have selected during the room selection process. If you are studying abroad in the fall semester and you have a room assignment on the West Haven campus, your fall room assignment will be cancelled, and you will be placed into an assignment based on availability for spring semester.
Meal plans are required for students residing in University housing with the exception of Main Street Condos, Park View, Savin Court, and the Atwood. Returning students select a meal plan during the Room Selection Process, for the following academic year. First-year students will be assigned the Charger Pride meal plan. Returning students living in University housing select from the Charger Blue, Charger Gold, and Charger Pride plans; the Senior Meal Plan is also available to students with senior class standing at the time of meal plan enrollment.
Before purchasing a meal plan, thoroughly review the description of the meal plan so that you fully understand the designated mealtimes and dining halls in which you can dine with a meal swipe and which designated mealtimes and dining halls will utilize a charge to your Dining Dollars.
During the first week of each semester, the Office of Residential Life coordinates an open enrollment period. During this one-week period, eligible students may log into myHousing and update the meal plan that was purchased. All meal plan purchases are final at the end of the open enrollment period.
Continuing students assigned to halls where a meal plan is required, that have not selected a meal plan following the completion of the Room Selection Process by the published deadline will automatically be assigned to the Charger Blue meal plan. First year students will be assigned to the Charger Pride Meal Plan
Students residing in Savin Court, Main Street Condos, Park View or the Atwood are not required to purchase a meal plan but may still opt to purchase a voluntary meal plan at dining.newhaven.edu.
If a student officially withdraws from the University, a prorated refund will be issued through the 4th week of the semester per the University Refund schedule available at newhaven.edu/bursar.
More information regarding the meal plan offerings and dining options at the University of New Haven is available at dining.newhaven.edu.
The residential life program's main goals are to create a sense of community among the residents of each building and to provide an environment where students may learn and develop positive social and academic habits. If a resident's behavior interferes with or infringes on the rights of others, the Residential Life staff will intervene and discuss the matter with the individual. If discussion does not alter the inappropriate behavior, the student will be referred to the student conduct process.
The following conduct is prohibited in or around University residence halls, and violators are subject to immediate action and/or removal by University personnel:
1. Misuse of University property or furniture (e.g., moving beds out of the bedroom area, reconstruction of bunkbeds, moving furniture from public areas into individual rooms, removing University property from a room/suite/apartment or building);
2. Removal of window screens; suspension of articles from windows or ledges; placing of neon signs in windows; signs, symbols, or logos referring to alcohol and visible from outside the building;
3. Presence on building roof areas, window ledges, or other unauthorized areas;
4. Tampering with multi-room/apartment heat control valves;
5. The playing of any type of sports in hallways, suites, apartments, and rooms.
Students are members of a community and are expected to act responsibly and not to interfere with the rights, comfort, or safety of their roommates, other students, and neighbors in the West Haven community.
Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. Your neighbors have the right to ask (and expect you to comply) that you hold noise to a level that they will not be able to hear.
Residential Life Quiet Hours are as follows:
Sunday - Thursday: 10 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Friday & Saturday: 1 a m – 8 a m
During final exams: 24 hours a day
Be considerate of your neighbors and the greater residential community. You may be asked to take electronic equipment home if repeated noise violations occur.
Quiet Hour Violations
• First offense – Verbal Warning
• Second offense – Mandatory disciplinary meeting with Hearing Officer
• Third offense – Removal of item that is the cause of the violation (if applicable) and/or a $50 fine
For the purposes of this policy:
• A housing unit is defined as any room, suite, or apartment in any University housing in which one or more assigned students reside.
Guests are defined as anyone present in a University of New Haven housing unit other than the student(s) assigned. Guest policies are designed to protect all students in the residence halls.
Residents are responsible for the actions of any guest in their housing unit and building, as well as the actions of guests who are not members of the University community anywhere on campus.
As such, guests must always remain with their host and be ready to show their approved guest pass when asked by University staff. If a guest is displaying inappropriate behavior, the host will be held responsible for such behavior. All guests must comply with all University rules and regulations.
Occupants of a room/suite/apartment have a right to expect that they and their assigned roommates will be the only persons residing in that room/suite/apartment. Please be courteous to your roommate(s). If a student or staff member suspects that a resident is permitting a guest to reside in their room beyond the outlined Guest Policy expectations, they should talk to their roommate to reset and reinforce room expectations and the outlined Guest Policy. If a student has spoken to their roommate and the issue is persistent and on-going, they can submit a report through the LiveSafe App and/or immediately report the concern to their Resident Assistant/Community Supervisor.
Residents are permitted to entertain guests, provided the following guidelines are observed:
1. Residents will be limited to two (2) guests per student
2. All guests must be 18 years of age or older. If guests are younger than 18, they must always be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
3. Guests who are not currently University of New Haven students must register to be a guest on campus and receive a guest pass. Guest passes must be available to always present to a representative of the University. Guests who fail to present their pass when requested will be escorted from campus.
4. All guests must always be escorted by their host with whom they are registered to be on campus.
5. Guests are not permitted to sleep in commons areas or in the lounges of any University building.
In addition to the Guest Policy, overnight Guests and their University of New Haven hosts are also responsible for the following policies and procedures.
1. The maximum number of overnight guests permitted is two (2) per University of New Haven resident student. Overnight guests are permitted throughout the week for a maximum of three (3) consecutive nights and a maximum of 10 nights within a 30-day period.
2. Roommates should agree to a guest remaining overnight before any guest stays overnight.
3. Students wishing to register an overnight guest must register the guest with the Office of Residential Life or at the desk in your residence hall. Overnight guests will receive a digital overnight pass on their phone to show they have been signed in correctly.
4. Guests are only permitted to stay overnight in the building for which the sign-in occurs. Guests signing into any other building on campus must follow the standard guest policies described.
5. Hosts must have the permission of their roommate if the guest will be using the roommate’s bed.
6. Residence hall rooms, including suites or apartments, are not suitable for overnight stays by parents/guardians. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are not permitted to be signed in as overnight guests. The presence of parents/guardians for an extended length of time or for overnight visits has proven to be a source of uneasiness and discomfort among students/residents in the past. For these reasons, parents/guardians may not stay overnight in a residence hall for any reason. Additionally, parents/guardians will not be permitted access to a student’s room without the student present.
Students living in University housing must register their University Affiliated and non-University Affiliated guests. Please see below for specific information:
• University Affiliated Guests: A University Affiliated guest is any person who is a member of the University community who does not live in the host student’s residence hall (for example, a student who lives in Bixler Hall visiting a student who lives in Gerber Hall). University
Affiliated guests must always be accompanied by their host. After 8pm, University Affiliated guests should be checking in at the front desk of the residence hall they are visiting. In an area where there is not a front desk, University Affiliated guests should be prepared to present their University Issued ID card if requested by a University Official and should always be accompanied by their host.
