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Student Development

Manchester College is committed to providing quality programs and services that enhance and diversify the personal, academic and social experience of students.

Students are respected members of the College community with opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities directly affecting the operation of the institution. It is through this involvement that responsible leadership and citizenship are encouraged and nurtured.

Professional and support staff of the Office of Student Development are responsible for the administration of a variety of programs, which include campus ministry, counseling, residential life, career services, health services, multicultural and international student programs, orientation of new students, campus safety and security, volunteer services, substance abuse education and overseeing student activities.

Career Services
Manchester’s concern for the broad development of its students is expressed in a variety of services and programs directly related to career development. Career planning focuses on exploring interests, personality, work values, and skills. With this information, students can explore specific career fields matching their preferences. Students wishing to receive direction during this process can utilize individual counseling, vocational testing, classes and workshops.

The Career Services Library contains references and resources to assist students in discovering career and employment options. References are listed by academic major for ease in locating materials. Another source of up-to-date career information is the Career Services website (www.manchester.edu/osd/career), which provides an abundance of information on careers, job searching, résumé writing, interviewing and links to job database websites. In addition, specific directories and job vacancy databases such as Spartan Jobs assist students in locating internships, summer jobs and permanent employment.

Assistance is provided in developing effective job search techniques. Workshops and individual appointments dealing with effective job search strategies, résumé writing, interview techniques, and job correspondence are available. Career Services assists students seeking admission to graduate school with appointments and workshops focusing on selecting a school, preparing for graduate exams and writing application materials. On-campus interviews and off-campus job fairs provide students with the opportunity to interview for employment while still in college. The Office of Career Services also administers the Manchester College Employment Guarantee.

Manchester College offers a variety of counseling services and programs for students. This includes individual, couple and/or group counseling in such areas as interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, adjustment, stress management, depression, grief and loss, and other concerns that are emotional, spiritual or social in nature. The director of counseling services is a licensed clinical social worker. Other members of the counseling team hold graduate degrees and possess an appropriate combination of education and/or experience to meet the counseling needs of students. In addition to the director of counseling, the counseling team members include: the campus pastor and a career counselor. In addition to the counseling staff there are also facilitators available: the director of multicultural services and campus diversity and the director of residential life. Facilitators are not prepared to address mental health needs, but are available to assist students to deal with transition issues, to help students explore options and link to resources, or simply to listen and talk out thoughts or feelings about a concern or need. The College counseling staff maintain relationships with community professionals and can make referrals, as appropriate, to meet a student’s individualized medical and/or counseling needs off campus when necessary. The confidentiality of the counseling relationship is honored by the College counseling staff.

Residential Life
Manchester College is a residential institution by tradition, design and educational philosophy. The College believes that significant social, spiritual and intellectual growth occurs when students live in a residential setting. The interaction between people, the intellectual stimulus when discussing topics with others, the learning to be responsible for one’s actions, and the education of the total person are all vital parts of the residence hall experience.

Residence halls are operated and staffed by professional hall directors and are assisted by student staff (resident assistants) who are selected based on their judgment, maturity and ability to relate to others. Each hall has elected officers who comprise the hall government. Giving leadership to the hall staff is the director of residential life who is responsible for the management and administration of the program including policy implementation and environmental issues within the residence halls.

Residence hall rooms are designed for double occupancy. When available, a single room may be rented at additional cost to senior students.

Rooms are furnished with beds, dressers, desks, chairs and a bookcase. Students furnish their own linens as well as other supplies that fit personal needs. Laundry facilities are available in each residence hall.

All residence hall students are required to be on a food service meal plan. In addition, kitchenettes and microwave ovens are provided in each hall for special meal preparation and snacks.

Manchester has a limited number of apartments for students who are seniors.

Religious Life
Manchester College provides opportunities to explore, develop and nurture a living faith in an environment of respect for religious diversity. The College maintains a valued relationship with the Church of the Brethren, a Christian denomination recognized as an historic peace church. Church of the Brethren heritage believes in faith actively lived out in reconciliation, service, simple living, community and nonresistant love as taught and modeled by Jesus Christ. The Church of the Brethren also affirms that no one should be compelled to subscribe to a particular creed or doctrine.

