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Fitchburg State University 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Support Services

International Education Office

Fitchburg State University encourages a global perspective on campus by promoting programs for international students as well as for students who want to study in another country. Both types of students enrich the cultural and ethnic diversity of the university community. The Office of International Education benefits international students, those who wish to study in another country, and those who are interested in an on-campus international experience.

Services offered to international students include assistance with their transition to university, cultural awareness programs, and guidance when completing the necessary paperwork and communications with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Fitchburg State University encourages students to consider a semester or a year of study in another country as part of their educational experience. The university has established a number of study abroad programs with colleges and universities throughout the world. For specific information about international study possibilities, contact the Office of International Education, (978) 665-3089.

Disability Services

Fitchburg State University encourages students with disabilities to participate fully in all academic programs and student activities. Disability Services is the primary support system for students with disabilities taking classes in the day and evening division.

The objective of Disability Services is to promote independence, build skills, and facilitate achievement of educational goals for individuals with disabilities. A number of services are available through the office. Some examples of services and academic accommodations are listed below. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.

  • Adaptive software and computer equipment
  • Testing accommodations (for example, out of classroom testing, extended time testing)
  • Alternate format materials (for example, Braille or electronic text)
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Reduced course load
  • Skill-building workshops

To be eligible for academic accommodations, students must request services themselves and must provide appropriate documentation to support the need for such services. Requests for accommodations must be made in a timely manner and must be reasonable given the nature of the disability.

For comprehensive information about obtaining accommodations, please contact the department secretary at (978) 665-4020, contact the department via email at disabilityservices@fitchburgstate.edu, or visit the Web site at www.fitchburgstate.edu/disability.

Career Counseling and Advising Center

The center’s staff provides a multitude of services, including: career counseling, academic coaching, advising pre-majors, and advising for students experiencing academic difficulty.  The center also provides a variety of programs and activities to assist students and alumni in planning for career decisions during and after Fitchburg State University.

The center is located on the third floor of Hammond Hall, Rooms 318 & 322.  You can also contact the office at 978-665-3151.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Services Office provides confidential short-term counseling to all students at no charge. Clinicians are available for individual, group and couples counseling, crisis intervention, educational programming, outreach workshops, community referrals, and inservice training.

Counseling Services offers a variety of outreach programs to educate students in the areas of sexual assault and violence prevention, body image, stress and anger management, eating disorders, depression, and substance abuse.

The Counseling Services Office is located on the third floor of the Hammond Campus Center. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made in person or over the telephone (978) 665-3152. For more information, see the Web site at www.fitchburgstate.edu/counseling. Students can see a clinician without an appointment during the walk-in time, which is from 2 p.m.–3 p.m. daily; however it is strongly encouraged that students schedule appointments if at all possible.

The Counseling Services Office provides 24-hour emergency response to the university during the regular academic year. The counselor-on-call can be reached through the Campus Police Department at (978) 665-3111, or by contacting Housing and Residential Services staff.

Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education (FAVE)

Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education (FAVE) is a campus-wide effort to prevent interpersonal and relationship violence, and sexual assault, and to support those affected by violence.  In collaboration with all University departments and offices, FAVE seeks to create a safe and respectful community for all members by providing educational programmming and training opportunities, promoting victim services, and reviewing policy.  The project is co-coordinated by Dr. Robert Hynes and Ms. Amanda Sapienza; for more information, contact rhynes@fitchburgstate.edu or asapienza@fitchburgstate.edu.

Student Health Services

Health Services provides ambulatory care, health education/promotion and maintains health records for all full-time graduate students at the university. Services include:

  • Urgent care of acute illness and injury
  • Evaluation, treatment and/or referrals as needed
  • Tuberculin testing
  • Health education and health promotion
  • Women’s health care, such as breast exams, gynecologic exams, contraception, and morning after pill
  • Men’s health care

Students can schedule an appointment at Health Services and they will be seen by one of three providers: a nurse practitioner, a physician assistant or the university physician. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment by calling (978) 665-3216/3643. Usually the student can be seen the same day or within 24 hours, but if the student cannot be seen in the clinic that day, they will be referred to Urgent Care at Burbank Hospital, Fitchburg, or the emergency room at HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster. If a student does not have transportation to the emergency facility, Health Services will facilitate. If a student has an emergency after 5 p.m., they should call Campus Police at (978) 665-3111 for assistance.