• Non-University Affiliated Guests: A Non-University Affiliated Guest is any person who is not a member of the University community (parents, siblings, family members, friends from home, etc.). Non-University guests to University Housing are required to be registered through myHousing and must receive an electronic guest pass. Once registered, guests should be ready and able to provide their electronic guest pass at any time at the request of a Residential Life staff member.
o The following residence halls have security staff present at the desk 24/7 and should prepare guests to show their electronic guest pass to security each time they enter the building: Atwood and Park View.
o The following residence halls do not have a front desk at their location: Dunham Hall, Main Street, Savin Court, and Ruden St. Apartments. However, you are still required to register your non-University Affiliated Guest through myhousing and ensure they are prepared to present their electronic guest pass is prompted by a University authority. While Forest Hills does not have a duty desk, your guest may be asked to present their electronic guest pass at the guard shack.
A University official may request at any time that a guest leaves the residence hall. In the event of a policy violation, a University Official may deny a guest permission to visit the building pending the outcome of a student conduct hearing.
Guest policies for Homecoming and Spring Weekends may be adjusted for each residence area to ensure compliance with building occupancy guidelines as directed by the Fire Marshall. Residents should seek additional information from Residential Life staff.
All students and their guests must adhere to the specific policies and procedures set forth by the Office of Residential Life for these weekends as communicated via University of New Haven email.
The University expects a certain level of cleanliness and fire and safety standards to be maintained in its residence halls. To ensure that these standards are met, the Residential Life staff will conduct regular health and safety inspections of each room/suite/apartment. Students will be notified of the regularly scheduled Health and Safety Inspection period 24 hours in advance. Please note that University officials reserve the right to conduct unannounced inspections if there is reason to believe the health and wellness or safety of residents are at risk.
During a Health and Safety inspection, attention is paid to the cleanliness in every residence hall room/suite/apartment. Removal of trash to the appropriate assigned area is also critical to note in each inspection. Finally, any other situation that is deemed a health hazard will be noted.
If a problem is noted, you will receive a written request to rectify it by a specified date. At that time, the room/ suite/apartment will be re-inspected. Failure to correct a documented problem can result in a $25 fine and possible referral to the student conduct process.
If prohibited items are found in a student room/suite/apartment, they may be confiscated and/or discarded by University personnel, and possible referral to the student conduct process.
We hope that the inspections will remind you of the importance of upholding University standards and being considerate of the health and safety of the people with whom you live. Every student has the right to a clean and safe living/learning environment.
Fire Safety Inspections are conducted periodically by the local and University of New Haven Fire Marshals. Please ensure the safety of all resident students by abiding by all fire safety policies.
Please remember to do your part to conserve energy. Turn off lights, unplug appliances that are not in use, keep your windows shut when the heat is on, and report any problems, such as leaky faucets and heat problems through the Facilities Work Order system available on myCharger.
Although the University has included the cost of electricity in the housing fee, students should know that an account of each apartment's electricity use will be kept on file in the Facilities Department. With this in mind, students should conserve their use of electricity.
Any apartments found to be using an above-average amount may be billed for their excessive use.
Due to the inherent risk to personal safety, the following items are prohibited within the residence halls:
1. Animals and/or pets of any kind are not permitted in the residence halls, except fish in a small tank (no more than 5 gallons), emotional support animals approved by the Accessibility Resources Center, and service animals. Residents will be required to remove prohibited animals/pets from the residence hall within 24 hours. Failure to comply with requests to remove an animal/pet will result in further documentation, a conduct hearing, and sanctioning, including but not limited to, probation, a $50 fine, and removal of the prohibited animal;
2. Weightlifting equipment (small hand weights are permissible), dart boards (when mounted on wall);
3. Bicycle storage outside of individual student rooms (may not block egress);
4. Motorcycles other than in student parking areas (must be registered with University of New Haven Police Department);
5. Outside TV or radio antennas/satellite dishes;
6. Electrically amplified instruments, subwoofers and/or drums, DJ equipment (items may be stored but not utilized in the residence halls and must be used in designated practice areas);
7. Non-University beds, mattresses or lofts (including waterbeds), cinderblocks, wicker furniture, cardboard cutouts, carpets with a foam or rubber backing, trash cans larger than 15 gallons, hoverboards;
8. Possession of live Christmas/holiday trees or greens, non-LED string decorative lights (only LED lights with supporting factory tags are permitted in the residence halls);
9. Use of prohibited electrical equipment and appliances including air conditioners, open-coil cooking units, small convection ovens, homemade lighting devices, neon lights and signs, octopus style lamps with multiple arms and plastic light covers, extension cords, halogen lamps, heating blankets, multi-outlet adapters (UL approved power strips are allowed-one per outlet), sun and heat lamps, in-door portable stove top grills, dishwashers, washers, dryers, small freezers, larger than 3.2 -3.3 cubic feet non-University supplied refrigerators;
10. No cooking is permitted in Bergami, Bethel, Bixler, Gerber, and Westside Halls except in the kitchen area. As a result, the following items are prohibited from use: hot plates, heating coils, electric frying pans, toasters, toaster ovens, deep fryers, air fryers, and crock pots. One microwave unit less than 10 amps is permitted per room.
11. Students in Atwood, Park View, Sheffield, Winchester, Celentano, Forest Hills, Dunham, Ruden, Savin Court, and Main Street Condos wishing to cook may bring closed-coil automatic shut off cooking units such as hot pots, hot plates, crock pots, coffee pots, electric fry pans, closed-coil grills (George Foreman style), toasters, and toaster ovens. One microwave oven unit less than 10 amps is permitted per apartment. All cooking and food prep must take place in University designated kitchens.
12. Use of space heaters, candles, incense, charcoal and gas grills, or anything which uses open flame;
13. Construction of additional walls or partitions or physical alteration of a room/suite/apartment, additionally all repairs or alterations to University property must be processed through the University work order system as well as completed by University employees;
14. Free-hanging room dividers used for privacy such as blinds, sheets, bedspreads, curtains, bamboo shades, etc. are against the fire code and are prohibited. Additionally, all room doors shall be able to open to a minimum of 90 degrees.
15. Installing additional locks or chains to any door in the residence hall rooms or apartments;
16. Kegs, empty kegs and alcohol cans or bottles or their use as "furniture", or the installation of a
bar in any room or apartment, beer pong tables and setups, binge drinking paraphernalia, common source containers, ice luges;
17. All personal upholstered sofas, couches, recliners, and other chairs may not have any rips, tears, or defects;
18. Posters, tapestries, and wall coverings may not cover more than 20% of a wall or hang from a ceiling.
Students may not post/hang/stick anything on their windows in their rooms. This includes but is not limited to flags, decorative stickers/window clings, holiday décor, string lights, and other signage. Additionally, any outwardly facing decorations that defame specific individuals or groups may be incompatible with the University’s Freedom of Expression Statement. In situations where concerns regarding the content of the expression are raised, University of New Haven staff members may discuss with students the appropriateness of the decoration and its impact on the community in addition to asking them to remove it from the window.
Posters, advertisements, flyers, etc. approved by the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation or Office Residential Life may be delivered to the Office of Residential Life during business hours for Resident Assistant posting within the residence halls in approved locations. Any poster in violation of University’s policies can be removed at the discretion of ORL staff.
