Dear Emmanuel Students,
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-2017 academic year!
As we kick off a new year, I hope that you will consider ways that you can "Go All In" - get involved in college life. Research on college students indicates that involved students earn higher grade point averages and achieve greater levels of student satisfaction. Your participation in any of our over 100 areas of involvement can make a difference both in your life and the life of the College. As we welcome our newest students, I invite each of you to actively connect with other members of the Emmanuel community. As you make new friends, I challenge you to take a risk in getting to know students with whom you seemingly have little in common. Many students who move outside their comfort zone to get to know students from different social, racial and ethnic groups enrich their perspective and enhance their intellectual and social experience. Further, students who are comfortable in diverse social circles are better prepared for leadership not only at Emmanuel but in their profession after graduation. As we launch a new year, please allow the diversity of our student body to impact your life. Not only will you make new friends but you will strengthen the Emmanuel community!
In this year's Student Guide, formerly referred to as the Student Handbook you will find the Statement on Community Standards and the Student Code of Conduct, and department policies which articulate student expectations. All students are required to read and abide by all policies, procedures and protocols. In particular, I draw your attention to the sexual misconduct policy which federal law requires colleges and universities to promulgate. Central to the sexual misconduct policy and other policies contained within the Guide is the theme of respect for the individual person - the foundation upon which student life at Emmanuel is built. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the policies on our website. It is your responsibility. Should you have any questions about any of this information, please feel free to reach out to my Assistant, Mary Anne Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Joe Onofrietti, Dean of Students, at email@example.com, or me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope that this will be a successful year for you as you build on your previous accomplishments and make progress toward achieving your professional and personal goals. Please feel free to call on any member of the Student Affairs staff for support and assistance.
With best wishes,
Patricia A. Rissmeyer, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs