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Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

PDF copy: Graduate Student Affairs.pdf

Graduate Student Affairs

Michael T. Shenkle, B.S., M.B.A.
Director of Online and Graduate Student Affairs

In an effort to assist new students in adjusting to academic life at the graduate level, a required orientation event is scheduled prior to the first day of classes each term. Information can be found on the Graduate School website at http://www.liberty.edu/graduate.

The Administration and Faculty have committed Liberty to the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct. Liberty holds as one of its foremost goals the development of men and women of strong character. Firm moral conviction and dependable self-discipline are as important to the mission of the university as academic aptitude.

Students are expected to conduct themselves according to the rules of the University at all times. The specific rules, regulations, and policies that govern student behavior are outlined both in this catalog and in the Code of Honor, which is available on the Graduate Student Affairs website at http://www.liberty.edu/gradstudentaffairs (login required).

Students enrolled in the Liberty University Graduate School and Liberty University Online are subject to the Liberty University Code of Honor as well as the Liberty Way (if living on campus).  This information is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/ gradstudentaffairs as well as this Catalog.

Students enrolled in the School of Law are subject to the Liberty University School of Law Academic Honor Code and Personal Code of Honor. This information is available on the School of Law website at http://www.liberty.edu/ academics/law/index.cfm?PID =6244.

Complaints not specifically addressed by policies in any portion of this catalog should be directed to the Office of Graduate Student Affairs by completing the student complaint form which can be found on this website: http://www.liberty.edu/academics/ graduate/index.cfm?PID=19407. The Office of Graduate Student Affairs will assess the complaint, identify the appropriate person(s) to assist the student, and facilitate contact with the student to ensure resolution of the complaint.

It is important to note that this policy is ONLY for complaints not addressed by other stated policies within this catalog. Additionally, the Office of Graduate Student Affairs may be contacted in cases where a student is uncertain on how to proceed with a complaint, or if a complaint remains unresolved after a reasonable amount of time.

The following procedure for resident graduate student complaints is posted on the Graduate Student Affairs web page at: http://www.liberty.edu/gradstudentaffairs.

  1. Complete the student complaint form and including all pertinent information and documentation.
  2. Submit the completed form with documentation by email to gradstudentaffairs@liberty.edu or by mail to:

Liberty University
Office of Graduate Student Affairs
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24502

  1. Within three (3) business days of receipt of the complaint, the Office of Graduate Student Affairs will assess the nature of the complaint and coordinate with appropriate university personnel to work towards a satisfactory resolution.

Online Student Advocate

Jason Byrd, B.S., M.B.A.
Liberty University Online 
Director of Student Advocate Office

The Liberty University Online Student Advocate Office is committed to making the student’s experience at Liberty University both positive and life changing by assisting students in taking advantage of every opportunity to succeed and overcome obstacles on the journey from enrollment through graduation.

The Student Advocate Office is located in Green Hall, Room 2500. For more information visit the website at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=14289.

Campus Pastors Office

The Campus Pastors Office functions as an integral aspect of student life on Liberty’s campus. The staff is appointed based on the specific needs of the student body, seeking to encourage spiritual growth on Liberty’s dynamic campus. For additional information, visit the Campus Pastors Office webpage at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=13451.

The off campus living policy states that single students must be 21 years of age or older or be living with an immediate family member who is 21 years of age or older.  No student who is 30 years or older may live in the residence hall. For specific information regarding the off-campus living policy, contact the Office of Commuter Affairs.

While the University has no housing facilities for married students, the Office of Commuter Affairs provides an online “Apartment Finder” that lists apartments, houses, rooms, etc., which are available for rent or sale in the Lynchburg area. This information can be found on the Office of Commuter Affairs website at http://www.liberty.edu/apartmentfinder. Rental fees generally range from $500 to $800 per month.

Social life at Liberty is designed to encourage students to develop their potentials in accordance with the general offerings of the University. Students are encouraged to accept every legitimate opportunity to engage in social functions. The Faculty and Administration emphasize the value of growth through well-directed social activities. The social life includes a full-service student center, attendance at intercollegiate athletic events, intramural sports, concerts, plays, and many other activities. All social functions are subject to the rules and regulations of the University.

The Seminary Student Government Association (SSGA) is a student lead group that seeks to strengthen the unity of purpose among the students.  Each year the student body votes for three individuals to serve as President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer.  These students assist in communication between the student body and administration.  SSGA promotes not only the cultivation of excellence within the classroom but seeks to provide opportunities and support in putting classroom instruction to work within the community. SSGA ultimately seeks to serve our Savior through every activity with which it is involved.

The student chapter of the American Association of Christian counselors seeks to foster the spiritual and professional development of students interested in the counseling or pastoral care fields. Monthly meetings focus on topics integrating Christianity and psychology, and clinical training workshops sponsored by the Liberty University AACC chapter also occur. The chapter has a Facebook site under American Association of Christian Counselors at Liberty. No membership fee is required to attend meetings. For further information, join us on Facebook or contact Dr. Fernando Garzon at fgarzon@liberty.edu.

Career Center

The Career Center provides services that equip students with the professional development skills to combine with their academic training in preparation for their career goals.  Many services are also available to alumni, including resume critiques, job searching information, and other services to further career advancement or career change.


       Website: http://www.liberty.edu/career
       Career Assessment Test – Focus 2 (Free to Students)
       Career Counseling
       Local and Regional Career Fairs
       Online Job Database – LUnetWORK for full-time and part-time opportunities
       Career Workshops and Professional Skills Development
       Resume and Cover Letter Workshops and Critiques
       Job Search and Research
       Mock Interviews
       Graduate School Preparation
       Internships and Externships
       Washington Semester Fellowship Internship
       Virtual Career Center
       Washington Fellowship

The Career Center has recently expanded its office to a highly visible and easily accessible location that includes state-of-the-art meeting facilities, interview rooms, computer lab, and resource library.  The Focus 2 assessment combined with career counseling is available to assist students in determining career goals and implementing appropriate educational plans. Through the website, online job listings, career resource library, and a computerized interest assessment, students are encouraged to explore various occupational fields, develop job-hunting skills, and research graduate education programs.  Staff, alumni, and local employers conduct training workshops on topics such as resume writing, interviewing techniques, and job search strategies. Further networking opportunities are provided through Career Fairs and on-campus interviewing. Students are also encouraged to participate in experiential education programs, such as externships and internships, including the Washington Fellowship, which provide practical work experience and complement their formal education.

For more information on any of the stated topics, please visit the Career Center website at http://www.liberty.edu /career.

All students are encouraged to complete an internship to assist with career planning and gain practical experience within their chosen field of study.  Approximately sixty-percent of all interns receive a full-time job offer.  Students may earn from one to six (in some cases nine) semester hours of credit.  Many majors require at least three credits.

Students are also encouraged to consider participating in Liberty University’s Washington Fellowship.  This program allows students, from all majors, to be placed in an internship in Washington, DC.  Students are required to register for a six credit internship and take at least six credits through online courses, thus maintaining their full-time residential status as Liberty University students.  On-site housing is required for all students participating in the Washington Fellowship.  For more information, contact washing@liberty.edu or visit http://www.liberty.edu/washington.

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