Central Connecticut State University




General Information

The CCSU Alumni Association sponsors programs and services for students, alumni, and current members of the University community, including an affinity credit card, group rate insurance programs, and student educational loan consolidation. The Association also sponsors major events, such as Homecoming, Alumni Day, class reunions, networking socials throughout the state, and regional events around the country. Career and library services are provided to alumni. The Association offers scholarship opportunities to undergraduate junior- and senior-level students who are children or grandchildren of alumni. An elected Board of Directors, consisting of alumni who volunteer their time to enhance the programs of the Association and its relationship with the University community, governs the Alumni Association. For more information, contact the Alumni Affairs Office at (860) 832-1740 or visit www.ccsu.edu/alumni.   

The University Bookstore, operated by Barnes and Noble, Inc., is located in the Student Center. In addition to carrying course textbooks, the University Bookstore maintains an inventory of office and school supplies, CCSU gifts items, health and beauty aids, reference materials, greeting cards, soda, and snacks. A photo service and video game/movie rental service is also available. Students can arrange to have packages sent by UPS through the Bookstore.


When classes are cancelled or delayed because of inclement weather conditions, the most accurate cancellation and delay information for Central Connecticut State University will be made available on the Snow Phone: 860-832-3333 and on the web at www.ccsu.edu/ cancellation. These services will be updated twice daily: 6 a.m. for the day schedule and 2 p.m. for the evening schedule.

If the University is forced to close or delay during the final examination period because of storm conditions, this information will also be made available on the Snow Phone and the web. These services will also carry information from the Registrar’s Office once the affected exams are rescheduled.

The University will also notify the broadcast media of cancellations or delays affecting regular classes or exams. WTIC-AM 1080 is the principal radio outlet. WFSB-TV 3, WTNH-TV 8, an WVIT-TV 30 are the principal television outlets. Since radio and television stations are geared heavily toward broadcasting delay and closing announcements for public elementary and secondary schools, we recommend using the Snow Phone or web for the most accurate information about CCSU’s closings or delays.

The University reserves the right to cancel courses which have insufficient registration, and to change the schedule of courses or instruction as necessary.

Any change in name or address should be reported immediately to the Registrar’s Office or the Enrollment Center/Office of Continuing Education. Students may obtain copies of the form at www.ccsu.edu/Registrar. If the University’s name and address files are not updated, there will be delays in communication.

The Early Learning Program, Inc., a state-licensed childcare facility for toilet-trained children from ages three to five, is available just off Paul J. Manafort Drive at 1285 East Street, New Britain. The program follows the CCSU academic calendar (September through May), with a summer session available pending enrollment. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an option to stay until 6 p.m. Attendance options include nursery school and part- and full-time care. Priority enrollment goes to the CCSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. If room allows, enrollment is open to the greater New Britain community and others. For information, contact Program Director Kathy Hucks at 827-7018.

Many cultural opportunities are available to students, both on campus and in the New Britain and Hartford areas.

On campus, the Samuel S. T. Chen Art Center features an array of international, national and regional artists in exhibits of fine arts, design and scholastic arts. The Theatre Department facilities include one of the best equipped, flexible experimental stages in the region. Students may take advantage of concerts, theater, choral performances and dance presentations by student groups, faculty and professional companies from around the world.

Locally, students will find two nationally known art museums, the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. Area theatres, including Hartford Stage, the Repertory Theatre of New Britain, the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam and The Bushnell in Hartford, offer a variety of music, drama and dance. The New Britain Symphony Orchestra performs four times per year in Welte Hall on the CCSU campus.

The extensive print and digital resources of the Elihu Burritt Library support the scholarly information needs of the CCSU community. The library provides digital access to an ever-expanding full-text journal collection and specialized abstracting and indexing services. In addition to its extensive book and journal collections, the library houses a Curriculum Laboratory, a partial federal documents repository, and a 16,000-volume rare book collection, as well as the renowned Polish American Archives and Gender Equity Collections.