Posting materials on windows, walls, doors, entrances, etc. is not permitted as this can block the visibility and/or cause damage to the surface.
Solicitation, sales advertising, and political and religious canvassing by students and non-students are not permitted in the residence halls.
Students are not permitted to function as on-campus agents or representatives of off-campus private or commercial firms or enterprises or to conduct a business from any residence hall room or apartment.
Individuals violating this policy will be reported to the Office of Residential Life or the University of New Haven Police Department.
Each semester, residential students are assessed an activity fee. The money is allocated to the Residence Hall Association (RHA), Hall Councils, Resident Assistants, and Office of Residential Life for
programs and activities for residential students. Your input and suggestions are crucial so that these groups can have a better understanding of how you would like to see your money spent.
Most residence halls offer a common room for the use of the students housed in that building. These rooms are for social and recreational use with the following guidelines:
1. All University and Residence Hall Policies/Procedures are observed in all Common Areas;
2. Be considerate of others; remember that the Common Room is for the use of all residents;
3. No alcoholic beverages (regardless of students' age) will be permitted in the Common Room;
4. Removal, stacking, and damaging of furniture from the Common Room is prohibited;
5. Following Common Room use, all furniture must be returned to its outlined layout;
6. Any problems with or damage to the Commons Room should be promptly reported to Office of Residential Life staff;
7. The University of New Haven is not responsible for the loss or theft of personal belongings left in the Common Room;
8. Common Rooms are not available to reserve
In the interest of safety, security, and community aesthetics, the following policies apply to the use of outdoor decks at the Main Street Condos:
• Objects are not permitted to be thrown from the deck;
• Decks are to be used as an extension of your living room, and not an entry or an exit from any condominium, except in the case of a fire or life safety emergency which prevents you from leaving through your front door;
• University furniture may not be placed on the deck;
• Laundry lines or drying racks are not permitted to be hanging from or placed on the decks;
• Decorations of any kind (including banners, holiday lights) are not permitted;
• Grills of any kind are not permitted on the decks.
• Stereo speakers, or amplified instruments are not permitted;
• Garbage, boxes, or plastic bags are not to be left on the decks;
• Smoking is prohibited on all decks.
All residential student mailboxes are in Bixler, Bergami, Westside, and Celentano. You may pick up your mail during the hours posted. As a resident student, you will be assigned a mailbox number that will be yours if you remain on campus. Box numbers and keys can be secured at the Mail Department in the basement of Maxcy Hall. Atwood and Park View residents receive their mailbox keys from the Office of Residential Life, upon request. Atwood and Park View residents receive mail and packages delivered to those halls. The correct mailing address for all resident students is as follows:
All other resident students
300 Boston Post Road, “Your Box Number” West Haven, CT 06516
1 Atwood Place, “Your Box Number” West Haven, CT 06516
Park View Residents
1 Cellini Place, “Your Box Number” West Haven, CT 06516
If you have a package, you will be notified via email. You may pick up your package from the Mail Department or the Atwood/Park View (as indicated above) with proper ID. Failure to retrieve your package will result in it being returned to sender.
Every student is responsible for checking their University of New Haven mailbox. Important, dated campus mail will be sent to you through your mailbox.
All keys must be returned before leaving the University at the end of the housing period, or a $25 lost key charge will be assessed to your student account. Please remember to leave a forwarding address with the Mail Department staff should you leave University housing at the end of the academic year. Residents of Atwood and Park View should complete a mail forwarding request with the USPS.
If any University property in your room, apartment/suite, or residence hall (including furniture, windows, toilets, etc.) needs repair, please submit a work order on myCharger by selecting the wrench icon at the top of the screen. If you fail to report a maintenance problem, you could be held responsible for any resulting damage. All repairs must be done by authorized University personnel.
Emergency Work Orders, including active water leaks, broken windows, doors not locking, faulty fire equipment, loss of heat/power, no lights, overflowing toilet should be called in directly to Facilities Services at 203 932 7087
Walkways, parking lots, and corridors are lit for your safety and security. Additional on-campus lighting includes emergency and exit lights. If you should notice a Facilities issue outside of your residence hall on campus, please submit a work order through myCharger.
All maintenance requests will be dealt with as soon as possible; higher priority will be given to the more serious repairs.
There are washers and dryers located in each residence hall. Your student ID operates the laundry machine facilities except in Savin Court, Main Street Condos, and the Atwood. Main Street Condos and the Atwood are furnished with a washer and dryer in each unit. For your health and safety, all laundry room doors should remain closed.
If you have trouble with a machine, report the problem to a Residential Life staff member and/or CSC through the company's link posted in the laundry room. The Office of Residential Life is not responsible for lost or damaged clothing.
It is the student's responsibility to seek information on when and where their vehicle must be moved in the event of a snowstorm. University of New Haven Police Department and Office of Residential Life staff will communicate this information via email and campus postings.
To facilitate snow removal in the University parking lots, students will be notified via their University email account as to the specific days and times that cars must be moved.
It is up to every student to help ensure the safety and security of the residential community. Each student is responsible for following the guidelines listed below and reporting any problems that might affect the safety and security of others.
1. All room, apartment, and suite doors must remain locked, and the deadbolt engaged (where applicable) at all times for your own safety and the security of your belongings. The University assumes no responsibility for loss of, or damage to, personal property.
2. All windows should be locked when occupants are not in the room/suite/apartment.
3. All exterior residence hall doors are locked 24 hours a day. The propping of exterior doors and/or tampering with locks is considered a serious security violation. Residents involved in such activities may be subject to disciplinary action.
4. Question anyone who appears to have no legitimate reason for being in the building or request a staff member or a University of New Haven Police Department Officer to assist you.
5. If a theft occurs, notify a Residential Life staff member and the University of New Haven Police
Department. It is important to do this so that they can begin an investigation, note patterns, and generally be aware of problem areas.
6. Tampering, damaging, or inhibiting the use of emergency/safety equipment, in any residence hall is prohibited. Residents may not use emergency equipment for any purpose other than emergency use. Residents involved in such activities will be subject to disciplinary action. This regulation includes, but not limited to, fire extinguishers, heat and smoke detectors, exit signs, fire alarm pull stations, or defibrillators. If these do not appear to be functioning properly, report that fact immediately to your RA.
7. If you notice a broken room, building lock or any other damaged security device in your residence hall, please notify your RA for the appropriate repair.
Alarm crash bars are installed on emergency exits in all residence halls for security purposes. Students found using these exits in non-emergency situations will be fined $50 for the first offense and future offenses will result in increased fines and possible removal from housing.
In addition to registering an emergency contact, students residing in University housing have the option to identify an individual to be contacted by University of New Haven in the event the student is determined to be missing. If a student has identified such an individual, University of New Haven will notify that person after the student is determined to be missing. Students who wish to identify a confidential contact may do so by logging into myHousing (newhaven.edu/myhousing) and completing the appropriate fields for identifying the name and telephone number of the person to be notified. For more information please contact University of New Haven Police Department or the Office of Residential Life.
Please refer to Campus Fire Safety Information.
