It is the philosophy of the Lasell College Athletic Program to place the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of academic goals. Athletics are conducted as a part of the student-athlete's educational experience. The athletic program is meant to complement the educational program and vice-versa. The Athletic Department will strive to encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of opportunities offered in varsity and intramural programs. It is the goal of the Athletic Department to foster the development of sportsmanship, community, fair play, positive societal values and physical well-being in all participants.
Lasell College holds membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. All teams have access to post-season play through conference championships, the ECAC and the NCAA. Lasell currently sponsors seventeen varsity sports teams: basketball, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, cross country, lacrosse, softball, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field are offered for women; and basketball, baseball, soccer, cross country, lacrosse, volleyball, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field are offered for men. Participants in the athletic program receive the same treatment as all other students. Division III student-athletes receive no special privileges in admission, financial aid, advising, grading or living accommodations. The emphasis of the program is placed on the welfare of the participants, and not on the spectators or the entertainment value of sport.
Intramural programs are provided for the college community throughout the year and include flag football, beach volleyball, dodge ball and basketball. Step-aerobics, cardio kickboxing and muscle conditioning classes are offered as non-credit class activities throughout the semester.
The Athletic Center is located in the middle of campus and is home to the basketball/volleyball courts, locker rooms, overhead track, and aerobic/dance studio. The Edwards Fitness Center, located adjacent to the Athletic Center on the first level of the Edwards Student Center and the McClelland Fitness Center, located on the first floor of McClelland Hall, are equipped with both cardiovascular and weight training equipment. Both Fitness Centers are staffed and available for student use approximately 80 hours a week; whenever the Fitness Centers are open for use, there is a certified staff member available (students may not use the Fitness Centers in the absence of a certified staff member). Taylor Field is adjacent to the field house and is used for varsity soccer and softball. Grellier Field is located on Aspen Road and is an artificial turf field used for varsity field hockey, and lacrosse. The Athletic Center and Fitness Centers are open for students, faculty and staff use during the academic year. Please check the centers for hours of operation. Students are encouraged to use the facilities regularly to maintain health and fitness. Other facilities include tennis courts located on Maple Terrace, a beach volleyball court located on Woodland Road, and a boathouse on the Charles River.
Athletic Center, x2330
Edwards Student Center, x2124
The Office of Career Services is dedicated to the professional and personal growth and development of undergraduate and graduate students. The staff in the Office assists students in exploring career and major options, and support students in the process of seeking full- and part-time employment. Students typically participate in workshops and/or work individually with Career Counselors to clarify career goals, take career interest assessments, develop a resume, prepare for interviews, apply to graduate schools, and devise successful short and long-term career development strategies. The Office provides several resources and tools related to job-hunting techniques, career descriptions, and requirements for various majors. Position listings are provided in the Office and at www.collegecentral.com/lasell on the web.
Center for Spiritual Life
18 Maple Terrace, x2059
The mission of the Center for Spiritual Life is to provide educational and support activities to all students seeking assistance and information pertaining to their spiritual and religious lives. Programming sponsored by the Center has included: discussion groups, speakers, religious holiday events, and worship services. The Center seeks to foster students' development as they reflect on personal and community values; grow in understanding of various faith traditions; participate in an exchange of ideas with other students; and receive counsel and support when faced with life's challenges. The Center for Spiritual Life maintains partnerships with a number of local houses of worship including: Jewish, Islamic, Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations. Students are encouraged to live out the college's "Connected Learning" philosophy through their involvement in lively community worship and fellowship. The Director of the Center is an ordained minister who is available for pastoral counseling. Students are always welcome to stop by at the Center, which is located at 18 Maple Terrace.
Clubs and Organizations
For an updated list of clubs and organizations, please visit the Student Organization Manual.
18 Maple Terrace, x2451
The Counseling Center offers students a place to confidentially discuss issues, problems, or feelings that are important to them in reaching their potential. The members of the Counseling staff are committed to assisting students to grow towards greater independence in making mature choices, and taking responsible action for themselves and towards others, as well as for their education and career. Students come to the Counseling Center to address various issues including relationship conflicts, college adjustment, academic stress, depression and anxiety, family stress, sexuality, and healthy lifestyles. The Center maintains a resource library to provide helpful information on stress management and relaxation techniques, substance abuse, eating disorders, dating violence, anger, grief, communication, and self-esteem. A Health Educator works in the center, along with Peer Health Educators, to provide educational programs designed to promote healthy lifestyles and relationships.
