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Section 6: Student Living

Section 6: Student Living


Housing

Parking

Safety

On CMU's Campus

Off Campus

Safe Rides

East Campus

Inclement Weather

Student Key Fobs

CMED Study Rooms

Lockers

CMU ID

Clinical Sites

Student ID Number

Technology

Computer Recommendations

Portability

PC or Mac?

Accessory Recommendations

External Monitor

Portable Mouse

External Hard Drive and/or Flash Drive

Software

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Security Essentials

Virtual Lab

                                               Printer Recommendations

                                                            PrintQ

                                                            Local Printer

                                               Mobile Device Recommendations

                                                            Smartphone

                                                            Tablet

                                               Campus Resources

Services

Hours

Contact Options

Email

                  Global ID

Central Link

CMU Student Services Offices

                  Dining

                  Exercise

Child Care

Local Area

                              Mount Pleasant and Surrounding Area

                              Saginaw and Surrounding Area

Housing

New graduate housing, in close proximity to the CMED building, is available for medical students. Please call (989) 774-3111 or visit the following site for more details:

https://www.cmich.edu/ess/ResLife/Apartment_Living/About/Pages/Graduate_Housing.aspx

 

There are many types of off-campus housing available in the local Mount Pleasant community within walking and driving distance of campus. The following site has an up-to-date list of area housing: http://www.centralmichiganapartments.com.

Parking

It is imperative to contact CMU Parking Services and register your vehicle before you arrive on campus to be in the system. Once registered, apply for your parking pass.

 

CMU parking information can be found at: https://www.cmich.edu/fas/police/vehicle_registration/Pages/Parking_Permits.aspx​

Safety

On CMU's Campus

CMU police urge students, employees and visitors to report crimes or suspicious activities as soon as possible. When emergencies such as injury, fire or crime occur on campus, persons should call 911. For non-emergency situations on campus, CMU police can be reached by dialing 3081 from campus phones or (989) 774-3081 from off-campus. Several campus offices are responsible for notifying CMU police when criminal acts come to their attention. Locations included are the offices of Student Life and Residence Life. Most crimes committed by CMU students on the university campus are also violations of the university's Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures. Victims are encouraged to report incidents to the Office of Student Life to register a complaint.

Off Campus

Incidents and emergencies that occur near campus but not on university property should be reported to Isabella County Central Dispatch by calling 911. Non-emergency situations occurring at off-campus locations should be reported by calling (989) 773-1000.

Safe Rides

Students, who would like to use Safe Rides, the on-campus evening ride service from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., should call HELP (4357) from campus phones or (989) 774-4357 from a cell phone.  For more information, please review the Campus Security Brochure at the following link: https://www.cmich.edu/fas/police/Documents/Campus%20Secuirty%20Brochure%202009.pdf

East Campus

Covenant Healthcare and St. Mary's of Michigan Security Offices:

 

Covenant Healthcare and St. Mary's of Michigan are responsible for ensuring a safe and secure environment for customers, patients, students, residents, and employees.  The hospitals urge students, employees and visitors to report crimes or suspicious activities as soon as possible.

 

To contact security at Covenant Cooper, Harrison, Irving, Houghton, and Michigan campuses, please call extension 3-6149 or if using an outside line, dial (989) 583-6818.  Security at Covenant Mackinaw can be reached at extension 3-5010 or if using an outside line, dial (989) 583-5010.

 

Security at St. Mary's of Michigan can be reached at (989) 907-8128.

Students, faculty, and staff that would like an escort to their vehicles should contact the security office of each hospital campus using the numbers listed above.

Inclement Weather

For medical students attending classes on the Mount Pleasant campus, CMED will close or delay school according to CMU direction. Updates will be available on the main CMU website, or by calling the CMU information line at 989-774-7500. The process of setting up text, email, and cell phone notification can be found via this link: https://www.cmich.edu/about/emergency_prep/Pages/Central_Alert.aspx​


Additional class days may be added to the CMED schedule if the school is closed due to inclement weather. This decision is under the purview of the Associate Dean of Medical Education.