Minimum Sanctions for Violation of the Fire Code
• Individual tampering with fire safety equipment
• Malicious activation of a fire sprinkler head
1st offense: Mandatory hearing with Hearing Officer,1-yr disciplinary probation, possible removal from the residence halls, Fire Safety Class, and possible suspension and/or expulsion from the University.
2nd offense: Mandatory hearing with Hearing Officer, removal from the residence halls, possible suspension and/or expulsion from the University, and restitution for resulting damage
• False fire alarm activated in a suite or apartment
• Possession and/or burning of incense or candles (Sanctions begin at 2nd offense level)
• Failure to evacuate during a fire alarm (Sanctions begin at 2nd offense level)
1st offense: Verbal warning at time of incident, corrective measures taken
2nd offense: Mandatory meeting with Hearing Officer, possible disciplinary probation, and Fire Safety Class
3rd offense: Mandatory meeting with Hearing Officer, $100 fine/student, disciplinary probation
4th offense: Possible removal from the residence hall, $200 fine/student
• Unidentified pulling of a false fire alarm in a common area
A fine of $500 will be assessed to the building for each incident
• Possession of prohibited electrical equipment and cooking devices
• Failure to remove refuse/garbage from apartment
• Use of illegal room dividers (items suspended from the ceiling, stacked furniture, non-University walls, etc.)
1st offense: Written warning, 48 hr. time limit for corrective actions.
2nd offense: Mandatory meeting with Hearing Officer, letter of reprimand, $50 fine/student or per resident of room/suite/apartment if individuals involved cannot be identified
3rd offense: Mandatory meeting with Hearing Officer, disciplinary probation for one year, $100 fine/student or per resident of room/apartment if individuals involved cannot be identified, possible removal from housing.
Quiet Hour Violations
• First offense – Verbal Warning
• Second offense – Mandatory disciplinary meeting with Hearing Officer
• Third offense – Removal of stereo or item that is the cause of the violation and/or a $50 fine
In accordance with federal law concerning a DRUG-FREE campus environment, the relevant University policy and regulations are provided to all current students and employees. The information is also available on request. No smoking is permitted in any campus residence hall or administrative, academic, or recreational building. Smoking is confined to outdoor space, with ashtrays provided outside each building.
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require an institution of higher education, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, to certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.
As part of its drug prevention program for students and employees, the University annually distributes in writing to each student and employee the following information:
• standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities;
• a description of applicable local, state, and federal legal sanctions pertaining to the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
• a description of health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;
• a description of available drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs;
• a clear statement of the disciplinary sanctions that the University will impose on students and employees who violate the standards of conduct.
The University has conducted a biennial review of its drug prevention program to determine its effectiveness, implement needed changes, and ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced. The University will continue to conduct such reviews.
The unlawful manufacture, possession, use, dispensation, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students or employees on University property or as part of any University activity is prohibited. Students and employees must comply with this policy as a condition of enrollment or employment.
Connecticut statutes cover a wide range of drug offenses, including the offer, the sale, the possession with intent to sell, the gift, and the mere possession of various types of drugs [Connecticut General Statutes Sections 21a 277, 278, 278a, 279]. Among other provisions, the state laws create the following mandatory minimum prison sentences for first-time offenders who are not “drug-dependent” persons:
• Five years for the manufacture, distribution, or sale, or possession with intent to sell, of one ounce or more of heroin, methadone, or cocaine (including “crack”), or one-half gram or more of cocaine in a freebase form, or five milligrams or more of LSD;
• Five years for the manufacture, distribution, or sale, or possession with intent to sell, of any narcotic, hallucinogenic, or amphetamine-type substance, or one kilogram or more of a cannabis-type substance (which includes marijuana);
• Five years for the offer or gift of any of the above drugs in the respective amounts;
• Conviction for illegal possession of drugs carries no mandatory minimum sentence, but the following are the maximum sentences for first-time offenders;
• Seven years or $50,000 or both for possession of any quantity of a narcotic, including cocaine and “crack,” morphine, or heroin;
• Five years or $2,000 or both for possession of any quantity of a hallucinogen (such as LSD or peyote), other than marijuana, or four ounces or more of a cannabis-type substance (which includes marijuana);
• One year or $1,000 or both for possession of less than four ounces of a cannabis-type substance, or any quantity of a controlled drug, such as amphetamines or barbiturates.
Any person who possesses any controlled substance within one thousand five hundred feet of the real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school and who is not enrolled in such school shall be imprisoned for two years, and that sentence shall not be suspended and shall be in addition to and consecutive to any term of imprisonment imposed under the general possession provisions.
Convictions for drug-related offenses involving minors or in the proximity of elementary or secondary schools carry the following mandatory sentences in addition and consecutive to any term of imprisonment imposed for violations of the statutes which prohibit the distribution, sale, and possession with intent to sell of various types of drugs:
• Two years for the distribution, sale, offer, or gift of any controlled substance by a person eighteen years or older to a person under eighteen years of age and who is at least two years younger than the person violating a statute prohibiting the distribution, sale, or possession with intent to sell of various types of drugs;
• Three years for the manufacture, distribution, sale, transport, or possession with intent to sell, dispensation, offer, or gift to another person of any controlled substance within one thousand five hundred feet of the real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school or a public housing project;
• Three years for employing, hiring, using, persuading, inducing, enticing, or coercing a person under eighteen years of age to violate a statute prohibiting the manufacture, sale, possession with intent to sell, offer, or gift of any controlled substance.
Actual sentences depend on the severity and the circumstances of the offense and the character and background of the offender.
Connecticut law also prohibits the sale, delivery, or giving of alcohol to minors, intoxicated persons, or habitual drunkards [Conn. Gen. Stat. 30 -86]. The penalty for conviction for delivery or giving of alcoholic liquor to a minor is:
• Not more than eighteen months or not more than $1,500 or both. Connecticut law prohibits any person to whom the sale of alcoholic liquor is by law forbidden from purchasing or attempting to purchase such liquor or from making any false statement for the purpose of procuring such liquor [Conn. Gen. Stat. 30–89(a)] and provides the following penalty for convictions:
• Not less than $200 nor more than $500. Moreover, Connecticut law prohibits any minor from possessing any alcoholic liquor anywhere to include private property, on any street or highway or in any public place or place open to the public including any club which is open to the public [Conn. Gen. Stat. 30–89(b)] and provides the following penalty:
• Not less than $200 nor more than $500. This law does not apply to a minor who possesses alcohol on order of a practicing physician or to a minor who possesses alcohol when accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse who is 21 or over.
Federal law also penalizes the manufacture, distribution, possession with intent to manufacture or distribute, and simple possession of drugs (“controlled substances”) [Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 841, 843(b), 844, 846, 859, 860].
