Feb 25, 2021  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Office of University Services

Dr. Toby Osburn, Associate Vice President

The Office of University Services is a part of the Division of Business Affairs and University Services and seeks 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, links students with key campus and community stakeholders, and responsibly oversees a broad portfolio of auxiliary business enterprises and student self-assessed and mandatory-assessed fee funds. Programs and services made available through University Services that directly impact student life include those offered through the offices of Campus Life, Counseling Center, Student Health Services, and the Holbrook Student Union and Activities.

Campus Life


Dr. Chris Thomas, Director

Student Housing

Applications for residence hall living should be made with the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life located at the corner of Beauregard Drive and Jeff Davis Drive. 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. 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. 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.

Housing Lease Renewals

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.

Dining Services

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

Student Union (Old Ranch)- Rowdy's Food Court (all you can eat sit-down primarily designed for resident students, but open to all students, faculty, and staff.); CC's Coffee (fresh coffees, pastries, soft drinks, and snack items.)

Student Union Annex (New Ranch)- Einstein Bros. Bagels (fresh-baked bagels, pastries, sandwiches, salads, coffees, and other food and drink items); Outtakes Convenience Store (everything you can imagine in a local convenience store...and more); Mama Leone's (daily offerings of pizzas, pastas, and other Italian favorites); Papa Savoreaux's (daily plate lunches offering local favorites).

Non-resident students may purchase meal plans or declining balance dollars known as Cowboy Cash as currency for making purchases in residential and retail dining areas. Contact the Office of University Services in the Holbrook Student Center for information about commuter and resident student dining options. Refer to the section entitled "Student Housing" for important information about mandatory meal plan requirements for resident students.

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.

Student Health Insurance

Domestic students are eligible to enroll in a limited, voluntary student health insurance policy during fall, spring, and summer academic terms. Internationally students are automatically enrolled in a limited student health insurance policy, and the policy premium is automatically charged to the student's tuition and fee bill, upon enrollment in fall, spring, and summer terms. Policy provisions typically include coverage during periods between academic terms. Domestic students who receive primary medical care through the state-provided charity healthcare (LSU hospital system) may wish to decline enrollment in this plan in order to ensure they are not rendered ineligible for publicly-funded healthcare benefits. Contact the Office of University Services in the Holbrook Student Center or Student Health Services in the Dr. Thomas Henry Watkins Infirmary for additional information.

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 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 is made available to students through new student orientation activities and other 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 by contacting the Office of 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 Campus Life (Holbrook Student Services Center) or click the following link, Student Rights and Responsibilities, for additional information about policies pertaining to student conduct and academic integrity and student rights and responsibilities.

Pets on University Property

Pets are prohibited on University property at all times. Service animals for persons with disabilities are welcomed.

University Drug and Alcohol 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 the serving or sale of legal beverages in accordance with the provisions of the state and local law and ordinances and prescribed University regulations.

Voter Registration

McNeese State University is a state designated agency for the State of Louisiana, Office of Voter Registration. Students are given an opportunity to register to vote during their orientation class and voter registration information is distributed to students during election cycles through civic engagement awareness coordinated by the Student Government Association. Additional opportunities and information about voter registration are available from the Office of Campus Life.

Counseling Center


Raime Thibodeaux, LPC-S, NCC, Director of Counseling and Health Services

The Counseling Center (Kaufman Hall Room 112 E) provides comprehensive mental health counseling services to all enrolled students. Counseling helps students to effectively manage daily stressors, experience personal growth and development, and succeed in fulfilling their academic goals. The Center is staffed by Licensed Professional Counselors and also serves as an internship site for graduate-level counseling interns from the McNeese counseling psychology program.

Services are funded through a fee that students pay at the beginning of each semester so no additional payment is required at the time counseling services are rendered. The Center also offers marital/family/couples counseling if at least one person participating is an enrolled student. Select assessments for learning disabilities are available by appointment.

Confidentiality is strictly maintained in accordance with state counseling ethical guidelines and applicable law. Records are kept separate from other university/academic records.

All enrolled students are invited to use the Counseling Center at any time during their academic enrollment. Students are encouraged to make appointments by calling (337) 475-5136, but walk-ins are available in the event of an emergency and crisis situations. Additional information is available by clicking the following link: Counseling Center.

Health Services

Health Services is staffed by registered nurses and contracted resident physicians who provide acute medical services for occasional, routine health problems in order to permit students to focus on achieving their academic, career, and personal goals. Health Services is located in the Watkins Infirmary building near the Contraband Bayou behind Kirkman Hall and Frazar Memorial Library. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Medical visits with physicians and nurses are funded through a fee that students pay at the beginning of each semester so no additional payment is required at the time of the visit.

Students in need of extended care of chronic or serious health problems are referred to local hospitals, medical offices, and ancillary health care service providers and should be prepared to present personal health insurance information and make appropriate payment arrangements for services received in these facilities.

In addition to acute medical care, Health Services provides wellness program and general health information to students and the campus community. Walk-in appointments with registered nurses are available anytime during regular office hours. Physician appointments should be scheduled in advance. Questions about health issues and available services, or requests for consultations and appointments with healthcare providers should be directed to the staff by calling (337) 475-5748. Additional information is available by clicking the following link: Health Services.

