Feb 20, 2019  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Student Affairs and Campus Services

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Campus Services


The EMU Student Center


        Address: 900 Oakwood St., Rm. 370 Ypsilanti, MI 48197
        Phone:  734.487.1157
        Fax:  734.487-0493
        Website: http://www.emich.edu/studentcenter

The EMU Student Center is the interactive heart of student life at Eastern. The building’s concave east side architecturally declares the Student Center’s intent to “embrace” the campus and act as a unifying force in the daily life of Eastern. This unifying mission is further reinforced in the Student Center’s mix of facilities, services, and programs designed to create an environment to attract and serve students, faculty, staff, and the local community. The Student Center helps build a powerful and positive, diverse and collegiate, academic community at EMU. The Student Center is immediately adjacent to the Halle Library on the south, and the Recreation/Intramural building on the southeast, and is near the academic core of the campus. The east side of the Student Center is a three-story glass wall that overlooks University Park.

The EMU Student Center’s first floor consists of the EMU Bookstore operated by Follett, fireplace lounge, state of the art 250-seat auditorium, food court with comfortable seating for 450, Wendy’s, Subway, Taco Bell/KFC, Sbarro’s, Green Market Bistro, convenience store, TCF Bank, Eagle Card Office, Apple store, ticket office, and a gaming center. The second floor consists of the grand ballroom with banquet-style seating for 650, pre-function fireplace lounge, University Art Gallery, Student Center Art Gallery, Admissions Welcome Center, University Information Center, Service EMU, Office of International Students, New Student Programs, Student Judicial Services, Students with Disabilities Office, 24/7 computer lab, Commuter Central and lounge, and Starbucks Coffee. The third floor consists of meeting rooms including the Native American inspired Kiva Room, Event Planning Office, Student Center Administration, and the Center for Student Involvement that includes Student Government, Greek organizations, student organizations, Campus Life, Diversity and Community Involvement Programs, and VISION. For additional information about the EMU Student Center visit  www.emich.edu/studentcenter. The Campus Information Center on the second floor of the Student Center can provide more information on the Center’s programs and services.  Call the friendly staff at 734.487.1157.


Campus Life


        Address:  345 EMU Student Center
        Phone:  734.487.3045
        Fax:  734.480-1927

        Web site:

Campus Life offers student-centered learning, development and involvement activities that challenge and support the unique gifts, needs, experiences and interests of our students, our professional staff members and members of the broader campus community.

  • Arts, Intellectual, Cultural and Entertainment Programs - Offering social engagement and aesthetic literacy experiences through a variety of activities including late night/evening/weekend programs, intellectual/cultural experiences, guest speakers and artists, student performances, films and more.
  • Commuter Life - Providing access to an array of services designed to support commuter students including Service EMU, temporary and one night campus housing for commuters, commuter scholarships and Student Legal Services.  Also serving the transition, student involvement and engagement needs of commuters through commuter orientation, the Commuter Student Association, and campus activities.        
  • Leadership and Student Involvement - Providing students with opportunities to enhance their personal and professional skills through student volunteer boards, student employment experiences, and an array of leadership development programs.
  • Orientation and Transition Programs - Offering programs, services and resources assisting students to transition successfully into and through their college career including Fusion: New Student Orientation for freshmen, transfer and adult students, the MyFY Website, First Year Mentor Program, and Real Beginnings.
  • Student Organizations and Greek Life - Providing programs, services, resources and advocacy for student organizations, including fraternities and sororities to function safely and effectively, contributing positively to the EMU community.


Department of Diversity and Community Involvement


        Diversity Programs
        Address: EMU Student Center, 3rd Floor
        Phone:  734.487.3118
        Fax:  734.487.6910
        Website: www.emich.edu/dci

        Volunteerism and Community Service
        EMU Student Center, 3rd Floor
        Phone: 734.487.3045
        Fax: 734.480.1927
        Website:  www.emich.edu/vision

The Department of Diversity and Community Involvement (DCI) offers numerous opportunities for engagement and learning beyond the classroom. DCI provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to get involved in social justice education, programming, and activism.