The law sets the following sentences for first-time offenders:
• A minimum of ten years and a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine not to exceed the greater of $4,000,000 or other applicable penalties, or both, for the knowing or intentional manufacture, sale, or possession with intent to sell, of large amounts of any narcotic, including heroin, morphine, or cocaine (which includes “crack”), or of phencyclidine (PCP), or of LSD, or of marijuana (1,000 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana, or 1,000 or more marijuana plants regardless of weight);
• A minimum of five years and a maximum of forty years, a fine not to exceed the greater of $2,000,000 or other applicable penalties, or both, for similar actions involving smaller amounts of any narcotic, including heroin, morphine, or cocaine (which includes “crack”), or of phencyclidine (PCP), or of LSD, or of marijuana (100 kilo-grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana, or 100 or more marijuana plants regardless of weight);
• A maximum of five years, a fine not to exceed the greater of $250,000 or other applicable penalties, or both, for similar actions involving smaller amounts of marijuana (less than 50 kilograms, except in the case of 50 or more marijuana plants regardless of weight), hashish, hashish oil, PCP or LSD, or any amounts of amphetamines, barbiturates, and other controlled stimulants and depressives;
• A maximum of four years, a fine of not more than $30,000, or both, for knowingly or intentionally using the mail, telephone, radio, or any other public or private means of communication to commit acts that violate the laws against the manufacture, sale, and possession of drugs;
• A maximum of one year and a minimum fine of $1,000, or both, for knowingly or intentionally possessing any controlled substance. (The gift of a “small amount” of marijuana is subject to the penalties for simple possession.)
Penalties may be doubled, however, when a first-time offender at least 18 years old (1) distributes a controlled substance to a person under 21 years of age or (2) distributes, possesses with intent to distribute, or manufactures a controlled substance in or on, or within one thousand feet of, the real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school, or a public or private college, junior college, or university, a playground or housing facility owned by a public housing authority, or within 100 feet of a public or private youth center, public swimming pool, or video arcade facility. A term of imprisonment for this offense shall not be less than one year.
The State of Connecticut has decriminalized the possession of less than ½ oz. of marijuana. The related statutes and penalties are as follows:
Possession of less than ½ oz. of cannabis-type substance (1st. offense) $150.00
Possession of less than ½ oz. of cannabis-type substance (2nd. Offense) $250.00
Cocaine (Schedule II)
500 – 4999 gms mixture
Cocaine Base (Schedule II) 5 – 49 gms mixture
Fentanyl (Schedule II) 40 – 399 gms mixture
Fentanyl Analogue 10 – 99 gms mixture (Schedule I)
Heroin (Schedule I)
LSD (Schedule I)
PCP (Schedule II)
100 – 999 gms mixture
1 – 9 gms mixture
5 – 49 gms pure or (Schedule II) 50 – 499 gms mixture
10 – 99 gms pure or 100 – 999 gms mixture
• First Offense: Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual
• Second Offense: Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
Cocaine (Schedule II)
5 kgs or more mixture
Cocaine Base (Schedule II) 50 gms or more mixture
Fentanyl (Schedule II)400 gms or more mixture
Fentanyl Analogue100 gms or more mixture (Schedule I)
Heroin (Schedule I)1 kg or more mixture
LSD (Schedule I)10 gms or more mixture
Methamphetamine50 gms or more pure or (Schedule II)500 gms or more mixture
PCP (Schedule II)100 gms or more pure or 1 kg or more mixture
• First Offense: Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
• Second Offense: Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if not an individual.
• 2 or More Prior Offenses: Life imprisonment
Other Schedule I & II drugs
Any amount (and any drug product containing Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid)
Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV)1 gm or more
• First Offense: Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 yrs, or more than Life. Fine of $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
• Second Offense: Not more than 30 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than life. Fine of $2 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
Other Schedule III drugs
Any amount Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV) 30 to 999 mgs
• First Offense: Not more than 5 years. Fine not more than $250,000 if an individual, $1 million if not an individual.
• Second Offense: Not more 10 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if not an individual.
All other Schedule IV drugs
Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV)
Less than 30 mgs
• First Offense: Not more than 3 years. Fine of not more than $250,000 if an individual, $1 million if not an individual.
• Second Offense: Not more than 6 yrs. Fine of not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if not an individual.
All Schedule V drugsAny amount
• First Offense: Not more than 1 yr. Fine of not more than $100,000 if an individual, $250,000 if not an individual.
• Second Offense: Not more than 2 yrs. Fine of not more than $200,000 if an individual, $500,000 if not an individual.
Marijuana 1,000 kg or more mixture; or 1,000 or more plants
• First Offense: Not less than 10 years, not more than life If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life Fine of not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual
• Second Offense: Not less than 10 years, not more than life If death or serious injury, mandatory life Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.
Marijuana100 kg to 999 kg mixture; or 100 to 999 plants
• First Offense: Not less than 5 years, not more than 40 years. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life. Fine of not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual.
• Second Offense: Not less than 10 years, not more than life. If death or serious injury, mandatory life. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.
Marijuana more than 10 kgs hashish; 50 to 99 kg mixture more than 1 kg of hashish oil; 50 to 99 plants
• First Offense: Not more than 20 years If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life Fine of $1 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual
• Second Offense: Not more than 30 years. If death or serious injury, mandatory life. Fine of $2 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.
1 to 49 plants; less than 50 kg mixture
Hashish 10 kg or less
Hashish Oil 1 kg
• First Offense: Not more than 5 years. Fine of not more than $250,000 if an individual, $1 million if other than an individual.
• Second Offense: Not more than 10 years. Fine of $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if other than an individual.
Any attempt or conspiracy to commit one of the foregoing federal offenses, even if unsuccessful, is punishable by the same sentence prescribed for that offense. Although in some cases the federal penalties seem somewhat lighter, it is not possible to “trade” a state charge for a federal one.
State and federal law thus make crimes of many different activities involving drugs. Simple possession, giving, or even merely offering drugs is illegal, as are such offenses as the manufacture or sale of drugs.
Substance abuse and drug dependency are problems of staggering proportions in our society today. They are estimated to afflict millions of Americans. Millions more are affected by the actions of the substance abuser; these include the families of substance abusers, the victims of substance abuserelated crimes, and those injured or killed by intoxicated drivers or in drug-related accidents.
Alcohol is a powerful chemical. When taken in lesser amounts, it usually produces a pleasant sense of relaxation. In larger amounts, alcohol produces a variety of psychological and physiological changes which can place the person or those around him or her in danger. Alcohol abuse can be characterized by one of three different patterns: (1) regular drinking that affects one’s ability to function at his or her best, (2) drinking large amounts of alcohol at regular times (e.g., getting drunk most Fridays and Saturdays), or (3) periods of heavy daily drinking separated by extended periods of sobriety (i.e., binges).
Alcohol dependence, i.e., alcoholism, is a disorder that has profound psychological, biological, and societal effects. Alcoholism usually appears between the ages of 20 and 40, although onset prior to age 20 or after age 40 does occur. It is much more prevalent in people with a family history of alcoholism. The course of the disorder is usually progressive, with increasing effects on one’s work and social life and with the development of physical dependence.
