Privileges may be revoked, by the Student Government Association and/or the Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, from any club not fulfilling all the outlined requirements and policies in this manual. Student organizations are also responsible for all policies detailed in the Student Handbook. In addition, fraternities and sororities are also responsible for all policies developed by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Please read carefully to ensure the understanding of all the guidelines stated. If you have any questions, you may call the Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations at 732-571-3586 for Clubs and Organizations, or the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at 732-263-5319 respectively.
The health and safety of students is a paramount concern to everyone at Monmouth University. Resources such as the University Police Department, the Office of Residential Life, and the Health Center are available for students to seek assistance for themselves and, equally as important, for their fellow students. Recognizing there are times when students or members of a University organization find themselves in a position where medical assistance is needed to ensure the proper care of a person who is significantly intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, the University has established this Good Samaritan Practice.
The practice has been established to ensure that proper medical assistance and intervention is sought in these instances and not delayed for fear of punitive action by the University under the Student Code of Conduct. All students are expected to act first out of concern for themselves and others by contacting appropriate University personnel—such as a resident assistant (RA), a residential life administrator, an area coordinator or the University Police—to obtain emergency assistance.
How the Practice Works
- Students and/or organizations that seek assistance from the University, or the police or medical authorities, to address a situation involving a significantly intoxicated or under the influence individual(s) will not be charged with a violation of the University’s alcohol and/or drug policy.
- The practice applies to both the caller and the subject of the call if they are under the legal drinking age to consume alcohol.
- The practice does not, however, preclude the University or other appropriate authorities from taking disciplinary action for other Student Code of Conduct offenses that may be associated with the situation — such as vandalism, theft, physical or sexual assault, etc.— or the University Police Department from filing appropriate criminal charges.
- Individuals and/or organizations involved in a situation that falls under the Good Samaritan Practice will be required to complete certain educational and counseling initiatives, which are intervention-and prevention-based. Failure to complete these activities would result in action under the Student Code of Conduct.
- Students and/or organizations that demonstrate a consistent and repeated pattern of such behavior, after appropriate intervention and education has been provided, will not be considered under this practice.
As one community we all have an obligation to help friends and peers strive to be their best. Similarly, students are also expected to look out for one another when a friend is going through a difficult period in their life, or when he or she makes a poor decision involving drugs or alcohol.
The Good Samaritan Practice is based on this principle of responsibility for self and others. Responsible choices must be made but when you or someone you know needs help, the Good Samaritan Practice is there to help you.
Congratulations on being involved with Monmouth University’s student clubs and organizations! There are a multitude of opportunities waiting for you.
The Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations is the resource center for all student clubs and organizations. The office is located on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, across from the elevator. The staff of the Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations is available to assist new organizations with the recognition process, guide student groups in event planning, assist with budget and financial questions, maintain current information on all clubs and organizations, distribute mail to all student organizations, conduct leadership programs, advise or assist student organizations in finding an advisor, and provide advisor training. The office also hosts the Involvement Fair for all recognized organizations.
In addition, the Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations is responsible for the operation of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center and activities that happen within the building. The staff will assist all student organizations that are hosting events in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center with set-ups, equipment usage, etc.
The Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations has put together this Student Organization Handbook to assist your student group with the policies and procedures of Monmouth University. We hope that you find this handbook helpful. The staff has attempted to select the policies that most directly affect the student organizations; however there may be times when your club could be affected by other campus policies. Please see the Student Handbook for more information.
We are excited that so many students get involved with student activities. We are happy you have taken a look at the opportunities available to you and have opted to be a part of the excitement.
We welcome all students and organizations to visit our office and ask for assistance with any project or activity. We also are happy to answer any questions that you may have about a policy. We are open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our phone number is (732) 571-3586 or you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help. We hope you will feel free to come in and meet us.
The Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations Team:
2nd Floor, Rebecca Stafford Student Center
Amy Bellina, Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations
Tashir Hampton, Assistant Director of Student Activities
Lindsay Smith, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations
Kathy Dabney, Campus Life Assistant
Janet Dustman, Student Life Assistant
The Monmouth University community is an environment where teaching and learning activities, both inside and outside of the classroom, are paramount. In order to foster this environment, respectful conduct and discourse must be the basis for all of our actions.
Members of the University community are expected to act in a responsible, respectful, and professional manner at all times, affirming their commitment to a collegial community. Faculty and students should enter into a dialogue at the start of each semester to develop classroom behavior parameters suitable for their individual learning environment.
Members of the faculty are ultimately responsible for what occurs inside the classroom environment. If, after suitable dialogue, a consensus on behavioral parameters cannot be reached, the faculty member’s decision on these is final.
Outside of the classroom environment, all students are expected to abide by the parameters outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Other members of the community are expected to follow appropriate behavior guidelines as well. Appeals will be handled through appropriate University channels.
The Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations is committed to educating Monmouth University students through a comprehensive programming approach. Through collaboration with the campus community we provide innovative programs that enrich the quality of student life and create a student-centered environment.
Through our programming, our students are able to foster personal growth and professional integrity by engaging in social learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom. In doing so, we serve as educators and advisors who challenge and support our students to become leaders within the University and global community.
To foster an environment that cultivates student learning and development through innovative programs, activities, and services that promote student success.
One day a man was walking along the seashore. He noticed that during the night many seashells and starfish had washed upon the beach. Thoroughly enjoying the morning sun and cool sea air, the man walked for miles.
As he strolled along, he noticed a small figure dancing in the distance. It made him chuckle to think of someone celebrating life in such an uninhibited way. As he drew closer, however, it became apparent that the figure was not dancing. Instead, she seemed to be repeatedly performing some ritual.
He drew nearer still and noticed that the small figure was a child. She was methodically picking up starfish and tossing them into the surf. He paused for a moment, puzzled, then asked, “Why are you throwing these starfish?”
“It’s high tide,” she replied, “If I leave them on the beach, the sun will soon dry them and they will die. I am throwing them into the ocean so they can live.” The man considered her actions, impressed with the child’s thoughtfulness. Then he motioned up and down the miles of the beach.
“There must be thousands of starfish along here,” he said, “you cannot possibly make a difference.”
The young girl stopped. Her face darkened. She chewed thoughtfully on her lower lip, “You’re probably right,” she said softly. She looked down at the sand. Then she leaned over, carefully picked up another starfish, pulled back and arched it gently into the sea.
With a tone of gentle defiance, she said, “But I made a difference for that one.”
– Author Unknown
How can this relate to you as a student leader and your organization on campus?
(This may be a fun activity to do with your organization when creating goals)