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Lee University maintains a safety team to provide protection for students, staff, faculty and property. Safety officers perform a variety of duties, including regulating traffic and parking, filing university incident reports, securing buildings, maintaining order, providing assistance in times of emergency and contacting local law enforcement and emergency response authorities when needed. With a ten-minute notification, escort attendant services are provided for students who need to be escorted from parking lots to the residence halls.
The university provides parking facilities for students who bring automobiles onto the campus. Each student who parks an automobile on campus must register it with the Campus Safety Office and must carry liability insurance. This includes non-resident students who commute to the campus. Upon receipt of a parking permit, the student is entitled to park in an assigned area. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Automobiles parked illegally will be ticketed and in some cases “booted” or towed at the owner’s expense.
All students enrolled at Lee University are required to have a current student identification card. The card is issued during registration and is used for a number of university activities such as the library, cafeteria, campus events, recreation center, intramural sports and chapel.
The university is firmly committed to corporate worship and views chapel as an integral and indispensable part of the learning experience. Chapel services are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and on Sunday evenings. Weeks are set aside for special convocation during the fall and spring semesters.
All full-time students (12 hours or more) are required to attend chapel services including convocations. Students requiring work exemptions for chapel may complete the appropriate forms each semester in the Chapel Coordinator’s Office located in the Conn Center. Freshmen are not eligible for exemptions. Students who do not comply with chapel requirements may not be allowed to register for another semester.
Students who have been on chapel probation for three or more consecutive months and are on chapel probation at the end of the semester will forfeit any university-funded scholarships for which they would have otherwise qualified during the semester.
Fine Arts and Cultural Events
Each year the Fine Arts and Campus Events Committees bring to the campus a wide array of programs designed to enrich the student’s cultural life. Included are concerts by professional entertainers, musical festivals, lectures, drama, film series and art exhibits.
In addition, student organizations sponsor special cultural events for the enjoyment and enrichment of the Lee University community. Students can attend most of these events for free by simply presenting their current student identification card.
Lee University maintains a Health Clinic which provides a variety of medical services including certain lab tests and medications. Students are treated by a registered nurse, campus or local physician, or are referred to the Emergency Room, or to a walk-in clinic. The Health Clinic fee is mandatory for full-time students and optional for part-time students.
The primary objective of the Health Clinic is to give first aid and medical treatment on a limited basis. No student is refused treatment and all information is confidential. There are no inpatient beds or isolation facilities available on campus. Students with communicable diseases are assisted in making arrangements to return home to recover.
Students with health-related problems that require on-going care are strongly encouraged to contact the Director of Health Services prior to registration so arrangements can be made for medical supervision. Specific questions may be directed to the Clinic staff through the “Ask a Nurse” section of the Health Clinic portion of the main Lee University webpage. The Health Clinic is located on Parker Street in the north end of the Leonard Center and across from the McKenzie Athletic Building.
Lee University is committed to the development of relationships in the context of community. One avenue through which we encourage students to build vulnerable, authentic and deeper relationships is through our discipleship program called SmallGroup. Each Residence Hall, staffed with a Resident Director, Resident Assistants and a Resident Chaplain, coordinates and facilitates a weekly opportunity for students to gather in small groups to discuss and process faith in a safe environment. The Resident Chaplain, who works for both the Resident Director and Discipleship Ministries Coordinator is provided a scholarship by the Poiema Project. The seventeen chaplains on campus are responsible for overseeing the small groups in their particular Residence Hall. The Resident Chaplains of underclassmen dorms are responsible for a team of volunteer small group leaders called Floor Leaders who facilitate small groups on each floor.
SmallGroup meets every Thursday night at 10:00 p.m. for one hour in each Residence Hall. During SmallGroup our student leaders are encouraged to center their small group on discussion, accountability, vulnerability and good questions. We firmly support a safe environment which can and should be developed between members of SmallGroup. This safe environment can lead to effective growth and transformation by challenging and encouraging members of the group who are walking this journey of faith together.
