Jul 20, 2019  
2016-17 Student Handbook 
2016-17 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:   Mon. - Thurs. Noon-3 p.m.
Phone:   Ext. 2702 or 410/857-2702


  Ms. Pat Tyler

At the Cashier’s window, located across from the Registrar in Elderdice Hall, 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.  Previously endorsed checks will not be accepted. All checks must be endorsed at the Cashier’s Window in the presence of the Cashier.

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 bkashen@mcdaniel.edu.


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-5:30 p.m.  
Phone:   Ext. 2277 or 410/857-2277  
Fax:   410/857-2756  
Payment:   Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover, McDaniel One Card, or Barnes and Noble Gift Card  
Manager:   Mr. Kyle Meloche  
Assistant Manager:   Mrs. Vickie Carlson  
Website:   www.mcdaniel.bncollege.com  



In addition to Renting and Selling New, Used and Digital Textbooks we have everything you need to succeed.


  • General college and art supplies
  • McDaniel College clothing/hats/glassware
  • Greeting cards
  • Health aids
  • Snacks and beverages

Campus Safety Department

Location:   Winslow Center, first floor
Hours:   24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Phone:   Ext. 2202 or 410/857-2202
Director:   James K. Hamrick
Website:   www.mcdaniel.edu/undergraduate/24-7-journey/campus-safety/

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.

Safety Escorts -  Campus Safety officers are available to provide students with safety escorts between campus destinations.  For a safety 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.

Core Values

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.

The Department of Campus Safety 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.
  • If you’re posting photos many cameras will record and embed the GPS coordinates, date, and time of the photo in the image information. This is information you may not want to post publicly.
  • 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 crimes 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 (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html)

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 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.

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.

For more information, contact the Department of Campus Safety at (410) 857-2202.

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 Department of Campus Safety 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.
    Appointments available upon request
Phone:   Ext. 3305 or 410/871-3305
Director:   Ms. Connie Sgarlata
Email:   CEO@mcdaniel.edu
Website:   www.mcdaniel.edu/ceo

The office mission: To connect 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.

Office description: The CEO is designed to be a “one-stop shop” for students interested in accessing a variety of experiential learning opportunities.

  • Career Development: The CEO provides career planning support for students beginning in their first year. This includes interview and resume preparation and job search assistance as well as opportunities for students to interact with alumni and employers to build their professional networks.
  • Community Engagement: McDaniel students are committed to serving their community and we have a number of local non-profit partners to connect students with opportunities. The CEO plans service days and assists with service learning courses to help students better serve the community and build skills outside of the classroom.
  • International Programs: Responsible for coordinating the College’s study abroad programs. Services include advising students interested in studying abroad, assisting with the application process, helping faculty members plan Jan Terms Abroad, and facilitating the global initiatives of the College.
  • Scholarship & Fellowship Support: Students interested in applying for competitive scholarships and fellowships are encouraged to visit the CEO to work on their application materials and connect with faculty advisors, former recipients, and award representatives.

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/McDanielCEO
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/McDanielCollegeCEO
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mcdanielceo/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/McDaniel.CEO


Commuter Students

Advisor: Mr. Lukas Miedreich, Assistant Director of Student Engagement  
Contact: Decker College Center, Office of Student Engagement, Lower Level  

Commuter Student Association

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 Mr. Lukas Miedreich (ext. 3158 or 410/871-3158) 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 https://my.mcdaniel.edu.  Yearly parking stickers are required and may be purchased for $200 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 (www.mcdaniel.edu). 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 Merrit Hall, the Commuter Lounge has sofas and chairs, a microwave, color television, campus telephone and refrigerator. The Commuter Lounge is accessed through a pin code and each commuter can receive their unique, 4 digit pin code to the Commuter Lounge by visiting the Office of Student Engagement, located directly across from Englar Dining Hall.

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, The Green and Go Convenience Store, Vocelli’s Pizza, and Casey’s Corner.

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 “Research and Technology Information” Desk in Hoover Library, first floor.
  • Replace lost card for $25

Dining Plans

For complete information about Dining Plan options, go to: https://mcdanieldining.sodexomyway.com/dining-plans/index.html.

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

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: McDaniel 1Cards 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

Dining locations and hours may be found at: http://www.mcdanieldining.com/locations.html


Financial Aid

Location:   Elderdice Hall
Hours:   8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone:   Ext. 2233 or 410/857-2233
Director:   Ms. Zhanna Goltser
Website:   www.mcdaniel.edu/undergraduate/admissions/financial-aid/

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 Financia Aid section on the McDaniel Portal (my.mcdaniel.edu) provides detailed and up to date information on the types of aid available, policies and procedures, financial aid forms and important federal and state websites.

It is the responsibility of all students to read and familiarize themselves with the information contained on the portal.  Students have access to their own financial aid data 24 hours a day on the Archway.

Additionally, the Financial Aid Office sends emails to students’ McDaniel email accounts with financial aid updates and news.


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 (IT Help Desk -located in Hoover Library)
CIO:   Dr. Greg Dumont

The Information Technology Department supports college computer equipment in computer labs, classrooms, academic and administrative offices. It also maintains the McDaniel College network, the Archway, and campus email accounts.

Internet/E-Mail Accounts

Publicly accessible computers on campus and in the library’s online catalog area are networked to the campus main network. Ethernet is available from residence hall rooms.  For directions on Ethernet access, contact Information Technology at ext. 3390 or 410-871-3390.

WiFi access is currently available campus wide, with the exception of the golf course and sports fields.

All current students, both undergraduate and graduate, are assigned a college email account. These accounts will remain active until graduation, unless a student does not register for three consecutive semesters.  An email 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 College email accounts are the official method of communicating between the College and students.  It is imperative that students monitor their accounts regularly.

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. Nine computer labs are available for use. Check the posted schedules at each lab for hours of operation. Hours are also available on the Information Technology web page (it.mcdaniel.edu). 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 IT Help Desk.)

Other Labs

  • Academic Hall Lab in Academic Hall, G1 (primarily used as a classroom lab)
  • Foreign Languages Lab in Baker Memorial Chapel, basement (foreign language students)
  • Graphics Lab in Peterson Hall, 1st floor (graphic arts students)
  • Lewis Mathematics/Computer Science/Communications Lab in Lewis Hall G5 (mathematics, computer science and communications students)
  • Maggie Lab in Academic Hall, 1st floor (SWAT help available)
  • Physics Lab in Lewis Hall, 3rd floor (physics students)
  • Windows Lab in Lewis Hall B5, basement (primarily used as a classroom lab)
  • Writing Center in Hill Hall, 1st floor (English students); closings due to classes posted on a daily basis

I.D. Cards

Permanent identification cards, issued to students their first year at McDaniel College, are nontransferable. These cards identify students of the College and should be carried at all times. Cards may be required for admission to various College-sponsored athletic, social, and cultural events, for admission to the Dining Hall, and for checking out books from the library. Each student is responsible for his or her card, including a lost or stolen card, unless it is reported to the Department of Campus Safety. Lost or stolen cards may be replaced for a fee.

International Programs Office (IPO)

Location: The CEO - Lower Level Rouzer
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm. Walk-in advising available (check the office for walk-in times). Appointments preferred.
Phone: Ext. 3376 or 410/871-3376
E-mail: ipo@mcdaniel.edu
Portal: (Study Abroad Information: International Programs Office listed under “Academic”)

The International Programs Office (IPO) is the main campus resource center for international students and information about study abroad opportunities available to McDaniel students.

The IPO advises students interested in studying abroad, interning abroad, doing research abroad or participating on a service learning program abroad.

Education abroad, also known as 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. Many study abroad programs also provide internship, volunteer and service-learning opportunities in a range of fields and settings. Students may study abroad for a semester, academic year, summer or during the January Term. A wide variety of programs to over 50 countries are available.

The College has its own branch campus and national study abroad center in Budapest, Hungary. 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 academic year, McDaniel College in Budapest provides a four-year degree program for international students from around the world.  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 Universitaires Saint-Louis in Brussels, Belgium (www.usaintlouis.be/sl/977.html) and at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe (www.africau.edu). A special study abroad program for Honors students is available in partnership 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. Many other study abroad programs are available through McDaniel’s affiliation with universities and organizations.

Students must be in good academic and social standing at the College to study abroad and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, though some programs require a higher GPA. Students who attend the Budapest campus or enroll in one of the College’s exchange or affiliated programs may transfer their grades and credits to McDaniel College, and grades earned abroad are factored into the GPA. Students who enroll in 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, and not 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 College in Budapest, the Africa University Exchange Program and the USL Brussels Exchange. Federal and state aid, and McDaniel scholarships and financial aid, may not be applied to non-affiliated programs. 