The professional counseling staff is available to work with students individually and through group programs. Short-term counseling, referral services, and workshops are provided at no cost. Counseling is confidential and privacy is respected. Appointments can be made by calling 617-243-2451, or by stopping by the Reception Desk at the Health Services Office in the Edwards Student Center, or by contacting a member of the counseling staff at 18 Maple Terrace. During the academic year, the Counseling Center Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. For those students needing care beyond the scope of our clinical services (for example: weekly psychotherapy, psychiatric medication management, or specialized substance abuse or intensive mental health treatment), the staff in the Counseling Center can assist students in referrals to services in the local community, using the student’s health insurance or in coordination with the student’s professional provider in his/her home community.
Edwards Student Center, x2124
Lasell College is committed to helping students achieve academic and personal success, both in and out of the classroom environment. The mission of the Office of Disability Services is to assist all students, including individuals with disabilities, to fully access the academic, residential and social aspects of student life at Lasell College. The Director of Disability Services works in close collaboration with Academic Affairs, Residential Life, Health Services and the Counseling Center in order to facilitate student accommodation requests. The Director will work directly with students in the development of accommodation plans, and in the oversight of any disability-related supports needed in accessing the College's academic and student life.
Edwards Student Center, x2451
Located on the top level of the Edwards Student Center, Health Services is staffed Monday through Friday, when classes are in session. Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Thursdays, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Health Services is staffed by nurse practitioners and a part-time physician. Emergency services are available through the Newton-Wellesley Hospital - 617.243.6000 (approximately one-half mile from the Lasell campus). When the Health Services office is closed, non-emergency care may be received at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Urgent Care Center in Waltham – 617-243-5590 (approximately 2.5 miles from campus). Any student requiring off-campus care should bring their health insurance information with them to the medical provider. Any fees incurred for off-campus care are the responsibility of the student, and students will need to arrange their own transportation. Whenever a student feels that they require emergency medical care after business hours, they should first contact Campus Police at 617-243-2279.
Clinical Philosophy – Health Services provides high quality health care and health promotion to improve students’ overall health, to support their educational goals, and to develop skills for long-term healthy lifestyles. Our physician and team of nurse practitioners believe in a holistic approach to health, which includes optimal physical, emotional, and social well-being. The staff provides comprehensive primary care for routine health care issues, illness, and injury, and they believe that health care is a partnership between the student and the health care provider. Health Services’ staff do not write medical excuse notes for class absences unless there are unusual circumstances such as hospitalizations or acute illness, requiring a student to miss a week or more of classes.
Confidentiality - All visits, discussions, treatments and records are confidential. The HIPPA Privacy Rules (April 14, 2003) safeguard the use and disclosure of your identifiable health information and place certain requirements on what is known protected health information. We do not release health information to anyone without your written permission unless, in our judgment, it is necessary to protect you or others from immediate physical danger.
Prior to registration Lasell College requires all full-time students to submit a health form which includes a physical examination within 12 months of matriculation, and a medical history form. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that every full-time student provide proof of immunizations. These requirements include: three Hepatitis B, two MMR, two Varicella (chicken pox), one tetanus/pertussis (TDap), within the past five years, one Meningococcal with the past five years (or a signed Meningitis Waiver form). In addition, Lasell College requires completion of a Tuberculin Risk Questionnaire. If these documents are not completed within thirty (30) days of arrival to Lasell, a student will be prevented from registering for classes for the following semester. Any student considering an international study abroad program/international service learning experience is urged to get the immunizations appropriate to their travel/study experience. Students should not delay in getting the appropriate immunizations. It is suggested that Hepatitis A vaccines (two shot series) be initiated at least 6 months prior to international travel.
