LSSU Student Handbook
(Updated July 2014)
Mission and Vision Statement
Our principal mission at Lake Superior State University is to help students develop their full potential. We do this by providing high-quality, academically rigorous programs in an engaged, personal and supportive environment. This combination nurtures potential and sets students on paths to rewarding careers and productive, satisfying lives. We also serve the regional, national and global communities by contributing to the growth, dissemination and application of knowledge.
Here is some information about common academic procedures and issues. If you have specific questions, check with your advisor, your school’s dean/chair or secretary, or the Registrar’s Office.
Choosing Majors and Courses - You most likely declared a major when you submitted your application for admission to Lake Superior State University. If you did not declare a major at that time, your major would be listed as “Liberal Arts-Undecided.”
You will be assigned to an academic advisor based on your major. It is important to communicate with your academic advisor often. Academic advising will help you:
- identify and clarify your academic, career and life goals;
- assess the role that higher education can play in achieving your goals;
- develop educational plans consistent with your goals, interests and abilities;
- select appropriate courses and other educational experiences;
- evaluate your progress toward earning a degree and reaching your goals;
- adapt to the demands of college life and become an active member of the University community;
- identify and utilize University and community support services;
- interpret institutional rules, policies and procedures; and
- develop the skills necessary for independent decision-making.
If you declared a major, you will be assigned an academic advisor in the department in which your major belongs. If you did not declare a major, you will be assigned to an advisor in Career Services. You can view your advisor assignment in Anchor Access.
Every semester, you must meet with your assigned academic advisor before you can register for courses. Your advisor will help you with class selection, degree progress, and career advice, and will remove your Web Advisor Hold.
If you decide to change your major, you may do so by completing and signing a Major Change Request Form and submitting it to the Registrar’s Office for processing. This will officially change your major on your University record. During this process, you will be assigned to a new academic advisor in the department of your new major. It is important that you keep your University record up to date for proper academic advising, awarding of financial aid, authorization/verification of student visa’s, and more.
Online Degree Audit
The Online Degree Audit is available in Anchor Access and displays all of the requirements needed to earn your degree at LSSU. Please run your Online Degree Audit frequently; before you meet with your advisor each semester; after registering to verify your courses are correct; and at the end of each semester after final grading to verify GPA information. If you have questions regarding requirements displaying on the Online Degree Audit, please contact your advisor. If you have questions regarding how to use the Online Degree Audit, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
General Education Courses
The general education curriculum is designed to provide a broad base of knowledge across a full range of areas. For further information on Lake Superior State University’s general education requirements, refer to the University Catalog, the Online Degree Audit and/or consult with your advisor, school chair or college dean.
If you do not have the prerequisite for a course you want to take, you need to get the instructor’s approval. The instructor can determine whether you have the necessary background and experience to complete it successfully. You must have the instructor’s permission to waive the prerequisite course.
If a course is canceled for insufficient enrollment, a refund will be given or you may use the amount you paid as credit toward the cost of another course. If you need a course that is not offered this semester, contact the academic school and/or department to determine when the course will be offered again. Departments decide to offer courses based on past enrollment, so they need to know that there are students who need to take the course. Our scheduling website contains a list of classes planned for the following semester. If a course will not be offered prior to your graduation, discuss a course substitution with your advisor and/or dean of your academic college.
A closed course has no more openings available. You can contact the instructor to request an override and then add the course.
You will need to complete an Application for Auditing a Course Form and register in person at the Registrar’s Office to audit a course. No credit is granted for auditing a course, and the cost is the same as courses for credit.
Credit for Work Experience/Military
Possible credit for work experience is reviewed by the dean of the college or by the chair of the appropriate school. University credit may also be granted for educational training programs and for passing CLEP tests. Credit for military experience is also reviewed by the dean of the college or by the chair of the school. You will need a military transcript-either an AARTS, Dantes or DD294-in order to have your military experience reviewed by the Registrar’s Office. Two years of active military service and an honorable discharge are required for recreational activity credit to be granted.
Adding/Dropping courses through the sixth day of the fall or spring semesters, or fourth day of the summer semester:
Students can add or drop courses on-line using Anchor Access through the sixth day of the fall or spring semesters. (Students attending during the summer semester can add or drop courses on-line through the fourth day of the summer semester.) Students wishing to add courses that are full, or students wishing to add courses without having the necessary prerequisites, must contact the instructor of the course to request permission. If the instructor approves the request, the instructor will complete an Instructor Override for the student. The student must then go on-line and register for the course. Courses dropped through the sixth day (fourth day for the summer semester) will not appear on the student’s academic transcript.
Adding Courses after the sixth day of the fall or spring semesters, or after the fourth day of the summer semester:
On-line registration ends on the sixth day of the fall and spring semesters (summer semester on-line registration ends on the fourth day). Students wishing to add into a course after this date must have the instructor’s permission. Students need to complete a Schedule Adjustment Form, have the instructor sign it giving permission, then process the form at the Registrar’s Office, located in the Fletcher Center for Student Services. Instructors may also complete an Instructor Override in Anchor Access as permission to add. Payment of any additional tuition and fees is due at the time of registration.
Dropping Courses after the sixth day of the fall or spring semesters, or the fourth day of the summer semester:
The time period for dropping a course will be approximately equal to one‐half of the course instructional period. Students dropping courses will receive an N grade on their academic transcripts. N grades are counted in students attempted credits, but not counted in the academic GPA. Please check the Important Dates Sheet in Anchor Access or go on-line to: www.lssu.edu/scheduling/important_dates.php for the official drop dates.
It is your instructor’s responsibility to determine your grade for a course. A Change of Grade form is sent to the registrar if your instructor decides that a grade change is necessary. You have 30 days to appeal a grade. (See Grade Appeal Policy in the Academic Catalog).
Repeating a Course
If you repeat a course, the grade you receive when repeating it is used to compute your grade point average. However, both grades remain on your transcript. It is University policy not to remove a grade from a transcript.
Number of Credits Needed to Graduate
One academic credit is generally earned for each contact hour in a week. You need a minimum of 62 credits (at the 100 level or higher) to obtain an associates degree and a minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) to earn a bachelor’s degree. An associates degree takes about two years of full-time course work to complete; a bachelor’s degree takes about four years. Since credit requirements vary by degree, you should verify the degree requirements with your academic advisor.
A full-time student is enrolled in 12 or more credits; a part-time student takes fewer than 12 credits. If you drop to part-time student status, you should check with the Financial Aid Office to determine whether this affects your financial aid package and to confirm that you are meeting the satisfactory progress policy required for continued eligibility. Canadian/Foreign students must contact the Registrar’s Office prior to dropping to part-time status. You should also notify the Residential Life Office, if you are an on campus student, and your academic advisor.
An ’I’, or incomplete, grade may be given when students, because of circumstances beyond their control, cannot complete part of a course. ‘I’ grades are also given in those special courses where work is planned to extend beyond a single course. An ’I’ must be made up by the date specified by the instructor, which must be within a minimum of two semesters (excluding summer), or it becomes a failure grade. An ’I’ grade is given only with the instructor’s written approval. An ’N’, or no grade, is recorded on the transcript when a course is dropped during the first eight weeks of the semester. A ’W’, or late withdrawal, grade will be given for each course officially dropped after the eight-week drop period due to extenuating circumstances and with the permission of the Dean or Chair of the department, or Registrar.
Regular class attendance and active participation in classes are important elements in the learning process. You are at the University primarily for the sake of your intellectual growth and development. Attendance and participation provide appropriate opportunities for the evaluation of your progress.
You are personally responsible for the satisfactory completion of the course work prescribed by your instructors. This means, specifically, that you are expected to attend classes regularly, and that you are responsible for the work assigned in class, the material covered in class and for participation in class activities (including discussion and listening) designed by the instructor as part of the learning experience. However, mere physical attendance should not be a criterion for evaluation of your performance.
Participation in an official University function is an excused absence when approved by the executive vice president and provost. You will not be penalized for such participation. You are responsible for work missed and must confer with your instructor on this matter.
A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) is required for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, and a minimum of 62 (at the 100 level or higher) is required for an associates degree. Some academic programs require more. Bachelor’s degree candidates must earn a minimum of 30 credits and at least 50 percent of their departmental required 300/400-level credits in courses offered by LSSU. Associate degree candidates must earn a minimum of 15 credits and at least 50% of their departmental required credits in courses offered by LSSU.
Multiple Majors: You may earn more than one major by completing all requirements of each desired major program. Before graduation, you must file a Degree Audit approved by the school chair for each major. The double major must be granted as one combined degree such as: bachelor of science degree in accounting and business administration.
Multiple Degrees: If you desire to earn more than one degree, you must complete all program requirements of the additional degree(s) as certified by the school chair, comprising a minimum of 30 additional LSSU credits for each additional baccalaureate degree, or a minimum of 15 additional LSSU credits for each additional associate degree from Lake Superior State University.
Application for Graduation
Complete a Graduation Application. If you are planning to graduate with more than one degree, complete a Graduation Application for each degree.
Submit the Graduation Application(s) AND the Official Degree Audit(s) to the Registrar’s Office by the date indicated on the Graduation Application.
Academic Integrity Policy
Academic integrity is a key component of the core values of Lake Superior State University. All members of the University community are expected to be honorable and ethical and observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. Students are expected to behave in an ethical manner. The University community will not tolerate academic dishonesty as such behavior will cause harm to the reputation of students, faculty, and graduates of the institution. Such dishonorable behavior includes, but is not limited to, cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and obtaining an unfair advantage.
These terms are defined below:
Cheating: Cheating is defined as using or attempting to use unauthorized materials or information of any kind during an exam or graded assignment of any kind. Using notes, texts, help from individuals, or copying information from another individual’s exam, or by using electronic or any other means constitutes cheating unless such resources are EXPLICITLY allowed by the instructor.
Fabrication: Fabrication is any unauthorized falsification, invention, or copying of data, falsification of information, citations, or bibliographic references in any academic work. It also includes falsifying any academic record or other University document.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is representing someone else’s work as one’s own. Failing to cite references or presenting material, verbatim or paraphrased, that is not acknowledged and cited also constitutes plagiarism.
Obtaining an Unfair Advantage: Academic integrity is violated when one obtains an unfair advantage by stealing, reproducing, circulating, or otherwise gaining access to examination materials before they are distributed by the instructor. Also prohibited are stealing, destroying, defacing, or concealing library materials with the purpose of depriving others of their use.
Possible Sanctions for Offenses: It is in the best interest of the University community to sanction any individual who chooses not to accept the principles of academic honesty by engaging in the above acts. Appropriate sanctions may include failure of an assignment or exam, failure of a course, or dismissal from the University.
Faculty and University Responsibilities: Unless the faculty member has explicitly specified otherwise, students are to assume that exams are individual, closed book, and without the use of notes or similar reference materials. Unless specifically allowed by the faculty member, papers, projects, and similar products are expected to be the original individual work of the student. If notes, texts, other reference materials, group work or similar activities are to be allowed, the faculty member will specify what is permitted for a particular assignment or exam prior to disseminating the assignment or exam.
A faculty member who observes a violation in one or more of the above areas shall meet with the student to address the violation. If, in the judgment of the faculty member, academic integrity has been violated, the faculty member will impose the appropriate sanction, either a failure for the assignment or exam, or failure for the course. The faculty member will then file an Academic Integrity Incident Report with the department chair, dean, the Provost’s Office, and the office of Student Affairs. This report will be kept in the Provost’s Office as well as in the office of the Vice President of Student Affairs for a period of five years. A copy of this report will also be placed in the student’s advising file. Academic Departments or Schools may have additional policies and procedures that could provide further recommendations to the Provost’s Office when instances of academic dishonesty are suspected. This policy is also applicable in the Testing Center.
In cases of egregious or repeated violations, it may be determined by the faculty member, his/her department chair, or dean, that dismissal from the University is warranted. In this case, the chair of the Scholastic Standards Committee and the student will be notified. The Scholastic Standards Committee will then conduct a hearing in which the student is granted due process. If the committee decides that dismissal from the University is warranted, the student will have five school days to appeal the decision to the Provost of the University. The Provost may either affirm the decision to dismiss, or reinstate the student and provide a rationale for doing so.
Theft: Everyone is expected to show respect for University and individual property. Theft of any kind, whether of money, property, or services, violates the entire community and will not be tolerated. Destruction or mutilation of books, magazines, or other library material is considered a form of theft. Theft, damage or destruction of University property, or the property of others, is considered a serious offense against the University community and may result in penalties including the issuance of fines, removal from the campus, dismissal from the University, and/or criminal prosecution. If you have anything stolen while on University property, please notify the Public Safety Department by calling 635-2210 as soon as possible.
