As a participant in federal student aid programs, St. Thomas Aquinas College must disclose certain information in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Please find the relevant details and relevant links below. If you have further questions, please find contact information in our directory where you can search by office/department.
High School graduates should follow the guidelines for applying for admissions to the College as a new freshman for our associate or bachelor degree programs.
General Education Degree students should follow the guidelines for applying for admissions to the College as a new freshman for our associate or bachelor degree programs.
In addition, the college accepts the following scores for a GED diploma in lieu of an official high school transcript/diploma. Individuals who have not earned a high school diploma and would like to take a General Education Degree examination may click through here to obtain information.
The student’s GED total score must be a minimum of 2250 for the five parts of the examination. The minimum score for each part must be a 410. To calculate the student’s equivalent grade point average, the admissions office will divide the total score by 5 and use the chart below to calculate the equivalent grade point average. For a student who earns a 2250 overall, the equivalent GPA would be 2250/5 = 450. 450 translates on this scale to be a 2.5. This translation is only utilized to evaluate students for scholarship consideration.
College students who have completed college credit elsewhere, should follow the guidelines for applying for admissions as a transfer student to the College for our associate or bachelor degree programs.
St. Thomas Aquinas College strictly prohibits academic dishonesty. Any violation of academic integrity policies that constitutes academic dishonesty will be subject to harsh penalties, ranging up to and including dismissal from the College. Set forth below are a series of examples of academic dishonesty and the process utilized by the College in addressing cases of academic dishonesty, including the process to be followed by faculty members in filing an academic dishonesty allegation, and the process followed by students who might seek to challenge a determination by the College that he/she engaged in academic dishonesty.
Academic integrity is a commitment to honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in an academic community. An academic community of integrity advances the quest for truth and knowledge by requiring intellectual and personal honesty in learning, teaching, research and service. Honesty begins with oneself and extends to others. Such a community also fosters a climate of mutual trust, encourages the free exchange of ideas, and enables all to reach their highest potential.
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ACCREDITATION ([C.F.R. § 668.43(A)(6)])
St. Thomas Aquinas College is recognized as a Top Tier Regional University by several national publications, including U.S. News & World Report: America’s Best Colleges.
The College is accredited by:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
1007 North Orange Street
4th Floor, MB #166
Wilmington, DE 19801
St. Thomas Aquinas College is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) www.msche.org. St. Thomas Aquinas College accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on April 16, 2018 was to reaffirm accreditation. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
The School of Education is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP):
Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)
P.O. Box 7511
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Telephone: (301) 276-5106
The programs in the School of Business are accredited by:
International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
11960 Quivira Road
Overland Park, Kansas, 66213 USA
Telephone: (913) 631-3009
The School of Business at St. Thomas Aquinas College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs, please view our IACBE member status page.
CAHIIM – Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management
200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100
Chicago, IL 60601
Telephone: (312) 235-3255
The Healthcare Management & Informatics concentration is an ACHE Higher Education Network member.
Additionally, the School of Business is also accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), and the Healthcare Management & Informatics concentration is an ACHE Higher Education Network member.
Individuals interested in reviewing the documents describing accreditation, approval, or licensing may contact the Provost:
Office of the Provost
St. Thomas Aquinas College
125 Route 340
Sparkill, NY 10976
St. Thomas Aquinas College offers a range of Student Activities for the student population. Please click through to the Student Activities page.
The Athletic Department is committed to provide a wide variety of intercollegiate, intramural and recreational programs. Student-athletes are given every opportunity to develop their athletic abilities in an environment supporting holistic development, moral character, academic scholarship, leadership and loyalty to the College. Learn more on our Athletics website.
All colleges are required to provide an annual security and fire safety report on their college website. St. Thomas Aquinas College publishes an annual Campus Safety Report that includes institutional policies concerning access to campus buildings, where and how to report a crime or emergency, sexual assault or other important matter. The report also contains statistics for crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the college, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. You may request a paper copy of the report by contacting the Office of Security and Safety at 845-398-4080.
St. Thomas Aquinas College publishes all of its relative materials on its web pages. Generally, academic information is also summarized in a College Catalog.
The St. Thomas Aquinas College catalog contains information that may assist you as you determine if St. Thomas Aquinas College is the right fit for you.
More extensive information is available on our website. Individuals may search for various topics and obtain relevant information on those topics.
The 2023-2024-Undergraduate-Catalog has information on a variety of topics, all of which may be searched and found on our website.
The 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog is a reference for graduate students in our Graduate programs.