The College's comprehensive fee entitles students to consultations with the professional medical staff during their scheduled hours. In addition to the treatment of illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions, the staff members perform routine pelvic exams, various STD testing, order lab work, draw blood, administer urine and blood tests, refer to specialists, and write prescriptions for most commonly used medications including birth control. Health education and counseling are available on various subjects such as nutrition, alcohol education, sexuality, eating disorders, birth control, emotional problems and sexually transmitted infections. If a student should become ill, hospitalization may become necessary. If a student contracts a contagious disease, the College reserves the right to require that student to return to their home within 24 hours of diagnosis. Health Services does not initiate or prescribe medications for Attention Deficit Disorders.
Students must be enrolled in some health insurance policy as stipulated by Chapter 23 of the General Laws of Massachusetts. Students must provide documentation of their health insurance policy name and identification number. Insurance is necessary to cover the costs of any lab fees (i.e. x-rays, throat cultures, pap smears), prescriptions for medications, or referrals to other specialists. For further information about insurance issues, students should contact the Office of Student Accounts, x2103.
Office of International Services
Arnow Campus Center, x2398
The Office of International Services has a dual focus: It provides comprehensive direct service to the undergraduate and graduate international student populations on campus, as well as to the population of undergraduate students who wish to study abroad for a semester, summer, or academic year.
International Student Advising: Lasell has over 100 international students each year who come from approximately 35 countries. The office of International Services provides immigration support and advising, information on maintaining one's status as an F-1 visa holder, general support and assistance in navigating the Lasell community, and cultural adjustment resources. The office sponsors several programs throughout the school year including: resume and career workshops; presentations by immigration attorneys; and CPT and OPT information sessions. Additionally, students may receive individual assistance with a variety of topics, ranging from how to obtain a social security card, to where the nearest grocery store is located. International students also receive a periodic newsletter from the Office of International Services that outlines important announcements and upcoming events happening in and around campus.
Study Abroad Advising: Lasell currently offers over 80 study abroad programs in more than 30 countries. Students who wish to study abroad during their time at Lasell can visit the office for information and guidance on study abroad opportunities, and the office holds several programs throughout each semester also designed to inform students about study abroad opportunities. These programs include: information sessions for first year students; tables at the annual Activities Fairs; fall and spring study abroad fairs; classroom visits; site-specific information sessions; and pre-departure orientation sessions. There is also a study abroad resource room attached to the office, where students can browse through study abroad catalogues and travel books.
Once a student has made the decision to go abroad, there is a specific application process that must be followed. Students must choose a program from Lasell's list of approved programs and then be approved for study abroad before they can apply directly to the study abroad program of their choice. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing, and any student who falls out of good academic or disciplinary standing at any point in the application process or prior to going abroad, will no longer be permitted to study abroad. Upon returning from studying abroad, students can choose to apply to be a Global Ambassador and assist the office with study abroad programs and offer peer to peer advice to students who may be considering study abroad.
For more information, students should stop by the Office of International Services on the 2nd floor of the Arnow Campus Center or call (617)-243-2398.
Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs
Edwards Student Center, x2124
Students and their family members may avail themselves of the Vice President's office for assistance in many areas. If a student is unsure exactly where to address a question or concern, s/he may come to the Student Affairs office for help or to get the appropriate referral. The Vice President, with assistance from the Dean of Student Affairs, is responsible for coordinating all of the various student life services, and for working with students and staff to create a vibrant and supportive campus environment in which all members of the Lasell College community can study, work, recreate, and live.
Edwards Student Center, x2124, firstname.lastname@example.org
Living on campus is a rewarding part of the Lasell College experience. The Residential Life staff members are committed to fostering an atmosphere in the living residential communities that will enhance the emotional and social growth of the students residing there. Students must be physically and emotionally healthy to live in the residential community, and all resident students must live within the guidelines set out in this Handbook. Any student deemed to pose a threat to themselves or to other members of the Lasell community, may not be permitted to remain in residence. /p>
The staff in the residence buildings consists of Area Coordinators and Resident Assistants. Resident Assistants (RAs) are student staff members with at least sophomore standing. Every resident student will have an RA on their floor, wing or house who is assigned to them. There are currently 50 Resident Assistants on campus. Area Coordinators (ACs) are professional staff members who live on campus in residential buildings. The ACs are responsible for supervising the RAs, and work with them to create a healthy, supportive, and educational environment in the residential communities.
