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              Fall Long Weekend
             Sunday, October 14–
         Tuesday, October 16, 9:00 p.m.

            *Thanksgiving Vacation
        Friday, November 16, 3:30 p.m.–
        Monday, November 26, 9:00 p.m.

                *Winter Vacation
        Friday, December 21, 10:00 p.m.–
         Tuesday, January 8, 9:00 p.m.
       Saturday, December 22, 5:00 p.m.–
         Tuesday, January 8, 9:00 p.m.

            Winter Long Weekend
        Friday, February 8, 12:00 p.m.–
        Monday, February 11, 9:00 p.m.

               *Spring Vacation
          Friday, March 15, 3:30 p.m.–
           Sunday, April 1, 9:00 p.m.

             Spring Long Weekend
          Friday, April 19, 12:00 noon–
          Monday, April 22, 9:00 p.m.

*Dormitories will be closed during these vacations
                                                      Fine Print 2012-2013
                                                     A handbook for all members of the
                                                     Emma Willard School community
                           Schedule for 2012–2013                                                                                   INDEX
                 Mon          Tues       Wed          Thurs        Fri
8:00–8:50        A            E          D            G            B         Absences ......................................16, 23         Lockers...............................................28
                                         8:00–8:50                           Academic Calendar.............................63              Lost and Found ..................................26
                                                                             Academic Goals & Expectations ......15                        Mail ....................................................60
8:55–9:05        Reports      Reports    D1           Advisory     Reports   Academic Integrity.............................15             Morning Reports ................................38
                                         8:50–9:15                           Academic Review ................................9             Overnights ..........................................21
9:10–10:00       B            A          E1           F            D         Academic Support................................9             Peer Educators .............................14, 51
                                         9:20–9:45                           Advisors .............................................11      Proctors ........................................14, 51
                                                                             Allowance ..........................................24        Quiet Study ........................................18
10:00–10:25      B1           A1         E            F1           D1        Alma Mater ..........................................4        Re-Enrollment ....................................10
                                         9:45–10:35                          Assessments .......................................10         Resident Faculty.................................11
                                                                             Attendance .........................................16        School Closings .................................29
10:30–11:20      C            G          Assembly    C             G         Book Allocations................................28            School Colors .......................................3
                                         10:40–11:20                         Campus Leaves ..................................21            School Council ...................................52
                                                                             Campus Map ......................................32           School Logos .......................................3
11:25–12:10      Lunch        Lunch      Lunch        Lunch        Lunch     Cars ....................................................30   School History .....................................2
                                                                             Cell Phones ........................................38        School Store .................................24, 59
12:15–1:05       D            C          F            A            E         Check-ins .....................................20, 46         Security ..............................................59
                                                                             Closed Weekends ...............................22             Senior Privileges ................................19
                                                                             Clubs & Organizations .......................53               Sexual Harassment .............................44
1:10–2:00        E            F          G            B            A         Code of Conduct ................................40            Sexual Intimacy .................................46
                                                                             College Counseling, Visits ...........10, 22                  Signing In and Out .............................21
                                                                             Community Living ...............................5             SmartCard ..........................................24
                                                                             Community Connections ...................39                   Smoking .............................................38
2:00–2:25        E1           F1         2:05–3:25    B1           A1        Computer Center ................................59            Social Probation .................................47
                                                                             Conduct Review Committee ..............42                     Storage ...............................................26
                                         Service                             Counseling Services .............................8            Student Activities ...............................53
                                         Peer Ed &                           Dating.................................................31     Student Leadership.............................54
2:30–3:20        F            B          Proctor      D            C         Day Students ......................................28         Student Rooms ...................................26
                                         meeting time                        Dining ................................................25     Student Support..................................11
                                                                             Directions to School...........................62             Study Hall ............................................9
3:35–5:00        Dance        Dance      Dance        Dance                  Discipline ...........................................40      Sunbathing .........................................34
                                                                             Dormitory Affiliates ...........................12            Teaching Fellows................................14
3:45–4:50        PE           PE                      PE                     Dormitory Closures............................23              Teas ....................................................38
                                                                             Dress Code .........................................31        Technology .........................................48
3:40–5:45        Teams        Teams      Teams        Teams        Teams     E-mail & Internet ...............................34           Telephone ..........................................38
                                                                             Fire Drills ...........................................35     Television ...........................................39
5:00–6:30        Dance Co.    Dance Co. Dance Co.     Dance Co.              Food Deliveries ..................................36          Traditions & Events ...........................55
                                                                             Fundamental Rules.............................42              Transportation ....................................30
5:30–6:10/6:30 Music          Music      Music        Music                  Guests.................................................37     Travel Plans........................................23
                                                                             Health Services/Health Center .....12, 59                     Troy ....................................................60
5:30–7:00        Dinner       Dinner     Dinner       Dinner       Dinner    Houseparents ......................................11         Vacations ............................. Back cover
                                                                             Information Services ..........................60             Weekend Leaves ................................24
6:30/6:45–7:25                Music      Publications Music                  Late Returns .................................23, 46          Weekly Schedule ....... Inside front cover
                                         Music                               Laundry ..............................................25      Where to Turn ....................................50

7:30–9:30        Study Hall   Study Hall Study Hall   Study Hall
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                                 FINE PRINT
          This handbook is intended to serve as a guide to help all members
     of the Emma Willard community come to know Emma Willard School’s
     programs and opportunities as well as to set forth basic expectations and
     agreements. We are hopeful that the handbook will answer many questions
     you may have about academics, security, discipline, school rules, dormitory
     living, safety, athletics and other topics.

          While every effort has been made to address normal recurring
     situations, there may be situations that require immediate or nonstandard
     responses. This handbook does not limit Emma Willard School from
     deviating from normal expectations and procedures to deal with individual
     circumstances as they arise in a manner deemed most appropriate by the
     school. In these moments, the school will take into consideration the best
     interests of Emma Willard School, the faculty, students, employees, or the
     overall school community. Policies may be revised or updated periodically,
     at any time. Should this happen, all community members will be informed
     of any changes as they are made either electronically or by mail. Any
     student or parent may direct questions to the head of school or the assistant
     head for community life.

                             EMMA WILLARD SCHOOL
                  285 Pawling Avenue Troy, New York 12180-5294
                        (518) 833-1300 Fax: (518) 833-1815
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                       SCHOOL HISTORY

     For nearly 200 years, Emma Willard School has been a leader in girls’
education and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading college-preparatory
boarding and day schools for girls. Emma Hart Willard founded the school in
1814 on the bold principle that young women had the intellect and the moral
right to benefit from as rigorous an education as the best available to young
men. In 1910, the school moved to its current campus on Mount Ida in Troy,
New York.
     At the heart of the Emma Willard experience is a rigorous academic
curriculum supplemented by a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities,
outstanding student support systems, and a strong residential life program.
Scholarship, discipline, intellectual curiosity, and leadership characterize the
quintessential Emma Willard girl.
     In everything it does, Emma Willard School is guided by a mission that
remains vibrantly true to Emma Hart Willard’s foresight:

    Honoring its founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly
    fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of
    an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength and qualities
    of leadership to serve and shape her world.

     In 1814, Emma Hart Willard began educating young women in her home
in Middlebury, Vermont. Her goal: to provide these students with an education
equal to that offered their brothers. So began a revolutionary commitment to
the education of women.
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          School Colors. When the French hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, made
     his historic trip up the Hudson River to New York State’s capital in 1824, he
     called on esteemed educator Emma Hart Willard in Troy. Legend has it that
     he presented her with a bouquet of pink roses. The marquis and Mrs. Willard
     went on to form a lasting friendship. Emma Willard School’s Alumnae
     Association, founded in 1892, adopted a pale rosy pink as its signature color,
     based on the gift of the marquis. Over the last decade, the school has adopted
     the rich red we now sport on the playing fields and in school publications.
     In addition, it is tradition for each class to adopt the class color—either
     purple or green—of its “big sister” class. These colors are used for all class
     activities and projects. Odd-numbered classes are represented by purple (as
     are all odd-numbered alumnae classes), while the even-numbered classes use
     green (as do all even-numbered alumnae classes).

                            School Crest. An updated version of the Willard
                       family crest, the school crest serves as the student and
                       alumnae “logo” and can be found on class rings. The crest
                       bears the motto Gaudet Patientia Duris—patience rejoices
                       in adversity.

                            The school’s official “corporate” seal bears the lamp
                       of learning and a likeness of Mrs. Willard, with the words
                       Semper Fidelis—always faithful.

                            The Jester. One of the most popular characters in the
                       long-standing annual student performance of Revels, the
                       jester serves as the school’s athletic mascot.
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              Alma Mater
    (Sung every Monday at Morning Reports
           and throughout the year)

         Reared on the heights of Ida,
         Against the wide-arched sky,
        The sunbeams fall athwart thee,
          The moonbeams gently lie.
           Across thy open hilltop,
        The winds blow bold and free;
         O ye grey walls, protecting,
          We raise our song to thee!

          Come let us sing together,
          A song of grateful praise;
           In honor of our founder
          The joyous strains upraise.
         ’Twas she beheld the vision
       And wrought with steadfast will;
          ’Tis we with joyous labor
           That vision must fulfill!

           “Semper fidelis” singing
            To Emma Willard dear,
         Above the grey walls ringing
                                            Emma Hart Willard
        Our song floats sweet and clear.      1787–1870
        O touch each fleeting moment
          With friendship’s alchemy.
          The days that lie before us,
         Our memories soon shall be!

       Verse by Caroline Carter Davis,
                Class of 1904
           Music by Mendelssohn
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                      Community Living at Emma Willard

          Honoring its founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in
     each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life and
     the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape
     her world.
                Emma Willard is able to fulfill this mission statement because
     everyone lives together in community. The unifying trait of this community
     is that all members exercise responsibility for self and others so that a
     physically and psychologically healthy environment is created for each
     person. Without this sense of community Emma Willard School cannot
     effectively pursue its mission. Learning to live responsibly within the
     community is part of the educational experience and curriculum at Emma
     Willard School.
                Balancing respect for individual needs with the needs of the
     community and developing the sensibilities and skills needed to be a
     healthy part of the Emma Willard community lies at the core of the social
     ethic of the school. No member of the community is expected to be perfect,
     but each member is expected to learn from her experience and demonstrate
     an increasing awareness of collective responsibility and personal choice.
     This will foster an atmosphere of trust and safety where each individual
     feels valued and respected.
          Everything we do at Emma Willard, whether it is working with a
     teacher, playing on a team or living in a dormitory, offers participants the
     opportunity to experience and learn about the Emma Willard community as
     they learn about themselves and others. For example, when a student meets
     with a teacher about an academic assignment, the student and the teacher
     are involved in both the academic aspect of the Emma Willard experience
     and are also participating in community. Each is involved in a discussion
     aimed at resolving an academic issue. To resolve the issue each needs to be
     aware of oneself and also the other. The same is true when one has a part in
     a play or is a part of an athletic team. In each case the participant is learning
     skills, but is also learning how to get along with others. The participant
     is learning to balance one’s own needs with the needs of the group. Both
     are learning processes and capacities that are part of the Emma Willard
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     Just as the academic faculty works together to assess academic learning
and issues, health care and residential faculty have related programs/
activities to help students learn how to live in a healthy, productive way in
community. As a staff we view the health center, counseling and residential
life as an integrated part of the overall learning experience at Emma
          Health care, residential and academic staffs meet to assess how
students are doing in their efforts at learning about and participating in
the Emma Willard community. The primary goal of the student welfare
committee (SWC) meetings is most often to discuss and if necessary offer
the student ways to implement successful participation in this community.
Most often SWC meets as a whole and is comprised of the assistant head
of school for community life, school counselor, director of the Health and
Wellness Center and the director of cognitive skills. Based on presenting
issues, the academic or health team may meet independently. When efforts
to help the student become a healthy part of the Emma Willard community
are not successful, the head of school, with the recommendation of the
health team, reserves the right to place the student on medical leave or
ask the student to leave Emma Willard. Any reinstatement would be at the
discretion of the head of school. Details of the medical leave policy are
available upon request.

    Areas of support and involvement for successful living in the
                   Emma Willard community:

     For many students, the move from their previous academic setting to
the academic expectations of Emma Willard can be challenging. Success
in this environment requires responsibility, initiative and self motivation.
There are numerous systems and areas of support available to all students.
Many of these areas of support ask the student to work closely with her
faculty both in and out of the classroom. Peer groups are available for help
in all areas. The growth of competencies in personal time management,
study skills and organization is expected from each student.
     • Proctored study hall – an opportunity for all new students and
any student who needs help with focus when studying to have a faculty
monitored two-hour study hall. This is a requirement of all new students for
the first quarter.
     • Teacher availability, dorm affiliates – faculty members who are on
duty in the dormitories one night per week and are available for extra
academic help.
     • Peer tutors, learning centers – the Math Learning Center is staffed
throughout the day by Math Department faculty and peer tutors and is open
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     to all students; peer groups offer extra help in many academic disciplines.
          • Advisor – for each student, this faculty member is the first line of
     support and assistance.

          Residential Life
          In a boarding community, students are asked to take personal
     responsibility as they live with a variety of peers and adults. This personal
     responsibility involves growth in life skills including communication,
     compromise and compassion. To enable students in this effort, the
     residential program at Emma Willard offers many opportunities for a
     student to learn more about herself and others.
          • Nightly check-ins – an in-person time for the houseparent with each
     member of the hall
          • Proctor and Peer Educators on each hall – student leaders who lead
     and are available to peers
          • Hall meetings, teas and events – varied opportunities for hall
     members to experience their living community together
          • Weekend activities – many and varied opportunities to explore the
     Capital District as well as visit other schools
          • Dorm chores – each hall, with their houseparent, takes responsibility
     for cleaning their living spaces and larger community spaces
          • Freshman hall program – every freshman is new to the boarding
     experience and this program asks them to explore roommate relationships,
     hall community building, international student presentations, personal
     responsibility, etc.

