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As an institution of higher learning and a community of persons with a special purpose, Commonwealth University accepts its obligation to provide its members with an atmosphere which protects and promotes its educational mission and that guarantees its orderly and effective operation.

To accomplish these goals, the University must require certain standards of conduct, both on and off campus, which are then expressed through the Student Code of Conduct and conduct process. In addition, Commonwealth University students aspire to follow and promote integrity, community, social justice, respect, and responsibility.

  • Integrity - Commonwealth University students exemplify honesty, honor, and respect for the truth in all of their actions.
  • Community - Commonwealth University students build and enhance their community; understand and appreciate how decisions and actions affect others and are just and equitable in the treatment of all members of the community.
  • Social Justice - Commonwealth University students respect the dignity of every person and act to discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to or diminish the worth of others.
  • Respect - Commonwealth University students show positive regard for each other and for the community.
  • Responsibility - Commonwealth accepts responsibility for learning, personal behavior, and future success, and appropriately challenge others to do the same. Commonwealth University students use good judgment, are trustworthy, and take personal responsibility for actions.

General Help

When students face challenges and obstacles that may prevent them from their academic pursuits, the Office of the Dean of Students can help! When unexpected life events occur and you are in need of some assistance, support, someone to talk to, or just someone to listen, contact Office of the Dean of Students. The office assists students with a wide range of situations, issues, or concerns that may have the potential to adversely affect their academic success or holistic growth as a student at CU.

Student Code of Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct is committed to developing students and supporting the campus and University culture of respect and responsibility through the application of a fair and equitable educational process. Our goal is to promote your development by creating a supportive environment to prepare you to meet lifelong ethical, social, and professional challenges. This is accomplished through the fair, equitable, and progressive application of the Student Code of Conduct.

In short, helping you learn from mistakes and restoring the community is the focus of our work.

Commonwealth University Student Code of Conduct

Submit a Student Conduct Incident Report

Additional Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

To view all officially sanctioned policies of Commonwealth University visit the Policies, Procedures and Guidelines section.

Hazing at Commonwealth University is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.

Full Details and Hazing Report

In accordance with Commonwealth University's mission of being an inclusive comprehensive public university that prepares students for personal and professional success in an increasingly complex global environment, the university is issuing a preferred name policy.

Commonwealth University is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment where safety, health, and well-being are priorities for all. Sexual misconduct includes a range of acts that are perpetrated against an individual without consent or when an individual is unable to freely give consent. The University will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct. All forms of sexual misconduct are serious offenses with serious consequences that violate the Student Code of Conduct and conduct process.

Sexual misconduct complaints against students may be processed by the Office of the Dean of Students via the Student Code of Conduct and conduct process.

Sexual misconduct complaints against employees and third parties will be processed by the Title IX Coordinator via the Harassment and Discrimination Policy.

Student Assistance

Commonwealth University has many different resources for students.

The Office of the Dean of Students provides assistance and support to students who miss class for extended periods due to non-medical absences such as personal or family emergency, family death, traumatic events (house fire, car accident, etc) or need to attend legal or military obligations.  

The student (or family/ supporter) must contact the Dean of Students office by phone or email  (deanofstudents@commonwealthu.edu) and provide the reason for the absence and dates of absence.  For death related notices, students are asked to provide the name of the individual and the date of death.   

Absence memos typically are for no more than a one-week period with exceptions for extenuating circumstances.  Absence memos should be promptly requested and will not be processed for time periods more than five days in the past unless an exception for extenuating circumstances (i.e. hospitalization or inability to communicate) is granted. 

When possible, we advise the student to begin by reaching out to their professors and advisors directly for guidance related to any missed work during the absence. The Office of the Dean of Students is also available to discuss options, connect to resources, and assist students as they navigate their return to campus.

If a student is experiencing a medical concern that results in the inability to attend classes for three or more consecutive days due to illness and/or injury, students/parents/supporters should contact the Student Health Center to initiate a request for an Extended Medical Illness notice.

 

The CARE Team, chaired by the Office of the Dean of Students, exists to provide a coordinated response to students in crises. The team focuses on matters impacting individual students including but not limited to: disturbing behavior, medical and mental health concerns, resource insecurities, emergency situations, distress as a result of a personal crisis, or other issues of trauma or personal challenge. The CARE Team reviews all available information regarding the student of concern in a proactive manner to ensure the response provided is coordinated, safety-minded, and student-centered. Steps taken will include thoughtful use of resources, advocacy, and engagement with assistance from multiple departments to provide students with appropriate intervention and assistance. In partnership with the campus community, the team strives to promote wholistic wellness and student success while prioritizing safety of each individual and the community as a whole.

Our CARE Team is comprised of various individuals from the University working collaboratively to provide students with assistance and support services. The team consists of:

  •  Dean of Students, Co-Chair
  •  Senior Associate Dean of Students for Students Support, Leadership, and Retention Initiatives, Co-Chair
  • Associate Dean of Students - Mansfield
  • Associate Dean of Students - Lock Haven
  • Director of Residence Life - Bloomsburg
  • Director of Residence Life - Lock Haven & Mansfield
  • Executive Director of Counseling Services
  • Executive Director of University Disability Services
  • Executive Director of Residence Life
  • Executive Director of Student Conduct
  • Director of Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania Police
  • Student Success Specialist Representatives
  • BU Health Center Director & CUP Campus Health Liaison
  • Executive Director of Act 101
  • Director of Financial Aid
  • Director of TRIO Student Support Services
  • Director of Athletics

Referrals to the CARE Team can be made using the Student of Concern Report Form or by calling the Office of the Dean of Students at 570-389-4734.

