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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Campus and Student Life

The focus of campus and student life resources is to create a positive environment that promotes student success, engages students in campus life, educates students about their rights and responsibilities as members of a diverse learning community, and links students with key campus and community stakeholders.

Campus Life


Alcohol and Other Drug Policy


Through the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy, the University complies with Title IV requirements, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226, Executive Order 12564, Public Law 100-71 and subsequent regulations including the Drug-Free Workplace Act. The policy in its entirety can be viewed at www.mcneese.edu/policy/alcohol_and_other_drug_policy.

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226, require that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

McNeese has a genuine concern and interest in providing a drug-free environment for its students, visitors and employees. Alcohol and drug abuse can inhibit the goals of the University. It can cause impairment of the education and learning process; affect productivity and quality of work; cause financial hardship, family problems and socially deviant behavior. Serious health problems such as psychological and physiological dependency, depression and psychotic behavior can also be directly related to alcohol and drug use.

The 1990 Legislature passed a bill which designates all state universities as drug-free school zones. This bill increases the criminal and civil penalties to deter the distribution, manufacture, sales and/or trafficking of illegal substances on or within a geographic perimeter around the University property. The drug-free zone includes all McNeese property; main campus, athletic complex, Burton Coliseum, farm and intramural fields.

McNeese prohibits unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession and use of any narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, marijuana or any other controlled substance as defined in Schedule l through V of Section 202 of the Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C. 812), and as further defined by regulation at 21 CFR 1308.11 through 1308.15.

The University prohibits the unlawful use or sale of any alcoholic beverages and the possession or consumption in any form on the University campus except in those areas where the President or his designee has authorized in writing the serving or sale of legal beverages in accordance with the provisions of state and local law and ordinances and prescribed University regulations.

The University expects employees, students, and guests to adhere to City of Lake Charles Code of Ordinances and the Code of Ordinances of the Parish of Calcasieu, Louisiana regarding animals on campus. Animals running at large are prohibited; all animals must be leashed and under control of the owner. Service animals as authorized under ADAAA are allowed; however, the owner must register the animal with University Police. McNeese reserves the right to determine which animals may be permitted or prohibited on campus grounds, at University events, or in campus facilities. Additional information regarding service and emotional support animals can be obtained at www.mcneese.edu/policy/animals.

Bus Service


The city buses of Lake Charles provide excellent service to and from the University by maintaining a schedule of regular buses every hour during the day. Buses stop on Ryan Street. Visit the City of Lake Charles website at www.cityoflakecharles.com for information on bus schedules and routes.

Dining Services


The University partners with Chartwells, a subsidiary of Compass Group USA, to provide residential and retail dining services on the campus. Current dining offerings include:

  • Holbrook Student Union:
    • Rowdy’s Dining - All you can eat campus dining
    • CC’s Coffee - Fresh coffees, pastries, soft drinks, and snack items
  • Student Union Annex:
    • Einstein Bros. Bagels -  Fresh-baked bagels, pastries, sandwiches, salads, gourmet coffees, and other food and drink items
    • Papa Savoreaux’s - Cajun grill and plate lunches
    • 2 Mato’s - Handmade pizza, hoagies, and pasta
    • Outtakes Convenience Store - Quick service cuisine and snack foods

Students residing in residence halls, suites, and garden apartments are required to purchase a meal plan each academic term in which they reside on campus (fall, spring, summer). Commuter students may purchase meal plans or declining balance dollars known as Cowboy Cash as currency for making purchases in residential and retail dining areas. Additional information regarding resident and commuter student dining options can be obtained online at http://www.dineoncampus.com/mcneese/ or from the Office of University Services and Campus Life.

Housing and Residence Life


The advantages of living on campus include economic feasibility, security, close proximity to University facilities and dining services, and opportunities for participation in campus events and activities, recreational sports, and student organizations. Campus residence halls are managed by the Ambling Corporation, a private property management firm with whom residents are required to enter into formal, binding lease agreements. Floor plans and amenities can be viewed online at http://www.mcneesereslife.com/. Applications for residence hall living can be made online or with the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life, located at the corner of Beauregard Drive and Jeff Davis Drive.

Alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons and pets are prohibited at all times in all University housing facilities. Students residing in residence halls, suites, and garden apartments are required to purchase a meal plan each academic term in which they reside on campus (fall, spring, summer). Meal plans are required regardless of whether or not the resident student is enrolled in classes and without respect to the number of credit hours in which the resident student is enrolled.

Residence hall space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited. Prospective new residents of campus housing are urged to contact the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life immediately upon deciding to reside on campus in order to tour residence halls, discuss housing and dining rates and terms, and complete appropriate documents needed in order to apply for housing. Residence hall and apartment lease renewals are not automatic; residents who intend to continue residing on campus following fulfillment of their current lease agreement must notify the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life of their intent to renew and then sign a written lease renewal in order to confirm a room is reserved for them. New residents who fail to apply for housing early and returning residents who fail to renew their leases early may be placed on waiting lists for future openings in campus housing. Successful completion of a criminal background check is required in order to complete the process of applying to reside on campus. The cost for the background check is included in application, reservation, and security deposit fees collected at the point of application.

Intramural Sports and Recreation Complex


The Intramural Office is located in the Recreation Complex with office hours from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Intramural sports programs provide outlets for the physical and recreational talents of the student body. Intramural contests are held in flag football, basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, free throw, table tennis, swimming, golf, horseshoes, pool, racquetball, and water polo. Awards and recognition are given to student winners. Students enter competition representing fraternities, sororities, dorms, school clubs, organizations, religious student centers, and independents.

McNeese State University is not responsible for any injury which a student receives in any intramural activity. Students engage in these activities at their own risk.

Recreational facilities include: a 50-meter swimming pool, steam/sauna room, shower/ locker rooms, four racquetball courts, three full-length basketball courts, 8,000 square foot wellness center, 200-meter indoor track (four lane), equipment rental options, 12-acre intramural playing fields, and outdoor tennis courts.

Hours of operation are posted, but are typically noon-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A valid McNeese ID is required for admission.

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity


Registration at the University is understood to mean the enrolling student understands and agrees to abide by and observe the rules and regulations of the University and applicable civil law. Regulations pertaining to student conduct are under the administration of the Office of University Services and Campus Life. Student disciplinary matters are frequently handled by designated administrators who are authorized by the University President to enforce the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. Serious disciplinary matters may be referred to the Discipline and Academic Integrity Committee for hearing and sanctions.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in ways that strengthen and enhance quality of life at the University. Respect for the rights, welfare, and safety of others is paramount for maintaining civility and promoting academic excellence on the campus and within the local community. Students whose misconduct compromises the quality and integrity of life within the University community may be sanctioned according to the procedures outlined in the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity The Code of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity is published by the Office of University Services and Campus Life and is made available to students through appropriate University communication channels each year. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity and other important University policies online or by contacting the Office of University Services and Campus Life.

The University publishes and distributes information about student rights and responsibilities through new student orientation and residence hall orientation programs. Visit the Office of University Services and Campus Life or the Student Rights and Responsibilities section for additional information about policies pertaining to student conduct, academic integrity, and student rights and responsibilities.

Student Health Insurance


Student Assurances Services has been contracted to offer voluntary student and dependent health insurance coverage for international and domestic students attending McNeese. Additional information, including enrollment form, rates, payment options, and dependent health insurance options, is available at www.mcneese.edu/universityservices/student-dependent_health_insurance or from the Office of University Services and Campus Life.

Voter Registration


McNeese State University is a state designated agency for the State of Louisiana, Office of Voter Registration. Voter registration information is distributed to students during election cycles through the University email digest system and civic engagement awareness coordinated by the Student Government Association. Additional opportunities and information about voter registration are available from the Office of University Services and Campus Life.

Student Life


Holbrook Student Union


The Holbrook Student Union complex serves as the central clearinghouse for diverse student life programs and activities designed to engage students in University and community life, recognize student academic and success, and promote linkages with key community stakeholders. Encompassing over 75,000 square feet, these facilities are headquarters for multiple student-funded and student-led initiatives that add value to the collegiate experience by nurturing leadership development, promoting philanthropy and service to others, creating awareness about local, regional, and global cultural issues, providing social and entertainment events, and fostering advocacy for an array of student and campus concerns.

Student Government Association


The Student Government Association (SGA) is the student body’s official voice for representation and advocacy for student concerns within the campus community. SGA is divided into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. SGA is governed internally by a constitution crafted by its Senate and adopted by the student body through referendum. SGA is governed externally by applicable state law pertaining to matters including, but not limited to, purchasing, procurement, and travel; University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors policies, by-laws and rules; and University policies related to student employment, scholarships, payroll, facilities use, student organization regulations, and other operational issues. The Senate is the sole, legally-constituted body recognized by the University to authorize requests for expenditure of Student Government Association fee and Organization fee funds. Weekly meetings of the Student Government Association Senate are held each Wednesday at 4 p.m. Contact the SGA office, located in the Holbrook Student Union, for information about meeting location and issues of current interest.

Student Leadership Programs


The Student Leadership Programs Office offers programs and activities designed to help students integrate their co-curricular leadership experiences with personal and academic success during the collegiate experience. conferences, informational programs, retreats, and related training events directed at University-recognized student organizations and individual students are offered. Partnerships with other campus departments and external partners provide a forum for addressing a broad cross-section of student leadership development needs and for engaging local and regional community stakeholders in dynamic linkages tied to the University’s mission and core values. The Student Leadership Programs Office is located in the Holbrook Student Union.