Arnow Campus Center, x2475 @email@example.com
The Office of Student Activities is a comprehensive office that supports many aspects of student learning and development. Within a student development framework, the Office of Student Activities provides support to all registered student organizations as well as social, cultural and educational programs for the entire Lasell community. The Office of Student Activities offers many services including: leadership programs; student organizational management; advising and program planning; advisors for the Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board; and hosting and planning large-scale campus events such as Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend.
The Office of Student Activities conducts four different Orientation Programs: one for first-year students during the month of June ("Laser Link Orientation") and a make-up Orientation in August ("Laser Link Orientation 2.0"), one for transfer students in August ("Laser Transfer Transitions"), one prior to the start of classes in September ("Lasell Laser Welcome Weekend"), and one in January ("Laser Winter Orientation"). Each program is designed to aid students in their transition to Lasell College by introducing them to the campus, preparing them to begin their collegiate academic experience, and welcoming them into the Lasell College community. Orientation Leaders, current undergraduate students, play an important role in delivering these programs. For more information on the Orientation programs please visit: www.lasell.edu/orientation.
Students are encouraged to get involved outside of the classroom throughout their college years. Through the Office of Student Activities, there are many opportunities for participation, including orientation, student organizations, leadership development programs, attendance at major events and employment in the Office of Student Activities. More information how to get involved at Lasell College can be found at www.lasell.edu/involvementguide. For more information on getting involved, students should stop by the Office of Student Activities on the second floor of the Arnow Campus Center, call (617) 243-2475, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or find the Office on twitter at @LCactivities and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lcactivities. The website for the Office is: www.lasell.edu/studentactivities and www.lasell.edu/orientation.
Office of Student Activities Sales
The Office of Student Activities offers discounted tickets to professional sporting events, theater productions, movie tickets, various trips, Senior Week, club and organization ticket sales, class apparel, and other items throughout the year. These sales are advertised on MyLasell, the campus calendar, and flyers. All tickets or items sold by the Office of Student Activities are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets cannot be reserved or held ahead of time. All sales are final and there are no refunds or exchanges. Payment can be accepted in cash or check made payable to Lasell College.
The Office of Student Activities utilizes University Tickets, which is a web based boxed office that will allow for ease of transactions, ability to pay with credit card, and easy record keeping of purchases. Registration is easy and must be completed (only once) before any purchase (online or in person) is made with the Office of Student Activities. To register, simply to go MyLasell. On the left side there is a link under the "Campus Life" heading that says 'buy tix online'. Click that and register. Additionally, students can go to tickets.lasell.edu.
Senior Week is offered every year by the Senior Class Committee and the Office of Student Activities. All students who wish to participate in Senior Week must register in advance, for the entire week of activities. A "senior" is defined as a student who is in good conduct standing by April 30, 2016, and has graduated in December 2015 or will graduate in May 2016 or December 2016. Guests are not permitted to attend Senior Week activities. Graduating seniors living in on-campus housing must be paid participants of Senior Week in order to stay in the residence halls during Senior Week. For additional, information please read the Residential Life section of this Handbook. Senior Week payments are non-refundable, non-transferable, and cannot be exchanged. All Senior Week participants will be required to sign a Senior Week Contract. All college policies are in effect during Senior Week. Information about Senior Week activities, payment options, and dates of events will be sent to seniors via email and U.S. mail. Questions regarding Senior Week can be addressed to the Director of Student Activities at x2475 or email@example.com.
The many different student organizations at Lasell College provide numerous opportunities for involvement. Students can choose from programming, cultural, governance, and special interest clubs and organizations. With so many choices, most students are able to find an organization that suits their needs and interests. For a current list of student organizations please visit the Student Organization Manual. To join a club, attend the Fall or Winter "Activities Fairs" or contact the Office of Student Activities, x2475 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating a Student Organization
Starting a new club or organization is simple, and there are three steps: 1) have an idea, 2) find three other students that are interested, and 3) meet with the Coordinator for Student Organizations. Students who are interested in starting a new student organization should contact the Office of Student Activities, x2475 or email@example.com. For further information you may also check out the Student Organization Manual.
