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Lee University maintains a safety team to provide protection for students, staff, faculty and property. Campus 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, Safe Ride services are provided for students who need to be escorted across campus at night.
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 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, dining services, 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 some 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 and convocations. Students requiring work exemptions for chapel and/or convocation may complete the appropriate forms each semester in the front office of 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 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 physical exams, allergy shots, and medications for illness. 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. Part-time students, Graduate students, and local DAL students can pay the fee and have access to the Health Clinic.
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, under Student Life. 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 stipend and is considered part of the Residential Life and Housing staff of their particular residence hall. The seventeen chaplains on campus are responsible for overseeing the small groups in their particular residence hall. The Resident Chaplains are also 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, as a member of God’s kingdom. Although SmallGroup is not a required activity, about 30% 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 Gulf South Conference which includes teams from Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Lee’s application was approved in July of 2012 to begin the three year membership process for NCAA DII. Lee University offers varsity competition for women in basketball, tennis, golf, softball, soccer, volleyball, cross-country and track and field and for men in baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, cross country and track and field. Lee’s athletic programs adhere strictly to all university, conference and national regulations involving sports and academics for student athletes. All events are free to students upon presentation of a current identification card.
Intramurals and Recreation
The purpose of Campus Recreation is to connect, inspire and educate people toward healthy and active lifestyles in our campus community. We accomplish this by creating environments and opportunities that promote physical fitness, healthy habits and balanced behaviors, improving the overall wellness of participants. We teach participants meaningful life skills, encourage personal achievement and foster a sense of excellence in every aspect of our program. 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, 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, cycling in both class and informal formats. 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. All users must present a valid ID in order to use the facilities or any equipment. Additional gym space and the game room is located at the Mayfield Annex. It is available for members of the campus community as well.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lee University Theatre, a part of the Communication Arts Department, 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 The Chairs, An Ideal Husband, My Children My Africa, My Fair Lady, Almost, Maine, Tartuffe, Wit and many others. Additionally, the program produces a number of smaller productions throughout the year including original play readings and Directing student showcases. For more information please email email@example.com.
Kingdom Players, a part of the Admissions office, 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 Jay Critz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lee University offers its students more than 100 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 Phi Delta - Pre-Med Honor Society
Alpha Psi Omega - Theatre Honor Society
American Association of Christian Counselors - Student Chapter
American Sign Language
Aria da Capo - Opera Club
Art Club - Christians in the Visual Arts (C.I.V.A.)
Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA)
Delta Mu Delta - Business Honor Society
Health Care Administration Club
Iota Tau Alpha Zeta
Kappa Delta Pi - Honor Society for Education
Kappa Lambda Iota - Lee University Historians
Lambda Pi Eta - National Communication Honor Society
Lee Prime - Math Club
Lee University Advertising Federation
Lee University Student Chapter of Conductors
Lee University Percussive Arts Society (PAS)
The National Association for Music Education
Phi Alpha Theta (Alpha Kappa Eta chapter) - History Honor Society
Phi Beta Lambda - Department of Business Club
Phi Delta Psi - Psychology Club
Phi Eta Sigma
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - Men’s Music
Pi Alpha Sigma - (Koine Greek)
Pi Delta Omicron
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 Delta Pi - Spanish Honor Society
Sigma Tau Delta - English Honor Society
SNATS - Students Nat’l Assoc. of Teachers of Singing
Society for Collegiate Journalists
Society for Law & Justice
Tri-Beta - Biology Honor Society
Alpha Gamma Chi Pi Kappa Pi
Theta Delta Kappa
||Delta Zeta Tau
Epsilon Lambda Phi
Omega Alpha Phi
Sigma Nu Sigma
Zeta Chi Lambda
Social Service Clubs
Fiber Arts Club (“Knit Wits”)
F.R.E.E. U. (formerly Students Against Slavery)
Habitat For Humanity
International Justice Mission
Lee U. Film Society
Lee U. Students for Life
Lee U. Women’s Collaborative
Sew It Seems
Shenanigans - Lee Improv Team
Student Leadership Council
The Lee U. Film Society
Lee Men’s Volleyball (inactive)
Lee University Rugby Football Club
Outdoor Adventure Club
Lee University Women’s Rugby Football Club
Chinese Student Fellowship
Image Step Team
International Student Fellowship
Leetinos (Hispanic Cultural Awareness Club)
World African Student Association (WASA)
Spiritual Life Clubs
Baptist Collegiate Ministries
Big Pal/Little Pal
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Pioneers for Christ
Reformed Student Fellowship
Street Reach Children’s Programs
Unity Dance Troupe
*Family Life Fellowship exists to minister to the needs of married students as well as single parents. This group provides activities such as family-friendly parties, game nights, movie nights, a Christmas party and other special events, as well as free child care for occasional events.
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 and freshmen and sophomores are required to live in university housing. All residence halls are single-sex residences.
Upon first entry to on-campus housing, students 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 expense, and the other half will be held as a “roll-over” deposit. In subsequent semesters, this roll-over deposit, along with a residence hall application, will reserve the student’s residence hall assignment for the following semester. Residence Hall applications can be obtained by contacting the Office of Residential Life and Housing or visiting http://www.leeuniversity.edu/residential-life.
Should a new applicant cancel his/her application to Lee University, a request can be made for a refund of the housing reservation deposit. The request must be received in writing to the Office of Residential Life and Housing, thirty days prior to the first day of classes. Refunds will not be processed after this date.
