- A. Academic Learning Center and Disability Services
- B. Bookstore
- C. Communications
- D. Commuter Student Services
- E. Counseling Center
- F. Disability Support Service
- G. Experiential Learning and Career Development Center
- H. Fitness – Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being
- I. Food Service
- J. Health Services – Gable Health Center
- K. Information Technology Services (ITS)
- L. Library Services – The F. Wilbur Gingrich Library
- M. Multicultural Office
- N. Ombudsman
- O. Public Safety
- P. Religious Activities and On-Campus Worship
- Q. Residential Life
- R. Student Complaint Resolution
- S. The Writing Center
Academic Learning Center
The Academic Learning Center (ALC) provides all Albright students with the opportunity to enhance their academic careers. Our internationally certified and professional Peer Tutoring Program offers two levels of FREE tutoring services: individual tutoring and study groups. Tutoring is offered for several of our 100 and 200 level general education courses and tutoring requests are submitted online at the ALC website. Academic skills workshops and other study skills programming offer students avenues to succeed at a higher level in their coursework. Workshops are often presented by faculty and include topics such as time management, learning styles, note-taking skills and exam strategies. The ALC also runs a probation recovery program for students who are placed on academic probation. The ALC is committed to assisting students through one-on-one academic consultation and in conjunction with students’ academic advisers, facilitating academic planning and success.
Students may contact the ALC for an appointment. The ALC is located in the basement level of the Administration Building, B-07 and can be reached via phone at 610-921-7662, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the ALC website here.
The bookstore is located in the Campus Center. Supplying textbooks is the prime function of the bookstore, although other items are available for purchase. These items include all school supplies (notebooks, pencils, etc.), greeting cards, imprinted sportswear, ceramics and glassware, cold drinks, snacks, health and beauty aids and many other items. Gift cards and UPS shipping anywhere in the United States are available. Payments can be made using cash, personal checks with one form of photo ID, Barnes and Noble Gift Cards, Albright DBA, Albright charge, or MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover card.
The bookstore hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday hours will be observed on special occasions such as Homecoming, Family Weekend, Open Houses, Graduation and the start of each semester, or as posted.
You can take advantage of ordering merchandise and textbooks online by going to our website: www.albright.bncollege.com.
Letters, magazines and pertinent campus communications are distributed weekday mornings, except holidays, in student mailboxes in the lower level of the Campus Center behind Jake’s Place.
Students receiving package notification may pick up the item with proper Albright ID at the mail room window, weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To ensure that their mail and packages reach them efficiently and as promptly as possible, students should inform parents, friends and businesses the importance of indicating their NAME and BOX NUMBER on all incoming mail and packages. Nicknames and aliases should not be used on mail; proper names only. The mailroom should be notified of name changes due to marriage, divorce or other legal procedure.
To expedite the processing of intercampus mail, multiple mailings should be in box number sequence. Stamped mail weighing more than 13 ounces has to be taken to the Post Office. Some international mail may require customs forms.
All express carriers (FedEx, UPS, DHL) need a street address. Be sure to use the following format for these carriers:
STUDENT’S NAME (BOX #)
13th & Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19604
When submitting an address to businesses, students are required to use their box number, not their residence hall room number.
The following full address block should be used for U.S. mail:
STUDENT’S NAME (BOX #)
13th & Bern Streets
P.O. Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612-¬5234
Note: In an emergency you can pick up Express mail at the Box Section window at the Gus Yatron Post Office located at 2100 North 13th Street. Hours of operation for the Box Section window are 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The retail window at the Post Office is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
2. Telephone System
Local telephone service will only be provided to residence hall rooms upon student request. For emergency purposes and college business, this service will be provided to RA rooms, common areas, and the following residence hall rooms: Albright Court Rooms B-1 thru B-3; Krause Hall Rooms 1 thru 17; and Walton Hall Rooms 1 thru 14.
If you do not have a cell phone, or have a limited cell phone plan, and would like to request this service please contact Telecommunications at 610-921-7676 or email@example.com. Please note that only local telephone service will be provided upon request, and this does not include long distance service or voicemail. Students must bring their own phones and answering machines, and should purchase a calling card if necessary.
For students with local phone service in their room, each student on campus will have an individual extension that is the student’s mailbox per the chart below. To receive a call from outside the Albright campus, the caller would need to dial 610-921-7200. When the Albright announcement starts to play, the dialer would need to dial your extension number.
|Student Mailbox Number||Extension/Voicemail|
Examples: mailbox 7 = ext. 5007; mailbox 123 = ext. 5123; mailbox 1024 = ext. 1024
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Commuting students will find opportunities for study, relaxation and socialization in the Pine Room, the day students’ lounge located on the ground level of the north wing of Selwyn Hall. Students also frequent Jake’s Place for breakfast or lunch and may purchase meals in the dining hall. Commuters are encouraged to join the Commuter Student Association and to become involved in all areas of campus life. If you have problems or concerns, please contact the director of student involvement and leadership, Tiffany Clayton, at 610-929-6637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Counseling Center offers free and confidential services by licensed professionals. The Counseling Center can be found in the rear of the Gable Health and Counseling Center Building located at 1829 Linden Street. During the academic year, appointments are available Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Fridays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. contacting the secretary at 610-921-7532. It should be noted that the Counseling Center is closed during the summer sessions. Further, the Counseling Center staff does NOT provide 24-hour coverage. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency and need immediate assistance, please go directly to the Public Safety Office, use one of the yellow emergency phones on campus or call 610-921-7670.