Student Multicultural Programs


The Student Multicultural Programs Office offers resources and services to create awareness and appreciation for diverse cultures and viewpoints represented within the student body and campus community. Multicultural Week, Black History programs, Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, Louisiana Culture Night, Taste the Nations, and similar events are conducted throughout each academic year to engage and inform students, promote greater understanding, and foster student success through a well-rounded co-curricular educational experience. University-community linkages are also forged by engaging key local stakeholder groups in activities that foster local and global awareness. The Student Multicultural Programs Office is located in the Holbrook Student Union.

Student Organizations


More than one hundred student groups are currently recognized by the University. These groups engage students in social interaction, religious and spiritual development, intellectual inquiry, political activity, advocacy for social and cultural issues, professional awareness and development, community and University service, and general interest. Active student organizations include the following:

Kappa Kappa Psi
Philosophy Club
Physical Education Majors Club
Sigma Alpha Iota
Student Art Association
635 Campus Ministry
Apostolic Collegiate Ministries
Baptist Collegiate Ministry
Campus Ministry International
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
Cowboys for Christ
Episcopal Canterbury
Life Change
Newman Club/Cowboy Catholics
Presbyterian Campus Fellowship
St. John Lutheran
Wesley Foundation
McNeese Band
McNeese Blue and Gold Peerleaders
McNeese Chamber Singers
McNeese Cheeleaders
McNeese Cowgirl Kickers
McNeese Debate Council
McNeese Rodeo Club
Student Government Association
Student Union Board
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha
Chi Omega
Greek Unity Board
Interfraternity Council
Kappa Alpha Order
Kappa Sigma
McNeese Panhellenic Association
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Phi Beta Sigma
Phi Mu
Pi Kappa Alpha
Pi Kappa Phi
Sigma Gamma Rho
Theta Chi
Zeta Phi Beta
Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Psi Omega
Lambda Pi Eta
Order of Omega Greek Life Honor Society
Pi Kappa Delta
Pi Sigma Alpha
Psi Chi
Sigma Tau Delta
Indian Student Association
International Student Association
Nepalese Student Association
Saudis at McNeese State University
Vietnamese Student Association
Christians United for Israel
College Republicans
Israeli Alliance at McNeese State
Students Supporting Israel at McNeese State
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Association for Computing Machinery
Athletic Training Society
Collegiate FFA
Delta Sigma Pi
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Louisiana Association of Educators
Mathematics Association of America
National Association of Black Accountants
Pre-Dental Society
Pre-Law & Politics Society
Pre-Medical Society
Pre-Pharmacy Society
Pre-Physical & Occupational Therapy Society
Pre-Veterinary Society
Public Relations Student Society of America
Radiologic Technology Organization
Society for Human Resource Management
Society of Forensic Science
Society of Professional Journalists
Society of Women Engineers
Student Entrepreneurship & Innovation Club
Student Nurses Association
Students of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Be The Match on Campus
Colleges Against Cancer
Cowboys In Action
Habitat for Humanity at McNeese State University
Kappa Lambda Society
NAMI on Campus
Astronomical Society
Dazzlers of McNeese
Generation Action
Higher Level Gospel Choir
McNeese Larping Society
McNeese Wildlife Club
National Broadcasting Society
National Society of Leadership and Success
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Student Association for Methods in Behavior Analysis
Student Athlete Advisory Committee
Students for Life
Ducks Unlimited McNeese Chapter
Fishing Club of McNeese State University
McNeese Power Lifting Team
McNeese Soccer Club
Tennis on Campus

Student Publications


Three student publications are officially recognized by the University:  The Log, The Contraband, and Arena.

The Log is the official yearbook of the University. A student editor and production staff are selected each year and tasked with the responsibility of capturing the academic year in an attractive and meaningful publication. Fees collected from students support the yearbook’s production and provide for a copy for students who wish to receive it. The Log office is located in the Holbrook Student Union.

The Contraband is the official student newspaper of the University. A student editor, production and advertising sales staff are selected each year and are charged with producing multiple weekly editions of the newspaper each fall and spring term. Fees collected from students support the newspaper’s production, which is supplemented by the sale of advertising to interested businesses and individuals. The University’s director of public information and communications serves as advisor to the yearbook and newspaper. The Contraband office is located in the Holbrook Student Union.

The Arena is an artistic and literary student journal published in the spring term each academic year. McNeese students may offer submissions including photographs, photographs of pottery and paintings, poems, essays, and short stories for consideration. An editor is chosen from among the members of Sigma Tau Delta English honor society. A faculty member from the College of Liberal Arts serves as advisor.

Student Union Board


The Student Union Board (SUB) contributes to the social, recreational, cultural, and educational development of students, faculty, and alumni through an array of programs and services. As a separate entity from all other groups and organizations, SUB strives to serve as a unifying force in the life of the University by cultivating student engagement in campus life and by fostering enduring regard for and loyalty to the institution. Events are open to the campus community and any student who has paid the Student Union Board fee and is in good standing with the University is a member of SUB. Most events sponsored by SUB require no admission fee at the door, but a valid McNeese student identification card is required for entry at all events. The Student Union Board offices are located on the second floor of the Holbrook Student Union Annex.