Lee University Catalog 2020-2021 
    
    Aug 09, 2020  
Lee University Catalog 2020-2021

Undergraduate Academic Resources



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Undergraduate Academic Resources

 

Academic Advising

Academic advising is one of the many ways in which students engage with faculty on an individual basis. After the registration period, each student is assigned a faculty advisor in his/her major area of interest. The faculty advisor and student work together to craft a unique and individual academic plan based on the student’s strengths and calling. Students who have not declared a major are initially placed in the Liberal Studies program and assigned to a faculty advisor who is specially trained to work with students who are still exploring their strengths and calling. Once those students either declare a traditional major, or decide on a Liberal Studies concentration, they are re-assigned to a faculty advisor in their chosen major or Liberal Studies concentration discipline.

Lee University hopes the advising relationship will be an ongoing ‘conversation’ that goes beyond mere course selection and will enable the student to explore the breadth of the liberal arts curriculum, focus on the major concentration, and prepare for life after Lee.

The academic advisor is a mentor and a guide. Students have to right to expect accurate information (to the best of his/her knowledge) from their faculty advisors. Advisors have the right to expect that their advisees will take ownership of their academic progress and accept the consequences of their academic decisions.

For questions about the advising process or to request reassignment to a new advisor, contact the Office of Records and Academic Services.

Academic Support

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The Academic Support Office acts as a liaison between students with disabilities and the Lee University academic community. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Academic Support Office works to ensure that students with disabilities, (physical, sensory, learning, and/or emotional), have equal access to educational opportunities.

The Academic Support Office also provides information on issues of accessibility and reasonable accommodations. These services give students with disabilities equal access to academic programs. With the exception of one building, all buildings on campus are accessible for students with physical challenges. If a student with a physical disability takes a class in an inaccessible building, the class is moved to an accessible one immediately. In addition to serving students who are permanently disabled, the Academic Support Office also serves students who have temporary disabilities.

Lee University is committed to the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, as defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students who think they may qualify for these accommodations should contact the Academic Support Office to set up accommodations.

Center for Calling and Career

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The Center for Calling & Career is dedicated to helping the Lee University community reach their professional and life goals. The CC&C assists current and former students, as well as faculty and staff, in the lifelong process of discovering their gifts, talents and strengths, and using those gifts with a sense of purpose to create a meaningful life. Students are encouraged to choose a major and develop career goals which are aligned with their callings, strengths and interests.

To support students in aligning their calling with their career, the CC&C provides resources and services for strengths and calling discovery, as well as for career exploration, preparation, and connections. In addition to hosting career events, CC&C adivsors are available for individual appointments for strengths coaching, major exploration, resume reviews, mock interviews, graduate school advising, job search strategies and social media audits. Students may declare or change their major at the CC&C. Students are also invited to join CC&C’s LeeU Briefcase, an online career preparation resource and job search platform that connects students directly with employment recruiters. For more information about any of the services of the Center for Calling and Career or to schedule an appointment, students may connect with CC&C staff at ccc@leeuniversity.edu.

Computer Labs

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Lee University provides over 450 open use computers in four academic buildings and several dorms as well as a few computers in the lobby areas of the Humanities Center. Academic computer labs are outfitted with state-of-the-art Lenovo computers complete with Windows 7, Microsoft Office and provide access to the Internet. Some of the computers in the labs have development, web design, Flash and Adobe photo-shop applications installed on them for student use. Additionally, the student technology fee includes printing for up to 300 pages from the high-quality copiers throughout campus. Aside from scheduled times when classes meet in select labs, campus computer labs are open to all students. Staff members from IT Operations are available throughout the day to help with technical questions. Students can also call the Help Desk at extension 8027.


Campus Lab Locations and Hours of Operation:

Walker Memorial (3 labs)

  8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
M-F, closed weekends
Paul Conn Student Union   7:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Friday night open until 1 a.m.
Jazzman’s Café   See Café for store hours
Humanities Center (2 labs)   8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
M-F, closed weekends
Education Building   8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
M-F, closed weekends

Library (The LINK)

 

Same as library hours
(Lab closes 30 minutes before library closes)

Science Math Complex
(2 labs)

 

8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
M-F, closed weekends

Freshman / Sophomore Experience

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Lee University provides a comprehensive program designed to guide first-year students in the transition to university life. The Office of First-Year Programs seeks to assist all incoming freshman and transfer students of Lee University in the first year of their college experience. The office’s mission is to help new students connect with one another and to the university in ways that will promote their personal growth and help them engage in a transformative educational experience. Three specific areas that the office oversees are New Student Orientation, the LEEU-101 and LEEU-201 courses, and transfer student services.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

All new students, both freshman and transfer, entering Lee University participate in New Student Orientation. This orientation is dedicated to helping new students become acclimated to Lee University by attending various information sessions and participating in activities with faculty, staff, and current students. The Office of First-Year Programs leads this collaborative effort to ensure that students start on the right track here at Lee. Instructors and peer leaders of the introductory seminar courses (LEEU-101 and LEEU-201) serve as guides for new students during the orientation process. The Office of First-Year Programs also trains transfer student leaders to help new transfer students throughout their transition to Lee. At New Student Orientation, each new transfer student will be connected with a transfer student leader who will serve as a direct resource for help and information. Any questions about orientation activities can be emailed to firstyear@leeuniversity.edu.

Freshman Experience

Lee University requires that all incoming freshman students enroll in a seminar course called LEEU-101: Freshman Gateway Seminar. This unique course introduces students to the university’s core values, essential academic skills, and practical information needed to navigate life at Lee. It also offers students the opportunity to develop meaningful connections and relationships. LEEU-101 sections are taught by an exceptional team of faculty and administrators under the direction of the Office of First-Year Programs. This class provides students with the opportunity to interact with professors on campus and to create lasting relationships with their peers. In addition, classes are co-facilitated by peer leaders. These upperclassmen are recruited and trained by the Office of First-Year Programs to guide freshmen through their first semester at Lee.  

For freshman students, the second semester will include a deeper exploration of the university’s core values through LEEU-102: Global Perspectives Seminar.  Students will be registered to take this class during their second semester with the students from their Gateway class in a cohort model to allow for continued relationships and extended academic experiences together as a group.

For sophomore students, the first semester will include LEEU-202: Benevolence. Students will be registered to take this class, including the service component LEEU-202S, during their first semester.

Transfer Experience

For transfer students, we offer LEEU-201: Transfer Gateway Seminar, which provides a connection point for incoming transfer students, seeks to help students successfully transition to a new institutional culture, and focuses more specifically on the challenges and experiences transfer students may encounter. Transfer students entering with less than 16 credit hours or on academic probation will be required to take an orientation seminar course and are encouraged to take LEEU-201 (instead of LEEU-101). Transfer students entering with 16 credit hours or more will have the option of taking this orientation seminar course, though it is not required. This course acquaints students with the core values of Lee University, introduces students to resources that will contribute to their academic and social success, and includes current transfer students who serve as teaching assistants.

All incoming transfer students should enroll in both LEEU-102: Global Perspectives Seminar and LEEU-202: Benevolence within their first two semesters at Lee University. Each of these classes is a core requirement for all transfer students and will offer the opportunity to learn more about Lee University’s core values and the integration of faith and learning.

The transfer student leaders organize events and social gatherings for all transfer students throughout the year. Each incoming transfer student is assigned to a transfer student leader and transfer group during New Student Orientation. These student leaders and transfer groups are meant to serve as a source of help and support during the transition to Lee University. Transfer students who do not get assigned to a group can email firstyear@leeuniversity.edu for more information

Leonard Center

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Service-learning at Lee University is directed by the Leonard Center and is designed to prepare students for Christian citizenship through reflective community interactions that encourage a commitment to the ideals of service, benevolence, civic virtue, and social justice.

Service-learning is part of the academic requirement at Lee University. Students are required to complete 10 service hours per academic semester they are enrolled at Lee excluding summer terms (up to 80 hours). Students can turn in a maximum of 20 hours per organization per academic year.

For every 10 hours completed outside of a service-enhanced or service-embedded course, a volunteer projects form and two-page reflection paper must be submitted to the Leonard Center after receiving prior approval. Students should email service@leeuniversity.edu with a description of the activity and organization for approval before participating in the project. Service-learning hours are due by November 1st and/or April 1st of the respective semester (See form for further reflection paper guidelines).

Lee University encourages and values all types of Christian service. However, only certain types of service may be counted toward the graduation service-learning requirement. The following types of service will not be counted toward graduation requirements:

  • Projects in which the student’s family members are the primary recipients of the service

  • On-campus service unless the service completed has been approved by the Leonard Center

  • Playing sports or exercising (including fundraising walks and runs) to raise money for a cause. However, if a student performs acceptable service that is pre-approved and raises money through that service, the student will be granted credit for the amount of time spent serving, not the amount of money raised

  • Singing, playing or performance based service

  • Work for which the student receives pay

The Leonard Center is located on Parker Street, directly across from the McKenzie Athletic Training Facility. For more information, please call 423-614-8614 or visit www.leeuniversity.edu/leonardcenter.