The counseling process is designed to help students address concerns that may be interfering with their personal growth, development or academic success, including but not limited to adjusting to college life, stress and time management, anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, crisis intervention, and addiction. It involves a therapeutic relationship between the student and a trained counselor who has the desire and willingness to help students accomplish individual goals, come to a greater understanding of one self and learn effective personal and interpersonal success strategies.
Currently enrolled full-time day undergraduate students, graduate students and accelerated degree students who are enrolled on the main campus are entitled to the services of the center. The initial appointment(s) involve screening, assessment and establishing a plan. Albright’s model is a brief therapy model, with most students receiving a maximum of eight sessions per academic year. However, students may be referred to off-campus health, mental health or substance-abuse professionals for longer-term, more intensive services as necessary. Students are solely responsible for all payments involving off-campus treatment, which may or may not involve insurance. Although services at the counseling center are free of charge, a fee of $25 will be charged to your student account for each missed session that is not cancelled within 24 hours of a scheduled appointment.
The Counseling Center provides programming relating to the mental health of the campus community. Topics include but are not limited to dealing with stress, substance abuse, creating and developing healthier relationships and lifestyles, protecting oneself from sexual assault, eating disorders, learning how to communicate effectively, suicide prevention, coping with depression, transitions, and grief and loss. Requests should be made to the director and require a minimum of two weeks’ notice.
Albright College ensures that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in its programs and activities, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and encourages qualified students to request reasonable accommodations. Albright College offers academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and services for qualified students through the Disability Services Office (DSO), which handles all requests for accommodations and makes referrals to other college units as needed. The Director of Disability Services, Yuriko Beaman, fosters independent learning and self-advocacy and encourages students to engage in an interactive process. Students must, submit current clinical documentation, schedule an appointment with Yuriko Beaman, and complete the accommodation request packet. Students should start the accommodation process by contacting the office at 610-929-6639 or email@example.com. Students can also obtain further information and the documentation standards from the website here.
The Experiential Learning and Career Development Center, located in Geiser House, 1817 Linden Street next door to Gable Health and Counseling Center, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening hours by appointment. The center provides a variety of services, programs, special events and workshops to assist students with experiential learning opportunities, career development and post-graduation planning. At the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center, students can obtain information about all of their career related needs (choosing a major, career options, resume/cover letter/interviewing skills, graduate/professional school research and application), Study Abroad/Off Campus, Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE), and the Honors Program. Individual study abroad/off campus advising as well as career counseling are available by appointment. The resource library has information on the following topics: study abroad/off campus programs; occupational information, including salaries and employment projections; resume writing; and graduate/professional schools. An extensive workshop schedule is offered each semester, including major/career options, resume writing, interviewing and job/internship searching. The center also coordinates special alumni panel presentations and networking opportunities in collaboration with academic departments. Each academic year the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center also hosts five fairs. In the fall, Graduate/Professional School Day enables representatives to recruit Albright students for admission to their programs. During the spring, students can participate in the Study Abroad/Off Campus fair where representatives from study abroad/off campus program providers and faculty members offering faculty-led study abroad opportunities will be available to answer students’ questions.
Students also participate in The Lehigh Valley Collegiate Career Expo (LVCCE), The Horizons Job and Internship Fair, and Teacher Recruitment Day (TRD) each spring. Students also have the opportunity to register for our on-campus interviewing program, which enables them to meet with employers seeking applicants for a wide variety of internship and career positions. Students are able to search for jobs, internships and mentors by accessing Purple Briefcase. Visit us online at here for more information about our services. Students are strongly encouraged to begin their career planning during their first year at Albright. The center may be reached by telephone at 610-921-7630 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being is a new state-of-the art wellness facility that offers students the opportunity for fitness, relaxation, education and community. Students are able to partake in a large variety of fitness classes including Total Body, Awesome Abs, Zumba, and Yoga! Peg’s, the Café at Schumo, offers a menu rich with healthy meals and snacks to rejuvenate our students’ bodies and souls. For information regarding hours and available programs, please contact the front desk at 610-929-6715 or visit our website here
All resident students, except those assigned to Albright Woods Apartments, must participate in one of the on-campus meal plans. Albright Woods residents and commuter students may select any plan offered. Several meal options are available to students who have special needs because of class or work schedules, co-curricular activities, special diets, or diets related to religious beliefs. In all cases, contact the Food Service office at 610-921-7525.
1. Student Identification Card
To facilitate your entry to the dining hall, your card needs to be displayed at the door checker station and swiped through the card reader. If you do not have your card, your access to goods and services may be denied. Balances on your ID card can be checked at any dining terminal or at the Student Accounts office.
Door checkers are at the door to prevent unauthorized entrance to the Dining Hall. Please cooperate with them and help them maintain these important practices.
2. Dining Service Policies
We encourage and welcome all guests to the dining hall. We accept cash, credit cards, bonus dollars, and declining balance accounts.
For your safety and a pleasurable dining experience, proper dress is required.
Food and beverages may not be removed from the dining hall without authorization from Food Service management. It is a health code violation and strictly forbidden to fill personal drinking vessels from the soda/milk and juice dispensers. Cross contamination occurs between the dispenser and the mouth of the drinking vessel.
Please return your dishes to the dish room when you are finished eating. Thank you for your consideration in leaving the table presentable for our next guests.
Inappropriate behavior such as throwing food will not be tolerated. Offenders will be referred to the dean of students for judicial proceedings.
