A university is not only classroom instruction, but also a mode of association. The effectiveness of the University program is enhanced if students develop their interests and meet their needs through participation in the nonacademic activities provided. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the facilities and opportunities planned for their cultural, social, and spiritual growth.
The Campus Safety department safeguards campus residents, property, and facilities. Its responsibilities include fire prevention and detection, traffic control, campus escort service, assistance with vehicle jump starts and lockouts, vehicle registration, card entry, arrangements for emergency after hours transportation, the maintenance of campus safety and order. Campus Safety is also responsible for the public address system, recording of programs and classroom presentations as per request. Campus Safety is located at 5061 Industrial Drive.
Career development is an integral part of a student’s higher education. Career services facilitate lifelong career development through self-awareness, career exploration, career decision-making, and the implementation of career choices. Professional counselors are available to help students: clarify interests, values, and skills; choose an academic major; make decisions and explore potential careers; and develop skills in job seeking.
Recruiters from professional schools and organizations regularly visit the University to interview seniors. Meet the Firms, the Health Career Fair, and the Major/Minor Fair provide students with opportunities to network with employers and investigate curricular and career opportunities. Career Services is a part of the Counseling and Testing Services office located in the Student Success Center on the third floor of Lynn Wood Hall.
Any student of Southern Adventist University has the opportunity to enrich his/her personal relationship with Jesus through Campus Ministries activities. Through the programs coordinated from the Chaplain’s Office, students can engage in a wide variety of on- and off-campus spiritual activities. Student leaders working with the campus chaplain direct activities such as Student Missions, We-Pods (small groups), BLU Sauce (Building Loving Unity—Southern Community Experience), 12+ Chattanooga Outreach Ministries, Wellness, Destiny Drama Company, and offer numerous religious programs (vespers, weeks of prayer, intents, encounters weekends).
Southern Adventist University enjoys a reputation of having a strong commitment to mission service. There are opportunities for short-term mission projects as well as traditional Student Missionary positions or volunteer Task Force positions. The Student Missionary assignments from the world divisions are published by the General Conference Adventist Volunteer Center on their web site. Students interested in any mission or Task Force position may work through the Chaplain’s Office for information and placement in mission positions.
The campus chaplain serves as a pastor for the University campus. The chaplain is available for spiritual counseling, personal and relationship concerns, or any situation in which students desire personal and professional counseling. It is the desire of the Chaplain’s Office to provide a safe, confidential setting for students to discuss personal issues.
Since many university students choose a life partner while here at the University, the Chaplain’s Office provides various premarital inventories and counseling programs to aid in the establishment of healthy Christian relationships.
Each year a concert-lecture series featuring significant artists and lecturers is provided for students, generally in connection with the weekly convocation program. The cost of admission for students is included in the tuition.
Convocation exercises in the residence halls and for the entire student body serve educational and spiritual purposes. They also provide an element of unity which is one of the most desirable features of private education such as is found at Southern Adventist University. The spiritual emphasis weeks and the weekend church services assist in the spiritual growth of the students. Students are required to attend these services regularly. Failure to do so will jeopardize the student’s current status and readmission privileges.
Counseling and Testing Services
Each student is assigned an academic adviser who will assist in program planning and give advice and guidance on academic questions throughout the school year. Students may also seek counseling regarding academic concerns from any member of the faculty.
Students who wish to seek assistance from a professional counselor should contact Counseling Services in the Student Success Center located on the third floor of Lynn Wood Hall (423.236.2782). A wide variety of resources to assist students adjust to university life are available. Personal and career counseling, consultation, testing, advisement for international students, and referral services are provided in a confidential caring environment.
Southern Adventist University is an established non-Saturday National Test Center for the administration of entrance examinations for students applying to graduate and professional schools. Contact Testing Services in the Student Success Center for test applications and test date information.
For the promotion of student health and enjoyment, Southern Adventist University provides a complete vegetarian cafeteria service, organized to serve student needs. The spacious dining hall is an inviting center of social and cultural life at the University, and service by the cafeteria staff is available for the many student and faculty social functions. Auxiliary dining rooms are available for meetings of various student or faculty organizations. The Food Service Department also operates three vegetarian fast-food shops on the campus. K.R.’s Place is conveniently located in the Student Center, the Campus Kitchen is at the nearby Fleming Plaza, and the Kayak is in the Hulsey Wellness Center. The Kayak offers all fruit smoothies and more healthy choices of sandwiches and snacks.
