DeSales is a Catholic, Salesian university that inspires transformative learning through the liberal arts and professional studies by energizing students to be who they are and be that well.
The Catholic identity of DeSales University is central to our mission and the experience of learning for our students, faculty, and staff. We work to advance the Catholic faith in a way that respects its great tradition and honors the dignity and faith life of all in our community. The following includes key elements that comprise our efforts to advance a dynamic, life-giving expression of our tradition. This list is compiled from sources that include normative documents and statements of Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis; the Congregation of Catholic Education; and the church’s Code of Canon Law.
Most recently, the leadership of Pope Francis has energized the ministry of Catholic education. He has encouraged Catholic school leaders to form students to use their “head, hands, and hearts” to serve the world and build the Kingdom of God. Additionally, he said that educators must have one of their feet in the security of the tradition and the other in the zone of risk, for this leads to the freedom that is called for in education.
- Access for the poor: Catholic college and universities provide necessary resources for students from poor families to attend their schools (Congregation for Catholic Education, 2017a).
- Activities guided by the Catholic faith: “Catholic ideals, attitudes, and principles should appropriately penetrate and inform all university activities” (Miller, 2007, p. 175).
- Campus Ministry: The university “collaborates in ecumenical and interfaith efforts to care for the pastoral needs of students, faculty, and other university personnel who are not Catholic” (Miller, 2007, p. 186).
- Care for Creation: Pope Francis’ call for integral ecology and his publication of Laudato Si, a papal encyclical raised this value to an essential element of the faith formation of the human person.
- Cooperation and Catholicity: “As direct personal contact between faculty and students is a hallmark of U.S. Catholic education,” pastoral relationships provide the foundation for the network of interactions among the school community (Miller, 2007, p. 182). “The university’s learning atmosphere should encourage the proper befriending of students” (Miller, 2007, p. 182).
- Curriculum and the Catholic intellectual tradition: Catholic schools advance “an all-embracing vision that animates their intellectual life for comprehensive worldview grounded” in the Catholic educational tradition that unites faith and reason to serve the church and society (Miller, 2007, p. 179).
- Dialogue with culture: The school is providing a context for current issues to be debated, discussed, and argued with the voice of the church accurately represented from the tradition and the voice of the culture respectfully listened to with appropriate regard for the students’ development of their minds and attitudes (Congregation for Catholic Education, Educating for Fraternal Humanism, 2017).
- Faculty selection: Finely academically prepared faculty “outstanding in their integrity of doctrine and probity of life” will be hired for mission (Code of Canon Law, 1983, in Miller, 2007, p. 177).
- Hospitality and Inclusion: The ongoing vehemence, volume, and volubility of Pope Francis on welcoming and accompanying the stranger and those marginalized, especially migrants, calls for Catholic communities of all sorts, including those in Catholic higher education, to integrate hospitality in every context. Additionally, he has taken the heretofore curial responsibility of Care for Migrants into the personal office of the pope. In other words, the pope did not delegate this church matter.
- Institutional commitment to Catholicity: The school is a “publicly recognizable institution whose activities of teaching, scholarship, and service ‘are connected with and in harmony with the evangelizing mission of the Church” (John Paul II, 1990, as cited in Miller, 2007, p. 174).
- International solidarity: “A mark of a university’s Catholicity is whether it tithes its own academic and financial resources so as to help build up systems of Catholic higher education in the local churches of developing countries. Two matters to consider with regard to international solidarity” include links to other schools, especially in the developing world, to promote the common good and making a priority the exchange of academic resources (Miller, 2007, p. 184).
- Jesus: The Catholic school shows a primacy in its culture for the presence and place of Jesus in its culture (O’Connell, 2012, p. 157).
- Scholarship and research: All research from the Catholic institution must respect the norms and teaching of the church (Miller, 2007, p. 178).
- Social Justice and Fraternal Humanism: The Church’s Catholic Social Teaching, coupled with Educating for Fraternal Humanism, a document of the Congregation of Catholic Education which he authorized in April 2017, positions the education to place the person at the center of education with the host of accompanying values from the corpus of social teaching and this most recent Vatican statement on education.