Registration of Student Organizations
Any student organization wishing to function under the Lasell College name, or wishing to utilize campus facilities, must be registered with the Office of Student Activities. For further information you may also check out the Student Organization Manual. Student organization policies include:
- No student organization may discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, handicap or disability, or an individual's previous affiliation in criteria for membership, assignment of voting privileges, rank or office.
- Student organizations must register with the Office of Student Activities at the beginning of each academic year by submitting a Student Club/Organization Registration Packet. Dates are publicized by the Office of Student Activities at the beginning of the academic year. This packet includes an officer roster and anti-hazing information which must be signed.
- All recognized student organizations are required to complete an Event Registration form with the Office of Student Activities, for any programs or events held outside of the scope of organizational meetings. This form is designed to assist student organizations in planning better programs and maximizing the resources available. Event Registration forms are due at least ten (10) business days prior to the event. Students must work with the Coordinator for Student Organizations to complete the form.
- All student organizations must adhere to College policies whether they are on- or off-campus. Student organizations alleged to be in violation of College policies will be referred to the Director of Student Activities and may be subject to a hearing through the campus Conduct System, and may possibly lose their registration privileges.
- New organizations may form at any time by meeting with the Coordinator for Student Organizations. Registered organizations may also seek recognition from the Student Government Association making them eligible for funding. Please see the Office of Student Activities for more information.
Privileges of Registered Student Organizations
- an account with OrgSync
- flyer and advertising privileges on campus
- inclusion in College publications, directories, and distribution databases
- opportunity to obtain student organization office and/or storage space
- participation in the College's Student Activities Fairs to recruit new members
- use of College facilities (rooms, vans, etc.)
- use of College services (My.Lasell postings, plasma board postings, etc.)
- use of resources provided by the Office of Student Activities (program planning, staff support, assistance with team building, etc.)
Participation in Student Organizations
All students may participate in the co-curricular life on campus as long as they meet the requirements for good academic as well as good conduct standing. For a complete description of "good academic standing" please refer to the appropriate section in the College Catalog.
Students who are not in good academic standing will receive notification from the Office of Academic Affairs. Students (full- and part-time) who are not in good academic standing will be required to curtail their participation in the co-curricular life of the campus in the following ways:
- students who are serving in an executive board position in a registered student organization (i.e. whose name appears on the "Officer Roster" as submitted to the Office of Student Activities) will be considered to be in probationary status for that semester.
- no student organization officer may remain on probationary status for two consecutive semesters.
- students who are not in good academic standing will not be permitted to stand as candidates for an executive board position in a student organization.
In addition, any student leaders (executive board members) whose residential privileges are revoked for conduct reasons, will likely be suspended from all club/organization activities until their housing privileges are reinstated. When a student leader is found responsible for violations of college policy, the Director of Student Activities and Orientation reserves the right to impose additional, organization-specific sanctions at any time depending on the severity of the incident.
Hazing is illegal in the State of Massachusetts and will not be tolerated by the college. All registered student organizations are required to read and sign an Anti-Hazing Form at the start of the academic year. Please refer to the policy section of this Handbook for the complete text on this policy.
Student Organization Funding
Registered student organizations are eligible for funding through the Student Government Association. Clubs that do not receive funding from another source (e.g. an academic department or the Office of Student Activities), and are registered and recognized, may request funding each semester from the Student Government Association. Funding is per semester and is contingent upon the club/organization following the policies of the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities. For further information you may also check out the Student Organization Manual.
How to Request SGA Funding
All registered clubs and organizations must submit an SGA Funding Budget Packet to the Office of Student Activities, in order to request funding in the fall and spring semesters. Forms can be picked up from the Student Government Association office or the Office of Student Activities (both offices are located on the second level of the Arnow Campus Center). Information about the funding process and specific requirements will be handed out at a mandatory club and organization meeting each semester. For further information you may also check out the Student Organization Manual.
Registered Clubs and Organizations
For an updated list of clubs and organizations, go to the Student Organization Manual.
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