Thomas More College

Student Life

The student life area captures the essence of students' lives at Thomas More College through creating a learning environment and experiences for students. The area of Student Life supports programs and events that encourage a sense of community and the concept of total student development through student involvement.

The staff in the department of Student Life encourage students to learn and develop by offering a full range of programs, support services, and experiential opportunities. We challenge students to be engaged citizens, creating a campus environment respectful of differences by valuing the voices of others. In collaboration with students, faculty and staff, we foster the holistic development of students to prepare them for a lifetime of contribution to society.

There are two areas that encompass The Department of Student Life:

Student Development

Student Development is committed to helping students enhance their leadership skills and to assist in exploring the co-curricular opportunities available. Student Development works to create sense of community by providing opportunities for social interaction, leadership development and student participation in community life and governance. Being involved in campus activities, clubs and organizations is an important aspect of your student's success. The greater a student's extracurricular involvement in college, the greater amount of student learning and personal development. Participation in activities also improves retention rates. The offices in this area are:

The Dean of Students Office is the principal resource for the interpretation and regulation of policies and procedures as these apply to the non-academic aspects of student life. http://www.thomasmore.edu/studentlife/dean.cfm

Student Support Services

Student Support Services offers many services that can assist students to meet their social, personal and academic goals. The services include career planning, cooperative education, tutoring, disability services, health services and counseling services. We also provide educational workshops such as; alcohol and drug awareness, wellness, healthy eating and lifestyle, stress and time management, yoga, resume writing and interviewing skills. The offices in this area are:

The Director of Student Support Services provides leadership to all the offices of the Student Support Services Department in order to create a cohesive department that promotes student success.

Student Conduct

The student conduct system is educational in nature and is designed to provide a process to determine a student's responsibility and, when appropriate, assign sanctions for violations of College policy. The Student Code of Conduct is the product of the combined efforts of the administration, faculty, and students and is approved by the Board of Trustees.

The purpose of this Code is to delineate non-academic standards of conduct appropriate to the College in consonance with the educational goals of the College. All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code and their individual responsibility within it. Students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible members of the College community. Those students whose conduct demonstrates a disrespect for law, the rights of others, or the health, welfare and safety of members of the College community will be subject to disciplinary action by the College. For more information, please view the Student Handbook.

How Can Parents Help With Student Conduct Issues?

We hope that our partnership begins long before the campus disciplinary process comes into play. We encourage you to discuss issues before your student heads to Thomas More and to ask questions relating to these issues during breaks and other opportune times. It is our intention to create a web of support and to address issues before they become problems. By working together, we have a chance to guide your student through the sometimes difficult adjustment to the newfound freedom that accompanies the start of college. It is our intention to work in close partnership with families (in most cases parents) regarding student conduct situations in a way that is consistent with our philosophy of working directly with students as adults. Should your student become involved in an incident that violates our policies, we hope our partnership will focus on helping your student learn from the campus disciplinary process. We encourage you to contact us if you have questions or need additional resources to assist you.

We contact parents only in cases in which we feel a student is a danger to him/herself or someone else. Federal law allows us to share the results of student conduct proceedings if they involve alcohol or drugs, regardless of financial dependency or the College's receipt of a signed release giving the College permission to share protected information.

For cases that do not involve alcohol, drugs, or harm to self/others, the College can only share information if a student has signed a release giving the College permission to share protected information. If a student has not signed a release giving the College permission to share protected information, the College is not able to notify the family regarding disciplinary situations. However, in all student conduct cases, we encourage students to discuss the situation with their families.