Religious life on campus is facilitated by the Campus Ministry Board, the Religious Life Committee and the campus pastor. Students may choose to participate in prayer and Bible study groups, spirituality circles, a mid-week morning worship service, retreats, recreational activities and a variety of student fellowship groups. Students also are encouraged to participate in local congregations; transportation is provided to local churches on Sunday mornings.

The campus pastor provides leadership for weekly worship and study groups and counseling for personal and spiritual issues.

Indiana Reading Corps
Indiana Reading Corps has been active on the Manchester College campus since 1997. This educational program successfully matches Manchester students with elementary age children from 23 local schools to provide one-on-one reading sessions to help improve reading skills, comprehension and vocabulary. More than 250 Manchester students who participate give three to five hours a week as reading coaches for designated children who are reading below their grade level. Only these students who are work-study eligible can receive pay for being reading coaches, in addition to the satisfaction of helping a child. Student reading coaches are trained, supported and matched through an organized program run by professional staff.

Multicultural Affairs
The multicultural affairs program offers educational, social and cultural opportunities tailored to meet the needs of Manchester College’s African American, Asian-American, Hispanic, international and other student populations.

Events such as Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, International Week, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, campus forums, topical workshops, ethnic meal days, orientation for minority and international students and informal gatherings at the Intercultural Center are opportunities for students to gain an appreciation for the College’s diversity mission.

The Black Student Union, Hispanos Unidos, and Manchester College International Association offer students, faculty and staff the opportunity to work with, learn about, and appreciate various cultures.

Multicultural diversity contributes significantly to the character and the quality of the College environment. It is essential in broadening the educational experience of all students.

Office of Volunteer Services
The Office of Volunteer Services coordinates community and volunteer service opportunities on campus, within the North Manchester community and with state and national projects. OVS provides an avenue for student, faculty, and staff involvement in service projects. College representatives have been actively involved in such service projects as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Olympics, food drives and services to local retirement communities.

Student Health
The health center, located in Calvin Ulrey Hall, is staffed by a registered nurse and trained student health assistants who provide 24-hour coverage of student illness and/or injury while classes are in session. Care is provided without charge for minor illnesses and injuries. More serious problems are referred to a local physician, family physician or specialist. The cost of health care beyond that provided by the health center is the responsibility of the student or the student’s family.

Health education is an important part of the services. Cause, care, prevention and after care are all addressed.

All full-time and part-time students are required to have completed a Health Record form of personal history and immunization record (including meningitis, two measles, mumps, and rubella, tetanus-diphtheria within 10 years and tuberculin skin test within the last year). The Health Record form is sent to the student from the Office of Student Development prior to enrollment. The completed Health Record form must be on file with the College prior to the start of first semester classes.

Accident and Medical Insurance
Manchester College requires all full-time students to have an active health insurance plan in effect while enrolled. Students are automatically enrolled in the insurance plan and charged accordingly unless proof of coverage by a personal or family medical plan is provided to the Student Financial Services Office. All international students are required to be enrolled in the insurance plan.

This policy is designed to ease the burden of expense for illness or injury. The policy is broad and covers a majority of claims; however, it should not be considered a plan to pay all medical expenses incurred. A brochure describing the plan will be sent to all admitted students.

Students enrolled in the plan must complete claim forms obtained from the Office of Health and Counseling Services. A waiver card must be submitted by the stated deadline to the Student Financial Services Office to be excluded from this policy.

Manchester College does not assume any liability for medical expenses incurred as a result of participation in intercollegiate athletics. The College has purchased a supplemental policy for additional protection. Payment for all claims under the athletic insurance is secondary to other insurance.

Personal Property Insurance
The College does not carry insurance on the personal property of faculty members, students or employees, and is not responsible for any damage, loss of property by fire, theft or other contingency.

Campus Safety
Manchester College maintains its own Campus Safety Department that includes patrolling campus buildings and grounds, supervision of parking areas, and assisting with the maintenance of order in the College community. A fully trained, uniformed officer is on duty and patrolling the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The officer may be contacted through their office at 1305 East St., or by phoning 260-982-5388. Telephones are available in every campus building; outside emergency phones are strategically placed at several locations on campus. When reporting an emergency or incident, dial 260-982-5999, and an officer will take a report and follow up on your information.