          Health Center
          Through the Health and Wellness Center, Emma Willard promotes a
     collaborative approach to the overall health of our community by providing
     proactive educational programming and professional medical care. Through
     a staff of registered nurses and support of professional pediatric services,
     the Health and Wellness Center is responsive to student needs. The Center
     offers a coordinated network of care that facilitates and supports optimum
     individual and collective growth in the multiple dimensions of health:
     intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and emotional.
          • Chat and Chocolate – volunteer group sessions for discussion of
     student generated topics
          • Educational materials – books and pamphlets available for student
          • Off campus appointments – facilitated with professionals in all areas
     of health and wellness
          • Meditation room – a quiet space for community members to use in
     maintaining their health.
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     Counseling Center
     The Counseling Center is an important resource for the Emma Willard
community, allowing students to bring their concerns, fears, or burdens into
a confidential setting where they can discover and develop healthy ways of
dealing with emotional issues. There are many reasons why a student might
consider consulting the school counselor: issues at home, with friends or
on the dormitory hall, difficulty managing depression or anxiety, disordered
eating, etc.

    • Flexible and accessible appointment scheduling
    • Availability of off-campus professionals when necessary or desired

          Most often the entirety of the counseling relationship remains
completely confidential. There are circumstances when it is appropriate to
expand confidentiality to include other adults in a student’s life. The most
common circumstance involves the Student Welfare Committee (SWC).
The role of the school counselor in SWC is primarily to listen, not to share
confidential material. The intent of this process is for the counselor to have
a broad perspective to better help the student. The counselor must balance
the privacy of the student without sacrificing the need to be a contributing
member of the community.
          When there are issues of safety to self or others, legal requirements
including child protective issues, court subpoenas, and unprofessional
or illegal behavior of a staff member, the counselor has a professional
obligation to share appropriate information. Except in an emergency these
situations will also be discussed with the student. The counselor will handle
any conflict between the needs of the student, needs of Emma Willard, and
legal responsibilities as sensitively and professionally as possible given the
realities at hand.
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                             Academic Support Details

          Study Skills. Our experience suggests that study skills are learned
     rather than innate, and that not all students have acquired the necessary
     skills for effective study or for efficient time management. Teachers help
     students develop the habits and strategies that will allow them to maximize
     their study time.
          Evening Study Hall. Quiet study times are held in the dormitories
     during the evening to provide a quiet and structured environment for study.
     Evening quiet study runs from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., Sunday through
     Thursday. (See page 18 for a description of evening quiet study.). Rooms
     and corridors must be quiet from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. No showers or
     baths are allowed during this time.
          Proctored Evening Study Hall. In the fall semester, all freshmen, new
     sophomores, new juniors, and students on academic review are assigned
     to proctored evening study hall to assist them in developing study skills.
     Students who have been assigned to proctored evening study hall will be re-
     evaluated periodically during the first semester and thereafter, as necessary.
     Students may be placed in proctored evening study hall at any time, based
     upon teacher, houseparent, or advisor input.
          Academic Review. Academic review is a structure that alerts the
     student, her family, and the faculty to a student’s academic needs and may
     involve assignment to proctored evening study hours, or the Math Learning
     Center; a weekly meeting with her advisor; and/or a review of her academic
     status. These support systems are designed to help a student improve her
     academic work.
          A student who receives one No Credit or two Ds as semester or mid-
     semester grades is automatically placed on academic review. In addition,
     a student with any grade of C- or lower at the quarter or semester may
     be placed on academic review. Copies of the official letter of notification
     will be sent to the student and to her parents, advisor, houseparent, and the
     assistant head for community life.
          A student who is placed on academic review at the end of the fall
     semester or during the spring semester will not be invited to return for the
     following year until the faculty has reviewed her progress and performance
     at their end-of-year meetings. Any student with one year or spring semester
     grade of No Credit or two year or semester grades in the D range may have
     their invitation to return withdrawn.
          A student’s placement on academic review is assessed at each quarter
     marking period. The assistant head of school for academics, in consultation
     with the class advisors, will determine whether or not a student should be
     placed on academic review and will officially notify the student and her
     parents regarding her status.
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      Managing Assessments. At some point during the year, most students
will find themselves with three or more major evaluations due on the same
day. A major evaluation is a quiz or test requiring review and lasting twenty
minutes or more, a paper of more than one typewritten page, a lab report, a
presentation, or a project.
      In such cases a student should not engage in all three evaluations on
the same day. Instead, she should ask the teacher assigning the third or last
evaluation for a postponement of one or two days. She should request this
postponement when the third evaluation is first announced. The teacher is
obligated to grant the postponement after the student explains her situation
and should do so readily.
      This policy is intended to support students in doing their best work, in
balancing their workloads, and in managing their levels of perceived stress.
It is also an opportunity for them to learn to advocate for themselves.

     College Counseling. By choosing to attend Emma Willard, a student
has signaled her intention to attend college. Each year, beginning in the
ninth grade, a student’s schedule is monitored by her advisor. For all
students, standardized testing begins with the PSAT sophomore year; many
also take one or more SAT Subject Tests at the end of the ninth and tenth
grades. Formal college counseling begins in the junior year. The goal of
the college counseling program at Emma Willard School is to find for each
student a college or university appropriate for her goals and needs.

     Re-Enrollment. Families seeking financial assistance must complete
their applications by February 1 in order to be eligible for financial aid.
A student’s eligibility for course registration, room selection, and student
leadership positions is contingent upon satisfaction of all outstanding
financial obligations to the school and completion of the re-enrollment
process by the pertinent deadlines. If a student fails to complete the year
in satisfactory academic and/or social standing; or if her parent(s) are not
supportive of the school’s policies or goals, Emma Willard reserves the right
to nullify the contract and return the enrollment deposit.
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                         Student Services Support Details
          Aside from the close friendships, personal teacher-student
     relationships, and peer support that are innate to life at Emma Willard, each
     student has numerous opportunities during the day and in the evening to
     forge meaningful connections with the adults in her life. Faculty advisors,
     resident faculty, dormitory affiliates, teaching fellows, and student proctors
     are the primary individuals who act to support the student in her academic
     and personal life at Emma Willard School. This immediate network is
     further enhanced and supported by an involved and caring Health Center
     staff, as well as the director of academic support and the assistant head
     for community life. Collectively, this team develops a good overall
     understanding of each individual student.

          Advisors. Upon her arrival at Emma Willard, each new student is
     assigned a faculty advisor. This advisor is the first person for parents
     and teachers to contact when there is a concern about a student. Each
     student touches base with her advisor on Thursday mornings in a short
     advisee group meeting where she typically may schedule a longer
     one-on-one meeting for another time. Formal advisor-advisee dinners,
     informal gatherings, and frequent conversations help build this important
     relationship. To insure that each student has the opportunity to form a close
     relationship with her advisor, advisors are limited to six advisees. Advisors
     of boarding students have regular communication with the resident faculty
     for insight, particularly when a student is experiencing difficulty.
          In May of her first year, a student may opt to remain with her advisor or
     select a new advisor for the following year. Preference in advisor selection
     is given to those students who opt to remain with their original advisor.

          Resident Faculty. The resident faculty is a group of professionals who
     live in the dormitories (with families and/or pets) and fulfill other roles in
     the Emma Willard community. Each houseparent is responsible for specific
     halls within the dormitories and is a resource for students about all aspects
     of life within and beyond Emma Willard School. Resident faculty members
     welcome frequent communication with parents and generally act as the
     parents away from home during all times—both difficult and wonderful—
     when an adult is needed. Among many other roles, the resident faculty
     gives permissions, creates and implements residential program and policies,
     oversees dining room activity, and provides many forms of care.
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     Sage 3 Long                       Sue Taylor (and Cary Dresher)
     Sage 3 Zoo                        Brittany Weiss
     Sage 3 Short, Hyphen 3            Jennifer Howard
     Sage 2 Long, Sage 2X              Lindsey Stapleton (and Peter Stapleton)
     Sage 2 Short, Hyphen 2            Katie Wilson
     Kellas 2 Short, Kellas 2 Long     Melissa Salmon
     Kellas 3T, 1/2 Kellas 3 Long      Stacey Dodd
     Kellas 3 Short, 1/2 Kellas 3 Long Kristina Blundon
     Kellas 2T                         Gemma Halfi (and Ilan Halfi)
     The Bridges                       Jenn Ulicnik (and Maureen Harrison)
     Cluett                            Katie Ammirati

     Dormitory Affiliates. A faculty member, administrator, or teaching
fellow, each dormitory affiliate is assigned to a corridor. She or he spends one
night per week from 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. on the halls overseeing study
hall, serving as an adult resource (frequently in her/his academic area), and
completing evening check-in. Dorm affiliates eat dinner in the dining hall on
their duty night.

     Health Services. The Health Services staff, an important element of
our student support network, is a dedicated team of nurses, physicians and
counselors committed to ensuring the physical health and emotional wellness
of the Emma Willard community. The Health & Wellness Center is located
on the ground floor of Hyphen Hall, at the Archway. The Center’s focus is the
delivery of professional, personalized, primary health care.
     Health Services is coordinated by the director of health services and
rendered by local physicians, registered nurses, and a clinical counselor, as
well as a consulting psychologist. Health care is available on an emergency
basis twenty-four hours a day.

     Monday through Thursday         7:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
     Friday                          7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
     Saturday/Sunday Clinic          10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
     Emergencies                     (518) 833-1505 during the above hours
                                     (518) 833-1332 Security

    Health Center Procedures. Prior to arrival at Emma Willard, each
new student is required to present medical forms and proof of all required
immunizations signed by her health care provider, and a comprehensive
medical history completed and signed by a parent or guardian. Students
who have not submitted the required health forms will not be permitted to
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     participate in preseason athletics, move into their dorm or attend classes.
     The health records permit Health Services to render treatment and,
     when necessary, to release pertinent information to facilitate health care.
     Returning students’ medical records must be kept current. All students must
     receive an annual physical from their health care provider and must provide
     documentation of this examination.
          A student who is admitted to the Health Center as an in-patient is
     excused from classes. Both her advisor and her houseparent are informed,
     and, when appropriate, assignments are obtained for her while she is in the
     Health Center. For non-emergency medical care, students should visit the
     Health Center before classes, during a free period, or before evening quiet
     study hours.
          Any student who needs to miss classes to attend an urgent medical
     appointment and wants an excuse from classes must:
          1. Check out with the Health Services staff when leaving campus.
          2. Check in with the Health Services staff when returning to campus.
     (Note: Day student parents must call or provide a note to the Health
     Center staff the day before the appointment stating the specifics of the

          Counseling Services. One clinical counselor works in the Health
     and Wellness Center during the week, where she meets with students. The
     counselor has a local network of psychiatric services and professionals
     to whom she may refer students and their families for regular emotional
     support outside of Emma Willard. Emergency services are available on
     weekends. Confidential appointments with the school counselor may be
     made through the Emma Willard website or by speaking with one of the
     nurses. Information shared with the counselor remains confidential unless
     the student agrees to the counselor’s sharing of information with another
     professional or unless the student has threatened or reported harm against
     herself or others.

          Health Insurance. Health insurance is required of all students in
     order for them to register at Emma Willard. Upon request, a student health
     insurance plan is available for a fee through Emma Willard. This plan is
     required of all students whose permanent home address is outside of the
     United States and U.S. residents who do not provide insurance information
     on their medical forms. If at any time during the school year a health
     insurance plan changes, copies of the new insurance cards must be sent to
     the Health Center. If a health insurance plan lapses, the Health Center must
     be notified. The student will then be enrolled in the student health insurance
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     Medication. For the safety of the community and each individual
student, all medications must be dispensed through the Health Center. No
medicines should be mailed directly to students or kept in student rooms.
Emma Willard School is not responsible for student health or safety
related to medications obtained from anywhere other than the Health
Center. Students found in possession of medication without the knowledge
and permission of the director of health services will be referred to the
assistant head for community life. A student found dispensing prescription
medication to other students will be subject to disciplinary action.

     Teaching Fellows. In addition to teaching two classes and coaching a
sport or teaching physical education, each intern works as a dorm affiliate
during the week and on weekends. As such, she is an integral member of the
residential life program at Emma Willard.

     Peer Educators. These students are trained in consultation with the
school counselor and the group’s faculty advisor in a variety of adolescent
behaviors, as well as in basic listening and assessment skills. In addition to
supporting students on an individual basis, peer educators work to educate
the school community about social or emotional issues in our midst and in
society at large. (For a listing of peer educators, see page 51.)

     Proctors. Student proctors are seniors who are chosen by the assistant
head of school for community life and proctor advisors to lead, support,
inspire, and guide the student body throughout the academic year. There are
sixteen boarding proctors (one on each residential hall) and five day student
proctors, all of whom participate in an extensive training program at the
beginning of their senior year. From decorating their halls and day student
lockers to interpreting and supporting school policies, proctors are an
omnipresent force at Emma Willard. Each boarding proctor works closely
with her houseparent/dorm affiliate/peer educator team, where she provides
student feedback and helps to establish appropriate support systems for the
students on her hall. Day student proctors work closely with the assistant
head of school for community life to insure that day student needs receive
appropriate attention and support. (For a listing of proctors, see page 51.)
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                      ACADEMIC GOALS & EXPECTATIONS
          At Emma Willard School, the aim of education is to foster each
     individual student’s growth in understanding, academic maturity, and
     intellectual independence. In schools, growth has most often been pursued
     and acknowledged as an accumulation of skills and knowledge—in
     particular, traditional academic skills. (Details of the academic program can
     be found in the Course Offerings section of the school website at This type of growth is important in and of itself at
     Emma Willard, but more significantly, it is important as a part of the growth
     of each student’s understanding of the world and of herself. Such growth in
     both her outward and her inward understanding should contribute greatly to
     her becoming a thoughtful, self-possessed, and competent individual.
          It is important for students to have a breadth of experiences not only
     independently and with adult mentors, but also with peer mentors in other
     non-academic parts of their lives. To have such experiences, students
     need to be allowed and encouraged to participate in activities outside their
     academic work. Their commitments to these activities need to be serious
     and disciplined; otherwise they will not attain the intensity that fosters
          At Emma Willard, great care is taken to construct an environment that
     will both challenge and support every student in her development of greater
     knowledge—both of the world and of herself. Integral to the success of our
     program are clear expectations and appropriate support mechanisms.