Diversity and Community Involvement is comprised of four centers: the Center for Multicultural Affairs, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC), VISION (Volunteers Incorporating Service into our Neighborhoods), and the Women’s Center.  The Center for Multicultural Affairs, LGBTRC and the Women’s Center offer a variety of programming and services promoting diversity and inclusion.   The Centers recognize, support, and celebrate diverse student populations; promote academic, personal, social and professional development of diverse student populations; provide information, resources, and referral services, and help faculty and staff teach effectively in a diverse University setting. Examples of our programming include: Cultural Heritage Celebration Months, Out Month, Lavender Role Models and Mentors, Take Back the Night, and the Vagina Monologues. 

VISION Volunteer Center – the fourth of DCI’s Centers – offers opportunities for students to get involved in service.  VISION helps students learn about social issues, address community needs and strengthen community partnerships.  Our student-led programs include Alternative Breaks, America Reads, Best Buddies, GREEN, Habitat for Humanity, Jumpstart, Kid Konnection, Students Against Hunger and Homelessness, and One-Day Events. 


Career Services Center


    Address: 200 McKenny Hall
    Phone: 734.487.0400
    Fax: 734.487.0940
    Web site:

Satellite Office:
    College of Business
    Address: 210 Owen Building
    Phone: 734.487.4099

The Career Services Center (CSC), 200 McKenny Hall, provides a variety of services for both undergraduate and graduate students. Assistance with résumé preparation, interviewing and job search strategies is available.  In addition, CSC offers job fairs, student employment listings, on-campus interviews and a résumé referral service.  For a more complete list of their services go to career.emich.edu.

Walk-In Advising

If you have a quick question or would like your résumé reviewed, CSC offers walk-in advising with trained career specialists.   Walk-in advising is located in the main CSC office in 200 McKenny Hall.  Hours vary each semester; call 734.487.0400 for the current schedule.

Career Resources

CSC’s career resources area, located in 200 McKenny Hall, is an excellent source of information and assistance for career planning and your job search. Information provided relates to:

  • Career planning and development for students and alumni
  • Characteristics of occupations, such as employment outlook, education needed, and salary trends
  • Online databases of companies nation-wide
  • Internships and volunteer opportunities
  • “How-to-do-it” books and videotapes on conducting a job search
  • Graduate schools
  • Résumé and interview preparation
  • Job postings/on-campus interview opportunities

Cooperative Education


The Program

Cooperative education (co-op) is a unique educational plan designed to enhance academic studies and assist students in attaining career goals. The Career Services Center and academic departments cooperate with business and industry as well as private and public agencies in developing work assignments that parallel the student’s academic program. Co-op provides direct, hands-on experience while adding practical dimensions to the student’s academic background. Students typically earn wages and academic credit for each co-op job assignment. (For Career Services Center locations click here).

Benefits to the Student

  • Increases employment opportunities upon graduation. Approximately 70 percent of co-op participants are offered permanent jobs by their employer upon graduation.
  • Awards college credit while being paid to work. Co-op students also earn wages significantly higher than most student employment opportunities.
  • Increases earning and promotional potential. Co-op students start between five and 10 percent above normal entry-level salaries after graduation.
  • Offers on-the-job training related to course of study. Co-op students typically perform professional level assignments.
  • Links classroom and work place. Co-op placements provide the opportunity to apply academic studies while bringing career goals into focus.


Most students must be at least of junior standing with 12-15 credit hours or prerequisites completed in major. The College of Business (COB) and the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) will consider second-semester sophomores in selected majors. Note that eligibility and prerequisites vary based on major/minor and that departmental approval is required in most cases.  A first step in pursuing a co-op is to speak with an adviser in your program of study to determine application procedures.

Grade Point Average

A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required unless waived by faculty sponsor. Students on academic probation are not eligible to participate.

Academic Credit

Generally three credits are awarded for each placement, but may vary by major and department. Work experiences are graded on a credit/non-credit basis.


Students interested in an internship are encouraged to seek information from their departmental office regarding placement assistance and application materials. Requirements may vary by department and academic discipline. The Career Services Center provides listings for internships at EagleCareers.Experience.com and also has print materials about internship opportunities at their main office in 200 McKenny Hall. Students are encouraged to identify opportunities, seek departmental approval and apply directly.

Pre-Professional Internships

The Career Services Center facilitates the Pre-Professional Internship (PPI) program which is available for freshman and sophomores in all academic majors at any class level. This program offers up to six elective credits for work experience that has allowed students to explore career options. For additional information go to http://career.emich.edu.


