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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Resident Student Affairs

Mark Hine, B.S., M.Div., D.Min.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Robert Mullen, B.S., M.Div., J.D.
Dean of Students

Joshua Brown, B.S., M.Ed.
Director for Student Affairs Assessment

Todd R. Campo, B.S., M.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Leadership

Melany Pearl, B.S., M.A.
Dean of the Center for Multicultural Enrichment

Jamie Sublett, B.S.
Director for Student Housing

Lew Weider, B.S., M.A., Ed.D.
Director for Christian/Community Service
Professor, Biblical Worldview

Theodore Whitney, B.S.
Director for Online Communities


PURPOSE
The purpose of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs at Liberty University is to work with the administration, faculty, and staff, fostering an experience that promotes personal development and learning.

The Division contributes to the University’s mission of preparing students for leadership and involvement in an increasingly diverse, technologically sophisticated and complex global society.

Student Affairs carries out this mission by: 

  • Responding to the needs of students as they grow, spiritually, academically, and socially
  • Presenting leadership opportunities and offering leadership training
  • Maintaining an atmosphere which provides fertile ground for spiritual growth
  • Offering co-curricular programming which encourages students’ academic growth
  • Promoting and celebrating the rich cultural differences found at the University
  • Assisting students in responsible decision-making

CODE OF CONDUCT
The administration and faculty have committed Liberty to the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct. No one will become spiritual merely by observing rules; nonetheless, the spiritual student will desire to abide by the rules, regulations, and policies. Liberty holds as one of its foremost goals the development of men and women of strong Christian character. Firm moral conviction and dependable self-discipline are as important as academic competence.

The specific rules, regulations, and policies that govern student behavior are found in The Liberty Way, which is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/libertyway (login required).

The Academic Code of Honor is published in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.                     


Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students is designed to provide holistic student development opportunities for the resident and commuter population. For additional information, visit the Office of the Dean of Students webpage at http://www.liberty.edu/studentaffairs/deanofstudents.


Online Communities

Online Communities provides online students with spiritual resources to encourage and strengthen.  Online Communities also endeavors to engage online students in the events and services of the campus.

Various online resources are offered including streaming events (Convocation and Campus Church), live chat, blogs, Bible-reading challenge, student testimonies, prayer resources and more.

All of this is available through a community web page at http://www.liberty.edu/communities.   Follow Online Communities on Twitter @LibertyUConnect for updates, announcements and encouragement.


Office of Student Housing

Liberty University requires all unmarried students under the age of 21 to live on campus.  On-campus residents must be currently enrolled in a residential program and attending classes on campus.

All students must complete Financial Check-in prior to occupancy, and agree to the terms and policies as outlined in the On-Campus “Housing Agreement”.  Students who are age 25 or over (at any time during the semester) or are married are not allowed to live on campus.  Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-come, first-served basis. Detailed information is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/studentaffairs/studenthousing

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING
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 25 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.


Center for Multicultural Enrichment

The purpose of the Center for Multicultural Enrichment is to unify the various cultural and ethnic populations on the campus by overcoming divisions. The Center serves as an advocate to minority students and seeks to celebrate cultural diversity by offering experiential learning opportunities to all students. For additional information, visit the Center4ME webpage at http://www.liberty.edu/center4me


Office of Student Leadership

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Office of Student Leadership is to train student leaders to minister, mentor and mobilize students in the residence halls. It collaborates with Student Affairs in the development of a holistic student life experience. 

Resident Director
Resident Directors (RD) oversee a group of residence halls including oversight of the student leadership teams on each floor as well as the resident hall facilities.  Additionally, they are responsible to enforce the standards of The Liberty Way while promoting the overall well-being of the students residing in the halls.

Resident Assistant
A Resident Assistant (RA) provides pastoral leadership to students in the resident hall in the form of discipline, discipleship and overall oversight.

Spiritual Life Coaches
Spiritual Life Coaches (SLC) facilitate spiritual development on their residence hall through love, encouragement and counseling.  SLCs work with Prayer and Life Group Leaders (PLGL) to minister, mentor and equip PLGLs for ministry.

Prayer and Life Group Leaders
Every Liberty student on campus is part of a five-person prayer group led by the Prayer and Life Group Leader (PLGC). The PLGC prays for the students in their group daily by name and encourages the development of those students’ personal and spiritual lives.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
More information on the resources and services provided by the Office of Student Leadership is available at http://www.liberty.edu/studentlife/index.cfm?PID=13203.


Student Government Association

The purpose of the Student Government Association (SGA) is to involve the students in the administrative process, to promote well-being and a sense of responsibility among students, to hear student concerns, and to convey an understanding of the students’ needs to the administration.

Membership in the Student Government Association shall be open to all resident and commuter students attending Liberty University who are not on any form of probation or suspension and who have professed their faith in Jesus Christ.

For additional information, visit the SGA webpage at http://www.liberty.edu/sga.


Student Clubs and Organizations

Student clubs or organizations must request and receive permission from the Liberty University administration before they may meet on campus, advertise, distribute or post materials, or use any University facilities for their activities or events. All such clubs or organizations and their activities or events must be consistent with the University’s mission, and must be and remain in compliance with the Liberty Way, the Honor Code, and any policies or procedures promulgated by the University. The University reserves the right to refuse the use of its facilities for any reason to any student club, organization, activity or event.

Information and policies regarding student clubs as well as a list of approved clubs and organizations is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19868.


OFFICE LOCATIONS
Departments in the Student Affairs Division are located in Green Hall:

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs GH 1661
Dean of Students GH 1830
     Campus Pastors Office  
     Student Care Office  
     Office of Student Conduct  
     Commuter Services  
Office of Student Leadership GH 1875
Center for Multicultural Enrichment GH 1878
Office of Student Housing GH 1886
Office of Online Communities GH 1881a
Student Government Association GH 1884

 

Online Student Affairs

Douglas F. Mann, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School
Associate Professor, History

Kevin D. Struble, B.S., M.A., Ed.S.
Chair of the Graduate and Online Student Affairs & Center for Student Travel

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Office of Graduate and Online Student Affairs is to promote a positive Christian community both on campus and within the Liberty University Online community. In order to maintain this Christ centered environment, the Code of Honor is established and upheld through the office for student issues pertaining to academic and personal standards.

BASIC REGULATIONS
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/thegraduateschool.

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 publilshed in the Academic Information and Policies - Online Program section of this Catalog and online at http://www.liberty.edu/thegraduateschool.

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/law/.


Liberty University Code of Honor for Graduate and Online Students

ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL CODE OF HONOR
Liberty University is comprised of a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University. Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.



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