           Academic Integrity. The exchange of ideas is an essential part of
     education. We encourage students to do research and discuss their work
     with students and teachers, but remind them that if their education is to be
     meaningful and valuable, each student’s work must ultimately be her own.
           Integrity in academic matters is the foundation of an academic
     community. Cheating and plagiarism are therefore strictly forbidden. For
     clarification of rules for citing sources, please refer to A Writer’s Reference,
     Diane Hacker, St. Martin’s Press, 2006, ISBN#9780312450250, a
     publication that is recommended to each student by her English teacher and
     available for purchase in the school store or through local school districts.
     It is the responsibility of the student to know and to work within the study
     guidelines prescribed by each teacher. If there is ever doubt as to what is
     appropriate, the student should consult her teacher. Each teacher will set her
     or his own guidelines about collaboration for each specific assignment.
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     Cheating includes but is not limited to:

    • Intentionally using or giving unauthorized aid on any work for
which a grade is given; for example, tests, quizzes, exams, term papers, lab
reports, or computer programs.
    • Passing information, either general or specific, about a test or quiz to
any student who has not yet taken it.
    • Plagiarism—taking someone’s ideas or words and presenting them as
your own in a graded assignment.
    • Copying the school’s software, using illegally copied software in
computer rooms or the library, or copying an electronic file.

     Cheating and plagiarism are violations of the first Fundamental Rule
(see page 41) and will meet with a disciplinary as well as an academic

     Attendance. Our school day begins at 8:00 a.m. Students are required
to arrive at school on time and attend all classes, Morning Reports, study
halls, advisor meetings, and other academic commitments. Learning
to express one’s opinion articulately is an essential part of the learning
experience and is particularly important in the development of self-
confidence in young women. Full learning requires being in class and

     Excused Absences. Absences will be excused in the case of student
illness or serious illness in the student’s family, for an important religious
holiday, or for a wedding, graduation or death of a family member. All
absences are handled in the following fashion:

     • Illness. Boarding students must be excused by the Health Center.
Day student parents must call the attendance voicemail hotline (833-1503
available 24 hours a day) or e-mail by
9:00 a.m. the day that the student is ill. A doctor’s note may be required.
     • Doctors’ Appointments. For boarding students, doctors’
appointments are processed by the Health Center. All students, boarding
and day, are required to sign out with the nurse on duty in the Health Center
when leaving campus for any medical appointment.
     • Serious Family Illness. Parents should notify the assistant head of
school for academics or assistant head of school for community life as soon
as possible.
     • Religious Holidays. Each student who anticipates missing classes
in order to observe an important religious holiday should have the Parental
Permission Form for Religious Holidays on file in the Student Services
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     office. Parents then need to notify Student Services of the upcoming
     religious observation. If a family has not completed the form, permission
     should be sought from the assistant head of school for academics at least
     two weeks before the holiday.
          • Wedding/Graduation of a Family Member. Permission to miss
     academic commitments for the wedding or graduation of a family member
     must be obtained from the assistant head of school for academics at least
     two weeks prior to the proposed absence. Students will not be excused from
     final exams.

           In all cases of excused absences, students are required to
           make up any missed work within 48 hours of their return.

          Parental Decision Absences. Students will not be excused from
     academic commitments because of early departures for or late returns from
     vacations or weekends or for family vacations that do not coincide with
     Emma Willard vacations. Should a family insist upon an early departure or
     a late return, the following guidelines and consequences should be kept in

           • Any in-class work that is missed may not be made up. This includes
             tests, quizzes, or other graded work that is completed in class.
           • Assigned work that is due in any class must be handed in before the
             absence if it is to receive credit.
           • The assistant head of school for academics should be notified of the
             planned absence as early as possible.

          Unexcused Absences. On those rare occasions when a student is
     absent from a commitment for reasons not mentioned above, her absence is
     responded to with appropriate severity. Please note that any in-class work
     that is missed due to an unexcused absence may not be made up for credit.
     This includes tests, quizzes, or other graded work that is completed in class.
          Unexcused absences are tracked cumulatively through each semester,
     and an escalating series of penalties is applied as deemed appropriate by
     the assistant head of school for academics in consultation with the assistant
     head of school for community life.
           In addition, students who are absent without excuse from non-
     academic commitments and required events may also be subject to
     disciplinary measures.
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     (Important Information for Day Students Too.)
    Mutual respect and consideration are essential in dormitory living.
Dormitory regulations have been established to provide as much privacy and
freedom as possible for all students. At the same time, individual tastes must
meet with community standards. Students, proctors, and resident faculty
must work together within the framework of school rules.

                      Dorm and Quiet Study Expectations

     General Guidelines
     The two hours from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, are
quiet study time. Freshmen begin the first semester with the support of
proctored study hall. With the exception of seniors, all other students study
in their rooms during this time. Students wishing to listen to music while
studying must use headphones, and the music should not be audible to
anyone else in the room. There is a proctored study hall for those who cannot
successfully study in the dorms or those who request a proctored study time.
     Unless she is on academic review or social probation, a senior will not
be required to be in her room for quiet study time, but she should be quietly
involved in an academic pursuit. Seniors must be in locations approved for
study hall use and quiet hours must be observed.
     The Internet will shut off for all dorm residents from 8:00 until 9:30
p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. Email and intranet services will be
functional during this time period, which allows students access to the school
     Proctors and resident faculty are responsible for maintaining quiet on the
halls from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Family and friends are not to call during
quiet study hours, and intra-campus calls should not be made during this
time. Students who repeatedly fail to meet the expectations of quiet study
time are referred to the assistant head for community life.
     If students from different years room together, the standards for the
younger student will apply.

     Ninth Graders
     • Breakfast check-in through mid second semester
     • Quiet study—at desk with door open
     • Internet and phone access shut-off is 11:00 p.m. on weeknights
     • Check-in by 10:00 p.m. on the hall
     • Check-in in rooms by 10:30 p.m.
     • Lights out at 11:15 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday)
     • Room inspection once per week
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           • Breakfast check-in for first semester of the year
           • Quiet study—at desk with door open during first semester; study
             away from desk (with door open) during second semester
           • Check-in by 10:30 p.m. on the hall
           • Check-in in rooms by 11:00 p.m.
           • Internet and phone access shut-off is 11:30 p.m. on weeknights
           • Room inspection once per week

           • Breakfast check-in until Parent Days
           • Quiet study—in room with door open during first semester
           • Check-in by 10:30 p.m. on the hall, in rooms by 11:00.
           • Internet and phone access shut-off is 12:00 a.m. on weeknights
           • Room inspection once per week

           Seniors (including “senior privileges”)
           All Year
           • No breakfast check-in.
           • May sign out during the academic day (when classes are completed
             and with Student Services permission) and return by the beginning
             of next commitment (but no later than dinner check-in). If a student
             intends to return after the end of the academic day, she must get
             permission from an adult in Student Services and check in with her
             houseparent upon her return to campus.
           • Check-in by 10:30 p.m. on the hall. Extended curfew on Friday and
             Saturday nights until 12:30 a.m., effective after Revels.
           • Internet shut-off is 12:30 a.m. on weeknights.
           • Roaming hours during weeknights until 12:00 midnight (only
             to other senior rooms). Must sign out to destination. Must not disturb
             underclasswomen or other dorm residents.
           • Travel plans for all students must be turned in on Wednesday night.
             Seniors have some flexibility to change weekend plans, with approval
             of her houseparent.

           After Revels
           • Leave campus during lunch. This must be done with proper
             permission and proper sign out/in.
           • Have one dinner leave per week from Sunday through Thursday. Must
             return to campus by 9:30 p.m. Must have permission of resident
             faculty and sign out properly.
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     • Stay overnight at a day student’s home one night per week with a
       proper invitation from the day student’s parent and permission from
       resident faculty.
     • Return at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday evening after being away from school
       for the weekend.
     • Go to one midweek concert with permission from a parent and the
       assistant head for community life.

     8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Corridors should be quiet. Music may be
played quietly. Students are expected to be considerate of those who may
be studying in their rooms. Watching television and recreational viewing of
DVDs in the Student Center, the gym, and the AV Center are prohibited.

     After 3:30 p.m. As a boarding school, Emma Willard provides a rich
community experience, which is enhanced by numerous daily activities
shared beyond the classroom. For example, students and faculty eat in
the dining room and encounter one another in a host of venues after the
academic day has ended.
     To ensure that students are safe and accounted for outside the
classroom, students are asked to follow this check-in schedule:

     Breakfast    By 7:45 a.m. Required of grades nine through eleven
                  Monday through Friday.

     Dinner       By 6:45 p.m. Required Monday through Thursday.

     Quiet Study 7:30–9:30 p.m. Required Sunday through Thursday.

     Evening      Sunday through Thursday, 10:00 p.m. for freshmen, 10:30
                  p.m. for sophomores, 11:00 p.m. for juniors and seniors.
                  Students must be on their own halls.

     Dinner       By 6:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday (if on campus).

    Evening       11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday for all students. Students
must be on their own corridors for this check-in and must remain there.
Seniors may be off their halls or off-campus on weekends until 12:30 a.m.
with permission from resident faculty.
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          Campus Leaves. All leaves are granted according to the permission
     form signed by parents and students at the beginning of each academic year.
     The school does not grant any off-campus permissions to students whose
     forms are incomplete or non-existent. Additionally, the school reserves the
     right to exercise its judgment in granting students permission to leave the
     campus. Students are not permitted to stay overnight in hotels or motels
     except in the company of adult relatives. RPI fraternities are strictly off
     limits at all times.

          Signing In and Out. Providing a written record of her plans when
     a student is going to be away from school and signing back in when she
     returns are essential to the safety and well-being of the boarders and to
     the smooth running of the dormitories. When signing out to leave campus,
     students must be absolutely precise about their destination, time of
     departure, means of transportation, and expected time of return. A student
     must always call her houseparent or the resident faculty member on duty to
     ask permission if she wishes to change her plans after she has left campus.
     Messages may not be left with Security or with other students. A student
     must sign herself (and herself only) in and out whenever she is away from
     campus. There are no exceptions to this rule.

       Standard Schedule of Leaves and Requisite Permissions

           Weekdays (Sunday night through Friday afternoon)
           8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Daytime leaves may be granted by an adult in
     Student Services. On Fridays, a student may leave after her last academic
     commitment with permission of the assistant head of school for community
     life. In all cases when a student plans to return before 3:30 p.m., she must
     sign out and sign back in at Student Services.
           3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. To go to nearby Pawling Avenue stores within
     short walking distance: sign out with houseparent. Leaves of any other kind:
     sign out with houseparent; houseparent permission required.
           5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Evening leaves are granted by houseparents only
     under special circumstances: sign out with houseparents. On Sunday nights,
     students must return from weekend leaves by 7:00 p.m. (Seniors by 9:30
     p.m. once senior privileges are in effect).
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      Weekends (Friday night through Sunday afternoon)
      8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. To go to stores within walking distance on
Pawling Avenue: sign out with houseparent. Leaves of any other kind: sign
out; houseparent permission required.
      5:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m. All evening leaves require houseparent
permission. Students taking an evening leave to the home of a day student
require an invitation from the adult host/hostess. After Senior Dinner in the
fall, seniors may return as late as 12:30 a.m. with prior permission from
the resident faculty on duty. Seniors returning after 11:30 p.m. must check
in with their houseparent upon return to campus. Houseparents reserve the
right to deny requests for off campus leaves after 9:00 p.m. on weekends.

     Capital District. For reasons of safety and common sense, students
should never leave campus alone—groups of two or more are recommended.
When going to Troy or elsewhere in the Capital District to shop, see a movie,
or go to a restaurant, signing out in a general way (e.g., “to Troy”) is not
acceptable; a specific destination must be given (e.g., Bruegger’s, Friendly’s,
etc.). Students must use taxis or private transportation (with appropriate
permission) when going to and from campus at night.

     Closed Weekends. These weekends fall at the beginning and end
of long breaks so that boarding students can begin or end their vacations
together, and they often accommodate special school traditions or events.
No overnight leaves will be granted during closed weekends without special
permission from the assistant head for community life. The closed weekends
for 2012-2013 are September 7-9 (all students), September 21-23 (all seniors
for Revels auditions), December 14-16 (all students), and May 24-26 (all
students). In addition, January 11-13 is a closed weekend for all new second
semester boarding students.

      College Visits. Students wishing to visit colleges should make every
effort to do so during vacations or long weekends to avoid conflicts with
school commitments. Approval to miss school commitments for college
tours, interviews, and open houses is granted only to seniors and given only
when travel forms have been filed on time and permission has been granted
by the student’s parent and her college counselor. Students are responsible
for academic work missed while away visiting colleges. If a student will
be unchaperoned during an overnight visit, her travel form must include a
contact at the college or place where she will be staying. Parents assume
full responsibility for their daughter, and she remains subject to school
expectations for appropriate conduct while away for this purpose. Absences
for college visits for non-seniors will not be excused and will be considered
parental decision absences.
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          Social visits to college campuses are restricted to juniors and seniors.
     An invitation from an adult host/hostess is necessary for a student planning
     to take an overnight or weekend leave to a college. All such invitations
     should be submitted to the Student Services office.

          Dinner with Family Members. Parents or faculty who invite a student
     out to dinner on a weeknight must plan to return to campus by 7:00 p.m.
     (before quiet study hours). Permission must be obtained from the student’s

          Late Returns. Students must return from a weekend leave by 7:00
     p.m. on Sundays. Permission to return late from a weekend must be secured
     in advance from the houseparent. In the event that a student finds that she
     is unable to return at the required time, she must call the school and speak
     to her houseparent. While the houseparent does not have the authority to
     excuse a student from classes, it is the student’s responsibility to notify her
     houseparent so that she/he is informed. If the late return results in a missed
     academic commitment, depending on the circumstances, the student may be
     subject to the penalties of unexcused class absences.

