Student and Parent Handbook - Summer 2012

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan hosts the Michigan Biology Academy Scholars (M-Bio) Program, a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored initiative. The fundamental mission of the M-Bio Program is to strengthen and diversify the cohort of students who graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in the biological sciences.

This program begins during the summer half term (late June to mid- August) prior to a new, incoming freshman's first full fall term, and continues through the first two years of study. The two-year M-Bio Program encompasses the summer transition-to-college program, year-round intensive academic coaching and advising, assistance in obtaining paid summer research opportunities between freshman and sophomore years and mentoring by upper-level students. In addition, an incentive scholarship will be provided at the end of the Summer Program upon the successful completion of summer term requirements.

The M-Bio Program's eight-week summer residential program for first-year students emphasizes academic and personal success through academic coursework, workshops, study sessions, and social activities. By the beginning of their first fall term, M-Bio students will have started on coursework and graduation requirements, be acquainted with Ann Arbor, have gained confidence in meeting with faculty, and be part of a close-knit group of incoming undergraduates.

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Program and Course Descriptions
Student Support and Development
Activities, Books and Supplies
Guidelines and Expectations
Student Rights
Conflict Resolution Procedures
Residence Hall Life
Room Regulations
Security and Health Care
Mosher-Jordan Hall
Important Contact Information

Program and Course Descriptions

M-Bio Program participants will enroll in three courses during their first summer term, including a communications/writing class, a math class and a class that integrates math and chemistry with biology.

The curriculum will encourage skill development across the disciplines as prerequisite to success in future college coursework.

Student Support and Development

The M-Bio Program is supported by a team of faculty and staff dedicated to engaging and empowering M-Bio students in a successful and rewarding first term experience.

M-Bio Summer Staff include:
Summer Program Director who oversees all aspects of summer operations, including supervision of summer staff.

Program Coordinator who works with the Summer Program Director to coordinate summer programming and to supervise the summer staff.

Student Life Coordinator who lives alongside M-Bio students in the residence hall, providing leadership to the staff and students.

Student Life Faciliators who live alongside M-Bio students in the residence hall and who assist with community-building activities and serve as peer mentors.

Course Instructors who teach courses developed specifically for the M-Bio Program. Course Assistants who assist the Course Instructors.

M-Bio Year-Round Staff include:
Faculty Director who directs all aspects of the M-Bio Program and is available to address individual student, instructor and parent/guardian concerns as needed.

Operational Director who coordinates the operational aspects of the program.

Steering Committee Members who advise the staff and approve policies and procedures.

Academic Coach who advises students and monitors their progress.

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Activities and Supplies

Participants will be exposed to enrichment activities that complement classroom instruction. Students will engage in a variety of community and campus programs and have opportunities to participate in social and recreational activities. The students will also have the option of attending local religious services on weekends for a variety of denominations.

Each participant is responsible for his/her classroom supplies. We recommend the following:
1. USB flash drive
2. Spiral-bound notebook or loose-leaf notebook paper
3. Pens, pencils, highlighter markers
4. Backpack
5. Spending money for miscellaneous items

Although laptops are not required, and students will have ample access to computers in the campus computer labs, we encourage students who own laptops to bring them for use during the program, as they may find them to be helpful for some of their classes.

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Guidelines and Expectations

In order to encourage the development of academic and personal excellence, M-Bio participants are expected to observe the following guidelines:

All UM students are obligated to adhere to the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Community Living Standards as outlined by the Division of Housing, found at http://www.housing.umich.edu/contracts. This agreement is distributed to all students who sign a contract to live in UM housing.

Additional M-Bio Program expectations are described below.

1. Participants are expected to attend all classes and activities, as well as any announced group meetings. Temporary releases from the program are granted FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY. Releases must be approved by an M-Bio director.

2. Participants may not pledge a Greek organization during their first year.

3. Personal motorized vehicles are not to be used during the M-Bio Summer Program. Classes and activities have been scheduled so that they are in close proximity. When there are off-campus group activities, M-Bio will provide appropriate transportation.

4. Generally, participants are to stay within defined Central Campus boundaries for safety and security reasons, except for classes and group activities held elsewhere. These boundaries will be explained during Program Orientation. There will be a sign-out and sign-in procedure so that M-Bio staff members are aware of participant whereabouts at all times.

5. Participants must be in their rooms by midnight Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday evenings, participants must be in the residence hall by midnight and in their rooms by 1 a.m.

6. Laptop computers, smart phones, personal music devices with headphones, pagers and cell phones should be turned off during classes, activities and scheduled study times as a courtesy to instructors, speakers, activity coordinators, M-Bio staff and fellow participants. The use of these devices should be restricted to free times as indicated in the program schedule.

7. Internet surfing and texting during class time, program activities, or scheduled study time is not allowed. (This includes Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc.)

8. The program schedule includes free time intended for students to study, utilize program and/or campus resources, take care of personal needs and to build community.

9. Pets are not allowed in the residence halls.

10. Participants are not to use, be in the possession of, or be in the presence of alcohol or other illegal drugs (see http://www.housing.umich.edu/contracts).

11. Participants must adhere to all UM Housing rules as well as local, state and federal laws (see http://www.housing.umich.edu/contracts).

12. Complete cooperation with all M-Bio and residence hall staff is required. Many staff may be close in age to participants, but should be treated with appropriate respect for their authority.

13. In general, visitors are not allowed during the program. This policy is in place to meet the security needs of the program participants, maintain academic focus, foster time management, and encourage investment in the M-Bio community. If an urgent visit from a parent or guardian is necessary, the visitation must be approved beforehand by an M-Bio director. In case of such a visit:
a. Visitors must check in and out with on-duty residence hall staff.
b. Visitors must remain off residential floors and may only meet with students in assigned public spaces.

Educational Responsibilities
1. Attend and be punctual for all classes and M-Bio activities.
2. Prioritize time in order to complete all assignments in a timely and acceptable manner.
3. Seek assistance from instructors and Classroom Assistants.
4. Show respect for instructors, staff and fellow students.

Appropriate attire is expected at all times.

The following items do not reinforce the academic environment of the M-Bio program. It is strongly encouraged that M-Bio participants do not bring or wear:
Tank tops
Tight/revealing clothes
Halter tops
Muscle shirts
Short skirts
Short shorts
Sagging pants
Cut off shorts
Wave caps
Doo rags
Cut off shirts
Indoors: Hats or Sunglasses
Clothing with inappropriate logos or offensive/suggestive language

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Student Rights

Living in a residence hall is exciting and challenging. Students will learn to tolerate and accept others as they grow and develop. During the summer residential experience, students will face situations that challenge their intellectual, emotional and physical selves. They will be exposed to lifestyles, beliefs, attitudes and values which may be different from their own, but this adds to the learning experience.

Each person is unique. Each person thinks differently because of his/her background and experiences. These differences should not be a source of conflict. Talking about these differences early may help to avoid problems later.

As a member of the M-Bio residential community, each resident has the right to:

1. Read and study without undue interference in one’s room. Unreasonable noise or other distractions inhibit the exercise of this right.

2. Sleep without undue distraction from noise, roommate’s guests or other distractions.

3. Expect that a roommate will respect one’s personal belongings.

4. A clean, sanitary and orderly environment in which to live.

5. Free access to one’s room and facilities without pressure from one’s roommate(s).

6. Personal privacy.

7. Redress grievances and participate in conflict resolution. M-Bio staff members are available for assistance in this process.

8. Be free from intimidation, physical and emotional harm.

9. Expect reasonable cooperation in the use of shared items.

10. Bring forward in an appropriate and timely manner to staff or other residents’ concerns about violations of Community Living Standards as described in this or the Community Living at Michigan publication.

