OASIS: The Center for Student Success
Academic Services provides guidance and advising for students who have not yet declared a major program of study and for students who are between majors. It is also a resource for students in need of assistance with study skills, tutoring, time management and other types of academic assistance. Academic Services staff collaborate with faculty to identify and support the academic progress of students as they utilize early intervention strategies to support the students’ academic and social needs.
Academic Services also manages the Learning Center which provides peer and faculty tutors in most General Education math and science courses as well as psychology and Spanish courses. Tutoring for different courses is added as determined by student needs. Supplemental Instructors are also offered for several General Education science courses. Additionally, the Writing Center is co-located with the Learning Center. Writing Center consultants provide assistance for both graduate and undergraduate students in all types of writing. Fully online students may schedule a tutoring appointment with either a Learning Center or Writing Center tutor utilizing Google Hang Outs by emailing either:
Husson University’s freshman seminar course, the Husson Experience, HE 111, is developed and coordinated through Academic Services. A one-credit, graded requirement of all traditional-age, first-semester students, it focuses on developmental tasks that enhance student persistence and success. These tasks include academic and social assimilation, critical thinking, financial literacy, interpersonal responsibility and self-reliance. Academic major and career exploration are significant parts of the course. The course meets once a week during the first semester and is taught by full time faculty and OASIS staff. The first class session of the Husson Experience meets the first day of Welcome Weekend to prepare students to successfully begin their first semester.
Career Services supports Husson students and alumni in all aspects of career exploration and professional development. Career Services staff provide a comprehensive array of vocational resources and assistance designed to address student’s needs at every stage of their college and professional development including career counseling, choosing a major, internships, graduate school applications, professional networking and etiquette, resume and cover letter development, job search strategies and interviewing techniques. Career Services maintains a comprehensive website and several social media platforms offering a number of tools designed to support students and alumni with vocational self-assessment, career information, and job search resources. They also maintain a database of current job and internship postings.
Husson University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified students with documented, qualifying disabilities. Accommodations are provided and supported through the OASIS office. Information regarding where to access support is provided to all incoming students and their parents during New Student Orientation days and in letters sent by the Admissions Office. Returning students who receive support for disabilities are sent reminders of the need to meet and update their accommodation plans at the start of each semester. In order for Husson to provide reasonable accommodations, students must provide documentation of a disability and request accommodations; submission of documentation alone does not establish an accommodation plan. The Disability Services office will review documentation and work with the student to assure an appropriate accommodation plan.
International Student Services
Husson University supports a growing population of international students who will find a full complement of support and advocacy services within the OASIS office. OASIS's Student Success Advisor (SSA) for international students will facilitate connections with tutoring services and immigration/Visa services as well as acting as academic advisor for students until they have determined their program of study. The SSA directs EAGLEWeek--a week-long orientation for all international students--and will facilitate the connection of each international student with his/her peer mentor. The SSA is also committed to supporting the transition needs of all international students.
New Student Orientations
Each summer, New Student Orientation days are offered through OASIS. These student orientations are intended to provide incoming students and their parents with the information they need to successfully transition to higher education. Programming strands for parents and students throughout the day introduce them to a variety of campus departments and staff who provide many types of student services and supports. Information is provided on academic protocols and procedures, athletics, purchasing textbooks, class schedules and student life on campus to name just a few areas. Students have the opportunity to meet with an advisor in their respective college/school (College of Business, School of Science & Humanities, College of Health & Education, New England School of Communications), to have their photo taken for their student ID, and to see a room in the residence halls. Over 90% of incoming students have historically participated in New Student Orientation days. For those students unable to attend one of these New Student Orientation days, or who are accepted into the University after these dates have passed, many orientation activities are available during Welcome Weekend, and OASIS staff are also available for assistance on an individual basis.