Short-term effects of alcohol use can include transient problems with comprehension and memory, slowed motor responses, depression, sexual impotence, severe stomach and pancreas inflammation, coma, respiratory arrest, automobile accidents, and increased violence towards both strangers and one’s family and friends. Alcohol use during pregnancy can produce a characteristic group of severe defects in the child known as fetal alcohol syndrome. These defects include facial malformations, mental retardation, seizure disorders, and heart malformations. Chronic alcohol abuse can produce physical complications, including brain damage, liver damage, impotence and infertility, ulcers, and gastrointestinal bleeding. In addition, abrupt cessation of drinking can cause serious, sometimes even life-threatening problems including high blood pressure, seizures, and hallucinations. Death can occur as a result of coma and respiratory failure, impaired coordination, and judgment (e.g., in a car accident or suicide attempt), one of the serious chronic medical complications, or severe withdrawal.
Marijuana is the most used illegal drug in the United States. Though physiological consequences depend on frequency, duration, and quantity, marijuana use is associated with impairment of short-term memory, concentration, judgment, perception, and fine motor skills. These impairments will increase the risk of machinery or motor vehicle accidents and injury. This risk continues for four to six hours after ingestion since the active chemical in marijuana (THC, tetrahydrocannabinol) remains stored in body fat cells long after ingestion. When there is frequent use, the above impairments may last for three to six months, even if use of the drug is completely discontinued.
Marijuana can be associated with chronic anxiety, depression, and paranoid feelings. It can also significantly exacerbate or increase underlying emotional problems. Frequent use by children and adolescents may have long-term developmental consequences such as lack of motivation, apathy, and difficulty managing current stresses and responsibilities as well as making appropriate plans for the future.
Makers of designer drugs that are chemically like marijuana’s active ingredient THC called synthetic cannabinoids or colloquially “synthetic marijuana” or “synthetic pot” are constantly creating new products to evade legal bans on older compounds. Despite the similarity on the molecular level, these drugs are much more dangerous than marijuana, and have resulted in profoundly serious health consequences including overdoses and aggressive or suicidal behavior in users.
AB-PINACA, AB-FUBINACA (sold as “Cloud 9,” “Relax,” or “Crown”) is a component of synthetic cannabis products and is sold as a liquid in eyedropper bottles and often used with vaporizing devices e-cigarettes or hookah pens. Use of this drug reportedly causes hallucinations, aggressive behavior, racing heartbeat, drowsiness, and vomiting.
“Spice” is a mix of herbs that produces experiences like marijuana. Spice mixtures are sold under many names K2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, Mojo, Scooby Snax and others. These are reported to cause severe agitation, anxiety, and paranoia; raised heartbeat and blood pressure; nausea and vomiting; muscle spasms, seizures, and tremors; intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes, including suicidal fixations and other harmful thoughts. Medical marijuana: Proponents of medical marijuana argue that it can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions. Opponents of medical marijuana argue that it is too dangerous to use, lacks FDA-approval, and that various legal drugs make marijuana use unnecessary. They say marijuana is addictive, leads to harder drug use, interferes with fertility, impairs driving ability, and injures the lungs, immune system, and brain. Medical marijuana is legal in Connecticut however, it is not legal to possess or use medical marijuana on the University of New Haven campuses.
This category includes LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as “acid”), mescaline, peyote, and ‘’mushrooms.’’ The short-term use of these drugs produces illusions, hallucinations, altered sense of time and space, impaired visual perceptions, and disorientation. These effects lead to impaired judgment and may result in dangerous behavior. Hallucinogen use may also lead to a “bad trip” with anxiety, agitation, hallucinations, and paranoia which results in self-endangering behavior. After a “bad trip,” the person can experience a “flashback.” Flashbacks are recurrences of the experience without taking the drug, and they may recur months and years after the hallucinogen was last taken. Long-term use of hallucinogens may lead to impaired thinking and sometimes precipitate psychosis.
PCP (phencyclidine) or “angel dust” may induce violent or destructive behavior which may involve impaired judgment leading to injury to the person who has taken the drug or to other people. Dangerous side effects of PCP are that it also causes amnesia of the intoxicating behavior (up to several hours) and raises blood pressure, which may become a medical emergency.
“N-bomb” refers to any of three closely related synthetic hallucinogens (25I-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe, and 25B-NBOMe) that are being sold as substitutes for LSD or mescaline. Also called “legal acid,” “smiles,” or “25I,” they are found as powders, liquids, soaked into blotter paper (like LSD) or laced on something edible. These chemicals act on serotonin receptors in the brain, like other hallucinogens, but they are
more powerful than even LSD. Extremely lesser amounts can cause seizures, heart attack or arrested breathing, and death.
Cocaine is a highly addictive, illegal, stimulant drug. Other names for it are Coke, C., Lady, and Snow. (Speed balls are cocaine mixed with heroin, which is a particularly dangerous combination.) Cocaine is a white powder that is snorted, injected into veins, or smoked freebase, or as “crack.” Crack is a crystalline form of cocaine that is also known as “rock” from its small white rocklike appearance. Crack produces the most intense “cocaine high,” and addiction can occur after using it only once or twice. Cocaine “highs” are characterized by feelings of extreme happiness, a sense of limitless power, and energy. A cocaine “crash” follows the “high” and includes symptoms of depression, dullness, great irritability, and paranoia. Serious medical complications occur with cocaine use, such as heart attacks (even in young people), seizures, and strokes due to high blood pressure. The psychological effects of cocaine use include violence and paranoia, depression, anxiety, confusion, and personality changes.
Extensive use of cocaine may lead to chronic depression. Pregnant women using cocaine have increased risk of miscarriages and stillbirths. Newborns addicted to cocaine are irritable and unresponsive and may have malformed kidneys and genitals, heart attacks and strokes. Cocaine addiction can occur in people of all ages, classes, and educational levels. The addiction often controls and may destroy many aspects of the user’s life and the lives of those people close to the user.
In addition to cocaine, amphetamines are drugs that also stimulate the nervous system and are very addictive. Drugs in this group include Benzedrine, Dexedrine, and methedrine (“speed”). “Ice” is a smokable form of methedrine. “Ecstasy” (MDMA, methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is an amphetamine variant that produces alterations in visual perception and is sometimes experienced as a hallucinogen as well as a stimulant. Amphetamines give a person increased energy, increased alertness, and a feeling of exhilaration. When amphetamines are abused, adverse effects such as restlessness, nervousness, tremors, loss of appetite, and insomnia are common. Paranoia and psychosis may be precipitated by amphetamine abuse. Tolerance to the euphoric effect of amphetamines may occur which may lead the person to take larger amounts of the drug, which in turn may lead to more paranoia and agitation. This state may also be associated with violence and loss of self-control. If the amphetamines are stopped suddenly, withdrawal symptoms (cramps, sweating, headaches, lethargy, and severe depression) may occur.
Molly slang for “molecular” refers to the pure crystal-line powder form of the club drug MDMA, which in pill form is known as Ecstasy. Molly, which is usually purchased in capsules, has seen a surge in interest in the past few years. MDMA in any form produces energy and euphoria in users but also may dangerously affect body temperature and cause confusion, depression, and sleep problems.
