2022-2023 University Catalog 
  
    Dec 03, 2022  
2022-2023 University Catalog

Student Life


Code of Conduct

University Code of Conduct

It is the expectation that all persons and organizations directly or indirectly affiliated with the University will treat all persons and entities with respect and dignity.  The University is committed to promoting an environment that is supportive of an individual's right to work and/or study and that is free from any form of harassment, intimidation, bullying, or other unacceptable behavior.

If any person, persons, or other entity affiliated with the University is found to be in violation of this policy, the University reserves the right to impose disciplinary or probationary sanctions, rescission of the offer for admission, dismissal from the University, or rescission of employment or other contractual agreement.  All policies are subject to change. 

Student Code of Conduct 

In addition to the Code of Conduct, students are expected to adhere to federal and/or state laws and policies.  Additionally, Post University defines student misconduct as any behavior that interferes with the success of the University's mission statement.

If it is determined that a student's conduct is an imminent danger or threat to any person or property, the University reserves the right to immediately remove that student from the campus and /or from classes.  

Statement Regarding Student Conduct Off-Campus and Online

Post University students, both Main Campus and on-line, may be held accountable for their actions off campus or online, with sanctions ranging from formal warning to suspension or release from the University.  A variety of factors may be considered when adjudicating any alleged off-campus or online policy violation.  

 Student Government Association

The Student Government Association is the official vehicle for student expression. Four executive officers, along with the senators, are elected each year in April, represent various Post University constituencies and all clubs and organizations. Executive officers must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and senators a 2.25 cumulative grade point average. The Student Government Association oversees all student organizations and provides funding for active clubs. An appointed administrative advisor, who is a member of the Student Life Staff, along with appointed associate advisors, oversees the Student Government Association. All students may to attend meetings. Visit the following link for a list of current officers and advisors:

http://www.Post.edu/student-services/student-affairs/student-government/

Student Clubs and Organizations

A variety of social and educational clubs and organizations are available in which students can participate. These organizations are designed to meet the needs and interests of the student population. Post encourages students to join campus organizations as a means of meeting new friends and obtaining experiential learning opportunities outside of their regular classroom programs. Students organize and oversee all clubs with the aid of advisors. The following clubs and organizations eagerly welcome all students.

Student Clubs and Organizations
Accounting Society Equine Club
Avis Gaming Association Honors Club
Billiards Club International Students Club (ISC)
Black Student Union (BSU) Limitless STEM Club
Business Society Los Latinos Club
Campus Activities Board Newman Club
Criminal Justice Club (CJC) Psychology & Human Services Club
Dean's Cup RHA (Residence Hall Association)
Emergency Management & Homeland Security (EMH) Club Student Athletic Advisory Council
EPIC (Empowering Peers Inspiring Community) LGBTQ+ Club

Student Life

The Office of Student Life provides information and assistance that allows students to seamlessly transition to college life. The Office focuses on introducing students to various support services, providing training for academic success, and providing opportunities to connect with and become a member of the campus community. Through its programs, the Office provides students with the opportunity to understand how to interact and communicate with their peers with and without the use of technology. All programs focus on and embrace all cultures, develop knowledge and acceptance of different races, religions, ages, gender identities or expressions, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, national origins, sexual identities and orientations, and disabilities.

The Office of Student Life fulfills its commitment to students by providing the following assistance and oversight:

  1. Supervision of the Student Government Association.
  2. Advisement of the campus student activities.
  3. Guidance, coordination, and implementation of club and student-sponsored events.
  4. Coordination and facilitation of training and leadership development workshops.
  5. Overseeing student leadership opportunities including new student orientation.
  6. Support, recognition, and celebration of the student leaders at Post University.

First-Year Experience - Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Programs

The mission of the Post University First-Year Experience Program is to provide students with the foundation to become successful Post community members, career professionals, and life-long learners. The First-Year Experience provides extraordinary and personalized mentoring and instruction through admissions and financial aid assistance, one-on-one academic success counseling and support services, community club and organization opportunities, and engaging academic courses. This mission aligns to Post University's overall mission of creating personal and extraordinary pathways for learners to become leaders in their chosen careers and in their communities.

The Post University First-Year Experience (FYE) Program provides encouragement and support to first year students, both Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Program, as they transition into life at Post University. The Program promotes intellectual curiosity and camaraderie, academic integrity, and social networking. To facilitate and enhance the process, student peers aid with providing information on the resources that enable students to be successful in their programs. For students choosing to live in the dormitories, adjusting to being away from home and to a new environment may be a challenge. To make the transition to dormitory life an experience that is socially and academically rewarding, Resident Assistants partner with students to welcome them into the Post University family. Students with previous undergraduate experience are not subject to this policy. 

Students in the Accelerated Degree Program bring with them varying experiences. Post University realizes that online students may face unique challenges such as familiarity with technology, time constraints, and various personal and professional responsibilities. The First-Year Experience Program provides new online learners the resources, support mechanisms, and educational skills necessary to navigate their new learning environment. Faculty members are aware of these challenges and partner closely with students to build rapport, which includes discussion board engagement, frequent announcements, quick and personalized feedback, proactive outreach, and the leveraging of technology in the classroom to increase student success.

