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NEW COLLEGE STUVENT HANVBOOK 1970-71 TABLE OF CONTENTS f Introduction . . . . . . . . . . 3 Student Resources The College College Calendar If You Have Questions Who's Who and Where Student Life Personnel Associated Campus and Community General Information With Students Activities Student Governance Bill of Student Student Student Student Rights Government Constitution Court Code Excerpts Administrative Regulations Non-Academic Suspension and Dismissal Sign-Out/Sign-In Marriage Pets. Long-Distance Calls Room Occupancy Vehicle Regulations Florida Law . Drugs Injunction Food Service Regulations Academic Information Requirements for Graduation Residence Requirements Contractual Non-Contractual Program Independent Study Projects Senior or Thesis Baccalaureate Examinations Other Academic Information: Qualifying Exam. Declaration of Major .. Registration and Evaluations Academic Good Standing Off-Campus Study Programs Setting Up a Program: Student Obligations Academic Deadlines Calendar Plan Optional Other Leaves Readmission (Four-Year Option) Dismissals Withdrawals, Financial Information Student Fees Payment of Student Accounts 5 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 15 16 16 17 19 21 25 25 26 26 27 27 29 29 31 31 32 32 34 35 36 36-41 41 41 42 43 43 43




INTRODUCTION Why I Didn't Write The Student Handbook I suppose the first thing one notices about the student handbook is that the style is uneven and guite various, and that the organization of material is a bit shaky. New College is consciously decentralized. The things which the student handbook deals with "belong" to various groups and individuals in the College community. The variety of style and the uneven organization come from the fact that the book has several authors. Add to that the fact that New College is always changing, and that therefore both the authors, and the editors, are dealing with material which is shifting, both in its rhetoric and in its substance, before their very eyes. Last, at New describing what you're doing is always considered less important than doing it. It's discourteous, but it's real. The next thing one notices is that this document is loaded with rules and regulations. I thought New was a place where that kind of hassle didn't exist, or at least, was minimized. There is a book which describes an ant colony, over the door of which is written "Anything not permitted is forbidden.11 In such a place, one notes what is permitted (which perhaps takes half a page), and the problem is solved. Very few rules and regulations. Great. At New College, generally speaking, everything which is not forbidden is permitted. It therefore becomes important to note everything, however trivial, which is forbidden--so that one can know exactly (well, nearly) what one's freedom is. New College is an autonomous, self-governing community. It therefore legislates for itself, and--unfortunately--it is very difficult to have legislation without also having legalisms, and the tendency to get legalistic. Because good students and good faculty tend to be literate, and to know what words mean, they tend to use words precisely in their legislation---intent is not enough; but terminology is often made a fetish. The book is not a novel; it is a work of reference. New College is still unbureaucratic enough to be able to list all its ''rules and regulations" in a skinny book, instead of merely listing the 350 most important ones. How will you know what you object to and wish to change ualess something such as this handbook exists? The invitation is not to love the book, but to use it. 3


To the thoughtful reader, the sections on non-academic discipline, on student government, and on student life little odd. Some things are explained very precisely, and other things seem sort of up in the air. Also, I can't figure out very clearly from the handbook the relations of various components of the College community (the faculty, the students, the government, and the administrative offices) one to another. New College is an autonomous, self-governing It is also by size and to some degree by philosophy, a participatory democracy, as distinct from a representative democracy. Because it is---or wants to be---a community, and because maximum participation of the whole community has been so much a part of the community's operation, separating things out into "yours" and "mine" is hard. A lot of things at New College that appear to be politically or administratively confused really spring from the fact that we haven't yet found a way to draw up neat lines of "authority" which permit an individual or a group to act in a representative way for the whole community on specific matters. So, if the problem is how we can find out who is going to be on the campus in September, the Student Executive Committee, the College Council, the Business Office, the Dean of Admissions, the College Recorder, the Student Services Office, the Provost, and the President all have particular information and responsibility related to the problem, and they all get involved. What the handbook does is to describe---as precisely as the facts permit---11how things work now." The Editors 4


STUVENT RESOURCES THE COLLEGE New College was founded in 1960 and chartered under the laws of the State of Florida. The first, or charter, class was enrolled in 1964 and the first students were graduated in June 1967. Policies of the College are determined by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. made up of outstanding men and women in many fields of endeavor. They meet in November and May as a full Board, while the Executive Committee meets monthly or as necessity dictates. The President serves as both academic and administrative head of the College assisted by a Provost (for academic matters) and a Vice President (for administrative matters). The President is responsible directly to the Board of Trustees. There are three academic divisions of the College--Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Each division is chaired by a faculty member who administers the division's affairs. The faculty meets monthly, more frequently if necessary, to make educational policy and set specific academic directions. Five standing faculty committees carry on the work of the faculty as a body. Students have elected representatives at faculty meetings and on most faculty committees. The College Council consists of three members of the faculty, three persons charged with administrative duties, and three students elected by and from the student body. The Council has non-academic disciplinary powers, and also is a recommending, advisory and investigatory body. 5


Sept. 6 Sept. 9-12 Sept. 11 Sept. 14 Sept. 18 Sept. 14-18 Sept. 23 Oct. 12 Oct. 19-23 Nov. 6 Nov. 20 Nov. 2 3 Nov. 26 Nov. 30 Dec. 2 Dec. 2-9 Dec. 18 Dec. 19 Dec. 25 Jan. 1 Jan. 3 Jan. 4 Jan. 8 Jan. 4-8 Jan. 13 Feb. 3 Feb. 8-12 Mar. 12 Mar. 15 Mar. 19 Mar. 2 4 Mar. 28 Mar. 29 Apr. 2 Mar. 29-Apr. 2 (Mon) (Wed-Sat) (Fri) (Mon) (Fri) (Mon-Fri) (Wed) (Mon) (Mon-Fri) (Fri) (Fri) (Mon) (Thurs) (Mon) (Wed) (Wed-Wed) (Fri) (Sat) (Fri) (Fri) (Sun) (Mon) (Fri) (Mon-Fri) (Wed) (Wed) (Mon-Fri) (Fri) (Mon) (Fri) (Wed) (Sun) (Mon) (Fri) (Mon-Fri) COLLEGE CALENDAR 1970-1971 Labor Day (Offices closed) Orientation Advising Day TERM 1 FIRST TERM BEGINS, SUMMER ISP DUE 4-year Option Forms due for Leave Term 2 Advising Period Registration Forms due ISP Evaluations Due Academic Review Period ISP Sign-up Forms Due FIRST TERM ENDS ISP BEGINS Thanksgiving (Offices closed) Term Evaluations Due Contract Evaluations Due Academic Review Period ISP ENDS, PROJECTS DUE Christmas Vacation Begins Christmas (Offices closed) New Year's Day (Offices closed) Vacation Ends TERM 2 SECOND TERM BEGINS 4-year Option Forms Due for Leave Term 3 Advising Period Registration Forms Due ISP Evaluations Due Academic Review Period SECOND TERM ENDS Spring Vacation Begins Term Evaluations Due Contract Evaluations Due SPRING VACATION ENDS TERM 3 THIRD TERM BEGINS 4-year Option Forms Due for Leave Term 1 (next year) Advising Period 6


Apr. 7 Apr. 12-14 Apr. 30 May 17-21 May 21 May 31 June 4 June 7 June 8 June 9 June 10 June 8-11 June 12 June 14 July 5 COLLEGE CALENDAR (Contd) (Wed) (Mon-Wed) (Fri) (Mon-Fri) (Fri) (Mon) (Fri) (Mon) (Tues) (Wed) (Thurs) (Tues-Fri) (Sat) (Mon) (Mon) Registration Forms Due Academic Review Period Senior Thesis Due Baccalaureate Examinations ISP Sign-up Forms Due Offices closed for Memorial Day holiday THIRD TERM ENDS Term Evaluations Due for Graduating Students Contract Evaluations Due for Graduating Students All Other Term Evaluations Due Faculty Review of Graduating Students All Other Contract Evaluations Due Academic Review Period Commencement Dorms Close at 12 Noon Offices Closed for July 4th holiday IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS IN THESE AREAS: SEE: Academic Program Your Faculty Adviser Academic Status Recorder Alumni Affairs Development Office Athletics .. Director of Student Services Course Counseling Your Faculty Adviser Divisional Programs Divisional Chairman Employment, On Campus Student Personnel Board Four-Year Option Recorder Graduate Study Your Faculty Adviser; also Off-Campus Study Coordinator Health Matters Nurse, Infirmary Independent Study Off-Campus Study Coordinator Leave (Academic or non-academic) Your Faculty Adviser, College Recorder Meeting Room Reservations Public Relations Office Payment of College Bills Fiscal Office Personal Counseling Counseling Office Prospective Students Admissions Office Publicity, Publications Public Relations Office Refunds Fiscal Office 7


IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS (Cont'd.) IN THESE AREAS: SEE: R Ch Director of Student Services oom ange Room Condition, Keys Director of Student Services Scholarships and Loans Admissions (Financial Aid Officer) Student Activities .. SEC or Director of Student Services Vehicle Registration .. Director of Student Services WHO'S WHO AND WHERE Building and Grounds Superintendent Albert E. Minter, Jr., Warehouse Business Manager Charles C. Harra, Motel Director of Counseling Marian C. Hoppin, Social Sciences Director of Development Mackarness H. Goode, Development Dean of Admissions Earl A. Helgeson, Jr., Robertson Director of Off-Campus Study James W. Feeney, Building A Director of Physical Plant John D. Prickett, Motel Director of Public Relations Furman C. Arthur, South Hall Director of Student Services Charles s. Derrick, Hamilton Division Chairmen: Humanities I. Martin Shartar, Robertson Hall Natural Sciences John B. Morrill, Natural Sciences Social Sciences Laszlo Deme, Social Sciences Financial Aid Officer Kenneth R. Simcoe, Robertson Hall Librarian Corinne G. Wilson, College Hall Nurse Frances A. LeMasters, Building A President John Elmendorf, South Hall Provost John H. Barcroft, South Hall Recorder Nancy Ferraro, A Resident Counselor John T. Doyle, Building A SEC Chairman Dick Webb, Hamilton G.O.D.(Student Personnel Board).Jose Perez, Linda Schaaf, Hamilton Vice President Robert J. Norwine, South Hall 8


STUVENT LIFE AN INTRODUCTION In past years, the College has explored many different ways of providing administrative support for the student body. These devices have ranged from centralization of liaison between students and administration in one office to decentralization of the liaison by function. Briefly, the position of the College is that administrative officers responsible for non-academic aspects of the College of real importance to students should be in direct contact with the students, both as individuals and through the student government. Thus, most "housekeeping" and recreation functions are coordinated by a Director of Student Services, who has close contact with the student government and with the other administrative offices involved in non-academic matters. Student non-academic discipline, by contrast, is regarded as a matter primarily for the students and secondarily for the President of the College. Academic penalties are handled by the faculty through its committee structure. Personal counseling is sharply separated from both disciplinary and housekeeping aspects of student life in order to guarantee maximum confidentiality between individual students and the counseling staff. The object of these divisions of labor is to ensure that students know not only what they are responsible for but also what other members of the community can reasonably be asked to do for them. 9


SERVICE PERSONNEL AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS The Director of Student Services, as a central goal of his office, encourages and actively helps develop wide student participation in and responsibility for self-government. He is also directly responsible for health services, housing, faculty and student residents, recreation, athletics and equipment transportation and student emergency loans. He is not responsible for student discipline. This function is primarily the responsibility of the Student Court. The President of the College will consider disciplinary measures in extreme circumstances if the Student Court is unable to act. A Director of Counseling, a Resident Counselor, and two part-time Counselors are available to New College students throughout the academic year. The counseling service offers a student an opportunity to discuss freely, in a confidential and professional setting, any matter of concern. In addition, the counselling office sponsors opportunities for the College community to understand and experience the various components and dimensions of "group activity." The College Nurse is available on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Infirmary. A medical doctor visits the college regularly, on Tuesday and Friday, between 8 and 9 a.m. The nurse is available on these days between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If a student needs medical attention during periods other than above mentioned hours, he should contact one of the Faculty Residents. A student requiring emergency treatment should normally go to the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. A Faculty-Staff Resident's main role is simply to be there, and be available. The goal of his presence is to help merge the social and intellectual aspects of college life, and to assure that a responsible adult is available in case of personal, medical, or academic "emergencies.11 Each resident is encouraged to hold small student-faculty gatherings at his convenience. Student Residents are knowledgeable upper-class students who have been appointed by the Student Service Office because of their willingness to act as an academic and social resource for first-year students. Grievances concerning student life may be channeled through student residents to the Director of Student Services, who holds bi-monthly meetings with all student residents. 10


G. O. D. (Student Personnel Board)--All student employment is coordinated through the student committee which is better known as the Gregarious Overseers of Deployment. Firstyear students will have an opportunity to discuss job opportunities with G.O.D. during the orientation period. In most instances, priority in employment on campus goes to students who have workgrants from the College. However, in jobs which require specialized skills or specific prior experience, non-work-grant students may be employed. CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES Social Activities: Student social life is organized by the students, with the assistance of various members of the faculty and student service staff. The social committee of the Student Government is normally charged with arranging collegewide social events, and the student government allocates a portion of the student activities fee for the support of these functions. Past activities have included dances, beach parties, off-campus trips and picnics. The character of social life at New College is determined by the students' organizational abilities, wishes and participation. Cultural Activities: New College is located within a city of opera, music, theater and art culture. The College's next-door neighbors include the Ringling Art Museum and the Asolo State Theater. Students can attend the Museum for free and the Asolo State Theater at greatly reduced rates throughout the year. The Players Theater and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall are located about one mile south of the College on Tamiami Trail. New College students may also participate in the New College Summer Music Festival, the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra and its Youth Orchestra as well as the Sarasota Concert Band. Other campus cultural activities include Sunday evening classic films and occasional evening forums featuring guest speakers and entertainers. The student newspaper, "Captain Jack," independent of the College, is often published during the academic year and annually recruits new staff members from the incoming class. The students have published literary magazines from time to time, and a yearbook. Trips are scheduled when possible as interest indicates for events at colleges and universities in the Tampa Bay area. Students are advised to read the New College Calendar which is published every two weeks and the Student Service Bulletin Board in order to keep informed about the many events that occur on and off campus. 11


Recreation and Athletics: Students are encouraged to exercise their bodies as well as their minds, but there are no requirements for athletic activity. Adjacent to the residence courts are two allweather tennis courts and a 25-meter swimming pool; the College has several sailboats, a weaving loom room and a photographic darkroom. There is good fishing in the bay; there are opportunities for camping, weight-lifting, basketball, volleyball, scuba diving, rugby, soccer, softball and there are several public golf courses near New College. Intramural or city league competition will be sponsored in the following areas: Basketball, volleyball, sailing, tennis, touch football, ping pong and billiards. Instruction will be offered in basic swimming, lifesaving and water safety instruction. As in the past, informal intercollegiate challenge matches may be arranged in basketball, tennis, sailing and volleyball according to student interest. Athletic equipment may be checked out at the reception desk of Hamilton Center. GENERAL INFORMATIO The Campus Book Shop is opened regularly from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is also opened on the Sun day before classes start each term. Shopping hours are extended until 9 p.m. during the first week of classes. Besides purchasing books and other students may also arrange for laundry, dry cleaning and film processing at the Bookstore. Student Emergency Loans will be issued by the Student Services Office to students facing a financial emergency of a short-term nature. Interest will not be charged for loans repaid within 60 days. Generally, it.should be understood that this fund has not been established for the purpose of paying for college fees. Lost and Found: A student should return articles found or claim lost articles at the reception desk of Hamilton Center. Theft: A student should immediately notify the Student Services Office if personal property has been stolen or if a room key has been misplaced. The Student Services Office will report all burglaries to the police. Room keys will be replaced for a $3.00 fee. 12


Health Insurance: For the student's protection, he is required to subscribe to the College-sponsored health insurance plan, or to submit a signed, College-furnished medical waiver exempting the College from responsibility in this area. Student Telephones: A student may arrange through the Buildings and Grounds Office for a private phone in his room, after first presenting an authorization signed by a parent guaranteeing payment of charges. Billing by the telephone company is directly to the parent or guardian. Bus Service: The City Transit bus schedule is posted on the student Services Bulletin Board in Hamilton Center. Hourly service is available to Sarasota and Bradenton. Library: The Library makes every effort to provide service and materials for the faculty and students of the College community with a minimum of restrictions: the building is open 98 1/2 hours per week (8:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday); stacks are open and browsing is encouraged; books may be checked out for as long as a term and renewed throughout the academic year; there is no fine system. To preserve this freedom, however, the few restrictions imposed must be observed: 1. All books must be checked out at the Circulation Desk and returned as soon as possible, or on request by the Library (for another student's use or for reserve). 2. No books may be taken out of town. 3. Reserve books, reference books and periodicals (bound and unbound) do not circulate. The College withholds contingency fee deposits and transcripts from students until missing book charges are settled with the Library. Forum Area: Students who desire to display non-college literature may do so with the permission of the SEC in the area of Hamilton Center designated for that purpose. It should be recognized that the College retains the prerogative of removing such literature during special events. 13


