Athletics and Recreation
The commitment of the Juniata College Athletic Department is explicitly linked to the educational mission of the institution. Juniata athletics emphasizes fair play and sportsmanship co-existing with a high degree of competitiveness in all varsity programs. Such competitiveness applies as well to the academic efforts of Juniata student-athletes. Care is taken to assure the overall health and well-being of students in and outside of the training and competitive arenas. The dynamics of equitable and fair treatment of men and women within Juniata athletics is thoroughly examined and pursued.
The College promotes recreation, physical activity, and athletic programs for all students. Intercollegiate varsity sports offered for men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, swimming, soccer, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball; for women: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. In addition, clubs compete in a variety of sports largely determined by the interest of the student body. Active clubs include, or have included: esports, cheerleading, men's and women's rugby, ultimate frisbee, equestrian, and quidditch. A variety of recreational clubs ranging from skiing and snowboarding to dance and the martial arts are also available.
Intramural programs include: basketball, indoor soccer, and water polo, among others.
Juniata is a Division III member of the NCAA, the Eastern Collegiate Athletics Conference (ECAC), the Landmark Conference, the Centennial Conference (football only), and the Continental Volleyball Conference (men's volleyball only).
The Kennedy Sports + Recreation Center includes a 25 meter natatorium, a fully equipped 5,500 sq. ft. Fitness Center, two separate gymnasiums for volleyball and basketball, handball/racquetball courts, and an indoor walking track. Outdoor facilities feature playing fields for football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball and softball as well as tennis courts and an eight-lane track.
Beyond the facilities explicitly provided by the College, the Huntingdon area is rich with opportunities for fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, running, boating, canoeing, rafting, swimming, camping, downhill and cross-country skiing and golf.
Although Juniata is chartered as an independent college, it was founded by members of the Church of the Brethren and continues to value the importance of a spiritual dimension as a part of individual growth. Through the campus ministry office, located in the college’s Unity House, students are encouraged to integrate their faith and vocational direction and offered opportunities to become involved in meaningful religious activities. Campus worship opportunities include weekly Catholic Mass and regular interdenominational services. In addition to worship, there are regular opportunities for students to engage in study of scripture, community service, prayer, observation of Holy days, interfaith dialogue, and informal fellowship. There are also several active religious and faith focused clubs that support the spiritual growth of our students. Juniata’s religious programs are guided by the College Chaplains who serve concurrently as pastors of the Stone Church of the Brethren which is long associated with and adjacent to the College, the Coordinator of Campus Ministries, Ministry Affiliates representing local congregations or faith communities, and a variety of student leaders. The Juniata student body reflects a diversity of religious faiths and the local community provides worship opportunities for Jewish, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic students. The Stone Church of the Brethren, a prayer labyrinth outside the Statton Learning Commons, and an interfaith meditation room in the Unity House are available for private meditation and prayer.
Students are encouraged to utilize a Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT) to document and validate their out-of-class experience. The CCT process enables students to structure their personal development outside the classroom by matching individual needs and goals with available experiences to stimulate growth and learning in specific areas. The CCT documents a student’s leadership and involvement in student programming and provides an opportunity for the student to reflect on his or her development outside the classroom. Information and materials to start a CCT are available in the Career Services Office.
This same document is used to recognize the efforts of those students who perform community service throughout their college career. Students who perform at least 120 hours of non-paid, non-credit volunteer work can receive transcript notation through the Community Engagement Office.
Baker Refectory, located on the first floor of Ellis Hall, is the main dining hall choice for students on a College meal plan. All residential students are required to select from the meal plan options that correspond to year of enrollment or housing. The dining room is an “all-you-care-to-eat” facility open throughout the day in accordance with the College calendar. Students may select from assorted made-from-scratch entrees, including vegetarian and vegan selections at each meal, Clean Plate which prepares items to specifications in an allergen free service station, salad, grill, deli, and pizza lines, among others.
Jitters, BAC On the Go! Café, and the Statton Learning Commons (when completed) are available for beverages, à la carte items, or a quick snack between classes.