Student Learning Outcomes of First-Year Experience:

  1. College and Career Connections: Students will be able to begin connecting academic, personal, and resource skills to their career interests.
  2. Personal Growth: Students will be able to explore, practice, and reflect on ways to grow personally and socially.
  3. Academic Journey: Students will be able to build and apply habits for successful learning, development, and growth.
  4. Resource Discovery: Students will be able to identify, locate, and utilize resources within the university and their community to support academic and personal objectives.

Campus Dining

Post University offers a variety of food choices in its dining hall, which is in the Leever Student Center. For more information, please visit the following link. http://www.dineoncampus.com/post/.

Campus Safety and Emergency Management

The Office of Campus Safety and Emergency Management at Post University is dedicated to protecting the safety and security of students, faculty, and staff. Safety is their number one priority, which is why Campus Safety Officers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 203.596-4502. The Office of Campus and Emergency Management can also be reached through any of the number of emergency "Blue Light Phones", strategically located across the campus. The Office of Campus Safety and works closely with all campus departments and various student groups. Students, faculty, and staff can help campus security be effective by doing the following:

  1. "See something, say something!" Immediately report any unusual or suspicious individuals or activity to the Office of Campus Safety.
  2. Carrying and displaying your Post University identification badges while on campus.
  3. Taking advantage of the crime prevention programs offered by the Office of Campus Safety.
  4. Scheduling a meeting with the Director of Campus Safety if you have any safety-related concerns.

Uniform Crime Reports

In accordance with the State of Connecticut Campus Safety Act of 1990, Post University annually participates in the Connecticut Uniform Crime Reporting program and utilizes its reporting methodology. The Office of Campus Safety maintains annual statistics, broken down by semester, on campus crime. The crime rate is derived from dividing the number of reported incidents by the total number of students, faculty, and staff. The continuing goal and commitment to the students, faculty, and staff is to eliminate crime on campus. The Post University Annual Security and Fire Report is available online at https://post.edu/student-services/campus-safety/security-report/#. A printed copy of the report is available, upon request, at the Office of Campus Safety.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act (Clery Act), the Post University Annual Security Report discloses campus security policies and three years of selected crime statistics, as well as information about crimes that might pose a threat to the community, basic rights that must be accorded to victims of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, and the college policy regarding alcoholic beverages and substance abuse.

Vehicle Registration

All vehicles operated or parked on campus must be registered with the Office of Campus Safety. To park on campus, student vehicles must have a Post University decal displayed in the lower left side of the driver's front window. All students must register their vehicles within 72 hours after their first class begins. There is no charge for parking on campus. First year resident students are permitted to have a vehicle to campus. Student, staff, or faculty vehicles not displaying a valid parking permit are subject to a $25 fine. Students who wish to appeal parking tickets may do so by contacting the Director of Campus Safety either by phone or in writing.

Contact Information
Office of Campus Safety
Okinaga Hall
800 Country Club Road
Waterbury, CT 06708
Telephone: 203.596.4502
Fax: 203.841.1352
Director of Campus Safety: 203.596.4501 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Photo Identification Badges

Post University photo identification badges (ID) are an essential part of our safety and security program. Students, faculty, and staff must always carry and display their ID badges while on campus. ID badges give students access to campus events and facilities, including the dining hall. Students are responsible for their ID badges and must report lost badges to The Office of Campus Safety and Emergency Management at once. The lending or alteration of ID badges is considered a serious violation of policy.

Residence Life

Post University's Office of Residence Life focuses on creating a strong and involved community of learners.  The Office of Residence Life is located on the lower level of the Leever Student Center.  Living on campus will allow students to embrace and enhance their development inside and outside the classroom. Living in a community can come with unique challenges, but amazing rewards of friendship, growth, and connection. The Office of Residence Life seeks to help students reach their full potential, by fostering a healthy and safe living and learning community. The Office of Residence Life embraces diversity and promotes its vision through individual enrichment and leadership development opportunities.

There are six residence halls of varying sizes available to students. Each residence hall contains standard-sized windows, access to cable television at no additional cost, wireless Internet access at no additional cost, hallway phones available for local/emergency calls, emergency blue light phones throughout campus for student safety, well-lit parking lots, and kitchen and laundry facilities. All residence halls are a short walk from classrooms, the cafeteria, the library, administration offices, student services, and sports playing fields. Whether students live in West Hall, East Hall, South Hall, Middle Hall, Paparazzo Hall, or Okinaga Hall, it is within the residence halls that they will find a safe and encouraging environment to grow academically and socially.

Residence Hall Guest Policy

Post University does permit residents to host guests in the residence halls. Only vaccinated non-Post affiliated guests and Post affiliated guests are allowed in the residences. This includes overnight stays. Non-vaccinated persons are not allowed in the residence halls. All guests must enter and check-in with the South Gate Guard Shack prior to any overnight stay. Non-Post affiliated guests must show proof of matching ID (license, passport, etc.) to the South Gate Guard Shack prior to entry. Residents are encouraged to communicate with their roommate(s) prior to hosting guests. Post University reserves the right to refuse guest entry and revoke guest privileges for a residence hall, specific floor, and/or individuals at any time. Residents and Commuters who remain in another resident's room after 12 a.m. are considered overnight guests and the following requirements must be honored:

  1. Residents may not have an overnight guest for more than three nights in a seven-day period. In addition, residents may host overnight guests no more than six nights per calendar month.
  2. Hosts must always accompany guests.
  3. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guest(s) on campus.
  4. There is a no guest policy in effect during 24-hour quiet hours (this includes, but is not limited to, final examinations and all Post University academic breaks).

