The Office of Student Development, under the direction of the Vice President for Student Development, is responsible for the quality of student life outside of the classroom. This includes residence life, commuter life, Student Senate, health services, counseling services, multicultural services, career development, disability support services, orientation, a wide variety of programming efforts, and the university judicial system. The Office of Student Development is committed to enhancing and supporting the mission of Malone University. Recognizing that students’ out-of-classroom experiences are vital to a holistic education, we intentionally create a challenging and supportive community, exposing students to a diverse world, education based on biblical truth, and developing individuals in maturity, wisdom, and Christian faith who are committed to serving the church, community, and world. Development in this community is facilitated in a number of ways, such as:
- Assisting students in successful transition to the University
- Encouraging the development of friendships
- Developing and enforcing behavioral standards
- Teaching and modeling conflict resolution
- Providing a safe and comfortable living environment
- Encouraging faculty/student interaction outside the classroom
- Promoting an understanding and acceptance of cultural diversity
- Developing leadership potential
- Encouraging effective citizenship
- Providing programs that encourage cultural, intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth
- Preparing students for their roles in society
The Student Handbook
A comprehensive handbook is located online at www.malone.edu within the Student Development page. It contains information relevant to student life such as services provided and all policies and procedures governing conduct while enrolled at Malone University. It is updated yearly and students are expected to become familiar with all information contained within. Each Malone student will be provided with an abridged, paper copy of the Student Handbook.
To help students and their parents become better acquainted with Malone University and smoothly make the transition to the University, a comprehensive Orientation Program is planned. During this time students meet their roommates or fellow commuter students, move into the residence halls, purchase books/supplies, and attend seminars on various aspects of university life. Parents are encouraged to attend a series of receptions and seminars.
Malone University provides two very important learning environments: curricular and co-curricular. Living in the residence halls is a vital co-curricular learning experience, emphasizing the integration of the whole person through academic, social, and spiritual interaction.
At the very heart of the living-learning program is the concept of community. Residence halls are communities where people strive to integrate what they are learning and experiencing with what they believe.
Please refer to the Student Handbook for further explanation of campus housing policies and procedures.
Board (Meal) Plans
Malone University provides three meal plans for students:
Carte blanche meal plan – Students choosing the carte blanche meal plan may enter the dining commons as many times as they desire, whenever they desire and eat as much as they desire during open hours, including late evening hours. (Please refer to the Student Handbook for hours of operation.) Students on this plan are entitled to have 5 guests (not including other enrolled students) per semester eat with them at no extra cost to the student.
Notice: First-year Freshmen are required to take the carte blanche meal plan the entire year.
14-meal plan – Students choosing the 14-meal plan may enter the dining commons up to 14 times per meal-plan week whenever they desire, including late evening hours, and eat as much as they desire. Students on this plan are entitled to have 3 guests (not including other enrolled students) per semester eat with them at no extra cost to the student. Students should plan their meals carefully as only 14 meals may be eaten per meal-plan week. (A meal-plan week is defined as beginning at 7 am on Monday and concluding at 6 pm on Sunday.) If all 14 meals are not eaten in any given week they cannot be carried forward into succeeding weeks. Students who use their 14-meal allotment before Sunday evening will be required to pay cash for each meal after 14.
10-meal plan – Education majors scheduled to student teach, nursing majors involved in nursing clinical rotations, or students whose work schedules require them to miss a number of scheduled meals may petition the Office of Student Development for the 10-meal plan. Only those students with special circumstances as determined by the Vice President for Student Development or Associate Dean of Student Development will be given consideration for the 10-meal plan. Students will be notified in writing if approved for this meal plan and will be billed at a reduced rate. Students choosing the 10-meal plan may enter the dining commons up to ten times per meal-plan week including late evening hours. Students on the 10-meal plan will not receive guest passes and unused meals may not be carried forward into succeeding weeks.
Additional notes regarding meal plans:
- No meals will be provided under any of the three board plans during published University breaks. No additional discounts will be given to students remaining on campus during published breaks. The 10-meal plan has been discounted appropriately for these breaks.
- Students unable to enter the dining commons during open hours due to class conflicts may request Food Service to provide box lunches. See the Food Service Resident Director to make arrangements for this service.
- Parents are always welcome at Malone University and eat free when accompanied by their student who is currently enrolled in any of the above board plans. Exceptions to this policy are Family Weekend, holiday celebrations, specially catered events, and faculty/staff who are parents of students.
Commuter students are encouraged to participate in all campuswide activities as their schedules permit. The Commuter Connections Council is the official university organization representing the commuter student population. This organization provides programs and activities specifically designed to meet the needs of commuting students. Commuters are especially encouraged to attend Student Senate meetings and the Fireside Fridays Bible studies.
A newsletter titled Malone University Commuter News will be mailed monthly to all traditional undergraduate commuter students. This newsletter addresses questions and concerns submitted by commuter students. Nominations for Commuter Student of the Month and any commuter-specific questions may be sent to the Director of Student Retention at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Student Development uses an holistic model for Christian student development called Life Process. Life Process is a program designed to help students make choices for a well-balanced lifestyle. University students are in a time of transition and make important choices in a variety of areas. Life Process helps students make wise choices so that they reach their highest potential, function as good stewards of the resources God has given them, develop satisfying relationships, and integrate faith into all aspects of life.
Life Process is based upon two assumptions: 1) that students have the capacity to continuously develop and 2) that development can happen holistically or in all dimensions of one’s life.
Life Process is an acronym for eleven dimensions or areas in which students can grow. These areas are Leisure, Intellect, Fitness, Emotions, Personal Identity, Relationships, Occupations, Culture, Environment, Sexuality, and Spirituality.