Office of Student Life:
Dean of Student Life
The Office of Student Life are charged with providing a variety of activities and services that enhance and extend a student’s educational experience at Husson University. The Office is responsible for the overall engagement of students through purposeful and innovative programs that foster a sense of community, both in our residential commons and for our commuter student population; endeavors to create a sense of well-being – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – through our direct services to students; works to maintain an atmosphere of civility through our educational-based Student Conduct Code and community standards; and, provides educational trainings to student leaders, the general student body, and partners across the curriculum and co-curriculum to make the Husson experience a positive environment for all to live, learn, and engage with.
Husson's Student Life office hosts Welcome Weekends each fall when students return to campus for the start of the semester. The first day of Welcome Weekend is for new students only and is dedicated to helping them become acclimated to the start of the school year. After moving into the residence halls, students and parents jointly attend a welcome barbecue. Later, students are provided opportunities to meet with advisors and assemble in their first Husson Experience class which provides instructors the opportunity to welcome students to campus, to assist them in meeting other students on their first day on campus, and to answer any questions they may have about academic protocols and expectations.
Throughout the weekend the planned social activities help students to get to know each other, learn their way around campus, and get ready to begin classes.
Student and Community Standards
Husson University’s Student Conduct Code is administered by the Office of Student Life and is designed to create a civil, educational, and positive environment for students to live, study, and succeed in.
Husson University’s mission is to inspire and prepare students for professional careers. This endeavor includes a commitment to ethical and social responsibility. Students associated with Husson University are charged to be good citizens and foster a positive living and learning environment. The Student Conduct Code provides the framework for student behavior within which students are expected to live while a student at Husson University. Adherence to the Student Conduct Code is expected as a student voluntarily associates themselves with the institution. The Husson University Student Conduct Code is published on the University’s website.
Commuter Student Services
The Office of Student Life provides services and guidance to commuter students with whatever questions or concerns they might have. In partnership with Student Activities, Community and Student Engagement, Counseling and Health Services, our staff is ready to help.
Our signature commuter program is the Commuter Assistants (CAs) program. Each incoming commuter student is assigned a CA, an experienced student leader who knows the campus well, excels academically and is active in the campus community. CA’s strive to be a resource and to assist commuters with the transition to the University. They encourage participation in campus clubs and organizations and often will accompany incoming students to University-sponsored events.
The Student Government serves to represent the best interests of the student body and acts as a liaison to the University. Students can serve on the Student Government as Senators or Executive Board Members. Elections for these positions are conducted in the fall and spring semesters respectively.
Clubs & Organizations
Over 50 student clubs and organizations exist on the Husson University campus. These groups are student driven and supported by Student Government. Student clubs and organizations provide engagement opportunities in the areas of service, professional development, recreation, fraternal societies and academics. A current list of student clubs and organizations can be found on the University’s web site.
Husson University recognizes that its primary mission of providing an excellent educational program impacts the total life experience of its students. An integral part of that life experience is a person’s spirituality and Husson is committed to addressing the spiritual needs of its students. The University's Chaplain is available to students for spiritual counseling on a one-to-one basis by appointment. Additionally, the Chaplain is responsible for establishing a campus ministry program that is open to all students. The types of programs vary but may include activities such as prayer services, Bible study, focus groups and spirituality development groups.
Community and Student Engagement
The Office of Community and Student Engagement (CASE) provides opportunities for student to engage in community-building volunteer activities. Through the database of not-for-profits, individual students or student clubs and organizations can discover the multitude of opportunities, both local and international, to serve their community and prepare for effective citizenship. The Office provides information for the development and implementation of service-learning/community-based learning opportunities, community partner building and advocacy. Currently we offer specific opportunities such as Big Brother/Big Sister Clubs, Boys and Girls Club of America for Husson students who work to mentor youth in our communities, and the Commuter Assistant program for upper-class students to work with incoming Husson Students.
The primary mission of Husson's Counseling Services Center (CSC) is to assist students in their pursuit of success. In order to do this, counselors help students use their strengths and resources to overcome barriers and to develop new strategies to improve mood, relationships and performance.