Students who do not comply will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include removal from housing and further action at discretion of Post University.

Campus Mailroom

The mailroom is in East Hall on the first floor in the Post University Services Department. The mailroom is the place to pick up and send mail, including UPS packages. Students are required to pay standard mailing and shipping charges. Shipping costs vary depending upon the size, weight, and estimation of the package. Family and friends are to address all mail as follows.

Student Name and Room Number
Post University
800 Country Club Road
Waterbury, CT 06708-2450

For the mailroom's current hours of operation, please visit the following link:
https://post.edu/student-services/residence-life/campus-mailroom/

Campus Store

The Post University Campus Store's mission is to provide essential goods and services to support students and the campus community. The Campus Store is in the Leever Student Center. Post University apparel and items can be purchased directly at the store or online at by visiting the following link. 

https://post.edu/onlinestore.

Contact Information
Phone: 203.596.4688
Email: [email protected]

Policy Governing Information Technologies (IT) Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Support

For detailed information on the many IT support services available to all students, please visit https://post.edu/ICT. IT support is available 24/7 by calling 888.458.7678 or from the homepage at www.post.blackboard.com.

If assistance is needed with televisions, phones, computers, or the network, members of the ICT staff may be reached directly by dialing 888.458.7678 option 2, between the hours of 7 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. For any afterhours calls, students are asked to leave clear and accurate messages stating their needs and requests, a daytime phone number, and their residence hall room number so that every attempt can be made to address reported issues in a 24-hour time frame. Questions may also be submitted to the Help Desk at [email protected].

The residence halls are equipped with basic cable access through a contract with the local cable company. Premier channels are not included in the package, nor are they available for an additional cost. Students must provide their own television set with coaxial connectors and a coaxial cable to access cable service.

Students are required to accept the following terms and conditions by logging onto and using Post University's Local Area Network computers or using the Post University email system and the Internet with a personally owned computer:

  1. Users must operate within the appropriate federal or state laws and Post University policies and must not engage in any conduct that presents a risk to the operating integrity of the systems and their accessibility to other users.
  2. Users must abide by the terms of all software licensing agreements and copyright laws.
  3. Users must not share or make copies of, download, or make available on the network, any copyrighted material, unless permitted by a license.
  4. Users must not share any material, software, data, document, sound, picture, or any file that is specified as illegal by any federal or state law, statute, proclamation, or decree.
  5. Users must not share any material software, data document, sound, picture, or any file that is considered to be proprietary, privileged, private, or otherwise vital in the operation of Post University including, but not limited to, personnel, student, financial, strategic records and documents, or any material governed by federal and state regulations.
  6. Users must not use the network resources of Post University to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to remote computers, networks, or systems.
  7. Users must not use Post University networks to access, produce or distribute pornography either on the Internet or on Post University networks.
  8. Any network traffic exiting Post University is subject not only to provisions of this policy, but also to the acceptable use policies of any network through which, or into which, it flows.
  9. Users must notify the ICT Office, system administrators, and the appropriate authorities about violations of computer laws and policies, as well as about potential loopholes in the security of its computer systems and networks by sending an email to [email protected].
  10. Users must respect the rights of other users, including their rights as set forth in other Post University policies for students, faculty, and staff. These rights include, but are not limited to privacy, freedom from harassment, and safety of tangible and intellectual property.
  11. Users must not place on any Post University-owned computer system any type of information or software that infringes upon the rights of another person or gives unauthorized access to another computer account or system.
  12. Users must not misrepresent themselves or their data on the network.
  13. Users are responsible for the use of their own accounts. No user may give anyone access to his or her account or use a Post University computer account assigned to another user. Users must not attempt to obtain the password for another user's computer account.
  14. Users are responsible for the security of their passwords. This includes making sure no one else knows them. Users who suspect someone knows their passwords should contact ICT, by calling 888.458.7678, to have that passwords changed.
  15. Users must not attempt to monitor other users' data communications, nor read, copy, download, change, or delete other users' files or software without permission of owner(s).
  16. Users must not attempt to circumvent data protection schemes or exploit security loopholes.
  17. Users must not deliberately perform acts that are wasteful of computing resources or that unfairly monopolize resources to the exclusion of other users.
  18. Users must not deliberately perform acts that will seriously impair the operation of computers, terminals, peripherals, or networks. This includes, but is not limited to, tampering with components of a local area network (LAN) or the high-speed network, otherwise blocking communication lines, or interfering with the operational readiness of a computer.
  19. Users must not run or install, or give to another user, a program that could result in the eventual damage to a file or computer system and/or the reproduction of itself on any of the computer systems of Post University. This is directed towards, but not limited to, the classes of programs known as computer viruses, Trojan horses, and worms.
  20. Users must not use Post University computer systems or networks for solicitation of funds or for commercial purposes. This includes solicitations for charitable or community organizations.
  21. Users must not use Post University networks to distribute chain letters.

Post University treats policy violations of computing facilities, equipment, software, information resources, and network privileges seriously. All violations must be reported to Residence Life staff or directly to ICT by stopping by the ICT Office in Hess Hall or sending an email to [email protected]. Failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary action, including loss of computing privileges, fine/restitution, and other sanctions deemed necessary. Alleged violations of the policy shall be processed according to judicial processes outlined in the Student Handbook. Post University may also prosecute abuse under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 or other appropriate laws.