Student organizations are guided by the Student Senate comprised of representatives from the four classes and an executive committee elected by the student body and/or appointed through a steering committee. The Senate represents the students to administration and faculty. Working through committees, the Senate plays a significant role in shaping the total academic, spiritual, and social life of the Malone community.
Student Senate is responsible for the budget generated from the student comprehensive fees. Senate allocates funds to many different student organizations which promote Malone as a vibrant Christian community. There are over 50 different student organizations represented on campus.
The Counseling Center, which is located on the third level of the Randall Campus Center (The Barn), provides no-cost comprehensive counseling services to currently enrolled Malone University students. Counseling Center staff members are state licensed professional clinical counselors. They are specially trained to assist students who seek help for relationship concerns, personal issues, stress management, and related topics. The staff is sensitive to the integration of biblical truths in the counseling process. The Counseling Center aims to address concerns in a holistic manner taking into consideration not only the students’ emotional and mental health but also their physical health and spiritual well being.
In addition to providing one-on-one counseling the staff also conducts psycho-educational workshops and seminars relevant to university students. Therapy and support groups offered may include among others:
- Biblical Sexuality
- Total Body Image
- ANAD Eating Disorder
- Grief Support
- Mood Management
- Adult Children of Divorced Parents
The Center is open Monday through Friday during the academic year and closed during scheduled breaks, holidays and during the summer months. Staff hours are by appointment. For more information regarding available counseling services or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Counseling Center at extension 8279 or 8439.
The Student Health Center, located on the first floor of Whittier Hall, provides free basic medical service for all students currently registered for a minimum of eight credit hours. The Center is open Monday through Friday during the academic year and closed during scheduled breaks, holidays, and over the summer. Registered nurses and part-time physicians staff the Center. A nurse is available during operating hours with the Health Center Director (RN) on call when the Center is closed. A physician visits the Center at certain designated hours on a weekly basis with appointments scheduled following assessment by a nurse. Services offered at the Center include:
- Physical assessments
- OTC medication
- Limited prescription medication
- Specialist referrals
- Allergy shots
- Flu shots
- TB skin testing
- Lab and X-ray per physician order
- Weight monitoring
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Urine testing
- Pregnancy testing
- Throat cultures
- Sick trays
- Limited medical equipment for short-term use
- Free health education literature
- Health education programs
For more information regarding health concerns, please contact the Student Health Center at ext. 8340.
The Office of Multicultural Services serves the needs of students of color and international students and seeks to create a climate conducive to serving the multicultural population of Malone University. Multicultural Services seeks to provide resources, support services, and educational programming for all students. It is our goal to assist Malone University in building and maintaining a community that is more inclusive of underrepresented American ethnic minorities and international students.
Student Access Center
The Student Access Center has been designated to provide services for qualified students with disabilities in order to maximize their educational opportunities and academic potential.
Students seeking services must provide documentation of their specific disabilities (physical, learning, or psychological). The center can provide and/or arrange accommodations, auxiliary aids, referrals for testing, and counseling support.
Students with disabilities should call the center for individual preenrollment appointments if they choose to self-disclose their disabilities and plan to request accommodations. Upon receipt of the correct and complete documentation of the disabilities, the Director will work with them to determine appropriate accommodations. They will then be responsible to request these accommodations prior to the start of each semester for as many of their classes as they so choose.
Career Development Center
Assisting freshmen through seniors with preparation – connection – transition concerning their career/vocational goals
Our mission is to assist students as they discover God’s plan for their career/vocational-related goals. We use the terms “career” and “vocation” interchangeably with the idea that God equips His people and calls them to all types of work fields. Our purpose is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need in order to pursue their God-directed careers/vocations or graduate school endeavors. We offer advice from a Christ-centered perspective, making practical applications of scriptural principles.
Career Development Process
The Career Development staff is prepared to train students (freshmen through seniors) in:
- Career decision making
- Career development strategies
- Job search skills
The staff also equips students with the necessary skills to:
- Explore career fields
- Gain career-related experience
- Present themselves as viable candidates
- Conduct successful job searches
- Make application to graduate schools
Career Planning and Exploration
A starting point for any student exploring career options and gaining direction is:
- Career assessment testing. MyPlan is now available to Malone University students. This free, online system is designed to help students assess their personality preferences, skills, interests, and work values as they relate to the world of work. Students can research hundreds of occupations and academic programs to determine their best fit. The system will also help students determine which careers match with the majors they are studying. Contact the Career Development Center for login instructions and a user license number.
While this office is not a placement service, the Career Development Center is here to teach students how to develop their skills, abilities, and God-given talents in respect to their individual career preparation.
Students and alumni can attend workshops or make individual appointments regarding:
- Building professional résumés and cover letters
- Developing effective interviewing skills (Perfect Interview is now available for mock interviews in the Career Development Center on demand.)
- Establishing successful job search strategies for internships and full-time careers
Making the Connection
The Career Development staff continues to provide opportunities for students and alumni to meet with employers through:
- Annual events such as the Graduate School Fair, Summer Camp Fair, Stark County Collegiate Job Fair, Northeast Ohio Teacher Education Day, and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges – Career Fest
- MaloneCareerConnections.com is a web-based job posting and résumé referral system that connects students with employers in the Northeast Ohio area and nationwide through NACElink. Students can take advantage of the job search agent which will notify them about jobs that are entered into the system matching with their fields of interest.
- On-campus interviews
- Career Development Advisory Council (local employers, faculty, and students who have partnered with us to assess our programs, services, resources, and events; and to develop projects and internships for students)