Cheating and Plagiarism
It is assumed that you will do your own academic work. Students who are found cheating will face appropriate action from the faculty member involved, which could include receiving a failing grade for the entire course. If, in the opinion of the faculty member involved, dismissal from the University is warranted, he or she will notify the chairman of the Scholastic Standards Committee and the student to that effect in writing. The Scholastic Standards Committee will then conduct a hearing in which the student is given due process. If the committee decides that dismissal is warranted, the student will have five school days to appeal the decision to the provost of the University.
Michigan Residency Guidelines
Please visit the LSSU Academic Catalog (www.lssu.edu/catalog/) and search “Michigan residency” in the newest catalog. For the 1314 catalog the information can be found by visiting
Please visit the LSSU Academic Catalog (www.lssu.edu/catalog/) and search “refunds” or “withdrawal” in the newest catalog. For the 1314 catalog the information can be found by visiting www.lssu.edu/cmscatalog1314/costs.
Attendance Policy for Federal Financial Aid Recipients
Regular class attendance is required for students receiving federal financial aid. If you are reported for non-attendance in any or all of your courses, your financial aid may be withdrawn.
If you withdraw during the 100% refund period you may be eligible to retain a portion of your financial aid. A special withdrawal form is required at the Financial Aid Office.
If you receive all F grades for any semester, it will be assumed that you have attended only 50% of your classes and your federal financial aid eligibility will be affected.
LSSU Student Ombudsman
The LSSU ombudsman is a senior faculty member appointed by the President and Provost to assist students in resolving student conflicts or disputes within the University. The ombudsman carries out these duties in a neutral, impartial, confidential, informal and independent manner. To contact the student ombudsman or to find out more, visit this website www.lssu.edu/ombudsman/.
Anchor Access (my.lssu.edu)
Anchor Access is part of the My.LSSU portal and is used to access your student information. You will use Anchor Access to register for your courses, view your grades and transcripts, pay your tuition, change your address, view and update your financial aid information, etc. You will be given your user-name and log in information in your LSSU acceptance letter. www.lssu.edu/catalog/.
Class Cancellation/University Closing Policy
During severe inclement weather or in an emergency situation it may be necessary to close the University, cancel classes or change the schedule for University operations. In the event inclement weather or an emergency occurs, public announcements will be made on local radio and television stations (listed below) on the University website and through My.LSSU. In addition, students and LSSU employees are encouraged to sign up for text alerts for campus emergencies at www.lssu.edu/alerts.
|| A total University closure is in effect. All University business activities, classes, events, games, etc., are canceled for the entire day and evening (6 a.m.-10 p.m.). Personnel do not report to work, except for those employees designated as essential personnel. University entrances will be closed to allow essential employees to operate.
|University opens late
||A temporary University closure is in effect until the announced time. Students and University personnel must report to classes or work at the opening time noted. University personnel designated as essential personnel should report as scheduled. All University events, activities and classes are canceled for the period of time noted. University entrances will be closed during the noted time to allow emergency crews to operate.
|University closes early
||A temporary University closure is in effect at the time announced. Students and University personnel are to leave their classes or work stations at the noted time. The continuation of events, activities or special functions at the University will be made as part of the announcement. Personnel designated as essential should report to work as scheduled. University entrances will be closed during the noted time to allow emergency crews to operate.
|Class cancellation for a specified time period
||The University cancels classes, but business activities, events, games, etc. remain open. Students and faculty do not report for classes. University personnel report to, or remain at work as normal.
Every effort will be made to have public announcements about closures or late openings made by 5:30 a.m. and other closure or cancellation decisions made as early as possible throughout the day. Radio and television stations carrying the announcement are shown below.
Please note: An announcement about LSSU closures or cancellations remains in effect for the hours noted for the Sault Ste. Marie campus. If it is necessary to close or change the operating schedule of a specific activity or facility, the announcement will be specific in that regard. Classes or activities at off-campus or Regional Centers will follow the schedule of the host institution.
In the event of hazardous weather or other emergencies, the following radio and TV stations will carry University schedule change information:
||TV Stations and on-line outlets
| WKNW – 1400
||YES FM – 99.5
|WSOO - 1230
||WSUE – 101.3
|WNBY - 1450
||Q104/EZRock – 104.3/100.5
|| TV 7/4
||WCMZ – 98.3
|WLSO – 90.1
Internet: www.lssu.edu/ (Updates as necessary).
This procedure is in effect seven days a week except holidays when the University is closed.
Information on Activities and Resources
You’ll find many opportunities to become involved with campus life during your time at Lake State, whether you live on or off campus. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of as many of them as possible. Involvement on campus can help you meet more people, learn more skills and have a wonderful time here. If you ever have any questions about any aspect of student life or student activities, please stop by the Campus Life Office or call ext. 2236. If we don’t know the answers to your questions, we’ll find them for you!
- Activities Board: Activities Board (AB) is a student driven board dedicated to planning a variety of activities on campus from small bands and comedians to formal events. If you would like to know more about AB or how to become a member, call ext. 2756.
- Athletics/James Norris Center: Lake State offers the following varsity sports: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, women’s softball, men’s golf and men’s ice hockey.
- Even if you don’t play an organized sport, you are encouraged to use the many other services in the James Norris Center. Hours for the weight room, racquetball court, pool and gym are posted in the center and circulated at the beginning of each school year.
- All students pay a one-time $125 athletic fee. The athletic fee is a one-time fee charged to all new, undergraduate, degree-seeking students (excluding teacher education interns, students with an internship/practicum off-campus, dual enrolled students and Regional Center and other distance education students). The fee is assessed once and permits access to all regular session athletic events based on space available for up to six years as long as the student is enrolled.
- Campus Ministry: Campus ministry is provided through different spiritual organizations. These organizations are Anchor House (632-6279), HIS House Christian Fellowship (632-0126), and the Newman Center (635-5941). Each organization offers activities ranging from Bible studies and worship to retreat weekends. For more information, please contact the listed phone numbers.
- Clubs and Organizations: Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the many clubs that highlight special interests. The Presidents Council is comprised of all the club presidents. This structure encourages the exchange of information and ideas so student groups can make better use of their resources, increase scheduling compatibility and encourage cooperation. The Council is also responsible for recognition of new clubs. A list of clubs and organizations can be found at www.lssu.edu/campuslife/studentorganizations.
*If you would like more information about a group or have an interest in developing your own, contact the Campus Life Office in the Cisler Center at ext. 2236.
- Campus Recreation: Campus Recreation offers a variety of athletic events that are offered all year long. If you like to stay active and have a semi-competitive edge, then you should sign up today. Call ext. 2606 or ext. 2836 to find out more information. Campus Recreation information can be found at www.lssu.edu/campusrec.
- Greek Life: The Greeks participate in a number of fund-raisers, community service projects, self-improvement seminars and campus activities. The Inter-Greek Council is the central point for communication between the fraternities, sororities, and co-ed organizations that represent the collegiate Greek culture. To find out more about Greek Life call ext. 2236. A list of Greek organizations can be found at www.lssu.edu/campuslife/assembly/igc.php.
- Student Government: Student Government is the student voice. Student representatives act on behalf of the full student body to address concerns and suggest ideas throughout the University community. Student Government is comprised of 12 representatives (9 elected in the spring, 3 elected in the fall) and four executive positions (elected in the Spring). If you have interest in either campaigning for a position or participating on one of the many University committees, contact the Student Government Office at ext. 2550 for more details. Information on Student Government can be found at www.lssu.edu/stugov/.
- Student Media: LSSU offers two media venues for student enjoyment. WLSO is the University radio station. Student DJs offer a wide variety of programming throughout the day and well into the evening. The station dial number is 90.1 FM. The request line is 635-2863 (ext. 2863). If you have interest in hosting your own radio program call ext. 7504. The Compass is the student-facilitated newspaper. It is published weekly and covers events both on and off campus. If you have interest in writing for the paper or have any questions, call ext. 2551.
Please refer to the Campus Life Handbook for governing policies of the Student Assembly/Student Organizations. www.lssu.edu/campuslife/OfficeofStudentActivitiesHandbook.
Anticipations and Expectations of Alumni of Lake Superior State University
Being an alumna or alumnus of Lake Superior State University is not really about your diploma. It is a state of mind. It is about that Lake State spirit and attitude. The minute you chose to become a part of Lake State’s present by enrolling, you also become a part of our history and of our future. The Alumni Association of Lake Superior State University offers several benefits to current students including career and mentoring programs, leadership and organizational training through Laker Ambassadors and the opportunity to go to your high school and talk to students about the Lake State experience. Your Alumni Association consists of more than 30,000 former students of the Sault Branch of Michigan Tech, Lake Superior State College and LSSU. Our sole purpose is to strengthen the relationship between the University and our alumni. For information about your Alumni Association, call ext. 6219, email email@example.com or visit the web at alumni.lssu.edu. The Lou and Mae Lukenda Alumni House is located on the Ryan Street side of campus, next to the President’s house. Feel free to stop by and say “hello”.
As other members and friends of this University have done before you, it is our expectation and anticipation of our Alumni to:
- Be ethical in your work and in your life
- Be successful, however you choose to define success, in your profession, whatever shape or form it may take
- Serve voluntarily in some way in your community
- At some point in your career, serve LSSU as a volunteer
- Point others to all the possibilities of education at Lake Superior State University
- Contribute annually an unrestricted gift to the University
- Join with your class to endow a scholarship in the college or program in which you hold a degree
- Contribute a major gift to the University sometime in your career
- Keep your will current, and after making arrangements for your family and faith, give an estate gift to LSSU
Technical Services (Audio-Visual Center)
Technical Services offers a variety of services to faculty, staff and students. Located on the main floor of the library, the center maintains a diverse collection of materials and equipment. Faculty may check out materials from the collection for use on campus, or arrange to have materials and equipment brought to a classroom. Reservations can be made by calling ext. 2400 (off campus 635-2400) or by completing the on-line reservation form: www.lssu.edu/av/res/index.php.
Students and other library patrons may only use audiovisual materials in the library. Students needing materials and/or equipment for a class may arrange to have them delivered to the classroom.
Other services available in Technical Services during normal hours include making transparencies (both black and color), scanning material, compact disk duplication, video and audio editing, and videocassette or DVD duplication.
As a service for students and faculty, the Technical Services sells scantrons, bluebooks, audio and video tapes, markers and pens, headphones, CD’s and DVD’s, etc.
The Audio-Visual Center is open Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Friday, 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. during the academic year.
For more information about Technical Services please consult our website: www.lssu.edu/av/.
ATMs are located in three buildings for your convenience. One is located on the main floor in the
Cisler Center, the second is located next to the Cappuccino Corner in the KJS Library Building, and the third is located in the Norris Center across from the ticket window.
The Barnes & Noble at Lake Superior State University, a Barnes & Noble college bookstore, is the place to go to RENT or buy your books, school supplies and top of the line Lake Superior State University spirit wear and souvenirs. Refer to the Barnes & Noble at Lake Superior State University web site lssu.bkstore.com for hours of operation or call ext. 2227.
The Campus Meal Plan is a comprehensive dining program that combines the flexibility of a computerized meal card system with dining at various locations on campus. Lake Superior State’s dining service offers diverse menus and convenient hours at a great price. All on-campus students are required to select one of the meal plans highlighted in the Housing Handbook.
Where to Eat on Campus
The following dining options are available on campus:
- The Quarterdeck dining hall, features unlimited seconds and a wide variety of choices, located in the Cisler Center ;
- The Grill 155, a fast food type of eatery with healthy options, located in the Cisler Center.
- The Galley Convenience store, Located on the ground level of the Cisler Center.
- The Café A la Cart; features premade salads, sandwiches and snacks
- The Norris Center Snack Shack, located in the Taffy Abel Arena, featuring a concession-style menu (hours vary with scheduled events); and
- The Cappuccino Corner, a snack area on the main floor of the Library.
Hours of Service*
Quarterdeck Dining Hall:
Monday - Friday
Breakfast (full) 7:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
(continental) 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday :
Brunch 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Grill closed at 9:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Grill closed at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Grill closed from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Grill open 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Galley Plus Hours:
Monday - Friday 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Monday - Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
*Hours may vary
Commuter Student Meal Plan Offerings
The Laker Gold Commuter Debit Program is the most flexible meal program of all. With this program, you can purchase meals in the Quarterdeck. You can also make purchases at the Cappuccino Corner, Galley Snack Bar and the Corner Pocket convenience store.