Campus Policies

Manchester College has policies and guidelines that define the actions of the College community and govern both the rights and the expectations of its members. The MC Source, the student handbook, provides a listing and rationale for all policies that apply to members of the College community. More details are available at www.manchester.edu/_img/thesource.pdf.

Students who seek admission should be aware of College regulations and be prepared to abide by these policies while enrolled at Manchester College.

The College reserves the right to dismiss or suspend any student at any time when, in the judgment of College authorities, such action is advisable. Upon registration at Manchester College, the student expressly concedes this right to the College. It is understood that attendance at Manchester College is a privilege, not a right, and that this privilege may be withdrawn in the case of any student who does not adhere to the objectives or policies of Manchester College.

College Residence Policy
As a residential institution, Manchester College supports the intrinsic benefits provided in a residential collegiate experience. All students attending Manchester College are required to live on campus for three years unless they are married, are classified as a senior, or are living in their parents’ primary place of residence within 40 miles of North Manchester.

Automobile Regulations
The use of automobiles and other vehicles on the campus is governed by regulations published in the MC Source. All students, faculty and staff members’ cars must be registered and bear the identification decal/hang tag, obtained at the Department of Campus Safety, 1305 East St.

Vehicle owners will be held responsible for the proper use of their cars, even when driven by other people.

Privacy and Student Records
Manchester College collects, records and uses information about students to carry out its educational mission. The College recognizes its responsibility for protecting the privacy rights of students regarding their academic and personal records. Students are provided access to information contained in their own official education records, a procedure for correction or deletion of inaccuracies found in their records, and a degree of control over the release of information from their records.

Certain items of personal information are considered directory information and may be published without students’ permission. These include name, dates of attendance, degrees earned, local and home address, e-mail address, phone number, major, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight and honors received.

A student has the right to request in writing, prior to the first day of classes of any semester, that any item listed as directory information not be released without his/her consent.

Procedures for student access to records may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

Co-Curricular Activities

Student Activities
The College offers a wide variety of leadership and participation opportunities that encourage student decision making, activity planning, and accountability in all areas of student activities, programming and recreation. Descriptions of each organization can be found at www.manchester.edu/_img/thesource.pdf.

Active student organizations include:

Honorary Organizations American Chemical Society
Alpha Psi Omega (Drama) Computer Science Club
National Residence Hall Honorary Manchester College Athletic Training Club
Psi Chi (Psychology) Manchester College Environmental Group
Psychological Society Pre-Law/Mock Trial
Social Service Club Sports, Health and Physical
  Education Club
Clubs and Organizations Student Education Association
African Student Association Students Pondering About Mathematics
Association for Asian Awareness  
Black Student Union  
Boom Governance and Judicial
Campus Interfaith Board Conduct Review Board
Campus Ministry Board Residence Hall Association
Circle K Residence Hall Councils
CoExist Security Cadets
Controlled Catastrophe (Improv Troupe) Student Budget Board
Dance Team Student Government Association
Facts 4 Life  
Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Musical Ensembles
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Cantabile
Friends for Sexual Awareness A Cappella Choir
Fun and Games Club Chamber Singers
Gender Café Choral Society
Habitat for Humanity Jazz Ensemble
Handbell Choir Manchester Symphony Orchestra
Hispanos Unidos Opera Workshop
Intercollegiate Ministries Symphonic Band
Kenapocomoco Coalition  
Manchester Activities Council Media
Manchester Admissions Recruiting Corps Aurora yearbook
Manchester Association for Discussing History Oak Leaves newspaper
Manchester College International Association Spectrum literary magazine
Manchester College Reconciliation Service (MCRS) WBKE radio station
Manchester College United Nations Association  
Manchester Students Against Sweatshops Intramural Program
Newman Catholic Fellowship Badminton – men, women, co-rec
PreProfessionals of Science Basketball – men, women, co-rec
Simply Brethren Billiards
Speech Team Euchre
Student Alumni Council Flag Football – men, women, co-rec
Sufficient Condition Club Indoor Soccer – men, women, co-rec
TWLOHA Racquetball – men, women, co-rec
Ultimate Frisbee Club Sand Volleyball – men, women, co-rec
United Sexualities Softball – men, women, co-rec
  Table Tennis
Departmental Clubs Volleyball – men, women, co-rec
Accounting and Business Club Other activities upon request

The Student Activities Office, located in the basement of Calvin Ulrey, houses the offices of the director of student activities, the Student Government Association, Student Budget Board and Manchester Activities Council. The Student Activities Office is the clearinghouse for all student organizations and has several resources available to assist them in their development and growth.