3. Alternate Meal Options
a. Grab and Go: Students who are interested in this program may make a one-time purchase ($5.00) of the “Clamshell”, a reusable container that will hold hot or cold foods. Along with the “Clamshell” comes a to-go cup for a beverage and a hot/cold container for soup (etc.). Students may visit the stations of their choice and fill the container along with a beverage. As stated, the container is reusable and must be returned on the next visit to receive a “Clean Clamshell” from the Cashier. If you do forget your “Clamshell” you will be required to purchase a new one. All students using the Grab’n’Go will hand their I.D. card to the Cashier and have 10 minutes in which to gather food and drink, return to the Cashier Station and retrieve their I.D. card before leaving the Dining Hall.
b. Jake’s Pass: Students with schedule conflicts can prearrange to extend their meal plan at Jake’s Place. You can sign up in the Dining Service Office. We require a copy of your class schedule or letter/email from your employer confirming the meal conflict.
c. Meal credits can be applied to your catering event. Please plan at least two weeks ahead and provide a list of all attendees. The credits do not apply if the meal period sacrificed is attended after all. For more info: 610-921-7606.
4. Dining Service Directory
|Dining Hall Supervisor||7602|
|General Dining Services||7525|
5. Hours of Operation
Campus Center Dining Hall
- Monday – Thursday – 7am-8pm – Continous Dining
- Friday – 7am-7pm – Continous Dining
- Saturday – 8am-7pm – Continous Dining
- Sunday – 10am-7pm – Continous Dining
- Monday – Friday – 8am-Midnight
- Saturday – 12pm-Midnight
- Sunday – 2pm-Midnight
- Monday – Thursday – 7am-9pm
- Friday – 7am-4pm
- Saturday & Sunday – CLOSED
Peg’s Café in the Schumo Center
- Monday – Thursday – 9am-7pm
- Friday – 9am-3pm
- Saturday & Sunday – CLOSED
Rockland Market in Roessner
- Monday – Thursday – 745am-845pm
- Friday – 745am-3pm
- Saturday & Sunday – CLOSED
Medical attention for current Albright College students is available on-campus through the Gable Health and Counseling Center. Albright College staff and faculty may access care through the health center for acute conditions and charges will incur based upon the type of visit. The office is open Monday through Friday, and patients are seen by appointment. The center is staffed with a physician, a nurse practitioner, and two medical assistants. The health center fee, charged to students, is $75.00 per semester and the charge will be billed to each student at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The fee will cover sick visits, concussion follow-up in the health center, health center visits for athletic injuries and study abroad visits. Prescription medications, specialty services, specialty treatments, and physicals requiring the completion of paperwork will incur additional fees. The current no-show fee of $25.00 to $40.00 (dependent upon the type of visit scheduled) will be charged to the student account if a student schedules an appointment, does not attend the appointment and does not call to cancel the appointment within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time. The additional charges will be billed to the student account or the student may pay the charge directly to the campus cashier. Students wishing to seek insurance reimbursement may request a receipt from the health center and the student is then responsible to submit that receipt to the insurance company. Should a medical emergency occur when the health center is closed, the Department of Public Safety will assist in arranging for transportation to a local hospital.
All students must submit a medical history, physical, and immunization information to the Gable Health Center. Pennsylvania state law mandates that all students living in the residence halls must either submit proof that they received the meningococcal vaccine or sign a waiver at the health center declining the vaccination. If you are participating in Albright College Athletics, appropriate forms pertaining to sickle cell trait testing must be completed prior to beginning the first year of your sport. Failure to submit any of the aforementioned information will result in you being ineligible to register for future classes.
Primary health insurance coverage is the responsibility of the student and parent. Information regarding the health insurance must be registered yearly at the health center. If you do not have health insurance and are interested in purchasing it, please contact the Gable Health Center at 610-921-7532 for further information. Please view our health and wellness-related information here.
The Gable Health Center maintains strict standards around privacy and confidentiality. All information about you and your contact with the Gable Health Center is private and confidential. Confidentiality requirements contained in Federal regulations do not permit the College to disclose medical information pertaining to students/patients over the age of eighteen to anyone, including family members unless we receive the student’s explicit permission and consent. Information about medical services rendered to you by the Gable Health Center should be provided to others (parents and college personnel) directly by you. However, please note, if there is a risk of harm to oneself or to others, a health care provider may intervene and disclose appropriate health information to protect the person(s) at risk of harm or to assist in their emergency health care.
1. Temporary Medical Conditions
Students occupying residential housing who acquire a temporary illness or medical condition that requires monitoring and attention of a nature that is over and above the capabilities of the residential housing staff and services that are routinely provided by the Gable Health Center will be asked to leave residential housing within 48 hours unless additional time is approved by the vice president for student affairs and dean of students.
The Information Technology Services Department is located in the lower level of the Center for Computing and Mathematics (CCM), which also houses the following computer equipment for student use:
- Windows Workstations
- Mac Workstations
- Networked Laser Printers
- Color Scanners
Students with valid ID have free access to this facility during the following hours: spring and fall semesters,¬ Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Interim and summer session hours are posted during those sessions. The CCM is open extra hours at the end of each semester and is closed for most academic breaks. Guests are not permitted in the computer labs at any time. Please read the Technology Acceptable Use Policy.
