Student Academic Support

ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Center for Academic Success & Achievement coordinates the Pre-College Studies Program, Freshman Studies Program, Center for Centralized Academic Advisement, and the Tutoring Center. If you are having problems with your coursework, the Tutoring Center is an excellent resource. Peer Tutors are available from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. on weekdays to assist you in every subject area, especially math and freshman composition. You can see tutors by walking in or by making an appointment. For more information about the various programs run by the Academic Development Center, see the catalog or contact the center in Banneker Room 410, Phone: 443.885.3380


ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

If you are a student residing in the University Residence Halls, the Academic Enrichment Program, is sponsored by the Office of Residence Life and the School of Engineering. The program offers you tutorial/study sessions through workshops, seminars, individualized tutoring, and computer tutorial software. Sessions take place during the week in the Academic Enrichment Center located in Blount Towers. You can receive assistance in subject areas such as Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Networks, Differential Equations, English, Spanish, Statistics, and Logic. Tutoring schedules are available at the beginning of each academic semester. Remember: "It does not hurt to ask a tutor, it only hurts to fail a class." Questions? Please call: 443.885.7847 or 443.885.3075


BOOKSTORE

The mission of the Morgan State University Bookstore is to support the academic and administrative goals of the University. The bookstore sells books, school supplies, gifts, and other merchandise related to campus life. The store carries Morgan State University insignia merchandise including clothing, stuffed animals, stationery, etc. We also buy back textbooks from students at the end of each semester. We are located on the ground floor of McKeldin Center. You can reach us online at www.morganstatebookstore.com.

Normal Business Hours - Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm During the first two weeks of each semester, the bookstore provides extended store hours for our students:

Extended Store Hours - Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bear Necessity Card (BNC) Accounts

Account 1: LIMITED GENERAL - NOT used in the bookstore. It is used in the Canteen, Sweet Shoppe, the Dining Hall, Soper Library, and the vending and washing machines.

Account 2: RETAIL - May be used to make purchases for any items in the bookstore.

Account 3: BOOKS ONLY - Intended for scholarship purposes, and enables students to buy books and supplies only (textbooks, notebooks, planners, pens, etc.)

A PIN (Personal identification number) is required both for the BNC card and class registration.

Payment - The bookstore accepts cash, money orders, and cashier's checks, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, and the Bear Necessity Card. We do not accept personal checks, nor do we cash checks or money orders. The State of Maryland requires a 5% sales tax to be applied to all merchandise sold in the Bookstore. For additional information please call: 443.885.3075


COUNSELING CENTER

The Morgan State University Counseling Center provides a variety of services to the University community. Students come to the Counseling Center to discuss a wide range of problems and learn strategies for coping now and in the future.

Everyone needs someone to talk with at times. Counseling is a growth process through which students are helped to define goals, make decisions, and solve problems related to personal, social, academic and career concerns. Counselors help students to resolve personal and educational concerns, which may include:

Relationships with family, friends, romantic partner, or roommate Alcohol and drug related problems
Feeling stressed or anxious Adjusting to a new environment
Anger and interpersonal conflicts Personal crises
Depression, loneliness, shyness Difficulties with study skills
Grief and loss Time Management
Self-esteem and self-confidence Motivation
Sexual issues and decisions Choices about majors and careers
Sexual Orientation Communication with instructors

 

Confidentiality
Counseling often deals with very personal and private issues. Counselors respect students' privacy and will not release information disclosed in counseling without the student's explicit permission, except in situations when it is necessary to protect the student's or another person's safety.

Services Offered

Individual Counseling offers the opportunity to talk about whatever is on your mind and to explore your options. A professional counselor can help you resolve personal difficulties and learn more about yourself.

Group Counseling gives participants an opportunity to share experiences, solve problems, and practice new skills.

Psychiatric Consultation is available by special arrangement for situations in which a psychiatric evaluation and medication might be helpful. Costs are generally covered by the student health insurance.

Crisis Intervention: a member of the Counseling staff is on call to assist students in emergencies. After hours, the campus police, 443.885.3103, will page the person on duty.

Referrals: each student's individual needs are considered in making referrals to sources of help outside the Counseling Center. Information is available about a variety of services and resources on campus and in the community.

Walk-In Hours: If you are coming to the Counseling Center for the first time, or in an emergency, you may speak with the counselor on Walk-In duty. Please call the center for walk-in-hours.

Peer Programs involve student volunteers and extend Counseling Center outreach to the student body. Student volunteers are selected and trained to participate in the following peer programs:

- Peer Counselors
- Peer Mentors
- HIV/AIDS Awareness Peer Educators
- Alcohol and Other Drug Peer Educators/BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the - Health of University Students)
- Services for Students with Disabilities

The Services for Students with Disabilities Program coordinates services to ensure that students with learning, emotional, and physical disabilities have equal access to University programs. Students must present documentation of their disability to receive services. Individualized plans are developed to assist students with specific needs such as:

- Special registration
- Reader services
- Equipment
- In class support (e.g., note takers)
- Testing accommodations
- Escorts and guides on campus
- Liaison with instructors
- Other needs to remove barriers to academic success
- International Student Services

Approximately 300 international students, from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the Caribbean, attend Morgan State University. The International Students' Advisor provides assistance with:

- Immigration concerns
- Cultural adjustment
- Information about Morgan and Baltimore
- Other special needs

This office located in the Counseling Center, advises the International Students' Association and also serves as liaison to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, embassies and other agencies involved with international education. For more information, please come to the counseling center at Room 202 Carter Grant Wilson or call us at 443.885.3130.