The co-curricular aspects of college life are an integral part of a liberal arts education. The experiences which occur outside of the formal classroom setting provide valuable opportunities for social, emotional and intellectual growth. Lake Erie College provides a broad range of co-curricular activities and services designed to appeal to a variety of academic and personal interests. These resources and services are available to all Lake Erie College students.
Clubs and Organizations
Lake Erie College students are involved in a number of student organizations. Through these organizations, students are able to enrich their college experience and develop useful skills while getting involved on campus. Joining a student organization is a great way to meet other students and pursue common interests outside of the classroom. To find out more about membership in Lake Erie College student organizations or to start a new club, contact the Coordinator of Student Activities and Cultural Programs in the Student Life Office.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the student governing body on campus. Through SGA, all other student clubs and organizations receive formal recognition and support. As one of the most active and dynamic groups on campus, SGA is responsible for monitoring the activities of its component groups as outlined in the SGA constitution. Elected representatives attend regular meetings. All students are members of SGA and are invited to attend SGA regular meetings. Meetings occur biweekly and the schedule is posted in the Student Life Office at the beginning of each semester. Business casual dress is suggested when attending meetings.
The Student Activities Council (SAC) is a student-run organization that plans activities on and off campus. SAC membership is open to all Lake Erie College students. Becoming involved with SAC is a great way to meet other students and plan fun and interesting activities. SAC provides weekly entertainment through game shows, casino nights, free movie tickets, karaoke, concerts, comedians, hypnotists and various other events.
Events associated with Lake Erie College traditions are an important part of life at the College. Special traditions include Homecoming, Holiday Vespers, Sibs & Kids Weekend, Mountain Day, Bedtime Breakfast and Spring Formal. Some of the best and most memorable experiences of college life are gained from participation in these events.
The cultural riches of Cleveland also include its museums. The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Western Reserve Historical Society are all easily accessible to Lake Erie College students.
Lake Erie College is a nonsectarian liberal arts college and has no formal affiliation with any religious group or denomination. A number of religious groups are well represented in Painesville and the surrounding area. Many of the local churches are within walking distance from the campus. Other religious communities are represented in nearby communities and all welcome students.
The Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (the "O"), originally opened as the Athletic & Wellness Center in August of 2004, is the central hub on campus for Lake Erie College athletics. The "O" houses the offices for the Department of Athletics and hosts varsity contests for basketball, volleyball and wrestling in its 750-seat arena. The building also houses a multi-purpose gymnasium which hosts various varsity practices, intramurals and recreation. A suspended indoor jogging track encircling the multi-purpose gym and a fully-equipped fitness center on the upper level complete the major components of the building. Outdoors, teams practice and sometimes compete on campus on Jack Slattery Field.
Downtown Painesville's Kiwanis Recreation Park hosts several teams. Jack Britt Memorial Stadium, with its recently installed ProGrass MonoTurf artificial surface, hosts Storm football and soccer in the fall and lacrosse in the spring. It also serves as the outdoor practice home of the track and field teams. The baseball team plays at Braggs Field and also plays a portion of its season at Classic Park, home of the minor league Lake County Captains, in Eastlake. The softball team also plays its home games in "Rec Park" on the recently refurbished Diamond 9.
Other sports, including swimming and diving, track and field, golf and tennis, utilize off-campus sites located within a short distance of campus.
On the southwest end of campus, Ritchie Athletic Training Center houses the 4,700-square foot varsity weight room and staff offices for football and swimming. On the lower level, the Ritchie pool serves as a practice and training site for the swim teams. The Garfield Center is home to Storm wrestling offices and practice room as well as offices for both men's and women's soccer programs.
Lake Erie offers 23 varsity sports for the 2012-13 athletic year, twelve for men and eleven for women. In the fall, there is football, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf and women's tennis. Men's and women's basketball and swimming and diving are offered in the winter, as well as wrestling and men's and women's indoor track. Baseball, softball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track are the spring sports.
General admission to ticketed, regular season, on-campus events is free for current students. Tickets, when necessary, may be picked up with a valid student identification card. Lake Erie's teams compete at the NCAA Division II level. The institution is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) for all sports except men's lacrosse (East Coast Athletic Conference Division II Lacrosse League). The college is also a member of the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Lake Erie's teams compete for berths in the various ECAC post-season tournaments.
Nickname and Colors
Lake Erie teams are called the Storm. The name was selected as the result of a contest, which took place when the institution became fully coeducational in the late 1980s. Previously, Lake Erie's teams were known as the Unicorns. The official team colors for all Storm teams are green and white, with black as a trim/accent color. Branding, image and logo guidelines can be found on the department's website (see below). Unauthorized use of logos and colors is prohibited.
The home of Lake Erie Athletics online is www.LakeErieStorm.com. The site features news and information on all 23 teams, blogs, videos, live broadcasts and more. There is information for current and future student-athletes, parents, fans and visitors. In addition, fans and students can follow the Storm on a variety of social networking sites like Twitter (www.twitter.com/lecsports), Facebook (search Lake Erie College Athletics), You Tube (lakeeriestorm) and Ustream.
A variety of intramural sport offerings are posted throughout the academic year. Typically, competition is available in volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, and indoor soccer, as well as other sports.
Though not operated directly by the Department of Athletics, sports participation at the club level has previously included sports such as fencing and rowing. When interest warrants, other sports may be added at the club level.
Use of the athletic facilities for fitness and recreation is offered to current students, during posted days and hours, with a valid Lake Erie College ID. Lockers and locker room facilities are available on a daily-use basis. Users must supply their own towels and way to secure their belongings, if unattended. Personal items are not to be left in a locker room overnight, even if secured in a locker.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Lake Erie College does not discriminate in its recruitment, admission or treatment of students. The College makes reasonable accommodations to ensure that the academic program is accessible to the greatest extent possible by all students with disabilities. In particular, the College adheres to the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
It is the policy of the College to make services available to any student who, through a recent assessment, can provide documentation of a disability. Students, however, must meet all eligibility requirements to be admitted.
Students requesting accommodations must provide the College with official documentation of any disability, from a medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist or other qualified professional. For specific learning disabilities, this should include a copy of the multi-factored evaluation, and a copy of the student's most recent individualized education plan (IEP).
The documentation must be no more than three years old, if the student was tested before age 21 and within a five year period in the case of adults tested after age 21. Documentation must contain the date of assessment and the diagnosis. It must list the assessment tools utilized describe the functional limitations of the disability and support the need for specific accommodations. The documentation must include relevant recommendations regarding the curriculum, as well as testing considerations. No accommodation will be assured until the appropriate documentation is on file. Lake Erie College reserves the right to require that a student provide more complete and/or updated documentation at any time. All records are confidential.
It is the responsibility of students with disabilities to seek available assistance at the College and to make their needs known to the Director of the Student Success Center. The students must meet with the Director upon admission to the College or when a disability becomes known to discuss any special needs. All assistance/accommodations are coordinated through the Director of the Student Success Center.
Accommodations are reviewed each semester by the Director, the student and a consultant in the area in which the disability occurs, if necessary. While Lake Erie College will provide reasonable accommodations, academic success is the student's responsibility. Instructors will be expected to assist with the provision of accommodations when reasonable and necessary. Instructors are not expected to compromise essential elements of the course or evaluation standards. Some of the accommodations which may be available to students with documented disabilities include textbooks on CD, peer and professional tutoring, additional time for testing, testing in a distraction-free environment, small study groups, peer and professional editing, time-management and organization assistance, and personal coaching for success. For further information contact the Director of the Student Success Center at 440.375.7426.
Health and Wellness Resources
The Lake Erie College Student Success Center offers a wide range of opportunities to the campus community in the area of health and wellness. Health and wellness services available on campus include a licensed family physician available for appointments on campus each week, social and academic counseling, academic support and monitoring, as well as referrals for dental assistance and psychiatric services as needed.
In addition, assistance to students with disabilities and referrals to community mental health agencies is available upon request. The staff provides screenings for ADHD/ADD, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder as well as referrals to outside agencies for drug and alcohol rehabilitation as needed. In addition, referrals for individual counseling and psychological services in many areas are available upon request, as well as support for student athletes in many areas of academic and social life.
Residential students are strongly encouraged to make the Student Success Center staff aware of all on-going health and wellness issues as well as any medications prescribed and taken regularly. The staff is happy to collaborate with your current healthcare and/or counseling provider to assist you in locating a local provider near the Lake Erie College campus. Confidentiality will be maintained at all times and students, while not required, will have the opportunity to sign release forms for collaboration with parents, personal healthcare and counseling providers to assure the highest level of the continuity of care while at Lake Erie College.
All residential students, student athletes and equestrian students are required to provide proof that they are covered by a health insurance plan.
The Tri-Point Medical Center and University Hospitals of Cleveland are available to treat any student upon request. Students under the age of 18 must have an authorization on file in the Student Success Center should the need for emergency treatment arise.
Career Services and Internships
The Office of Career Services and Internships empowers students to build bridges to their future careers by providing resources, programs and services that enable students to translate their academic and co-curricular experiences to the world of work in a diverse global environment. Services include personalized career coaching as well as workshops touching on topics such as resume writing, internships, interview and job search techniques, dressing for success, etiquette and preparing for graduate or professional school.
The Office of Career Services and Internships also coordinates the process for internship registration. Although not all majors are required to register for internships, all students are encouraged to register for internships to integrate academics with their career goals. To qualify for an internship, students must be of sophomore status, preferably junior/senior status and be in good academic standing maintaining a minimum 2.0 GPA. Internships represent academic courses and students must be registered for academic credit for their internship at the same time they are performing the hours.
Lake Erie College utilizes the Storm Career Network powered by College Central, an online employment database where employers can post job and internship opportunities as well as register to search the resumes of students and alumni who have posted on the site. Students looking for employment possibilities can search through the jobs and internships that have been posted as well as apply for them online. More information on all of the services and programs available through Career Services can be found at www.lec.edu/career.
Life in the residence halls is a living learning experience. It is in this environment that students have the opportunity to form a sense of community, to meet people of varied backgrounds and to make lasting friendships. The residential community consists of four halls and a number of apartment complexes close to the campus. All students share some common facilities, including kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, and lounge areas. In the halls, Residence Directors serve as advisors, counselors and administrators of the hall. Student Resident Assistants work with the Residence Directors to maintain a healthy living/ learning environment.
Residence hall living requires each resident to assume certain group and individual responsibilities. Each student is expected to attend hall meetings, support activities, care for personal and College property, abide by College and hall policies and show respect for the rights and property of other residents.
Students who are under the age of 22 years, below 64 credits and whose established residence is outside a 50-mile radius of the College are required to reside on campus. Exceptions are made for those students who are married. Students wishing to petition for an exemption to the residency requirement who intend to reside with a close adult relative must provide a written request from their parent or guardian to the Student Life Office. Students reaching the age of 23 years by August 15 prior to the start of the fall semester can be granted residency status on a space-available basis after all students whose on-campus residence is required have been accommodated.
All resident students are required to participate in one of the College meal plans.
In order to help new students familiarize themselves with life at Lake Erie College and to acquaint them with the campus, its facilities, services and staff, as well as the rigors of college life, the College conducts a mandatory New Student Orientation prior to the start of classes. The programs touch on every aspect of the College, both curricular and co-curricular, of interest and concern to new students and their families.
Student Vehicles & Parking on Campus
All vehicles on campus and in College-leased apartment areas, are required to be registered with Security within the first week of the semester. A permit decal will be issued and must be displayed on the vehicle at all times. There is no charge for the first permit; however, there is a $5.00 charge for each additional or replacement permit. When registering a vehicle, the license plate number, make, model and color of the vehicle are needed. The College is not responsible for lost or stolen items or damage to vehicles parked on campus. Vehicle owners are required to have adequate insurance as required by State Law. Campus Security recommends every student to have an extra set of keys available in case keys are locked inside of the vehicle. Security may not be able to assist with unlocking the vehicle. Painesville police are not able to assist with vehicle lockouts. Students should refer to the Security tab of the Lake Erie College web page (www.lec.edu), or the bulletin board located outside of the Security Office for information concerning Rules and Regulations concerning parking on campus.
Citations and Towing
Parking on the grass, in a fire lane, on the sidewalk or in a reserved space will result in vehicles being towed at the owner's expense. This includes College leased apartment areas. Citations and fines are issued for violations; repeat violations result in the doubling of the previous fine. Fines are automatically billed to the student's account and can be paid at the Accounting window in College Hall. Driveways in front of the residence halls are for loading and unloading. Students are permitted to park for a maximum of 15 minutes and must have flashers on at that time.
Guests of residential students must register their vehicle with Security to obtain a temporary guest registration permit that is displayed. Applications for the guest registration tag are obtained from the student life office. Overnight guests will receive instructions from the security officer who issues the temporary guest tag concerning where they must park their vehicle.
Transportation - Laketran
Laketran is the local bus service that provides transportation within Lake County and with connections outside of the local area. A Laketran stop is in front of the campus on Route 20, Mentor Avenue. Students needing more information about Laketran services are advised to call Laketran offices at 440.428.2460.
Safety and Security
Security of the Lake Erie College campus and all who live and work here is the responsibility of every member of the College community. A conscious effort must be made by each student, faculty and staff member to ensure the safety and well-being of persons and property. Anyone observing a suspicious person or act should report the situation immediately to Security at 440.375.7575; or the Painesville Police Department at 911 for emergencies; or an administrator, staff or faculty member.
Security maintains a lost and found department, as well as providing an escort service to all members of the College community traveling between buildings or to the parking lots after sunset. Escort service is obtained by calling Security at 440.375.7575.