The mission of SmallGroup in its simplest form is to love God and love others. We hope to point one another towards a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ and help one another understand the call that Jesus has on our lives, both as a member of God’s kingdom and vocationally. Although SmallGroup is not a required activity, over 25% of our on-campus student body takes the time each Thursday night to participate and engage in this unique program of growth, challenge, transformation and encouragement.
Lee University engages in intercollegiate athletic competition as a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Basketball, tennis, golf, softball, soccer, volleyball, cross-country and baseball are available on an intercollegiate basis, with several of our teams qualifying for the national tournament each year. All events are free to students upon presentation of a current identification card.
Intramurals and Recreation
To promote physical well-being, Lee University encourages participation in various forms of athletics, outdoor recreation and other activities. Intramural sports for both men and women attract a large percentage of students who compete individually and as members of class, club, dormitory or independent teams. In addition to team sports like softball, volleyball, soccer, basketball and football, many individual sports and games are also offered (i.e., table tennis, bowling, aerobics, billiards and chess). Current students and their spouses may participate in intramural programs. The programs are free to all students who pay the student activity fee. Spouse participation requires a spouse pass which may be purchased at the Recreation Center Office. Participants may register for the event(s) of their choice.
The DeVos Recreation Center provides a wide range of social and recreational opportunities. These opportunities include a full-size gym, weight and physical fitness equipment, racquetball and games such as table tennis, air hockey and billiards. This facility is only open to Lee University students, faculty, administration and staff. There are minimal fees for some features such as lockers and supplies. Other opportunities exist in the area of sport clubs and outdoor recreation. A list of active sport clubs and outdoor recreation activities can be obtained at the DeVos Recreation Center office.
Social and Entertainment Activities
Consistent with its desire to develop the whole person, Lee University offers a balanced program of social opportunities which provide social interaction for the entire student body. A number of events are underwritten by the Campus Events Committee which is funded by student activity fees. These events may be attended without charge upon presentation of a current student identification card.
Student Activities and Services
The goal of Lee University is to be a Christian community where people share their lives with one another and meet whatever academic, spiritual and social needs are present. Such a community calls its members into accountability for their actions, their theology and their lifestyles. This quest for Christian community is the foundation of the mission and purpose of Lee University, including campus life and student activities. The services provided, as well as the rules and regulations by which we live, evolve from commitment to the Christian community.
Student Grievances and Appeals
Lee University is committed to a policy of responsiveness to students who express that actions and decisions of university personnel are inappropriate and detrimental.
A student grievance or complaint should be discussed with the university employee responsible for the specific decision or having authority for the condition in the institution giving rise to the complaint. If the discussion does not resolve the issue, the student should submit a signed written complaint stating the facts as perceived and the requested action or change of decision. The written complaint may be submitted to the original employee and/or to the employee’s supervisor. Each supervisor is committed to assist in resolving problems and complaints in accordance with professional standards. These standards include respect for differences in viewpoint, protection of the right of students to seek clarification of policy or changes in policy and delivery of satisfactory service in accordance with stated program objectives.
Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate respect in both oral and written complaints. When a member of the faculty, administration or staff renders a decision that is in accordance with institutional policy, the student should recognize that an appeal for exceptions to policy and recommendations for changes in policy involve privileges that usually exceed the authority of a given employee.
Student Lifestyle Expectations
Lee University seeks to maintain an environment in which wholesome attitudes and proper conduct can flourish. The university is fully committed to serious educational goals and welcomes those students who indicate their desire for a quality education in a Christian environment in attitude, appearance and behavior.
Whenever any group is closely associated for the accomplishment of a definite purpose, rules and regulations are necessary. Lee University attempts to maintain equitable rules, developed with the participation of the student body and the university administration. Registration is held to be the student’s written agreement to comply with the rules and regulations of the university.
The ideals of Christian character should be foremost in private deportment and all social relationships. Stealing, cheating, lying, use of tobacco, pornography, extra- or premarital sexual activity, drinking of alcoholic beverages, use of illegal drugs, attending establishments of ill repute, immorality, disrespect for school authorities, commission or conviction of a criminal offense, discrimination or harassment of another person, etc., will not be tolerated.
