Dec 10, 2023  
2011-2013 EIU Graduate Catalog 
2011-2013 EIU Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Residence Halls

  ^ TOP This web site provides an application for the residence halls.

Application for admission to the University does not constitute an application for housing. Residence hall accommodations are granted on a priority basis, determined by the date of housing application and deposit and the student’s year in school.

Family/Graduate Student Housing

The University Apartments at Eastern include 130 efficiency and one-bedroom apartments. 
The apartments are designed to meet the needs of student families and single graduate students. Below is the information you will need to apply. All assignments are made on the basis of date of application. The $50.00  non-refundable application fee must accompany the application form.
All utilities, including basic phone service, cable TV hookup, Internet, water, gas, electric, and trash removal are included in semester rental fee.

University Court This web site provides rental rate amounts. University Court, a University-owned apartment complex composed of 145 apartments in 11 separate buildings, offers apartment living for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.  Rental rates for University Court apartments do not include the cost of electricity or water.  Local telephone service, direct Internet service, cable television basic service, and trash removal are included. 

Academic Assessment and Testing

  ^ TOP Academic Assessment and Testing provides information and registration materials for national tests such as the ACT Assessment (ACT), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and Miller Analogies Test (MAT).  In cooperation with faculty bodies, the office is responsible for administering the University-wide program of assessment of student learning outcomes. The phone number is (217) 581-5986.

Assistance for Students with Disabilities

  ^ TOP In accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the ADA of 1990, all students with disabilities admitted to the University are provided as nearly as possible with an educational experience equivalent to that provided for all other students. The University wishes to make any reasonable accommodation to allow participation in collegiate life by those persons broadly defined as disabled. Students who believe they may need assistance should contact the Assistant Director of the Office of Disability Services for answers to questions concerning accommodations, auxiliary learning aids, and physical accessibility. Students will be required to submit diagnostic information regarding the disability so that the most appropriate accommodation can be arranged.

Students should contact the Assistant Director as soon as they have decided to enroll at the University so that documentation can be completed before an accommodation is required. In every case in which accommodation is requested, advance notification is recommended to ensure that timely arrangements can be made. All records of disability are maintained in strictest confidentiality. The telephone number is (217) 581-6583.

Career Services

  ^ TOP Career Services, located in the Human Services Building, assists students and alumni in the areas of career planning as well as job placement. The offices provides individual career counseling, workshops, job fairs, and online services that provide job listings, internship opportunities, and job search resources. Career Services maintains a close liaison with hiring representatives from education, business, industry, and government in order to provide the latest professional networks and hiring information to students.

Most services are free of charge, including the Career Library, job fairs, individual counseling, and portions of the online resources. A minimal fee is required for full service registration that provides total access to the online job database and for participation in campus interviews. Full service registration should be initiated early in the graduate curriculum so that full service access can be used throughout the graduate degree period.

Office of Civil Rights and Diversity

  ^ TOP The Office of Civil Rights, Affirmative Action, and Diversity (1011 Old Main) protects the civil rights of all students, faculty, and staff. Discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, veteran status, and sexual orientation, as well as sexual harassment, are prohibited by civil rights laws. The Office will assist any individual who feels that these rights have been violated.

The Office provides education to the campus on issues relating to cultural diversity and to sexual harassment, and regularly holds class presentations, training workshops, and discussions on these issues for faculty, staff, residence assistants and students.

Counseling Center

  ^ TOP The Counseling Center provides free, confidential services to enrolled students struggling with personal issues. Concerns frequently presented by students include relationship problems, depression, being overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety and stress, eating disorders, and difficulty adjusting to university life. Counselors also provide crisis intervention to students experiencing psychological emergencies and consult with parents, faculty, and staff who are concerned about a student’s well being.

The Counseling Center is staffed by a caring, diverse group of psychologists and counselors who are dedicated to helping students derive maximum benefit from their experiences at EIU. The telephone number is (217) 581-3413.


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A comprehensive program of Library Services is offered to students, faculty and citizens of Illinois. Visit our website for the most current status of services and collections and a wealth of electronic publications. Booth Library, the general library of the University, is named in honor of Miss Mary Josephine Booth, who served as Head Librarian at Eastern from 1904 to 1945.

The library collection consists of more than 978,209 cataloged volumes, approximately 1.2 million microtexts, as well as maps, music scores, and pamphlets selected to support the University’s educational mission. The government documents collection includes United States and Illinois State publications. Booth Library is also home to the Ballenger Teachers Center housing K-12 curriculum materials, an extensive juvenile collection, and a variety of non-print materials related to teachers and teaching. Leisure reading interests are served through materials from the general book, serial, and newspaper collections, as well as the latest best sellers, films, and popular materials. The general book collection and the periodicals collection are arranged according to the Library of Congress classification scheme.

Booth Library’s public catalog is part of I-Share, the statewide network of 76 Illinois academic and research libraries. Additional electronic systems provide online access to a variety of periodical and subject databases. For the university community, interlibrary loan services supplement Booth Library’s resources by making available materials that are owned by other libraries. I-Share and the EIU Online Catalog may be accessed from the library’s website.

Reference Services provides professional help to students and faculty in their use of the library and its resources. The Reference department provides individualized assistance, instructional materials, orientation tours, and (by appointment) specialized research clinics. Web, phone, and fax access may be used to contact Reference staff.

Library Technology Services provides students with non-print media materials, open computer labs, and technology training workshops. The department makes available non-print materials such as sound recordings, CDs, DVDs, and videos. Study carrels equipped for independent viewing and listening are provided in the area, as well as rooms for group studying. The open computer labs have many computers for patron use, equipped with a variety of software packages and Internet applications. Library Technology Services provides the university community with computer training and technology workshops in its E-Classroom.

Circulation Services will assist you in charging out and returning materials to Booth Library or other libraries in Illinois. Library materials must be returned when due to avoid fines. All library fines and charges must be paid promptly. Failure to do so could result in the loss of borrowing privileges throughout the statewide library system, and an unclear academic record may result.

The library staff invites you to use the facilities for work, study, research, and recreational reading. Librarians are available to provide personal assistance to all library users, assist in locating materials or find information, and instruct in efficient use of electronic resources. Always ask the library staff when you cannot locate something or when you need help in getting started on a research project.



Health Services

  ^ TOP The Health Service, located in the Human Services Building, provides full- and part-time students with outpatient medical services. Departments within the Health Service consist of Primary Care, Women’s Health, Nursing Triage (including Tel-A-Nurse telephone triage), Preventive Medicine, Laboratory, X-ray, Pharmacy and Health Education Resource Center.


Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

  ^ TOP The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is housed on the second floor of the Human Services Building. Under faculty supervision, senior and graduate students majoring in Communication Disorders and Sciences obtain required clinical practice by working with speech-language-hearing impaired adults and children. A full range of diagnostic and treatment services is available. Diagnostic services include assessment of speech, language, and hearing processes. Treatment services for speech, language, hearing disorders including aural rehabilitation, and classes for reduction of foreign accent are provided. The services are available to University students and to children and adults in East Central Illinois. Except for University students, there is a fee for services.

Student Health Insurance

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A Student Health Insurance brochure describing details of the coverage is available on our website at: or in the Student Health Insurance Office located in the upper level of the Financial Aid Office or call (217) 581-5290. 

Textbook Rental Services

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Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS)

  ^ TOP The main office for CATS is located at 1336 McAfee.  The mission of CATS is to provide Eastern Illinois University with comprehensive services in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of technology-enhanced materials in support of courses and programs.  It also promotes and supports research and development of creative, innovative, and effective uses of established and emerging technologies by the university community.
The CATS’ staff members are committed to helping students, faculty, staff, and administrators at Eastern in the use of current and new technologies.   Their goal is promote an academic environment conducive to the exploration and application of innovative uses of technology for teaching, research, and service.  Their expertise extends to areas such as the identification and development of emerging technologies, learning theory for diverse populations, instructional design, computer programming, digital media, graphic design, computer-mediated communications, curriculum integration, and distance learning.
Students at Eastern are encouraged to contact CATS and to provide insights into meeting their technological needs, especially for instructional purposes.  Examples could include the use of emerging technologies in the classroom, the creation of research and group presentations, the development of multimedia productions, and the utilization of delivery techniques relative to distance learning classes supported through the School of Continuing Education.  Students are also able to directly use technology resources in many enhanced classrooms across campus supported by Media Services, including the TITLE Room (Technology-Integrated Teaching and Learning Environment) in 1205 McAfee.• Eastern Illinois University does not require students to bring personal computers to campus or to purchase computers once enrolled. While Eastern Illinois University offers access to computers through computer labs around campus, many students find that owning a computer is more convenient and enhances their academic experience. For students who prefer to purchase a laptop computer, Eastern Illinois University makes recommendations for minimum specifications, which will be academically appropriate and compatible with the EIU network. Major computer manufacturers offer special educational promotions to Eastern Illinois University students. Links to these discounted offers and recommended specifications are available from the Laptop Referral Purchasing Program web site listed above.• CATS also offers hardware and software training to students. In particular, graduate assistants are encouraged to participate in campus-wide TECnet workshops produced through the Technology for Graduate Assistants (TGA) program to better prepare them for their assistantship duties. Graduate students may attend technology training workshops offered in four areas of concentration: distance education/online learning, communication presentation, Web/digital presence, and research. Certificates are issued upon completion of specified hours at the various levels for attending the workshops. Many of these workshops are held in the CATS Training Lab in 1214 McAfee. Other technology training opportunities are sponsored by the academic colleges, Booth Library, Gregg Technology Center, and Instructional Technology Services (ITS).
CATS is a campus resource committed to providing quality service to all members of the EIU community.  Technology is a dynamic field; the competence of students, staff and faculty to deal effectively with changes in the use of technology will be critical to success in the future.