Disabilities - Rehabilitation Act (1973) Section 504: Services for Students with Special Needs
Students with disabilities that could impact their learning experiences at Southern must contact Disability Support Services (DSS), by phone at 423.236.2574 or in person, to schedule an appointment with the Disability Services Coordinator if they want to request accommodations. DSS is located on the first floor of Lynn Wood Hall in room 137 of the Student Success Center. It is expected that students with disabilities will make this contact during the first three weeks of the semester. Otherwise, the process of certifying eligibility and arranging for reasonable accommodations might not be completed in time to meet their needs before mid-term. Students who contact DSS after the first month of the semester should not expect to receive accommodations for that semester.
Southern is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and is dedicated to the elimination of architectural and prejudicial barriers which prevent any qualified person from attending. Southern has established DSS to provide academic disability services according to the provisions of applicable disability law.
The University does not assume responsibility of identifying students who qualify for accommodations or special services. The student must 1) voluntarily (and confidentially) identify to the Disability Services Coordinator as having a qualifying disability and 2) provide appropriate documentation to be certified to receive accommodations.
Details about services as well as the requirements and processes involved in qualifying for accommodations at Southern, can be found at http://www.southern.edu/disabilitysupport
Discipline refers to any action taken by Southern Adventist University relative to a student’s social standing. All student disciplinary procedures are under the direction of the Vice-President for Student Services, who works with the residence hall deans in handling student disciplinary cases. The vice-president for Student Services may separate a student from the school, suspend a student, deny re-admission, or place a student on citizenship probation. For further details, consult the Student Handbook.
Southern Adventist University has a personal interest in the success of the student desiring a university education. There is much that the student must do to get acquainted with the academic, social, and religious life of the University by perusing this Catalog and the Southern Adventist University Student Handbook. Instruction and counsel are given which will help the student better understand the University program and what is expected of him/her as a citizen of the University community.
Orientation for new students is held prior to the fall term. It includes examinations and instruction helpful in course planning. The student is introduced to the facilities, purposes, and functions of the University. Social occasions are also provided when students may meet faculty members and fellow students. All new freshmen and transferring students are required to attend the orientation program.
By enrolling at Southern Adventist University, students authorize the use and reproduction by the University, or anyone authorized by the University, of any images taken while enrolled at the University, whether video or photo, film or digital, whether distributed by print medium, video cassette, CD, DVD, internet, television, or any other mode or medium, whether now existing or subsequently developed. All such images, however stored, shall constitute Southern Adventist University property solely and completely. Students will not be entitled to compensation for the use of the images.
Residence Hall Living
Living in a university residence hall with its daily “give and take” prepares the student to meet life with equanimity, teaches respect for the rights and opinions of others, and offers first-hand experience in adjusting to a social group. Four residence halls that serve the needs of our students are: Talge Hall, Thatcher Hall, Thatcher South, and Southern Village.
To assure students this beneficial experience, the University requires those students who take more than three semester hours of class work and who are unmarried, under 23 years of age, and not living with their parents or other approved relatives in the vicinity, to reside in one of the residence halls. Those over the age 23 may be asked to find alternate housing either in Student Family Housing or off-campus.
Social Activities and Organizations
The Director of Student Life and Activities plans social activities in consultation with the Student Activities Committee. Additional social programs are sponsored during the year by clubs and organizations.
In addition to the Student Association, more than 30 campus organizations provide opportunities for enrichment, leadership training, and enjoyment. They include church-related organizations—Campus Ministries; Student Ministerial Association; clubs related to academic interests sponsored by the departments; social clubs—Sigma Theta Chi (women), Upsilon Delta Phi (men), Black Christian Union, Christian Veterans Association and the Latin American Club, and special interest or hobby clubs.
Standards of Conduct
In harmony with the objectives of the University, high standards of behavior are maintained to encourage the development of genuine Christian character. Mature Christian students of sound spiritual and social integrity appreciate standards that elevate and ennoble. Admission to Southern Adventist University is a privilege that requires the acceptance of and compliance with published and announced regulations. Only those whose principles and interests are in harmony with the ideals of the University and who willingly subscribe to the social program as ordered are welcomed. It therefore follows that since students at Southern Adventist University receive an education subsidized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, those who engage in activities determined to be detrimental to the church on or off campus will not be knowingly accepted or retained.
A student who is out of harmony with the social policies of the University, who is uncooperative, and whose attitude gives evidence of an unresponsive nature may be advised to withdraw without specific charge.
Each student is expected to become acquainted with the standards of conduct published in the Southern Adventist University Student Handbook. The handbook includes levels of social discipline and the appeal route. A copy may be obtained from the office of the Vice President for Student Services. Interim announcements of policies adopted by the administration are of equal force with those listed in official publications.
Every undergraduate student at Southern Adventist University who is taking eight or more semester hours of class work is a member of the Student Association with voting privileges in the election of officers. The association affords opportunities for leadership development and for cooperation in achieving the objectives of Southern Adventist University. The association assists the University administration and faculty in the implementation of policies and assumes responsibility in giving direction to campus activities entrusted to it. The association’s activities are coordinated and communicated through the Student Senate and cabinet and their several committees. The activities and responsibilities of the officers and the detailed organization of the Student Association are outlined in the Student Association Constitution and Bylaws.
Southern Adventist University encourages every student to balance work and study. If a student wants to work, is physically and emotionally able to work, and has arranged his/her class schedule to accommodate a reasonable work schedule, he/she may be able to obtain employment on campus. Students seeking employment should contact the Human Resources Office for information; however, students are responsible for securing their own employment.
Injury Insurance - Injury insurance is included in your school fees and is automatically given to students taking six hours or more. This coverage is for students who are accidentally injured on campus or on a school-sponsored trip. You will receive your insurance card in the mail. Medical facilities should bill this insurance as your primary insurance. It will pay 80% up to $2,500 of the costs involved in medical help following an injury.
Health Insurance - The University requires all students to have adequate accident and health insurance, covering both inpatient and outpatient services. The same coverage is encouraged for spouses and dependents. All students must submit the Student Insurance Information form at the beginning of each school year. Students taking six or more hours (three or more hours during any summer session), or living in university housing, are automatically enrolled in the university health and accident plan at the time of registration. Students will continue to be enrolled each successive fall semester unless a waiver is completed along with proof of other insurance. Students who have signed a waiver form may later request enrollment at any time. A refund of the premium is allowed only upon entry into the military services or by providing evidence of other insurance prior to midterm. A policy brochure describing benefits, terms, and limits is available on the Risk Management website, www.southern.edu/risk.
Student Publications and Productions
As a vital part of its community of learning, Southern Adventist University sponsors the production of a variety of media by its students. When exercised in the spirit of Christian fellowship, responsible freedom of expression and debate of issues enhances the university community. Editors and producers are encouraged to express themselves freely within the parameters of the philosophy, standards, and mission statement of the University.
Student media are the voices of both students and faculty, representing the visual and creative arts, both in print and non-print formats. The student media provides a marketplace of ideas in a university environment. Student media serve not only the current residents of the campus, but also document the culture and history of the institution.
Approved student-produced media on campus are the Festival Studios (multimedia year in review), Joker (pictorial directory), Numerique (student phone directory), Southern Accent (student newspaper), Southern Memories (yearbook), and Campus Chatter (weekly announcements). Southern Adventist University is the legal publisher of all of the approved student-produced media.
University Health Center
The University Health Center strives to provide high quality health care for the students of Southern Adventist University. Services are provided by a mid-level practitioner under the supervision of a physician. The Health Center is open during regular university working hours. To maximize health care for all students it is the normal procedure for students to be seen at the Health Center. Registered nurses are on-call for urgent needs when the Health Center is not open.
The Health Center is available to all students and student dependents that are on school insurance.
Visits for minor illnesses or injuries, wound care, blood pressure checks, and equipment loans are free. Visits requiring prescriptions or expanded medical care, physicals, lab tests, immunizations, and medications or supplies will have a charge. The Health Center will bill the school insurance but the students should plan to file their own private insurance. Charges from the Health Center may be placed on the student’s account. For further details, consult the Student Handbook.
The goal of the Writing Center is to provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which Southern Adventist University students across the curriculum can become more comfortable with the writing process. The Writing Center strives to cultivate the importance of the process of writing and to help students become independent writers, capable of recognizing and utilizing their strengths while identifying and correcting their weaknesses.
Writing Center tutors—students who have been trained to help with essay writing, research papers, documentation, résumés, and grammar—offer free writing assistance to any student currently enrolled at Southern. Undergraduate students may sign up for one 30-minute, one-on-one session per day, while graduate students may need 60-minute sessions for longer assignments. All students are encouraged to call to make an appointment; however, walk-in sessions are welcome when space is available.