May 23, 2019  
2012-2013 Student Handbook 
2012-2013 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services

Bursar’s Office

Location:   Elderdice Hall, first floor
Hours:   Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  Cashier’s Window:   Noon-3 p.m.
Phone:   Ext. 2702 or 410/857-2702


  Ms. Harriett Corbran

At the Cashier’s window, located across from the Registrar in Elderdice Hall, one and two-party personal checks will be cashed up to $100 for students with a McDaniel 1Card. A check-cashing fee will be charged on personal and two-party checks. (College checks are exempt from this fee.) A $20 returned check fee is assessed to all checks returned from the bank.

There are a number of other banking institutions in close proximity to the College.

The Automated Teller Machine (ATM), located on the mid level of Decker Center, is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is serviced by BB&T (Branch Banking & Trust) and is affiliated with the MOST, CIRRUS, and PLUS networks. If you have an account with BB&T and a PIN (Personal Identification Number), there will be no charge for your transaction. Otherwise, charges set by your bank apply.

The Payroll Office will gladly direct deposit your work study payroll earnings. For information, call Barb Kashen at ext. 2206 or e-mail


Location:   Decker Center, middle level  
Hours:   (Subject to change after first month of classes)  
    Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  
    Wed. 8:30 a.m-6:30 p.m.  
Phone:   Ext. 2277 or 410/857-2277  
Fax:   410/857-2756  
Payment:   Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover, student debit card, or Barnes and Noble Gift Card  
Manager:   Mr. Kyle Meloche  

In addition to new and used textbooks and a general book department with special orders available, the bookstore offers:

  • General college and art supplies
  • McDaniel College clothing/hats/glassware
  • Key chains and I.D. wallets
  • Greeting cards
  • Health aids
  • Snacks and beverages

Campus Safety

Location:   Winslow Center, first floor
Hours:   24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Phone:   Ext. 2202 or 410/857-2202
Director:   Mr. Michael Webster

The emergency number (fire, police, and ambulance) is 9-911. If it is necessary to call 9-911 and circumstances permit, please advise the Department of Campus Safety at (410) 857-2202, (ext. 2202) of the emergency. In this way we are better able to help you.

In the event of a medical situation which is not life threatening, please call (410) 857-2202 first.

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County can be reached at 410/848-2724.

Campus Safety will provide a walking escort to any member of the campus community. For an escort, please call ext. 2202 or 410/857-2202.

Mission Statement

The Department of Campus Safety affirms that the protection of human life is its primary charge. In addition, preservation of college resources is essential to the accomplishment of the goals indicated in the College’s First Principles. Quality of life substantially affects learning, and that quality is preserved by the enforcement of rules and laws, which is a responsibility of the department.

As educators, the Campus Safety staff provides or facilitates instruction in safety related topics. The department provides services to the College community in a professional, respectful, knowledgeable, and skillful manner with the highest standards of ethics, accountability, dignity, humanism, equity, and fairness.

Campus Safety places top priority on working with students to protect themselves and their property. Officers help with security, law enforcement, emergency medical services, environmental and life safety concerns, fire safety issues, traffic and parking, and other emergency and disaster services.

DoCS is your 24-hour, 365-days-a-year campus resource. Students are encouraged to provide input on how services may be improved.

Safety Tips

Crime on campus can be reduced by common sense and following a few tips. Some are listed here, and others are available at the department.

  • Be wary of too much information on Facebook or other social media. These tools can be used to stalk or track you, or know you’re not at your room and not likely to be back soon. Make sure your privacy settings are current and reflect what you want.
  • Propping a door open may seem like a convenience, but when you do this, you jeopardize the safety of all residents. Please don’t prop doors, and remove any propping objects you find.
  • The misuse of fire-fighting equipment is a serious threat to your safety. Don’t allow others to put you in jeopardy.
  • Be careful about whom you allow in your room; lock your door and carry your keys when you leave, even if only for a few minutes; never go to sleep with your room unlocked. (Keep first floor or ground accessible windows locked.)
  • Record the manufacturer, model and serial numbers of valuables on paper and keep this information in a safe location. Consider purchasing renters insurance if your parents or guardians don’t have extended homeowners coverage for you while living on campus.  Don’t put it on your electronic device… that could be stolen or you could lose your electronic file.
  • If you lose your keys, report their loss immediately so an arrangement can be made to change your lock.
  • When returning to your residence hall or room, have your key ready beforehand.
  • Be aware of places attackers hide; exercise caution near bushes, under stairs, by doorways, parked cars, restrooms, etc.
  • If you are followed, reverse direction, cross the street, and go to a public place to call for help. If no phones are available, use a fire alarm box to summon help.
  • Don’t run, jog, or walk on the track, golf course, Harvey Stone Park, or other isolated areas alone at night; these places are not intended for night use.
  • Textbooks are a huge investment. Put your initials inside your texts on a page you will remember. This helps identify them if they are lost or stolen.
  • Back up your important computer information. Students often have their academic “lives” on a computer.
  • Activate tracking software if your device has it built in. If not (ex. laptops) consider purchasing tracing software. Computrace by LoJack is a good product. Just remember you are providing tracking capacity to that company. You have to decide if you are comfortable with that degree of privacy.
  • Victims of a crime should report the crime to Campus Safety. Criminal laws apply to the McDaniel College campus; charges are appropriately filed.
  • Weapons are not allowed on campus, and carrying them to protect yourself is a mistake; such weapons may be used against you.
  • Report suspicious activity–anything that just “doesn’t feel right.”
  • If you are traveling outside this United States either for study or spring break, consult the international study advisor and the US State Department’s website for current information on safety in the area you plan to visit (

Escort Service

  • Campus Safety officers are available to escort students between campus destinations.
  • Call ext. 2202 or 410/857-2202 in advance.
  • Emergency telephones are located at Gill Center, Harrison House parking lots, the lobbies of Winslow Hall, Baker Memorial Chapel, Levine Hall, and the common room in Hoover Library. Telephones are also located at the exterior of Albert Norman Ward, Blanche Ward, Daniel McLea, McDaniel, Rouzer, Whiteford Halls and the Art Studio.

McDaniel Alert

It is possible for the College to alert you immediately in the case of a campus emergency. McDaniel College has partnered with a firm that can, once you sign up, notify you instantly in the event of imminent danger or a life-threatening campus emergency or a tornado warning condition.

Any member of the campus community can enroll online in a few easy steps. You may choose to be contacted by the new McDaniel Alert system via telephone (TTY), cell phone, fax, wireless PDA device or e-mail. Simply register your contact information online (and up to 5 emergency contacts).

There will be no charges by McDaniel College. However, your phone company may charge for text messages or phone calls received. Your personal data is held under the highest security standard in existence—an encryption level more secure than the technology protocol credit card companies use to protect on-line transactions.

Take action and enroll now at
Your username is your first name followed by your last name with no spaces (Example: williammcdaniel).
Your password is your McDaniel College I.D. number. Omit any zeros at the beginning of the I.D. number (Example: 000012305, you would enter 12305.)
Your I.D. number can be found on your McDaniel I.D. card or on a tuition bill.

Vehicle Security

  • Always lock your car. Keep valuables in the trunk. When driving, keep the doors locked and windows up at least halfway. Park in well-lit areas.
  • Don’t let your friends carry alcohol or drugs in your car.
  • If followed by strangers, drive to the Campus Safety Office, a police station, hospital, or other public place.
  • If your car breaks down on the road, don’t get out if strangers approach to help. Ask them to call the police or a tow service. Honest people will understand your reluctance.
  • Consider the installation of an alarm system in your car. Many insurers will provide a discount on your premiums if an alarm system is installed.
  • When parking your car, try to park close to well-lit areas, especially those near entrances to buildings or sidewalks. If you plan to be on campus especially late, consider moving your car during the day.

Grievance Procedure

Each member of the DoCS staff is expected to exhibit the Department’s core values from its mission statement in all interactions with the community. If a student has a grievance against a member of the Department of Campus Safety, contact the Associate Dean of Students, who is responsible for the oversight of the grievance investigation. Upon launching an investigation, various parties will be interviewed and requested to provide written documentation. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Associate Dean of Students submits a written report to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students summarizing the findings. The Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students is responsible for reviewing the findings and resolving the grievance.

Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO)

Location:   Rouzer Hall, Basement Level
Hours:   Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Mon. - Fri. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Walk In Hours
Phone:   Ext. 3305 or 410/871-3305
Director:   Dr. Julia Jasken
Acting Associate Director of Career Services:   Ms. Amanda Blankenship
Acting Assistant Director of Career Services:   Mr. Jim Mayola
Associate Director of Community Outreach Initiatives   Ms. Sara Krome

The Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO) connects students to experiences and opportunities designed to enhance their classroom learning, support their career exploration and aspirations, and deepen their connection to local and global communities.

The CEO Staff provide students with information about a variety of experiential learning opportunities including community outreach, service learning, internships, work/study, undergraduate research, international programs, post-graduate fellowships, pre-professional studies, and learning communities.

CEO staff and student mentors are cross-trained in the many experiences and opportunities available at the college and work with each student to develop an individualized Experience and Opportunity Plan that evolves as students move through their college experience.

The CEO also provides a full range of career services for all McDaniel graduate and undergraduate students and alumni. Career Counselors are available to help students to clarify their skills, interests, and work-related values; make career/life related decisions; research career options; plan for graduate school; and search for internships and employment opportunities.

CEO assistance is available on a walk-in basis, by appointment, online, or by telephone.

Commuter Students

Advisor: Ms. Lindsey Henderson, Assistant Director of Student Engagement  
Contact: Decker College Center, Office of Student Engagement, Lower Level  

Commuter Student Association

Commuters comprise about 21 percent of the College student population. Both full and part-time undergraduate students are welcome to join the Commuter Student Association. The open-style meeting enables students to discuss their needs or opinions, as well as to arrange fund-raisers and social events.

Members are notified of meetings by a note on the commuter bulletin board, located on the middle level of Decker Center. If interested in joining, contact Ms. Lindsey Henderson (ext. 2265 or 410/857-2265) in the Office of Student Engagement in the Lower Level of Decker College Center.


Commuter students may park in any legal student parking space on campus. The Department of Campus Safety parking regulations can be found at  Yearly parking stickers are required and may be purchased for $130 from Campus Safety. Regulations and a map will be issued at the time of registration.