Monies from a spending account (called DCB) associated with all of the meal plan options may be used by students at any of the above dining facilities. Students are required to bring their ID cards with them to all meals, admittance will not be granted to the Baker Refectory without an ID card. The DCB balance at the end of the fall semester carries over to the spring semester; the DCB balance associated with meal plans that is not used by the end of the academic year is forfeited. Additional DCB dollars may be purchased throughout the semester.
Firearms and related items
Illegal and/or dangerous weapons, including but not limited to BB / air / gel / paintball / pellet guns, sling shots, and pneumatic weapons that resemble a real firearm, are not permitted on campus. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action and arrested if appropriate. Legal and approved firearms used for sport, target shooting, or hunting, ammunition, archery equipment, knives and other edged - weapons with blades exceeding three inches, and/or devices that can be considered a danger to the campus community must be registered and stored in the Public Safety Office. Firearms that are being stored at the Raystown Field Station must be registered with college staff designee and kept in the gun safe on site.
Handguns and assault weapon platforms are prohibited from being registered.
Students must complete an application/registration for each firearm.
All firearms being transported to or from campus must be secured and placed within an approved firearms carrying case.
Registered firearms and/or dangerous weapons are not permitted in administrative/ academic buildings or college residence halls. Failure to comply with this regulation may result in expulsion from the college and/or arrest.
Public Safety or college staff designee reserves the right to not sign out a firearm to a student if he/she appears to be in an altered mental state, under the Influence, or the request is not consistent with traditional hunting times.
With proper identification and registration card, students may sign-out their registered items by contacting the Public Safety Office or college staff designee.
Health and Wellness Center
Holistic wellbeing is important at Juniata. Students are encouraged to optimize their physical and emotional health. Although prevention is the primary focus of our efforts, intervention, response and care is also provided through the following services:
Health Services is staffed by a nurse and administrative assistant Monday thru Friday and visiting physicians who are regularly scheduled on campus during daytime and evening hour periods to accommodate the range of student availabilities and needs. Adjustments to the scheduling of doctors follows use patterns of students and can be made at any time. Treatment is provided for minor injuries and ailments and routine care of chronic illnesses for full-time students. A health fee is assessed each semester for medical and counseling services. The fee is for services and is not a supplemental form of health insurance. For comprehensive and specialized care, students are referred to the local hospital or to other medical facilities in the area. All full-time Juniata students are required to provide proof of insurance. If proof is not provided, full-time students will be charged a premium and enrolled in a student accident insurance program.
For additional information, please visit the Health and Wellness Center site at https://www.juniata.edu/offices/health/
The Glaeser Counseling Center also provides personal counseling for all students, and sessions are arranged under the care of clinicians as client needs and progress dictate. These services are provided by licensed therapists. All services are confidential and are not included on the student record. Counseling services also include assessments, screenings, prevention programming, appropriate referrals, workshops/presentations, support groups, drug and alcohol education programs, and when appropriate, referral to the center’s consulting psychiatrist.
The College ID card, or “Gold Card”, must be presented for admission to meals and to many of the activities at the College, including home athletic events and various college sponsored programs. It also is used for checking out materials at the Statton Learning Commons. Used primarily for identification, the card should be carried at all times. Identification cards are non-transferable. If lost or stolen, the ID card can be replaced by request at The Public Safety Office. A fee of $25.00 is charged for replacement.
Failure to show an ID card in response to a request by a college official is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
Inbound Retreats help incoming Juniata students become aware of and engaged in our academic and co-curricular community. New students arrive on campus early and participate in retreat options designed to provide a smooth transition into college.
Each retreat is led by Peer Leaders who are returning Juniata College students.
Inbound is a social, transitional program for first-year students. Upon completion of the Inbound program through small and large group activities, students will:
- Establish new social relationships;
- Become acclimated to the campus and surrounding community;
- Experience less anxiety about starting college;
- Become acclimated to collegiate living;
- Learn ways in which to become engaged and involved on campus;
- Become more confident with oneself;
- Gain knowledge about collegiate interests; and
- Meet faculty, staff and/or community members which serve as additional resources to students.
