Jun 23, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life: Beyond the Classroom

Fitchburg State University maintains that emotional, physical, social and spiritual growth extends beyond the classroom and into the total campus environment. The university offers individuals and groups a variety of avenues for self-discovery and expression. Fitchburg State students who choose to become active in campus life, by accepting new commitments and adding responsibilities, often find avenues which will direct them toward their career and other life goals. They develop significant, enduring relationships with faculty, administrators, and other students, thus establishing a support network for years to come.

New Student Orientation


The mission of Fitchburg State University’s incoming freshmen and transfer student orientation program is to facilitate the transition of new students by laying the foundation for a strong, compelling, and cohesive student culture. This foundation will support our students throughout their academic career by connecting them to the institution, by helping them succeed socially, in their academic programs, and eventually in their careers, and ultimately by encouraging them to return to share their success.

Goals of Student Orientation:

The orientation program has three goals. First, it will provide the prospective student a compelling reason to come to the University. A second goal is to facilitate the transition of students to rigorous academic work and active social engagement, all with an eye toward fostering student success. A final goal is to support the parents and guardians of new students.

The orientation program consists of four (4) overnight sessions during the month of June and a three (3) day program in September. All new students receive advance notification and information about the program and are expected to attend.

New Student Orientation, Graduate & Continuing Education

The orientation program for graduate and evening undergraduate students is designed to assist new and returning students in navigating the paths and processes of adult education at Fitchburg State. Held in August and January, the program covers all the information students need as they continue their studies including financial aid, placement testing and tutor center services, course registration, use of the library, OneCard, and parking permits. The program concludes with meetings with academic advisors for each program, so students can get the guidance they need to register for classes and plan their program of study.

Housing and Residential Services

On-Campus Housing

Fitchburg State University offers a variety of housing options within twenty-one residence halls that create eight residential communities. The buildings range from traditional residence halls, high-rise buildings, suites and apartment style units. Living on campus is affordable with all utilities and maintenance cost included.   All residence hall rooms are connected to the university computer network via WiFi, which provides students with access to the Internet, e-mail, and cable tv. 

The residential program at Fitchburg State provides a wraparound supportive network outside the classroom. Spaces are created and facilitated to support the adult college student through: 

  • Walk-in academic support services

  • Residence Hall Association (RHA)

  • Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) 

  • In-hall tutoring within the first-year communities

  • Student staff leadership/employment opportunities

The residence halls are located conveniently on the perimeter of the main campus. There are professional staff members, Residence Assistants, Academic Enrichment Assistants and Community Desk Assistants integrated into your on-campus housing support.   These individuals are available to assist students in working out living arrangements, guide residents in adjusting to campus life, and serve as educational/social programmers, building managers, and resource/referral aides.

The Main Office is located on the north (right) side of Aubuchon Hall.  Questions can also be directed to at housing@fitchburgstate.edu, (978) 665-3219.  For more information, please go to www.fitchburgstate.edu/housing.    


Student Development, Organizations, and Center for Community Service and Leadership

Student Development and Hammond Campus Center

The Office of Student Development and Campus Center coordinates co-curricular programs and activities, and the operations of the Hammond Campus Center. The offices are committed to enhancing students’ educational experiences through the development of, and participation in diverse programs and leadership activities. The Hammond Campus Center strives to serve as the focal point of the campus, bringing together members of the Fitchburg State community.

The Office of Student Development and Campus Center is the hub of extracurricular events on campus. The office is committed to the principles of leadership development, enhancing student life outside the classroom, and to providing cultural and social opportunities. The office maintains many resources regarding university student organizations and the numerous opportunities open to individual students.

Student Organizations

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Fitchburg State University Student Government Association (SGA) empowers the Student Body and represents their issues and concerns. SGA promotes greater civic and political involvement by being an active resource and partner to the Fitchburg State University community and beyond.

As the official voice of the students, the Student Government Association plays two important roles for the student body:

  • Participates in campus wide committees as well as state and national student organizations
  • Governs the many committees responsible for student affairs, activities, and clubs

The governing body of SGA is the Senate, which is comprised of eight (8) senators per graduation year. Elections for positions on these boards are held every spring for the upper class members and in the fall for freshmen.