Snow Policy

In cases when the College closes due to inclement weather, closings will be announced on area radio stations including WTTR (AM 1470) and WBSB (104 FM), and Baltimore television stations. However, the official word on closings is the McDaniel College home page ( It is assumed all classes will meet unless a professor notifies the school otherwise. To find out about an individual class cancellation, call the Information Desk in Decker College Center at 410/848-7000, or contact the appropriate department secretary.

Commuter Lounge

Located on the first floor of Academic Hall, the Commuter Lounge has sofas and chairs, a microwave, color television, campus telephone and a refrigerator. A limited number of keys are available in the Office of Student Engagement. (Please lock the door when you leave.)


Lockers are located on the middle level of Decker Center near the Post Office. They may be reserved for the year in the Office of Student Engagement. Students must supply their own padlocks, which may be purchased in the Bookstore.

Post Office

A campus mailbox keeps you in touch with the College. Every student should have one! The Registrar’s Office, department chairpersons, professors, and fellow students use campus mail. There is not a deposit for a mailbox key. However, there will be a fine if the key is lost.


See Dining Services for The Pub, and The Green Terrace.

Englar Dining Hall is also available for commuters and their guests. Meals can be purchased separately or through a meal plan. The 90-block plan allows the student to eat six meals per week, on average, and a 5 lunch-only plan is available. See the Bursar for details.

Dining Services

Location:   Englar Dining Hall, Decker College Center, Lower Level
Phone:   Ext. 2732 or 410/857-2732
General Manager:   Ms. Rita Webster

I.D. Cards

  • Obtained from the I.D. Card Office (outside Englar Dining Hall)
  • Replace lost card for $25

Meal Plans

All first-year students living in traditional residence halls must select from the 210, 240, or the unlimited meal block plan. Upper class students living in traditional residence halls may select the 180- or 150-meal block plan. An upperclass student may choose from the larger meal plans (210, 240, or unlimited), if he/she prefers.  Students living in the Garden Apartments with a kitchen, North Village, and Pennsylvania Avenue housing may choose either the unlimited, 240, 210, 180, 150, or 90 meal block plan. Additional blocks of 5 meals may be purchased in the event that all meals are consumed. Please ask for additional information at the Englar Dining Hall.

All changes to meal plans must be done within the first two weeks of the semester.

Each plan offers guest passes as well as opportunities meal plan exchanges for lunch or dinner that may be used in The Pub. 

Specialty dinners, themed meals and international celebrations are planned on a monthly basis in Englar Dining Hall.


Special meal hours may be announced during the year.

Note: I.D. cards are for the individual student’s use only and must be presented at each meal. Meals are not transferable.

Other services include:  
Catering Services   Ext. 2731
Class conflict meal service   Ext. 2730
Employment   Ext. 2732
Food Service Committee   Ext. 2732
Sick tray service   Ext. 2742

Englar Dining Hall

Location:   Decker College Center, Lower Level
Prices and Hours:    
  Full Breakfast   $5.75, plus tax;
      Mon.-Fri. 7:15-9:30 a.m.
  Continental Breakfast   $4.25, plus tax;
      Mon.-Fri. 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  Lunch   $7.75, plus tax;
      Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
      Soup, salad, deli 2-4:45 p.m.
      Weekends (Brunch) 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  Dinner   $11.00 plus tax;
      Mon.-Fri. 4:45-7 p.m.
      Sat. & Sun. 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Payment:   I.D. (meal plan), declining balance, credit card, or cash.

Types of Food

Lunch: Selection of hot entrees, including gluten-free items, deli, pizza & pasta is served every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, made-to-order wraps, specialty bars,
vegetarian/vegan bar, made to order grill items, soup, fresh salad bar, frozen yogurt and ice cream novelties

Dinner: Includes all selections above along with themed dinners twice a week. Cooking demonstrations providing for healthy cooking ideas the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Available every meal: Assortment of fresh fruits and cereals, muffins, freshly baked desserts, hot and cold beverages


Location:   Decker College Center, Middle Level
Hours:   (subject to change)
    Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-12 midnight
    Sat. 11 a.m.-12 midnight
    Sun. 1 p.m.-12 midnight

Ext. 2735 or 410/857-2735


  I.D. (meal plan), declining balance, cash, or credit card.

Types of Food

Breakfast foods, fresh salads, soup, grab and go food, hot and cold sandwiches, hamburgers, french fries, appetizers, soup, hot and cold beverages.

Green and Go Convenience Store


Decker Center, middle level


Mon.- Wed. 8 a.m.- 12 a.m.



Thurs. -  Fri. 8 a.m. - 1 a.m.



Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.



Sunday 1 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Phone:   Ext. 2735 or 410/857-2735
Payment:   Declining balance, cash, or credit card

Convenience Items

Canned food, fresh produce, sandwiches, frozen dinners, f’real shakes, dairy products, ice cream novelties, candy, salty & sweet snacks, coffee, cold beverages and sundries.

 Casey’s Corner



Hoover Library
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  Saturday - Closed
  Sunday 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Payment: Declining balance, cash or credit card

 Beverages and Foods

Organic Starbucks coffee, iced coffees and teas, frappuccinos, breakfast pastry, grab and go sandwiches

Dinner on Us

 A select group of students are served an upscale dinner by our Sodexo Chef every 4th Wednesday of the month.  Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard and share ideas
with faculty and staff about dining services.

