Academic Services University Bulletin 2001-02

Academic Services

Academic Advising

Each freshman is assigned a member of the faculty or staff to serve as a formal academic advisor during the first year. Upon declaring a field of concentration, students receive faculty advisors in their own disciplines. Finally, each department designates an advising chair to serve the needs of all students interested in learning more about academic opportunities within the department.

Office of First Year Services

Programs and advising services designed to meet the particular needs of first year students are provided by the Office of First Year Services, located in Kutz Hall, in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. The office coordinates academic advising by faculty and staff, organizes workshops and class activities for all entering undergraduates, and works closely with other offices and staff to create a supportive environment for first year students.

Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

The deans in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs assist individual students in planning their undergraduate careers at Brandeis, and in addressing their problems and concerns through the Committee on Academic Standing. Guidance is available in program planning and the selection of a major field of study. In addition, monitors the progress being made by all undergraduates toward completion of degree requirements, coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities, the Advanced Placement Program, Cross Registration, and premedical advising.

The office provides advising for Brandeis undergraduate students who seek to enrich their education through a period of study abroad. It also maintains a resource library of materials on available programs. The office provides information and assistance in obtaining international study grants available through Fulbright, Rhodes, D.A.A.D., Marshall, and other scholarship and fellowship programs, including the Sachar International Scholarships for Brandeis students.

Office of Student Enrichment Services

Programs under the umbrella of Student Enrichment Services provide learning assistance and academic support. All programs are designed to maximize every student's potential for academic success and achievement. For further information contact the Office of Student Enrichment Services, 217 Kutz Hall.

Brandeis Tutorial Services: Offers tutorial assistance for over 60 courses in the University, including the 10, 20, and 30 levels for languages, introductory courses for psychology and economics, and several introductory science courses. Evening drop-in as well as individual and small group tutoring is available.

Academic Enrichment Workshops: Workshops on such learning strategies as time management, reading college texts, note-taking skills, and exam strategies are offered. Workshops are generally offered at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Student Support Services Program (SSSP): Provides intensive academic advising, tutoring, mentoring, and career and graduate school counseling to students who are the first in their families to attend college. While participation is not competitive, students must meet certain federal eligibility criteria to enroll in the program. SSSP is a federally-funded TRIO program.

McNair Scholars Program: The McNair Scholars Program encourages students from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds to pursue doctoral studies and consider careers in academia. McNair Scholars are chosen on a competitive basis from sophomores and juniors who are enrolled in Brandeis University and four state institutions. The McNair Program is a federally funded TRIO program.

Writing Center: Consultants at the Writing Center assist students with their writing skills. Consultants work with students on areas such as focusing ideas, defining topics, preparing well-organized outlines, revising rough drafts, and improving stylistic elements. The Writing Center is located in the Goldfarb Library. Services are available on a drop-in basis.

Information and Services for Students with Disabilities

Brandeis University is committed to creating a diverse community that includes students with documented disabilities who may require reasonable accommodations in order to fully participate in the college experience and to develop their maximum academic potential. Since admission to the University is based on the academic qualifications of the applicant, admissions procedures remain the same for all applicants, regardless of disability. Once accepted, a student seeking reasonable accommodations must provide documentation of a learning or physical disability in order to receive appropriate services at Brandeis. Documentation of the disability should be submitted to the University Health Center or to the Psychological Counseling Center for review and evaluation. Following certification of a disability, the student should confer with the Coordinator of Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs and First Year Services, or with the disability coordinator in each of the Graduate Schools, regarding academic accommodations. The student should confer with the Assistant Dean of Student Life for housing accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the coordinator, the student, and, if appropriate, with the faculty. Services such as housing assistance, extra time on exams, note-takers, adaptive technology, and special parking arrangements are some of the possible accommodations that might be utilized.

International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)

The ISSO, located in Kutz Hall, serves international graduate and undergraduate students as well as scholars (e.g., faculty, short-term lecturers, and researchers) who enter the United States on nonimmigrant visas. The staff members of the ISSO provide all necessary immigration documents and advise international students and scholars on matters concerning their legal status in the United States, including extensions of stay, employment, transfers to and from Brandeis, and leaves of absence. Advisors are available daily through drop-in visits or by appointment to counsel students and scholars on personal, academic, and immigration-related matters throughout the year, including the summer months.

The ISSO sponsors a range of programs, including workshops on employment and immigration issues, as well as an international photo contest, and other events of international interest. The office also coordinates host/student matching programs, annual trips, publishes a newsletter, and maintains a Website for the international community. The ISSO supports activities that allow students to share their cultures with the entire Brandeis community.

The English as a Second Language Program

Classes and tutorials are offered at Brandeis to support students for whom English is not their first language in their efforts to meet the English proficiency standards necessary for their success as students and teaching assistants. Certain students are required to have their oral and written English skills evaluated during orientation before the beginning of classes. These students are notified in advance. On the basis of the evaluation process, a student may be advised to enroll in the English as a Second Language Program.

The English as a Second Language Program provides individual tutorial instruction to undergraduate students and individual and/or class instruction to graduate students throughout the academic year. Students do not earn course credit toward the degree for this instruction. Graduate students who are not fluent in English will be required to take the Teaching Assistant training class, which meets once a week.

Program in Library Research Strategies

As the information environment becomes more complex, instruction in the effective use of information resources becomes an increasingly integral part of education at Brandeis. Reference librarians provide classroom sessions for students at various levels.

The First-Year Library Instruction Program is part of the University Seminar curriculum. Each freshman participates in a formal session conducted by a librarian in basic library research skills and strategies. Students learn methods for analyzing and approaching research questions, and gain some experience in using basic resources, such as the online catalog and general periodical indexes.

The Library Intensive Course Program serves the needs of students in more advanced courses. Selected upper-level and graduate courses incorporate library sessions geared specifically to the course or program content. These courses offer instruction in the use of more specialized resources, such as scientific databases, full text electronic databases, specialized abstract and indexing services, archival resources, and Internet resources. Students are thus equipped to find and evaluate information from a wide variety of sources. A list of participating courses appears in the courses of instruction.

Transitional Year Program

Since 1968, Brandeis has offered a Transitional Year Program (TYP). TYP offers promising students an additional year of academic work to supplement their secondary school preparation. Through specialized TYP classes and classes in the broader University, students gain the skills to be competitive in selective colleges and universities. Students who successfully complete the program are recommended for admission to the University.

TYP applicants are evaluated on their academic promise, rather than past academic performance. Consideration is also given to the secondary school record, recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors, and College Board test scores. Selected applicants demonstrate the need and desire for the transitional year experience, as well as the ability to make the best use of the opportunity.

Further information about the program and eligibility requirements may be obtained by contacting the Transitional Year Program Office, Brandeis University, Mailstop 074, P.O. Box 549110, Waltham, Massachusetts 02454-9110.

Office of the University Registrar

The Office of the University Registrar, located in Kutz Hall, is the official repository of academic records. As such, it issues official transcripts of students' records upon written request, performs other certification functions of service to students, and audits the progress of students toward degree completion. The office conducts activities in which all students participate: registration and course enrollment at the beginning of each term, and pre-enrollment in advance of each term. Staff members in the office are useful sources of information concerning registration, course enrollment regulations, summer school and transfer of credit policies, and final examination procedures.

Student Life

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment serves the needs and interests of students and has broad responsibility for the services and activities that enhance the quality of student life outside the classroom. Among its areas of concern are undergraduate admissions, financial aid, registrar, institutional research, student accounts, and student services, including residence life, career services, student activities, intercultural programs, counseling, health services, religious life, and athletics. The senior vice president serves as an advocate for students, strives to ensure the quality of their overall cocurricular experience at the University, and promotes opportunities for students to engage in leadership activities and to experience personal, social, and emotional growth and development.

The Dean of Student Life is responsible to the senior vice president for coordinating the services of the following departments:

Division of Student Life

Located in the Usdan Student Center, the Division of Student Life is responsible for cocurricular programming; advising, supporting, and coordinating student groups and activities; residential programs and services; the smooth operation of the multipurpose Usdan Student Center; and other campus programs such as Orientation and Family Weekend. The Division offices include Student Development and Judicial Education, Residence Life, Student Activities, Community Service, the Intercultural Center, and the Dean of Student Life. The division staff, in conjunction with students and faculty, maintains a varied program of social, cultural, and intellectual events during the academic year.

Over 82 percent of undergraduate students live in residence halls. As with all indoor space at the University, residence halls are smoke-free. Freshmen are assigned double rooms or tripled rooms--called "lofted rooms" due to the specialized student furniture within. The University cannot honor requests for a specific roommate or for a roommate with a particular religious or cultural background. Returning students choose accommodations through a lottery process held each spring. Only freshmen and returning sophomores who participate in the room selection lottery process are guaranteed campus housing. In recent years, upperclassmen not housed in the lottery found off-campus housing or were eventually accommodated on campus through a waiting list process. The Department of Residence Life maintains landlord information and resources for students needing off-campus housing. Entering transfer students are admitted with the understanding that they are not eligible for campus housing. The Department of Residence Life is responsible for the effective administrative operation, as well as counseling and programming activities, within all residence halls.

