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Moravian College
Student Handbook

Academic Resources

A faculty advisor is assigned to each first-year student to assist in planning the academic program, adjusting to college, and selecting a major. In addition, the first-year advisor typically serves as instructor for Learning in Common 101: First-Year Writing Seminar. This course introduces students to the intellectual life of Moravian College. It also helps them develop coherent plans for their education and maximize their academic performance. Students remain with their first-year advisor until they declare a major.

Students who transfer to Moravian from another college or university will be encouraged to declare a major on arrival. Those who declare a major will be assigned an advisor from the respective program. Otherwise, they will be assigned an advisor by the Director of Advising.

When a student has selected a major (sometime after the first semester but before their senior year), and filed the appropriate form with the Registrar's Office, a faculty member in the major department becomes the primary advisor and continues in that capacity unless the student later changes their major. Those who elect minors or double majors or receive a secondary advisor for the second major and for each minor; students seeking teacher certification have a primary major advisor and a secondary education advisor, students that intend. The student consults with their primary advisor about the selection and sequence of courses, career plans, and further study. Secondary advisors should be consulted regularly to ensure appropriate progress in the respective major, minor, or certification. Students cannot register for courses for any given term until they have met with their primary advisor for clearance.

Students who wish to explore the possibility of an interdepartmental or individually designed major should consult with their advisor(s), the Director of Advising, the Dean of Natural and Health Sciences, or the Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Any proposed interdepartmental or individually designed major must ultimately be approved by the Academic Standards committee, which is chaired by the Associate Provost. The Career Center is available to help students who have questions about the relationship of an academic major to career planning.

Specific information on degrees, majors, guidelines, policies, and curriculum is found in the Moravian College Catalog.

Advisors are provided to assist students in planning their academic programs. They are not authorized to change established policy of the College. Each student is solely responsible for ensuring that his or her academic program complies with the requirements for the program of general education, the major, and any other degree requirements of the College. Any advice which is at variance with established policy must be confirmed by the Office of the Provost in writing.

Appeals of decisions concerning academic rules and regulations must be submitted in writing to the associate provost.

The Academic and Accessibility Support Center provides academic support services and programs for students experiencing academic difficulty, seeking to enhance academic performance, and requesting accommodations for documented disabilities (see Disability Support Services for more information).

Individual and group instruction in time management, avoiding procrastination, textbook mastery, note taking, test preparation, and personal learning styles are available throughout the academic year. Individual academic counseling is offered, as well as faculty consultation and peer tutoring.

Students should notify the Academic and Accessibility Support Center of extended absence (more than two days) from classes because of illness or personal emergencies.

Other services and policies supported by the center include:

Greyhound Tutoring Program

Moravian College's Academic and Accessibility Support Center is host to Greyhound Tutoring, a program intended to support the academic success of Moravian students. Through this program, students can request a one-on-one tutor (use this link: bit.ly/NeedTutorMC) to help prepare for exams, complete homework, understand concepts, and organize their schedules. Once connected, students and their tutors coordinate a mutually convenient time to meet. Also available are regular evening drop-in hours for specific subjects throughout the week, and students are encouraged to attend these tutor sessions as often as possible.

Greyhound Tutors are upperclassmen who had previously taken the same course in which they tutor, and they are trained through the College Reading and Learning Association's training modules. Tutors are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA, have strong interpersonal communication skills, and have a proven track record of responsibility and academic success. The Academic and Accessibility Support Center provides tutors with professional development opportunities throughout the semester, and we work directly with faculty to make sure tutors are trained in their disciplines in addition to general tutor training. 

Disability Support Services

Moravian College’s Academic and Accessibility Support Center is responsible for serving otherwise qualified students with disabilities. Moravian College adheres to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 in ensuring accessibility of its programs and services. The assistant director of academic and accessibility support is responsible for assisting the College in providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities enrolled in the College’s courses, and serves as a resource for other College departments serving individuals with disabilities as needed.

A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, even when using mitigating measures such as glasses, medication, prostheses, or hearing aids. Major life activities include, but are not limited to functions such as breathing, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning, exercising cognitive abilities, sitting, standing, lifting, reaching, and working. The College will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, to students whose conditions meet the legal definition of a disability under the ADA, who are considered otherwise qualified, and who provide appropriate documentation of their disability.

Students with disabilities should contact the assistant director of academic and accessibility support for further assistance and information.

Accessible classroom setups, alternate testing, physical plant (campus) alterations, and other accommodations for students with documented disabilities are available on a case-by-case basis. It is the responsibility of students with disabilities to self-identify and request accommodations through the appropriate office.

Students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder/ADHD must provide the following information:

  • The most recent diagnostic and/or psychoeducational test reports, including a full battery of IQ and Achievement test scores, AND the most recent IEP, Summary of Performance (SOP), and/or Section 504 Plan agreement

Students with sensory, medical, mental health or physical disabilities must provide a letter from a diagnosing and/or treating physician to verify the existence of a disability. These are the required pieces of information to be included in the letter:

  • Diagnosis and methodology used to diagnose the condition
  • How long the individual has had the condition
  • How long the condition is expected to last
  • Treatments used to manage the condition
  • The condition un-medicated vs. medicated (if applicable)
  • Recommended accommodations and/or interventions that would facilitate access to the college experience (classroom and campus environment) and a rationale for each request.  The recommended accommodations should be directly related to the impact of the disability.

The letter must also:

  • Include the credentials of the evaluator, including area of expertise (if applicable)
  • Be printed on official office letterhead
  • Be signed, dated, and otherwise legible.

Documentation must be submitted with a disability disclosure form to the assistant director of academic and accessibility support for review prior to any accommodations being implemented. Documentation can be submitted via USPS, fax, or e-mail, or dropped off at the Academic and Accessibility Support Center.

It is the responsibility of the student to request accommodation well in advance of the need in order to give the College a reasonable amount of time to evaluate the documentation and implement the request. Classroom accommodations requiring notification to faculty must be requested for each semester for which they are needed.

A student who disagrees with an action or decision of a disability support provider, faculty member, or College administrator, may file a grievance according to the Americans With Disabilities Act Grievance Process.

Service Animals

Some individuals with disabilities utilize the services of trained animals to directly assist them in daily life. Service animals, often referred to as assistance animals, are permitted to accompany a person with a disability everywhere on campus. 

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA, 2008), a service animal is defined as "any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals to an impending seizure or protecting individuals during one, alerting individuals who are hearing impaired to intruders, or pulling a wheelchair and fetching dropped items." 

Requirements of service animals and their owners at Moravian College include:

  • Dogs must be licensed in accordance with city regulations and wear a valid vaccination tag.
  • Any other animals that are trained for service to a person with a disability must have vaccinations appropriate for that type of animal.
  • Animals must be in good health. Any service animals occupying college housing must have an annual clean bill of health from a licensed veterinarian.
  • Animals must be on a leash or harness at all times.
  • The owner of the service animal must be in full control of the animal at all times.
  • The owner is responsible for appropriate waste clean-up and overall cleanliness of the animal.

Etiquette with Service Animals

  • Allow a service animal to accompany the partner at all times and everywhere on campus except where service animals are specifically prohibited.
  • Do not pet a service animal; petting a service animal when the animal is working distracts the animal from the task at hand. Service dogs typically wear a leather harness, scarf or sign to indicate they are working animals.
  • Do not feed a service animal. The service animal may have specific dietary requirements. Unusual food or food at an unexpected time may cause the animal to become ill.
  • Do not deliberately startle a service animal.
  • Do not separate or attempt to separate a partner/handler from her or his service animal.

The service animal owner is responsible for the appropriate management of his or her animal in all college facilities. Disruptive and/or aggressive behavior on the part of the animal may result in the owner being asked to remove the animal from college facilities. 

Assistance/Support/Therapy Animals

Students with disabilities desiring to use an assistance/support/therapy animal on campus must contact the Academic and Accessibility Support Center to register as a student with a documented disability.  The assistant director of academic and accessibility support will assist the student in determining any additional accommodation appropriate to the functional limitations of his or her disability. A student with a disability who uses an assistance animal and who resides in campus-owned housing is required to alert the Office of Student Affairs of the animal's status.

For further information on service and assistance animals, contact the assistant director of academic and accessibility support (610 861-1401).

As a courtesy to students, faculty members issue midterm warnings to students at risk of course failure. The director of academic and accessibility support, in conjunction with the academic deans, notifies such students, urging them to consult with professors, academic advisors, or Academic and Accessibility Support Center staff members for assistance and development of a comprehensive strategy for academic improvement. Midterm warnings are posted on the student's AMOS page.

Faculty members are encouraged to refer to the Academic and Accessibility Support Center those students who have been absent from class, who are performing poorly, or who have given other indications of difficulty. The ASC notifies students of the concern and offers assistance, which may include tutoring support, a conference with the professor, study skills and time management instruction, goal setting, referral to another support office, and/or a plan of ongoing support and assessment. The student's professor and academic advisor will be sent information that might prove helpful in following the progress of an advisee. Individual departments also can provide information about tutoring programs and extra help sessions.

The Writing Center is a free tutoring service staffed by Moravian students and directed by a faculty member. Students may bring writing of any type, including research papers, essay assignments, and letters of application. The writing may be at any stage of development, from rough notes to finished drafts. The center's tutors work closely with students to help them recognize their strengths as writers, diagnose mechanical and grammatical problems, and improve skills. The center is equipped with computers for students who prefer to be tutored using electronic versions of their work. A collection of handbooks, rhetorics, and other writing reference works is available for study and browsing. Hours of operation are posted on the door of the Writing Center on the second floor of Zinzendorf Hall. The staff will accommodate walk-ins if possible, but appointments are recommended. Call 610 861-1592 for more information or to arrange to meet in an accessible location.