Athletics and Recreation
The commitment of the Juniata College Athletic Department is explicitly linked to the educational mission of the institution. Juniata athletics emphasizes fair play and sportsmanship co-existing with a high degree of competitiveness in all varsity programs. Such competitiveness applies as well to the academic efforts of Juniata student-athletes. Care is taken to assure the overall health and well-being of students in and outside of the training and competitive arenas. The dynamics of equitable and fair treatment of men and women within Juniata athletics is thoroughly examined and pursued.
The College promotes recreation, physical activity, and athletic programs for all students. Intercollegiate varsity sports offered for men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball; for women: basketball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. In addition, clubs compete in a variety of sports largely determined by the interest of the student body. Active clubs include, or have included, men's and women's rugby, ultimate frisbee, men's and women's lacrosse, equestrian, and golf. A variety of recreational clubs ranging from skiing and snowboarding to dance and the martial arts are also available.
Intramural programs include: basketball, indoor soccer, and bowling.
Juniata is a Division III member of the NCAA, the Eastern Collegiate Athletics Conference (ECAC), the Landmark Conference, the Centennial Conference (football only), and the Continental Volleyball Conference (men's volleyball only).
The Kennedy Sports+Recreation Center includes a 25 meter natatorium, a fully equipped 5,500 sq. ft. Fitness Center, two separate gymnasiums for volleyball and basketball, two handball/racquetball courts, and an indoor walking track. Outdoor facilities feature playing fields for football, soccer, field hockey, baseball and softball as well as seven tennis courts and a eight-lane track.
Beyond the facilities explicitly provided by the College, the Huntingdon area is rich with opportunities for fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, canoeing, rafting, swimming, camping, downhill and cross-country skiing and golf.
Over 70% of Juniata students participate in Community Service. Students perform service in many ways: individually, through class, as part of their residence hall, or through the many student service organizations on campus such as Habitat for Humanity, Circle K, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Colleges Against Cancer, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Registered student organizations are supported with community contacts through the Community Service Office. Throughout the year, Juniata hosts many campus-wide service events including American Red Cross Blood Drives, Special Olympics, Relay for Life and numerous "service days". In addition, the Community Service Office offers service-learning alternative break trips to inspire global action and awareness. In order to recognize the efforts of those students who consistently perform service, the Community Service Office coordinates transcript notation for those who perform at least 120 hours of non-paid, non-credit volunteer work over their college careers. Students can begin tracking their service hours for service notation the fall semester of freshman year and can count all service until graduation, including summer service. Information and materials to initiate the Community Service Notation are available in the Community Service Office.
Community Work Study
The Community Work Study Program places Federal Work Study-eligible students at community agencies across Huntingdon County for part-time employment in service to the community. Students earn minimum wage while aiding organizations. Tutoring programs such as the Huntingdon Community Center After-School Program, the Salvation Army ARC of Learning Program and the Bethel AME After-School program work with Huntingdon County youth. There are also positions available with other agencies. Information, position descriptions, and applications are available in the Community Service Office
Diversity and Inclusion
Please visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website at https://www.juniata.edu/offices/diversity/
First Year Experience
The Summer Orientation program consists of parallel programs for new students and their parents. The orientation program includes faculty advising for class registration, discussions on residential living, and sessions on various other adjustment concerns. Parents meet in groups with college administrators and faculty to share concerns, discuss services available to both students and parents, and participate in question-and-answer sessions. Students participate in a variety of informational and social activities designed to help them become more familiar with college life and the unique traditions and opportunities at Juniata. Recreational opportunities are also a part of the Summer Orientation program.
Prior to the first day of classes, new students consult with advisors, confirm their course registration, meet with Residence Staff, and participate in planned college activities to inaugurate the new academic year.
The College also provides special orientation programs specifically designed for the following distinct student groups: visiting high school students, and international students.
Inbound Retreats help first-year Juniata students become aware of and engaged in our academic and co-curricular community. New students arrive on campus early and participate in retreat options designed to provide a smooth transition into college.
Each retreat is led by two Peer Leaders who are upper-class Juniata College students and one faculty/staff advisor.
Inbound Retreats is a social, transitional program for first-year students. Upon completion
of the Inbound program through small and large group activities, students will:
• Establish new social relationships;
• Become acclimated to the campus and surrounding community;
• Experience less anxiety about starting college;
• Become acclimated to collegiate living;
• Learn ways in which to become engaged and involved on campus;
• Become more confident with oneself;
• Gain knowledge about collegiate interests; and
• Meet faculty, staff and/or community members which serve as additional resources to students.
To learn more: https://www.juniata.edu/offices/dean-of-students/inbound/
Although Juniata is chartered as an independent college, it was founded by members of the Church of the Brethren and continues to value the importance of a spiritual dimension as a part of individual growth. Through the campus ministry office, located in the college’s Unity House, students are encouraged to integrate their faith and vocational direction and offered opportunities to become involved in meaningful religious activities. Campus worship opportunities include weekly Catholic Mass and regular interdenominational services. In addition to worship, there are regular opportunities for students to engage in study of scripture, community service, prayer, observation of Holy days, interfaith dialogue, and informal fellowship. There are also several active religious and faith focused clubs that support the spiritual growth of our students. Juniata’s religious programs are guided by the College Chaplain, campus ministry staff, and a variety of student leaders. The Juniata student body reflects a diversity of religious faiths and the local community provides worship opportunities for Jewish, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic students. The Stone Church of the Brethren, which is adjacent to campus, a prayer labyrinth outside the library, and an interfaith meditation room in the Unity House are available for private meditation and prayer.
Elected by students, members of Student Government represent the interests and the concerns of the student body in a variety of ways. Student Government officers serve as student representatives on faculty and trustee committees and the Executive Board and Student Senate serve as the governing body for the 90+ Registered Student Organizations.
Juniata Activities Board (JAB)
JAB plans and executes a broad range of social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs for Juniata College students and the Juniata community. Through various committees, JAB coordinates many of Juniata’s traditions and late night activities. JAB committees typically include: Friday Night Live (FNL), Mountain Day, Madrigal, Major Event, Springfest/Relay for Life, and May Day.
Registered Student Organizations (RSO)
Juniata College offers students over 90+ Registered Student Organizations (RSO), which represent an array of student interests. Students can sign-up for RSOs at either our Fall involvement fair (Lobsterfest) or learn about upcoming RSO meetings/events through the Daily Announcements. If students would like to contact a specific organization, a current list of active RSOs, officers and advisors is located on the P: Drive, under StudentActivities, “Registered Student Organizations.”
The Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (JCEL)
The Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (JCEL) was developed to integrate entrepreneurial principles and actions into all academic disciplines; touching students and faculty alike. It promotes the “creation of value” in an economic or social sense. JCEL provides experiential learning opportunities to students by providing the tools and resources to act on their product or service idea and create businesses.
These tools and resources include technical assistance, mentoring, seed capital and space. Technical assistance & mentoring is provided by faculty, staff and volunteer mentors helping students move through the business planning process to ensure their plan has a reasonable chance to succeed. JCEL has a Student Seed Capital Fund able to loan or invest up to $ 15,000 in a student business.
The space we provide is located in the Bob & Eileen Sill Business Incubator (SBI). SBI has 10,000 square feet of wet lab, professional office and light assembly space for undergraduate entrepreneurs, faculty members and community members. Our Next Step Fellowship Program can provide monetary support to a student who has a business idea they would like to develop. We can pay a student $ 7.25 per hour, in a work study fashion, to research & expound upon their idea. The goal of which is for the student to have developed a full business plan and present it to the JCEL Board for financial support.
JCEL also offers internships to students from many disciplines/POEs including (but not limited to) entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, management, communications and information technology. Many students have benefited from our large network of contacts and real world tasks & interactions.
In essence, JCEL offers many tools & resources to help students become successful here at Juniata. Full program details can be found at https://www.juniata.edu/offices/jcel/
Juniata is a residential campus and, as such, residence hall experiences are designed to complement the formal instructional program. Guidelines for residence hall living are provided in detail through the campus computer network, EagleNet, in the student handbook, The Pathfinder; and in its periodic supplement, The Student Services Newsletter.
With a limited number of exceptions, students are expected to live in college-owned facilities. To secure permission for non-campus housing, arrangements must be made in the prior spring and approval is based on the number of spaces available on campus. Students will not be permitted to move off campus during the academic year. Upper-class residential students choose their rooms on class standing and grade point average (GPA).
Residence Hall Staff
Juniata seeks to provide the best possible living experience in the residence halls. This begins with qualified, caring, and well-trained staff. Staff members in each building are carefully selected, and trained, and are willing to help students have a successful campus living experience. One of the first people students meet on check-in day is the Resident Assistant, better known as the RA. Resident Assistants are assigned to each residence hall floor to help with the adjustment to community life and are instrumental in planning activities to help students become acquainted with their living environment. In addition, RAs are available throughout the year to assist with academic, personal, and community living concerns. Resident Assistants are specially trained upper-class students who are able to answer many questions about Juniata and the residence halls. Resident Assistants report to live-in Residence Directors, known as RDs. Residence Directors are professional staff members who manage each residence hall. They supervise the hall staff, coordinate programs and activities, and work with the student judicial process. Residence Directors can answer many questions about policies and procedures and the campus in general.
Residence Hall Programs
The residential staff offers a wide variety of activities in which students can participate. These programs are planned and organized by students, (RA) Resident Assistants, and the (RD) Resident Directors. Everyone is encouraged to make their interests known, to become actively involved in planning events, and to participate . The staff assists on the floor to develop programs that enhance a sense of community. These programs generally have a social and/or educational focus.
Juniata’s residence halls are smoke-free living environments.
Eco House: The everGREEN Eco House encourages students to develop and promote a sustainable and 'green' lifestyle. Living in this coed house provides an opportunity to live and work with other students who are committed to the campus community's goal of becoming more sustainable.
Global Village: the Global Village is a distinct globally-themed living and learning community designed to provide opportunities for intensive, in-depth cultural interaction and community development. The GV combines language and cultures in a living/learning experience. Residents come home to speak and hear the language of their themed housing. The GV welcomes native speakers; non-native students who have lived, traveled extensively, or studied abroad; and students enrolled in language courses. We currently have Spanish, German, French and Chinese housing along with the Intercultural floor in Terrace Hall.
Co-ed: South Hall is available for upper-class students who choose to live in a community in which men and women live on the same floor. These are gender specific by room.
Female only: Lesher Hall an all-female resident hall. Available to upperclass and freshmen students.
Suites: East Houses apartment style living, housing 8 students. There are 4 bedrooms, a common room and bathroom. Each room is air conditioned.
Juniata College Health and Wellness Center
Wellness is important at Juniata. Students are encouraged to optimize their physical and emotional health. Although prevention is the primary focus of the Health & Wellness Center, intervention is also provided through the following services:
The center is staffed by a nurse and administrative assistant Monday thru Friday and visiting physicians on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m; Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Mondays evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Treatment is provided for minor injuries and ailments and routine care of chronic illnesses for full-time students. A health fee is assessed each semester for medical and counseling services. The fee is for services and is not a supplemental form of health insurance. For comprehensive and specialized care, students are referred to the local hospital or to other medical facilities in the area. All full-time Juniata students are required to provide proof of insurance. If proof is not provided, full-time students will be charged a premium and enrolled in a student accident insurance program.
For additional information, please visit the Health and Wellness Center site at https://www.juniata.edu/offices/health/
The Health & Wellness Center also provides personal counseling for all students. Each student may receive up to ten sessions of counseling per year free of charge. These services are provided by master’s level therapists who are supervised by the center’s consulting psychiatrist. All services are confidential and are not included on the student record. Counseling services also include assessments, screenings, prevention programming, appropriate referrals, workshops/presentations, support groups, drug and alcohol education programs, and when appropriate, referral to the center’s consulting psychiatrist.
The Career Services staff is dedicated to providing students with the fundamental skills and experiential opportunities needed to prepare for the challenges in an ever-changing, global work force.
Career Services provides Juniata students with individual counseling, computerized guidance and information programs (FOCUS II), and workshops on career development and professionalism topics. The office supports a comprehensive website and library of up-to-date career resource materials and graduate/professional school information. Juniata offers a top Career Day, which annually attracts over 100 employers and over 500 students. Additionally, Juniata students are invited to participate with other Pennsylvania colleges in numerous regional job fairs throughout the year. The largest of these include the Western PA Career Services Association (Pittsburgh area) job fair, the Central PA Employment Consortium (Harrisburg area) job fair, and the Pittsburgh Educational Recruiting Consortium.
Career Services also coordinates Student Internship Programs. Juniata encourages students to seek internship placements generally after completion of the freshman or sophomore years. Students receive assistance in the application process from Career Services and from Juniata faculty. Information regarding credit and non-credit internships is available online and from the Career Services staff in QUEST, located in Founder's Hall.
Students are encouraged to utilize a Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT) to document and validate their out-of-class experience. The CCT process enables students to structure their personal development outside the classroom by matching individual needs and goals with available experiences to stimulate growth and learning in specific areas. The CCT documents a student’s leadership and involvement in student programming and provides an opportunity for the student to reflect on his or her development outside the classroom. Information and materials to start a CCT are available in the Career Services Office.
This same document is used to recognize the efforts of those students who perform community service throughout their college career. Students who perform at least 120 hours of non-paid, non-credit volunteer work can receive transcript notation through the Community Services Office.
Baker Refectory, located on the first floor of Ellis Hall, is the main dining hall choice for students on a College meal plan. All residential students are required to select one of the appropriate meal plan options. The dining room is an “all-you-care-to-eat” facility open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in accordance with the College calendar. Students may select from assorted made-from-scratch entrees, including vegetarian selections at each meal, grill and pizza lines, exhibition cooking station, and more!
Jitters, On the Go! Café, and Beeghly Library 365 Market are available for a cup of coffee or a quick snack between classes.
Monies from a spending account (called DCB) associated with all of the meal plan options may be used by students at any of the above dining facilities. Students are required to bring their ID cards with them to all meals, admittance will not be granted to the Baker Refectory without an ID card. The DCB balance at the end of the fall semester carries over to the spring semester; the DCB balance associated with meal plans that is not used by the end of the academic year is forfeited. Additional DCB dollars may be purchased throughout the semester.
Mail and Banking Services
The College postal service is located on the ground floor of Ellis Hall. Students receive one assigned post office box for their entire stay at Juniata. A deposit is required in order to receive a mailbox key. Students should use their post office box number as part of their Juniata address. Stamps are available at the post office and parcels can be mailed there during open hours.
An automatic teller machine is available in Ellis Hall.
Public Safety Office
The Public Safety Office is committed to providing a safe and secure environment as essential to the Juniata College community. Public Safety strives to protect college assets, but the primary goal is to assure a safe, secure, and comfortable living environment which promotes learning and personal development. Respect, consideration, and fairness to others are paramount in daily operations.
For additional information, go here: https://www.juniata.edu/offices/security/
The College I.D. card must be presented for admission to meals and used for access into the residence halls. It is used for admittance to many of the activities at the College, including home athletic events and various College-sponsored programs and also for checking out materials at Beeghly Library.
The card should be carried at all times. Identification cards are nontransferable. If lost or stolen, the I.D. card can be replaced by request at the Public Safety Office. A fee of $5 is charged for replacement of the damaged card (must surrender old I.D.). A $10 fee is charged for replacement of a lost card.
All students who bring motor vehicles to the College campus must register their cars, motorcycles, motor scooters, or bikes with campus Safety and Security. Upon approval of the vehicle registration form, a display sticker is issued and should be placed on the left side of the rear bumper.
For additional information, go here: https://www.juniata.edu/offices/security/policies/parking-traffic-regulations.php
Fees for Vehicle Registration
The vehicle registration fee is $75 for residential students and $35 for off-campus residential and non-residential students.
A valid vehicle registration permit properly displayed (left side on rear bumper) entitles a student to park in student parking areas only; parking in unauthorized areas subjects students to a $10 fine.
In addition to the rules and regulations for operating a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are several regulations specific to the Juniata campus:
• All vehicles must be operated at a reasonable speed on campus streets with particular consideration for pedestrian traffic.
• All vehicles must yield to pedestrians in cross-walk areas.
• Improper operation of any motor vehicle may result in the revoking of motor vehicle privileges on campus.
• All vehicles must comply with all traffic devices, stop signs, etc.
• No vehicles (including 2-wheel motorized vehicles) may be operated on, traveled over, or parked on any grass area, macadam or concrete walkway. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in a $25 fine.
• Vehicles may not block any fire lane, alley, or roadway.
Firearms and related items
Illegal and/or dangerous weapons, including but not limited to BB / pellet guns, sling shots, and pneumatic weapons that resemble a real firearm, are not permitted on campus.
Violators will be subject to disciplinary action and arrested if appropriate. Legal and approved firearms used for skeet/trap or hunting, ammunition , archery equipment, knives and other edged - weapons with blades exceeding three inches, and/or devices that can be considered a danger to the campus community must be registered and stored in the Public Safety Office.
With proper identification, students may sign-out their registered items by contacting the Public Safety Office. Please Note: All firearms being transported to or from campus must be secured and placed within an approved firearms carrying case.
Registered firearms and/or dangerous weapons are not permitted in administrative/ academic buildings or college residence halls. Failure to comply with this regulation may result in expulsion from the college and/ or arrest.
Standards of Student Conduct
The College maintains that the use of alcohol and other drugs is not necessary for the success of social occasions.
Although students are considered adults for most phases of community life, Pennsylvania State Law prohibits the purchase, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age. Persons who furnish alcoholic beverages to those under 21 are subject to civil liability and criminal prosecution. Local ordinances and state laws also prohibit open containers of alcoholic beverages in public areas and in vehicles. College policy permits only students 21 years of age and older to possess or consume alcoholic beverages on campus.
Juniata considers the possession and/or use of illegal or dangerous drugs a serious violation of College policy. Disciplinary action for involvement could lead to separation from the College. The College will assist the efforts of law enforcement officials who are investigating the involvement of persons with illegal or dangerous drugs.
Since the use of drugs, including alcohol, may be associated with medical and psychological problems, students may be referred, or refer themselves, to the counseling and medical resources of the College and/or the local community.
It is Juniata policy to promote and maintain a campus environment free of all forms of discrimination, intimidation, and exploitation, including sexual harassment. The use of one’s institutional position or authority to seek or solicit unwanted sexual relations with a member of the Juniata community is incompatible with the mutual trust and respect among members of the College community fundamental to the mission of Juniata. If a student has a supervisor, teacher or coach who has used his or her position to seek or solicit unwanted sexual relations, that student should report the matter to the Director of Human Resources (employment-related problem), the Provost (professor-student incidents), or the Dean of Students (student-student incidents). A copy of the sexual harassment policy is distributed to all students under separate cover. Additional copies are available from residence hall staff, the Dean of Student Office, and the Human Resources Office.