          Travel Plans. A student must submit a travel plan for any kind of
     overnight leave. The form is available on the Emma Willard website, under
     ’forms’ and ’weekend travel plans.’ A student should complete the form
     promptly and thoroughly and submit it to her houseparent by check-in on
     Wednesday evening. Once forms have been completed, any changes should
     go through the houseparent. Regardless of her destination—her home or a
     friend’s home—a student must submit an invitation (either in writing, by
     telephone, or by e-mail) from her host or parents to her houseparent.

          Vacations and Other Leaves. Recognizing that travel reservations are
     at a premium during holidays, the school sends a calendar to parents well
     in advance so plans and reservations can be made ahead of time. Absence
     from classes will not be permitted to accommodate travel schedules. School
     arranged transportation is not available before the end of the last academic
     day before a vacation or long weekend.

          Dormitory Closures. Dormitories are closed during Thanksgiving,
     winter, and spring vacations. They remain open until noon on the day
     following the last day of classes and reopen at noon on the day preceding
     the start of classes. Students who must leave a day late or return a day early
     should plan to spend the night with a day student or family friends in the
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    Weekend Leaves. In order to create a sense of community and to
establish the connections that are an essential part of residential life, all
boarders must remain on campus for the first weekend of the fall semester.
Except for closed weekends (see page 22), when all boarding students must
be on campus, there are no additional restrictions on the number of weekend

     Alcoves. Each hall has (or shares with a neighboring hall) a community
space that is referred to as an alcove. These spaces are frequently used
for hall meetings, academic help sessions, birthday parties, and general
relaxation after quiet study hours. A microwave and refrigerator are located
in each alcove. Students share the responsibility for maintaining the alcoves.

     Daily Needs

    Allowance. The school recommends that students be given no more
than $25 per week for incidental purchases and weekend entertainment.
The school store will cash student checks at designated times. During
orientation, the school will help students open checking accounts at local
banks. Students are responsible for these accounts—repeated or deliberate
occurrences of bounced checks may lead to checking accounts being closed.

     School Store. Located in Kellas basement, the school store is a hub
of activity from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, with extended hours during times of peak demand.
Whether you are in need of a snack, a warm smile, or a cup of hazelnut
coffee, the school store is the place to go.

     Emma Willard School Identification/SmartCard System. All
students are provided with an Emma Willard School identification/debit
card (SmartCard) at the beginning of the school year. This card is used as
identification for transactions in the school store, as well as off campus
for identification and proof of age for movies, etc. The SmartCard allows
parents flexibility in determining students’ discretionary expenditures.
Essential expenses (this category is unrestricted) debited to the SmartCard
include academic supplies, academic activities, art and athletic charges,
various Health Center charges, Practicum driving charges, laundry fee for
boarders, class dues, etc.
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          Discretionary expenses (limits can be set by parents) debited to the
     SmartCard include student allowance, non-essential school store charges,
     calling cards, postage, and student activities.
          A $20 fee is charged to the student’s debit account for the original card.
     A fee of $15 is charged for replacement cards. SmartCard questions should
     be referred to the Business Services Office at (518) 833-1794 or via email
     to Parents and students may check the
     balance on the SmartCard by going to

          Dining. Kellas dining room serves both boarding and day students
     throughout the week. The kitchen provides three meals each weekday and
     brunch and dinner on weekends. Guests to campus (other than students,
     current faculty and staff, and alumnae) must purchase a meal ticket for
     meals in the dining room. Meal tickets are purchased in the Security office
     ($5/ticket). Meal hours are as follows:
         Weekdays                               Weekends
         Breakfast    7:00 a.m.–7:55 a.m.       Brunch         8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
         Lunch        11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m.      Dinner         5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
         Dinner       5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
          To satisfy late-night or weekend cravings (when the school store is closed),
     juice, soda, and snack machines are located near the school store. Students may
     also order in from a variety of take-out and delivery options in the area (see
     page 61 for suggestions).
          No dishes or eating utensils may be removed from the dining room.
     Students should bring their own mugs if they wish to take something to drink
     from the dining room. At no time may food (other than fruit) be taken out of the
     dining room. The kitchen itself is off limits to students, except with permission
     from the director of dining services.
          Given that such a large number of people eat together, courtesy and
     consideration must be exercised by all. Dress in the dining room during the
     week should adhere to the dress code. Pajamas (in good taste) are permitted at
     brunch on weekends only. Students who opt to venture into the dining room
     without proper attire will be asked to leave.

          Laundry Room. There are washers and dryers located in Sage
     basement. Students are responsible for doing their personal laundry or taking
     their dry cleaning to the local cleaners (within a short walking distance from
     EWS). Students are also responsible for the cleanliness of the laundry room.
     Washers and dryers do not require coins.
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                           Student Possessions

    Items of Great Value. Students are strongly urged to leave any
valuable jewelry or other hard-to-replace items at home since the school
cannot be responsible for the loss of personal possessions. We strongly
encourage students to store valuables such as passports and large sums of
money in the Student Services Office. Each student receives a dormitory
room key. A fee of $5 is charged for replacement keys.

    Lost and Found. The school’s lost and found is located in the Student
Services Office.

     Personal Property Insurance. While each student has her own room
key, and each room is locked with a master key by the resident faculty
during vacations, the school cannot guarantee the safety of cameras, iPods,
jewelry, cash or other personal items of value. Although we have a standard
procedure for reporting missing items (report filed with the assistant
head for community life and security) and will help students locate their
possessions, Emma Willard School does not assume responsibility for
students’ personal items and carries no insurance covering student property.
Parents have the option of insuring their daughters’ personal belongings.

     Summer Storage. Storage boxes, of an approved size and
reinforcement, must be purchased through the school store. A total of four
boxes per student may be stored at the school during summer months.
International students may store up to six boxes. All boxes must be securely
sealed and clearly marked with the student’s name and her rooming
assignment for the following year. In addition, the school will store a
student’s computer or printer in its original packaging and box. The school
will take every precaution to assure protection of summer storage, but will
not assume responsibility for any loss or damage.

                              Student Rooms

     Contents. Twin bed, mattress (regular twin), desk, chair, bureau, and
one light source, which may be built into the desk. Students are expected
to provide additional lighting (desk or bedside lamps, for example). Note:
Halogen lamps are never to be used in the dormitories.
     Students are responsible for the condition and care of their rooms and
their contents. Graffiti of any sort is unacceptable; cleanup or repainting
charges may be billed to the student’s SmartCard account at the end of the year.
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          What to Bring. Blankets, bedspread, bed linens, towels, washcloths,
     laundry bag, pillow, curtains, wastepaper basket, floor lamp and additional
     lighting, flashlight, bicycle, and eating utensils (plate, mug, spoon, and
     bowl) for evening teas. All additional lighting must use compact fluorescent
     light bulbs (CFLs) rather than incandescent light bulbs and students are
     expected to provide the CFL bulbs. Warm clothes are essential in the winter
     months—turtleneck tops, sweaters, long underwear, waterproof boots, and
     parkas are all standard attire when the cold weather descends upon the
     campus. Bathing suits are also useful; free swims are offered throughout the
     year in the Cheel Aquatics Center. Students may not have televisions, space
     heaters, immersion heaters, open burners, sunlamps, refrigerators, toasters,
     or other appliances deemed hazardous by the school.

          Decorating. Because of the damage that tacks and tape cause to wall
     surfaces, woodwork, and doors, they are not to be used. Each boarder has
     a bulletin board in the hall outside her room for her use. A minimum repair
     and cleaning charge of $50 will be assessed for the use of tacks, Fun-Tak
     found on walls or woodwork, tape found on walls, writing found in rooms
     or closets, or an unclean room at the end of the year.
          Posters affixed to the wall may cover no more than one-third of the
     wall area of the room so the fire hazard is kept to an acceptable minimum.
     Students may also use bulletin boards, which may be purchased at the
     school store.
          Tapestries cannot be hung on walls or from the ceiling because they
     present a serious fire hazard. For similar reasons, fabric must not be placed
     over lamps and wall-to-wall displays of photographs or magazine pages in
     student rooms or in the hallways are not allowed.
          Students are not permitted to decorate their rooms with paraphernalia
     connoting drug or alcohol use.

          Room Inspections. Weekly inspections of student rooms for both
     cleanliness and adherence to the decoration and fire codes are arranged
     by the resident faculty. These inspections, which ensure that rooms are
     maintained in clean and safe condition, are taken seriously. A student whose
     room does not meet the standards will find her activities restricted until it
     does. Every effort will be made to arrange inspections so the occupant of the
     room is present. Minimum regulations for inspection are: bed on bed frame
     and legs, bed made, food in covered containers, room sink clean, belongings
     neatly organized, and surfaces and floors properly dusted or vacuumed.
          If warranted by concerns for the health and safety of a room’s occupant
     or other students, the assistant head of school for community life may
     inspect a student room at any time.
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     Day students are fully integrated into boarding school life, are welcome
to attend all meals, and are expected to participate in required all-school
evening and weekend events. They are assigned to a corridor in a residence
hall for social events and have ample opportunity for leadership positions at
the school.

     Absences or Delay. Day student attendance at school will be noted by
the record of their attendance at their first period class.

            If a student is absent or late to school (this includes
        missing the bus), her parent must call the attendance hotline
                     at 833-1503 no later than 9:00 a.m.

     When the student returns to school, she must bring a note signed by a
parent or guardian explaining the absence. Absence from a class because a
student missed the bus will be considered an unexcused absence. Students
who miss a class for any reason are responsible for obtaining homework
assignments and making up missed classes. Day students are expected to
remain on campus through the completion of their last academic/athletic
commitment. If it is necessary to leave during the day for personal reasons,
a student should see the assistant head of school for community life, who
may give her permission to leave. If a day student becomes ill during the
day, she should go to the Health Center. From there she may call home
and her absence will be excused. Day students must sign out in the Health
Center for any doctor’s appointment scheduled during the academic day.

     In cases of excused absences, students are ordinarily required
     to make up any missed work within 48 hours of their return.

     Book Allocations. Students whose public school district provides used
books or textbook funds should acquire forms from the school store or from
local school district offices, fill them out two months before the semester
begins, and give them to the school store manager, or the local district

     Lockers. Each day student is given a locker in which to store her
books, school supplies, and other possessions. Day students must provide
their own combination lock for their locker and are asked to keep their
locker locked.
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         Meetings. Day student meetings are organized and facilitated by the
     day student proctors. Meetings help to orient new day students to Emma
     Willard and help them meet other day students.

          School Closings. Information regarding the closing or delayed
     opening of school because of inclement weather or other extraordinary
     circumstances will be available at or by
     calling the Security office at (518) 833-1300. Please do not assume that
     Emma Willard is closed when public schools are closed.

           Staying Overnight. Day students may stay overnight in the dormitories
     on a school night with proper communication between a parent and Student
     Services. Requests for overnights should be made at least 24 hours in
     advance. The visiting student must check in with the appropriate resident
     faculty member at dinner and must adopt all boarding routines—quiet study
     hours, signing in and out, room check-in, etc. Day students may not drive
     cars while they are living in the dormitories. Students should provide their
     own pillows and bed linens or sleeping bags.
           Day students may spend up to three nights at Emma Willard each
     semester without charge. Any additional overnights must receive special
     permission from Student Services, and there is a charge of $25 per night.
     The location of the visiting student’s sleeping quarters is determined by
     Student Services. During the week, all overnight guests must sleep in the
     one day student room (to be reserved with Student Services on a first-come-
     first-served basis). If no appropriate bed is available, the overnight request
     will be denied. On Friday and Saturday nights, sleepovers in friends’ rooms
     and/or a slumber party approach are acceptable, with resident faculty
     permission. When staying with a boarder, the day student and host must
     complete and submit a guest form to the boarder host's houseparent. With
     the exception of approved slumber parties, the policy for overnight visitors
     is one person per bed. Day student families should not assume a bed in the
     dormitories will always be available for day student overnight requests. In
     the event that no bed is available for a requested overnight, the day student
     and her family must be prepared to make other arrangements.
           Unauthorized day student overnights will result in the loss of this
     privilege for the remainder of the semester.

          Time on Campus. For safety reasons, it is essential that we know
     who is on our campus at all times. For all students, this begins with their
     attendance at the first period of the academic day.
          Underclass students who do not have a first period class are expected
     to sign in with Student Services by 8:00 a.m. Seniors, boarders and day
     students, have the privilege of signing in with the Student Services office
     before their first academic commitment of the day.
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      Day students remaining on campus beyond 6:00 p.m. are expected
to sign in at dinner with the houseparent on duty. This needs to be done as
close to 6:00 p.m. as possible with the only exception being an academic
or sports commitment that causes a delay in the sign in. Any day student
who is on campus at the beginning of study hall (7:30 p.m.) is expected to
be observing study conditions, and is permitted to be in proctored study
hall, the library, the student center or Sage study. Exceptions to this include
evening academic commitments or previously approved activities. When
day students leave campus after 6:00 p.m. on a school night, they will sign
out in the security office. All day students are expected to leave campus by
10:30 p.m. on school nights as this is the time boarding students must check
in on their halls.

     Transportation. Transportation to Emma Willard is provided by
many local school districts. Parents are also encouraged to explore car pool
possibilities. Day students who drive to school must register their cars with
security and park only in designated student parking areas. Students may not
use their cars to go off campus for lunch or errands during the day (except
for seniors, once senior privileges are in effect and with permission of the
assistant head of school for community life).
     A resident student may ride in cars with day students if her parents have
explicitly given her permission to do so on her permission form. The student
must check with Student Services (during the academic day) or with the on-
duty resident faculty (after school and on weekends) about this approval.