Meetings On Campus: Students are encouraged to use the facilities of the college for meetings. Generally speaking, as long as a student bears the responsibility for the use of the room, there is no procedure involved other than reserving the space to avoid conflicts. A few general policies exist to govern use of meeting rooms: (1) Academic functions have priority over non-academic; (2) When an all-college event is held in a particular building, no other event may be scheduled in the same building; (3) No meetings or other affairs shall be scheduled or held in New College facilities where admission shall be charged or where donations are solicited except those sponsored for the benefit of New College; (4) No public meeting may be held in any residence hall room. To reserve a room call the Public Relations Office. Mail Service: An effort is being made to improve the student mail service this year. Students are asked to cooperate by having personal mail sent to them in care of the student post office box number. Thus, Student's Name Post Office Box 1958 Sarasota, Florida 33578 Mail addressed to faculty and staff members should be sent to Post Office Box 1898. In order to avoid confusion in sorting of student and institutional mail, students are asked not to use the words "New College" as part of their personal mail address. 14


STUVE NT GOVERNANCE Common sense and good taste generally suffice as guidelines for conduct at New College. Experience has demonstrated, however, that certain specific rules are needed. Regardless of the source, the justification is the same: the need to maintain reasonable order and communal responsibility within the College. Regardless of whether the immediate enforcement of a rule is the responsibility of the Student Court or the College administration, the validity of any social rule may be reviewed by the College Council. As a general principle, the privacy of student rooms is maintained, except when an offender has abused his own privilege of privacy by making his actions to some degree public. Uniformed guards, designated as Proctors, are employed by the College to protect College property, to apprehend intruders, to report violations of, and to ensure compliance with, campus rules whether student or administrative. In the past year, there has been renewed discussion within the College about the basic issues involved in creating a student community which is a part of, rather than separated from, the College community. Chiefly, the questions are: who makes rules (i.e., who sets the norms); who enforces rules (i.e., who is willing to act in an unpopular way because of belief in the norms); why are the particular rules there (i.e., in what way is the setting of norms related to an over-all conception of objectives); and---above all---what is the quality of life sought in the whole community which is New College? There appears to be a growing perception that to create some sense of community in a College which prides itself in a variety of viewpoints on almost everything, "rules" must be pragmatic and functional rather than philosophical and evocative. So, in a sense, the College has turned to the question of how equity can be achieved, how the minimum desiderata to maintain a community can be established, and how this can be done without accepting or eliminating a particular individual's or particular group's essentially private vision of wisdom, beauty, and virtue. The handbook you are reading deals with student governance established prior to the raising, and much prior to the solving, of our problems as a community. Perhaps we will never solve them. The commitment of the College, however, is to solve them by increasing, as far as the students will accept it, the responsibility of student government, both in its existing form and in extensions and modifications in the future. 15


BILL OF RIGHTS FOR STUDENTS The College Council has now accepted a newly revised version of a student Bill of Rights. Although this Bill of Rights is still under discussion and has not yet been forwarded to the faculty and administration for approval, the document is, in effect, the basic statement of principle upon which the faculty and administration operate. The Bill of Rights states the following: "The disciplinary powers of New College are inherent in its responsibility to educate its students through the regulation of the use of its facilities and through the setting of standards of conduct for the students who attend it. In developing responsible student conduct, proceedings shall play a role substantially secondary to counseling, guidance, admonition, and example. When these preferred means fail to resolve problems of student conduct, proper procedural safeguards will be observed to protect the student from unfair imposition of serious penalties." Students who violate civil law may incur penalties prescribed by civil authorities, but institutional authority shall never be used merely to duplicate the function of civil laws. Only when the interests of the College community which are directly relevant to the education of its students are distinct from the interests of the general community shall special authority of the College be asserted." Copies of the proposed Bill of Rights are available in the Student Services Office. STUDENT GOVERNMENT Student Government is exercised through the Student Executive Committee (SEC) and the Student Court. The College, through these two bodies, attempts to place into students' hands the regulation of their daily affairs, and also, through them, to stimulate communication among students, faculty, and administration. The Student Executive Committee deals closely with the daily life of students. Its members are elected directly by and from the student body. The SEC meets once each week to discuss and determine the rules and policies directly affecting student life. The SEC is governed by a Constitution, copies of which are available to interested students through the Student Services Office. The SEC carries out much of its business through appropriate subcommittees. The Student Court's function is described below. 16


In addition to these two bodies, the College Council has broad advisory concern over interrelated areas of the College. The Council consists of three faculty members, three student representatives and three administrative officers. It meets once each month to examine and evaluate policies and problems underlying administrative operations and student life. STUDENT CONSTITUTION EXCERPTS STUDENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE A. Membership: There shall be eleven members of the SEC. 1. Three regular members shall be elected from each of the following groups (henceforth to be called classes): a. students in their first, second, and third terms of residence. b. students in their fourth, fifth, and sixth terms of residence. c. students after their sixth term of residence. 2. The chairman; a student, shall be elected at large by the students. 3. The Director of Student Policy will be a non-voting member of the SEC. 4. There shall also be three alternate members of the SEC, one from each class to serve only when required to make a quorum. In seating alternates precedence shall be given to the alternate from the class with the most absent members. In case two classes have the same number absent, precedence shall be given to the senior class. The smallest number of alternates necessary to make a quorum shall be seated in all cases. 5. Proxies will be allowed only during Independent Study Periods. If written authorization from the regular SEC member has been presented to the SEC chairman, the proxy will be seated at all SEC meetings during the Independent Study Period and will be allowed to vote. The proxy must be from the same class as the regular SEC member he is representing. B. Election procedures: 1. SEC regular members a. Nominations i. nominations shall open one week after the beginning of each term, and close one week later. ii. to place a name on the ballot a petition must be signed by 15% of the nominee's class. b. Elections i. The election should follow at most within two days of the close of nominations. 17


ii. The election will be by secret ballot in a centrally convenient location. iii. To elect his representatives each student may cast two votes. iv. The election shall determine by plurality wHich three students will represent each class on the SEC. That person from each class with the fourth highest number of votes shall be designated as alternate to the SEC from that class. Ties shall be broken in a run-off election. v. The SEC member from each class with the highest number of votes shall also be that class' representative to the College Council. In case that person cannot attend any College Council meeting, the SEC member from that class with the next highest number of votes shall replace him on the College Council. 2. Chairman a. Nominations i. Nominations shall open three weeks after the beginning of the first term, and close one week later. ii. To place a name on the ballot a petition must be signed by at least five per cent of the students. b. Elections i. The election should follow at roost within two days of the close of the nominations. ii. The election shall be by secret ballot in a convenient central location. iii. To elect the chairman of the SEC each student may cast one vote. iv. The election shall determine by majority of those voting which student shall serve as chairman of the SEC. If on the first ballot no one candidate receives a majority of the votes, a run-off election shall be held the next day between the fewest candidates (including ties. in order from the one with the most votes) whose total combined vote comprises at least 50% of the votes cast. v. Write-in ballots will be allowed except in run-off elections. vi Absentee balloting will be allowed in elections for the chairman, details to be worked out by the Supervisory Committee. Absentee balloting should delay the election procedure as little as possible. Absentee balloting shall not be allowed in run-off elections for chairman. 3. Functions 1. Legislative functions: The SEC shall be responsible for making student codes and regulations considered necessary. 2. Executive functions: The chairman shall ensure that all 18


enactments are carried out. He may make use of appointive powers to form committees both from the membership of the SEC and also from the students at large either on his own initiative and subject to the approval of the SEC or else at the direction of the SEC itself. The SEC may for committee representatives from the faculty and/or the administration. 3. Judicial Functions: The SEC may review the decisions of the Student Court in particular cases when an appeal is made to the SEC. A two-thirds vote of the SEC is necessary to alter the decision of the SC in a particular case. The SEC in the statement of their decision about the particular case shall explicitly give the grounds for that decision. The SEC may refer judicial matters to the College Council. 4. The SEC may enact any formal Modes Of Procedure it believes necessary to carry out the above functions. 5. Questions of the SEC's interpretations of the Student Constitution shall be decided by the students at large as specified in section II. I. 3. THE STUDENT COURT The Student Court consists of five student judges, elected at large by the students at the beginning of the First and Second Term. After their first term in residence, students are eligible to serve on the Court, and may place their name on the ballot by submitting a petition signed by five per cent of the student body. The function of the Student Court is to handle all matters of discipline subject to action by the SEC, including any reported violations of the Student Code, which can be found in this Handbook. A reported violation is: 1. An infraction of the Student Code recorded in the official report of the Proctor. 2. A signed statement by a student that he witnessed an infraction of the Student Code, or by any member of the New College community that he has observed evidence of a violation of the Student Code rule against defacing or destruction of College property. Once elected, the Student Court elects from its members a chairman and a secretary, and appoints from the student body a Bailiff and a Student Prosecutor. It is the responsibility of the Prosecutor to investigate violations in cases in which the identity of the violator is not clear and to report his findings to the Court. When a violation is reported to the SC, the Court must hold a hearing within ten days, or the case is dismissed. A copy of the complaint is sent to the accused as the complaint is filed, and the accused must be notified of the charge against him at least 48 hours before the hearing. 19


