Campus Life

Residence Life and HousingMedical Clinic
Spiritual Life and Student MinistriesStudent Clubs and Organizations
Multicultural EnrichmentAthletics
Volunteer and Service-Learning CenterStudent Regulations
University Counseling Center



Jean-Noel Thompson, Vice President and Dean for Student Life
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 135

Phone: 325-674-2067
Fax: 325-674-4831

The mission of Campus Life is to work in partnership with Academic Affairs to integrate living, learning and faith, whereby students learn to live lives of Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

Campus Life reports to the Vice President for Student Life. Campus Life is organized into four areas, each supervised by a director. These areas are Leadership Education, Student Life, Student Services, and Residence Life Education and Housing. Two other units under Campus Life are the ACU Police Department and Public Safety and Judicial Affairs.

Leadership Education includes the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, the McGlothlin Campus Center, Leadership Education and Leadership Camps.

The area of Student Life is comprised of three units: Spiritual Life and Student Ministries, Student Organizations and Activities and Student Productions (including Freshman Follies and Sing Song).

Student Services includes the Medical Clinic, the University Counseling Center, Student Multicultural Enrichment, and International Student Affairs.

Residence Life Education and Housing comprises the first and second year student’s residence halls, Sherrod Apartments for married students, and University Park Apartments for third and fourth year students.

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Residence Life and Housing

ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie, Room 120

Phone: 325-674-2066
Fax: 325-674-2041

Abilene Christian University promotes a residence life philosophy intended to assist students in their development toward responsible and disciplined lifestyles. We believe a student’s best opportunity for success is deeply rooted in our Christian environment – integrating living, learning and faith. Unlike colleges and universities that may require four years in on-campus housing, or others that may be defined as commuter schools without on-campus housing, ACU provides a developmental opportunity whereby first-year students live in traditional on-campus halls with a curfew, second-year students live in traditional on-campus halls without a curfew, and third-year, fourth-year and graduate students live in on-campus apartments or off-campus.

Residence Halls
All first-year and second-year students are required to live in residence halls, regardless of the number of hours earned. The only exceptions to this requirement are:

     1. A student’s parents are Abilene residents, and he or she will live with his or her parents in
         the family’s primary residence. (Students whose parents own property in Abilene are not
         exempt from this policy. Parents should plan to lease this property until their student is
         eligible to live off-campus.)

     2. A student is 21 years of age prior to the beginning of the fall semester of the year
         in question.

     3. A student has graduated from high school more than two years prior to the beginning of the
         fall semester. (Home schooled students and high school students enrolled in college classes
         earning dual credit are not exempt from this policy.)

     4. A student is married and files a marriage license with the Office of Residence Life Education
         and Housing.

     5. A student is enrolled in 8 hours or less (First and second-year students enrolled in 8 hours
         or less at ACU and taking additional hours from another college or university in Abilene or
         the surrounding area are not exempt from this policy.)

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Any petition for exceptions to the above criteria must be made in writing to the Director of Residence Life Education and Housing. Such petitions must adequately state reasons for an exception and should include any supporting documentation for such reasons. Any petitions made for health reasons will be carefully considered and must be made in writing, with supporting medical documentation, one month prior to the beginning of the semester. Our first priority will be to meet any special needs within our residence life policy. A number of rooms have been dedicated to these special requests. In most cases, exceptions to our policies will not be made. Instead, we desire that students work with residence life staff to meet any special needs. Exceptions will not be made based on financial need. Students should consider issues related to room and board when making decisions to attend Abilene Christian University.

When making decisions about off-campus petitions, the Director of Residence Life Education and Housing will consult with various ACU officials, as well as with any persons submitting supporting documentation. The decision of the Director of Residence Life Education and Housing will be final. Any concerns or questions concerning ACU residence life philosophy, policies or process should be directed to the Director of Residence Life Education and Housing. The associate dean of Campus Life will only address written concerns after they have first been addressed by the Director of Residence Life Education and Housing.