Study abroad fees 2016-2017

Budapest semester $500 Included in total billed cost for the Budapest semester
Exchanges (Brussels and Africa University) $200 Applied to your student account separately
Affiliated Study Abroad Providers $200 Applied to your student account separately
Non-Affiliated Study Abroad $500 Applied to your student account separately, includes credit transfer fee
Jan Term Off-Campus Travel Course $100 Applied to your student account separately



International Students

Location: Baker Memorial Chapel 115
Phone: Ext. 2461 or 410/857-2461
Contact: Associate Dean Amy McNichols
Email: amcnichols@mcdaniel.edu

The International Student Advisor advises international students regarding visa and immigration, F-1 status, travel and employment, and cultural matters.

The International Student Advisor 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 Advisor helps create student 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. Information for international students can be found in the Portal (International Students under ‘Global Initiatives’).


Interpreting and Transcribing Services


Location: Academic Affairs Office, Elderdice Hall
Phone: Ext. 2518 or 410/857-2518
Contact: Ms. Sheila Deane
Email: sdeane@mcdaniel.edu

Interpreting Services coordinates sign language interpreters for faculty, staff, students and visitors for campus events and classroom settings. To make a request go to the Portal, Quick Links, and click on Interpreter Requests.

Transcribing Services or real-time captioning is a service that we provide to students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing but do not use sign language.  This services is done remotely provided directly to the students laptop.  Transcribing services can be requested through the Quick Links portal page, Interpreter Requests.

​All undergraduate students needing interpreting or transcribing services must register through the Student Academic Support Services (SASS) Office https://mcdaniel.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_b8cJ3gYADxMcxpy

Library (Hoover)

Location:   Memorial Square
Hours (during academic term):   Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.- 1 a.m.
    Fri. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Sun. Noon- 1 a.m.
    During the semester, a portion of the library is open for late night study from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday - Thursday.
    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
Website:   http://hoover.mcdaniel.edu
Director:   Ms. Jessame Ferguson


  • 24-Study Hall Sunday - Thursday
  • Media area for viewing videos and listening to CDs, DVDs, Blu Rays, and cassettes
  • Study spaces for individuals and small groups
  • Group study rooms, collaboration workstations, group technology rooms
  • 24-hour Computer Lab with key card access
  • Casey’s Corner coffee shop and vending machines (see Dining Services section for hours of operation)


  • Librarians are available to provide research assistance over 60 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 80 databases, electronic journals, and the library’s catalog.
  • Computers, both PC and Macintosh, are available in the Information Commons for research and coursework.
  • Hoover Library offers free Interlibrary Loan services for students and faculty. Request materials using the 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 1 million volumes and 700,000 titles. Materials available at a partnership library will be delivered by courier to Hoover Library upon request.  Carroll County Library Cards may be issued to any student with a McDaniel ID.


Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion

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:   Mr. Jose Moreno

The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion promotes diversity awareness and understanding on campus through programs, trainings, services, and resources.  The Office provides academic and personal support to all students, especially underrepresented students and oversees several multicultural student organizations, as well as the Sankofa Mentoring Program and the Diversity Empowerment and Education Peer (DEEP) Program. 

Some cultural/ethnic organizations include:
  • ASL Club (deaf awareness group)
  • Africa’s Legacy
  • Allies (gay, lesbian, bisexual student alliance)
  • Asian Community Coalition
  • Black Student Union
  • Brothers Elite
  • Hispano-Latino Alliance
  • McDaniel College Feminists

These organizations, which are open to everyone, 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.  Through its cultural, social, and educational programs and collaborations with these organizations and other campus groups, the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion develops an inclusive community. 



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
Associate Director: Ms. Kelly Harvey
Assistant Director: Mr. Lukas Miedreich
Website: http://mcdaniel.orgsync.com/org/greenterrors

The Office of Student Engagement is responsible for advising student organizations, overseeing Green Terror Programs, 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. Kenny Ditto

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.


Residence Life

Location:   Decker College Center, Upper Level
Hours:   Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone:   (410) 857-2240
Director:   Mr. Michael Robbins
Website:   http://mcdaniel.orgsync.com/org/officeofresidencelife/home

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 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 hearing 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.  To learn who is on duty in your residential area, see http://mcdaniel.orgsync.com/org/officeofresidencelife/ReslifeOnCall/



Student Academic Support Services



Location: Merritt Hall, Suite 117
Phone: Ext. 2504 or 410/857-2504
Contact: Ms. Melanie Conley
Email: sass@mcdaniel.edu

At McDaniel College, the Student Academic Support Services Office (SASS) provides all students with documented disabilities with appropriate accommodations.