Student Government


    Governed by the President (elected each spring)
    Address: EMU Student Center, Room 342
    Phone: 734.487.1470
    Web site: www.emich.edu/studentorgs/studentgov 

Student Government at EMU is committed to improving the quality of student life on campus. The student body each spring elects a president, vice president and 24 senators who, along with representatives appointed from various organizations, compose the Student Senate. The executive officers and members provide input to the administration of the University to help solve problems and improve programs and services. Student Government also sponsors campus-wide events and trips to Lansing to meet with state legislators. 

Not only do student representatives get valuable experience in the process of government, but they also represent the University on local, state and national levels. Any EMU student may run for a Student Government position. Interested students are also welcome to serve on Student Government committees and University advisory groups.


University Student Identification Card


Eagle Card Office
Address: EMU Student Center, 1st Floor
Phone: 734.487.3176
Web site: http://it.emich.edu/eagleonecard/

A valid Eastern Michigan University identification card is required for many services on campus including the use of special facilities. To obtain a University identification card, students must be registered for at least one class for the current or upcoming semester. You will need one piece of valid picture identification and a copy of your class schedule. Visit the Eagle Card Office web site for office hours and updated information.



Address: 112 Welch Hall
Phone: 734.487.0074
Fax: 734.487.7170
Web site: http://emich.edu/ombuds

The ombudsman facilitates the resolution of individual complaints which do not have a formal avenue of redress through official University channels. The ombudsman advises students on University policy and procedures, identifies and recommends changes to current practices, and communicates student concerns/issues to appropriate University officials. In addition, the ombudsman presents workshops, conducts needs assessments and mediates disputes.

In the event of an emergency, the ombudsman is the main contact between the student, the student’s family and the University. When a student emergency exists, the ombudsman has the responsibility for notifying the student’s instructors, and for contacting family members and other appropriate personnel.

Students with Disabilities Office


Address: EMU Student Center, Room 220
Phone: 734.487.2470
TTY: 734.487.2470
Web site: www.emich.edu/disabilities

Students with physical, learning or psychological disabilities, sensory impairments and chronic health conditions must register with the Students with Disabilities Office (SWDO) in order to receive accommodations. Typical accommodations include extended time for examinations, the ability to take examinations in a distraction-free environment, access to adaptive technology, sign language interpreters, books on tape and note takers. However all accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis according to each student’s documented limitations. The SWDO also works closely with faculty members and other University departments, such as Housing and Campus Life, to ensure that students with disabilities receive the accommodations they need to participate in all University programs, services, and activities. All disability information is strictly confidential and students are encouraged to contact the SWDO to discuss their individual needs.

Office of International Students


Address: EMU Student Center, Room 244
Phone: 734.487.3116
Web site: www.emich.edu/ois

The Office of International Students extends a welcome to all international students pursuing educational goals at Eastern Michigan University. Concerned, responsible and professional staff is available to assist students in any matter, including orientation, advice on immigration issues, academics, financial, employment and personal concerns. The staff also provides the preparation of documents needed to maintain favorable status in this country.

This office serves as a consultant to faculty and staff on international student affairs and acts as a catalyst for the development of various international connections in the University and/or community to promote international education and understanding; and initiates enhancement programs such as cross-cultural activities on and off campus.

International students are encouraged to make regular contact with the office.

Veterans Services Office


Shaftone Dunklin, Director
Address: 246 McKenny Hall
Phone: 734.487.3119
Fax: 734.487.5060
Web site: www.emich.edu/veterans

The Veteran Services Office (VSO) coordinates all campus services for veterans who are pursuing their education at EMU. It is the resource center for veterans’ benefits; veterans must report successful academic progress, class drops and adds, and/or relevant changes in personal status to the VSO in order to maintain benefits.

The office assists veterans in housing and financial aid, and works closely with disabled veterans to provide full educational benefits. Veterans should direct all questions to a representative of this office.

Children’s Institute


Address: 103 Rackham Hall
Phone: 734.487.2348
Fax: 734.487.0286
Web site: www.emich.edu/uhs/children.html
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The EMU Children’s Institute, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, offers high-quality early childhood education programming to families of Eastern Michigan University and surrounding communities. We offer varied programs designed to meet the needs of students and working families.