Undergraduate Catalog Library
2021-2022 Undergraduate College Catalog
2020-2021 Undergraduate College Catalog
2019-2020 Undergraduate College Catalog
2018-2019 Undergraduate College Catalog
2017-2018 Undergraduate College Catalog
2016-2017 Undergraduate College Catalog
2015-2016 Undergraduate College Catalog
2014-2015 Undergraduate College Catalog
2013-2014 Undergraduate College Catalog
Graduate Catalog Library
The 2022-2023 Graduate Catalog
The 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog
The 2017-2018 Graduate College Catalog
The 2016 Graduate College Catalog
The 2014-2015 Graduate College Catalog
The 2013-2014 Graduate College Catalog
The Common Data Set is a product of the Common Data Set Initiative, “a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson’s, and U.S. News & World Report.” The stated goal is to provide accurate and timely data to students and their families while decreasing the workload of administrators. In producing their popular publications and rankings, these publishers “ask the same core questions” of institutions using the Common Data Set to define those questions and their responses.
A link to the most recent St. Thomas Aquinas College Board profile can be reached by clicking on the following link: College Board’s Big Future Site for St. Thomas Aquinas College. This information is compiled from the College’s completion of the most recent Common Data Set. Please click here for the College Board Financial Aid Section.
There is data on graduation rates with comparative colleges on the Chronicle website for consumers.
This policy and guidelines are designed to ensure all faculty, staff, and students have access to consistent information on copyright in accordance with federal law.
The College is committed to supporting teaching, research, learning and nonacademic operations in the advancement of the College’s educational mission. Intellectual, technological, and information resources and materials are provided for use by the entire College community and are to be used in accordance with the provisions of the United States Copyright Act of 1976 as amended, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2002, unless licenses or agreements exist which allow for exceptions. All users of such resources and materials are expected to follow the standards outlined in the College’s copyright policy and supporting guidelines.
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One credit hour represents approximately 56 minutes of in-class lecture, discussion, or recitation (or 120 to 180 minutes of laboratory/studio work) per week, and 112 minutes of out of class work.
Most courses carry 3 semester hours of credit; several laboratory courses carry 4 semester hours of credit, combining a 3 hour lecture format with a 1 credit lab built in.
Quality points are assigned to grades as follows: for each credit hour with a grade of A=4 quality points; A-=3.7; B+,=3.3; B=3; B-=2.7; C+=2.3; C=2; C-=1.7; D=1; F=0. If a student earns a grade of A in a 3-semester hour course he/she receives 12 quality points; one who earns a grade of B receives 9 quality points, and so forth. The quality point index is determined by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the number of credits attempted, that is, the number of credits for which a student is registered, whether or not the courses are passed or failed. Since courses from which a student withdraws are not counted in credits attempted, they do not affect a student’s average.
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The Office of Institutional Research (IR) works with the Office of Career Development to create a survey for students who graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College. The survey consists of approximately 25 questions in various formats. Questions are aligned with the standards of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NACE is an organization that is responsible for national information regarding employment and provides forecasts in the areas of hiring practices, job market trends, salaries, and student outcomes.
FEDERAL FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT
WITHHOLDING INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC
The College abides by the provisions of the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
This act ensures a wide range of rights, including, but not limited to:
information about students’ records that the College maintains, who maintains them, who has access to them, and for what purposes access is granted.
The act also permits the college to release “directory information” without a student’s consent.
Directory information consists of the full name of the student as it appears on the official record; a student’s dates of attendance; and a student’s degree and honors and the dates they were awarded.
In addition, the act guarantees students’ access to their records and allows students to restrict such access to others.
Click here for more information regarding FERPA,
Click here to view our Annual Notification of Student Privacy Rights under FERPA.
If you would like to sign a FERPA Disclosure form, please stop by the Registrar’s Office in Spellman 101.
A health and safety exception permits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s record in case of an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or other individuals.
The school follows the provisions outlined in the regulations as follows:
The school only discloses personally identifiable information from an education record to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.
Federal guideline: 34 CFR 99.31(a)(10) & 34 CFR 99.36
Policy for Student Identity Verification. This policy applies to all credit-bearing distance education courses or programs offered by the St. Thomas Aquinas College, beginning with the application for admission and continuing through to a student’s graduation, transfer, or withdrawal from study. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that St. Thomas Aquinas College operates in compliance with the provisions of the United States Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) concerning the verification of student identity in distance education.