Student Academic Support Services is the designated office to obtain and file disability-related documents, certify eligibility for services, determine reasonable accommodations, and develop 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 the 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 the SASS Office.

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


Student Tech Support Center - Information Technology


Location: Hoover Library
Phone: (410) 871-3390 (Help Desk)
Contact: Elena Fournier, Kellie Wuorinen, Peter Lynn
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm, Evening Hours Vary

The Help Desk in Hoover Library assists students with repair of their personal computers (malware removal, software troubleshooting, connecting to the internet, etc.), as well as assisting with setting up their gaming systems, e-readers, and printers on the network.

Student workers will be available after normal business hours. Hours will vary by semester and will be posted on the MyMcdaniel Portal site under Technology>Support>Student Tech Support.



Location:   Decker College Center, Middle Level
Hours:   8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone:   Ext. 3390 or 410/871-3390

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 IT Help Desk at (410) 871-3390 or email helpdesk@mcdaniel.edu.


Wellness Center - Counseling and Health Services

Location:   Winslow Center, second floor
Hours:   8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    (Call or visit to schedule appointment)
Phone:   410/857-2243 or Ext. 2243

McDaniel College’s Wellness Center serves to foster the physical, emotional, interpersonal and intellectual well-being of all students; so that, students can optimize their capacity to learn, reach their potential, and achieve their goals inside and outside the classroom.

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
            Evening counseling sessions available by appointment


  • Students experiencing a psychological emergency and needing immediate attention during the daytime should call Counseling Services at (410) 857-2243 or visit the Wellness Center located on the 2nd floor of Winslow Center and let the front desk staff know they are experiencing a crisis.
  • Students experiencing an emergency after 4:30pm on a weekday or during the weekend should contact the Department of Campus Safety at (410) 857-2202.
  • Students may also call 911 or visit Carroll Hospital, which is closest to McDaniel College and located at 200 Memorial Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157.


Counseling is a confidential process designed to help students learn about themselves, address concerns, and discover effective coping strategies. Counseling Services offers students the opportunity to work with licensed mental health professionals in a confidential setting. Services are typically short-term and can assist students with a variety of issues such as:

  • Transition to college
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression and mood changes
  • Social and interpersonal struggles
  • Academic issues
  • Substance use
  • Anger management
  • Eating and body image concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship violence
  • Changes within family of origin

Types of Services include:

  • Triage
  • Assessment
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Clinical Management
  • Consultation
  • Referrals
  • Educational programs
  • Peer education groups

Scope of Care

Counseling Services supports the mission of McDaniel College by providing crisis intervention and short-term counseling opportunities for students who are experiencing psychological concerns that are impeding their social, emotional, interpersonal, and intellectual well-being.

Even though Counseling Services strives to provide substantial on-campus care for students, there may be times when a student is referred to an off-campus provider. The following are applicable circumstances for off-campus referrals: 

  • It is determined that the student’s needs cannot be adequately addressed in a short-term therapy model (typically 4-6 sessions).
  • The student presents with a history of mental health treatment that is beyond what the College can provide, such as significant recurrent mental health issues that require specialized care or more intensive treatment.
  • The student is a danger to self or others and needs acute psychiatric intervention.
  • The student presents with risk of mental or emotional deterioration that requires a higher level of intervention (inpatient, partial hospitalization, or intensive outpatient).
  • The student’s substance use or dependency requires more specialized assessment and intervention.
  • The student has a long-standing or untreated eating disorder that poses medical risk.
  • The student is seeking counseling services to meet imposed legal requirements, such as conditions of a probation, child custody arrangement, or court-ordered treatment for substance use or anger management.
  • The student requires an assessment for legal documentation or disability services.
  • The student is non-compliant with treatment.


Counseling involves sharing sensitive, personal, and private information.  In general, the information discussed is protected health information and confidential.  Staff members will not even acknowledge to an outside person that a student has visited Counseling Services.       

Staff members keep confidential records of a student’s condition and assessment results. Records are released only as permitted by the student or required by law. Staff members maintain counseling records in a password protected electronic management system designed for college counseling centers. This password protected electronic management system is maintained on a dedicated, secure server.