At the hearing, the Prosecutor presents the charges to the Court and to the defendant, who then enters his plea. If the defendant pleads guilty or nolo contendere, the SC deals with the violation according to established judicial procedures. A plea of not guilty will lead to a formal trial, if it is determined by the Court that there are sufficient grounds for such action. In all cases, the accused must be informed of the provisions of the Student Bill of Rights and the Student Court Modes of Procedure. The complete SC Modes of Procedure may be obtained from the Student Services Office, and it is suggested that you become familiar with them. [Note: The following sections, down to the asterisks, describe existing policies and procedures which are in the process of being revised. They remain, for the time being, accurate.) The Student Court is concerned with and responsible for the enforcement of student rules only. Some of the regulations which affect student life lie outside Student Court jurisdiction and are the responsibility of administrative control, which is of two types: 1) Specific or functionally autonomous control; i.e., the Food Service Director regulates the dining hall, the Department of Buildings and Grounds supervises rules and conditions of the room occupancy, etc. 2) Director of Student Services, who enforces the administration rules not covered by the offices in (1) and who coordinates the various aspects of Student and Administration policy regarding student life. There is one significant area of regulation which has aspects covered by both student and administration rules. This is Intervisitation. The Administration Intervisitation rule, enforced by the Office of Student Services, is concerned with the hours during which students of the opposite sex may not occupy the same room. Student rooms, including balconies and patios, are open to the visit of persons of the opposite sex if both roommates agree, any time between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; on Fridays and Saturdays, the hours are between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. of the following morning. At other hours, no person is permitted within a student room with a person of the opposite sex, except as provided under the terms of "open room registration," as defined at this time by the SEC. On the Palmer Campus, access to student living rooms is not restricted by intervisitation hours, unless hours are voted by the majority of the students living in that 10-person wing. When a large living room is shared by twenty, their majority vote will decide hours. 20


The Student termed Non-Intervisitation, protects students rooms from undes1red or uninvited guests (visitors) at any time of the day. The full text of the non-intervisitation rule can be found in the Student Code. NEW COLLEGE STUDENT CODE ESTABLISHED BY VOTE OF THE SEC I. Alcoholic Beverages * A. No student shall consume, have openly visible in his possession, or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage while he is on the public campus. B. "Public Campus" refers to all areas of the campus to which members of the college community and/or the general public have free access; i.e., the courtyards of the dormitories, Hamilton Center, College Hall, etc. II. College Property A. No student shall litter, destroy, deface, or fraudulently misuse college property, the property of the SEC, or items rented by the college or the SEC, in any manner. B. It shall be an offense against the Student Code to enter unauthorizedly upon any college property which has been secured by the agency a; the college responsible for that property. III. Contempt of Court A. Persistent disruption of any SC hearing or trial, which continues after the person is warned that his behavior is out of order and disruptive and may lead to a charge of contempt, is ground for a charge of contempt of court. B. A defendant who has been properly notified that he is scheduled for a hearing must do one of the following: 1 Appear for his hearing. 2. Submit a written plea of guilty or nolo contendere to the Chairman of the SC before the hearing. 3 Be granted a continuance for his case on the basis ofa written petition submitted not more than 48 hours after his scheduled hearing time; this petition must state good reasons for the continuance. 21


If the defendant does none of these things, and if he is absent from the next regularly scheduled hearing without previously submitting a plea of guilty or nolo contendere or obtaining a continuance, he may be held in contempt of court. C. A student who, after giving the SC formal assurance that he will testify in good faith and honesty, subsequently breaks his trust may be found in contempt of court. Proceedings in regard to the prosecution of an alleged violation of this section C of Rule III must be initiated within two months of the alleged violation. IV. Guest Rule A. The proctor shall and a student may interrogate all nonstudents on campus at any time to ascertain if they are members of any of the following groups: 1. New College faculty 2. Guests of New College faculty 3. New College administrative personnel 4. Guests of New College administrative personnel 5. Properly registered and signed-in guests of New College students. The proctor shall and a student may at his discretion require all other persons to leave the campus. B. The procedure for registering guests shall be as follows: 1. Guest and host will fill in and sign guest registration and identification forms. a. the guest shall carry the identification form with him at all times and produce it upon the request of the proctor or any New College student. b. the registration form shall be kept on file in the Reception Center. c. if the guest is under 21 years of age, he must attest to parental awareness of his presence and purpose at New College, as indicated on the guest sign-in form. 2. The host and guest shall also sign a guest list which shall be kept on the SEC bulletin board. 3. By the action of registering a guest, the host student accepts full responsibility for the actions of that guest. Any infraction of Student Rules by the guest during his visit will be considered an infraction by the host and treated as such. c.l. Entering misinformation or withholding information on the guest sign-in forms (1 and 2 above), or violation of any other provision of the guest rule, shall constitute an abridgement of guest privileges and may constitute sufficient reason for the termination of such privileges by the sc. 2. No student may sign in more than three guests in one night. D.l. No guest may stay after intervisitation hours more than three nights in any calendar week (Sunday through Saturday). 22


2. No guest may be signed into a room officially assigned to a member of the opposite sex. E, Exceptions to sections A-C shall be made at the discretion of the proctor. F. Exceptions to section D-1 shall be made by: the appropriate administrative offices, two members of the SEC (only until the next SEC meeting), or by a majority vote of the SEC, Exceptions to section D-2 shall be made by the appropriate administrative offices. G, All guests must leave by 11:00 o'clock p.m. unless signedin overnight in accordance with D. above. H. Any member of the College Community has the right to file a complaint of a violation of the Student Code by a non-student with the SC, which may then act to ban such non-student from campus. When the non-student was signed in at the time of the alleged offense, the SC shall subpoena the host as a witness, subject to the usual Modes of Procedure. I. The SC, the SEC, or the appropriate administrative official* may terminate guest privileges at any time. The SEC may not grant extension of guest privileges to any guest who has violated the signin procedures of the Student Code, V. Non-Intervisitation A.l, No student shall enter a student room which is not his own, unless given permission to do so by at least one of the students assigned to that room; no student shall enter a student room which is not his own against the express wishes of an official occupant of that room. 2o No official occupant of a room shall invite a guest into that room against the express wishes of any other official occupant of that room. B. "Student Room" shall be defined to include balconies, patios, and alcoves. VI. Quiet Hours A. During quiet hours (Section C) no student shall cause noise which is so audible in dormitory rooms or study rooms to be distracting to those who wish to sleep or study. B. During the time outside of quiet hours, when so requested by another student, a student shall cease and refrain from causing noise so audible in dormitories or study rooms as to be distracting to those who wish to sleep or study. *The College has established that the "appropriate administrative official" is the Director of Student Services. 23


c. Quiet hours begin at 8:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings; Quiet hours end at 9:00 a.m. each day. VII. Assault A. It is a violation of the Student Code for students to possess weapons or dangerous implements which give rise to feelings of intimidation or disturbance among members of the college community, as determined by the Student Court. B. It is a violation of the Student Code to assault, maliciously and willfully, imperil, or violate the person or property or any member of the College community. VIII. Private Campus A. Private campus shall be defined as a student's room (including balconies, patios, and alcoves), the New College Student Radio Station, the living rooms on the Palmer Campus, and any other area so designated by the SEC. B. The intervisitation rule shall apply to all areas designated as private campus except the living rooms on the Palmer Campus and the Student Radio Station. C. The non-intervisitation rule shall apply to all areas designated as private campus. IX.A. It shall be a violation of the Student Code to raise any flag or object on either flagpole in front of Hamilton Center (other than the United States Flag, the Flag of the State of Florida, or the New College Flag) without the approval of the SEC. [IX.A. is a student rule presently under appeal by individual students to the Student Court and the SEC.] 24


INTRODUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS Because there are many "gray areas" of legality and responsibility, New College has formulated the following rules which experience has shown to be a necessary minimum. Non-Academic Suspension and Dismissal: A student whose New College bills are not paid may, at the discretion of the Business Manager, be declared not to be a student. Appeal is to the Business Manager, or subsequently to the College Council, and if such appeal is unsuccessful, the student must leave the campus. Disciplinary suspension or dismissal, incurred for reasons which are neither purely academic nor financial must be voted by the College Council. Sign-out/Sign-in: On-campus students planning to be away from campus overnight must sign out at the Reception Center and sign in upon their return. This rule is not used to restrict a student's freedom of movement; it simply assures that the minimum necessary information (who is here or not) is readily available. Marriage: Students planning marriage should ask the Student Services Office for a copy of the document entitled "Conditions Governing Student Marriage." This includes the full text approved by the Board of Trustees. Pets: No pets are allowed on campus or in student rooms without prior permission of the Student Services Office. Students who wish to have animals as pets are advised to request off-campus housing. Dogs cannot be permitted on campus under any circumstances due to tlie prevalence of rabies in Florida. Long Distance Calls: Telephone service supplied to New College is tax exempt. Accordingly, only authorized College calls may be charged to a New College telephone. Students charging unauthorized long distance calls to a College number jeopardize its tax exempt status and cause considerable inconvenience to both the telephone company and the College in tracing unauthorized calls. The Student Court will be asked to recommend appropriate disciplinary action whenever a dispute arises. 25


ROOM OCCUPANCY Each student who accepts an on-campus room becomes sponsible for its condition. He furthermore agrees to the of occupancy which include the following: ** Students and their parents are to be held responsible for damages to the room and furnishings according to the conditions of room occupancy policy. ** Cooking in bedrooms, or on balconies or terraces, is not allowed. ** Damage resulting from the removal of nails, picture hangers, tacks or tapes from the plaster walls or ceiling of a room will be charged to the official occupants. ** The metal covers in the air conditioning system are not to be removed. ** Outside devices such as aerials, antennae, flagpoles, signs, clotheslines, etc. are not to be installed. ** Firearms, firecrackers, and explosives are not allowed in rooms or in the resident court area. ** Only small counter-top refrigerators are permitted in campus rooms. ** Because of fire hazards, Bunsen burners, sterno outfits, brazing and welding equipment, stoves, soldering irons, and all major flame-producing devices are not allowed. ** Students'personal property must be removed from rooms during summer vacation. Items left in rooms will be considered abandoned. VEHICLE REGULATIONS Bicycles: Must be registered and tagged in order to comply with a City of Sarasota ordinance. Stolen bicycles are more likely to be found by the police if they are tagged by the Student Services Office. Bicycles are not permitted in the courtyards of the East Campus. They should be parked in the racks adjacent to campus buildings. Motor Vehicles: Students, faculty and staff members are required to register their vehicles with the Student Services Office 26


thei: vehicles are to be parked on campus overnight. Registrat1on st1ckers are to be placed on the right rear bumpers of autos Unregistered autos parked on campus may be towed off at the owner;s expense. Students should park their cars behind Hamilton Center or North of Building D. Motorcycles must be parked on the concrete pad provided at the south end of the parking lot behind Hamilton Center or on the plywood platform inside the circle in front of Hamilton Center. Parking is prohibited on Pine Park Road, south of the Palmer Campus dormitories. Parking in the turning circle of Hamilton Center is restricted to the spaces that have been provided. The parking area west of Building A is reserved for faculty and staff members. walkways. Motorcycles and cars may not be driven on the grass or The Business Office will withdraw $2.00 from the contingency fee for each traffic violation. FLORIDA LAW Students should note that Florida law forbids anyone under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcoholic beverages. One who serves as an accomplice in violation of the law is equally liable to prosecution. Students should also be aware that hitchhiking or soliciting of rides within the City of Sarasota is forbidden by local ordinance. New College residence halls, including Hamilton Center, are within the City of Sarasota. DRUGS, A DEFINITION AND A WARNING Definition: For the purpose of this section of the handbook "Drug" is any chemical substance that alters mood, perception or consciousness and which is subject to misuse, to the apparent detriment of the individual, the college, or society as a whole. When an identical substance is used as prescribed by a competent authority, it is not a drug, but a medicine. To clarify the use of the term "Drug" in this handbook, two exceptions are necessary, alcohol and tobacco. Society prefers to think of alcohol as a beverage rather than as a drug. The use of alcohol, moreover, is limited by a separable set of public laws, as is the sale of tobacco. The student should know 27


that many states including Florida, will not allow the sale of tobacco to By contrast, most "Drugs" (as defined above) are illegal regardless of the potential defendant's age. Cautionary Statement: The medically unsupervised use, possession or distribution of drugs is illegal and subject to very harsh penalties. These penalties are set by both Federal and Florida State Law. Florida of course is not alone in the severity of its penalties. Although marijuana is often called a comparatively mild drug, state penalties for first offense for possession and sale vary from two to twenty years in prison and fines up to $20,000. Second offenses may carry penalties up to thirty years. Even though Federal penalties are far from lenient, it is common practice for Federal agents to involve state and local agents in their investigations and to urge prosecution under state and local regulations, which in many cases are more severe than Federal regulations. Any student interested in Federal and Florida drug laws is encouraged to consult the New College Infirmary which has available a summary of the relevant public laws. The College Attitude Toward Drugs: New College assumes neither the authority nor the responsibility of acting as an arm of the law; its students have no greater protection from the law than any citizen. Residence at New College does not exempt one from law. Uncontrolled use of drugs threatens the physical and mental health of the user. As controlled research continues into the effects of hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, and opiates, evidence vacillates upon the danger of long-range injury to psychic, somatic and genetic capabilities. The College, above all, is concerned about the impairment of the individual's ability to act as a student. Drug abuse, moreover, may quickly become pervasive. Use by one student may threaten the welfare and will certainly threaten the privacy of other students. Thus, with the legal and medical welfare of the student in mind, New College cannot approve of the medically unsupervised use, possession or distribution of drugs. General prohibition of drugs would be inconsistent with the College policy, for it would merely duplicate the prohibitions of public law. In general, therefore, unless the college administration gains firm knowledge of a student's drug abuse prior to action by the relevant law officials, such student infractions will be handled solely by the agents of public law. Yet the absence of corrective action by the College in some specific cases of drug involvement may be highly irresponsible. Because a student's drug use may pose a great potential danger to others (as well as actual danger to himself), disciplinary action must always be considered when such activity occurs. Firm cases of drug use will be viewed most severely. 28


The College does not seek legally binding evidence of drug usage. Indeed, its officials most often prefer to act as counselors before such binding evidence could become available. No counselor wants to become an "accessory after the fact nor does he wish to overlook a student's serious For these reasons, a New College Injunction--as defined below--may be used as a response to justified suspicion of a first offense. THE NEW COLLEGE INJUNCTION Although both the provisions of the Student Code and those of the various offices of the College grant to the student a large measure of freedom and responsibility, consistent with the law of the land, it should be understood that, for good cause, a student may be enjoined from indulging in specific and injurious action. The question of responsibility for the issuance of such injunction is under discussion. In any event, the President of the College reserves the right to issue such injunctions in extreme instances. If a student violates such an injunction, it may be recommended to the College Council that a student be suspended or expelled. The nature of recommended or resultant disciplinary action will be proportional to the severity of the danger to others. Such cases will be few. They will be handled by due process as defined above and by the proposed Bill of Rights for Students. FOOD SERVICE REGULATIONS Subscribing students in good financial standing at the beginning of each term will be issued a meal identification card by the Business Office. This card is good for one term only and entitles the student himself to take all regularly scheduled meals. The meal card is not transferrable and must be presented at each meal. A la carte service may be enjoyed in the snack bar, but not in the dining room. Reasonable adult behavior is expected in the dining room and serving area, and compliance with the regulations of the Food Service Director is essential. The Director may, at his discretion, take corrective or punitive action against those who indulge in disruptive conduct. The New College Food Service Director is authorized by the Administration to suspend the meal privileges of any holder of a meal card for a stated period of time, during which time the offender is allowed no rebate. At the Director's discretion, offender could be denied access to the serving and dining areas even were he to pay cash for a meal. 29