- Student life: The university hosts a “commitment to create a campus culture and environment that is expressive and supportive of a Catholic way of life, respects the religious liberty and freedom of conscience of all students, and strives to form graduates whose faith enlightens their everyday lives” (Miller, 2007, p. 185).
- Theology and Catholic identity: A Catholic university graduates “students with a suitable level of theological literacy” (Miller, 2007, p. 180). Here, it is important that “those teaching theology are in full communion with the Church (Miller, 2007, p. 181).
Congregation for Catholic Education. (2017). Educating for fraternal humanism.
Miller, J. M. (2007). The role of the Holy See in fostering the identity of Catholic higher education. Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, 26(2), 165-186.
O’Connell, D. M. (2012). Our schools-our hope: Reflections on Catholic identity from the 2011 Catholic higher education collaborative conference. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 16(1), 155-186.
DeSales University is firmly and publicly committed to the principles of Roman Catholic doctrine and morality. It also fully recognizes that the search for truth requires an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and that love demands an openness to all that is good.
DeSales carefully distinguishes between the free pursuit of truth - which it guarantees every member of the campus community - and its own commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
For DeSales University, Christian humanism means that every aspect of human experience is capable of enlightenment by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Gospel brings light to each dimension of personal existence (physical, intellectual, social, moral, aesthetic, and religious) and every environmental domain (natural world, social institutions, cultural achievements, historical periods, and religious societies).
The encounter between the Word of God and the concrete world of the human person makes a fully meaningful existence possible. DeSales University strives to teach the student what it means to be Christian in a Salesian way, what it means to embrace one’s own life, and what it means to bring this Good News to the human family.
We aspire to be a learning community where innovative teaching, mentored professional practice, and ethical preparation expands the minds, the talents, and the hearts of curious students to construct new ideas and lead lives of impact.
To accomplish this vision, we will strive for continuous improvement through a coordinated set of strategic initiatives defined by the following elements:
- Mission-forward actions
- Keenly focused enrollment growth
- Online learning throughout our programs
- A developed nexus between career and alumni development
- Effective utilization of our campus resources
Salesian gentleness challenges us daily, from how we text and email to the way we drive, vote, and relate to our friends, family, foes, and colleagues.
With Salesian humility, we are grateful for the gifts given to us, crediting God for them and blessing the world with our expression of those gifts placed at the service of others.
Our ability to give thanks to God emerges from humility and prompts us to pray and, in turn, share the bounty of our blessings with others.
During a time in our world when countless peoples are exiled from their homelands, rejected and forced to live on streets, precluded from quality education, or marginalized in any way, Salesian hospitality seeks to accept others by honoring their human dignity and empowering them to be who they are and be that well.
Francis de Sales wrote: “Knowledge is the eighth sacrament.” Francis also developed the centrality of the heart as the locus of love for the human person. Thus, knowledge must not remain in the mind but touch the heart to be transformed into a wisdom that informs life’s choices and impels the disciple to love and serve.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
Inspired by the inclusivity of the Gospel, we at DeSales University are committed to promoting excellence through diversity, equity and inclusion. We will work intentionally to create inclusive and equitable approaches that support our unique experiences and identities, while being home to a diverse community of learners, practitioners, and scholars that is reflective of our Lehigh Valley and regional communities. This commitment is a mission-critical imperative in honoring our Salesian spirituality which creates a campus community that allows us to ‘be who you are and be that well.”
Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Statement
We acknowledge with respect, the people of the Lenni Lenape, the Indigenous Peoples on whose ancestral lands DeSales University now stands. We honor them and their many contributions to the world around us, including the original philosophy and practice of environmental stewardship. Respecting the call of Pope Francis in Laudato Si, we strive to “show special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions” (Laudato Si, 2015, no. 146).
DeSales University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267.284.5000. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.
History of DeSales University
On January 28, 1961, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph McShea, was appointed first bishop of the Diocese of Allentown by His Holiness Pope John XXIII. This new diocese was composed of the five northern counties (Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. At the request of the new bishop, the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales agreed to assume the responsibility for establishing a Catholic, liberal arts college in the Lehigh Valley.