The SGA offers a number of services to its members, including governance, photocopying, and mail services. Student participation is welcomed and encouraged.

Clubs, Fraternities, Sororities, and Other Groups

The university is proud to support a wide variety of student organizations that encompass a broad spectrum of interests. Participation in student organizations is encouraged to round out the academic experience and develop skills which will last a lifetime.

Membership in university clubs and organizations is open to all full-time and part-time Fitchburg State University students who have paid the student activities fee. All executive board members (according to their constitution) of SGA and clubs and organizations must hold a minimum GPA of 2.0 for each semester and 2.5 overall. For meeting times and locations, contact the Office of Student Development and Campus Center.

A list of the organizations on campus includes:

Academic (12)
Associated General Contractors
Biology and Chemistry Club
Business Society
Computer Science Club
Criminal Justice Club
Economics Club
Education Club
Entrepreneurship Club
Exercise & Sport Science Club
Game Design Student Association
Student Nurses Association
Technology Education Collegiate Association

Cultural & Spiritual (7) 
Black Student Union
Campus Ambassadors Christian Fellowship
First Love
Gay Straight Alliance
Latin American Student Organization
Spanish Café Club
World Integrated Nations

Governing (4)
Greek Council
Interfraternity Council
Student Government Association

Greek (6)
Alpha Phi Delta
Alpha Sigma Tau
Phi Sigma Sigma
Sigma Pi
Sigma Sigma Sigma
Sigma Tau Gamma

Honor Societies (14)
Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice)
Delta Alpha Pi (Disability)
Epsilon Pi Tau (Industrial Technology)
Kappa Delta Pi (Education)
Lambda Pi Eta (Communications)
Phi Alpha Theta (History)
Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics)
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
Psi Chi (Psychology)
Sigma Beta Delta (Business)
Sigma Tau Delta (English)
Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing)
Tau Upsilon Alpha (Human Services)
Order of Omega (Greek)

Performance & Media (7) 
Dance Club
Fitchburg State Choirs
Filmmakers Society
Harmonic Velocity a Cappella Choir
Improv Club
Musical Theater Club

Service & Wellness (6)
Falcon Friends
Habitat for Humanity
MassPIRG (Massachusetts Public Research Group)
Mind Body Spirit
Rescue Squad

Special Interest (11)
Fitchburg Activities Board
Gamer’s Arts & Anime Club
Harry Potter Alliance
Minecraft Club
Model UN
Pokémon Society
Role Playing Guild
Rubik’s Cube Club
Smash Club
Trading Card Game Club

Sports & Recreation (12)
Billiards Club
Chess Club
Coed Ice Hockey Club
Fitchburg Finches
Gymnastics Club
Lacrosse Club
Martial Arts Club
Outdoor Adventure Club
Rugby Club
Table Tennis Club
Volleyball Club

Musical Groups

Fitchburg State University offers a variety of musical ensembles for both students and community members.

  • The Concert Band performs music of all types, from transcriptions of classics to contemporary sounds.
  • The Jazz combo plays blues, jazz, and jazz-rock repertoire.
  • The Fitchburg State University Concert Choir and Chamber Choir perform a wide selection of mixed-voice choral pieces.
  • The Fitchburg State University Orchestra performs a wide range of classical music, as well as other eclectic instrumental music for orchestra.

Please see the music page on the Humanities Department website for additional information: www.fitchburgstate.edu/music

Religious Life

Many churches and other religious congregations are located within walking distance of the campus.

Catholic Campus Ministry

The Catholic Campus Ministry will hold Masses at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday and Tuesday evenings in the Presidents’ Hall in the Mazzaferro Center. The ministry can be reached at extension 3793.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Fitchburg State University offers a variety of programs that provide opportunities to pursue athletic interests on the intercollegiate level. These programs enhance the academic experience and provide competitive experiences to meet the needs of all student-athletes.

