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 Rae Showen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Commuter Lounge is located in Founders Hall beside the Advising and Testing Office and is equipped with a refrigerator, computer and printer, lockers (locks not provided) and color TV. The lounge is a perfect location for commuter students to study or relax between classes or enjoy lunch. Occasionally, pizza is provided.
The Office of Student Development uses an holistic model for Christian student development. Student Development programming is 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. Student Development programming 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.
Student Development programming 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.
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.
Career Development Center
Training and equipping for successful preparation – connection – transition from university student to professional
Our mission is to assist students as they discover God’s plan for their career/vocational goals. We use the terms “career” and “vocation” interchangeably with the idea that God equips His people and calls us to all types of work fields because all work is sacred. Our purpose is to prepare students to conduct effective internships, career-entry position and/or graduate school searches. We offer advice from a Christ-centered perspective, making practical applications of scriptural principles. As a result, students realize the peaceful assurance of trusting the Lord Jesus Christ to guide their steps as they gain the courage and confidence to navigate the process.
Career Development Process
The Career Development staff is prepared to train all students in:
- Career decision making
- Career development strategies
- Job search skills
The staff also equips students with the necessary skills to:
- Explore career fields and areas of vocational interest
- Gain appropriate career/vocational related experience
- Present themselves as viable candidates
- Conduct successful job searches
- Complete standout applications to graduate schools
Career Planning and Exploration
Students can begin exploring career options and gaining direction by using Malone.MyPlan.com. This online system is available to all Malone University students at no additional fee. Malone.MyPlan.com is designed to help students assess their personality preferences, skills, interests, and work values as they relate to the workplace. 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 their major areas of study. In addition, a career counselor will meet with each student to assist with interpreting the results.
While this office is not a placement service, the Career Development Center teaches 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 in order to:
- Build professional résumés and cover letters
- Develop effective interviewing skills (Perfect Interview is available on demand for mock interviews in the Career Development Center.)
- Learn successful job search strategies for internships and full-time careers
- Gain confidence in pursuing career endeavors
Making the Connection
The Career Development staff continues to provide opportunities for students and alumni to meet with employers or graduate school recruiters in person or online through:
- Annual Career Events such as the Graduate School Fair, CareerFest, Summer Camp Fair, CareerLink, and Northeast Ohio Teacher Education Day (NOTED)
- MaloneCareerConnect.com which is a web-based job posting and résumé referral system that connects students with employers in the Northeast Ohio area and nationwide. Features include an online résumé template with a variety of styles from which to choose, automatic review of uploaded résumés by a career adviser, career-related announcements of on- and off-campus events, document library, and career advice videos.
- On-campus employment recruiting, interviews, and guest employer mock interviews
- Career Development Advisory Council (local employers, faculty, and students who partner with us to assess our programs, services, resources, and events; and to develop projects and career-entry positions)