All hours are subject to change


Financial Aid

Location:   Elderdice Hall
Hours:   8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone:   Ext. 2233 or 410/857-2233
Director:   Ms. Patricia Williams


The goal of the McDaniel College financial aid program is to try to ensure that all academically qualified students who want to attend the College can do so regardless of financial considerations. Financial need, therefore, is the primary criterion used to determine eligibility for aid.

The following is a summary of financial aid at McDaniel College; the Financial Aid Office has complete and detailed information. Eligibility is based on financial information from the FAFSA and McDaniel Financial Aid Application. Some programs list other eligibility qualifications.


Both students who are seeking aid for the first time and those desiring renewal of aid must submit a FAFSA listing McDaniel College (code #002109) as a recipient. The FAFSA is available at To receive priority consideration for financial aid from the College, the FAFSA should be submitted before March 1. Students must be registered for at least 12 credits to be eligible for financial aid.

All financial aid awards administered by McDaniel College (including federal, state and college grants, loans and work-study) are made on a one-year basis and are renewable with demonstrated need. If a student’s financial need increases, additional aid will be considered; conversely, if financial need decreases, aid may also decrease.

When offering financial aid, McDaniel College takes into account all resources available to a student, including state and federal scholarships, and scholarships from other sources. Because the amounts of these awards are frequently unknown when original commitments of McDaniel College financial aid monies are made, it is sometimes necessary to repackage a student’s financial aid award to accommodate these new awards.

Need-Based Aid

  • Federal Pell Grant: does not have to be repaid; maximum award $5,550.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): does not have to be repaid; average award $500, determined by the College.
  • McDaniel Grant: does not have to be repaid; range of $1000 to full tuition, based on financial need.
  • Federal Work Study (FWS) or Campus Employment (CE): campus employment; student paid directly; average award $1,000-$1,600.
  • Federal Perkins Loan: must be repaid at 5% interest rate; average award $1,500, determined by the College.
  • Subsidized Federal Direct Loan Program: must be repaid; check with Financial Aid Office for current interest rates.  Maximum award during first year is $3,500, $4,500 for sophomore year, and $5,500 for the junior and senior years. Graduate students may borrow up to $8,500 per year, according to need.

Non-Need-Based Aid

  • Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan: a loan for dependent and independent students without financial need or for students with special circumstances. Dependent students have the same loan limits as in the regular Direct Loan program while independent students may borrow up to $7,500 during their first year; up to $8,500 as sophomores; and up to $10,500 as juniors and seniors.
  • PLUS Loan (Parent Loan): loan for parents; maximum loan is cost of attendance minus financial aid.
  • Carroll County Grant: Carroll County resident; $2,000 per year for full-time students.
  • Family Tuition Reduction Grant: $2,000 grant; more than one immediate family member in attendance at McDaniel College; starts with the second family member at McDaniel College; must be undergraduate students and full time.

Satisfactory Progress Standards

All students receiving financial aid must meet the requirements of satisfactory progress in order to continue receiving aid each year. In addition to successfully completing at least 75 percent of the credit hours attempted for a given semester, students must maintain the GPA and credit requirements for the semesters listed below:


# of semesters # of credits CUM GPA  
1 12 1.00  
2 24 1.50  
3 36 1.60  
4 48 1.70  
5 60 1.80  
6 72 1.90  
7 84 1.95  
8 96 2.00  

Successful completion of a course requires a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or CR for a nongrade course. Incompletes and withdrawals do not count in the calculation. Transfer students will have their progress calculated using their credit hours and GPA from prior institutions plus the work completed at McDaniel College.

Students not meeting the requirements will be notified and placed on a one-semester probation. If the requirements are not met following one semester of probation, financial aid will be withheld. Students with extraordinary circumstances may appeal in writing to the Director of Financial Aid.

Students who have earned greater than 150 credit hours must appeal to the Director of Financial Aid for continued aid.

Return of Financial Aid

Students who withdraw from the College or stop attending classes during the semester may not be eligible for some or all of the financial aid they received for that semester. Funds for which students are no longer eligible must be returned to the appropriate program fund. Students should see the Financial Aid and Bursar’s offices before they withdraw to determine what they will owe the College. The College’s return of Title IV funds policy can be found at

Information Technology

Location:   Decker College Center, Middle Level and Lewis Hall Basement
Hours:   Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone:   Ext. 3390 (Help Desk)
CIO:   Dr. Esther Iglich

The Information Technology Department supports college computer equipment in computer labs, classrooms and academic and administrative offices. It also maintains the College network, printing support, the Archway and campus e-mail accounts.

Internet/E-Mail Accounts

Publicly accessible computers on campus and in the library’s online catalog area are networked to the Internet and campus domain. Wifi and hardwired internet access are also available in residence hall rooms and wifi throughout the campus. For directions or help with internet access, contact Information Technology at ext. 3328 or X3390 or visit the student technology support center.

All current students, both undergraduate and graduate, are assigned a college e-mail account (Gmail). These accounts will remain active until graduation, unless a student does not register for three consecutive semesters. An e-mail and Internet access account is a privilege, not a right. All users must agree to abide by the Responsible Use of Computing Policy on the College website. McDaniel e-mail accounts are the official method of communicating between the College and students. It is imperative that students monitor their accounts.