CONSULS (www.consuls.org) , the shared catalog of the CSU libraries and the State Library, is the digital gateway to over 1.4 million books, journals, audio-visual materials, government documents and Internet resources. All members of the CCSU community may take advantage of the many remote access features, such as viewing library account information, renewing and requesting library materials, digital course reserves, off-campus database access, and reference assistance.

On-campus meals, for students on a meal plan, are served in Memorial Hall. Meal plans are optional of graduate students, although they are required for any student who is living in on-campus housing. Meal Plan information is listed on page 21. Additional retail food services are available in the Student Center’s Devil’s Den Food Court, as well as at the Jazzman’s Café located on the second floor of the Elihu Burritt Library. All-you-can-eat meals can also be purchased on a cash basis in the Memorial Hall Cafeteria.

Students may retrieve their grades on the web via CentralPipeline, following the posting of grades at the conclusion of each academic semester and, for all summer courses, at the end of the third Summer Session.

All full-time students, as part of the General Fee, are covered under the accident insurance plan. Students are covered 24 hours a day on and off campus. Full-time students will also be automatically enrolled in the sickness plan, unless proof of comparable insurance coverage is provided to the University. The complete text of the insurance policy is available at www.chickering.com.

Part-time students are not required to have accident/sickness insurance but may elect to purchase an accident/sickness insurance policy through an independent contractor selected to service students by the University. Additional information on this insurance can also be found at www.chickering.com.

All students are required to obtain a photo identification card; students must be registered for at least one class before a card can be issued to them. The Blue Chip Card is required for access to the library and Microcomputer Lab, as well as to the Welte and Vance parking garages and Barrows Hall, James Hall, and Sheridan Hall dormitories.

In addition to serving as a student’s photo identification, The Blue Chip Card may be used as a debit card. There is a charge for laser printing at the Microcomputer Lab that must be paid with the Blue Chip Card or by purchasing a Guest Card at a Card Value Center; there will be no cash transactions. Students also use the Blue Chip Card in conjunction with any meal plans for which they participate in at Memorial Hall.

Up-to-date information about the Card Office or the Blue Chip program (including participating off-campus vendors) can be found online at www.cardoffice.ccsu.edu,  as well as on page 22 of this catalog.

Information Technology Services is responsible for academic, administrative, and student computing services at CCSU. As part of its mission, our Academic/Instructional Computing unit is responsible for the support of student computing, including the Microcomputer Lab in Marcus White Annex. This facility is the primary location for general student computing use on-campus, with more than 225 PC-compatible and Macintosh computers and numerous laser printers. All of the computers offer a wide variety of popular software packages, as well as direct access to the Internet. A valid CCSU ID is required for access to the Microcomputer Lab.

Central Connecticut State University is situated approximately two hour’s driving time from Boston, New York City, and southern Vermont. The campus, just 15 minutes from downtown Hartford, can be reached from state Routes 9, 71, 72, and 175, and Interstates 84 and 91. It is approximately 25 miles south of Bradley International Airport which serves Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Media Center (Willard Hall) coordinates all audio-visual and television services. The Center maintains reference files on instructional materials, film rental sources, film producers and media equipment. Facilities for making instructional materials are available during scheduled times. Faculty and students, with the approval of a faculty member, may request media equipment for class use.

The University Health Service will forward a medical excuse to the Office of Student Affairs only in those cases in which a student was seen in our office and the medical recovery or contagiousness of the patient/
student warrants an absence from classes.

A student who is out of class for more than five days, and has not been seen as a patient in the University Health Service for the evaluation of the illness, should submit verification of the absence from his/her physician to the Office of Student Affairs. Notification of a student’s absence will be relayed to the appropriate professor only if a physician’s verification is submitted at the time of the request for notification. A student absent from class for five consecutive days or less should, upon return, explain the absence to the instructor. Please call 860-832-1605 for additional information.

OnlineCSU is the virtual classroom of the Connecticut State University System (CSU) — Central, Eastern, Southern and Western. CSU strives to meet the academic and support needs of our learners. Responding to the emerging trends of learning-on-demand, CSU designed OnlineCSU to ensure that the education it has traditionally made available in the classroom can now be offered without regard to time, distance or circumstance.