The Counseling Services Center staff provides a number of services, including evaluation, personal coaching and performance enhancement, individual therapy, couples therapy, outreach, consultation and instruction. They also offer substance abuse programming and counseling for students who are concerned about their own alcohol or substance abuse, or that of others. This might include prevention, early intervention, assessment, education, individual and group counseling, and referral.
Students are eligible for free, time-limited counseling services from our licensed mental health professionals between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
The Residence Life Staff strives to cultivate a living-learning environment where students can flourish within the structure and support of our college community. It is our intent to challenge our students and provide opportunities through consistent and collaborative efforts so that they may reach their fullest potential. We embrace and support the development of a strong community that practices hospitality, embraces the concept of personal accountability, and nurtures a trusting and civil environment that celebrates the unique and diverse experiences of each student while acknowledging what binds us together. To this end, we strive to guide and mentor our students to become successful, contributing, and interdependent citizens of society.
The residential community is comprised of four residence halls – three traditional halls and one suite-style hall. The traditional halls (Bell, Carlisle, and Hart) are co-ed by floor, mostly double rooms, with a mixture of freshmen to seniors, and shared bathroom on each floor. Every room comes with the following furnishings for each student: desk, chair, dresser, wardrobe, bunkable/stackable bed (in most cases), and mattress. Furthermore, each room is equipped with a cable TV outlet and access to wireless internet as well as the use of a hard-wired data port. One Micro-Chill® is provided for each room. All housing contracts include a board plan.
The suite-style residence hall (Living Learning Center, located on the upper four floors of the Darling Learning Center) accommodates up to four students in a suite. Each suite has two bedrooms (two students in each), living room, private bath and vanity area, and electronic locks on the suite entrance as well as individual bedrooms. The bedroom furniture, as well as cable TV and internet, are the same as the traditional halls. The living room furniture includes a sectional sofa and a hard topped ottoman. One Micro-Chill® is provided for each bedroom in the suite. All housing contracts include a board plan. There are no appliances in the suite.
All full time, first and second year undergraduate day students of Husson University are required to reside in on-campus housing unless they are married or commuting from their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) address within a specified distance from the University. Housing contracts are for the full academic year.
Husson University’s Student Activities Office works to enhance the student life experience by providing a wide variety of activities and programs to engage and enrich the campus community. Programming provides social, educational and cultural opportunities. Activities are held both on and off campus and are available free or at reduced fees to students. Students are encouraged to be actively involved with the Student Activities Office by serving on programming advisory boards or working in the office in a work study position. Current Student Activities Programs can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@HussonSA).
Student Health Services
The mission of the Student Health Center is to enhance the academic environment of Husson by providing quality health care, health education and preventative services to students in a caring, cost-effective and convenient manner. The Student Health Center is staffed with health care professionals that focus on student wellness. The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday for walk-in care; see the Student Health Services website for hours. Services include general medical care, emergent care, preventative care, some lab services and allergy shots. There is no charge for any examination or consultation in the health center and services are available to both resident and commuter students.
Maine State Law (22-MRSA§6359) amendment 10-144 DHHS requires post-secondary students born after 1956 to show proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria. This applies to all full-time students and all part-time students who are seeking a degree. Specific University programs (usually those in health care fields) may require additional immunizations and documentation.
All full-time students are required to have some form of accident and sickness insurance coverage. Husson University makes available to its students a Student Health Insurance Plan with the following provisions and limitations:
- Undergraduate students with 9 or more credits, excluding non-Bangor campuses and online.
- Graduate students with full time equivalency of 6 credits or more, excluding non-Bangor campuses and online.
- The Student Health Insurance Plan is not offered to Extended Learning Students.
Students already insured by another plan are exempt from this requirement upon proof of insurance coverage that is usable in the State of Maine.
Other Campus Services:
Husson University Dining Services welcomes you to the renovated Dickerman Dining Center where you will find culinary professionals committed to providing you with a quality dining experience. We serve a wide variety of foods designed to meet the needs of a diverse university community. In addition to meal plans for resident students, dining dollars and commuter meal plans are available and may be purchased in the Dining Services office located in the Dickerman Dining Center.