Planning for the new college began in April, 1962; and the charter for Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, with full power to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, was granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on May 27, 1964. Classes began for first-year students in September of 1965. Allentown College was fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools during the 1969- 1970 academic year. In September 1970, the College became a coeducational institution. Adult Studies, the College’s undergraduate evening program for working adults, was established in the fall of 1977. In 1984, the College began offering graduate programs with the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Other graduate programs include: Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) in 1988, Master of Education (M.Ed.) in 1989, Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1991, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) in 1995, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) in 2005, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing and Publishing in 2018 and Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology, Master of Science (MS) in Homeland Security and Master of Sceince (MS) in Business Analytics were introduced in 2022. The University launched two doctoral programs: the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2012 and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2014.
Planning for the transition from college to university status began in 1998 with a regular evaluation visit by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities. Formal application to become DeSales University was presented to the secretary of education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during the summer of 1999. The secretary appointed an evaluation team which visited the campus in October of 1999. With receipt of their positive report, the full faculty of the institution voted unanimously to become DeSales University on January 19, 2000. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania gave final approval on March 1, 2000. The Board of Trustees of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales voted to become DeSales University on April 13, 2000. The formal date for the name and status changes was established as January 1, 2001.
The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales
The Congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales was founded to advance the Gospel through the spirit and teaching of its patron saint. A chief focus of St. Francis de Sales was the gentleness and humanity of Jesus. The gentleman saint took this from his favorite Gospel quote: “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart” (MT 11:29). Working to “Live Jesus,” DeSales sought for himself and implored others to integrate the very person and personality of the Savior into the character of the disciple. Consequently, “Live Jesus” grew to become a popular maxim for DeSales.
One of the foremost Christian humanists of his day, St. Francis de Sales developed a fascinating and engaging perspective of the human person. He said, “The person is the perfection of the universe, the mind is the perfection of the person, love is the perfection of the mind and charity is the perfection of love.”
This unique conjunction, interpenetration, and interaction of intellectual and affective elements sees a person in his or her totality. In the Salesian view, with its attempt to harmonize and integrate the divine and human aspects, anthropology becomes inseparable from theology. Everything truly human comes under the study, care, and concern of the person. That is why Christian humanism engenders a universal openness and awareness.
Mother Mary Chappuis, a nun from the Order of the Visitation founded by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal, prevailed upon Father Louis Brisson to form a congregation of men committed to living and transmitting this ideal of Salesian humanism. In 1876, a small band of six men, led by Father Brisson, professed their first vows as Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and began to live the religious life in Troyes, France.
Despite humble beginnings, the order experienced a rapid growth. Oblate communities now exist in India, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, South America, South Africa, Namibia, Switzerland, and the United States.
The first foundation in the United States was Salesianum School, a high school for boys in Wilmington, Del., in 1903. Although the first undertaking of the Oblates in the United States was the Christian education of youth, members devote themselves to many other varied apostolates to serve people’s needs.
Nestled amidst an expansive 600-acre campus, DeSales University’s grounds include 22 modern buildings alongside several renovated structures, all contributing to the beautiful architecture of the picturesque campus.
Dooling Hall, the main academic building, consists of four wings and a central area. Within the wings are administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, computer labs, and a student veterans lounge. The central portion contains graduate program offices and dynamic student meeting spaces.
Wills Hall, a state-of-the-art facility, is home to the Communication Sciences and Disorders and Physical Therapy departments. The facility features technologically advanced classrooms, therapeutic clinics, and a serene patio garden for students to study or unwind.
A testament to the University’s student-focused vision is our range of residential offerings. Chappuis Hall, Conmy Hall, Tocik Hall, Aviat Hall, Annecy Hall, and Donahue Hall together accommodate up to 800 students, while DeChantal Hall offers single-residence living for an additional 48.
To enrich the on-campus living experience for upperclassmen and graduate students, DeSales offers unique residential options. The University Heights, a townhouse complex, provides a home for 160 students, promoting a sense of community with an apartment-style living arrangement. Adding to the upperclassmen housing is the University Village, which includes the buildings Finnegan, Guerin, and Harvey. These buildings collectively accommodate an additional 198 students, offering a perfect blend of convenience and camaraderie in their design and proximity to academic and social spaces.