The HEOA requires that institutions offering distance education or correspondence courses or programs have processes in place to ensure that the student registering for a course is the same student who participates in the course or receives course credit. The Act requires that institutions use one of the following three methods:
A secure login and pass code;
Proctored examinations; and
New or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification.
All student accounts are created from the individual student’s registration information stored in Banner (our ERP). The initial temporary password for Moodlerooms is sent to the student’s (@stac.edu) account in order to verify the student’s identity in the class. All correspondence is linked to the @stac.edu account, which neither the student or instructor can change.
Students are responsible for providing their complete and true identity information in any identification verification process. It is against College policy for a user to give someone his or her password or to allow others to use his or her account.
St. Thomas Aquinas College uses Moodlerooms as its learning management system. The Moodlerooms system integrates with University authentication services to ensure appropriate and secure student access to courses and other Student Information Systems. All users of the College’s learning management system are responsible for maintaining the security of IDs and passwords, or any other access credentials as required. Attempting to discover another user’s password or attempts to gain unauthorized access to another person’s files or email is prohibited.
At this time there are no additional student fees associated with student verification. In the event any verification fee becomes necessary needed, it will be posted on the course registration site to provide an advance alert to students.
St. Thomas Aquinas College complies fully with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232g. This act protects the privacy of student information in distance education by requiring, with certain limited exceptions, that the student’s consent must be obtained before disclosing any personally identifiable information in the student’s education records. Additional information on FERPA and student record access can be found in the FERPA section.
REVIEW: The Provost’s Office is responsible for developing and ensuring compliance with this policy in the College’s various Schools and administrative units. The Provost’s Office will inform School deans and administrative officers when changes to the policy are made.
Availability of Employees for Information Dissemination Purposes
Requests for information by students about the college should be directed to our main switch board at 845-398-4000 which will route your call/question to the appropriate person or department. Other employees, such as enrollment counselors/advisors and financial aid counselors, may also provide information regarding their specific areas of responsibility. Please find the contact information for each program here.
The College strives to secure the information related to its students and employees. College computer and network passwords must conform to IT’s published complexity and length requirements and must not be shared with any other person, used in non-College accounts, or otherwise disclosed. Passwords must be changed immediately if disclosed or compromised. The College employs various measures to protect the security of its information resources. Users should be aware that their uses of College computer and network resources are not private. While the College does not routinely monitor individual usage, the normal operation and maintenance of the College’s computing resources require backup, logging of activity, the monitoring of general and individual usage patterns, and other such activities that are necessary for information security and the rendition of service. In addition, the College reserves the right to review, monitor, and/or capture any content residing on, or transmitted over, its computers or network at its sole discretion. The College reserves the right to limit access to its computers or network and to remove or limit access to material residing on its computers or network.
A school is deemed to have engaged in substantial misrepresentation when the school itself, one of its representatives, or other related parties (see below), makes a substantial misrepresentation about the nature of its educational program, its financial charges, or the employability of its graduates.
Misrepresentation is defined as a false, erroneous, or misleading statement made directly or indirectly to
• a student, prospective student, or any member of the public, or
• an accrediting agency, a state agency, or the Department.
A misleading statement includes any statement that has the likelihood or tendency to deceive. A statement is any communication made in writing, visually, orally, or through other means.
This definition applies to statements made by
• an eligible school
• one of its representatives, or
• any ineligible institution, organization, or person with whom the eligible institution has an agreement to provide educational programs or to provide marketing, advertising, recruiting, or admissions services.
Misrepresentation includes the dissemination of a student endorsement or testimonial that a student gives either under duress or because the school required the student to make such an endorsement or testimonial to participate in a program.
Substantial misrepresentation is defined as any misrepresentation on which the person to whom it was made could reasonably be expected to rely, or has reasonably relied, to that person’s detriment. Substantial misrepresentations are prohibited in all forms, including those made in any advertising or promotional materials or in the marketing or sale of courses or programs of instruction offered by the institution.
The College does not discriminate against students, faculty, staff, and other beneficiaries on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, genetic predisposition, carrier status, veteran status, or religious affiliation in admission to, or in the provision of its programs and services. The Section 504 Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator, and the Age Act Coordinator is the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources, Borelli Hall 206E, ext. 4038.
OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES MISSION
Disability Services recognizes each student as the unique individual that they are and provides opportunities for self-advocacy, academic and personal growth. Disability Services is committed to supporting students and collaborating with the campus community to remove barriers to access, while embracing the College’s commitment to equity and inclusion for all.