  • For concerns that you feel are urgent and need immediate attention, contact the University Police at 570-389-2211 or call 911.
  • For campus, counseling services our Center for Counseling and Human Development is located at 240 Student Services Center 570-389-4255."

 

Commonwealth University's Center for Counseling and Human Development helps students develop human relations skills and personal growth. Typical reasons for seeking counseling include: anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, adjustment difficulties, family issues, substance use concerns, eating concerns, and responses to traumatic events. Counseling Center services are based on a short-term model of treatment, in which sessions are provided on a bi-weekly basis. If you are seeking a longer-term treatment approach or weekly session, the Student Counseling Center can assist in finding appropriate resources.”

Commonwealth University can provide students who are experiencing financial hardships with food assistance. Students who do not have the resources or means to obtain food for meals may utilize the food assistance resources on their home campus.  For more information and instruction on receiving these services, please see the information below:

BloomsburgFood Assistance website 

Bloomsburg Basic Needs Shop through the Act 101 program -Basic Needs Shoppe website 

Lock Haven - The Haven Cupboard - Located at East Campus J207 email: (havencupboard@lockhaven.edu) for Haven Cupboard Hours

Mansfield - Mansfield Food & Hygiene pantry - located at Alumni 116

Healthy Husky is Commonwealth University's Health and Wellness initiative that provides programs, services, and events that educate and motivate students to adopt healthy behaviors. The Healthy Husky initiative supports the well-rounded health of CU students via the collaboration of services provided by Commonwealth University’s Student Health Center, Center for Counseling & Human Development, the Health and Wellness Educator, AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Intervention Services), and Husky PAWS (Peer Assisted Wellness Services). For more information, visit the Healthy Husky website.

A lawyer is on campus each semester for two hour sessions to discuss student legal concerns. Contact the Community Activities Office at 570-389-4462 for more information about specific dates, times and location. This service is provided by the Community Government Association.

Information regarding our University's Annual Security Report along with Personal Property Insurance, a welcome letter from the Town of Bloomsburg and information from our University Police Department can all be found online. If you have any questions regarding any of the information, please feel free to contact us at the Office of the Dean of Students, 570-389-4734 or our University Police Department, 570-389-2211 or 570-389-4168. Additionally, if you would prefer any of this information in document copy form, just let us know and we will mail it to you.

The Office of the Dean of Students assist students with a wide range of situations, issues, or concerns that may have potential to adversely affect their academic success or holistic growth as a student at CU. This may include prolonged absence, impacts of medical or personal emergencies, resource insecurities, mental health or behavioral concerns, help connecting to resources both on campus or locally, or referrals from the campus community for students of concern. Whether you need assistance, are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, or have general questions, the Office of the Dean of Students is one of the many campus resources available to assist you.

If you or a student is experiencing difficulties and would like assistance, please utilize the form for your campus or call the Office of the Dean of Students at 570-389-4734:

In order to provide students with opportunities to express and share concerns, file complaints, or lodge grievances, we provide a listing of available student resources regarding methods for reporting purposes.

Commonwealth University has many resources available to students who are in need of help accessing textbooks or educational materials to be successful in courses. Students may visit the Textbook Assistance website for more information and instructions on receiving these services.

Faculty and Staff Resources

The updated Academic Integrity Policy (PRP 3512) includes all of the options regarding an academic integrity violation. To view the policy and report a Student Policy Violation, please visit the listing of available student resources

The CARE Team, chaired by the Office of the Dean of Students, exists to provide a coordinated response to students in crises. The team focuses on matters impacting individual students including but not limited to: disturbing behavior, medical and mental health concerns, resource insecurities, emergency situations, distress as a result of a personal crisis, or other issues of trauma or personal challenge. The CARE Team reviews all available information regarding the student of concern in a proactive manner to ensure the response provided is coordinated, safety-minded, and student-centered. Steps taken will include thoughtful use of resources, advocacy, and engagement with assistance from multiple departments to provide students with appropriate intervention and assistance. In partnership with the campus community, the team strives to promote wholistic wellness and student success while prioritizing safety of each individual and the community as a whole.

Our CARE Team is comprised of various individuals from the University working collaboratively to provide students with assistance and support services. The team consists of:

  • Dean of Students, Co-Chair
  • Senior Associate Dean of Students for Students Support, Leadership, and Retention Initiatives, Co-Chair
  • Executive Director of Counseling Services
  • Executive Director of University Disability Services
  • Executive Director of Residence Life
  • Executive Director of Student Conduct
  • Director of Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania Police
  • Executive Director of Student Success
  • CU Health Center Director & CUP Campus Health Liaison
  • Executive Director of Act 101
  • Director of Financial Aid
  • Director of TRIO Student Support Services
  • Director of Athletics

Referrals to the Dean of Students Office can be made by using the form for your campus or by calling the Office of the Dean of Students at 570-389-4734.

  • For concerns that you feel are urgent and need immediate attention, contact the University Police at 570-389-2211 or call 911.
  • For campus, counseling services our Center for Counseling and Human Development is located at 240 Student Services Center 570-389-4255.

Office Directory

Jennifer Turnbough

Jennifer Turnbough

  • Senior Associate Dean of Students for Student Support, Leadership, and Retention Initiatives
Bloomsburg University Employee

R. Probst

  • Assistant Director of Student Conduct
Bloomsburg University Employee

Rebecca Baker

  • Associate Dean of Students, Student Life, Leadership
Bloomsburg University Employee

Amanda Sanko

  • Associate Dean of Students, Student Life, and Leadership