The Institute provides high-quality care and education for children ages 18 months through six years. Full- and half-day programs are available for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. A special arrangement with the Ypsilanti Public School System provides transportation to and from Perry Child Development Center for the morning kindergarten program. We also offer a full-day kindergarten program at the Children’s Institute.

The EMU Children’s Institute serves as the practicum placement site for students preparing to be early childhood education teachers. Practicum students are closely supervised by professional classroom teachers and University faculty members.

Flights of Imagination, the summer day camp program at the Children’s Institute, offers exciting and varied programs for children entering kindergarten and first grade, supervised by professional teaching staff, with EMU students as camp counselors. Camp is offered as eight weekly sessions.

Activities at the Children’s Institute are play-based and developmentally appropriate, and designed to meet the needs of each child in the group. Teaching staff have completed coursework and hold degrees/advanced professional degrees in early childhood education. Staff training and in-service days are conducted throughout the year.

Counseling Services


        Address: 313 Snow Health Center
        Phone:  734.487.1118
        Fax:  734.481.0050
        Website:  www.emich.edu/uhs/counseling.html
        Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Counseling Services provides:

  • Free, confidential, personal counseling for EMU students
  • Informative, interactive workshops and presentations in classrooms and other locations on topics including managing depression, resolving communication and relationship problems, building self esteem, addressing anger and test anxiety, among others
  • Crisis response and support
  • Screening for depression and other concerns
  • Consultation with faculty and staff about student and classroom issues
  • Self-help lending library

Professional, licensed psychologists and counselors provide services.  Graduate students completing internships also provide services under professional staff supervision.

All registered EMU students are eligible for services.  Appointments can be made by phone or in person.  Counseling is confidential and at no cost to students.


University Health Services


Medical Services

        Address: Snow Health Center Main Floor
        Phone: 734.487.1122
        Fax: 734.487.2342
        Web site: www.emich.edu/uhs
        Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Center is closed during official University closings. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins can usually be accommodated.

All currently enrolled students, faculty, staff and their spouses at Eastern Michigan University are eligible for services.

Medical Services provides treatment as well as preventive services for a wide range of acute, episodic and ambulatory medical conditions, some of which include:

  • Evaluation and treatment for minor illness and injury
  • Physical examinations
  • Allergy shots, immunizations, meningitis shots, TB testing and flu shots
  • Women’s health care including annual exams, diagnosis and treatment for infections, birth control and pregnancy tests
  • X-ray and laboratory tests

Snow Health Center is a fully staffed medical facility. The professional team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and technologists that have specialized in the health and lifestyle concerns of young adults. In addition, faculty and residents from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital work with the staff in a collaborative program to provide services.

The EMU Student Health Insurance policy, sponsored by Student Government, is accepted in full for covered services after co-pays are met. The EMU policy can be reviewed and purchased online at www.uhcsr.com


        Address: Snow Health Center, Main Floor
        Phone: 734.487.1125
        Fax: 734.487.0273
        Website: www.emich.edu/uhs

The pharmacy is licensed by the State of Michigan and provides quality pharmaceutical services with an emphasis on patient counseling regarding medication(s), issues involving possible drug interactions, proper use and storage of medication(s), dosage and side effects. The pharmacy can fill prescriptions written by licensed physicians in Michigan as well as most prescriptions written by out-of-state licensed providers. We participate with many prescription insurance plans. The pharmacy also maintains a variety of over-the-counter products, including no-prescription medications.  

Health Education and Wellness Programs


        Address: Snow Health Center, Third floor
        Phone: 734.487.2226
        Fax: 734.481.0050
        Web site: www.emich.edu/uhs/healthed.html

Health Education provides comprehensive health and wellness services and programs aimed toward the enhancement of academic achievement and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Some of the services include:

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention and education programs, screenings and assessments
  • Checkpoint Program
  • HIV counseling/testing and referral services
  • Health Resource Library
  • Classroom and workshop presentations
  • CloseUP Theatre Troupe
  • Violence Intervention Program (VIP)
  • CPR/First Aid certification classes

Campus Living




Address: Housing and Dining Services Office, (Lower Level, The Commons) Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734.487.1300
Fax: 734.487.8513
E-mail: housing@emich.edu
Web site:
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weekdays

Residence Halls


Eastern Michigan University’s residence system provides housing for more than 3,000 students, staff and faculty. Housing options include both traditional residence halls and apartments. Twelve residence halls offer six room layouts to choose from. One can live in a double room, co-ed hall, or upperclass single hall. Features include laundry and kitchen facilities, TV and study lounges, cable television, local telephone service and recreational amenities. All halls feature reception desk services and in-room network connections for Internet and e-mail service. Residence hall staff provides educational and recreational programs and promotes the safety and welfare of residents.