           GENERAL ROUTINES (for everyone)

     Cars. Students may ride in cars driven by faculty members or school
and parent-approved drivers. At no time may a boarder drive any car without
the explicit permission of the assistant head of school for community life.
While under the jurisdiction of the school, students may not hitchhike—this
includes traveling to or from school on weekend leaves. Resident students
are not allowed to have cars on campus at any time; this applies to boarders
who have signed out for weekend leaves.
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         Dating. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are required to have parental
     permission in order to spend time off campus with their dates (see student
     permission form). Freshmen are not permitted to date off campus. Guests,
     however, are cordially invited to visit any student on campus during visiting
     hours (see page 37) for meals, etc.

          Dress Code. During the academic day (8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), students
     should treat the school as they would any serious academic environment.
     Earphones are not permitted in academic buildings during the academic
     day. While styles may change, not all current fashions are appropriate in
     the classroom. Neatness and cleanliness are not only important in how
     others see a student, but are also indicative of self-respect. Students should
     dress modestly at all times. In order to reduce confusion, the following
     specifications regarding these policies have been established:

           1. Clothing with offensive language or imagery may not be worn.
           2. Underwear, including camisoles, must be covered at all times.
           3. Low-cut shirts or any other top that exposes cleavage may not be worn.
           4. Shirts must reach to a student’s pants or skirt while she is sitting.
           5. Skirts and shorts must reach at least to the tips of a student’s fingers
                 when she is standing with her arms at her sides.
           6. Bedroom slippers and bare feet are forbidden.
           7. Ripped, stained, and very sloppy (e.g., slept-in) clothing may not be worn.
           8. Sweatpants, including velour pants, may not be worn. Sweatpants are
              allowed at breakfast.
           9. Athletice and dancewear may only be worn to academic classes on
              team game and performance days.
           10. A student who is taking an art course and does not wish to damage
                her clothing may wear ripped/stained clothing for that course.
                For the same reason, a student taking a gym or dance class may
                wear athletic clothing for that class. In these cases, the student
                must change into appropriate clothing at the next available time for
                other academic classes.

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      (dress code continued)
      If a student is in violation of a guideline of the dress code, a faculty
 member will ask her to change and report the violation to the assistant
 head of school for community life. A student who repeatedly violates the
 dress code will be sent to the assistant head of school for community life
 and be assigned a school service.
      Times Outside the Academic Day. When students are not in class,
 they are free to dress more casually, keeping in mind that students are
 always expected to dress modestly. In the dining halls, appropriate
 pajamas may only be worn during brunch. In the residence halls,
 bathrobes must be worn to and from the showers.
      Formal Occasions. Dresses, skirts, and appropriately dressy slacks
 must be worn at plays, concerts, special dinners, lectures, convocations,
 and graduation. Students will be reminded of occasions when more formal
 attire is expected.
      Sunbathing. Sunbathing is permitted at the rear of the campus only,
 behind the Alumnae Chapel and beyond. Sunbathing in the gym courtyard
 is not allowed. Students are not permitted to sunbathe in the inner campus
 during the academic day nor in front of the campus facing Pawling Avenue
 at any time.
      Casual Days. Throughout the academic year, School Council
 sponsors several days on which the student body may wear more casual
 attire, such as sweatpants or pajamas, to classes. School Council will
 announce a casual day on the preceding academic day. Dress on sports
 teams' spirit days must follow dress code guidelines.

      E-mail and Internet Usage
      Usage. Upon enrolling at Emma Willard, each student is provided
 with an email account and access to the Internet. Email accounts are
 made available during the summer prior to enrollment at Emma Willard.
 Network account and Internet access are granted at the beginning of the
 school year after each student reads and signs an Internet usage agreement.
 School policy prohibits students from sharing their passwords, forwarding
 chain letters, using indecent, vulgar, or obscene language in an Internet
 forum, using the school’s email system to harass someone, or using the
 school’s system for commercial purposes. New students attend technology
 training sessions during Opening Days.
      Restrictions. Emma Willard students enjoy significant access to the
 Internet. Students are not permitted to chat online or access the broader
 Internet during quiet study hours; however, email and other on-campus
 network resources (e.g., the intranet website, the “student” file server)
 must remain available during those hours.
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          On school nights, access will remain available until 8:00 p.m. to allow
     students to access work but then is not available through the remainder of study
     hall unless the student goes to the library. All network access is closed down
     at the end of the day. The cut-off time Sunday through Thursday by class is 9th
     grade, 11:00 p.m.; 10th grade, 11:30 p.m.; 11th grade, 12:00 a.m.; 12th grade,
     12:00 a.m. On Friday and Saturday the cut-off time is 1:00 a.m. When a student’s
     Internet usage verges on overuse or addiction, or is marked by consistent late
     night hours, the resident faculty member, advisor, and the assistant head of school
     for community life reserve the right to restrict or eliminate that student’s ability to
     access the Internet from her room.
          Access. Our data network covers nearly the entire campus, including
     the dorm complex. Access is available via wired connections and wireless
     connections. Each boarding student has a wired connection and access to wireless
     in her room. Public computers, a mixture of PCs and Macs, are available in the
     Dietel Library and in Slocum basement. Computer kiosks are also available in
     some public spaces around campus for checking email. For more information
     about access and computer specifications, please contact EWS Information
     Services, located in the basement of Slocum Hall ( or
     check out the website at

           Fire Drill Procedures. During orientation and the first two months of school,
     fire drill procedures are practiced and reviewed with all students by the assistant
     head of school for community life and the resident faculty. At least twelve drills are
     held—at various times of the day and night—prior to December 1.
           The following procedures shall be followed for both daytime and evening fire
     drills held on campus.
           Daytime Drill (8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.)
           When the fire alarm sounds in a building occupied by students/faculty:
           1. Students exit the buildings through the closest exit, in a quiet and orderly
     manner. Teachers remain behind until all of their students have exited the building.
           2. Students and faculty walk to and enter the chapel.
           3. Students sit with their classes and teachers.
           4. Teachers will take attendance for their classes; the assistant head of school
     for community life or her delegate will take attendance for students not in a class at
     the time of the drill. Attendance sheets are given to the assistant head of school for
     community life or her delegate as soon as possible.
           5. Attendance sheets will be given to the assistant head for community life or
     her delegate to confirm that all students are accounted for. Any missing students
     will be cross-checked against the practicum list, the daily attendance sheet, the
     Health Center list and the sign-out board from Student Services.
           6. The chapel shall be kept quiet and orderly during this time to facilitate
     accounting for students and making any necessary announcements.
           7. Once the all-clear bell sounds, students and teachers may return to their classes.
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Evening Drill (3:30 p.m.–8:00 a.m.)
When the fire alarm sounds in a building occupied by students/faculty:
1. Students who are in their rooms are expected to do the following:
           * Put window shades up
           * Wear close-toed shoes
           * Take a towel
           * Wear a coat/jacket/sweatshirt
           * Leave lights on
           * Leave the door open
           * Evacuate the hall and dorm by way of the hall fire exit and proceed
directly to the chapel where attendance will be taken by proctors. At the
exit, the first student out the door should take the attendance clipboard and flashlight.
2. Houseparents should complete the following tasks before leaving the building:
           * Check each room
           * Close room doors after room check
3. Houseparents should join students in the chapel and help maintain order and
4. Students sit with their assigned halls. Each pew will be labeled with the
hall’s name so students will be able to find their places.
5. Attendance sheets are in the chapel and are given to the assistant head of
school for community life or her delegate as soon as possible. Proctors will
use these sheets to take attendance as they do for Morning Reports.
6. Attendance sheets will be given to the assistant head for community life
or her delegate to confirm that all students are accounted for.
7. The chapel shall be kept quiet and orderly during this time to facilitate
accounting for students and making any necessary announcements.
(Note: In the event that there is a fire in the chapel, these procedures will be
followed in Kiggins auditorium.)

Food Deliveries. Pizza and other food may be received until 10:25 p.m.
Sunday through Thursday evenings and until 11:25 p.m. on Friday and
Saturday. No deliveries are allowed during the academic day or during quiet
study hours. All deliveries should come to the front Sage loop (Helen’s Way).

General Safety. Our security force consists of people who oversee our
safety and patrol the inner and outer campuses. Students are expected to
report any disturbances or strangers on campus to Security immediately.
In an emergency, students are encouraged to use the red security phones
located throughout the campus.
    Proper safety equipment must be worn when engaged in physical
activities on campus. Helmets for biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, and
scooter riding are required. These activities are not permitted on the track or inner
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     Guests on Campus
         Parents/Adults. Parents and adult guests (21 and older) may visit any
     time and are welcome at meals (following our dining hall policy), but may
     not stay in dormitory rooms. On a first-come-first-served basis, parents can
     be accommodated in the Gorham House guest rooms for a fee of $50 per
     room per night for one or two nights. These rooms are not available during
     Opening Days, Parent Days, Revels week, or the week before and including
     Commencement, nor are they available for extended stays. Hotel accommo-
     dations in the area can be found on the school’s website at
         Friends. All male and female guests under the age of 21 must sign in
     with security when they arrive on campus. The hostess’s name and the
     guest’s name, home address, and phone number must be registered on a form
     provided for this purpose. If the guest is a driver, then the school will ask to
     photocopy the guest’s driver’s license.
         Guests are welcome to visit the school during the week as well as on
     weekends, according to the following schedule:

     Monday through Thursday               3:30 p.m.–7:25 p.m.
     Friday                                3:30 p.m.–11:25 p.m.
     Saturday                              9:00 a.m.–11:25 p.m.
     Sunday                                9:00 a.m.–7:25 p.m.

     Students are responsible for the behavior and conduct of their guests and for
     introducing them to the expectations, procedures, and people at Emma Wil-
     lard. All guests are expected to abide by the rules of Emma Willard. Guests
     are welcome to attend meals in the dining room, but must purchase meal
     tickets (at Security, $5) and always be accompanied by their hostess. Male
     friends are restricted to the first floor of the dormitories.
         Fathers, Brothers, and Other Male Family Members. Fathers are
     permitted in the girls’ dormitory area when necessary. Other male family
     members are permitted in the dormitory area only with the permission of the
     resident faculty. All are expected to be mindful of their activities in an all-
     girls’ dorm; their hostesses are responsible for their actions.
         Overnight Weekend Guests. Sisters and female friends/day students
     are welcome to stay overnight in a dorm room on weekends, with resident
     faculty approval. To have a friend spend the night, a boarding student must
     ask her resident faculty member for permission and have the guest’s parent
     call with permission and any special instructions. As a courtesy, the host-
     ess is expected to introduce the guest to the resident faculty on duty. There
     are no overnight guests in the dormitories during Revels weekend. Because
     of packing and general security in the dormitories, all friends and family
     members of graduating seniors must find other accommodations on the night
     before Commencement. With the exception of approved slumber parties, the
     policy for overnight visitors is one person per bed.
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Morning Reports. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, a mandatory all
school meeting is convened at 8:55 a.m. in Kiggins auditorium in Slocum
Hall. Presided over by designated members of the student body, this meeting
is an opportunity for the community to gather together for announcements,
birthdays, special messages, and various student performances. Students
sit with their halls (including day students, who are assigned to halls), and
proctors take attendance. Monday morning reports includes an inspirational
message by a faculty member or student. To make an announcement in
morning reports, time must be reserved through the Student Services office.

Smoking. Smoking by Emma Willard students is not permitted while they
are under the jurisdiction of the school. A student who is found smoking
outside (on or off campus, while under the school’s jurisdiction) will face
immediate disciplinary measures. Repeated infractions of this rule will
result in suspension and, ultimately, a review of whether or not the student
should continue at Emma Willard. A student who is found smoking inside
any school building will be immediately dismissed from the school, without
any discussion, by administrative disciplinary procedure (see the Code of
Conduct, page 40).

Teas. One night each week, teas are orchestrated by proctors and prepared
and served by two students on each hall after quiet study hours (9:30 p.m.).
Beverages, cookies, crackers, and cheese from the kitchen are usually
supplemented by other treats prepared by students and supported by proctor
funds. Day students are always welcome at hall teas.

Telephone Use. Each student room is equipped with a telephone. Room
phones are shut off at 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (10:15 p.m. for
freshmen) and at 1:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Phone calls may not be
made or received during quiet study hours (7:30–9:30 p.m.) and are prohibited
after 11:00 p.m. (10:15 p.m. for freshmen). Emergency calls after hours will
be connected to a resident faculty member’s telephone. Cell phone use is
permitted only in dorm rooms, the Student Center, and parking areas. A cell
phone that rings in an academic area (e.g. class, inner campus, study hall,
assembly, dining room, or a classroom building) will be taken away and
given to the assistant head of school for community life. Out of respect for
the community’s needs, cell phones may not be used in the dorm at any time
that dorm phones are shut off, either for calls or texting. If proctors, house-
parents, teachers, or the assistant head for community life feel this privilege
is being abused because of failure to follow these guidelines or because
grades and/or personal health are being negatively affected because of cell
phone use, a student will lose her cell phone while at school.
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     Television. The Student Center, located in Sage, has a large screen TV,
     with cable TV and DVD player, where students may watch TV or
     movies. Television is not permitted during the academic day
     (8:00a.m.–3:30 p.m.), during evening study hours (7:30–9:30 p.m.), or
     after 10:30 p.m. on weekdays (with the exception of special programs,
     hosted by the resident faculty). After 11:30 p.m. on weekends, students
     must have special permission from resident faculty to be in the Student
     Center. Movie watching on DVD players or hand-held devices and
     personal computer use for non-academic purposes are strongly
     discouraged during the academic day and is expressly forbidden during
     study hours and after 10:30 p.m. on weekdays.