Non-paying campus visitors or students are allowed in the dining room at meal times only if they declare their intent to visit, not to "borrow" food. They are welcome in the snack bar. Food served in the cafeteria is for the sole use of students and paying guests. It is not to be given to a non-paying guest, taken back to the room for later consumption, or used to feed a pet. Food that is not consumed is to be returned with the dirty dishes. Nothing whatever is to be taken away from the dining room except with written permission of the Director of Food Service. Persons will return trays with the dirty dishes to the dish-washing area. Access to the serving area is strictly limited to the stated hours. No one is permitted to enter the serving area for coffee, milk, or anything else at other time, except to return food trays. The dining area may be used at times when food is not being served but only to the extent that users will cooperate by keeping it clean and orderly. The tables should be left completely clean, with no debris on the floor, chairs pushed in under the tables, etc. Otherwise, the privilege of using the dining area may be temporarily withdrawn. Persons entering the dining room and/or service area barefooted or without a shirt will not be served. In order to comply with Florida State Health Regulations, and with good taste, the Food Service Director must insist upon this. Pets are not allowed in the dining or serving area at any time, according to Florida State Health Regulations. Violations of these rules may be reported by and will be reported by employees of the Food Service. directly to the New College Food Service Director who to take the disciplinary action prescribed above. 30 an individual Reports go is empowered


GENERAL: ACAVEMIC INFORMATION The academic program at New College is as varied as the individual students and faculty who shape it. It is therefore impossible to describe artfully; one creates it rather than submits to it. The sections that follow are the program. They are a sort of pharmacopoeia which permits the College as a community to say--to both faculty and students--"physician, heal thyself." The disadvantage of such compilations is that they necessarily deal with procedures and regulations, rather than with the thing which the procedures and regulations are for--the creation of an education. However, the student should understand that the faculty of New College, acting corporately, has established these procedures in order to affirm the possibility of individual choice, rather than to deny it. It is precisely because the individual accepts the specific terms established by the faculty that he is free to do anything which can be made congruous with these terms. The student should further understand that the procedures and regulations detailed below spring from six years of empirical experience. Procedures were tried; they didn't work; new procedures were found. More than most faculties, the faculty at New College is ready to consider changes in academic procedures and/or individual exemptions from existing procedures. What follows is not, therefore, to be seen as a description of rules and regulations that pre-existed in the mind of God and are immutable and perfect. Rather, it is the faculty's best effort, at a particular point in to meet their own responsibilities while permitting a large measure of individual decision to each student. REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION1 Residence: Graduating students academic residence. physical residence. following.) must have completed nine terms of Five of the nine terms must be (See "Residence Requirements" Satisfactory Record Term by Term: of Arts" following.) (See "Two Ways to the Bachelor la student who has not met the requirements for the baccalaureate degree by the time of the last faculty meeting of the academic year cannot graduate in that academic year. He may fulfill the requirements at any subsequent time agreed upon with appropriate faculty members and be presented to the faculty and trustees as a candidate for the,baccalaureate degree no sooner than three months after the preceding degree-granting date, and not later than five years after the missed degree-granting date. 31


a. Term-by-term certification of contract completion; or b. Three satisfactories for each of the nine terms of residence. Independent Study: Satisfactory completion of four independent study projects (See 11Independent Study Projects" following). Senior Project or Fifth ISP: a. Satisfactory completion of a senior project for contractual students (See "Senior Project or Thesis" following). b. Satisfactory completion of a fifth ISP for noncontractual students. Baccalaureate Examination: Satisfactory completion of a baccalaureate examination (See "Baccalaureate Examinations" following). RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS All students are required to have nine terms of "academic" residence for graduation, and a minimum of five terms of "physical" residence. A student is in "academic residence" when he has made formal arrangements for payment of all necessary fees for the term and has registered and is engaged in academic activities. He remains in "academic residence11 for that term unless he is granted a formal leave of absence, has formally withdrawn from the college, or is dismissed during that term. A student may be said to be in "academic residence" if he is pursuing off-campus study under an approved off-campus study contract. (See "Procedures for Off-Campus Exceptions to the academic or physical residence requirements are granted by petition to the Student Academic Status Committee (SASC). TWO WAYS TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS Beginning September 1, 1969, students at New College were offered a choice of two different methods of completing requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree: the contractual and non-contractual programs. A student who is in good academic standing may shift from either program to the other at the end of any term. Students may not shift from one program to the other during a term (after the close of registration). Both of these programs are described below. 32


CONTRACTUAL PROGRAM The central idea of the contractual program is that a student will develop, in term-by-term consultation with two faculty sponsors of his choosing, a program of courses tutorials etc. which meets with his particular needs. The sponsors from different disciplines. The design of each term's contract is primarily the student's responsibility in consultation with his faculty sponsors. The intent of the program is that a student will contract with two faculty members with whom he intends to work during the term, for at the end of the term his sponsors must certify whether he has fulfilled the terms of the contract. In the event he does not live up to his agreement with these sponsors in any term, they have discretionary authority to specify the conditions under which he may continue in the program during the following term. If at any time his sponsors refuse to continue sponsoring him, or if he might wish to change, he would either have to find other sponsors, or go into the noncontractual program. However, if his initial advisers were of the opinion that he should not continue in contractual program, he would have to petition the SASC for permission to have new sponsors and remain in the contractual program. When he shifts from the contractual to the noncontractual program, his sponsors must specify whether he has completed O, 1/3, or 2/3, or all of his contract; those deficiencies would carry over with him into the noncontractual program. It is the contractual sponsors' prerogative to be able to solve the contractual advisee of any deficiency he may have acquired while previously in the noncontractual program. A student must specify in the terms of his contract whether the deficiency is being absolved or how it is being made up. First year Second year Third/Fourth years CHART OF ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES CONTRACTUAL PROGRAM Term by term certification by sponsors Term by term certification by sponsors Term by term certification by sponsors 33 Completion of two ISP's Completion of two ISP's Completion of senior project or thesis Qualifying exam (optional by discipline) Completion of oral baccalaureate in defense of thesis


NONCONTRACTUAL PROGRAM A noncontractual student is obliged to complete three (3) undertakings--seminars, lecture courses, tutorials, special projects, etc.--each term in order to be satisfactorily engaged. The requirement of three satisfactories a term is a minimal one and students are encouraged to do more. If he fails to complete three satisfactories in a given term and falls one or two behind, he must carry over those deficiencies and make them up in a following term or terms. On the other hand, it is not possible to accumulate satisfactories "in advance." Hence, a student who achieves four satisfactories in his first term and two in the second term is considered to be one behind. This sort of deficiency be made up prior to graduation. A student who falls three satisfactories behind at any time is subject to dismissal by the Student Academic Status Committee (SASC). It should be noted that the noncontractual program, as well as the contractual program, offers the student a great deal of flexibility in designing his own program, for the three required satisfactories may be for any type of academic undertaking for the term (tutorials, special projects, etc.) and need not be just regularly scheduled seminars. A noncontractual student must have one faculty adviser who will assist him in developing an intelligent course of study and who must approve and sign his registration form each term. All incoming students are assigned an adviser, but if a student decides to contract with other sponsors, this adviser may be dropped. To change advisers from term to term, a student merely has his new adviser sign his registration form, which will be in itself notification to the Recorder's Office that he has changed advisers. First year Second year Third/Fourth years INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECTS CHART OF ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES NONCONTRACTUAL PROGRAM Three (3) Satisfac-Completion tories per term two ISP's Three (3) SatisfacCompletion tories per term two ISP's Three (3) Satisfac-Completion tories per term one ISP of of of Qualifying Exam (optional by discipline) Baccalaureate exam All students must complete four independent study projects before beginning their final three terms of academic residence. 34