Bath salts are a new family of drugs containing one or more manufactured chemicals related to cathinone, an amphetamine- like stimulant found naturally in the khat plant. There have been reports of severe intoxication and dangerous health effects from using bath salts. Some people who abuse bath
salts experience paranoia, agitation, and hallucinations; some even lose contact with reality and act violently.
There are various medications taken to relieve pain. Most non-prescription pain relievers (such as aspirin, Tylenol, Motrin, and Nuprin) are not considered addictive. However, there is a class of stronger pain relievers, available only by a doctor’s prescription that can be addictive. These are referred to as narcotics and/or opioid drugs, most of which are derived from opium. Examples of these drugs include methadone, morphine, codeine, Darvon, Darvocet, Fentanyl, Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin, Vicodin, Demerol, and certain prescription cough medicines. These drugs differ from the non-prescription pain relievers in their potential for abuse and dependence.
With close medical supervision, these drugs may be safely used in specific medical circumstances for a limited time. However, as narcotics also produce euphoria, a person may not want to stop the drug when the pain has stopped, and addiction may occur. Tolerance to the drug is shown by an increase in the amount of drug necessary for the relief of pain. Tolerance can be developed within a short period of time (i.e., within approximately 10 doses or more). This becomes progressive and leads to the craving or need for larger and larger doses without which the person becomes extremely uncomfortable and physically ill with withdrawal symptoms. These include nausea, diarrhea, cramps, weight loss, irritability, sweating, chills, insomnia, and craving for the drug. The time may come when the person “needs” a dose of the drug so large that it is poisonous or lethal. Under these circumstances, coma, suffocation, and death may ensue. This level of tolerance can lead to ingesting these drugs in a way to bypass the digestive track (i.e., crushing the pill and snorting), which changes the rate that the drug is absorbed in the body. The dangerous course of this problem is also seen in addiction to heroin.
Heroin is a commonly abused illegal narcotic. It can be used by injection into a vein (“shooting up” or “mainlining”) or ingested intranasally (“snorting”), and death may occur if the amount injected is sufficient to slow or stop breathing. The intravenous use of heroin also carries the additional medical dangers of AIDS and hepatitis from use of unclean needles and syringes. Over the past 10 years, heroin has been available in purer forms, and thus the risk of accidental overdose has also increased. Other risks for overdose include using opioid prescription drugs and/or heroin with another depressant such as alcohol.
Salvia is an herb found in southern Mexico and Central and South America. The main active ingredient affects the brain by attaching to targets on nerve cells called kappa opioid receptors. People who use salvia experience hallucinations or loss of contact with reality. The effects are intense, but do not last long, appearing in less than one minute and lasting less than thirty minutes.
Krokodil is a synthetic form of a heroin-like drug called desomorphine that is made by combining codeine tablets with various toxic chemicals including lighter fluid and industrial cleaners. Desomorphine has a similar effect to heroin in the brain, although it is more powerful and has a shorter duration. Krokodil gets its name from the scaly, gray-green dead skin that forms at the site of an
injection. The flesh destroyed by krokodil becomes gangrenous, and, in some cases, limb amputation has been necessary to save a user’s life.
“Syrup,” “Purple Drank,” “Sizzurp,” “Lean”: drinking prescription-strength cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine mixed with soda. Codeine is an opioid that can produce relaxation and euphoria when consumed in sufficient quantities. Promethazine is an antihistamine that also acts as a sedative. Users may also flavor the mixture with the addition of hard candies. Codeine and other opioids present an elevated risk of fatal overdose due to their effect of depressing the central nervous system, which can slow or stop the heart and lungs. Mixing with alcohol increases this risk. Deaths from prescription opioid medications now outnumber overdose deaths from all other drugs (including cocaine and heroin).
The barbiturates and the benzodiazepines are two of the most used drugs in this group, and they are both known as depressants. Barbiturates (such as phenobarbital, Seconal, and amytal) are highly addictive and can be fatal if taken in excess. Although they still have medical uses, they have been replaced by benzodiazepines for the relief of anxiety and insomnia. The benzodiazepine group includes such drugs as Valium, Librium, Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, Dalmane, Halcyon, and Restoril. While benzodiazepines have approved medical usages and are safe and effective at moderate doses for short periods of time, all the benzodiazepines have a potential for physical and psychological dependence if used at higher doses for longer periods of time. Benzodiazepines may also be used by some people to get “high.”
Intoxication with benzodiazepines may occur and resembles alcohol intoxication. Drowsiness, slurred speech, unsteady gait, and lack of coordination are common signs. The effects of the benzodiazepines (and the barbiturates and other sedatives) add to those of alcohol (another depressant) such that when they are taken together, there is increased risk of coma, respiratory depression, and death. Withdrawal from benzodiazepines resembles alcohol withdrawal, and it most often occurs when they are stopped abruptly. Withdrawal begins within hours to days of stopping the drug. Because benzodiazepine withdrawal may have life-threatening complications (such as seizures), discontinuing their use should not be attempted without a physician’s supervision.
Rohypnol (roofies, ruffies, rope, rib, Roche, Mexican Valium, R2) is a drug which is approved or sold in other countries as a sleeping aid or presurgical sedative. This drug is NOT manufactured or sold in the United States. Rohypnol tablets are white and contain the name “Roche” and an encircled 1 or 2 on one side indicating the milligram.
Rohypnol can be placed in drinks and used as an aid to sexual assault of a victim. Sedative effects are felt within 10 to 30 minutes after consuming the drug. Strongest effects occur within one to two hours, with a complete sedative effect lasting 6 to 8 hours, and amnesia lasting up to 10 hours. Individuals may appear drunk and display side effects that may include drowsiness, impaired motor skills, impaired judgment, dizziness, confusion, and amnesia. When this drug is mixed with alcohol, narcotics or other depressants, its effects can be lethal.
Sleep medications (Ambien, Lunesta, Rozerem, Sonata). These hypnotics are used for the treatment of insomnia which is characterized by difficulty with falling asleep or maintaining sleep. These drugs depress or slow down the body’s functions. All sleep medications have the potential to cause dependence.
Health risks can be produced by long-term use or excessive doses of anabolic steroids. These effects include harmful changes in cholesterol levels, acne, high blood pressure, liver damage, and dangerous changes in the structure of the left ventricle of the heart. On the street, steroids may be called “roids” or “juice.”
Inhalants are ordinary household products that are inhaled, huffed, or sniffed to get high. Because intoxication or high lasts only a few minutes, people who abuse inhalants often try to make the feeling last longer by inhaling repeatedly over several hours. Common slang for inhalants includes “laughing gas”, “snappers”, “poppers”, “whippets”, “bold”, and “rush.
Amphetamine stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse) and methylphenidate stimulants (Ritalin, Concerta) may help control attention deficit symptoms. Prescription stimulants are sometimes abused that is, taken in higher quantities or in a different manner than prescribed, or taken by those without a prescription (prescription diversion). Because they suppress appetite, increase wakefulness, and increase focus and attention, they are frequently abused for purposes of weight loss or performance enhancement (e.g., to help study or boost grades in school). Because they may produce euphoria, these drugs are also frequently abused for recreational purposes (i.e., to get high).