All students are given a username and password to access the Local Area Network. This username and password will remain in effect throughout the student's tenure at Post University and is deleted upon termination (withdrawal, dismissal, or graduation). Each year, prior to the start of fall classes, Post University reviews student mailbox use and storage limits. A user account may be deleted if the student is not registered prior to the first week in August. If the student re-enrolls, a mailbox will be reestablished on the network for campus use. Post University reserves the right to access user mailboxes and deactivate or restrict use of campus email accounts at any time.

Each residence hall room is equipped with a network jack. Students are encouraged to purchase personal computers and to use them in their residence hall rooms. It is the responsibility of the students to ensure that proper care is taken in protecting their computer and the data stored therein. If users are found to have knowingly violated a network responsibility, their network access may be suspended. Depending on the seriousness of the violation, users may also be subject to other disciplinary actions. Violations of federal or state laws will result in referral to the appropriate legal authorities. Students who violate these conditions face judicial action.

Policy Statement Regarding Anti-Virus Software

Because of the inherent dangers associated with the introduction of viruses into computer systems, Post University requires that all students who are authorized to attach their personal computers to the network have virus protection software. This means that students must have current anti-virus software installed and running on their computers and that new virus definition files are downloaded daily. Expired software or out-of-date definition files is equal to having no anti-virus protection.

Students are responsible for purchasing, installing, and updating their own anti-virus software. Post University reserves the right to check on a routine basis the equipment of students via manual or automated processes for compliance with this requirement and block access to the network until verification of anti-virus software with up-to-date definitions. Post University reserves the right to block access to the network if it is believed that a student's computer is infected, the student is running software that has the potential to disable the network, the student is exhibiting malicious behavior such that the campus network is compromised, or if the student is performing actions that are illegal under federal, local, or state law. Post University also reserves the right to take a single or series of computers off-line to ensure the protection of the system.

Social Media Guidelines

Social media helps to make our Post University communications both PERSONAL and FUN!

It is an important part of keeping our vibrant Post community authentic and informed, while providing a means to share information, images, and video.  It allows our students, associates, and community to celebrate successes and share diverse points-of-view. 

The University recognizes the importance of building and maintaining a strong presence on several social media channels, as it provides the opportunity for the Post community to engage proactively and responsibly in dialogue that can influence our conversations, student and associate recruitment and retention, alumni relations, as well as our personal and institutional branding and credibility.  As a result, Post encourages its faculty, staff, and students to actively engage and share their experiences in a positive, sensible, personal, and fun way. 

The following guidelines are designed to help users of social media do so responsibly and appropriately. Additionally, the guidelines are intended to provide clarity to Post users on how to balance personal use of social media on their personal accounts with their affiliation with the University. 

Post Community Standards

Social media is a public forum. This may seem obvious to most but remember, if you choose to post, or in any way engage on Post social media outlets understand that your postings, as well as information publicly shared on your social media profile(s), may be viewed and/or shared by all participants within that social network.  Please adhere to the following standards and expectations when using or posting on any of Post's social media outlets: 

  • Behave in a manner that promotes and encourages a positive social and academic environment,

  • Respect faculty, staff, students, guests, and all Post property, policies, rules, and regulations,

  • Promote the exchange of ideas and diverse opinions through tolerance, integrity, dignity, and respect while upholding academic integrity to the highest standard,

  • Communicate in a professional and courteous manner,

  • Abstain from actions that are harassing, discriminatory, intimidating, bullying, demeaning, or hostile to another person,

  • Respect the copyrights and intellectual property rights of others,

  • Do not disseminate confidential information that is prohibited from disclosure under the University's Confidential Information policy, or any other policy or applicable law, including, e.g., FERPA, HIPAA, privacy laws and NCAA regulations. Maintain the confidentiality of proprietary and protected information of Post, its faculty, staff, and students,

  • Take personal responsibility for your choices and actions and understand that there may be consequences resulting from the failure to comply with these basic community standards, and

  • Know that Post reserves the right to delete any content posted on its social media accounts that violates University policies, including these community standards.  If the post is from a student, faculty member, or staff member, the issue may be escalated to Post administration and may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.  Think before you post. 

Guidelines for Associate and Student Use of Social Media on Behalf of Post University

These guidelines apply to social media operated on behalf of Post University by authorized users ("Post users"). In operating Post social media, Post users must abide by the following:

  • Adhere to Post's Privacy Policy. https://post.edu/privacy-policy/
  • Do not disclose Personal Information (as outlined in Post's Privacy Policy) or otherwise violate the Privacy Policy.
  • Do not create or develop social media accounts, profiles, or initiatives bearing Post's name without prior approval from the University Director of Communications.
  • Avoid engaging in behavior that could raise actual or apparent conflict of interest and conflicts of commitment on social networks. Examples include using Post resources or property for personal gain, using confidential or privileged information acquired in connection with your Post-supported activities for personal gain, accepting gratuities or unsolicited gifts from private or public organizations, and using Post resources for any purpose other than the Post user's employment related or authorized purposes.
  • Do not use Post social media accounts to post content containing your personal views or opinions. Ensure that all posts made using the Post social media accounts reflect the content you have been asked to post to the social media page.
  • Do not express political opinions that are purported to be those of Post or otherwise engage in activity that creates the appearance that you are speaking or acting for Post on political matters.
  • Do not endorse commercial partners. This includes a prohibition on ad placement for commercial partners on social media and use of Post's name or mark for corporate promotion.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of proprietary and protected information of Post, its faculty, staff, and students.
  • Obtain the prior written permission of others of whom you wish to cite, reference, and/or post a picture.
  • Do not violate intellectual property rights and laws. More specifically, use of third-party copyrighted or trademarked material or use of a person's likeness without permission in digital content is prohibited. Doing so may be illegal and may expose Post and/or the Post user to legal liability and reputational damage.
  • Maintain appropriate security safeguards to social media accounts and profiles.
  • Use good judgment. Your actions can affect not only yourself, but also others at Post and the University as a whole. It is important to keep in mind that social media posts can be replicated, taken out of context, and will remain in the public for an indeterminate amount of time.