Computing Labs

The computing labs are for the use of current students, faculty, and staff with current McDaniel College I.D.s and according to the posted lab rules. Nineteen computer labs are available for student use. Images of the labs and information on available software can be viewed online at: Closings due to classes scheduled in a particular lab will be posted outside that lab.

24-Hour Computer Lab

During the fall and spring semesters, students may access the Charlson Lab in Hoover Library 24 hours a day by activating their College ID card at Campus Safety.  (If a student’s ID card does not have a 5 digit number on the back that starts with zero, the student will need to get an updated ID Card from the ID Card Office by Englar Dining Hall.)

Printing Documents

The College supports a “Print Limit” program. The purpose of this program is to discourage wasteful printing, conserve environmental resources, and control printing charges for students. Each student is provided with a quota of 400 pages for the semester. Students can purchase additional pages in increments of 100 pages ($5.00) by visiting the Bursar’s office during its normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). Students may also submit print jobs, including color posters, at the Copy Center Print Kiosk.


International Programs Office (IPO)

Location: Hill Hall, Rm. 105
Hours: Daily (Mon.-Fri.) appointments and walk-ins welcome
Phone: Ext. 3376 or 410/871-3376
Director: Ms. Rose Falkner
Websites: Study Abroad information: 
  McDaniel Europe (Budapest):
  International Student Information:

The International Programs Office (IPO) is the main campus resource center for information about study abroad programs and overseas internship opportunities and overseas internships available to McDaniel students. The IPO also provides services to the College’s international students, including assistance with visa and immigration, F-1 status, travel and employment opportunities.

Study abroad offers students the opportunity to live and study in a new cultural setting and to pursue academic work that complements McDaniel’s curriculum. Students may study abroad for a semester or full year, and during the summer or January Term. Numerous opportunities are available for off-campus study in Europe and the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.  Many study abroad programs also provide internship and service-learning opportunities in a range of fields and settings.

The College has its own branch campus and national study abroad center in Budapest, Hungary – McDaniel Europe. The Budapest campus is our signature program and most popular study abroad site.  In addition to serving as a national study abroad center for U.S. college students who enroll there for a semester or full year, McDaniel Europe provides a four-year degree program for international students from twenty different countries.  The Budapest campus offers the McDaniel curriculum, including both general education requirements and advanced courses in certain majors. McDaniel also has two student exchange programs - at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis in Brussels, Belgium and at Africa University in Zimbabwe. A special Study Abroad Honors Program is available in affiliation with the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and a consortium of liberal arts colleges in the U.S.  Participation in the Glasgow Honors Program counts for two (out of four) Honors electives.

Other study abroad programs are available through McDaniel’s affiliation with various foreign universities and institutions. Some include the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), CET, Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), International Studies Abroad (ISA),School for International Training (SIT), Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA), College Year in Athens, CIEE, Academic Programs International (API), GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, Saint Louis University - Madrid, Heidelberg College (Germany), Denmark’s International Study Program (DIS), University’s Institute for Study Abroad, Semester at Sea, Arcadia University and AmidEast. Each January Term, faculty members also take small groups of students on various study tours abroad. For further information, see and

Students must be in good academic and social standing at the College to study abroad and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (most programs require a higher GPA). Students who attend the Budapest campus, the Brussels Exchange Program, the Africa University Exchange Program, or one of the College-affiliated institutions/programs may transfer their grades and credits to McDaniel College, and grades earned abroad are factored into the GPA.  Students who attend study abroad programs not affiliated with the College must request a leave of absence from the College for the fall/spring they plan to be away.  Only credits (no grades) transfer from non-affiliated programs.

Federal and state financial aid may be applied for affiliated programs only. Institutional aid and scholarships can also be applied to McDaniel Europe, the Africa University Exchange Program and the Brussels Exchange Program. Federal and state aid, and McDaniel scholarships and financial aid, may not be applied to non-affiliated programs.  An administrative processing fee of $500 will be charged to students enrolling in a non-affiliated semester program and wishing to transfer credits back to McDaniel.

International Students

The IPO provides orientation programs for new international students upon arrival to campus, and helps them with issues of personal or cultural adjustment and academic concerns throughout the year. The IPO issues F-1 visa-related documents to incoming international students as well as assists them with matters related to their U.S. immigration status and regulations regarding employment in the U.S., social security cards, and taxation. In addition, the IPO coordinates the Home Away From Home-Host Friends and Families Program for undergraduate international students and advises the International Club, a student-led organization on campus. For further information, visit


Library (Hoover)

Location:   Memorial Square
Hours (during academic term):   Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-midnight
    Fri. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Sun. Noon-midnight
    Note: Hours vary during vacations and summer. Call or check the library’s home page for updates.
Phone:   Ext. 2281 or 410/857-2281
Reference:   Ext. 2282 or 410/857-2282
Director:   Ms. Jessame Ferguson


  • 24-hour computer lab
  • Media area for viewing videos and listening to CDs, DVDs and cassettes
  • Study spaces for individuals and small groups
  • Group study rooms, collaboration workstations, group technology rooms
  • Casey’s Corner (see Dining Services section for hours of operation)


  • Librarians are available to provide research assistance over 50 hours per week.  Research help is also available by appointment, and by using the “Ask a Librarian” feature located on the Library’s home page.
  • The Library provides online access to over sixty databases, electronic journals, and the library’s catalog.
  • Computers, both PC and Macintosh, are available in the reference area for research and coursework.
  • Hoover Library offers free Interlibrary Loan services for students and faculty. Request materials using print forms available at the reference desk, or online request forms located on the Library’s web page.

