Archived General Catalog 2009-2011
Dean of Students Office
The staff of the Dean of Students Office, Room 103 of the Library-Student-Faculty Building, provides many opportunities for students through the provision of an array of services and programs as listed below. In addition, the Dean of Students supports individual student rights and upholds student responsibility to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.
The Dean of Students focus is to promote responsibility and encourage honesty, integrity, and respect among Purdue students through education, compliance with behavioral standards, and support of individual rights. To sustain this mission we are committed to:
- Work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an ethical and safe environment in which scholarship may flourish;
Promote good citizenship among students and administer conduct standards in a fair, respectful, and equitable manner;
- Disseminate and interpret University regulations and standards to students, faculty, staff, parents, and the general community;
- Promote compliance with the spirit and intent of the Purdue Bill of Students Rights and University Code of Conduct;
- Serve as a resource and information agency for students, faculty, staff, parents and other concerning student rights and standards;
- Facilitate, with dignity, the resolution of concerns and disputes at the lowest level possible;
- Serve as an advocate for, and resource to, student victims of crimes, harassment, and other traumatic experiences;
- Guide students toward a greater sense of personal responsibility and mature and ethical behavior that enhances the quality of the University and community environment; and
- Provide counseling and educational experiences to assist students in making appropriate choices concerning behavior.
Assistance is available for individuals who have not clarified their immediate or long-range vocational goals, or are dissatisfied with their present majors in college. Services are free of charge and are provided to potential students, enrolled students, and alumni.
Career Interest Testing
Individual tests relating to aptitude, personality, mental ability and career interest are available on request. Also, a specially developed career test battery is available for both enrolled students and members of the community for a fee. A reduced fee is charged to PNC students.
Computer-based Career Assessment
“Discover,” a computerized career guidance program, contains the latest occupational and educational information to assist students in career planning. There is no charge for this service.
Services are provided to students experiencing difficulty in their academic work. Help with study techniques, scheduling of study time and other problems related to academic performance are offered. The office also provides academic advisors for students who have not established career objectives.
Short-term, confidential individual counseling is available, free of charge, for a variety of personal problems. Referral to outside services is available as necessary and appropriate. Services are free of charge and are provided to enrolled students.
Upon admission to the University, each student is assigned an appropriate academic advisor who is available to provide information on policies, procedures and programs of the University. The Dean of Students Office provides academic advising for students who are undecided as to their choice of major, students majoring in Purdue schools not represented by PNC academic sections and students assigned to the office by academic sections. Students served by academic advisors in the Dean of Students Office can receive assistance in choosing educational and career objectives as well as course selection and planning. In addition, students can receive information about a wide range of educational opportunities at this University and elsewhere that are pertinent to their objectives.
Purdue University North Central is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to qualified students. Students must provide appropriate documentation in order to receive accommodations. Typical accommodations that may be provided include extended testing time in a distraction-reduced environment, notetaker, reader, books scanned to CD, and other accommodations as approved by the Disability Services Coordinator. The PNC campus is physically accessible with automatic doors and elevators in each building. Please see the Disability Services Coordinator, Schwarz Hall, Room 38, to request accommodations or to obtain more information.
Student Support Services (sSs)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, sSs is designed to assist low income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities to maximize their academic potential and achieve their academic goals. A professionally trained staff provides academic and personal support including counseling, study skills, learning assessments, orientation to college, educational and academic guidance and counseling.
For more information or to apply for sSs, a student need only contact the sSs Office, located in Schwarz Hall, Room 38 or on our website at www.pnc.edu/s3. The necessary forms and instructions are available to any interested individual. Validation of eligibility will be required at the time of application to the program. Staff members are available to consult with students regarding eligibility and services.
The Panther Cub Child Care Center, located in Room 135 of the Library-Student-Faculty Building, provides convenient, high-quality care for the children of students, faculty, and staff members. The Center offers a variety of activities for children, enabling them to explore various activities and interests. Children ages 2 through 7 (up until the 8th birthday), provided they are toilet trained, are eligible to participate in the program. Prior to using this service, a parent must complete all enrollment forms and purchase a child care fee sheet. More information is available at the Child Care Center or from the Dean of Students Office.
