Student Life and Services

An enriching college life includes a well-balanced mix of academic and extracurricular activities. The University offers a unique blend of student organizations and activities.

Student Government

Undergraduate. The Student Senate is a legislative body that represents the undergraduate students to the administration and faculty. It oversees student organizations and provides funding for them by distributing a portion of the Student Activities fee. The Senate Office is located in the Memorial Union, phone: 401.874.2261. URI’s Interfraternity Council supervises fraternity affairs, and the Panhellenic Association governs sorority life.

Graduate. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a government body maintained by and for the graduate students of the University with the purpose of enhancing the academic, intellectual, and social opportunities of its members. Officers and members of the GSA Senate, who are elected annually from the entire graduate student body, distribute GSA funds to graduate students for conference attendance and thesis binding, organize social events, and serve as graduate student representatives on University-wide committees. GSA offices are located in Room 317 of the Memorial Union, phone: 401.874.2339, e-mail: gsa@etal.uri.edu, website uri.edu/gsa.

Housing and Dining

Undergraduate Housing. Residence halls and boarding facilities are available to URI students during the regular academic year and during summer sessions. Some students prefer the option of living in a fraternity or sorority or off campus. On-campus housing for incoming transfer students is limited.

On-Campus Residence Halls and Dining CentersThere are 23 residence halls, an undergraduate apartment complex, and multiple theme houses on campus offering a variety of living accommodations. Notices are forwarded to all residence hall students during the spring semester to inform them of the housing application procedure for the following year. After returning students have been assigned, first-year students who have paid their housing deposit by May 1 will be assigned to the designated first-year housing spaces. All other students will be assigned on a space-available basis. Assignments of incoming students are generally made in the order in which their housing deposits are received. Every effort is made to honor roommate requests.

For rates and contracts, applications for residence hall living, and more information about housing options, go to housing.uri.edu.

URI offers a variety of menus, including popular brands, at two large dining centers, a food court, two cafés, a late-night restaurant and lounge, concession stands, and a convenience store. The University requires that all students living in non-apartment style residence halls choose from a selection of available resident meal plans. Detailed descriptions of meal plans, facilities, menus, and hours of operation are available at uri.edu/dining. Each URI student also has the opportunity to obtain a Ram account, which is an optional debit card account accessed through the student’s ID card. Students who participate in the program have the ability to purchase food and supplies from various on- and off-campus merchants. Unused dollars in the Ram Account transfer from semester to semester until graduation.

Fraternities and SororitiesThe Greek community at the University of Rhode Island is comprised of 30 organizations, three undergraduate governing boards, and two alumni governing boards, which represent 17 men’s groups (fraternities) and 13 women’s groups (fraternities/sororities). The Coordinator of Greek Affairs in the Office of Student Life advises these groups. The more than 1,700 active members of fraternities and sororities account for approximately 14% of the total University undergraduate full-time day population.

The URI fraternity and sorority community utilizes its founding values in combating the national health crisis of alcohol abuse on college campuses. Fellowship, scholarship, leadership, community involvement and service have become the focal points for URI’s Greek community. URI is a Northeast Greek Leadership Association award-winning campus, exemplifying what’s best about Greek Life.

For more information about Greek Affairs, phone 401.874.2883 or visit uri.edu/greek.

Graduate Housing. Interested students should contact URI’s Department of Housing and Residential Life for information, at 401.874.5390.

Off-Campus Housing. The Off-Campus/Commuter Housing Office is located in Room 316 of the Memorial Union and maintains an online database of rental property and roommate listings available to URI students, faculty, and staff. The Office is an on-campus resource for landlord and tenant questions and also provides information on resources available to off-campus students.

There are approximately 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students who commute from the surrounding neighborhoods daily to URI to attend classes, study in the library, and stay involved on campus. The most popular rental communities are in Narragansett, South Kingstown, and Kingston. A majority of the off-campus properties that students rent are beachfront properties that are available during the academic year, September through May. Students generally pay rents between $400-600 per person per month to live in a furnished house. Supermarkets, laundromats, restaurants, shopping centers, and recreational facilities are nearby.

Commuter students receive RIPTA bus discounts and commuter meal plans. RIPTA bus discounts are available through the Memorial Union Information desk located on the 2nd floor. Commuter meal plan information is available by contacting the Campus Access Office in Memorial Union Room 216 or by visiting the Dining Services website at uri.edu/dining.