 

If students are participating in clinical clerkships or other assignments off-campus, they are asked to follow the direction of that facility, whether it be an assigned hospital, clinic, or away rotation. If CMU's campus is closed, but an assigned facility is open, students working at these facilities are expected to attend.

Student Key Fobs

Students will receive individual key fobs during orientation. The fobs will allow access to the CMED building and designated areas. A review of access will take place during orientation week.

 

Students will be required to sign a form stating they understand there will be a charge for a lost fob. Included in this form is an agreement not to loan, transfer, misuse, or alter the key fob. Any violations of this agreement will be treated as student misconduct.

 

A student should report a lost fob to the Office of Student Affairs promptly (within 24 hours if possible) so the fob can be deactivated. Students requiring new fobs are asked to contact Natalie Trent, (989) 774-7547, to determine time and location they may pick a new one up.

 

CMED reserves the right to reserve any room for specific events, and early notice will be posted to avoid student inconvenience.

CMED Study Rooms

Located in CMED, the Opperman Learning Commons, an annex of University Libraries, is designed to be a 24 hour/7 day-a-week group study space.  The medical library collection is nearly 100% electronic, in order to provide 24/7 on-site and off-site access to library resources. Opperman Learning Commons is supported by an onsite faculty-level medical librarian, in addition to support and services offered through University Libraries.

 

There may be CMED space set aside to reserve for group study, school related group meetings, or tutoring when not in use for designated class sessions. Students are asked to check with the Office of Student Affairs about availability and reserving space. Availability would be on a first come, first serve basis and it is the responsibility of students to leave the space clean and in order after use.

Lockers

Students will be assigned lockers located on the first floor of the CMED building during orientation. Students must supply their own stainless steel combination lock. Key locks are not allowed.

CMU ID

 Students will be issued an ID card and an ID badge during orientation. They will be required to carry the ID card on their person during class time on the main campus and wear the badge while at away assignments such as ICE and at clinical affiliates.

 

The campus ID card will allow students to use various student services as well as banking services. The first card is issued to the student at no charge. There will be a fee assessed for a replacement ID card due to loss or damage. Contact the Campus ID Office for additional information at 989-774-3484. ID cards and badges will be distributed during orientation week.

Clinical Sites

Individual ID cards or badges for clinical work may be issued at designated sites clerkship sites. Students will be asked to adhere to the specific site's instruction, regarding wearing the ID badge while working at the facility.

Student ID Number

Your student ID number is the official identification number that allows CMU staff and faculty to uniquely identify each student.  CMU does not use social security numbers to identify students, although it is required for financial aid purposes.  Student ID numbers can be located on a student's personal site under "My Profile".  CMU staff does not have access to an individual's CMU email or Central Link portal site with their student ID number. 

Technology

Computer Recommendations

Students are required to have a computer. The following is an outline from our IT experts and faculty regarding recommendations for incoming students that will satisfy CMED platform requirements for curriculum materials.

 

Minimum Hardware Configuration:

        Dual Core Processor (2.2Ghz minimum)

        2 GB RAM (Memory)

        13" internal display

        Wi-Fi 801.11 g/n enabled (Single Band 2.4Ghz)

 

Recommended Hardware Configuration:

        13" – 15" internal display

        Intel Core i5 Processor

        4 GB RAM (Memory)

        Wi-Fi 801.11 a/g/n enabled (Dual Band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Wi-Fi enabled)

        Webcam and Mic

 

Preferred Laptop Computers:

PC

Dell XPS Ultrabook 13" (approx. $1200)

        Intel Core i5 Processor

        128 GB Solid State Drive

        4 GB RAM (Memory

        Wi-Fi 801.11 a/g/n enabled (Dual Band Wi-Fi)

        Webcam and Mic

        3 year warranty

 

Dell Latitude E Series 14" or 15" (approx. $1100 – 1200)

        Intel Core i5 Processor

        4 GB RAM (Memory)

        Wi-Fi 801.11 a/g/n enabled (Dell Wireless Dual Band Card)