Athletic pursuits find a home in the expansive 85,000-square-foot Billera Hall, surrounded by eight athletic fields. The venue caters to intercollegiate and intramural sports, fostering fitness, and competitive spirit.
The Dorothy Day Student Union, a vibrant student hub, houses a commuter lounge, Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shop, a fitness center, and essential student services offices, including the Health Center, Mail Room, Campus Ministry, and Counseling.
Arts and culture are celebrated at The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, home to the performing arts department. The Labuda Center features a grand Main Stage Theatre with a seating capacity of 473 and the intimate Schubert Theatre, capable of accommodating 187 patrons. Further enriching the University’s innovative capabilities is the recent introduction of the pioneering Virtual Production Studio - a first in the Lehigh Valley.
The 37,000-square-foot Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center is an innovative hub housing classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices exclusively for the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. Complementing the Hurd Science Center, Campbell Hall is a beacon for advanced learning, complete with top-tier biology laboratories.
Universally recognized as “The DUC” among its students, the DeSales University Center stands as the crossroads of campus activity. It features an array of amenities tailored to enrich the student experience. At its heart, the DUC’s food court caters to the varied dietary needs of the student body; the dining services go above and beyond to accommodate preferences, whether they be vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or any other dietary requirements. The DUC also includes flexible conference spaces, the campus bookstore, and the school radio station.
The University’s newest building is the Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS, Center for Business and Healthcare. Featuring a gross anatomy lab, a standardized patient laboratory, and a simulated trading room with a ticker, the building houses the University’s business and healthcare programs.
The Trexler Library, dedicated to the memory of local industrialist Harry C. Trexler, is located at the center of the campus. This facility, with a seating capacity of 300, accommodates over 550,000 items. Advanced computers and audiovisual equipment further enhance the learning experience. A sensory room offers students respite if they are feeling overwhelmed or anxious. The library’s digital resources are accessible at www.desales.edu/library, with extensive information on library services provided on the website and at the public service desk. Students also benefit from access to a vast collection of over one million volumes from the Lehigh Valley independent colleges through an interlibrary loan system, in addition to over 35 million titles across Pennsylvania through the E-Z Borrow System.
Learning Management System
All students enrolled at DeSales University have a personalized account in the Brightspace learning management system. Brightspace provides access to resources such as syllabi, grades, and assignments in a digital format. These features and resources are hosted on the DeSales Brightspace site at the discretion of individual instructors and therefore may not be available for every traditional day course.
New students are encouraged to log in to Brightspace and complete the Student Orientation course, in which they are automatically enrolled. This course serves to familiarize students with the Brightspace online learning environment and demonstrates how to best use it during their academic endeavors at DeSales. Students who need additional assistance with navigating or using the Brightspace system should reach out to the University’s Help Desk either through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 610.282.1100 ext. 4357.
Student Identity Verification in Distance and Correspondence Education
For information about our identity verification policy, please go to www.desales.edu/policies and click on Student Identity Verification in Distance and Correspondence Education.
The use of computing and network resources is encouraged in all courses offered at the University. The curricula emphasize the use of information technology as an integrated and interdisciplinary problem-solving tool, as a change agent, and as a vehicle for education.
The University maintains 10 well equipped computing laboratories or classrooms for research and course work.
- The Academic Computing Center (ACC) located in Dooling Hall, contains approximately 30 PCs in its main area.
- The ACC Computing Classroom houses approximately 12 PC systems reserved for demonstrations or class use. Six specialized Mac TV/Film workstations are housed in this room, for use by that program.
- Dooling Hall lower level contains the Psychology and Criminal Justice Digital Laboratory containing approximately 26 computers dedicated to program needs.
- Dooling Hall rooms 223, 225, and 227 are dedicated computing classrooms, each containing approximately 25 workstations.
- Gambet Center room 221 is a dedicated computing classroom containing 32 workstations.