Lending Periods

Books:   Four weeks
Video and other AV:   3 days 
Reserves:   Three hours, unless noted otherwise by instructor
Note:   Periodicals, newspapers, and reference materials may not be taken from the library.


Books:   $ .25 per day
Video and other AV:   $1.00 per day
Reserves:   $0.50 per hour
Maximum fine:   $25.00 per item
Lost or damages:   $65.00 per book, AV item, reserve item, $30 per juvenile book, $100 per keycard replacement fees

Failure to pay fines may result in suspension of borrowing privileges and may prevent college re-registration and graduation. Theft, mutilation, or destruction of library materials is an Honor Code violation.

Carroll Library Partnership

The Carroll Library Partnership includes Hoover Library, Carroll County Public Library, and Carroll Community College, and offers access to combined holdings of more than 800,000 volumes and 450,000 titles. McDaniel College library I.D. cards are valid at all locations and materials available at a partnership library will be delivered by courier to Hoover Library upon request.



Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Location:   Decker College Center, Lower Level
Hours:   Mon.-Fri.. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone:   Ext. 2791 or 410/857-2791
Director:   TBD

McDaniel College students share much in common—the same address, challenging academic programs, and bright futures. Part of a college education is learning about and sharing in each other’s differences.

The College community is comprised of classmates from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Organizations like the Jewish Student Union, the Black Student Union, and the International Club, with members from places as culturally varied as Greece, India, and Africa, are open to everyone. These groups provide an opportunity for all students to gain new perspectives on issues, as well as an appreciation of different kinds of food, dress, art, and literature.

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs provides academic and personal support to students of color, including counseling and referrals. Scholarship and internship information is also available along with a multicultural resource library. Diversity training is offered to the community as a whole. The office sponsors cultural, social, and educational events to coordinate with religious holidays, Women’s History Month, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and several other Heritage Months.

Some cultural/ethnic organizations include:

  • Allies (gay, lesbian, bisexual student alliance)
  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Community Coalition
  • Black Student Union
  • Eye to Eye (deaf awareness group)
  • Hispano-Latino Alliance
  • International Club
  • Jewish Student Union
  • Multicultural Student Association
  • Women’s Issues Group



Office of Student Engagement



Decker College Center, Lower Level
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone: Ext. 2265 or 410/857-2265
Director: Ms. Christine Workman
Assistant Director: Ms. Lindsey Henderson

The Office of Student Engagement is responsible for advising student organizations, overseeing Green Terror Productions, and overseeing Greek Life. Also, staff members work with organizations, advisors, and departments in sponsoring events. The Office of Student Engagement keeps the official list of student organizations and their advisors.

  • Organizations that wish to be recognized by the College must submit an Intent to Organize Form; the forms are available in the Office of Student Engagement or on OrgSync.
  • Student groups wishing to use the College facilities must schedule and reserve them through the Conference and Auxiliary Services Office.
  • Activities should be registered as early as possible but at least seven working days in advance. Requests must be made on the online Reservation system.
  • Regular meetings of College organizations should be scheduled for a full semester, if possible.
  • There is no charge for use of facilities by campus organizations for College events.
  • Student organizations planning activities off campus should do so in conjunction with the Office of Student Engagement. Student organizations may not sign contracts on behalf of their organization, the only authorized signature is the Director of Student Engagement.


Post Office

Location:   Decker College Center, Middle Level
Hours:   Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Phone:   Ext. 2270 or 410/857-2270
Manager:   Mr. Larry Shockney

The College Post Office is a contractual branch of the United States Postal Services and is bound by the USPS regulations. We offer all domestic and international services, along with money orders, fax services and mailing supplies. All incoming mail should be in your mailboxes by 11 a.m. and all outgoing mail leaves our location by 3:30 p.m. each day. There is no weekend service. We currently accept cash and checks only for payment of service.


  • All students (including commuters) must have a campus mailbox to ensure receipt of campus mail from the College community. The College distributes campus announcements, schedules, happenings and news each month though campus mail.
  • We ask you to empty your mailbox daily, due to the size of the box and the volume of mail we deliver.
  • The Post Office is not responsible for theft from mailboxes left unlocked. It is a federal offense to tamper with another person’s mailbox or mail.

Mailbox Keys

  • You must bring your key and open your mailbox to receive your mail. We will not issue your mail at the Postal Window; you must have your key.
  • There is no deposit for a mailbox key; however you will be charged to replace a lost key.
  • All mailbox keys must be returned to the College Post Office within 10 days of graduation or departure from the College. Failure to return your key will result with a charge.