        Webcam and Mic

        3 year warranty


Mac

MacBook Air 13" (approx. $1450)

        Intel Core i5 Processor

        128 GB Solid State Drive

        4 GM RAM (Memory)

        Wi-Fi 801.11 a/g/n enabled (Dual Band Wi-Fi)

        Webcam and Mic

        3 year warranty

 

MacBook Pro 15" (approx. $2000)

        Intel Core i7 Processor

        4 GB RAM (Memory)

        Wi-Fi 801.11 a/g/n enabled (Dual Band Wi-Fi)

        Webcam and Mic

        3 year warranty

Portability

While there isn't a set requirement for laptop size, it is important to weigh the pros and cons when picking a device (especially size and weight). A 15" laptop will provide a larger desktop, but is more difficult to transport. A 13" laptop is easier to transport, but offers less screen real estate.

PC or Mac?

This is up to you. Pick a platform that you are most comfortable with. The College of Medicine will provide student access to web-based applications that are platform independent. A MacBook Pro may cost more than a Dell, but can run both Windows and Mac OS. The Dell Latitudes are CMU's standard business laptop, and have proven to be a reliable computer.

Accessory Recommendations

External monitor

An external monitor may be a good addition to your desk at home. Being able to plug your computer into a second display will allow you to view additional application windows. For example, lecture notes could be opened on one screen, and Microsoft Word could be opened on another. In order to gain benefits from an external monitor, consider the following:

        The monitor is 20" or larger. A monitor smaller than 20" may not provide much added benefit.

        Your laptop should come with a VGA adapter, if it is needed. But, if it doesn't, adding one as an accessory is a good idea. It can also be used when hooking your laptop to a projector or TV.

Portable mouse

A portable mouse may be a good inclusion to your computer bag. A wireless or USB mouse may come in handy at your desk or on the go.

External Hard Drive and/or Flash Drive

CMU does provide 5GB of online storage for all students through the U: Drive service, but it is good practice to have a flash drive or possibly an external hard drive in your computer bag. If you need to quickly copy files or backup important data, portable media will be nice to have on hand.

Software

Microsoft Office

Probably the most important software that can be installed on a student's computer is a productivity suite. We recommend Microsoft Office. It is used across campus, and is most compatible with our systems.

 

Students are eligible for discounted software through CMU's Microsoft Campus Agreement. Click the link below for additional information:

https://www.cmich.edu/office_provost/OIT/Software_and_Hardware/Pages/Microsoft_Campus_Agreement.aspx

Microsoft Security Essentials

Good anti-virus software should be installed on all computers. In order to join the CMU network in the graduate housing, all computers must have an up-to-date Anti-Virus program installed. Microsoft Security Essentials is the recommended, free, anti-virus software provided by Microsoft. Visit http://resnet.cmich.edu for more information.

Virtual Lab

The Virtual Lab is available to all students, and is a very popular service provided by CMU. It allows students to connect to a virtual computer, and access CMU licensed software. It's very similar to going to a traditional computer lab, but you don't have to leave your room. Visit http://labs.cmich.edu for more information.  

Printer Recommendations

Q

Undergraduate and graduate students have access to PrintQ, the campus printing service. Documents can be queued for printing from computer labs, your personal computer, or mobile device, and released at many PrintQ enabled printers across campus.

 

Here are some highlights of the PrintQ service:

        $15 of quota (375 B&W, 46 Color pages) per semester

        PrintQ Remote Printing stations all around campus (potentially one in CMED and in graduate housing)

        No need for local printer. Less configuration issues and hassles of purchasing paper and ink.

        More information can be found at http://printing.cmich.edu

Local Printer

A local printer can be purchased for around $100 - $200, however, with the PrintQ service being available to all medical students, it's not a necessary purchase.

Mobile Device Recommendations

Smartphone

Owning an Apple or Android smartphone, with mobile data (3G or 4G) enabled will greatly benefit the needs to a student on-the-go. Access to email, the web, and other mobile applications allows for constant connectivity to other students, faculty, and staff.

 

Tablet

An iPad is a great on-the-go computing addition to a laptop workstation, and can also be used as a textbook E-Book reader. All textbooks will be available in E-Book format, and are supported by iOS devices.

Campus Resources

The Office of Information Technology Help Desk is CMU's main provider of technology support to students, faculty, and staff (on or off-campus), 7 days a week. Whether you have a technical question or need help fixing a technical issue, you can count on the Help Desk for assistance. The Help Desk's expert staff consists of trained Information Technology personnel as well as competent student technicians.

 

The range of Help Desk support covers issues related to software packages installed on your personal computer, to network resources, as well as telephone and cable repair in the graduate housing. The Help Desk supports ANYTHING - Windows or Mac, ethernet or wireless, phone or cable.  Check with them if you have questions about your IT needs.

Services

        Central point of contact for technology problems

        Problem and knowledge management

        Account assistance

        System and technology information

        Software and hardware troubleshooting

        Office and personal computer repair

        Telecommunications and cable equipment

        Telephone and cable TV repair

        Fax transmittal

        Software distribution

        Test and survey scanning

Hours

        Mon-Thurs: 7 a.m. to Midnight

        Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

        Saturday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

        Sunday: 12 p.m. to Midnight

Contact Options

        Walk-in: Park Library 101

        Phone: (989) 774-3662

        Email: helpdesk@cmich.edu

Email

Global ID

All CMU students, faculty, and staff are issued what is referred to as a "Global ID".  Your Global ID consists of the first five letters of your last name, a number, and your first and middle initials (e.g. Jones1aa.).  Activating your Global ID and password is an important and required first step in connecting to CMU's virtual infrastructure and services.

 

Your Global ID and password provide secure access to a variety of systems via Centrallink.  If you experience difficulty using your Global ID and/or password, contact the CMU Information Technology Help Desk for assistance (989-774-3662 or online at the following link: https://www.cmich.edu/about/leadership/office_provost/OfficeofInformationTechnology/Pages/Help-Desk.aspx.

 

When you activate your Global ID, you also activate your CMU e-mail account.  Your CMU e-mail account provides a means for delivery of communications from CMU.  Each time you wish to log into your CMU e-mail account you will need your Global ID and password.  You can access your CMU e-mail account via the Centrallink portal. 

 

It is vital that you check your CMU e-mail account on a daily basis.  If you choose you can forward your CMU e-mail to another account or vice versa.  However, official University communications are sent only to your CMU e-mail account and the University expects that students are accessing their CMU e-mail.  Examples of CMU communications sent only to your CMU e-mail account.

 

        Tuition Statements and Payment Deadlines

        Financial Aid Updates

        Registration Notifications

        Faculty-Student Correspondence

        Academic Progress Communications

        Course-related Information

Central Link

Central Link is CMU's web-based information portal which puts CMU at your fingertips!  Students are able to access the items below via one mail log-in.

 

Accessing the Central Link portal:

        Centrallink.cmich.edu

        Enter your Global ID and password

 

Via your Global ID and password, the Central Link portal provides easy access to:

        CMU e-mail

        CMU directory

        Grades

        Registrar's Office

        Course registration

        View/pay bill

        Academic history

CMU Student Services Offices

The University Center (UC) across from the Park Library has several helpful services for students including a post office, bank, the CMU bookstore, and CMU student service offices. See the link below for more information:

https://www.cmich.edu/fas/ras/urec/university_events/Pages/default.aspx

Dining

There are many choices for dining as a CMED student. The following link will allow you to access dining on campus:

https://www.cmich.edu/fas/ras/urec/university_events/bovee/Pages/dining.aspx

 

A coffee and snack shop, Java City, is located in the adjacent College of Health Professions for student convenience. The local area has a variety of places to dine in or take out, as well as plenty of stores to purchase groceries for home dining.

Exercise

The Student Activity Center (SAC) is considered one of the finest college recreational facilities in the Midwest. The SAC was built in 1990 as an addition to Rose Center. It covers 175,000 square feet and is fully accessible to people with disabilities. The facility houses a swimming pool, racquetball, basketball and volleyball courts, a bowling alley and fitness centers with strength training equipment and free weights. Students and community members use the SAC for a wide variety of activities including aquatics, group fitness, personal training, jogging, billiards, indoor soccer, archery, table tennis, badminton, tennis, floor hockey, dancing and leisure activities.

 

See the link below for more information:

                                         https://www.cmich.edu/fas/ras/urec/Pages/default.aspx

Child Care

CMU does have a day care center with limited availability. The following site has more details: https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/ehs/unit/cdll/Pages/default.aspx

Local Area

Mount Pleasant and Surrounding Area

Mount Pleasant, Michigan is located in Isabella County and has a population of 26,675 (2008 census). The number of enrolled on-campus CMU students was 20,504 during fall 2012.  Mount Pleasant feels like a classic college town, with a blend of natural features, exciting developments and small-town life. Mission Street features many popular larger stores and restaurants, while downtown Mount Pleasant offers boutiques and intimate restaurants. Historic Downtown Mount Pleasant features fine dining, shopping, and the historic Broadway Theatre. Take a scenic canoe trip down the winding Chippewa River, enjoy a theatrical or musical performance at Central Michigan University, or make the journey to the Ziibiwing Center and learn more about the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Mt. Pleasant is also home to the Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino, and each year is host to many top performing artists.

 

Nature lovers enjoy the 80-mile-long Chippewa River, which runs right through Mount Pleasant. Whether by canoe, kayak or tube, the Chippewa River winds its way through Isabella County offering year-round opportunities to view wildlife, do a little fishing or just relax while the river carries you away. Mount Pleasant has over 15 parks to choose from, offering an abundance of beautiful areas for picnics, fishing, swimming, nature and bike trails, sledding, cross-country skiing, as well as a skate park. The Mount Pleasant area provides quality recreational opportunities for the enjoyment and well-being of all area residents and visitors. Try taking a hike through Deerfield Nature Park, the entire family will enjoy the Michigan Corn Maze, or stop and buy some fresh produce at the Farmers Market.

Saginaw and Surrounding Area

Saginaw, Michigan is located in Saginaw County and has long been known for its productive agricultural lands, lively culture, thriving manufacturing base, and bountiful natural resources. Located along the Saginaw River, Saginaw is located just 90 miles from Detroit and just 15 miles from Lake Huron offering convenient access to the Great Lakes for business and pleasure.

 

Originally inhabited by Native Americans, the name Saginaw is believed to mean "where the Sauk were" in the Ojibwe language.  As once a thriving lumber town and manufacturing center, Saginaw is rich with cultural experiences and a diverse quality of life.  Among Saginaw County's 810 square miles and five major communities (Saginaw, Saginaw Township, Birch Run, Chesaning, and Frankenmuth), there is a vast system of waterways and woodlands as well as several nature preserves, golf courses, trails, and other outdoor opportunities.

 

Saginaw offers plenty of entertainment in the downtown area, where places such as the Children's Zoo, the Dow Event Center and the recently restored Temple Theatre offer live entertainment.  The Dow Event Center is also home to Saginaw's junior ice hockey team, the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League as well as The Saginaw Sting, an indoor football team.  For effortless family fun, Saginaw is home to one of the most authentic Japanese Tea Houses in all of North America as well as 1 of only 5 AZA-accredited zoos in Michigan.

 

From outdoor festivals such as Friday Night Live to the Greek Fest, Saginaw is known for its unique festivals and events. The Andersen Enrichment Center and the Lucille E. Andersen Memorial Rose Garden are part of Saginaw's rich park system, which are used to host several public events throughout the year.

When it comes to the historical aspects of Saginaw, the city is also home to the Saginaw Art Museum as well as the Castle Museum that hosts temporary exhibitions and permanent collections throughout the year.  For children, the Mid-Michigan's Children's Museum feature's hands-on fun and learning experiences for children.  As a dynamic partner in a growing region, Saginaw is proud to be in the heart of the Great Lakes Bay Region.


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