Cressy Marketplace located next to the Campus Center on the lower level of Peabody Hall provides deli style sandwiches, fresh beef burgers, and daily specials that are popular with our students. Excellent coffee, an assortment of cold beverages, packaged snacks, as well as, fresh fruit and other healthy food and snack options are always available. Open late nights and weekends.
Willey’s Café located next to the Furman Student Center specializes in Gevalia coffee and espresso drinks and our very popular, house-made Panini sandwiches. Check out our selection of pastries for that perfect sweet treat.
Athletics and Recreation
The Athletic and Recreation facilities include the Newman Athletic Complex that has basketball and volleyball courts, a 25-yard, 6-lane competitive swimming pool, a strength-training room, and a dance studio. The Swan Fitness Center has cardiovascular machines, weight machines, free weights, televisions and a sound system, and also houses the Kenduskeag Institute Research Laboratory and athletic trainer facilities. The Husson outdoor athletic and recreation facilities include the Winkin Sports Complex with the Harold Alfond Diamond, the Boucher Soccer Pitch, the O’Keefe Softball Field, tennis courts and practice fields.
The University offers an extensive intramural, recreational and intercollegiate sports program for both men and women. The men’s and women’s intercollegiate programs conform to and hold memberships in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III (NCAA) and the North Atlantic Conference (NAC). Men’s intercollegiate competition includes soccer, football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, cross country and golf. Women’s competition includes volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, swimming, lacrosse, field hockey, cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.
Intramural sports play a large part in satisfying the recreational needs of the University community. Many students compete in basketball, swimming, volleyball, tennis, softball, soccer, floor hockey and flag football, just to name a few. Husson campus facilities also provide many opportunities for informal recreation like the new W.T. Gardner & Sons Recreation area.
The Mary McDonald Bookstore is located in the lower level of 107 Peabody Hall and is operated by Follett Higher Education Group. The bookstore stocks course materials required in all programs of study at the University. They also offer a wide variety of school supplies, reference books, technology accessories, and an exclusive line of Husson University apparel and gifts.
Textbooks can be purchased or rented through their website at http://www.hussonshop.com/. You can also purchase select University apparel, gifts and school supplies or view current store hours and events on their website. Contact the bookstore directly at 207.947.2270, campus ext. 7114 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Employment Office, 105 Peabody Hall, offers student employment opportunities associated with the institution. Many of these positions require a work study award from financial aid, though some other opportunities are available. Student employment on campus provides direct experiential learning to our student body. Job postings are available through the Husson University Goggle site.
Safety and Security Services
Husson’s uniformed security officers provide 24/7 campus coverage. Our staff consists of 8 full time and 11 part time Security Officers, as well as one full time officer from the Bangor Police Department. We are committed to providing our faculty, staff, students, and guests with a safe and friendly environment both on and around our campus. Statistically, Maine is the second safest state in our nation. However, that’s not to say that crime never occurs here at Husson University. Husson, along with many other institutions of higher education is required to publish an annual report which illustrates certain classes of crimes and fire safety statistics for our campus. We are confident that after reviewing our Jeanne Clery Act statistics, you will see that Husson is indeed a safe place to be. Husson University is fortunate to have experienced so few crimes, but because crimes can and do occasionally occur on our campus, we strongly encourage a collaborative approach towards safety. We truly believe that we all share a responsibility in keeping our community a safe and enjoyable place to live and visit. Husson University is committed to achieving campus safety and security for all members and visitors of our community.
Our Safety & Security department offers POMCO (Piece of Mind Company) safety button devices that can connect a student directly to our services with a push of a button. Campus Safety & Security at Husson offers a “safe walk” escort service on campus for all members of the Husson community. The security department collaborates with Student Life to offer classes such as CPR, self-defense and other safety programs. For additional information please use the information on our website and learn how to report criminal actions, prevent crimes, and practice responsible behavior. Husson University Safety & Security is located in 106 Peabody Hall and by phone at 207.941.7785