Residence halls are grouped into nine living areas ranging in size from 106 to 400 students. Each area is under the supervision of a quad director. In addition, undergraduate resident advisors "live-in" and aid in the administration of several residence halls. Staff members are available to provide assistance to students on academic, personal, and social matters.

Off-campus housing information and graduate housing are also functions of this office.

Brandeis University offers a limited number of housing units available for single and married graduate students. The apartment units offered include efficiencies, two-, three-, and five-bedroom apartments. The efficiencies are designed for one or two people, while the two-, three-, and five-bedroom units are designed to allow use as separate bedrooms with a shared kitchen and bath. Some of the larger units also have living rooms. All of the apartments come furnished.

Housing applications are sent to eligible graduate students by May 1 and must be returned to the Department of Residence Life by June 15.

In addition, the Department of Residence Life maintains a listing of available housing in the area. For additional information, please write or call: Brandeis University, Department of Residence Life, Usdan 114, Mailstop U3, P.O. Box 549110, Waltham, Massachusetts, 02454-9110. Tel: 781-736-5060. FAX: 781-736-3556.

Intercultural Center

The Intercultural Center, located in the Swig Student Center, fosters an atmosphere for learning about the histories and cultures of people of color; provides a healthy framework and meeting space for discovery and strengthening of cultural commonalities; enables the University to address issues of race; and provides a structure for the Brandeis community to interact from a multicultural perspective. With a student programming board and a faculty/staff/alumni/community advisory board, the center sponsors cultural, social, and intellectual programs open to all members of the Brandeis community.

Hiatt Career Center

Centrally located in Usdan Student Center, the Hiatt Career Center serves as a link between current undergraduates and graduate students and Brandeis alumni from the business and professional world. The Hiatt Center staff assists students in assessing their interests and skills and exploring how these components will translate into a meaningful career path. Students are provided with individual counseling to identify specific career goals within the wide range of career options available for liberal arts graduates. A full career resource center includes a wealth of current career information.

Brandeis students learn about careers in a variety of ways. An Alumni Speaker Series and Alumni Network Events are offered throughout the academic year featuring recent Brandeis graduates from many different career fields. Students are also encouraged to participate in two experimental programs: the Shadow and Internship Programs.

The Shadow Program allows undergraduates to spend a day with a Brandeis alumna/us in the workplace. Beginning as early as the first year of their undergraduate career, students are matched during intersession with a Brandeis graduate who has volunteered to provide a glimpse into his or her field or work. The Internship Program offers students over 15,000 nationwide opportunities throughout the academic year and summer months. These internships provide important experience, complementing liberal arts coursework.

Brandeis alumni are involved in many of the Hiatt Center's programs. The Brandeis Alumni Career Network includes over 7,000 graduates who volunteer to provide advice and share professional contacts in their field of expertise.

A range of programs are offered to support students in the job search. The Hiatt Center utilizes an on-line recruiting system to provide students with easy access to employers who are interested in hiring Brandeis students. Interviews with prospective employers are arranged through this system. The Hiatt Center hosts employer and graduate/professional school visits to campus throughout the academic year. Students are individually coached on resume writing, the job search, and interview skills.

All students are encouraged to make use of the resources in the Hiatt Career Center as early as possible in their Brandeis careers.


Religious activities and related programs are centered in the three chapels and are conducted by the student religious organizations: Berlin Chapel/B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, the Bethlehem Chapel Community, and the Harlan Chapel Christian Community. Interfaith dialogue is an integral part of the programs of the three chapels.

Hillel, the Jewish student umbrella organization on campus, is a multifaceted and pluralistic community that embraces and welcomes Jews of all persuasions and interests. Hillel presents a wide range of programs, including a variety of seminars and study groups; workshops; social service and philanthropic projects; Jewish arts and cultural programs; Holocaust Remembrance Week programming; a diversified Israel program; a Sabbath lecture series; oppressed Jewry projects; a Hebrew chorus and Israeli dance troupe; and a full spectrum of religious services and holy day celebrations. Oppressed World Jewry, the Brandeis Zionist Alliance, the Orthodox Organization, and the Giving-Doing-Caring Network also exist under the aegis of Brandeis Hillel.

