Office of Student Life

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Dean of Student Life

The Office of Student Life is 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 training 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.

Welcome Weekend

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.

Student Government

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. The Student Government office is located in 121 Peabody Hall; phone is 207.941.7002; e-mail is: STUDGOV@husson.edu.

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, social groups and academics. A current list of student clubs and organizations can be found on the University’s web site.

Campus Chaplain

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

Husson University is committed to community engagement.  The Student Life Office provides information to help you find volunteer projects that you care about and that will benefit our community.  We have a directory of non-profit agencies, both local and global, that will help you apply your skills to areas such as housing and homelessness, race and ethnicity, food, health, the environment and sustainability, elder issues and much much more.  We are always looking to develop new partnerships that promote social change and are anxious to work with you on issues you care about.

The greater Bangor area is the service center for most of Central, Eastern and Northern Maine.  Bangor is home to three major hospitals, along with dozens of social service agencies, helping people in need.  There are plenty of places to get involved, to learn, and to give back.

One of the best ways to get involved in helping others is through the 50 plus student clubs and organizations.  Almost all of them do volunteer week that is appropriate to their mission.  We also have Husson organized groups such as Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and others, that can help you get involved. 

AnchorAnchorCounseling Services

Husson Counseling Services (HCS) is dedicated to providing confidential support to all students in their pursuit of success.  The counselors are committed to supporting students as they use their strengths and resources to develop the skills essential for improved mood, personal growth, relationships and academic success.

Husson Counseling Services staff provides a number of services, including evaluation, personal coaching and performance enhancement, individual therapy, couples therapy, groups, 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.

Residence Life  

The Residence Life Staff is comprised of paraprofessional students, Resident Assistants (RAs), who are hired and trained as first responders, crisis managers, mediators and personal resources and live with the students to provide support as needed. The RAs are supplemented by professional staff members, Resident Directors (RDs), who live and work in the hall as well. They provide general oversight to the building, address safety and conduct concerns and support student needs throughout their on-campus living experience.  

All full-time, first and second-year undergraduate day students of Husson University are required to reside in on-campus housing unless they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Are at least 25 years of age upon entering
  • Are married
  • Commuting from Parent(s), Grandparent(s), or legal guardian(s) residence within 30 miles of Bangor, ME 
  • A military veteran.
  • Have a financial hardship
  • Have a medical hardship that requires me to make other living arrangements.

The residential community is comprised of four residence halls – three traditional halls and one suite-style hall. We also have Townhouse units that provide an on-campus private living experience supported by the university environment.  The traditional halls (Bell, Carlisle, and Hart) are co-ed by floor, mostly double rooms, with a mixture of first year to graduate student, and a mixture of individual and community bathrooms on each floor. Every room comes with the following furnishings for each student: desk, chair, dresser, wardrobe, bunkable bed, and mattress. Furthermore, each room is equipped with a  full-HD cable TV input and access to wireless internet as well as the use of a hard-wired data port. One Micro-Chill® is provided for each residence hall room. All housing contracts include a board plan aside from the Townhouse units which a student can elect to have or not depending on their need due to the provided kitchen.

The suite-style residence area is located on the upper four floors of the Edward O. and Mary Ellen Darling Learning Center and 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 personalized card access on the suite entrance as well as individual bedrooms. The bedroom furniture, as well as full-HD 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 and no other appliances are permitted.

 The Townhouse units are newly constructed as of August of 2017. They include four private bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room, and kitchen. All Townhouses are completely furnished with a bed, mattress, desk, chair, wardrobe, dresser and nightstand in the bedrooms. The living room has a couch, two individual chairs, and the kitchen comes with high top chairs for the breakfast bar and full-size appliances (refrigerator and stove). Full-HD cable TV and both hardwired and wireless internet are also provided like all other living spaces on campus.  

Student Activities

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 attending events, collaborating on behalf of a student organization and volunteering on events.  Current Student Activities Programs can be found on Facebook, Twitter.

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.

Immunization

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.

Student Insurance

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.