Areas Reporting to the Dean of the College

Office of the Dean of the College

The Office of the Dean of the College places student learning at the center of its work. Consistent with the College Mission, the programs and offices under the Dean of the College educate students as they discover and explore a love of learning, the skills of critical thinking, the role of citizenship in their lives and the values of civility. The Office of the Dean of the College exercises oversight for the departments listed below.

The College House System

College Houses provide a crucial crossroads for faculty, students, distinguished visitors and alumni/ae. They are a “third space,” neither classroom nor residential hall, that fills a need intimately connected with the nature of a liberal arts education. The House System offers faculty and students a setting for chance encounters and informal moments as well as scheduled opportunities that spark students’ potential, engage their intellectual imaginations and connect them with alumni/ae and current and future notables in environments that are stimulating, comfortable and educational in the deepest sense.

The Houses are the meeting ground where students can interact and network among the extended College family. On any given day, students might encounter a government official, visiting alumni/ae, distinguished scholars, candidates interviewing for positions at the College, faculty hosting small discussions, or CEOs looking for talent. Students will create and host social events that bring them together with other members of the house and with the extended college community.

In these ways, the House environment integrates thoughtful deliberation and intellectual exploration into students’ daily lives. This frequent engagement with ideas and the cultivation of one’s own views will help students to form habits of thought and analysis that will vitalize their professional and personal lives. There are currently five College Houses: Bonchek, Brooks, New, Ware and Weis College Houses.

House Dons and Deans

A House Don and a House Dean oversee each College House. Members of the Faculty, the House Dons provide leadership in fostering the intellectual life of the Houses. As members of the Administration, the House Deans work closely with House residents on a daily basis in a variety of capacities. The Dons and the Deans advise the students who conduct house governance and programming. Both the Dons and Deans occupy office space in the Houses.

House Seminar Rooms

House Seminar Rooms serve as meeting spaces for many first year Connections courses. This classroom component introduces students to skills of critical reading, critical thinking, oral communication and information literacy. At the same time, the members of a first-year Connections course typically live together in the same College House. Frequently, discussions of substance about ideas move between the classroom and informal living environment of the Houses.

House Governance

The structure and governance of each House is based on the explicit acknowledgment that students should govern many aspects of their social and residential life. When the Houses were founded, students proposed, discussed, amended and ratified governance structures that determined how each house is to be run. Students create and enforce rules of conduct for each house. This degree of student autonomy demands strong student leadership and requires that each student assume some responsibility for the success of the daily living environment.

Governed only by broad College policies, students lead a College House and control its social activities and programming budget. Faculty Dons and House Deans set the tone for the house, and guide and teach students as students experience the challenges of leading others, negotiating agreements and resolving conflicts.

Members of the Houses form teams that participate in intramural and recreational sports. Finally, the residents and their advisers also conduct a New Student Orientation that introduces each new generation of students to the culture and traditions of the House and the intellectual community that is Franklin & Marshall College.

House Initiatives

Since their conception, the Houses have encouraged and cultivated a number of initiatives to create opportunities for students to expand their thinking and provide new ways of engaging with the larger college community. Working collectively, the Houses have worked with students in developing The Liberal Arts Review, a student-led publication that addresses topics such as identity and freedom. The Junto Society, similar to the one Benjamin Franklin formed, encourages intellectual curiosity and civil discussion through a series of meetings throughout the years.

Allies Resource Center

The Allies Resource Center (ARC) organizes educational, cultural and social activities for lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender students and their allies on campus. Examples include volunteering for the Lancaster Pride Committee, co-hosting Women’s Center lunch-time discussions on LGBTA topics, Safer Sex Seminars, special events for National Coming Out Day and an annual Gender Bender Ball. The Center is also a resource for students, faculty and professional staff and houses books, videos, brochures, magazines and journals. The ARC Coordinator acts as an advocate and provides support and assistance to students, both one-to-one and as adviser to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and their Allies (LGBTA) student organization.