The Laker Gold Debit Card is a “student advantage” program that works like a pre-paid credit card. It allows you to use your current ID card at various locations. Laker Gold also gives you a discount on the cost of a meal at the Quarterdeck Dining Hall. As you use your Laker Gold Debit Card, your purchases will be deducted from your balance. Deposits are accepted at the ID/Service Center in the Cisler Student and Conference Center . Deposits may also be mailed directly to the ID office. A minimum of $25 is needed to open your Laker Gold Debit Card. (All deposits will be posted by 3 p.m. the following business day.) If you would like to save even more the Laker Platinum is available. It works the same as the Laker Gold but we ask for a bigger deposit. This requires a deposit of $150.00 for each semester but it gives a much bigger discount in the Quarterdeck as you can see in the chart below.
Account balances may be checked at any card reader or a statement may be requested at the ID office. This program is not only a convenience, but is safe and easy to use!
Our associates and managers are interested in student comments, so feel free to let us know how we are doing. Communication boards are maintained at all locations for comments or ideas. We also hold Food Service Suggestion Committees about every three weeks. During these meetings we enjoy a nice dinner and talk about Food Service. We encourage you to get to know our associate staff and managers in our dining areas.
In accordance with local health codes, shoes and shirts are to be worn in the dining rooms, academic areas and public buildings.
Would you like to find a good way to meet other students and earn some extra spending money? Campus Dining Services has a spot for you. Positions are available at the Quarterdeck, Catering, Grill 155, Galley and the Cappuccino Corner. Hurry! The positions fill fast. Contact the Dining Services Office at ext. 2541 for more information.
Lake Superior State’s Dining Service is committed to reducing our carbon foot print as much as we possibly can. We are currently composting organic materials that are used on campus as fertilizer. We recycle cans, bottles, plastic, paper and cardboard. We have reduced the number of deliveries by our suppliers each week which reduces the amount of fuel used. We have reduced the amount of prosperous going down the drain by changing our cleaning chemicals. We have gone tray less in the Main dining hall to reduce the amount of waste that is thrown away. We are currently increasing the amount of locally grown products. (Local would be from within the state of Michigan.)
If you are looking for a part-time job, Lake State has approximately 600 employment opportunities for full-time students in places such as laboratories, offices, the Library, the physical plant and Auxiliary Services. If you’re interested in campus employment, you need to access the LSSU JOB Board in the employee tab of Anchor Access at my.lssu.edu.. If you have any special needs or accommodation requests, please notify the Human Resources Office by calling ext. 2213.
The Center for Career Development has information about off-campus employment. It is located in the lower level of the KJS Library and can be reached at extension 2898.
Cisler Student and Conference Center
Fall/Spring Semester Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.-midnight
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m.-midnight
The Cisler Student and Conference Center is the center of on-campus life. These services are available to you in the Cisler Center:
The ID/Service Center is located on the upper level. Faxes, copies, ID cards, Laker Gold Debit Program, and meal plan information are provided here. The ID/Service Center hours are from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 1:00 pm - midnight, Saturday and Sunday.
The Quarterdeck dining hall is also located on the upper level. Our resident students eat most of their meals here. This “unlimited seconds” dining hall allows you to eat all you want. There are monthly specials and Taste Changers (weekly) that add to the variety of the program.
The Grill 155 located on the lower level, features daily specials, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, beverages and other tempting snacks. Most commuter students and guests dine here.
The Galley Convenience Store, located on the lower level, offers snacks, beverages and sundries. Laker Bucks may also be used here. Cards and board games can be signed out with your student ID card. Monday-Wednesday nightly events that offer fun activities by way of The Galley MTW.
The Peacock Cove is also on the lower level, and features live entertainment on a schedule to be announced monthly by the Student and Residential Life Office. It is also open during the day and is a convenient place to study or socialize with friends.
Lockers are available free of charge to commuter students in the Peacock Cove, in the lower level Cisler Center. For more information visit the Cisler Center info counter or call ext. 2541.
Good Samaritan Practice
The welfare of our students is of the highest importance to Lake Superior State University. There will be times when individual students, both on and off campus, may be in critical need of assistance from medical or other professional personnel. LSSU wants to minimize any hesitation that students or student organizations might have in obtaining help due to concern that their own behavior might be a violation of University policy.
While policy violations cannot be overlooked, the University will consider the positive impact of reporting an incident on the welfare of students when determining the appropriate response for policy violations by the reporter of the incident. Any possible negative consequences for the reporter of the problem will be evaluated against the possible negative consequences for the student who needed intervention. At a minimum, LSSU hopes that a student or student organization would make an anonymous report that would put the student in need in touch with professional assistance.
Examples where the Good Samaritan Policy may influence educational sanctions are:
1. A female student is reluctant to report that she has been sexually assaulted because she had been smoking marijuana prior to the assault.
2. A student is reluctant to call for medical assistance when a friend becomes unconscious following excessive consumption of alcohol because the reporting student is under the age of 21 and was also consuming alcohol.
3. A member of a student organization is reluctant to report a possible suicide attempt by a prospective member because prospective members have been required to perform activities that might be considered hazing.
In all three of these examples, a student’s physical and/or psychological well being is in serious jeopardy. Immediate action is required to assist the individual.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact Public Safety at x2210 or 635-2210.
Public urination and indecent exposure of any means is expressly not allowed on the campus of Lake Superior State University. These behaviors are unacceptable and considered a serious offense.
Information Technology Services
LSSU offers a variety of information technology services and programs for students.
- General use computer labs are located in the Library room 211 and Walker Cisler Center. The Library has computers available on the main floor for student and patron use.
- Various departmental labs are maintained across campus.
- The Learning Center (located in the first floor of the Library building) has computers labs available for student use, and provides assistance with software utilized in the classroom.
- Wireless Internet access is available campus wide.
- Students in dormitories are provided Internet access via a wireless or hard wired connection.
- Students are provided a unique LSSU ID (firstname.lastname@example.org) allowing email, calendaring, docs/drive, and other Google Apps services free of charge.
- IT Technical Service Desk (located in Library room 245) provides assistance to students with general computing problems or questions related to any of the above services.
LSSU Counseling Services offers a variety of FREE services to enrolled students. Services include individual therapy, light box treatment, massage chairs, biofeedback, consultation, outreach/education, and a resource library. Strict standards of confidentiality are maintained.
Many students use the center’s services during their time here for a variety of reasons. Common concerns confronting students include: anxiety or stress; low self-confidence; problems sleeping; relationship difficulties; self-defeating behaviors; academic problems; self harm; sexual identity concerns; decision-making dilemmas; feelings of sadness or depression; and home sickness.
Located on the corner of Easterday and Meridian (next to the Health CARE Center), students are encouraged to stop by the front desk to schedule an appointment or to call us at 906-635-2752. Counseling Services is open 8:00 am-4:30 pm during the academic calendar year which includes the summer semester.
The Center for Career Development is dedicated to promoting the academic, personal and occupational success of students by assisting them in the process of career development. Career Development encourages the discovery of students’ work values, interests and skills, and their relationship to academic and career planning. With Career Development’s counseling and resources, students become responsible for more productive academic endeavors and make informed decisions about occupational choices.
All students (not just undecided students) are encouraged to visit Career Development, located in the lower level of the KJS Library.
Career Counseling- Licensed Professional Counselors are available to discuss your career counseling needs. Counselors also interpret the results of various assessments you complete and assist you in determining which fields of study and career options would be best.
Vocational Assessments- Assessments are designed to measure those characteristics which seem most helpful to consider when selecting a career goal. They include interests, abilities, work values and personality traits.
SIGI3- A web-based career exploration program. Stop by our center to get a password which allows you to complete on-line assessments and research occupations, job outlooks, salaries and college majors.
Career Resource Library- Located in the lower level of the KJS Library, come browse through books, journals, newsletters and handouts on various career topics.
Workshops- Watch for workshops available throughout the year regarding a variety of career issues such as resume’ writing, interviewing skills, and career planning.
The Center for Career Development
Library, lower level
Lake Superior State University
Disability Services and the Ability Center for Exceptional Students (ACES)
Disability Services and the Ability Center for Exceptional Students are located in the KJS Library. Disability Services is responsible for ensuring appropriate accommodations and services for disabled students in the academic and University environment. In order for students to receive such accommodations, students must be registered with the Disability Services Office. To be registered, the student must provide current and relevant verification of a disabling condition (all documentation is kept confidential); upon receipt and review of the documentation, appropriate accommodation(s) will be determined and with the student’s consent, appropriate faculty and/or staff will be notified regarding necessary accommodations. It is the responsibility of the student and the faculty to work together, with Disability Services serving as a liaison, to make sure all parties’ needs are addressed.
Services are not limited to those who are physically, visually or hearing impaired. Handicapped services covers a wide range of disabilities which includes disorders such as emotional or psychological impairments, learning or cognitive impairments, attention deficit disorders, memory or processing impairments, dyslexia and other reading impairments, seizure disorders, and many other medical conditions (such as asthma, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, and so on).
Below is a list of commonly used accommodations that may be provided:
- Use of a test reader and/or oral testing
- Note taking and/or transcription services
- Extended time for testing
- Computer access and/or scribes for essay testing
- Alternative formats for class and testing materials
- Assistive technologies which provide access to class materials
- Appropriate testing environments
- Permission to audio record course lectures
The Ability Center for Exceptional Students is an accommodated computer lab for students with disabilities. Here students can access alternative formats, assistive software, and other assistive equipment. The lab also produces audio books for students, enlarged print materials, and accessible electronic or digital media.
Contact Disability Services at 1-906-632-6841 ext. 2355 or 906-635-2235
ACES Lab ext. 2454 or 906-635-2454
Once your FAFSA is received by LSSU and your admission is complete, you will receive an “Official Offer of Award” letter from the Financial Aid Office. Scholarship requirements: Incoming freshmen must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 and ACT of 21 to be considered for an LSSU scholarship. All test results must have been completed by March 1st.
Health care services are available on campus at the LSSU Health Care Center. The Health Care Center is located at 621 W. Easterday Avenue across from Brady Hall. The Health Care Center offers a wide range of services to our students including treatment of illness, injury, annual physical examinations, immunizations, and allergy injections. The Health Care Center is staffed by a certified nurse practitioner, physician assistant and a consulting physician. Our providers have prescriptive authority to order a wide range of prescriptions. Services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours of operation are reduced during the summer semester and University breaks. Appointments are appreciated but walk-ins are accepted as time permits. For an appointment, call 635-2110 or on campus, ext. 2110.
The Health Care Center does bill and accept most insurance plans for services rendered at the Health Care Center. We do ask that students present an insurance card at the time of service. For students who maintain three or more credit hours, LSSU has created a student health plan to cover services rendered at the Health Care Center. The majority of on-site services are provided at no out-of-pocket expense to the student.
An insurance plan is available (go to: www.sas-mn.com) for the uninsured student which may be purchased; this is separate from the student health plan. Lake Superior State University does not endorse this plan but simply makes it available to the student. Information regarding this plan is available at the Health Care Center.
The staff of the Health Care Center makes the following recommendations to all students attending LSSU:
- It is advisable to carry health insurance, keep the policy or identification cards readily available, and know what your policy covers.
- Get immunized and keep a copy of your immunization record on file.
You will be asked to complete a Health History Questionnaire form when you first come to the center. We encourage you to be familiar with your medications, environmental allergies, personal and family health history, as well as past provider name(s) and addresses in case records are needed. You will also be asked to provide a copy of your current immunization status and provide a copy of your health insurance policy numbers. Once again, it is important for you to know what your policy covers and how to access it for benefits and payments.
Living on campus is the best way to meet new people and learn how to live with others. Another big bonus to residing on campus: you are at the heart of all of the action with the Taffy Abel Arena on one side and the Cisler Center on the other—fun is just a few steps away! Contact the Office of Campus Life and Housing at ext. 2411.
Please refer to the Housing website (www.lssu.edu/housing) for the guidelines pertaining to living on-campus. There are a variety of potential penalties for failing to comply with these rules, including possible separation from the housing system or separation from the University itself. Guests of campus residents are subject to the same guidelines as those who live in the residence halls.
Students will be issued a Lake Superior State University ID card. This ID card is valid until graduation. Your ID card is your admittance to use the library, cash checks, vote in campus elections, attend sporting events, use the Student Activity Center, and admit students to the cafeteria if you are on a room and board plan. It is also your Laker Gold Debit card and Commuter Block Plan card. To obtain an ID card or have a replacement card, please go to the ID office in the Cisler Center. A fee for replacement ID cards will be charged. Any misuse or alteration of the ID card, whether it is current or expired, is considered a serious offense and is subject to disciplinary action. Call ext. 2552 if you have any questions.
The Learning Center (LC), located in rooms 112-114 and 127 of the KJS Library, provides the following services free of charge: Tutoring for one-on-one and small-groups, Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) in numerous courses across the disciplines; Math Walk-in Center for students who need assistance with math problems; the Writing Center; Student Success Seminars like time management, study skills and test preparation; access to up-to-date computers with Internet access, scanning and printing; discipline-specific tutorial software; ALEKS®, a computer-based course-ware for Math; presentation support areas and quiet study space.
The LC’s tutors and student staff can give you personal and academic support to help guide your college career. The staff is also available to assist you with University success strategies, basic computer/software and word-processing skills and general University information.
The Learning Center is open during the following hours (extended hours during finals weeks):
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Writing and Math Center’s hours vary each semester. Stop by the LC for current hours.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Learning Center at ext. 2849 or the Learning Center Director at ext. 2228 or visit our website at www.lssu.edu/lc/.
The mission of the Kenneth J. Shouldice Library is to serve the informational and academic needs of the students, faculty and staff at LSSU. The newly remodeled and expanded KJS Library features 130,000 monographs, subscriptions to 1000 periodicals, study seating for more than 350, and more than 30 computers, as well as personnel to help you efficiently and effectively find information you need. Visit our website at www.lssu.edu/library/ or call us at ext. 2815.
Monday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-midnight
Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.-midnight
Lost and Found
Lost & Found is located in the Public Safety Office in the Administration Building. If you have lost or found something, please report it to the Public Safety Office at ext. 2100.
Maintenance is provided through the Physical Plant. They strive to provide excellent service to everyone on campus from keeping the buildings clean and running efficiently to plowing the parking lots and keeping the grounds in good condition. For more information, call ext. 2371.
Native American Center/Eskoonwid Endaad House
The Native Center provides a place for all students to come together to study, socialize and find friendship and support from staff and fellow students. It is the meeting place for some student organizations on campus.
Services offered at the Center include academic advising, tutoring, mentoring, and resource location, and assistance with general questions about Lake Superior State University. There is also a computer lab available for all students. The Native American Center continues to reinforce its activities to promote the retention of Native American students attending Lake Superior State University and to promote diversity awareness on campus.
In addition, the Native Center also provides support for a state-funded program - the King/Chavez/Parks College Day/GEARUP Program - which provides opportunities for career exploration and college preparation activities for underrepresented students in grades 6 - 12. For more information, call ext. 6664 or visit the website at nac.lssu.edu .
Parking and Vehicle Registration
All vehicles must be registered to park on campus. Parking permits may be purchased at the Fletcher Center for Student Services - Student Service Counter. If you have a guest visiting, you will need to have them register their vehicle with Public Safety located in the Administration Building. Ticket appeals are handled through the Parking Ticket Hearing Committee. Appeals are to be done on-line using Anchor Access. You will need your ticket to appeal on-line, once into your Anchor Access click on LSSU Vehicle Registration and Ticket Information, you may then click on Ticket history or Appeal Ticket. The appeal must be done within 10 days of receiving the ticket. Contact Public Safety to make arrangements by calling ext. 2100. For further information regarding parking rules and regulations, visit their website at www.lssu.edu/parking.
A Ride Board is provided for people to offer sharing rides and giving rides to others traveling in the same direction located in Cisler first floor.
Public Safety Department
The Public Safety Office provides 24-hour service for the convenience of students. The office is located at the west end of the Administration Building. Staff may be reached anytime on campus by dialing ext. 2100. Public Safety staff can also be reached by phone from off campus any time by dialing 906-635-2100. In case of extreme crisis, medical emergency or if you are unable to contact Public Safety, please dial 911, for Chippewa County Emergency Services.
Public Safety encourages all students and employees to sign up for Emergency Alert messages. This may be done by visiting www.lssu.edu/alerts.
Student Activity Center (SAC)
The Robert D. Arbuckle Student Activity Center (SAC) offers many services for students and faculty/staff. With the four multi-purpose courts, six-lane 200 meter track and state of the art weight and cardiovascular equipment, there is always something to do. So, whether it is volleyball, basketball, or weight training you are interested in, the SAC has it. The hours for the SAC are posted in the Norris Center. Call ext. 2029 for questions or reservations.
University Policy Information
Lake Superior State University believes that students are adults who will act in a mature and responsible manner. However, it is still necessary for the University to establish certain guidelines designed to protect the rights of all students and to promote a safe, healthful, and studious environment on campus.
When you become a member of the University community, you gain both privileges and responsibilities. It is your responsibility to behave at all times like a member of an academic community, with respect and concern for your fellow students and for University personnel. The following regulations are designed to maintain an appropriate academic environment on campus and to protect the rights of all students. Rules specific to individual residence halls are distributed at the beginning of the semester.
We are anticipating that there will be some LSSU students who will be registered qualifying users of medical marijuana or registered primary care givers (marijuana growers) for those qualified users. To prepare for the issues involved, we propose the following:
Given the requirements and parameters of several federal laws, the use or possession of marijuana, including marijuana prescribed for medicinal purposes, is not permitted on the campus of Lake Superior State University.
The federal Controlled Substances Act prohibits the possession, manufacturing, dispensing, and distribution of marijuana. The federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 prohibit the use or possession of marijuana on campus. As a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on campus in order to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations. There is no “medical necessity” exception for marijuana under federal law. Federal law supersedes state law where they are in conflict.
Unauthorized possession, use, manufacture, distribution or sale of alcoholic beverages on or in University property is forbidden.
- The sale of/or providing alcoholic beverages to minors is illegal.
- Possession or consumption of alcohol is not permitted on campus by any person who is under 21 years of age.
- Furnishing alcohol to an obviously or visibly intoxicated person, regardless of age, is prohibited.
- Consumption of alcohol by those 21 years of age or older is permitted only in accordance with University Housing policy.
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at athletic events, concerts or any other event open to the campus community or general public, without prior authorization.
- Student organization funds will not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
Violations of the above regulations will constitute a violation of the Lake Superior State University Alcohol Policy.
Brady, Osborn and Student Village are alcohol-free halls. This mean, regardless of age, alcohol is NOT permitted in these building at anytime. Residents and guests may not store or possess alcohol, or empty containers of alcohol; this includes containers used as decorations. Kegs (even empty) are not allowed in any residences on campus, as is any alcohol paraphernalia (i.e. beer bongs, sign-age, etc.) Manufacturing any type of alcohol, such as beer or wine making, is not allowed at anytime in University housing.
Alcohol is permitted in other residential units providing that all occupants and guests are at least 21 years of age. Residential units in the Townhouses, Apartments, and Row Houses are defined as individual bedrooms, unless all occupants are over 21. Empty alcohol bottles are not permitted and must be disposed of in a timely manner. Empty bottles and cans will be confiscated during inspections, break periods, or at any time a resident is violation the alcohol policy. If at any time the policy is violated, all students present, regardless of age will be subject o disciplinary action.
Violations of the alcohol policy or state law will be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, documentation, relocation or removal from housing and parent notification. Below is an outline of possible sanctions to expect if you are in violation of the alcohol policy.
Alcoholic Beverage Policy for Approved University Functions
- Information is available from LSSU’s Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center.
- Consumption of alcohol is permitted by those 21 years of age or older on campus during an approved University function.
- Non-profit organizations that receive a special liquor license may serve alcohol.
- Alcohol must be served by LSSU Food Service personnel. Activity participants are not permitted to supply their own beverages.
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at athletic events, concerts or any other event open to the campus community or general public, without prior authorization.
- Kegs of any size or any common source of alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus without University approval.
- University funds will not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
- The use of alcohol in the teaching of LSSU courses is permitted when the instruction occurs in an academic building of the University. The course must be under the supervision of a faculty member, the purpose must be solely educational, and the beverage must be a legal one as defined by the Michigan Liquor Control Act.
- Advertising in University publications or publicized notice on or off campus of the availability of alcoholic beverages at any event sponsored by a University group or individual is prohibited.
- University Housing Policy, Brady Hall, Osborn Hall and the Student Village are alcohol-free living areas; no intoxication, consumption or possession of alcohol or alcohol containers is permitted.
- Possession or consumption of alcohol is permitted by those residents 21 years of age or older in Moloney, and Neveu, Row Houses and Townhouses where all residents are at least 21 years of age. Alcohol is not to be consumed when underage guests are present. Possession or consumption of alcohol is not permitted in rooms or apartments where any resident is under 21 years of age. At minimum follow University Housing policies (Living Learning Communities may differ, follow rules established in Living Learning Communities guidelines).
- Social events, (parties, large gatherings, etc.) allowing alcohol are not permitted in any University Housing facility where minors are present.
- Students in possession of alcohol containers will be considered in violation whether or not the containers contain an alcoholic beverage.
- Possession of open alcohol beverage containers outside living units is not permitted.
- Alcoholic beverages in factory sealed containers may be transported by individuals (21 years or older) from off campus directly to approved residences.
- A common source of alcohol (kegs, trash cans, etc.) or quantities of alcohol determined to be excessive by University personnel is not permitted on campus grounds.
- Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests.
- All provisions of state law pertaining to possession and use of alcohol, furnishing of alcoholic beverages to minors, and falsification of an I.D. for the purchase of alcoholic beverages will be enforced.
- Social events (parties, large gatherings, etc.) may be terminated at any time at the discretion of University staff.
- Intoxication, disruptive behavior and/or damage related to the consumption of alcohol are in violation of University policy and will be treated under the University’s Code of Student Conduct and/or criminal laws.
The University accepts no responsibility for the use or distribution of alcoholic beverages at off-campus social functions sponsored by University-related organizations or individuals.
All persons planning or attending such an off-campus activity should be aware of the alcoholic beverage laws that apply to the situation. Each person participating in the activity assumes responsibility for his or her own actions. Violations of pertinent alcoholic beverage laws may result in disciplinary action by both the University and the civil authorities.
In October of 1998, Congress passed an amendment to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which allows an institution of higher education to disclose to parents or legal guardians of a student, information involving a violation of federal, state or local law, or a rule or policy of the institution governing the use or possession of alcohol and/or other drugs if the student is under the age of 21 and the institution has determined that a disciplinary violation occurred. In response to the recent alcohol-related tragedies in the State of Michigan and across the country, LSSU has adopted this Parental Notification policy.
Alcohol Disciplinary Sanctions
Sanctions may be imposed upon a student for an infraction of the LSSU Alcohol Policy. These sanctions do not preclude criminal prosecution resulting from violations of federal, state or local laws. Students are cautioned that significant and timely sanctions will be imposed for all alcohol violations. Sanctions will include fines, alcohol education, suspension from the residence halls and/or suspension from the University. In addition, parents or legal guardians may be notified of sanctions at the conclusion of a disciplinary case.
Any of the following constitute a violation of LSSU’s alcohol policy:
- Underage consumption of alcohol or possession of alcohol or alcohol containers regardless of their contents (containing any liquid or no liquid)
- Open container of alcohol in public areas
- Hosting a party or guests involving the illegal use of alcohol
- Dispensing alcohol to minorsDriving while under the influences of alcohol or in possession of alcohol
- Sanctions for Students Violating Alcohol Policy
Sanctions for Students Violating Alcohol Policy
||University Suspension for a minimum of one year
|University Probation or Suspension (min. 1 yr.)
|| Counseling and additional developmental requirements for reinstatement
|| $200 fine
|Possible Relocation or Removal from Housing
||Possible Relocation or Removal from Housing
||Removal from University Housing
|| Documentation Filed
|Possible Community Service
||Possible Community Service
||Possible Community Service
||Possible Community Service
Other Liability Involving Alcohol
Civil (Dram Shop) Liability - Students should also be aware that civil liability may be incurred when the sale or furnishing of alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated person is found to be the proximate cause of damage, injury or death of an innocent person. Such liability may arise independently of any University sanctions or prosecution under local, state or federal.
Infractions of State Law
Students may be prosecuted under state and local laws pertaining to alcohol consumption, use, possession, manufacture or furnishing to minors. University policy does not supersede such action.
Health Risks Related to Alcohol and Other Drugs
Drug use can start out as experimentation or casual use and can progress into problem use and dependence. The abuse of alcohol and other drugs can erode the foundation of the University’s goals and objectives and diminishes the personal attainment of intellectual, social, physical and moral growth and development.
- Psychological and/or physical dependence.
- Impaired learning ability, memory loss, inability to solve complex problems.
- Inability to perform sexually, infertility problems.
- Increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS).
- Complications due to the combination of prescription medication and other drugs or alcohol.
- Death, coma or toxic reactions especially when combining alcohol with any other drug, including over-the-counter medicine or prescriptions.
- Guilt/regret over activities performed while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, i.e., regretting sexual encounters, fighting, risk-taking, legal difficulties.
- Damage to brain, cardiovascular system, liver, etc.
- Increased risk of cancer.
- Fetal alcohol syndrome, birth or genetic defects.
- Psychosis (hallucinations, loss of contact with reality, extreme changes in personality).
- Diet deficiencies.
Other physiological, psychological or interpersonal problems.
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including assaults and spouse and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, also can lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.
Campus and Community Resources
Health Services, 906-635-2110
LSSU Public Safety Department, 906-635-2100
Counseling services, 906-635-2752
Housing and Residential Life, Cisler Center, 906-635-2411
Chippewa County Resources
Alcoholics Anonymous 906-495-7220
Great Lakes Recovery Centers 906-632-9809
New Hope Residential Treatment Centers 906-635-5542
Upper Michigan Behavioral Health 906-632-0008
Sharps Disposal (HCC)
For safety, anyone who uses needles, for any reason, is asked to obtain a sharps container from the Health Care Center. When full, or on a timely basis, they can be returned to the Health Care Center for disposal and a new container obtained.
Everyone needs to respect the rights of other members of the University community to move around freely, conduct normal University business, and use University buildings and facilities in a free and normal way. No one may obstruct any of these normal functions in any way.
Compliance with University Officials
Everyone is expected to comply with the directions of University officials who are acting in accordance with the performance of their duties. Failure to do so is considered a serious disciplinary violation.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the “Buckley Amendment”, is a federal law which provides that Colleges and Universities will maintain the confidentiality of student educational records. The law basically states that no one outside the University shall have access to students’ educational records nor will the University disclose any information from those records without the written consent of students. There are exceptions, such as allowing certain personnel within the University with a legitimate educational interest to see the records, or releasing the records in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons.
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the University can release directory information about you without your prior authorization. LSSU considers the following directory information: name, address, telephone number, email address, place of birth, enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time) major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of members of the athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees, honors and awards received (including scholarships), and most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.
You have the right to refuse to permit the release of any or all of your directory information. If you would like to prohibit or restrict the use of your information, please complete and sign a Directory Restriction Request and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.
Word of Warning: When you restrict your name, you are telling us that you do not want us to acknowledge you as a student in any way. Your name will not appear in any official University publications nor will we be able to verify your enrollment to any outside source. This also means we will not be able to provide service to you by telephone, nor will we be able to help you in person without proper picture identification. A restriction that you place on your record remains in place until you request, in writing, that the restriction be removed.
If you do not want your directory information to be included in the Student Directory that LSSU publishes each year, your written request needs to be received before the end of the sixth day of the fall semester.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:
The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
The right to request amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Lake Superior State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Dangerous or Improper Driving & Ignoring of Traffic Signs
All vehicles present on campus property are expected to adhere to the driving and traffic rules and regulations of the State of Michigan. Students are expected to follow all posted traffic signs and signals on campus. Vehicles should not travel through campus at a high rate of speed at any time. Improper driving (high rates of speed, disregarding signs, etc.), non-compliance with Public Safety Officers (i.e. parking for hockey games), and risky behaviors (i.e. doing “donuts”, endangering the lives of others, etc…) are expressly not allowed. Any individuals found driving in a dangerous fashion will be subject to the laws of the State of Michigan and the campus judicial system.
Defacement of University Property
Any student found defacing, damaging, or destroying University property or the property of a University official will be held accountable for their actions. Students will be sent through the campus judicial system, which will determine further appropriate sanctions. Criminal prosecution may also result. In cases when damage is done by the guest of a student, the student will be held responsible for the actions of the guest. Students will be expected to pay the full cost of labor, repair and/or replacement of any damage done to such property or belongings.
In accordance with local health codes, shoes and shirts are to be worn in the dining rooms, academic areas and public buildings.
The possession, use, sale, distribution or manufacture of any illegal or controlled substance is prohibited at all University events and in any building or property owned and/or facilitated by LSSU.
Violators will be subject to disciplinary and/or legal action (including arrest), which may result in dismissal from Lake Superior State University.
Your fees, loans, fines, driving and parking penalties, etc., are your responsibility and must be paid when due. Delay in meeting your financial obligations means that you may face all or some of the following consequences: your transcripts may be withheld, you may not be able to register for future semesters, your registration may be canceled for the current semester, you may be denied financial aid, and, in severe cases, you may face legal action from an outside agency (including the state of Michigan).
Firearms, Explosives and Weapons (See Official Weapons Policy below)
You are allowed to bring firearms and weapons to campus for classroom and sporting purposes. However, having a weapon on campus is a serious responsibility and you must follow these guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety. Please see complete guidelines below.
If you bring a weapon to campus, you must register it immediately with the Public Safety Office in the Administration Building. This includes all firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, knives, paint-ball guns, BB and pellet-type guns, and any other dangerous weapons. Information regarding manufacturer, caliber, model and serial number will be needed to register firearms, as well as a safety inspection certificate.
All weapons and ammunition must be stored in the designated area by the Public Safety Office and may not be stored anywhere else on campus. Any exceptions to this policy, such as weapons used in class (including any criminal justice student activity), must be authorized by the Public Safety Office.
You should provide a lock to secure the locker in which your weapon will be stored. Weapons may be removed or returned at any time. Student IDs are required when checking out weapons. Firearms and ammunition must never be taken to any room or apartment. Cleaning firearms is permitted only in the designated area set by the Public Safety Office.
Explosives, firecrackers, concealed weapons and similar items are not permitted on campus, except by a certified law enforcement officer in accordance with their duties.
Any failure to comply with these regulations will result in severe disciplinary action and/or dismissal from Lake Superior State University, as well as possible criminal prosecution.
Lake Superior State University strives to provide a safe work and educational environment. No person, within the University environment, on property owned, leased or otherwise under the control of the University or otherwise in the course of University business, will be allowed to possess weapons or explosives, (except as provided in this policy), or to harass or assault any other person by threatening or exhibiting violent behavior. Violators of this policy (students, employees or visitors) will be subject to discipline by the University, up to and including termination of employment, or dismissal or expulsion from the University. Visitors or contractors in violation will be asked to leave campus. Visitors or contractors who fail to comply, will be issued a No Trespass notification, and local law enforcement will be called to implement this action. Signs will be posted around University buildings indicating that weapons are not allowed in this building. This policy constitutes a Rule and/or Regulation pursuant to MCL 4.201 et seq and MCL 752.581 et seq.
II. Prohibited Conduct
The following rules, while not all inclusive, are examples of prohibited behavior for all employees, students and any others who are on property owned, leased or otherwise under the control of the University, or who are in the course of University business.
1. Causing or threatening physical injury to another.
2. Aggressive or hostile behavior that creates either a reasonable fear of injury to another person or unreasonably subjects another to emotional distress.
3. Intentionally damaging University property or the property of another.
4. Possession of a weapon, except as provided by this policy, regardless of whether a person has a concealed weapon permit or is otherwise authorized to possess, discharge or use such a weapon.
5. Possession of explosives.
6. Possession of chemicals or other dangerous substances or compounds, with intent of causing injury to a person or property.
7. Hunting on any properties owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the University.
III. Reporting Procedures
All members of the campus community are encouraged to report, and all employees of the University are required to report to the Department of Public Safety or the Human Resources Department, any violence, threats of violence or weapon violations that they have witnessed or received, or any potentially dangerous situation. All reports of incidents will be investigated. Reports or incidents warranting confidentiality will be handled appropriately and information will be disclosed to others only on a need-to-know basis. Any person who has obtained a Personal Protection Order or Restraining Order, which identifies any place located on property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the University, as a protected area, is required to provide a copy of the Order to the Department of Public Safety.
IV. Definitions and Exceptions
Weapons, for the purposes of this policy, are defined as: (1) a loaded or unloaded firearm or bow/crossbow, whether operable or inoperable, (2) a knife or stabbing instrument (unless conforming to Michigan State Law), brass knuckles, blackjack, club, or other object specifically designed or customarily carried or possessed for use as a weapon, (3) an object that is likely to cause death or bodily injury when used as a weapon and that is used as a weapon or carried or possessed for use as a weapon, or (4) an object or device that is used or fashioned in a manner to lead a person to believe the object or device is a firearm or an object which is likely to cause death or bodily injury. Limited exceptions to policy prohibitions regarding weapons exist and situations where weapons may be possessed on property owned, leased or otherwise under the control of the University or otherwise in the course of University business are defined below:
1. Use in the performance of training, or as a part of the course curriculum in the School of Criminal Justice, Fire Science, and EMS. Transport to and from training is permitted.
2. A qualified law enforcement officer who is authorized to carry a weapon and is in the employ of Federal, State, or Local level, including Tribal, may carry a weapon.
3. A qualified retired police law enforcement officer on the Federal, State, or Local level, including Tribal, as defined in Michigan law and/or federal code to possess a concealed handgun and is currently permitted to do so.
4. A contractor whom the University employs, and whose job requires the carrying of a firearm/weapon (e.g., an armed transport), and is authorized by the Director of Public safety with the authority from the President’s Cabinet, may carry a weapon as so authorized.
5. An employee who is not a law enforcement officer, may use or possess a weapon, as authorized by the Director of Public Safety with the authority from the President’s Cabinet, to possess or use such a weapon during the time when the employee is engaged in work for the University requiring such a weapon.
6. Norris Center:
a. University Firing Range: Persons using the University shooting range, with one exception, must use the University’s weapons at the range. The one exception to this is when police and/or law enforcement officers have scheduled and have been authorized to use the range. Authorization is granted by the chair of the School of Criminal Justice, Fire Science and EMS, as the representative of the Dean of the Department of Arts, Letters, Social Sciences, and Emergency Services. Notification is provided to the Director of Public Safety. In this case, the officer’s weapon(s) must be in compliance with the restrictions in place at the range and the only ammunition used must be, likewise, in compliance with the restrictions in place at the range.
b. Concealed Carry Course: Persons enrolled in a Concealed Carry Class may be required to bring their weapon to campus for training in assembly/disassembly and cleaning. The instructor for the course will, prior to that class session, seek permission from the Director of Public Safety regarding the time and date of the class and will inform Public Safety with the names of the Students attending. Students must park their cars in the Norris lot (securing permission from Public Safety to do so if their parking pass is not authorized for that area), and transport their weapon from their car to the classroom in an appropriate case. The firearm may not be loaded nor may non-law enforcement officials carry ammunition into the building.
7. Upon obtaining prior approval of the Director of Public Safety, an individual may possess a firearm/weapon when the device is worn as part of a military or fraternal uniform in connection with a public ceremony, parade or theatrical performance. The firearm(s) must remain unloaded.
8. Residence Hall and University apartment residents may register and store weapons, ammunition and used ammunition at the Department of Public Safety, and may possess such weapons on property owned or controlled by the University just long enough to deliver and retrieve the weapons from the Department of Public Safety. Persons shall park in D lot (visitor and Public Safety spots are available) and walk directly to Public Safety. The firearms are to be brought to the Public Safety building, unloaded and in a gun case. Archery equipment is to be unloaded and knives are to be sheathed. When reclaiming weapons from Public Safety individuals must, likewise, park in D lot, place the weapon in their vehicle and immediately leave campus. Likewise, University employees may follow the same procedure of registration, storage, and retrieval.
9. Recognized campus outdoor organizations (e.g. Ducks Unlimited) may conduct fund raisers wherein a firearm or other hunting tool is offered as a prize, and may have the item(s) present on campus at the event providing that the organization follows the procedures and limitations outlined by Public Safety and Student Affairs.
10. The Director of Public Safety may waive the prohibitions based on extraordinary circumstances, and an individual may possess a weapon only within the scope and duration of the waiver. Any such waiver must be in writing, signed by the Director, and must define its scope and duration. With input from the Director of Campus Life and the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Director of Public Safety is also authorized to make reasonable rules to effectively implement the Storage of Weapons policy for residence halls and apartments contained herein.
Enforcement: This policy will be enforced by the Public Safety Department. Reports of violations will be initially reported to the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Exceptions: Requests for exceptions to this policy must be presented in writing to the Vice President of Student Affairs, reviewed with the Director of Public Safety, and approved in writing by the University President.