- Trexler Technology Center (TTC) main area contains 40 PCs for public computing use and classroom support.
- Trexler Library PC2 lab contains 16 PCs and 4 Macs, also for both public and classroom use.
All computing labs and classrooms have broadcasting software available for group presentations, including instructor control and interaction with each client station. Also, each computing area is supported by at least one high volume laser printer. All systems in all computing areas have Microsoft Windows, are fully network ready with internet access, and contain a suite of both application and network software for personal use from file and application servers located in the ACC.
The University provides all students with campus e-mail addresses that are accessible in a variety of ways including web browsers, mobile devices, and applications on personal computers. The University is transitioning to Microsoft Outlook for students to align with the system used by faculty and staff. The Trexler Library supports an on-line catalog system and databases for research and course support, as well as a variety of educational, business, scientific, and economic databases on CD-ROM through regularly updated subscription services. The University also provides the Brightspace by D2L learning management system for course work in all disciplines and programs.
The TTC provide a variety of services for the entire University community, including newsletters (available on-line) and seminars. All computing labs are staffed by student end user consultants to provide help when assistance is required by their users. There is no additional charge for using any of the computing resources provided by the University in any public computing area. Although the University does not require students to bring a personal computer to campus, it is advisable to do so - a personal laptop is recommended.
Residence Hall Network Computing (RESNET)
The Residential Networking (RESNET) initiative is designed to provide students who live in the University’s residence halls a high-speed connection to the Internet from their room using their own devices, including computers, phones, tablets, TVs, and gaming systems.
RESNET provides students a pathway to a variety of resources through the University’s high-speed Internet connection. To access this high-speed connection, a student can do so wirelessly or using an ethernet cable for wired access. Most computers purchased today have wireless capability and can use an ethernet adapter with the USB ports if an ethernet port is not already installed. All residence halls are completely wireless. Students who want to connect their systems via RESNET should connect to the DESALES wireless network. Entertainment systems (Smart TVs, game systems, and the like) may be connected to the DeSales Entertainment network via a Help Desk request.
Students must electronically sign a RESNET Acceptable Use Policy statement each year to enable their connection and make it functional.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
The University is committed to providing equal opportunity in the admission of students, the administration of educational programs, and activities for employees and applicants for employment, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, gender identity, age, pregnancy, veteran status, or disability, while reserving the right where permitted by law to take action designed to promote its Catholic, Salesian mission. Notwithstanding the University’s non-discrimination policy, in making employment decisions, in some instances the University may prefer or require some candidates to be members of the Roman Catholic Church or of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.
DeSales University Summary of the Student E-mail Policy
DeSales University provides students with a DeSales e-mail address to enable faculty, staff, and administrators to communicate more effectively and efficiently with students. Appropriate use of e-mail is essential to the success of this mode for contacting students.
The following points are only part of the complete DeSales University Student E-mail Policy and are intended to inform students about the key components of e-mail usage. A copy of the full version of the DeSales University Student E-mail Policy is available on the DeSales website http://www.desales.edu/emailpolicy.
Responsibility for checking e-mail regularly. E-mail is an official mechanism of communication within DeSales University. Students are expected to check their e-mail on a frequent and consistent basis to stay current with University-related communications. Students have the responsibility to recognize that certain communications may be time-critical. “I didn’t check my e-mail”, an error in forwarding mail, or e-mail returned to the University with “Mailbox Full” or “User Unknown” are not acceptable excuses for missing official University communications via e-mail.
Using other e-mail accounts. Students wishing to have e-mail redirected from their official DeSales University address to another e-mail address may do so, but at their own risk. The University will not be responsible for the handling of e-mail outside the desales.edu domain. Having e-mail redirected does not absolve a student from the responsibilities associated with official communication sent to his or her DeSales University account.
If a student does not have access to e-mail. Students have the right to request that the University not communicate with them by e-mail, but instead use an alternative form of communication. A student who does not own a computer or have access to the Internet might request an alternative form of communication. To request this, the student must notify the Registrar’s Office in writing that he or she wishes not to be communicated with by e-mail, and specify the form of communication and the location at which the student will receive that communication. Requesting and using an alternative form of communication does not absolve the student of the responsibility to frequently monitor and respond to University communications.