For more information about Off-Campus Housing, phone 401.874.2828 or visit uri.edu/commuter_housing.

Student Services

Center for Career and Experiential Education. Visit uri.edu/career

The Center for Career and Experiential Education (CCEE) engages students and alumni in a high quality personal and professional educational experience, from admission through employment. Career and internship advisors provide self assessments, searching and networking strategies, resume development and internship information sessions. The center offers RhodyNet, an online database of job and internship opportunities and events for our students and alums.

We also offer classes for career development (ITR 300) that engage students in self-reflection and work place skill development. This course helps students to increase awareness of the professional decision-making process, explore career choices, and expand understanding the relationship between education and the world of work. Students study key career development theories and learn how to integrate self-knowledge into occupational and life decisions, set goals, and devise strategies to attain these goals.

The academic internship program (ITR 301-304) provides students with full-time or part-time experiential learning opportunities (fall, spring, and summer). The program is designed for motivated students who wish to apply classroom learning to field experiences in career related settings. Student interns are supervised by a qualified professional at their placement site and by a faculty advisor from their academic major. Students from most undergraduate curriculums may apply for part-time or full-time internships and may earn from 6-15 free-elective credits. In order to apply to the program, a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 and junior or senior standing.

For more information, visit us on the first floor of Roosevelt Hall, online at uri.edu/career or call 401.874.2311.

Chaplains. The University chaplains are active in providing religious services and in counseling, advising campus groups, teaching, and programming. The chaplains represent the Roman Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Orthodox Christian, Buddhist, and Muslim communities; referrals are available to representatives of other faiths. The chaplains work together to foster dialogue, understanding, and respect among people of different faiths and traditions. See uri.edu/chaplains.

Counseling. The Counseling Center, located in Room 217 of Roosevelt Hall, is staffed by professional counselors, psychologists, and social workers. The Center offers individual counseling and a variety of skill-building and support groups to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their academic and life goals. The Counseling Center provides assistance to students in areas such as adjusting to college life, coping with stress, building satisfying relationships, planning for the future, and coping with depression, substance use, or other mental health challenges.

Counselors work closely, as appropriate, with other health care providers in Health Services. Additionally, some students contact the Counseling Center for help with concerns about a roommate or friend. Information shared in counseling is confidential. Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. with extended hours until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

To make an appointment, students may simply stop by the Counseling Center, or call and schedule a time to meet with a counselor. If you need help with an urgent matter, ask to speak to the counselor-on-call. Phone: 401.874.2288. website: uri.edu/counseling.

Disability Services for Students. Disability Services for Students works with students and all units of URI to foster a welcoming, accessible environment. We promote academic success, self-advocacy, and equal opportunity through education, awareness, and ADA compliance. At URI, disability is considered an issue of cultural diversity.

Additional duties of the office include:

• recommend and coordinate reasonable accommodations (exam, course, program, housing, transportation),

• encourage student development through self-advocacy and personal decision making,

• support student commitment to academic success and retention,

• provide information to faculty and administrators regarding the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Please visit our website at uri.edu/disability for detailed information about policies, procedures, and resources. We are happy to discuss specific concerns in person, by phone, or by email. Our office is located at 302 Memorial Union, Kingston, RI 02881. For more information, phone 401.874.2098 (TTY via R.I. Relay at 711), or email to dss@etal.uri.edu.

Health Services. Located in the Potter Building, adjacent to the residence halls, Dr. Pauline B. Wood Health Services provides primary ambulatory care to students. Nurse practitioners and physicians see students by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the general medicine and women’s clinics with laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy services available. Limited services are available on Saturdays, Sundays, and most holidays with physician and pharmacy coverage from noon to 4 p.m.

Specialists in surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, gynecology, and psychiatry hold regular clinics at the Potter Building. A travel/immunization clinic administers vaccines available from the pharmacy. Allergy injections are given, provided the vaccines are supplied by the student. Care provided at Health Services is billed to insurance companies. Your mandatory health service fee covers all office visits not covered by insurance. Lab and X-ray charges not covered by insurance are the responsibility of the student. Co-payment for pharmacy is expected at the time of service.

Hospital care is available in the local community, as is referral to specialists. All medical expenses incurred outside the University’s Health Services are the responsibility of the student. Therefore, students are required to have adequate accident/sickness or health insurance. Students who choose a private physician assume responsibility for expenses incurred. See “Accident/Sickness Insurance” for additional details or consult the Health Services brochure, “To Your Health.”