Guidelines for Associate and Student Personal Use of Social Media

These guidelines apply to social media utilized by associates and students in their personal capacity. The line between professional (or academic) and personal sometimes seems blurred. There are many concerns that may arise from your use of social media. Most importantly, the information you post on social media can be permanently connected to you and duplicated by others. Your posts can be found by anyone, including Post, current or perspective employers, graduate school admissions offices, and many more. As such, associates and students are encouraged to follow the below Guidelines when using personal social media:

  • Do not create or develop Post social media accounts or profiles without prior approval from the Director of University Communications,

  • Be thoughtful in decisions to "friend," "like," "link," "follow," or "accept" a request from another person. It is important to recognize that there is a great potential for misinterpretation of matters on social media.

  • Review the content of your communications before posting. If the content of your communication would not be acceptable for an in-person conversation, over the phone, or another personal medium, it is inappropriate for social media.

  • Social media is not private. Think before you post in the public domain as these posts may be permanently connected to you, copied, or forwarded to others.

  • Be civil and respectful to others and their comments.

  • Understand and use privacy settings on social media. If you fail to use privacy settings, your information may be available to the whole world.

  • Think twice before publishing your personal information, such as your address, telephone number, or date of birth, on social media.

  • When using personal social media or speaking with the media and identifying yourself as an associate or student of Post, you should indicate that any views you express are your own and not necessarily those of Post. Unless specifically authorized, you are not permitted to speak on behalf of Post, must avoid doing so, and must avoid giving the impression you are doing so. Do not use the Post name, logo, image, or other intellectual property on your personal social media in a manner that would create the appearance that you are speaking or acting on the behalf of Post. 

  • Immediately direct any inquiries from the media seeking Post's position on an issue to the Director of University Communications,

  • You are responsible for any content you publish on social media and may be held liable for activity that violates the law.

We Are Serious About the Enforcement of These Guidelines

Any associate or student found to have violated these Guidelines may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Student Health Services

At Post University, student health is taken very seriously. The Health Services Office is staffed by a nurse, and the Post University physician is available on a weekly basis. Students wishing to make individual appointments with the physician should do so through the Health Services Office. The medical staff is here to provide students with access to first aid, education and information related to health and wellness, and information on other health specialists and facilities near the campus. The Health Services Office is in the East Hall Annex and is open Monday through Friday during the academic year. Summer hours and semester break hours are posted well in advance. The office can be reached via telephone at 203.596.4503 or email at [email protected] or [email protected]. Paperwork can be faxed to 203.841.1179 or mailed to Health Services Office, 800 Country Club Rd, Waterbury, CT 06708, and PO Box 2540.

 Medical Leave of Absence

Students who wish to withdraw from their studies because of a medical and/or psychological issue prevents them from successful or productive participation at Post University may request a medical leave of absence.  To be granted a medical leave of absence, documentation in writing must be received from a physician or mental health professional. It should verify their diagnosis, list the academic limitations caused by it and confirm their need for a medical leave of absence.  Issues may include mental or physical health issues, chronic conditions, emergency surgery, injuries, or any medical condition that makes it impossible for them to continue.   The Title IX and Disability Coordinator will review the documentation and will decide upon the appropriate action.  The minimum duration of a medical leave is the balance of the semester in which it is authorized.  

In situations where a student poses a significant risk to the health or safety of others, or where a student poses a risk to their own safety, but the student does not want to take a leave voluntarily, the University Vice President has the authority to place the student on a mandatory leave of absence. The student will be provided notice of the concern and the process of assessment, as well as an opportunity to submit information and a chance to appeal.

A student who is granted a medical leave of absence and wants to return to Post University must present medical documentation to the Title IX and Disability Coordinator indicating that the student is able to return.  Students seeking to return from a medical leave of absence may do so only at the beginning of the semester following the semester for which the medical leave of absence was granted. If the student needs additional time, the student must provide documentation from a physician or mental health professional verifying the necessity for additional time off.  In no case may the additional time exceed 180 days from the beginning of the original Leave of Absence.

Post University students who intend to return from a medical leave of absence may apply for financial assistance on the same basis as continuing students, with the same forms, supporting documents, and deadlines.  

Post University is committed to supporting the physical and mental health of its students.   A variety of counseling services to address the physical and mental health needs of students, including counseling, psychiatric services, consultation, and referral assistance are available.  The goal of Post University is to enable each student to reach their full potential.