Privacy, security, and confidentiality. The University will make reasonable efforts to maintain the integrity and effective operation of its electronic mail systems, but users are advised that those systems should in no way be regarded as a secure medium for the communication of sensitive or confidential information. Because of the nature and technology of electronic communication, the University can assure neither the privacy of an individual’s use of the University’s electronic mail resources nor the confidentiality of particular messages that may be created, transmitted, received, or stored thereby.
The computer networks and e-mail servers that support members of the DeSales community at all locations are the property of the University. E-mails resident on University servers or hosted servers, whether personal or related to the business of the University, are the property of the University and not the property of the e-mail account holder, be they students, faculty, administrative staff, or consultants. Users should exercise extreme caution in using e-mail to communicate confidential or sensitive matters, and should not assume that e-mail is private and confidential. It is especially important that users are careful to send messages only to the intended recipient(s). Particular care should be taken when using the “reply” command during e-mail correspondence.
The University reserves the right to filter e-mail to reduce the quantity of spam. The University is not responsible for any e-mail that may not be received due to the filtering of e-mail.
Educational uses of e-mail. Faculty will determine how electronic forms of communication (e.g., e-mail) will be used in their classes. The DeSales University Student E-mail Policy will ensure that all students will be able to comply with e-mail-based course requirements specified by faculty. Faculty can therefore make the assumption that students’ official DeSales University e-mail accounts are being accessed, and faculty can use e-mail for their classes accordingly.
Student Personal E-mail Use. University student e-mail may be used for incidental personal purposes provided that, in addition to the foregoing constraints and conditions, such use does not: 1) directly or indirectly interfere with the University operation of computing facilities of e-mail services, or 2) burden the University with noticeable incremental cost. E-mail records arising from such personal use may, however, be subject to the restrictions set forth above
Prohibited Usage. Prohibited uses of electronic mail include, but are not limited to:
- Personal use of the e-mail system that creates a direct cost for the University;
- Use of the University’s e-mail resources for personal monetary gain or for commercial purposes that are not directly related to University business;
- Sending copies of documents in violation of copyright laws;
- Inclusion of the work of others into electronic mail communications in violation of copyright laws;
- Capture and “opening” of electronic mail except as required for authorized employees to diagnose and correct delivery problems;
- Use of electronic mail to harass or intimidate others or to interfere with the ability of others to conduct University business;
- Use of electronic mail systems for any purpose restricted or prohibited by laws or University regulations;
- “Spoofing,” i.e., constructing an electronic mail communication so it appears to be from someone else;
- Attempting unauthorized access to electronic mail or attempting to breach any security measures on any electronic mail system, or attempting to intercept any electronic mail transmissions without proper authorization;
- Any offensive or disruptive messages, including any messages which contain sexual implications, racial slurs, gender-specific comments, or any other comment that offensively addresses someone’s age, gender, religious or political beliefs, national origin, or disability;
- Forwarding or sending viruses.
Disciplinary Action Students and non-student users who violate this policy in any way will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action based upon the facts and circumstances of each infraction.
On Leaving the University. Student email access is denied after six months of separation from the University.
DeSales University Alcohol and Drug Policy
See the Alcohol and Drug Policy at www.desales.edu/policies.
Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Regular Cross Registration Policy
A. Cross Registration Policy
Full-time undergraduate degree seeking students in good academic standing who are not first semester first-year students and are enrolled at a member institution of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (Cedar Crest College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College and Muhlenberg College), may register for up to two undergraduate courses per term or summer session with a limit of 8 cross registered courses during their academic career. The student may cross register at any one of the member institutions provided that the appropriate approvals have been obtained from the home and host institution, and provided that such course, or courses, does not produce an overload on the student’s schedule. Cross registration is permitted on a space available basis, as determined by the host institution.
Students are eligible to cross register under the terms of this policy only if they pay the full-time comprehensive fee of the home institution. All other students must cross register under the terms of the Supplemental Cross Registration Policy. Normally, this program is to be used for courses that cannot be scheduled at the home institution; however, special circumstances may cause this requirement to be waived. Cross registration would enable the student to receive both course credit and grade for the course. However, the number of credits assigned to a given course is the responsibility of the home institution.