     Community Connections Program. As Emma Willard promotes the
     habits of an intellectual life through our academic programs, we also
     foster the habits of initiative, responsibility, and community awareness
     through the service program. Whether service comes through small
     groups or a school-wide initiative, the experience provides meaningful
     opportunities for problem solving and leadership. Students connect with
     the community, locally or globally; take risks and learn from their
     mistakes; work as members of a team toward a common goal; and hone
     their leadership skills.
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                     CODE OF CONDUCT
     At Emma Willard, trust, honesty, clarity, and timeliness of information
have a direct impact on the quality of student life. Communication with
and access to the adult community, particularly during times of decision,
difficulty, and discipline, affords a student an opportunity to have her voice
heard. The student’s input may not direct the ultimate decision, but her
opinion will be acknowledged and will receive a response.
    A student will be apprised of and involved in significant communication
between the school and her parents/guardian. In disciplinary matters, the
student involved will be informed of the dissemination of information
regarding her case.
     It is expected that, when all other options have been exhausted, a student
will have the aid of an appropriate adult in the community in resolving a
concern with a faculty member or administrator.
     The student’s right to critical examination of school decisions, actions,
and policies brings with it the responsibility to be accurate, respectful, and
active in resolution of a concern. Just as students expect a certain quality of
life at Emma Willard, students are expected to aid in the growth of this
positive atmosphere.


    The role of discipline at Emma Willard is to educate students and to
maintain a safe, academically rigorous, challenging, and satisfying
environment. Our disciplinary system responds to unacceptable student
behavior because the community believes that it is through facing the
consequences of their actions that students learn about themselves.
Discipline, even when it takes the form of punishment, benefits individuals
by making them aware of how their behavior affects themselves and others.
    Disciplinary responses take into account both the needs of the individual
and the needs of the school community. In deciding upon a disciplinary
response, Emma Willard follows the Code of Conduct while also recognizing
the legal responsibility of the school in the realization of such decisions.
    Behavior at Emma Willard is guided by the Code of Conduct, and all
students are expected to abide by the standards of the school as outlined in
the code. The Emma Willard community strives to create an atmosphere that
promotes respect, honesty, and general trust. When these standards are
undermined, so, too, is the strength of the community.
    At the beginning of each school year, in advisor groups, each student is
asked to read, discuss, and sign the Code of Conduct, thereby acknowledging
her understanding of the expectations the school has for her and that she
must have for herself.
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                                   Code of Conduct

           Fundamental Rules
           Rule 1. A student will be honest and will respect the property of
                   others. Cheating, plagiarism, lying, vandalism, and stealing
                    are forbidden.
           Rule 2. A student should not engage in any act of hazing, bullying,
                    harassment, or intimidation.
           Rule 3. A student will not possess, use, buy, sell, or traffic in illegal
                    drugs or alcoholic beverages while under the jurisdiction of
                    the school.
           Rule 4. A student will not tamper with fire equipment including fire
                   boards and flashlights, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors,
                   fire alarms, and any component of the fire suppression
                    sprinkler system.
           Rule 5. A student will not violate a state or federal law.

     Fire Policy
     A student who kindles any form of flame in any school building will be
     dismissed from the school. This notice applies to matches, cigarettes,
     incense, fireworks, candles, charcoal, and/or any substance deemed
     flammable by the school.

     School Jurisdiction. A student is considered to be under school jurisdiction
     at all times when school is in session (unless the student is under the direct
     supervision of her own parents), when traveling to and from the school,
     when participating in school-sponsored trips, and when temporarily off
     campus. Any time a day student is off campus in the presence of a boarding
     student, she is considered to be under school jurisdiction and therefore
     responsible for adhering to all school rules and policies.

     State and Federal Laws. Emma Willard School does not
     condone violations of state or federal laws. Such violations will be grounds
     for disciplinary action. The use, possession, and trafficking of drugs are
     illegal both in the state of New York and at Emma Willard School, and the
     school will not knowingly permit the use, possession, trafficking, or other
     introduction of illegal drugs. Because of the seriousness of this issue,
     dismissal from the school is the disciplinary response in the absence of
     unusual circumstances, as determined at the sole discretion of the head of
     school or her designee(s).
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       Violation of a Fundamental Rule: Disciplinary Response

    A student found to have violated a Fundamental Rule is asked to report
herself to the assistant head of school for community life. If the student
fails to report the incident herself, she will be reported by the person
who asked her to do so. The assistant head of school for community life
shall then determine the facts of the case and consult the faculty chair of
the Conduct Review Committee (CRC) about convening the committee.
Through discussion with the assistant head of school, the student and as-
sistant head are expected to come to an agreement on the question of guilt.
Should this point of agreement not be reached, either the assistant head
for community life or the student may request the involvement of the faculty
chair of CRC in the hope that an additional perspective on the incident in
question will engender such agreement. Should agreement on the issue of
guilt not be reached, the assistant head of school for
community life will handle the incident administratively.
    Whenever a student violates a Fundamental Rule, expulsion is one of
the responses considered. Typically, dismissal from school is recommended
by CRC in cases of an egregious violation of a Fundamental Rule or a
repeated violation of any of the Fundamental Rules. The school reserves
the right to dismiss a student any time her behavior is deemed to have a
sufficiently harmful impact on the community or is a threat to herself. In
such extreme cases, the situation is addressed by the head of school, the
assistant head of school for community life, and other members of the
administration as the head of school requires.

Conduct Review Committee (CRC). The disciplinary response to a
violation of the Code of Conduct is recommended by CRC (Conduct
Review Committee), a committee composed of three faculty members and
four students. Once the assistant head of school for community life has
called for a case committee to hear a Code of Conduct violation, the
faculty and student chairs will, together, form that committee from the
CRC pool. Service on a case committee will rotate through the CRC pool.
    The CRC committee pool comprises students, chosen by application,
and ten faculty members (excluding the faculty chair). The students are in
equal numbers per class. The student chair joins the faculty chair of CRC
to form all case committees and serves on each case with the faculty chair.
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     CRC Procedure. When a case committee is convened, the assistant head of
     school for community life briefs the committee on the circumstances of the
     violation. The student who committed the violation is present for this
     briefing. The student who appears before CRC may choose a student
     advocate and a faculty advocate to accompany her. Both may provide a
     character reference for her, and the faculty advocate remains with her
     throughout the meeting, helping her in any appropriate way. The student
     may also elect to have the school counselor with her for support, but not as a
     contributor at the meeting. The committee listens to the circumstances of the
     violation and considers precedents as well as the past disciplinary record of
     the student in recommending a disciplinary response to the incident.
         If an attempt to convene a case committee during the last week of each
     semester fails because of academic demands on student members, the disci-
     plinary response for a violation of the Code of Conduct shall be determined
     by the assistant head of school for community life in consultation with the
     faculty and student chairs. This response is subject to review by the head of
     school or her designee(s).

     CRC Recommendation. The faculty chair reports the committee’s final recom-
     mendation in writing to the assistant head of school for community life. The
     assistant head, in consultation with the head of school or her designee(s), then
     decides whether or not to accept the recommendation and informs the chair, the
     student, the student’s parents, advisor, and resident faculty member of the final
     decision. If the recommendation is not accepted, the assistant head of school for
     community life will meet with the committee to give an explanation. All meet-
     ings of the committee are confidential, although a summary of the proceedings
     is given to the head of school and assistant head of school for community life. If the
     committee is unable to reach consensus in its recommendation, the matter will
     be referred to the assistant head of school for community life and the head of
     school for a determination.
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Disclosure of Disciplinary Information. Emma Willard’s disciplinary process
is a means of educating both individual students and the entire Emma
community. Accordingly, the school may share information regarding
disciplinary matters with the school community for the purpose of furthering the
education and learning of students and the school community overall. In doing
so, the school will be sensitive to the privacy needs of the individual students
involved. Given the unique nature of boarding schools, students often encounter
disciplinary responses that would typically be meted out by parents in a day
school setting.

After Withdrawal. When a student leaves school for any reason prior to
graduation, she must contact the assistant head of school for community
life or the head of school for permission before returning for a campus visit.

                          Sexual Harassment Policy

     Emma Willard School is founded upon shared respect for the individual and
for each other. We strive to establish a place to work, live, and learn in a safe and
pleasant environment in which we value ourselves and each other. Inappropriate
behavior of a sexual nature can undermine these goals and that respect. Believing
that these values are important to our community, it is the policy of Emma
Willard School that no member of the community may sexually harass another.
    The faculty and staff of Emma Willard School occupy a position of great
trust with respect to the well-being of our students. Faculty and staff are in a
position of authority and influence over the students and must always ensure that
this authority and influence are not abused.
    Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, sexual assault,
requests for sexual favors, sexually directed remarks, displays of sexually
suggestive material, and/or behavior of a sexual nature. Such
behavior, whether adult to adult, adult to student, student to student, or student to
adult, will not be tolerated at Emma Willard School. Under the guidelines of the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, such conduct is illegal
discrimination on the basis of gender when submission to or rejection of such
conduct is used as a basis for promotion or other employment decisions, or the
conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s job performance or creates
an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

Response to Violations. Intentional or unintentional incidents of sexual
harassment will be responded to in an appropriately swift and fair manner.
Sexual harassment may take many forms. Without feeling constrained by specific
definitions, any member of the Emma Willard community who believes that her
or his educational, social, or work experience is in any way compromised by
incidents of sexual harassment should feel free to seek satisfactory resolution.
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          Sexual relationships or activities between any member of the Emma
     Willard School faculty or staff and any student are improper, prohibited,
     and a basis for immediate dismissal from the school. Such relationships
     or activities may also constitute a crime or child abuse or maltreatment
     under the New York State Social Services Law.
          If a person has questions or concerns about a suspected incident of
     sexual harassment, the Emma Willard School community has in place a
     number of informal structures whose purpose is to provide a confidential
     environment for the airing of concerns of many kinds. Students, for example,
     should feel free to talk with the school counselor, the peer educators,
     members of the resident faculty, or their advisors should they feel a need
     to discuss any incidents of suspected sexual harassment and how, if
     appropriate, to proceed with a formal charge. Faculty and staff might want
     to talk with the school counselor, their department head, or their supervisor
     to discuss an incident of suspected harassment and how to proceed with a
     formal charge.

     Reporting Procedures. In all instances, when a student, faculty member,
     or staff member believes that she/he has been sexually harassed, she/he
     should speak directly with the head of school, the assistant head of school
     for academics or the assistant head of school for community life. In all
     cases, the head of school will be immediately informed of the incident.
     To insure a swift resolution and to protect the rights of both the accuser
     and the accused, the head of school will ask two persons selected from a
     group consisting of the assistant head of school for academics, the
     assistant head of school for community life, the director of resource
     management and strategic planning, the chief administrative officer, the
     chief financial officer and the director of enrollment at Emma Willard.
     These two people will investigate the incident expeditiously and
     confidentially; meet with all concerned parties separately; and, upon
     reaching a determination, will recommend a course of action to the head
     of school. This may include, without limitation:

     • no action;
     • education of the community about appropriate behavior;
     • counseling;
     • oral or written warning;
     • suspension; or
     • dismissal or termination.

     Where legal action is required, the parties will seek legal counsel and act
     as advised.
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     Peer Relationships in the Emma Willard Community

     Our collective experience has led us to believe that young people age
13-18 most often lack the depth of self awareness a healthy sexual
relationship involves. We know that community living and rigorous
academic expectations do not allow for the privacy and time that a healthy
sexual relationship demands. We also know that prohibiting sexual
relationships is an unenforceable rule. Accordingly, we ask all students to
voluntarily refrain from developing sexual relationships. We strongly
encourage students to seek out staff and trusted friends to discuss their
feelings when they sense their ability to handle this expectation is in
jeopardy. We expect each student to participate fully in learning about
intimate relationships so that each student can develop the psychological
maturity needed for all aspects of a healthy life.

          Violations of Emma Willard Residential Rules

     Most violations that pertain to boarding life are addressed directly by
the resident faculty. Chronic offenders meet with the assistant head of school
for community life and/or the director of residential life, who reserve the
right to assign a response which they deem appropriate, given the specifics of
the violation and the student’s disciplinary history at Emma Willard School.

Late Returns. In general, if a student is going to be later returning to Emma
Willard than she originally anticipated, she must call the resident faculty
member on duty with her revised itinerary and/or schedule. Failure to call or
notify a resident faculty member will result in disciplinary action.
Local trips off campus. Failure to return by the scheduled time will result
in the student’s temporary restriction to campus (amount of time “campused”
to be determined by the resident faculty).
Weekends. Failure to return by the 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening return time
or by the time to which the student and her resident faculty have agreed (in
the case of a scheduled late return) will result in temporary suspension of
weekend leave privileges.

Meal Check-In Violations
Breakfast Check-in. Kitchen duty for breakfast check-in offenders begins
promptly at 7:00 a.m. by which time the student serving this duty must have
checked in with the on-duty houseparent. The student is then to return to the
dining hall at 7:30 a.m. for a 30-minute work period assisting in the kitchen
where needed. Proper attire must be worn and includes t-shirts or long sleeve
shirts (no tank tops), jeans or long pants (no shorts or mini-skirts), and sneakers or
closed-toe shoes (no sandals or slippers). Students who arrive without proper
attire will be sent back to their rooms and their penalty will double.
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     Dinner Check-in. Depending on the student’s reason for missing
     dinner check-in, the resident faculty may assign either a 30-minute dinner
     kitchen duty or breakfast duty.

     Sign-In/Out Violations. Students who fail to sign in and out correctly
     meet first with the resident faculty and face an escalating system of
     sanctions that culminates in a referral to the assistant head of school for
     community life. This progression is:

     First occasion:  Warning
     Second occasion: Restriction to campus—“campused”
     Third occasion:  Referral to the assistant head of school for community life

     Social Probation. In Emma Willard School’s cooperative living
     arrangement, it is crucial that students learn to be as mindful of the needs
     of others and the needs of the community as they are of their own. Each
     student must make appropriate choices about her conduct and behavior.
     Students unable to live with the standards associated with living in the
     community will be placed on social probation, a status that alerts the
     student, her family, and adult members of the school community to her
     questionable behavior.
         Social probation carries with it sanctions that are appropriate to the
     violation leading to the probation. At a minimum, she must meet regularly
     with the assistant head of school for community life to discuss her
     ongoing improvement. In addition, her invitation to return for the next
     school year may be deferred.
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    Students may use the computer labs, the local network, and the Internet
as educational resources, to communicate, and for amusement. The
following procedures and guidelines help ensure safe and appropriate use:

• At the start of each school year, students will receive and discuss guidelines
in their advisor groups.
• Students are required to sign the guidelines indicating their understanding of
the rules and expectations.
• Students are responsible for their use of technology and subject to consequences
when they violate the guidelines. Students do not have an expectation of
privacy when using the school’s computer systems and the school reserves the
right to access a student’s email account.
• Students are responsible for checking their Emma Willard email account once
a day.