The university has on-campus accommodations for 1,818 single students in 10 residence halls. Each residence hall is equipped with computer network connections, cable television and telephone lines in each room. A computer lab is located on the first floor of every residence hall. First- and second-year students live in residence halls. Please see for more information.

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Residence Hall Reservations and Cancellations
Students who want to live in university housing must submit a housing request form accompanied by a deposit. Those who voluntarily cancel their application must do so prior to May 1 to receive a refund. Cancellations for special workshops should be made one week before the first class session.

Current ACU students will have priority over others in the choice of rooms for a specified period. The room deposit will be kept as long as a student lives in university housing. When the student leaves university housing, the deposit will be applied to any unpaid balance on the student’s account or it will be refunded upon request; otherwise, it will be forfeited. All room reservations will be held until the first day of classes and then be released unless special holding arrangements are made in advance with the Office of Residence Life Education and Housing. After the semester begins, necessary room changes must be coordinated through the residence hall director.

Off-Campus Housing
All first- and second-year students must receive university approval before they are allowed to live off campus. Students may apply to live off campus through the Office of Residence Life Education and Housing. Applications to live off campus must be submitted one month prior to the first day of the semester in question, and if approved, must be renewed each semester through the end of the student’s second year at the university. For more information regarding exemption requirements, go to or call 325-674-2066.

About 475 people – third and fourth year students and graduate students – have the opportunity to live in the 200-unit University Park apartment complex located on the northeast corner of the campus. Among the University Park features are electronic gates, recreational facilities and a central courtyard with a clubhouse. Each of the three custom floor plans is designed to meet students’ needs and to assist in achieving academic objectives. The community offers students the convenience of living on campus plus much of the flexibility of off-campus living.

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Spiritual Life and Student Ministries

Mark Lewis, Director
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 131

Phone: 325-674-2867
Fax: 325-674-6475

The office of Spiritual Life and Student Ministries (SLSM) supports the mission of Abilene Christian University by facilitating events and experiences that contribute to the overall process of helping students grow in Christ. ACU places a great deal of value on student leadership development. Because of this the director of Spiritual Life serves as advisor for four student organizations that not only seek to help each student’s process of spiritual formation, but also allow students to step into leadership roles where they collaborate and carry out ministry activities.

SLSM partners with the Spiritual Life Core student organization to provide spiritually formative activities such as Bible studies, prayer groups, and the weekly “18:38” Chapels where contemporary issues are discussed as part of the effort to prepare graduates to be salt and light in their families, in their work place, and in their church community. The office sponsors short-term mission experiences through Spring Break and Weekend Campaigns. SLSM works with the Awake 3:18 student organization to raise awareness, provide education, and offer ministry opportunities related to the global HIV/AIDS crisis, with focus being directed toward the African pandemic, as well as the needs of families affected by AIDS here in the Abilene area.

Spiritual Life and Student Ministries hosts “Meet the Churches” at the beginning of each semester, networking with local campus ministers and congregations to encourage student attendance, participation and development of relationships with local church families. The office also provides pastoral counseling and works with the Counseling Center to present the annual Sacred Relationships Week.

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Multicultural Enrichment

Office of Student Multicultural Enrichment
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 127

Phone: 325-674-6562
Fax: 325-674-6475

International Student Services
Laura Blake, Coordinator
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 128

Phone: 325-674-2821
Fax: 325-674-6475

Abilene Christian University’s attention to a multicultural environment enriches the personal, social and spiritual growth of all members of the ACU community and improves the university’s capacity to achieve its mission. A culturally diverse community includes faculty, staff and students who have differing cultural identities that bring the richness of their backgrounds and experiences into the learning environment. Cultural diversity, presented correctly in a college setting, can stimulate discussions, foster rewarding relationships and cultivate fuller worldviews.

The programs, activities, or services offered by the Office of Student Multicultural Enrichment (OSME) and International Student Services (ISS) should foster constructive and frequent opportunities for students with different backgrounds and perspectives to engage in meaningful dialogue and reflection. Research shows that learning outcomes and social development are enhanced when students encounter perspectives that depart from their own worldview and past experience, causing them to think actively and to reassess long-held, and often unexamined, assumptions.

OSME and ISS serve students of color and international students at ACU by maintaining an open door policy, advising student organizations, engaging in one-on-one encouragement, and fostering the growth and development of students by implementing educational, social, and cultural programming. The aim is to assist students of color and international students in achieving their educational goals and to encourage student involvement in the academic and social systems of college life. Although OSME and ISS focus primarily on students of color and international students, they are designed to positively influence the quality of life and effectiveness of the ACU experience for all students by educating the community about God’s concept of diversity.

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Volunteer and Service-Learning Center

Nancy Coburn, Director
ACU Box 27867; Abilene, Texas 79699-7867
McGlothlin Campus Center Basement, Suite 30

Phone: 325-674-2932
Fax: 325-674-6867

The mission of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center (VSLC) is to engage students in developing service involvement as a lifestyle while meeting the needs of others in the Abilene and surrounding community. Through the VSLC, students have access to a broad range of service opportunities, including special events for specific agencies and other community-wide efforts and ongoing assistance at local schools, child care centers, after-school programs, and numerous nonprofit and human service agencies.

The VSLC provides information, orientation and assistance with planning, implementing and participating in service activities. Some of the ways this is accomplished include:

     • Maintaining a registry of volunteer needs from local service agencies and organizations,

     • Partnering with faculty to enhance course work through service-learning opportunities,

     • Helping student groups or individuals design and plan special service events and projects,

     • Mentoring specific student organizations that seek to meet needs in the community (Service
        Action Leadership Team, Wildcat Kids, Treadaway Kids, Senior Buddies), and

     • Documenting student service involvement for co-curricular transcripts and course records.

ACU students contribute leadership and hundreds of volunteer hours for the annual Intercollegiate Service Day and ACU for Abilene Service Day. Involving students in planning, organizing and participating in community service broadens their world view, strengthens their relationship with Jesus Christ, and prepares them for a lifestyle of service when they leave ACU.

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University Counseling Center

Steve Rowlands, Director
ACU Box 28083; Abilene, Texas 79699-8083
McKinzie Hall East, Room 2A

Phone: 325-674-2626
Fax: 325-674-6496

The University Counseling Center provides counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups; psychological testing and assessment; consultation and education; and practicum training for graduate-level behavioral science students. Working closely with the Medical Clinic, the center is able to provide a range of services for students. When necessary, students may be referred to specialists within the Abilene community, or in coordination with mental health care professionals in a student’s hometown.

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Medical Clinic

Dr. Anthony Rector, Physician and Medical Director
ACU Box 28154; Abilene, Texas 79699-8154
McKinzie Hall East, Room 101

Phone: 325-674-2625
Fax: 325-674-6998

The Medical Clinic is available to students, staff and faculty. Students may make an appointment with the campus physician or nurse practitioner or can walk in for an assessment by the nursing staff. Services focus on acute care and include a range of presenting health issues. Allergy medications can be stored with the clinic and injections can be given on a regular basis. When appointments cannot be made within a desired time frame, the student will be referred to a local healthcare provider.

A year-round hospitalization insurance program is available to students through the Billing/Receivables Offices. It is recommended that all students carry healthcare insurance, though the ACU Medical Clinic will not file third party insurance claims. Such claims and medical reimbursements are the responsibility of the students and their families.

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Student Clubs and Organizations

Mauri Westbrook, Director
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-7867
McKinzie Hall, Room 130

Phone: 325-674-2069
Fax: 325-674-6475

A variety of student clubs and organizations provide avenues for the expression of a wide range of student interests: social, musical, academic, geographical and service. The following clubs and organizations have been officially recognized. For more information, refer to the Campus Life web page at

Campus Activities
Campus Activities Board (CAB), Freshman Action Council (FAC), Freshman Follies, Homecoming Committees, Sing Song, Welcome Week Committees

Social Clubs (Men)
Delta Chi Rho, Frater Sodalis, Galaxy, Gamma Sigma Phi, Trojans

Social Clubs (Women)
Alpha kai Omega, Delta Theta, GATA, Ko Jo Kai, Sigma Theta Chi, Tri Kappa Gamma

Students’ Association
Graduate Students’ Association, International Students’ Association, Students’ Association

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Academic Organizations
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Alpha Epsilon Sigma, Delta Tau Alpha (Honor)

Art and Design: American Society of Interior Design

Business: Beta Gamma Sigma, Integrated Marketing Communication Organization, International Business Society, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), Marketing Club, Phi Beta Lambda, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Student Accounting/Finance Society, Student Training and Research (STAR), Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

Chemistry and Biochemistry: Chemistry Club

Communication: Lambda Pi Eta (Honor), Pi Kappa Delta (Honor)

Communication Disorders: ACU Chapter NSSLHA (National Student Speech, Language,
Hearing Association)

Computer Science: Association for Computing Machinery

Education: Kappa Delta Pi (Honor), Pi Lambda Theta (Honor)

English: Sigma Tau Delta

Exercise Science and Health: Flying Cats, Student Dietetic Association

Foreign Languages: Phi Sigma Iota (Honor)

History: Phi Alpha Theta (Honor)

Journalism and Mass Communication: Broadcast Society, Kappa Tau Alpha (Honor), Prickly Pear (Yearbook), Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Sigma Delta Chi (Honor), Society of Professional Journalists

Mathematics: Mu Sigma

Missions and Ministry: African Mission Fellowship, Asia Interest Group, Domestic Missions, Latin American Missions Partnership Group, Let’s Start Talking

Music: A Capella Chorus, Big Purple Marching Band, Collegiate Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Opera Workshop, Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble

Nursing: Nursing Students’ Association, Sigma Theta Tau (Honor)

Physics: Society of Physics Students

Political Science: Pi Sigma Alpha (Honor), Pre -Law Council

Psychology: Psi Chi (Honor)

Sociology: Alpha Kappa Delta (Honor)

Social Work: Social Work Club

Theatre: Alpha Psi Omega (Honor)

Honor Societies
Alpha Chi, Honors Students’ Organization, Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman), Student Honors Cabinet,
“W” Club

Media Organizations
ACU-TV, ACU Video (production studio), KACU-FM, KXN-TV (class A TV station), The Optimist, Prickly Pear, Visions (video yearbook), National Broadcast Society

Service Organizations
Habitat for Humanity, Lynay, Senior Buddies, Service Action Leadership Team (SALT), Spring Break Campaigns, Treadaway Kids, Weekend Campaigns, Wildcat Kids

Special Interest Clubs
Alpha Hockey Omega, Awake 3:18, Cheerleaders/Mascot, Chess Club, Chiaroscuro, Christian Medical Dental Association, College Democrats, College Republicans, Cycling Club, Eagle Scouts Venture Crew, Essence of Ebony, Fair Trade Abilene, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), His Singers, Hispanos Unidos, International Justice Mission, Mac Users Group, Outdoor Club, SAAB (Student African American Brotherhood), Seekers of the Word, Shades, Shinnery Review, Soccer Club, Student Alumni Association, Student Ambassadors, Student Athlete Advisory Board, Synchronized Swimming Club, The Light, Wildcat Spirit Committee, World Wide Youth Camps

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Jared Mosley, Director of Athletics
ACU Box 27916; Abilene, Texas 79699-7916
Teague Special Events Center

Phone: 325-674-2353
Fax: 325-674-6831

Abilene Christian University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II, and the Lone Star Conference (LSC). The university competes in the men’s sports of baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field and in the women’s sports of basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball. ACU will begin competition in Women’s Soccer beginning in the 2007-08 school year.

The university has one of the finest athletic facilities in the southwest with its 4,600-seat Moody Coliseum and the adjoining Gibson Health and Physical Education Center. ACU has an all-weather nine-lane track at Elmer J. Gray Stadium, which seats 4,500. The Wildcats play their home football games in 15,042-seat P.E. Shotwell Stadium. Crutcher Scott Field, a baseball stadium which opened in 1991, seats 4,000, and Lee Powell Fitness Center, which opened in 1993, provides modern weight training facilities for ACU student-athletes. In fall 1996, the A.E. “Poly” and Zieta Wells Field for women’s softball opened. The Margaret L. and William J. Teague Special Events Center, with a large multipurpose room that provides three indoor tennis courts, opened in 1998.

In 2002, the Judi and Cecil Eager Tennis Pavilion was completed and provides covered courtside seating for 175 at the four main championship outdoor tennis courts. An additional covered seating area was constructed next to the six-court area and lighting for all courts was installed.

Student-athletes at the university have received many team and individual honors, including Olympic gold medals, world records, national championships and awards in professional sports. During its illustrious history, ACU athletic teams have won 58 national championships. During its affiliation with the Lone Star Conference since 1973, Wildcat teams have won more than 130 conference titles.

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Intramural Sports
Danny Kittley, Director
ACU Box 28204; Abilene, Texas 79699-8204
Bennett Gym, Room 103

Phone: 325-674-2555
Fax: 325-674-6854

The Intramural Sports Department offers great ways to get involved with activities on campus, especially for new students. About 3,000 students currently participate in Intramural Sports with numbers increasing annually. The department offers a championship league for the more competitive athlete, as well as a recreational league for those that prefer a more fun atmosphere. In the fall, ACU Intramural Sports offers: 3-2 softball, tennis, waterball, 3-on-3 basketball, and flag football. In the spring, there is 5-on-5 basketball, softball, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, 5-on-5 flag football, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee. The ACU Intramural Sports Department has sent several teams to national tournaments, each proving ACU’s impressive athleticism versus programs from much larger universities.

There are also opportunities for employment through Intramural Sports. The department hires student workers and officials for ACU and also employs students to work with the Abilene Independent School District officiating 7th grade basketball games and working with the 6th grade Intramural Sports programs at each middle school in Abilene.

Each participant is financially responsible for care of personal injury, therefore, the Intramural Sports Department and Abilene Christian University urges all participants to either purchase student insurance offered by the school or have coverage by a private policy. The Intramural Sports Department and Abilene Christian University
will not be held responsible for accidents. All Students play at your own risk.

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Student Regulations

By enrolling in the university, students signify their willingness to observe Christian standards of honesty, ethics and morality. They agree to respect the personal and property rights of others. They agree to fulfill their responsibilities under all published university regulations and to obey local, state and federal laws. Information about student conduct and regulations can be found in the Student Guide at (select the Student Guide link).

The Student Guide is published at the beginning of each school year, and it details various important provisions that each student should read and understand. The Student Guide determines the current regulations and policies that impact campus life. On reasonable notice to the students, the Student Guide may be amended. Regulations such as those below, and others, are included in the Student Guide.

     • Possession or use or sale of illegal drugs will result in automatic suspension from
        the university.

     • Possession or use of alcohol is subject to strict disciplinary measure and may result
        in suspension.

     • Students must conform to the current dress code.

     • Class attendance is an important student responsibility; students may be dropped from
        classes or failed for excessive absences.

     • Chapel attendance is required for all undergraduate students that are enrolled full-time
        and are under the age of 25.

     • Hazing is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action from the university and criminal
        penalties from the state of Texas.

     • Many activities are expressly listed in the Student Guide as prohibited and are subject to
        disciplinary sanctions, including: smoking or other use of tobacco on campus, violation of
        residence hall visitation policies, falsification of university records, cheating, theft, sexual
        immorality, vandalism, and possession of firearms.

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