To promote personal health and well-being, health educators provide a variety of services: wellness clinics, outreach activities, awareness days, peer workshops, and nutrition education from a registered dietician.

An emergency medical service (URI EMS) staffed by student volunteer EMTs responds to campus emergency medical calls 24 hours a day and transports patients to Health Services or the South County Hospital emergency room during the academic year.

Independent Students. Independent or nontraditional students make up over 10% of URI’s undergraduate population. Any students over the age of 23 who are either returning to the University for a second degree or starting anew are eligible to benefit from the services provided at the Office of Student Life. The office is always on hand to lend individual support and ease an independent student’s transition to college life. For more information on Independent Student Services, call 401.874.2101 or visit uri.edu/student_life.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Center. The LGBTQ Center at URI strives to create and maintain a welcoming, safe, supportive campus climate for all people, regardless of sexuality or gender. The LGBTQ Center works closely with students, staff, faculty, and community members to provide space, programs, and services that foster education, advocacy, support, and engagement. From our Coming Out Month activities in October to our Lavender Graduation ceremony in April, many are sure to find events that strike their interests. On April 16, 2014, URI broke ground for a new LGBTQ Center on Upper College Road. When the $2.1 million, 4,300 square foot site is completed, URI’s new center will be a safe and affirming place for all members of the community. URI is the first institution of higher education in the country to design and build a free standing LGBTQ Center. For more information, please call 401.874.2894, visit our website at uri.edu/glbt, or visit our Center in Adams Hall 111 in person.

Memorial Union. The center for campus activities, the Memorial Union houses a wide variety of educational, social, cultural, and recreational services and facilities for both undergraduate and graduate students. These include meeting and conference rooms, lounges, study rooms, radio station, campus newspaper offices, game room, offices for student organizations, scheduling and information office, a mailroom for students living on campus, ballroom, optical shop, flower shop, convenience store, cafeteria, restaurant, pizza shop, and a coffee and pastry shop.

Among the services provided are a unisex hair salon, credit union, copy center, bookstore, computer store, computer lab, 193° Coffeehouse, and the Memorial Union Technical Productions (which offers technical services in sound and lighting).

An undergraduate student board of directors works with the director and staff of the Memorial Union/Student Involvement Office to determine policy for the Union and plan a full program of social, cultural, intellectual, and recreational activities.

Multicultural Center. Celebrating unity in diversity, the Multicultural Center invites all of its students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and other friends to join in its work of creating a community of learners within and beyond URI. The Center is a place dedicated to developing a supportive and inclusive campus culture across the boundaries of culture, identity, and discipline. It collaborates with others in providing a variety of programs, activities, and services that help diverse learners systematically explore the ways we culturally construct identity (who we are), knowledge (what we mean), power (how we assert influence), community (how we relate and belong to each other), and culture (how we make meaning).

Located in the heart of campus, the Multicultural Center maintains a mission and vision grounded in the values upon which the theory and practice of multiculturalism were founded: social justice; learning; and personal, social, and cultural development. The Center’s focus in valuing diversity is promoted through annual events such as Diversity Week, providing innovative workshops facilitated and attended by faculty, staff, students, and the general community; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week, emphasizing the importance of nonviolence principles and the history of forces of positive change within diverse communities; and Diversity Awards, recognizing the many initiatives of cultural competency by members of the URI community. Counseling, programming, and other services are also provided by the staff of Multicultural Student Services. Phone: 401.874.2851. website: uri.edu/mcc.

Substance Abuse Prevention. The mission of the URI Office of Substance Abuse Prevention Services is to continually monitor, measure, and improve our approaches to increase safety and reduce risks for members of our university community. Whether working individually with students or providing population-wide programs, our primary goal is to empower students to make healthy choices while encouraging environments conducive to academic and social success.

Recognizing that not everyone who abuses alcohol or other drugs necessarily requires or desires treatment, Substance Abuse Prevention Services (SAPS) offers resource materials and information so that students can make educated choices. Using a harm-reduction approach, SAPS addresses the causes and consequences of student substance use. Seeking help does not necessarily mean that you are an alcoholic or drug addict. Frequently, students find a single consultation appointment to be beneficial to them in making better decisions regarding their own substance use. For more information about SAPS, phone 401.874.5073 or visit uri.edu/substance_abuse.

