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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, 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 all students. This includes individual, couple and/or group counseling in such areas as interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, identity, 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 and the assistant director has a master's degree in counseling. Other members of the counseling team hold graduate degrees and possess an appropriate combination of education and/or experience to meet the needs of students. In addition to the director and assistant director of counseling, there are also facilitators available: the director of multicultural services and campus diversity, the campus pastor, and the director of residential life. Facilitators are not prepared to address mental health needs, but are available to assist students to deal with the transition to college, 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 space is available, a single room may be rented at additional cost during the spring semester.

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 on-campus apartments for students who are juniors or 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 Interfaith Board, the Religious Life Committee and the campus pastor. Students may choose to participate in prayer and Bible study groups, weekly chapel and praise services, 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. Petersime Chapel is always open as a place of prayer, meditation, or quiet reflection.

Multicultural Affairs
The multicultural affairs program offers educational, social and cultural opportunities tailored to meet the needs of the Manchester College community.

Events such as Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, International Week, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations, 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, African Students' Association, 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.

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 which includes; personal history, physical, and immunization record (required: 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. It is also located on the Health Service web site. 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 a waiver card with proof of coverage by a personal or family medical plan is provided to the Student Financial Services Office. The waiver card which must be completed each year is located on Gateway. All international students are required to be enrolled in the basic and major medical 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 is located on the Health Services web site.

Students enrolled in the plan must complete claim forms obtained from the Office of Health and Counseling Services. A waiver card must be submitted via Gateway 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.

Center for Service Opportunities (CSO) Come Serve Others

Manchester College has a long reputation for its many service projects and volunteer opportunities for students, faculty and staff. The Center for Service Opportunities encompasses the Office of Volunteer Services, the Indiana Reading Corps Office and Library, and a student service office for Habitat for Humanity, service clubs, Circle K, Relay for Life, and Pathways. By locating these offices together, a wonderful collaboration of service has been formed.

The Center for Service Opportunities provides:

• Volunteer opportunities with worthwhile initiatives
• Service opportunities to make a difference in the local community
• Ideas and programs for service learning classes and projects
• Meeting areas and supplies for service clubs and organizations
• Support services for students, faculty and staff
• Federal Work Study job opportunities with the Indiana Reading Corps
• Grant opportunities for volunteer and service ventures
• Placement and monitoring of students for faculty who include service learning in their curricula
• A library of service learning materials

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 those students who are work-study eligible can receive pay for being reading coaches, in addition to the satisfaction of helping a child. Volunteers are always welcomed. Student reading coaches are trained, supported and matched through an organized program run by professional staff.

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. This office is run by four student directors who each represent a different area of service to the community.

Pathways Summer Service Program
Pathways is a calling: A calling to DO something; become employed, move to another part of the country, change careers. It is a calling to BE something; more creative, less judgmental, more loving, less fearful. It is a calling TOWARD something, a calling to CHANGE something, and most of all, a calling toward whatever we've DARED and DOUBLE-DARED ourselves to do for as long as we could remember! It is finding your PASSION and leads you in your search for your vocation.

The Pathways program sends students from Manchester College to volunteer at host sites across the United States. In addition to helping those in need, the students are enriched in many aspects of life. Open to students of all majors, Pathways encourages Manchester College students to explore career vocation through service, and allows them to consider their faith in light of their current and future career aspirations. The Pathways Program is an extended service opportunity which occurs over summer.

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 Computer Science Club
Alpha Psi Omega (Drama) Manchester College Athletic Training Club
National Residence Hall Honorary Manchester College Environmental Group
Psi Chi (Psychology) Pre-Law/Mock Trial
Psychological Society Sports, Health and Physical
Social Service Club Student Education Association
  Students Pondering About Mathematics
Clubs and Organizations  
African Student Association Governance and Judicial
American Fisheries Society Conduct Review Board
Association for Asian Awareness Residence Hall Association
Black Student Union Residence Hall Councils
Boom Security Cadets
Campus Interfaith Board Student Budget Board
Circle K Student Government Association
Controlled Catastrophe (Improv Troupe)  
Dance Team Musical Ensembles
Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Cantabile
Fellowship of Christian Athletes A Cappella Choir
Feminist Student Union Chamber Singers
Friends for Sexual Awareness 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 Association for Discussing History Aurora yearbook
Manchester College International Association Oak Leaves newspaper
Manchester College Reconciliation Service (MCRS) Spectrum literary magazine
Manchester College United Nations Association WBKE radio station
Manchester Students Against Sweatshops  
Newman Catholic Fellowship Intramural Program
PreProfessionals of Science Badminton – men, women, co-rec
Simply Brethren Basketball – men, women, co-rec
Speech Team Billiards
Student Alumni Council Euchre
TWLOHA Flag Football – men, women, co-rec
Ultimate Frisbee Club Indoor Soccer – men, women, co-rec
United Sexualities Racquetball – men, women, co-rec
  Sand Volleyball – men, women, co-rec
Departmental Clubs Softball – men, women, co-rec
Accounting and Business Club Table Tennis
American Chemical Society Volleyball – men, women, co-rec
Economics 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, Earlham 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, indoor and outdoor track and field, and wrestling. Women compete in basketball, cross country, tennis, indoor and outdoor 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 to be eligible to practice or compete.

    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 Office of Financial Services provides a variety of services to the College community, including check cashing, money orders and other financial services as deemed appropriate. The office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Dining Services
The meal specifications are designed for balanced nutrition. The Haist Commons 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 in the Haist Commons. Based on their meal plans students may also transfer their meals at the Oaks and Outtakes. The Oaks offers breakfast sandwiches, paninis, subs, and bakery items. The Outtakes serves salads, wraps, pizza, and soupl. 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 Haist Commons. MC Flex is available each semester with meal plans, and may be used in all dining locations. 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. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 in the Office of Financial Services 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 http://hr.manchesteredu/studentpositions.htm.

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.