Each project permits individual initiative on choice of topic, method of procedure and preparation of final report or other presentation for evaluation of accomplishment. A student chooser his topic with the consultation and approval of a faculty member who agrees to become his ISP adviser for that project. It is tmportant to delineate the objectives of a project so as to permit completion within reasonable time limits. An ISP sign-up form approved by both the academic adviser(s) and the project adviser must be submitted by each student to the Off-Campus Study Coordinator's Office by the deadlines noted in the calendar for each independent study period. It is important to choose a project adviser as early as possible to establish a working relationship that will permit the greatest to be derived from the period of independent study. Projects completed during the summer are due in the Off Campus Study Coordinator's Office at the start of the fall term. To broaden his academic perspective, a student is required to do his first two ISP's in different academic divisions. If for some reason he finds it inadvisable to do the first two ISP's in different divisions, he should consult the Off-Campus Study Coordinator. He may grant exceptions to this rule. Many students utilize summer job and travel experiences as sources of information and ideas which can be applied to the ISP. An off-campus projects office maintains a file of social service jobs and study-travel abroad programs to assist students in developing plans for summer or non-residence terms. COMPLETION SCHEDULE FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECTS Project 3-yr. Program No. 1 Nov.-Dec. 1st yr. No. 2 Summer 1st yr. No. 3 Nov.-Dec. 2nd yr. No. 4 Summer 2nd yr. No. 5 Nov.-Dec. 3rd yr. For noncontractual students only SENIOR PROJECT OR THESIS 4-yr. Program Nov-Dec. 1st yr. Prior to start of 4th term residence Prior to start of 5th term residence Prior to start of 7th term residence Prior to start of 9th term residence of of of of Contractual students in their final year at New College are required to complete a senior project or thesis in topic their choice. The completed project will provide a for baccalaureate examination. The project, if in the form of a will be typed and submitted in duplicate at least six weeks before 35


the date of graduation. One complete copy of a project will go on permanent file in the Library. Every contractual senior expecting to graduate is required to have the original copy of his senior thesis in the Library, in an authorized folder (available in the bookstore), one week prior to graduation. If his thesis has not been received by the Library, a student will not be permitted to graduate. One Xeroxed copy of the thesis will be provided for the student by the Library at no cost (in exchange for the original). Divisional copies of senior theses will be Xeroxed at the rate of 5 per page for a maximum of two copies on the written request of the Divisional Chairman. Additional copies of theses may be Xeroxed at the usual rate of 10 per page. As with independent study projects, a student chooses his topic with the consultation and approval of a faculty member who agrees to become the thesis adviser. A student's thesis adviser would normally be one of his contract sponsors, but does not have to be. BACCALAUREATE EXAMINATIONS Contractual Program: The contractual student and his project adviser will choose two other faculty members, who will, in conjunction with the sponsors and the faculty adviser, determine whether or not the student has satisfactorily completed and defended his senior project, which will constitute his entire baccalaureate requirement. (The student's defense is open to any faculty who wish to come.) Noncontractual Program: The noncontractual student and his adviser will choose three people, who may or may not include the adviser, to constitute his Baccalaureate Committee, which will determine whether he has fulfilled the baccalaureate requirement. The form that this will take should be mutually agreed upon when the Baccalaureate Committee is chosen. OTHER ACADEMIC INFORMATION Qualifying Examination: In March, 1970, New College abolished the Qualifying Examination as an institutional requirement; however, it is the prerogative of individual disciplines to require a qualifying examination for students wishing to declare themselves a "major" in that discipline. Normally the qualifying examination would be taken after the fifth term of academic residence, and measures the student's ability to continue with advanced study in that discipline. 36


Declaration of Major or Area of Concentration: In either the or noncontractual program a student may choose to do work a number of areas or may do the majority of h1.s work l.n one area. A field of concentration" will be listed by student.request only; i.e., degrees, transcripts, and other communicat1.ons from the College Recorder's Office will not specify a field of concentration for any student excepting as requested by the student, with the concurrence of two faculty members. If a student does not declare a major he will be considered a "general student, and the section for "area of concentration" on his transcript will be blanked out. To assist a student in planning his overall academic program, the faculty of each field have prepared a description of a model program and/or a set of guidelines for students wishing to pursue a "major" in that field. These descriptions are available through the respective Divisions. With the approval of the appropriate faculty members, a student may choose an inter-or multi-disciplinary field of concentration. Registration and Evaluations: By the second Wednesday of each term, a student must register for an academic program. The registration form is in four parts; The original is filed in the Recorder's Office, one copy is retained by the student, and copies are distributed to his sponsors or adviser. The same form is used for either program with a space at the top in which a student marks whether he is contractual or noncontractual for that term. If he is contractual, he must have his two sponsors sign the registration form, which becomes his contract; if he his noncontractual, only his one adviser's signature is required. If he registers for any seminars that are open by permission of the fatulty member only, for any tutorials, or for special projects, he must have the applicable faculty member initial the form indicating permission for the student to be in the seminar or sponsor the student's tutorial. All four copies of the form must be submitted to the Recorder's Office by the registration deadline. Failure to register will be viewed as lack of academic involvement for that term and a student will be referred to the SASC in its disciplinary role. A student is free to drop courses at any time during the first six weeks of the term by notifying appropriate instructors and the Recorder's Office. Class attendance is generally not required. If a student has carefully prepared the work for a given lecture or seminar he may decide whether he can meet his educational needs better by the session or by using the time working on his own. A student should be aware, nonetheless, that the who decides to skip class sessions and neglect the work covered 1.n those sessions is almost certainly preparing the way for unsatisfactory performance in his academic career at New College. At the end of each term a written evaluation of a student's progress in each area undertaken is prepared by his instructors. 37


A student receives one copy directly from the instructor, and three copies are forwarded to the Recorder's Office. The original is put in a student's permanent file in the Recorder's Office, and copies are sent to his sponsors or adviser. Titles of "Areas of Pro ficiency" successfully achieved during the term are recorded on a student's transcript. Negative evaluations recorded on the transcript; they are, however, a part of the student's internal file, and are considered as part of his total academic experience at the College. This becomes particularly important should a student find himself subject to academic discipline by the Student Academic Status Committee. Academic Good Standing: At all times a student is expected to be progressing toward his educational goals. He is expected to maintain a high level of effort without constant prodding. Academic good standing at the College may not by itself be sufficient to the full working out of his educational plans. If a student wishes to transfer to another college or to enter graduate school, he must consider the requirements of the other institutions. Other institutions will ordinarily request some personal references from faculty members and recommendations for credit for specific courses. The personal references made by members of the faculty will be based in part on term work. A student is subject to review and dismissal by the SASC if he falls into any of the following categories: 1. Three (3) satisfactories behind in the noncontractual program. 2. Failure to fulfill a contract (0 fulfillment of a contract would be the same as 3 satisfactories behind in the noncontractual program). 3. Failure to complete a satisfactory ISP by the due date. If an extension is given by the ISP adviser (Maximum: 3 weeks) and the project is not then satisfactorily completed, the review will be held with dismissal the outcome. 4. Failure to complete a satisfactory senior thesis. 5. Failure to pass a baccalaureate examination. Off-Campus Study Programs: A B.A. at New College normally requires nine academic terms of residence and nine terms of tuition. For transfer students the minimum is five academic terms and five terms of tuition. Many, perhaps most, students will desire to spend some of their academic terms studying elsewhere to take advantage of opportunities not available in the New College and Sarasota communities. A minimum of five terms of physical residence is required of all students, allowing a maximum of four terms of off-campus study. The ninth, or final, term of residence must be physical. Any requests for exceptions to the term physical residency requirement must be considered by the SASC. The five-term minimum residency requirement in the case of transfer students will normally mean five terms of physical residence. All requests for exceptions to this requirement must also be considered by the SASC. Under no circumstances will a transfer student be allowed to graduate with less than three terms of physical residence nor less than five terms of 38


academic residence. The steps for setting up a term or terms of study are as follows: a. b. c. d. e. Th: and his adviser or sponsors agree on the and the means to achieve it. They may to consult the Off-Campus Study Office for aid in locating program alternatives and/or establishing cooperative arrangements to facilitate relations between New College and a host institution. The proposed off-campus program is drawn up as a contract with two sponsoring New College faculty (who must be from different disciplines). There must be a sponsor-approved contract for term of off-campus study. Each contract should specify the types of activities to be undertaken and the accomplishments to be presented to the sponsors for evaluation. The student discusses with the Off-Campus Study Coordinator the expected tuition costs at the institution in which the work will be done. (If no tuition at another institution is involved, this and the next step can be eliminated.) The Off-Campus Study Coordinator recommends to the Provost what the payment to the other institution should be. This is in effect a payment that New College out of the tuition which the student pays to the College. It is not necessary for the student to alter his scholarships or loans; he pay New College tuition as if remaining in physical academic residence for each term in question. The Provost then notifies the Business Office of the arrangement. It is necessary to keep in mind that the College does not certify work done at New College or elsewhere in the absence of tuition paid to New College. (This does not apply to transfer students from other institutions until they become New College students. Setting Up a Program: Student Obligations: The importance of the sponsor-student relationship in the contractual program cannot be overestimated. Accordingly, some entering students will wish to begin work at the College on the noncontractual program until they have had a chance to get acquainted with a number of faculty members. It is hoped that a contractual student will be able to discuss with his advisers not only specific plans for the coming term but also general plans for the subsequent period at New College. 39