Review: This policy will be reviewed annually by the Director of Public Safety, with modification requests presented in writing to the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Weapons Prohibition Procedure for Recognized Campus Outdoor Organizations
The procedures and limitations to the Campus Violence and Weapons Prohibition include the following:
1. Both the Director of Public Safety and the Vice President for Student Affairs must be informed of the intent and must give their approval to conduct such a fund raiser.
2. The specific items to be offered as prizes must be identified when notification is given and a limit of no more than five firearms or other items defined as weapons may be offered or present on campus for the event.
3. All firearms will have gun locks or other securing devices applied to the item before they arrive on campus.
4. No ammunition will be on site.
5. The organization will arrange to have a public safety officer present to inspect the items to ensure that the items are secured with an appropriate locking device and that ammunition is not present.
6. Assault-type weapons and large capacity magazines are not permitted on campus.
7. Transfer of ownership of any firearm must be conducted by a properly licensed firearms dealer.
If you have a suggestion for a speaker or other event on campus, please contact the Campus Life Office, ext. 2236 or the Activities Board Office, ext. 2756. Reservations for rooms or lecture halls for guest speakers can be made through the Office of Campus Life.
Hazing and Initiation
Policy: No person or group shall conduct hazing activities under any circumstance. Hazing is defined as: “Any intentional, knowing or reckless action taken or situation created, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: Use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excess fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; inappropriate non-academic quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities either on or off-campus; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activity which is not consistent with the regulations and policies of Lake Superior State University, or the State of Michigan and National/International policies.”
Reporting Procedure: Alleged hazing incidents should be immediately reported to the Department of Housing and Residential Life. With respect to confidentiality, staff will inform the individual(s) of their options. The Department may choose to utilize the Student Judiciary Committee and/or Inter-Greek Council in the process of adjudication and or sanctioning. Hazing has no place in an academic community and will be treated severely. Both individuals and organizations involved in hazing will be subject to disciplinary action that may include removal from the institution.
Information Technology Policy
In order to carry out its educational, research and public services missions, Lake Superior State University (LSSU) strives to create an intellectual environment with access to information resources and technology in which faculty, students and staff may create, work and collaborate with each other and with colleagues at other institutions, without fear that the products of their efforts will be violated by any inappropriate use, taking or destruction.
This policy and the guidelines herein set forth the conditions for the use of information technology resources, including the University Local Area Network (ULAN) computer technology equipment, software and digital media. Lake Superior State University, as a state constitutionally created body, has a public trust to maintain with regard to its mission, activities, services and property. Computing and information resources, services, activities and property must therefore be used by all members of the University community with respect for the public trust through which these state resources are provided.
Access to, and use of, LSSU computing networking and information technology resources is a privilege extended to faculty, students and staff and is subject to compliance with this and other related LSSU policies, rules and regulations; laws; all applicable contracts, including those pertaining to computers and software; and all associated ethical principles and standards adopted by the University community.
Compliance with these provisions is required for continued use and access to information technology resources.
This policy is applicable to all members of the LSSU community whether at the University or off campus and this policy covers all information resources and equipment even if owned by an individual or shared, or networked.
Every individual user who has access to University information technology resources systems and other resources such as services, equipment, and programs is required to protect the rights of the entire University community. Any individual who without authority accesses, appropriates, changes, destroys or tampers in any way with the ULAN system or any University information resources system, equipment or program, or that of a third party, is acting in violation of this policy and prejudices the intellectual environment of the University community. In order to preserve the integrity of the information resources systems and programs, the University will take appropriate action for any violation of its policies, the law or any applicable contract provision. The full range of disciplinary actions, including dismissal and legal action, may be used. Violations will be processed in accordance with University policies, employment contracts and the law.
The following list, while, not exhaustive, provides some examples and guidelines on what constitutes inappropriate, unacceptable or illegal use of information technology, computing and networking resources and would be the just cause for taking disciplinary and/or legal action:
- Destruction of, or damage to, equipment, software, or data belonging to LSSU;
- Disruption of, unauthorized access or seeking such access, or monitoring of electronic communications;
- Violations of computer system security, including menuing systems;
- Unauthorized use of computer accounts, access codes, or network identification numbers assigned to others;
- Use of computer and/or network facilities in ways that may unduly impede the performance of a computer system, or deprive authorized personnel of resources or access to any
- University computer system resource;
- Use of computing facilities for personal or business purposes unrelated to the mission of the University;
- Violation of University or third party copyrights, patents, licenses, authorizations and contracts;
- Violation of usage policies and regulations of the networks that LSSU is a member of or has authority to use;
- Violation of another user’s privacy;
- Academic dishonesty (plagiarism or cheating);
- Harassment or libelous conduct of other individuals or users as defined by law; and
- Engaging in any action in violation of the law or University policies.
The University considers electronic mail and computer files private to the extent permitted by law. Generally, access requires the permission of the sender or recipient of a message, or the owner of the file, or such access must be based on a court order or some other statutory or legal basis. The law governing the privacy of electronic mail is in a developing stage, and the limits of privacy are not clearly defined. Users of electronic mail should utilize this service with the understanding that such mail may be disclosed without consent because of a statutory provision or a court ruling.
As in the use of other institutional resources, electronic mail should be used for the institutional purposes set forth in this policy related to the community’s need to create, work and collaborate with each other and colleagues in the sharing of knowledge and information related to the mission of the University.
The University reserves the right to monitor its computing resources property to ensure the integrity of the system and compliance with its policies, rights, the law and its contractual agreements. In the course of a University review or investigation for alleged misuse or misconduct, e-mail or files may be locked or copied to prevent destruction or loss of information.
LSSU is not liable for damages of any nature or losses, including lost revenues, or for any claims or demands against the user by any other party. In no event can LSSU be held liable for consequential damages even if LSSU has been advised of the possibility of such damages. LSSU cannot be held responsible for any damages due to the loss of output, loss of data, time delay, system performance, software performance, incorrect advice from a consultant, or any other damages arising from the use of LSSU’s computer facilities.
Requests for the disclosure of information subject to a court order or the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or the Freedom of Information Act shall immediately be referred to the designated University employee responsible for processing these inquiries.
Personal Property Insurance: The University is not liable for the loss of money or valuables by any person or for the loss of, or damage to, any resident’s property, or bodily injury sustained on the premises. Your parents’ homeowners insurance policy may cover private property away from home or you can have a rider attached. If not, you may wish to obtain renters’ insurance.
It is the policy of Lake Superior State University that no person shall be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in employment, or in any program or activity for which the University is responsible on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, disability, sexual preference, religion, height, weight, marital status or veteran status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Applicants for admission, employment, employees, public and ADA concerns, and students.
Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Grievance Procedure: The Associate Vice President, Human Resources is the designated grievance officer for students, applicants for admission, employees, applicants for employment and the public community.
The University encourages individuals to promptly report instances of discrimination and discriminatory harassment. Once the University has been informed of such behavior, it will take timely and appropriate steps to investigate the problem. At any step of the grievance process, time schedules as outlined in the procedure may be outlined in writing. Individuals may discuss concerns they have regarding possible discrimination or harassment with the grievance officer and learn what options are available.
The University not only prohibits discrimination, including harassment, but also strictly prohibits any retaliation against any individual who in good faith has registered a complaint under this procedure. Any supervisor, agent or employee of the University who, after investigation, has been determined to have retaliated against any individual for using the complaint procedure in this policy will be subject to appropriate discipline up to and including immediate discharge. If an employee or student believes he or she has been retaliated against for exercising his or her rights under this policy, this complaint procedure should be used.
All matters discussed in this process will be kept as confidential as possible.
Individuals have the right under the law to seek remedies from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education or by court action. Individuals may file complaints of illegal discrimination on the basis of gender (Title IX) or disability (Section 504 ADA) with the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, at the same time a grievance is filed under the University’s procedure, during or after the use of the grievance process, or without using the grievance process at all. A Title IX, Section 504, or ADA complaint must be filed in writing with the Office for Civil Rights no later than 180 days after the occurrence of the possible discrimination. This is the process to investigate and resolve complaints alleging discrimination:
Step 1: Informal Complaint: If you have a discrimination or harassment complaint as outlined above, you may contact the grievance officer in person. He or she will speak with you and try to resolve the matter on an informal basis. Any information will be kept confidential to the extent possible.
Step 2: Formal Complaint: If the problem cannot be resolved at Step 1 within five (5) working days from the date you first contacted the grievance officer, you (the complainant) may submit a written complaint on a form provided by the grievance officer. He or she will help you complete the form if you wish.
Within five (5) working days of receiving the written complaint, the grievance officer will send a Notice of Complaint, a copy of the complaint form, a response form and a copy of this procedure to the respondent. The respondent will submit a completed response within five (5) working days from the date he or she receives the complaint.
The grievance officer will conduct an investigation. The investigation should be completed within twenty (20) working days after receipt of the response. If the complaint is against the University as the employer, the grievance officer will have 30 days from receipt of the written complaint to investigate the matter.
Within ten (10) working days of completion of the investigation, the grievance officer will give you a written Determination stating whether the allegations of the complaint are true and any remedial action recommended. At Step 2, information will be kept confidential to the extent possible.
Step 3: Hearing: If either the complainant or the respondent is dissatisfied with the grievance officer’s determination, he or she may request that the matter be referred to the Hearing Panel for a hearing by submitting a form. The request for a hearing must be submitted in writing to the grievance office within five (5) working days after receipt of the determination.
The president will appoint a permanent Hearing Panel composed of three members including, if possible, at least one female and one minority member. The vice president for Business and Financial Operations will be the chairperson and will conduct the hearing. The grievance officer will send a Notice of Hearing and a copy of the Request for Hearing to the complainant, respondent (if any), and Hearing Panel, scheduling the hearing within fifteen (15) working days, unless the panel chairperson provides otherwise and so notifies those involved.
At the hearing the complainant and respondent will be allowed to give their own testimony, present the testimony of witnesses, documentary evidence or other evidence relevant to the proceedings, and cross-examine the other party’s witnesses. The complainant and respondent may have an attorney or other advisor present. The grievance officer will present the findings of the investigation conducted at Step 2 and may present witnesses as appropriate. To ensure the privacy of those involved, witnesses (other than the complainant and respondent) will be allowed into the hearing room only during their testimony. At the chairperson’s discretion, the hearing may be recorded.
Within fifteen (15) working days after completion of the hearing, the chairperson will issue the decision and recommended order of the Hearing Panel. The decision will be mailed to the complainant and respondent with a copy to the grievance officer. The chairperson will implement any action recommended by the panel.
Step 4: Appeal: The decision of the Hearing Panel will be final and binding. If the grievant wish to pursue the matter further, they may file with the outside agencies listed earlier in this procedure.
Section 5.02 of the by-laws of the Board of Trustees, approved July 24, 1989, will not be invoked for grievances submitted for settlement under this procedure.
You need to register your vehicle on-line in Anchor Access each year you are enrolled. To register, you need to pay a registration fee and present your valid driver’s license. You’ll receive a sticker for your vehicle; you can then park in designated areas only. Public Safety enforces parking and driving ordinances and you may be assessed fines or have your on-campus driving privileges revoked if you do not comply. Disputes regarding parking citations should be brought to the Parking Committee. If you need to make special parking arrangements for health or personal reasons, you may do so at the Public Safety Office in the Administration Building. Parking and driving violations are also civil infractions that may be referred to the 91st District Court. For further information regarding parking rules and regulations visit their website at www.lssu.edu/parking.
The city of Sault Ste. Marie requires that all vehicles are removed from city streets, alleys, and parking lots between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. from December 1 through April 1 to allow for snow removal. This includes Meridian Avenue (adjacent to the Norris Center). The Sault Area Police Department will ticket vehicles violating this policy.
Payment Information (Tuition, Fees, and Housing)
Payment Plans: Lake Superior State University offers two primary options for paying your total semester charges--traditional full payment and monthly payment plan.
Traditional Full Payment Option: If you select this option you will need to pay the full amount of your total charges for the semester by the due date listed on the invoice.
Monthly Payment Plan: The University offers a 4-month payment plan for educational expenses.
There is a $60 per semester service charge for all plans. To sign up for the payment plan, log in to the Bill and Payment Suite through Anchor Access. For more information on using the Bill and Payment Suite, go to www.lssu.edu/costs/payment.php#How. LSSU accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Credit card payment can be made on-line at my.lssu.edu
Penalties: If you do not make your payment by the due date, you will be charged a 1.5% late penalty fee and your classes may be subject to cancellation. For each month thereafter, you will be charged an additional 1.5% late fee for any outstanding balance and a hold will be placed on your student account until the full payment is made. The hold will not allow you to register for classes for the following semester or receive a copy of your University transcript. If your balance is still outstanding by the third billing, your account will be turned over to collections. Failure to receive an invoice is not a basis for non-payment. The Business Office staff is available to work with students who have special financial needs. You may visit the Business Office in the Fletcher Center or call (906)635-2276.