Student Activities/Athletic Office
Recognizing the diverse student population on campus, this office provides numerous opportunities to accommodate the interests of the student body. Student participation is encouraged in planning activities, and students are asked to express their needs and desires.
Activities and Events
Throughout the year, programs of entertainment, cultural leadership, and educational value are held for the benefit of the students. Events are sponsored by Student Government, Dean’s Leadership, and F.A.C.E. (Fine Arts Convocation and Events) committee. Others are sponsored by the Chancellor and by the Student Activities/Athletics office. Most of these programs are free and many are open to the public.
A number of student organizations are active, many of which were formed in response to student interest or request. Some clubs extend student involvement in their academic major; others promote social, political, community or spiritual interests. Dean’s Leadership Group gives students the opportunity to earn scholarship money and participate in campus activities. The Student Government is quite active, composed of representatives elected by the student body each spring. The Voice, a student-operated newspaper, is published periodically during Fall and Spring semesters.
A comprehensive package of recreational activities includes intramural sports, fitness activities, outdoor recreation and special events. Campus facilities for recreation include tennis/basketball courts, Fitness Center, locker rooms, walking/jogging trails and an indoor game room.
Purdue University North Central is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, fielding teams in men’s baseball, men’s basketball, women’s softball and women’s volleyball. A cheerleading squad supports athletics and other campus activities. Additional club sports programs exist or can be started if sufficient student interest and funding exists.
Alpha Sigma Lambda. The Kappa Delta chapter of this national honor society for nontraditional/adult students recognizes the academic achievements of those who continue their higher education while facing competing interests of family, community and work.
Alpha Mu Pi (Sigma Tau Delta). The Alpha Mu Pi chapter of this international society honors English majors.
Beta Beta Beta. The Xi Rho chapter of this national honor society is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of the biological sciences and has chapters at 380 colleges and universities.
Kappa Delta Pi. The Purdue University North Central Alpha Alpha Upsilon chapter of Kappa Delta Pi is an international all-disciplinary honor society for students majoring in Education.
Phi Eta Sigma. Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society that was founded to recognize high scholastic achievement among freshmen. Membership is open to all freshmen who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and are full time students.
Psi Chi. Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications.
Student chapters of these professional engineering societies are associated with the Technology/Engineering Club: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Facilities to Assist Learning
Located on the second floor of the Library-Student-Faculty Building, the library provides open access to its collection of books and periodicals. If the library does not have the book or article you need, they will borrow it from another library. Computers are available for student use. In addition 20 laptops are available for student use at the circulation desk. Online full-text articles and resources are available from any workstation on- or off- campus. Personalized reference help can be requested at a time convenient for you.
The main computer lab for student use is Room 265, Technology Building. Access from this lab includes more than 100 terminals with a variety of software, e-mail and internet connections. Students also may arrange to use computers in special areas around campus such as the CAD labs, Nursing Media Center and the Library.
Student Success Center
PNC’s Student Success Center offers academic support services to all PNC students. Tutoring services, academic and study skills development, and academic guidance are provided through seminars, workshops, individual appointments, and group study sessions to support and challenge our students as learners. The Student Success Center maintains collaborative relationships across campus, supports the instructional objectives of the faculty, and advances the educational and retention efforts of Purdue University North Central.
Nursing Resource Center
Multiple resources including mannequins, equipment, supplies, and reference books are available for use in the Nursing Resource Center. Both areas are available for independent practice, as a prescriptive referral by a Faculty member, or as a scheduled supervised practice session. The skills area is room 394 in the Technology building. Computers, TV/VCR’s, DVD, and LCD projector are in the Media Center. There are various videos and software programs also available. The Media Center is TECH 355.
Peer tutoring and other resources for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other writing skills are available in this center, located in LSF 211.
Tutoring is available in courses throughout the semester. Students should ask their instructors and/or academic advisors about the availability of tutoring. Tutoring is offered through the Student Success Center and the Writing Center.
Enrollment Management and Student Services Offices
Student services available at PNC-PC include admission, academic and career advising, registration and financial aid assistance. These services are located in the Undergraduate Building, Room 111.