  • The benefit of a properly addressed mail piece is deliverability. Mail pieces with complete addresses are delivered promptly and correctly. Please attempt to have all your mail addressed as follows:

    McDaniel College
    2 College Hill, Box # (your box number)
    Westminster, MD 21157-4390
  •  When you receive mail larger than your mailbox, you will receive a slip indicating this. Please bring this slip to the customer service window, where you are asked to sign for the mail piece and will receive it.
  • College groups or clubs wishing to send campus mail to the student population must prepare them in alphabetical order and are required to file them in the mailboxes.
  • Cash should not be sent via the campus mail system or through the United States Postal System.
  • You can mail letters and ship packages by the United States Postal Service or with the United Parcel Service, daily at the customer service window. We offer packing and shipping supplies to meet your mailing needs.



McDaniel College continues to recycle and encourages all community members to do so. The College has a very simple policy: items that can be recycled are placed in green recycling bags; garbage is placed in black trash bags. Recyclables can be commingled and will be hauled free of charge. If any item other than what is listed below is found in the white bag, the entire bag is contaminated and will be regarded as garbage. Please put the following items, and only these items, in containers lined with green recycling bags (these items can be commingled):

  • Aluminum cans/aluminum foil/scrap aluminum void of any residue
  • Steel cans (rinse before placing in bag)
  • Glass bottles and jars (rinse before placing in bag)
  • All plastics #1 PETE and #2 HDPE (rinse before placing in bag)
  • Plastic bottles #3-7 (rinse before placing in bag)
  • All paper (white, news, books, colored paper, junk mail, envelopes)


Shredded paper must be bagged and placed in the green bag. Plastic shopping bags must be bagged separately and placed in the green bag. Cardboard must be broken down and placed next to the container lined with the green bag.


RecycleMania is a nationwide recycling contest among over 400 colleges and universities. During a ten-week period in the Fall and Spring semesters, McDaniel joins this competition to see which college can recycle the most and landfill the least. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Environmental Action Club.

Residence Life

Location:   Decker College Center, Upper Level
Hours:   Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone:   Ext. 2240
Director:   Mr. Michael Robbins

McDaniel College offers a wide range of residential experiences for students. Living in close proximity with others, with a constant exchange of ideas, possibilities for friendships and awareness of the rights and responsibilities of all concerned, is part of what makes the residential environment one of the most educational and fun facets of campus life.

The Residence Life professional staff is responsible for the daily operation of the halls and supervision of the resident and graduate assistant staff.

Area Coordinators

Area Coordinators (ACs) are full time professional staff who supervise our Resident Assistants. The ACs are available to students for support. They manage the administrative processes involved in housing, oversee educational and social programming efforts, interact with the Physical Plant staff to have maintenance or cleaning issues addressed, and also serve as discipline officers in the Student Conduct Process. The Area Coordinators live in apartments within the residence halls and take part in a nightly and weekend crisis response duty rotation. They work with Campus Safety officers to address problems outside of normal business hours.

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs) are specially trained undergraduate students who live and work in campus housing. They are responsible for communicating campus policies to the residents of their areas and encouraging students to respect the rights of other members of the community. They also provide educational, cultural, and social programs in their residential areas. Resident Assistants are interested in knowing each student individually and assisting in his or her adjustment to college life. They:

  • Provide information about policies and services.
  • Advise on social, academic, or personal problems.
  • Make referrals to appropriate offices.
  • Convey student needs and special matters to administrative staff.
  • Encourage the maintenance of good study conditions.
  • Promote student leadership.
  • Interest students in scholastic achievement and intellectual and cultural experiences outside the classroom.
  • Enforce college policies and regulations.
  • Handle the administrative details of operating campus housing.

If You Need Help

One RA is on duty in each building or area every night, beginning at 9 p.m. An Area Coordinator is on call during the week from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. the next morning. On the weekends, an Area Coordinator can be reached any time from Friday at 4:30 p.m. through Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. by calling the Department of Campus Safety at (410) 857-2202.



Student Academic Support Services



Location: Academic Hall, Suite 117
Phone: Ext. 2504 or 410/857-2504
Contact: Ms. Karen Hamilton

At McDaniel College, the Student Academic Support Services Office (SASS) provides and assists all students with documented disabilities appropriate accommodations. Student Academic Support Services is the designated office that obtains and
files disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for services, determines reasonable accommodations and develops plans for the provision of such accommodations.

In keeping with McDaniel College’s caring and supportive community, the SASS office offers a variety of programs to assist students in achieving the college’s high academic and personal expectations. The Basic program provides access to all approved
accommodations, assistive technology, and use of testing center for students with documented disabilities. The Academic Skills Program (ASP), Mentorship Advantage Program (MAP), and Providing Academic Support for Success (PASS) are additional fee-based
levels of service available to students registered with SASS.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and most recently ADAAA (2008) prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

Interpreting and Transcribing Services


Location: Academic Hall, Suite 117
Phone: Ext. 2518 or 410/857-2518
Contact: Mr. Daylon Morrison

Interpreting Services coordinates sign language interpreters for students and visitors for public campus events and classroom settings.

Transcribing services available for eligible students upon request.