The University encourages the promotion of activities and opportunities. This policy is designed to encourage posting consistency throughout campus while alleviating damage and inappropriate promotion. All postings must first be approved by the Campus Life Office, located in the Cisler Center. Postings must bear the most recent stamp of approval. Postings can only be placed in designated areas. Legitimate posting areas will be indicated as such. Postings cannot be attached to walls, doors, ceilings, windows or University staff boards, nor are they to be slid under doors or placed on vehicles without the prior written permission of the Campus Life Office. Postings deemed offensive, sexist, vulgar, discriminatory or suggestive will not be approved. Failure to comply with this policy will result in the removal and disposal of the postings in addition to possible future posting denial and/or disciplinary sanctioning of the individual(s) involved. Please contact ext. 2236 with any questions.
You need to give honest and complete replies to all of the information requested in the University’s application, financial aid forms, and other documents. Your registration can be canceled if the information you give on these forms is not correct and complete. Forgery or other alteration of any University document or record can result in separation from the University.
The University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender. Discrimination because of gender includes sexual harassment, which means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct or communication is made a condition either explicitly or implicitly to obtain employment, public accommodations or public services, education or housing;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication is used as a factor in decisions affecting an individual’s employment, public accommodations or public services, education or housing; or
- Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s employment, public accommodations or public services, education or housing environment.
The University is committed to the protection of the rights of all individuals in the University community and to the elimination of barriers that would prevent individuals from realizing their highest potential of human excellence. Sexual harassment is a particularly noxious form of discrimination that interferes with these goals and commitments, and is difficult to combat due to the intimidation and destruction of the self-esteem of its victims.
If you believe that you are being sexually harassed, please contact the Associate Vice President, Human Resources at ext. 2213.
Lake Superior State University considers sexual assault to be an extremely serious offense, one not only traumatic to its victim, but damaging to the entire campus community and the educational process that is its purpose. Students found guilty of sexual assault, either in the courts or in the University’s student judicial system, will be subject to penalties up to and including expulsion. The following policy statement defines sexual assault, indicates the procedures that sexual assault victims should follow, and describes the disciplinary process that will be followed when sexual assault complaints involve Lake Superior State students.
Definition of Sexual Assault: Sexual assault is defined as any sexual contact without consent. It includes, but is not limited to, (1) any unwanted touching or forced touching of a person’s genitals, breasts, thighs or buttocks; (2) sexual intercourse or attempted sexual intercourse; (3) sodomy (oral or anal intercourse); (4) sexual penetration with an object. Consent for any of the above acts must be specific and must be freely given. An act will be considered without consent if force, threats or intimidation are used or if the victim is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Sexual Assault Policy
Lake Superior State University is committed to creating a community free from violence. Sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and stalking as defined by State and Federal laws, will not be tolerated at Lake Superior State University.
University recognizes the necessity of a community that is open and intellectually stimulating where diversity of ideas is valued and every person’s safety, dignity and autonomy is respected whether they are students, faculty, or staff, and regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, class, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Reporting Operations and Procedures
A. Rights of the Survivor
1. The Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutes of Michigan define sexual assault as a crime involving forced or coerced sexual penetration (first and third degree) or sexual contact (second and fourth degree). The University encourages the reporting of sexual assaults to the appropriate University officials. Filing such reports is the only way the University can take action against the accused assailant.
Survivors may report sexual assault to the:
- LSSU Public Safety Department,
- Sault Ste. Marie Police Department,
- Director, Associate Director of Campus Life and Housing or any Residence Life Staff member,
- Any University official.
Survivors and persons receiving reports of sexual assault are reminded of the importance of preserving evidence that may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault or for use in University disciplinary proceedings. All University personnel are encouraged to immediately refer sexual assault survivors to the Diane Peppler Resource Center.
2. The survivor has the right to have any and all sexual assaults treated seriously and the right to be treated with dignity. The University recognizes that a sexual assault is more than an assault on an individual’s body it is an attack on the individual’s dignity and sense of self. The University is committed to ensuring that the decision to take action against the accused shall rest solely with the survivor. There may be circumstances, however, depending on the status of the alleged assailant and the seriousness of the offense, in which the University must take action to protect the survivor or other members of the University community.
The best way for a survivor to retain control over actions is to report the assault in the first instance to a confidential counselor, such as the University’s Counseling Center or the Diane Peppler Resource Center, where no action will be taken without the survivor’s consent, unless required by law.
3. The University upholds the right of the survivor to be free from undue coercion of any kind from the University’s personnel including, but not limited to, staff, faculty, and peer or student staff. Such coercion includes, but is not limited to, pressuring the survivor to report, not to report, or to under-report a sexual assault; suggesting that the survivor is somehow responsible for the sexual assault; suggesting that the survivor was contributory negligent or assumed the risk of being sexually assaulted; or suggesting that the survivor or the University would incur unwanted publicity or humiliation by reporting the sexual assault.
4. Survivors who report the assault to the University will be fully informed of all their rights and options in a timely manner, including the necessary steps and potential consequences of each option. All University personnel are encouraged to immediately refer sexual assault survivors to Diane Peppler Resource Center.
5. The victim is free to pursue all legal or disciplinary remedies or counseling services without academic penalty. If the victim chooses to file criminal charges, University personnel will cooperate fully and promptly with law enforcement authorities in obtaining evidence. Conversely, victims who choose not to file criminal charges will also receive all available counseling and support from University personnel and will not be pressured to file charges for any reason.
B. University Disciplinary Procedures
1. The survivor has the right to pursue the University judicial process against the accused student assailant through the University’s discipline system. The procedures to pursue University action against a faculty or staff member are dependent upon the employment status of the accused. The Public Safety Department, in consultation with the Human Resources can advise a survivor which procedures would be applicable in a given case.
2. The University will provide judicial and disciplinary processes that are sensitive, supportive, expedient and respectful of the individual rights of all involved. Both the survivor and the accused have the right to be accompanied by a support person through every phase of the process. Student survivors may choose to change University housing and academic arrangements without academic penalty, if such changes are reasonably available.
3. Possible sanctions for students resulting from the University’s judicial process range from formal reprimands to suspension and expulsion. Possible sanctions for faculty and staff range from reprimands to termination of employment. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of the campus disciplinary process.
C. Off-Campus Legal Options
1. In addition to the University’s judicial process and those disciplinary procedures applicable to faculty and staff, the survivor has the right to pursue criminal prosecution and/or civil litigation. The Public Safety Department is available to provide assistance and information on criminal prosecution. The University is committed to providing full and prompt cooperation and assistance in notifying the proper law enforcement personnel if the survivor so chooses. The survivor has the right to pursue all legal and disciplinary remedies and counseling services without academic penalty.
2. The Public Safety Department can also provide information on the rights and remedies accorded to crime victims generally, including information about State and Federal laws regarding mandatory testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases, assistance in pursuing action under these laws, and notification of results of any such tests.
D. Medical Services
1. A survivor who seeks medical assistance from the Lake Superior State University Health Care Center will be provided with counseling and the appropriate referral for evaluation and sample collection. The Health Care Center is currently seeking training and certification for evidence collection. Emergency contraception is available at the Health Care Center if care is sought within 72 hours of sexual intercourse.
2. When the University’s Health CARE Center is not open, medical care is available at War Memorial Hospital, 500 Osborn Boulevard, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 906-635-4402
E. Statistical Reporting
1. The University will provide statistics of reported sexual assaults as required and defined by the Campus Security Act and the Student-Right-to-Know-Act. All personally identifying information will be removed from statistical reports.
F. Educational Services, Community and Campus Counseling
1. The Lake Superior State University has created sexual assault and domestic violence awareness, and educational programs. These programs provide information to students about sexual assault reporting options, counseling services, myths and facts about sexual assault, strategies to reduce the risk of becoming a victim, community outreach services and assistance for the survivor, and the survivor’s rights.
2. Diane Peppler Resource Center personnel are available to accompany survivors and provide support during hospital or medical exams, contact with law enforcement personnel, during campus judicial hearings, and for local court. The Diane Peppler Resource Center is a community agency that ensures survivors’ confidentiality as per MICHIGAN COMP. LAW 600.2157A(1985)
3. The University counseling center, comprising male and female staff members, is located on the corner of Easterday and Meridian (next to the Health CARE Center). The center is staffed by licensed mental health professionals who are able to provide individual counseling as well as coordinate services provided through community agencies. The center also will work with survivors to assist them with their academic requirements, housing arrangements and other University departments. Confidentiality is assured per MICHIGAN COMP. LAW 600.2157A.
G. In Closing
1. All members of the Lake Superior State University community share a responsibility for upholding this policy as we strive to attain our goal of creating a violence-free community.
2. If you are a survivor of sexual assault or a friend wishing to seek help, please contact the following local agencies.
|University Counseling Center
Lake Superior State University
623 W. Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
|Diane Peppler Resource Center
P.O. Box 636
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
906-635-0566 (24 Hour Hot Line)
1-800-882-1515 (Toll Free)
All skateboarders shall keep all 4 wheels on the pavement at all times. All stunts or acrobatics are prohibited due to the potential for injury and property damage.
Enforcement will include one warning to violators. Any additional incidents will result in immediate confiscation of the skateboard. Skateboards will be returned to owner after appearing before the University adjudication committee. Non-students’ skate boards will be returned to their parent/guardian.
Everyone is expected to show respect for University and individual property. Theft of any kind, whether of money, property, or services, violates the entire community and will not be tolerated. Destruction or mutilation of books, magazines, or other library material is considered a form of theft. Theft of, damage to, or destruction of the property of others is considered a serious offense against the University community and will result in the separation of the student from the University as well as criminal prosecution.
If you have anything stolen while on University property, please notify the Public Safety Department by calling x2100 as soon as possible.
In the interest of providing a safe and healthy environment, and in accordance with the Michigan Clean Indoor Air Act of 1986 and subsequent amendments, smoking and tobacco use are prohibited in any public building throughout the campus. Smoking and tobacco use are also prohibited within 20 feet of a University facility.
Treatment of Others
Everyone is expected to treat other members of the University community, whether students, faculty, or staff, with respect and consideration at all times. Lake Superior State University and its Board of Trustees subscribe to the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and comply with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination, including harassment. The University is committed to the protection of the rights of all individuals within the University community, the equal and fair treatment of all individuals, and to the elimination of barriers that would prevent individuals from reaching their highest potential. It is the responsibility of all students, employees, and other members of the University community to uphold this commitment in the daily activities of University life.
Any acts that infringe on others’ rights and safety, including but not limited to, physical or verbal abuse, sexual misconduct, or acts of discrimination, prejudice, or harassment, will result in disciplinary action by the University. Acts that threaten or endanger the health or safety of anyone on the University campus or at University related activities will also be subject to disciplinary action.
The purpose of this policy is to establish warning and enforcement guidelines for use of the Michigan Trespass Statute. This policy is administered in conjunction with the Lake Superior State University Campus Violence and Weapons policy and with other bona fide University agreements.
For the protection of the University community and property and to reduce disruption of the University’s activities and functions, it is sometimes necessary to prohibit individuals as described below in IV.B.1. from entering or remaining upon property owned or leased by Lake Superior State University, by issuing a trespass warning.
This policy applies to all Lake Superior State University owned or leased property in the State of Michigan.
1. The Director of Public Safety as provided by the President of the University, has the authorization to delegate officers to act as agents of the University for the purpose of the Trespass Act.
2. This delegation shall be authorized in writing.
B. Trespass Warning
1. Officers may use their professional discretion, consistent with this policy, to issue a trespass warning if an individual:
a. Committed or is suspected of committing a crime while on campus against persons or property;
b. Refuses or fails to comply with established University rules that protect the health and safety of persons or property;
c. Disrupts the lawful operations and functions of the University; or
d. Demonstrates a risk of physical harm or injury to others or property.
2. When an officer issues a trespass warning, the officer shall read the trespass warning to the individual and give a trespass warning form to the individual in the presence of a police officer (as defined by Section 257.42 of the Michigan Vehicle Code). In any incidents at which an individual is instructed to leave campus without the issuance of a trespass warning, the incident report will be forwarded to the Director of Public Safety for review. If warranted, a trespass warning may, subsequently, be issued.