Intercollegiate Sports

The Fitchburg Falcons varsity teams have enjoyed national and regional recognition as highly competitive NCAA Division III teams. The 17 varsity teams represent men and women in both indoor and outdoor competition.

Fitchburg State University is a charter member of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), which includes seven other state colleges.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, composed of students and co-chaired by the assistant director of athletics, provides direction and insight to meet the interests, needs, and abilities of the student body in concert with Title IX and gender equity. The committee also develops community service opportunities for all student athletes.

The university offers three seasons of intercollegiate varsity competition as follows: 

Fall Season

Competition runs from early September through early November.

  • Men: football, soccer, cross-country
  • Women: soccer, field hockey, cross-country, volleyball

Winter Season

Competition runs from November to early March; practice starts in late October or early November.

  • Men: hockey, basketball, indoor track
  • Women: basketball, indoor track

Spring Season

Competition runs from late March through early May. Baseball, softball, and lacrosse practices start in early February. Track and field practice starts once indoor track has finished its season.

  • Men: track and field, baseball
  • Women: track and field, softball, lacrosse

 Information regarding preseason tryouts and team meetings is available in the Athletic Department and on the Athletic Department Web site at www.fitchburgfalcons.com.

Athletic Eligibility

Students who wish to participate on intercollegiate teams must be full-time students and be making satisfactory progress toward a baccalaureate degree, defined as successful completion of:

  • 24 semester hours of course work prior to entering their third full-time semester
  • 48 semester hours of course work prior to entering their fifth full-time semester
  • 72 semester hours of course work prior to entering their seventh full-time semester

Full or part-time status shall be determined by the end of the add/drop period. Students are required to successfully complete 24 semester hours of course work during their previous two full-time semesters to remain eligible. See the Academic Policies and Procedures section for academic requirements. In addition to Fitchburg State University academic requirements, students must meet the requirements of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

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, dodgeball, flag football, basketball, table tennis and several other areas. Learn more at www.fitchburgfalcons.com.

Students who prefer something more informal may use the Recreation Center’s 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.

Student Conduct

Student Code of Conduct

Fitchburg State University recognizes that students or guests, as members of society and citizens of the United States of America, are entitled to respect, consideration, and guaranteed freedoms of speech, assembly, and association under the U.S. Constitution. The university further recognizes the students’ right within the institution to freedom of inquiry and the responsible use of the services and facilities of the university.

Students at Fitchburg State University have a responsibility to act in a manner that promotes the well-being, respect, safety, and security of all members of the university community. Behavior, whether on or off-campus, that calls into question a student’s suitability as a member of the academic community, or places university members at risk, will not be tolerated. Such behavior will result in disciplinary action ranging from a warning to dismissal.

The complete text of the Student Code of Conduct is available online and in print form at the Office of Student Affairs.

Good Neighbor Policy

Students who reside in or visit the university neighborhood are expected to demonstrate respect and concern for all members of the local community. As such, Fitchburg State University expects students to demonstrate responsible citizenship in the local neighborhood by participating in any of the several community service opportunities available for students. Contact the Douglas and Isabella Crocker Center for Community Service for more information.

To support the goal of being good neighbors, the following conduct (and any other of a like sort) will not be tolerated and will constitute violations of university policy for which students are subject to being disciplined whether the conduct occurs on or off the campus:

  • Making excessive or unreasonable noise
  • Sponsoring parties for profit (the illegal sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages, which may include the use of tickets, T-shirts, mugs, cups and/or any other items as a price or condition of admission)
  • Sponsoring excessively large parties
  • Serving alcohol to minors
  • Disorderly conduct, harassment of neighbors, defacing or damaging property, throwing objects out windows
  • Public drinking, public urination
  • Using, selling, or distributing illegal drugs
  • Interfering with the city of Fitchburg Police Department or utility agencies in the performance of their duties
  • Using, selling, manufacturing, or distributing fake IDs

Students who violate university policy and/or federal, state, or local law and, by so doing, call into question their suitability as members of the university community, are subject to disciplinary action in addition to the appropriate body of federal, state, or local law. If found responsible, students are subject to sanctions up to and including loss of residence or suspension or dismissal from the university.