Students can stop by their hall front desk to pick up their mail, make change or check out cleaning supplies, vacuums and recreational equipment.

The custodial and maintenance staff will repair any permanent fixtures in students’ rooms, such as heat, plumbing or light fixtures, as well as clean hall corridors, lounge areas and community bathrooms.

Residence hall students also enjoy the convenience of having shuttle bus stops right in front of many halls. Residents can catch a ride around campus, head to the College of Business in downtown Ypsilanti or go shopping in nearby Ann Arbor.

To reserve a room, students must:

  1. Apply online from our web site at www.emich.edu/housing/main.php;
  2. Read the contract carefully and thoroughly. The contract contains important information one needs to know before reserving a room;
  3. Select a meal plan;
  4. Select a residence hall program;
  5. Make a $200 prepayment or print the contract and mail to:

Cashier’s Office
201 Pierce Hall
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Apartments on Campus


Eastern Michigan University offers traditional residence halls as well as apartment living options for students. Three apartment complexes are available: Brown/Munson, Cornell Courts and Westview apartments.

Applicants must be:

  • enrolled in 12 undergraduate credit hours; or
  • enrolled in six graduate credit hours; or
  • actively engaged in an internship, or writing a master’s, specialist’s, or doctoral thesis; or
  • upperclass or non-traditional first year students


University apartments include:

  • locations convenient to classes, the library, and athletic events;
  • utilities included in rent (gas, electric, water and trash collection);
  • basic cable service;
  • laundry rooms in each building;
  • storage facilities at some locations;
  • community rooms for complex activities;
  • leasing options;
  • Internet in Brown/Munson

A student must submit an application to be considered for an apartment. Applications are available from the apartment office and require a $20 non-refundable processing fee.

Assignments are made by the leasing coordinator according to the date the application is received. Applicants are notified when their application has been approved and a unit is available for occupancy. Apartments are leased as they become available.

According to Eastern Michigan University policy, the maximum number of individuals allowed to live in a two-bedroom apartment is four (4). The maximum number of individuals in a one-bedroom unit is two (2).


Address: Housing and Dining Services Office, (Lower Level, The Commons) Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734.487.0445
Web site:

Dining Services


        Address: Housing & Dining Services Office (lower level, The Commons)
        Phone: 734.487.0418
        Fax: 734.487.8513
        Web site: www.emich.edu/dining

You will never get bored eating the same old food in the same old place at EMU.  There are more than 20 locations campus-wide (including four convenience stores).  All locations are open to students, faculty, staff, parents and invited guests. Various meal plan memberships which may be purchased by the university community have been designed to complement lifestyles and budgets. Meal plan memberships may be charged to student accounts, or purchased by cash, check or charge card (Visa/MasterCard). Memberships may be purchased at the Housing & Dining Services Office; Eagle Express may also be purchased at the Eagle OneCard Office in the Student Center. Following are the available meal plan memberships:

Required for all freshmen living in residence halls:


  • 3 meals daily Monday-Friday
  • 2 meals Saturday • 1 meal Sunday
  • 2 guest meal passes
  • $75 E-Dollars per semester for use at any EMU campus operated location

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  • 2 meals daily Monday-Saturday
  • 1 meal Sunday
  • 4 guest meal passes
  • $150 E-Dollars per semester for use at any EMU campus operated location


  • 8 meals any time Monday-Sunday
  • 8 guest meal passes
  • $250 E-Dollars per semester for use at any EMU campus operated location


Available only to upperclassmen returning to the residence hall program or transferring with a minimum of 24 credit hours:

  • Debit account with total flexibility   
  • An additional 25% administration fee will be required


  • Debit account with total flexibility
  • An additional 25% administration fee will be required

Additional memberships available to all non-residence hall students, faculty and staff:


  • Debit account with total flexibility


  • Designed for those who enjoy The Commons’ experience of all-you-care-to-eat buffet dining
  • Monday-Friday, lunch and dinner
  • Always fresh – many healthy options
  • Wireless internet access
  • Purchase in blocks of 5 meals = $40
  • Purchase 25 meals and receive 2 free meals
  • Balance rolls over semester to semester


  • 5% discount at all EMU operated facilities available to faculty, staff and students
  • Used in all dining locations campus-wide including 4 convenience stores
  • Pre-paid debit card means safety and convenience without carrying cash
  • Excellent way to supplement your meals 24/7
  • Minimum beginning balance is $25 and balance will roll over from semester to semester

NOTE: Posted hours will vary pending holidays and academic calendar.  Some dining locations will remain open during unscheduled shutdowns such as snow emergencies.  Contact each area for
specific hours.