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Conflict Resolution Procedures

As a member of the University community, M-Bio participants have rights and responsibilities. In order to understand these, students should become familiar with the UM Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, often referred to as the Statement (http://oscr.umich.edu/statement/index.html#1). In addition to their responsibilities as UM students, M-Bio students must also abide by all M-Bio Program and University Housing guidelines (http://www.housing.umich.edu/contracts).

If a student chooses to violate one of the above policies, the M-Bio Program will respond as outlined below. The goal of the M-Bio Program disciplinary process is to ensure that each participant can be as successful as possible while completing his or her first term at UM, in addition to providing a positive contribution to the M-Bio learning community.

Depending upon the nature of the incident, a student may also be required to participate in the Housing Student Conflict Resolution process as outlined at http://www.housing.umich.edu/contracts. Additional information about conflict resolution services offered through the Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR) can be found at http://oscr.umich.edu.

M-Bio Probation Warning
• Examples include the following: first-time low-level incidents including noise violations, failing to sign in at mealtime, etc.

• Consequences include the following: Participant will receive a warning, which shall be documented. Rule violation will be reviewed with the student by an M-Bio staff member before he or she is able to resume M-Bio Program activities.

M-Bio Program Probation
• Examples include the following: repeat low-level incidents or first-time mid-level incidents such as intentionally breaking curfew or leaving campus boundaries, possession of or being in the presence of alcohol, etc.

• Consequences will include the following: Participant will receive an Incident Report, a copy of which shall remain on file with the M-Bio Program. Participant will meet with an M-Bio staff member to discuss the importance of following the expectations and policies in place, in addition to determining additional consequences (consequences may include ones not listed here.) If necessary, participant must complete a Disciplinary Contract Form before he or she is able to resume M-Bio Program activities. The participant will be placed on M-Bio probation and further violation of policy may result in termination.

M-Bio Program Termination
• Examples include the following: Incidents of great severity or repeatedly violations of low-level/mid-level incidents that bring to question whether the participant is continuing to provide a positive contribution to the M-Bio community and benefiting from participation in the M-Bio Program. The following list is not all-inclusive but represents activity that may result in dismissal.

• Fighting and other forms of violence, including but not limited to verbal or physical intimidation

• Possession of or being in the presence of alcohol, illegal drugs or drug related paraphernalia

• Possession of or being in the presence of firearms, weapons, explosives or fireworks

• Theft or vandalism

• Sexual advances and/or harassment

• Leaving campus boundaries without permission from M-Bio staff

• Tampering or misuse of fire alarm systems/equipment

• Failure to comply with program rules and requests made by any M-Bio or UM Housing staff member

• Unexcused absence

• Disruptive behavior

• Bias/hate incident

• Consequences include the following: The student will meet with a team of M-Bio staff members to determine the outcome, which could involve dismissal from the M-Bio Program and failure to receive the $1500.00 stipend at successful completion of the Summer Program. (If behaviors are deemed not serious enough to result in dismissal from the M-Bio Program, the student will be placed on probation from the M-Bio Program.)

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Residence Hall Life

Living Arrangements
Rooms in the Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall house two students each. Community bathrooms are shared with participants of the same gender and are cleaned daily by custodians. Room assignments are available at check-in.

Residence Hall Staff
The Resident Coordinator, Resident Advisor and Peer Advisors live alongside students in the residence hall. They provide guidance and supervision to all program participants and are available to address any questions or concerns. Other building staff will also be available, including a Hall Director, Community Center Assistants and a Diversity Peer Educator.

Participants are expected to eat all meals in the Mosher-Jordan Dining Room with their fellow program members. Below are the 2012 summer dining center hours:

Monday - Friday
Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday
Brunch 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Furniture and Linens
Lifespace II modular furniture is provided in each of the rooms in the Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall and replaces the need for custom built lofts. Additional information about furniture and room set-up can be found at http://www.housing.umich.edu/reshalls/lifespace-ii.

The mattresses provided by University Housing are fire- and flame-resistant and must stay in the assigned room. Students are not permitted to bring a mattress from home. When shopping for linens, remember that all of the beds require extra-long, twin-size linens (36” x 80”). These sizes are available at major retailers, particularly during the summer months when students are preparing for their move to college.

Laundry facilities are located in the basement of the residence hall and will be available during the week for students to use.

Free Time
Outside the M-Bio structured events (class, study sessions, group activities, etc.), students are allowed free time within Central Campus boundaries.

The MCard is the University of Michigan’s single-card program that combines many features including building access and meal plans on one card. Students will receive an MCard during UM Orientation. Students who lose their MCard should report the loss to the M-Bio summer staff. Lost MCards are replaced for a fee.

Blue Bucks
Blue Bucks serve as on-campus spending money for students, faculty and staff. A set amount is included with every meal plan, but Blue Bucks can also be purchased online at any Housing Business Services office or residential café. Blue Bucks are loaded onto an MCard for convenience and safekeeping and can be used at dozens of locations across campus, including laundry facilities. After swiping his or her MCard to make a purchase, that student’s account balance will adjust automatically.

Note to Parents: If your student has given you access to his/her account, you can purchase Blue Bucks online 24 hours a day and have them credited to your student's account instantly -- a quick and easy alternative to sending cash.

Other Essential Items
Students may need or find helpful the following items:
Alarm clock
Athletic gear
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Desk lamp
Small fan
Towels/face cloths
Laundry soap and bag
Shower shoes
Personal reading materials
Comfortable shoes

Further details about residence hall life may be found online at http://housing.umich.edu/reshalls/amenities.

Mail is delivered daily to the Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall. Parents and friends are allowed to send letters and packages to students anytime; room numbers are given at program check-in. The mailing address for all participants is below:

Participant’s name
University of Michigan
Room # _______
200 Observatory
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2035

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Room Regulations

Room Access
Keycards are cards distributed to each student, which hold electronic information that provides access to the buildings and student rooms. When students check into Mosher-Jordan at the start of the Summer Program, they will be issued a key card by the Community Center or other check-in location. Students should carry their key card with them whenever they are away from their rooms.

The unauthorized use, possession or duplication of residence hall keycards is strictly prohibited. No additional locks or locking devices attached to room doors are permitted without prior authorization by University Housing. Residents who lose their room keycards should report the loss to the residence hall Community Center. Lost room keycards will be replaced for a fee. If a lock change is necessary, there will be additional charges. Residents who lose their keycard or have it stolen will be responsible for any and all charges including replacement keycards for roommate(s).

Students who are locked out of their room may obtain a duplicate keycard from the residence hall Community Center. Duplicate keycards must be returned within a specified time period. If residents request multiple lockout assistance (more than two times) a service charge will be assessed for each additional keycard request.

Loss or Damage
Students should always lock their residence hall room door when sleeping or away from their room, even if they are in the bathroom or elsewhere on the floor. M-Bio, UM and UM Housing do not assume any liability for loss, theft or damage to the personal property of residents in any residence hall location. Residents are strongly encouraged to maintain appropriate insurance coverage on their personal property.

Fines or special assessment may be levied in a variety of situations, including among others: removal and unauthorized possession of University furniture from public spaces or other rooms; damage or vandalism to University property; non-return of Housing equipment or replacement of room door or mailbox keys because of lost or stolen key cards. Residents are not permitted to paint or structurally alter their rooms. Doing so may result in a fine or other action.

All residence hall fines assessed must be paid by the due date recorded in writing. If a student receives a fine notice from University Housing, he or she should direct all questions to that office at (734) 763-3164.

Students are encouraged to decorate their rooms in a way that allows them to feel comfortable in their own living space. All UM Housing guidelines must be followed in doing so.

Tape may be used on walls of residence hall rooms, but must be blue painter tape to ensure that walls are not damaged and to avoid leaving residue on walls. UM Housing advises students to use Scotch 3M blue tape. Tacks, nails, glue and other forms of adhesive may not be used on walls, doors or other similar surfaces in the residence hall.

Common Areas
A study lounge will be available to students for use as an informal gathering space on the M-Bio floor in Mosher-Jordan. In addition, several other lounges and common areas are located throughout the residence hall.

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Security and Health Care

If an emergency occurs, students should call the Department of Public Safety at 734-763-1131. A building security officer is on duty for the hall each night 9:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m.

Students should follow these precautions:

1. Do not keep large amounts of cash, whether on your person or in the residence hall room.
2. Keep room doors locked at all times.
3. Report all questionable strangers to a staff member or housing security.
4. Always travel in pairs or groups after dark.
"Blue light" emergency telephones exist across campus, with many near residence halls. Lifting the receiver automatically places a call to the Department of Public Safety. Help is immediately dispatched for emergency calls. Non-emergency calls for assistance are handled in the order they are received.

Health Services
UM students, faculty, staff and others affiliated with the UM are eligible to visit the University Health Service (UHS) by appointment or on a drop-in basis. For students who are enrolled for the current semester on the Ann Arbor campus, most UHS services are covered by the health service fee, which is paid as part of tuition. UHS is not part of the University of Michigan Hospital System.

All participants are required to have medical insurance. If a participant should require additional medical attention, he/she is responsible for paying any costs not covered by insurance. The University of Michigan Hospital offers outpatient services to all M-Bio participants on a fee-for-service basis. The UM Hospital will bill the participant’s insurance first. M-Bio and the College of LSA will not accept responsibility for these charges. Additional information about UHS can be found at http://www.uhs.umich.edu.

Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a variety of services to promote the personal well-being of UM students. CAPS provides confidential psychological and psychiatric services for currently enrolled UM undergraduate and graduate students. CAPS strives to provide these services in an atmosphere that is welcoming, comfortable and multi-culturally sensitive for all students.

Counseling services provided on-campus through CAPS are primarily short term and include opportunities for individual and group counseling to assist students with mental health, academic and/ or other personal concerns that are interfering with positive experiences at UM. Additional information about CAPS can be found at http://www.umich.edu/~caps/counseling.html.

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Mosher-Jordan Hall

Mosher-Jordan is a co-ed residence hall located in the Hill Neighborhood near the Central Campus Recreation Building, the UM Hospital and the Nichols Arboretum. Gothic Revival architectural style combines with many modern amenities and safety features to make Mosher-Jordan one of Michigan’s most popular residence halls.

The Mosher-Jordan community offers many activities and opportunities for student involvement and leadership.

Quick Facts
• Houses approximately 425 residents in single and double rooms on five floors

• Recently added amenities include air conditioning, wireless internet access, upgraded plumbing, heating and electrical, renovated bathrooms

• Full dining hall services in the adjoining Hill Dining Center

• Living rooms and community kitchens

• Lounges and multipurpose areas

• Community Learning Center with computers and study space

• Laundry room

Eliza M. Mosher Hall and Myra B. Jordan Hall were built in 1930. Named after the first two Deans of Women at UM, Mosher-Jordan was constructed and used as an all-female residence until 1968 when it was converted to a co-ed residence. In 2008, Mosher-Jordan reopened its doors to students after extensive renovation.

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Important Contact Information

M-Bio Program Coordinator
Katherine Madden
Hours will vary
(734) 615-3603
Email: maddenk@umich.edu

M-Bio Summer Program Director
Joe Salvatore
8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-Th
(734) 936-5456
Email: joesalva@umich.edu

M-Bio Operations Director
Claire Sandler
8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F
(734) 763-9399
Email: csandler@umich.edu

M-Bio Faculty Director
Deborah Goldberg
8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F
(734) 615-4912
Email: degold@umich.edu

Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall Community Center
(Tentative hours)
9 a.m.–10:00 p.m. M-F
Noon-10:00 p.m. Sa-Su
(734) 764-2106

University of Michigan Department of Public Safety
(734) 763-1131

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