In addition to their course work, our students enjoy a rich experience outside the classroom. They live on campus under the supervision of resident staff and preceptors and participate in a variety of activities held each day. More importantly, they get to know other students—students whose interests are diverse and who share their exceptional academic abilities and love of learning. Lasting friendships develop as students learn from each other both in and out of the classroom. Throughout the residential program, we focus on helping students have a good time in a safe, supervised environment. Although helping students have a positive social experience is important to us, prospective students should know that their primary goal while enrolled in the program is to succeed in their academic endeavors. Students unable to make academics their first priority should not attend our program.
While students are ultimately responsible for their own conduct, administrative, instructional, and residential staff all work together to provide clear guidelines and careful supervision. Outside class, students are supervised by the staff and preceptors. The staff are either current students or graduates of Truman State University. All staff members have participated in similar programs, such as Truman’s Joseph Baldwin Academy, in previous years as preceptors or members of the staff. They live in the residence hall and promote the academic, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities of campus life.
The students are also supervised by preceptors, some of the best students at Truman. All preceptors are recruited for their expertise in health science disciplines. Preceptors live with students in the residence halls, providing support and encouragement, enforcing rules, assisting in the classroom and study hall, and conducting the recreational programs.
Residential Life Rules
- During the Academy, students must remain on the Truman campus unless accompanied by a preceptor, a staff member, or a parent or guardian.
- Students must remain on their floors after curfew and lights must be out each night at the designated time. Students may not leave the residence hall before 7:00 a.m. and must be in the building at 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise planned.
- The following are prohibited: alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs; cigarettes, tobacco products, matches, candles, and incense; coffee pots and other cooking appliances; tampering with fire equipment; and damage to University property. Students who possess or use alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or any tobacco products will be immediately dismissed from the Academy.
- Students are expected to behave in a mature manner. They will be expected to show respect to the faculty, staff, fellow students, and themselves. Students who use disrespectful or obscene language will face disciplinary action.
- Rules are discussed at length with the students on the first day of the Academy.
Students are expected to work to the best of their abilities. The students who excel at the Academy are those who take responsibility for their own education and have a genuine desire to learn. An exceptional level of maturity and emotional stability is essential to succeed in this fast-paced environment.
Students who demonstrate a lack of effort in the classroom or who engage in disruptive behavior will work with their instructor(s) to resolve the situation. If inappropriate academic behavior persists, a conference may be held involving the student, the Director, and the Dean of the Academy. The Academy reserves the right to dismiss a student without refund for lack of effort or disruptive behavior in class. Parents will be responsible for any and all costs associated with early return home due to dismissal, including (if applicable) airfare, ground transportation to the airport, and staff expenses.
In order for students to receive the full academic benefits of the Academy, they must remain on the campus for the entire one-week session. We believe strongly that completion of the whole program is a primary objective of attendance. While activities such as athletics, recitals, and scholastic competitions are worthwhile on their own, they divert students’ attention from a student’s STAPH classroom experience when they are in conflict. Because the academic experience is intensive, students are normally not able to “catch up” if they miss any class time. Because many class assignments employ group work, lab partners, and so forth, a student’s absence may also significantly impact the work of others. Students will not be permitted to leave the Truman State campus for activities not associated with the Academy. The only exceptions will be for medical or family emergencies as determined by the Dean. Students who leave the Academy for any other reason will not be allowed to return and they will not receive an evaluation or recognition for attending STAPH. For a variety of reasons, including fairness in the application of this policy, appeals of this policy not grounded in medical or family emergencies will not be considered.
Expectations for Student Conduct
We expect our students to meet the highest standards of behavior, both in personal deportment and in dedication to academic pursuits. Students will:
- Strive to do the best work possible in their courses;
- Respect individuals of different races, cultures, religions, genders, disabilities, sexual orientations, and national origins;
- Behave in a friendly, cooperative, and responsible manner toward all persons in the STAPH community and in the larger college and local communities;
- Attend all class sessions, meals, activities, and meetings, observing all rules for student conduct.
We cannot accommodate students who are unable to live up to these expectations.
Once students arrive on campus they will learn about our standards for behavior, including our residential life as well as our academic rules, at orientation. They include a commitment to academic integrity, respect for all members of the community, regard for the basic rules of physical safety, and cooperation with adult supervision.
Students may be dismissed from the program for any of the following reasons:
- Possessing or using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs (students possessing any of these items will be immediately dismissed from the Academy);
- Not attending to their academic work in a satisfactory manner;
- Cheating, plagiarizing, or committing other acts of academic dishonesty;
- Being in restricted areas of campus, or leaving campus, unaccompanied by a staff member, preceptor or parent/guardian;
- Being in an opposite-sex wing of the residence hall;
- Leaving their halls after lights out;
- Stealing or vandalizing property;
- Keeping prescription or restricted over-the-counter medication in their possession (see Medications for limited exceptions);
- Bullying or hazing;
- Undermining the safety or well-being of self or others (includes threats).
Students will be given a warning of possible dismissal for the following reasons:
- Students who use disrespectful or obscene language;
- Students who demonstrate a lack of effort in the classroom or who engage in disruptive behavior;
- Inappropriate behavior or violations of rules.
The Director will refer students involved in repeated or serious incidents to the Dean, who serves as the head disciplinarian. The Dean has the authority to dismiss students based on inappropriate behavior inside or out of the classroom. Students expelled from the Academy will not receive a refund.
Student Activity Time
Each morning before class, students have the opportunity to participate in exercise supervised by preceptors. Several students jog, for example. We should note, however, that typically hot July weather impacts these options and recent students have tended to prefer sleeping-in in the mornings because of it.
Evening activities on some days will mix subjects from the Academy with fun and energetic experiences. Other evenings will feature recreational activities such as basketball, volleyball, Dodgeball, and “Humans vs. Zombies,” as well as non-athletic options. When the schedule permits, students will also have access to the Student Recreation Center, though the Rec Center has limited hours in the summer.
Students are required to participate in activities. Not all days will involve academically-linked activities and ample time will be made available for general recreation, time to catch up on laundry (if needed), or just relax and talk with friends.
Living On Campus
Students live with their preceptors in single-sex wings of a residence hall near the center of the Truman campus. Each housing group has approximately 8-16 students who live nearby as well as a housing group leader(s), one of our many capable preceptors. Your housing group leader(s) will participate in the planning of Academy activities. They will also hang out with you after curfew and help you get to know each other and feel comfortable here at STAPH. The housing group is an important part of the residential experience, as it provides students with a sense of identity and belonging within the larger STAPH community. A major part of their job is to share with you a sense of what college life is like.
Students will be given room assignments when they check in. Most students are assigned to double rooms, but we cannot guarantee a particular housing arrangement. We do not take roommate requests. To the extent possible, students are assigned roommates of a similar age. Missouri Hall bathrooms are in wings, which means students of the same sex will be sharing a common bathroom in a hallway. Students are not allowed to visit opposite-sex wings of the residence hall at any time.
The University furnishes most rooms with bunkable/loftable beds, standard twin-sized mattresses (36” x 76”), a dresser or drawers to share between residents, closets or wardrobes, and window mini-blinds. All residence hall rooms have a desk with drawer space for each resident. You may want to bring a mattress pad or “eggcrate” foam padding, bed linens, pillow, light blanket, and clothes hangers.
Students are allowed to bring a small refrigerator but must limit them to 2’w x 3’h x 2’d in size. The University does have a limited supply of small refrigerators and these are available on a first come, first served basis. If rent a refrigerator you will need to pay a $10 per week fee that accounts primarily for the cost of electricity.
Residents using extension cords are strongly encouraged to use grounded 3-prong, 15-amp minimum, extension cords and/or surge protectors. All electronics or appliances must be UL approved and in good, working condition. Please refer to the “Things to Bring” and “Things NOT to Bring” lists below when considering what electrical devices to bring.
Things to Bring
Students should bring the following: sheets for a twin bed, a pillow (a pillow will be provided for those who travel by plane); an alarm clock; note paper, pencils, and pens; shower supplies such as towels, wash cloths, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste; hair dryer; swim suit; camera; umbrella or rain gear; recreational items such as frisbees, softball gloves, tennis racquets, or roller blades. Students may also bring CD players with headphones, iPods, or radios. They should also bring a variety of clothing for occasions such as outdoor recreation, air-conditioned classes, the closing research presentation, and a dance. Students should label their personal items.
Bringing Computers and Technology
We recommend students wishing to do work in their dorm rooms, or to check e-mail by computer, bring a computer.
Things NOT to Bring
- weapons of any kind (including pocket knives and martial arts devices)
- any flame-producing device (including matches, lighters, and firecrackers)
- pets of any kind
- products that damage surface finishes (brand names Slime®, Gack®, Duct Tape, Packing Tape)
- televisions, computer/video games, portable game systems, Gameboys or DVDs
- bicycles, skateboards or scooters
- halogen lamps, hot pots, or microwaves
- laser pointers
- Lamps, flashlights, or light bulbs
- Cell phones or beepers – *see cell phone policy listed below
In addition to the above list, we reserve the right to confiscate for the length of the program any items that, in our judgment, demonstrate the potential for distracting students from the goals of the program, pose undue risk to the safety and well-being of people, or pose undue risk to property.
Students will receive a meal card at orientation on Sunday, but not a formal ID card. Students should keep this card available for all meals.
All meals Sunday evening, June 18, through Sunday morning, June 25 will be provided by the University. No cooking is allowed in the residence hall rooms.
The dining services on campus offer a wide selection of food at every meal, and their menus are varied enough to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and other diets. If your student requires other special dietary needs or has food allergies, please contact us before you arrive so that we can plan for these needs.
Vegetarian Meals: Meatless entrees are available on the regular menu. The meatless entrees may contain animal products (milk, cheese, eggs). Students who prefer not to eat animal products may choose from items on the regular menu and the salad bar. Unfortunately, special, no-animal-product menu plans are not available.
Specific Food Allergies: Most students with food allergies manage by selecting from the variety of items available on the regular menu and salad bar. If your student’s allergy is a particularly sensitive one, we can work with food services to take the necessary steps to ensure added safety.
Student rooms are required to be locked at all times. Students are issued a room key when receiving their room assignment. This key is the student’s responsibility. A $40.00 key deposit will be required at check-in to cover lost keys.
Students will have limited privileges in Pickler Memorial Library to items such as computers, computer labs, and reference material. Students may not, however, check books out of the library due to the short duration of the program.
Students’ mail will be distributed by our staff. Mail is distributed after 4:00 p.m. in Missouri Hall. All packages will need to be picked up at the STAPH Hall Desk. It is STRONGLY recommended that families not send mail due to the short duration of the Academy.
Provisions will be made for outgoing mail. Stamps and envelopes can be purchased at the JBA Hall Store in Ryle Hall. In order for students to receive mail, the mail should be addressed as follows: student name, c/o Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health, Missouri Hall, Rm#, 809 S. Mulanix, Kirksville, MO 63501. (Room numbers will be given on the day of arrival.) Please don’t attempt to send letters or packages after Monday, June 19, since they may not make it before your student checks out.
In most instances, because of the short duration of the Academy, mail not strategically sent prior to the student’s arrival on campus will have a significantly diminished probability of arriving at a meaningful time.
Each student is given a network user ID within the first few days of arrival, but this doesn’t constitute an e-mail account. Students are allowed to check their own e-mail during free time by using the computers in the campus library or the hall lounges.
Due to changes in technology, students no longer have landline phones in their residence hall rooms. Students may make local or long distance calls by calling collect or using a calling card on public phones located at various points in each hall. Students’ personal cellular phones may be used at designated times (please see policy below). Parents should pre-arrange particular days and times for phone calls. The best times to reach students are 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. weekdays. So that students can receive adequate sleep, please refrain from calling students’ rooms after lights out (11:00 p.m. week nights, midnight Saturday night, and 10:00 p.m. Sunday night) or before 7:00 a.m. If you absolutely need to reach your son or daughter during this time, please call the STAPH Residence Hall Office. A specific number will be issued to you at check-in. We can easily arrange a time for your child to call you.
NOTE: Students who bring cell phones with them may only use them during free time and from within their rooms. They may not use them after lights-out, during classes, or during organized activities.
It is essential for students to be focused in class, engaged in activities, or sleeping at night, therefore, while we allow students to keep their personal cell phones, the use of these phones will be restricted. The intent of this policy is that students should only be using cell phones at the times, and for the purposes, for which they would have previously used their landline phone—primarily to communicate with their families. Cell phones may be used only outside of class. Cell phones used in class, or for inappropriate reasons such as prank calling, bullying, or “sexting,” will be confiscated for the duration of the session. The limitations on cell phones do extend to the iPhone, Blackberry, and similar combined phone-PDA-Internet devices. STAPH assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of cell phones, or for the misuse of cell phones, including exceeding plan limits or use by unauthorized persons. Students caught with cell phones being used in ways inconsistent with this policy will have phones confiscated. Parents should understand that exceptions to this policy will not be made, even if confiscation of a cell phone for misuse or abuse interrupts communication with parents. Parents who are concerned about their student’s ability to abide by these rules are advised to purchase a phone card for their student.
To Contact Your Student
By letter or package:
Your student name
c/o Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health
Missouri Hall, room number
809 S. Mulanix
Kirksville, MO 63501
STAPH Residence Hall Office at Missouri Hall
(660) 785-xxxx (The number will be provided at check-in)
STAPH Administrative Office
By FAX – STAPH Administrative Office
During the session, we prohibit family and friends from visiting students and taking them off campus. Students are only in session for one week and their activities are tightly programmed. The exception to this is immovable medical appointments. However, given the short nature of the program, we strongly encourage families to avoid scheduling any such appointments during the Academy period. If a student leaves the campus for such an appointment with someone other than a parent/guardian at any time during the Academy, we must have a completed “Authorization to Visit/Take Student off Campus” form on file and they must be 18 or older. In addition, parents, guardians, or anyone checking a student out of the residence hall must provide the staff member with a photo ID. Similarly, Academy time is not an appropriate time for visits by girlfriends or boyfriends. Such visitors WILL be turned-away.
While visiting students, parents are only permitted to be in the main lounge of the residence hall and may not visit students’ rooms. This provides all students with a higher level of security because they know to contact a staff member immediately if they see someone they do not know in the student housing section of the building. Your reason for being there, while perfectly innocent, may inadvertently result in campus police being called.
Please indicate any issues you believe we should be made aware of on the Authorization to Visit/Take Student Off Campus Form, and attach copies of pertinent legal documentation.
Health Services and Insurance
The Academy has dedicated a full-time position to look after the welfare of its students. This individual, the Assistant Director, will contact parents about health issues their children may be experiencing.
The Academy has an arrangement with a local physician to care for its students. Whenever possible, the Assistant Director will contact parents before the Academy takes their child to the physician; however, sometimes notification may occur afterwards.
Emergency medical services are available at Northeast Regional Medical Center. All students must submit medical history forms and a copy of their health insurance card, which the Assistant Director will keep on file. Students will be responsible for any co-payment at the doctor’s office, hospital, or pharmacy at the time of the service. Those students with long-standing medical conditions should request their physician forward relevant information to the Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health.
All student medications must be turned in to the Assistant Director upon check in. The Assistant Director will supervise students bringing medications. These include prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine such as Tylenol, allergy medicine, and cold medicine. NO medications are allowed to be kept in student rooms (with the exceptions of inhalers, epi-pens, and similar rescue medications, which shall be approved on a case by case basis).
Students must self-administer the medication, as directed by the parent or physician, and the Director or Assistant Director will log all medications taken. We do make available, upon request by the student, common over-the-counter medications in the Med Room. Parents are strongly advised to note any allergies or potential drug interactions with prescribed medications on their child’s medical form. In addition, parents are urged to have a conversation with their children, before they come to STAPH, about any over- the-counter medications they feel comfortable/uncomfortable with their child selecting.
Exception: Parents may authorize their children to retain maintenance medications, provided the medications have no potential for abuse, and missed or discontinued dosages present no risk. A waiver of responsibility is required.
Please Note: While both the Director and Assistant Director are scholars in the health science discipline, neither is a nurse or medical professional. Health decisions beyond those involving parental instructions will begin with the student, where simple decisions are possible, and end with parents and local physicians.
Washers and dryers are available in the residence hall at no cost. Given the short duration of the Academy, students may be able to plan to avoid the use of laundry facilities. Students will need to sign up to do their laundry during activity/free time and plan ahead for their laundry needs.
Generally speaking, the schedule of STAPH will likely preclude attendance at any religious services during the program. Students both check-in and check-out on Sunday mornings. However, students whose religions have specific needs during the week (such as Wednesday night or Friday morning prayers), should let our staff know. Depending on the availability of staff and the scheduling of classes, we are more than happy to meet your needs.
Personal Belongings/Lost and Found
Students are responsible at all times for the safe keeping of their personal belongings. We urge students to label all of their belongings, including clothing, with their first and last names. STAPH is not responsible for theft or other loss of, or damage to, students’ personal belongings, including athletic equipment and musical instruments. When considering whether to bring an expensive item, families may wish to investigate possible coverage under their own homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. In general, we recommend that students leave valuables at home.
STAPH will maintain a lost and found box. Clearly labeled items are the most likely to be successfully returned. STAPH can not be responsible for items left behind at the end of session.