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). Approval to live off-campus must be obtained by completing an off-campus application and submitting it to the Office of Residential Life and Housing. See “Off-Campus” for application deadlines and criteria.
The demand for on campus housing continues to be high. The combination of the large number of students seeking admission to Lee University and the increase in popularity of currently housed students to remain on campus makes tripling a necessity to accommodate housing needs. Students who live in a tripled room will receive a 20% credit to their room and the connected two person room will receive a 10% credit. As spaces become available, students may put themselves on a wait list to move to a double occupancy room. Credits will be applied to student accounts on October 1 to those who remain in a tripled room.
Residence Hall assignments for new students
New students are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, once the following criteria has been met: (1) acceptance to Lee University, (2) completion of a Residence Hall application, and (3) payment of the housing reservation deposit. Room assignments within the residence hall are made by the Resident Director. Every effort is made to assign roommates based on written mutual request on the residence hall application.
Residence Hall assignments for the fall semester are made in February, May and continue to be made through-out the summer months. Residence Hall assigments for the spring semester are made in December. Students will be notified by email of their assignment. The university reserves the right to change residence hall assignments. Efforts will be made to notify students of such changes; however, it should be noted that last minute roommate changes usually occur when another student has cancelled his/her housing assignment.
On Monday morning, following new student check in (first day of registration) students who have not checked into their residence hall, will lose their residence hall assignment, unless they have received permission for late arrival from the Office of Residential Life and Housing. Students who lose their assignment must contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing for their residence hall application and deposit to be reactivated. The residence hall assignment location will be based upon available spaces.
Residence Hall assignments for current students
To reserve a residence hall assignment for a new academic year, each student will need to complete the Advanced Housing Selection application and process.
Advanced Housing Selection
The Advanced Housing Selection process has two important steps that each student must complete in order to reserve their residence hall for the following year.
- Complete the Advanced Housing Selection application and have the roll-over deposit on their student account. To receive priority in residence hall selection this application must be submitted by the deadline (March) given by the Office of Residential Life and Housing. All students are required to attend a residence hall meeting to receive this information and the application.
- Confirm their residence hall assignment by the deadline of June 15. Students will confirm by responding to an email they will receive at their LeeU email address. If students do not confirm their housing by June 15, they will be purged from their residence hall assignment. Students will then need to contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing to reapply for housing, which includes a new $100.00 housing deposit, in order to receive a residence hall assignment. Students will be assigned according to available spaces.
The roll-over deposit is no longer refundable upon cancellation of a confirmed assignment after June 15.
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. The deposit will be applied 60 days after classes begin the following semester.
Meal Plan Policy
Students with fewer than 30 cumulative credit hours and 20 years of age or younger are required to participate in a university meal plan. If a student does not select a meal plan the default meal plan of 21 meals per week will be selected for the student’s use. Charges will be applied accordingly.
Exemption of a meal plan is made only for a specific medical condition that would not permit a student to eat at any food service location on campus. To be considered for exemption, a signed physician’s medical note is required, as well as a signed letter from the management of the University’s food service provider, stating that the food requirements for the student cannot be met.
Married Student & Non-Traditional Housing
The university provides Carroll Courts for its married and non-traditional students. This apartment complex contains one and two-bedroom units. Applications for Carroll Courts are available by contacting the Office of Residential Life and Housing. Rent includes utilities and water. Laundry facilities (coin operated) on-site.
Students who wish to live off-campus must meet one of the criteria listed below. In addition, students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and current students cannot have any accountability hours. Current students must submit an Off-Campus Application to the Office of Residential Life and Housing by the appointed deadline for each semester. A late processing fee may be assessed to current students that apply and are approved for off-campus after the stated deadlines.
Application deadlines: Fall 2013 semester - June 15, 2013. Spring 2014 semester - November 1, 2013.
- Local student (student living with immediate relative in Cleveland or immediate surrounding area).
- Student who is married.
- 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).
- Student who is enrolled in a graduate program.
Current students who have accountability hours or are on chapel/academic probation will not be approved to move off campus. Any student who moves off campus without written approval from the Residential Life and Housing office will be requred to move back on campus regardless of a signed lease agreement. Furthermore, the student’s classes will be purged and the cost of the residence hall, that the student was assigned to, will remain on the students’ account. Students approved for off campus or those currently living off campus may be required to move back to on campus housing if the lifestyle expectations of the university are disregarded.
The Counseling Center offers short-term personal counseling and psychological services to Lee University students and is staffed by licensed mental health practitioners and their supervisees. Therapeutic modalities include individual, group, couples, and family counseling. Counseling Center therapists provide assistance and support for students who wish to address a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, sexual trauma, self-esteem, relational conflicts, family of origin concerns, experience(s) of abuse, spirituality, and sexuality. Staff members are also available to students, faculty, and staff 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 outside providers. Medication consultations with a contract psychiatrist and/or psychiatric nurse practitioner are available on a limited basis to students who are actively involved in counseling. The Counseling Center also serves as a training site for masters-level interns. For more information about any of the Counseling Center’s services, please call 423-614-8415 or visit www.leeuniversity.edu/counseling.
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 a minimum of 10 service hours per academic semester they are enrolled at Lee excluding summer terms (up to 80 hours). 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). 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 project form and two-page reflection paper must be submitted to the Leonard Center after receiving prior approval. Students should email email@example.com 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.