Limits of Confidentiality

  1. Although staff members strive to safeguard information obtained in counseling relationships, there are ethical and legal limits of confidentiality. Counselors may disclose confidential information in very specific circumstances:
  2. When a staff member receives a signed release of information, which authorizes McDaniel College Counseling Services to release information to a specific party identified on the signed release.
  3. When a staff member works with a minor child or an adult with a legal guardian
  4. When a staff members believes that a student presents a danger to themselves or others
  5. When a staff member has reason to believe a child or vulnerable adult is or has been subjected to abuse/neglect, even if this abuse/neglect occurred years ago and the child is now an adult.
  6. When the life or safety of an identified or readily identifiable third person is endangered or threatened
  7. When otherwise required or permitted by law (e.g., court order issued by a judge)



Email is not a completely confidential or immediate form of communication; therefore, students should refrain from using email to communicate about personal or time-sensitive matters. If a student contacts a Counseling Services staff member via email, they are implicitly giving the staff member permission to reply by email. Staff members do not provide clinical services via email.

Health Services

Appointment Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm 

Appointments strongly recommended


  • Students experiencing a medical emergency should contact the Department of Campus Safety at (410) 857-2202.

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. 

Health Services provides an opportunity for students to meet with a licensed health care professional, discuss their concerns, and receive a variety of clinical services including:
• Medical treatment for minor illnesses and injuries
• Gynecological services (e.g., annual exams, problems, and birth control)
• Routine lab work
• Limited STD testing
• Mononucleosis, rapid strep, urinalysis, and pregnancy tests
• Some immunizations
• Flu shots
• Some over the counter and prescription medication
• Self-care cold and flu clinic
• Referral to specialist

Medical and health consultations are free; however, a nominal fee may be charged for some clinical services and prescription medications.

Student Health Insurance Information

McDaniel College requires that all full-time undergraduate students have medical insurance coverage comparable to that offered through the school’s comprehensive Student Health Insurance Plan.  Students are afforded one opportunity in each academic year to waive the school’s coverage.  If students do not submit an annual heath insurance waiver, they will be automatically enrolled in coverage through the Student Health Insurance Plan.  Information regarding the submission of the online insurance waiver, and the associated deadline (September 15th), will be enclosed with the fall semester student account statements.

McDaniel College has selected the Cross Insurance Agency as the administrators of the Student Health Insurance Plan, which is underwritten by Commercial Travelers Mutual Insurance Company.   Please contact the Cross Insurance Agency, 800-537-6444, or McDaniel College Health Services, 410-857-2243, for additional information regarding benefits, enrollment, and claims.

Important Information about Out-of-state Medicaid and state Insurance Plans, HMOs, and Kaiser Permanente Insurance Plans

For those students whose health insurance is provided by Out-of-state Medicaid and state Health Insurance Plans, HMO, and/or Kaiser Permanente, it is important to know that these plans may not cover non-emergency medical care in the Westminster, MD and surrounding areas. 

Please contact your medical insurance carrier to confirm that your insurance covers non-emergency care in Maryland. 

Please consider purchasing the school health insurance policy to cover care, diagnostic testing, and medications, outside of the McDaniel College Wellness Center, if one or more the following apply to you:

Your current health insurance does not cover non-emergency care in the Westminster, MD and surrounding area.
If the out of pocket deductible for non-emergency care and is too expensive to allow you to afford your portion of the bill. 

For any questions related to the student health insurance coverage offered by McDaniel College, please call the Wellness Center at (410) 857-2243 between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

Confidential Services

All health services provided to students are confidential.  No information will be released without students’ written release of information, except in a life-threatening situation.

Note: Upon request, verification of Wellness Center appointment will be provided to students who sign the appropriate medical release of information form.


The Writing Center

Location:   Hill Hall, Room 101
Hours:   Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
    Sunday: 7:00pm - 9:00pm in Whiteford and Rouzer residence halls
Phone:   Ext. 2420 or 410/857-2420
Director:   Mr. Josh Ambrose

Any member of the McDaniel community can can come to the Writing Center (http://www.WritingCenter.mcdaniel.edu) at any stage of the writing process for free help! Our team of peer tutors come from a wide range of personal and academic backgrounds, and are genuinely interested in you and your work.

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

Appointments can be made ahead of time by visiting the online scheduler at http://WritingCenter.mcdaniel.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome.