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2020–2021 MCLA Student Handbook 

The MCLA Student Handbook provides students with information on many facets of college life such as policies and procedures, community resources, organizations, and services. This document is written for every student enrolled in one or more classes at MCLA.

Each year, the College produces a new or revised Student Handbook to serve as an up-to-date reference for students. Policies most relevant to students, whenever possible, are printed in full in this Handbook. However, due to limitations of space, many State and Federal laws as well as some College policies and procedures are only referenced. Students are, therefore, encouraged to ask questions of appropriate offices before investing their time, money or good name in any activity about which they are in doubt. Changes or additions to College policies, which come about after this Student Handbook is published, are announced to the College community via MCLA email; through the student newspaper, The Beacon; radio station, WJJW 91.1 FM; and on

Since a major portion of this Handbook highlights the rules and regulations governing the living standards of the College community, students are responsible for familiarizing themselves thoroughly with the contents of this Handbook. It is our belief that the information in this Handbook, if read and utilized, will enhance the experiences available to students of the College.

No claim is made that this document covers all rules and regulations now in effect at MCLA. Students are referred to the MCLA Catalog, Residential Programs & Services publications, and other department policy documents for further information.

The Student Affairs Division Office is designed to provide administrative leadership, supervision, and coordination of the Student Affairs Division (Athletics and Intramural Programs; the Center for Service and Citizenship; Counseling Services; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Health Services; the Identity and Gender Equality Center; International & Veteran Student Services; Orientation and New Student Transition; Public Safety/Campus Police; Residential Programs & Services; Student Conduct; Student Activities; and the Susan B. Anthony Women’s Center). In addition, the Student Affairs Division Office oversees MCLA Dining Service, a contracted service through Aramark.

Important for students to know, this Office also serves to ensure and protect all enrolled students’ right to participate in college life, in a community which respects each student's dignity, safety, and basic human rights. Any student who believes these rights have been denied or the atmosphere has been compromised by the actions of a particular student or MCLA employee is encouraged to discuss such concerns with the Student Affairs Division Office or any Student Affairs staff member.

As a supplement to the information provided in the Student Handbook, the Student Affairs Division Office assists students who are unsure where to go for general assistance and/or answers to questions. When in doubt about where to go for help, students are encouraged to start with the Student Affairs Division Office.