The non-contractual student should likewise aspire to a reasonably clear objective in selecting his courses, etc., from the list of current offerings. Discussion with an adviser or with the College Recorder is prudent if there is uncertainty about the kind of program a student wishes to develop. Moving from the contractual to the non-contractual program and vice versa has been made as simple as possible. A student who is in good academic standing may shift in either direction at the end of any term simply by checking, on his registration form, which program he is pursuing for the applicable term and having either one adviser sign the registration form (non-contractual), or having the two sponsors sign for approval of a contractual program. Con tracts requiring lengthy description and detail may entail attaching a typed second-page contract to the registration form. Four copies of any additional pages should be prepared for distribution with the four pages of the registration form. A student who has deficiencies from the non-contractual program may transfer into the contractual program only if his sponsors agree to arrange the or waiving of his previously uncompleted obligations. The contract should clearly specify how the deficiencies are being made up. Academic Deadlines: The individualized aspects of the New College academic program make it even more important that certain deadlines be met by students and faculty alike. In summary form, these are: a. Deadlines for Registration: Registration for each term, including student "contracts," must be filed with the Recorder's Office by the second Wednesday of each term. Students not registered in either program by the registration deadline are assumed to be without academic involvement and will be referred to the SASC. b. Deadlines for Submitting an ISP: See the schedule under the section on ISP's. If a student contracts with a faculty member to do an ISP and does not complete it on schedule, his record will be reviewed by the SASC; this review may result in dismissal. Every student not on leave during the December ISP period must be engaged in an ISP, Senior Project, or other academic activity approved by his adviser. An ISP must be submitted to the Off-Campus Study Office, where its receipt will be noted, and it will be forwarded to the student's ISP adviser. An adviser may, if he wishes, grant an extended due date of up to three weeks. Such an extension is valid only if the Off-Campus Study Office is notified in writing before the due date. If a project is submitted on time, yet is unsatisfactory, the adviser has the option of extending the deadline a maximum of three weeks beyond the first due date, not the extended date. 40


c. Deadlines for Declaring Four-Year Option and OffStudy Contracts: The firm deadline for declar four-year option or submitting off-campus study contracts is one full term before the term of absence is, a student wishing to take the option for the term must file the "Interruption of Residence" form with the Recorder's Office during the first week of the second term. Students whose forms are not completed and filed before the deadline will not ordinarily be granted four-year option. d. Deadlines for Senior Theses: April 30, 1971 e. Deadlines for fulfillment of all graduation requirements for prospective graduates: June 9, 1971 For a more detailed breakdown of all academic deadline information, see the Academic Calendar published in the first section of this handbook. OPTIONAL CALENDAR PLAN (4-YEAR OPTION) New College students have the option of taking three years or four years to complete work for the degree. In either case, the requirements for the degree are identical (see graduation requirements); however, under the four-year option, the nine required terms of residence are spread out over four years, allowing three terms of non-residence (academic leave). The student who elects the four-year option must be in physical residence at the College all three terms of the first year and the final term of the last year (ninth residence term). In general, students on the four-year option are encouraged to be away during the first or second terms and to be in residence during the third term of any given year. This is in the interest of maintaining a reasonably level enrollment at the College throughout the year. The student who elects the four-year option must notify the College Recorder's Office a term in advance of any term in which he plans not to be in residence. OTHER LEAVES, WITHDRAWALS, DISMISSALS Medical Leave: A student with a significant physical or emotional illness for which absence from the college would be therapeutic may request a medical leave of absence. Such request must be 41


supported by a letter from a licensed physician or psychiatrist. If the request is based upon emotional illness and outside medical help has not been used, the Director of Counselling may write in support of the student's request. Requests for medical leave, along with the required physician's approval, should be submitted to the College Recorder's Office, where an "Interruption of Residence" form must be completed. Return to New College from a medical leave is not automatic. Because the reasons for departure were medical, the College must be assured, before the student returns, that he is no longer significantly incapacitated by the medical problem that necessitated his leave of absence. To be considered for return from medical leave, the student must, therefore, provide the College Recorder's Office with a "clearing" statement from a medical authority competent in the area of that particular difficulty. This statement, of course, will be considered as confidential. However, a former student's return to New College is a matter of professional judgment of the College authorities as well as of the medical Personal Leave: The ordinary procedure for a student who wishes, for personal reasons, to be away from the campus is to apply for four-year option. The procedure guarantees that the College will have adequate notice of a student's intention to leave. In the absence of such advance notice, both academic and fiscal planning are hindered. Personal leave should be seen,therefore, as an "emergency" measure which springs from unforeseen personal reasons, such as family crisis. Academic Withdrawal: A student may withdraw only by filing the Interruption of Residence form with the College Recorder's Office. If this form is not filed, the student will not have his contingency deposit returned, will not be provided with a transcript, now will he be considered for readmission. Academic A student is subject to academic dismissal by the Student Academic Status Committee if he falls into any of the categories summarized under "Academic Good Standing." READMISSION: Students who have withdrawn or been dismissed may apply for readmission by petitioning the Student Academic Status Committee through the College Recorder's Office at least four weeks before the beginning of the term he wishes to re-enter the College. A student normally may not re-enter the College until at least one term has elapsed since his withdrawal or dismissal. The SASC may set academic requirements or restrictions as conditions for readmission. 42


STUDENT FEES FISCAL INFORMATION New College charges a comprehensive fee of $4,171.40 for the residential student. The fee includes charges for tuition, board, room, student activity fee, infirmary, lab fees, sales tax, and so forth and is due in four payments as follows: Enrollment Fee May 15 $ 200.00 Fall Term Sept. 1 1,323.80 Winter Term Jan. 1 1,323.80 Spring Term April 1 11323.80 $ 4,171.40 Term charges provide for as many courses as the student wishes to attempt, and include instruction and guidance during the independent study period. First-year students are required to reside and board on campus during their first academic year. Upper-class students may apply for accommodations on campus or live off campus if student dormitory space is unavailable. A non-residential student will receive a credit of $1,326.40 annually; a non-boarding student residing on campus will receive a credit of $476.00 annually. Students changing their status from that of a residential and/or boarding student may do so only before the beginning of a term and may have their account adjusted to properly reflect charges for the period of time services were provided. Each student must also post and maintain a contingency deposit in the amount of $50.00 during the time he desires status as a student at New College. The deposit assures payment of library fines, lab breakage, dorm room damages, etc., and is refundable after graduation or when the student otherwise formally withdraws from college. A student who permanently leaves the College either voluntarily or involuntarily may receive a refund for board only. Such refunds will be computed on a proration of the board credit from the beginning of the week following departure through the end of the term. However, if a student is dismissed because of academic deficiencies incurred during the previous term, the refund will be a proration of term charges (tuition, room and board). PAYMENT OF STUDENT ACCOUNTS The $200 enrollment fee is due May 15th to assure the student a place in the class for the next academic year in which 43


the student plans to be in academic residency for one or more terms or is on academic leave, and is considered as a portion of the comprehensive fee of $4,171.40. The students are advised directly of the need to post this deposit, rather than invoicing the parents, in order to avoid a parent inadvertently paying the fee without the student concurring in the action as the deposit is non-refundable. It is also necessary for the student to provide certain vital information for planning purposes at the time the deposit is posted. Payment of the term charge is due on or before the first day of class each term. The college will invoice the parent for each of the three terms 30 days before the payment is due. Students who have scholarship aid awards, student loans, and/or credits for attendance as a non-residential or non-boarding student will have one-third of the annual amounts applicable applied to the invoice for each of the three terms. Checks should be drawn payable to New College and mailed to the Business Office, P.O. Box 1898, Sarasota, Florida 33578. Parents desiring to pay term charges by monthly installments are requested to investigate Tuition Plan, Inc., Education Funds, Inc., Insured Tuition Payment Plan, College Aid or their local bank. Additional information may be secured by writing to the Financial Aid Office, New College. Accounts not paid in full at the beginning of the second day of classes must have a $20 late fee added to the amount due. Accounts remaining delinquent on the fifth day of classes require that a registered letter be sent to the parent, with a copy to the student, requesting payment within 10 days. Students whose accounts remain unpaid at the end of the 15-day period stated above may ask to appear before the nine-man College Council to present any extenuating circumstances that would justify continuing their status as a student at New College. 44

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