Using Technology Safely

1. Students should never reveal any personal information unless they know
   their correspondent well, and even then, with care. Students should never
   reveal personal information about fellow students. Students should be
   aware that they have little control over information posted on the Internet.
2. Students should never get together with someone they “meet” online.
   If a student believes she has a legitimate reason to pursue a dialogue with
   someone she has met online, then she should involve her parents, houseparent,
   or advisor.
3. Students should not give away personal information in chat rooms and on
   bulletin boards that would allow somebody to find them.
4. Students should not respond to any messages that are mean or make them
   feel uncomfortable. If a message is threatening or highly offensive, the
   student should report it to her resident faculty, her advisor, the school
   counselor, or Information Services.

Using Technology Responsibly

   Students are expected to behave responsibly in their use of technology
and to abide by school policy and generally accepted rules of network eti-
quette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
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     1. Students should not copy papers or sections of papers off the Internet
         and hand them in as their own. This is an example of plagiarism, which is
         strictly prohibited and covered in the Emma Willard School Code of
     2. Students should be courteous and respectful in messages to others.
         They should not harass others through email, chat, electronic bulletin
         boards, or blogs.
     3. Students should use appropriate language. Vulgarities and obscene
         language are not appropriate in electronic communication.
     4. When corresponding, students should always try to do their best
         writing, and proofread and edit their messages.
     5. Students should not post chain letters or engage in spamming. (Spamming
         means sending annoying or unnecessary messages to large numbers of
     6. Students should not look at other people’s files or email unless invited.
         They should not use the network to gain access to other computers
         unless invited. Hacking is prohibited.
     7. Students should be gentle with school technology equipment that they
         use especially fragile items like digital cameras.
     8. Students should not borrow, without permission, school technology
         equipment left in school spaces. For example, they should not help
          themselves to the digital projectors in classrooms.
     9. Using public computers for amusement should be limited to fifteen
         minute sessions.
     10. When downloading software, students should limit themselves to freely
         distributed or evaluation software. Students should only download
         software to their own computers. Students should not engage in
         software piracy.
     11. Students should be mindful that their activities on the network can affect
         others. Students should not disrupt network access for anybody else.
     12. Students should not visit websites that peddle pornography, hate, or
         illegal activities.
     13. Students should not engage in commercial activity of any kind.
         Running a business using school equipment or the network is
     14. Students should not reveal their passwords to others. Each student is
         responsible for all computing activities tied to her ID.
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Head of School Trudy Hall reports to the Board of Trustees and leads the
Administrative Council in managing all aspects of school life, including
curricular and co-curricular affairs, fiscal and staff management, enrollment
and public relations, development, alumnae and parent relations, and
long-range planning.

Assistant Head of School for Academics John Ball reports to the head of
school and is responsible for operational aspects of the academic program
and hiring. Consults with teachers in matters of pedagogy, general school
procedures, and classroom management. Oversees the academic office and
college counseling office.

Assistant Head of School for Community Life Judy Bridges reports to
the head of school and is responsible for all aspects of co-curricular life.
Oversees a student services program encompassing student leadership
development, clubs and organizations, health and counseling services,
residential life programs, student activities, and new student orientation.
Manages the student services staff and facilitates the student disciplinary

Chief Administrative Officer Pete McCorkle reports to the head of school
and is responsible for the campus technology, facilities, security, and
auxiliary income efforts. He works closely with the chief financial officer
to manage the school's day to day operations.

Director of Residential Life and Student Activities Jennifer Ulicnik
assists the assistant head of school for community life in all areas of student
services. Oversees all aspects of the resident life program and weekend

Director of Cognitive Skills DeShan Lett reports to the assistant head of
school. Monitors student academic progress and oversees academic
support, study skills training, tutoring, and attendance.

Director of Athletics and Physical Education Lisa Grefe oversees the
physical education classes and the varsity and JV sports teams, team
transportation, and scheduling.

Director of Financial Aid Jeremy Bollam reviews applications for
financial assistance and coordinates the work of the financial aid committee.
Also interviews, travels, and evaluates applications for admissions.
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     Interim Director of Health Services Judy Dignum assists the assistant
     head of school for community life and is responsible for all student health
     services, including health programming.

     School Counselor Mary Moore works with the assistant head of school for
     community life and is available to students who wish to discuss personal
     concerns in confidence. Upon request, makes referrals to private clinicians
     in the area.

     Registrar is responsible for the maintenance of all
     academic records and student information. Manages the academic
     schedule and coordinates student registration and scheduling. Prepares
     grades and transcripts and facilitates the faculty and advisor comment
     writing process.

     Parents may also contact the school through the parent email,

                       2012–2013 Proctors & Peer Educators

                Hall            Proctor                     Peer Educator
                Kellas 2S       Aita Seck                   Kitson Smyth
                Kellas 2T       Sophie D'Anieri             Emagin Tanaschuk
                Kellas 2L       Liv Wang                    Abby Shiroff
                Kellas 3T       Zoe Sumner                  Danielle Miller
                Kellas 3L       Abby McOsker                Sophia Hon
                Kellas 3S       Nagisa Ito                  Josie Rea-Tomlinson
                The Bridges     Stephanie Valdez-Flores     Olivia Idris
                Cluett          Anne Leonardo               Caroline Bennett
                Sage 2S         Aleka Cheng                 Ekiuwa Imariagbe
                Sage 2X         Chelsea Inlong              Aleks Tor kelson
                Sage 2L         Stella Pabis                Jamie Park
                Sage 3S         Samantha Tetrault           Brianne Oricchio
                Sage 3L         Joanne Hyun                 Rebecca Christopoulos
                Sage 3Z         Yang Zhou                   TBD
                Hyphen 2        Phoebe Chan                 Teagan Moriarty
                Hyphen 3        Sammie Oluyede              Alyssa Maier

                Day Students    Cathleen Alarcon            Emily Van De Loo
                                Julia Doyle                 Shivani Gonzalez
                                Samantha Evans              Anika Verma
                                Murielle O'Brien            Abby Nissen
                                Hannah Wilcox               Grace Smith
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       Emma Willard School Council (Student Council)

    School Council is a group designed to represent the student body. It
carries two primary responsibilities:
1. To listen to and, when possible, to address student concerns;
2. To provide two-way communication between the student body and the
school administration.

School Council has eight seats:
• Two at-large members, elected by the entire student body
• Four class representatives (one from each class)
• One peer educator representative
• One proctor representative

    While there has always been at least one day student and at least one
boarding student serving on School Council, there is no guarantee that this
will always be the case. If, by chance, one of those groups is not represented,
then it will be the responsibility of School Council to ensure that the
unrepresented group has a voice.
    School Council chooses a president among its members each fall. Other
officers (e.g., vice-president, secretary) may be chosen at the same time. School
Council is advised by one or two faculty members appointed by the head of school.

    In the spring, the freshmen (rising sophomores), sophomores (rising
juniors), and juniors (rising seniors) elect their class representatives at the
same time that they elect class officers for the following year. In addition,
also in the spring prior to elections, those running for an at-large School
Council position deliver a speech, or participate in a panel discussion,
before the student body. Votes for at-large candidates are tabulated by
present members of the council who are not candidates themselves and by
the faculty advisor or the assistant head for community life. Only students
may vote for student positions. Seniors do not vote. If, once votes are
tallied, no clear winners emerge; School Council may schedule a run-off
election. Class and at-large elections should be completed by the end of the
third week in May.
     Early in the fall, the proctors and the peer educators choose their school
council representative. A short time later, once the freshmen have had a
chance to get to know one another, they elect their representative at the
same time as they are electing their class officers.
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     Meetings and Expectations
         School Council meets during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The
     meetings are open to the entire school community. School Council tries to
     meet with the assistant head of school for community life and the head of
     school at least once a semester.
            During the year, School Council members are expected to be in
     touch with their constituents, to listen to their concerns and to keep them
      informed. They are also expected to attend all regular meetings.

                                Student Activities

         Student organizations and clubs are an important part of every student’s
     Emma experience. Each fall there is an activity fair at which students may
     learn about organizations and clubs and join those of interest to them. Some
     activities are traditional organizations and others are interest groups.

     Black and Hispanic Awareness (BHA) consists of students who meet to
     increase awareness of black and Hispanic cultures. This group annually
     sponsors multi-cultural activities.
     The Clock Emma Willard’s student newspaper, is published five times a year.
     Foreign and American Student Organization (FASO) is composed of
     international and American students who wish to enhance cross-cultural
     awareness at Emma Willard. FASO sponsors international events.
     Gargoyle is Emma Willard’s yearbook.
     Junior Singing Group (JSG) is an a cappella singing group whose heads
     are chosen by election from the junior class and whose members are chosen
     by audition early in the school year.
     Triangle is Emma Willard’s art and literary magazine, is produced once a year.
     Twelve Tones is a senior a cappella singing group. Members are selected
     through auditions held early in September. The heads are chosen from the
     class’s Junior Singing Group.

     Special interest groups include the following:

     Agonies                      Mock Trial                Student Organization
     Campus Players               Model UN                    for Animal Respect
     Choir                        Orchestra                   (SOAR)
     Emma Green                   Outing Club               Fellowship of
     EmmaNow                      Phila                       Christians in
     Fair Trade                   Quiz Team                   Universities and
     Gay, Straight Alliance       Science Olympiad            Schools (FOCUS)
     Interact                     Slavery No More
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                    2012–2013 Student Leadership
                   Senior Class     (Meets in Maguire)
                   President        Francesca Gundrum ’13
                   Vice President   Natalie Kiley-Bergen '13

                  Junior Class      (Meets in Kiggins)
                  President         Nicole Stamas ’14
             Secretary/Treasurer    Zoe Fowler '14

              Sophomore Class       (Meets in Alumni Chapel)
                       President    Ximena Alverde '15
             Secretary/Treasurer    Justine Hu '15

               Freshman Class       (Meets in Lyon-Remington)
                                    (Officers to be elected in the fall)

                School Council
                  Senior Class      Melodi Dincer ’13
                  Junior Class      Abby McOsker ’14
              Sophomore Class       Courtney Breiner ’15
               Freshman Class       To be elected
                 Peer Educator      To be elected
                       Proctor      To be elected
                      At Large      Liz Podbielski '13
                      At Large      Antonia Williams '14

Agonies            Anne Leonardo '13         Mary-Elisabeth Moore ’13
                   Stella Pabis '13
BHA                Lisa Francois ’13         Zoe Sumner ’13
Choir              Cathleen Alarcon ’13      Phoebe Chan ’13
                   Kitson Smyth '13
The Clock          Liv Gundrum ’14           Jill Martin ’13
Emma Green         Hayley Kohler ’13         Liz Podbielski ’13
EmmaNow            Sophia Hon '14            Samantha Tetrault ‘13
Fair Trade         Crystal Chan ’14          Zoe Feng ’15
FASO               Vivian Cheng '13          Jamie Park '13
FOCUS              Brianna Louie '13         Danielle Miller '14
                   Mary-Elisabeth Moore '13
Gargoyle           Kaitlin Curley Anders '13 Reagan Schaeffer '14
JSG                Sierra Carlin ’14         Grace McCarthy ’14
May Day            TBD
Mock Trial         Francesca Gundrum ’13     Emily Van De Lou ’14
Model UN           Sophie D'Anieri ’13       Liv Wang ’13
Orchestra          Joanne Hyun ’13 Betty Ma ’13
Phila              Mitali Das ’13
Quiz Team          TBD
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     Science Olympiad           Yiyi Feng '14              Lynnie Fein-Schaffer '13
                                Moriah Harling '13
     Slavery No More            Seojin Park ’13            Antonella Dominguez ’14
     SOAR                       Samantha Evans '13         Kailin Braechle '14
     Triangle                   Zoe Fowler '14             KaraLin Pintye '13
                                Sherry He '13              Vivian Qiao '14
     Twelve Tones               TBD

                        Several Key Traditions and Events

     The following traditions and events are observed by the Emma Willard

     Advisor/Advisee Dinners occur formally at least three times during
     the year—on Opening Day, at Eventide, and in the spring. These family
     style dinners give students the opportunity to sit down to a meal with
     their advisors and her/his other advisees.

     Athletic Desserts in the fall, winter, and spring honor the
     accomplishments of Emma Willard athletes and their teams. It is an
     opportunity for coaches to thank their team members and to summarize
     their seasons.

     Principal’s Play Day is a surprise holiday announced by the head of
     school. It may occur any time in the school year.

     Senior Teas bring the senior class together two or three times during the
     year for conversation and activities.

     The Senior Triangle, the grassy center of the inner campus, belongs
     to the seniors and alumnae. No one else is allowed to step on it without
     permission from a senior or an alumna.

     The Serving and Shaping Her World Speaker Series brings talented
     individuals to campus for a 24-hour residency of speaking/performing
     and teaching. Recent speakers have included poet Major Jackson, Pen-
     nies for Peace founder Greg Mortenson, author and slavery activist Ben
     Skinner, and environmental attorney Laurie Burt ’67.
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    Before the official opening of school, day student proctors host a Day
Student Party at the school to welcome new day students to Emma Willard
and show them around the campus.
    Preseason athletics brings participants in fall sports together for
preparation during the opening week of school.

    Opening Week of school is a time for all students and faculty to learn
about and form our community for the coming year. New students have the
opportunity to meet teachers and returning students as we together begin to
create community through classes and other fun activities.

