Mar 03, 2024  
Student Handbook 
    
Student Handbook

Campus Resources


 
ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES

Location:  McQuade Library, Third Floor

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Merrimack College is committed to working to empower all of its students to achieve their fullest potential.  The mission of the Accessibility Services Office (ASO) is to provide equal access to higher education for students with diagnosed disabilities as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).

Students who are interested in receiving services through ASO must:

  1. Identify themselves as a student with a disability;

  2. Request services;

  3. Submit documentation of their disability; and,

  4. Schedule an appointment to meet with an ASO team member to review documentation and develop a plan.

The ASO will review potential accommodations and develop an accommodation plan with the student.  Students are encouraged to take a proactive role in accessing services. 

Reasonable accommodations must be directly linked to functional limitations determined by a comprehensive review of documentation.  Reasonable accommodations which provide equal access to education must not interfere with academic/technical standards or essential course requirements. 

Students without documentation who are interested in receiving services should contact the ASO.  The ASO can provide information with regard to accessing disability documentation. 

Located on the third floor of McQuade Library in the Academic Success Center (ASC), the ASO is open during regular college hours.  Students who are interested in receiving accommodations or have questions about documentation guidelines are encouraged to contact ASO at 978-837-5722 or accessibilityservices@merrimack.edu.

BURSAR’S OFFICE

Location: Austin Hall, First Floor

978-837-5310

Billmail@merrimack.edu

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Students are encouraged to email, call or visit the Bursar’s Office to resolve billing questions and to obtain information regarding their accounts. Statements of student accounts are available on MyMack. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the account to ensure that all outstanding balances are paid in full. Students are expected to maintain their accounts in good standing and should seek guidance in the event that full payment of tuition and fees may be delayed.

Please note that no student will be allowed to receive any degree, certificate or academic transcript until financial accounts with the College have been previously and satisfactorily settled.

For additional information regarding the list below, please refer to the Academic Catalog:

  • Fees and Expenses
  • Deposits
  • Payment, Withdrawals and Refunds
CAMPUS MINISTRY

Location:  Sakowich Campus Center, Third Floor

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Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the college’s Catholic and Augustinian heritage, the Grace J. Palmisano Center for Campus Ministry at Merrimack College fosters the spiritual development of the entire Merrimack community: students, faculty, staff and administrators, by helping them grow in their friendship with God and to utilize their strengths and talents in service to God’s people.  We invite all members of our community to recognize and respond to God’s call by participating in liturgies, retreats, service outreach, sacramental preparation, faith education, pastoral care, spiritual direction and other programs, in order to help bring about a world of peace, justice and harmony.  Our programs are open to members of all faiths, to enrich lives outside the classroom.

CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF JEWISH/CHRISTIAN/MUSLIM RELATIONS

Location:  Sullivan Hall, First Floor

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Cultivating the practice of Abrahamic hospitality, the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College educates for religious, ethical, and cultural literacy. We seek to counter destructive prejudice and increase mutual understanding among peoples of diverse beliefs. 

COUNSELING CENTER

Location: Sakowich Campus Center, Third Floor

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The counseling staff consists of licensed clinicians who provide crisis intervention, short term counseling, assessment, referral, and consultation services. Counseling services are completely confidential except in cases where there is a risk of imminent danger or threat of harm to an individual or to the community. Students access the counseling service by calling or stopping by the Center to make an appointment. 

Crisis Support

If in crisis during business hours, please walk to or call the Counseling Center at 978-837-5444 to be connected to a clinician. For after hours support through the Clinician on Call, please call 978-837-5444 x2. If more emergent care is required, please seek assistance directly with The Merrimack College Police Department x5911.

FINANCIAL AID

Location: Austin Hall, First Floor

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Eligibility for Financial Aid:

To receive financial aid at Merrimack a student must:

    A       File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);

    B.      Be a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen;

    C.      Enroll in a degree-granting program of study;

    D.      Have received their high school diploma or GED;

    E.        Not be convicted of a drug-related crime in the last year;

    F.        Not be in default from previous student loans;

    G.       Make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their course of study. The complete schedule of the College’s statement on satisfactory academic progress follows and is also available upon request from the Office of Financial Aid.

    H.          Enroll at least half-time to retain eligibility for federal loans.  Undergraduate half-time status is classified as 8 or more credit hours.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

In order to receive, or continue to receive any financial aid, or receive funds from programs which require satisfactory academic progress, a student must comply with the standards listed in the College Catalog, Student Handbook, or other financial aid publications. In accordance with federal regulations, Merrimack College has adopted the following statement of satisfactory academic progress standards which students must meet in order to maintain eligibility for financial aid from the federal and state programs.

Qualitative Standards: Satisfactory academic progress requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better by the end of your second academic year.

Quantitative Standards:  Students must successfully earn 67% of their cumulative attempted credits.  In addition, you will not be eligible to receive federal financial aid once you have attempted more than 150% of the normal credits required for your degree. For full-time students this means the student must complete their degree within 6 years.

Note:

  • All transfer and summer credits are calculated toward the satisfactory academic progress standard whether taken at Merrimack College or any other institution. 
  • Grades of F, W, unofficial withdrawal or N are considered attempted, but not earned credits.
  • Students can repeat courses as many times as required to pass the course. However, if a student wishes to repeat a course to improve their grade, they can only receive aid for courses repeated one time.

Review of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress for federal and state financial aid will be reviewed at the end of each Spring semester.  If the cumulative grade point average falls below the minimum standard and/or the student falls behind in earned credits, the student will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid, and may appeal in writing by completing the required process below. Once the appeal is received, the Office of Financial Aid will notify student of future eligibility.

The review of Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid purposes is based on a student’s entire academic record, even if the student did not receive financial aid during previous semesters of enrollment.

Appeal

Students who do not meet the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for financial aid have the opportunity to appeal when special circumstances exist.  Conditions when a student may appeal include death of a relative, injury or illness of the student, or other extenuating circumstances.  In order to appeal, a student must submit a completed Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal form, including personal statement and supporting documentation. In addition, the student must meet with their academic advisor to develop an academic plan, outlining the steps required to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.

If a student’s appeal is approved, they will be placed on financial aid probation, and will continue to receive financial aid while on probation. At the end of this probation period, the student’s academic record will be reviewed to evaluate progress and determine continued eligibility. 

Denied appeals will result in the student being ineligible for financial aid until minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress standards are met.

Appeals will be granted only one time during your enrollment at Merrimack. Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances.

After an appeal is granted, if the student fails to meet the terms outlined in their academic plan, they will become ineligible for financial aid until the minimum standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress are met. All courses, including summer and transfer courses, are calculated toward Satisfactory Academic Progress whether they are taken at Merrimack College or any other institution.

Re-Establishing Financial Aid Eligibility

A student may regain financial aid eligibility by successfully meeting the College’s SAP policy requirements or successfully meeting the requirements of an established academic plan.

Application Information

All students who wish to apply for financial aid should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.studentaid.gov.

Freshman applicants should file by February 15.

Transfer students applying for Fall should file by April 30.

Transfer students applying for Spring should file by December 1.

Current students must file the FAFSA renewal prior to April 1 and meet Merrimack’s standards for satisfactory academic progress for financial aid. The Merrimack College Federal School Code is 002120 and must be included on your FAFSA.

FITNESS CENTER

Location: Sakowich Campus Center, Second Floor

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The Anthony Sakowich Recreation Complex on the first and second floors of our Sakowich Campus Center features a fitness area with cardio equipment, free weights, circuit training, aerobics/dance studio, indoor jogging/walking track, and basketball and volleyball courts.   Merrimack students, faculty, and staff have free use of all fitness facilities but must present a valid Merrimack ID.

Hamel Health Center

Location: 477 Andover Street

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The health services staff is comprised of licensed medical professionals including a physician and nurse practitioners.  Students are seen by appointment only. All enrolled students must complete health forms and have active documentation of state-required immunizations on file with the Health Center. Health forms are provided to all entering students and are also available in the Center and online via the Hamel Health website.

For medical treatment when the office is closed, students may use off-campus services. 

Emergencies

If you have concern about a medical, mental health or safety issue that cannot or should not wait, please call Merrimack College Police Services at x5911 when you are on campus. If you are off campus, dial 911, or go directly to the nearest emergency room.

Emergency Rooms at Lawrence General and Holy Family hospitals provide 24-hour medical care.


Lawrence General Hospital - 1 General Street, Lawrence, MA 01842

978-683-4000
 

Holy Family Hospital - 70 East Street, Methuen, MA 01844

978-687-0151


Insurance and Health Forms

All full-time graduate and undergraduate students attending Merrimack College must carry health insurance. Merrimack students are automatically enrolled in the college-offered health insurance plan; students who prefer to carry their own health insurance policy must fill out a waiver to document appropriate coverage. Questions about the student health insurance should be directed to the Bursar’s office at x5138.