The Office of Disability Services at St. Thomas Aquinas College achieves our mission by:
- Providing reasonable accommodations and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented disability, while preserving St. Thomas Aquinas College’s academic integrity and high standards of academic performance.
- Fostering a sense of independence through the training of students with disabilities to effectively advocate for themselves within the College community.
- Serving as a liaison and resource for the College’s faculty, staff and administrators to cultivate a greater awareness and appreciation of issues of concern to people with disabilities.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, St. Thomas Aquinas College provides reasonable accommodations that ensure equal access to the College’s programs, services, and activities to students who disclose a disability and register for reasonable accommodations through Disability Services.
Students who choose to disclose a disability and request reasonable accommodations should complete the Request for Student Disability Accommodations form and provide supporting documentation. Please read about the Documentation requirements here.
Refunds will be granted when students withdraw from classes during the first four weeks of the semester. The date on which the Registrar is informed in writing will be considered the date of withdrawal.
The College will grant a refund as follows:
1. Tuition refund according to the following dates:
Within the first two weeks 75%
Within the third week 50%
Within the fourth week 25%
After four weeks No refund
2. Residence Hall and Meal Plan refunds will be made according to the schedule and policy as published by the Director of Housing.
3. All fees and deposits are non-refundable.
No deductions are made for delay in returning at the beginning of each semester or for absences during the year.
The charge for room covers the period beginning with the evening preceding the opening of classes and extends to the day following the semester examinations. Regular school holidays are included, but Thanksgiving, spring recess, and the period between semesters are excluded. Since the College reserves the right to use all townhouse facilities during vacation periods, students who wish to remain at the College during these times must make arrangements with the Director of Student Housing. Students who remain during this period will be charged a residence fee.
FEDERAL RETURN OF TITLE IV FUNDS POLICY
Detailed below are Return of Title IV Funds policies for St. Thomas Aquinas College. There are two policies: Institutional Refund Policy and Return of Title IV Funds Policy.
Institutional Refund Policy
Generally, students will not be charged tuition and fees for classes officially dropped prior to the published drop deadline each term. All tuition and fee payments may be refunded for the credit hours and fees associated with each class dropped before or during this period. The deadline for dropping classes without incurring charges is published each term in the Academic Calendar and in the College Catalog.
Any credit balance resulting from a change in course load prior to the last day to add/drop without paying full tuition will be distributed in accordance with the Order of Return of Title IV Funds Policy as stated below.
Federal Return of Title IV Funds Policy
Title IV financial aid recipients who withdraw from all classes, or who are administratively withdrawn from all classes may be required to return a portion of the financial aid they received. Calculations are done to determine the percent of financial aid earned and unearned for the given term.
Title IV financial aid recipients who receive an overpayment resulting from changes in enrollment, cost of attendance, general eligibility, and additional financial aid award(s) will be required to return funds in the amount necessary to eliminate the overpayment.
The student will be notified if a Return of Title IV funds is due. Failure to return Title IV funds will result in the loss of eligibility for financial aid.
Order of Return of Title IV Funds
All returns will be distributed to the student financial assistance programs in the order below with the following exceptions. Title IV funds required to be returned by the student will not be distributed to a Federal Direct Loan Program and no returns shall be distributed to the Federal Work Study Program.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
Federal Direct Stafford Loan
Federal Perkins Loan
Federal Direct PLUS Loan
Federal PELL Grant Program
Federal SEOG Program
Other Title IV Programs
Other Federal and State Programs
Institutional or Agency Programs
If a credit balance exists after all adjustments and distributions have been made, a student may request a refund check by completing the appropriate form in the Business Office at the College.
For more information on billing and Student Financial Services, visit SFS – Billing.
To request a refund, complete Student Financial Services Refund form.
It is imperative that students make satisfactory academic progress toward graduation and the acquisition of their baccalaureate degree. The College provides a variety of academic support services to assist students who are having – or wish to avoid – academic difficulties. To learn more about these services, please contact the Office of Academic Services (845-398-4028). Learn more via our Consumer Information page here.
St. Thomas Aquinas College is proud to support our veterans in their pursuit of a higher education degree. Now more than ever, our returning veterans and military personnel deserve the gratitude of a thankful nation, and St. Thomas Aquinas College prides itself on serving the needs of those men and women! We offer several scholarship and aid packages to help cover the financial commitment of attending an institution of higher learning.
As learners within a college community, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to model appropriate, effective, and respectful interpersonal communication. If issues warranting a complaint arise, the parties involved should make a genuine effort to resolve them. When efforts to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution are unsuccessful, students are advised to proceed as promptly as possible to initiate a complaint. Similarly, staff, faculty, and administrators are advised to acknowledge receipt of a complaint promptly and to respond in an expeditious manner. Generally speaking, receipt of a complaint should be acknowledged within five (5) business days.
The following sections outline the academic complaint procedures and the general complaint procedures that are followed by all offices and departments at St. Thomas Aquinas College. If a student wishes to appeal the outcome of a policy/procedure or to question the manner in which the policy/procedure was administered, a complaint can be initiated at the most appropriate step within the Academic or General Complaint Procedures below. The final section of this document provides links to some of the more common categories of College policies and procedures.
This process should not be used for matters involving Gender Based Sexual Misconduct. Any questions or concerns about such matters should be addressed to: Maria Coupe, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator, Borelli Hall, 845-398-4044.
Learn more via our Consumer Information page here.
The Student Right-to-Know Act, passed by Congress in 1990, requires institutions to calculate completion or graduation rates of certificate or degree seeking, full-time students entering that institution, and to disclose these rates to current and prospective students. STAC reports these calculations to several external organizations and one is the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.
All Student Right To Know information resides on that web site as it is updated with each annual report submitted to NCES. The web site link is here, and is titled, College Navigator.
The College is required to file a separate report on student athlete graduation rates with the NCAA. That report can be found on the NCAA web site here.
St. Thomas Aquinas College partners with two-year colleges to create easier transition and credit friendly policies. These articulation agreements provide students who major in a degree at a two year college to see the transfer credits as they will appear on the St. Thomas Aquinas College curriculum sheet. General agreements are in place with the following two-year colleges. Program specific agreements are added to this site as they are reviewed. Students can request an evaluation of their curriculum with no obligation at any time by contacting the Office of Admissions at 845-398-4100. The Transfer Counselor will evaluate your transcript and planned courses and provide you with an evaluation at no charge.
Transfer Credit Policy
Students who have attended a two-year college may transfer up to 70 credits and must complete at least 50 credits at St. Thomas. Up to 90 credits may be transferred from four year institutions and then at least 30 credits must be taken at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Transfer students are admitted to the College in both September and January, and while there is no deadline, applications should be submitted as early as possible.
Transfer Admissions Policies
Students enrolled at a two-year college or those wishing to transfer from a four-year college, may visit the Admissions web page for admissions criteria.
Financial Aid includes scholarships, grants, awards, loans and work study programs —all but scholarships are determined by FAFSA results. Scholarships at St. Thomas are based on your application materials. Learn more on our Consumer Information page here.
Study Abroad / Financial Aid
St. Thomas Aquinas College students who study abroad with approved credits by St. Thomas Aquinas College will be considered as enrolled at St. Thomas Aquinas College and are eligible for applying for assistance under Title IV funding. [34 C.F.R. § 668.43(a)(9)]
ATTENDANCE: Regular and prompt attendance at all classes is required. Responsibility for attendance at classes rests with the student. Instructors may specify particular academic penalties for infractions of the attendance policy. Students who are absent because of religious beliefs will be given an opportunity to make up any missed examination or work requirements if they request it at least two weeks prior to the absence. No fee will be charged for this opportunity.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE: For satisfactory reasons, the Director of Academic Advisement or the Registrar may give a student in good standing a leave of absence for a maximum period of two semesters. Requests for leave of absence must be in writing and submitted the semester prior to the semester desired. Obtain forms in the Registrar’s Office.
WITHDRAWAL/CHANGE OF PROGRAM: Students who wish to withdraw from a course must do so by the date indicated on the Academic Calendar. There is a $25 change of program fee. Withdrawal forms must be completed in the Office of the Registrar. Withdrawal from a course after the mid-term without permission of the Registrar automatically merits the grade of F.
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE COLLEGE: A student who leaves the College during any semester or special session must complete a withdrawal form available from the Office of the Registrar. Students who withdraw from the College after the last posted drop date will receive grades as submitted by the faculty. Students who return after one full year, must reapply and will be subject to current curriculum requirements.
This page includes information regarding Title IX and the College’s policies.
Confidential Counseling Resources:
Office of Health & Wellness Services
Dr. Lou Muggeo
Director of Counseling & Psychological Services
Ms. Elyse Sellers, LCSW
Counseling & Psychological Services
Center for Safety & Change
Non-Confidential Resources and Reporting Options:
Mr. Norman Huling
Title IX Coordinator
Ms. Nicole Ryan (Ballou)
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Dr. Benjamin Wagner
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Office of Campus Safety & Security