     Senior Dinner is a special time when faculty and seniors come together
for a formal meal planned by the seniors and served by sophomores.
     Parent Days is a time set aside to welcome parents to campus to
attend classes with their daughters, to get to know their daughters’ faculty,
advisors, and friends. This is a great time to learn about what life is really
like at Emma Willard.

     The Hanukkah tradition is celebrated in December (as close to
the actual date as possible) with a party organized by parents featuring
traditional Hanukkah cuisine.
     Peanuts and Shells is a weeklong tradition celebrated during the
holiday season as inexpensive gifts are anonymously given and received.
The week culminates in a party during which the gift-giver, the Shell,
reveals her identity.
     Revels is the senior class production portraying the Yuletide celebration
of a medieval manor family. The players include a jester, Morris dancers,
marshals performing an authentic sword dance, and a Mummers play. As
is the custom in the nearly 100-year-old tradition of the play, the role of
each senior is kept a closely guarded secret from auditions in October until
Revels night. The atmosphere of Revels week is festive and makes the
holiday season a particularly memorable time at Emma Willard. Students
attend the Friday night performance of Revels in formal attire.
     Eventide includes seasonal music and readings, culminating in a
candlelit ceremony around the Senior Triangle and a reception and sing-
along in Lyon-Remington Hall.
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          Emma Hart Willard’s birthday, February 23, 1787, is celebrated
     annually by the community and by alumnae around the world.
          Ring Dinner for juniors is organized by the senior class. At this time,
     juniors receive their school rings amid much ceremony with a dinner served
     by freshmen.

         After several months of preparation by the junior class, students
     celebrate and enjoy their Prom. Any profit from the ticket sales goes to a
     charity selected by the junior class.

           Awards Night honors student achievement in each academic discipline,
     in community service, and in athletics.
           Honors Convocation is held annually to celebrate the induction of
     a small number of seniors into the national Cum Laude Society and to
     recognize the outstanding community contributions of those young women
     who are recipients of the EW Award.
           May Day is a traditional spring celebration that features intricate
     maypole dancing by freshmen and the appearance of the senior May Queen
     and her court.
           Students participate in a Room Lottery. Rising seniors have priority in
     the assignment of rooms.
           The second Senior Dinner brings the faculty and seniors together
     to share memories at year’s end. The elegance of the meal is enhanced
     by junior servers. Seniors are given roses and inducted into the Alumnae
     Association at this dinner.
           Flame Ceremony celebrates the annual passing down of knowledge
     and experience as student leaders officially hand off their responsibilities.
     It is a time of farewell for the seniors and of welcome for the new student
           Senior Retreat takes seniors off campus for three days during the week
     prior to graduation. Life skills courses are offered and members of the
     class have an opportunity to spend a relaxing time with one another before
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     Commencement weekend begins with rehearsals on Friday as seniors
practice for Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises. Baccalaureate
begins at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Alumnae Chapel and features a
faculty speaker chosen by the seniors. Following Baccalaureate, seniors
and their families and friends join the faculty for dinner, a concert featuring
senior talent, and a commencement party. Dance music and presents
for each senior (prepared by their sister class) make this a very special
     At Commencement the next morning, the seniors wear all-white,
full or tea length dresses and carry a single red rose as they process to the
ceremony. Following the ceremony, they stand on the edge of the Senior
Triangle and are congratulated by the faculty.

           All students are required to attend Opening Convocation,
        Revels, Honors Convocation, Commencement, advisor/advisee
     dinners, Awards Night, Flame Ceremony, community gatherings,
       special lectures, and other special events throughout the year.
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                       Places at and Around Emma Willard

          Security is located in the front of Sage Hall, across from Student
     Services. Equipped with state-of-the art video cameras that provide
     comprehensive surveillance of the campus, the office is staffed 24 hours a
     day, seven days a week.

         School Store Located in Kellas basement, around the corner from the
     mailroom, the school store is a hub of activity from 10:00 a.m. to
     12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with
     extended hours during times of peak demand.

         Computer Center is located in Slocum basement and equipped
     with workstations, printers, and other technological resources. Numerous
     computer workstations are also available in the Dietel Library and Hunter
     Science Center. Emma Willard is equipped with both PC and Macintosh

         The Health and Wellness Center is located on the ground floor of
     Hyphen Hall, at the Archway. A registered nurse is always available in the
     event of an emergency.

        The Laundry is the building next to the Elmgrove Avenue gate. It is
     home to the development and business offices.

          The William Moore Dietel Library is the central facility in the Snell
     Music/Dietel Library/Maguire Art complex. The library collection contains
     books, eBooks, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, microforms, and the school
          Reference books, periodicals, and microforms may not leave the
     library. Circulation is by self-service checkout. A photocopy machine/
     scanner is available for student use. Reserve materials are kept at the
     information desk and may be borrowed by asking the staff.
          The library has wireless Internet access and public computer work
     stations linked to campus printers. Emma Willard subscribes to many
     databases for access to periodical articles, reference material, and primary
     source documents. The library also has an excellent network for inter-
     library loan of both books and periodical articles.
          The library Web page at has information
     about the library, with links to our online catalog, a list of new titles, links to
     our electronic resources and to helpful websites including sites for primary
     source documents.
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     The library is open:    Sunday–Thursday         8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
                             Friday–Saturday         8:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
     The library is staffed: Monday–Thursday         8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
                                                     7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
                            Friday                   8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
                            Sunday                   3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
                                                     7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
     Archives is staffed:   Monday–Thursday          1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
                            Friday                   8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Mailroom The student mail center is located in Kellas basement.
Faculty, staff, and boarding and day students receive mail there and may
buy stamps or send packages in the mailroom. The mailroom is open
Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

    Information Services manages computer networks and provides
services and technical support for all members of the Emma Willard
community. It is located in the basement of Slocum

                            In and Around Troy

     Located along the Hudson River, Troy is a city of 55,000 people and
is more than 200 years old. Troy was a major center for the industrial
revolution in the 1800s—birthplace of the detachable shirt collar and home
to stove manufacturers, textile mills, stagecoach and carriage builders,
and more. Today, it is home to The Sage Colleges, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, and Emma Willard School. While Emma overlooks the city of
Troy up on the “hill” of Mount Ida, students frequently make their way
off campus, either on foot, by bus (the #80 bus to downtown Troy stops in
front of Emma Willard), by taxi, or with a faculty member. Here are a few
popular destinations and helpful phone numbers.
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          Breakfast, Lunch Spots & Inexpensive Dinner Options
          Bacchus, 33 Second Street, Troy (518) 687-0345
          Bruegger’s Bagels, 55 Congress Street, Troy (518) 274-4469
          DeFazio’s Pizza (gourmet pizza/take-out), 266 4th Street, Troy (518) 271-1111
          Francesca's, 461 Broadway, Troy (518) 272-3726
          Illium Café, 9 Broadway, Troy (518) 273-7700
          Manory’s Restaurant (breakfasts), 99 Congress Street, Troy (518) 272-2422
          Shalimar Indian Restaurant, 407 Fulton Street, Troy (518) 273-8744
          Spill’n the Beans, 13 3rd Street, Troy (518)268-1028
          Brown’s Tap Room, 417-419 River Street, Troy (518) 273-2337
        * Carol’s Pizza & Subs, 536 Pawling Avenue, Troy (518) 271-7700
        * Lee-Lin’s Chinese Food, 539 Pawling Avenue, Troy (518) 274-8816
        * McDonald’s, 66 Main Avenue, Wynantskill (1.3 miles from EWS) (518) 283-2089
        * Mr. Subb, Inc., 625 Pawling Avenue, Troy (518) 273-0648
        * Chubby’s Sub East Side, 769 Pawling Avenue, Troy (518) 283-3300
        * Okinawa, 61 Main Avenue, Wynantskill (518) 283-7716

           Finer Dining
           Daisy Baker’s, 33 Second Street, Troy (518) 266-9200
           LoPorto, 85 Fourth Street, Troy (518) 273-7313
           River Street Café, 429 River Street, Troy (518) 273-2740

          Dry Cleaning
        * Rainbow Cleaners, 10 Ford Avenue (across the street from CVS),
              Troy (518) 274-0981

        * Flowers By Clas, 532 Pawling Avenue, Troy (518) 273-4132

          Shopping (groceries and sundries)
        * CVS Pharmacy, 541 Pawling Avenue, Troy (518) 271-1706
        * Cumberland Farms, 623 Pawling Avenue, Troy (518) 273-9778
        * Hannaford Supermarket, 40 Main Avenue, Wynantskill (518) 283-0538
             (just over one mile from EWS)

          Bella Napoli, 721 River Street, Troy (518) 274-8277
        * The Cookie Factory, 520 Congress St., Troy (518) 268-1060
        * Perrotta’s Bakery, 766 Pawling Ave., Troy (518) 283-4711
          Placid Baker, 250 Broadway, Troy (518) 326-2657

           * Within walking distance of campus.
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     Bank of America, 59 Third Street, Troy (518) 266-0519
     Key Bank, 130 Fourth Street, Troy (518) 274-1213
     Pioneer Savings Bank, 78 Main Avenue, Wynantskill (518) 283-5905
     First Niagara, 32 Second Street, Troy (518) 270-3200
          and 86 Main Avenue, Wynantskill (518) 283-8600


     From the East. Mass Pike (I-90) into New York State. Continue on I-90
     (using exit B1) to exit 9, to Route 4 north. On Route 4, travel 1.5 miles
     to a right onto County Route 74 (Winter St. Ext.). Travel approx.
     2 miles. When the road forks, bear left (leaving Route 74 and
     continuing on Winter St. Ext.) to end. Turn left onto Pawling Avenue
     (Route 66). Emma Willard is .8 miles ahead on the right, marked by a
     wrought-iron fence.

     From New York City. Exit 23 from N.Y. State Thruway to I-787
     northbound to Route 7 east. Now see below “From All Points.”

     From Western New York. N.Y. Thruway (I-90) to exit 24. Follow signs
     for Route 90 east to Boston. Continue to signs for Route 787 north
     to Troy. Follow 787 north to Route 7 east. Now see below “From All

     From the North. Take Route I-87 south, exit 7, Route 7 east to Troy.
     Follow signs for Bennington, Vt. Now see below “From All Points.”

     From All Points Above. From traffic light at end of Collar City Bridge
     follow 7 east (Hoosick St.) to the 3rd traffic light. Turn right onto 15th
     St. and follow it to the end (approx. 1 mile). Turn left onto Route 2 east
     and proceed to Route 66 (Pawling Avenue) at the 2nd light, then bear
     right onto Route 66. After the 4th traffic light, Emma Willard will be on
     your left. Continue along front of campus to the main gate.
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                  ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2012-2013
     24–25            Fri.–Sat.    Proctor and peer educator training
     26               Sun.         Students arrive
     27–31            Mon.–Fri.    Orientation and start of school
     31               Fri.         Opening Convocation 11:00 a.m.

     3      Mon.                   (Labor Day) Athletic teams practice in afternoon
     4      Tues.                  Classes beegin
     7–9    Fri.–Sun.              CLOSED WEEKEND for all students
     8      Sat.                   ACT
     17     Mon.                   Rosh Hashanah
     21–23  Fri.–Sun.              CLOSED WEEKEND for seniors
     26     Wed.                   Yom Kippur
     TBD    Sat.-Sun.              Alumnae Association Council

     6     Sat.                    SAT I and II
     8     Mon.                    Columbus Day (school in session)
     12–13 Fri.–Sat.               Parent Days
     14–16 Sun.–Tues.              Long Weekend
     16    Tues.                   Students return by 9:00 p.m.
     17    Wed.                    Classes resume at 8:00 a.m.
     20    Sat.                    PSATs
     TBD   Thurs.–Sat.             Trustees (Orientation and meetings)
     27    Sat.                    ACT

     3     Sat.                    SAT I and II
     16    Fri.                    Thanksgiving break begins at 3:30 p.m.
                                   (Dorms close at noon on Saturday, November 17)
     26               Mon.         Students return by 9:00 p.m.
     27               Tues.        Classes resume at 8:00 a.m.

     1     Sat.                   SAT I and II
     8     Sat.                   ACT
     9     Sun.                   First night of Hannukah
     14–16 Fri.–Sun.              CLOSED WEEKEND for all students
     21    Fri.                   Semester ends, Vacation begins for underclasswomen 10:00 p.m.
     22    Sat.                   Revels performance at 2:00 p.m. for senior parents
                                  (Dorms close at noon on Sunday, December 23)
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8      Tues.         Faculty commitment TBD; Students return by 9:00 p.m.
9      Wed.          Classes resume at 8:00 a.m.
26     Sat.          SAT I and II

8      Fri.          Winter long weekend begins at 12:00 p.m.
11     Mon.          Students return by 9:00 p.m.
12     Tues.         Classes resume at 8:00 a.m.
13     Wed.          Ash Wednesday
23     Sat.          Emma Willard's birthday

15    Fri.           Spring break begins at 3:30 p.m.
                     (Dorms close at noon on Saturday, March 16)
31      Sun.         Easter

1       Mon.         Students return by 9:00 p.m.
2       Tues.        Classes resume at 8:00 a.m.
13      Sat          ACT
19      Fri.         Spring long weekend begins at 12:00 p.m.
20–22   Sat.–Mon.    Spring long weekend
23      Tues.        Classes resume at 8:00 a.m.
TBD     Sat.–Sun.    Alumnae Association Council

4       Sat.         SAT I and II
6-17    Mon.–Fri.    Tentative AP exam dates
TBD     Fri.–Sat.    Trustees
20      Mon.         Spring semester ends for seniors
22–24   Wed.–Fri.    Senior retreat
24–26   Fri.–Sun.    CLOSED WEEKEND for all students
25      Sat.         Baccalaureate
26      Sun.         199th Commencement
27      Mon.         Reading day
28–31   Tues.–Fri.   Exams for 9s, 10s, and 11s

1       Sat.         SAT I and II
2       Sun.         Dorms close at 12:00 p.m.
7–9     Fri.–Sun.    Reunion for classes ending in 3 and 8
8       Sat.         ACT

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