Immunization Requirements

Full-time students must have a complete physical examination, signed by a physician, along with an updated immunization record on file in the Health Services Office prior to beginning classes each year. Students who have not met Connecticut state immunization requirements will not be able to attend classes. It is a requirement of the State of Connecticut for students to show proof of the following immunizations:

Residents

Required

  • Two MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine dates or blood results showing immunity.
  • Two Varicella (chicken pox) dates or date of disease or blood results showing immunity.
  • Tuberculin skin exam (PPD), or qualified test, with results within the year prior to the beginning of classes. If positive results, must have proof of negative chest x-ray, or completed treatment. See school health TB assessment page for further instructions.
  • Meningitis vaccine within the five years prior to the beginning of classes.

Recommended

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis B series vaccination dates (three dates)
  • Polio immunization dates
  • Meningitis B

Commuters

Required

  • Two MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine dates or blood results showing immunity.
  • Two Varicella (chicken pox) dates or date of disease or blood results showing immunity.
  • Physical exam within the year prior to the beginning of classes.
  • Tuberculosis skin exam (PPD), or qualified test, with results within one year prior to the beginning of classes. If positive results, must have proof of negative chest x-ray, or completed treatment. See school health TB assessment page for further instruction.

Recommended

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis B series vaccination dates (three dates)
  • Polio immunization dates
  • Meningitis
  • Meningitis B

Online Students with Site Courses

Required

  • Two (2) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine dates or blood results showing immunity.
  • Two (2) Varicella (chicken pox) dates or date of disease or blood results showing immunity.

Additional Requirements for Student Athletes

  • First time freshmen and incoming transfer students must provide results of a sickle cell test.

*Athletics Department has additional requirements for medical information and testing (please visit the athletics section of the catalog for more information).
**Students will not be able to register without the proper health information turned into the nurse.
***Residents will not be allowed to move into their rooms without the proper health documentation.

Connecticut state law requires that university students residing in University-owned housing be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis as a condition for living in the University's residence halls and apartments. Students will not be allowed in residence halls if these records are not on file.

Public Act No.04-221 requires all college-aged individuals to know the risk of contracting Hepatitis B. For more information on Hepatitis B, go to our webpage at the following link: https://post.edu/student-services/health-services. Health Services can be reached by phone at (203) 596-4503 or via fax at (203) 841-1179.

Additional requirements for Nursing Students

Graduate students within American Sentinel College of Nursing and Health Science are required to complete specific health requirements as managed by Castlebranch. These requirements can be found in the Additional Nursing Information page.  

All full-time Main Campus undergraduate and graduate students must have health insurance coverage. Students enrolled in a U.S. comprehensive health insurance plan must provide proof of coverage through a waiver process.  Full-time Main Campus students who do not have coverage may elect to enroll in Post University's Student Health Insurance Plan prior to starting classes.  Th waiver or enrollment form must be completed prior to February 17, 2021.  Students may sign into their Post University Student Account and be brought directly to the "Waive/Enroll Insurance" link which will immediately connect them to the Gallagher website to initiate the waiver or enrollment process.  Full-time Main Campus Students who enroll in the Plan will be billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan.  During the Spring Semester 2021, students' waivers that include proof of insurance coverage will be accepted. 

To obtain additional information about the Spring 2021 Semester insurance requirements, international students, pricing, deadline dates, and/or the Student Health Insurance Plan information, please review the material located at: https://post.edu/financial-aid/student-insurance/ and www.gallagherstudent.com/post.

Students with Disabilities

Post University welcomes students with disabilities and provides reasonable access and accommodations, to maximize student potential for success.

Post University offers students with disabilities an interactive process within which to discuss their needs, and then assesses requests for disability accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Disability accommodations may include time extensions, testing outside the classroom, assistive technology, and the like. The Title IX and Disability Coordinator works closely with students and their instructors to provide and implement reasonable accommodations. In order to evaluate reasonable accommodation requests, the Title IX and Disability Coordinator and the student MUST discuss three factors: the needs of the student, the requirements of the course or academic program, and the format in which the course is delivered.

Students with disabilities are not required to inform Post University or any of its offices of their disability. However, if students wish to receive accommodations, they must contact the Title IX and Disability Coordinator at their earliest convenience, as accommodations are not retroactive. Ideally, this should occur at the time the student enters the University. The Title IX and Disability Coordinator is the only University officer authorized to address these special needs, and accommodations can only be granted through the Title IX and Disability Coordinator. Students who request consideration for academic accommodations must present official documentation of their disability on letterhead from a licensed medical practitioner. The documentation must identify the disability, list the limitations caused by the disability, and suggest appropriate learning accommodations based on modality of learning. In lieu of medical documentation, IEP or 504 plans can also be submitted.

This information is confidential. The Title IX and Disability Coordinator will only share the necessary accommodation information with the student's instructors unless more permission is given by the student or if disclosure is required by law. No other information will be revealed to any element of the University without the student's consent, which may be necessary to implement the accommodation. Many students, however, choose to allow the Title IX and Disability Coordinator the opportunity to speak about the student's disability with other University support services, so that the student is provided resources from other areas, including Academic Affairs, Athletics, Counseling Center, Center for Academic Success, and Residence Life. Students are responsible for notifying the Title IX and Disability Coordinator at the beginning of every term/semester regarding requests for accommodation renewals.

If a student has a question or complaint about a disability accommodation determination, the student should first try to work out the issue with the Title IX and Disability Coordinator on an informal basis. If not satisfied, the student can appeal the determination in writing, via Post University email address, to the Chief Regulatory Officer. The student should forward all supporting documentation to the Chief Regulatory Officer for review. The Chief Regulatory Officer should respond in writing to the student, via Post University e-mail address, with the final decision within fifteen (15) calendar days of the student's appeal. The decision of the Chief Regulatory Officer is final. For additional information, please contact Title IX and Disability Coordinator Jennifer Labate at 203.596.6027 or [email protected].

Counseling Center

The mission of the Counseling Center is to provide professional counseling services and wellness resources to students so they can achieve their full potential in their personal, academic, and professional lives. The Counseling Center provides outreach programs and consultation services to students, faculty, and staff, as well as classroom instruction and advocacy for university mental health initiatives.

The Counseling Center offers individual, couples, and group counseling services. Outreach is also available to student organizations, residence halls, faculty, and staff. Off-campus referral information is available upon request.

College is a time of inner and interpersonal change, challenge, and growth. This can be a wonderful, yet stressful time of life. The Counseling Center offers a safe place to talk about your life, including anything that may be painful, challenging, or confusing. We explore your thoughts, perceptions, reactions, emotions, and behaviors to gain insight and make positive changes in your life. Appointments may be made by visiting the Counseling Center in the Leever Student Center or Drubner Athletic Center, calling 203.596.4585 or emailing us at [email protected].

Counseling Center Confidentiality

Communication and interactions with the Counseling Center will be confidential. The student's right to privacy will be respected and will not be divulged to Post University administration, faculty, staff, friends, family members, or others without the student's written consent. Federal confidentiality laws and regulations prohibit Counseling Center clinicians from complying with any request for information or even acknowledging whether an individual is or ever was in counseling without the individual's written consent.

There are situations and circumstances that will result in exceptions to the policy being made which are as follows:

  1. If information is shared that someone is suicidal or homicidal.
  2. If there is suspicion of physical, emotional, sexual abuse, or neglect involving a child under the age of 18 or an adult over the age of 65, or of anyone who is disabled.
  3. If a court order authorizes us to release information. A subpoena does not authorize us to release information unless it is accompanied by a court order or proper written authorization to release information provided by the client.

Counseling Center Location and Hours

The Counseling Center is located on the first floor of the Leever Student Center, the last door on the left before the stairs that lead to the Eagle's Nest. Our second office in the Leever Student Center is.  We also have an Athletic Counseling and Wellness office located in Drubner Athletic Center.  The Counseling Office in Drubner is on the main level near the team and officials' rooms. The Counseling Center is open five days a week. The door will be closed if we are not in the office, or if we are seeing a student. If the door is open, please feel free to drop in. 

To make an appointment, please email [email protected].

Day Hours
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Counseling Center Staff

Lisa Antel, LCSW, works part-time with the Counseling Center. She has been working with Post University students since the spring of 2001. Lisa received her B.A. from Bates College and her M.S.W. from Smith College.

Aubry Fappiano, LCSW, is the Assistant Director of the Counseling Center, and she works full-time for the Counseling Center.  She has worked in mental health and higher education settings since 2010. Aubry received her B.A. and M.S.W. from Boston College.

George Hayes, LCSW, works part-time with the Counseling Center, and he has enjoyed working with Post University students since 2007. George received his B.S. and M.S.W. from Springfield College.

Brittany Henderson, LPC, LMHC, works as a full-time Athletic and Wellness Counselor at Post.  She has experience working in college counseling centers as well as community health centers. Brittany received her B.A. from Loyola University Maryland as well as a M.S. in Athletic Counseling and C.A.G.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College.

Nakia Miller, LCSW, works as a full-time counselor at Post. Nakia has been serving diverse communities and settings for over 15 years, and she is committed to enhancing the mental wellness of college students. She received her B.S. from Post University and her M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Robert McWilliam provides psychiatric services to Post University students in his office in Woodbury, CT, which is a short drive from campus. Dr. McWilliam holds a B.A. and an M.D. from the University of Vermont. Psychiatric appointments with Dr. McWilliam can be arranged through the student's counselor.

Visit www.post.edu/counseling for additional information on common questions, confidentiality, services and resources, making a referral, and the brochure Students in Distress: A Guide for Faculty and Staff.

While the Counseling Center does not provide counseling services to Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) students, we offer numerous  support resources, such as the Student Online Assistance Resource (SOAR).

 Student Online Assistance Resource (SOAR)

Post cares about your well-being and success. The defining tenet of Post is to make your journey personal and extraordinary.  Student Online Assistance Resource (SOAR), provides 24/7 access to several important services, including counseling, financial resources, legal support, and personal convenience services. SOAR is the result of a partnership with  http://www.compsych.com/, the world's largest employee assistance program provider. With over 35 years of experience in the field, ComPsych provides services to more than 56,000 organizations, including many major universities, throughout the United States and 190 countries.

SOAR gives Post students access to:

  • Counseling Services - Crisis calls and up to three confidential counseling sessions per issue per year to address personal, emotional, and psychological concerns by contacting licensed, professional counselors.
  • Financial Resources - On-staff Certified Public Accountants (CPA) can assist students with financial planning, debt resolution, tax guidance, and more. 
  • Legal Support - Students can access "on-call" licensed attorneys for legal guidance on matters such as adoption, home purchases, will preparation, and more.  
  • Personal Convenience Services - Specialists are available to provide qualified referrals for child and elder care, pet care, college planning, buying a car, and more. 