To make a request online, please visit:



Location:   Decker College Center, Middle Level
Hours:   8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone:   Ext. 3328 or 410/871-3328
Manager:   Ms. Kellie Wuorinen

Residence hall rooms will no longer be equipped with a college provided phone.  If the student would like a room phone, they should contact the Telecommunications Office at (410) 871-3328 or email


  • When you use any campus phone, you need only dial the 4-digit extension number.
  • To find an extension on campus, ask at the Information Desk in Decker Center or dial 0.
  • There is an online directory at

Dialing Extensions from Off Campus

  • Dial 410-751- plus the four-digit extension if the extension is between 8000 and 8699.
  • Dial 410-386- plus the four-digit extension if the extension is between 4600 and 4699.
  • Dial 410-857- plus the four-digit extension if the extension is between 2200 and 2299 or 2400 and 2599 or 2700 and 2799.
  • Dial 410-871- plus the four-digit extension if the extension is between 3300 and 3399 or 3100 and 3199 or 3800 and 3999.

Campus Extension Phones (The Red Phones)

Decker College Ctr.:   Upper level
Decker College Ctr.:   Across from Post Office
Hoover Library:   The Commons
Alumni Hall:   Lobby

For those needing it, a Video Conference Phone is available in Academic Hall Room 216. 



Wellness Center - Counseling and Health Services

Location:   Winslow Center, second floor
Hours:   8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    (Call to schedule appointment)
Phone:   410/857-2243 or Ext. 2243
Staff:   Ms. Susan Glore, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - Director and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
    Ms. Erin MacDougall, PhD, Psychologist
    Ms. Dana Plevyak, R.N.
    Ms. Rhonda Hall, Office Coordinator/Receptionist
    Dr. Kim Johnston, Consulting Physician
    Nurse Practitioner Service available 3 hours per day


To schedule an appointment with Counseling or Health Services contact the Wellness Center at 410-857-2243 or stop by the office in Winslow Center 2nd floor.

Counseling Services

            Monday – Friday, 8:30am-4: 30pm
            Some evening counseling sessions available by appointment

 In the event of an emergency after office hours, students should contact the Department of Campus Safety, (410) 857-2202, ext. 2202.

Counseling Services provides an opportunity for students to explore problems and concerns that interfere with their adjustment to and success in college.  Below is a list of services offered:

  • Students meet with a licensed mental health professional in a confidential setting.
  • Individual counseling is available to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Counseling is provided on a short-term basis at no cost to the student.
  • Crisis intervention available as needed.
  • Referrals to off campus resources as needed.
  • Limited psychiatric consultation is available to students who are in treatment with a counselor at the center.
  • Workshops and educations programs on a variety of mental health topics.
  • Campus-wide alcohol education and prevention programs are provided each year.

Confidential Services

Counseling Center services are confidential and not part of or connected in any way to a student’s academic record.  Information is shared only with the written authorization of the student (including whether or not a student has received services).  There are exceptions to confidentiality that legally and ethically require a counselor to disclose information in order to protect clients and identified others.  Such exceptions include evidence of serious and foreseeable harm to self and/or others, reports of child or elder abuse/neglect, or as a result of a court order.

Reasons to Come to Counseling

There are many reasons why students may seek counseling services. Some typical concerns students may have include:

  • Adjustment to college
  • Separating from old friends
  • Troubled relationships
  • Feeling sad and depressed
  • Rape/sexual assault
  • Feeling anxious
  • Feeling distracted and unable to concentrate
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Eating concerns/dieting

Health Services

McDaniel College Health Services provides free medical and health consultations to all full-time students by licensed health care professionals.  Nominal fees will be charged for some clinical services and prescription medications.

Appointment Hours:


Monday – Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Call for an appointment
            Nurse Practitioner coverage 3 hours per day
            Full-time RN on staff daily

Appointments strongly recommended

In the event of an emergency after hours, students should call the Department of Campus Safety at (410) 857-2202, ext. 2202

No Show Policy

A $10.00 no show fee will be charged to a student’s tuition account for any missed health appointment that is not canceled at least 2 hours before the appointment time. 

McDaniel College Health Services offers the following clinical services:

  • Medical treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, including routine lab work
  • Medications (over the counter) and some prescription medications available
  • Immunizations including Meningitis, Gardasil, Hepatitis B, Tetanus and PPD (Tuberculin skin testing).
  • Gynecological services for routine exams, problems and birth control.
  • STD Testing
  • Mononucleosis test, rapid Strep test, urinalysis and urine pregnancy test, while you wait.
  • Referal to specialists arranged as needed.
  • Allergy injections per Clinical review
  • Annual Flu Clinic

Note: Verification of class absences due to illness or injury will be provided to students who are treated in Health Services and sign the appropriate medical release of information forms.


The Writing Center

Location:   Hill Hall, Room 101
Hours:   Mon.-Thu.:
    8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Fri.: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Sun: 3 to 10 p.m.
Phone:   Ext. 2420 or 410/857-2420
Director:   Mr. Josh Ambrose

The Writing Center offers assistance with the writing process, including brainstorming, free-writing, outlining, revising, and polishing. Writing tutors:

  • Guide students through the writing process and build the skills necessary to revise, develop, and edit their work independently.
  • Implement widely researched strategies to educate students about all aspects of writing, including structure, style, and mechanics.
  • Do not proofread or write papers for students.

Writing Center tutors can also help with:

  • Research documentation
  • Abstracts
  • Literary analysis
  • Expository writing
  • Argumentative writing
  • Resumes

Please call ahead to make an appointment with a tutor in the Writing Center. Walk-ins are also welcome.