Online learning, also known as distance education, takes place using computer technology and the Internet when the faculty and students are separated by distance, i.e., not in the same room. Within semester limits, OnlineCSU offers asynchronous learning, which means the instructor and the students need not be in the same room at the same time or on the computer at the same time. This means students may sign on any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Except where the faculty have set test dates, chat room sessions, etc., students do not need to sign on at the same time as other students or at the same time as the instructor.

OnlineCSU offers both graduate and undergraduate courses, and new courses are added every semester. Three master’s degree programs are available via OnlineCSU, including CCSU’s Master of Data Mining. CSU faculty, who design and teach the courses, are at the core of this distinctive learner-centered program. CSU campuses are fully accredited, and courses offered through OnlineCSU are approved for credit by the university offering the course.

Full-time and part-time matriculated students (students who have formally applied and been admitted to a CSU university) who already have a faculty advisor should continue to consult with that advisor regarding online courses. Non-matriculated students do not need a faculty advisor to register for an online course; however some online courses may be restricted to matriculated graduate students.

OnlineCSU uses WebCT’s e-Learning platform. For more information about online courses, visit the OnlineCSU Web site at www.OnlineCSU.net.

All full- and part-time students must obtain decals for student parking from the University Police. Students may park in any campus lot or parking garage except those designated for administration, faculty or staff. Vehicles without decals or improperly parked vehicles may be ticketed or even towed at the owner’s expense. You are urged to learn and follow the campus parking regulations. Additional information regarding parking regulations is available on the University Police webpage, accessible through the University website (www.ccsu.edu) , or in the Parking Guide available at the CCSU Police Department, 170 Manafort Drive.

Several offices of the University, principally those of Institutional Advancement, provide information to news organizations about CCSU’s students’ accomplishments and activities while they are at the University and at the time of graduation. Additionally, CCSU supplies photographs and other visual images of students and corollary text in response to requests from news organizations. As a regular practice, photographs of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus are used in publications produced by the University for recruitment and general information. Any student who does not wish to appear in any photos used for these purposes must notify the Office of Institutional Advancement immediately upon matriculation. It is, however, not possible to practice these restraints with respect to the use of photography (where groups of students appear) of scenes, events, or classes in session.

With the exception of animals used to aid persons with disabilities, animals used in University laboratories and fish in residence hall rooms, animals are prohibited in campus buildings.


The University designates the following “Directory Information” as public: name, address, telephone number, major field of study, participation in officially recognized student activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, and degrees and awards received. Such information may be disclosed by the institution at its discretion. Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of this directory information (exclusive of name) in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and Board of Trustees Resolution SCR 75-7. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received in the Office of the Registrar prior to the beginning of the respective academic semesters.

The University assumes that failure on the part of any student to specifically request withholding of certain directory information indicates approval of disclosure.

The University Police Department, located at 170 Manafort Drive, provides the campus community with a full range of protective and investigative police services around the clock. Also, the professional police officers of the department coordinate an escort service for students and are available to educate students in protecting themselves and their property. Through an on-campus dispatch center, linked to other regional emergency services, officers are able to respond rapidly to any emergency. State-of-the-art emergency telephones, connected to the dispatch center, are strategically located throughout the campus.

Central Connecticut State University is proud of its efforts to maintain a safe and secure place to live, study and work. CCSU is, therefore, pleased to make available its annual “security report” on the role and authority of the University Police Department and institutional policies concerning the security of the campus, as well as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. This report also cites statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by CCSU, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. This report is available on the following web site: www.ccsu.edu/police/.  Those without access to the Internet may obtain a copy by sending a written request to: Central Connecticut State University, Police Department, P.O. Box 4010, New Britain, CT 06050-4010.

Central Connecticut State University encourages a balanced program of sports and intramurals/recreation consistent with the educational responsibilities of the student.

Harrison J. Kaiser Hall is home to the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance, as well as the Intercollegiate Athletics Department which sponsors 18 varsity sports. Kaiser Hall houses the newly-renovated, 3,200-seat William H. Detrick Gymnasium, the Jack Suydam Natatorium and special function rooms, including a modern Nautilus and free weight training facility.

