Mount Aloysius College

Student Handbook

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MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of Mount Aloysius College is to respond to individual and community needs with quality programs of education in the tradition of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Each student will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and to develop values, attitudes, and competencies necessary for lifelong learning within an environment which reflects a liberal arts orientation and a Catholic, Judeo Christian heritage.

PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT

As a Catholic College founded and sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Mount Aloysius College provides a setting in which students are encouraged to synthesize faith with learning, to develop competence with compassion, to put talents and gifts at the service of others, and to begin to assume leadership in the world community. With emphasis on values of justice, hospitality, mercy, and service, the College’s liberal arts core curriculum provides the necessary basis for leadership and the knowledge and skills for success in a wide range of professions. While the academic focus is paramount at Mount Aloysius, the College also considers spiritual, cultural, social and personal growth as essential elements in the development of the student.

Encouraging all students to explore their religious heritages, Mount Aloysius College welcomes women and men of all creeds, races, nationalities and ages who wish to participate in the life of the campus community. Through course work, religious activities, and service, all students are challenged to grow in faith and to fully engage in their intellectual growth and personal religious commitment.

Committed to making available a student-centered education, Mount Aloysius tailors its academic and co-curricular programs to meet the developmental needs of each student. Welcoming students with a range of abilities and economic resources, the faculty and staff work to enable each student to reach his or her fullest potential.

Academic advising, direct contact with faculty and staff, personal counseling and educational enrichment courses are resources provided to students throughout their college careers. Students are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities that include student government and other student organizations, athletics, theatre, and other social and service programs.

Mount Aloysius strives to be a just and caring learning community where hospitality and compassionate service are hallmarks. Building on its early history as a women’s college, Mount Aloysius continues to have a particular interest in the education and advancement of women even as it has made the commitment to coeducational offerings in all programs. The College is firm in its commitment to creating an environment for living and learning in the hope of supporting the lifelong intellectual, spiritual, and emotional development of every student who experiences the unique and exceptional Mount Aloysius College education.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Mount Aloysius College strictly prohibits and does not tolerate unlawful discrimination against any person on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status in the administration of its admissions and employment practices, educational policies, financial aid, scholarship and loan programs, athletics or any other College administered program.

Any person with limited language skills will be eligible for assistance in language skills from the College upon request. The College will provide such assistance to assure that any person with limited English language skills will not have language act as a barrier either to admission or to participation in programs of the College.

Inquiries or requests for information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, should be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the College’s designated Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, at the Office of Student Affairs, Cosgrave Center/Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, 7373 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson, PA 16630. Tel: (814) 886-6472.

If you have questions or need information regarding specific accommodation(s), including physical access to campus facilities, please contact the Office of Counseling and Disability Services department, St. Joseph’s Hall, room 101, or call (814) 886-6515. Any request(s) for accommodation should be made with as much advance notice as possible in order to provide sufficient time for the College to review and respond to your request in a timely manner. All requests should be submitted at least 30 days prior to an effective date of implementation.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

Mount Aloysius is committed to building an inclusive community that values each person and respects diversity of all kinds – diversity of thought, experience, culture, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, etc. to create a workplace where everyone participates and is able to contribute their own unique gifts, talents and perspectives.

DISABILITY SERVICES

Mount Aloysius College makes every reasonable effort to provide qualified students with disabilities the opportunity to take full advantage of programs, practices, services and facilities. Students with disabilities who wish to request an accommodation are required to do so through the Department of Counseling and Disability Services, St. Joseph’s Hall, Room 101, or call (814) 886-6515.

At that time, students will be required to complete a formal request for accommodation and provide the necessary documentation. All requests should be submitted at least 30 days prior to an effective date of implementation.

The Director of Counseling and Disability Services will review the request, meet with the student, and determine what accommodations are warranted and will be approved. For any request for accommodations to be implemented, it must be formally approved.

The College’s policy complies with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX and Section 504 of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and all other applicable Federal, State, and Local statutes, regulations, and guidelines.

FACILITIES

Designated handicapped accessible residence hall spaces are available for students with physical disabilities. The Main Building, Pierce Hall, Academic Hall, Alumni Hall, the Library, and Cosgrave Student Center have elevators and wheelchair accessible entrances. Students requiring alternate classroom seating may request such through the Counseling and Disability Services department.

THE MAC STUDENT COMMITMENT

Mount Aloysius College is a special place. Our community is defined by our commitment in word and action to our Mercy and Catholic values. When we have to address a concern in our community, we begin with our values and our Mount Aloysius Student Commitment to creating HOME.

The MAC Student Commitment – HOME

      • Hospitality – we welcome everyone and do the small things that count in making our peers feel at home here.
      • Others – we are committed to serving others in our communities through volunteering, acting as servant leaders, and being contributing citizens.
      • Mercy – we respect the value of every human person and try to put ourselves in another’s shoes before judging or reacting.
      • Engaged – we take the initiative in our learning, in our campus activities, and in looking out for each other.

We are committed to abiding by all College policies and regulations to ensure that everyone can learn, work and socialize in an environment that reflects the Mercy Values of justice, mercy, service and hospitality. As a community, we are accountable for our actions and so we make this commitment to upholding these values.