To receive more information about computing resources on campus, please call IT Client Services at 610-¬921-¬7676. Several other computer labs on campus house similar equipment, some of which is available for general student use. Locations for these labs may be found on the IT Services website at www.albright.edu/itservices. For a schedule of open hours at any of these labs, please contact the appropriate building secretary
- Other important services provided by the CCM include:
- IT Client Services: (610-921-7676 or email@example.com) – Located in the lower level of the CCM building, where it is now available during a greater span of hours with much improved ADA access. Our hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-12 a.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.Students with a valid Albright ID card may visit IT Client Services to obtain their network/e-mail accounts and passwords.
- Media Services: Media Services provides support for students, staff and faculty who wish to use technology in their academic activities and work. Services include AV equipment loaning, classroom technology support and one-on-one equipment training. Our hours of operation for equipment and support are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
- Student computing support: Staff technicians can help resolve general network and Internet connectivity problems in the residence halls. Technicians are available at IT Client Services during normal operating hours or by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please contact IT Client Services.
- Student help desk: A member of the Albright student lab consultant’s staff is available in the CCM during all lab hours to help students. These students have experience with most of the available software packages and are trained to answer students’ questions and resolve problems. New students are hired for this position at the beginning and end of each academic session. Students interested in employment may inquire through IT Client Services.
The Gingrich Library is an integral part of a student’s academic experience and provides resources and services to help students succeed academically. Indeed, student success is why we are here. The staff gives highest priority to helping students develop critical research skills.
Located in the Library/Administration Building, the library offers a wide range of services, facilities and resources. The library provides access to more than 450,000 print and electronic books, over 14,000 CDs/DVDs and other physical and streaming multimedia materials, and receives tens of thousands of magazine and journal titles in paper or online formats. These materials support both the curriculum and general student interests.
While classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters, the Gingrich Library is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to midnight. These hours are posted online on the LION library website at http://library.albright.edu and are available by telephone at 610-921-7219. During examination periods, the library extends its hours. Hours for Interim and summer session and other special times are posted on the website and available by telephone.
All students have complete access to the Gingrich Library cataLION catalog, electronic books, and all of its electronic databases from on-campus, in the residence hall or off-campus. Students can request, free of charge, almost any book or article through our interlibrary loan system. Librarians are always ready to answer questions and help students find materials- in person, by email, by phone or via chat services. Student reference assistance is available 24/7 through the College’s participation in the AskHerePA services.
The Library/Administration building was constructed in 1963 with a major addition in 1975. The library is preparing for a major renovation in order to better accommodate the current and future student research needs. The current space can accommodate up to 330 library researchers at tables, individual study carrels and casual seating. The library maintains group study rooms, study carrels, comfortable chairs, and some small table areas to accommodate various study habits. The lobby area contains food and drink vending machines, a courtesy college phone and a free (help yourself) book shelf. The Lobby also has a space for posting and reading about current college events and a bulletin board on relevant topics and occasional survey topics.
Reference, circulation, course reserves, current periodicals, leisure reading, new books, DVD collections, Internet accessible computers, interlibrary loan services and the microform collection are on the main floor. The general collection is housed on the second and third floors. The Holocaust Resource Center/Nolan Room, Archives & Special Collections, Educational Materials Center, and group study rooms are located on the second floor. The College supports a small science library/study area in Room 350 of the Science Center.
The services offered by the library include, but are not limited to:
- Instruction and research assistance in using resources in the library and on the Internet.
- Research/reference support via telephone (610-921-7211); email (LibraryRef@albright.edu) or in person or now by chat (on the library website).
- Access to the library catalog and library journal databases.
- Circulation of books, electronic books, and audiovisual materials.
- Access to the hi-speed college wireless network, both inside and outside the building.
- Access to printing from library or other on-campus computers using the FollowMe printing software.
- Access to scanners that allow output to computer, fax, email or flash drives.
- Copying from microform or print originals by using the FollowMe printing software.
- Access to library programming that may carry Experience credit.
- Ability to use materials not found at Albright since the library cooperates with other academic libraries via the ILLiad (interlibrary loan) service, where the Albright Library borrows items it does not own for students.
- Reciprocal borrowing privileges at other academic libraries such as Kutztown University, Bucknell University, Franklin and Marshall College, Gettysburg College, Susquehanna University, Millersville University, as well as local colleges such as Alvernia University and Penn State Berks Campus.
- Special assistance for physically challenged students.
Additional services and support options are available via the library LION website at http://library.albright.edu.
All new students are issued a College ID card by Public Safety at the beginning of their classes. That card also functions as the library card and is used to borrow materials from the library or obtain course materials from reserve. Students who do not receive an ID card should contact the Department of Public Safety. College ID cards are used during the student’s entire undergraduate experience and can be updated for alumni privileges upon graduation. Access to the computer network, ILLiad and remote access to the library databases uses the college’s LionLink account username and password for authentication. Students who need assistance in logging in with their LionLink accounts should contact Albright IT Client Services.
The following library instructions apply for all students:
- Each student is responsible for all materials borrowed on his/her card, including fines incurred and charges for lost or damaged materials.
- Each student is bound by the college Code of Conduct as well as the Library’s Conduct Policy while using library resources and services. These rules cover how students should behave so as not to disturb or disrupt other library patrons. Failure to abide by these standard library rules can lead to the student being required to leave the library.
- Each student is responsible for all materials borrowed on his/her card, including fines incurred and charges for lost or damaged materials.
- As a safety and security measure, students may be asked to present their college ID at any time while they are using the library.
- Loss or theft of the card must be reported to the Department of Public Safety and the Library immediately.
- Drinks in covered containers and snacks such as those sold in the library vending machine are allowed in the library, but not meals. Patrons should report any spilling at the circulation desk and clean up any space they use.
In addition to library services, the library provides assistance in using Moodle, a web-based software for classroom support. Support for Moodle can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 610-921-7211 (Library Reference Desk). Support for accessing Moodle via LionLink can be obtained by contacting the Client Services(email@example.com), calling 610-921-7676 (ITS Department) or checking the LION web page at library.albright.edu/moodle.
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The Office of Multicultural Affairs strives to support and empower students of all backgrounds. The office provides educational and inclusive programming, advisement, and other services that promote cultural awareness. Our goal is to work with the campus community in order to encourage academic, cultural, and personal growth. We welcome differences in age, race, ethnicity, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, and geographic origin. While this office services the greater Albright community to enhance the goals of multiculturalism, specific focus and attention is placed on all students enrolled at Albright College.
Students and advisers should follow the proper hierarchy when seeking a solution to a problem or concern. It is never advisable to contact the vice president or president first; they will expect you to first contact those who are more directly involved with your concern.
If an advisee believes that he/she has exhausted all appropriate avenues and the concern has not been properly addressed, then he/she should contact the College-appointed student ombudsmen, Samantha Wesner, associate dean of students and Chaplain Paul Clark. They will act as the advisee’s spokesperson. Ms. Wesner can be contacted at 610-921-7532 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and Chaplain Clark is available at 610-921-7716 or at email@example.com.
1. Our Mission
The Department of Public Safety is committed to providing a safe and secure environment by extending care and assistance to our students, faculty, staff, guests, and other members of the community-at-large. Our department works around the clock by providing frequent patrols throughout campus and the surrounding areas, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our officers are dedicated to protecting all College community members, the physical assets of the College and to fostering an attitude of cooperation with those with whom we come in contact.
The department employs a complement of both full and part-time officers, as well as a contingency of student security officers. We strive for excellence in providing a safe, secure environment and we promote and support the success of Albright students and the community.
The Department of Public Safety is located at the corner of College Avenue and Linden Street. If calling from a College telephone, the emergency telephone number for immediate access to the office is ext. 7670. In the event of a campus wide power outage, dial 610-921-2277. Emergency telephones are strategically located throughout the campus. By pressing the red key button, the call goes directly to the Public Safety Office. These telephones also provide local calling capabilities.
All public safety officers are CPR, first aid and automated external defibrillator certified. A defibrillator is available in the Public Safety Office, as well as other on-campus locations, if an emergency situation requires its use.
The Department of Public Safety will transport any student in need of medical treatment to the local hospital or to a physician’s office. The charge for this service is $25. An escort service is provided throughout the year and during the hours of darkness.
2. Nationwide Alerts
As the federal government regulates the nationwide alert system, we need to be sensitive from a local perspective. The following initiatives have taken place on the Albright campus:
a. A campus-wide Emergency Response Plan has been developed for numerous situations that could occur on our campus.
b. All public safety officers have been trained in appropriate responses to any given emergency on campus.
c. Albright’s assistant housing directors and resident assistants have received CPR certification and first aid training.
d. We have taken additional precautions at public events held on campus. We continue to monitor national and international developments, and are committed to maintaining the safest environment possible.
e. The College has implemented a text messaging system that provides critical information to anyone in the Albright community who has registered for this free service. To register your cell phone with e2Campus, go to our website, www.albright.edu/resources/security, and under Quick Links, click e2Campus to sign up. You may also contact the Client Servicesin IT Services and they will provide instructions.
f. If a major emergency should occur, public safety officers will make immediate contact with the assistant housing directors, who in turn will contact the resident assistants. The information available will be disseminated quickly to all students.
3. The Albright community can assist as we attempt to heighten our own level of security by adhering to the following:
- Always be aware of anyone trying to gain access to a building when those on campus do not know the person(s). Never prop open locked doors.
- Anything of a suspicious nature should be immediately reported to Public Safety. Some have already assisted in this way in the recent past. As a result, several persons have been apprehended attempting to break into vehicles owned by our students. We depend on everyone to help us with this security effort.
4. College Identification Card (ID)
The Department of Public Safety issues to all incoming freshmen and transfer students a personal ID/access card with photograph. This card must be carried at all times while on campus. When asked by any Albright College official to produce identification, this card must be presented. This requirement is a security measure to ensure that only those who are authorized to be on campus can be identified. It provides access to the residence hall occupied by the owner of the card, as well as access to the library, dining hall, bookstore and various campus activities. The cost to replace a lost or misplaced identification/access card is $20. This cost is not refundable if the missing card is found at a later date.
5. Escort Service
The Department of Public Safety provides an escort service seven days per week to all students during the hours of darkness. This service is only provided for on-campus escorts. Because of other responsibilities, it is impossible to provide transportation to areas such as airports, bus terminals or train stations.
The escort service will pick up students at the following locations at the following times, beginning at 8 p.m.
Albright Court :00
The Library :05 after the hour
Walton Hall :10 after the hour
Mohn Hall :15 after the hour
Woods (Stop 1) :20 after the hour
(at the parking lot between Apts. H and I)
Woods (Stop 2) :25 after the hour (by Woods Apt. A)
This rotation will continue between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. After these hours, a walking escort may be requested. Note: Groups of four or more individuals who are going to the same location will not be given an escort.
A walking escort may be requested any time after dark and will be provided by an officer. There may be times when an immediate response may not be possible, due to other responsibilities or emergencies requiring the officers’ attention. An officer will respond as quickly as possible.
Students are encouraged not to walk alone at night and to utilize the escort services provided by Public Safety.
6. Inspection and Legal Entry
Albright College is sensitive to student needs for privacy. However, the College is liable to civil authorities for behavior within its residence halls and apartments. College officials reserve the right to enter any room at any time for purposes of inspection or to call attention to any violation of the general regulations.
Any time a College official enters a room and finds a College policy being violated, that room may become subject to further search if warranted by the situation. Closets and dresser drawers also may be opened and searched.
Rooms may be entered in the event of an emergency where a person’s well-¬being or health may be threatened, or when personal or College property is thought to be in immediate danger.
Keys are nontransferable and must be returned when a student vacates housing. Students assume a significant responsibility for safeguarding keys entrusted to them. The replacement cost for lost or broken keys, or the turning in of an unauthorized duplicated key, is $25.
Students residing in the residence halls on campus, including Crowell Hall, Krause Hall, North Hall and Smith Hall, will be assigned combinations for individual rooms. Combinations should be kept confidential. Should it be necessary to change a combination a second time because of a breach of confidentiality violation, the student will be assessed a fee of $25. There is no charge to students if the combination is changed per an administrative request.
8. Lost and Found
Items may be claimed, with proper identification, at the Public Safety Office. If you find a lost item, please take it to the Public Safety Office. Items will be kept for 30 days.
9. Insurance Protection
Albright College does NOT provide property insurance for the loss or damage of personal property of Albright residential or commuting students anywhere on campus. Students and parents should consult with their personal insurance agents to review their existing homeowner’s or tenant’s insurance policies to determine if appropriate insurance protections are provided for personal property brought to and used on the Albright campus.
If consultations reveal that no such protection exists, each student is urged to obtain such coverage by obtaining an insurance rider to an existing policy or coverage through a separate policy. Should the student not have an insurance agent or wish to compare premiums, coverage is available through National Student Services, Inc. This company, located in Stillwater, Okla., provides personal effects coverage at a nominal cost. For more information, contact the Residential Life Office.
10. Securing the Campus
Over the past several years, several officers within the Department of Public Safety, who have received Act 120 Certification or its equivalent, have become sworn police officers through the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. This was accomplished in order to provide a safer environment for everyone on the Albright College campus. Now, if a criminal from the community attempts to commit a crime on campus, these officers have the authority to detain and arrest them.
11. Snow and Other Emergency Situations
a. When you hear that we have a late opening, this is what it means:
- One-Hour Delay/Late Opening: All classes before 9 a.m. are cancelled. Students report to their regularly scheduled 9 a.m. classes on MWF and 9:30 a.m. classes on T/TH. All offices open as soon as possible, but no later than 9 a.m.
- Two-Hour Delay/Late Opening: All classes before 10 a.m. are cancelled. Students report to their regularly scheduled 10 a.m. classes on MWF and 11 a.m. classes on T/TH. All offices open as soon as possible, but no later than 10 a.m.
- Evening Classes Cancelled: All classes on the main campus that begin at 5 p.m. and after.
- Activities, athletic events or individual facilities may be closed or cancelled even when the College is open. Individual events may take place even when classes are cancelled.
- Status may change. For example, a one-¬hour delay may later change to a two-hour or more delay or change to a closing. Late-afternoon and evening classes may be cancelled even if the College has been open all day.
- Faculty and Staff: Employees may be required to report even when classes are cancelled. School of Professional Studies (SPS) locations, call the SPS Office at 1-888-253-8851 for continuously updated information about closings in all SPS locations.
b. How to Find Out What’s Happening
1) e2Campus text message, web and the hot line are the first places where information is posted and updated!
Please note: e2Campus text message: A brief text message will be sent to everyone signed up for the emergency text messaging system, e2Campus, and direct you where to find more detailed information. To sign up for e2Campus, you may visit http://www.e2campus.com/my/alb/signup.html, or register on the Albright website at www.albright.edu/resources/security; click e2Campus under Quick Links.
2) Call the Albright hot line: x7800 or 610-921-7800. Information is posted and updated as necessary.
3) Listen to Your Local Radio or TV Station (Please do not rely on this as your first source of information.) Reading: WEEU (830AM); Y102 (102FM); WRAW (1340 AM); WIOV (105 FM). Allentown: WFMZ, Ch. 69 News; B104 (104 FM); WLEV (100.7 FM); WCTO (Cat County 96 FM); WEST (1400 AM); WODE (99.9 FM “The Hawk”) Boyertown: WFKB (107. 5 FM); Harrisburg: UPN 15/WHP Ch. 21 CBS; WITF Ch. 33; WITF (89.5 FM); WHP 580 AM; WRVV (97.3 FM “The River”); BOB (94.9 AM); KISS (99.3 FM); Lancaster: WGAL (Ch. 8); WLAN (97 FM); WROZ (101 FM “The Rose”); WIOV (105.1 FM); Philadelphia: KYW Radio (1060 AM) – listen for #1481; KYW TV 3; WCAU NBC 10.
The College seeks to provide opportunities in which students can reflect upon religious and moral questions and issues. In addition to the work of the Chaplain’s Office, student religious groups representing the Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and Catholic traditions offer a variety of means through which students can explore personal and social issues of faith.
For counseling appointments or other items that may require a specific block of time, please contact the chaplain at 610-921-7708 to schedule an appointment during office hours (9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.). The office of the Albright College chaplain and director of the Multi-Faith Center is located in the lower level of Memorial Chapel. The Multi-Faith Center is located at 1811 Linden Street.
1. Buddhist Faith – Both Zen and Tibetan Buddhists serve as associate chaplains on Albright’s campus. Please contact the Chaplain’s Office at x7708 for more details.
2. Catholic Eucharist –Please contact the Chaplain for a schedule of when the Mass will be celebrated on Sundays in Kachel Chapel. (The chapel is located in Teel Hall. Enter by the door facing the Computer Center.) The Mass comes to campus led by the priest assigned to Kutztown University and Albright College, Father Brensinger.
3. Jewish Faith – Albright’s Hillel Chapter is the main focus for Jewish students on campus. Jennifer Koosed, Ph.D., from the Religious Studies Department, is the adviser. Hillel meets every week at the Multi-Faith Center. Dr. Koosed or the chaplain can help students find a local synagogue that meets their needs.
4. Muslim Faith – There is a Muslim Student Association chapter on Albright’s campus. This group also meets weekly at the Multi-Faith Center. Also, daily prayer takes place in a room set aside for that purpose at the center.
5. Protestant Faith – A variety of liturgical experiences are offered depending on interest. The Albright Christian Fellowship provides a weekly Bible study for women and men, and a worship gathering on Wednesday evenings.
- Mission Statement
The Office of Residential Life seeks to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive residential community that fosters the success and personal growth of each resident.
- Residential Life Information
The Office of Residential Life is located at 1331 Richmond Street (next to Mohn Hall) and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Office of Residential Life is responsible for housing administration and for the overall planning, development, and implementation of the residential learning program at Albright College. Housing administration regards the business operation of the office, including room assignments, room changes, and cancellation of the housing contract. Residential learning regards staff recruitment and selection, training of resident assistants, and the supervision of residential programming.Students can find information regarding housing policies and procedures, general living conditions of the residence hall, or any other issues regarding campus living at the Office of Residential Life. Students are encouraged to contact a resident assistant, lead resident assistant or professional staff member for questions or clarification of College policy.
- Residential Life StaffOffice StaffThe Office of Residential Life is supported by administrative personnel who provide oversight of day-to-day office operations and act as a point of service of referrals for students, parents, and guests. Office staff are implemental in the success of Residential Life and student support.
The director of residential life is the primary administrator of the College’s residential facilities. The director oversees all administrative processes pertaining to the residence halls, and directs all aspects of the housing and residential life program, including the overall growth and development of a residential community that embodies the values of the College.
The assistant director is a fulltime professional staff member providing leadership in the Office of Residential Life and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. In Residential Life, the assistant director is responsible for the administration of paraprofessional staff training, recruitment, and development, campus-wide programming, and the supervision of one residence hall.
Area coordinators are full-time professional staff members who are responsible for residential education and the administration of residence halls. By coordinating programs and activities, promoting a positive living and learning environment, and engaging students, the area coordinator implements a comprehensive residential program to support the Residential Life mission.
Resident Assistants and Lead Resident Assistants
Resident assistants are student staff members selected on the basis of their skills, interests and activities, enabling them to effectively assist and advise students. Each resident assistant is trained to refer students with academic and personal concerns, provide an engaging, educational environment, and to enforce College and housing policies. Lead Resident Assistants provide paraprofessional leadership to each RA staff, act as liaison for building concerns, and serve on duty for the residence halls.
- Residential and Food Service ContractAll students living on-campus or in College-managed housing are required to accept the terms and conditions of the housing contract and select a meal plan for the entire academic year. The contract defines the terms and conditions of occupancy, housing and meal plan costs, and procedures for termination. Note: With the exception of students living in Albright Woods, Affinity Houses, or Rockland Hall, meal plans are required for all students living on-campus.
- Residency Requirement and Eligibility
Albright College is a residential campus and requires that all fulltime (minimum of three courses), traditional undergraduate students ages 17-25 live in on-campus or College-managed housing. Fulltime, traditional undergraduate students must meet specific criteria and submit appeal to be approved for Commuter status or off-campus living (outlined below). At the discretion of the director of residential life and dean of students, housing may also be made available to non-traditional students, including Accelerated Degree students, master’s level students, 4+1 students, and any other students returning for certification. Albright College does not provide housing accommodations for married couples or families, and does not allow infants or children to reside on campus.Students must meet at least one of the following criteria and submit appeal to be exempt from on-campus or College-managed housing:
a. Students who choose to commute from their permanent home address within 25 miles or 30 minutes of Albright College’s campus, and are residing with an immediate family member. The Office of Residential Life defines “immediate family member” as a parent, legal guardian, or sibling. Exceptions will also be considered for students residing with an individual who has stood in loco parentis to the student for one year or more, immediately prior to a student’s date of first matriculating at Albright College. Name, Number and Address must be provided with petition to live off campus.
b. Students who are at least 23 years old prior to the start of Spring Semester.
c. Students who are married/domestic partnership.
d. Students who are legal guardians of minors who reside with them on a permanent basis. (Albright College does not provide housing for non-matriculated minor students)
e. Students who are military veterans.
f. Students who present extreme financial hardship.
Students who wish to appeal to live off campus must follow the procedures outlined by the Office of Residential Life. In order to be considered to live off campus students must be in Senior Standing, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good conduct standing.