Students are subject to all school and residence hall regulations from the time they arrive on campus, whether they have registered or not. Students are also subject to these rules when participating in off-campus study trips and during holidays.
A student handbook is distributed at the beginning of each fall semester. Students should refer to this document for more specific information regarding behavior codes and expectations.
All students are required to sign the following Community Covenant indicating their agreement with these principles:
Lee University is a Christian community dedicated to the highest standards of academic achievement, personal development and spiritual growth. Together the community seeks to honor Christ by integrating faith, learning and living while its members’ hearts and lives mature in relationship to Jesus Christ and each other. Faith in God’s Word should lead to behavior displaying His authority in our lives. Scripture teaches that certain attributes such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control are to be manifested by members of the Christian community (Galatians 5:22-23)
- Community life at Lee University should be marked by personal stewardship of abilities and resources and sensitivity to the God-given worth and dignity of each individual. Respect for the worth and dignity of each individual regardless of any differences is a foundational tenet of the Christian community of faith. The university does not allow and will not condone discrimination or harassment of another person because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religious background, age, gender or disability.
- Corporate worship aids in community building and support of the body of Christ. We gather as a community at special times for nurture and instruction in the truths of God’s Word. These activities include required attendance at chapel and spiritual emphasis weeks. Personal devotions and local church involvement are encouraged.
- Scripture condemns such attitudes as greed, jealousy, pride, lust, needless anger, an unforgiving spirit, harmful discrimination and prejudice. Furthermore, certain behaviors are expressly prohibited by Scripture. These include theft, lying, cheating, plagiarism, gossip, slander, profanity, vulgarity, adultery, homosexual behavior, premarital or extramarital sex, sexual promiscuity, pornography, drunkenness, gluttony, immodesty and occult practices (Galatians 5:19-21, I Corinthians 6:9-10).
- Scripture teaches that all our actions (work, study, play) should be performed to the glory of God. We endeavor, therefore, to be selective in the choices of clothes, entertainment and recreation, promoting those things which strengthen the body of Christ and avoiding those which would diminish sensitivity to Christian responsibility or promote sensual attitudes or conduct.
- Since the body of the Christian is the temple of the Holy Spirit, it deserves respect and preservation of its well-being. Therefore, the use of alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco in any form and the abuse of prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs violate our community standard.
University Performing Groups
Music is an important part of life at Lee University. All students have the opportunity to become part of a choral or instrumental performing group. Students may also participate in any number of chamber ensembles including: brass, saxophone, flute; woodwind; trombone choir; and string, guitar, and vocal ensembles. Lee University music groups provide a wide range of spiritual, musical, and cultural experiences for their members. These groups perform in churches, schools, concert halls and other performing venues around the country and abroad. Music majors and non-music majors are encouraged to audition for the ensemble of their choice at the beginning of each semester: Campus Choir, Lee University Symphony Orchestra, Chorale, Evangelistic Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Small Jazz Ensemble, Ladies of Lee, Lee Singers, Opera Theatre, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Voices of Lee, and Wind Ensemble. The University Choral Union welcomes the participation of all university without audition. In order for students to participate in the university’s traveling ensembles, they must be enrolled at Lee in good academic standing as a full-time student. Please contact the School of Music for more information: email@example.com.
Lee University Theatre offers all students an opportunity to develop artistic excellence through individual attention, a wide variety of technical and performance opportunities, and outstanding facilities. Past productions have included Arsenic and Old Lace, Antigone, Cinderella, The Chairs, An Ideal Husband, My Children My Africa, Our Town, Pride and Prejudice and The Trojan Women. Additionally, the program produces a number of smaller productions throughout the year including original play readings and Directing student showcases. In addition, Kingdom Players is a drama team that provides entertainment for on- and off-campus events and ministries. The team travels throughout the nation, ministering in churches and camps and conducing drama ministry workshops. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lee University offers its students more than 60 student clubs and organizations designed to enhance their spiritual, intellectual and social development. Membership in these groups is voluntary. Some organizations have open membership while others are by invitation only. Among the various student organizations are the following:
Alpha Chi - Honor Society
Alpha Kappa Delta - Sociology Honor Society
Alpha Kappa Eta - History Honor Society
Alpha Phi Delta - Pre-Med Honor Society
Alpha Psi Omega - Theatre Honor Society
American Association of Christian Counselors - Student Chapter
Aria da Capo - Opera Club
Art Club - Christians in the Visual Arts (C.I.V.A.)
Conservancy - Ecology Club
Deutcher Club - German Club
Financial Management Association
Kappa Delta Pi - Honor Society for Education
Kappa Lambda Iota - Lee University Historians
Lambda Pi Eta - National Communication
Le Cercle Francais
Music Educators National Conference
Phi Alpha Theta - History Club
Phi Delta Psi - Psychology Club
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - Men’s Music
Pi Alpha Sigma - Koine Greek
Pi Delta Gamma - Education Club
Pi Delta Omicron - Religion Honor Society
Pi Delta Phi - French Honor Society
Pi Kappa Lambda - Music Honor Society
Pi Sigma Alpha - Political Science Honor Society
Psi Chi - Psychology Honor Society
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Sigma Alpha Iota - Women’s Music
Sigma Beta Delta - Business Honor Society
Sigma Delta Pi - Spanish Honor Society
Sigma Tau Delta - English Honor Society
Society for Law & Justice
Soe Women’s Roundtable
SIFE - Students in Free Enterprise
Tri-Beta - Biology Honor Society
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Pi Kappa Pi
Tau Kappa Omega
Theta Delta Kappa
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Epsilon Lambda Phi
Omega Alpha Phi
Sigma Nu Sigma
Zeta Chi Lambda
Social Service Clubs
Acting on Aids
International Justice Mission
Knitting & Crotcheting Club
Lee Flames Hooligans
Shenanigans - Lee Improv Team
Student Leadership Council
Chinese Student Fellowship
International Student Fellowship
West African Student Association (WASA)
Council for Spiritual Unity
Big Pal/Little Pal
Children’s Leadership Association
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Pioneers for Christ
Youth Leaders Association
Family Life Fellowship
Family Life Fellowship exists to minister to the needs of married students as well as single parents. This group provides activities such as welcome back parties, game nights, movie nights, a family Christmas party and a couples’ retreat.
Lee University student publications serve to inform, entertain and promote understanding among the various publics of the university community. They reflect the university’s mission and purpose and are in keeping with the doctrinal commitments of the sponsoring denomination.
The Vindagua is the university yearbook. The Clarion is the campus newspaper. The Lee Review is the student literary magazine published each semester. All student publications are written, designed, edited and published by students under faculty supervision.
Lee University is primarily a residential campus. Non-local freshmen and sophomores are required to live in university housing. All local freshmen and sophomores who wish to live off campus must live with their parents or an immediate relative, not including siblings who are also college students. An Off-Campus Application must be submitted to the Office of Residential Life.
New students (freshmen, transfer and readmit) who live on-campus are required to pay a one-time $200 housing reservation deposit. Half of this deposit will be applied toward the cost of the first semester’s residence hall fee, and the other half will be applied to an actual “roll-over” deposit. In subsequent semesters, this roll-over deposit, along with a residence hall contract, will reserve the student’s on-campus residence hall for each semester. Near the end of each semester, students will receive a new residence hall contract for the next semester via their Resident Director at a mandatory residence hall meeting. It will be the student’s responsibility to attend this meeting and return the signed contract to the Resident Director by the priority housing assignment deadline. This new contract will reserve the student’s residence hall assignment for the following semester. Upon completion of the final semester in Lee University housing, the student’s roll-over deposit will be applied to the student’s account as a credit.
Residence Hall assignments for new students are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Residence Hall assignments will be made in May and continue to be made through out the summer months. Students will be notified via letter of their assignment.
Requests for refund of the housing reservation deposit must be received in writing to the Residential Life Office thirty days prior to the first day of classes. Refunds will not be processed after this date. Refunds will only be processed for new applicants to Lee University who cancel their Lee University and Residence Hall applications.
Residence hall assignments are made by the Director of Residential Life in the following order of preference:
- Returning sophomores, juniors and seniors who have applied for on-campus housing and who have paid a housing reservation deposit by the Priority Housing Assignment deadline are assigned accordingly: (1) seniority (the number of credit hours completed) and (2) requests to remain in their current location. Priority housing will also be assigned according to clearance of all account ability hours and chapel probation.
- New students are assigned on a first-come first-served basis, according to the date of their completed application and deposit. Room assignments within the residence hall are made by the Resident Director. An effort is made to assign roommates based on written mutual request on the housing application. The university reserves the right to change residence hall assignments.
- On Monday morning following new student check in (first day of registration), any student who has not checked into his/her residence hall and has paid a housing reservation deposit will lose the room reserved for him/her unless he/she has received permission for late arrival from the Office of Residential Life.
Non-local freshmen are required to participate in the university’s meal plan. Exemptions are made only to those who have a specific medical condition that would not permit them to eat in the dining hall. (A signed physician’s medical note is required, as well as a signed letter from the University’s foor service (Sodexo), stating that the food requirements for the student cannot be met.)
Married Student & Single-Parent Housing
The university provides Carroll Courts for its married and single-parent students. This apartment complex contains one and two-bedroom units. Applications for Carroll Courts are available by contacting the Office of Residential Life. Rent includes utilities. Laundry facilities are available in the apartment complex.
The Office of Residential Life provides assistance to students who live off campus while encouraging them to maintain a connection with campus life. Additionally, students who wish to be approved to move off campus must submit an Off-Campus Application form to the Office of Residential Life. A student must meet one of the following criteria in order to be considered eligible for off-campus approval:
- Local student (student who is living with parents in the Cleveland or immediate surrounding area).
- Student who is married, widowed or divorced.
- Student who is 21 years of age or older as of the date of the first day of classes.
- Student who is enrolled for less than 12 credit hours.
- Student who has lived on campus for at least four semesters (not including summer school).
- Student who has completed 60 credit hours (not including Summer Honors, dual enrollment, or AP credit), is not on chapel or social probation and has at least a 2.0 GPA.
- Student who is enrolled in the graduate school program.
Deadline for application to move off campus is July 20, 2009 for fall semester and November 6, 2009, for spring semester.
Students who have Accountability Hours or are on chapel or academic probation will not be approved to move off campus. Additionally, students who have already been approved but display a disregard for the lifestyle expectations of the university can be required to move back on campus.
Staffed by licensed mental health professionals and their supervisees, the Counseling Center offers short-term counseling and psychological services to Lee University students. Therapeutic modalities include individual, group, couples, marriage, and family counseling. Counseling Center therapists provide support during times of stress, loss or transition, as well as foster hope for healing and growth. Staff members are also available for consultation and/or outreach programming on a wide variety of topics. Services are free of charge and confidential. For issues requiring long-term psychological care, students may be referred to other providers. Psychiatric referral is available when appropriate. The Counseling Center also coordinates a limited standardized testing program designed to assist the campus community with assessment needs.
The purpose of the Leonard Center is to prepare students for citizenship as Christians in the world through reflective community interactions and by teaching 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 participate in the equivalency of 10 service-learning hours for each semester they attend Lee University (up to 8 semesters). For every 10 hours served, students will earn .25 credit hours. In a four-year program, 80 hours of service-learning convert to 2.0 credit hours of your religion minor. Transfer students enrolled at Lee University will be required to complete the equivalency of 10 service-learning hours for every semester they are at Lee University (up to 80 hours). For every 10 hours completed outside of a service-enhanced course, a two-page critical reflection paper must be submitted with proper documentation of service to the Leonard Center.
Lee University encourages and values all types of Christian service inside and outside of the church. However, only certain types of service may be counted toward the graduation requirement of 80 hours of service. Students should consult the Leonard Center for approval of individually arranged projects before participating in the service. The Leonard Center is located on Parker Street, directly across from the McKenzie Athletic Training Facility.