The Office of Student Affairs works to provide students with opportunities to expand their education beyond classrooms, laboratories, and studios. In concert with our efforts to enhance the academic mission of the College, the student affairs staff offers students a variety of innovative and creative programs, activities, and educational initiatives to promote personal growth, leadership, and development.
The principal goals of Student Affairs are:
1. To work with faculty, students, and staff to incorporate co-curricular learning and involvement into the overall academic mission of the College.
2. To maintain active involvement in the lives of our students as mentors and educators.
3. To celebrate and support the diversity of our community, and the uniqueness of each individual.
4. To create opportunities for learning that promote leadership, community engagement, and citizenship.
Services of the Office of Student Affairs
Student Affairs at New College aims to provide a safe, intellectual, physical and emotional space for students to engage in the liberal arts beyond the classroom. Their goal is to complement the classroom experiences, inspire students so that they become passionate about what they learn, and develop life skills so that they can become positive members of their community. Student Affairs offers a variety of innovative and creative programs, activities, and educational initiatives to promote personal growth, leadership, and development. They work with students, staff, the community and faculty to incorporate co-curricular learning and involvement into the overall mission of the college.
Student Affairs oversees the student union (Hamilton Center) and the Residential Life office, which manages the residential areas and food services. The Gender & Diversity Center, a division of Student Affairs, works with students and staff to arrange educational events celebrating different cultures. The Counseling and Wellness Center offers personal counseling, health services, wellness education and disabled student assistance and is also administered by counselors who are on the student affairs staff. Furthermore, the Registrar, and the Office of Financial Aid work closely with Student Affairs to support students.
The New College Dean of Students serves as Ombudsman to assist students with decisions related to successful academic progress towards their degree. Students can contact the Ombuds Office regarding a decision that is related to students' access to courses or to issues with contract credit that slow access to their degree. The office will review the concern and discuss options with the student, providing guidance through any appeals process and identifying appropriate channels. A student aggrieved by a decision may informally mediate his or her grievance. If mediation is unsuccessful, the student has the right to appeal that decision at a hearing before the President of New College. Information may be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Affairs, HCL 001.
For information on complaints regarding New College to external agencies, please see the section on Accreditation.
Currently, 75 percent of New College's students live in the residence halls. First-year students are required to live on campus. The residency requirement insures that beginning college students can be part of the living-learning experience that is central to New College’s mission. In the spring, upper level students are required to go through the room draw process. The process allows students to draw rooms both off- and on-campus. Not all students are granted their first choice. Non - residential students generally share houses and apartments near campus.
The College completed, in 2007, five new residential halls. Four of them provide apartment -style living for about 100 students, total. Each apartment offers common space, a full bathroom, a small kitchenette and 3-4 single bedrooms. A few studio singles are also available, mainly to offer more privacy and quiet for thesis students. These halls feature some beautiful architecture, including high timbered roofs with arched windows and an abundance of natural light. The fifth hall, The Rhoda Pritzker Residence Hall, provides housing for 90 students. It too provides apartments, full bathrooms, small kitchenettes and 4 single bedrooms. Residents share balconies, lounges, full kitchens and laundry facilities. The hall also features a third story, open-air lounge, and a central courtyard.
The cluster of residence halls, built around Palm Court near Hamilton Center, was designed by the internationally acclaimed I. M. Pei. Each room accommodates two or three students and is climate -controlled. All rooms have a private entrance and private bath. Supplementing the Pei- designed cluster is B -Dorm, which houses 32 students in traditional residential-hall style. Here, a more communal residential life develops around shared facilities.
New College Student Organizations currently include:
· Alliance for On-Campus Justice & Equality
· Aikido Dojo Club
· Amnesty International
· Ben and Jerry's Devotional Society
· Best Buddies Colleges
· Circle K / Volunteerism Club
· College Bowl
· Dance Tutorial
· Debate Club
· FMLA (Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance)
· Food Not Bombs
· German Club
· Governor's Opportunity Alliance (tutoring)
· Hispanic Achievers (tutoring)
· Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
· Keys to the Future (tutoring)
· Math Clinic
· Memoirs of Ibid: nonfiction literary magazine
· Multifaith Council
· Muslim Student Association
· New College Athletics Association
· New College Crew
· New College Democrats
· New College Greens Hillel
· New College Republicans
· New College Uglies, a women’s soccer team
· Nice RAK (Random Acts of Kindness)
· Origami Club
· Organic Gardening Photography Club
· Psychology Club
· Sailing Club
· SCUBA Club
· VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood
· Ultimate Frisbee
If you don’t see an organization in this list that suits you, we invite you to come and get it started.
New Student Information
Gender & Diversity Center
Counseling & Wellness Center
Disability and Discrimination
The Office of Student Disability Services, located at the Counseling and Wellness Center, determines the disability status of, arranges accommodations for, and, in conjunction with staff and faculty, identifies successful strategies for disabled students. The Director can be contacted at the Counseling and Wellness Center. Success strategies and accommodations include but are not limited to, extended time on examinations, alternate formats for printed materials, and the services of interpreters.
Students with disabilities are eligible to apply for annual financial awards from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation.
Religious Life/Interfaith Activities
New College of Florida, a public institution, does not endorse any religious affiliation or practice, and does not offer religious services or doctrinal instruction. However, religion occupies an important place in the lives of many New College students, and numerous local congregations and religious organizations welcome the participation and membership of New College students. Moreover, private organizations assist students in establishing relationships with local congregations, provide pastoral counseling, offer religious study groups, and conduct faith-based programs and activities. The Association for Campus Ministry, supported by local churches and denominational groups, provides a part-time campus minister. Hillel, supported by an independent board based in Tampa and Sarasota, operates from the Gender and Diversity Center.
Questions or concerns regarding VA educational benefits may be directed to Marilyn Brislin, the New College VA liaison, at email@example.com or (941) 487-4232. All veterans, veterans' dependents, and active duty military personnel may request assistance with pre-admission counseling, pre-registration advising, and veterans’ benefit resources.
The Campus Bookshop, operated by Barnes and Noble, carries textbooks and related educational materials as well as general supplies, stationery, casual clothing, and sundry items.
The student mail service provides a mailbox in Hamilton Center for each New College student. Arrangements for package pick-up are available. Packages less than one pound can be mailed at the campus mailroom. Heavier packages can be mailed from the Tallevast Post Office, a few miles north and east of the airport.
Students are the primary focus at New College, and every student has access to any member of the faculty and staff. But access alone does not insure an effective voice in governance. The student body has a governance structure that results in considerable student input into student life, while also insuring a student voice in academic affairs. The New College Student Alliance operates under its own constitution, and any student may call a Town Meeting to discuss issues of importance to the campus community.
Elected student representatives sit as voting members on the New College faculty and its constituent divisions (Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences). Elected student representatives also serve on standing committees of the faculty, helping the faculty frame academic policies in such areas as admissions, curriculum, and library services. Moreover, all students are invited to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of professors; student input is a part of the formal record of performance on which the hiring, promotion, and retention of professors is based.
Community Conduct Procedures
New College expects each student to act with maturity and to assume responsibility for individual actions. Within this context, students can develop individual life styles (consistent with established law and regulations), while respecting the rights and property of others. New College judicial procedures have been established in accordance with State of Florida regulations.
In their student government constitution and student code, New College students have formulated guidelines for self- regulation in disciplinary matters in concert with the Dean of Students. These measures aim toward constructive settlement of cases under dispute. The New College Student Court is recognized by, and under the review of, the Office of Student Affairs. Its proceedings respect the rights of the accused in the settlement of disputes.
In addition to the Student Court, there is a Campus Conduct/Mediation Board, composed of staff and students, which may hear cases that could result in suspension or expulsion from the College. Procedures for implementing the judicial board are outlined in the Code of Conduct. All in all, the aim is to encourage student participation and ownership in a framework that preserves College responsibility and authority.