A laboratory facility is part of the clinic. Routine tests are offered free of charge. Any specimen that needs to be analyzed by the commercial laboratory will be charged to the student’s insurance.

Health and Immunization Requirements

In compliance with Massachusetts Public Law 105 CMR 220.700 as of August 2005, all newly enrolled part-time undergraduate and graduate, resident and non-resident students enrolled in a degree granting program must provide documentation of receipt of one dose of meningococcal vaccine within the last five years or provide Health Services with a signed waiver for meningococcal vaccination requirement state approved form. The documented vaccine or the completed waiver form must be received by Health Services prior to the start of your first semester either by July 15 or December 15.

Fitchburg State University requires all full-time matriculated graduate, or international student studying on campus to comply with Massachusetts Public Law 105 CMR 220.600:

Every student must provide Health Services with the following information before they start their first semester either by July 15 or December 15.

  • Two doses of MMR vaccine (one after 12 months of age and update) or proof of a positive titer
  • One dose of TDAP
  • Tuberculosis risk assessment; TB T-spot test will be required if “yes” to any of the 3 questions on the TB risk assessment. If the TB test is positive, Chest X-Ray is required.
  • Three doses of hepatitis B vaccine or proof of a positive titer
  • Two doses of Varicella or documented proof of disease or titer
  • Meningitis vaccine or sign a waiver


Fitchburg State University Health Services is legally and ethically obligated to protect the patient’s right to privacy. Student medical records are strictly confidential. All Fitchburg State University Health Services staff are required to sign a statement of adherence to confidentiality policies. No one other than Fitchburg State University Health Services staff has access to student medical records without a patient’s prior written permission. This restriction includes parents, faculty and staff or outside agencies. In life-threatening emergencies, only pertinent information will be released to appropriate parties.

If a student is younger than 18 years of age, any care that is sought or provided related to reproductive health is also a confidential matter and will not be disclosed to a parent unless Health Services has prior written permission from the student. In the event that a student reports abuse or there is suspected abuse the providers at Health Services are mandated to report the abuse to the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.

If a student wishes to have their records released to themselves or another facility, they must sign the medical release of records form that is available in Health Services.

Limited Exceptions

Certain communicable diseases need to be reported to the Department of Public Health and patients will be informed of this action prior to Fitchburg State University Health Services notifying the department.

Absences Due to Illness

It is the responsibility of students to contact their professors if they will miss classes because of illness. In the event of an extended absence, you are advised to contact the Vice-President for Student Affairs.

Student Health Insurance

Every student registered for nine or more credits is required by law to purchase health insurance. Students must purchase the school sponsored health plan or show proof of comparable coverage in an alternate health plan in order to enroll in classes.

After a student registers they will receive an enrollment/ waiver form. All students must complete this form by either choosing to be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Program or waiving participation by providing the policy number of an alternate insurance plan.

If a student does not complete the enrollment/waiver form, the university will automatically enroll them in the health plan and include the cost of the insurance in the tuition bill. Students will be enrolled in the plan unless they waive the health insurance requirement online.

For more information regarding the Student Health Insurance Program, call Student Accounts at 978-665-3486.

Campus Police Department

The Campus Police Department, located at 32 Clinton Street, is committed to maintaining the highest level of community policing with its basic philosophy being deeply rooted in service to the entire university community. The department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week utilizing cruiser, bike, and foot patrols of the entire campus and employs many students in various capacities.