The Bethlehem Chapel Community serves the total Catholic community at Brandeis: students, faculty, and staff. There are Sunday and daily Masses, hours for private and group consultation, seminars, study groups, holy day and feast day programs, and other events.

The Harlan Chapel Christian Community serves the Protestant community at Brandeis and presents a variety of services and programs including religious services, poetry readings, films, and speakers. The Christian Fellowship and the Brandeis University Gospel Choir are under the sponsorship of Harlan Chapel Christian Community.

The three chaplains serve as advisors to these groups and are available to all persons within the University community for personal and religious counseling and informal exchange.

Athletics and Physical Education

Recognizing the importance of physical activity in a sound educational program, Brandeis University offers a wide variety of competitive and recreational opportunities. The Intercollegiate Athletic Program provides a challenging and enjoyable growth experience for Brandeis student-athletes, as well as providing a focus for campus spirit and pride. All full-time students may participate in annual varsity team tryouts after completing the required physical examination.

The University fields varsity teams for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, indoor and outdoor track, sailing, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis. Women compete in varsity basketball, cross country, fencing, indoor and outdoor track, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. The varsity squads compete against teams representing colleges and universities that regard athletics in the same spirit as Brandeis University. In addition, students have organized club teams in sports such as ice hockey and lacrosse. Brandeis is a member of the NCAA, MAIAW, New England Athletic Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference, the Greater Boston Collegiate Athletic Association, and the University Athletic Association, which provides national competition among its nine-member private research universities. The University has fielded conference and national championship teams as well as many national caliber individual competitors.

Believing in the value of athletic participation for conditioning and relaxation, the University maintains a full array of intramural and recreation programs. The intramural program has included basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, and volleyball. Residence hall and commuter teams have been organized in these sports with the competitive aspects adding to the enjoyment of the game.

Health Center

The Brandeis Health Center is operated by CareGroup, Inc., a Massachusetts health network that includes the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Deaconess Waltham Hospital. A health participation fee, mandatory for undergraduates and optional for graduate students, entitles students to medical services at the Golding Health Center and services at the Psychological Counseling Center in the Mailman House without additional charge during the academic year. This annual health fee does not cover off-campus medical consultations, dental care, medications, laboratory tests, drugs, X-rays, reusable supplies, psychological testing, or hospital admission. Students are responsible for these charges.

In addition, and separate from the health participation fee, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires each student to have personal health insurance. Undergraduate students may elect to participate in the Aetna/Chickering insurance plan offered through the University or may substitute membership in another plan. Graduate students may elect to participate in one of three different insurance plans offered through the University or may substitute membership in another plan. Students who do not notify the Health Center of alternative insurance coverage are, as required by state law, automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan offered through the University.

The Health Center is available to students only during the period in which the University is in regular academic session. Limited weekday services are available in the Golding Medical Outpatient Services Building during intersession, midterm, and spring recesses and the summer months.

Prospective students planning to matriculate in the college and graduate schools must submit a health examination report completed by the family or personal physician prior to registration. In addition to information about previous health and details of the physical examination, evidence of immunization against tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella are required. Since students may not register until the requirements have been satisfied, it is strongly recommended that the Health Examination Report be submitted by August 1.

The Aetna/Chickering insurance plan is designed to defray expenses of those care situations that are beyond the scope of the Health Center, for example, laboratory and X-ray examinations, as well as hospitalization for illnesses or accidents of a more serious nature. The plan extends for a full calendar year commencing August 15.

A detailed brochure of the services offered by the Health Center as well as an outline of the details of the plan is mailed to parents and students each June. This brochure includes a statement of patients' rights in the Health Center. Students and parents are urged to read this brochure carefully and keep it for reference. Additional copies are available from the Health Center.

While situations not covered within the Health Center or by the insurance plan are infrequent, an awareness of these possibilities will lessen misunderstanding and disappointment. In such instances, students and their parents are responsible for expenses that are not covered by the University's health program or its associated insurance policy. Similarly, students and their parents are responsible for expenses that are not covered by alternative insurance programs substituted for the health insurance plan offered through the University.

Psychological Counseling Center

The Psychological Counseling Center is located in Mailman House. It provides professional assistance to students who have personal or emotional problems. Those who wish such help may refer themselves directly to the Center.

Student Judicial System

The University establishes standards of student behavior and reserves the right to suspend or permanently dismiss students whose conduct warrants such action. The University will give notice and, if requested, a hearing before the appropriate body. The student judicial system is administered by the Department of Judicial Education and Student Development. Standards, policies, and procedures are published in the booklet Rights and Responsibilities.