The Commons
Formerly known as Dining Commons ONE, The Commons offers an all-you-care-to-eat self-serve food court featuring home cooked entrees, pasta and stir fry lines, soups, popular fast foods, an extensive salad bar, desserts, and the very popular make-your-own Belgium waffles.  Accessible through Downing Residence Hall. 734.487.2442

Eastern Eateries
High tech fast food mall with 6 shops, featuring 5 national franchises: Jump Asian Cuisine, A & W, Sbarro, Sunset Strips and Freshens. Sundays from 1-6 pm enjoy one-time walk through all-you-care-to-eat Buffet Extravaganzas. Conveniently located between Phelps-Sellers and Walton-Putnam Residence Halls. 734.487.0444

While at the Eateries check out the QuickFixx convenience store located on the lower level. This little store has: groceries, toiletries, snacks, greeting cards and video rentals. 734.487.0122

CrossRoads MarketPlace
Home of the first room service venue in the country for residents “on the hill,” this is a unique food court and full-service grocery store concept featuring Einstein Bros. Bagels shop plus Hot Off The Grill (entrees) and Panini Grill (deli).  Also featured is an extensive video rental and greeting card selection.  Located in the Hoyt Conference Center. 734.487.3066

EMU Student Center Food Court
Features the Lobby Shop (snack shop), Taco Bell Express, KFC Express and Starbucks. This year an exciting new GreenMarket Bistro opened its doors featuring The Garden Bistro (the first all-vegetarian venue on campus), Dog Daze gourmet hot dogs, Jet Smoothies and Sbarro.  734.487.6416

Satellite Operations - all shops provide sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and beverages.

  • Cafe Crescendo located in Alexander Hall.  734.487.8450
  • Common Ground Cafe located in the Marshall Building.  734.487.3412
  • Courtside located in the Rec/IM.  734.487.6693
  • Flying Eagles located in Pray-Harrold (northeast end). Also serves Starbucks coffee.  734.487.6965
  • Food For Thought located in Sill Hall.  734.487.6965
  • Paradox Cafe & Commons located Halle Library.  Also serves Starbucks coffee.  734.487.4550
  • The Bottom Line located in the College of Business (downtown Ypsilanti).  734.487.5609
  • TO BE Cafe located in Quirk-Sponberg Theatres.  734.487.6699


Student Rights and Responsibilities


The Office of Student Judicial Services works to create an effective living and learning environment by designing policies such as the Student Code of Conduct, providing a disciplinary process and conducting programs that foster ethical development, personal accountability and civility toward others. For information concerning student rights and responsibilities contact:

Office of Student Judicial Services
Address: 250 EMU Student Center
Phone: 734.487.2157
Fax: 734.487.4376
Web site: www.emich.edu/sjs

University Governance and Individuals’ Rights

Eastern Michigan University is an autonomous University governed by an eight-member Board of Regents appointed by the governor of Michigan and subject to the approval of the Michigan Senate. Financial support for the University comes from student tuition and fees, and support provided by the citizens of Michigan.

Current members of the Board of Regents are Thomas W. Sidlik, Ann Arbor, chair; Roy E. Wilbanks, Ypsilanti, vice chair; Floyd Clack, Flint; Gary D. Hawks, Okemos; Philip A. Incarnati, Clarkston; Mohamed Okdie, Detroit; Francine Parker, St. Clair Shores; and James F. Stapleton, Ann Arbor.

Policies on Non-Discrimination

Eastern Michigan University shall not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation. Further, the University shall work for the elimination of improper discrimination in the areas listed above in organizations recognized by the University and from non-University sources where students and employees of the University are involved.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policies

Eastern Michigan University admits students of either sex, and any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities accorded to students at this University. The University does not discriminate against students on the basis of sex, race, color or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, athletic or other University-administered programs. Further, it is the policy and practice of Eastern Michigan University to take affirmative action in all personnel matters.