Talent Development. URI also offers the Talent Development Program, a program of special interest to many minority and disadvantaged students. Talent Development was started in 1968 to help young people who otherwise could not attend the University. “TD” provides a special opportunity for minorities and disadvantaged persons.

Talent Development at URI includes a spring Saturday PREP Program and Pre-Mat, an intense six-week academic summer experience on the Kingston campus, which many TD students mark as a turning point in their lives. Upon successful completion of the TD summer program, each student arrives in Kingston in September as a URI student and a member of Talent Development. TD provides students with special academic advising, financial aid based on need, and a strong support community.

Any Rhode Island resident may apply for Talent Development. Specifically, the program looks for minority and/or disadvantaged students who, without TD and its support services, could not expect to be admitted to URI. Even those who finished high school a while ago, or have a GED, may still be eligible for Talent Development.

To find out more about Talent Development at URI or its application process, ask your guidance counselor, call 401.874.2901, or visit uri.edu/talent_development.

Women’s Center. Female-identified students make up more than half of URI’s total student population. The URI Women’s Center, administered by the Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity, provides the necessary resources to help create an environment rich in role models and free of sexual inequities. In addition, it coordinates lectures, programs, and activities of special interest to those concerned with gender and leadership. Located at 22 Upper College Road, the Women’s Center includes a residential component for female-identified students committed to building community through leadership and service; a Violence Prevention & Advocacy Services Program; a mentoring program called WOWW (We’re Offering Women Wisdom) for first-year students; the Women’s Leadership Coalition; the Women of Color Network (WOCN) for faculty and staff; and a LBTQQ group for female-identified students. Phone: 401.874.2097. uri.edu/women_center.

Student Involvement

Social, recreational, and cultural arts programs are sponsored by many different offices and student organizations at the University. These events are funded by student fees, and opportunities abound for students to become involved in selecting and coordinating them. The Student Entertainment Committee sponsors an extensive series of social programs featuring concerts, local and regional musicians, other live entertainment, lectures, and films.

In addition to intercollegiate athletic teams, a number of organizations represent the University in competition, exhibitions, and public performances. The University Band, Chorus, and Orchestra are under music department direction, and students may receive credit for participation in any one of these. The University Theatre, under the direction of the Theatre Department, presents several plays each year. Cheerleaders are active at varsity football and basketball games and other special events and rallies.

Students publish a newspaper four times a week and a yearbook. Radio station WRIU, with local AM and FM reception that reaches all of Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, is student-run and operates 365 days a year. There is also a 24-hour student-run ambulance service.

Over 120 student organizations exist in which students can get involved. Covering a wide range, these organizations may be social, political, academic, religious, or media-related; several represent special-interest groups. There are also about 30 professional organizations on campus related to academic areas. Thousands of students participate in the activities coordinated by these organizations. For information, students are directed to Room 210 in the Memorial Union.

Athletics and Recreational Services. The Departments of Athletics and Recreational Services are committed to providing athletics and recreational opportunities to students, staff, and alumni. The departments seek to complement the University’s academic goals by enhancing physical, emotional, and social well-being through leisure activities and lifetime involvement in sports.

The emphasis of the program is to provide opportunities that encourage the pursuit of lifetime activities, a sense of commitment and teamwork, and the development of personal character while maintaining an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among student athletes and department staff.

The intercollegiate athletics department sponsors 18 NCAA Division I programs for men and women. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference in most sports, URI also holds membership in the CAA Football League (FCS). On the men’s side, URI sponsors the following sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, and indoor and outdoor track & field. Women’s intercollegiate teams participate in basketball, cross country, rowing, soccer, softball, volleyball, indoor and outdoor track & field, swimming & diving, and tennis.

Competitive club sport teams include equestrian, field hockey, gymnastics, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, roller hockey, men’s rowing, men’s and women’s rugby, sailing, skiing, men’s swimming, ultimate Frisbee, and men’s volleyball. The Intramural Sports Program offers all-male, all-female, and coed teams according to yearly demand. Recent years have seen badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, dodgeball, flag football, field hockey, floor hockey, golf, ice hockey, kickball, indoor and outdoor soccer, softball, and both beach and indoor volleyball.

The 7,657-seat Thomas M. Ryan Center is the cornerstone of URI’s athletic complex and serves as the home of Rhode Island men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Ryan Center boasts three tiers of seating in the arena to bring all 7,657 seats within 74-feet of the court, creating a frenzied atmosphere. Every seat in the Ryan Center has a chairback, and there are eight luxury suites that overlook both the Meade Stadium football field and the Ryan Center basketball court. The 200,000-square foot arena combines the heart and spirit of venerable Keaney Gym with the amenities, services, and conveniences of a modern arena. The Bradford R. Boss Arena is one of only two ice facilities in the state that operate for the entire year and are open for public skating.