Facilities Services and Operations is responsible maintaining on-campus and College-managed residential facilities. Requests for repair service should be made by completing a facilities work order request, available online through the College’s website at www.albright.edu/facilities.Emergency repairs should be called to the attention of Facilities Services and Operations immediately by calling extension 7520 or the Office Public Safety at extension 7670. For repair and replacement costs for residential areas, please refer to the Office of Residential Life’s Community Living Guide or contact Facilities at extension 7520.The cost to repair vandalism to a residence area and its furnishings will be charged to the responsible party. The party may be subject to further disciplinary action.If such damage occurs and the responsible party cannot be determined, repair costs will be prorated and assessed to all students living on/in that particular floor, suite or apartment. Other items will be assessed as damage occurs. Punitive charges may be applied when damage occurs but total replacement is not practical (i.e., burn holes or stains in flooring).
Exterior damage at the Albright Woods Apartments (laundry, fences, lights, signs, lawn, driveways, parking lots) will be assessed and “charged back” to all residents of the complex unless the individuals responsible for the damage are identified.
Laundry facilities are centrally located in each residential area. Washer and dryer services are free and available for student use only. For best results, follow instructions for the machines and use only high efficiency detergent. Please be courteous with other students’ personal property when using laundry facilities. The College is not responsible for any damage to laundry through student use of residential washers and dryers.
- Fire Drills
Fire drills are mandated by the fire department and are conducted each semester throughout all the buildings on campus. It is necessary for each individual to evacuate for all fire safety alarms (never assume that an audible alarm is just a drill and not an emergency situation). Those who fail to exit any building when an alarm has sounded will assessed a fine and disciplinary action.
Albright College participates in federal student aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. As an institution that participates in these programs we are required to have “a process to review and appropriately act on complaints concerning the institution including enforcing applicable State laws.” (Title 34 CFR §600.9). “Albright College will also make available for review to any enrolled or prospective student a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation, approval of licensing” (Title 34 CFR §668.43(b).
To comply with this regulation, Albright College makes available the following information to our prospective and current students. Albright College makes every effort to handle complaint resolution internally, using our policies and procedures outlined in the Albright College Catalog and The Compass, the student handbook. The expectation is that students will utilize these procedures in a timely manner to address concerns or complaints. Additional information is provided below to assist with guidance:
- Academic Grade Appeal: Please refer to the Albright College Catalog, Academic Dishonesty and Grade Appeals, found here.
- Academic Honesty Violations: Please refer to the Albright College Catalog, Academic Dishonesty and Grade Appeals, found here
- Non-Academic Complaints: Refers to incidents of unprofessional behavior or other complaints that are not of a grading concern. Contact the Academic Affairs Office if the complaint involves a faculty member. Contact the Human Resources Office if the complaint involves an administrative team member.
- Disability Services: Institutions of higher education have the obligation to make informed decisions about accommodations. These decisions may not always agree with recommendations from outside professionals or with prior Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans. Students who do not agree with the accommodation decisions of the Disability Services Office (DSO) should follow the process outlines here
- Harassment or Discrimination: Complaints alleging hate/bias incidents should be addressed to the Department of Public Safety in writing. The written complaint will be forwarded to the appropriate office: for a student it will be sent to community standards; for an employee to human resources and for a faculty member to the provost. The Public Safety Office can be reached at (610) 921-2381.
- Title IX: In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits a college from discrimination based on sex, Albright College does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in its educational programs or activities. Title IX notification can be found here
- Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. More information about Albright College’s FERPA policy along with information on filing a FERPA complaint can be found at here.
- Criminal Activity: Complaints involving matters of a criminal nature should be directed to the Albright College Public Safety office at (610) 921-2381.
- Ombudsmen: If a student believes he/she has exhausted all appropriate avenues and the concern has not been properly address, then he/she should contact one the College-appointed student ombudsmen:
Associate Dean of Students, Director of the Gable Health Center
Rev. Paul Clark
- Grievance Form: If a student has not reached resolution by addressing a complaint or concern through the leadership of the department or area involved or through the channels listed above they may file a grievance using an online form found here www.albright.edu/campuslife/grievance-form.php.Students will need to authenticate their identity online. The will not be able to make anonymous complaints. Contact will be made with the student who files the grievance within 10 days of filing.Complaints and resolution will be kept on file with the institution for seven years from point of filing, or until a student graduates if longer than seven years beyond the complaint.
In the unlikely event that an issue cannot be resolved by the College, students may file a complaint with their respective State Licensing Authority. For residential students taking courses on-campus, the Pennsylvania Department of Education — Postsecondary and Adult Education would be the applicable agency.
Division of Higher & Career Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education-Postsecondary and Adult Education
333 Market Street, 12th Fl.
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
tel: (717) 783-8228
fax: (717) 722-3622
Unresolved complaints may also be filed with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street, Second Floor West
Philadelphia, PA 19104
tel: (267) 284-5000
The Writing Center is another academic support resource on campus. The Writing Center is staffed by peer tutors and a professional staff member who provide one-on-one consultations, for all writers, at any stage of the writing process and for all courses. Unlike copyeditors who simply correct grammar and style errors, writing consultants actively engage writers in meaningful conversations about their texts, helping writers discover, for themselves, how to improve their own work. The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Administration Building. Appointments can be made through our online appointment system at http://www.mywconline.com/albright. If you have questions, please visit the center, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 610-921-7540. The Writing Center page also has useful resources about style, grammar and avoiding plagiarism.
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