Health Services at the Student Wellness Center

The mission of Health Services at the Student Wellness Center is to support students’ academic and social wellbeing by providing them with accessible, high quality ambulatory medical services, including treatment for acute and chronic health problems, preventive medicine, sports medicine, travel medicine and health education. The staff recognizes the unique opportunity of college health to affect not only the present but also the future health of students and therefore engages them in promoting lifelong wellness.

Located in the Appel Infirmary, is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. During the academic year, hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Emergency and off-hours medical care is provided by nearby hospital emergency rooms.

Counseling Services at the Student Wellness Center

Counseling Services promotes and fosters the academic, personal and interpersonal development of students by providing a full range of counseling and psychological services to students desiring assistance in coping with personal and emotional difficulties, social relationships, career and educational concerns and substance abuse issues. Students face a variety of challenges during their college career. Counseling Services is available to help students meet these challenges and take full advantage of the many opportunities afforded to them in the Franklin & Marshall community. 

All students receive one free consultation session during which treatment options are explored. There also is no charge for services provided in response to a mental-health emergency. All group counseling sessions also will be free to students, and many more group therapy options are being offered to meet students' needs.

Regarding individual therapy, students who have the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through F&M or private insurance with F&M's Complementary Care option will receive up to seven individual therapy sessions at no cost after the initial consultation. Any additional sessions will be billed to the student's health insurance and the student will be billed for deductibles and co-insurance. If a student has private insurance, but no Complementary Care through F&M, that student will be billed for all individual therapy session after the initial consultation session and will be responsible for any deductibles or co-insurance. No co-pays will be collected, and there is a Student Health Insurance Coordinator available to help you understand your insurance plan.

A psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioner will provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for students being seen at the Student Wellness Center. Insurance will be billed for this service and the student will be responsible for deductibles and co-insurance. No co-pays will be charged. If students have questions, they are encouraged to contact Counseling Services at 717-358-4083.

Counseling Services is located on the Lower Level of Appel Infirmary (the entrance is on the Buchanan Park side of the building).  The office is open Monday – Friday 8:30am-12pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm.  To schedule an appointment, call 717-358-4083 or stop by the office.  Students are also seen without an appointment during the Walk-In Hour from 3:00-4:00pm Monday - Friday.  All contacts with Counseling Services are confidential as provided by federal and state law.  Services provided on campus are free and there is no limit to the number of counseling sessions a student may receive.  Students must pay, either directly or through insurance, for consultations with off campus providers or for hospitalization.

Athletics and Recreation

The athletic program at Franklin & Marshall promotes liberal learning in the fullest sense by complementing the academic mission of the College. This objective is accomplished through a variety of programs: intercollegiate, intramural and club sport competition as well as recreation and wellness activities. The Department upholds the principles of valuing athletics, ensuring departmental integration and staff recognition, pursuing academic representativeness and student-athlete recognition, instilling community values and promoting recreation.

Franklin & Marshall is a member of the Centennial Conference and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, where most of its teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. The non-scholarship Division I wrestling program is a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA). Rowing is a member of the Middle Atlantic Rowing Association (MARC) and squash competes in the College Squash Association (CSA).

College Programs

The Office of College Programs supports the College’s commitment to student learning, promoting engagement and participation in the social, cultural and intellectual life of the College while instilling in students the capacity for both independent and collaborative action. In its work advising student organizations, the Office of College Programs fosters qualities of character, civility and critical thinking. The student involvement and leadership development opportunities offered through the Office of College Programs form an integral component of each student’s educational experience.

The Office of College Programs helps student organizations in many areas, including planning, fundraising, publicity and programming. The Office of College Programs also aids the reactivation and recognition of new clubs in addition to the registration and support of active ones.

The College Programs staff works closely with the Dons and Deans of the College Houses, executive members of clubs, and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Disability Services

In accordance with equal education opportunity laws, Franklin & Marshall College arranges to provide appropriate reasonable academic accommodations for students whose disabilities limit their participation in academic programs for which they are qualified. Issues considered by the Office of Disability Services include ADHD, learning disabilities, medical conditions and psychological disabilities. Appropriate academic accommodations are determined on an individual basis, utilizing the required documentation of the disability.

The Office of Disability Services coordinates services and accommodations to meet the needs of students with disabilities that limit their participation in the programs and activities of the College. Every student at the College has the opportunity to complete a Disability Notification Form, available throughout the year at Disability Services or online. The College considers information provided on this form as confidential and uses it to provide appropriate accommodations for qualifying students.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Established in 1853, the Greek System at Franklin & Marshall College is rich in tradition and continues to thrive. Membership in a Greek organization has provided students with opportunities for growth, self-authorship and the development of necessary life skills that have contributed to productive and meaningful experiences during and after a student’s career at Franklin & Marshall College.

Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations dedicated to the development of character and friendship. Greek organizations offer leadership positions, community service projects, academic excellence programs and a close-knit group of friends. Fraternity or sorority membership carries academic, moral and social responsibilities that encourage the development of well-rounded individuals. Membership in a Greek organization helps students make the most of their college experience by joining together with people who share similar interests and ideals.

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life advises Franklin & Marshall’s Greek system, which is comprised of seven national social fraternities, four national social sororities and one co-educational honors fraternity. The Office also supports the Pan-Hellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council.

Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMCA) works to ensure the advancement of the College’s mission as it relates to diversity. It strives to cultivate multicultural students’ leadership, heighten cultural awareness and provide diversity education to our constituents. It aims to initiate, support and advocate approaches that can transform the F&M environment into one that fosters in its members a desire to embrace diversity and learning across cultural boundaries with respect, acceptance, civility and humility. OMCA directs the Gray Scholar Program for students with a record of community service and hosts weekly Intercultural Dialogues. OMCA supports multicultural student organizations in a variety of ways from advising to funding, and reaches out to multicultural alumni groups.

Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development

The Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) at Franklin & Marshall College prepares students to launch into their lives and careers after graduation and supports them as alumni in the years which follow through: career advisement services, graduate/professional school selection and application support, educational programming, personal and professional skill development, and provision of internships, experiential learning and employment opportunities.

Religious and Spiritual Life

Franklin & Marshall offers support to all religious traditions represented at the College.

Student Clubs:

  • Meditation Groups

  • Secular Student Alliance

  • SANGAM (Hindu)

  • Hillel (Jewish)

  • Chabad (Jewish)

  • Eastern Orthodox Student Group

  • John Newman Association (Roman Catholic)

  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (Evangelical)

  • Voices of Praise Gospel Choir

  • Muslim Student Association

  • Baha’i Student Gathering

Some of the student clubs have guest volunteers who represent local congregations or national organizations. These volunteers are not staff of the college.  We encourage all students to connect with the College Chaplain or the Director of the Klehr Center for Jewish Life for questions regarding religious and spiritual life on campus. 

The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement

The Ware Institute empowers students by fostering high-quality transformative experiential learning opportunities. Founded on the belief that a commitment to purposeful civic engagement is central to a liberal arts education, the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement serves as F&M’s hub for identifying and sustaining community partnerships that address real needs. Acting in this capacity, the Institute builds relationships between community partners and Franklin & Marshall College, supports student-led service initiatives and collaborates with faculty in community-based-learning coursework. By so doing, the Institute furthers the College’s commitment to developing socially responsible graduates.

The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement was founded in November 2000 through a generous gift from Trustee Paul W. Ware ’72. What began in 1984 as part of the Campus Ministries/Religious Life initiatives of the College, the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement now provides students, as well as faculty and staff members, with an extensive list of opportunities to volunteer or otherwise engage in the larger Lancaster community and beyond.  Among the Ware Institute’s flagship programs are the Public Service Summer Internship (PSSI) program, F&M Works in Lancaster, and Putting It Together (PIT) in the Community, a one-week pre-Orientation program.

Community-based learning (CBL) courses integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich our students’ learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Several CBL courses are offered each semester and include opportunities to work on issues facing the local communities including political asylum and immigration issues, environmental and health issues, education and health care.

 The Ware Institute also supports international community-based learning internships for credit (CBL-IFC) and alternative break opportunities, including:  “Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Ecuador and South Africa”, “Global Public Health in South Africa” (in conjunction with the Biology Department), a winter break program in Ghana with Heritage Academy, and Public Health in Honduras – a spring break program with Central American Relief Effort (C.A.R.E).