Student Life

   

Residence Life and Housing Medical Clinic
Spiritual Life and Student Ministries Student Organizations and Activities
Multicultural Enrichment Athletics
Volunteer and Service-Learning Center Student Regulations
University Counseling Center  


 

Introduction

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
Web: www.acu.edu/studentlife

In our commitment to equip ACU students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world, Student Life creates opportunities for student involvement beyond the classroom. In addition to fostering a safe and vibrant campus life experience, we are intentional in our efforts to promote holistic student development.

Our core purpose is to instill within our students strong moral character and wisdom-focused learning, manifested through Christ-centered living. Through collaborative partnerships with academic affairs, student services, and other campus departments, Student Life supports overall student success, culminating in graduation from ACU and a commitment to life-long learning.

Student Life reports to the Vice President for Student Life and consists of the following departments: Residence Life Education and Housing; Student Organizations and Activities; Student Productions (including Sing Song and Freshman Follies); Spiritual Life and Student Ministries; Student Leadership Development; Multicultural Enrichment, International Student Services; Judicial Affairs; ACU Police Department; Medical Clinic; University Counseling Center; the McGlothlin Campus Center; Volunteer and Service Learning; Career Center; Leadership Camps; and Intramural Sports.

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   Residence Life Education and Housing

John Delony, Director
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McDonald Hall, Lobby

Phone: 325-674-2066
Fax: 325-674-2434
Email: reslife@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/residencelife  

As a residential university, Abilene Christian University provides on-campus residence halls and managed on-campus apartments to support the development of a cohesive and distinctive campus community and to enhance the total living environment and experience. ACU believes that a student's best opportunity for success is deeply rooted in the Christian environment - integrating Christ-centered living, learning, leadership, and faith.

ACU takes a developmental approach to residential living and the college student experience by requiring all first- and second-year students to reside on campus, while also offering limited upperclassman and graduate student housing in various non-traditional residential environments. Taking this developmental approach, the residence life staff at ACU is deeply committed to a fun, healthy, studious, and vibrant residential environment that fosters growth in students as they continue maturing as adults.

First- and second-year students are assigned to residence halls based on years out of high school, date of birth, and number of long semesters spent in on-campus housing.  Assignments are not made based on classifications as determined by number of completed credit hours. All students who have been out of high school for less than one year will live in a first-year residence hall. All students who have been out of high school for less than two years will live in available second-year halls.

Students who live with their parents, are over the age of 21 before the beginning of the enrolling semester, who have graduated from high school more than two years prior to the beginning of the enrolling semester, part-time students (less than 12 hours), and married students are exempt from the residential living requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Department of Residence Life Education and Housing of such exemptions in a timely process to avoid any unnecessary housing charges. These charges will be refunded according to the Refund Tuition Schedule published by Student Financial Services.

Students with 504/ADA disabilities or those requesting medical accommodations must submit their requests, along with proper medical documentation, to ALPHA Academic services. ALPHA services will in turn notify the office of Residence Life Education and Housing of their accommodation recommendations. It is our first priority to meet any special needs within the scope of our residential policy.

Because of ACU's strong belief in the importance of the developmental residential living experience, exemptions to the residential requirement for reasons other than those listed above are very rarely granted. Students must consider issues related to room and board costs when making financial decisions as to their ability to attend ACU.

Abilene Christian University retains all rights of ownership of the residential facilities, and therefore considers that all who reside in its facilities agree to abide by all University regulations applying to campus housing and Student Handbook and Planner. ACU reserves the right to require a resident to move whenever the best interests of the University appear to demand such action. ACU also reserves the right to inspect any room at any time. In such situations, every effort will be made to inspect the room with the student(s) present.

ACU is not responsible for the loss of personal property of residents due to theft, fire, wind, rain, and/or flooding. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase renters insurance on their own.  

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   Spiritual Life and Student Ministries

Mark Lewis, Assistant Dean of Spiritual Life
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 131

Phone: 325-674-2867
Fax: 325-674-6475
Email: mark.lewis@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/campusoffices/spirituallife.html

Jen Rogers, Director of Student Ministries
ACU Box 29004, Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 133
Phone: 325-674-2867
Fax: 325-674-6475

Email: jen.rogers@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/campusoffices/spirituallife.html

The Office of Spiritual Life & Student Ministries, partnering with students, faculty, and staff, seeks to promote and encourage Christian community and spiritual transformation within the ACU student body. The SLSM office develops programs, opportunities and events that gather us together for worship, prayer and reading of God’s Word, encourage deeper relationships, and respond to the needs and brokenness in our community and the world. From our desire to love God and love others, we meet daily as a community for chapel, share and celebrate life together in small groups, serve locally and globally in short term missions, journey as a part of local faith communities, and provide pastoral care within the ACU community.

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   Multicultural Enrichment

Office of Multicultural Enrichment
George Pendergrass, Director
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 125

Phone: 325-674-6562
Fax: 325-674-6475
Email: georgependergrass@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/osme

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
Email: laura.blake@acu.edu

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 with differing cultural identities who 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, and services offered by the Office of Multicultural Enrichment (OME) and International Student Services (ISS) 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 experiences, causing them to think actively and to reassess long-held, and often unexamined, assumptions.

OME 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 OME 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
Email: vslc@acu.edu

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
Email: rowlandss@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/counseling

The goal of the University Counseling Center is to promote mental health and well-being among our students, staff and faculty. We recognize that mental health affects academic success, social relationships, physical health, and spiritual well-being. All ACU students may seek professional, confidential counseling services at the Counseling Center.

The ACU community is encouraged to make use of our services in dealing with the daily stress that arises from college life. Our professional staff is also available to assist with more serious mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. The Center is actively involved in outreach and prevention activities on campus.

In addition to counseling services, our staff is available to advise any parent, faculty/staff member, or roommate in offering support to any member of the ACU community with possible mental health concerns. The Center is able to provide a range of services for students, including medication management, as a result of working closely with the Medical Clinic physician and an on-site psychiatrist. 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.

There is a $10 per session charge for counseling services. Students should call 325-674-2626 if they have any questions. The University Counseling Center is located in the lower level of McKinzie, east end.

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   Medical Clinic

Dr. Ellen Little, Physician and Medical Director
ACU Box 28154; Abilene, Texas 79699-8154
McKinzie Hall East, Suite 101

Phone: 325-674-2625
Fax: 325-674-6998
Email: ebl09@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/medical

ACU Student Health Services is a primary care clinic staffed with licensed physicians, nurses, a nurse practitioner, and administrative staff that provide care for illnesses and injuries, as well as mental health issues. The ACU Medical Clinic is located on the ground level, east entrance of McKinzie Hall directly across from the Business Building. Services are available by appointment by calling 325-674-2625. Appointment hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  Appointments are necessary to see the doctor. Walk-ins are welcomed and will be triaged by a nurse. Based upon the nurse evaluation an appointment will be scheduled at the earliest time available or a referral will be made to an outside physician if needed.

Students generally pay a health services fee that entitles them to access to clinic services. There is a nominal charge for each physician visit. A valid ACU ID is required to access the clinic services. A student who is unsure about a medical issue or problem may call 325-674-2625 and speak confidentially to clinic personnel. If all appointments are filled for the day, clinic personnel will advise on care until the student can be seen. The medical clinic will not give excuses for missed classes or exams due to a clinic visit. Students experiencing a lengthy illness that may affect their academic performance may consult the clinic physician about obtaining a letter explaining the situation.

The health services fee does not cover after-hours care, hospital emergency room visits, hospitalization, and referrals to providers outside of ACU Health Services. Students who are between semesters in the summer and want to continue to use the Medical Clinic may be eligible for services if they are enrolled for the fall semester. Please contact the clinic at 325-674-2625 for more information and eligibility.

The on-campus medical clinic is not a substitute for major medical insurance. Students should have their own insurance policies or coverage on their parents’ insurance. Students who are thus covered should carry an insurance card in case they need medical care not covered by the clinic. Students who do not have insurance or who are not covered by a family policy may purchase student health insurance through a plan endorsed by Abilene Christian University. Contact The Depot at 888-588-6083 for enrollment information.
 

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   Student Organizations and Activities

Mauri Westbrook, Director
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 120

Phone: 325-674-2069
Fax: 325-674-6475
Email: mauri.westbrook@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/studentorganizations

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 Student Life web page at www.acu.edu/studentlife.

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

Social Clubs (Men)
Frater Sodalis, Galaxy, Gamma Sigma Phi, Pi Kappa, Sub T-16, Trojans

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

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

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

Art and Design: American Society of Interior Design

Business: ACU Business Review, Beta Gamma Sigma, Marketing Club, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Student Accounting Society, Student Training and Research (STAR), Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

Chemistry and Biochemistry: Chemistry Club

Communication: Lambda Pi Eta (Honor)

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

Computer Science: Association for Computing Machinery

Education: Theta Epsilon

English: Sigma Tau Delta

Exercise Science and Health: ACU Ultimate, Peer Health Education, Student Dietetic Association, Wildcat Hockey

History: Phi Alpha Theta (Honor)

Journalism and Mass Communication: Advertising/PR Club, Broadcast Education Association, Kappa Tau Alpha (Honor), Society of Professional Journalists

Mathematics: Mu Sigma

 

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Music: A Capella Chorus, Big Purple Marching Band, Mu Epsilon (Alpha Sigma Chapter). For information on additional music groups, please contact the music department.

Nursing: ACU Official Pre-Professional Club of Physical and Occupational Therapists, Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing Student Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau (Honor)

Physics: Society of Physics Students

Political Science: Model UN, Pi Sigma Alpha (Honor), Pope Fellows, Pre -Law Council

Psychology: Psi Chi (Honor)

Sociology: Alpha Kappa Delta (Honor)

Social Work: Social Work Association

Theatre: Alpha Psi Omega (Honor)

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

   Media Organizations
The Optimist, Broadcast Education Association

   Service Organizations
ACU for the International Rescue Committee, Lynay, Service Action Leadership Team (SALT), Spring Break Campaigns, Treadaway Kids, Weekend Campaigns, Wildcat Kids, World Wide Witness

   Special Interest Clubs
The Call, ACU Cheerleading, Chinese Christian Fellowship, Christian Medical Dental Association, College Democrats, College Republicans, Essence of Ebony, Fair Trade ACU, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Flight-Mentoring for Women, Forensics Team, Hispanos Unidos, International Justice Mission, Jesus and the Hip Hop Prophets, Milonga, Outdoor Club, Poverty Link, SAAB (Student African American Brotherhood), Seekers of the Word, Shades, Shinnery Review, Spiritual Life Core, Student Ambassadors, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Peace Alliance, Swing Cats, VAHS (Virtucus African Heritage Sisterhood), Wishing Well, Women in Business

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

Phone: 325-674-2555
Fax: 325-674-6854
Email: imsports@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/intramuralsports

The Intramural Sports Department offers great ways to get involved with activities on campus and to stay physically active. About 3,000 students participate each year in Intramural Sports, with teams formed in residence halls, academic departments, social clubs, special interest clubs and among friends drawn together by the pleasure of playing and competing in sports.

Intramural Sports offers two or three leagues in most team sports to allow everyone to find a preferred level of competitiveness. Sports offered are driven by student interest, and generally include: flag football, basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball and ultimate Frisbee.
 

There are also opportunities for employment through Intramural Sports. The department hires student workers and officials, offering training and mentoring for officials to increase their game calling skills.

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 university 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 Handbook and Planner at ww.acu.edu/studentlife (select the Policies link).

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

  • 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 Handbook and Planner 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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