Gender Equality

It is the policy of Eastern Michigan University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. Anyone who believes that in some respect Eastern Michigan University is not in compliance with Title IX and its regulations should contact the executive director of Human Resources.

Non-Discrimination of the Disabled and/or Challenged

Sharon Abraham, director
Diversity and Affirmative Action
Address: 11 Welch Hall
Phone: 734.487.1166

In its programs, activities and employment, Eastern Michigan University does not discriminate on the basis of physical or other disabilities. Anyone who believes that in some respect Eastern Michigan University is not in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and its regulations should contact the executive director of Human Resources. Prospective students with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for admission are invited to apply. Students encountering difficulty with access to full participation in University activities should contact the dean of students.

Statement on Campus Violence

In accordance with the education mission of Eastern Michigan University, the University adopts this policy statement to promote a safe campus environment. The statement reflects the nonviolent spirit of the relationship between students, staff, administrators, faculty, contractors and visitors at Eastern Michigan University.

The safety and security of our students, staff, administrators, faculty, contractors and visitors is extremely important to Eastern Michigan University.

Threats, acts of aggression and threatening or violent behavior are not tolerated by or toward students, staff, administrators, faculty, contractors or visitors. All reports of incidents will be taken seriously and will be dealt with appropriately. Threats can be direct and immediate or indirect and implied; threats can occur verbally, nonverbally or in writing. Acts of aggression include, but are not limited to, abusive behavior, stalking, and tampering with property, and are intended to intimidate, create fear, imply harm or destroy property. Threatening or violent behavior is behaving in such a way that poses an immediate threat to self or others by acts of physical harm.

All students, staff, administrators, faculty, contractors and visitors are strongly encouraged to report threats, acts of aggression, and threatening or violent behavior, to the Campus Police (911 for all emergencies, 734.487.1222 for all other calls), Human Resources (734.487.0083) and/or your department head or supervisor, to help ensure the safety of our campus community.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

In compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Eastern Michigan University assures that any person who is or has been in attendance as a student at EMU has access to his/her educational records. Furthermore, such individual’s rights to privacy are assured by limiting the transferability of records without the student’s consent.

The following are matters of public record and may be included in directory publications or disclosed upon request without consent: the student’s name, address, telephone listing, e-mail address, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in recognized activities and sports, weight and height (if a member of an athletic team), dates of attendance, degree and awards received and most recent previous educational agency or institution. Registration documents of student organizations that contain the names and addresses of the officers and the statement of purpose of the organization also are considered public information. These documents are available in the Office of Campus Life Programs.

EMU reserves the right to make directory information public unless a student files a written request to withhold information with the University Communications Office within 14 days after the semester begins. Once such a request is filed, the information will remain private until the student requests the Office of Public Information to release it.

Individuals who believe the University is not in compliance with FERPA and its regulations should contact the executive director of Human Resources.

Notification of Student Rights under FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day EMU receives a request for access.

    Student should submit written requests to the EMU Office of Records and Registration, identifying the record(s) they wish to inspect. A University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.

    Students should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify what is inaccurate or misleading.

    If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by EMU in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support position (including law enforcement personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom EMU has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Regents; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

    A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Upon request, the University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

    The University may also disclose, without the student’s permission, to parents and legal guardians when the student is under 21, any violation of existing alcohol or drug laws or University policy.

    EMU has designated the following items as directory information and these items may be included in publications or disclosed upon request without consent: the student’s name; address; telephone listing; e-mail address; date and place of birth; major fields of study; participation in recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received; and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.

    EMU reserves the right to make directory information public unless a student’s written objection (specifying the category of information not to be made public without prior consent) is filed at the University Communications Office within 14 days after each term begins.

    Students who do not want to be included in the annual EMU Student Telephone Directory should complete a Directory Exclusion Card. Cards can be picked up from University Publications, Housing and Dining Services, Records and Registration and the Library Copy Center. They must be turned in by September 15 to the Library Copy Center or to University Publications. Completing the exclusion card will remove the student’s name, address and phone number from the current and subsequent telephone directories.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by EMU to comply with requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    600 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20202-4605