Every full-time student pays an activities fee. These funds are allocated by the Student Budget Board, in response to budget requests from registered student organizations. Each spring, students evaluate the overall program of campus activities which influences the student activities fee appropriations for the following year. This process provides the opportunity for all students to have input on out-of-class activities.

Intramural Sports and Recreation
An extensive intramural sports and recreation program provides opportunities for members of the College community to participate in a variety of individual, dual, and team sports and recreational activities, including co-recreational teams. The director and student supervisors of intramurals in consultation with student participants and the exercise and sport sciences department chair have responsibility for planning and implementing the program.

Intercollegiate Athletics
Varsity sports are a key component to campus life at Manchester. Both the men and women compete as members of NCAA Division III and are part of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC). Member institutions of the HCAC are Anderson University, Bluffton University, Defiance College, Franklin College, Hanover College, College of Mount St. Joseph, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Transylvania University and Manchester College. Intercollegiate sports for the men include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, and wrestling. Women compete in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field, softball, soccer, golf and volleyball.

Eligibility for Athletics
To be eligible to compete in athletics at Manchester College a student must meet three standards. They must: (1) be in academic good standing, (2) make normal academic progress, (3) meet the 12 semester hour load requirement.

  1. Academic Good Standing. Students are not regarded to be in academic good standing if they are placed on academic probation as defined in Academic Probation and Disqualification.
  2. Normal Academic Progress. To meet the normal academic progress standard, a student must have passed 12 semester hours in the first semester of attendance and thereafter 24 hours in the previous two consecutive semesters of attendance. (January and summer sessions may be used to reach this total.)
  3. Semester Hour Load Requirement. A student must be enrolled in 12 semester hours during a season of competition.

    The normal academic progress standard may be met with transferrable credits from other institutions. Credits, not grades, earned at other accredited institutions transfer to Manchester College. Students are advised to check with the registrar in advance as to whether or not coursework will transfer.

    Eligibility to compete in athletics is determined at the beginning of fall and spring semesters.

Student Services

Financial Services
The Financial Services Office provides a variety of services to the College community, including collection of tuition payments, fines and fees, check cashing, money orders and other financial services as deemed appropriate. Payments are accepted in the forms of cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). The office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Dining Services
The meal specifications are designed for balanced nutrition. Daily menus offer a wide variety of items featured on a regular basis. Theme meals and premium nights are scheduled each month, including holiday meals, ethnic nights and fun nights. Students are permitted unlimited seconds. Students may also transfer their meals to Outtakes, which offers grinders, pizza subs, and fast-food items. If a student is unable to eat due to an approved conflict, a sack lunch may be ordered in advance. Sick trays are also available for ill students unable to eat in the College Union. MC Flex is available each semester with meal plans, and may be used in The Oaks, Outtakes, or to treat a guest. The director of dining services is available to assist students with special concerns or needs.

Campus Store
New and used textbooks are available as well as a variety of school supplies, clothing, greeting cards and other items. The Campus Store is located in the College Union.

Student Mail
A College post office box is maintained on campus for all students. Student mail should be addressed to the student’s campus mail box at Manchester College, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962.

Identification Cards
Students who enroll in one or more semester hours of credit will be issued a student identification card. The card provides access to library, meal and printing services, as well as school functions. The card is also used as a swipe card for student employees and VIA attendance. The card is issued on a long-term basis and has a replacement fee of $25 per incident.

Campus Employment
Part-time student employment is available on campus for all MC students. For information regarding on-campus employment opportunities, contact the Office of Human Resources, or visit www.hr.manchester.edu.

Information about off-campus employment is available at the Office of Career Services.

Rooms for Campus Guests
A limited number of guest rooms are available at a modest per-night charge. Reservation of these facilities is made through Conference Services. Each room is furnished with linens, towel packs and pillows for each guest.