The most abused OTC drugs are cough and cold remedies containing dextromethorphan. People often think that prescription and OTC drugs are safer than illicit drugs, but that is only true when they are taken exactly as prescribed and for the purpose intended. When abused, prescription and OTC drugs can be addictive and put abusers at risk for other adverse health effects, including overdose especially when taken along with other drugs or alcohol.
Bulk bags of pure caffeine powder are readily available online, and these products may be attractive to young people looking for added caffeine stimulation or for help losing weight, but they are extremely dangerous. Just a teaspoon of pure caffeine powder is equivalent to about 25 cups of coffee a lethal amount. Besides death, severe caffeine overdose can cause fast and erratic heartbeat, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, and disorientation. Although caffeine is generally safe at the dosages contained in popular beverages, caffeine powder is so potent that safe amounts cannot be measured with ordinary kitchen measuring tools, making it very easy to overdose on them even when users are aware of their potency.
Alcohol and drug abuse are multifaceted disorders involving psychological, environmental, and biological factors. The goals of treatment for substance abuse vary depending on the severity of the problem. At times a person may be unwilling to enter treatment because he or she is unable to acknowledge or accept that the use of alcohol or drugs is playing a harmful role in his or her life. In these instances, a planned supportive intervention by family, friends, employers, and health professionals may be a useful first step toward getting such a person to accept help.
Since any treatment approach may emphasize only one etiologic factor, therapy programs have been designed to address multiple factors and various stages of recovery. Treatment settings may be inpatient or out-patient and may involve individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, medications, or a combination of these. Educational and family therapies can outline facts and clarify myths about substance abuse and address disordered patterns of family and social interactions. Self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are important resources for long-term support, continued abstinence, and social rehabilitation. Lastly, individual and group therapy may clarify behaviors and motivations that lead to abuse, in fostering the person’s self-esteem and ability to cope with stress, and in addressing related or co-occurring psychological difficulties.
Abstinence is recommended once a person has become dependent on alcohol or another drug. However, medical attention may be necessary to address both the mild and the potentially lifethreatening complications of substance abuse. Under certain circumstances, medications and/or Medicated Assisted Treatments may be useful to reduce the craving for alcohol or other drugs and to deter further use of these substances. Medication may also be required to make the detoxification process safe, since withdrawal from alcohol, prescription drugs, heroin, and many other drugs may be distressing and even potentially fatal.
Counseling and Psychological Services offers both individual and group psychotherapy for substance abusing students who are either self-referred or referred through other University departments. Counseling and Psychological Services works closely with staff from the Dean of Students Office, Residential Life, Health Services, and the Department of Athletics to ensure a holistic approach to supporting students’ substance abuse concerns.
The University provides prevention and education for students through an Alcohol and Drug Education Program for first-year students called “alcohol.edu,” as well as a brief group therapy intervention (BASICS) for students who have been identified as “at risk,” or are mandated to attend due to a violation of the Substance Abuse Policy in the University of New Haven Student Handbook. In addition, a substance use task force comprised of Student Affairs staff, faculty, and students addresses behavioral concerns related to substance use, and implements policy updates as necessary.
If any student has a legal matter related to a substance abuse issue, or needs support services outside of Counseling and Psychological Services and Health Services, students are referred to appropriate local and regional substance abuse treatment facilities and self-help groups.
The University of New Haven provides eligible employees with access to medical plans and a separate employee assistance program. Both programs may provide assistance to those employees, and their eligible dependents, suffering from alcohol and/or drug dependency issues. Additionally, the University provides extensive educational materials in the Health Library section of the health plan website: www.UNHHealthPlan.com
The information provided on the website include educational materials such as articles and/or videos on:
• Alcohol and Drug Use
• Planning for Alcohol or Drug Relapse
• Substance Use Disorder / Treatment Option
• Substance Use Problems / misuse in teens and adults and resources for cutting back or stopping drug and alcohol use.
• Signs of Drug Use
• Drug Withdrawal: What to Expect, Learn what's happening to your body during drug withdrawal.
• Assess Your Drug Use
• Teen Alcohol and Drug Use
• Drug Problems: Helping Someone Get Treatment
• Substance Use: Staying Alcohol- or Drug-Free After Treatment
• Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment for Substance Use Disorder
• LSD, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Ecstasy, Anabolic Steroids
• Prescription Medicine Misuse: Setting Goals for Quitting; learn the simple steps that can help you reach a goal of quitting medicine misuse.
• Alcohol and Substance Use in PTSD; includes a test to see if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs and steps for getting help.
• Quitting Smoking: Medicines Increase Success Rates, Learn how medicine can double or triple your chances of stopping smoking.
• Quitting Smoking: Medicines to Help With Cravings, Learn about products and medicines that can take the edge off nicotine cravings.
• Quit Smoking: How Medicines Can Help, Learn how other people quit smoking by using nicotine replacement and other medicines.
• Residential Treatment for Substance Use
When family members are substance abusers, there are often far-reaching consequences for the family as a whole. The family’s social and economic status almost always suffers when the substance abuser becomes unable to perform adequately his or her daily work. Emotional tensions and feelings of desperation may lead to violence within the home. Stealing from relatives and employers may occur as the substance abuser needs more money for drugs. This may lead to legal proceedings and further undermining of the family’s financial base. All these consequences usually put a great strain on the family and its cohesive functioning.
Emotionally, family members frequently feel overwhelmed. There is often an attempt to cope with the situation by denying that a problem exists. Family members may also take over the abuser’s responsibilities at home and even at work. When this becomes a pattern, it may be difficult for the substance abuser to face the seriousness of his or her problem. Facing the problem is the essential first step toward treatment, and the family is often the key to bringing this about. However, the family may itself be in need of outside support. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous sponsor support groups (AlAnon, NARAnon) for family members. Family therapy can also provide much needed assistance to families as they grapple with the destructive effects of the user’s addiction.
Women who abuse alcohol, cocaine, and other addictive substances during pregnancy run the risk of giving birth to children with intellectual deficits, severe developmental problems, and physical deformities. Alcohol ingestion during pregnancy is the most commonly identified cause of mental retardation. The likelihood of damage to the unborn child from drinking is significantly increased by the simultaneous abuse of other substances.
The University will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees who violate the above standards of conduct. Among the disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed on students are reprimand, probation, attendance at an alcohol and drug education class or substance abuse group, an individual counseling session, monetary fine, restriction, suspension, expulsion, and referral for prosecution. Among the disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed on employees are oral warning, written reprimand, suspension, termination, and referral for prosecution. The University may also require completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.
The University of New Haven is committed to achieving a diverse and pluralistic community which reflects the multiracial and culturally diverse society in contemporary America.
The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access Council has been established to guide the University in implementing this Diversity Policy. The University will consistently work toward attracting and
retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body for the purpose of creating a pluralistic scholarly community. The Council will assist the administration in the development and implementation of programs and policies that support an enriched educational experience for a diverse University community.
The University of New Haven does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on the basis of an individual’s gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin or any other condition protected by federal and/or state law.