Student Security Team/Student Safety Escort

The Student Security Team of the Campus Police Department provides escorts anywhere on campus and within a 10 minute walking radius of the campus. The student security officers have direct radio communications with campus police officers. Student escorts are available from 8 p.m to 1 a.m., seven nights a week during the school year. Escort requests at other times are handled by campus police officers. To request an escort, please call (978) 665-3111.

Emergency Call Boxes

Emergency call boxes with blue lights that connect directly to Campus Police are located throughout campus at strategic spots. When used, an officer will immediately be dispatched to that location.

Crime Prevention Programs and Presentations

Campus Police makes numerous presentations to students on a whole range of issues including theft, sexual assault, alcohol and drug abuse. The nationally recognized R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Program is offered free of charge to female staff, students and faculty by certified R.A.D. instructors from Campus Police.

Operation Identification Program

The Operation Identification Program can help identify stolen property, record the serial numbers, model numbers, brand names and description of personal property. Engravers and forms are available from Campus Police to mark personal property as a theft deterrent.

Parking Regulations

Fitchburg State University provides parking facilities for more than 1,600 vehicles. The university requires that all vehicles utilizing the parking facilities must display a valid permit. Permits may be obtained at the Housing and Residential Services Office, located in Aubuchon Hall. Shuttle service from the parking lot at the Wallace Civic Center to campus is provided at no cost. Anyone using campus parking facilities must adhere to all parking regulations.

Disability Parking Permit

Persons with a disability are required to have a state issued parking placard/plate (issued by the RMV) in order to use accessible campus parking spaces. Please refer to campus parking map for available locations.

Fitchburg State University Shuttle Bus and Additional Parking

Administrative Services oversees the university shuttle service which continuously transports students, staff and faculty to and from the Wallace Civic Center parking lot (John Fitch Highway) and the main campus. The Fitchburg State University parking shuttle operates on class days during the academic year, non-stop. The schedule for shuttle service is as follows:

Sunday 4:30 p.m. midnight
Monday–Thursday 6:30 a.m.–midnight
Friday 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Weekday holidays 4:30 p.m.–midnight

EXCEPTIONS: Sundays preceding a holiday—no service

Thanksgiving Recess—service will end at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013.

During heavier usage hours an additional shuttle is available.

The University provides shuttle tracking via the mobile website during the academic year.  You can see up-to-date locations on our shuttles by browsing to: http://m.fitchburgstate.edu and selecting the Shuttles link.

Expanded MART Service reaches into the Community

Fitchburg State University has partnered with MART to provide free, comprehensive transportation service for all Fitchburg State students. You will be amazed where your Student ID will bring you throughout the Fitchburg/ Leominster area. At a nominal fee, there is additional MART service to Gardner. Services run Monday–Saturday (for more details visit: www.mrta.us/)

Parking Services

Campus Police and Housing and Residential Services jointly operate Parking Services functions for Fitchburg State University. The Parking Committee reviews policy and planning related to parking functions for the university, and includes student, faculty, and staff representatives. Parking lot maps and the current Parking Rules and Regulations guide are also available at both offices. The university is not responsible for any loss or damage to vehicles while parking in lots on the main campus or at the Civic Center. For more information please visit www.fitchburgstate.edu/parking/.

Motorist Assists

Dead batteries and keys locked in vehicles are events with which Campus Police can provide assistance. Call (978) 665-3111 or use an emergency call box.

Campus Police Web Site

For additional information about the Campus Police Department, please visit the Web site at www.fitchburgstate.edu/campuspolice.

Recreation Services

The Recreation Services program offers structured and informal opportunities for recreation in a wide variety of activities. Intramural programs are offered throughout the year in volleyball, soccer, ultimate, dodgeball, racquetball, flag football, basketball, table tennis and several other areas.  Registration is at www.imleagues.com/fitchburgstate.

Students who prefer something more informal may use the Recreation Center’s pool, fitness center, dance studio, jogging track, racquetball courts or gymnasium at their leisure. Group fitness classes are offered in the areas of aerobics, group cycling and others.  Simply bring your One Card with you and check in at the front desk when you arrive.