Hamel Health and Counseling Services are available and free of charge to all Merrimack College undergraduate and graduate students. Health insurance is not involved when visiting Hamel Health unless an outside provider must be utilized; this process will be fully explained to you if and when using your health insurance is necessary.

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students and all residential students are also required to submit completed health forms with documentation of required immunizations to the Health Center prior to enrollment.

HANDS TO HELP

Location: 60 Island St, Suite #320, Lawrence, MA 01840.

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Hands to Help is a community resource center that provides a variety of services to the community of Lawrence and surrounding areas. Hands to Help upholds Merrimack College’s Jesuit ideal of service by offering students opportunities to enhance their college experience while serving the community of Lawrence.* Hands to Help serves as a site for Merrimack students to find volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities.

Hands to Help provides a variety of services and community programs such as after-school tutoring, ESOL classes, tax assistance, annual drives, job preparation, resume building, translations, and general form assistance. Additionally, Hands to Help recovers surplus food from Merrimack’s dining services and donates meals to people in need weekly. Finally, Hands to Help acts as an information referral site to local nonprofits and resources.

*This is heavily inspired by Boston College’s Neighborhood Center mission.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

Location: McQuade Library, Second Floor

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Merrimack College’s Information Technology Services (ITS) provides solutions that support a wide range of computer-related activities and infrastructure for education, research and the day-to-day functions within the college community.

Intercultural Initiatives

Location: Unity House

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The Office of Intercultural Initiatives is committed to celebrate, educate and bring awareness of all efforts of diversity, equity and inclusion. Through interactive programing and facilitations of training, the Office of Intercultural Initiatives seeks to engage, enlighten and empower our community during their time here at Merrimack College. 

To learn more about opportunities offered through Intercultural Initiatives or ways to get involved, visit our website.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT

Location: Unity House

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Nearly 200 students from all over the world study at Merrimack College. The Office of Intercultural Initiatives offers a customized orientation for international students and supports them with immigration services as well as programs to optimize the academic, professional, social, personal, and cultural integration into the College and the United States. The Office serves as a liaison between Merrimack College, the U.S. government, and any foreign government concerning an international student studying at the College. It is the student’s responsibility to remain compliant with their Merrimack I-20 and report any address, status, or academic major change to this office.

MACK CARD CENTER

Location: McQuade Library, First Floor, MACK Tech Bar

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The MACK Card is used for residence hall access, as your library card and can be used to access goods and services on and off campus much like a debit card. The MACK Card makes your life at Merrimack easy by connecting you to Sparky’s Dining Hall, Warriors Den, Majors and Minors, Dunkin Donuts,Library Cafe and other food services on campus. You can use your card to access a variety of services on campus including the Post Office, Campus BookStore, Print Center, Police Services, Sakowich Fitness Center and Library Copy machines. 

The MACK Card office is your one-stop shop for the Merrimack Access Card.  Visit the MACK CARD Office to have your photo ID created, get replacement cards, and report lost or stolen cards.

MERRIMACK COLLEGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Location: Monican Centre

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Merrimack College, a suburban modern Catholic center of higher learning, is located in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. The College community of more than 3,800 is part of the towns of Andover and North Andover, which have a combined population of 52,000 and is 2.5 miles from the city of Lawrence with a population of 70,000. The College shares with its neighboring communities many interests and problems including a concern about crime, access to events, and services.

Approximately 2,300 students live on campus; about 700 commute to classes. The college employs 600 full-time and part-time faculty, administrators, and staff members, all of whom have access to academic, recreational and administrative facilities on campus. Access to the residence halls, however, is limited to students and their guests in accordance with college procedure. Employee access to campus residential areas is restricted to authorized Police and Campus Life personnel and Facilities performing work-orders under strict supervision. The public is admitted to cultural, recreational and sporting events on campus and access is limited to the facilities where the events are held. Students and parents are concerned about safety issues on a college campus. Merrimack College appreciates that concern and works to create an environment that allows the students to pursue their studies as free as possible from threats to their safety or well-being.

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Merrimack College Police Department is to provide comprehensive law enforcement services that enhance the educational mission of the college. We are committed to the protection of life and property, the prevention and detection of crime, the enrichment of the quality of life and an unwavering commitment to “Excellence in Service through Community Policing” for all members of the campus community, their guests and visitors.