A.1. Cross Registration For January Term, Summer Session, and Special Programs
Cross registration for LVAIC students is available for the January term, summer sessions, and special programs, but the student must pay the appropriate fees charged by the host institution rather than the tuition cost of the home institution (which is the normal cross registration procedure). All billing will be handled directly by the host institution and the individual student.
A.2 Cross Registration Limitations For Experimental And Independent Coursework
Cross registration for LVAIC students is not available for the following types of instruction: independent study, tutorials, internships, practicum field experience, supervision of instructors and student teaching experiences, private music lessons, distance education, and online courses.
B. Cross Registration Procedures
When a student wishes to enroll for a course offered by one of the participating institutions, the student must review the course offerings available for cross registration and select a course to request.
After completing the Request for Cross Registration, the information is sent to the student’s advisor who will approve or deny the request.
Advisor approved course requests will be sent to the student’s home Registrar for any additional approvals.
If approved by the home Registrar, the information will be sent to the host Registrar for review.
Registration by the host school is dependent upon course availability and registration time lines. Students may not know the result of their request until the beginning of the semester. Students will be informed of the result of their request by the host Registrar.
At the end of the term, transcripts or certified grade reports will be forwarded automatically without charge from the Host Registrar to the Home Registrar for any cross registered students.
C. Cross Registration Procedures - General Considerations
- Students may review course offerings and college/university catalogs on the web sites of the institutions as well as on the LVAIC web site.
- A limit of two courses per term or summer session may be taken using cross registration. Each institution will establish its own regulations concerning the number of courses a student may take during any degree program, or the use of any course as a substitute for any requirement in a major or minor program.
- Students who register for courses at other LVAIC member institutions must assume responsibility for the costs and means of transportation and accept the inconvenience of different calendars.
- A student who registers for an off-campus course will be subject to the academic policies of the home institution and the requirements of the off-campus course. The Academic Dean of the home institution will handle difficulties arising out of conflicts of policy.
- Students ineligible for cross registration, or seeking to register for more than two courses per term, or who seek to have a prerequisite waived, must petition to do so at both the home and host institution. No ineligible student may attend class until both home and host institutions have approved the petition. The process for petitioning varies for each institution; details may be obtained at the Registrar’s Office of the appropriate institution.
- Pass/Fail Optional Grading System - Any student registering to take a course for which he/she has cross registered on a pass/fail basis should consult with the Registrar at the home institution for the correct procedures.
- Exceptions to the cross-registration policy may be made for ROTC students who are required to cross-register for their program.
Council of Independent Colleges Online Course Sharing Consortium
To address situations where a student course scheduling need cannot be practically met through scheduled DeSales University courses (including Adult Studies courses) or through the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges cross registration policy, DeSales University, at its sole discretion, may make available to students courses offered through the Council of Independent Colleges Online Course Sharing Consortium (CIC-OCSC).
- Requests for traditional day students to take courses through the CIC-OCSC should be made by the student’s advisor to the Associate Dean of Academic Life.
- Requests for Adult Studies students to take courses through the CIC-OCSC should be made by the student’s advisor to the Assistant Dean for Adult and Continuing Education.
- CIC-OCSC courses appear on the student’s transcript as DeSales courses and contribute to the student’s grade point average, unlike transfer courses.
- Traditional day students taking CIC-OCSC courses under their fall and spring tuition plan will be charged as they would be for a DeSales-taught course.
- Traditional day students taking CIC-OCSC courses in the summer or winter, not as part of their fall or spring tuition plan, will be charged the Adult Studies per-credit rate.
- Adult Studies students taking CIC-OCSC courses will be charged the Adult Studies per-credit rate.
- Students taking CIC-OCSC courses are required to abide by the academic procedures and regulations of the institution teaching the course.
- To avoid possible financial penalties, students should be attentive to the drop date and drop procedures listed in the letter received from the consortium manager, Acadeum, as they may be different than for courses directly offered by DeSales.