Arute Field, with new grandstands and a synthetic turf field, is where the football team plays its home games. The women’s lacrosse program plays its home games on Arute Field.

Other sports facilities include Kaiser Annex, a 37,000-sq.ft. recreational/athletic, air-supported structure which features five tennis courts, a four-lane track, and fields for soccer, softball, baseball, and recreation.

Central Connecticut State’s Blue Devils have gained national recognition on the playing fields. The University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the Northeast Conference (NEC) and conducts its athletic programs under the rules of these organizations.

Students may also take advantage of indoor and outdoor facilities for intramural programs and recreational use.

A Title IX Coordinator works with the Athletics Department to ensure Title IX compliance. Title IX is a federal civil rights statute that prohibits gender discrimination in education programs, including athletic programs that receive or benefit from federal funding. The major athletic categories that are analyzed for compliance are: sports offerings, scholarships, and other program areas, including equipment and supplies, coaching, availability, competitive facilities, and tutoring.

The Student Center is the meeting place of the campus community and provides services that support student life. The 84,000 square feet of new and renovated space provides the University community with quality meeting and programming space. The Student Center is also the home of Student Activities/Leadership Development and the Women’s Center, as well as several offices of student clubs and organizations.

To make it convenient for students to access support services, the Student Center offers a food court, an expanded bookstore, and a new full-service bank, as well as the CCSU Card Office. There is a student mailbox area where all resident and many commuter students have their own mailboxes. Students can study or meet with friends in the lounges. For relaxation, the Breakers Game Room offers eight tournament billiard tables, foosball, electronic amusements, board games, and sports television.

Visit the website at http://stdctr.ccsu.edu  for updated information on services and hours of operation or call the Student Center Information Desk at 832-1970.

Central Connecticut State University can place students to study for CCSU credit almost anywhere in the world through a variety of study abroad programs. International experiences range from two weeks to one year in duration. CCSU offers two distinct types of programs — semester or academic year study abroad programs and courses abroad taught by our own faculty.

Study abroad immersion programs allow CCSU students to enroll at one of our international partner universities, often on an exchange basis. Exchange programs are arranged so students pre-pay normal tuition, and in some cases housing costs, to CCSU while exchanging places with an international student. Full semester and academic year study abroad programs are currently available in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Hungary, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Barbados, Japan, China, Korea, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Financial aid applies to all CCSU programs, and scholarships are also offered on a competitive basis. With proper planning, all course work earned overseas will apply toward graduation and degree requirements.

o plan a study abroad program, contact the International Education Coordinator in the George R. Muirhead Center for International Education (CIE), Barnard Hall, Room 146, (832-2043). April 1 is the program application and scholarship deadline for all programs taking place in the upcoming academic year. Specific program information and the dates of regularly scheduled information sessions can also be found on the CIE website at http://www.ccsu.edu/cie.

Students may also take individual courses taught abroad by CCSU professors during a Winter or Summer Session. Students choose from some dozen courses offered each year by faculty in a variety of disciplines and countries. Foreign language proficiency is generally not required. Registration for courses taught abroad in Summer or Winter Session takes place at the Enrollment Center/Office of Continuing Education, Willard Hall. Students must also declare their participation with the George R. Muirhead Center for International Education.

A University transcript is a complete, unabridged academic record, without deletions or omissions, which includes the signature of an authorized official and bears the legal seal of the University. Central Connecticut State issues only official transcripts.

Transcripts may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office, Davidson 115. The cost, which is subject to change, is $5. All requests for transcripts must be in writing and include payment in advance. A copy of the form may be obtained at www.ccsu.edu/Registrar.

See “Transcript Policy” on page 16 for information on official sealing of transcripts.

Regardless of which town in Connecticut a student has as a place of residence, voter registration can be done on campus. Students can register to vote at either the Student Center Information Desk or at the checkout counter in the Burritt Library. All students are urged to take advantage of this convenient service, if they are not currently registered to vote, and to then exercise their rights and duties as citizens by becoming voters.

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