This service, at no extra charge, is confidential and available to family members living within the same household as a Post student.

Post faculty and associates can also utilize SOAR as a professional and confidential resource for consultation regarding a student concern or student in distress. For further information, please refer to "Instructor Resources" on Blackboard or Our Post/Training/SOAR.

SOAR Access Information:
Call: 833.515.0772
TTY: 800.697.0353
Online: post.edu/soar
App: GuidanceNowSM
Web ID: EAGLES_SOAR

SOAR Access Locations:

Student Portal/Student Resources/Health and Wellness
Mobile App/Student Portal Tile
[email protected]/SOAR Content Card or Crisis Card

Blackboard/Instructor Resource Module

The Nest:  Please select the following:  Tools/Resources/Eagle Institute/Compliance

Gender Identity Policy

Post University supports all students' rights to express their gender identity in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. Students may opt to identify themselves with a chosen name rather than their legal one. Chosen names may be used in class, on Identification Cards and via email addresses. However, legal names may be required on transcripts, as well as documentation regarding financial aid, employment, insurance and the like.  

For name and email address changes, please complete the Chosen Name and Email Change Form. (https://post.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Chosen-Name-and-Email-Change-Form.pdf)  Please contact Jennifer Labate, Title IX & Disability Coordinator, at 203.596.6027 for assistance.   

Students can note their pronouns by editing their signature on Outlook.  (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/create-and-add-a-signature-to-messages-8ee5d4f4-68fd-464a-a1c1-0e1c80bb27f2)

Most Post University buildings are equipped with unisex bathrooms and/or single bathrooms, and students may also choose to utilize the bathroom specified for their gender identity. Transgender students may also select housing options based on their gender identity. Please contact Residence Life at 203.596.4540 for assistance.

Pregnant or Parenting Students

A student may notify the Director of Title IX and Disability Services for assistance seeking academic support, leaves of absence, and other possible accommodations during pregnancy, childbirth, pregnancy loss, and recovery from childbirth. For further information, contact the Director of Title IX and Disability Services, Jennifer Labate, via e-mail at [email protected].

General Student Complaint Procedures

Post University takes pride in providing a high-quality education and exceptional student support. We also understand that students may be concerned about decisions or outcomes and may seek a means to get these concerns resolved. Students are welcomed and encouraged to bring all complaints or grievances to the attention of the Administration. Please follow these procedures when filing a complaint.

Step One

Many complaints or grievances can be addressed and resolved through an open and honest conversation. Students with a complaint are welcomed and encouraged to request an individual conference with their instructor or any staff member to discuss their concern.

Step Two

If a satisfactory resolution is not reached through a conversation with the faculty of staff member in step one, the student may seek guidance from the Director or Dean who oversees the Department or School in which the concern originated.

 

Department

Contact Information

General Academic Complaints/Concerns (faculty issues, program concerns, readmission requests, classroom concerns, etc.)

School of Arts & Sciences: Elizabeth Kranz, http://[email protected]  

John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education: James Whitley, [email protected]

The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business: Jeremi Bauer, [email protected]

American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Science:  Kimberly Nerud, [email protected] or fill out the American Sentinel feedback form.

Academic Advising

Main Campus Students

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.596.4539

Online/Accelerated Degree Students

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.591.7101

Registrar

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 800.345.2562, press 1 then press 5

Internship/Career Services

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.596.4505

Admissions/International Student Services

Main Campus Students

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.596.4555

Online/Accelerated Degree Students

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 800.345.2562

Information Technology

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.591.5671

Financial Aid

Main Campus Students

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.596.4527

Online/Accelerated Degree Students

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 800.345.2562

Disability Services

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.596.6027

General Miscellaneous Concerns

Email Office of Academic Affairs

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.596.6024

Tutoring Services

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.596.4633

Honor Societies

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.596.6024

Honor Program

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.591.7419

Anonymous Submissions

Students may submit anonymous feedback at the following link by selecting "Make a Report": https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/80333/index.html

 

Step Three

If the student is not satisfied with the resolution provided by the Director or Dean of Students, the concern should be addressed in writing to the Provost or the Vice President who will address the concern promptly and may request to meet or speak by phone with the student. They will communicate the final decision to all concerned.

Provost (all concerns related to Academics): Dr. Elizabeth Johnson at [email protected]

Senior Vice President (all other concerns):  Scott Allen at [email protected].  

Step Four
If the complaint is not answered to the student's satisfaction, the student should send a written complaint to Kimber Summers, Chief Regulatory Officer and General Counsel [email protected] who will review the documentation and provide the University's determination within seven (7) business days.

Step Five

If after following the procedures above, the student feels the complaint or concern has not been addressed, the student may contact the Connecticut Office of Higher Education or the University's accrediting agency, New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE).

Regulatory Agency Address Complaint Information
Connecticut Office of Higher Education

450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510

Hartford, CT. 06103-1841

http://www.ctohe.org/studentcomplaints.shtml
New England Commission on Higher Education

3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100

Burlington, MA. 01803-4512

781-425-7785

https://www.neche.org/for-the-public/comments-complaints/

Contact information for additional state regulatory bodies can be found on Post's State-by-State Complaint Process page.

Voter Registration Information

The Department of Education requires Post University to provide students with information on registering to vote. Information on registering to vote can be found at the following link: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote