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    Jul 25, 2024  
Lee University Catalog 2018-2019 
Lee University Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog]

Student Life

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Campus Life


Campus Security

The Department of Campus Security’s goal is to provide security and promote safety for students, faculty, staff, and property. Campus Security performs 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, “Safety Ride” services are provided for students who need to be escorted across campus at night.

The university provides parking facilities for students who bring vehicles onto the campus. Each student who parks a vehicle on campus must register it with Campus Security 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. Vehicles parked illegally will be ticketed and/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/or 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 following 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, theatre, 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.

Health Clinic

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 by emailing 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. 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 Jesus has on our lives as a member of God’s kingdom.

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 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.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Lee University engages in intercollegiate athletic competition as a member of the Gulf South Conference. Lee has recently completed a three-year transition process to gain full membership status in NCAA Division II.  Varsity teams compete in men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer and tennis; women’s lacrosse, softball and volleyball; and men’s baseball with several teams qualifying for post-season play each year. All events are free to students upon presentation of a current identification card. 

Campus 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 (both graduate and undergraduate) and their spouses may participate in recreation programs including intramural sports and group fitness.  The programs are free to all students who pay the student activity fee.  Spouse participation requires a membership 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 Complaint and Grievance Procedures

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.

State of Tennessee Complaint Procedures

In the event the institution is not able to resolve the student complaint, the student has the right to contact the state of Tennessee and its appropriate agency to determine the course of action. Complaints can be filed with the following agencies in Tennessee:

  • Complaints related to the application of state laws or rules related to approval to operate or licensure of a particular professional program within a postsecondary institution shall be referred to the appropriate State Board (i.e., State Boards of Health, State Board of Education, and so on) within the Tennessee State Government and shall be reviewed and handled by that licensing board (, and then search for the appropriate division);
  • Complaints related to state consumer protection laws (e.g., laws related to fraud or false advertising) shall be referred to the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and shall be reviewed and handled by that Unit (

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Complaints relating to quality of education or accreditation requirements shall be referred to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), (

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.

Community Covenant

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)

  1. 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, disability or ther basis protected by law.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Pet Policy 

Lee University prohibits pets in any campus building, with the exception of service animals.  If a student has any questions concerning whether or not their animal is considered a service animal, please contact Academic Support.

University Performing Groups


Music 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 instrumental or vocal chamber 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 - Instrumental: Brass Choir, Chamber Strings, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble, Small Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble; Vocal: Campus Choir, Chorale, Evangelistic Singers, Ladies of Lee, Lee Singers, Music Theatre Workshop, Opera Theatre, and Voices of Lee. The University Choral Union welcomes the participation of all university students 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:

Theatre Groups

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 Secret Garden, Treasure Island, The Odyssey, Oliver!, The Diary of Anne Frank, Doubt, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Christians 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

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 conducting drama ministry workshops. For more information please email Michael DelBonis at  

Student Organizations


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:

Academic Club Council

Alpha Chi - Honor Society
Alpha Kappa Delta - Sociology Honor Society
Alpha Kappa Eta (chapter) - History Honor Society
Alpha Phi Delta - Pre-Med Honor Society
Alpha Psi Omega - Drama Honor Society
American Choral Directors Association (Collegiate Chapter)
Anthropology Club
Art Club - Christians in the Visual Arts (C.I.V.A.)
Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA)

Debate Club
Delta Mu Delta - Business Honor Society
FIT - Forever In Training
Humanities Coalition

Intercollegiate Service Organization
Iota Tau Alpha Zeta
Kappa Delta Pi - Honor Society for Education
Kappa Lambda Iota - Lee University Historians
Kappa Mu Epsilon - Mathematics Honor Society
Lee Future Educators (LFE)
Lee Prime - Math Club
Lee University Advertising Federation
Lee University Composers Forum
Lee University Middle East Club
Lee University Percussive Arts Society (PAS)

Lee University Student Chapter of Conductors
Model UN

Mu Kappa
National Association for Music Education (Collegiate Chapter)

Nurses Christian Fellowship
Phi Beta Lambda - Department of Business Club
Phi Delta Psi - Psychology Club
Phi Eta Sigma
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - Men’s Music

Phi Sigma Iota
Philosophy Club
Pi Alpha Sigma - (Koine Greek)
Pi Delta Omicron - SOR 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
Society for Collegiate Journalists
Society for Law & Justice
Theta Alpha Kappa

Theta Pi Chi - Theology Club
TISL (Tn Intercollegiate State Legislature)
Tri-Beta - Biology Honor Society

Social  Justice Organizations

CAST - Cleveland Against Sex Trafficking
SOR Roundtable

World Vision - ACTS

Greek Council

Men’s Clubs


Women’s Clubs

Alpha Gamma Chi
Pi Kappa Pi
Tau Kappa Omega
Theta Delta Kappa
Upsilon Xi  

  Delta Zeta Tau
Epsilon Lambda Phi
Omega Alpha Phi
Sigma Nu Sigma
Zeta Chi Lambda

Social Service Organizations


Ballroom Club
Campus Kitchen-CK Lee
College Democrats
College Republicans
Family Life*
Fiber Arts Club (“Knit Wits”)
LEE Best Buddies

Lee University Creation Care Club
Lee U. Film Society
Lee U. Remission
Lee U. Students for Life


Say Something
SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Council)
Shenanigans - Lee Improv Team
Student Leadership Council
The Lee-bertarians

*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.

Diversity Council

Asian Student Council
Bahamian Connection

The Black Student Union
International Student Fellowship
LeeTinos (Hispanic Cultural Awareness Club)
Lee University African Students Association (LUASA)

Spiritual Unity Council

Backyard Ministries
Baptist Collegiate Ministries
Big Pal/Little Pal

Delight Ministries
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Generation Acts
International Music Student Fellowship
Kappa Upsilon Chi (KYX)
Life 423
Missions Alive
Orthodox Christian Fellowhship
Sigma Alpha Omega
Street Reach Children’s Programs

Student Media


Motto: “We are the storytellers.”

Lee University Student Media serves to inform, entertain and promote understanding among various publics of the university community.

The Vindagua is the student produced university yearbook. The Clarion is the student run campus news source that produces a biweekly newspaper, a multimedia website and a strong social media presence. The Lee Review is the student literary magazine published each semester.

These student produced publications reflect the university’s mission and purpose and are in keeping with the doctrinal commitments of the sponsoring denomination.  Their vision is to develop critical and creative thinkers who understand the role of media and can practice excellent multimedia storytelling.

All student publications are written, designed, edited and published by students under faculty supervision.

Student Housing and Residential Life


On Campus

Research shows that a student who lives on campus is more likely to be satisfied with his/her college experience and will tend to have a higher GPA. Therefore, by design, Lee University is primarily a residential campus. Lee University places a strong emphasis on community living. The purpose of Residential Life & Housing is to provide safe and comfortable physical facilities, holistic student development programming, and an atmosphere conducive to unstructured learning. In addition, Residential Life & Housing seeks to create an environment that fosters the basic values of Christian community.

Each residence hall is managed by a Resident Director (RD) who serves as an educator, helping students integrate their classroom learning with their out-of-classroom experiences. RDs are trained professionals who assist students with making positive choices, which encourage a successful college experience. Each floor has a Resident Assistant (RA) who assists in orienting students to their residence hall community and to the campus. RAs also plan a variety of programs that promote a sense of community and cooperation among residents. Each residence hall also has a Resident Chaplain (RC) who, along with the RD, oversees the SmallGroup program and assists with providing support and care to students. Finally, there are volunteer leadership positions within each residence hall whose primary role is to help create community. These positions include: Community Builder (CB) and Floor Leader (FL). Policies and procedures for the residence halls can be found in the Student Handbook, Lee University Catalog, and Residence Hall meetings/communications provided by the RD.

Freshmen and sophomores are required to live in university-owned housing. In addition, all residence halls are single-sex residences. Residence Hall Applications can be obtained by contacting the Office of Residential Life & Housing or visiting

Local freshmen and sophomores who wish to live off campus must live with their parents or legal guardian/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 & Housing.  See “Off Campus” for application deadlines and criteria. 

The demand for on-campus housing continues to be high. The high volume of students seeking admission to Lee University and the increase in current students remaining on campus for housing could create the need for tripling to accommodate all housing needs. Students who live in a tripled room, per University process (to be determined each fall semester), will receive a 20% credit to their room and the connected two person room will receive a 10% credit. Students who are in a tripled room as of October 1 will receive a credit on their account at that time. Students living in tripled rooms will be moved to a double occupancy room as space becomes available. Should students choose to live in a tripled room when double occupancy rooms are available, will not be given any room discounts.

It is expected that all residence hall students attend classes regularly, carry a minimum of 12 semester hours, and show academic progress towards a degree. Students who carry less than 12 semester hours must contact the Office of Residential Life & Housing to complete a part-time on-campus housing request. Dropping below the required credit load may result in the cancellation of your housing contract, if not previously approved. Community and suite style residence halls are reserved for traditionally-aged students. Carroll Court is recommended for non-traditional students.

Residence Hall Assignments for New Students

New students are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis once the following criteria have been met: (1) acceptance to Lee University, (2) completion of a Residence Hall Application, and (3) payment of the $200 housing reservation deposit. Every effort is made to assign roommates based on written mutual request on the Residence Hall Application.

The University is committed to providing reasonable housing accommodations consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Students with a physical disability or medical condition should contact the Office of Academic Support and the Office of Residential Life & Housing for further information.

Residence Hall assignments will be sent via email in February, May, June, and July for the fall semester, and November for the spring semester. 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 may occur when another student has cancelled his/her housing assignment.

On Monday morning, following new student move-in weekend, students who have not checked into their residence hall will forfeit their residence hall assignment, unless they have received permission for late arrival from the Office of Residential Life & Housing. Students who forfeit their assignment and still need housing for the same semester must contact the Office of Residential Life & Housing to complete a Residence Hall Application; another $200 deposit may be required. The residence hall assignment will be based upon available spaces.

Roll-Over Deposit

Upon first entry to on-campus housing, students are required to pay a one-time $200 housing reservation deposit. This deposit will be held as a roll-over deposit. In subsequent semesters, this roll-over deposit, along with an active and current residence hall agreement, will reserve the student’s residence hall assignment for the following semester. When a student graduates, moves off campus or leaves the University, the deposit will be applied (within sixty days after residence halls close of the applicable semester) to the student’s account to cover any unpaid balance or a refund will be issued. 

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 & Housing, thirty days prior to the first day of classes. Refunds will not be processed after this date, and the deposit will be forfieted. The housing deposit refund form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Residential Life & Housing or visiting

Residence Hall Assignments for Current Students

To reserve a residence hall assignment for a new academic year, each student will need to participate in the Advanced Housing Selection process. 

Advanced Housing Selection

The Advanced Housing Selection process has three important steps that current students must complete.

  1. Complete all aspects of the Advanced Housing Selection application/process and have record of payment of the roll-over deposit. To receive priority in residence hall selection, this application must be submitted by the deadline (March) given by the Office of Residential Life & Housing. All students are required to attend a residence hall meeting to receive the needed information and housing application.  
  2. Participate in housing sign-ups. Continuing students are eligible to select their fall housing assignment at the end of the spring semester during their designated housing sign-up appointment times.
  3. Confirm their residence hall assignment by the deadline of June 15. Students will confirm by responding to an email received at their LeeU email address. If students do not confirm their housing by June 15, their residence hall assignment will be purged, and they will forfeit the refund of the $200 roll-over deposit. Students will need to contact the Office of Residential Life & Housing to reapply for housing. Students will have to pay a new $200 housing deposit in order to receive a new residence hall assignment. Students will be assigned according to available spaces.

In addition, for current students, the roll-over deposit is not refundable upon cancellation of a confirmed residence hall assignment after June 15.

Meal Plan Policy

Students with fewer than 30 cumulative credit hours (not including summer honors, dual enrollment or AP/CLEP credit) 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, and charges will be applied accordingly. Once the deadline to change a meal plan has passed, students will be billed for their selected meal plan, regardless of usage.

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 the food requirements for the student cannot be met.

Married Student & Non-Traditional Housing

The University offers Carroll Court, an apartment complex containing one and two bedroom units, for its married and non-traditional students. Applications for Carroll Court are available by contacting the Office of Residential Life & Housing. These units are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and include a $200 housing reservation deposit. Rent includes utilities and water. Laundry facilities are located on-site.

Married students are not permitted to live in traditional on-campus housing unless granted written permission by the Office of Residential Life & Housing.

Off Campus

Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and no accountability hours to be considered for off-campus living. In addition, one of the criteria listed below must be met:

  1. Local student (student living with parent/legal guardian in Cleveland or immediate surrounding area).
  2. Student who is married.
  3. Student who is 21 years of age or older as of the first day of classes.
  4. Student who is enrolled for less than 12 credit hours.
  5. Student who has lived on campus for at least four semesters (not including summer school).
  6. Student who has completed 60 credit hours (not including summer honors, dual enrollment, or AP/CLEP credit).
  7. Student who is enrolled in a graduate program.

Current students submit an Off-Campus Application to the Office of Residential Life & Housing by the appointed deadline for each semester. Students who apply after the deadline will forfeit their roll-over housing deposit.

Application deadlines: 

Fall semester: June 15.  Spring semester: November 1.

If a student does not meet one of the criteria provided but wishes to live off campus, he/she must submit a written appeal to the Office of Residential Life & Housing. Exceptions to the policy are only granted in cases where extreme financial or medical need is exhibited. For more information on the appeals process, contact the Office of Residential Life & Housing. Further documentation will be required. 

If a student moves off campus without written approval from the Office of Residential Life &. Housing, he/she will be required 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 where the student was assigned to will remain on the student’s account. Students approved 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.

Counseling Center


The Lee University Counseling Center (LUCC) offers short-term personal counseling and psychological services to Lee University students and is staffed by licensed mental health practitioners and their supervisees. Services include individual, group, couples, and family counseling as well as campus outreach and prevention/awareness programming.  LUCC 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.  Services are free of charge and confidential.  For issues requiring long-term psychological care or otherwise outside of the scope of LUCC’s services, 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 at LUCC.  LUCC also serves as a training site for masters-level interns (but is an entirely separate entity from the Lee University Marriage and Family and Play Therapy Center).  For more information about any of the Counseling Center’s services, including description of our intake process for services, please call 423-614-8415 or visit

Leonard Center


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 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