The University has a number of other facilities for athletics and recreation. Mackal Field House and the Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center contain fitness rooms complete with weight training and cardio equipment, a brand-new Mondo 200-meter track, and four basketball courts. Mackal also houses the athletics and recreational services departments’ administrative offices.

Meade Stadium has served as the home of Rhody’s football team since it opened in 1928. The west side of the stadium features chairback seating, and the suite level in the Thomas M. Ryan Center overlooks the entire field.  In 2010, the east stands and press box underwent a full renovation project.

Opened in 1953 and named for URI’s Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach Frank W. Keaney, the 3,385-seat Keaney Gym is the site of Ram volleyball matches. Keaney Gym was the home of the men’s and women’s basketball teams for 49 seasons until the Ryan Center opened its doors in 2003.

The Tootell Physical Education Complex offers an aquatic center with competitive and instructional programs; a varsity team weight room; a group exercise studio; and West Gym, available for basketball, volleyball, and badminton.

Bill Beck Field is the home of the URI baseball team. In November of 2007, a $1-million donation initiated facility renovations designed to equip the Rams with one of the finest ballparks in all of New England, including a brand-new FieldTurf playing surface, a new backstop, scoreboard, fencing and bullpens, and an indoor batting facility along the right field side of Bill Beck Field.

Other athletic facilities at URI include a lighted soccer field, eight tennis courts, a softball field, Arrigan Sailing Center, Campanella Rowing Center, two beach volleyball courts, and practice fields.

Center for Student Leadership Development. Since its founding in 1997, the CSLD has provided academic leadership courses and countless hours of leadership development training to URI students and the surrounding community. Through academic course offerings in the minor in leadership studies, internships, strengths-based leadership development training, and multiple programs throughout the year, the CSLD provides developmental opportunities for students to become informed, inclusive, and effective leaders in their careers, communities, family lives, and field of study. Programmatic highlights include the annual Leadership Institute weekend, the North Woods Challenge Course, the Women of Color dinner and conference, e-Lead, Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, the Student Organization Leadership Consultants, and group development consulting services. For more information, visit mu.uri.edu/leadership or Room 210 of the Memorial Union.

Student-Run Businesses. The Memorial Union offers students a number of opportunities to run businesses under full-time supervision but with a large amount of independence. Enterprises such as the Memorial Union Technical Productions (sound and lighting) and the 193° Coffee House allow for management training and excellent work experience.

Feinstein Providence Campus

While all URI students have access to all Kingston Campus opportunities described below, they also find a range of unique services at the nonresidential Feinstein Campus in Providence. For more information, call 401.277.5000 or visit uri.edu/prov.

Confidentiality of Records

Procedures for the release and disclosure of student records maintained by the University of Rhode Island are in large measure governed by state and federal laws. Where the law is silent, the University is guided by the principle that the privacy of an individual is of great importance and that as much information in a student’s file as possible should be disclosed to the student on request. A current or former student has the right to inspect and review official records, files, and data directly related to that student. This right does not extend to applicants, those denied admission to the University, or those who were admitted but did not enroll. Some records are not available to students.

Third parties, including parents and spouses, do not have access to a student’s education records or to personally identifiable information from those records without the written consent of the student who specifies that the records be released or unless specifically authorized by law. The law does allow the release of such information and records in a number of cases without the written consent of the student, including the following: (i) notification of parents or guardians of a student under 21 years of age about an alcohol or other drug violation; (ii) incidents involving certain crimes of violence; (iii) disclosures warranted by a health and safety emergency; (iv) disclosures to school officials, including contractors and outside parties, who have a legitimate educational interest as determined by the institution; (v) disclosures required by lawful subpoena, court order, or other legal process.

Detailed guidelines for the release and disclosure of information from the student records are available from the Office of Student Life. These guidelines comply with the legal requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.

University ID Card

Each student’s University ID Card must be carried at all times on campus and presented upon request. Use of the card constitutes acceptance of all applicable terms and conditions. This card will remain the property of URI. Lost, stolen, or damaged cards must be reported immediately to the Campus Access Office (Room 216, Memorial Union).

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