3. Faculty, students, and staff may be issued a trespass warning only in extenuating circumstances (e.g., posing an immediate threat to the safety of others). Administrative alternatives to issuing the warning to faculty, students and staff include but are not limited to referral to:
a. Staff responsible for administration of the policies contained in the Student Handbook;
b. The individual’s manager, the Office of the Provost or the Human Resources Office;
c. Other University disciplinary action.
4. Issuing a trespass warning does not preclude the officer from taking other law enforcement action or from recommending that a complainant seek a civil personal protection order.
5. Officers must submit each trespass warning to the Director of Public Safety at the end of the officer’s shift. The Director will undertake a review that includes compliance with this policy when the Director returns to his or her office. The Director, upon review, may lift or modify the warning at his or her discretion.
6. Trespass warnings shall remain in effect for one year or until rescinded or modified by the Director of Public Safety. Unless an earlier time period is granted on appeal, each warning shall be reviewed by the Director of Public Safety on an annual basis for possible rescission or modification. After an annual review, a decision not to rescind a warning by Public Safety must be accompanied by a written justification for continuing the warning. Notice of the decision to extend the trespass warning must be sent to the individual, if possible, including notice of the right to appeal a negative decision.
7. At the time of the annual review, Public Safety may extend the duration of a trespass warning for a certain number of years or indefinitely if an individual poses a long-term danger to a faculty member, staff member or student or to the members of the University community in general. An extended warning of this nature shall be provided to the individual in writing, if possible. The decision to issue an extended warning may be appealed.
C. Trespass Warning Violation
1. If the individual is provided with the trespass warning and refuses to depart, the Public Safety officer will contact city police to press charges for violation of the Trespass Act.
2. If an individual who has previously been issued a trespass warning enters upon prohibited University-owned or leased property, the subject has violated the trespass statute. A written trespass Incident Report shall be generated. At the officer’s discretion, the officer may seek an arrest warrant, and/or document the violation of the trespass warning in the Incident Report.
D. Trespass Appeals
1. All individuals issued a trespass warning have the right to appeal the warning in its entirety or in part and shall be informed of that right when the warning is issued. A request for an initial appeal of a trespass warning may be submitted at any time after the warning is issued.
2. Trespass warning appeals will be heard by the Director or his or her designee. Individuals wishing to make an appeal shall be directed to make an appointment with the Director. An appeal meeting will be offered within 30 days of the request.
3. After the appeal is heard, the Director or his or her designee shall issue a decision in writing within 10 business days. Notice of a negative decision will be accompanied by information regarding the subsequent available appeal described in #5 (below).
4. A negative decision by the Director may be appealed to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) or his or her designee. An appeal meeting will be scheduled within 30 days and a decision issued within 10 business days. The decision of the VPSA will be final.
5. After the initial appeal, no further appeal will be granted unless the individual can demonstrate a change in circumstances which must be submitted in writing along with the request for an additional appeal meeting. The extension of a trespass warning by Public Safety after an annual review will be considered sufficient change in circumstances to grant a new appeal.
6. Generally, a trespass warning will not be modified or rescinded on appeal until any related criminal matter is adjudicated.
7. Generally, appeals after second or subsequent violations of the Trespass Act will not be granted.
E. Trespass Warning Form
1. Authorized agents of the University will issue Trespass Warning Forms.
2. Refusal to stay long enough to hear the warning or refusal to accept the issued form shall be documented in an incident report and will be considered if the warning is appealed.
3. Trespass warnings shall be recorded and maintained by Public Safety 7 years after the warning is rescinded.
F. Annual Review
Public Safety will share data related to trespass warnings issued during each calendar year with the Shared Governance Oversight Committee and the LSSU Cabinet by February 1of the following year. The data will be stripped of all personal identifying information concerning the individual who received the warning. The data will include the number of warnings issued, the number of individuals who received warnings, the basis, geographic scope and duration of each warning. The Shared Governance Oversight Committee and the LSSU Cabinet shall review the data and make any recommendations related to application of this policy by the Department of Public Safety to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Student Code of Conduct
Scope of Coverage: Lake Superior State University strives to preserve for all of its students an environment that is conducive to academic pursuit and social development. It is essential that the needs of others be respected by all members of the University community. Behavior which violates these values is considered disruptive and is subject to disciplinary action.
Policies are applicable to all students, whether enrolled for credit or non-credit, while on the premises and at University-sponsored or University-related events off-campus.
Definition/Examples of Disruptive Behavior:
Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Theft of property, intentional destruction, damage or unauthorized possession/use of University property or of the property of any member of the college community.
- Abuse, disrespect, noise or other actions that disrupt the educational enterprise and campus environment.
- Unauthorized entry into or unauthorized use or misuse of any room, building, structure or facility.
- Threatening or inflicting physical or psychological violence to the person or property of any member of the campus community, their family, or campus visitors.
- Distribution, sale, use, or possession of alcoholic beverages other than as specified in the policy for use of alcohol.
- Unauthorized possession or use of explosives, dangerous chemicals, or weapons on campus property or at a University function.
- Harassment, stalking, hazing, or initiation/induction rites.
- Possession or distribution or sale of any drugs or controlled substances having potential for abuse, except as authorized by law.
- Failure to comply with the directions of University officials or designated agents in the performance of their duties.
- Abuse of or tampering with fire alarm systems, fire emergency equipment, or any emergency equipment.
- Failure to comply with LSSU policies as stated in the Student Handbook and other official documents.
The Judicial Process: The steps followed at Lake Superior State University to resolve formal disciplinary matters are called the judicial process. This process exists to assure that basic due process is granted to all students of our community who find themselves in conflict with the community’s standards. All such conflicts are resolved by members of the Lake Superior State University community in a system which, though avoiding the formalities and complexities of a legal process, nevertheless aim to respect the dignity of the individual as well as personal and community rights. With heavy reliance on the honesty of all participants, it is assumed that reasonable people, properly informed, can and will make judgments in the best interest of the University community.
The following judicial structures and procedures have been set in place and are to be considered binding on all parties:
The formal responsibility for discipline rests with the Housing and Residential Life Department. All possible disciplinary matters begin with a complaint filed by a member of the Residential Life staff (Director, Area Coordinator, Resident Assistant) or by any member of the University community. Each complaint is reviewed and, if formal disciplinary action seems called for, then the student or group alleged to have violated University policy is notified by a staff member that the matter is being referred to an appropriate judicial body or hearing agent.
Hearings and Adjudications: The Student Judicial Committee will have primary authority for all cases involving infractions of policy by students on the LSSU campus. During those times when the Student Judicial Committee does not function, all cases will be heard by the Director of Housing and Residential Life or a designated official with appeals going to the appropriate administrator.
The Student Judicial Committee: This body will be established at the end of each academic year for the subsequent year. Membership will be composed of up to ten students at large whom have a vested interest in the judicial system at Lake Superior State University.
Rights and Responsibilities of Students Subject to Disciplinary Hearings: Regardless of whether a student or group has the disciplinary issue heard by a staff member acting as a hearing agent or by either Judicial Committee, they are assured the following rights:
Student(s) shall be presented the charges brought against him/her/them in writing at least twenty-four hours before the hearing is scheduled. Any such notice shall also state that if the student fails to appear without just cause, the hearing shall be heard in his/her/their absence.
- The student shall be entitled to a hearing by an impartial hearing agent.
- The student shall be entitled to be present at the hearing during the presentation of any matter on which a decision may be based.
- The student shall be entitled to present his or her case through statements, questions, witnesses, and other forms of evidence.
- The decision of the hearing agent shall be made only on the basis of matters presented at the hearing.
- If the student’s continued presence on campus is viewed as disruptive or dangerous, the Director of Campus Life and Housing and/or the Vice President for Student Affairs may ask the student to leave the University Campus during the period of time that the hearing/appeal is being processed.
- The student shall have the right to appeal the decision of the hearing agent.
- All disciplinary hearings are closed to the public. Persons in attendance at closed hearings shall be limited to (a) the hearing agent or members of the Judicial Committee, (b) the student and (c) witnesses. Witnesses may be asked to leave after their statements have been received.
If a student or group of students is asked to appear before a judicial hearing agent and, if he/she/they fail to appear for the hearing or investigation without just cause, this will be considered a violation of University policy and such students will be subject to further disciplinary action.
Standards of Proof:
The Judicial Process places a strong emphasis and is dependent upon the candor and honesty of all parties involved. In most hearings strong, clear evidence and testimony is presented to indicate the student’s level of involvement and guilt in the case. Sometimes, however, testimony is ambiguous or conflicting. As in a court of law, a student is innocent until proven otherwise; however, unlike a court, the standard of proof is less stringent and is known as a ’preponderance of evidence’.
Sanctions: The Board of Trustees authorizes the sanctions set forth below for any violation of University policy. More than one sanction may be imposed. In addition, the student or student organization may also be subject to the penalties related to the violation of any federal, state or local law.
When determining sanctions the Student Judicial Committee will take into consideration the following:
- The seriousness of the offense
- The intent of the student
- The actual consequences of the behavior
- The needs of the community and individual(s) involved
- The attitude of the student involved
- The student’s past record
The following sanctions may be applied to incidents of disruptive behavior:
- Formal reprimand - a formal notice that the law or this policy has been violated and that future violations will be dealt with more severely.
- Fines – Fines may be assessed for certain infractions. The amount of the fine will be determined by the severity of the violation. In cases involving theft, damage or destruction of property, appropriate disciplinary action will include payment of restitution and/or service.
- Service – performance of one or more tasks designed to benefit the community and help the student or student organization understand why such behavior was inappropriate.
- Educational Project - completion of a project specifically designed to help the student or student organization understand why the behavior was inappropriate.
- Referral to Counseling Services or Classes – A student may be directed to meet with the Counseling Center and/or attend an informative class relative to a disciplinary issue.
- Restriction from Employment at the University - prohibition or limitation of University employment.
- University Housing Transfer or Removal - placement in another room or housing unit or removal from University housing
- Disciplinary Probation/Last Chance Clause – The student is notified in writing that any further violation of rules may result in immediate suspension or dismissal without an opportunity of appeal. Probation may carry with it withdrawal of certain student privileges.
- Suspension/Expulsion – Suspension is an action taken by the University, which prohibits participation in any activity of the institution for a fixed period of time. The student will be required to leave campus and not be permitted to return until the time of the suspension has elapsed. Expulsion is a permanent forced withdrawal from the University. In both situations, if the action requires or results in academic withdrawal, the student will lose credit for subjects carried that semester. Fees and tuition will be forfeited according to the normal withdrawal policy.
The University may also implement the provisions of Public Act No. 26 of 1970 which provides that it is a misdemeanor, punishable by fine and/or incarceration in the county jail when a person: violates a University rule and such person fails to vacate the premises when directed by the University and such person constitutes a clear and substantial risk of physical harm or injury to other persons, or an unlawful disruption of the functions of the University by remaining by use of force or by threat of force; or enters the institution’s premises or structures with the intent to, and does in fact, constitute a clear and substantial risk of physical harm or injury to others or of damage or destruction of University property, or prevents or disrupts the customary and lawful function of the University by occupying institutional space by force or the threat of force.
The Appeals Process: Appeals of disciplinary decisions are reviewed only if they are submitted in writing. Three types of appeals are possible: (1) appeals seeking a review of the procedures, (2) appeals seeking a review of penalties or 3) appeals based on new evidence not presented at original hearing. All appeals must:
- Be submitted to the Director of Campus Life and Housing no later than 48 hours after the student(s) or group has been notified of a decision.
Specify whether the appeal is seeking a review of procedures and/or the severity of the penalty or presenting new evidence.
- Provide the necessary detailed information to support a position.
The appropriate disciplinary appeal agent may, based upon a thorough review: (1) confirm the original decision; (2) return the case to the original judicial officer or hearing board for a new hearing; or (3) change the sanction(s) and/or the condition(s) originally imposed.
Disciplinary Records: Disciplinary records are kept in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. Thus, disciplinary actions are recorded on the student’s “personal record” and are not placed on the student’s transcript. These disciplinary records are retained for a period of one academic year after the student graduates or after the student withdraws from the University. After such time all disciplinary records are destroyed. At all times, these personal records are confidential and are not available to outside investigation agencies unless permission has been granted in writing by the student whose record has been requested or when records are subpoenaed by a court of law.
Unless a written statement to the contrary is filed with the Division of Student Affairs, all students give implicit permission and authorization to Lake Superior State University to use any still photograph of themselves that is taken or is authorized by a LSSU staff member for instructional or promotional purposes. By granting permission, students release any and all claims for damages for libel, slander, or invasion of right of privacy.
LSSU reserves the right to inform a student’s parent/guardian of information regarding any violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the institution governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the student is under the age of 21.