Student Activities

Usdan Student Center

The Usdan Student Center acts as a focal point for cocurricular and extracurricular activities at Brandeis. The center provides office space and facilities for student government and a broad range of student clubs and organizations. Undergraduate students play a major role in the operation of the Center through the large number of student staff who work in the building.

Student Government

Brandeis students consider themselves a part of a community dedicated to the advancement of liberal values, the enrichment of life experience, and the broadening of knowledge. Organized as the undergraduate Student Union and the Graduate Student Association, they consider it their prime responsibility to create democratic student organization, increase the flow of new ideas, and provide enjoyable and creative recreational and cultural activities for all students.

The Student Union is the assembly of the entire undergraduate student body. The Student Senate, funded through the mandatory student activities fee, consists of elected officers and elected representatives from each class and each residence quadrangle, meeting regularly to conduct its business and supervise its programs. The student programming board, Student Events, has the responsibility for the allocation of a portion of the student activities fee to support social, cultural, and educational programs.

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the assembly of all graduate students. The Graduate Student Senate consists of elected officers and elected representatives from each academic department offering a graduate degree. Cultural, social, and educational programs are organized by the GSA throughout the year. There is a GSA lounge in the Usdan Student Center.

Students also serve as members of a variety of University committees, including the University Curriculum Committee, the Personal Safety Committee, the Parking Appeals Board, the Community Relations Committee, and the Conservation Committee. Two undergraduates and one graduate student also serve as representatives to the Board of Trustees and the National Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Student Organizations

A variety of student organizations exists for all who are interested. Organizations are open to any matriculated student on the basis of competency or interest. No exclusive or secret societies are recognized.

Exclusive or secret societies are inconsistent with the principles of openness to which the University is committed. Therefore, social fraternities and sororities, in particular, are neither recognized nor permitted to hold activities on campus or use University facilities.

2000-01 Student Organizations and Media

Activist Resource Center


African Dance Club

African Students Association


Aikido Martial Arts Club

American Civil Liberties

Amnesty International

ANAD Awareness Club

Animal Rights Klub (BARK)

Anthropology Club

Anti Defamation League

Arab-Jewish Dialogue Group

Asian-American Student Association (BAASA)

Aspiring Rock Star

Ballroom Dancing

Band Consortium

Beastie Boys Syndicate

Black Student Organization (BBSO)


Boffing Klub

Boris' Kitchen (comedy troupe)

Boston Cultural Arts Club

Boston Outreach Club

Bowling Club Team

Burma Action Movement (BAM)

Cambodian Culture Club

Capoeira Club

Caribbean Connexion

Catholic Student Organization (CSO)

Cheerleading Squad

Chess Club

Chinese Cultural Connection Charter (BC3)

Christian Fellowship (BCF)

Chung Do Kwan

Club De Primiera

Committee on Rape Education (CORE)

Community Service Club

Company B (performing group)

Complete Sheet

Concerned Leaders Engaging Against Negative Substances (CLEANS)

Conservative Organization (BUCO)

Country Western Dancing


Cricket Club

Debate and Speech Society


Disc Golf Club

Economics Club

Embrace the Pavement

Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCO)

Enlightenment Club

Ensemble Theater (BET)


Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance

Fitness Club

Food for Thought Club

Foosball Club

Football Club (BFC)

French and Francophone

Free Press (current events newspaper)

Freedom Magazine

Gaming (BUG)

Generations Club

German Culture Club

Gravity (humor magazine)

Gymnastics Club

Handicrafts of the Past Club

Hands on Time Drummers (HOT)

Hawai'i Ohana Club (BUHO)

Health Education Leadership Program (HELP)

Hellenic Society

Hillel Theater Group

Hip Hop Culture Club

History of Women at Brandeis (HOW)

Hold Thy Peace

Holocaust Remembrance Week Club

Hope Source

Ice Hockey Club

Insomniac Cub

In Sync (performing group)

International Club

Investment Club

Israel Public Affairs Committee (BIPAC)

Israeli Dance Troupe (B'yachad)

Italian Culture Club

Japanese Student Association

Jehuda Reinharz Fan Club

Jewish Fella A Capella

Juggling Club

Kazooloo March

Kickboxing Club

Klub of Big Russian Humor


Korean Student Association

Lacrosse (Men)

Lacrosse (Women)

Laurel Moon (poetry magazine)

Lawyers, Guns and Money

Leftist League


Lion Dance Troupe

Louis (magazine)

Manginah (performing group)

Medieval Society

Meditation Club

Metal Club

Model United Nations

Mum-Budget Club

Muslim Student Association (MSA)


New Fashions Club

Odyssey of the Mind

Official Readers Guild (BORG)

Orthodox Organization (BOO)

Otaku Anime Club

Outdoor and Mountaineering Club

Peace and Justice Advocates

Pediatric AIDS Foundation Club

People Eat Tasty Animals Club (PETA)

Persian Club

PEZ Club

Philosophy Club

Photo Club

Players (theater)

Posse Plus

Pottery Club

Pre-Health Society

Prelaw Society

Proud to Be Me


Pseudonym (literary art publication)

Psychology Club

Quiz Bowl

Recycling Program (BURP)

Reform Chavurah (Baruch)

Religious Pluralism and Spirituality

Remember the Alamo Club


Rocky Horror Picture Show Fan Club

Roller Hockey Club

Rugby Club (Men)

Rugby Club (Women)

Science on Saturday

Scrabble Club

Scuba Club



Ski Team

Sky Diving and Future Endeavors Club

Snowboarding Club

Society for Creative Fantasy

Society for the Analysis and Promotion of Rock and Roll

South Asia Club

Spur of the Moment (performing group)

Squash Club

Starving Artists (performing group)

Student Sexuality Information Service (SSIS)

Students Against the Death Penalty

Student Committee to Rose Art Museum (SCRAM)

Student Dialogue Network

Students for a Free Tibet

Students for Economic Justice

Students for Environmental Action (SEA)

Students for the Second Amendment


Surrealists of Brandeis

Swingers Club

Tae Kwon Do

Tai Chi

Television (BTV)

Tennis Club

Third Eye Club

Triskelion (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Supporters)

Turkish Student Association

Tympanium Euphorium

Uechi-ryu Karate

Ultimate Frisbee (Men)

Ultimate Frisbee (Women)

Umoja Club

Undefined (choral ensemble)

Up the Octave (performing group)

Voice for Choice (BVC)

Voice Male (performing group)

Voices of Praise (Gospel Choir)

Voices of Soul

Volunteer Vacations

Weathervane Magazine

Where the Children Play (magazine)

Women’s Resource Center

World Hunger Project

Wrestling Club

Zany Bagel Tasters

Zionist Alliance (BZA)

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety is located at Stoneman. Responsibilities of this 25-member campus police force include campus-wide security/safety patrol, traffic control, and enforcement of University driving/parking regulations, protective custody of University offices, classroom/dormitory areas, and professional inquiry into incidents involving theft, trespassing, and related matters. The department places special emphasis on preventive and protective care for all members of the University community.

Automobile Regulations

All students must register their vehicles with the Department of Public Safety. Students with motor vehicles must observe University traffic and parking regulations, copies of which are available from the Department of Public Safety. Due to limited space, the Brandeis Parking and Traffic Committee strongly recommends that students leave their motor vehicles at home.

Dining Facilities

Student dining facilities are located in the Sherman and Usdan student centers. Kosher meal service is available in the Sherman Student Center, which shares a dining area with nonkosher meal service. The Usdan Dining Center offers a number of dining options including a snack shop and fast food operation in addition to the normal meal plan service. Light refreshments are also offered in Cholmondeley's, a coffeehouse operated by students in Usen Castle.

Graduate students should consult Dining Services for more details on the dining plan.

The Stein

Located in the Sherman Student Center, The Stein is a restaurant that offers sandwiches, light meals, beer, and wine. The Stein is a popular gathering place for students throughout the academic year.

Faculty Club

The Brandeis University Faculty Club is located in the Wien Faculty Center. The club offers membership to all in the greater Brandeis community and serves as a central location for formal and informal gatherings. Luncheon is served Monday through Friday from noon to 2:00 pm.


Located in the Usdan Student Center, the campus bookstore is operated by a private, non-Brandeis agency. The bookstore, through close association and coordination with academic departments and faculty members, offers students a comprehensive stock of textbooks and paperbacks related to the academic program. School supplies, computer supplies, clothing, health and beauty aids, and gift items may also be purchased at the bookstore.

Post Office and Student Mailroom

The campus mailroom is located in the Usdan Student Center. All undergraduate student mail is delivered to the campus post office, and a separate mailbox is maintained for each undergraduate student. All graduate student mail is delivered to the graduate department where a separate mailbox is maintained for each student. All U.S. postal services are provided, including the sale of stamps and money orders, registry of mail, handling of parcel post packages, and express mail delivery.