Holbrook Student Union and Activities


Kedrick Nicholas, Director

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 directly (Student Union) for information about meeting location and issues of current interest.

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.

Religious Centers and Organizations 

Multiple religious centers and student organizations are available to serve the religious and spiritual needs and interests of students. Formal religious centers or groups with facilities located near the University campus include Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Church of Christ Campus Outreach, Catholic Student Center, Episcopal Canterbury Ministry, Pentecostal Student Center, Wesley Foundation, Islamic Society of Lake Charles, and Presbyterian Campus Fellowship, and Assemblies of God/Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. Additional religious organizations and spiritual life interest groups include 635 Ministry, Elevate, International Justice Mission, Newman Club, RTM Campus Crusade, and St. John Lutheran Church A current list of religious organizations recognized by the University is available in the Student Union Annex office and by clicking the following link: Campus Life.

Student Leadership Programs Office

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 Office

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 Publications

Three student publications are officially recognized by the University. They include 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 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. Some of our active groups include the following: 

Student Organizations
American Society of Chemical Engineers American Society of Civil Engineers American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (APEL) Association of Computing Machinery Mathematics Association of America/Association for Computing Machinery
Kappa Kappa Psi Block and Bridle Club Medical Laboratory Science Association
Chamber Singers McNeese Rodeo Club Nutrition and Food Science Student Association
Student Leadership Advisory Council Collegiate FFA (Future Farmers of America) Pre-Pharmacy Society
Fellowship of Communication’s Uprising Students (FOCUS) African and Caribbean Student Association Gay Alliance for Tolerance and Equality (GATE)
Higher Level Gospel Choir Honors College/Council Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Interfraternity Music Company Chinese Student Association International Student Association
McNeese Blue and Gold Peerleaders MSU Band Pre-Physical Therapy Society
NAACP MSU Cheerleaders Society for Human Resource Management
College Democrats College Republicans Society of Professional Journalism
MSU Cowgirl Kickers MSU Debate Council Society of Women Engineers
MSU Greek Unity Council European Student Association Society of Black Engineers
Math Association of America Radiologic Technology Organization Student Art Association
Philosophy Club MSU Student Alumni Association Wildlife Club
Society of Forensic Sciences Student Nursing Association (MSNA) Pre-Law & Politics Society
Student Dietetic Association Pi Kappa Delta Student Nurses Association
Newman Club Pre-Veterinary Society American Red Cross
Pre-Medical Society Sigma Alpha Iota Colleges Against Cancer
Rotaract The Federalist Society Cowboys in Action
Student Advertising Federation Delta Sigma Pi Teachers Are Readers
Voices for Planned Parenthood (VOX) Students Performing with Untiring Rowdy Spirit (SPURS) Habitat for Humanity
Student Louisiana Association of Educators (SLAE) Wesley Foundation Rotaract
Students for Life Engineering Technology Society Up ‘Til Dawn
International Student Association The Entrepreneurship Club National Society of Leadership and Success
Nepalese Student Association International Business Club Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Vietnamese Student Association Kappa Kappa Iota Prism
Christians United for Israel Master of Business Administration Student Association Residence Hall Association
So You Like to Write Student Athlete Advisory Committee Cowboys Rugby Football Club
Society for Appreciation of Visual Arts Blue Blaze Nation Fishing Club

Social Fraternities and Sororities 

The University recognizes and values the rich traditions of Greek life, and encourages a strong Greek presence on the campus. Social, Greek-lettered organizations with national affiliations are key components of campus life at McNeese and include:

Social Fraternities Social Sororities
Alpha Phi Alpha Alpha Delta Pi
Iota Phi Theta Alpha Kappa Alpha
Kappa Sigma Chi Omega
Kappa Alpha Order Delta Sigma Theta
Kappa Alpha Psi Omega Psi Phi
Phi Beta Sigma Phi Mu
Pi Kappa Alpha Sigma Gamma Rho
Pi Kappa Phi Zeta Phi Beta
Theta Chi

Greek governing councils are student-led bodies that promote self-governance and advancement of fraternity and sorority life within the campus community and include:

Greek Governing Councils
Greek Unity Board
McNeese Pan-Hellenic Association
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Inter-fraternity Council

McNeese Ring Ceremony

In one of the newest traditions of campus life, the McNeese official signature ring is formally presented by the University President to eligible students and graduates. Eligibility for purchasing a ring is based on completion of a minimum number of semester credit hours. Prior graduates of the University are eligible to redeem previously purchased rings for credit toward the purchase of the signature ring. Contact the Director of the University Bookstore for more information.

Honor Fraternities, Societies, and Organizations

The University warmly embraces the development and recognition of groups whose primary purpose is to promote academic achievement and scholarship. The following chart illustrates honor organizations currently recognized by the University and identifies potential candidates for membership: 

Honor Fraternities, Societies and Organizations Eligible Honorees
Alpha Psi Omega honorary theatre students
Pi Kappa Delta honorary forensics students
Psi Chi Honor Society honorary psychology students
Sigma Tau Delta honorary English students
Alpha Lambda Delta honorary society for first-year students
Phi Kappa Phi honorary society for juniors and seniors from all disciplines
Order of Omega honorary Greek life students
Beta Alpha Psi honorary financial information students