Values

We emphasize integrity, honesty, impartiality and professionalism from our members in order to create an environment that values differences and fosters fairness and flexibility in our mission. We encourage community input and interaction that will assist us in developing sound partnerships between community and the police. Working together, we can protect our future and enhance the quality of life for everyone within the college community.

Department Information  

    
Emergency: 978.837.5911 (or 5911 internally)
Business: 978.837.5555 (or 5555 internally)

Anonymous Tip Line: 978-837-5777 (or 5777 internally)

 

TTY for Hearing Impaired

The Merrimack College Police Department does not have TTY (text telephone) capabilities. If you need to contact us and you are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, or speech disabled you may access MassRelay 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year where a Relay Operator (OPR) will complete your call, dialing the party you wish to contact. The OPR will then stay on the line to relay messages electronically via a TTY or verbally to people who can hear. All relay calls are confidential.

MassRelay Numbers

·         Universal Access 711

·         TTY 1-800-439-2370

Voice/Speech to Speech Relay (STS) 1-800-439-0183

 

Crime Statistics and Crime Rates

In accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (also known as the Jeanne Clery Act), Merrimack College furnishes current students and employees, as well as those applicants for enrollment or employment who so request, an annual report of campus security policies and crime statistics. Institutional crime statistics may also be obtained on the internet at www.ope.ed.gov/security  for the most recent three-year period. Statistics are also available on the department’s web site,www.merrimack.edu/police  or in flyer format from the Police Department.

Safety Escort

If you feel uncomfortable walking alone at night, or have special circumstances that cause you to be concerned about your personal safety, you may contact the campus police dept. at (978) 837-5555 externally, x5555 internally or by use of Emergency Phones located throughout the campus.  An officer will provide a safety escort. The service is available to all community members and their guests.

Occasionally, situations may arise when an officer is unable to respond immediately to your request. The dispatcher will advise at the time of your call of any expected delays. A Student Security Team member may be dispatched to your location to provide the service. Please wait in a safe place for the arrival of your safety escort.

The campus police department is committed to the goals of providing a safe, efficient and courteous escort service. Therefore, certain restrictions must be placed on this service. The escort service is not designed to:

  • Provide transportation to/from places of employment, restaurants, taverns, airports, mass-transit, etc.
  • Provide transportation for large groups or persons intoxicated or otherwise exhibiting disorderly behavior.
POST OFFICE

Location: Sakowich Campus Center, Second Floor

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The Campus Post Office, operated as a Contract Unit of the United States Postal Service, serves the entire campus community. We offer all Retail Postal Services including pre-paid returns for USPS, Fed Ex and UPS. We accept cash, credit/debit cards and MACK bucks for payment.

As a college mail center, we also handle all the college parcels, mail sorting and delivery and maintain student mailstops along with the package locker system. Any questions can be sent to- postoffice@merrimack.edu

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Location: The Hub

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Merrimack College’s Office of Student Involvement’s mission is to engage students in purposeful out of classroom experiences that enlighten students through social, cultural, spiritual, transitional, and interpersonal development. And to empower them to live the mission of Merrimack College by promoting leadership, community building, awareness, scholarship, and service in their daily lives.

To learn more about opportunities offered through Student Involvement or ways to get involved, visit our website.

OFFICE OF WELLNESS EDUCATION

Location:  Sakowich Campus Center, Third Floor

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College is an influential time in a student’s life! Along the way, each student will face challenges and successes, both of which will make them a stronger person. The office of Wellness Education thrives on educating the mind, body, and spirit of all students to reach their highest potential. We strive to promote a campus culture in which every student is given the support, education, opportunities and encouragement necessary to actively prioritize their health and wellness. Our initiatives support various areas of a students’ wellness including their physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, and occupational wellness, all while acknowledging students’ diverse needs and experiences. We prioritize integrating prevention and health promotion into students everyday lives through participation in programming, whether it be passive programming or in-person programming. Some of our signature initiatives include Fresh Check Day, Love Your Body Week, Mental Health Screenings, Wellness Challenges and more. Students can feel free to visit the Office of Wellness Education if they need resources on mental health, stress relief, alcohol and other drugs, and much more. We welcome students to follow our instagram account @mcwellnessed to keep up to date with programs, inspiration, and other educational materials.