To learn more: https://www.juniata.edu/offices/dean-of-students/inbound/
Juniata Activities Board (JAB)
JAB plans and executes a broad range of social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs for Juniata College students and the Juniata community. Through various committees, JAB coordinates many of Juniata’s traditions and late night activities. JAB committees typically include:Welcome Week and Finals Blowout, Mountain Day, Tenting and Madrigal, Festifall and Springfest, marketing, and JAB special events.
Mail and Banking Services
The College receives US Postal mail and package deliveries through the Juniata Post Office, which is located on the ground floor of Ellis Hall. Students receive one assigned post office box for their entire stay at Juniata. Students should use their post office box number as part of their Juniata address. Stamps are available at the post office and parcels can be mailed there during open hours.
The Summer Orientation program consists of parallel programs for new students and their families and supporters. The orientation program includes consultation on class registration, discussions on campus community and residential living, and sessions on various other adjustment concerns. Families and supporters meet in groups with college administrators and faculty to share concerns, discuss services available to both students and parents, and participate in question-and-answer sessions. Students participate in a variety of informational and social activities designed to help them become more familiar with college life and the unique traditions and opportunities at Juniata.
Prior to the first day of classes, new students consult with advisors, confirm their course registration, meet with Residential Life Staff, and participate in planned college activities to inaugurate the new academic year.
The College also provides special orientation programs specifically designed for the following distinct student groups: dual enrolled high school students, and international students.
Parking and Vehicle Registration
All students and employees who bring motor vehicles to the college area, whether to the campus itself or not, must register their cars, motorcycles, motor scooters or motor bikes with Juniata College Public Safety. The online vehicle registration form can be accessed by following the link on the home page of the Public Safety website. Upon approval of the registration form, a display sticker is issued and should be placed on the left side of the rear bumper. Failure to register a vehicle by a student results in a fine. The registration decal is valid for the entire academic year and is non-transferable.
For additional information, go here: https://www.juniata.edu/offices/security/policies/parking-traffic-regulations.php
Fees for Vehicle Registration
The vehicle registration fee is: $125.00.
The vehicle registration is billed to the student’s tuition account, during the processing procedure.
A valid vehicle registration permit properly displayed entitles a student to park in student parking areas only; parking in unauthorized areas subjects students to a fine. Limited e-charging stations are available for students. Students should register and receive a charging card from the Office of Campus and Residential Life after registering their vehicle with the Office of Public Safety.
In addition to the rules and regulations for operating a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are several regulations peculiar to the Juniata campus:
- Pedestrians shall at all times have the right of way.
- All vehicles shall operate at a safe speeds.
- All vehicles shall comply with all traffic devices, stop signs, etc.
- No vehicles, including two wheel motorized vehicles shall be operated or travel over, or park on, any grass area, concrete walkway.
- Failure to comply with this regulation will result in a fine and may include loss of on- campus driving privileges.
- Improper operation of any motor vehicle within the College jurisdiction will result in a citation or revoking of motor vehicle privileges on campus.
Public Safety Office
The Public Safety Office is committed to providing a safe and secure environment as essential to the Juniata College community. The Public Safety Office focuses on the protection of college assets, but the primary goal is to assure a safe, secure, and comfortable living environment which promotes learning and personal development. Respect, consideration, and fairness to others are paramount in our daily operations.
For additional information, go here: https://www.juniata.edu/offices/security/
Registered Student Organizations (RSO)
Juniata College offers students over 80+ Registered Student Organizations (RSO), which represent an array of student interests. Students can sign-up for RSOs at either our Fall involvement fair (Lobsterfest) or learn about upcoming RSO meetings/events through the Daily Announcements. If students would like to contact a specific organization, a current list of active RSOs, officers and advisors is located online.
Juniata is a residential campus and, as such, residence hall experiences are designed to complement the formal instructional program. Guidelines for residence hall living are provided in detail through the campus computer network, EagleNet, in the student handbook, The Pathfinder; and in its periodic supplement, The Student Services Newsletter.
With a limited number of exceptions, students are expected to live in college-owned facilities.
Residence Hall Staff
Juniata seeks to provide the best possible living experience in the residence halls. This begins with qualified, caring, and well-trained staff. Staff members in each building are carefully selected, and trained, and are willing to help students have a successful campus living experience. One of the first people students meet on check-in day is the Resident Assistant, better known as the RA. Resident Assistants are assigned to each residence hall floor to help with the adjustment to community life and are instrumental in planning activities to help students become acquainted with their living environment. In addition, RAs are available throughout the year to assist with academic, personal, and community living concerns. Resident Assistants are specially trained upper-division students who are able to answer many questions about Juniata and the residence halls. Each residence hall also has a Community Advisor who is also an upper-division student who provides support and direction for a building’s community, and supports the RAs residing there. Resident Assistants and Community Advisors report to live-in Residential Life Coordinators, known as RLCs. RLCs are professional staff members who manage a portfolio of residence halls. They supervise the hall staff, coordinate programs and activities, and work with the student conduct process. RLCs can answer many questions about policies and procedures and the campus in general.
Residence Hall Programs
The residential life staff offers a wide variety of activities in which students can participate. These programs are planned and organized by students and RAs. Everyone is encouraged to make their interests known, to become actively involved in planning events, and to participate. The staff assists on the floor to develop programs that enhance a sense of community. These programs have a social focus and support students’ personal development, community engagement, authentic leadership, and/or becoming a global citizen.
Juniata’s residence halls are smoke-free living environments.
Eco House: The Eco House encourages students to develop and promote a sustainable and 'green' lifestyle. Living in this coed house provides an opportunity to live and work with other students who are committed to the campus community's goal of becoming more sustainable.
Global Village: the Global Village is a distinct globally-themed living and learning community designed to provide opportunities for intensive, in-depth cultural interaction and community development. The GV welcomes language learners and non-English speakers; non-native students who have lived, traveled extensively, or studied abroad; and students enrolled in language courses.
Lavender Floor: the Lavender Floor is a gender inclusive living-learning community focused on promoting support, awareness, allyship, and education for the LGBTQIA+ community.
2207 McClay House: is a living-learning community focused on developing and supporting social justice work.
Gender inclusive: A number of designated communities are available for students who choose to live in a community inclusive of all gender identities.
Female aligned: Cloister Hall is a residence hall for female identified students. Floors are available to upper-division and first-year students.
Suites: East Houses apartment style living, housing 8 students. There are 4 bedrooms, a common room and bathroom. Each room is air conditioned.
Elected by students, members of Student Government represent the interests and the concerns of the student body in a variety of ways. Student Government officers serve as student representatives on faculty and trustee committees and serve as the governing body for the 80+ Registered Student Organizations.
The College maintains that the use of alcohol and other drugs is not necessary for the success of social occasions.
Although students are considered adults for most phases of community life, Pennsylvania State Law prohibits the purchase, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age. Persons who furnish alcoholic beverages to those under 21 are subject to civil liability and criminal prosecution. Local ordinances and state laws also prohibit open containers of alcoholic beverages in public areas and in vehicles. College policy permits only students 21 years of age and older to possess or consume alcoholic beverages on campus.
Juniata considers the possession and/or use of illegal or dangerous drugs a serious violation of College policy. Disciplinary action for involvement could lead to separation from the College. The College will assist the efforts of law enforcement officials who are investigating the involvement of persons with illegal or dangerous drugs.
Since the use of drugs, including alcohol, may be associated with medical and psychological problems, students may be referred, or refer themselves, to the counseling and medical resources of the College and/or the local community.
It is Juniata policy to promote and maintain a campus environment free of all forms of discrimination, intimidation, and exploitation, including sexual harassment. The use of one’s institutional position or authority to seek or solicit unwanted sexual relations with a member of the Juniata community is incompatible with the mutual trust and respect among members of the College community fundamental to the mission of Juniata. If a student has a supervisor, teacher or coach who has used his or her position to seek or solicit unwanted sexual relations, that student should report the matter to the Director of Human Resources (employment-related problem), the Provost (professor-student incidents), or the Dean of Students (student-student incidents). A copy of the sexual harassment policy is distributed to all students under separate cover. Additional copies are available from residence hall staff, the Dean of Student Office, and the Human Resources Office.